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The best mid-range phones for 2020, tested by our expert editors

Looking to save a few dollars without skimping on premium features? We've sorted out the best mid-range phones that money can buy.

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The best mid-range phones for 2020, ranked

  1. Apple iPhone SE (2020)
  2. Google Pixel 4a
  3. realme X3 SuperZoom
  4. Oppo Find X2 Neo
  5. LG Velvet

How did we pick this list?

Finder's expert review team has tested every single phone on this list extensively, considering design, camera output, performance, battery life and any special features for each handset.

Our editorial team selected the phones on this list based on their overall quality and value compared to other phones on the market. The selection and order is not based on review scores. More detail on methodology below.

Compare the best mid-range phones of 2020


1. Apple iPhone SE (2020)

An amazingly powerful mid-range phone.

Apple iPhone SE (2020)
4.7-inch display | 64GB, 128GB, 256GB storage options | 12MP rear camera
  • Best processor at this price
  • iOS upgrades are delivered automatically
  • The most powerful mid-range phone
  • Battery life is sub-par
  • Single lens camera only
  • Poor low-light performance
RRP from $749

Why we chose it

Apple is not known for being an "affordable" brand, but the iPhone SE (2020) is the exception, thanks to the inclusion of the exact same processor that's found in the much more expensive iPhone 11 line, the Apple A13 Bionic. It puts it astonishingly far ahead of its Android competition when it comes to running apps of any type.

While the single-lens camera isn't as extensive as competitors, it shoots quite well, and the smaller size will appeal to those who hate large phones. If you're in the iOS camp, you're not spoilt for choice, because it's either the iPhone SE or trying to score a cheap secondhand older model, which is complete with risks around how it's been treated. The big downside of the iPhone SE (2020) is the battery life. It's built on the chassis of the old iPhone 6 and it keeps the "classic" – which is to say awful – iPhone battery as a result.

Read our full review of the Apple iPhone SE (2020)


2. Google Pixel 4a

Clean Android UI, guaranteed updates and a great low-light camera.

Google Pixel 4a
5.8-inch display | 128GB storage options | 12.2MP rear camera
  • Single lens shoots very well
  • Guaranteed Android updates
  • Great low-light performance
  • Battery life could be better
  • Fixed storage
  • Better 5G option coming soon
RRP from $599

Why we chose it

The Android space has abundant choices in the mid-range, but Google's cheaper Pixel 4a impresses across the range despite only featuring a single rear camera and no 5G onboard just yet. That's down to its clean Android UI and the promise of at least three years of updates where many makers struggle to provide even a single year's OS upgrades, as well as its amazing low-light performance when shooting at night.

You are stuck with fixed storage, because Google is rather obsessed with putting data in the cloud, and it may be worth waiting to see how the 5G Pixel 4a pans out, as it's due for release imminently.

Read our full review of the Google Pixel 4a


3. Realme X3 SuperZoom

Wide camera choice and stylish design from a typically budget brand.

Realme X3 SuperZoom
6.6-inch display | 128GB, 256GB storage options | 64MP + 8MP + 8MP rear camera
  • Plenty of processing power
  • Zoom cameras work well
  • 120Hz display
  • No storage expansion
  • No wireless charging
  • Battery life could be better
RRP from $699

Why we chose it

Chinese phone brand realme's usual space is more in budget phones, but the realme X3 SuperZoom shows what it can do when it flexes its design muscles. The real standout here is in the camera space, and specifically the flexibility of its combined and mostly capable triple lens array, although the 60x "SuperZoom" is, like so many others, more of a software curiosity than something you'll want to use all the time.

The inclusion of a 120Hz display also makes the X3 SuperZoom a real pleasure to use day to day. However, you are stuck with the heavily adjusted realme UI rather than clean Android.

Read our full review of the realme X3 SuperZoom


4. Oppo Find X2 Neo

A more affordable 5G option that still packs plenty of punch.

Oppo Find X2 Neo
6.5-inch display | 256GB storage options | 48MP + 13MP + 8MP rear camera
  • Good battery life
  • Solid camera performance
  • 5G ready
  • Fingerprint sensor isn't great
  • No wireless charging
  • Single SIM only
RRP from $999

Why we chose it

Realistically, buying a 5G phone right now is more of a question of futureproofing than getting super-fast access speeds wherever you are, because access is still limited as networks roll out. To date, most 5G handsets have been premium priced, but the introduction of Qualcomm's more affordable Snapdragon 765G has seen a slew of more affordable models hit the market. Oppo's Find X2 Neo stands out not just for 5G capability, but also solid camera specifications and impressive battery life to boot.

We're still not huge fans of Oppo's own "ColorOS" launcher on top of Android, but it's definitely improved over the years since it started as a blatant iOS homage.

Read our full review of the Oppo Find X2 Neo


5. LG Velvet

Nicely designed with wireless charging and water resistance on board.

LG Velvet
6.8-inch display | 128GB storage options | 48MP + 8MP + 5MP rear camera
  • Nice design
  • 5G capable
  • Water resistance
  • Underpowered camera
  • No dual screen in Australia
  • LG launcher doesn't add much
RRP from $899

Why we chose it

LG's Velvet phone is another 5G-capable handset that leans into the Qualcomm Snapdragon 765G for its networking prowess. LG has steered somewhat away from the true premium space as of late, and the Velvet is a mostly pleasing phone with features such as IP-rated water resistance, a proper headphone jack and wireless charging that are often left off mid-range phones.

It doesn't quite match up to the best of the mid-range in terms of camera quality in our tests, and the dual-screen accessory for it isn't sold officially in Australia, sadly.

Read our full review of the LG Velvet


Compare the best mid-range phones of 2020

Compare the specs and and purchasing options of each phone in the table below. Click on "View details" for more product specifications.

Data indicated here is updated regularly
Name Product Display Display Rear camera Battery size Overall rating More info More info
Apple iPhone SE (2020)
Apple iPhone SE (2020)
4.7
inches

1334 x 750

  • Display

    4.7 inches

    1334 x 750

  • Rear camera

    12MP
  • Battery size

    1,821 mAh
12MP
1,821
mAh
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Google Pixel 4a
5.8
inches

1080 x 2340

  • Display

    5.8 inches

    1080 x 2340

  • Rear camera

    12.2MP
  • Battery size

    3,140 mAh
12.2MP
3,140
mAh
View details
Realme X3 SuperZoom
6.6
inches

2400x1080

  • Display

    6.6 inches

    2400x1080

  • Rear camera

    64MP + 8MP + 8MP
  • Battery size

    4,200 mAh
64MP + 8MP + 8MP + 2MP
4,200
mAh
View details
Oppo Find X2 Neo
6.5
inches

2400 x 1080

  • Display

    6.5 inches

    2400 x 1080

  • Rear camera

    48MP + 13MP + 8MP
  • Battery size

    4,025 mAh
48MP + 13MP + 8MP + 2MP
4,025
mAh
View details
LG Velvet
6.8
inches

2460 x 1080

  • Display

    6.8 inches

    2460 x 1080

  • Rear camera

    48MP + 8MP + 5MP
  • Battery size

    4,300 mAh
48MP + 8MP + 5MP
4,300
mAh
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Methodology

150+
Mobile phones reviewed
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Hours spent testing
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Best mid-range phones ranked
  • We've spent thousands of hours testing and reviewing mid-range mobile phones.
  • Our editorial team has a combined 60+ years of experience writing about tech and reviewing the latest devices.
  • The phones on this list were chosen by our editorial team and were not based on commercial relationships.

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