Looking to buy a fantastic and very capable smartphone that does not break the bank, but not sure which one to choose? While flagship smartphones like the HUAWEI Mate 40 Pro, Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra or iPhone 12 Pro Max are not within every consumer’s budget, there are fantastic mid-rangers, which offer an excellent experience all the same.
Mid-range smartphones aim to combine flagship-level features with great value. The sheer amount of solid competition gives us great options to choose from at a range of prices, regardless of whether your biggest concern is camera, design or charging speed. Opting for a mid-range smartphone does not mean compromising on usability; some of them offer big, vibrant displays, multiple rear cameras, outstanding selfies and incredible charging speeds. To help you figure out the best 2021 mid-range smartphones in (Name of Country), we gathered some of the top options available in the market and rounded them up in this guide. Read on to see how each one fares.
Camera setup: Rear Cameras: 64MP + 8MP +2MP +2MP – Selfie: 32MP
Charging: 66W HUAWEI SuperCharge
Display: 90Hz curved OLED 6.57-inch display
Storage: 8GB RAM + 128GB internal storage
Chipset: Kirin 820E 5G SoC
Thickness: Ultra-slim body 7.64mm
Huawei recently introduced the HUAWEI nova 8, the latest addition to its popular and loved HUAWEI nova series. Inspired by star trails, the HUAWEI nova 8 mixes technology with aesthetics using curves that users can feel in the hand. The HUAWEI nova 8 comes with a curved glass design at both the front and rear, while keeping the physical buttons on the side for functionality and elegance. Thanks to the optimisation of the display, cooling components, battery and internal component stacking structure, the HUAWEI nova 8 is slimmer and lighter, measuring just 7.64 mm thick with a weight of just 169 g.
The 64MP Main Camera makes it easier for people at all skill levels to take pictures in crystal-clear quality. The HUAWEI nova 8 makes wide-angle photos look more natural with its 120° Ultra Wide Angle Camera and anti-distortion AI algorithm. To help people create artful photos, the Bokeh Camera creates natural Bokeh effects for portraits, while the Macro Camera takes up-close shots in clear, minute details, with a focus distance of just 4cm. Meanwhile, the 32MP High-res Front Camera makes everyone look amazing in selfies.
The 66W HUAWEI SuperCharge support saves you the trouble of charging the device frequently, especially during games and movies. It can be charged to 60 percent in just 15 minutes and 100 percent in 35 minutes. How about looks? Well in short, the HUAWEI nova 8 is a Super nova! The 6.57-inch curved OLED display shows fine and authentic details in accurate, vibrant colours, reproducing the ultimate brightness and darkness that we see in the cosmos. With a pixel density of 392 PPI pixel density and 10-bit colour depth, it can display 1.07 billion colours.
Launched together at the same time with the HUAWEI nova 8 are HUAWEI WATCH 3 | 3 Pro. Users can enjoy the Super Device functions of both devices. Whilst the starting point of their journey could be the HUAWEI nova 8 where they can use the newly launched phone to place an order on talabat, one of the leading food delivery apps in the region, or order a ride using Jeeny one of the popular ride-hailing apps in Saudi Arabia and Jordan, or order a taxi using the Dubai Taxi Corporation (DTC), one of the largest taxi operators in Dubai and subsidiary of the Dubai Government Roads and Transport Authority (RTA), users will then receive updates and notifications about their ride, taxi or food order directly and automatically on their HUAWEI WATCH 3 | 3 Pro without the need of constantly checking their phones for a hands-free experience.
Running on EMUI 12, the HUAWEI nova 8 offers a smart and seamless experience. The HUAWEI nova 8 comes pre-installed with AppGallery, where users can download a wide range of high-quality apps. With MeeTime, users can have high quality video calls with Huawei device users, while sharing screen in real-time and add mark-ups on it. Under Multi-screen Collaboration, the HUAWEI nova 8 can be connected with a PC to form a powerful Super Device. Once connected, the PC can access mobile files, while the smartphone can function as the PC’s thumb device, making cross-device file management easier than ever.
Camera setup: Rear Cameras: 64MP + 12MP + 8MP + 5MP – Selfie: 32MP
Charging: 25W Samsung Super-Fast Charging
Display: 6.7-inch 90Hz Super AMOLED display
Storage: 6/8GB RAM + 128/256 GB internal storage
Chipset: Qualcomm Snapdragon 720G (8nm)
The Samsung Galaxy A72 comes with a camera setup, which consists of four lenses. There is a 64MP wide camera, 12MP ultra-wide camera, an 8MP telephoto camera in addition to a 5MP macro camera. On the front, it comes with a 32MP camera for capturing some stunning selfies.
Samsung Galaxy A72 houses a 5000mAh battery that lasts longer and it supports 25W Samsung Super-Fast Charging for a quick refill. Fast charging capability lets you spend more time playing, scrolling and sharing and less time charging.
Dominating the front of the Samsung Galaxy A72 is a 6.7-inch FHD+ Super AMOLED display. The screen is vibrant with colours, excellent sunlight visibility, and great viewing angles. A layer of Gorilla Glass 5 protects the panel.
In terms of design, the Samsung Galaxy A72 is available in Awesome Black, Awesome White, Awesome Violet or Awesome Blue. It comes in at 165 x 77.4 x 8.4mm and weighs around 203g. The overall design is fairly conventional, with a large camera block in the top left corner of the rear, and a –hole selfie camera in the top centre of the screen.
The Samsung Galaxy A71 comes with One UI 3.1 based on Android 11 out of the box. As is usually the case with Samsung phones, there is more than enough customisation on offer and it usually takes an hour or so to set things up just the way you want.
Choosing the right one
Making the final choice comes down to you and your preferences. A variety of reasons including photography, charging speeds, design, display, cool features and of course price point will be the ultimate deciding factors on what your next 2021 mid-range smartphone will be. However, amongst all the 2021 mid-range phones, the HUAWEI nova 8 ticks all the above boxes and has the most stunning design!
By Mohanad Merheb