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 or Best Mid-range Phones, albeit with a few extra deals thrown in 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 the 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. Samsung Galaxy S10 Lite (8GB RAM, 128GB)
Now: £470.58 (£108.42 off)
Don’t be fooled by the name, the Samsung Galaxy S10 Lite is a fresh-faced phone for 2020, making the fact that this Amazon deal knocks over £100 off the asking price all the more impressive.
2. OnePlus 7T (8GB RAM, 256GB)
Was: £580 (estimated based on INR pricing)
Now: £439.06 (£140.94 off)
This 256GB storage model isn’t officially available in the UK but this is a global model that undercuts the base model thanks to this impressive discount from GearBest. With OnePlus 7T one of the very best phones out there right now, this is an unmissable deal.
3. Oppo Reno 10x Zoom (8GB RAM, 256GB)
Now: £429 (£270.99 off)
4. Google Pixel 3a (4GB RAM, 64GB)
Now: £299 (£100 off)
Google’s excellent yet affordable Pixel 3a is now up for grabs on Amazon with a tidy discount.
5. Oppo Reno 2 (8GB RAM, 256GB)
Now: £349 (£100 off)
The Oppo Reno 2 is a stylish mid-ranger with its namesake’s signature ‘shark-fin’ camera. Now available with £100 off on Amazon.
6. Huawei Nova 5T (6GB RAM, 128GB)
Now: £249.99 (£149.01 off)
Huawei’s Nova 5T is choc-full of features and includes Google apps and services, plus support for future updates and security patches. It’s also a steal on Amazon right now.
7. Xiaomi Mi Note 10 (6GB RAM, 128GB)
Now: £378.33 (£80 off)
The world’s first 108Mp cameraphone, Mi Note 10 is available at an incredible discount.
8. Oppo Reno (6GB RAM, 256GB)
Now: £229 (£220.99 off)
One of Oppo’s most exciting phones of 2019, not least because of its pivot-rising ‘shark fin’ front camera and the near-bezel-free display which that affords you, is now up for grabs on Amazon with a hefty price cut for a limited time.
9. Samsung Galaxy A70 (128GB)
Now: £349.99 (£19.01 off)
Samsung’s capable Galaxy A70 features an edge-to-edge Super AMOLED ‘Infinity-U’ display, a huge 4500mAh battery and 25W fast charging, all for under £350 (discount varies by colour).
10. Apple iPhone 7 (32GB)
Now: £299 (£150 off)
Get the iPhone 7 in rose gold with 32GB storage for less than Apple’s RRP from Amazon.
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 £200.