Best Mid-Range Smartphone ($300$500) in 2021

Moderators at OzBargain are now running yearly polls to decide the best products in popular categories that get asked repeatedly in the forum. Our aim is to have a central thread where users can vote on the items, suggest options and also change their vote throughout the year. For more information on how these polls work, or if you want to suggest a new poll that isn't covered already, please refer to our announcement thread here.


What is your favourite Mid-range Smart Phone for the year 2021?

Mid-range: Phones with market prices between $300 AUD to $500 AUD. Good phones don't always have to be expensive, and there lots to choose from in this category.

The Winner of last year's poll was surprisingly, the slightly dated Google Pixel 3a (release date May 2019, with the second and third spots taken by the Xiaomi Redmi Note 9 Pro & Xiaomi Poco X3.

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Poll Options Sat, 01/01/2022 - 00:00

  • 35
    Xiaomi POCO F3
  • 9
    Motorola G 5G Plus
  • 8
    Xiaomi Redmi Note 10 Pro
  • 6
    Google Pixel 3 XL
  • 4
    Nokia 5.4
  • 3
    realme X3 SuperZoom
  • 2
    realme 7 5G
  • 1
    Xiaomi Mi 10T Lite
  • 1
    OPPO A74 5G
  • 1
    OnePlus Nord N10 5G
  • 1
    Xiaomi Poco F2 Pro
  • 0
    Samsung Galaxy A32
  • 0
    OPPO Reno 5G
  • 0
    Oppo Find X2 Lite


  • Google Pixel 4a cos it's not the size of a phablet.

  • Suggested Xiaomi Poco F2 Pro

    I've got the Xiaomi Poco F2 Pro for $535 last year? It's an awesome phone, I use it to play emulated PS2 and Wii games in FHD that is wirelessly cast to my TV! The camera is awesome (I'll upload some photos late today), it has one of the best macro cameras too

  • Suggested Xiaomi Redmi Note 10 Pro

    Xiaomi Redmi Note 10 Pro. Picked this up for $358 recently. Great phone and surely a strong contender in this bracket.

  • 2nd hand previous gen flagships usually go for under $500, and have specs that are better than current-gen mid to low range phones.

    • Add the cost of a new battery to these, usually 2-3 years of use already in them so batteries won't be great. Could be other issues too so get one with a warranty if possible. Refurb iphone I bought for my son recently needed the speaker replaced, my wife's iphone 11, bought new, needed the camera replaced after just over a year (always in a good case). Wear and tear for second hand phones may be significant.