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Best Midrange Smartphones from $200 to $400

April 2019 Edition

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When premium phones are out of financial reach and entry-level handsets just don’t make your cut, something in between is the next best thing. This is our updated list of the best midrange smartphones retailing from US$ 200 to US$ 400.

Formulating this category was tricky, since you can’t set an exact price and some of these devices are, in fact, the flagship phones of their respective brands. To simplify things, we chose a price range that simply sits between our other lists for best budget, upper-midrange, and premium smartphones.


Here they are in no particular order:

OPPO F11 Pro ($359)

The F11 Pro may not be that much of an upgrade over the F9, but its overall design and pop-up camera are definitely head-turners. We also love the gradient finish seen above, which complements the blazing performance we’ve gotten out of this midranger.

REVIEW: OPPO F11 Pro

Xiaomi Mi A2 (EUR 249)

The follow-up to the widely popular Mi A1 is here, and it’s packing lots of power. With a faster processor, larger screen, and the same pure Android interface we all know and love, the Mi A2 provides a Pixel-like experience at a fraction of the cost.

REVIEW: Xiaomi Mi A2

ASUS ZenFone Max Pro M2 ($245)

While not as affordable as its predecessor, the ZenFone Max Pro M2 still does several things most phones can’t even dream of at this price point. We get an upper-midrange chip, large 5000mAh battery, versatile cameras, and a pure take on Android.

REVIEW: ASUS ZenFone Max Pro M2

Pocophone F1 ($300)

No surprises here; the Pocophone F1 is the slayer of flagship killers with its unbelievable specs and features at such an affordable price point. Its high-end Snapdragon 845 processor, generous amount of memory and storage, as well as Xiaomi’s own MIUI software make this a powerhouse through and through.

REVIEW: Pocophone F1

Huawei Y9 ($250)

The 2019 version of the Huawei Y9 is a surprise hit in the midrange segment. Not only does it have a speedy Kirin 710 chipset, which is normally found on more expensive models, it also owns a large 6.5-inch Full HD+ display and 4000mAh battery, making it an all-around multimedia device.

REVIEW: Huawei Y9 (2019)


Updates as of April 2019:

  • Replaced Vivo V11 with OPPO F11 Pro

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Best Budget Smartphones below $200

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Welcome to GadgetMatch’s list of the best smartphones priced below US$ 200! Each month, we update our selection with the budget-friendly phones we believe are most deserving of your hard-earned savings.

Even though the spotlight has been on high-end smartphones this entire year, there have been a few surprisingly good entry-level handsets coming out lately, as well. So good, in fact, that we had to reassess our entire list.


Here they are in no particular order:

ASUS ZenFone Max M2 ($175)

We were disappointed to find out that the ZenFone Max Pro M2 went above the US$ 200 mark, but we still have the non-Pro Max M2 to buy at this price point. Fortunately, the fast Snapdragon 632 processor, large 4000mAh battery, and dual rear cameras remain.

REVIEW: ASUS ZenFone Max M2

Redmi Note 7 ($150)

Xiaomi blew everyone away when it announced the Redmi Note 7 with its class-leading specs and design. It’s been selling like hotcakes for a good reason: In terms of pure performance, nothing rivals this in the sub-US$ 200 category.

READ MORE: Redmi Note 7

Honor 10 Lite ($200)

Choosing between the Honor 10 Lite and Honor 8X is a toss-up, but you could argue that the former is simply better because it’s newer, has an improved selfie camera, and retails for a little less. We love its blue-silver gradient, as well!

REVIEW: Honor 10 Lite

Nokia 3.1 ($200)

Despite the lack of fast processing and multiple cameras found in other entries on this list, the Nokia 3.1 stands apart with its signature sturdy build and pure Android interface. Once it’s updated to Android 9 Pie, it’ll be a leader in the software realm for budget phones.

REVIEW: Nokia 3.1

Realme 3 ($130)

Despite being a sub-brand of OPPO, Realme has flourished with its own products, especially now through the Realme 3. The company’s flagship product is a serious threat in the budget segment with its strong performance in both image quality and everyday tasks.

REVIEW: Realme 3


Updates as of April 2019:

  • Replaced Realme C1 with Realme 3
  • Replaced OPPO A3S with Redmi Note 7

Updates as of March 2019:

  • Replaced ASUS ZenFone Max Pro M1 with ZenFone Max M2

Updates as of February 2019:

  • Replaced Xiaomi Redmi 5 Plus with Honor 10 Lite

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Best Upper-Midrange Smartphones from $400 to $600

April 2019 Edition

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When premium phones are out of financial reach and entry-level handsets just don’t make your cut, something in between is the next best thing. This is our updated list of the best upper-midrange smartphones retailing from US$ 400 to US$ 600.

Formulating this category was tricky, since you can’t set an exact price and some of these devices are, in fact, the flagship phones of their respective brands. To simplify things, we chose a price range that simply sits between our other lists for best budget, midrange, and premium smartphones.


Here they are in no particular order:

Xiaomi Mi Mix 3 ($475)

No more awkward selfies! After years of taking photos using a chin-mounted front camera, Xiaomi’s Mi Mix series finally found a way to put the lens on top of the display — and it involves a magnetic slider. It’s accompanied by some of the best rear cameras in the market, as well as a ceramic back and wireless charging.

MORE: Xiaomi Mi Mix 3

Vivo V15 Pro ($455)

Vivo’s V-series may have broken the US$ 400 barrier, but that doesn’t stop the V15 Pro from being a strong contender. Its design is taken straight from the high-end NEX, mixed with extra features like the ultra-wide rear camera and even more megapixels at your disposal.

REVIEW: Vivo V15 Pro

Xiaomi Mi 9 (EUR 449)

Xiaomi once again brings the latest and fastest processor available to the midrange segment. That’s right: The Mi 9 has the Snapdragon 855 chipset, and it doesn’t cost a fortune. Not only that, Xiaomi’s flagship also has speedy wireless charging and class-leading cameras.

REVIEW: Xiaomi Mi 9

OnePlus 6T ($549)

For an additional US$ 20, the OnePlus 6T is a pretty good follow-up to the OnePlus 6 launched six months ago. On top of all the class-leading specifications, the successor comes with a larger display, smaller notch, and that desirable under-display fingerprint scanner — not bad for an “incremental” upgrade.

REVIEW: OnePlus 6T

Huawei Nova 4 ($450)

This is one of those smartphones that badly needs more international availability. The Nova 4 shines with several of Huawei’s signature features, including the flagship-level Kirin 970 chipset, 48-megapixel rear camera, and that new-age hole-punch camera that only a couple of manufacturers have implemented so far.

REVIEW: Huawei Nova 4


Updates as of April 2019:

  • Replaced Nokia 7 Plus with Vivo V15 Pro

Updates as of March 2019:

  • Replaced Huawei Nova 3 with Nova 4
  • Replaced Honor 10 with Xiaomi Mi 9

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Best Premium Smartphones above $600

April 2019 Edition

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If you’re looking for the very best high-end smartphones available, you’ve come to the right place! Every month, GadgetMatch updates this list with the finest devices money can buy, no matter how much they cost.

Updated monthly, this list takes every newly launched flagship costing more than US$ 600 into consideration, but doesn’t discount the smartphones that continue to make an impact since their launch last year.


Here they are in no particular order:

Samsung Galaxy S10+ ($999)

Samsung has once again set the standard of how a premium smartphone should look and feel in 2019. The Galaxy S10+ has absolutely everything we want in a flagship, from the high-end chipset and complete set of cameras, to the comprehensive software and even an audio port. This particular model will be remembered for years to come.

REVIEW: Samsung Galaxy S10+

Samsung Galaxy Note 9 ($999)

The Galaxy Note series has always been known for two things: being big and having that sought-after S Pen. The latest generation doesn’t deviate from that tried-and-tested formula, but has an even more powerful set of hardware and the smartest stylus we’ve ever seen on a smartphone.

REVIEW: Samsung Galaxy Note 9

Google Pixel 3 ($799)

As good as the Pixel 3 XL is, we’re recommending its smaller sibling once again. Not only is its 5.5-inch screen the perfect size for one-handed use, the absence of a notch makes all the difference in this era of camera cutouts. As expected, the Pixel 3 has the best single rear camera in the biz, plus the extra camera in front adds another dimension to selfies.

REVIEW: Google Pixel 3

Apple iPhone XS and XS Max ($999)

While they look nearly identical to last year’s model, it’s the inside that matters most for the iPhone XS and its Max equivalent. The new A12 Bionic processor is leaps and bounds faster than anything else in the market, and the integration of iOS 12 is as smooth as butter.

REVIEW: Apple iPhone XS and XS Max

Huawei Mate 20 Pro (EUR 1,049)

Good luck finding a more complete smartphone than the Mate 20 Pro this year. Ask for a feature, and Huawei’s flagship likely has it. Let’s see: wireless charging (and in reverse), modern 7nm chipset, highly versatile camera setup, in-display fingerprint scanner, 3D facial recognition, curved OLED HDR display, water and dust resistance, generous battery — the list goes on.

REVIEW: Huawei Mate 20 Pro

Huawei P30 Pro (EUR 999)

Leave it to Huawei to top an already-fantastic camera phone. Not only does the P30 Pro beat the Mate 20 Pro and P20 Pro in camera performance, it’s also the company’s most complete handset to date. It’s chock-full of features, such as the high-speed Kirin 980 chip, massive 4200mAh battery, and curved OLED display.

REVIEW: Huawei P30 Pro


Updates as of April 2019:

  • Replaced Honor View 20 with Huawei P30 Pro

Updates as of March 2019:

  • Replaced Samsung Galaxy S9 with Galaxy S10+

Updates as of February 2019:

  • Replaced Huawei P20 Pro with Honor View 20

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