Greatest mid-range smartphones 2021: 9 nice worth telephones

Samsung Galaxy S20 FE

The most effective mid-range Samsung Galaxy telephone


  • Snapdragon 865 within the UK
  • Beautiful 120Hz panel
  • Obtainable in a pleasant array of colors


  • Secondary cameras aren’t nice

£699 may be pushing the definition of mid-range, however with flagship gadgets costing twice this today, it could actually typically put extra reasonably priced telephones into context. A great instance of that is the Galaxy S20 FE, which Samsung crammed a lot of its 2020 flagship options into with out making too many sacrifices.

The highlights right here embody a beautiful 120Hz OLED flat panel providing punchy colors and deep blacks, 6GB of quick RAM and 128GB storage. You’ll additionally discover a triple digital camera array on the rear of the gadget, which is headlined by a wonderful 12-megapixel digital camera able to capturing brilliant, detailed and intensely vibrant pictures. By means of testing, we discovered it greater than ok for taking pictures to be used on social media and video-calling over Zoom. Nonetheless, we’d nonetheless say the Pixel sequence gives the easiest digital camera expertise on this value bracket. 

Samsung has additionally included loads of options which can be usually ditched at this value, together with Qi charging, an IP68 water-resistance ranking and expandable storage.

The true star of the present right here is the Snapdragon 865 chipset (there’s additionally a 4G Exynos 990 model accessible for £100 much less), which not solely provides the FE higher efficiency than different European variations of final 12 months’s S20, however superior battery life, too. There’s 5G help besides – though, as we discovered throughout testing, until you reside in an space with 5G protection, the latter isn’t an enormous promoting level.

Lastly, there’s the FE’s design, which is pretty much like Samsung’s present Galaxy S21. It’s constructed of powerful plastic somewhat than glass. However utilizing it as my on a regular basis telephone, I discovered the matte end enticing – and, in contrast to most plastic-backed telephones, it wasn’t a magnet for fingerprints. The Samsung Galaxy S20 FE can also be accessible in a spread of eye-catching colors, together with a deep blue and putting purple.

It’s additionally price noting that we count on the Galaxy S21 FE to launch this 12 months, so it might be price holding out for that launch for those who just like the sound of Samsung’s extra reasonably priced S Collection line.

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