The year 2022 meant a lot for mid-range cell phones, which had such powerful configurations that, in particular, they made me question whether there was a need to buy a top-of-the-line model. However, there is still room for improvement this year, and I’ll tell you what they are in the next few paragraphs.
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More robust rear cameras
I tested dozens of mid-range smartphones in 2022 and few surprised us with the quality of the photos, so I hope that in 2023 companies will pay more attention to the photographic department of their devices.
What I witnessed most in my last tests were very low quality ultrawide cameras, with a lot of distortion in the corners and excessive noise in challenging lighting. In other devices, there wasn’t even a wide angle lens, which I find unacceptable in this price range.
Another camera that needs improvement in mid-range cell phones is the macro, which for some time has only served to “stuff the eyes” of consumers, as the quality is very precarious. Few smartphones I tested last year offered a decent macro lens, like the Edge 30 and the Galaxy A73 5G.
For the year 2023, the 5G network is more than mandatory in mid-range smartphones. I know that many brands already use the connection in many of their devices, but I still analyzed a lot of models between R$ 1,500 and R$ 2,000 without the new technology, which was very difficult to recommend in relation to the competition that already brought the novelty.
Samsung is one of the companies that has been bringing 5G to more and more cell phones. A good example that should hit the Brazilian market soon is the Galaxy A14 5G, which brings a decent chipset and interesting configurations to the category. Anyone who knows the Galaxy A family knows that it is one of the very affordable models.
Motorola, in turn, was one of the first to bring 5G to mid-range models, but with so many launches in recent times, the technology has taken a backseat. We want more devices from the Moto G line with the new connection, not just the Edge.
In 2022 we had AMOLED screens on many intermediate smartphones considered premium, but the most basic models still had the LCD. With technology more accessible, I expect more mid-range devices to come with AMOLED panels.
The Moto G42 is one of the few affordable devices with an OLED screen, costing around R$1,300. Meanwhile, Samsung has the Galaxy A53 5G, also with a Super AMOLED screen, which costs a little more, around R$1,700.
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Would it be a dream to ask for the headphone jack back? I recently reviewed ASUS’ Zenfone 9, one of the very few current top-of-the-line models with a 3.5mm jack, and I remembered how much I enjoyed using my wired Kuba Disco 2 headphones, or an external microphone to record something.
I understand that with the widespread adoption of Bluetooth headphones, the headphone jack has become virtually useless for many people. However, I don’t understand the idea of a cell phone being aimed at content creators and needing an adapter due to the lack of necessary inputs.
This practice started in the high-end segment, but was gradually adopted by the lower end sectors, which I think is wrong because not everyone can buy a Bluetooth headset.
Anyway, I know this shouldn’t happen, but my desire for the return of the headphone jack is registered, especially in intermediate cell phones.
Samsung already brings water resistance in premium models of the Galaxy A line, but other brands could also join the wave.
Gone are the days when bringing a water-resistant cell phone was synonymous with an expensive product, as we usually see Samsung intermediate devices for less than R$ 2,000 with the feature. And, like it or not, it ends up being a differentiator between the competition.
Motorola itself, for example, has in the Edge line the “poetic license” to dare in construction and in other departments, but, so far, we have only seen basic protection with splashes of water. If I’m not mistaken, the last device with some resistance from the company that I tested was the Moto G3, back in 2015. The last intermediary launched with the function was the Moto X4, back in 2017, and even in the top of the line we only had the return of IP68 with the Moto X40, which should be launched in the coming months in Brazil as Edge 40 Pro.
Wireless charging is something we typically see on high-end handsets, but we know that in 2023, it’s nothing as exclusive as it once was. Samsung, for example, has already shown with the Galaxy S20 FE 5G and the Galaxy S21 5G the possibility of including the technology in cell phones made of plastic.
So far, most mid-range devices are mostly made of plastic, so I don’t see much of an impediment to not bringing wireless charging to them. It would be up to the brands, however, to determine the speed of loading, which would probably not be so fast.
These are the six things I would like to see in mid-range cell phones in 2023. And you, do you have an intermediate cell phone and would you like it to have more? Tell us on our social networks!