Getting a high-performance Smartphone is no big deal anymore. Almost all the companies are trying their level best to get their Smartphones sell faster. Here are five fresh mid-range flagship devices that give the big boys a run for their money.
The OnePlus 3 is crafted out of a single slab of space-grade aluminium that makes it smooth to touch, solid to hold, and gives it a premium look. It is one of the slimmest smartphones on test here, second only to the Oppo F1 Plus. The phone’s scratch-resistant Full HD display is bright, without being harsh on the eyes, and renders true colours with excellent contrast. Images appear sharp and text is crisp. A “night mode” setting in the notification area lets you cut glare when reading in poor light. OnePlus 3 notched the highest scores in all the synthetic benchmarks with the Le Max2 coming a close second.
Oppo F1 Plus
At 6.6mm, the Oppo F1 Plus is the slimmest smartphone on test here. It boasts of a smooth metal build with curved edges, along with a Gorilla Glass 4 display for a premium look that’s on a par with the OnePlus 3. Colours on its Full HD screen are vivid; text appears sharp and legible even in bright environs. This is the only device in this roundup that boasts of a higher resolution front cam (16MP) when compared to its rear snapper (13MP).
On the battery front, you can expect a full day’s worth of service of mixed usage. Its fast-charging system will have your battery back to 100% within an hour.
LeEco Le Max 2
The Le Max2 is a hefty all-metal smartphone that feels substantial in your hand. It is rather simple in design but makes a statement with its crisp, 5.7-inch, ultra hi-res Quad HD Gorilla Glass 3 display, which is capable of bright colours that work well for outdoor visibility . This handset packs the same processing muscle as the OnePlus 3 and performs just as well, posting impressive benchmark scores.
The Coolpad Max is an all-metal handset fronted by a scratch-resistant display. Interestingly, its navigation controls are only accessible via the user interface. Its display is capable of sharp images and text; however, colours appear to be slightly bumped up. That said, it is legible even when outdoors. The Coolpad Max runs CoolUI, a heavily customized version of Android Lollipop, which takes some time getting used to. Its thematic skins even change the look of common icons. There’s Dual Space, which lets you keep your personal photos and documents separate from your work-related ones. And a floating “C-Button”, which gives you quick access to common actions like the screenshot, shutdown, brightness, volume, etc. Plus, its fingerprint sensor can be used to assign each print to take a picture, launch an app or swap spaces. Its customization doesn’t lead to slowdowns during light usage, but it eats into the 4GB memory while switching between resource-intensive apps. Its processor is not top-of-the-line, but good enough for casual gaming and productivity tasks.
Gionee Marathon M5 Plus
The Gionee Marathon M5 Plus is the largest phone on test here but still, maintains a reasonably slim profile. At 208g, it is also the heaviest, thanks to the 5020mAh battery that’s housed inside its metallic body. Colours on its 6-inch scratch-resistant Full HD display appear warm, look vibrant, while the text is displayed crisply and is even legible in direct sunlight. This phone runs a customized version of Android Lollipop with pre-loaded apps to boost speed and battery, a child mode and its own app store.