Throughout 2019, we've seen the release of some amazing flagship phones. From the iPhone 11 Pro to the Samsung Galaxy S10, these devices offer the very latest in smartphone tech, but there's no denying premium handsets tend to come with a premium price tag.
If getting your hands on the very latest smartphone isn't your main priority, but you are looking for a new phone that offers fantastic specs, a high-quality camera and loads of other great tech at an affordable price, then you're in luck - just take a look at our rundown of the very best mid-range smartphones of 2019 below.
Huawei P Smart 2019
At a glance: 6.21-inch display, dual-lens 13MP+2MP camera, 160g, 3,400 mAh battery.
The first thing you’ll notice about the Huawei P Smart 2019 is its sleek design, and thanks to its curved 3D unibody in ceramic-like plastic, the smartphone from Huawei looks and feels much more premium than its mid-range price tag might suggest.
The camera system on the Huawei P Smart 2019 is a highlight, with a dual-lens setup comprised of a 13MP and 2MP lens. The AI Scene Recognition feature makes taking professional-looking images easy, as the camera will work out the contrast, brightness and focus you need, and alter photography settings accordingly, so you get the best shot every time.
The operating system is Huawei EMUI 9.0, Huawei’s own modified variation of Android Pie. This includes several brand-exclusive features, like AI Smart Shopping, which enables you to scan an item in-store and find it instantly online through various ecommerce retailers. The Huawei P Smart 2019 also has great memory for its price point, so running apps and games is easy too.
Google Pixel 3a
At a glance: 5.6-inch FHD+ display, 12.2MP dual-pixel camera, 3,000 mAh battery, 147g.
The Google Pixel 3a is a 2019 release, and budget-friendly version of 2018's Google Pixel 3. Just like every other Google handset, it has a brilliant camera system on board, with a 12.2MP dual-pixel lens on the rear, and an 8MP lens on the front. Whether you're taking an impressive landscape snap or simply fancy video calling a friend, you can be confident this phone will deliver.
An exciting new addition to the Google Pixel 3a - and a feature you can also find on the advanced Google Pixel 4 - is Night Sight. Designed to make taking photos in low light easy, you can quite literally take a photo in absolute darkness using the 3a's rear camera, and the results are guaranteed to impress.
Aside from its camera, the Pixel 3a also features Google Assistant, unlimited photo storage, fast charging that lets you enjoy 7 hours of power with a 15-minute charge, a handy rear-mounted fingerprint scanner and so much more.
Oppo Reno 2
At a glance: 6.5-inch AMOLED display, quad-lens 48MP+8MP+13MP+2MP camera, 189g, 4,000 mAh battery.
With a 93.1% screen-to-body ratio, the Oppo Reno2 makes for an almost uninterrupted viewing experience. Daytime and Nighttime modes are a new feature too; in sunlight the display automatically increases in brightness and in the evening, you’ll benefit from a 37.5% reduction in blue light, to help you sleep and reduce eye strain.
For a mid-range phone, the camera system on the Oppo Reno2 is seriously impressive, and a real selling point. With a quad-lens setup that has the capacity for 5x Hybrid Zoom and 20x Digital Zoom, you can take crisp shots from a distance on the Oppo Reno2. There’s an abundance of other photography features as well, like Portrait Mode 2.0 and AI Beauty, so taking beautiful photos of your friends and family has never been easier.
Ultra Steady Video will counteract shaky hands when you’re recording, high frame rates mean you’ll be left with smooth footage, and the speaker will even reduce wind noise, so filming outdoors needn’t be a struggle. If you're into your smartphone photography and videography, the Oppo Reno2 should be a real contender.
At a glance: 6.59-inch LCD display, 48MP triple-lens camera, 206g, 4,000 mAh battery.
The Honor 9X offers specs that can rival some of the most premium smartphones on the market. Brought to you by Honor's parent company Huawei, you'll find a long-lasting 4,000 mAh battery built in, a vibrant 6.59-inch FullView display that stretches from edge-to-edge across the front of the device.
When it comes to cameras, the Honor 9X has it covered. With a unique design, its 16MP selfie camera is hidden away until required, popping up whenever you're ready to take a photo. The rear camera is even more impressive, with a triple-lens camera system made from a 48MP main camera, 8MP ultrawide lens and a 2MP depth sensor that assists with Portrait Mode and AR. AIS super night mode is extremely useful too, enhancing low-light shots to help you capture details and colour even in the darkest conditions.
Samsung Galaxy S10e
At a glance: 5.8-inch Infinity-O display, dual-lens 16MP+12MP camera, 150g, 3,100 mAh battery.
If you were a fan of the Samsung Galaxy S10, make sure you consider the more budget-friendly Samsung Galaxy S10e. It shares many of the S10's standout features, including the same Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 chipset and the all-new Power Share which means you can transfer power from your S10e to another compatible device simply by placing the two devices together.
The S10e boasts Samsung's Infinity O display technology, providing an edge-to-edge viewing experience from the phone's 5.6-inch screen. With a Full HD+ resolution, you won't have to worry about distorted playback or dull colours.
Finally, there's a dual-lens 16MP+12MP True Vision camera. The ultra-wide lens really helps you squeeze more into the frame, and super slow-mo video promises endless fun for amateur videographers.
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