Mid-range smartphone showdown – South African pricing

Flagship smartphones like the Samsung Galaxy S9, Huawei P20, and iPhone X offer users powerful hardware with sleek designs, but come at a high price.

For many smartphone users in South Africa, these additional specifications and features are not worth the hefty price tag.

Many consumers therefore prefer mid-range smartphones to flagship devices, especially as the hardware and designs offered by cheaper alternatives continue to improve.

Modern mid-range devices can offer impressive capabilities, from Full HD displays with bezel-less designs to impressive RAM and storage specifications.

To see what local users can expect in terms of price and performance in the segment, we compared a number of reviews from around the web to select the best mid-range smartphones available in South Africa.

The price range for the devices is quite wide, but they all offer great value.

The specifications and local pricing for some of the best mid-range smartphones available in South Africa are below.


Huawei P20 Lite

Huawei P20 Lite PC

Huawei P20 Lite
Display 5.84-inch 1,080 x 2,280 IPS LCD
Chipset HiSilicon Kirin 659
RAM 4GB
Storage 64GB, microSD
Rear Camera 16MP + 2MP
Front Camera 16MP
OS Android 8.0
Battery 3,000mAh
Price R5,299

Samsung Galaxy A8

Samsung Galaxy A8

Samsung Galaxy A8
Display 5.6-inch 1,080 x 2,220 AMOLED
Chipset Exynos 7885 Octa
RAM 4GB
Storage 32GB, microSD
Rear Camera 16MP
Front Camera 16MP + 8MP
OS Android 7.1.1
Battery 3,000mAh
Price R6,499

Honor 7X

Honor 7X
Display 5.93-inch 2,160 x 1,080 IPS LCD
Chipset HiSilicon Kirin 659
RAM 4GB
Storage 64GB, microSD
Rear Camera 16MP + 2MP
Front Camera 8MP
OS Android 7.0
Battery 3,340mAh
Price R4,799

Nokia 8

Nokia 8

Nokia 8
Display 5.3-inch 1,440 x 2,560 IPS LCD
Chipset Qualcomm Snapdragon 835
RAM 4GB
Storage 64GB, microSD
Rear Camera 13MP + 13MP
Front Camera 13MP
OS Android 7.1.1
Battery 3,090mAh
Price R6,499

Huawei P Smart

Huawei p smart header

Huawei P Smart
Display 5.65-inch 1,920 x 1,080 IPS LCD
Chipset HiSilicon Kirin 659
RAM 3GB
Storage 32GB, microSD
Rear Camera 13MP + 2MP
Front Camera 8MP
OS Android 8.0
Battery 3,000mAh
Price R4,279

Sony Xperia XA2

Sony Xperia XA2 silver

Sony Xperia XA2
Display 5.2-inch 1,080 x 1,920 IPS LCD
Chipset Qualcomm Snapdragon 630
RAM 3GB
Storage 32GB, microSD
Rear Camera 23MP
Front Camera 8MP
OS Android 8.0
Battery 3,300mAh
Price R5,999

Samsung Galaxy A5 (2017)

Galaxy A5

Samsung Galaxy A5
Display 5.2-inch 1,080 x 1,920 AMOLED
Chipset Samsung Exynos 7880 Octa
RAM 3GB
Storage 32GB, microSD
Rear Camera 16MP
Front Camera 16MP
OS Android 6.0
Battery 3,000mAh
Price R5,299

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