Mid-range devices have become the new hot segment where you get see most of the action. The reason for this is, these devices are not as costly as the flagships, hence fit the pocket much easier and also do not lack most functionalities compared to the flagships as well are not as simple as the basic phones. So these are the most sought after phones in the market currently with the developing economy.
Here we are going to check out best in class mid-range devices by the most reputed companies in the market. It needs to be noted that all these phones are sub-20000 phones.
Samsung’s latest mid-range hot cake in the market, the Galaxy Grand and not disappointed in turning eyebrows and creating loads of fans. The only 5” phone in the list, the phone is simply power packed, literally. For a mid-range phone, the Grand offers much more than you might expect from the device.
It has a 480×800 pixels resolution and the Samsung TouchWiz UI impress you beyond limit to even make you want to do anything to acquire it. But that is not all, it also comes with 1.2 GHz Dual-core Cortex-A9, 1GB RAM, 8GB internal storage expandable to 64GB and 8MP primary and 2MP secondary camera which can capture HD videos. Its main point is its mammoth 2100 mAh battery which lasts really long and is the only phone with this big a power source.
An old Galaxy series phone, but was ahead of its time even back then, this is one impressive unit which still has not backed out of the game with age. The Galaxy S2 is a similar phone to the Galaxy Grand, but it sports a smaller screen at 4.3” and 480×800 pixels resolution.
The best part is that this is a Super AMOLED screen which were pretty rare and available only in premium phones back then. Also it has a Corning Gorilla glass and TouchWiz UI running over Android 4.0.4 ICS. It has a 8MP primary and 2MP secondary camera, a 1.2 GHz Dual-core Cortex-A9, 1GB RAM, 16/32 GB internal storage expandable upto 32 GB.
3. Nokia Lumia 820
A higher middle range Lumia, the 820 is a lone smartphone running Windows Phone 8. It is having a tough time among all the Android phones considering the platform is a bit new, but it is only a matter of time till it catches up.
The Lumia 820 has a classic camera which is 8MP and can capture 1080p videos at 30fps. It is an LTE supported phone which means that in the near future, this phone won’t be needed to be replaced if you are looking for a network upgrade. The Windows Phone 8 OS is pretty slick, lag free and really a dream to use. It is efficient and makes using this phone a lot of fun.
The only downside is the app market for windows, but that is something which will develop with time. Finally, this phone has the fastest processor, a 1.5 GHz Dual core Krait with Adreno 225 GPU making it a good powerhouse. Check out the 8 Best Windows Mobile Phones.
4. HTC Desire S
HTC makes some really incredible phones and the Desire S lives up to its name. It has a smaller screen at 3.7” but is pretty sharp at 480×800 pixels. It runs on a 1 GHz Scorpion CPU and 768 MB RAM. Also it has a 5MP primary and VGA secondary camera, but it is capable enough for 720p videos at 30fps. It has a Corning Gorilla glass and runs on HTC Sense 3.0 over Android 2.3 Gingerbread.
It has a 1450 mAh battery which is a lot for its size and specs to last long. You might wonder that if compared, the specs seem short, but it is not. The phone works as smooth as butter.
The only Android LTE in the list, the Ion is a touch above the rest, literally. It has a 4.5” 1280×720 pixels HD display, the only HD display in the sub-20000 category. Also it has a 12MP primary camera capable of 1080p videos at 30fps.
It runs on Android 4.0 ICS and can be upgraded to 4.1 JellyBean. It has a 1.5 GHz Dual Core CPU, 1 GB RAM and 16GB internal storage expandable to 32GB. The main strong points of the phone are the HD display and LTE compatibility making it a true standout among all the others.
Micromax Canvas 4 A210- To be released
Canvas 4 A210 will be launched on 8th July 2013. Micromax Canvas 4 will feature 5-inch 720p display, quad-core MediaTek processor, 1GB RAM, 13-megapixel rear camera, 5-megapixel front camera, 16GB of expandable memory, 2,000mAh battery and and will run on Android 4.2 Jelly Bean. This device will be priced at Rs 16,000 and Rs 18,000 as per official sources.
Thus we saw 5 best phones in the market in the sub-20000 price range. All the phones in the list are pretty awesome and are very closely pitched. End of the day, the phone that you choose comes down to your personal preference, but according to us, if you are looking for a phone for the long term, then we would suggest the Lumia 820 or the Xperia Ion because of its LTE feature.