Best midrange smartphones to buy in Nepal [Updated: November 2020]

We’re almost done with 2020, and practically every mobile brand has midrange phones on its arsenal. Here are our top 6 picks that help you make the right choice!

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Flagships and flagship killers are great since they offer tons of amazing features. But the reality is, not everyone can afford such high-end devices. So, we are often obliged to get a midrange smartphone for ourselves. While many of us may share a similar feeling, here, I will be trying to make your choice a little easier by compiling all of the best midrange smartphones in Nepal.

All the entries in this list have been compared based on their performance, design, camera, durability, and price. And just to be clear, by midrange phones we mean those smartphones that cost between Rs. 35,000 to 40,000 in Nepal. So buckle up, and let’s dive into our list of the best midrange smartphones currently available in Nepal.

Best midrange smartphones in Nepal [Updated: November 2020]

S. No. Best midrange smartphones in Nepal Price
1 Realme 7 (8/128GB) Rs. 35,990
2 Redmi Note 9 Pro Max (8/128GB) Rs. 34,999
3 Samsung Galaxy M31 (8/128GB) Rs. 34,999
4 Samsung Galaxy A51 (6/128GB) Rs. 39,999
5 Vivo V20 SE (8/128GB) Rs. 39,999
6 Oppo F15 (8/128GB) Rs. 39,990

6. Oppo F15

Oppo F15 Unicorn White

Starting our list of the best midrange smartphones in Nepal is the Oppo F15. The F-series has been Oppo’s success-mantra here in Nepal, and the F15 doesn’t disappoint either. In many ways, the Oppos F15 is comparable to the Samsung Galaxy A51. They both have a similar light-weight and ergonomic design. But Oppo edges out the Galaxy A51 with its blue colored variant in terms of the looks.

Vivo V20 SE Ad

Similarly, their cameras are quite comparable too. Both have a quad-camera setup on the back with a 48MP primary lens, an 8MP ultrawide sensor, a 2MP depth, and a 2MP B/W sensor. Similarly, with the Oppo F15, you do get a 6.4-inch Super AMOLED display with a very fast in-display fingerprint sensor.

20W VOOC charging

Furthermore, it packs in a 4000mAh battery that provides good endurance. And thanks to the 20W VOOC fast charging, the phone charges up pretty quickly. It gets from 0 to 50% in just 30 minutes, while juicing up the entire battery in under an hour. Performance-wise though, the Helio P70 chipset will give you a decent performance similar to that of the A51. This is not a game for gaming enthusiasts, but someone who prioritizes design, cameras over performance.

Oppo F15 Specifications:

  • Body: 6.31 x 2.89 x 0.31 inches, 172 gm
  • Display: 6.4-inches AMOLED panel, 408PPI, Gorilla Glass 5
  • Resolution: FHD+ (2400 x 1080 pixels), 20:9 aspect ratio
  • Chipset: MediaTek Helio P70 (12nm Mobile Platform)
  • CPU: Octa-core (4×2.1 GHz Cortex-A73 & 4×2.0 GHz Cortex-A53)
  • GPU: Mali-G72 MP3
  • RAM: 8GB
  • Storage: 128GB UFS 2.1 (expandable via a dedicated microSD slot)
  • Software & UI: ColorOS 6.1 on top of Android 9.0 (Pie)
  • Rear Camera: Quad-camera;
    – 48MP primary lens with f/1.8 aperture & PDAF
    – 8MP Ultra-wide-angle lens with f/2.3 aperture
    – 2MP B/W sensor with f/2.4 aperture
    – 2MP depth sensor with f/2.4 aperture
    – LED flash
  • Front Camera: 16MP, f/2.0 lens
  • Security: Under-display (optical)
  • Audio: 3.5mm headphone jack, loudspeaker
  • Connectivity: Dual-SIM (Nano), WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, Bluetooth 4.2, GPS / AGPS / Glonass / BDS, USB Type-C
  • Sensors: Accelerometer, Gyro, Proximity, Compass
  • Battery: 4025mAh with 20W VOOC Flash Charge
  • Colors: Lightening Black, Unicorn White
  • Price in Nepal: Rs. 39,990 (8/128GB)
  • Available in Oppo authorized retail stores
  • Watch our review of the Oppo F15

5. Vivo V20 SE

Vivo V20 SE Oxygen Blue

Next up, we have the Vivo V20 SE. It is the cheapest entry is Vivo’s new V20 series of smartphones and just like the Oppo F15 above, this one is for the fashion-first crowd of smartphone buyers too. Available in either Gravity Black and Oxygen Blue color options, the V20 SE, unfortunately, doesn’t borrow the matte glass back of the regular Vivo V20. Instead, the company has settled for a standard polycarbonate back on this device.

Moving on, the phone has a 6.44″ AMOLED display with an FHD+ resolution and a 90.12% screen-to-body ratio. There is a small teardrop notch for the selfie camera which we strongly feel should’ve been replaced with a punch-hole instead. Talking about the camera, Vivo V20 SE has a 32MP front-facing sensor with fast-focus. Similarly, you’ll find a triple rear-camera setup led by a 48MP primary lens, an 8MP ultrawide sensor, and a 2MP depth sensor.

So-so performer

Getting to performance, it’s the same story as other Vivo mid-range phones. Powered by the Snapdragon 665, many will agreeably feel that it’s not competent enough for the price. Yet, Vivo isn’t trying to achieve that with the V20 SE. Casual users will find the phone more than capable enough. And with a whopping 8GB of RAM onboard, memory shouldn’t be any problem either.

Likewise, the phone has 128GB of storage, which can be expanded via a micro SD card. Powering the phone is a decent 4100mAh battery with support for 33W fast charging. If the similar tech on Vivo V20’s 4000mAh is any indication, the same should charge V20 SE in just a little over an hour as well.

Vivo V20 SE Specifications:

  • Body: 6.34 x 2.92 x 0.31 inches, 171 gm
  • Display: 6.44-inches AMOLED panel, 409PPI
  • Resolution: FHD+ (2400 x 1080 pixels), 20:9 aspect ratio
  • Chipset: Qualcomm Snapdragon 665 (11nm Mobile Platform)
  • CPU: Octa-core (4×2.0 GHz Kryo 260 Gold & 4×1.8 GHz Kryo 260 Silver)
  • GPU: Adreno 610
  • RAM: 8GB
  • Storage: 128GB (expandable via a dedicated microSD slot)
  • Software & UI: Funtouch OS 11 on top of Android 10
  • Rear Camera: Triple-camera;
    – 48MP primary lens with f/1.8 aperture & PDAF
    – 8MP Ultra-wide-angle lens with f/2.2 aperture
    – 2MP depth sensor with f/2.4 aperture
    – LED flash
  • Front Camera: 32MP, f/2.0 lens
  • Security: Under-display (optical)
  • Audio: 3.5mm headphone jack, loudspeaker
  • Connectivity: Dual-SIM (Nano), WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, Bluetooth 5.0, GPS / AGPS / Glonass / Galileo / BDS, USB Type-C
  • Sensors: Accelerometer, Gyro, Proximity, Compass
  • Battery: 4100mAh with 33W FlashCharge
  • Colors: Gravity Black, Oxygen Blue
  • Price in Nepal: Rs. 39,999 (8/128GB)
  • Available in Vivo authorized retail stores

4. Samsung Galaxy A51

Samsung Galaxy A51 Prism Crush Blue

Now, this entry in our list of best midrange smartphones in Nepal might not surprise many because the Samsung Galaxy A51 simply is the best midrange camera phone right now. Its main 48MP lens captures punchy images with excellent details. Furthermore, A51’s 12MP wide-angle lens produces sharp images. The portraits are also excellent, thanks to Samsung’s software optimization. There’s also a dedicated 5MP depth sensor but as you would imagine, it’s not very useful.

Besides cameras, the phone excels in some other areas too. For instance, its design is almost perfect for a midrange phone. The device is light, thin, and yet ergonomic. And despite being “glasstic”, the device is sturdy as a metal. Furthermore, its 3D-holographic cut design on the back is amazing and the L-shaped placement of the rear camera looks elegant too.

Terrific display

If its design on the back is breathtaking, then I don’t have a word to describe its screen. It is a 6.5-inch Super AMOLED screen, which in my opinion is the best out there. It has got thin bezels surrounding the screen and there is a tiny punch-hole to add to its elegance. And the display offers great color and contrast. However, unlike modern trends, this display doesn’t offer a 90Hz or higher refresh rate for a smoother scrolling experience.

Likewise, another thing that might disappoint you is the performance of the device. Given its rather hefty price tag, the performance could have been a lot better. Had the Galaxy A51 been equipped with a more powerful chipset than the Exynos 9611, it would’ve easily topped our chart. The battery side of things on the phone is just decent as well. It has a 4000mAh cell that supports 15W fast charging.

Samsung Galaxy A51 Specifications:

  • Body: 6.24 x 2.90 x 0.31 inches, 172 gm
  • Display: 6.5-inches Super AMOLED panel, 405PPI, Gorilla Glass 3
  • Resolution: FHD+ (2400 x 1080 pixels), 20:9 aspect ratio
  • Chipset: Exynos 9611 (10nm Mobile Platform)
  • CPU: Octa-core (4×2.3 GHz Cortex-A73 & 4×1.7 GHz Cortex-A53)
  • GPU: Mali-G72 MP3
  • RAM: 4/6/8GB
  • Storage: 64/128GB UFS 2.0 (expandable via a dedicated microSD slot)
  • Software & UI: One UI 2.5 on top of Android 10
  • Rear Camera: Quad-camera;
    – 48MP primary lens with f/2.0 aperture & PDAF
    – 12MP Ultra-wide-angle lens with f/2.2 aperture, 123º FOV
    – 5MP depth sensor with f/2.2 aperture
    – 5MP macro sensor with f/2.4 aperture
    – LED flash
  • Front Camera: 32MP, f/2.2 lens
  • Security: Under-display (optical)
  • Audio: 3.5mm headphone jack, loudspeaker
  • Connectivity: Dual-SIM (Nano), WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, Bluetooth 5.0, GPS / AGPS / Glonass / Galileo / BDS, USB Type-C
  • Sensors: Accelerometer, Gyro, Proximity, Compass, ANT+
  • Battery: 4000mAh with 15W fast charging
  • Colors: Prism Crush Black, White, Blue, Pink
  • Price in Nepal: Rs. 39,999 (6/128GB)
  • Buy Here (Daraz)
  • Watch our review of the Galaxy A51.

3. Samsung Galaxy M31

Samsung Galaxy M31 Ocean Blue

Samsung Galaxy M31 can be labeled as a cheaper alternative to the Galaxy A51. However, being labeled as a cheaper option also means that the phone cuts corners in some areas. And with the M31, I must say huge sacrifices have been made with their design and build quality. But if you can look past that, this phone will end up being an excellent investment.

Its polycarbonate back and plastic frame does not give out a good vibe, and it does not look that sturdy eithercompared to the Galaxy A51, that is. Similarly, despite having a Super AMOLED display with FHD resolution, Samsung has not provided an in-display fingerprint sensor on this one. But that might be the part of the cost-cutting. Still, the fingerprint sensor is fairly responsive and accurate, although it’s not the fastest one out there.

Capable cameras

That being said, the camera is comparable to that of the A51. It has a 64MP primary lens that performs better than that any phones at the price range of Rs. 35,000. However, as mentioned earlier, A51’s ultra-wide lens is quite unbeatable and M31’s is not up to the task either. Galaxy M31 uses the same Exynos 9611 chipset, so performance-wise both the devices fall in the average category.

The best thing about this device is its huge 6000mAh battery. That’s quite outstanding. I mean the battery backup on this device is simply great. However, it will take you a significant amount of time to charge up the battery as it only supports 15W charging.

Samsung Galaxy M31 Specifications:

  • Body: 6.27 x 2.96 x 0.35 inches, 191 gm
  • Display: 6.4-inches Super AMOLED panel, 403PPI, Gorilla Glass 3
  • Resolution: FHD+ (2340 x 1080 pixels), 19.5:9 aspect ratio
  • Chipset: Exynos 9611 (10nm Mobile Platform)
  • CPU: Octa-core (4×2.3 GHz Cortex-A73 & 4×1.7 GHz Cortex-A53)
  • GPU: Mali-G72 MP3
  • RAM: 6/8GB
  • Storage: 64/128GB UFS 2.1 (expandable via a dedicated microSD slot)
  • Software & UI: One UI 2.5 on top of Android 10
  • Rear Camera: Quad-camera;
    – 64MP primary lens with f/1.8 aperture & PDAF
    – 8MP Ultra-wide-angle lens with f/2.2 aperture, 123º FOV
    – 5MP depth sensor with f/2.2 aperture
    – 5MP macro sensor with f/2.4 aperture
    – LED flash
  • Front Camera: 32MP, f/2.0 lens
  • Security: Physical fingerprint sensor (rear-mounted)
  • Audio: 3.5mm headphone jack, loudspeaker
  • Connectivity: Dual-SIM (Nano), WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, Bluetooth 5.0, GPS / AGPS / Glonass / Galileo / BDS, USB Type-C
  • Sensors: Accelerometer, Gyro, Proximity, Compass
  • Battery: 6000mAh with 15W fast charging
  • Colors: Ocean Blue, Space Black, Red
  • Price in Nepal: Rs. 34,999 (8/128GB)
  • Buy Here (Daraz)
  • Watch our review of the Galaxy M31.

2. Redmi Note 9 Pro Max

Xiaomi Redmi Note 9 Pro Max Glacier White

Taking the second spot in our list of best midrange smartphones in Nepal is the Redmi Note 9 Pro Max. Xiaomi’s “Redmi” brand of phones is incredibly well-received in Nepal and this one’s no exception either. While Xiaomi Nepal took off the launch of the successor to the wildly successful Redmi Note 8 series with the Note 9 Pro, the Pro Max was what most people were really gunning after.

Admittedly, there’s not much of a difference between the two phones. Here, the Note 9 Pro Max has a big 6.67″ FHD+ IPS LCD displaythe first entry in our list to not have an AMOLED panel. There’s a minimal punch-hole cutout for the front camera and we’re glad to see how OEMs are shying away from notches in midrange devices. Moreover, Note 9 Pro Max also brings Gorilla Glass 5 protectionboth at the front and back.

Still no high refresh rate on a Redmi Note series phone

This display has the standard 60Hz refresh rate which is a disappointment considering how Xiaomi fans have been continuously lobbying for the company to bring a high refresh rate display in its mid-range phones. In terms of performance, it’s not that big-of-a-deal on the Note 9 Pro Max (or Pro) compared to the Redmi Note 8 Pro. The Snapdragon 720G sure is a lot more energy efficient than the Helio G90T, but their performance is very comparable indeed.

Getting to the cameras, the phone has a quad-camera setup at the back. You get a 64MP primary sensor (as opposed to 48MP one on the Note 9 Pro), while the rest of the lineup is identical between the two phones. Similarly, it has a 32MP selfie camera whereas the Note 9 Pro equips a 16MP shooter. Powering the phone is a big 5020mAh battery with support for 33W fast charging. This is another upgrade over the Pro & Pro Max since the Note 9 Pro can only take 18W of maximum power at a time.

Redmi Note 9 Pro Max Specifications:

  • Body: 6.52 x 3.02 x 0.35 inches, 209 gm
  • Display: 6.67-inches IPS LCD, 395PPI, Gorilla Glass 5
  • Resolution: FHD+ (2400 x 1080 pixels), 20:9 aspect ratio
  • Chipset: Qualcomm Snapdragon 720G (8nm Mobile Platform)
  • CPU: Octa-core (2×2.3 GHz Kryo 465 Gold & 6×1.8 GHz Kryo 465 Silver
  • GPU: Adreno 618
  • RAM: 6/8GB LPDDR4x
  • Storage: 64/128GB UFS 2.1 (expandable via a dedicated microSD slot)
  • Software & UI: MIUI 12 on top of Android 10
  • Rear Camera: Quad-camera;
    – 64MP primary lens with f/1.9 aperture & PDAF
    – 8MP Ultra-wide-angle lens with f/2.2 aperture, 119º FOV
    – 2MP depth sensor with f/2.4 aperture
    – 5MP macro sensor with f/2.4 aperture, 2cm
    – LED flash
  • Front Camera: 32MP sensor
  • Security: Physical fingerprint sensor (side-mounted)
  • Audio: 3.5mm headphone jack, loudspeaker
  • Connectivity: Dual-SIM (Nano), WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, Bluetooth 5.0, GPS / AGPS / Glonass / Galileo / BDS / NavIC, USB Type-C
  • Sensors: Accelerometer, Gyro, Proximity, Compass
  • Battery: 5020mAh with 33W fast charging
  • Colors: Glacier White, Aurora Blue, Interstellar Black
  • Price in Nepal: Rs. 34,999 (8/128GB)
  • Buy Here (Daraz)

1. Realme 7

Realme 7 Mist Blue

Finally, leading our chart of the best midrange smartphones in Nepal is the recently launched Realme 7. Considering the existing competition, we feel that this one deserves the top spot. The Note 9 Pro Max is a close second but because of its 90Hz display and a couple of more factors, Realme 7 managed to become victorious. Having said that, we entirely agree that the phone is rabidly overpriced compared to India.

For this, Realme Nepal should have a lot more effective supply chain in order to bring the cost of its phones downand launch the phones a lot faster too. Anyway, the new Realme 7 is the successor to the Realme 6 which launched in Q1 2020. And just like what Xiaomi did with its Note 9 lineup, there’s very little to talk about the upgrades between the two phones.

90Hz display

Here, the Realme 7 has a 6.5″ FHD+ IPS LCD display, which is not that inspiring. But what is, is its 90Hz refresh ratemaking it the only phone in our list to boast a smooth display. This alone makes a heck of an argument for the phone and appeals to the mobile gaming community. Likewise, the phone has a 120Hz touch sampling rate for a quick touch-to-response ratio. Powering the phone is the new MediaTek Helio G95. It bears a slight upgrade over the G90T found in Realme 6. Fun fact, Realme 7 is also the first phone to feature this silicon.

Besides the terrific gaming performance, the phone doesn’t slack when it comes to other aspects either. Its 64MP primary Sony sensor can take great images with excellent colors, details, and dynamic range. Yet, the camera setup is only a slight upgrade over its predecessor. Similarly, Realme has bumped the battery to a bigger 5000mAh cell that supports the same 30W fast charging protocol.

Realme 7 Specifications:

  • Body: 6.39 x 2.97 x 0.37 inches, 196.5 gm
  • Display: 6.5-inches IPS LCD, 405PPI, Gorilla Glass 3, 90Hz refresh rate, 120Hz touch sampling rate
  • Resolution: FHD+ (2400 x 1080 pixels), 20:9 aspect ratio
  • Chipset: MediaTek Helio G95 (12nm Mobile Platform)
  • CPU: Octa-core (2×2.05 GHz Cortex-A76 & 6×2.0 GHz Cortex-A55)
  • GPU: Mali-G76 MC4
  • RAM: 6/8GB LPDDR4x
  • Storage: 64/128GB UFS 2.1 (expandable via a dedicated microSD slot)
  • Software & UI: Realme UI on top of Android 10
  • Rear Camera: Quad-camera;
    – 64MP Sony IMX682 with f/1.8 aperture & PDAF
    – 8MP Ultra-wide-angle lens with f/2.3 aperture, 119º FOV
    – 2MP depth sensor with f/2.4 aperture
    – 2MP macro sensor with f/2.4 aperture
    – LED flash
  • Front Camera: 16MP, f/2.1 sensor
  • Security: Physical fingerprint sensor (side-mounted)
  • Audio: 3.5mm headphone jack, loudspeaker
  • Connectivity: Dual-SIM (Nano), WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, Bluetooth 5.0, GPS / AGPS / Glonass / Galileo / BDS, USB Type-C
  • Sensors: Accelerometer, Gyro, Proximity, Compass
  • Battery: 5000mAh with 30W fast charging
  • Colors: Mist Blue, Mist White
  • Price in Nepal: Rs. 35,990 (8/128GB)
  • Buy Here (Daraz)
  • Watch our review of the Realme 7.

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