Buyer's Guide: The best midrange phones to get (Summer 2021)

Itโ€™s the middle of the year, and the dust between high-profile phone launches has just settled. Seems like a prime time to get a look at what the midrange has to offer if you are in the market for a new phone and you don’t necessarily want to wait until the usual barrage of releases in the fall.
Here’s ALL YOU NEED TO KNOW about the best midrange phones of summer 2021 – tried and tested by GSMArena’s staff.

Timestamps|Chapters:
0:00 Intro
0:27 Redmi 9
1:15 Realme 8
2:01 Poco X3 NFC
3:04 Poco X3 Pro
3:59 Redmi Note 10 Pro
4:48 Oneplus Nord CE 5G
5:24 Samsung Galaxy A42 5G
6:15 Poco F3
7:19 Conclusion

โ–ถ You can read our full smartphone buyer’s guide here
https://www.gsmarena.com/smartphone_buyers_guide-review-2036.php

50 Comments

  1. Ori Nahari on August 26, 2021 at 10:21 pm

    I’ve had the Poco f3 for about a month it’s really good. definitely would recommend

  2. Tronci on August 26, 2021 at 10:22 pm

    I’d avoid Poco like the plague. The ROM is absolute dogshit.

  3. Mr X Xavier on August 26, 2021 at 10:23 pm

    Realme gt lineup nice too..realme gt neo,neo flash,master…

  4. Anonymous on August 26, 2021 at 10:24 pm

    Please suggest me a phone below category
    Amoled display – 6-8gb ram – Good processor – 90 or 120 Hz Refresh rate – Better camera – 6 inches display – 5g

  5. Wouter Klewais on August 26, 2021 at 10:25 pm

    Pixel 4a? Unlimited photo storage…

  6. JagFan Hilton on August 26, 2021 at 10:26 pm

    What’s the best midrange phone that films video in either HD or 4k with image stabilization? Either optical or electronic? Nobody seems to include this in phone reviews and these days it’s becoming important.

  7. Prajjwal Pawar on August 26, 2021 at 10:29 pm

    I will wait for festival season sales

  8. Miguel Carvalho on August 26, 2021 at 10:30 pm

    Great guide without any doubt. Nice work!
    I chose the POCO F3 after having tested both the POCO X3 NFC and the Pro variations.
    Camera performance is more than enough for me. I love the looks and the specs. In this price range the F3 is unbeatable.

  9. babulal singh on August 26, 2021 at 10:30 pm

    Very nice and knowledgeable thank you gsmarena well done ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘

  10. MARVEL vs DC on August 26, 2021 at 10:31 pm

    I love you โค๏ธ

  11. Rich Burmond on August 26, 2021 at 10:32 pm

    Aaah where the mi 11 lite 5g ๐Ÿ˜ฎ

  12. Broken soffa on August 26, 2021 at 10:37 pm

    The amount of poco advertising bots here is astounding

  13. lone wanderer on August 26, 2021 at 10:38 pm

    I thought the m11 lite would have been in this list.

  14. Daniel Miller on August 26, 2021 at 10:42 pm

    Galaxy S20 for $400 in 2021 right now on Fi

  15. freaze on August 26, 2021 at 10:42 pm

    Realme 8 has some shitty build quality and th didnt even mentioned the display protection .
    In my opinion redmi note 10/10s should have been here too

  16. Motoryzen on August 26, 2021 at 10:43 pm

    (sigh) and on EVERY ..single one of these phones..the idiot manufacturers kept putting the damn front camera on the screen in a way that interrupts the experience ( unlike the Sony xperia phones where they had SENSE enough..NOT to do this)

    And yes..I know so many mid and flagship phones are like this these days. That doesn’t make it sensible or wise just because they’ve made it that way.

    I don’t want a damn camera interrupting the screen…ever..period…Watching movies, playing games, viewing screen shots or photos..I don’t care what the situation is.

    Hell I’d rather not have a damn front face camera..period if i had the choice.

  17. EastCoastGaminq on August 26, 2021 at 10:43 pm

    I’d say the galaxy a52 and 5g model as well should be here. The 42 kind of sucks

  18. Milos Tuvic on August 26, 2021 at 10:45 pm

    Great video. I think poco m3 should be on the list as best low budget phone…

  19. Ran Tausi on August 26, 2021 at 10:46 pm

    You’ve missed the NORD 2.

  20. Nico Volker on August 26, 2021 at 10:47 pm

    All of them have garbage on the screen. What a shitty time to buy a phone….

  21. TheMimony on August 26, 2021 at 10:47 pm

    Wait, why isn’t the Motorola edge series not included?

  22. SilverLink on August 26, 2021 at 10:48 pm

    Poco X3 Pro has it all.
    It’s is the KING OF MIDRANGE PHONES.

    sd860/48mpQuad/120hz/5kBatt/iRblaster/nfc/256GBinternal/SDCARD AND HEADPHONE JACK!!!

    what more can i ask for it’s price?

    actually, it would’ve been Poco F3, minus the sd card. What a bummer

  23. Rends YouDontKnowMe on August 26, 2021 at 10:49 pm

    I’m glad that poco m3 isn’t here lmao haha. But i think redmi note 10 should be here.

  24. burgerpatty on August 26, 2021 at 10:49 pm

    Do not support Chinese products.

  25. Warmachine69 on August 26, 2021 at 10:49 pm

    Weโ€™re leaving in the time where good specs phones matches your budget.

  26. Muhammad Zamar on August 26, 2021 at 10:50 pm

    Hello Angie ๐Ÿ™‹๐Ÿผ i’m here to steal ur โ™ฅ๏ธ

  27. Joakim Lindholm on August 26, 2021 at 10:51 pm

    OnePlus Nord CE. Great phone wish it was a little more compact.

  28. Thomas Friedl on August 26, 2021 at 10:52 pm

    What about the Oneplus Nord 2?

  29. Mr Brandon Ho on August 26, 2021 at 10:53 pm

    Watching it on my F3

  30. Jovan Malic on August 26, 2021 at 10:54 pm

    You forget to mention that all Xiaomi and Poco phones come with an IR blaster. It’s very cool feature and needed for some users.

  31. JALAL JAMI on August 26, 2021 at 10:55 pm

    Note 9
    Real me 8
    Poco x3 nfc
    Poco x3 pro
    Mi note 10 pro
    Oneplus nord ce 5G
    A42 5G
    Poco f3

  32. Seye Olokundun on August 26, 2021 at 11:01 pm

    We missed you angie โค

  33. dookieday1 on August 26, 2021 at 11:02 pm

    I got my poco x3 pro 8/256 gb, it is better than I expected super fast and the camera is good.

  34. To Kai on August 26, 2021 at 11:02 pm

    X3 Pro wins at only 199 ๐Ÿ”ฅ

  35. Dennis Fedak on August 26, 2021 at 11:04 pm

    Angie is sure looking good!

  36. rm on August 26, 2021 at 11:06 pm

    If you need a cheap phone where games are important xiaomi is the best choice.

    But in my experience they have allot of bugs in day to day use.
    The mi 9 i only had to review for a couple of weeks but had allot of issues.

    I have dash cams and security cams from them and after a couple of months they are having weird problems.

  37. penunggang unta on August 26, 2021 at 11:06 pm

    Samsung A52 5G should be at 2nd place

  38. Kotarou Yuuyami on August 26, 2021 at 11:08 pm

    waiting for Galaxy S21 FE..

  39. Mazin Sami on August 26, 2021 at 11:08 pm

    Google services ?

  40. WVMUSIC on August 26, 2021 at 11:11 pm

    Poco f3 has the worst camera I have ever seen in a phone. I had it one day. What a gorgeous screen, fast experience …but then the camera that only produces extremely dull photos that lost all the life in it. Grayish , dull unsaturated and fake colors. Had to bring it back and exchanged it for the samsung a52 4g. Way way way better camera and still a great bright screen. Satisfied!

  41. Ren Suzugamori on August 26, 2021 at 11:12 pm

    Poco X3 Pro is amazing

  42. Stephen Louden on August 26, 2021 at 11:13 pm

    Great but I disagree. The best midrange phones are always the last years flagship at half the cost. Like my Not 10+ 5g I got for $500 on black Friday this is the best phone for the money. great processor 512gb memory SD slot, good cameras, bright screen, spen, superfast 45 watt charging. I’ll keep it til it dies ๐Ÿ‘

  43. Vijay Anand on August 26, 2021 at 11:14 pm

    Where is moto

  44. Mr X Xavier on August 26, 2021 at 11:14 pm

    Hottest phone of the summer? Yep its overheats lol

  45. Festival on August 26, 2021 at 11:14 pm

    I have had the PoccoX3 for around a year now… Definitely slowing down and sometimes I never receive messages unless open the app which is really annoying

  46. Ganga Boy A.K.A. Smokey on August 26, 2021 at 11:15 pm

    true that , xiaomi rocks ,
    i myself own a redmi note 8
    and my wife redmi note 10s

  47. My Planet Earth on August 26, 2021 at 11:16 pm

    I will definitely buy
    Xioami Redmi Note ๐Ÿ”Ÿ

  48. fly fury on August 26, 2021 at 11:16 pm

    What the best midrange phone for video recording..any suggest?

  49. Joe Black on August 26, 2021 at 11:17 pm

    xiaomi is the best on the mid range list.

  50. LoveTech on August 26, 2021 at 11:17 pm

    Which phone has best gaming perfomance? Example pubgm,codm, omega legends etc…

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