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 £1,000 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 £600 mark but still afford you excellent design, performance and features, in varying measures.
You’ll notice this list reflects our list of best mid-range phones, albeit with a few extra deals thrown in for colour.
Best Mid-range Phone Deals
1. OnePlus Nord (12GB RAM, 256GB)
Now: £379 (£90 off)
OnePlus’ superb re-entry into the mid-range market in 2020, the OnePlus Nord, is already a great example of value-for-money, but this discount on the higher RAM/storage SKU found on Amazon makes a good deal even better. (There’s also currently a discount on the 8GB RAM model and other colourways too.) See our full coverage.
2. OnePlus 8T (12GB RAM, 256GB)
Now: £549 (£100 off)
A sizeable reduction on the 12GB RAM model of this fully-fledged flagship OnePlus 8T is now available on Amazon. The OnePlus 9 may now be on the market but the 8T still gets our vote. See more of the best OnePlus 8T deals right here.
3. Google Pixel 4a (6GB RAM, 128GB) w/ 5 months Apple Music
From: Currys PC World
Now: £319 (£30 off)
The simplicity of Android as Google intended paired with modest but effective hardware, an impressively capable camera, a clean design and an OLED display – the Pixel 4a is a wonderfully well-rounded package and now comes with £30 off from Currys, along with five months of Apple Music.
4. Samsung Galaxy S20 FE (6GB RAM, 128GB)
Now: £416 (£183 off)
The Snapdragon 865-powered Galaxy S20 FE offers impressive bang-for-buck out the gate but is now even more affordable thanks to this Amazon deal that knocks up to over £180 off the 4G version. There’s also £130 off the 5G variant. Discount varies by colour, check before purchase.
5. Samsung Galaxy A71 (6GB RAM, 128GB)
Now: £359 (£60 off)
Samsung’s 2020 mid-range family was fronted by the Galaxy A71, with its expansive display, multiple cameras and eye-catching Prism finish. Now available with £60 off the RRP, courtesy of Amazon.
6. Oppo Reno 4 5G (8GB RAM, 128GB)
Now: £327.93 (£171.07 off)
There’s a sizeable near-£175 reduction available on the Oppo Reno 4 5G, making an already-capable 2020 mid-ranger even more enticing.
7. Oppo Reno 4Z 5G (8GB RAM, 128GB)
Now: £249.95 (£79.05 off)
Despite toting mid-range performance, the most affordable member of Oppo’s Reno 4 line – the 5G-capable Reno 4Z 5G – now comes in at a budget phone price, thanks to this near-£80 discount on Amazon.
8. Apple iPhone SE (3GB RAM, 256GB)
Now: £516.06 (£52.94 off)
The top storage SKU of Apple’s stellar affordable 2020 smartphone – the updated iPhone SE – enjoys a near-£55 Amazon discount, making it one of the biggest reductions we’ve seen on the handset thus far.
Note: Discount varies by colour, check before purchase.
9. Samsung Galaxy S10 Lite (8GB RAM, 128GB)
Now: £438.99 (£140.01 off)
Don’t be fooled by the name, the Samsung Galaxy S10 Lite is a 2020 phone, making the fact that this Amazon deal knocks over £140 off the asking price all the more impressive.
10. Samsung Galaxy A51 (4GB RAM, 128GB)
Now: £248.75 (£80.25 off)
The 4G flavour of Samsung’s capable Galaxy A51 mid-ranger – one of 2020’s best-selling phones worldwide – gets a nice price reduction on Amazon.
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 a 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.
If you’re looking to buy a phone outright, rather than on-contract, Amazon has some of the biggest bargains, but make sure you check the specs carefully – third-party sellers sometimes use Amazon to shift international stock, which may vary slightly from what you find in UK stores.
If you find that you’re missing out on Amazon’s Lightning deals, which run for just a few hours and offer limited stock, we’d recommend signing up for Amazon’s 30-day free trial of Prime, which will get you access to deals 30 minutes before everyone else. Plus, you’ll get free next-day delivery with the Prime trial, as well as access to Prime Instant Video and more. Sign up for Prime now.
Want more great deals on the latest tech? We round up the best tech deals in the UK all in one place and update them every week, so you’re guaranteed to find a bargain in there, somewhere.
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 £250. We also have a general roundup of the UK’s best tech deals right now, worth checking in on too.
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