Best midrange all-rounders 2021 - buyer’s guide

GSMArena team, Last updated 5 November 2021.

Last updated: November 5, 2021 (Changelog)

The search for the best midrange phone ends here. Check out our editors' shortlist in several price categories.

Since 'midrange' is quite a wide range, we've split it further into price brackets. You could say the €200/250/300 subcategories are spaced too close, but we do find that €50 is a meaningful price difference in this segment. Then there's what we call the 'premium all-rounders' category that sits below the all-out flagships - not exactly cheap, no, but still good value.


Best midrange all-rounders up to €200


Editors' choice

Xiaomi Poco X3 NFC

Xiaomi Poco X3 NFC

Specs
  • 6.67" IPS LCD display, 120Hz refresh, HDR10
  • Excellent battery life, 33W fast charging
  • Gaming-friendly Snapdragon 732G
  • Quad-camera, good photo and video quality
  • Gorilla Glass 5, aluminum frame, IP53-rated
  • Not the best pixel response time leading to ghosting in 120Hz

There is no better mid-ranger than the €199 Poco X3 NFC if your budget is around the €200 mark. It was, in fact, our previous top pick for the €250 category, but now it's even cheaper!

The phone offers unmatchable bang for the buck - you get a large 120Hz display within a splash-proof body, good enough performance, a very good (mid-range) quad-camera, and pretty amazing battery life.

The Poco X3 NFC omits nothing - it has a 3.5mm jack, stereo speakers, a microSD slot, IR blaster, FM radio, NFC. It runs on the latest Android and MIUI versions.

There is only one issue with the Poco X3 NFC but it will be noticed by few if any users - slower pixel response time which may result in smearing or ghosting when scrolling. But as we said - you need to really look for it and even then - you may not be able to notice it.

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Xiaomi Redmi Note 10

Xiaomi Redmi Note 10

Specs
  • 6.43" 1080p AMOLED
  • Snapdragon 678 chip is alright
  • Quad-camera, 4K capturing
  • Stereo speakers
  • 5,000mAh battery, 33W charging
  • IP53, Gorilla Glass 3 front, IR blaster, FM radio, microSD
  • No NFC
  • No HRR screen

If we have about €200 to spend on a phone and the Poco X3 NFC isn't an option for some reason, we will then go with the Redmi Note 10. It has pretty much everything you'd want out of a handset for this price - a large and sharp AMOLED display, a capable chipset (powerful enough and efficient), a big 5,000mAh battery with 33W charging support and a whole array of cameras.

But that's not even all. It's offers IP53-rated body with splash protection, has stereo speakers, and can even control your legacy appliances with its built-in IR emitter.

Perhaps the missing NFC and the lack of HRR could be problematic for some users, but still - the Redmi Note 10 is one of the best phones in this price bracket.

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Realme 6

Realme 6

Specs
  • 6.5" LCD, 90Hz refresh
  • Helio G90T is fast enough for gaming on a budget
  • Very affordable
  • Dependable photo camera
  • Excellent battery life, fast charging
  • Dedicated microSD slot, 3.5mm jack, NFC
  • Uninspiring video recording

The Realme 6 may not be our Editors' Choice anymore, but it is still among our top recommendations in this under-€200 mid-range category. Its price has already dropped to some bargain numbers and it is easily the most feature-rich phone you can buy for as low as €150.

The Realme 6 is better suited that many more expensive mid-rangers - it offers a 6.5" 1080p screen with 90Hz refresh, there is gaming-capable Helio G90T chipset and 4GB or 6GB of RAM. The phone scored a great 103h endurance rating on our battery life test and on top of that you can top up its battery quite fast.

But wait, there is more. The Realme 6 offers a capable quad-camera on its back, which snaps regular, ultrawide, macro and portraits shots with good quality, and it can even do 4K video capturing.

Finally, the Realme 6 runs on Android with Realme UI and it's quite fast under that 90Hz screen.

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Xiaomi Poco M3

Xiaomi Poco M3

Specs
  • Large 1080p screen, small notch
  • Okay camera experience
  • 6,000mAh battery, 18W charging
  • Stereo speakers, IR port, microSD, 3.5mm jack
  • No ultrawide camera
  • No NFC
  • Gaming would require lowering the screen resolution

The €150 Poco M3 is still one of the best offers on a budget. It has a large and high-res LCD screen, stereo speakers and a massive 6,000mAh battery with fast charging, which makes it a great companion for multimedia and social networks. Gaming is very much possible, too, you just need to lower the graphics settings and resolution.

The M3 won't be known for its camera prowess, but it's okay. It makes up for that with speedy charging, a 3.5mm audio jack, stereo speakers, and a microSD storage.

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India special

Motorola Moto G40 Fusion

Motorola Moto G40 Fusion

Specs
  • Large 120Hz 1080p HDR10 screen
  • Adequate performance
  • Triple camera on the back, Night Mode, 4K
  • 6,000mAh battery, 20W charging
  • NFC, microSD, 3.5mm jack
  • Splash protection
  • Bulky

The Moto G40 Fusion is one very interesting India-exclusive phone. It is shaping as quite the marathon-runner with that large 6,000 battery. It also employs a large 1080p LCD screen with 120Hz refresh and HDR10 support, as well as the Snapdragon 732G chip that should be enough for gaming on the go. It offers speedy charging, a 3.5mm audio jack, NFC, and a microSD storage.

The G40 Fusion also packs a triple-camera on the back with a 64MP primary, an 8MP ultrawide and a 2MP depth sensor. Night Mode and 4K capturing are available on the main camera.

The phone is about 1cm thick and weighs 225 grams, making it a bit bulky. But other than that, it seems like one of the best phones you can get in India at INR 13,999.

In case if you fancy a 108MP primary camera, you can spend a bit more and get the Moto G60, which is basically the same device, but with a 108MP main camera and a 32MP selfie shooter.

SPECS

US special

Nokia G20

Nokia G20

Specs
  • Large screen, small notch
  • Adequate performance for 720p OS experience
  • Okay camera experience, ultrawide and macro
  • Android 11
  • NFC, microSD, 3.5mm jack, FM radio
  • 720p screen
  • Manu phones offer better specs

The $190 Nokia G20 is a unique suggestion for its clean Android. It has a large 720p screen and a good enough chip to handle such resolution, plus it shows potential with its quad-camera (wide+ultrawide+depth+macro). The 5,050mAh battery seems excellent for the job, too.

The Nokia G20 isn't the fastest phone and its screen sharpness isn't ideal, but it's quite cheap and Android 11 is a treat you'd probably like.

SPECS
Realme 8i

Realme 8i

Specs
  • Adaptive 120Hz 1080p screen, small notch
  • Excellent photo quality, good Night Mode
  • Outstanding battery life
  • microSD, 3.5mm jack
  • No ultrawide camera
  • No NFC, no FM radio
  • No splash resistance
  • Charging is not very fast

The €179 Realme 8i is quite an interesting smartphone with an incredibly adaptive 6.6" 120Hz LCD and a good enough Helio G96 chipset. It aced our battery life test and we were impressed with its camera performance even if it lacks an ultrawide camera. Lag-free gaming is possible, too, you just need to lower the graphics settings and resolution.

The Realme 8i is affordable and it has some omissions like splash resistance and stereo speakers. There is no ultrawide camera, too. But it's still a good smartphone with thoughtfully picked features for this price and it gets our recommendation.

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Realme 8

Realme 8

Specs
  • Super AMOLED HDR10 screen
  • Solid performance on a budget
  • 3.5mm jack, microSD, NFC, FM radio
  • 30W fast charging
  • Over the top design
  • The camera quality is subpar
  • No stereo speakers

The Realme 8 impressed us with its long battery life and fast charging and that's why we've put it on our battery champs list. But it's also one particularly good all-round offer with a decent Super AMOLED screen and a capable Helio G95 chip, which does well for games. It also offers speedy charging, NFC, a 3.5mm jack, a dedicated microSD slot, and even FM radio.

Its camera setup may be packing four shooters, but the photo quality of the main and ultrawide shooters was rather uninspiring. The videos turned out nice, though, selfies, too.

The Realme 8 isn't the best phone, but it's cheap, it aced our battery life test, and it offers more than enough for its price.

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Xiaomi Redmi 10

Xiaomi Redmi 10

Specs
  • 90Hz 1080p screen, small notch
  • Versatile camera, Night Mode
  • Outstanding battery life
  • Stereo speakers, FM radio, microSD, 3.5mm jack
  • No splash resistance
  • Slow charging
  • No NFC
  • UI lag

The €179 Redmi 10 is a great alternative if you are missing the ultrawide camera and the stereo speakers on the Realme 8i. These come at the expense of a slower 90Hz LCD screen and a bit inferior Helio G88 chipset responsible for some UI lag.

The Redmi 10 also omits splash resistance and NFC. It also has slower internal memory. But at that price it's a notably good offer and that's why it earned a spot in this guide.

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Best midrange all-rounders up to €250


Editors' choice

Xiaomi Poco X3 Pro

Xiaomi Poco X3 Pro

Specs
  • Large 1080p LCD screen, 120Hz, HDR10
  • IP53, Gorilla Glass 6 protection
  • Good photo and video camera quality
  • Top notch performance, outstanding stability.
  • Excellent battery life, fast charging
  • Stereo speakers, NFC, 3.5mm jack, microSD slot
  • Bulky
  • Not ideal pixel response time

The €220 Poco X3 Pro is easily the best phone under the €250 mark. It has a large 120Hz display and one enormously powerful (for the class) Snapdragon 860 chipset with plenty of RAM and storage. The phone is IP53-rated for splash resistance and offers Gorilla Glass 6 screen protection.

The Poco X3 Pro also impresses with good camera skills across the board, impressive battery life and fasts charging, good stereo speakers, and all sorts of connectivity options. It may be a bit bulky, but its flagship performance is worth every extra gram, for sure.

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Xiaomi Mi 10T Lite 5G

Xiaomi Mi 10T Lite 5G

Specs
  • 6.67" IPS LCD display, 120Hz refresh, HDR10
  • Excellent battery life, 33W fast charging
  • Gaming-friendly Snapdragon 750G, 5G
  • Quad-camera, good photo and video quality
  • Dual Gorilla Glass 5 panels
  • Uninspiring photo quality

The Xiaomi Mi 10T Lite 5G is a bit reworked version of the Poco X3 NFC with a 5G-capable chip. It has the same 6.67" 120Hz LCD display but with better pixel response time and better refresh rate handling (including Smart AdaptiveSync). The Mi 10T Lite 5G offers excellent bang for the buck - you get a large 120Hz display within a splash-proof body, snappy performance thanks to the Snapdragon 750G chip, a very good (mid-range) quad-camera, and pretty amazing battery life.

The Mi 10T Lite 5G, just like the Poco X3, comes with a 3.5mm jack, stereo speakers, a microSD slot, IR blaster, FM radio, NFC. It runs on the latest Android and MIUI versions.

The Mi 10T Lite 5G is a bit pricier than the Poco X3 NFC and that's why they are in different price categories.

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Samsung Galaxy A32

Samsung Galaxy A32

Specs
  • 1080p 6.4" Super AMOLED display, 90Hz
  • Large 5,000mAh battery, 119h endurance
  • Snappy Helio G80 chip (4,6,8GB RAM versions)
  • Capable camera setup includes a 64MP main unit, an 8MP ultra wide, and a 5MP macro
  • 3.5mm jack, NFC, FM radio, dedicated microSD
  • GPU performance is lacking
  • A bit slow to charge
  • Buggy Night Mode for the camera, no 4K
  • Slow fingerprint reader

If you are a fan of them Super AMOLEDs, the Samsung Galaxy A32 is a pretty viable option priced at around €220. It has a 90Hz 1080p AMOLED screen, a good quad-camera and selfie shooter, and offers brilliant battery life.

The Galaxy A32 is a bit slow to charge and its GPU performance is trailing behind the competition. The Night Mode is not okay, while there is no 4K video - things that the majority of smartphones do well of the price. Still, if you are okay with these setbacks, then you will enjoy the A32 and its large and fast AMOLED screen for sure.

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Best midrange all-rounders up to €300


Editors' choice

Xiaomi Redmi Note 10 Pro

Xiaomi Redmi Note 10 Pro

Specs
  • 6.67" AMOLED display, 120Hz refresh, HDR10
  • Excellent battery life, 33W fast charging
  • Gaming-friendly Snapdragon 732G
  • Quad-camera with 108MP primary, good photo and video quality
  • Dual Gorilla Glass 5, IP53-rated
  • Stereo speakers, 3.5mm jack, microSD, NFC, FM radio, IR blaster
  • The low-light camera quality is mediocre

There is no better mid-ranger than the Redmi Note 10 Pro if your budget is around the €300 mark (MSRP of €279, but can be bought at €250 on Mi.com via promo offers). The phone offers excellent screen and camera quality, plus splash resistant glass design. Its chipset may not be the fastest, but it's up to par.

The Redmi Note 10 Pro also comes with stereo speakers, a 3.5mm jack, a microSD slot, IR blaster, FM radio, NFC. It runs on the latest Android and MIUI versions.

If you are looking for the best mid-ranger at about €300, look no further.

The Redmi Note 10 Pro is available in India as Redmi Note 10 Pro Max.

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OnePlus Nord CE 5G

OnePlus Nord CE 5G

Specs
  • Fluid Oxygen OS
  • 90Hz OLED
  • Snapdragon 750G with 5G
  • Great battery life, plenty fast charging
  • Okay main camera
  • NFC, 3.5mm jack
  • Ultrawide photo quality is not good
  • No stereo speakers, no microSD
  • No ingress protection

The OnePlus Nord CE 5G is an interesting mid-ranger with 5G, a good screen, snappy OS and excellent battery life, with nicely fast charging at that. It is a bit cheaper than the original Nord and that’s why it has made it to our regular mid-range chapter.

The ultrawide camera quality is not that good and there are no stereo speakers on this Nord. The missing ingress protection isn’t great either, as many competitors are offering at least splash resistance.

The Nord CE 5G is priced at €299 and with that good screen, fluid Oxygen OS and great battery life – it sure deserves a chance.

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Realme 7 Pro

Realme 7 Pro

Specs
  • Large OLED screen
  • Water-repellent coating
  • Good quad-camera
  • Very good performance
  • Outstanding battery life, 65W charging!
  • Stereo speakers, NFC, 3.5mm jack, microSD slot
  • 60Hz screen
  • No NFC (market dependent)
  • Underwhelming video recording quality

The Realme 7 Pro costs about 280, and that's why we moved it here. Even if there is a newer Realme 8 Pro model, the Realme 7 Pro is, in fact, the better phone with more features (Realme does that, yes).

So, the Realme 7 Pro has a punchy AMOLED screen, capable chipset and quad-camera, as well as loud stereo speakers and impressive battery life with even more impressive fast charging. Sure, it doesn't come with an HRR screen, but it has plenty to make up for that.

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Most recent updates

Midrangers up to €200

November 5, 2021: Added Realme 8.

October 20, 2021: Added Realme 8i and Redmi 10. Removed the Galaxy A41 and the OnePlus Nord N100.

May 19, 2021: Moved here Poco X3 NFC from upper category (replacing Realme 6 as the new Editors' Choice). Added Xiaomi Redmi Note 10, OnePlus Nord N100, Moto G40 Fusion, Nokia G20. Removed Redmi Note 9, Redmi Note 9S, Redmi Note 9 Pro, Galaxy M21/M31 Prime/F41, Moto G9 Play, Moto G Fast, Nokia 5.3, Realme 7i.

Nov 27, 2020: Moved here Realme 6, Note 9 Pro from the upper price category. Realme 6 replaces the Realme 6i as the new Editor's choice. Added Samsung Galaxy A41, Galaxy M21/F41/M31 Prime, Moto G9 Play, Moto G Fast, Nokia 5.3, Poco M3, Realme 7i. Replaced Xiaomi Redmi Note 8T with Note 9. Removed Redmi Note 8 Pro and Samsung Galaxy A21s.

Midrangers up to €250

October 20, 2021: Moved the Realme 7 Pro to upper category. Removed the OnePlus Nord N10 5G.

May 19, 2021: Added the Poco X3 Pro as the new Editor's choice replacing the Poco X3 NFC which was moved to the lower price bracket. Replaced the Galaxy A31 with the Galaxy A32. Added OnePlus Nord N10 5G. Moved Realme 7 Pro and the Xiaomi Mi 10T Lite 5G from upper category. Removed the Galaxy M31s, Moto G Stylus, Moto G Power.

Nov 27, 2020: Added Redmi Note 10 Pro as the new Editor's choice replacing the Realme 6 which was moved to the lower price bracket. Moved here Moto One Fusion+ from the upper price category. Added Xiaomi Mi 10T Lite 5G, Samsung Galaxy A31, Moto G Stylus, Moto G Power. Replaced Samsung Galaxy M31 with Galaxy M31s.

Midrangers up to €300

October 20, 2021: Added the Realme 7 Pro to upper category. Removed Mi 11 Lite 4G, the Galaxy A52 and the Realme X50 5G as they became too expensive.

June 30, 2021: Added the OnePlus Nord CE 5G.

May 29, 2021: Added Poco X3 Pro as the new Editor's choice replacing the Realme 7 5G. Replaced the Galaxy A51 with the Galaxy A52. Added Xiaomi Mi 11 Lite 4G and the Realme X50 5G. Moved the Realme 7 Pro and the Xiaomi Mi 10T Lite 5G to lower price category. Removed the Mi 10 Lite 5G.

Jan 05, 2021: Added Xiaomi Mi 10T Lite 5G.

Nov 27, 2020: Added Realme 7 5G as the new Editor's choice replacing the Xiaomi Mi 9T. Added Xiaomi Mi 10 Lite 5G, Realme 7 Pro. Moved Redmi Note 9 Pro and Moto One Fusion+ as recommendations in the lower price category. Removed Realme X2.


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Reader comments

A52s is 500$ and it's not smooth at all, Samsung software is slow and heavy. It costs too much for what it brings.

  • Braggs

Just go for A52s 5g

  • Anonymous

Definitely the A52s. It's easily better than way more of the phones on this list.