Best Premium Midrange Smartphones in Nepal [Updated]

Best Premium Midrange Phones in Nepal 2022
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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 S22 Ultra, for example. It costs a whopping Rs. 159,999! Or any of the latest iPhones for that matter. Thus, people are gravitating more towards the value flagships i.e the premium mid-range smartphones. But what are some of the best premium midrange phones available in Nepal?

Apple, Samsung, and even OnePlus (ironically) are all present in the premium mid-range market. Unfortunately, Apple’s iPhone 12 and iPhone 13 cost significant money here in Nepal—whereas that trend continues with OnePlus products as well. Thus, smartphones such as 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.

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Best premium midrange phones in Nepal:

5. OnePlus Nord 2T

OnePlus Nord 2T Design

Kicking off our list of best premium midrange phones in Nepal is the new OnePlus Nord 2T. Here, the Nord 2T is essentially the same phone as the last year’s Nord 2, with minor updates here and there.

Like the Nord 2, it has a Gorilla Glass 5 panel with a punch-hole cutout on the front. Having said that, the phone’s rear boasts a distinct camera layout with two camera rings on them.

Upgraded MediaTek chip

Yet, the main difference between the Nord 2 and 2T is the chipset. In this case, the company has opted for a MediaTek Dimensity 1300 over the Dimensity 1200 of Nord 2. Still, the performance difference between these two chips isn’t that significant since they share similar core architecture inside.

OnePlus Nord 2T also enjoys a higher 80W charging support over 65W of the Nord 2. The battery capacity remains the same at 4500mAh.

Moving on, the rear camera configuration also remains unchanged with a 50MP main (with OIS), an 8MP ultrawide, and a 2MP monochrome sensor. A 32MP selfie camera is placed on the front of the device. The cameras here perform admirably in daylight as well as in the nighttime environment.

OnePlus Nord 2T Specifications:

  • Display: 6.43-inches 90Hz FHD+ Fluid AMOLED, 409 PPI, 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: Android 12 with OxygenOS 12 on top
  • 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 80W Charging
  • Price in Nepal: Rs. 64,999 (8/128GB) | Rs. 74,999 (12/256GB)
  • Read our review of OnePlus Nord 2T
  • Watch our review of OnePlus Nord 2T 
  • Buy OnePlus Nord 2T here (Rs. 2,000 off)

4. 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 8.16mm, the 12X is one comfortable smartphone to hold on hand.

The glass-sandwich build contributes to a further premium feel. This compact form factor of the 12X also means that it comes with a smaller battery. Here, you get a 4500mAh battery that supports 67W fast charging.

12-bit display

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 to sport a 12-bit color depth. This results in a great multimedia consumption experience. Not to forget, it also supports HDR 10+ and Dolby Vision certification.

All of this is driven by the Snapdragon 870 processor 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 game. However, the company hasn’t specified anything about the software update here.

For optics, the Xiaomi 12X features a triple camera array in the back. This includes a 50MP primary lens with OIS, a 13MP ultra-wide lens, and a 5MP telephoto lens. With this, you can expect the 12X to take decent photos and videos.

Xiaomi 12X Specifications:

  • Body: 69.9 x 152.7 x 8.16mm, 176 gm, Glass back, Aluminum frames
  • Display: 6.28-inches AMOLED DotDisplay, 120Hz refresh rate, 480Hz touch sampling rate, Gorilla Glass Victus, HDR10+, Dolby Vision, 12-bit color depth, DisplayMate A+, 1100 nits peak brightness
  • Resolution: FHD+ (2400 x 1080 pixels), 419 PPI, 20:9 aspect ratio
  • Chipset: Qualcomm Snapdragon 870 5G (7nm mobile platform)
  • Memory: 8/12GB LPDDR5 RAM, 128/256GB UFS 3.1 storage (fixed)
  • Software & UI: Android 11 with Xiaomi’s MIUI 13 on top
  • Rear Camera: Triple (with LED flash);
    – 50MP, f/1.88 Sony IMX766 sensor, OIS
    – 13MP, f/2.4 ultrawide sensor, 123° FoV
    – 5MP, f/2.4 telemacro sensor, 3–7 cm autofocus
  • Front Camera: 32MP, f/2.5 sensor (hole-punch cutout)
  • Audio: Dual stereo speakers, Dolby Atmos Audio, Sound by Harman Kardon, No 3.5mm headphone jack
  • Security: In-display fingerprint sensor (optical), Face unlock
  • Sensors: Accelerometer, Ambient light, Color temperature, E-compass, Gyro, Proximity, IR blaster
  • Connectivity: Dual-SIM (Nano), WiFi 6 a/b/g/n/ac/ax (Dual-band), Bluetooth 5.1, GPS / AGPS / Beidou / Galileo / NavIC, USB Type-C, 4G LTE (VoLTE), 5G
  • Battery: 4500mAh with 67W wired charging (67W power adapter provided)
  • Color Options: Gray, Purple, Blue
  • Price in Nepal: Rs. 76,999 (8/256GB)
  • Read our Xiaomi 12X review here
  • Watch our Xiaomi 12X review here
  • Buy Here

3. Realme GT Neo 3

Realme GT Neo 3 Design

Next up, we have the Realme GT Neo 3 on the list. The phone was recently launched in Nepal during  Daraz Jestha Ko Best Sale, which was admittedly the best time to buy it thanks to all the discounts and whatnot.

Yet, with everything the GT Neo 3 brings, it’s still one of the best premium midrange phones you could buy right now.

To begin with the highlight of the phone, the Neo 3 has a staggering 150W charging capability, making it the fastest charging phone in Nepal. It is also available with an 80W charging option, although Realme Nepal has yet to release it here.

Moving on, it has a 6.7″ AMOLED panel with a 10-bit color depth and a 120Hz refresh rate. There’s also a whopping 1000Hz touch sampling rate making it one good screen to play games on. Likewise, protected by Corning’s 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. While this processor isn’t optimized to handle popular titles when it’s launched, the smartphone has been tuned for the majority of games over time.

And this handset also utilizes the same cooling solution as the more expensive GT 2 and 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 camera, an 8MP wide-angle lens, and a 2MP macro lens. This setup can shoot really good photos, although the exposure levels can be unpredictable at times.

Realme GT Neo 3 Specifications:

  • Body: 75.6 x 163.3 x 8.2mm, 188gm, Matte AG (Anti-Glare) glass
  • Display: 6.7-inches AMOLED, 120Hz refresh rate, 1000Hz instant touch sampling rate, Gorilla Glass 5, 100% DCI-P3 color gamut, JNCD ≈ 0.4 color accuracy, 1.07 billion colors
  • Resolution: FHD (2412 x 1080 pixels), 394 PPI, 20:9 aspect ratio
  • Chipset: MediaTek Dimensity 8100 5G (5nm mobile platform)
  • Memory: 8/12GB LPDDR5 RAM, 128/256GB UFS 3.1 storage (fixed)
  • Software & UI: Android 12 with Realme UI 3.0 on top
  • Rear Camera: Triple (with LED flash);
    – 50MP, f/1.88 Sony IMX766 sensor, OIS
    – 8MP, f/2.25 ultrawide sensor, 119° FoV
    – 2MP, f/2.4 macro sensor
  • Front Camera: 16MP, f/2.45 sensor (hole-punch cutout)
  • Audio: Stereo speaker with Dolby Atmos audio, No headphone jack
  • Security: In-display fingerprint sensor (Optical), Face unlock
  • Sensors: Accelerometer, Gyro, Hall, Light, Magnetic Induction, Proximity
  • Connectivity: Dual-SIM (Nano), WiFi 6 a/b/g/n/ac/ax (Dual-band), Bluetooth 5.3, GPS / AGPS / Galileo / Glonass / Beidou, USB Type-C, 4G LTE (VoLTE), 5G
  • Battery: 4500mAh, 150W UltraDart Charge
  • Color Options: Asphalt Black, Sprint White, Nitro Blue
  • Price: Rs. 77,999 (12/256GB, 150W)
  • Read Realme GT Neo 3 Review
  • Watch Realme GT Neo 3 Review
  • Buy Here

2. Samsung Galaxy A73 

Samsung Galaxy A73

Likewise, the new Galaxy A73 5G is also among the best premium midrange phones in Nepal. It is the only Android phone on our list that is IP67-rated. So you can use the phone even if it is raining, or it will be alright if a few drops of water fall on it.

In terms of display, you’re looking at a 6.7-inch Full HD+ Super AMOLED panel with a refresh rate of 120Hz and a touch sampling rate of 240Hz. As expected from a Samsung-made panel, this screen boasts superb colors, contrast, white balance, and brightness levels. And, the faster refresh rate makes browsing the display feel smoother.

Decent performance upgrade

The Galaxy A73 is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 778G chipset. This is an improvement over the 720G on its predecessor—both in terms of performance and energy efficiency. Still, the Snapdragon 778G lacks behind Dimensity 1300 or Dimenity 8100 in terms of sheer performance, especially while playing games like Genshin Impact.

But don’t worry, if you’re not a power user, the Galaxy A73 will serve you well. The OneUI skin that runs on top of Android 12 is likewise well-optimized for a great user experience. Not to forget, Samsung has guaranteed four generations of OS updates and five years of security updates for this phone. By the way, it’s the longest software commitment from any Android smartphone maker to date.

As for the cameras, this is Samsung’s first non-flagship phone with a 108MP main lens. 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. But, like every other Samsung phone in 2022, there is no charger within the box.

Samsung Galaxy A73 Specifications:

  • Body: 76.1 x 163.7 x 7.6mm, 181 gm, Plastic back/frames, IP67 dust and water-resistant
  • Display: 6.7-inches “Infinity-O” Super AMOLED Plus, 120Hz refresh rate, 240Hz touch sampling rate, Gorilla Glass 5, 800 nits peak brightness, HDR10
  • Resolution: FHD+ (2400 x 1080 pixels), 392.8 PPI, 20:9 aspect ratio
  • Chipset: Qualcomm Snapdragon 778G 5G (6nm mobile platform)
  • Memory: 8GB LPDDR4X RAM, 128/256GB storage (fixed)
  • Software & UI: Android 12 with Samsung’s One UI 4.1 on top
  • Rear Camera: Quad (with LED flash);
    – 108MP, f/1.8 primary sensor, OIS
    – 12MP, f/2.2 ultrawide sensor
    – 5MP, f/2.4 portrait sensor
    – 5MP, f/2.4 macro lens
  • Front Camera: 32MP, f/2.2 sensor (hole-punch cutout)
  • Audio: Dual speaker, Dolby Atmos Audio, No 3.5mm headphone jack
  • Security: In-display fingerprint sensor (optical), Face unlock
  • Sensors: Accelerometer, Geomagnetic, Gyro, Light, Proximity
  • Connectivity: Dual-SIM (Nano), WiFi 6 a/b/g/n/ac/ax (Dual-band), Bluetooth 5.0, GPS / AGPS / Glonass / Beidou / Galileo / QZSS, USB Type-C, 4G LTE (VoLTE), 5G
  • Battery: 5000mAh with 25W wired charging (no power adapter provided)
  • Color Options: Awesome Gray, Awesome Mint, Awesome White
  • Price in Nepal: Rs. 75,999 (8/256GB)
  • Read our review of Samsung Galaxy A73
  • Watch our review of Samsung Galaxy A73
  • Buy Samsung Galaxy A73 here (25W charger for free)

1. iPhone 11

iPhone 11

Now, our pick for the best premium-midrange phone in Nepal goes to iPhone 11. Despite being a two-year-old device, it still holds its ground to compete in the premium mid-range segment in Nepal. What makes it an even more appealing deal is that it recently received a massive Rs. 10,000 price drop in Nepal.

Anyways, talking about core specifications, it’s 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.

Liquid Retina Display

On the front, it flaunts a 6.1-inch Liquid Retina XDR display with Corning Gorilla Glass protection. However, unlike the other entries on this list, it has a standard 60Hz screen.

As for the cameras, the iPhone 11 has two 12MP lenses on the back. The primary lens features optical image stabilization (OIS), while the ultrawide lens has a 120-degree field of view (FOV). For selfies, it boasts a 12MP sensor on the aforementioned notch. Both the rear and front cameras can record video at up to [email protected]

It comes with a 3,110 mAh battery that supports 18W fast charging. Unlike its successors, a compatible charger is included in the box.

iPhone 11 Specifications:

  • Body: 150.9×75.7×8.3mm, 194 grams
  • Display: 6.1-inch (1792×828 pixels) Liquid Retina display, 326ppi
  • Chipset: Six-core A13 Bionic 64-bit processor, 8-core Neural Engine
  • Storage: 64GB, 128GB, 256GB
  • OS: iOS 15 (Upgradeable)
  • SIM: Dual SIM (nano + eSIM)
  • Back Camera:
    – 12MP wide-angle f/1.8 primary camera, OIS, True Tone flash, 4K video recording at 60 fps, Slo‑mo 1080p at 240 fps
    – 12MP 120° Ultra Wide f/2.4 camera, 2x optical zoom out; digital zoom up to 5x
  • Front Camera: 12MP front camera with f/2.2 aperture, 1080p video recording, Retina Flash, 4K video recording at 60 fps, Slo‑mo 1080p at 120 fps
  • Security: TrueDepth camera for FaceID facial recognition
  • Connectivity: 4G VoLTE, 802.11ax Wi‑Fi 6 with 2×2 MIMO, Bluetooth 5.0, NFC, GPS with GLONASS
  • Other features: Water and dust resistance (IP68), Stereo speakers
  • Battery: 3110mAh, 18W fast charging Qi wireless charging
  • Price in Nepal: Rs. 76,990 (64GB) | Rs. 84,900 (128GB)
  • Buy Here

Summary list of best premium mid-range phones in Nepal

Best Premium Midrange Phones in Nepal Price
OnePlus Nord 2T Rs. 64,999 (8/128GB)
Rs. 74,999 (12/256GB)
Xiaomi 12X Rs. 76,999 (8/256GB)
Realme GT Neo 3 Rs. 77,999 (12/256GB, 150W)
Samsung Galaxy A73 NPR 75,999 (8/256GB)
iPhone 11 Rs. 76,990 (64GB)
Rs. 84,900 (128GB)

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