Best mid-tier 2018 smartphones

These are the mid-tier smartphones that offer the best bang for your buck in 2018.

If you're looking for a mid-tier smartphone that doesn't suck, you've come to the right place. You'll find the best value for money mid-tier smartphones listed below.

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Xperia XA2
3.25

1. Sony Xperia XA2: Full, in-depth review

Like most Sony phones. The Xperia XA2 is a good option but it’s not quite the best out there.
Review Date: 25th April, 2018
RRP: $ 549.00
U11 Life
3.50

2. HTC U11 Life review: Stock Android with a so-so camera

The U11 Life is a solid stock Android experience that’s easy to recommend if you can’t stand all the other options or are particularly drawn in by the design and waterproofing.
Review Date: 9th April, 2018
RRP: $ 599.00
R11s
3.75

3. Oppo R11s: The iClone you know and love, but not quite the one you deserve

As an alternative to the iPhone 8, the R11s is easy to recommend - the performance is good, the camera rig is nice, it’s got a compelling build quality and slick feel-factor.
Review Date: 1st Feb., 2018
RRP: $ 659.00
6
4.50

4. Nokia 6 (2018) review: Simple. Solid. Supreme.

This handset is a double-down by HMD on everything that worked in the 2017 model combined with a number of key improvements.
Review Date: 16th May, 2018
RRP: $ 399.00
7 Plus
4.00

5. Nokia 7 Plus review: Predictable and plus-sized

Even if it’s a little predictable, not every purchase needs a twist. Sometimes you want something that works as intended, and the Nokia 7 Plus fits that mold nicely.
Review Date: 4th June, 2018
RRP: $ 649.00
Nova 3e
4.00

6. Huawei Nova 3e: Full, in-depth review

Huawei have packed a ton of value into the Nova 3e. However, they’re not the only brand packing a lot of value into that $200-$400 space anymore - and that leaves the Nova 3e outgunned on a few choice fronts.
Review Date: 20th July, 2018
RRP: $ 399.00
R15 Pro
4.50

7. Oppo R15 Pro review: A compelling mid-tier option with lots of value and few compromises

The R15 Pro sees Oppo bring more of that flagship experience to the sub-$800 smartphone space than ever before to generous effect.
Review Date: 11th July, 2018
RRP: $ 779.00
G6
4.00

8. Moto G6: Full, in-depth review

If you’re someone who doesn’t care about more-intensive applications like mobile gaming and photography, it’s difficult to think of an easier standout budget device that the Moto G6.
Review Date: 28th Aug., 2018
RRP: $ 399.00
AX5
3.75

9. Oppo A5X review: A winning blend of long battery, solid performance and low-price

Simply put: the Oppo AX5 is Oppo’s most ambitious and polished budget-buy yet.
Review Date: 1st Oct., 2018
RRP: $ 379.00
Nova 3i
3.50

10. Huawei Nova 3i review: All Sell, No Soul

The Nova 3i has all the right specs but fails to bring them cohesively together to forge an identity of its own.
Review Date: 12th Oct., 2018
RRP: $ 599.00
Nokia 7.1
3.75

11. Nokia 7.1 review: A modest and modern mid-tier option

The Nokia 7.1 isn’t a device without caveats but I think it’s one that’ll pay off for those looking to get a decent smartphone at a decent price.
Review Date: 12th Nov., 2018
RRP: $ 499.00
Reno Z
4.00

12. Oppo Reno Z Australian review (2019)

If $499 is all you have to spend, you’re probably not gonna complain too much about what the Reno Z has to offer.
Review Date: 21st Aug., 2019
RRP: $ 499.00
Galaxy A70
4.00

13. Samsung Galaxy A70 Australian review

The Samsung Galaxy A70 retains the majority of what makes a Samsung’s flagship smartphones appealing at half the price.
Review Date: 23rd July, 2019
RRP: $ 649.00
Pixel 3a
4.75

14. Google Pixel 3a review: Less is more

If you can live without things like wireless charging, water resistance and the ability to take photos of the moon, there are almost zero reasons to look and buying anything other than the Pixel 3a.
Review Date: 16th May, 2019
RRP: $ 649.00
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