Top Mid-Range Phone Launches of Summer 2019: The onset of 2019 saw a tantalizing array of smartphone launches and teasers that took the tech world by storm. We are now halfway through the year and the wonderful onslaught of smartphone launches still goes strong. This summer has been exceptional for the Indian audience who are more inclined to buy budget to mid-range smartphones that pack value without breaking our banks. With this in mind, companies like Xiaomi, Realme and even Samsung have brought in their A-game to compete in this price range. The mid-ranger smartphone scene in India is fiercer than ever before.
Let’s have a look at recent smartphone launches in the budget to the mid-tier category that took the Indian smartphone market by storm:
Xiaomi Redmi K20 Pro
Xiaomi recently launched the much-awaited Redmi K20 Pro in the Indian markets as a Flipkart exclusive and it had our hearts fluttering. Reminiscent of the PocoF1 come to mind when one compares Xiaomi’s tactic to call their latest offering the ” Flagship Killer 2.0″. The Redmi K20 Pro has all the bells and whistles of a flagship smartphone at a much lower cost, starting at just Rs 27,999. Featuring an awe-inspiring design in glass and metal chassis, the phone comes with the latest and greatest Qualcomm Snapdragon 855, an in-display fingerprint scanner and a pop up front camera to tick all the trending features this year. A 4000mAh battery backed by 27W blazing-fast charging and a very capable camera set up makes it an enticing choice for phone buffs looking for a value deal under the 30k price segment.
Xiaomi Redmi K20
The Redmi K20 series had two phones, and the K20 is the younger, cheaper sibling of the K20 Pro in this lineup. Introduced at a price of Rs21,999, it shares the same chassis as the Pro version with the inclusion of the pop up front camera and an in-display fingerprint scanner, but packs in a lighter processor in the form of Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 730 with fast charging capability lowered to 18W. All these features make it a compelling buy under the 25k price bracket. If you wish to save that extra 6k and do not require the fastest processor in the market, this could easily be your next phone.
Realme has made great strides in the Indian smartphone market ever since its launch just 14 months ago. The Oppo owned subsidiary has disrupted the market with its great budget offerings that have propelled it to the top as a budget smartphone king, contending with the likes of Xiaomi for the title. Their latest offering, the Realme X is a beast of a phone that was launched tactically just a couple of days before their rival’s K20 series and has managed to steal the limelight to quite an extent. The Realme X features a pop up front camera and an in-display fingerprint reader in its polycarbonate body. The phone comes equipped with a very capable Qualcomm snapdragon 710, a 3750 fast-charging battery, a super AMOLED display and a whole lot more. Starting at Rs16,999, the Realme X has redefined boundaries to offer a mind-blowing product at such a low price point.
Vivo Z1 Pro
Vivo is a brand that relies heavily on its marketing tactics to win over its audience but it kept things relatively under wraps for its budget device, the Vivo Z1 Pro. The phone’s launch took everyone by surprise as the amount of value that Vivo managed to bundle in this device that costs just Rs14,990 was mind-boggling and unheard of until the Realme X showed up. Although the Realme X managed to steal some glory from Vivo by giving it a tough competition, the Z1 Pro is still in a league of its own. It is the most inexpensive device in the market that features a gorgeous hole punch notch. The phone comes in 2 colors, one of which is a gradient finish. It features a massive 5000mAh battery capable of 18W fast charging and is backed by a very powerful Qualcomm Snapdragon 712 processor. Vivo is advertising it as a great smartphone for gamers due to its big battery capacity and gamer-friendly offerings. This ensures that you can play titles like leo vegas tombstone game online for extended periods on its gorgeous display.
Samsung Galaxy M40
Samsung finally acknowledged the need for a hard-hitting mid-tier smartphone that does not look bland. The company has been criticized for offering products with below-par specs and design at a relatively higher price point but the M series squashes all criticism for the number one smartphone maker in the world. The Samsung Galaxy M is the top of the line offering from the M series and sells as an Amazon exclusive, at a price of Rs19,990. It comes in a variety of quirky color options to set it aside from a barrage of identical phones in the market. The M40 was the most inexpensive hole-punch display phone until the Z1 Pro by Vivo but still holds the title of the most gorgeous display of any phone at this price range, making it a great device to learn how to play andar bahar online. The M40 is backed by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 657 chipset, a 3750 battery capable of quick charge and a 32MP triple camera set up at the back. The phone comes with 6GB of RAM and 128GB inbuilt storage with expandable hybrid slots. This makes it one of the best devices in the mid-tier category.
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