Best Premium Midrange Smartphones in Nepal [Updated]

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In this article, we’ll be going through our top picks for the best premium midrange phones in Nepal in 2023. 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 here. Take the Samsung Galaxy S23 Ultra, for example, which costs a whopping NPR 191,999! Or any of the latest iPhones for that matter. Thus, people are gravitating more towards the value flagships i.e. the upper midrange smartphones. But what are some of the best premium midrange phones available in Nepal?

How to find the best premium midrange phones in Nepal?

It’s mostly the dominant smartphone brands that make up this segment. Including the likes of Apple, Samsung, Xiaomi, OnePlus, and more. And phones in this category basically deliver a premium smartphone experience at a sub-flagship price. So things like a high refresh rate OLED display, a great set of cameras with OIS, and powerful performance are all pretty common in this space.

Unfortunately, Apple’s base iPhone 13 and iPhone 14 cost significant money here in Nepal. Now, brands such as Oppo and Vivo are known for manufacturing great premium midrange smartphones in the global arena.

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.

Best premium midrange phones in Nepal:

11. OnePlus Nord 2T

OnePlus Nord 2T - Jade Fog

Kicking off our list of best premium midrange phones in Nepal is the OnePlus Nord 2T. This thing is essentially the same phone as the OnePlus Nord 2 but with some minor updates here and there. Like the Nord 2, it has a Gorilla Glass 5 at both the front and the back of the phone. Having said that, Nord 2T’s asymmetric camera layout with two camera rings is quite the departure from the relatively cleaner look of its predecessor.

Upgraded MediaTek chip

Besides looks, the other big difference between these phones is in terms of the chipset choice. In this case, OnePlus has opted for a MediaTek Dimensity 1300 over the Dimensity 1200 that powered the Nord 2. Despite a fresh new chip, the performance difference between these two isn’t that significant since they share the same core architecture inside.

This is not a big deal but we would’ve loved to see OnePlus upgrade to a 120Hz refresh rate on the Nord 2T. The actual quality and everything else about this screen is just fine, whereas a smoother 120Hz refresh rate would’ve been just the icing on the cake. OnePlus Nord 2T also enjoys faster 80W charging support over the 65W charging on the Nord 2. The battery capacity remains the same at 4500mAh though.

Nothing’s new in the camera department either. You get a 50MP primary (with OIS), an 8MP ultrawide, and a 2MP monochrome sensor at the back, alongside a 32MP selfie shooter. And yeah, it actually takes pretty decent photos; be it during daytime or during lowlight conditions. But its ultrawide camera is pretty average for the price, whereas stabilization in videos isn’t very good either.

OnePlus Nord 2T Specifications:

  • Display: 6.43-inch AMOLED screen, FHD+, 90Hz refresh rate, Gorilla Glass 5
  • Chipset: MediaTek Dimensity 1300 5G (6nm mobile platform)
  • Memory: 8/12GB LPDDR4X RAM, 128/256GB UFS 3.1 storage (fixed)
  • Software & UI: OxygenOS 12 on top of Android 12 (upgradeable)
  • Rear Camera: Triple (50MP main, 8MP ultrawide, 2MP monochrome)
  • Front Camera: 32MP sensor (hole-punch)
  • Security: Fingerprint sensor (optical in-display)
  • Connectivity: Dual-SIM (Nano), WiFi 6 (dual-band), Bluetooth 5.2, GPS / AGPS / Glonass / Galileo / Beidou / NavIC, NFC, USB-C, 4G LTE, 5G
  • Sensors: Accelerometer, Ambient light, E-compass, Gyro, Proximity, SAR, Sensor core
  • Battery: 4500mAh with 80W charging (80W adapter inside the box)
  • Price in Nepal: NPR 64,999 (8/128GB) | NPR 74,999 (12/256GB)
  • Read our OnePlus Nord 2T review
  • Watch our OnePlus Nord 2T review

10. Xiaomi 12X

Xiaomi 12X

Moving on, if you want a compact phone that fits in your pocket but doesn’t spare on features, you should definitely consider the Xiaomi 12X. Weighing only 176 grams and measuring just 8.16mm thick, this is certainly one of the most comfortable smartphones to hold on hand. And its glass-sandwich build quality feels plenty premium as well. But its compact form factor also means that it comes with a relatively smaller battery.

And in our tests, we found the Xiaomi 12X to give just 5-6 hours of screen time on average. Then again, under light to medium usage patterns, this should last you a full day. Up front, there is a 6.28-inch AMOLED display with a 120Hz refresh rate. Not only that, but the 12X is the only smartphone in this list of best premium midrange phones in Nepal to sport a 12-bit screen. Not to forget, it also has HDR10+ and Dolby Vision certification.

Snapdragon 870

All of this is driven by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 870, which is a powerful chipset in its own right. You can easily get by with your daily tasks and can also enjoy a few sessions of your favorite multiplayer games. However, unlike the more expensive phones in this lineup (Xiaomi 12 and Xiaomi 12 Pro), the company hasn’t specified anything about the software update here.

To make matters worse, it ships with a much older Android 11 out-of-the-box. So if reliable and timely software updates are at the top of your list, then the Xiaomi 12X is going to disappoint. For optics, it features a triple camera array in the back. This includes a 50MP primary sensor with OIS, a 13MP ultra-wide, and a 5MP telemacro unit. With this, you can expect the 12X to take decent photos and videos.

Xiaomi 12X Specifications:

  • Display: 6.28-inch AMOLED screen, FHD+, 120Hz refresh rate, Gorilla Glass Victus
  • Chipset: Qualcomm Snapdragon 870 5G (7nm mobile platform)
  • Memory: 8GB LPDDR5 RAM, 128/256GB UFS 3.1 storage (fixed)
  • Software & UI: MIUI 13 on top of Android 11 (upgradeable)
  • Rear Camera: Triple (50MP main, 13MP ultrawide, 5MP telemacro)
  • Front Camera: 32MP sensor (hole-punch)
  • Security: Fingerprint sensor (optical in-display)
  • Connectivity: Dual-SIM (Nano), WiFi 6 (dual-band), Bluetooth 5.1, GPS / AGPS / Glonass / Galileo / Beidou / NavIC, NFC, USB-C, 4G LTE, 5G
  • Sensors: Accelerometer, Ambient light, E-compass, Gyro, Proximity, IR blaster
  • Battery: 4500mAh with 67W charging (67W adapter inside the box)
  • Price in Nepal: NPR 71,999 (8/256GB)
  • Read our Xiaomi 12X review
  • Watch our Xiaomi 12X review

9. Honor 70

Honor 70 - Crystal Silver best premium midrange phones in Nepal

Honor is no new name in the premium smartphone territory. In fact, the new Honor Magic 5 Pro even bagged the top spot in DxOMark’s camera and display tests. While the Magic 5 Pro is launching pretty soon in Nepal, the Honor 70 is a decent taste of Honor’s premium experience. From flashy design aesthetics to a curved display and more, the Honor 70 is a solid contender in our list of best premium midrange phones in Nepal.

I mean, the Honor 70 starts to impress with the design itself. Apart from the “Emerald Green” colorway that has a matte finish at the back, it is also available in the “Crystal Silver” option with quite attractive reflective patterns. Honor 70 also has a curved finish on both sides for a more comfortable grip. Its curved 120Hz OLED display feels great to navigate around; whereas the actual quality of this screen is fantastic too.

No stereo speakers

But the fact that this phone doesn’t have a stereo speaker setup is pretty embarrassing. So the media consumption experience on the Honor 70 feels largely bottlenecked. As for the cameras, its triple sensor array at the back consists of a 54MP IMX800 primary, a 50MP ultrawide, and a 2MP depth sensor. And the phone shoots nice photos with nice colors, detail levels, and dynamic range; from both the primary and ultrawide sensors.

For performance, Honor 70 is powered by Qualcomm’s reliable Snapdragon 778G+ chip. This has been paired with up to 12GB RAM and up to 512GB storage for smooth day-to-day operation. Honor’s custom “Magic UI” interface (based on Android 12) can feel a bit overwhelming at first, but you should get used to it pretty quickly. And unlike the Xiaomi 12X above, Honor has also committed to 2 generations of OS and 3 years of security updates for this guy.

Honor 70 Specifications:

  • Display: 6.67-inch AMOLED screen, FHD+, 120Hz refresh rate
  • Chipset: Qualcomm Snapdragon 778G+ 5G (6nm mobile platform)
  • Memory: 8/12GB RAM, 128/256/512GB storage (fixed)
  • Software & UI: Magic UI 6.1 on top of Android 12 (upgradeable)
  • Rear Camera: Triple (54MP main, 50MP ultrawide, 2MP depth)
  • Front Camera: 32MP sensor (hole-punch)
  • Security: Fingerprint sensor (optical in-display)
  • Connectivity: Dual-SIM (Nano), WiFi 6 (dual-band), Bluetooth 5.2, GPS / AGPS / Glonass / Galileo / Beidou, NFC, USB-C, 4G LTE, 5G
  • Sensors: Ambient light, Compass, Gyro, Gravity, Proximity
  • Battery: 4800mAh with 66W charging (66W adapter inside the box)
  • Price in Nepal: NPR 69,990 (8/256GB)

8. Samsung Galaxy A54

Samsung Galaxy A54 - Violet

Besides the premium “Galaxy S” lineup, Samsung’s “Galaxy A” series is also incredibly popular in the market. The higher-end models in this lineup bring a lot of premium features to give you a flagship Samsung experience without breaking the bank. And the new Samsung Galaxy A54 does exactly that. From a premium design language to long software support, and everything in between, this Samsung phone is quite impressive.

Starting with the build quality, Galaxy A54 brings a glass sandwich body, protected by Corning’s Gorilla Glass 5 on both sides. The frames are still plastic-made but that doesn’t mean the phone feels cheap to hold or anything. Samsung is also the only Android smartphone brand to provide a more dependable IP67 dust/water resistance on a phone in this price range. Whereas the Galaxy A54’s clean visual aesthetics is complemented by a bunch of fun color options too.

Top-notch display

Needless to say, this Samsung phone has a great display. From colors to brightness levels, the Galaxy A54 is an absolute visual treat. Camera-wise, the Galaxy A54 now uses a 50MP main sensor (instead of 64MP) whereas Samsung has also gotten rid of the 5MP depth camera from last year’s Galaxy A53. But although its main camera is pretty great, we found the remaining ones to be underoptimized right now.

This is mostly due to the Exynos 1380 chip powering this phone. We’re confident Samsung will optimize it better with future updates but for the time being, Galaxy A54’s performance leaves a lot to be desired. It’s good enough for light, everyday tasks but that’s about it. The software side of things are excellent though. It runs on the latest Android 13-based One UI 5, and Samsung also promises 4 years of OS and 5 years of security updates for the Galaxy A54.

Samsung Galaxy A54 Specifications:

  • Display: 6.4-inch AMOLED screen, FHD+, 120Hz refresh rate, Gorilla Glass 5
  • Chipset: Exynos 1380 5G (5nm mobile platform)
  • Memory: 6/8GB RAM, 128/256GB storage (expandable)
  • Software & UI: One UI 5 on top of Android 13 (upgradeable)
  • Rear Camera: Triple (50MP main, 12MP ultrawide, 5MP macro)
  • Front Camera: 32MP sensor (hole-punch)
  • Security: Fingerprint sensor (optical in-display)
  • Connectivity: Dual-SIM (Nano), WiFi 6 (dual-band), Bluetooth 5.3, GPS / AGPS / Glonass / Galileo / Beidou / QZSS, NFC, USB-C, 4G LTE, 5G
  • Sensors: Accelerometer, Geomagnetic, Gyro, Light, Proximity
  • Battery: 5000mAh with 25W charging (power adapter not provided)
  • Price in Nepal: NPR 56,999 (8/128GB) | NPR 59,999 (8/256GB)
  • Read our Samsung Galaxy A54 review
  • Watch our Samsung Galaxy A54 review

7. Xiaomi 13 Lite

Xiaomi 13 Lite - Pink

At number 7 on our list of best premium midrange phones in Nepal is the new Xiaomi 13 Lite. Even though it falls under the Xiaomi 13 series, it’s quite different than its more expensive siblings. Xiaomi 13 Lite is a fashionable smartphone that’s geared toward those who prefer a sleek, attractive design above all else. Matter of fact, this is the slimmest phone on our list, measuring just 7.23 mm thick.

And at 171 grams, this is also one of the most lightweight premium midrange phones we have. But in order to achieve such a design, Xiaomi hasn’t compromised on the build quality either. Both the front and back of the phone are glass-made, and the company has also secured IP53 dust and splash resistance here. For a comfortable grip, it brings a 3D curved design on both sides too.

Dual selfie cameras

Camera is another highlight of the Xiaomi 13 Lite. Especially the one on the front. Unlike every other entry on our list, it brings a dual selfie camera setup; consisting of a 32MP ultrawide and an 8MP depth sensor. To make your selfie experience more pleasing during lowlight conditions, there are two front-facing LED lights too. Whereas at the back, you get a 50MP primary (without OIS), an 8MP ultrawide, and a 2MP macro sensor.

In terms of display, it has a gorgeous 6.55″ AMOLED screen with a 120Hz refresh rate. And handling the performance side of things is Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 7 Gen 1 chip. Although we didn’t get to see too many phones with this processor, the 7 Gen 1 is a reliable performer in this price segment. Unfortunately, this 2023 smartphone ships with older Android 12-based MIUI 14 by default. And Xiaomi hasn’t committed to any software update cycle for the 13 Lite either.

Xiaomi 13 Lite Specifications:

  • Display: 6.55-inch AMOLED screen, FHD+, 120Hz refresh rate, Gorilla Glass 5
  • Chipset: Qualcomm Snapdragon 7 Gen 1 5G (4nm mobile platform)
  • Memory: 8GB RAM, 128/256GB storage (fixed)
  • Software & UI: MIUI 14 on top of Android 12 (upgradeable)
  • Rear Camera: Triple (50MP main, 8MP ultrawide, 2MP macro)
  • Front Camera: 32MP ultrawide, 8MP depth (pill-shaped cutout)
  • Security: Fingerprint sensor (optical in-display)
  • Connectivity: Dual-SIM (Nano), WiFi 6 (dual-band), Bluetooth 5.2, GPS / AGPS / Glonass / Galileo / Beidou / QZSS, NFC, USB-C, 4G LTE, 5G
  • Sensors: Accelerometer, Ambient light, E-compass, Gyro, IR blaster, Proximity
  • Battery: 4500mAh with 67W charging (67W adapter inside the box)
  • Price in Nepal: NPR 54,999 (8/128GB) | NPR 57,999 (8/256GB)
  • Read our Xiaomi 13 Lite review
  • Watch our Xiaomi 13 Lite review

6. Vivo V27

Vivo V27 - Magic Blue

The new Vivo V27 also finds a spot on our list of best premium midrange phones in Nepal. There’s also a Vivo V27 Pro with a more powerful processor in the international market, but that’s available here just yet. However, the good news is that Vivo hasn’t differentiated these two phones by all that much. Except for the performance itself and a few other minor things, Vivo V27 and V27 Pro are pretty much the same phones.

Here, one of the staples of Vivo’s “V” series of smartphones is an attractive design. And the Vivo V27 keeps that tradition perfectly alive. It’s got a dual-curved finish for a great hands-on feel, while the phone itself is pretty slim and lightweight. It’s available in “Noble Black” and “Magic Blue” color options in Nepal, and the latter even has a color-changing back that can switch to a darker shade of blue when exposed to sunlight.

Despite its otherwise terrific design, Vivo V27 doesn’t have an official IP rating. Getting to the display, the phone has a tall 6.78-inch AMOLED panel with an FHD resolution and a 120Hz refresh rate. And from colors and contrast to brightness levels, things look pretty good here—although Vivo hasn’t layered it with a Gorilla Glass protection of any kind.

4nm processor

Moving on, Vivo V27 is powered by the new MediaTek Dimensity 7200 (4nm). Going by its specs and benchmarks, this chip is a bit more powerful than Snapdragon 778G and slightly below the Snapdragon 870. And while the phone handles normal everyday usage, multitasking pretty well, things could still get better. At the time of writing this article, the phone has received three software updates so far (all focused on better system stability), so we can hope Vivo continues to optimize this chip.

And although Vivo V27 is likely to receive two years of OS and three years of security updates, some sort of confirmation from Vivo itself would’ve been nice. Besides design, Vivo V27’s cameras are pretty solid for both photos and videos. Especially its 50MP primary and 50MP selfie cameras. The phone gets its juice from a 4600mAh battery. And thanks to an efficient 4nm processor, it holds up throughout the day.

Vivo V27 Specifications:

  • Display: 6.78-inch AMOLED screen, FHD+, 120Hz refresh rate
  • Chipset: MediaTek Dimensity 7200 5G (6nm mobile platform)
  • Memory: 8/12GB RAM, 128/256GB storage (fixed)
  • Software & UI: Funtouch OS 13 on top of Android 13
  • Rear Camera: Triple (50MP main, 8MP ultrawide, 2MP macro)
  • Front Camera: 50MP sensor (hole-punch)
  • Security: Fingerprint sensor (optical in-display)
  • Connectivity: Dual-SIM (Nano), WiFi 5 (Dual-band), Bluetooth 5.3, GPS / AGPS / Galileo / Glonass / QZSS / Beidou / NavIC, USB-C, NFC, 4G LTE, 5G
  • Sensors: Accelerometer, Ambient light, E-compass, Gyroscope, Proximity
  • Battery: 4600mAh with 66W charging (66W adapter inside the box)
  • Price in Nepal: NPR 58,999 (8/256GB)
  • Read our Vivo V27 review
  • Watch our Vivo V27 review

5. Nothing Phone (1)

Nothing Phone 1 - Black

Now, the next entry on our list of best premium midrange phones in Nepal is unlike any other. The Nothing Phone (1) made its debut in the global market almost a year ago but is just arriving in Nepal. Then again, we’re glad Nothing products are finally arriving in the country through official channels. Anyway, the Phone (1)’s biggest talking point is its design itself. We’ve seen a handful of phones with a transparent finish before, but Nothing’s special sauce is something called the “Glyph Interface”.

Glyph interface

This is basically a glorified notification light, to put it bluntly. From incoming phone calls to app notifications, the multiple white LED lights at the back give this… sort of character to the Phone (1) in this sea of boring-looking smartphones. Apart from this, its build quality is also really nice. With glass sandwich build and flat aluminum frames.

It is also IP53 dust and splash resistant—which isn’t as durable as Samsung’s IP67 rating on its phones—but hey, something’s better than nothing, right? Nothing Phone (1) brings the same Snapdragon 778G+ chip, with fast LPDDR5 RAM and UFS 3.1 storage. And the custom “Nothing OS” is also pretty great to use. It’s close to the stock Android experience but the company has sprinkled in a bunch of features and visual changes to make it its own.

There are also 3 major OS and 4 years of security updates on the cards for the Phone (1), by the way. And its cameras are also really impressive. Both its 50MP main and 50MP ultrawide shooter take excellent photos. Its battery life is also good enough, managing around 6 hours of screen time before requiring a fill-up. Oh, and the Nothing Phone (1) also supports 15W wireless charging.

Nothing Phone (1) Specifications:

  • Display: 6.55-inch AMOLED screen, FHD+, 120Hz refresh rate, Gorilla Glass 5
  • Chipset: Qualcomm Snapdragon 778G+ 5G (6nm mobile platform)
  • Memory: 8GB RAM, 128/256GB storage (fixed)
  • Software & UI: Nothing OS on top of Android 12 (upgradeable)
  • Rear Camera: Dual (50MP main, 50MP ultrawide)
  • Front Camera: 16MP sensor (hole-punch)
  • Security: Fingerprint sensor (optical in-display)
  • Connectivity: Dual-SIM (Nano), WiFi 6 (dual-band), Bluetooth 5.2, GPS / AGPS / Glonass / Galileo / QZSS, NFC, USB-C, 4G LTE, 5G
  • Sensors: Accelerometer, Ambient light, E-compass, Front RGB, Gyro, Proximity, Sensor core
  • Battery: 4500mAh with 33W charging (power adapter not provided)
  • Price in Nepal: NPR 58,999 (8/128GB) | NPR 61,999 (8/256GB)
  • Read our Nothing Phone (1) review
  • Watch our Nothing Phone (1) review

4. Realme GT Neo 3

Realme GT Neo 3 Design best premium midrange phones in Nepal

Next up, we have the Realme GT Neo 3. Although the best time to buy this phone was during its launch period when you could enjoy a bunch of offers and whatnot, this is still one of the best premium midrange phones available right now. Complementing its race track-inspired design, the GT Neo 3 also holds the joint record with OnePlus 10T as the fastest charging phone in Nepal, with a staggering 150W fast charging capability!

There’s also an 80W version of the phone in the global market but that isn’t available here. Moving on, it has a good-looking 6.7″ AMOLED display with 10-bit colors and a 120Hz refresh rate. There’s also a whopping 1000Hz instant touch sampling rate making it one good screen to play games on. Protected by Gorilla Glass 5, it delivers excellent colors, contrast, and brightness levels.

Pro performance

Realme hasn’t skimmed on the performance part either since it comes with a flagship-grade MediaTek Dimensity 8100 chip. And this phone also boasts the same cooling solution as the more expensive Realme GT 2 and Realme GT 2 Pro. As a result, it did not suffer any unusual overheating issues during our time with the device. By the way, the Neo 3 comes with up to 12GB LPDDR5 RAM and up to 256GB UFS 3.1 storage.

Another area where the GT Neo 3 performs admirably is the camera, where it uses the same sensors as the Realme GT 2 Pro. It has a 50MP Sony IMX766 primary, an 8MP wide-angle lens, and a 2MP macro sensor. This setup can shoot really good photos, although the exposure levels can be unpredictable at times.

Realme GT Neo 3 Specifications:

  • Display: 6.7-inch AMOLED screen, FHD+, 120Hz refresh rate, Gorilla Glass 5
  • Chipset: MediaTek Dimensity 8100 5G (5nm mobile platform)
  • Memory: 8/12GB RAM, 128/256GB storage (fixed)
  • Software & UI: Realme UI 3.0 on top of Android 12 (upgradeable)
  • Rear Camera: Triple (50MP main, 8MP ultrawide, 2MP macro)
  • Front Camera: 16MP sensor (hole-punch)
  • Security: Fingerprint sensor (optical in-display)
  • Connectivity: Dual-SIM (Nano), WiFi 6 (dual-band), Bluetooth 5.3, GPS / AGPS / Glonass / Galileo / Beidou, NFC, USB-C, 4G LTE, 5G
  • Sensors: Accelerometer, Gyro, Hall, Light, Magnetic induction, Proximity
  • Battery: 4500mAh with 150W charging (160W adapter inside the box)
  • Price in Nepal: NPR 77,999 (12/256GB)
  • Read our Realme GT Neo 3 Review
  • Watch our Realme GT Neo 3 Review

3. OnePlus 10T

OnePlus 10T - Moonstone Black

And at number 3 on our list of best premium midrange phones in Nepal is the OnePlus 10T. It’s the most expensive phone on our list, and despite being nearly one year old, it’s not available at a discounted rate. And compared to the international market, it’s also quite overpriced in Nepal. Anyway, the OnePlus 10T is mostly similar to the OnePlus 10 Pro (review), but with a few compromises here and there to meet a relatively cheaper price point.

Starting with the design, the 10T has plastic frames and even gets rid of the alert slider, which I would argue is the signature feature of OnePlus flagship phones. The company credits this omission to saving internal space, but it’s a pretty crucial thing to miss out on on a sub-flagship phone. As for the display, OnePlus 10T goes with an FHD AMOLED panel instead a sharper QHD resolution like on the 10 Pro.

But it’s still a pretty nice display to look at though. From 10-bit colors to a 120Hz refresh rate, it’s got it all. It doesn’t have an LTPO controller for finer refresh rate handling, but this screen can switch between 60 and 120Hz to save power just fine. Performance-wise, the OnePlus 10T gets a notable upgrade though. Instead of Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 on the 10 Pro, OnePlus has gone with a more powerful—and more importantly—more energy-efficient Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1 chip here.

What about cameras?

However, its cameras are pretty average for the price. It has a 50MP primary, an 8MP ultrawide, and a 2MP macro shooter. Whereas you get a 16MP selfie camera up front. And you can already tell by the specs that the OnePlus 10T is just not a good camera phone considering how much it costs. And unlike its “Pro” brother, OnePlus hasn’t bothered with Hasselblad optimization for better color reproduction either.

OnePlus 10T gets its juice from a modest 4800mAh battery that lasts a full day under medium to heavy usage. Like the Realme GT Neo 3 above, it also supports a whopping 150W fast charging. And OnePlus ships it with a 150W power brick inside the box itself. But there’s no wireless charging support here like on the OnePlus 10 Pro.

OnePlus 10T Specifications:

  • Display: 6.7-inch AMOLED screen, FHD+, 120Hz refresh rate, Gorilla Glass 5
  • Chipset: Qualcomm Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1 5G (4nm mobile platform)
  • Memory: 8/12/16GB RAM, 128/256GB storage (fixed)
  • Software & UI: OxygenOS 12 on top of Android 12 (upgradeable)
  • Rear Camera: Triple (50MP main, 8MP ultrawide, 2MP macro)
  • Front Camera: 16MP sensor (hole-punch)
  • Security: Fingerprint sensor (optical in-display)
  • Connectivity: Dual-SIM (Nano), WiFi 6 (dual-band), Bluetooth 5.2, GPS / AGPS / Glonass / Galileo / Beidou / QZSS, NFC, USB-C, 4G LTE, 5G
  • Sensors: Accelerometer, Ambient light, E-compass, Flick-detect, Gyro, Proximity, Rear color temperature, SAR, Sensor core
  • Battery: 4800mAh with 150W charging (150W adapter inside the box)
  • Price in Nepal: NPR 94,999 (8/128GB)
  • Watch our OnePlus 10T Review

2. Samsung Galaxy A73 

Samsung Galaxy A73 best premium midrange phones in Nepal

Likewise, the Samsung Galaxy A73 is also among the best premium midrange phones in Nepal. Besides Samsung’s own Galaxy A54 above, this is the only other Android phone on our list that is IP67-rated. So you don’t need to worry about water damage here when using it in the rain, or in case of any accidental water spills.

As for the display, you’re looking at a 6.7-inch FHD+ Super AMOLED panel with a refresh rate of 120Hz and a touch sampling rate of 240Hz. And as expected from a Samsung-made screen, it boasts superb colors, contrast, white balance, and brightness levels. Whereas Samsung has also optimized the high refresh rate well enough in order to make it up for the missing LTPO technology.

Decent performance upgrade

Galaxy A73 is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 778G chipset. This is quite an improvement over the 720G of its predecessor—both in terms of performance and energy efficiency. Still, the Snapdragon 778G lacks behind Dimensity 1300 or Dimenity 8100 when it comes to sheer performance, especially while playing resource-intensive open-world games.

But don’t worry, if you’re not a power user, the Galaxy A73 will serve you well. The One UI skin that runs on top of Android 12 is likewise well-optimized for a great user experience. Not to forget, Samsung has also guaranteed four generations of OS updates and five years of security updates for this phone.

As for the cameras, this is Samsung’s first non-flagship phone with a 108MP main sensor. However, Samsung has skipped a dedicated 3x telephoto lens of its predecessor in favor of a 5MP portrait camera here. Still and all, the A73 can take natural-looking photos with sufficient detail. The phone gets its juice from a 5000mAh battery that supports 25W fast charging.

Samsung Galaxy A73 Specifications:

  • Display: 6.7-inch AMOLED screen, FHD+, 120Hz refresh rate, Gorilla Glass 5
  • Chipset: Qualcomm Snapdragon 778G 5G (6nm mobile platform)
  • Memory: 6/8GB RAM, 128/256GB storage (expandable)
  • Software & UI: One UI 5 on top of Android 12 (upgradeable)
  • Rear Camera: Quad (108MP main, 12MP ultrawide, 5MP macro, 5MP portrait)
  • Front Camera: 32MP sensor (hole-punch)
  • Security: Fingerprint sensor (optical in-display)
  • Connectivity: Dual-SIM (Nano), WiFi 6 (dual-band), Bluetooth 5.0, GPS / AGPS / Glonass / Galileo / Beidou / QZSS, NFC, USB-C, 4G LTE, 5G
  • Sensors: Accelerometer, Geomagnetic, Gyro, Light, Proximity
  • Battery: 5000mAh with 25W charging (power adapter not provided)
  • Price in Nepal: NPR 75,999 (8/256GB)
  • Read our Samsung Galaxy A73 review
  • Watch our Samsung Galaxy A73 review

1. iPhone 11

iPhone 11 - Green best premium midrange phones in Nepal

Now, our top pick in this list of best premium midrange phones in Nepal is the iPhone 11. This obviously doesn’t mean that the iPhone 11 outperforms every other entry on our list in every aspect, but despite being more than two years old, it still holds its ground to compete in the premium midrange segment in Nepal. What made the iPhone 11 so appealing was the price cut worth NPR 10,000 a few months back—although it has since been hiked by NPR 5,000 already.

Anyway, talking about core specifications, it is powered by an Apple A13 Bionic chip which still packs enough punch to power through your daily usage. Pair that with a reliable and timely software upgrade, iPhone 11 ensures an up-to-date user experience. The device is available with up to 256GB of storage, but only the 128GB model is currently available in Nepal.

Liquid Retina display

On the front, it flaunts a 6.1-inch Liquid Retina XDR display with Corning Gorilla Glass protection. This is still a 60Hz display though, with a rather chunky “bathtub-like” notch to house the 12MP front camera and other sensors. Talking about cameras, the iPhone 11 has two 12MP sensors on the back. The primary one features optical image stabilization (OIS), while the ultrawide camera has a 120º field of view (FoV).

And as you’d expect from an iPhone, it shoots great photos and videos from both the rear and front cameras. For better peace of mind, it is IP68 dust and water-sealed too. The phone gets its juice from a modest 3110mAh battery that supports 18W fast charging. But unlike its successors, a compatible charger is included in the box.

iPhone 11 Specifications:

  • Display: 6.1-inch IPS LCD screen, HD+, 60Hz refresh rate
  • Chipset: Apple A13 Bionic 5G (7nm+ mobile platform)
  • Memory: 4GB RAM, 64/128/256GB storage (expandable)
  • Software & UI: iOS 13 (upgradeable to the latest iOS 16)
  • Rear Camera: Dual (12MP main, 12MP ultrawide)
  • Front Camera: 13MP sensor (notch)
  • Security: Face ID (from TrueDepth camera)
  • Connectivity: Dual-SIM (Nano), WiFi 6 (dual-band), Bluetooth 5.0, GPS / AGPS / Glonass / Galileo / QZSS, NFC, USB-C, 4G LTE, 5G
  • Sensors: Accelerometer, Ambient light, Barometer, Proximity, Three-axis gyro
  • Battery: 3110mAh with 18W charging (5W adapter inside the box)
  • Price in Nepal: NPR 89,990 (4/128GB)

Summary list of best premium midrange phones in Nepal

S. No. Best premium midrange phones in Nepal Price
1 iPhone 11 (4/128GB) NPR 89,990
2 Samsung Galaxy A73 (8/256GB) NPR 75,999
3 OnePlus 10T (8/128GB) NPR 94,999
4 Realme GT Neo 3 150W (12/256GB) NPR 77,999
5 Nothing Phone (1) (8/256GB) NPR 61,999
6 Vivo V27 (8/256GB) NPR 58,999
7 Xiaomi 13 Lite (8/128GB) NPR 54,999
8 Samsung Galaxy A54 (8/128GB) NPR 56,999
9 Honor 70 (8/256GB) NPR 69,990
10 Xiaomi 12X (8/256GB) NPR 71,999
11 OnePlus Nord 2T (8/128GB) NPR 64,999

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