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Low-ends vs Mid-range vs High-ends Phones – What are the Differences?

The cause of this article is due to the confusion of which phone is Low-end, Mid-range, or High-end in the comment box.

Years ago, phone makers introduces mobile phones that currently feature low-end humdrum specifications, where you would see, a phone with 512MB RAM, 2MP camera, 1500mAh battery capacity, Android Jellybean, and mostly runs on the low processor.

As we move further over the years, the revolution of phones continues from low-end specs to middle-range specs featuring 1GB RAM or more, 2MP – 5MP camera pixels, 2500mAh – 3000mAh battery capacity, Android KitKat – latest OS.

Right now, we are in the era of high definition, where you would see Android phones with high-end specs that make superior, 3GB – 6GB or more, 20MP camera, 4000mAh or more battery capacity, latest Android OS. And mostly runs on effective processors. They are many other specs that make mobile phones high ends such as high processors either 1 GHz single-core plus or dual-core processor plus, with a camera that captured HD video, and a super AMOLED plus screen display.

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Phones screen display size doesn’t PLAY A BIG ROLE when it comes to differentiating the categories of mobile phones. And also, phone prices and costs differ between the category. Low-end phones cost cheaper, middle-range phones are affordable while high-end phones are either just costly or way costlier.

Moving ahead, let’s take a look at the features and specifications that differentiate Android Smartphones between low-end, middle-range, and high-end. Let’s look at the specs that affect the differences.

Premium Designs and Display

It is popular that Samsung company introduces stark contrast often gets panned for bloat and odd design patterns. Right from the beginning, phone makers keep coming up with newer innovations that bring out the beauty of their newly launched gadgets devices such as Smartphones.

Most companies had introduced compromising designs for their feature phones while others focused on the Smartphone business. Low-end phones are known for their boring designs, while middle-range phones feature cool similar designs that make them look like high-end smartphones meanwhile high-end phones feature premium sophisticated designs, mainly glass built on both front and back.

As aforementioned, the screen display size of a phone doesn’t categorize it but it still matters in this current generation. Low-end phones are likely to come with 4′ inches – 5.0 inches screen sizes and low-resolution displays.

While mid-rangers feature 5.0 inches – 6.0′ screen size probably, with a 16:9 – 17:9 aspect ratio LCD display. Coming to High-end smartphones, come with mouth-watering specs, 5.5′ – 5.7′ inches with an 18:9 – 19:9 screen ratio, and Super AMOLED displays which are mainly slim, thin, 2.5D curved with bezel-less design and HD+ resolution display with Corning Gorilla Glass on either of them.

Overall, the design of a phone has the power to attract people meanwhile, most people love bigger screen sizes too small sizes and vice versa.

Samsung Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9 Plus

Intriguing Performances
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Nobody of this current generation loves Android Smartphones that perform low both in the gaming aspect and while running apps. All high-end phones that are usually flagship feature high performances, especially for their users who love games and multitasking.

This is a particularly glaring reason why we refrain from running games on low-end phones since they’re just not equipped to handle hardcore gaming. And also middle-range phones, usually come with almost-similar specs as high end.

You can only find bigger RAM on high-end phones and it ranges from 3GB and above. You can find it on middle-range phones too but lesser but not on low-end phones, they mostly come with 1GB of RAM or lesser.

Everyone needs a high memory space for storing larger files and recent phones eat up a quarter of memory space with their in-built apps. So, memory storage really matters when categorizing.

Low-end phones usually feature low MB (not GB) for storage and many did not come with Micro SD space for insertion while mid-range phones come with 16GB, and 32GB internal memory which is expandable via Micro SD card. And a more different specs for high-end phones, which feature 64GB of internal memory space expandable up to 400GB via Micro SD card.

Apple iPhone 8 plus

Most recent high-end phones come with 64-bit hexa-core or dual processor with the latest OS, which is of course, the latest tech while mid-rangers features single processor with a former OS or the latest OS but the low-end type comes with a low processor which is mainly 1GHz.

You can say MediaTek is now usable on mid-ranges which high-end phones also use but the latest versions of course. On the latest course of today’s tech, high-end phones mostly feature Qualcomm Snapdragon Octa-core with the latest chips and GPU.

Network and Connectivity also matter

Sooner or later, the 5G network will arrive on our doorsteps and everyone would want it but not when one is still adapted to high-mid-range phones. High-end phones arrive with 4G LTE connectivity, GPS, NFC, Wi-FI, and Bluetooth 5.0.

Meanwhile, a few mid-rangers features 3G – 4G LTE, with Wi-FI (of course, not the latest version) and Bluetooth 4.0 and it is another story when it comes to low-end phones which feature H+, 2G – 3G, and Bluetooth.

Superb Camera

Tell me, who doesn’t love taking some superb pictures? Everyone seems so, although, most people buy Android phones not only just for their camera specs, meanwhile 3 out of 5 persons buy a mobile phone because of its camera.

Low-end phones features cameras that aren’t clear, this is a basic thing everyone knows, few don’t come with a front camera while others do. Mid-range comes with a semi-superb camera both on the front and back, few arrive with a dual camera.

Tecno Phantom 8 dual camera

But not compared to high-end phones with crystal OIS dual camera pixels with a high-end aperture which is capable of taking some amazing pictures, especially focusing on the selfie area.

Android Smartphones that feature good selfie camera is the best among others. When a phone has the ability to take cool images under direct sunlight. Then, you might be satisfied with the result.

Long-lasting battery

All everyone does care about is having good phone designs, big screen sizes, powerful front and back cameras with high RAM, processor performance, and chipset but what about the long-lasting battery capacity to hold all of this?

The battery is one of the most important components that tend to a device more acceptable. That is why both bigger and smaller companies keep launching Android Smartphones with high battery capacity. The higher the mAh (MilliAmperes) capacity, the higher the battery life.


Unlike the case of low-end phones, they feature poor battery life and keep accumulating issues over time. Low-end phones normally come with 1500mAh – 2500mAh battery life and of course, there is no fast charging technology, it is mainly removable, for sure, no companies do produce phones with low battery capacity, as it doesn’t sell in the market. Customers tend to fleet whilst holding such phones.

Mid-rangers are more of acceptance. They arrive with high battery capacity, expanding your battery life with 2500mAh – 4000mAh battery capacity, few come with Quick charge while others don’t. But this is not the case with high-end smartphones that come with a good battery capacity that is capable of housing your phone for longer days with Quick charging technology.

Technology Innovations

Of course, this is way serious and inventive. Bigger companies launch Smartphones with technology that serves as an incentive to smaller companies and vice versa (rarely). So bringing in new technology innovations rules the world.

Everyone wants to see and feel new innovations as they get tired of older ones. Although, most innovations from smaller companies don’t make it to high-end smartphones automatically because the specs on paper may be poor and incomparable to bigger companies that bring a new idea to their flagship designs.

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Low-end phones don’t arrive with a pinch of new technology as they mostly come with refurbished specs of older phones, evoking. Mid-range phones, most times come with new technology innovations but when fully reviewed, used, and tested by users, you will find out that, they are lacking in one area OR the new innovation might flop due to the use of low-standard panels or components.

High-end phones with new technology innovations are always the best at that period of time. And they are mostly featured on flagship phones but later on because innovation doesn’t stagnate and it does NOT revolves, it tends to evolve later on.

Costs and Prices

The price of Android Smartphones really affects the differentiation. As aforementioned, low-end phones are way cheaper because of their low specs. While mid-range phone prices are affordable and price. Coming to the high-end aspect, we have range of companies, differentiation comes in, and some high-end phones are more costly than others.

In conclusion…

Totaling every detail outlined here, when holding a high-end premium phone and a mid-range or low-end one, they are all in-comparable as the outlooks and its designs give you a special feeling of which among them is more expensive.

What is the feeling when holding a Samsung Galaxy S9 with Galaxy S4? OR iPhone X with iPhone 4?

All the categories of smartphones are commonly ubiquitous because the company produces the phone in larger quantities to enhance distribution nationwide.

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