The best mid-range and low-end smartphones of the moment (mobile phones February 2022)
The world of smartphones or mobile phones evolves so fast that it becomes increasingly difficult to choose the best terminal among the extensive selection that there is, especially if you are also looking for the cheapest or those that provide the best value for money. To help you choose the best mobile within a tight budget, we present the following list of the best mid-range and low-end mobiles that we find most interesting by looking at the cost.
The best Android phones of the moment.
The best smartphones under 120 euros of the moment.
The best mid-range and low-end phablets of the moment.
The best high-end phones and phablets of the moment (iOS, Android).
The best dual/dual SIM phones of the moment.
The best phones under 300 euros
Unlike the article on cell phones for the high range, in the article on mid-range and low-end mobiles we have given more importance to quality/price than to the characteristics of the terminal, but without neglecting other high-quality terminals and perhaps a price a little higher than many would like.
If you have any mobile suggestions that you want to see in this list, or have any questions about mobiles, let us know through the comments. First we will put some of the most recommended and that can be placed in the medium or medium-high range, and then other models from which you can choose your next mobile.
In general, current mid-range phones have at least one quad-core processor that gives enough fluidity, such as the popular Snapdragon 410, and it is increasingly common to see an eight-core Snapdragon 430 or 450. A minimum amount of 2 GB of RAM is recommended, and that they are accompanied by 16 GB of storage. In the range of 150 to 200 euros, it is common to see many of them with 3 GB of RAM and 32 GB of storage.
In terms of screen, these phones include sizes of 5.4 inches or less, since from 5.5 inches or an especially large size I consider them phablets , and they are in their own article , unless they have a much higher screen-to-front ratio. larger thanks to using an 18:9 aspect ratio— usually 1440 × 720 pixels, or 2160 × 1080 px . Therefore, there are exceptions in the list, and although I try to have them up to 150 mm high, there may be others that are a little larger due to their importance, entering the field of phablets .
A resolution of 1280 x 720 pixels (HD) on a 5-inch screen is usually good to look sharp, with 300 to 320 PPI being ideal for this. Phones with that HD resolution also provide greater autonomy to the device than other FHD panels, which are linked to higher consumption.
Regarding the cores of the processors, applications do not usually take advantage of more than four cores, but the additional cores can provide greater fluidity in day to day or multitasking. It is not essential that a phone has eight cores to work well as long as the manufacturer bothers to optimize Android for the processor they have chosen.
In the field of cameras, although there are phones with a fairly good camera when prices go up to 300 euros, in general they are functional but little else, with honorable exceptions. They will work to add photos to an album and make them look good, but they generally have difficulty taking photos in low light or at night, when they introduce a lot of noise. In good light they can take quite defined photos, although the color capture will depend a lot on the specific model, although in general they capture it well. They are cameras that generally record video at a maximum of 1080p and 60 FPS, with some exceptions that record at 4K and 30 FPS.
The GT Neo 2
is a great mid-range mobile from Realme, with a good design and good finishes. The included screen is 16.8 cm diagonal of AMOLED type with a resolution of 1080 × 2400 pixels, with a refresh rate of 120 Hz, plays high dynamic range content with 1300 peak nits and has a fingerprint reader on the bottom from the screen.
The processor is a powerful Snapdragon 870 , so it has plenty of power for its prices. The battery is 5000 mAh with a fast charge of 65 W through a USB type C. The autonomy of the device will depend on the specific use, but using the screen and the internet to browse or chat it can last more than fourteen hours, or considerably more playing just video or talking on the phone.
The rear camera has a main sensor of 48 Mpx and ƒ / 1.89 capable of recording video at 4K and 30 f / s and slow motion at HD and 960 f / s. The secondary sensor is 8 Mpx and ƒ/2.2 ultra wide angle of 119º, the tertiary is 2 Mpx and ƒ/2.4 for photo macrography and the fourth is 2 Mpx and ƒ/2.4 for depth effects. The photos are remarkable for the price and range of this device, with a good night mode to make it more than good and stand out from its competition.
The OnePlus Nord 2 5G
is a mid-range, but it’s at the top of it at 399 euros for the base model, although it will go down over time. It has a good design, a great 16.4 cm AMOLED screen with a resolution of 2400 × 1080 pixels and a 90 Hz refresh rate that reproduces in HDR with a maximum brightness of about 650 nits, and a powerful Dimensity 1200 processor . There are models with 8 GB of RAM and 128 GB of UFS storage and 12 + 256 GB. It has a dual SIM slot and a micro-SD card reader.
The 4,500 mAh battery has a fast charge of 65 W, and gives it autonomy for about 16 hours of screen use, depending on what is done. The AMOLED screen ensures that when watching videos, for example, it lasts much longer, and if a lot of processor is used, such as browsing the internet, it will last less. It includes 802.11ax Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 5.2, 5G and NFC . The screen integrates a fingerprint reader at the bottom of it.
The rear camera of the Nord 2 5G has three sensors. The main one is 50 Mpx and ƒ / 1.8 , with optical image stabilizer and is capable of recording video at 4K and 30 f / s and slow motion of FHD and 240 f / s. The secondary is 8 Mpx and ƒ/2.3 ultra wide angle of 119º, the tertiary is 2 Mpx and ƒ/2.4 for photomacrography. The front camera is dual sensor, a 32 Mpx.
The Galaxy M52 5G
is another good mid-range from Samsung, as long as it’s bought at the right price. It is a typical design model, at 164.2mm × 76.4mm × 7.4mm and weighing 173g. The screen is 17 cm diagonal of the AMOLED type with a resolution of 1080 × 2400 pixels and a refresh rate of 120 Hz. It reaches a maximum brightness of over 800 nits.
The processor is a Snapdragon 778G , powerful for day-to-day and more demanding tasks, and also for playing, although not at the highest quality that the game allows. The battery is 5000 mAh with a fast charge of 25 W, and gives the device a good autonomy, about fourteen to twenty hours of screen use depending on what is done with the mobile, not including heavy tasks such as games. It takes about an hour and a half to recharge.
The rear camera system includes a main sensor of 64 Mpx and ƒ/1.8, a secondary one of 12 Mpx and ƒ/2.2 for ultra wide angle, and another of 5 Mpx and ƒ/2.4 for macro photography. It is a very good camera for the mid-range , one of the best, with good exposure, a lot of detail and very little noise. The ultra-wide-angle camera also stands out from similar ones on other phones in its price range, although it is considerably worse than the main one, and the macro one takes decent photos if you spend enough time with it. The photos it takes at night are also excellent, with post-processing that respects the edges and details of the photos quite well, even if there is some noise in return. You can’t have everything in night photography.
Xiaomi ‘s Poco F3
is one of the most interesting mid-range phones of 2021, although its design does not vary much from the rest of the model on the market. It has a 16.9 cm (6.68˝) AMOLED-type screen with 1080 × 2400 pixels, with a 120 Hz refresh rate and 360 Hz touch sampling, which reproduces HDR and reaches 1300 nits of maximum brightness. It is of very good quality, and benefits the autonomy of the device.
The processor is a Snapdragon 870 , the most powerful on the Android market in the first half of 2021, with at least 6 GB of RAM and 128 GB of UFS 3.1 storage. The battery is 4520 mAh with a fast charge of 33 W through a USB type C. The autonomy is excellent, being between 14 and 18 hours watching videos and browsing the internet. The screen is accompanied by pseudo-stereo speakers, although they are unbalanced between the lower one and the one in the earpiece.
The rear cameras include a 48 Mpx and ƒ / 1.8, an 8 Mpx and ƒ / 2.2 ultra wide angle of 119º, and a 5 Mpx and ƒ / 2.4 photo macrography. It is a good camera for the price of the mobile, with good behavior both in natural light and at night. It has good exposure and detail. The secondary ultra wide angle behaves well during the day but much worse at night.
The 11 Lite 5G NE is a revamp of the Mi 11 Lite with interesting changes. It includes a 16.6 cm (6.55 in) AMOLED type screen with a resolution of 2400 × 1080 pixels. It reaches 800 nits of maximum brightness and can play HDR10+ high dynamic range content. It has a refresh rate of 90 Hz. The fingerprint reader is not on the screen despite being OLED, but on one of the edges.
The processor becomes a more powerful Snapdragon 778G , and is accompanied by at least 6 GB of RAM and 128 GB of UFS 2.2 storage. It has 802.11ax Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 5.2, as well as NFC and the 5G connectivity indicated in its name. The phone overall is light at 158g, and features an IP53 certified splash-proof design. The screen is protected with Gorilla Glass 5.
The battery is 4250 mAh and has a fast charge of 33 W through a USB type C port. It lacks a 3.5 mm jack. The autonomy of this device is excellent as it has an OLED screen, a low consumption processor and Android 11. It can last around 15 hours of screen use, depending on what is done and having it at medium brightness.
The rear camera has a main sensor of 64 Mpx and ƒ/1.8 capable of recording video up to 4K and 30 f/s, a secondary 8 Mpx and ƒ/2.2 for ultra wide angle, and a tertiary of 5 Mpx and ƒ/ 2.4 for photomacrography. The front camera is 20 Mpx and ƒ / 2.2. In daylight it takes very good photos, with good exposure and a lot of detail, although it lacks a touch of sharpness that will only be noticeable if the photos are enlarged a lot. The ultra wide angle adds a little more noise but they are good photos for the size of the sensor. At night, the correction algorithm waters the edges slightly, losing some detail to eliminate as much noise as possible. In general they are very good cameras for the price of the device.
The Moto G100
is a mid-high range model from Motorola with very good features. The screen is 6.7 inches IPS type and refresh rate of 90 Hz, with a resolution of 2520 × 1080 pixels. Interpret high dynamic range images, and specifically with the HDR10 standard, reaching 600 nits of maximum brightness. It only has one speaker, of good power, but perhaps it is a great one, but for its price it does not have a stereo. Even so, it sounds very loud, very clearly even if the volume is turned very high.
The processor is a powerful Snapdragon 870 with 8 GB of RAM and 128 GB of storage with a micro-SD card reader. It comes with Android 11 pre-installed, with the usual Motorola apps related to screen management and other mobile-specific things, in addition to the Ready For platform . It is used to connect it to an external monitor via USB and use the mobile basically as a PC. It works well and is quite useful if you have one of these monitors, which all portable monitors of about 15 inches usually are. The processor will give you a lot of fluidity on a day-to-day basis.
The structure of the mobile has a water repellent coating. The battery is 5000 mAh with a fast charge of 20 W. Its autonomy is normal at 90 Hz, with about 12 hours of screen use at a brightness of over 180 nits, playing videos and browsing the web. If it is used at 60 Hz, around an hour of autonomy can be achieved. It has a fingerprint reader on one side, NFC, Wi-Fi 802.11ax, Bluetooth 5.1.
The rear camera is 64 Mpx and ƒ / 1.7 as the main one. The secondary is 16 Mpx and ƒ / 2.2 ultra wide angle of 117º, there is a third of 2 Mpx and ƒ / 2.4 for depth and a 3D flight time. The front camera is 16 Mpx and ƒ / 2.2 with a secondary sensor of 8 Mpx and ƒ / 2.4 ultra wide angle of 118º. In general, they are all good cameras, with the main rear one of great quality, it captures the colors well and the details are preserved with a good post-processing to eliminate noise. That post-processing will work great on night photos preserving detail, without blurring it like other cameras do. In exchange, you can notice a little more noise, very slightly, but they are good night photos as long as the night mode that Motorola includes in the Camera app is used .