Best mid-range "$400/$500 flagship" phones in 2018

These days, you can get a phone with a flagship-grade look, feel and often even performance for just $400. Many people have started calling these phones simply the “$400 flagships”.
And while the price on these phones has fluctuated and grown to include $500 phones, these are devices that still offer amazing value for the money and will make you reconsider whether you need to spend more on a phone.
The “$400 flagships” that we’ve picked below all excel in terms of performance and their design and overall finish. Most of them, though, will not …


Blu Pure View will offer an 18:9 display and mid-range features for $199

Blu, seller of affordable unlocked smartphones, is seemingly getting ready to launch its very first handset with an 18:9 aspect ratio display, thus joining the elongated screen trend started last year by the LG G6 and Samsung Galaxy S8. According to an Amazon listing, the upcoming Blu handset is called Pure View (no relation to Nokia or Microsoft), and will cost $199.99 in the US.  
The screen of the Blu Pure View is a 5.7-inch HD+ one, which should mean it’s got a 720 x 1440 pixel resolution – not terrible, but not too exciting, either. The new smartphone …

MediaTek said to be have a pair of 12nm mid-range chipsets on the way, Helio P40 and Helio P70

MediaTek is pretty much unknown in the U.S. as most of its chips are found inside devices that are made and sold in China. But if current reports are true, Apple is about to give the company a huge shot of publicity, stateside. Thanks to its quarrels with Qualcomm, Apple appears to be ready, willing and able to replace the Snapdragon modems that might have been deployed on the 2018 CDMA flavored iPhone units, with MediaTek’s version of the broadband chip.

MediaTek is also believed to be working on a couple of mid-range chipsets, the Helio P40 and Helio P70. If the rumors are legit, both …

HTC to launch fewer smartphones in 2018, including a mid-range version of U11+

HTC is having a hard time, especially after selling most of its mobile staff to Google. Even so, the Taiwanese company plans a comeback in the smartphone business, but that might not happen in 2018.

According to industry sources, HTC will launch a limited number of smartphones in 2018. The company’s R&D and marketing efforts will focus on a single flagship and a few mid-range Android smartphones, which will be released next year.

To improve its presence in the mid-range segment, HTC plans to release a water-down version of the HTC U11+ in January 2018, …

Honor 9 Lite mid-range phone goes official with 18:9 display and Android Oreo

Honor 9 Lite was at the Chinese regulatory commission about a week ago, so today’s announcement might not be a total surprise for some of you who’ve read our previous report. However, we now have more information on the phone’s price and availability, in case you’re considering buying one.

As the title says, the Honor 9 Lite is one of the not so many mid-range Android smartphones that features an 18:9 aspect ratio display. The 5.65-inch screen with full HD+ resolution is probably one of the phone’s selling points.

Furthermore, Honor’s new handset comes with dual-camera setup, so you’ll …

LG K10 (2018) will be the first mid-range smartphone to feature LG Pay solution

Samsung, LG, and probably a few other companies, are expected to introduce new smartphones early next year at CES (Consumers Electronics Show) 2018. South Korean media reports Samsung is likely to introduce the Galaxy A8 and Galaxy A8+, which leaked out way ahead of the official announcement.

As far as LG goes, the South Korean handset maker won’t unveil anything out of the ordinary unless you’re into mobile payments solution. The new LG K10 (2018) is supposed to be the company’s first mid-range smartphone to come with LG Pay, a mobile payment solution usually reserved …

HTC U11 EYEs (Harmony) seemingly coming soon as a new, large mid-range phone


Back in 2014, HTC launched an interesting smartphone called
Desire EYE, and it looks like the company is now ready to revive half of that
name. According to ever-reliable Evan Blass (aka @evleaks), HTC plans to
release a new handset called U11 EYEs.

 

Reportedly, the U11 EYEs is the unannounced device that was
known until now as the HTC Ocean Harmony. Thus, this should be a mid-range
smartphone with a 6-inch display, an octa-core Snapdragon 652 processor, and 4
GB of RAM. 

 

The HTC Desire EYE (pictured above) was named like that
mainly because it had a large 13 MP front …

HTC U11 life is official, will try to squeeze into your mid-range budget


HTC has announced the almost-immediate availability of its latest mid-range smartphone, which it lovingly calls U11 life. Physically resembling the flagship U11, the U11 life aims to bring the signature features that made the U11 a good smartphone to a more affordable market. Starting today, the U11 life will be available for purchase via HTC’s own online store in US and Canada, while T-Mobile is promised to have it in stock on Nov 3. The phone will go for $349, which feels like a competitive enough price for what’s on offer. So, what’s on offer?

The HTC U11 life gives you a 5.2″ 1080 …

HTC U11 Life size comparison vs iPhones, Galaxy and mid-range phones

The HTC U11 Life is… well, live, and it is the company’s newest affordable phone that will be sold in the United States.
The U11 Life is a 5.2-inch device with the Snaprdagon 630 chip inside, which usually translates into better battery life than usual, a key advantage for a modern smartphone.
But how does the phone stack up against the iPhones, major Android phones and other phones closer to its price range in terms of physical size? After all, many 5.5-inch devices these days might be just too big to comfortably …

The best LG phones you can buy in 2017: high-end, midrange, and budget

It’s a dog-eat-dog world out there in the land of smartphones, and there are only a few top names that manage to both stay afloat and innovate every year. LG is among them — despite reporting the tenth consecutive quarter of mobile losses, the manufacturer has at least managed to produce two top-tier devices this year that seem to have won back the favor of smartphone fans and critics around the world.

But LG doesn’t just have two flagships. It makes phones to fit most pockets and needs. So, let’s check out what LG phones are most deserving of your money in 2017!

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