Best Premium Midrange Smartphones in Nepal [Updated]

Best Premium Midrange Phones Nepal 2021
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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 mid-range smartphones. But what are some of the best premium midrange phones available in Nepal?

Starting last year, Apple, Samsung, and even OnePlus (ironically) have ventured into the premium mid-range 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.

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Best premium midrange phones in Nepal:

1. Realme GT Neo 2

Realme GT Neo 2 - Neo Green

Kicking off our list of best premium midrange phones in Nepal is the new Realme GT Neo 2. The phone debuted during the Daraz 11.11 sale a few weeks ago, which was admittedly the best time to buy it thanks to all the discounts and whatnots.

Yet, with everything the Neo 2 brings, it’s still one of the best premium midrange phones you could buy right now. Starting with the display itself, it has a 6.62″ E4 AMOLED panel with a 120Hz refresh rate and up to a whopping 600Hz touch sampling rate. To cut things short, this is simply the best screen at this price.

Simply the best-in-class display

Protected by Corning’s Gorilla Glass 5, it delivers excellent colors, contrast, and brightness levels. Realme hasn’t skipped on secondary features like DC dimming either. Moving on to performance, the GT Neo 2 is fueled by the Snapdragon 870 chipset. This has been complemented with 8/12GB LPDDR5 RAM and up to 256GB UFS 3.1 storage.

The combo of powerful silicon and top-notch display means Realme has targeted this phone towards the gaming crowd too. As expected, we found that the Neo 2 gave excellent results in even the most demanding games at their highest settings. Even after an hour or so of continuous gaming, there’s no heating issue here.

Compared to the OnePlus Nord 2, Neo 2’s cameras hold up admirably too. Although it shoots a-bit oversaturated results, that boils down to personal preference most of the time. Even the battery endurance on this thing is pretty sweet, while it supports 65W fast charging too.

Realme GT Neo 2 Specifications:

  • Display: 6.62-inches 120Hz FHD+ E4 AMOLED, 397 PPI, Gorilla Glass 5
  • Chipset: Qualcomm Snapdragon 870 5G (7nm Mobile Platform)
  • Memory: 8/12GB RAM, 128/256GB (fixed)
  • Software & UI: Android 11 with Realme UI 2.0
  • Rear Camera: Triple (64MP main, 8MP ultrawide, 2MP macro)
  • Front Camera: 16MP 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 / BDS / QZSS / NavIC, USB Type-C, 4G LTE, 5G
  • Sensors: Accelerometer, Light, Magnetic Induction, Proximity, Gyro
  • Battery: 5,000mAh battery with 65W Charging
  • Price in Nepal: Rs. 54,999 (8/128GB)
  • Read our review of Realme GT Neo 2
  • Watch our review of Realme GT Neo 2 
  • Buy Realme GT Neo 2 here

2. OnePlus Nord 2

OnePlus Nord 2

The 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.

Custom MediaTek chip

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
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  • Buy Oneplus Nord 2 here

3. Samsung Galaxy A52s 5G  

Samsung Galaxy A52s 5G best premium midrange phones in Nepal

Likewise, the new Galaxy A52s 5G is also among the best premium midrange phones in Nepal. With this, Samsung took the A52 (4G) from earlier this year and made it even better. Fortunately for the company, 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.

Decent performance upgrade

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.

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)
  • Read our review of Samsung Galaxy A52s 5G
  • Watch our review of Samsung Galaxy A52s 5G 
  • Buy Galaxy A52s 5G here

4. POCO F3 GT

Poco F3 GT best premium midrange phones in Nepal

If 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, this phone 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.

A pure gaming phone

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 51,999 (8/256GB)
  • Read of review of POCO F3 GT
  • Watch our review of POCO F3 GT
  • Buy Poco F3 GT here

Best Premium Midrange Phones in Nepal (Summary)

Best Premium Midrange Phones in Nepal Price
Realme GT Neo 2 Rs. 54,199 (8/128GB)
OnePlus Nord 2 Rs. 59,999 (8/128GB)
Rs. 69,999 (12/256GB)
Samsung Galaxy A52s 5G Rs. 53,999 (6/128GB)
Rs. 55,999 (8/128GB)
POCO F3 GT Rs. 51,999 (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.