Whenever we think of flagship specs inside a mid-range phone, the first phone that comes to our mind is the OnePlus 3. Initially available at £309, the phone's price has increased to £329 but that has not stopped it from still being among the best value phones in the market. What's more, the phone is available to buy unlocked and you will need no invitation from OnePlus to get it.
Despite featuring an OxygenOS custom OS based on Android 6.0 Marshmallow, OnePlus 3 surprisingly comes with no added bloatware, which also means that the custom OS may actually help you customise rather than taking up precious storage space in your device. Thanks to the phone's Dual NANO SIM support, you will be able to use two networks at a time as well.
Despite its price being equivalent to most mid-range phones, a look at the specifications of OnePlus 3 will make you realise that it easily fits the bill of a premium smartphone. The phone comes with an impressive 6GB of RAM, a Snapdragon 820 processor offering up to 2.2 GHz of power, a 5.5-inch Full HD Optic AMOLED display and a 16-MP rear camera with HD Mode, Auto HDR and Dynamic De-noise along with Optical Image Stabilization and Electronic Image Stabilization. It also features a powerful 3,000 mAh battery which can be boosted with OnePlus' Dash Charge technology which replenishes more than 60% of the phone's battery in 30 minutes.
The Huawei Nova, unexpectedly launched by Huawei ahead of the Mate 9, is a capable mid-ranger featuring impressive specifications and features for its price. It is the first Huawei phone to feature a Qualcomm processor, fielding the Snapdragon 625 which isn't as capable as the Kirin 950 but can support your daily tasks.
Specifications-wise, Huawei Nova features a 5-inch Full HD display, a decent 3,020 mAh battery with Smart Power 4.0 battery saving technology, a Snapdragon 625 processor, 32GB of on-board storage, a 3D fingerprint sensor, 3GB of RAM and 12-MP and 8-MP cameras. It doesn't feature dual rear cameras unlike the P9 or the Honor 8 but its rear camera res 1.25um larger pixels and an imaging sensor to let you capture better pictures in low light as well as fast autofocus to let you take the right shots at the right time. The 8-MP front camera comes with features like Beauty Makeup 2.0 and Beautiful Skin 3.0 applications to let you make your selfies look better once you're done clicking.
Launched in June, Vodafone Smart Platinum 7 is a superior version of the impressive Smart Ultra 7 phone and offers the best of specifications and features which deserve more than its price tag. Priced at £300, Smart Platinum 7 features a .5-inch 2K AMOLED display, 32GB of internal storage, 3GB of RAM, an octa-core Snapdragon 652 processor, a fingerprint sensor and a MicroSD slot capable of accommodating up to 128GB of additional storage.
The phone also packs a 3,000 mAh battery which will let you run it for as long as two days on a single charge and Qualcomm's latest Quick Charge 3.0 technology will also allow the phone to charge from zero to 50 per cent in 30 minutes. The 16-MP rear camera features super zoom, Phase-Detection Auto Focus and zero second shutter lag while the 8-megapixel front camera comes with LED flash to let you take better selfies in low light conditions. Apart from supporting 4G+ speeds, the phone will also let you access virtual reality content on its AMOLED display.
Wileyfox recently launched the Swift 2 X, its last phone featuring the now-defunct Cyanogen OS but which will be upgraded to Android 7.0 Nougat in due course. With a price tag of just £219.99 and offering brilliant cameras, battery and other features, the phone could turn to out be among the best under £300 phones of the year, but its processing power may let it down.
Specifications wise, the Swift 2 X comes with a 5.2-inch Full HD display with a pixel density of 424 ppi and which is protected by a 2.5D Gorilla Glass 3 screen. It also features a 16-MP primary camera with an f/2.0 aperture and an 8-MP front camera featuring Samsung's ISOCELL technology. Other specs include a 3010 mAh battery with Quick Charge 3.0, a Snapdragon 430 processor capable of delivering clock speed of 1.4 GHz, 32B of internal storage and 3GB of RAM.
Swift 2 X comes with a USB Type-C port for charging and data transfers, two SIM ports, a MicroSD slot and a 3.5mm headphone jack. The phone supports Android Pay, features a fingerprint sensor and runs a AW87319 power amp which delivers more than 90 decibels of sound. Weighing at just 155g, Swift 2 X is 8.8mm thin and will be available in Midnight Blue colour option.
Even though the Priv, BlackBerry's first Android phone with BB10 software, cost a lot more than £350, the Canadian enterprise recently introduced the DTEK 50, a £275 Android phone featuring BB10 to cater to both corporate as well as mid-range phone buyers and those who would like their phones to feature the best security platforms to protect their data.
Running the latest Android 6.0 Marshmallow OS, DTEK50 comes with end-to-end encryption of user data like pictures, contacts and videos and also comes with built-in malware protection and will let you back-up, wipe and restore your data at any time. Probably the best feature in DTEK50 is that BlackBerry will pass on Android security patches to users' handsets as soon as they are made available by Google, a marked transition from the current practise of most OEMs who pass on security patches three months after they are made available.
Both the Priv and the DTEK50 will also come with added protection against malicious apps, scareware notifications and insecure Wi-Fi connections. The devices will also feature Full Enterprise Mobility Management Support along with Android™ for Work and Google Play™ for Work services. Apart from Android 6.0 Marshmallow OS, you will also find a range of BlackBerry services in the DTEK50 like BlackBerry Intelligent Keyboard, BlackBerry Hub and a Customizable BlackBerry Convenience Key. Manufactured by TCL Corporation, DTEK50 features a 5.2-inch Full HD display protected by a scratch resistant screen with oleophobic coating. It also features an octa-core Snapdragon 617 processor, a MicroSD slot capable of taking up as much as 2TB of additional data, a 13MP rear camera with Phase Detection Auto Focus and a dual-tone LED flash and an 8MP front camera. Weighing a mere 135g, the phone also comes with 16GB of internal storage, 3GB of RAM, a MicroUSB 2.0 port, a 2,610 mAh battery along with NFC (Android Beam, Tap and Pay and Tap and Go), FM Radio, 4G Mobile Hotspot and GPS support.
Just like the OnePlus 3, Lenovo's Moto G4 Plus is yet another phablet featuring the best of specifications but is available even cheaper at prices starting from £199.99 inclusive of VAT.
In terms of specifications, Moto G4 Plus with a 5.5-inch Full HD display, an octa core Snapdragon 617 processor, 16GB, 32GB and 64GB storage options, 2GB, 3GB and 4GB RAM options, an Adreno 405 GPU, a 16-MP rear camera featuring two rapid focus technologies, laser focus and phase detection autofocus and a 5-MP front camera.
You can buy a Moto G4 Plus either at Lenovo's website or at Amazon.co.uk.