Even though flagship phones always come with the latest and best features, it’s the mid-range market that probably has the biggest market share. Ok, maybe that’s a bit overboard but we still think that the mid-range category is the sweetest spot of consumers. Prices are affordable and features are more than enough for what you need it for. You also get the flexibility to upgrade every year since it won’t cost you that much. Brands probably realized that mid-range phones have the shortest upgrade timeline, so that’s why it’s easily one of, if not, the crowded markets right now. For the best bang-for-the-buck phones, here are the best mid-range phones in 2019.
Best Mid-Range Phones for 2019
5. Realme 5
The price value is what most buyers look for under the mid-range tier. And if you’re looking for the best value phone, it’s the Realme 5. Yes, it doesn’t come with the best display quality but it already uses four main cameras and a massive 5000mAh battery. That for only P6,990 starting price. It doesn’t get better than that unless you’re shopping for the Redmi Note 8.
4. Redmi Note 8
Xiaomi’s follow up to the best mid-range phone last year, the Redmi Note 7, is straight-up better. For the P7,990 starting price, you have a crispy FHD+ IPS LCD protected by Corning Gorilla Glass 5. You won’t get the same premium feel from the glass build in almost any mid-range phone, as they typically come with a plastic material that looks like glass. You still get four main cameras but the main sensor is using Sony’s 48MP lens. Of course, there’s a 4000mAh battery that supports 18W fast charging.
3. Realme 5 Pro
Step up your budget a bit and you can purchase the Realme 5 Pro for at least P11,990. It’s the Realme 5 and Redmi Note 8 combined, except the build is still plastic but the chipset is a more powerful Snapdragon 712.
2. Realme XT
There’s no question that Realme XT was a hit in the Philippines when it launched for P16,990 featuring 64MP Quad-cam. During our review, we even praised its cameras regardless if it’s daylight or nighttime. Having tested the device, we enjoyed the experience even for only a brief time. No stutters, lags, or whatsoever. Everything just felt above its price tag.
There’s a reason why Redmi Note 8 Pro is the number best mid-range phone in 2019 — and it’s not the cameras. Like the Realme XT, there’s a 64MP Quad-cam on the back featuring ultrawide, macro, and depth sensors, too. Although it’s powered by Helio G90T which is questionable in heat management yet reliable in performance and better than the Snapdragon 712, the 4500mAh battery compensates for it. Where the device took the lead for the win is the display. Yes, it’s using an IPS LCD panel but it’s not a bad quality per se. Colors are on the natural side and peak brightness is very high. It’s the only mid-range display that supports HDR featuring up to 500nits peak brightness. It’s a premium feature that’s found in flagship phones only. That alone improves the dynamic range as well as the color reproduction of the display. All that for at least P11,490.