In this era of technology, it’s proven that smartphones are central for many to function. And while it is always said to aim for the best, there are times that midrange routes are better because these allow the users to gain a variety of functions at a cost much lower than that of the high-end models. Deciding to get a midrange phone is one thing, but selecting the one that’s best for you is another. As more would do, picking the best mid-tier smartphone means evaluating features, functions, and costs to find that best buy for you. For this post, let’s focus on these named best 8 smartphones and their size, OS, CPU, resolution, camera, and battery life.
When thinking of Apple, we all think of high-end units, but did you know that they also have a midrange iPhone? Yes, and that is the Apple iPhone 5c.
Compared to the other midrange smartphones, this is relatively small having a 4-inch touchscreen display with a 336-pixel-per-inch resolution. It operates under Apple’s iOS and Dual-core 1.3 GHz Swift and has a built-in storage of 16, 32, and 64 GB.
Its front-facing iSight 1.2MP camera features autofocus and tap-to-focus for making video calls and 720p HD recording. With 30 frames per second, 1080p HD recording and 8MP stills, the rear camera offers better quality. It also features LED flash, tap to focus, and autofocus for taking clear photos.
This midrange smartphone includes most of the features of the standard iPhone, such as FaceTime and Siri.
A main difference from the higher-tier iPhones would be its body, which is made of plastic. While others say this doesn’t offer the same resilience as the standard Apple aluminum frame, this offers more color and style options, as this comes in blue, green, yellow, pink and white.
Its battery life sits at 250 hours when not in use, 10 hours when used in calls, and 40 hours when used for music.
Best features: colorful options, smooth OS, and decent battery life
With its 5.63 x 2.78 x 0.38-inch case, HTC Desire 610 is large, but it only has a 4.7-inch screen, which has 234 pixels per inch for a resolution of 540 by 960 pixels. This is also an Android unit operating using the KitKat version powered by Quad-core 1.2 GHz Cortex-A7.
It only has 8GB of internal storage, but this could be expanded up to 128GB.
Its built-in cameras consist of a 1.3MP secondary camera, and an 8MP primary camera for taking photos and videos. The camera records in 1080p HD, features an LED flash, has geotagging, auto flash, and high-dynamic range. Unlike most of the midrange smartphones, HTC Desire 610’s camera can shoot simultaneous photos and video.
Standby battery life for this unit is up to 650 hours while talk time battery life is up to 16 hours.
Best features: great performance, excellent gallery, and range of connectivity options
Third in line is Huawei P8lite. This comes in 5.63 x 2.78 x 0.30 inches operating under Android OS, v5.0.2 (Lollipop), which is upgradable to v6.0 (Marshmallow) powered by Octa-core 1.2 GHz Cortex-A53. Its internal memory sits at 16 GB but can be expanded up to 256 GB with the help of a micro SD.
Its cameras are both powerful having 13 MP for rear and 5MP for front equipped with 27mm, autofocus, and LED flash. These also feature geo-tagging, touch focus, face/smile detection, panorama, and HDR. When taking videos, enjoy its 1080p@30fps, which could be viewed through its 720 x 1280 pixels display.
Its battery time lasts up to 380 hours if on standby and up to 11 hours when being used.
Best features: quick camera access and good battery life
Next, we have the Microsoft Lumia 650. This 5.59 x 2.79 x 0.27 inches has 720 x 1280 pixels that operates under Microsoft Windows 10 driven by Quad-core 1.3 GHz Cortex-A7. Its internal memory is up to 16 GB, but this can still be expanded up to 256 GB using a micro SD.
This unit takes photos using 8 MP for rear camera and 5MP for the front-facing one. Equally, videos can be taken at 720p@30fps. Its camera is also equipped with f/2.2, 28mm, autofocus, LED flash, and 1/4″ sensor size.
When used for calling, the battery life lasts for 16 hours, but when in standby, the unit could stay for a very long time—624 hours.
Best features: great screen, good camera, and low price
Fifth in the list is the Sony Xperia M4 Aqua. Similarly to most smartphones, this comes in 5.73 x 2.86 x 0.29 in. Its OS is Android OS, v5.0.1 (Lollipop), which just like the Huawei P8lite is upgradable to v6.0.1 (Marshmallow), which works through Octa-core (4×1.5 GHz Cortex-A53 & 4×1.0 GHz Cortex-A53).
The unit could come with 8GB or 16GB internal memory that you can also expand to 256 via microSD. Furnished with f/2.0, autofocus and LED flash, its primary camera that has 13 MP can take good photos while its 5 MP secondary camera will give you nice selfies.
It is also capable of geo-tagging, touch focus, face/smile detection, HDR, and panorama. And if you’re into vlogging, maximize this unit through its 1080p@30fps (rear) and 720 (front). Its screen resolution sits at 720 x 1280 pixels. Playing music could be done using this unit for 64 hours, talking could be done for 12 hours, but when not in use, expect the unit to last up to 685 hours.
Best features: great waterproof design, clear screen, and very good battery life
Included in the list is the budding smartphone brand- Asus ZenFone 2. This flagship phablet model launched with Android 5.0 Lollipop running Asus’s custom Zen UI and has a 5.5″ Full HD (1920×1080) IPS display. The phone operates using Android OS, v5.0 (Lollipop), upgradable to v6.0 (Marshmallow). Depending on the unit model, this can be powered by Quad-core 2.3 GHz (4 GB RAM model) or Quad-core 1.8 GHz (2 GB RAM model). It has 16, 32, 64 GB of internal storage that can be expanded to 256 GB.
While it has its own line of smartphones for taking selfies, Asus ZenFone 2 also has potent lenses that have 13 MP (rear) and 5 MP (front), which features /2.0, autofocus, dual-LED (dual tone) flash, geo-tagging, touch focus, face detection, panorama, and HDR. Taking videos would also be nice with its 1080p@30fps (rear) and f/2.0 (front). And viewing these would be pleasing through its 1080 x 1920 pixels screen display. Lastly, the unit’s battery can last up to 7 hours when continuously used for web browsing.
Best features: spacious display, lots of RAM, two SIM card slots, full of customization options
Chinese brands are also present in our list with Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 as its representative! This Asian brand is 5.91 x 2.99 x 0.34 in size, has 1080 x 1920 pixels resolution, and is powered by Hexa-core (4×1.4 GHz Cortex-A53 & 2×1.8 GHz Cortex-A72).
The unit uses Android OS, v5.1.1 (Lollipop) with 16 and 32 GB internal memory expandable to 256 GB and has 1080 x 1920 pixels for screen resolution.
A bit advanced from its counterparts, Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 has 16 MP primary camera. Its second camera, on the other hand, has 5 MP, and video taking is at 1080p@30fps (rear) and1080p (secondary).
In one testing of the unit’s battery life, its results showed that Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 can lasts up to 32 hours when used in calls, 15 hours when used in web surfing, and 17 hours when used in video playback.
Best features: Superb power, impressive camera, and good battery life
Last but definitely not the least in our list is Korean’s very own Samsung Galaxy J7. Released last March, this 5.97 x 2.99 x 0.31 in with 720 x 1280 pixels operates using Android OS, v6.0.1 (Marshmallow) ran by Octa-core (4×1.6 GHz Cortex-A53 & 4×1.0 GHz Cortex-A53) or Octa-core 1.6 GHz Cortex-A53 depending on the unit model.
Capable of f/1.9, 28mm, autofocus, and LED flash is its 13 MP rear camera. Selfies are also welcome with Samsung Galaxy J7’s secondary camera’s 5 MP equipped with LED flash. Like Huawei P8lite, Sony Xperia M4 Aqua Asus ZenFone 2, and Xiaomi Redmi Note 3, video taking in this unit is done through its 1080p@30fps (rear). Its resolution is at 720 x 1280 pixels.
The battery life when used in calls could last up to 23 hours while when used for music could last up to 96 hours.
Best features: camera resolution, fast performance, and design
So, given these smartphones’ size, OS, CPU, resolution, camera, and battery life, which do you think suits you best? Share it with us in the comment section!