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BGR India Awards 2017: The best mid-range smartphones of the year

The mid-range is still the sweet spot when it comes to volumes and importance, and here are our favorite mid-range smartphones of 2017.

  • Updated: January 17, 2018 9:10 AM IST
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A lot of attention falls on flagship smartphones simply because they are a testament to what phones can do. However, a true wake-up call comes with the knowledge that the best-selling smartphone in India in 2017 is the Rs 9,999 (onwards) Xiaomi Redmi Note 4. The buying public might like to look at the Apple iPhone X and OnePlus 5T longingly from afar, but when it comes to purchase decisions, it’s the mid-range price category that actually boasts of any real numbers.

So, without any further delay, here’s our tribute to 2017’s best mid-range smartphones. This tricky category has phones that try to find the right balance between affordability and capability. We’ve browsed through our records and come to conclusions – here are BGR India’s favorite smartphones of 2017.

Honor 7X

Huawei-owned Honor has been present in the mid-range space for a while now. But for some reason, we’ve never really taken serious notice of its products, since competing options have usually been better. With the recently-launched Honor 7X, things have changed. With a 5.9-inch full-HD+ 18:9 screen and a dual-camera setup at the rear, the Honor 7X brings flagship features to an otherwise mid-range price point.

Priced from Rs 12,999 onwards, the Honor 7X comes with 4GB of RAM and either 32GB or 64GB of internal storage. It also powered by the Hisilicon Kirin 659 SoC, and has hybrid dual-SIM connectivity. It’s a solid mid-range effort from the Honor stable and worth a look if you’re shopping for a phone at under Rs 15,000.

Xiaomi Mi A1

The Android One program wasn’t as successful as Google had hoped it would be when it was launched a few years ago. But the program persists to this day, and among the few current phones running Android One software is the Xiaomi Mi A1. Priced at Rs 13,999, the Mi A1 is powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 SoC, along with 4GB of RAM and 64GB of storage.

Apart from the near-stock Android software under the hood, the phone also comes with a dual-camera setup at the rear, featuring two 12-megapixel cameras. This enables bokeh mode for depth-of-field portrait shots, as well as up to 2X lossless zoom. It’s one of our favorite phones this year at under Rs 15,000, and is a capable step-up from the Xiaomi Redmi Note 4.

Samsung Galaxy On Max

Although it’s hard to review a mid-range smartphone from Samsung, the Galaxy On Max was a rare exception. Known for its 13-megapixel rear camera with f/1.7 aperture, the phone is among the better options when it comes to low-light photography. With a 5.7-inch full-HD screen and a MediaTek SoC under the hood, the phone has 4GB of RAM, 32GB of internal storage and a 13-megapixel front camera. You also get Samsung Pay Mini, which is the toned-down version of Samsung Pay, the company’s solution for mobile payments.

We’ve tested the Galaxy On Max, and it is indeed one of the best phones you can buy if low-light photography is what you need. The phone is priced at Rs 16,999, and is on sale online as well as through Samsung’s extensive offline sales network.

Oppo F5

Some might argue that the Oppo F5 isn’t quite mid-range, with its price starting at Rs 19,990 and going up to Rs 24,990. However, we’d like to think of it as the upper mid-range segment, and is among the better devices you can buy in the price bracket if you’re looking for a selfie-friendly phone. The phone features a 20-megapixel AI-powered front camera that helps capture better selfies.

It uses algorithms and machine learning to adjust your picture to look best, and also uses the same method to add DSLR-like bokeh effects to selfies. It’s a great camera if you take a lot of selfies, and with up to 6GB of RAM and 64GB of internal storage, it’s a capable mid-range smartphone as well.

Moto X4

It’s usually impossible to have a list of the best mid-range smartphones without the mention of a Motorola option, and this list is no different. However, you probably weren’t expecting it to be the Moto X4. Priced from Rs 20,999 for the 3GB/32GB variant and going up to Rs 22,999 for the 4GB/64GB variant, the Moto X4 has a lot going for it, including stunning looks and build, and a dual-camera setup at the rear.

You also get the Qualcomm Snapdragon 630 SoC, which is one of the successors to the Snapdragon 625 chipset that was seen on many mid-range devices in 2017. It features the Qualcomm Spectra 160 image signal processor, which promises better camera performance. It’s also IP68 water resistant, so it’ll survive being immersed in water or a spell out in the rain.

This was our list of the best smartphones of 2017. Do you have any comments or suggestions? Let us know below, and stay tuned for more from the BGR India Awards 2017.

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  • Published Date: January 17, 2018 9:09 AM IST
  • Updated Date: January 17, 2018 9:10 AM IST