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

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

These are great phones that won’t break the bank but still deliver the best value. Here’s OUR HAND-PICKED LIST of the top midrange phones up to €300 to choose from this holiday season – all tried and tested by GSMArena’s staff.

▶ Read our detailed text buyer’s guide here:

▶ Track Info: ES_Shlow Motion Pt. 1 – oomiee

0:00 Intro
0:24 Redmi 9
1:13 Realme 8
1:57 Redmi Note 10
2:48 Poco X3 NFC
3:33 Poco X3 Pro
4:20 Redmi Note 10 Pro
5:01 OnePlus Nord CE 5G
6:20 Poco F3
7:12 Conclusion


  1. Leonav on April 15, 2022 at 6:27 pm

    I’m watching this on my poco F1….still running like a beast of a phone…..will only upgrade to a worthy poco successor or a pixel phone

  2. Jovan Balobo on April 15, 2022 at 6:28 pm

    POCOF3 for me ❤️

  3. Ime Prezime on April 15, 2022 at 6:30 pm

    What’s with Samsung A52s ??

  4. Echo VD on April 15, 2022 at 6:31 pm

    Ahh yes all from China Telecomm lol

  5. truth seeker on April 15, 2022 at 6:32 pm

    no samsung and apple in this list why. lol. i use a51 and iphone se 2020. i think most people are likely to buy a samsung or iphone. because these other phones are not in most countries. i just checked amazon usa, and some of them are there. which is cool. but people are still gonna by an iphone or samsung. so at least you shouldve included one or both.

  6. Rod Eduard Dela Cerna on April 15, 2022 at 6:33 pm

    Realme gt neo/realme x7 max anyone?

  7. Ivan on April 15, 2022 at 6:33 pm

    Avaiable in Indonesia:
    170 € : Redmi 9
    190 € : Realme 8
    200 € : Redmi Note 10, Poco X3 NFC,
    220€ : Poco X3 Pro
    250€ : Redmi Note 10 Pro Max
    300€: Poco F3

  8. Juan Carlos Araujo S. on April 15, 2022 at 6:39 pm

    As a Mid-Range Huawei user, my unly complaint about chinese phones id the lack of long-term support and options for tinkering (unlock bootloader and installing custom ROM) after support ends. That being said, for a regular user they tend to be great choices for the money.

  9. reijavmanga on April 15, 2022 at 6:39 pm

    Have the redmi note 10 and poco x3 nfc. Both great phones.

  10. Jerome Rex on April 15, 2022 at 6:39 pm

    Where is the A52s 5G…?

  11. Che Domingo on April 15, 2022 at 6:39 pm

    I gifted my bf a Poco X3 Pro last July for his birthday and he’s loving it so far. 💙 Always using it for gaming.

  12. Saurav Biswas on April 15, 2022 at 6:39 pm

    Using the Poco X3. Overall satisfied for the price. But Poco is being cheap with its update. Most Indian variant are going brick with its 12.5x update. Really poor from the company. Bring it to light so that they can see

  13. Diya X on April 15, 2022 at 6:40 pm

    I see Samsung Galaxy a52s 5g is the best 1 mid range

  14. Tech Gan on April 15, 2022 at 6:40 pm

    For me, realme 7 pro still decent enough even for the beginning of 2022. I got mine for RM 899/215$. I would still recommend it for its solid battery, good performance, beautiful display, decent camera, elegant design and great stereo speakers. It’s downside though is few i.e cheap vibration feeling, 60hz screen and no ingress protection. Overall it’s 7/10 for me.

  15. Muhammad Rashid Amin on April 15, 2022 at 6:43 pm

    Realme 7 pro is better option than realme 8

  16. reza williams on April 15, 2022 at 6:44 pm

    The Poco f3 battery is just so bad, I can barely get 24 hrs with very light usage.

  17. R33mba on April 15, 2022 at 6:44 pm

    Woooow 300e for crappy phones

  18. Ceul Moi on April 15, 2022 at 6:45 pm

    Redmi the bad software 👎
    I’m 3000% sure

  19. Vivek 🇮🇳 on April 15, 2022 at 6:46 pm

    Where is Redmi 9 Power (9T)? I have this model and its very snappy and efficient with its 6000 mah battery. It is really cheap too.

  20. Jerry Berglund on April 15, 2022 at 6:47 pm

    So no diversity among those recommended recommendations. SO what should I as a customer that wants a phone with NO notch or a annoying camera in the screen buy? The only brand I know doing just what I want, isnt even on this list. All these phones are in the same design, they just move the camera hole or notch a bit or having a 3.5mm jack or having Stereospeakers. Other than that, they are the same. Yes and these huge camera bumps and curved screens… god…

  21. Don Caluga on April 15, 2022 at 6:47 pm

    shocked me that the A52S5G isn´t in the list… It´s the best midrange for far. Water resistant, OIS, 4 years of software suport, excellent cameras, very good amoled display, etc

  22. Junrel Sapanta on April 15, 2022 at 6:48 pm

    How about POCO X3 GT?

  23. Gon Prad on April 15, 2022 at 6:53 pm

    PocoX3 Pro 8/256GB(FrostBlue)💪

  24. CamoTech on April 15, 2022 at 6:54 pm

    Redmi Note 10 Pro best value phone of 2021 !!! ☺️
    Also it does have NFC in some markets.
    If you want a light and slim phone get Mi11 Lite 5G.

  25. Niyaz Rafat Khan on April 15, 2022 at 6:56 pm

    I just love the tone and tempo with which GSMArena videos are made. No flashy thumbnails no flashy voice overs. Its like watching The Shawshank Redemption just here they have a lot of phones instead of lot of prisoners.

  26. leober bautista on April 15, 2022 at 6:56 pm

    I’m here to listen and watch Angie not the phones. Haha

  27. Carias Baroga on April 15, 2022 at 6:57 pm

    The best among the list in camera department is Redmi Note 10 Pro……….

    Change my mind hahahhah

  28. Malek Qaddarah on April 15, 2022 at 6:58 pm

    Poco f3+ pixel experience=🥴

  29. Profile Picture on April 15, 2022 at 7:00 pm

    İsn’t there any model of Apple on this list? That’s not fair! 🙂 🙂

  30. Bijoy D.N on April 15, 2022 at 7:00 pm

    The whole list is mostly Xiaomi phones 😂

  31. User1010 on April 15, 2022 at 7:05 pm

    Samsung s20 fe way better than these and similar price. At least in Brazil

  32. H S on April 15, 2022 at 7:06 pm

    The sony experia 3 is to tall otherwise i would buy

    Google pixel is ok yet to expensive at 17 000 ZAR

    The I phone is 10 000 ZAR but only has 1.100mh battery

    Forward to your technical and development department to make a killer affordable nokia midranger with 5000mh battery, 50megapixel camera and more than 6 gig ram

    Nokia is back , they welcome to contact me about design features I would include Dimensions: 141.7 x 67.3 x 8.6 mm
    Weight: 150g Display: 5.3 inches, 720 x 1480 pixels, 18.5:9 aspect ratio, IPS LCD screen

  33. Xion D on April 15, 2022 at 7:10 pm

    99% of these phones do not work or are hard to get where I live.

  34. Mehmet Said on April 15, 2022 at 7:11 pm

    What do you think of Samsung Galaxy a52?

  35. S D on April 15, 2022 at 7:13 pm

    Poco x3 pro sound better

  36. Ariesz. on April 15, 2022 at 7:14 pm

    How about the Redmi Note 11 Pro?

  37. Geri Reyes on April 15, 2022 at 7:15 pm

    how bout Tecno Spark 7 Pro?

  38. Zain Z on April 15, 2022 at 7:15 pm

    I make all my calls with the phone up to my ear. It’s kinda the primary use of a phone.

  39. DJ Lifted AndreaS on April 15, 2022 at 7:17 pm

    Grabbed the Mi11 Lite 5G before the stock goes dry!
    Btw Angie, Note 10 Pro is hardly lightweight at 193 gram. Also it does have NFC in some markets like UK.

  40. Indian Gaming Nation on April 15, 2022 at 7:18 pm

    Watching this on my Redmi Note 10 Pro 😁

  41. Topermctrong on April 15, 2022 at 7:18 pm

    Poco x3 gt is the best phone this year

  42. Augustin Ghena on April 15, 2022 at 7:19 pm

    Just one phone.

  43. Persoana a 3-a on April 15, 2022 at 7:19 pm

    First of all… Great Video; Thanks.
    No one makes a good phone anymore.

    Poco X3 Pro was close, but the plastic back and the low response time screen put me back.

    Poco F3 and OnePlus don’t have a SD Card Slot…
    I would like to get my data back in one piece in a fashionable manner if my phone ever gets crushed.

    And don’t tell me to backup my data in the middle of a cave or in a tunnel because that ain’t happening.
    And I’m not going to pay for data recovery.

    Why don’t they put a freaking QI / Wireless Charging Coil?
    Even 5W would be amazing, but no…

    I’m not getting Huawei anymore, they also fucked up in some departments.

    Samsung charges slowly…
    The Z3 Fold… It charges at 15W or something… Dude…

    I really think I should start making phones…

  44. AKASH AMBHORE on April 15, 2022 at 7:20 pm

    Love ❤️u

  45. Budisan Samuel Fabian on April 15, 2022 at 7:21 pm

    i have the xiaomi redmi 9. Boy, for that price, like 135 euros in Romania, it’s a tank! but first, the camera is bad. jf you zoom in when looking at a photo or after you took one, just the tiniest little bit of zoom ruins it instantly, you can count pixelx.. it’s bad. But if you don’t zoom it’s quite decent, ok ish. the 4gb of ram do the job, it doesn’t heat up in online class and the battery is fenomenal. it is what i needed in my life. If you must travel, you get 52hr of battery life when fully charged in battery saving mode. and it will hold for 48hrs plus like using it " economically" . And it’s a pretty sturdy phone, i dropped it so many times, have black dots on the bottom right corner but still the touch works just fine. and it looks nice. 7.5/10 🙂 mainly because of the camera and sometimes if you unlock it too quick it lags a bit.. but a very good bargin for the money

  46. Deep Recimulo on April 15, 2022 at 7:21 pm

    Watching this on my Poco X3 Pro.

  47. Amer Shabana on April 15, 2022 at 7:22 pm

    Xiaomi mi11 lite is a
    Good Option

  48. Antonio Ghemea on April 15, 2022 at 7:22 pm

    Hmm,isnt the Xiaomi redmi 9t kinda the same but better?And at the same price?

  49. Venator on April 15, 2022 at 7:23 pm

    Redmi Note 8 Pro has a seriously powerful processor and good cameras. It’s also a great option in 2021

  50. Martin Angelo Mooney on April 15, 2022 at 7:26 pm

    Poco F3 is an amazing phone.🔥🔥🔥