The new midrange: best Android phones with HD 720p displays

The new midrange: best Android phones with HD 720p displays
The fight in the mobile phone universe is now shifting midstream, after five years of flagship brawl running unabated. All players are suffering from a flagship fatigue and market saturation at the high-end, so they are reshifting positions for the exploding Android midrange opportunity.

What are the current midrangers offering, though, and are they worthy of the nascent landgrab that is about to ensue in the category? Good midrangers these days start you off with a 720p display, which means we'll have both H1 2013 entrants, and last year's flagships in the slideshow below. 

We are rounding up a few of the best representatives of the upper midrange echelon that typically go for less than half a grand without contract subsidies, to help you choose in the $300-$500 SIM-free price range.

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45 Comments

45. Remmy

Posts: 191; Member since: Jul 31, 2012

Agree, the Xperia SP is if not, one of the best mid range phones you can get even with a tight budgdet :)

44. itsdeepak4u2000

Posts: 3718; Member since: Nov 03, 2012

And also 6.3 mega.

43. itsdeepak4u2000

Posts: 3718; Member since: Nov 03, 2012

Nexus 4, S III, ZR, F7 are still good as their screens are bigger as compared to One mini, but some phones are still missing as Xperia SP, etc. are missing though.

42. Sven

Posts: 10; Member since: Feb 19, 2009

LG OPTIMUS G ????? it's not a flagship any more regarding its specs.... even if it shares the same CPU with Xperia Z and a better screen.... Just my Opinion ;)

41. DerryAhmad

Posts: 296; Member since: May 05, 2012

Does the artile suggesting that The New Mid Range = Last Year's FLagship (specs)? I tought we're seing comparison between today's midrange, eg. Sony Xperia Sp, Samsung S4 Mini and HTC One mini, instead of last years flagship such as Galaxy S3 and Nexus 4.

40. hms2407

Posts: 94; Member since: Apr 25, 2013

xperia sp ???

39. yudi.nemesis unregistered

I think Xperia ZR is the best android phone with 720p Display just because ZR have Quad core S4 Pro Cpu and 320 Gpu, big and removeable battery, sd card, IP58, and according to mobiltelefon.ru ZR have good 13MP Exmor RS Camera and the display also have good viewing angle.

37. SonyPS4

Posts: 347; Member since: May 21, 2013

Xperia ZR. Sony always make best mid range smartphone

33. KingKurogiii

Posts: 5713; Member since: Oct 23, 2011

um, excuse me but the Droid Razr MAXX HD would actually be one of the better mid-rangers now.

34. jellmoo

Posts: 2701; Member since: Oct 31, 2011

The only problem really is that it is still priced as a high end device (double the price of the Nexus 4, for example) and is totally exclusive to a single US carrier.

32. exidor01

Posts: 8; Member since: Dec 17, 2011

All this is saying is last year's high end phones are this year's mid range phones

28. roscuthiii

Posts: 2383; Member since: Jul 18, 2010

Just throwing out a perspective to take into consideration: If mid-range phones now are on par with previous high-end phones (and that was the market that was booming), and it's the mid-range segment that's booming now, then perhaps it's possible that this is just the level of mobile device the majority of consumers are interested in...

21. Adithya7184 unregistered

lol...GS3 is a mid-ranger....lol....rofl;-)

22. jellmoo

Posts: 2701; Member since: Oct 31, 2011

Um... If not a mid-range device, then what is it?

23. indianapple89

Posts: 47; Member since: Feb 28, 2013

It is now...

27. Commentator

Posts: 3723; Member since: Aug 16, 2011

Everything about it is mid-range.

35. Stuntman

Posts: 843; Member since: Aug 01, 2011

Last year's flagship is this year's mid-range. I'm still very happy with my GS3 after a year. It does everything that I need.

19. _Bone_

Posts: 2155; Member since: Oct 29, 2012

Ascend P6 definitely takes his, premium build, very slim build, good battery life, easy UI and superb screen.

31. veer.d

Posts: 89; Member since: Jul 12, 2013

but not available everywhere

16. Klamba92

Posts: 212; Member since: Jun 25, 2012

I disagree that the nexus 4 is a mid-range phone just because it does not have 1080p HD! it still has 2gb of ram still a very fast quad core processor plus will get the latest and greatest of android first!

15. tiara6918

Posts: 2263; Member since: Apr 26, 2012

Nexus 4 is the best midrange followed by one x+

9. amansingal14

Posts: 309; Member since: Sep 08, 2012

I think Xperia SP is also better than HTC One Mini and has better value for money.

13. SakuroAkino

Posts: 141; Member since: Jul 12, 2013

Xperia sp is lot more better than one mini With adreno 320 and krait 1.7 Which score near to xperia z in quadrant and 16500 in antutu

30. veer.d

Posts: 89; Member since: Jul 12, 2013

all mini's is a flop s3,s4 and one. they just overpriced.

7. veer.d

Posts: 89; Member since: Jul 12, 2013

zr is best among them

3. ilia1986 unregistered

Rocking a GS3 I9300 running LiquidSmooth 2.8 based on 4.2.2. Feels significantly faster than any GS4 I've seen.

25. shikroi

Posts: 187; Member since: Sep 24, 2012

For now.

2. hmd74

Posts: 546; Member since: Jan 31, 2013

OK! You call Nexus 4 a midranger?! Just for a 720p Display?! it has better specifications than Xperia Z

4. lee480 unregistered

Lol Xperia Zhave more superior specs. Try to research b4 posting crap.

5. looniaz

Posts: 5; Member since: Jul 19, 2013

"Good midrangers these days start you off with a 720p display, which means we'll have both H1 2013 entrants, and last year's flagships in the slideshow below" Nexus 4 is a last year's flagship...deal with it pal

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