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Best Midrange Smartphones from $200 to $400

July 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:

Xiaomi Mi 9 SE ($300)

Xiaomi has always been a part of the list and the Mi 9 SE truly deserves its spot. It’s a flagship-grade phone from its design to its specs. It’s dubbed as a “compact flagship” thanks to its smaller-than-usual form factor. If you’re looking for a phone that won’t hurt your pockets both in size and price, check out the Mi 9 SE.

REVIEW: Xiaomi Mi 9 SE

Realme 3 Pro ($210)

Even though Realme has been targeting the entry-level segment since its inception, the company knows how to dish out more powerful models. Case in point, the Realme 3 Pro has a midrange processor, large battery, and impressive screen for its low price.

REVIEW: Realme 3 Pro

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

Samsung Galaxy A50 ($345)

Samsung’s redo of its midrange Galaxy smartphone line has been a grand success so far, and most of that is thanks to phones like the Galaxy A50. With a large AMOLED display, three rear cameras, and the latest One UI, it’s a tough overall value to beat.

REVIEW: Samsung Galaxy A50


Update as of July 2019:

  • OPPO F11 Pro replaced by Xiaomi Mi 9 SE

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Best Premium Smartphones above $600

August 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+

ASUS ROG Phone 2 (Starts at $500)

Nobody asked but ASUS followed up their gaming smartphone. The ROG Phone 2 maxes out every imaginable spec all while maintaining the design language of its predecessor. While the older accessories work, ASUS still introduced a few new ones. Most notably the Kunai gamepad that makes the gaming phone look almost like a Nintendo Switch.

REVIEW: ROG Phone 2

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

OnePlus 7 Pro ($669)

OnePlus went all out with its latest flagship smartphone, and although the price is now firmly in the premium category, the OnePlus 7 Pro provides all the high-end featured you’d expect from even pricier phones. The combination of the stunning design, top-of-the-line specs, and impressive cameras all this phone to compete with the Samsungs and Huaweis of the world.

REVIEW: OnePlus 7 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

Samsung Galaxy Note 10+ (US% 1099.99)

The Samsung Galaxy Note 10+ packs nearly every possible feature you can think of. The Note’s signature S Pen adds features that are helpful and the entire video suite has been upgraded. Nearly everything you can ask for from a phone is here. Well, except jack.

Hands-On: Samsung Galaxy Note 10


Update as of August 2019:

  • The ASUS ROG Phone 2 replaced the Samsung Galaxy Note 9 on this list
  • The Samsung Galaxy Note 10+ was added to this list

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Best Budget Smartphones below $200

July 2019 Edition

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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

 

OPPO A5s ($117)

The OPPO A5s perhaps is best looked at as a transition device more than anything else. It does what you expect out of budget smartphones. It’s good to have “for now” but you might look elsewhere for a more reliable daily driver.

REVIEW: OPPO A5s

Realme C2 ($90)

While not as impressive as the other entries on this list in terms of features, the Realme C2 is the most affordable of the bunch. Yet, despite that, it still comes with a generous 4000mAh battery, large 6.1-inch display, and dual rear cameras.

REVIEW: Realme C2

Samsung Galaxy A20 ($190)

Samsung’s revived Galaxy A-series proves that the company cares about every price segment. The Galaxy A20, in particular, is the most well-rounded below US$ 200 thanks to its ultra-wide camera, AMOLED display, and hefty battery.

REVIEW: Samsung Galaxy A20


Update as of August 2019:

  • The OPPO A5s replaced the Honor 10 Lite on this list

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Best Upper-Midrange Smartphones from $400 to $600

July 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.

REVIEW: Xiaomi Mi Mix 3

Google Pixel 3a ($399)

Years after the death of the Nexus line, Google has finally unleashed a more affordable Pixel phone that still has the same great set of cameras. While the body is now plastic and the processor isn’t as fast, the Pixel 3a still runs circles around the competition at this price point.

REVIEW: Google Pixel 3a

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 7 (EUR 549)

The non-Pro model of the newest OnePlus may not be as impressive as its more premium sibling, but it’s definitely more affordable and a notable upgrade over the OnePlus 6T. With the specs and design that fit today’s upper-midrange standards, the OnePlus 7 is a safe bet at this price range.

SEE MORE: OnePlus 7

ASUS ZenFone 6 (EUR 499)

ASUS wowed us with the ZenFone 6 and its new Flip Camera. The unique mechanism of the phone’s camera not only allows a notch-free display, but it also lets users take incredible selfies using the primary shooters. Also, ASUS has blessed its new smartphone with the latest specs possible at a competitive price point.

REVIEW: ASUS ZenFone 6

Redmi K20 Pro ($364)

With the future of Pocophone up in the air, the Redmi K20 Pro fills the category that the sub-brand created for itself. On paper, it’s equipped with flagship specs but without the price tag usually associated with top of the line smartphones.


Update as of August 2019:

  • The Redmi K20 Pro was added to this list

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