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HWM+HardwareZone.com Tech Awards 2017: Editor's Choice - Part 1
By Team HardwareZone - 7 Mar 2017,9:00am

Best Mid-range Smartphone

Best Mid-range Smartphone

Smartphone breakthroughs in technology and materials move at a fast pace. Mid-range phones these days are every bit as capable as their flagship counterparts, save a few frills and over-the-top features that are reserved for the very best models. Here are seven such phones vying for the top spot within the S$600 - S$800 price bracket for the best mid-range smartphone.

 

Nominees:

  • Huawei P9
  • Motorola Moto Z Play
  • OnePlus 3T
  • Samsung Galaxy A7 (2016)
  • Sony Xperia XA Ultra
  • Xiaomi Mi 5
  • ZTE Axon 7

 

And the winner is...

OnePlus 3T

The original OnePlus was one of the best phones of last year, and the refreshed 3T version keeps it as relevant as ever. While it isn't an upgrade for existing OnePlus 3 owners, it keeps OnePlus right at the head of the pack in the tightly contested S$600-800 price bracket, with benchmark performance and battery life that rivals and exceeds more expensive phones from the likes of Huawei, LG and ASUS. 

Scoring Breakdown
Criteria/Model Huawei P9 Moto Z Play OnePlus 3T Oppo R9s Samsung Galaxy A7 (2016) Sony Xperia XA Ultra Xiaomi Mi 5 ZTE Axon 7
Design 8.5 8.0 8.5 7.5 8.0 7.5 8.5 8.0
Features 8.0 7.5 8.0 7.0 8.0 8.0 7.5 8.5
User-Friendliness 8.0 8.0 8.0 8.0 8.0 8.0 7.5 8.0
Performance 8.5 7.5 9.0 7.5 7.5 7.0 8.0 8.5
Value 8.5 6.0 8.5 6.0 8.0 8.0 9.0 8.5
Overall 8.5 7.5 8.5 7.0 8.0 7.5 8.0 8.5
Price S$768 S$699 S$799 S$679 S$648 S$648 S$619 S$699

*Note: Prices and ratings listed are accurate at the time of individual product evaluation.

For more details on how we selected our winners, check out the full reviews and articles listed at the References section at the end.

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