Choosing a new smartphone isn8217;t as simple as it used to be. They may not come in more than one shape, but they do come in lots of different sizes, with plenty of different features and most importantly, at plenty of different price points.
For some the camera is important, for others it will be battery life, or perhaps a fingerprint sensor. These days it isn8217;t just the very best flagship smartphones that offer these features though. There are another breed of smartphones in town 8211; the mid-rangers 8211; that offer great specs but at a lower price.
Here we8217;ve rounded up the best devices that sit between the £200 mark and the £400 mark, all fully reviewed here on Pocket-lint. Want something even cheaper? Then check our the best budget phones under £200.
Honor 10 Play
The Honor 10 Play is the best affordable phone on the market right now. It features an accomplished metal unibody design, an outstanding battery life, plenty of power on tap, a GPU Turbo for gaming extras and all for an incredible price point under £300.
You get a huge 6.3-inch display but within a manageable footprint thanks to the 19.5:9 aspect ratio, and there are dual rear cameras, a fingerprint sensor and NFC all on board. The Honor 10 Play is the company8217;s best phone to date. It won8217;t beat all flagship smartphones for load and speed but it is a serious handset, one strong enough to take the eyes off OnePlus and its impending competition for a cut of the price.
- Honor 10 Play review
The Honor 10 Play might not be for everyone, and luckily there are plenty of other great budget smartphones under £400 to consider. If a starting price of £200 is stretching too far, then check out our best budget smartphones under £200 feature, or if you want a round up of the best smartphones across all budgets, we have a feature for that too.
The Honor 10 is a little more expensive than the Honor 10 Play but it features a more striking design with a glass back that is available in a flashy Phantom Blue finish. Looks aside, the Honor 10 delivers a solid performance from a powerful chipset and a more accomplished dual camera setup than the Honor 10 Play.
Its battery life isn8217;t as impressive as the Honor 10 Play and its under-the-glass fingerprint sensor isn8217;t as good as it could be but this is still an excellent device that is half the price of a flagship smartphone without much compromise. It offers heaps for its asking price, cementing its position as one of the best affordable flagship phones out there. It8217;s also worth considering the Honor View 10, which is now available for under £400 too with a great offering.
The Apple iPhone SE is the only iPhone to fall under the £400 mark and it8217;s also the smallest iPhone of the lot. That8217;s not to say it compromises though, as plenty of good things come in small packages and for some, one of the best things about the iPhone SE will be its small size.
The iPhone SE offers the majority of the same feature set as 20168217;s iPhone 6S meaning it brings plenty of power, along with a great design and an excellent user experience, if you like iOS. You miss out on a few things compared to the newer and larger iPhones, such as 3D Touch, but overall the iPhone SE is a great smartphone with an accessible price point.
The Motorola Moto G6 Plus is the best of the Moto G Series trio. It offers all you could want: there8217;s a dual camera, fast-charging, an 18:9 aspect ratio screen, modern glass design, fingerprint scanner, and decent battery life to boot.
The Nokia 6.1 is a solid, good-looking device that offers a great build quality and powerful hardware for its price. It runs on Android One too for a bloat-free and great experience.
It doesn8217;t offer an 18:9 aspect ratio display like some devices on this list, dating it slightly, and its low light camera performance isn8217;t as good as others either, but the Nokia 6.1 offers a lot for its asking price with a Full HD screen and a mid-range Qualcomm Snapdragon platform, delivering good value for money.
- Nokia 6 review
The Motorola Moto G6 is the sixth generation of the device that kicked off affordable smartphones nearly five years ago. This model shakes up the series more than any of its predecessors though, offering a great premium design, 18:9 aspect ratio display, a clean software experience with useful Moto app additions and a microSD slot for storage expansion.
Its battery life could be better, the cameras could be snappier and there are two other handsets to consider too in the G6 Plus and sub-£200 G6 Play, but overall, the Moto G6 is a feature packed, affordable and well designed device that remains a step above its affordable competition.
The Xiaomi Mi A2 offers a great build quality for its price 8211; it doesn8217;t look like an affordable phone 8211; while its hardware is beyond its competition and the Android One software means an easy-to-use and accessible experience with no gimmicky software nonsense.
The camera offers a solid performance too, even if the bump is excessive on the rear and a few more options and details would make it better. Overall though, the Xiaomi Mi A2 is a sleek and capable phone for a price that no one else is quite able to match at the moment for the same offering.
Nokia 7 Plus
The Nokia 7 Plus offers a lovely solid design, coupled with a large display and a capable camera, making for a great mid-range device. It also delivers a capacious battery and 2x zoom that few others have.
The design is perhaps a little bigger than necessary, the speakers aren8217;t brilliant and the camera is a little slow to launch, while similar devices with comparable specs exist at this price point, but the Nokia 7 Plus is still one to consider.
- Nokia 7 Plus review
The Asus Zenfone 5 features a good-looking metal-meets-glass design, coupled with a good battery life and a decent screen with a 18:9 aspect ratio and a notch at the top, like many flagship devices currently available.
The fingerprint sensor isn8217;t in the best position, the camera doesn8217;t always offer consistent results and the ZenUI isn8217;t as clean and smooth as stock Android, but the Zenfone 5 gets enough right to make it worthy of consideration, even if Moto, Honor and Nokia are all knocking on its door with cheaper price tags.
Samsung Galaxy A5 (2017)
The Samsung Galaxy A5 offers a great design and build, along with a lovely AMOLED display for rich visuals. It might not be as striking as the likes of the Galaxy S9 flagship or even the Honor 10 Play, and the camera could be better, but the Galaxy A5 has an all-day battery and ample power.
For a phone that costs less than £250, the Galaxy A5 is impressive in its design and build. Even its display and performance punch beyond that price point. In many ways it8217;s a cheaper version of 20168217;s Galaxy S7, except it doesn8217;t really feel cheap at all when you pick it up. It8217;s solid, quite beautiful and well worthy of consideration in this price bracket.
- Samsung Galaxy A5 review