These are the best mid-range phones currently available in the US

These are the best mid-range phones currently available in the US
Looking for the best mid-range phone that you can get your hands on in the US? Then you've come to the right place, as today we're going to talk about the best smartphones that don't break the bank.

This is a very good time to be on the market for a mid-range smartphone. In just a couple of years, the mid-range segment of the smartphone market has become a crowded space with fierce competitors, and, looking at the context, the impressive progress made in the mid-range segment makes a lot of sense.

The high-end segment of the market is showing signs of stagnation; premium smartphones come with fewer and fewer improvements compared to their predecessors. When coupled with the ever falling prices of hardware components and the fall of the two-year carrier contract and subsidized smartphones, this has allowed manufacturers to create compelling smartphones that do not break the bank.

We're going to provide several recommendations spanning multiple price points and form factors. Note that our selections are not listed in any particular order. 

Google Nexus 5X


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The Google Nexus 5X may not be as beloved as the original Nexus 5 from a couple of years ago, but there can be no denying the 5X is a tough contender for the title of 'best mid-range smartphone'. 

Although Google slapped the phone with a relatively high price at launch, smart buyers have been able to get their hands on the Google Nexus 5X at notable discounts. In fact, just a few days ago B&H had the 16GB of the phone available at $229.99.

Even at its usual price of $300, the Google Nexus 5X is a great mid-range smartphone, and the best deal around if you're a Nexus fan. The raw specs include a 5.2-inch IPS display running at 1920 by 1080 pixels, a Qualcomm Snapdragon 808 chipset with a hexa-core CPU and Adreno 430 GPU, 2GB of RAM, and a 13MP primary camera that produces excellent results.

Promising as the specs of the Google Nexus 5X may be for its price, hardcore Android fans will also find a lot of interest in the phone's software, a vanilla implementation of Android that receives monthly security patches and will get both Android N later this year as well as the 2017 major iteration of Android. 

For more details on what's probably the best mid-range phone for the average Android user, head on over to our full Google Nexus 5X review.

Motorola Moto X Pure Edition



Those of you looking for a mid-range phablet with a minimalistic Android implementation should check out the Motorola Moto X Pure Edition. B&H currently sells the phone at $300, down from the usual price of $349.

The Motorola Moto X Pure Edition comes with a 5.7-inch display running a resolution of 1920 by 1080 pixels. The display is sharp, bright, vivid, and color-accurate, which makes it a perfect choice for video consumption.

Under the hood of the Moto X Pure Edition, there's a Qualcomm Snapdragon 808 chipset with a hexa-core processor, 3GB of RAM, and 16GB / 32GB / 64GB of expandable internal storage.

In the camera department, the Moto X Pure Edition is equipped with a 21MP primary camera and a 5MP selfie shooter on the front.

Make sure to read our detailed Motorola Moto X Pure review to learn more about the best mid-range phone with a large screen.

Huawei Honor 5X



The Huawei Honor 5X is probably the best mid-range phone around if you're short on cash. The device is priced at just $199.99, but the hardware specifications are actually quite decent.

$199.99 nets you a handset with a 5.5-inch IPS display running a resolution of 1920 by 1080 pixels, a Qualcomm Snapdragon 616 SoC with an octa-core processor and an Adreno 405 GPU, 2GB of RAM, a 13MP primary camera paired with a 5MP selfie shooter. On the surface, the Honor 5X boasts a sleek metallic design. That's impressive stuff coming from a smartphone this cheap.

As you can find out by reading our detailed Huawei Honor 5X review, there's a lot to love about the Huawei Honor 5X. In fact, this is probably the best mid-range smartphone dime for dime.

Samsung Galaxy A3 (2016)



Historically, Samsung's mid-range smartphones are not the most competitive products when compared against similarly-priced competitors. The Galaxy A3, on the other hand, has a lot going for it at a price of $267. 

Right of the bat, it should be mentioned that 2016 Galaxy A3 is the best mid-range phone if you're looking for a slim and compact smartphone. The A3's 4.7-inch Super AMOLED display runs at a resolution of 720 by 1280 pixels, and can easily be considered the phone's main attraction, right up there with the elegant and slim design.

Other specs include a Qualcomm Snapdragon 410 chipset with a quad-core processor and an Adreno 306 GPU, 1.5GB of RAM, 16GB of expandable internal storage, a 13MP primary camera, a 5MP shooter on the front, and a 2300mAh battery.

Make sure to head on over to our full Samsung Galaxy A3 (2016) review for a full analysis of what may easily be considered the best mid-range phone that Samsung has ever made.

OnePlus 3



The third-generation "flagship killer" is finally here and boy do we love the value proposition! The OnePlus 3 comes with the all of the hardware specs you expect from a premium smartphone (and the metal build to complement it) but the handset is priced at just $400 unlocked. That's some $200 below flagship prices.

The OnePlus 3 comes with a metal body, a 5.5-inch AMOLED display running at 1080 by 1920 pixels, a blazing-fast Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 chipset paired with a whopping 6GB of RAM, 64GB of non-expandable integrated storage, a 16MP main camera, an 8MP selfie shooter on the front, and a 3000mAh camera. Best of all, you don't need an invite to purchase the smartphone. Just head on over to the manufacturer's website and you can order one right now.

Although its price is above the average for the middle segment of the market, the OnePlus 3 is definitely the best mid-range phone money can currently buy.

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26 Comments

1. IAMBLCKJ3ZUS

Posts: 409; Member since: Sep 29, 2015

So the one plus 3 is already considered a mid ranger wow sucks to be them when seen by tech journalist.

5. zex999

Posts: 92; Member since: Feb 14, 2016

It's a mid-range phone and a flagship phone. The cost is mid-range while the specs are for the most part flagship.

16. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

price wise..

2. Armeniandave

Posts: 22; Member since: Jun 19, 2016

Wow so I guess the G5, S7, HTC 10 and all the other phones that have all the latest hardware are midrange too! Oneplus 3 has most of the specs of the latest flagships, it's only in the price that it's midrange. Is it considered midrange because it doesn't have a QHD screen even though all reviews say you don't notice UNLESS you use it for VR? All the rest of the specs mirror all the other phones very well (S7 does have wireless charging and waterproofing).

6. zunaidahmed

Posts: 1183; Member since: Dec 24, 2011

dude, it's obvious they are pointing as the price as mid range, are you stupid or r u just trolling around here? 0-200USD is considered low price range (for smartphone), 200-500USD is mid range while anything above would be upper range or top range, then again anything over 1000USD, I would consider that as a luxury range (smartphone) IMO.

11. Sabres

Posts: 26; Member since: Jun 15, 2016

Zunaid Ahmed, they should have called it a budget phone then

20. Armeniandave

Posts: 22; Member since: Jun 19, 2016

It's only stupid to pay too much for the same specs. So apparently if your stupid enough to pay too much then that makes you cool? More like a fool!

24. zunaidahmed

Posts: 1183; Member since: Dec 24, 2011

again, specs ain't everything, LOL. If specs is what you are looking for, then you are more of a enthusiast or geek or smartphone fan, not a average consumer. So you value a smartphone only by specs? Are you really that naive,LOL. A nissan GTR can go fast as a ferarri 458 italia doesn't mean they are in the same league. People have different uses, needs and taste, and they are willing to pay extra for just those.

17. epdm2be

Posts: 822; Member since: Apr 20, 2012

It also lacks many of the features. Limited LTE-bands, no wireless charging, no IR-blaster and that's just a few.

3. Mxyzptlk unregistered

I wouldn't consider the Moto X Pure Edition as a midrange phone. It has the same specs as the G4, the V10, and the S6. Motorola just sucks with updates.

4. Busyboy

Posts: 731; Member since: Jan 07, 2015

Don't recall the S6 having an SD808 chip

18. Mxyzptlk unregistered

I don't recall saying it did.

7. zunaidahmed

Posts: 1183; Member since: Dec 24, 2011

Most flagships from last year are considered upper mid range of this year, then again, they grouped the phones by value, not specs, so yeah, it doesn't really what specs they are.

10. Arch_Fiend

Posts: 3951; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

I never considered phones with the SD808 flagship devices last year, they were just high-end devices to me so a year later they are definitely mid-ranged, epically since the SD652 is considered mid-ranged because it's better than the SD808.

13. fay99

Posts: 118; Member since: Mar 16, 2012

Totally agreed. The moto x pure has qHD too, instead of FHD as stated here

14. Ruturaj

Posts: 1484; Member since: Oct 16, 2014

QHD not qHD.

28. fay99

Posts: 118; Member since: Mar 16, 2012

Yes! Thanks!

8. havoc

Posts: 95; Member since: Jan 08, 2015

The title should be "These are the best mid range price phones currently available in the US"

9. Arch_Fiend

Posts: 3951; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

Cost doesn't make a phone mid-ranged, in my option it's the soc that does. The OP3 doesn't belong on this list, instead it should be at the top of the best android phones you can but right now list(I need reviews to know that but you get what i'm saying tho)

12. Sabres

Posts: 26; Member since: Jun 15, 2016

How is Samsung Galaxy A3(2016) above the Honor 5X? Honor 5X is way better than the A3(6)

15. Arch_Fiend

Posts: 3951; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

it's not and it wasn't above it 30min ago either, where are you looking mate? Besides PA doesn't have an order to their list, the top isn't what they think is the best and the bottom isn't what they think is the worst, the order is random.

19. sunnyfpy

Posts: 279; Member since: May 12, 2013

Obviously can't sell anymore so the discount!

22. Lauticol

Posts: 404; Member since: Jun 25, 2011

It's nice we finally have a phone with a" 3000mAh camera". Good for Oneplus!

23. WAusJackBauer

Posts: 455; Member since: Mar 22, 2015

The Galaxy A3 2016 isn't natively available in the US. Also it's not the best slim and compact smartphone, the Xperia Z3 or Z5 compact would be.

26. libra89

Posts: 2277; Member since: Apr 15, 2016

I kind of wish it was. The size of it is great.

27. namelessxsilent

Posts: 26; Member since: Jul 22, 2014

You put the wrong screen resolution for the Moto X Pure

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