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The Best Midrange Smartphones [Early 2018]

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A thought occurred to me as I was reviewing the Galaxy Note 8 last year, and then it popped up again when I took a look at the iPhone X. A lot of people think you need to pay 900 to a thousand dollars for a good smartphone these days. And you know what? You don’t. For the past few weeks I've been using the Honor 7X, HTC U11 Life, and Motorola Moto X4, three midrange smartphones that bring a slew of special features not seen before in this price bracket – which runs from $200 to $400 unlocked. That's not the most affordable collection of smartphones can get, nor is this roundup at all exclusive – but at the top of 2018, I believe it to be the sweet spot between frugality and a solid Android experience. Join me for The Best Midrange Smartphones at the top of 2018! [SPONSOR] This video brought to you by Thrifter, a new way to save money by shopping based on value (and not hype). The fine folks over at Thrifter have sniffed out a great deal on a first-generation Moto Z for $270, which you can check out here: https://www.thrifter.com/unlocked-moto-z-play-deal. And you can always visit Thrifter for great deals on everything from gadgets to home goods, at http://thrifter.com [SUBSCRIBE] https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCSOpcUkE-is7u7c4AkLgqTw?sub_confirmation=1 [PRODUCTS IN THIS VIDEO] Honor 7X: http://mrmobile.tech/4hu HTC U11 Life: http://mrmobile.tech/4hv Moto X4: http://mrmobile.tech/4hw Essential Phone: http://mrmobile.tech/4hr Moto G5 Plus: http://mrmobile.tech/4hs OnePlus 5T: http://mrmobile.tech/4ht [ABOUT MRMOBILE'S BEST MIDRANGE SMARTPHONES 2018 ROUNDUP] MrMobile's Best Midrange Smartphones 2018 Roundup was produced following several weeks with an Honor 7X, HTC U11 Life and Moto X4 provided by Honor, HTC and Motorola (respectively). The devices all received software updates during the review process, and were used on T-Mobile, AT&T and Project Fi. [MUSIC] “Days and Days” by Eternity Bro, available at Premium Beat: https://www.premiumbeat.com/royalty_free_music/songs/days-and-days “Up Top” by Tonemassif, available at Premium Beat: https://www.premiumbeat.com/royalty_free_music/songs/up-top [SOCIALIZE] http://facebook.com/themrmobile http://instagram.com/themrmobile http://twitter.com/themrmobile https://www.snapchat.com/add/mrmobilesnaps http://mrmobile.tech [DISCLOSURE] This post may contain affiliate links. See Mobile Nations' disclosure policy for more details: http://www.mobilenations.com/external-links
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Text Comments (1164)
Attention Xiaomi fans: as soon as they sell a phone in North America that's optimized for US networks I'll be able to test it. Until then, I'm afraid I'll have to leave that brand to other reviewers.
Jasper Greenhill (25 days ago)
Fair Point But you can Always Import from other contries
golden hit (30 days ago)
MrMobile [Michael Fisher] 0:09 i know you can pay £800
NeriaGs (1 month ago)
why limit your audience to the US?
pedro andrade (1 month ago)
so no love for nokia phones, Michael? these are underrated. and particularly the new ones, imo. hoping that you do a thorough coverage on the new nokia phones. (#ideasforvideocontent) ;)
Miguel Santos (2 months ago)
Xiaomi Mi A1 is an Android One device and has exactly the same bands as the Honor 7X you reviewed. You should give it a look.. ;)
abghere (1 day ago)
Does any of these three support dual SIM cards?
Ezaz Ahmed (2 days ago)
buy oneplus 3/3t?
Nanora Flavius (3 days ago)
Where is Nokia 6.1 (2018)?
xristos fern (5 days ago)
Xiaomi mi 6???xiaomi mi note 3????
Steven Loreto (5 days ago)
Update it with Nokia 7 plus
W YU (6 days ago)
honor 10 is just out for 400 dollars
Ur. Bro. (6 days ago)
you gotta check out honor 8 pro buddy it should come first.........
Josuee Original (10 days ago)
Quick fact: Document scanner came from Lumia phones back in the day
ruolov1 (11 days ago)
I just need a phone that takes photos of checks and docs accurately. Is there a test for that for mid-range phones? I also want something that will work on both gsm & cdma . 5.5 screen. Fast processor, etc. Help.
Tanishq bhaiji (11 days ago)
Why don't you include Xiaomi products even after they they can beat every other phone
suvrat sharma (13 days ago)
Hey MrMobile. Great review. Could u tell me what's the name of the watch at 8:00
ad78 (14 days ago)
Where's the Mate SE? And XA2 Ultra?
Claudini Varguez (15 days ago)
Fortunately Xiaomi is officially in Mexico. Xiaomi all teh way!
Clint Curtis (15 days ago)
I’d like to get a Mr. Mobile coffee mug and a t-shirt.
Carl Smith (15 days ago)
can you do a review on samsung a5 2017 give me your thoughts ive got one app a bit slow to open why
Ningthou Ali (15 days ago)
Wow Wow Wow HTC u11 life is good
ORO 0147 (20 days ago)
You should check out the HonorView 10
TechTubeLearning (20 days ago)
HTC Died⚰
Elaine Clements Finn (20 days ago)
Huawei Mate SE ?
Bflo23 (23 days ago)
I am still using my Moto Z Play and enjoying it. It is the best phone that I ever had. My next upgrade phone will be Moto Z3 Play.
martin swift (24 days ago)
I got an LG g6 for $230 which isnt much more than a honor 7x, i know it isnt the most high tech or eye catching device anymore but to me its beautiful amazing and very quick even in an older processor it runs like butter..
Nico C (25 days ago)
Smartphones good for gaming please
theREAL. O (26 days ago)
lenovo zuk z2 has SD 820. and mi max 2 has same spec with 5400mAh. im looking for something better than this two. but still in a tight budget
ender pigcow (27 days ago)
Don't buy the honour 7x buy the huawei mate se its worth the extra $50
David Collins (27 days ago)
You should do a video on best midrange phone's $300 to $600
Paul Handza (29 days ago)
7:20 for CDMA networks.
Ravikumar Addanki (1 month ago)
Sir please tell me ...... Devices sold in america , works in india ? India required VOLTE instead of LTE in usa !!.. So do they work in india i mean LTE phones work in india by suppourting VOLTE?? Please reply sir!!!!
Yasin Omidi (1 month ago)
Which one has the best cpu and gpu? Like gaming?
Techspotter (1 month ago)
Fair Dinkum Lego (1 month ago)
Some pretty good deals for an OG pixel just have to look around
Zeddrick Faustino (1 month ago)
5:31 flash haha
Krusario (1 month ago)
Dude, only one of these are cheap!? What the heck???
passerell (1 month ago)
Get rid of the background music.
Kevin Karakoudas (1 month ago)
Man idk wat to get its so difficult to choose
Dante Tine (1 month ago)
Just bought a lg g6 for $170
CptMikeTango (1 month ago)
Any word for the galaxy A3?
Paul Burger (1 month ago)
Why does Motorola always put hideous camera bumps in?
Amol Wankhede (1 month ago)
As you mentioned, Honor 7X has many cons, then why you are showing it in this video? If it has cons, how it could be a best mid-range smartphone?
PocketWow (1 month ago)
The top 3 have changed a little (ALL my opinion) and are now the Zenfone 5, Nokia 7 Plus and Honor V10 in no particular order. All 3 are around the 350 mark and all 3 have very good specs.
Aravind Parameswaran (1 month ago)
It should be illegal that you don't have millions of followers
Sarath Sajeev (1 month ago)
Please review redmi note 4
Michael Carrier (1 month ago)
You sound like Rick Steves... Love it
Red Phoenix (1 month ago)
@7:26 Mobile dude with the narrow horizon, how about the Lenovo Zuk2 Pro? It is a really good package with Snapdragon 820, Type-C port 6GB RAM, 128 GB storage, from about $360.
Red Phoenix (1 month ago)
@0:38 Yeah, but you could opt for Chinese brands in the real of up 300 bucks and would get a better bang for the buck.
Cheeky Deeky (1 month ago)
Where is the Mi A1 at?
TigrrrTamer (1 month ago)
@6:34 [watch on desk]. Which of those better reflects the colors of what you see with your eyes? I do find that the HTC has sharper detail and better contrast on the watch face, but the wood is red and washed out - or is that just a shallower depth of field? The Honor 7x seems to suffer from reduced dynamic range, if I look at the watchband. @6:37, not sure if you overlooked this, but the dynamic range of the X4 seems better on the right paneling, and the floor color is what I'm more used to seeing in these hardwood floors. Although I muse concede that there appear to be blown highlights from the X4 as compared to the 7X in the reflection on the ceiling and on the picture glass.
ORO 0147 (1 month ago)
The Honor 7x also has a business card scanner which allows you to scan a business card's information directly into your phone book
ORO 0147 (1 month ago)
Huawei Nova 2i
Goochvids (1 month ago)
The Moto x4 :) is beautiful
F Szabo (1 month ago)
There is a new Chinese phone coming out this March. NUU G3, $200, even better camera than the Honor 7X,. and ..../drumroll/..... NFC chip onboard, and USB-C and fast charge, dual wifi (all what Honor 7X lacks).
I got the moto x4 and the screen didn't look as good as in the video plus the camera sucked so bad I almost got blind. Returned it. Cost me 30 dollars since it was opened. But worth it.... Good looking phone though.
7503anthony (1 month ago)
why is the iphone x not on here?
Amer Shabana (1 month ago)
Thrifter don'nt help me
Jurgen DX (1 month ago)
What about a Huawei Mate 10 Lite? from the looks of it seems like a twin of the Honor 7x but i'm not sure
Anas Nazeer (1 month ago)
For under €200 you can get 1. Nokia 5 2. Moto G5 brush gold 3. HTC U play. All nice phones. The honor 7x is €240ish
Nilasco Caguimbal (1 month ago)
How about Xperia XA2/XA2 Ultra? XA2 is about the same price as the Moto one.
i mean if you're going to spend 400 dollars for a motorola you might as well get a oneplus 5t for just 100 more. simply not worth it. i would definetly get the honor 7x
merman101 (1 month ago)
At least a high-end phone will last you the 2 years of your contract, a mid-range phone will bog down and slow to a crawl after 1 year, and I'm speaking fro experience
randy french (1 month ago)
One plus will blow them out of the water
Rahat Alam (1 month ago)
Should I wait for g6 plus and x5 or buy the x4?I'm using honor 7x but I am not enjoying emui at all..
Antonette Angala (1 month ago)
Add nokia 7 plus please one of the best this 2018 of midrange phone
BIGCHIEF THE GREAT (1 month ago)
Only complaint about the 7x is the micro usb
Ali Selman (1 month ago)
Note 8 on sale :)
Ali Selman (1 month ago)
Mr. LDD (1 month ago)
Xiaomi mi a1... whereeee?
Joel Weiss (1 month ago)
Nice work Transition Man.
Where is mi a1 or mi 5x not in this show
Chiel Maat (1 month ago)
what do you think of mate 10 lite?
Jacob Ray (1 month ago)
Mushy buttons :o
cityu english (1 month ago)
Nokia 7 plus
Krystal Myth (1 month ago)
I bought a ZTE Axon 7 for 220 bucks on Swappa with original box, perfect all around, not a scratch. Faster than my HTC 10 even when it was new. SD820, 64GB + MicroSD, 4GB Ram, 5.6" Amoled, loud front firing stereo speakers with bass, headphone jack with hi powered DAC, came with ear buds, a case, and even though it's used still has its original warranty for the next 14 months (came with a two year warranty new.) with accidental damage covered in the warranty. I'm in catharsis with this phone. It's a pleasure to own.
BarbaPapa * (2 months ago)
I Just bought the Huawei P10,. Really a great mobile phone
Lorenzo Baeza (2 months ago)
c0oldude63 Plays (2 months ago)
What about the essential phone and OnePlus 5t
Shiela Camba (2 months ago)
You got this tony stark vibe goin on lol. Love it! 😂
Oreo lll (2 months ago)
Dafuq..u still play pokemon go??
Lorenz Calairo (2 months ago)
"i dont like mushy buttons"
Dragan Jovanovic (2 months ago)
Whats the best 300ish euro phone i can get? Im thinking about OnePlus 3T, mi note 3 or nokia 8
Adam Baugh (2 months ago)
So can you get anything decent under $200?
DancinCoolPz (2 months ago)
There is a new G5S Plus
The Mars Man (2 months ago)
no original tech anymore everything just copies off everything else.
晋贤Jxian (2 months ago)
honor 7x is goodddddddddddddddddddddddddddd
Soumyajeet Patra (2 months ago)
Watching this on the Moto x4 loving it
Rudmer Muizelaar (2 months ago)
Have you already heard of the new nokias?
ČM RßÅN (2 months ago)
How about LG X power 2
Laur V (2 months ago)
Honor 7x is half the price from the bunch...soooo, not really a competition...and still has the best camera, similar specs to the others. Does the design really knocks it from the first place? You'll put a cover over it, anyway, on all phones. Not an Honor user, but still...
Vicious Nuts (2 months ago)
whr is miA1?
Mohammed ayham (2 months ago)
What about nokia 8
mr. noob (2 months ago)
Is huawei p smart a good one?
Yuvraj Agarwal (2 months ago)
at this point the lg g6 is being sold for $399 so its prob a better option than the x4
Doc. Random (2 months ago)
Where's the Sony Xperia xa2?
scott Durkee (2 months ago)
what country do you live in... " honor " wtf carrier " honors " it. and htc ....really? put the pipe down
AIDS_OF SPACE (2 months ago)
I have the idol 4. It's a good cheap phone, full hd display, decent performances, correct pictures and amazing speaker made by jbl. The only thing that is not that great is the battery but for that price I can't complain right?
ian walker (2 months ago)
There are absolutely loads of phones that are great these days, the honor series are consistently good. Moto lenovo also make some decent 'budget' phones. doogee although a little more unheard of, make some good phones in the cheaper range of the market.
Badrobot 1111 (2 months ago)
Hi. I'm surprised that you said that you don't review xioami phones because they don't sell in the us... I want to know if your reviews are done for the US market only Just so we know. You have a good day now 👍
Sebastian J (2 months ago)
Well Apparently That Honor 7x Phone Is Not That Bad At All...
Sebastian J (2 months ago)
Of Course... I've Been Saying That For A Couple Or Years Now...U Don't...As In Have To Spend Bloody Ridiculous Amounts Of Money For A Good Enough Smartphone...I Purchased A ZTE MAX XL~With A Qualcomm/Snapdragon 435/64 Bit OctaCore Processor~A Big Mac 3990mAh Battery~Massive 6 Inch Display[For Me Anyway...Coming From Yesteryear Baby Phones Well Under 5.5 Inches]~A Nice Fingerprint Sensor...For Beneath $100...For Example...It's Budget...But Looks And Feel Quite Premium For Me... Without Having To Pawn Ur Car Title~Or Set Up A Lemonade Stand With Ones Niece...My LG Stylo 3 Had Some Of The Same Specs...But Had To Sadly Say Goodbye To It A Bit Over A Week Ago Due To Declining Battery Life~Quite Disappointing/Surprising For Having A 3200mAh... In It's Place Is My New Motorola Moto E4 Plus~A Downgrade In Display: 5.5 Inches And Processor: QuadCore...But A Huge Upgrade In Battery: 5000 BigMacAh...
Eymann Jala (2 months ago)
Honor 7x only for 200 dollars? is this real?
M. A. Granetin (2 months ago)
this is a good review...keep up the good word

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