What you should be looking out for in an affordable mid-range smartphone

Smartphones to Consider

Mi 5 (RM1761)

Processor: Snapdragon 820 | RAM: 3GB | Internal Memory: 32GB

Rear Camera: 16MP f/2.0 | Front Camera: 4MP f/2.0

Pros:

●     Powerful camera

●     Incredible speed

●     Beautiful design

Cons

●     Limited on-board storage and lack of expandable microSD storage slot

OnePlus 3 (RM1888)

Processor: Snapdragon 820 | RAM: 6GB | Internal Memory: 64GB

Rear Camera: 16MP f/2.0 | Front Camera: 8MP f/2.0

Pros:

●     Powerful camera

●     Incredible processing speed

Cons:

●     No microSD slot

Asus ZenFone 3 (RM1499)

Processor: Snapdragon 625| RAM: 4GB | Internal Memory: 64GB

Rear Camera: 16MP f/2.0 | Front Camera: 8MP f/2.0

Pros:

●     Low and affordable price

●     Great rear and front camera with excellent image stabilisation technology

Cons:

●     Noticeably slower than mid-rangers priced >S$500

Oppo R9 (RM1755)

Processor: MediaTek MT6755 Helio P10 | RAM: 4GB | Internal Memory: 64GB

Rear Camera: 13MP f/2.2 | Front Camera: 16MP f/2.0

Pros:

●     Excellent front-camera that does well in low-light conditions

●     VOOC fast-charging technology that refuels the device at an unparalleled speed

Cons:

●     Less than spectacular performance in terms of speed given its price

In a nutshell, your midrange devices priced between RM1500 to RM2100 can be nearly as powerful as your flagships that costs a few hundred dollars more. Sure, they may not pack on fancy features like iris scanners or waterproofing abilities, but they can sure match your top-end devices in terms of speed and performance.

Each mid-range device will most likely have a flaw, be it its camera quality or on-board memory space, which makes it less capable than your all-rounded flagships, but for the general public, these hidden gems will most likely surpass your expectations and make you question why you’ve been paying half a grand more for a smartphone for the last few years of your life.

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