Best Premium Midrange Smartphones in Nepal [Updated]

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There’s no doubt that the market for premium midrange smartphones is growing in Nepal. And why wouldn’t it? I mean flagship devices cost well over 1 lakh. Take the Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra, for example. It costs a whopping Rs. 154,999! Or any of the latest iPhones for that matter. Thus, people are gravitating more towards the value flagships i.e the premium midrange smartphones. But what are some of the best premium midrange phones available in Nepal?

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Starting last year, Apple, Samsung, and even OnePlus (ironically) have ventured into the premium midrange market. Unfortunately, Apple’s iPhone XR and iPhone 11 cost significant money here in Nepal—whereas that trend continues with OnePlus products as well. Thus, smartphones such as OnePlus 8T and the OnePlus 9 are also pretty expensive out here.

Now, brands such as Oppo and Vivo are known for manufacturing great premium midrange smartphones. For instance, Oppo’s Reno series or the Vivo X-series for that matter are quite good. So, these companies should now look forward to bringing those devices to the Nepalese market as well to be more competitive. Anyway, for now, let’s look at some of the best premium midrange phones that are currently available in Nepal.

[Note: The three phones we have mentioned in this list are not ranked as we are yet to fully test and compare them. The list will be updated in order soon.] 

Best premium midrange phones in Nepal:

Samsung Galaxy A52s 5G  

Samsung Galaxy A52s 5GWe are starting this list with the newly launched Galaxy A52s 5G. With this, Samsung took the A52 (4G) from earlier this year and made it even better. Fortunately for Samsung, the Galaxy A52 was a decent all-around offering in itself, and there was not much to change except for the processor and higher refresh rate display.

Here, Samsung has replaced the Snapdragon 720G on the A52 with a more powerful Snapdragon 778G 5G chipset. The latter is based on TSMC’s more power-efficient 6nm process and brings four Cortex-A78 (1x 2.4GHz + 3x 2.2GHz) and four Cortex-A55 (4x 1.9GHz) cores. This makes it both powerful and energy-efficient than the 720G. Still, the Snapdragon 778G lacks behind Dimensity 1200 in terms of sheer performance, especially while playing games like Genshin Impact. 

Moving on, the integrated Snapdragon X53 5G modem makes A52s Samsung’s first mid-range 5G phone in Nepal. Upfront, you get the same 6.5-inch Super AMOLED panel which now refreshes at 120Hz instead of 90Hz. The phone is made up of plastic but comes with IP67 dust-and-water resistance like its predecessor.

The triple camera at the back has remained the same, consisting of a 64MP primary sensor that has Optical Image Stabilization (OIS) for stable recording and improved low-light photography. It is accompanied by a 12MP ultrawide, a 5MP depth, and a 5MP portrait sensor. The Infinity-O notch on the front houses a 32MP selfie shooter.

The phone is fueled by a 4,500mAh battery with support for 25W charging. Fortunately, Samsung includes a compatible charger in the box. 

Samsung Galaxy A52s 5G Specifications:

  • Display: 6.5-inches 120Hz FHD+ Super AMOLED, 405 PPI, Gorilla Glass 5
  • Chipset: Qualcomm Snapdragon 778G 5G (6nm Mobile Platform)
  • Memory: 6/8GB RAM, 128/256GB (expandable)
  • Software & UI: Android 11 with One UI 3.1
  • Rear Camera: Quad (64MP main, 12MP ultrawide, 5MP depth, 5MP macro)
  • Front Camera: 32MP sensor (punch-hole)
  • Fingerprint Sensor: In-display (optical)
  • Connectivity: Dual-SIM (Nano), WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac (Dual-band), Bluetooth 5.0, GPS / AGPS / Glonass / Galileo / Beidou, NFC, USB-C, 4G LTE, 5G
  • Sensors: Accelerometer, Gyro, Geomagnetic, Hall, Light, Virtual Proximity
  • Battery: 4,500mAh battery with 25W Charging
  • Price in Nepal: Rs. 53,999 (6/128GB) | Rs. 55,999 (8/128GB)
  • Watch our early impressions of Samsung Galaxy A52s 5G

OnePlus Nord 2

OnePlus Nord 2The next entry on our list of best premium midrange phones in Nepal is the OnePlus Nord 2. The phone sports a dual Gorilla Glass 5 panel with a porcelain finish at the back, which looks clean and minimalistic. That being said, if you were gunning for the vegan leather “Green Wood” finish, that one’s not available in Nepal as it is India-exclusive.

Moving on, OnePlus has used a 6.43-inch FHD+ AMOLED panel with a 90Hz refresh rate on the Nord 2. While it’s certainly not that bad, OnePlus could have offered a higher refresh and touch sampling rate given what other companies are providing on their phones at the same price range.

As for performance, it comes with a custom version of MediaTek’s flagship Dimensity 1200 chipset with added AI features for display, camera, and response time. With this, it is easily the best performing phone at this price. We found it to run relatively cooler and also yield better fps while gaming. 

The triple camera setup at the back consists of a 50MP primary (with OIS), an 8MP ultrawide, and a 2MP monochrome sensor. There is a 32MP selfie camera upfront. While the primary camera does a decent job, the ultrawide lens and the selfie camera are just average. The Nord 2 gets its juice from a 4,500mAh cell that supports 65W charging.

OnePlus Nord 2 Specifications:

  • Display: 6.43-inches 90Hz FHD+ Fluid AMOLED, 409 PPI, Gorilla Glass 5
  • Chipset: MediaTek Dimensity 1200-AI 5G (6nm Mobile Platform)
  • Memory: 6/8/12GB RAM, 128/256GB (fixed)
  • Software & UI: Android 11 with OxygenOS 11.3
  • Rear Camera: Triple (50MP main, 8MP ultrawide, 2MP monochrome)
  • Front Camera: 32MP sensor (punch-hole)
  • Fingerprint Sensor: In-display (optical)
  • Connectivity: Dual-SIM (Nano), WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac/ax (Dual-band), Bluetooth 5.2, GPS / AGPS / Glonass / Galileo / Beidou / NavIC, USB-C, 4G LTE, 5G (dual SIM)
  • Sensors: Accelerometer, Ambient Light, Electronic Compass, Gyroscope, Proximity, SAR, Sensor Core
  • Battery: 4,500mAh battery with 65W Charging
  • Price in Nepal: Rs. 59,999 (8/128GB) | Rs. 69,999 (12/256GB)
  • Read our review of OnePlus Nord 2
  • Watch our review of OnePlus Nord 2

POCO F3 GT

Poco F3 GTIf you want a complete mobile gaming experience in the premium mid-range category, then you can’t get a better value than the Poco F3 GT. 

Here, the POCO F3 GT is powered by the same Dimensity 1200—but without any AI customizations like on the Nord 2. What makes it stand out among the other options are the mechanical shoulder buttons (called Maglev), gaming-inspired design cues like the multi-level bevels, Tactical RGB glow, and the thunder-shaped LED flash.

On top of this, the POCO F3 GT features a 6.67-inch FHD+ AMOLED screen that supports a 120Hz refresh rate and up to 480Hz three-finger touch sampling rate. It also has a premium design with Gorilla Glass 5 on both the front and back of the phone.

As with all gaming phones, the POCO F3 GT leaves something to be desired in the camera aspect. Its 64MP triple rear camera array and the 16MP front camera both fell behind their Nord 2 counterparts in our review. 

Anyway, the phone packs a big 5,065mAh battery that supports 67W charging that can take it from 0 to 100% in just 50 minutes. While it misses out on a 3.5mm headphone jack, the Hi-Res certified stereo speakers are quite good. Similarly, there is a side-mounted fingerprint scanner for biometrics and an L-shaped connector for charging.

POCO F3 GT Specifications:

  • Display: 6.67-inches 120Hz FHD+ Turbo AMOLED, 395 PPI, Gorilla Glass 5
  • Chipset: MediaTek Dimensity 1200 5G (6nm Mobile Platform)
  • Memory: 6/8GB RAM, 128/256GB (fixed)
  • Software & UI: Android 11 with MIUI 12.5 for POCO
  • Rear Camera: Triple (64MP main, 8MP ultrawide, 2MP macro)
  • Front Camera: 16MP sensor (punch-hole)
  • Fingerprint Sensor: Physical (side-mounted)
  • Connectivity: Dual-SIM (Nano), WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac/ax (Dual-band), Bluetooth 5.1, GPS / AGPS / Glonass / Galileo / Beidou, USB Type-C, 4G LTE, 5G (dual SIM)
  • Sensors: Accelerometer, 360º Ambient Light, Proximity, Gyroscope, Electronic Compass, Vibration Motor, IR Blaster
  • Battery: 5,065mAh battery with 67W Charging
  • Price in Nepal: Rs. 56,999 (8/256GB)
  • Read of review of POCO F3 GT
  • Watch our review of POCO F3 GT

Best Premium Midrange Phones in Nepal (Summary)

Best Premium Midrange Phones in Nepal Price
Samsung Galaxy A52s 5G Rs. 53,999 (6/128GB)
Rs. 55,999 (8/128GB)
OnePlus Nord 2 Rs. 59,999 (8/128GB)
Rs. 69,999 (12/256GB)
POCO F3 GT Rs. 56,999 (8/256GB)

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Do you agree with our choice of the best premium midrange phones in Nepal, or do you want to add some other entries to the list? Have your say in the comments section.