Affordable Phones to Consider From Alternative Mid-Range Brands Featuring Vivo and Xiaomi

When we think of smartphones, we typically think of the big brands that often dominate the market with their sleek, new designs, state-of-the-art technology, and stunning price tags. Instead of just sinking a huge investment into a time-sensitive device that changes every year, why not consider alternative options from more affordable mid-range brands?

Here’s a look at five smartphones from Realme, Vivo, and Xiaomi that you can consider.

1. realme CS25s

realme CS25s, $229. (Image courtesy of realme)

Equipped with great leap-forward features, the realme CS25s ($229) is ready to deliver a handy user experience featuring realme’s biggest 6.5-inch HD+ mini-drop display, an Helio G85 12nm octa-core 2.0GHz processor for an upgraded smooth gaming experience, an ultra 6,000mAh battery with 18W quick charging, and a 48MP AI Triple Camera with Super Nightscape for brighter night shots with intricate details and colours.

The realme CS25s retails at $229, and is available for purchase through realme’s online flagship store on Shopee.

2. vivo V21 5G

vivo V21 5G, $599. (Image courtesy of vivo)

As the latest in vivo’s longstanding V-series smartphones, the all-new vivo V21 5G ($599) features a sleek 7.29mm thin body with an E3 AMOLED FullView Display which enables optimal screen brightness and blue light protection. It is also built with a 64MP OIS rear camera and a 44MP OIS front camera that allows you to capture photos using the AI Night Portrait, Super Night Mode, and stable 4K video with advanced autofocus.

The vivo V21 5G retails at $599 and is available for purchase from 19 June 2021 at vivo’s flagship store at Causeway Point, and online through vivo’s official stores on Lazada, Qoo10 and Shopee.

3. Redmi Note 10 5G

Redmi Note 10 5G, $329. (Image courtesy of Xiaomi)

Featuring a captivating and immersive 6.5-inch AdaptiveSync DotDisplay, the Redmi Note 10 5G ($329) has the ability to adjust to content automatically, delivering a smooth experience and optimum battery usage when you stream a video or engage in intense mobile gaming. It also houses a solid camera system with a 48MP main camera, 2MP macro camera, and 2MP depth sensor, and a 5,000mAh battery with 18W fast charging support.

The Redmi Note 10 5G retails at $329 and is available for purchase at authorised MI stores and online through the Xiaomi official stores on Lazada and Shopee.

4. realme GT

realme GT, pricing to be revealed at a later date. (Image courtesy of realme)

The realme GT is the brand’s highly-anticipated 2021 flagship smartphone that is the first device to be powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 chip, which promises faster speed by 20% and lower power consumption of up to 50%. The device also features a 6.43-inch Samsung Super AMOLED display that delivers high responsiveness, Dolby Atmos Dual Stereo speakers, and a Sony 64MP triple camera for professional-grade photos with the all-new Night Portrait Mode.

Update: Unfortunately, the realme GT will not be released in Singapore.

5. vivo X60 5G

vivo X60 5G, $999. (Image courtesy of vivo)

The X60 5G ($999) is part of vivo’s inaugural X60 series in collaboration with ZEISS, to deliver the ultimate mobile photography experience on one device. Harnessing the power of the Qualcomm Snapdragon 870 processor, expect a faster response rate on an edge-to-edge 6.56-inch AMOLED display for effortless scrolling and viewing, as well as a 48MP main camera for professional photos using the HDR Super Night Portrait, Pixar Shift Ultra HD Imaging, Extreme Night Vision 2.0, and ZEISS Biotar Portrait Style. 

The vivo X60 5G retails at $999 and is available for purchase through vivo’s flagship store at Causeway Point, and online through vivo’s official stores on Lazada, Qoo10, and Shopee.

BONUS: Samsung Galaxy A22 5G

Samsung Galaxy A22 5G, $328. (Image courtesy of Samsung)

Boasting a 6.6-inch FHD+ Infinity-V display and 5G connectivity, the Samsung Galaxy A22 5G ($328) lets you enjoy your favourite content with a smooth interface and 90Hz refresh rate to take on even the most intense mobile gameplays. The device also comes built with a 48MP main camera, 5MP ultra-wide camera, 2MP depth camera, and 8MP front camera for you to easily take photos and selfies like a pro. 

The Samsung Galaxy A22 5G retails at $328 and is available for purchase from 22 June 2021 at Samsung Experience Stores, and online through the official Samsung Online Store, Lazada, and Shopee.



Header image courtesy of realme, vivo, and Xiaomi.