Apple may be about to launch another range of £1,000+ phones next week but recent developments in phone tech have proved you don’t always need to spend megabucks on a new device.
In fact, the mid-range is where tech companies are starting to really invest. Take OnePlus, a company that has always put out great, affordable phones with high-end specs. This year, it has decided to try and crack the mid-range market with its new Nord device.
Not to mention the fact Apple reinvigorated its SE range with the new iPhone SE, featuring the best single-camera tech it’s ever produced.
Here are some of our favourite mid-range phones for the year that proves you don’t need to spend £1,000 to be spoilt for choice.
Apple iPhone SE
There have been rumours for years that Apple was bringing back the SE and 2020 delivered. With a 4.7-inch body, the thick bezels of the pre-iPhone X era, and the return of TouchID, this is a decent, well-functioning smartphone without the bells and whistles found on the more expensive Apple devices.
The big plus here is that the SE runs the same A13 bionic chip found in the iPhone 11 range, which brings all the great AI features you expect in iPhones such as Siri and improved photography. It also helps that its the most affordable phone Apple has produced in years.
From £419, apple.com
Google Pixel 4a
The Pixel 4a is another great device that shows you don’t need to spend hundreds on a phone. Like the SE, it has a small compact body, at 5.8-inches, but with a better design thanks to a tiny punch-hole camera in the top left corner of the screen and virtually no bezels.
If the plus of the SE is that it has the brain of an iPhone 11, then the plus with the Pixel 4a is that it has the camera found in the main Pixel line but for much less. It also doesn’t have facial recognition like Apple, but that’s one of the compromises made for this device. If you were choosing between the 4 and the 4a, it’s also worth noting that the 4a has a bigger battery too.
£349, available to pre-order at store.google.com and on sale from October 1
The OnePlus Nord is an exceptionally fun phone. It boasts a casual four camera lenses on the back: 48MP main camera along with an 8MP ultra-wide-angle lens, a macro camera and a 5MP depth sensor. Not to mention there is a 32MP main selfie lens and an ultra-wide lens with 105-degree field of view for wide-angle selfies.
It’s quite a big phone, at 6.44-inches, and comes in two colours: aqua blue marble and grey onyx. One of the big differences between the Nord and the more expensive OnePlus phones is that it has a 90Hz screen refresh rate, whereas OnePlus has opted to offer 120Hz on the 8 range. It also comes with a solid mid-range chip, the Snapdragon 765G processor, which also allows for 5G connectivity.
From £379, oneplus.com
Samsung Galaxy A51 5G
If you’re a Samsung fan, it’s time to turn away from the flashy S and Note ranges, to the Samsung Galaxy A range. This is where you get the cool, new features at a lower price range.
Take the A51 5G for instance. You get a gorgeous AMOLED 6.5-inch display, quad camera, 5G and long-lasting 4,500mAh battery. Download films in an instant on the go, or stream high-quality games – the AI-powered Game Booster feature ensures the device is working at optimum performance in the middle of the action.
Oppo Find X2 Lite
Oppo is still relatively unknown in the UK but the Chinese tech brand makes impressive tech to rival the likes of Apple and Samsung. The Find X2 Lite is a great introduction to the brand.
On the back, there’s four camera lenses: a 48MP main sensor, 8MP ultra-wide-angle lens, 2MP depth sensor and 2MP monochrome sensor. Design-wise, there’s a 6.4-inch AMOLED screen, and a glossy glass panel on the back. Inside you’ll find the same chip as the OnePlus Nord, so you can get access to 5G speeds if you want, along Oppo’s fast-charging tech.
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