The mid-range smartphone market is the busiest segment in India. Phones can go from offering superior camera settings to great battery life and everything in between if you choose the right device for you. However, the abundant options can often put you in a solution when you are looking to buy a new phone for maybe less than Rs 15,000 or Rs 20,000. Phone brands are often guilty of only advertising the advantages of the phone and hiding its flaws. However, we have you covered.
These are the most important items to look for in your next mid-range smartphone.
Get the right screen size
Anything and everything you do on your smartphone will be through an interaction with the screen, making it one of the most critical parts of the device. A good display can make or break a smartphone, and here’s what to expect.
If you are buying a phone around the Rs 15,000 mark, your devices will have an LCD screen. However, check if you get a FHD + panel (2220 × 1080 pixels) instead of an HD + (1366 × 768 pixels). A Full HD screen will offer much sharper text and sharper images and videos, making your viewing experience significantly better.
If you are spending more than Rs 20,000, maybe around the Rs 25,000 mark, your phone should ideally have an AMOLED display panel, which offers more striking colors than LCD screens and also helps you save battery when using themes and backgrounds. darker screens. AMOLED panels also allow you to make use of features like the always-on display if your OEM skin supports it.
Other things to consider are the refresh rate, maximum brightness, and the build quality of the screen. Higher refresh rates are becoming quite popular with newer phones and now you can get a 90Hz or 120Hz display at mid-range prices. However, also keep in mind that the higher the refresh rate, the faster the battery will drain.
Hire a phone with the latest Android operating system
Ideally, your phone should be out of the box with Android 11 if you plan to buy it right away. However, Android 10 is also acceptable. Please note that most phones you buy in this segment will only receive the following 1-2 Android software updates (not to be confused with Android security patch updates, which are released monthly / quarterly).
In addition to the Android version, also look at the details of your OEM skin. While the phones of brands such as Motorola and Nokia will have Android as standard, other brands such as Samsung, Xiaomi, Realme or Oppo will have their own covers. A good OEM skin shouldn’t feel sluggish and should offer useful features, without loading the phone with pre-installed junk.
Stay away from software skins offered by many non-uninstallable apps (also called bloatware) and other apps that send you tons of notifications promoting other products and services.
Choose a phone with the right processor
There are quite a few mid-range processors and which one goes to your next phone will determine a lot of things, including speed of daily tasks, camera capabilities, boot times, and 5G support.
If you’re spending around Rs 15,000, some good processors to consider include the Snapdragon 600/700 series or the MediaTek G series. Spending between Rs 20,000 and Rs 25,000, look for a Snapdragon 700 series or chipset from the MediaTek Dimensity series. The Dimensity 700 and 800 series are 5G-enabled, as are the Snapdragon 765G and 750G.
For RAM and storage, settling for a 64GB phone is not an ideal solution for most users in 2021, when app sizes are large and so are media downloads. Look at a minimum of 128GB of storage if you want your device to be a bit future proof too.
Similarly, future application updates and games may also become more resource heavy. So at least 6GB of RAM should be what you’re looking at, and if you’re buying a phone above Rs 20,000, the 8GB RAM options should also be considered.
Pay attention to the image quality
While most mid-range phones will feature a triple camera or quad camera setup, it is very important to look at what lenses you are getting and not just the number of lenses. An ideal triple or quad camera should have a 48MP or 64MP main camera sensor, along with an ultra-wide lens of at least 8MP.
If there is a macro sensor / depth sensor, they must be at least 5MP in order to be used. Any 2MP lens, regardless of purpose, is just a marketing gimmick and offers no real use if you want good images.
Beyond this, make sure you have a good front camera of at least 8MP resolution. If there’s a secondary camera on the front as well, make sure it’s an ultra-wide lens like on the OnePlus Nord and not a depth sensor like on the Poco X2.
Battery life does matter
Mid-range phones are generally good with battery life and when buying a phone in 2021 you should look for a battery minimum of 4,500 mAh to 5,000 mAh in a phone so that you don’t run out of power before the end of the day.
Also, fast charging and USB Type-C ports are a must for mid-range phones right now. Look at devices that offer at least 18W to 25W fast charging for faster charge times. Although you might also see phones with faster charging adapters in this price range.