Digit Zero1 Awards 2021: Best Mid-Range Smartphone (Rs 20k to Rs 35k)

Sushant Talwar | Published 17 Dec 2021
Digit Zero1 Awards 2021: Best Mid-Range Smartphone (Rs 20k to Rs 35k)
HIGHLIGHTS
  • OnePlus Nord 2 offers great value for money.

  • Realme GT NEO 2 is a powerful offering that brings high-end hardware.

  • OnePlus Nord 2 is also the runner-up in the segment.

Over the last few years, the demand for mid-range smartphones has only grown. As opposed to a few years ago, they are no longer just compromises. Rather, phones in this segment now offer new innovations in the camera, design, and other departments. Packed with powerful hardware, the best phones in this segment offer speed, great camera quality, and impressive battery life. In 2021, the democratisation of technology ensured phones in this segment also started to see the presence of high-end features such as fast charging speeds, high refresh rates, and more. This segment also saw widespread adoption of 5G, thereby promising buyers future-proof devices without breaking the bank. 

Winner: Realme GT NEO 2 (Buy Here)

Powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 870 SoC and offered with up to 12GB of RAM and 256GB of UFS 3.1 storage, the Realme GT NEO 2 emerged as the winner in the hotly contested mid-range segment of the Digit Zero1 Awards. The phone features an AMOLED display with a Full-HD+ resolution and a 120Hz refresh rate, and also brings with itself the promise of 600Hz touch sampling to improve gaming experiences. However, what helped it take the crown in the segment was its solid performance in benchmarks and real-world gaming scenarios. It was the run-away performer in our Digit Zero1 tests, with the phone particularly doing well in popular benchmarks such as AnTuTu and Geekbench 5. But that's not all. It surprisingly also did better than the competition in the camera department, thereby establishing its dominance in the segment. 

Runner-up and Best Buy: OnePlus Nord 2 (Buy Here)

With the launch of the Nord 2 in India this year, OnePlus joined the ever-growing list of phone makers using MediaTek Dimensity 1200 SoC to power their phones. However, for their mid-range offering, OnePlus chose a forked version of the chipset, the Dimensity 1200-AI. As we found out during our tests, this chipset helped the phone clock some really impressive numbers in synthetic benchmarks and also games. While its performance was not as good as the Realme GT Neo 2, it was second-best in the list, which paired with its impressive cameras ensured the phone managed to steal the runner-up crown in the segment.

But that's not it! Because of the aggressive price point and the really impressive overall performance, the OnePlus Nord 2 also bags the title of best buy for this segment of the Digit Zero1 Awards 2021. While the race for this title was quite heated, the OnePlus Nord 2 managed to fend off the competition from the Mi 11 Lite NE and Poco F3 GT to win itself a recommendation from us. 

ABOUT DIGIT ZERO 1 AWARDS

With a legacy of 20 years, the Digit Zero 1 Awards is recognized as the Industry’s only performance-based awards. Digit rewards brands for putting in years of research in developing and introducing performance-driven products for their audience. All products are made to pass through a rigorous and scientific test process and compete with competitor brands in the same category. The Winner in each category is announced on the basis of their total score, post complete performance analysis done across an average of 56 tests, conducted for every category, across key performance parameters. The test process for the Zero1 Awards does not consider scores for features, price or design. The aim is to identify the very best products that money can buy, celebrate the innovations that push the industry forward, and reward the products that dare to disrupt the market.

Realme GT Neo 2T Key Specs, Price and Launch Date

Price: ₹31999
Release Date: 13 Oct 2021
Variant: 128 GB/8 GB RAM , 256 GB/12 GB RAM
Market Status: Launched

Key Specs

  • Screen Size Screen Size
    6.62" (2400 x 1080)
  • Camera Camera
    64 + 8 + 2 | 16 MP
  • Memory Memory
    128 GB/8 GB
  • Battery Battery
    5000 mAh
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