While you used to have to spend close to a grand to get a really good phone, that simply isn’t true any more. Mid-range phones are better than they’ve ever been, and considerably closer to flagships in terms of camera quality and core performance.
Just as importantly, they’re much cheaper – often as little as half the price of surprisingly similar premium phones. And that’s before you factor in Black Friday deals and discounts, which makes them the best value smartphones you can buy.
We’ve done the hard work of sifting through various stores to find the best deals around on mid-range devices – based in part on our testing and reviewing of those same phones, so we’re only recommending the devices that we really rate.
If you want to know more about why we recommend these phones, check out our list of the best mid-range phones to find out how we rank them all at full price. And if your budget is a little different, then look at our separate guides to the best flagship phone deals and best budget phone deals.
Best mid-range phone deals
4. Xiaomi 11T (8GB/256GB)
Now: £379 (£170 off)
Right now Amazon has slashed the price of the Xiaomi 11T by more than £150, making this one of the best bargains in the phone world right now.
6. Samsung Galaxy A52s (6GB RAM, 128GB)
Now: £319 (£90 off)
Samsung’s star mid-ranger for 2021 – the upgraded Galaxy A52s – features a 120Hz AMOLED display, 5G, a 25W fast-charging 4500mAh battery, IP67 water and dust resistance, and a quad rear camera. Save £90 from Amazon!
We have the best Black Friday A52s 5G deals right here.
8. OnePlus Nord (12GB RAM, 256GB)
Now: £329 (£140 off)
OnePlus’ superb re-entry into the mid-range market in 2020 – the OnePlus Nord – is already a great example of value-for-money, but this discount on the higher RAM/storage SKU found on Amazon makes a good deal even better. (There’s also currently a discount on the 8GB RAM model and other colourways too.) See our full coverage.
Mid-range phone buying advice
Mid-rangers are typically a mix of competitively-priced fully-fledged flagships, more affordable members of the same product family as a company’s top device with reduced performance, or a dedicated device, designed to deliver a certain premium feature (or features), without breaking the bank.
Deciding which one best suits your needs falls to a number of factors. If you want raw performance, a former flagship will stand you in better stead but will more likely suffer more from waning software support sooner than less powerful but newer dedicated mid-ranger compatriots.
Flagship-adjacent phones will try and offer the closest experience to a product line’s true top-tier offering but will likely skimp on the processor and/or RAM available. While dedicated mid-rangers don’t aim to excel based on their price point, save for one or two key areas, chosen by the manufacturer.
As ever, buying from phone makers you trust is always the way you go, even if it means paying a little more for a similarly-specced phone. Bigger companies’ products are usually held to higher quality standards and should anything go wrong, they’ll likely offer more robust customer support.
How to find deals
If you’re looking to buy a phone outright, rather than on-contract, Amazon has some of the biggest bargains, but make sure you check the specs carefully – third-party sellers sometimes use Amazon to shift international stock, which may vary slightly from what you find locally.
If you find that you’re missing out on Amazon’s Lightning deals, which run for just a few hours and offer limited stock, we’d recommend signing up for Amazon’s 30-day free trial of Prime, which will get you access to deals 30 minutes before everyone else. Plus, you’ll get free next-day delivery with the Prime trial, as well as access to Prime Instant Video and more. Sign up for Prime now.
If you want to know more about the current mid-range phone market, check out our best mid-range phones roundup or if all the entries here still seem a little too pricey, have a look at our best budget phones roundup instead, where every entry costs under £250/$350. We also have a general roundup of the UK’s best tech deals right now, worth checking in on too.
More Black Friday deals
Black Friday arrives on Friday 26 November this year, followed by Cyber Monday on 29 November. We’re rounding up the best Black Friday deals across all sorts of tech, so keep checking for the biggest savings.
We also have a dedicated article answering all your burning Black Friday-related questions, should you want to know more.
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