If you’re in the market for a capable, affordable phone that looks good and is nice to use, then our rundown of the best mid-range phones of the moment is worth a gander.
A few years back, Apple broke the £1000 barrier for the mainstream flagship smartphone and since then, plenty of competitors have followed suit. Luckily, despite the high-prices of top-end handsets, people have shown that they don’t want to spend such large quantities of money, leading to a far more competitive mid-range space than ever before.
Add in Chinese newcomers and you’ve got a mid-range market of capable smartphones that sail beneath the £500 mark but still afford you excellent design, performance and features, in varying measures.
You’ll notice this list reflects our list of Best mid-range phones, albeit with a few extra deals thrown in for colour.
Best Mid-range Phone Deals
Mid-range phone buying advice
Mid-rangers are typically a mix of competitively-priced fully-fledged flagships, more affordable members of the same product family as a company’s top device with reduced performance, or a dedicated device, designed to deliver a certain premium feature (or features), without breaking the bank.
Deciding which one best suits your needs falls to a number of factors. If you want raw performance, a former flagship will stand you in better stead but will more likely suffer more from waining software support sooner than less powerful but newer dedicated mid-ranger compatriots.
Flagship-adjacent phones will try and offer the closest experience to a product line’s true top-tier offering but will likely skimp on the processor and/or RAM available. While dedicated mid-rangers don’t aim to excel based on their price point, save for one or two key areas, chosen by the manufacturer.
As ever, buying from phone makers you trust is always the way you go, even if it means paying a little more for a similarly-specced phone. Bigger companies’ products are usually held to higher quality standards and should anything go wrong, they’ll likely offer more robust customer support.
1. OnePlus Nord (12GB RAM, 256GB)
Now: £408 (£61 off)
OnePlus’ superb re-entry into the mid-range market in 2020, the OnePlus Nord, is already a great example of value-for-money but this discount on the higher RAM/storage SKU found on Amazon makes a good deal even better.
2. Apple iPhone SE (3GB RAM, 256GB)
Now: £549 (£20 off)
The top storage SKU of Apple’s stellar affordable offering for 2020 – the updated iPhone SE – enjoys a £20 Amazon discount, making it a solid choice amidst Apple’s current smartphone lineup.
3. Oppo Find X2 Lite (8GB RAM, 128GB)
Now: £299 (£100 off)
The baby of Oppo’s Find X2 line, the Find X2 Lite already delivers on performance and design at a compelling price, and that’s before you take into account the £100 reduction it’s currently enjoying on Amazon.
4. Oppo Reno 4 5G (8GB RAM, 128GB)
Now: £319 (£180 off)
There’s a sizeable £180 reduction available on the Oppo Reno 4 5G, making an already-capable premium mid-ranger even more enticing. Better yet, this discount carries across both the Galactic Blue and Space Black colourways
5. Samsung Galaxy S10 Lite (8GB RAM, 128GB)
Now: £469.99 (£109.01 off)
Don’t be fooled by the name, the Samsung Galaxy S10 Lite is a 2020 phone, making the fact that this Amazon deal knocks over £100 off the asking price all the more impressive.
6. Samsung Galaxy A71 (6GB RAM, 128GB)
Now: £349 (£70 off)
Samsung’s 2020 mid-range family is fronted by the Galaxy A71, with its expansive display, multiple cameras and eye-catching Prism finish. Now available with £70 off the RRP, courtesy of Amazon.
7. Oppo Reno 4Z 5G (8GB RAM, 128GB)
Now: £239.99 (£89.01 off)
Despite toting mid-range performance, the most affordable member of Oppo’s recent Reno 4 line – the 5G-capable Reno 4Z 5G – now comes in at a budget phone price, thanks to this £90 discount on Amazon.
8. Xiaomi Redmi Note 9 Pro (6GB RAM, 128GB)
Now: £234.99 (£34.01 off)
The superbly-capable and affordable Redmi Note 9 Pro bundles in a ton of great specs, like a quad-camera setup, a Full HD display, a huge 5020mAh battery with 33W fast charging and more, all for an incredible price.
9. Samsung Galaxy A51 (4GB RAM, 128GB)
Now: £284 (£45 off)
The 4G flavour of Samsung’s capable 2020 Galaxy A51 mid-ranger gets a nice price reduction on Amazon.
10. Samsung Galaxy A41 (4GB RAM, 64GB)
Now: £222 (£47 off)
The modest Galaxy A41 still packs plenty of punch thanks to its 6.1in Super AMOLED display, triple camera setup and in-display fingerprint sensor. Now with a tidy near-£50 Amazon discount on top.
11. Google Pixel 3a (4GB RAM, 64GB)
Now: £271.68 (£127.32 off)
Google’s excellent-yet-affordable 2019 Pixel 3a – with its superb camera – is up for grabs on Amazon with over £120 off the original RRP, one of its biggest discounts to date.
If you want to know more about the current mid-range phone market, check out our Best mid-range phones roundup or if all the entries here still seem a little too pricey, have a look at our Best budget phones roundup instead, where every deal features a phone that costs under £250.