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Top 7 Android Mid-rangers That Feels Like a Flagship

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Smartphone mid-rangers are ridiculed for their lack of additional specs in line and power, in which a few flagships unsurprisingly has the edge over them. However, there have been recent mid-rangers that showed that mid-ranged smartphones are nevertheless capable of delivering flagship-level performances in hardware, camera, and various departments. With that, let’s check out a few of them.

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Samsung Galaxy J7 2016

Samsung is no stranger in providing various types of handsets. From standard flagships to budget-wise phones, Samsung is quite a specialist in the matter. One in particular handset, the newly introduced and released Samsung Galaxy J7 2016 is a good example of Samsung delivering consistency, despite differentiating all handsets via specs list and category.

The Galaxy J7 2016 packs an in-house Exynos 7589 octa-core chip and 3GB of RAM, which is actually already high and should be capable of delivering profound multi-tasking. The newer Galaxy J7 2016 is also equipped with a new Android 6.0 Marshmallow, so there are more new things on the Galaxy J7 2016 than meets the eye. Currently, the Galaxy J7 2016 is priced at Php 14-15K.

See also Samsung Galaxy A5 2016 vs J7 2016 camera comparison

Samsung Galaxy J7 (2016) specs, PH price, features

  • Display: 5.5-inch 1080p FHD Super AMOLED, 401 ppi, Scratch resistant
  • Chipset: Exynos 7580 octa-core, 1.6GHz x 8
  • RAM: 3GB
  • Memory: 16GB storage, microSD up to 128GB
  • Main camera: 13MP rear shooter, f/1.9 lens
  • Front camera: 5MP selfie front-facing
  • Connectivity: 4G dual LTE nano SIM (dedicated), WiFi n, 4G LTE, Bt 4.1, GPS
  • OS: Android 6.0 Marshmallow
  • Battery capacity: 3300mAh battery
  • Ports: microUSB ver. 2.0
  • Release date: April 2016
  • Official price: Php 15k / $320 USD in the Philippines

LG Nexus 5X

LG’s 2015 mid-ranger, the Nexus 5X has received a lot of love from the mid-ranged smartphone market. Despite being the mid-range counterpart of Huawei’s highly-acclaimed Nexus 6P, the Nexus 5X surely made its way to the market with ease, thanks to its decent specs lineup. Particular specs like its Snapdragon 808 hexa-core chip, its 2GB of RAM and an option of 16/32GB of ROM are somewhat one of the instigators for the Nexus 5X. Right now, the LG Nexus 5X is priced at Php 11-12K through online stores nationwide.

See also LG Nexus 5X full review

LG Nexus 5X specs, PH price, features

  • Display: 5.2-inch 1080p FHD display, 423ppi
  • Chipset: Qualcomm Snapdragon 808 hexacore
  • RAM: 2GB
  • Memory: 16/32GB internal storage, no microSD card slot
  • Main camera: 12MP rear shooter, Laser Autofocus, dual-LED flash (dual tone)
  • Front camera: 5MP front camera
  • Connectivity: 4G LTE cat 6,WiFi ac, Bt 4.2, GPS, GLONASS, NFC
  • OS: Android 6.0 Marshmallow
  • Battery capacity: 2700mAh battery
  • Ports: USB type-c, Fingerprint Sensor (Google Imprints)
  • Release date: 2015 November
  • Official price: Around Php 11-12K through online stores nationwide

Samsung Galaxy A9

Samsung’s A-series is the original flagship lineup of the company, with the J-series mainly focusing on budget-heavy phones. We included the J7 2016 on the list because we felt it had the potential to deliver a flagship-like experience, despite being considered by Samsung as a budget phone. Nevertheless, the newest A-series handset, the Samsung Galaxy A9, and A9 Pro, confirms that Samsung is capable of providing an insurmountable amount of consistency on their handsets.

The 6-incher Samsung Galaxy A9 has 3GB of RAM and a Snapdragon 652 chip that ensures a great performance on the device. We’ve already had our time ofn the Galaxy A9 and we can confidently say that it is quite a performer. the Samsung Galaxy A9 is priced at Php 20-21K.

See also Samsung Galaxy A9 vs A9 Pro-What’s their difference?

Samsung Galaxy A9 specs, PH price, features

  • Display: 6-inch 1080p FHD Super AMOLED display, 367ppi
  • Chipset: Snapdragon 652 chip, octa-core processor
  • RAM: 3GB
  • Memory: 32GB internal storage, 128GB microSD card max
  • Main camera: 13MP rear shooter, f/1.9 aperture, OIS
  • Front camera: 8MP selfie shooter, f/1.9 aperture
  • Connectivity: 4G nano LTE, WiFi ac, BT 4.1, GPS, GLONASS, NFC, FM Radio with RDS
  • OS: Android 5.1.1 Lollipop, to be upgraded to Android 6.0 Marshmallow
  • Battery capacity: 4000mAh capacity, fast charging
  • Ports: microUSB v2.0
  • Release date: March – April 2016 Availability
  • Official price: Php 20-21K price

Asus Zenfone Max

Asus is known to deliver a wide-array of mid-range handsets and some of them have a few interesting unique feats. The Zenfone Max is surely one of these handsets, thanks to it whopping 5000mAh battery capacity and pretty decent price tag. The Zenfone Max is also a pretty decent performer, thanks to its Snapdragon 410 chip and 2GB of RAM and since we’ve already made a review on the battery convenient Zenfone Max, you may wanna check it out to know more about how the Zenfone Max is surely a pretty good pick for the budget-weary. the Zenfone Max is currently priced at Php 8,495.

See also Asus Zenfone Max full review

Asus Zenfone Max specs, PH price, features

  • Display: 5.5-inches 720p HD IPS LCD, 297 pp
  • Chipset: Snapdragon 410 chip
  • RAM: 2GB
  • Memory: 16GB internal + 64GB max microSD card (hybrid)
  • Main camera: 13MP rear shooter, f2.0 lens aperture, laser focus
  • Front camera: 5MP f2.0 front-facing
  • Connectivity: WiFi n, Bluetooth 4.0, GPS, 4G LTE, dual-SIM (dedicated slot)
  • OS: Android 5.1 Lollipop
  • Battery: 5000 mAh, No fast charging
  • Ports: microUSB 2.0
  • Release date: February 2016 in the Philippines
  • Official price: Php 8,495 pesos official Asus PH

Lenovo Vibe K4 Note

Lenovo’s Vibe series have shown a lot of promise over the years, with some of them delivering and some of them missing. Nevertheless, it seems that one of their newest addition, the Lenovo Vibe K4 Note is quite a good addition to the Vibe lineup. It also has a very interesting rubbery finish on its back, which gives a pretty comfy feel on handling the device. It has a good line of specs that can keep up with today’s best and should be considered when you’re looking for a decently priced smartphone that performs. The Lenovo Vibe K4 Note is priced at Php 10,699.

See also Lenovo Vibe K4 Note full review

Lenovo Vibe K4 Note specs, PH price, features

  • Display: 5.5-inch FHD IPS display, 401 ppi, Gorilla Glass 3
  • Chipset: MediaTek MT6573 octa-core
  • RAM: 3GB
  • Memory: 16GB internal, microSD card up to 128GB
  • Main camera: 13MP rear shooter f2.2, phase detection
  • Front camera: 5MP selfie front-facing
  • Connectivity: Dual micro SIM, WiFi ac, 4G LTE, Bt 4.1, GPS
  • OS:  Android 5.1 Lollipop, Vibe UI
  • Battery capacity: 3300mAh battery
  • Ports: microUSB v2.0
  • Release date: April 2016 in PH
  • Official price: Php 10,699 price from Lenovo P

Sony Xperia M5

Sony’s Xperia M5 is hailed as one of the best mid-rangers of 2015 and for a good reason. Firstly, it has a pretty neat design that doesn’t only shows consistency with its predecessor, but also improves over its predecessor in various departments. Adding to the mix is its IP68 certification, which gives the Xperia M5 waterproof and dust-proof capabilities. Camera-wise, it has one of the fastest autofocus that we’ve seen on a mid-ranger and shoots one heck of a 4K UHD video. The Xperia M5 isn’t only a performer but a classified powerhouse, despite being under the mid-range category. The Sony Xperia M5 is currently at Php 15-16K.

See also Sony Xperia M5 full review

Sony Xperia M5 specs, PH price, features

  • Display: 5-inch IPS 1080p LCD display, 441ppi
  • Chipset: MediaTek MT6795 Helio X10
  • RAM: 3GB
  • Memory: 16GB internal storage, microSD up to 200GB
  • Main camera: 21.2MP rear shooter, phase detection autofocus
  • Front camera: 13MP selfie shooter
  • Connectivity: 4G LTE Dual SIM, WiFi n, Bt 4.1, FM Radio, GPS, GLONASS
  • OS: Android 5.0 Lollipop
  • Battery capacity: 2600mAh battery
  • Ports: microUSB v2.0
  • Release date: September 2015
  • Official price: Php 15-16K through online stores

Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 Pro

Xiaomi is known to dish out handsets that deliver in specs yet are decently priced. So, when Xiaomi introduced the upgraded version of the Redmi Note 3 Pro, we took the initiative and check out what has changed. It sure had its difference, but we felt it wasn’t something that can be noticeable at first glance. However, performance-wise, the Redmi Note 3 Pro showcased a somehow better performance than the original variant, which is quite unexpected, since we were expecting things to be the same as to the Redmi Note 3.  And so, the Redmi Note 3 Pro stepped up its game and is still considered a top-notch budget-wise handset. the Redmi Note 3 Pro is priced at Php 11-12K.

See also Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 Pro full review

Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 Pro specs, PH price, features

  • Display: 5.5-inch 1080 FHD display, 403ppi
  • Chipset: Qualcomm Snapdragon 650 chip
  • RAM: 3GB
  • Memory: 32GB of ROM, microSD card up to 128GB
  • Main camera: 16MP rear shooter, f/2.0 aperture, phase detection
  • Front camera: 5MP selfie shooter, f/2.0 aperture
  • Connectivity: 4G LTE, WiFi ac, BT 4.1, GPS, GLONASS, BDS
  • OS: Android 5.1.1 Lollipop, MIUI 7.0
  • Battery capacity: 4050mAh battery
  • Ports: microUSB v2.0, USB on-the-go
  • Release date: February 2016
  • Official price: Php 11,000 – Php 12,000 online price
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Hi! I'm Jade, an Electronics and Communications Engineer and tech enthusiast. I am the editor-in-chief here at ManilaShaker and on our YouTube channel. If you have questions, suggestions or anything we could talk about you can find me Instagram and Twitter @jadejardinico.

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