If you’re in the market for a capable, affordable phone that looks good and is nice to use, then our rundown of the best mid-range phones of the moment is worth a gander.
A few years back, Apple broke the £1,000 barrier for the mainstream flagship smartphone and since then, plenty of competitors have followed suit. Luckily, despite the high prices of top-end handsets, people have shown that they don’t want to spend such large quantities of money, leading to a far more competitive mid-range space than ever before.
Add in Chinese newcomers and you’ve got a mid-range market of capable smartphones that sail beneath the £600 mark but still afford you excellent design, performance and features, in varying measures.
You’ll notice this list reflects our list of best mid-range phones, albeit with a few extra deals thrown in for colour.
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Mid-range phone buying advice
Mid-rangers are typically a mix of competitively-priced fully-fledged flagships, more affordable members of the same product family as a company’s top device with reduced performance, or a dedicated device, designed to deliver a certain premium feature (or features), without breaking the bank.
Deciding which one best suits your needs falls to a number of factors. If you want raw performance, a former flagship will stand you in better stead but will more likely suffer more from waining software support sooner than less powerful but newer dedicated mid-ranger compatriots.
Flagship-adjacent phones will try and offer the closest experience to a product line’s true top-tier offering but will likely skimp on the processor and/or RAM available. While dedicated mid-rangers don’t aim to excel based on their price point, save for one or two key areas, chosen by the manufacturer.
As ever, buying from phone makers you trust is always the way you go, even if it means paying a little more for a similarly-specced phone. Bigger companies’ products are usually held to higher quality standards and should anything go wrong, they’ll likely offer more robust customer support.
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1. OnePlus Nord (12GB RAM, 256GB)
Now: £388.50 (£80.50 off)
OnePlus’ superb re-entry into the mid-range market in 2020, the OnePlus Nord, is already a great example of value-for-money, but this discount on the higher RAM/storage SKU found on Amazon makes a good deal even better. (There’s also currently a discount on the 8GB RAM model and other colourways too.)
2. OnePlus 8T (12GB RAM, 256GB)
Now: £549 (£100 off)
A sizeable reduction on the 12GB RAM model of this fully-fledged flagship OnePlus 8T is now available on Amazon. The OnePlus 9 may now be on the market but the 8T still gets our vote. See more of the best OnePlus 8T deals right here.
3. Realme 7 5G (6GB RAM, 128GB)
Now: £249 (£30 off)
The Realme 7 5G is still pretty fresh to market but that hasn’t stopped Realme from blessing it with a discount, making this well-specced affordable 5G mid-ranger even better value.
4. Oppo Find X2 Lite (8GB RAM, 128GB)
Now: £299 (£100 off)
The baby of Oppo’s Find X2 line, the Find X2 Lite already delivers on performance and design at a compelling price, and that’s before you take into account the notable £100 reduction it’s currently enjoying on Amazon.
Note: Discount varies by colour, double-check before purchase.
5. Oppo Reno 4 5G (8GB RAM, 128GB)
Now: £276.50 (£222.50 off)
There’s a sizeable near-£220 reduction available on the Oppo Reno 4 5G, making an already-capable premium mid-ranger even more enticing.
6. Samsung Galaxy A71 (6GB RAM, 128GB)
Now: £324.49 (£94.51 off)
Samsung’s 2020 mid-range family is fronted by the Galaxy A71, with its expansive display, multiple cameras and eye-catching Prism finish. Now available with over £90 off the RRP, courtesy of Amazon.
7. Oppo Reno 4Z 5G (8GB RAM, 128GB)
Now: £239 (£90 off)
Despite toting mid-range performance, the most affordable member of Oppo’s Reno 4 line – the 5G-capable Reno 4Z 5G – now comes in at a budget phone price, thanks to this £90 discount on Amazon.
8. Apple iPhone SE (3GB RAM, 256GB)
Now: £463.74 (£105.26 off)
The Product Red top storage SKU of Apple’s stellar affordable offering for 2020 – the updated iPhone SE – enjoys a £100+ Amazon discount, making it a solid choice amidst Apple’s current smartphone lineup.
Note: Discount varies by colour, check before purchase.
9. Samsung Galaxy S10 Lite (8GB RAM, 128GB)
Now: £458.79 (£120.21 off)
Don’t be fooled by the name, the Samsung Galaxy S10 Lite is a 2020 phone, making the fact that this Amazon deal knocks over £120 off the asking price all the more impressive.
10. Samsung Galaxy A51 (4GB RAM, 128GB)
Now: £225.90 (£103.10 off)
The 4G flavour of Samsung’s capable Galaxy A51 mid-ranger – one of 2020’s best-selling phones worldwide – gets a nice price reduction on Amazon.
11. Samsung Galaxy A41 (4GB RAM, 64GB)
Now: £239 (£30 off)
The modest Galaxy A41 still packs plenty of punch thanks to its 6.1in Super AMOLED display, triple camera setup and in-display fingerprint sensor. Available with a tidy £30 Amazon discount on top.
If you want to know more about the current mid-range phone market, check out our best mid-range phones roundup or if all the entries here still seem a little too pricey, have a look at our Best budget phones roundup instead, where every deal features a phone that costs under £250. We also have a general roundup of the UK’s best tech deals right now, worth checking in on too.
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