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Best Upper-Midrange Smartphones from $400 to $600

May 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 2S ($525)

We’re still amazed by the fact that the Mi Mix 2S is able to match the Huawei Mate 10 Pro and Apple iPhone X in imaging quality — well, at least based on DxOMark scores. The new Xiaomi flagship is what the original Mi Mix 2 should have been, with its excellent dual-camera system and wireless charging.

REVIEW: Xiaomi Mi Mix 2S

Nokia 7 Plus (EUR 399)

If you find the Nokia 6 too low-end and the Nokia 8 (or its more premium Sirocco sibling) beyond your budget, then there’s nothing better than the Nokia 7 Plus for fans of great value. Not only does it have dual main cameras with Zeiss optics, it also carries Android One on board, making it pure and free of bloatware.

REVIEW: Nokia 7 Plus

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 R15 Pro ($475)

Whether you like it or not, the screen notch is here to stay — at least for 2018 flagship phones. The R15 Pro is a great example of how OPPO can take an increasingly common feature and still make the device look gorgeous. AI integration in the cameras is back, and so are the stellar color options.

REVIEW: OPPO R15 Pro

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 May 2018:

  • Replaced OPPO R11s with R15 Pro

Updates as of April 2018:

  • Replaced Xiaomi Mi Mix 2 with Xiaomi Mi Mix 2S
  • Replaced Huawei P10 with Nokia 7 Plus

Updates as of February 2018:

  • Replaced LG G6 with Samsung Galaxy A8 (2018)

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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 4 Max ($200)

It doesn’t get much more complete than this at US$ 200. The ZenFone 4 Max has everything you’d hope for in a budget-friendly phone, including a dual-camera setup and large 5000mAh battery in a body that’s surprisingly compact. Once its cleaner version of ZenUI arrives, this will be one tough entry to kick out.

REVIEW: ASUS ZenFone 4 Max

OPPO A83 ($195)

Anyone on a tight budget with a hankering for a near-borderless display has to go for the A83. It’s not just OPPO’s most affordable 18:9 (that’s the tall screen ratio) smartphone; it’s also one of the cheapest you can find anywhere. But its real hero feature is an 8-megapixel front-facing camera with artificial intelligence built in for smoother selfies.

REVIEW: OPPO A83

Xiaomi Redmi 5 Plus / Redmi Note 5 ($180)

The Redmi 5 Plus — or Redmi Note 5 if you live in India — continues the Redmi lineup’s legacy of solid hardware for the price you’re paying. This new entry introduces a more borderless 18:9 screen to the series, as well as the freshest version of Xiaomi’s well-loved interface, MIUI 9.

REVIEW: Xiaomi Redmi 5 Plus (Redmi Note 5)

Xiaomi Redmi 5A ($85)

This is the best smartphone you can buy below US$ 100 at the moment. It’s got everything you need at the price point, from the reliable Snapdragon processor to the solid cameras and smooth interface. It may lack a fingerprint sensor and fast charging, but how can you say no to its incredible value?

REVIEW: Xiaomi Redmi 5A

Huawei Nova 2 Lite ($190)

Leave it to Huawei to offer such a complete package below US$ 200. The Nova 2 Lite comes equipped with dual main cameras, a fast fingerprint sensor, and some of the thinnest bezels this side of the price spectrum. Its pricier sibling the Nova 2i may be more feature-packed, but this is where the true value is at.

REVIEW: Huawei Nova 2 Lite


Updates as of April 2018:

  • Replaced Huawei GR3 2017 with Huawei Nova 2 Lite
  • Replaced Vivo Y53 with Xiaomi Redmi 5A

Updates as of March 2018:

  • Replaced Xiaomi Redmi Note 4X with Redmi 5 Plus / Redmi Note 5

Updates as of February 2018:

  • Replaced OPPO A71 with OPPO A83

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Best Midrange Smartphones from $200 to $400

May 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 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:

Huawei P20 Lite (EUR 369)

If you simply must have a new-generation Huawei phone but can’t afford the flagship P20 or P20 Pro, you’ll naturally gravitate toward the less premium P20 Lite. It still has a capable set of cameras and reliable processor, as well as that signature glass design on the rear.

REVIEW: Huawei P20 Lite

ASUS ZenFone 5 ($385)

Finally, a midrange ZenFone that’s priced just right! After losing precious momentum with the premium pricing of the ZenFone 4 lineup, the ZenFone 5 brings order back to ASUS, along with a balanced mix of AI-powered processing and versatile set of cameras.

REVIEW: ASUS ZenFone 5

Xiaomi Mi A1 ($210)

Putting stock Android on a Xiaomi handset is a match made in heaven. Being the first of its kind, the Mi A1 offers consistent software updates, a surprisingly good dual-camera setup, and the great battery life you’d expect from this brand. This is the phone for Xiaomi fans and Android purists alike!

REVIEW: Xiaomi Mi A1

OPPO F7 ($350)

When you’re after great-looking selfies without having to spend on a premium handset, anything OPPO throws at this segment is a sure-fire bet. This season, the OPPO F7 makes the strongest statement for flawless portraits while offering a near-borderless display (now with a notch) and the most powerful specs in its class.

REVIEW: OPPO F7

Vivo V9 ($345)

The Vivo V9 takes everything that made the V7 series great and flourishes with an even better 6.3-inch FullView display and pair of cameras on the rear. Its 24-megapixel front camera with an AI beauty mode creates more refined selfies, while the rest of the specs ensure that everything runs as fast as possible.

REVIEW: Vivo V9


Updates as of May 2018:

  • Replaced Huawei Nova 2i with P20 Lite
  • Replaced ASUS ZenFone Max Plus with ZenFone 5
  • Replaced OPPO F5 with F7

Updates as of April 2018:

  • Replaced Vivo V7 with Vivo V9

Updates as of February 2018:

  • Replaced LG Q6 with ASUS ZenFone Max Plus

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Best Premium Smartphones above $600

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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 S9 ($720)

Not much has changed from the Galaxy S8 to the S9, but that doesn’t matter. Samsung’s newest flagship smartphone is all about refinement and perfecting the design around the Infinity Display. A better fingerprint sensor location and software features like AR Emoji and super slow-motion video are icing on the already delicious cake.

REVIEW: Samsung Galaxy S9

Samsung Galaxy Note 8 ($929)

Although quite similar to the Galaxy S8 in design and specifications, the Galaxy Note 8 stands out for its signature S Pen and introducing Samsung’s first-ever dual-camera setup. It may be one of the more expensive handsets on our list, but the price is justified thanks to the class-leading display and snappy overall performance.

REVIEW: Samsung Galaxy Note 8

Google Pixel 2 ($649)

With all the controversy swirling around the Pixel 2 XL and its display issues, it makes more sense to place its smaller sibling on this list. Even though its bezels are much thicker, the Pixel 2 has everything the larger equivalent has, including the highly rated single cameras, dual front-facing speakers, and the fastest hardware-software optimization we’ve ever seen on an Android.

REVIEW: Google Pixel 2

Huawei Mate 10 Pro ($799)

You can never go wrong with a smartphone that prioritizes AI integration and high-quality cameras, yet still manages to look fantastic and last longer than a day on a single charge. It may not be available in all regions — some countries will settle for the more affordable yet nearly as good Mate 10 — but the lucky ones will have a taste of Huawei’s smartest handset ever.

REVIEW: Huawei Mate 10 Pro

Apple iPhone X ($999)

Love it or hate it, the iPhone X is Apple’s best smartphone to date, hands down. There were a lot of controversial factors before its launch — such as Face ID replacing Touch ID and the eye-popping prices — but having spent enough time with the handset, we’re absolutely sure it belongs on this list.

REVIEW: Apple iPhone X

Huawei P20 Pro (EUR 899)

When a smartphone’s cameras blow the competition out of the water like the P20 Pro has, then it’s a shoo-in for this list. A triple-camera setup with Leica engineering, fantastic AI integration, and some of the best colors we’ve ever seen on a handset make the new Huawei flagship a sight to behold and love.

REVIEW: Huawei P20 Pro


Updates as of April 2018:

  • Added the Huawei P20 Pro

Updates as of March 2018:

  • Replaced Samsung Galaxy S8 with Galaxy S9

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