Best Premium Midrange Smartphones in Nepal [Updated]

Best Premium Midrange Phones in Nepal December 2020 Update value flagship smartphones

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 Note 20 Ultra, for example. It costs NPR 139,999! Or any of the latest iPhones. Thus, people are gravitating more towards the value-flagships i.e the premium midrange smartphones. But which are some of the best premium midrange phones available in Nepal?

Apple, Samsung, and even OnePlus (ironically) are venturing into the premium midrange market. Now, Apple’s value devices such as the iPhone XR and iPhone 11 are available for around $500 globally. Unfortunately, they do cost a significant amount here in Nepal. Similarly, OnePlus has a poor pricing strategy in the country. Thus, smartphones such as OnePlus 8T and the OnePlus 8 are also pretty expensive out here.

Now, brands such as Oppo and Vivo are known for manufacturing great premium midrange smartphones. For instance, the Reno series or the V20 Pro, or the Vivo X-series for that matter are quite good. So, going into 2021, more of such devices should launch in Nepal to make the market more competitive. However, for now, let’s look at some of the best midrange phones that are currently available in Nepal.

5. Samsung Galaxy A71

Samsung Galaxy A71 Prism Crush Silver

Vivo V20 SE Ad

With the A-series, Samsung is eyeing the younger crowd. And the Galaxy A71 more than justifies it. This smartphone has an eye-catching design. There’s a glass back with a diamond-cut pattern. Furthermore, it has a slim form-factor too.

Now, it does come with the dated Snapdragon 730 chipset. Samsung could have certainly opted for a better chipset. However, the 6GB RAM perfectly complements the processor. You can easily use this device for your day-to-day work. Furthermore, it can handle high-end games too. But you’re likely to face a few stutters while playing. And the big 6.7-inches AMOLED screen is a visual treat as well.

Samsung Galaxy A71 Specifications:

  • Body: 6.44 x 2.99 x 0.30 inches; 179 gm
  • Display: 6.7-inches “Infinity-O” Super AMOLED panel
  • Resolution: Full-HD+ (2400 x 1080 pixels); 20:9 aspect ratio
  • Chipset: Snapdragon 730; 8nm Mobile Platform
  • CPU: Octa-core (2×2.2 GHz Kryo 470 Gold & 6×1.8 GHz Kryo 470 Silver)
  • GPU: Adreno 618
  • RAM: 6/8GB
  • Storage: 128GB (expandable up to 512GB via a microSD card)
  • Software & UI: Android 10 with Samsung’s One UI 2.0 on top
  • Rear Camera: Quad-camera;
    – 64 MP, f/1.8 primary shooter
    – 5MP, f/2.4 macro lens
    – 12MP, f/2.2 super wide-angle lens
    – 5MP, f/2.2 depth sensor
    – Single LED flash
  • Front Camera: 32MP, f/2.2 aperture
  • Security: Optical Fingerprint-Scanner
  • Audio: 3.5mm headphone jack
  • Connectivity: Dual-SIM (Nano), MicroSD card, WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, Bluetooth 5.0, GPS / AGPS / GLONASS / Galileo / BDS, USB Type-C
  • Battery: 4500mAh with 25W Quick Charge
  • Colors: Prism Crush Black, Prism Crush White, Prism Crush Blue
  • Price in Nepal: Rs. 49,999 (8/128GB)
  • Watch our review of Samsung Galaxy A71.

4. Vivo V20

Vivo V20 Sunset Melody

Reserving the fourth spot in our list of best premium midrange phones in Nepal is the Vivo V20. Right off the bat, it is a treat for the eyes, especially the Sunset Melody variant. However, the performance is still “classic Vivo”. Design-wise it is a pretty gorgeous smartphone. It has an anti-glare matte glass back, and the rectangular camera module does not seem odd at all. The notch on the display does take away some gloss off it, but it shouldn’t bother you that much.

In terms of performance, Vivo V20 comes with the Snapdragon 720G processor. It will not fail you in your day to day working or gaming in moderate settings. However, because its competitors are using a more powerful chipset such as the SD 765G, one cannot help but wonder what this device could have achieved with such processors.

Anyway, the camera quality is excellent too. The rear camera module with a 64MP primary lens captures great photos. The pictures are vibrant and pleasing to the eyes. Furthermore, the selfie camera is no slouch either.

Vivo V20 Specifications:

  • Body: 6.35 x 2.92 x 0.29-inches, 172gm
  • Display: 6.44-inches AMOLED panel, 60Hz Refresh Rate, 83.70% screen-to-body ratio, 409 PPI
  • 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: 8GB LPDDR4x RAM
  • Storage: 128/256GB UFS 2.1 internal storage (expandable)
  • Software & UI: FuntouchOS 11 on top of Android 11
  • Rear Camera: Triple-camera;
    – 64MP, f/1.89 primary sensor, Motion AF, Eye AF, Body/Object AF
    – 8MP, f/2.2 multi-function lens (wide-angle, macro, bokeh), 120º FOV
    – 2MP, f/2.4 monochrome sensor
    – Dual-LED flash
  • Front Camera: 44MP, f/2.0 lens (notch), Eye AF
  • Security: In-display fingerprint scanner (optical)
  • Audio: 3.5mm headphone jack, Bottom-firing speaker
  • Connectivity: Dual-SIM (Nano), WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac (dual-band), Bluetooth 5.1, GPS / Glonass / Glonass / Beidou / NavIC (India-only) , USB Type-C, 4G LTE
  • Sensors: Accelerometer, Ambient light, Proximity, E-compass, Gyroscope
  • Battery: 4000mAh with 33W Flash Charge (11V/3A)
  • Colors: Sunset Melody, Midnight Jazz, Moonlight Sonata
  • Price in Nepal: Rs. 47,990 (8/128GB)
  • Watch our review of Vivo V20.

3. iPhone SE (2020)

iPhone SE 2020 - PRODUCT RED

Another device on our list of the best premium midrange phones in Nepal is Apple’s iPhone SE (2020). It is a small and compact device with great durability. Furthermore, it also comes with an IP67 rating. However, our review has shown that the display does become unresponsive when drenched in water.

Talking about the core display itself, you get a small 4.7-inch IPS LCD panel on this phone. So, it might take some time to get used to it. However, you’ll have no complaints regarding the brightness or color accuracy.

The biggest selling point of the iPhone SE (2020) is the A13 Bionic chipset. Its stellar performance is unmatched by other devices in this category. This device performs brilliantly under both normal and demanding usage. Gaming performance is also very good. Lastly, the 13MP camera on the back and the 7MP on the front both do a decent job of capturing sharp and vibrant images.

iPhone SE 2020 Specifications:

  • Body: 5.45 x 2.65 x 0.29-inches; 148gm; IP67 dust/water resistance
  • Display: 4.7-inches Retina IPS LCD panel; True Tone Display; Wide Color (P3); 625 nits peak brightness; 1400:1 contrast ratio; 326 PPI; Dolby Vision, HDR10
  • Resolution: HD (1334 x 750 pixels); 16:9 aspect ratio
  • Chipset: Apple A13 Bionic (7nm+ Mobile Platform)
  • CPU: Hexa-core (2×2.65 GHz Lightning + 4×1.8 GHz Thunder)
  • GPU: Apple GPU (4-core graphics)
  • RAM: 3GB RAM
  • Storage: 64/128/256GB NVMe internal storage (fixed)
  • Software & UI: iOS 13 (upgradeable)
  • Rear Camera: 12MP, f/1.8 lens
  • Front Camera: 7MP, f/2.2 lens
  • Security: Fingerprint Sensor built into the Home button (Touch ID)
  • Audio: Stereo speakers
  • Connectivity: Dual-SIM (Nano, eSIM), WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac/ax (dual-band), Bluetooth 5.0, GPS / GNSS / iBeacon, NFC, Lightning Connector, 4G LTE
  • Sensors: Three-axis gyro, Accelerometer, Proximity, Ambient light
  • Battery: 1821mAh Li-Ion with 18W fast charging; Qi Wireless Charging
  • Colors: Black, White, (PRODUCT)RED
  • Price in Nepal: Rs. 67,500 (64GB) | Rs. 76,000 (128GB) | Rs. 90,000 (256GB)
  • Watch our review of iPhone SE (2020).

2. OnePlus Nord

OnePlus Nord - Blue Marble

Well, we simply could not leave out the OnePlus Nord, could we? With the Nord, OnePlus came back to its root. It has a dual glass-build, a rarity in a mid-range device. However, it does come with an inferior plastic frame. Design-wise, nothing else is quite extraordinary, but the slider does give it something extra to boast about.

The company has always been known for providing the latest flagship chipset on their devices. However, that’s not the case with the Nord. It runs on the Snapdragon 765G, Qualcomm’s excellent mid-range chipset. This silicon performs well in all conditions. Though, while gaming, you won’t get the ultra-smooth 60fps. Besides that, it is a speed champ. OxygenOS is clean, bloatware-free, and customizable. This should be really appealing for customers.

Talking about the cameras, the normal and night-time images are great. The images shot from the ultra-wide angle lens are detailed too. However, the macro lens is pretty underwhelming.

OnePlus Nord Specifications:

  • Body: 6.23 x 2.89 x 0.32 inches; 184 gm
  • Display: 6.44-inches Fluid AMOLED panel; 408PPI; 90Hz Refresh Rate; 180Hz Touch Sampling Rate; Corning Gorilla Glass 5; HDR10+
  • Resolution: FHD+ (2400 x 1080 pixels); 20:9 aspect ratio
  • Chipset: Snapdragon 765G; 7nm Mobile Platform
  • CPU: Octa-core (1×2.4 GHz Kryo 475 Prime & 1×2.2 GHz Kryo 475 Gold & 6×1.8 GHz Kryo 475 Silver)
  • GPU: Adreno 620
  • RAM: 6/8/12GB LPDDR4x
  • Storage: 64/128/256GB UFS 2.1 (non-expandable)
  • Software & UI: OxygenOS 10.5 on top of Android 10
  • Rear Camera: Quad-camera;
    – 48MP, f/1.8 Sony IMX586 primary shooter
    – 8MP, f/2.3 ultra-wide lens
    – 5MP, f/2.4 macro lens
    – 2MP, f/2.4 depth sensor
    – Dual-LED flash
  • Front Camera: Dual-camera;
    – 32MP, f/2.5 primary lens
    – 8MP, f/2.5 ultra-wide lens
  • Security: In-display Fingerprint Scanner (optical)
  • Audio: Single bottom-firing speakers; aptX HD codec
  • Connectivity: Dual Nano-SIM, WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac (Dual-band), Bluetooth 5.1, GPS / AGPS / GLONASS / GALILEO / BDS / NavIC / SBAS, USB Type-C
  • Battery: 4115mAh with Warp Charge 30T (5V/6A)
  • Colors: Blue Marble, Gray Onyx
  • Price in Nepal: Rs. 53,999 (8/128GB)
  • Watch our review of OnePlus Nord.

1. Samsung Galaxy S20 FE

Samsung Galaxy S20 FE - Cloud Mint

Finally, the top pick on our list of the best premium midrange smartphones in Nepal goes to the Samsung Galaxy S20 FE. As the name suggests, this phone represents Samsung’s dedication towards its fans. And the specs and the price more than justify the tag.

S20 FE comes with a plastic back. However, that’s not a bad thing in this case as the device does not feel flimsy or cheap for that matter. Furthermore, it is pretty scratch and smudge resistant. The display is a 6.5-inches FHD+ Super AMOLED panel which comes with a 120Hz refresh rate. This higher refresh rate spells for a smooth experience. Yet, we did experience some ghost touching and jitter while scrolling when we reviewed the device.

Moving on, the device runs on the Exynos 990 chipset. It is a powerful chipset but it certainly is not in the same league as its direct Snapdragon counterpart. You won’t have any issues while using this phone for everyday tasks. You won’t notice any lags, apps open fast, and multitasking is a breeze.

Cameras are one of the best things about the Galaxy S20 FE. It has the same 12MP primary and ultrawide angle lens as the Galaxy S20+, followed by a new 8MP Telephoto lens capable of 3x optical zoom. The captured images in almost all cases are stellar.

Samsung Galaxy S20 FE Specifications:

  • Body: 6.29 x 2.93 x 0.33-inches, 190gm
  • Display: 6.5-inches Super AMOLED panel, Corning Gorilla Glass 3, 120Hz Refresh Rate, 240Hz Touch Sampling Rate, 84.8% screen-to-body ratio, 407 PPI, Always-on Display (AoD), IP68 dust/water resistance
  • Resolution: FHD+ (2400 x 1080 pixels), 20:9 aspect ratio
  • Chipset: 5G: Snapdragon 865, 4G: Exynos 990 | 7nm+ mobile platform
  • CPU:
    • 5G: Octa-core (1×2.84 GHz Kryo 585 & 3×2.42 GHz Kryo 585 & 4×1.8 GHz Kryo 585)
    • 4G: Octa-core (2×2.73 GHz Mongoose M5 & 2×2.50 GHz Cortex-A76 & 4×2.0 GHz Cortex-A55)
  • GPU: 5G: Adreno 650 | 4G: Mali-G77 MP11
  • RAM: 6/8GB LPDDR5 RAM
  • Storage: 128/256GB UFS 3.1 internal storage (expandable)
  • Software & UI: One UI 2.5 on top of Android 10
  • Rear Camera: Triple-camera;
    – 12MP, f/1.8 primary lens, Dual Pixel PDAF, OIS
    – 12MP, f/2.2 ultra-wide lens, 123° FOV
    – 8MP, f/2.4 telephoto lens, 3x optical zoom
    – LED flash
  • Front Camera: 32MP, f/2.2 lens (punch-hole)
  • Security: In-display Fingerprint Scanner (optical)
  • Audio: Stereo speakers, No headphone jack
  • Connectivity: Hybrid Dual-SIM (Nano), WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac/ax, Bluetooth 5.0, GPS / A-GPS / Glonass / BDS / Galileo, USB Type-C, 4G LTE/5G
  • Sensors: Accelerometer, Gyro, Proximity, Compass, Barometer
  • Battery: 4500mAh with 25W wired, 15W wireless, 4.5W reverse-wireless charging
  • Colors: Cloud-Lavender, Mint, Navy, White, Red, Orange
  • Price in Nepal: Rs. 69,999 (4G, 8/128GB) | Rs. 74,999 (4G, 8/256GB)
  • Watch our review of Samsung Galaxy S20 FE.

Best Premium Midrange Phones in Nepal [Updated: December 2020]

S. No. Best Premium Midrange Phones in Nepal Price
5 Samsung Galaxy A71 Rs. 49,999 (8/128GB)
4 Vivo V20 Rs. 47,990 (8/128GB)
3 iPhone SE (2020) Rs. 67,500 (64GB)
Rs. 76,000 (128GB)
Rs. 90,000 (256GB)
2 OnePlus Nord Rs. 53,999 (8/128GB)
1 Samsung Galaxy S20 FE Rs. 69,999 (8/128GB)
Rs. 74,999 (8/256GB)

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