Mid-Range Smartphone Alternatives to Consider Featuring the OPPO Reno5 Z and realme 8 Pro

Even as the world continues to pick up its pace a year after the pandemic, tech industries have been consistently innovating to create more affordable smartphone options for us to enjoy. 

So, if you’re looking to upgrade your smartphone with a preference for a friendly price tag from an alternative brand, you’re in luck! From OPPO to Xiaomi and Sony, here’s a look at 4 mid-range smartphones (starting from $429) that have just launched for you to consider.


OPPO Reno5 Z, $529. (Image courtesy of OPPO)

The newest addition to OPPO’s Reno series aims to represent the users of today with its unique, trendy design, a more seamless smartphone usage, faster internet speeds, and faster charging using the OPPO 30W VOOC Flash Charge 4.0. 

As we’re constantly on-the-go, the Reno5 Z is engineered with 5G compatibility and a MediaTek 5G Dimensity 800U chip, which allows you to experience fast download and upload speeds alongside smooth streaming of your favourite TV shows and movies on its 6.43-inch Super AMOLED display.

Its Dual Network Channel feature also ensures that you get the fastest and most reliable connection especially when you are in a crowded environment where the Wi-Fi signal may be spread too thin.

The OPPO Reno5 Z is built with a 6.43-inch Super AMOLED display. (Image courtesy of OPPO)

Aside from a fast user experience, you can also capture great photos using the rear camera system which comprises the 48MP Main Camera, 8MP Wide-Angle Macro Camera, 2MP Portrait Mono Cameras, and 2MP Macro Mono Camera.

Working together with features like AI Scene Enhancement 2.0, Dynamic Bokeh, and Night Plus, you’ll be able to automatically capture clearer photos and videos even when you are in low-light situations.

The OPPO Reno5 Z retails at $529 and is available for purchase at OPPO concept stores, authorised telcos, and online through the official OPPO flagship stores on Lazada and Shopee.


Sony Xperia 10 III, price to be announced at a later date. (Image courtesy of Sony)

Packed full of entertainment features with 25% more capacity than its predecessor for extended battery life, the Sony Xperia 10 III is the Japanese brand’s latest addition to their popular Xperia series presented in a stylish, compact, lightweight, and water-resistant design.

With a large 6-inch OLED display and an IP65/68 water-resistant rating, the Xperia 10 III uses the Qualcomm Snapdragon 690 Mobile Platform to bring you high performance and power efficiency for fast connectivity.

The immersive cinematic experience delivers your shows in rich, natural colours and deeper blacks that use a wide dynamic range of luminance to enhance both contrast and colour, similar to the display technology found in Sony BRAVIA TVs.

The Sony Xperia 10 III comes with a triple-lens camera system. (Image courtesy of Sony)

Budding smartphone photographers would love the triple-lens camera system which features an ultra-wide 16mm lens to capture expansive landscapes and full-scale scenery, a wide 27mm lens to capture low-light scenes, and a 54mm telephoto lens which is ideal for portraits.

The improved lenses and enhanced image processing algorithm allows you to take photos in low light with less noise. Its all-new animal detection feature is also able to automatically adjust the shutter speed and ISO Sensitivity accordingly to capture your dog or cat photos with less blur.

The Sony Xperia 10 III will be available in Singapore exclusively at Sony Store and Sony Stores online in the third quarter of 2021. Exact retail pricing will be revealed at a later date. If you’re interested in getting first dibs on the pre-order, you can register your interest here.


realme 8 Pro, pricing to be announced at a later date. (Image courtesy of realme)

As part of their realme series, the realme 8 Pro features a design that mimics the night sky, and is the first of their devices to come with a 108MP camera that produces sharper photos, and includes new portrait filters as well as the world’s first tilt-shift and starry time-lapse video. 

Built with a 6.4-inch Super AMOLED display, fast-charging battery, and 108MP camera, the realme 8 Pro is an all-encompassing mid-range smartphone to consider. Equipped with the Snapdragon 720G chip that promises next-level data computing and image processing capabilities, you can expect to stream your favourite shows or get the best out of your mobile gaming experience without having to worry about slow responses.

The realme 8 Pro comes with the brand’s first 108MP camera. (Image courtesy of realme)

As the first of the realme devices to come with a 108mp camera, you will be able to get sharper photos with a well-balanced overall exposure and vivid colours when taken in bright or dark conditions. The new camera system also gives the realme 8 Pro the ability to achieve higher zoom clarity with its Clarity Enhancement Algorithm. 

Besides new portrait filters such as the Neon Portrait, Dynamic Bokeh Portrait, and AI Colour Portrait, the realme 8 Pro will also feature the world’s first tilt-shift and starry time-lapse video mode. This means that you will now be able to take professional time-lapse videos that are 480 times faster and achieve tilt-shift photography, which keeps one part of the photo clear while shifting other parts out-of-focus to create a sense of a miniature world.

Exact pricing and availability for the realme 8 Pro will be revealed at a later date. To keep updated, click here.


Mi 11 Lite, from $429. (Image courtesy of Xiaomi)

With a 6.55-inch AMOLED DotDisplay and 10-bit TrueColor support for a smooth and natural colour display, the Mi 11 Lite embodies all the perks of a flagship-level smartphone in a lightweight and stylish design at an affordable price.

Powered with the Qualcomm Snapdragon 732G with its 8nm manufacturing process technology and LiquidCool, you don’t have to worry about lagging speeds as your device will maintain its peak performance even during long gaming sessions.

The Mi 11 Lite comes with a triple rear camera array. (Image courtesy of Xiaomi)

The Mi 11 Lite comes with a triple rear camera array which includes a 64MP Main Camera, 8MP Ultra-Wide Angle Camera, and 5MP Telemacro camera, as well as one-click AI cinema modes that will provide a fast and user-friendly experience where you’ll be able to take professional-grade photos with minimal effort.

Coupled with the 4,250mAh battery and 33W fast-charging, you don’t have to worry about getting a low battery with its long-lasting power.

The Xiaomi Mi 11 Lite retails from $429 and is available for purchase at authorised Mi Stores, and online through the official Xiaomi stores on Lazada and Shopee.



Header image courtesy of Sony, OPPO, and Xiaomi.