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Best Upper-Midrange Smartphones from $400 to $600

February 2018 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 2 ($500)

It was the original Mi Mix that put borderless phones on the map, but it’s only with the Mi Mix 2 that Xiaomi can say they finally refined the concept. Now easier to hold and smarter in execution, the newest Xiaomi flagship has an improved pair of cameras and some of the best specs you can find on a phone priced at US$ 500.

REVIEW: Xiaomi Mi Mix 2

Huawei P10 ($580)

While it may seem odd placing one of Huawei’s flagship smartphones on a midrange list, the P10’s price is surprisingly competitive, especially when compared to other flagships launched alongside it at Mobile World Congress 2017 (MWC). If you’re after something a little more beefed up, there’s always the more expensive P10 Plus.

REVIEW: Huawei P10

OnePlus 5T ($499)

The OnePlus 5 was already a front-runner for our best smartphone awards in 2017, but the updated model takes it up another notch with an even better 6-inch AMOLED display, improved camera system, and a price we’d still call perfectly fair. This will keep us happy until OnePlus’ next major release.

REVIEW: OnePlus 5T

OPPO R11s ($450)

OPPO’s best-selling smartphone gets a noteworthy upgrade in the R11s. The company’s signature AI beautification mode is built into the selfie camera and the screen was enlarged without adding any bulk to the original body. Plus, we simply love how gorgeous its red color looks in person.

REVIEW: OPPO R11s

Samsung Galaxy A8 (2018) ($540)

Sure, the prices may have gone up since this time last year, but Samsung’s Galaxy A series certainly knows how to pack as many features as it can into an upper-midrange handset. The Galaxy A8 (2018) in particular comes with an Infinity Display, dust and water resistance, and a powerful processor to operate all its advanced software functions.

REVIEW: Samsung Galaxy A8 (2018)


Updates as of February 2018:

  • Replaced LG G6 with Samsung Galaxy A8 (2018)

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