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Best of Samsung Mid-range Smartphones and their Alternatives 2020

Samsung is without a doubt is the biggest brand in the Android universe, and if you’re thinking of buying a new handset, intuition suggests that you may be trying to pick up a phone built by the Korean giant. However, though it’s easy to say “Get a Note or the latest Galaxy S,” Samsung’s line-up is still pretty comprehensive with a range of phones at prices as low as $200 or as high as $1,300 or more.

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Some of Samsung’s mid-range and entry-level lineups are close in specifications and design that choosing a handset may be frustrating. This is where we’re coming in. We’re breaking down some of the best Samsung phones from the big-, mid-, and even entry-level choices in this list.

It will be biased to do this without a competition section therefore for each phone I will give its alternatives for those who aren’t brand-oriented. We got you covered here.

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1.      Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra

Although the Galaxy S family is the most common line of Samsung products, the Galaxy Note line still takes it a little bit, particularly if you’re a fan of the S Pen.

Both the Galaxy Note 20 and the Galaxy Note 20 Ultra are excellent choices for demanding consumers. The Ultra style, though, adds a lot more to the table. It has a bigger screen with higher resolution, more RAM, a larger battery, and a massive 108MP main camera sensor. You can also extend storage with a microSD card. The Ultra monitor is also the first one with Corning’s Gorilla Glass Victus.

Featuring Snapdragon 865 Plus (or Exynos 990, depending on the market), 12GB of RAM, and a 6.9-inch Infinity-O punch hole AMOLED screen, this is a powerful phone. The phone is also scored IP68 and comes with the built-in S Pen stylus. Understand more about phone processors here.

Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra specs:

Display6.9-inch, Quad HD+
SoCSnapdragon 865 Plus/Exynos 990
RAM12GB
Storage 128/256/512GB
Cameras108, 12, and 12MP
Front camera 10MP
Battery4,500mAh
Software Android 10

Reasons to Buy

+ The best display in the industry.

+ Very strong battery life for the display/battery mix.

+ S Pen is a pleasure to use, DeX wireless is a good upgrade.

+ Incredibly flexible and powerful camera device.

Reasons Not to Buy

  • The camera bump might be unsightly depending on who you ask.
  • Quality splits between variants, the Exynos edition is not up to the same level.
  • Charging speed is not efficient.
  • Just 120Hz or 1440p, why not all of them?
  • Adaptive refresh rate mode still has a dubious reliability

My thoughts

For most smartphones at most price points, some thorough analysis is required to decide if they’re a decent bargain or whether the competition gives a better bang for your buck. This is rarely the case when it comes to Galaxy Notes due to the lineup’s almost exclusive feature set-yes, the S Pen is a huge part of it, but it’s all about the full-featured kit. Bringing the stage up to Super in 2020, the idea of a value-driven contract is almost meaningless.

The Galaxy Note20 Ultra is not twice as good a smartphone as the Note10+ that you will find in certain parts of the world for half its price. Fall so much of the money on the phone in these… The rare times are reckless. This computer or phone will send you 90 percent of the experience at 60 percent of the amount, or randomly fried, of the type. Note20 Ultra itself is not flawless, not to mention that it is much less perfect in half of the world.

Well for competition this what I think offers something better

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2.    Samsung Galaxy A51

Samsung Galaxy A51 is potentially the best mid-range vehicle you can buy from Samsung. It has a decent display and a fantastic build quality, given the price of the handset. It also has dual-sim features, as well as four rear cameras that take good images.

The handset comes with a headphone jack and a microSD card slot. The battery has a capacity of 4,000mAh and is expected to get you through the day. Other features and features worth noting include a punch-hole monitor, Android 10 with Samsung’s One UI on top, and 128GB of ram. It’s far from ideal, but there’s a lot of bang for your buck.

The A51 is a 4G-only unit. However, if you’re looking for a reasonably inexpensive 5G entry point, Samsung has protected you with the Galaxy A51 5G special edition. It’ll cost you around $100 extra, but it’s still much more affordable than most existing 5G-enabled phones.

Specifications

Display 6.5-inch, Full HD+
SoC Exynos 9611
RAM 4GB
Storage 128GB
Cameras 48, 12, 5, and 5MP
Front camera 32MP
Battery 4,000mAh
Software Android 10

Reasons to Buy

  • Compact and light for panel size and battery life, excellent architecture.
  • Dependable battery life, moderately easy charging.
  • Mega AMOLED show that’s vivid and vibrant.
  • Superb portraits, higher than average close-ups, usually decent daylight image quality from both cameras.
  • Android 10 out of the box, One UI 2 has a lot to do with it.

Reasons Not to Buy

  • Chipset is not as strong as what the competition has to say.
  • There is a loss of camera output in low light.
  • No 4K video stabilization, no 1080p 60fps mode.

Competition

Samsung will never find it easier in the midrange, with high-value handsets coming from the likes of Xiaomi and Realme. Consumer loyalty is one thing, but will the Galaxy A51 hold up to the brand-agnostic buyer competition?

At €300, the Realme X2 is around 10-15 percent cheaper than the Galaxy A51’s €340-ish at a storage level of 128GB, though the Realme comes with twice as much RAM as it does (8GB vs. 4GB). The Realme has a much more efficient chipset around the board and provides longer battery life. The ultra-wide and macro cameras of the A51 are stronger, while the main shooter of the X2 makes a convincing case for itself, and there are no poor displays between them. We’d call the Realme winner here, if you don’t mind that people across the table may need to explain where your phone comes from.

Xiaomi’s lineup is especially difficult to manage, with several mid-tier models available, but obviously not all of them anywhere. A Mi 9T is a relatively global competitor (known in some markets as Redmi K20) and retails almost as much as the Galaxy A51 for equivalent storage third parties. The Galaxy is heading through this underpowered again, with the Xiaomi packing a brawnier chipset and the Infinity-O as it might be, the A51 monitor also has a hole in it, unlike the Xiaomi and its retractable selfie cam. The 9T/K20 also has a telephoto camera, of which the Galaxy has no reply. Again, it’s just the brand that will get you to Galaxy instead of Mi.

A Huawei Nova 5T (or its Honor 20 cousin) may be a viable choice in the Galaxy A51 price bracket if you want some of the Huawei goodness from the pre-trade wartime when Huawei’s got Google support. The Kirin 980 inside the Nova is a nice beast compared to the Exynos in the Samsung, although the battery life is equal between the two models.

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3.      Samsung Galaxy A41

The Galaxy A41 is one of the most portable smartphones you will purchase this year. It’s a budget phone, which should make it an enticing offer for a wider number of customers. And if we were to explain it in only one term, it would have to be continuity.

In reality, the Galaxy A41 is uncompromisingly faithful with everything it does-the AMOLED screen is lovely, the camera snaps decent stills and videos no matter the weather, the battery life is excellent anything you do with your tablet, and the app won’t let you down.

And there’s the possibility that the Galaxy A41 is still regularly sluggish when it comes to fingerprint processing, as well as a poor player in games and heavy-duty activities.

And still, the Galaxy A41 is a joy to manage because of its scale and thinness, it has a vibrant AMOLED projector, and it’s pretty cheap. You can understand why we feel that we can forgive its uninspiring tempo.

If you want a compact smartphone and you’re on the budget, look no further than the Galaxy A41. A portable smartphone with a flagship screen is an incredibly unusual mix, let alone a cheap one.

Sure, the Galaxy A41 isn’t a gaming area, but you can handle it by lowering in-game resolution if necessary. And if it’s a matter of bad graphics, well, there’s faster phones at the same price, but not that small or AMOLED.

Specification

Display 6.1-inch, Super AMOLED
SoC MediaTek MT6768 Helio P65 (12nm)
RAM 4GB
Storage64GB
Cameras 48, 12, 5, and 5MP
Front camera 25MP
Battery 3,500mAh 15w FAST CHARGING
Software Android 10

Reasons to Buy

  • Great Super AMOLED screen, small notch
  • Outstanding battery life
  • Consistently good camera even if it lacks a Night Mode
  • Great portraits, good selfies
  • Android 10 and One UI – a combo we like
  • USB-C, 3.5mm jack, microSD, FM radio

Reasons Not to Buy

  • No 4K video
  • Uninspiring graphic performance

Competition

The Galaxy A41 is officially selling at about €250. It’s one of the smallest Samsung’s AMOLED packs you will find currently. But if you need a larger screen and faster results, you might want to try the Galaxy A51. It costs only €40 on top of the A41, and in addition to the speed and the wider size, you’ll even get the fourth macro camera on the rear.

Notice that Galaxy A31 is available in some markets instead of A51. It’s an enlarged version of the A41 with the same hardware, and that’s presumably why the two are priced very similarly.

The Xiaomi Redmi Note 9 Pro costs the same as the A41, and although it comes with an LCD screen instead, it impresses with overall performance and full-round camera design, along with 4K video and Night Mode. It also excels in battery life and provides rapid charging.

Another perfect choice is the newly introduced Motorola One Fusion+. It has a 6.5″ HDR10 LCD screen and, for some extra €50, it can give you much faster performance and very amazing camera skills. It also has a splash-resistant body and a graph-topping battery life.

Finally, the Huawei P40 Lite is cheaper than the A41 and it’s not much bigger either. If you can do without Google, you’ll love the fastest phone in this price range, with an outstanding camera and a decent battery life. But is the fantastic performance worth the loss of the OLED panel and Google Mobile Services?

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4.      Samsung Galaxy A21s

The Galaxy A21s seems like a great deal offering a wide 6.5″ screen, a very decent quad-camera, and a beefy battery with a very high durability rating. The phone costs about €170 for its 32GB version, which is a budget-friendly price as far as Samsung’s is concerned.

Unfortunately, the entry-level market is oversaturated with deals and has to sell some amazing buck packs. And the Galaxy A21s always seem insufficient relative to many of the cheap phones that are available on the shelf right now.

So, yeah, the Galaxy A21s isn’t a bad phone on their own, but the competition also needs to give better for the same cash. And that’s going to be the biggest turnoff for many. Samsung is happy to give you a better computer at that price!

Even, being a decent phone always means you’ll find it one day, perhaps in the coming months. The Galaxy A21s wants only one thing to be a decent deal, and that’s a good price decline. When that happens, you may as well take a spot in our buyer’s guide. Before then, the Galaxy A20 will be able to keep its place in there for a few more months.

Specifications

Display 6.5-inch, HD+
SoC Exynos 850 (8nm)
RAM 3GB/4GB/6GB
Storage 32GB/64GB
Cameras 48, 8, 2, and 2MP
Front camera 13MP
Battery 5,000mAh
Software Android 10 one UI 2.1.

Reasons to Buy

  • Large and wide display with small notch
  • Excellent battery life
  • Latest Android and One UI
  • Versatile camera with great photos and videos for the class
  • NFC, microSD, 3.5mm jack, FM radio

Reasons Not to Buy

  • Inadequate processor performance
  • Washed-out screen colors
  • The selfies could have been better
  • Somewhat slow charging

Competition

Realme is marketing the 6i variant in Europe at the same price as the Galaxy A21s. It’s quite a match for the A21s-it has the same screen (though brighter), the same quad-camera, and the same battery, but it trumps with better processor and graphics, and the best part-you’d get it with 4GB of RAM and 128GB of ram.

Then there’s the Redmi 9, which costs €40 less than the Galaxy, but provides a slightly better and higher monitor, a faster CPU, plus a wireless FM radio reception.

Or you will get the Redmi Note 9S for as little as €185. It actually enhances anything. The 9S has a water-repellent coating and a bigger, clearer and higher-repellent screen. Of necessity, the 9S has faster hardware and more capacity. This is a real improvement for just €15. The Redmi Note 9S, however, omits NFC help, which could be a deal-breaker for others.

The Huawei P40 Lite is also very inexpensive, in reality it just cost €190. If you can do without Google things, you’ll enjoy the most powerful phone in this price bracket, with an outstanding camera and a top-notch battery life.

Then there’s the Samsung Galaxy A41. It’s an AMOLED packing phone with more efficient electronics, more room, and better selfies. It’s a small handset, yes, but for as little as €220, you get a high-quality screen and selfies.

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5.      Samsung Galaxy M31s

The Galaxy M31s is the newest in Samsung’s line of all two identical phones. It’s an upgraded variant of the Galaxy M31, which is identical to the M21 which is an upgraded version of the M30s. All of these phones look very similar, have almost identical features with a few bits switched about, and have all been launched over the course of a year.

Specifications

Display 6.5-inch, FHD+
SoC Exynos 9611
RAM6GB/8GB
Storage128GB
Cameras 64, 12, 5, and 5MP
Front camera 32MP
Battery 6,000mAh
Software Android 10 one UI 2.1.

Reasons to Buy

  • Great display quality
  • Massive battery with fast charging
  • Decent 64MP main camera

Reasons Not to Buy

  • Slow and outdated Exynos chipset
  • Only 60Hz display
  • Mediocre ultrawide camera
  • Excessive pre-installed bloatware with aggressive attempts to install even more
  • Plasticky design

Competition

And that’s the whole Galaxy M31 problem. There are a range of gadgets that you might buy instead, which are either cheaper and a little better or priced in the same manner and are a lot better. For eg, you can pick up the Realme 6 Pro, which has a better chipset, a smooth 90Hz display and a premium back glass. Or you might get a Realme X3 that costs only a little more than the Galaxy M31s and has a Snapdragon 855+ and a 120Hz camera. And last year’s Xiaomi K20 Pro is a great offer than that.

So even though the Galaxy M31s is not an expensive handset, it still has little worth relative to anything else on the market. And if this phone came with a newer and more competitive Snapdragon chipset, it would be worth endorsing, but the combination of the sluggish and ageing Exynos 9611 chipset and the rapidly obsolete 60Hz monitor ensures that the M31s just sound like you’re using a phone a year earlier. Which one, if you think about it, that’s it.

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6.      Samsung Galaxy A71

The Galaxy A refresh has begun, and the A51 and A71 are the headlines of this new generation. Punch-hole seems to be the buzzword in this latest series, while you can expect modified chipsets and cameras as well. And the Galaxy A71 has both of these, topped with the latest Android and One UI.

Indeed, the Galaxy A71 seems to be packing only enough to justify its upgrade status over the A70—a smaller notch, a newer chip, a higher-and higher-count camera system, and a newer Android and One launcher.

In the other side, Glass tic is still the way ahead for the Galaxy A lineup, and waterproofing is still not on the table. The big 4.500 mAh battery and fast charging are going nowhere, so that’s a positive thing.

Specifications

Display 6.7-inch, Super AMOLED
SoC Snapdragon 730
RAM6GB/8GB
Storage128GB
Cameras 64, 12, 5, and 5MP
Front camera 32MP
Battery 4,500mAh, 25W Charging
Software Android 10 one UI 2.0.

Reasons to Buy

  • The A71 is a slim and well-built phone
  • The large 6.7″ AMOLED is a treat for multimedia and gaming
  • The Snapdragon 730 is the smart mid-range choice and excels in any job
  • Excellent battery life
  • All-round camera setup with good image and video quality
  • Android 10, One UI 2

Reasons Not to Buy

  • The screen is not HDR10-compliant
  • The macro camera is limiting and uninspiring in quality
  • Some IP water resistance would have been nice

Competition

So, there’s a lot of competing deals. Take the Realme X2 Pro, for instance. It packs an equally big Super AMOLED panel, but impresses with a powerful Snapdragon 855 processor and has a more meaningful telephoto snapper instead of a macro shooter. Its 6+64GB variant (€389) is cheaper than the A71 version, whereas the 8+128GB is a near match (€439).

The Xiaomi Mi 9T Pro has a smaller 6.39″ Super AMOLED, but it’s a cut-free zone. The flagship Snapdragon 855 chip is in control of everything, while its quad camera, much like the Realme X2 Pro, has a zoom shooter instead of a macro.

Also, the Samsung Galaxy A71 5G is available at $ 100 extra if you won’t mind.

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Conclusion

This compilation is basically for the best mid rangers that Samsung offers but the problem is familiarity that is basically Samsung is shifting its hardware around these phones.

And if you aren’t brand oriented that is not a Samsung diehard the likes of

Xiaomi

Realme

can give you better deals at these price tags. And if you can do without Google Services then Huawei got you covered. Read more here

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