The mid-range smartphone market is better than ever. Reviewed and rated picks that blend affordability and performance – Best mid-range phones to buy in Nigeria for 2022
Choosing a new smartphone isn’t as simple as it used to be. Nowadays, they come in lots of different sizes, with plenty of different features, and, critically, at plenty of different price points. For some, the camera is important, but others may prioritize battery life, size, or biometric identification.
Not everyone can afford a flagship phone like the Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra or iPhone 13 Pro, but the good news is that plenty of cheaper devices offer an excellent experience all the same.
Mid-range phones tend to offer the best balance of price and performance, packing high-end features you won’t find in the cheapest phones on the market while still sometimes costing half the price of top flagships, or even less.
Phones from the likes of Realme, Xiaomi, and Poco are prime choices, but note that many of these don’t release in the US and Canada, where OnePlus, Motorola and Google are better buys.
OnePlus Nord 2T – Best overall mid-range phone (2022)
The OnePlus Nord 2T is similar to its predecessor in many ways, but that’s no bad thing. We loved almost everything about the Nord 2 and this one bumps up the charging speed and houses a newer processor. Easily making its way into our top spot.
What the OnePlus Nord 2T really demonstrates is the company’s ability to prioritize the features that users are looking for right now and wrap them up in an attractive package with a compelling price point.
Day-to-day performance feels flagship level, as does the smooth software experience and lack of bloatware. The main camera is super and while the ultrawide isn’t quite so impressive, it’s undeniably useful from time to time.
With Wi-Fi 6, Bluetooth 5.2, and 5G connectivity on board, it’s pretty future-proof. Meanwhile, a solid battery and fast charging make it an ideal daily companion.
Xiaomi Poco X4 Pro 5G – Best budget option (2022)
The Poco X4 Pro 5G is only just expensive enough to count as a mid-ranger in our books, but that just means it offers pretty exceptional value.
The 6.67in, 120Hz AMOLED display is essentially flagship-level, and it’s matched by a slick, elegant design elsewhere. Even the camera impresses, with a surprisingly solid 108Mp sensor for the main shooter – though the accompanying ultrawide and macro cameras aren’t as impressive.
It’s all made of plastic, so doesn’t feel too premium, and we don’t love the MIUI software running on here (shared by all Xiaomi, Poco, and Redmi phones). But overall this is an excellent package for the price.
Samsung Galaxy A53 5G – Best Budget Samsung Phone in Nigeria
While it’s not a massive upgrade on its predecessor, the A53 does an excellent job of following on from the Galaxy A52.
The display is vibrant, the battery life is very good, and overall speed and performance are as good as you’ll find. Plus, it has one decent camera in that array of lenses on the back.
At this price point, it has lots of competition from the likes of Redmi, Realme, and OnePlus (some even cost less). However, few of those offer the same speedy and consistent software and security updates.
If you want a modern Samsung experience without the price tag required to get an S22 Series phone, the A53 is a superb pick that does well in all the key areas.
Apple iPhone SE (2022) – Best Budget iPhone in Nigeria
The third-gen Apple iPhone SE represents a bit of a quandary for those interested in an iOS smartphone. While it’s a much-improved version of the device that launched in 2020, now coming with 5G support and the same A15 Bionic chip housed inside the iPhone 13 range, it does also feel like a bit of a missed opportunity.
Apple hasn’t really moved the design of this phone on in five years, and though there will be some users out there who enjoy the familiarity of the two-bezel design and Touch ID, it would have been good to see a tweak – perhaps MagSafe charging, at the very least.
Still, considering the price tag, the SE delivers a powerful, smooth experience. Some of the photography features that come with the iPhone 13 are on board (Photographic Styles and Smart HDR 4), and the zippy performance and all-day battery life ensure you won’t massively feel like upgrading any time soon.
Realme GT 2 – The best cheap flagship
The Realme GT 2 is a gentle follow-up to last year’s GT, and doesn’t tweak the specs too much – but to be honest, that’s no bad thing.
Last year’s Snapdragon 888 makes a return as the chipset, but it’s still plenty powerful. A 120Hz AMOLED display, big battery, and excellent 65W fast charging round out the strong spec sheet.
It’s built out of plastic, which some don’t mind but others might find holds it back from feeling like a flagship, but the biggest downside is that the strong main camera isn’t well supported by the secondary lenses.
Redmi Note 11 Pro+
In both price and performance, the Redmi Note 11 Pro+ 5G doesn’t differ hugely from the Note 11 Pro 5G. You do get that fast charger for a little more money, and, admittedly, that charging speed is impressive, but across the rest of the device there’s little else to mark these phones apart from a minor processor boost.
The out-of-date Android is a really big shortcoming of this device.
As an all-rounder, though, the Redmi Note 11 Pro+ is perfectly competent, offering good performance and value for money, with fast charging being the bonus. Just be aware that this is the only real flicker of excitement – the rest of this phone pretty much plays it straight.
The Moto G200 is the most powerful Motorola phone around right now, which makes the affordable price tag all the more impressive.
The Snapdragon 888+ chipset is blisteringly fast, as is the 144Hz refresh rate display – though it’s admittedly only LCD, not OLED. That makes this a great phone for gamers and the performance-obsessed, but less so for Instagram and Netflix sessions.
A big 5000mAh battery and 33W wired charging are decent too, as is the 108Mp main camera – though the ultrawide leaves a little more to be desired.
Realme GT Neo 3 – Best for fast charging
The Realme GT Neo 3 is all about speed – what, the racing stripes didn’t give it away?
That’s none more true than in the headline spec: 150W wired charging. That’s fast enough to deliver a full charge in less than 15 minutes and restore half the battery in just five. And if somehow that doesn’t appeal, there’s always the slower 80W model to consider – with a bigger battery to boot.
The Dimensity 8100 chipset delivers blistering performance for the price too, helped by a smooth 120Hz AMOLED display. And the 50Mp OIS main camera holds its own as well, though the basic ultrawide and macro lenses are probably the phone’s big weak spot.
Asus ZenFone 8
Like the Realme GT, the Asus ZenFone 8 is in many ways a proper flagship phone – it’s simply one that’s been priced aggressively enough to make the cut in our mid-range chart.
You get flagship features like a Snapdragon 888 chipset, fast RAM, and even an IP68 water-resistance rating – though there’s still no wireless charging, sadly.
It’s also lightweight and compact, with a 5.9in display and weighing just 169g, making it one of the smallest Android phones around – though sadly this does come with an inevitable compromise on battery life.
We much prefer the ZenFone 8 to the more expensive ZenFone 8 Flip, though that phone does boast a neat flipping camera module.