We have all heard stories from our parents and grandparents on how things used to be cheaper in their days. A rupee would be enough to go from home to school and a tenner would be more than enough to treat your friends on a birthday. It’s true that things have gotten dramatically more expensive over time due to inflation and rising production costs. But at the same time, an essential instrument has only become more accessible and affordable. Yes, we’re talking about smartphones here! Thanks to constant leaps in technology and a never-ending battle amongst smartphone manufacturers, smartphones have gotten cheaper and better. Today, if you need a phone that can pretty much do everything you don’t need to burn a hole in your pocket. Mid-rangers have become the new flagships in the sense that they’re good at all aspects that make a phone great. Further establishing the point on why you need not break the bank for a good smartphone, let’s see a bunch of smartphones that redefine value-for-money.

#1 POCO F1

6.18-inch FullHD+ LCD Display | Snapdragon 845 | 6GB RAM & 64GB ROM | 4,000mAh battery When launched, POCO F1 hit tech headlines around the world. The phone by Xiaomi’s new sub-brand was the cheapest phone to offer the Snapdragon 845, an SoC that was only found in more expensive flagship phones until then. The POCO F1 also boasts of having an Infrared Light Sensor and an Infrared Camera to help securely unlock the phone even in the dark. To further enhance the performance gradient, the phone features up to 8GB of RAM and LiquidCool technology (that is only found in a handful of phones, all of which are expensive). The back of the phone houses a dual-camera setup consisting of a 12-megapixel primary sensor and a 5-megapixel secondary sensor. Combine the hardware with the phone’s AI image processing and you get some great looking shots! The phone is powered by a 4,000mAh battery and supports Qualcomm QuickCharging 3.0.

#2 Vivo V15 Pro

6.39-inch Super AMOLED Display | Snapdragon 675 | 6GB RAM and 128GB ROM | 32-megapixel pop-up camera Vivo has been at the helm of innovation in smartphones for the last couple of years. After bringing the in-display fingerprint sensor to mid-range phones, it’s now getting another novelty from its more expensive flagships to the mid-range V series. The Vivo V15 Pro has a pop-up selfie camera that allows for a non-intrusive full-screen display up-front. The 6.39-inch Super AMOLED display is absolutely gorgeous and is a joy to consume media on. Under the display is where you’ll find the update in-display fingerprint scanner which is claimed to be faster than ever before! The back houses a triple-camera setup comprising of a whopping 48-megapixel primary camera, an 8-megapixel ultra-wide sensor and a 5-megapixel depth-sensing sensor. The trifecta of camera proves to be very capable of great shots in most conditions. Its 32-megapixel selfie camera takes selfies with great detail. The phone is powered by Snapdragon 675 and is coupled with 6GB of RAM and 128GB of storage. And making the phone an even better choice is its attractive looking spectrum ripple design in colours of Topaz Blue and Ruby Red.

#3 Nokia 8.1

6.18-inch FullHD LCD display with HDR10 Support | Snapdragon 710 | 4GB RAM and 64GB ROM | Android One support Nokia was seemingly dead just a couple of years ago until it started making Android phones again. And reminiscent of its phones of the last decade, the current lineup is well-built, performs great and offers great design. The Nokia 8.1 is a new mid-ranger from the brand that is one of the only phones to offer a Snapdragon 710 processor that is a premium mid-range processor more than capable of heavy multi-tasking and gaming. The phone has an attractive dual-tone anodized metal frame with glass at the back. Up front, the phone gets a 6.18-inch FullHD+ display with HDR10 support. The back of the phone houses a dual-camera setup with Zeiss Optics. The phone also has a fingerprint scanner on the back. For selfies, there is a 20-megapixel camera that sits in the notch on the front. It has a 3,500mAh battery that should last a day and is supported by 18W fast charging. On the software front, the phone is affiliated with Google’s Android One program and comes with Android Pie 9.0 out-of-the-box.

#4 OPPO F11 Pro

6/5-inch FullHD LCD Display | Helio P70 | 6GB RAM and 64GB RAM | Low-light portrait photography OPPO’s design language and aesthetics have truly made a mark for itself in a world of smartphones where it’s getting harder to distinguish between models. The OPPO F11 Pro is another phone from OPPO that is an eye-catcher. The phone comes in two brilliant shades of Aurora Green and Thunder Black. The top centre of the back is where you’ll find a dual camera setup comprising of a 48-megapixel primary camera and a 5-megapixel secondary camera. The phone is capable of taking great portrait shots in low-light conditions. The OPPO is another phone to feature a pop-selfie camera. The 16-megapixel pop-up camera makes for a panoramic display up-front with minimal bezels. The phone is powered by the Helio P70 and is paired with 6GB of RAM and 64GB of ROM. If you find the 4,000mAh battery to be out of juice, you can quickly top it up with the help of OPPO’s Fast Charging technology; VOOC Flash Charge 3.0. While top-of-the-line flagships are better in many ways and have additional features that are not found in mid-rangers, the latter checks all boxes that are fundamental to a good phone. Hence, you need not break the bank to buy a good phone!