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

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

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

As we move further over the years, the revolution of phones continues from low-end specs to middle-range specs featuring the 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 and that makes superior , 3GB – 6GB or more, 20MP camera, 4000mAh or more battery capacity, latest Android OS. And mostly runs on effective processor. They are many other specs that makes mobile phones a high end such as high processor either 1 GHz single-core plus or dual-core processor plus, with a camera that captured HD video, 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, phones prices and costs differs between the category. Low-end phones cost cheaper, middle-range phones are affordable while high-end phones are either just costly or way more costlier.

Moving ahead, lets take a look at the features and specifications that differentiates Android Smartphones among low-end, middle range and high end. Lets a 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 beginning, phone makers keep coming with newer innovations that brings 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 boringly designs, while the middle range phones features cool similar designs that makes it look like a high end smartphone meanwhile high end phones features premium sophisticated designs, mainly glass build on both front and back.

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

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

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

Samsung Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9 Plus


Intriguing Performances
*. RAM
*. Processor
* Chips
*. Memory storage
*. OS

Nobody of this current generations loves Android Smartphones that performs low both in the gaming aspect and while running apps. All high-end phones that usually flagship features high performances especially for their users who loves 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 for middle range phones, it usually comes with almost-similar specs as high end.

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

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

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

Apple iPhone 8 plus

Most recent high end phones comes 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 former OS or latest OS but the low-end types comes low processor which are mainly 1GHz.

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

Network and Connectivity also matters

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

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

Superb Camera

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

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

Tecno Phantom 8 dual camera

But not comparing to high end phones with crystal OIS dual camera pixels with 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 of taking cool images under direct sunlight. Then, you might be satisfied with the result.

Long lasting battery

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

The battery is one of the most important components that tends 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 features poor battery life and it keeps accumulating issues over time. Low-ends phones normally comes 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 tends 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 comes with Quick charge while others doesn’t. But this is not the case of high end smartphones that comes with 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 launches Smartphones with technology that serves as 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 gets tired of older ones. Although, most innovations from smaller companies doesn’t make it high-end Smartphone automatically because the specs on paper may be poor and incomparable to bigger companies that brings new idea to their flagship designs.

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Low-end phones doesn’t arrives with a pinch of new technology as they mostly comes with refurbished specs of older phones, evoking. Mid-range phones, most times comes with new technology innovations but when fully reviewed, used, 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 isn’t stagnate and it does NOT revolves, it tends to evolves later on.

Costs and Prices

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

In conclusion…

Totaling every details outlined here, when holding a high-end premium phone and a mid-range or low-end, they are all in-comparable as the outlooks and its designs gives 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 quantity to enhance the distribution nationwide.

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