1. Moto G7
- Reviewed on: 12 July 2019
The Moto G7 is not only the best Moto G phone yet, it's the best mid-range phone you can buy. Sure, you can spend over double its RRP on a OnePlus 6T but unless you desperately need the better processor, screen and cameras then the G7 is more than good enough at £239/$299.
It has Android 9 Pie, a 1080p screen, good battery life and decent performance in a premium feeling handset. This is the best value in the mid-range phone market and you won't be disappointed.
Read our Moto G7 review.
- Reviewed on: 22 May 2019
Rather than following the trend of notches and hole-punch camera cutouts, the ZenFone 6 offers an innovative Flip Camera system that provides a high-end shooting experience on the rear and front, without compromising on screen real estate.
Images captured are detailed and vibrant, and the ability to record at [email protected] with EIS is a nice touch, too. It's a versatile bit of kit, and more than a gimmick.
Beyond the camera setup, the ZenFone 6 is a stunning bit of kit; it boasts a curved rear that fits nicely into the palm of your hand, a glossy design and most importantly, a 6.4in full-screen display free of bezels and notches.
And with a 5,000mAh battery that comfortably provides all-day usage, there’s not much to complain about - especially at such a cheap price point.
Read our Asus ZenFone 6 review.
3. Xiaomi Mi 9
- Reviewed on: 15 July 2019
Devilishly fast, insanely beautiful and offering the best value for money you'll find in any smartphone, anywhere. Mi 9 is a cracking deal at £499, and well worth the upgrade from even Mi 8.
New is an in-display fingerprint sensor as standard, Qualcomm's latest Snapdragon 855 processor, 20W wireless charging, a larger screen and a triple-lens camera that includes a massive 48Mp lens.
It's available direct from Xiaomi at £499, or on contract from Vodafone. If you're happy to ship from China, GearBest offers an incredible deal at £300.07, and at this price no other phone comes even remotely close.
Read our Xiaomi Mi 9 review.
- Reviewed on: 17 May 2019
The Pixel 3a might not be the all-singing, all-dancing mid-range option and, in some ways, there are better phones at the same price.
However, you probably have different reasons for wanting this phone. The Pixel 3a will appeal to those wanting a cheaper option to get Google's design and pure Android across areas such as the camera and the OS at a whole.
Then there's the promise of updates for years to come which is something not many rivals can deliver.
Read our Google Pixel 3a review.
5. OnePlus 7
- Reviewed on: 18 June 2019
The OnePlus 7 is a fairly cautious upgrade from the 6T: the same design and the same display with beefed up specs, a new camera, and a few small software tweaks. It's not a game-changer by any means, but it's a confident, competitive mid-range phone with high-end specs that should appeal to anyone who's been tempted by a OnePlus device before.
If you stand it up against the 7 Pro it probably won't seem all that exciting, but with a £150 price difference between the two that's probably not unreasonable - and there's still plenty in the 7 to tempt anyone who can't quite afford the 7 Pro's full-on flagship price point..
Read our OnePlus 7 review.
- Reviewed on: 23 January 2019
The Honor View 20 is stunning to look at - from just about any angle, thanks to the one-two punch of the pinhole camera on the front and the genuinely unique holographic V effect on the glass rear. The photos look great, but don't really do this thing justice - it's properly gorgeous.
With a Kirin 980 and 6/8GB RAM the specs are plenty powerful to match, and comfortably rival much more expensive flagship phones (including Huawei's own Mate 20 Pro). And perhaps for the first time, Honor deserves to be in the same conversation as the big names when it comes to camera quality. Touting a 48MP lens is meaningless, but it's hard to argue with the results, especially from the AI Ultra Clarity mode.
At just £499 for the base model, and £579 for one with extra RAM and storage, this is genuinely affordable too. Honor's flagships have always offered serious specs and slick design while undercutting rivals on price, but it usually feels like there are a couple of compromises along the way.
For perhaps the first time, the View 20 doesn't feel that way. Sure, premium features like wireless charging and waterproofing are still missing, but for most people those remain nice-to-haves - whereas with the core features here Honor is firing on all cylinders.
Read our Honor View 20 review.
- Reviewed on: 23 November 2018
There's no doubt that the Pocophone F1 is one of the best Chinese phones we've ever tested.
Xiaomi has done an outstanding job of creating an impressively high-spec phone for a mind-blowingly cheap price. It's might not be the thinnest and lightest phone around but the design is still attractive and desirable.
If you like the Mi8 but your budget can't stretch this this is the phone for you.
Read our Xiaomi Pocophone F1 review.
8. Honor 20
- Reviewed on: 30 July 2019
The Honor 20 is a great-value phone that offers a lot for your money. It's cheaper than the View 20 was when it launched and even though both phones now cost roughly the same, the Honor 20's better cameras make it the better choice, despite the absence of a headphone jack.
It's more powerful than the similarly priced Google Pixel 3a, but the trade-off is that you don't get stock Android or the guarantee of fast updates to new versions.
Read our Honor 20 review.
9. Xiaomi Mi 9T
- Reviewed on: 22 August 2019
The Mi 9T is the most balanced Xiaomi phone we've seen so far, combining some of the best features of the Mi 9 series to create an affordable and strong all-rounder. The large notch-less display, its huge battery and a triple-display camera promise to revolutionise the mid-range phone market.
Read our Xiaomi Mi 9T review.
10. Oppo Reno Z
- Reviewed on: 6 August 2019
The Oppo Reno Z might not boast the impressive 10x zoom of the premium variant, but it does offer a gorgeous design, impressive performance and great camera setup for less than £300 in the UK. The plastic body of the Reno Z houses a 6.4in AMOLED display with a built-in fingerprint scanner, alongside a 48Mp + 5Mp rear camera setup and a whopping 32Mp selfie camera to capture those memorable moments.
And despite the mid-range internals on offer, the Reno Z offers a smooth, lag-free experience both when scrolling through social media and playing graphic-intense games like PUBG Mobile. The 4035mAh battery is more than enough to get you through the day with average use, and the 20W Fast Charging support means you won’t be tethered to the wall for too long either.
Read our Oppo Reno Z review.
Your buying guide for the best mid-range phones
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Also see the best phones of 2019 for the latest flagship handsets that might cost you a little more.
Specifications to look for in a mid-range phone
It's difficult to define a mid-range phone by its specification, hence why we've opted for a price bracket instead.
Some mid-range phones will take the all-round good-value approach, with capable specs in each area; others will focus on a key area such as the camera or display and promise flagship-rivalling capability; and others still used to be those flagships, so will offer a fantastic spec at a brilliant price.
Chinese phones are a great choice in the mid-range market, because they balance a very good specification with a lower price than what you would expect to find in the UK. You may have heard of Xiaomi and OnePlus offering staggering value when compared to some of the better known brands, but there are plenty of other less well known Chinese brands that could also offer you a very good deal.
Try to remember that it's not always about specifications. We've hit something of a ceiling when it comes to smartphone tech anyway, so although these phones may not be as fast as the flagships they are almost certainly fast enough for most users. Go for a phone that balances value, performance, features and design in a way that appeals to you and only you.