Best mid-range Samsung smartphones you can buy right now (November 2016)

It's true that we are all enamored with all the high-end smartphones out there. They are the ones that arrive with all the exciting new features, they are the ones that cause queues in front of the stores, and finally, they are the ones we actually anticipate. Like the Samsung Galaxy S7 and the Galaxy Note 6, for example. 

However, not just everyone needs or can afford such a high-end device. This is exactly where mid-range phones come in handy, and Samsung, the leading global phone manufacturer has a wide array of these. 

Well, to make your search for a solid Samsung mid-ranger a bit easier, we rounded some of the notable mid-rangers that you should check out. 

Samsung Galaxy C7

Retail price: $459 (B&H Photo Video)

The Samsung Galaxy C7, which is currently up for pre-order at B&H Photo Video, is an excellent upper mid-range device that ticks lots and lots of boxes. It has a large 5.7" Super AMOLED display that has a resolution of 1080 by 1920 pixels, a not-too-shabby metal build, 16MP main camera, 8MP selfie camera, 4GB of RAM, a microSD card slot, and a 3,300mAh battery. The things that make it mostly a mid-range device are the Snapdragon 625 chipset and the 1080p display. However, in the grand scheme of things, this could easily be a much better buy for people that are not after the latest and greatest gadgets, like the Galaxy S7 and S7 edge

Samsung Galaxy A9 Pro

Price: TBA

This beastly phablet has it all - a ginormous 6" Super AMOLED display, a 16MP rear/8MP front camera, 4 gigs of RAM, 32GB of native storage with a microSD card slot available, and a large 5,000mAh battery at the back. The specs that demote this otherwise intriguing device are its 1080p screen resolutions and Snapdragon 652 chipset, which are not flagship material but definitely ensure for a superb upper mid-range device. The only thing that remains is for Samsung to announce release and pricing details about that one.

Samsung Galaxy J7 Prime

Price: $235 (Amazon)

The Samsung Galaxy J7 Prime retains much of the standard J7's interior prowess, including Samsung's octa-core Exynos 7870 chipset. The expandable storage, meanwhile, doubles from 16 GB to 32 GB, and there's 3 gigs of RAM as opposed to 2. The 13-megapixel camera, which can actually churn out some decent snaps for a mid-tier handset, also makes a return along with a seemingly improved 8-megapixel selfie shooter. There's also a fingerprint scanner on board, along with a respectable 3300 mAh battery.

Samsung Galaxy A8

Retail price: ~$389

The Galaxy A8 is a mid-range Samsung phablet that impressed us with its ultra-slim and lightweight build. We also found its display way better than average, as it exhibits very accurate and pleasing colors in Basic screen mode, although its maximum brightness leaves something to be desired.

Battery life is also not too shabby and the phone will last you easily a day, and most likely, a day and a half. Still, have in mind this is no top-end device and the performance might leave a lot to be desired. 

Samsung Galaxy A7 (2016)

Retail price: $440

The slim and thin catwalk-like body of the Galaxy A7 (2016) propels it to the mid-range spot on Samsung's portfolio. Yes, it doesn't arrive with stellar performance, and yes, its rear snapper is not something to write home about, but after all, it's a mid-range phone we are dealing with here. On the plus side, it boasts a good-looking display and a very durable battery that keeps the show going for a long time.

Still, it should be noted that if you intend to use the Galaxy A7 (2016) as a gaming device or are easily annoyed by interface stutters here and there, you might be in for a disappointment.

Samsung Galaxy A5 (2016)

Retail price: $329

Largely similar to the Galaxy A7 but with a tad smaller 5.2-inch display, the new Galaxy A5 is a pretty neat mid-range device. Performance-wise, we think it's largely an OK device, which doesn't actually shine but does not disappoint either. Still, it's worth pointing out that Samsung put larger emphasis on polishing the design and put way less effort into polishing the software that is running the show. 

That shouldn't put you off the Galaxy A5. It's a still a decent phone that has better-than-average camera and commendable battery life, but TouchWiz might easily ruin it for you. 

Samsung Galaxy S5

Yes, don't roll your eyes! The 2014 Samsung flagship will serve you just right as a mid-range device right now. Its specs are not as dated as it seems at first sight - true, it is a bit long in the tooth already, but performs on par with most mid-range phones right now. At least in everyday tasks!

Its design is a bit ugly when you compare it with the newer Galaxies in town, but the Galaxy S5 has a couple of intriguing selling points: its waterproof, has a microSD card slot, and an IR blaster. If you find a well-priced unit, don't miss the chance.


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