Mid-range phones have become a lot more powerful recently as technology improves and older technologies become cheaper. Especially with the processors becoming smaller in size, the newer production methods of EVM at 7nm has made older formats cheaper. The demand for smartphones is also increasing, making the prices lower. Also, at the same time, there are a lot of brands that are working specifically to cater to this segment, some of the best smartphones under 250$s include:
1. Honor 10 Lite
The Chinese smartphone producer Honor is a wing of Huawei. With the 10 Lite, they have launched a budget offering that has a 6.21-inch display and is powered by the HiSilicon Kirin 710SoC and has 4GB of RAM with 64GB of storage. The slightly higher variant has 6GB of RAM. With support for dual-SIM and one of the slots can be used to expand the storage space. The camera setup has a dual-lens with a 13-megapixel primary camera and a 2-megapixel depth sensor. The selfie camera is built into the dewdrop notch and is 24-megapixels. It has a 3400mAh battery and has a 10W charger in the box.
2. Xiaomi Redmi Note 8 Pro
Launched in August of 2019, the Xiaomi Redmi Note 8 Pro has a 6.53-inch screen which is a full HD display and has an aspect ratio of 19.5:9. The phone is powered by a MediaTek Helio G90T processor that features 2 cores clocked at 2.05GHz and 6 cores clocked at 2GHz. Along with with 6GB of RAM to power all the tasking. Android 9 Pie with their own ColorOS layered on top for the UI. The main camera module has a 4 lens setup which includes 64-megapixel primary camera with an f/1.79 aperture; a second 8-megapixel camera with an f/2.2 aperture; a third 2-megapixel camera and a fourth 2-megapixel camera. The selfie camera sports a 20-megapixel camera with an aperture of f/2.0. The built-in storage is 64GBand can be expanded via a microSD card. A dual-SIM phone with all the needed connectivity options to keep one jacked into the digital sphere.
3. Vivo Y17
A slightly larger phone due to its massive 5000mAh battery pack. The advantage being it will run you through a full day easily. The display is also a tad larger than the other phones in this list at 6.4-inch. The phone is not designed for heavy usage and has the MediaTek Helio P35, which is from a way lower-spec range.
The cameras include 13-megapixel primary rear camera is joined by an 8-megapixel camera with a wide-angle lens as well as a 2-megapixel depth sensor that’s used for depth effects in portrait shots. The custom FunTouch OS from Vivo is built onto the Android platform. A good phone overall for the price. To check price and online presence, you can visit here: https://shopsy.pk/vivo-y17
4. Samsung Galaxy A30s
Powered by Samsungs self-developed Exynos 7904 processor that features 2 cores clocked at 1.8GHz and 6 cores clocked at 1.6GHz combined with 4GB of RAM. The display is a 6.40-inch screen that is full HD. With a 4000mAh battery that is ample, but not as powerful as would be needed for heavy usage. The OS is the Andoird 9 Pie and the layer on top is the OneUI from Samsung. The Galaxy A30s has tripple lens camera system that includes a 25-megapixel primary camera with an f/1.7 aperture; a second 5-megapixel camera and a third 8-megapixel camera. With the selfie camera at 16-megapixel and an f/2.0 aperture. The built-in storage is 64GB and can be expanded via a microSD card up to 512GB. The polycarbonate body is sturdy and was launched in Prism Crush Black, Prism Crush White and Prism Crush Violet colours. With all the necessary sensors and connectivity options packed into this phone, it is a strong contender in its segment.
5. Huawei P30 Lite
Another good phone from the Huawei stable, the P30 Lite has a 6.15-inch display that is at a full HD resolution. Producing vivid colors and a good level of brightness. The UI is the EMUI 9.0.1 based on Android 9 Pie, which has Machine Learning making the phone faster as it learns the user’s patterns. The battery is at a 3340mAh capacity which is a little underpowered for a phone in this range. The camera setup is a triple-lens system that includes a 24-megapixel primary camera with an f/1.8 aperture; a second 8-megapixel camera and a third 2-megapixel camera. For selfies, the front camera is a 32-megapixel lens with an f/2.0 aperture. The Hisilicon Kirin 710 octa-core processor powers the phone combined with 4GB of RAM. The inbuilt storage on this is high at 128GB and can also be expanded, adding 256GB more through a microSD card. With all the needed connectivity and sensors, including the dual-SIM function that has become everpresent today. Available in Midnight Black and Peacock Blue colors.
This segment has a lot more options as the market demand is a lot higher in this price range. Even this segment gets updated regularly, but the brands that are doing well are among this list. With quality products at a competitive price, they all own a serious portion of the overall market.