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The best MediaTek phones you can get your hands on

The selection includes phones from companies like Samsung, OnePlus, and Nokia.
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April 15, 2022
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MediaTek sits alongside Qualcomm as one of the most important third-party chipmakers in the Android smartphone ecosystem. The Taiwanese company’s processors are in loads of handsets around the world. Let’s take a look at some of the best MediaTek phones on the market right now.

The best MediaTek phones:

Editor’s note: We’ll be updating this list of the best MediaTek phones regularly as new devices launch.


1. OnePlus Nord 2

OnePlus Nord 2 5G in hand back
Robert Triggs / Android Authority

2020’s OnePlus Nord marked the company’s long-awaited return to the mid-range space, offering a value-for-money smartphone that ticked loads of boxes. OnePlus would follow up on that effort with the similarly good OnePlus Nord 2.

What we thought: OnePlus Nord 2 review — Powerful hardware, ailing imaging

The Nord 2 brings neat features like a powerful Dimensity 1200 SoC, 90Hz FHD+ OLED screen, and a 4,500mAh battery with brisk 65W wired charging. Expect to find a triple rear camera system too, featuring a 50MP main camera (the same sensor seen on the OnePlus 9 series), an 8MP ultrawide lens, and a 2MP monochrome lens.

It’s not all perfect though, as we thought the actual photography performance was very inconsistent and lamented the lack of any IP rating at all. But this is still one of the best Mediatek phones on the market (as well as a good budget phone in general).


OnePlus Nord 2 specs:

  • Display: 6.43-inch, Full HD+
  • SoC: MediaTek Dimensity 1200
  • RAM: 6/8/12GB
  • Storage: 128/256GB
  • Cameras: 50, 8, and 2MP
  • Front camera: 32MP
  • Battery: 4,500mAh
  • Software: Android 11

2. Realme X7 Max

We previously reviewed Realme’s X7 Pro, and the OEM kicked things up a notch with the X7 Max. While the Pro model featured the Dimensity 1000 Plus chipset, Realme’s Max variant stepped things up with the newer Dimensity 1200 processor.

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Other notable features include a 6.43-inch 120Hz OLED screen, a 4,500mAh battery with 50W wired charging, a 3.5mm port, and stereo speakers. Realme’s phone also brings a triple rear camera setup, consisting of a 64MP main shooter, 8MP ultrawide lens, and 2MP macro camera.


Realme X7 Max specs:

  • Display: 6.43-inch, FHD+
  • SoC: MediaTek Dimensity 1200
  • RAM: 8/12GB
  • Storage: 128/256GB
  • Cameras: 64, 8, and 2MP
  • Front camera: 16MP
  • Battery: 4,500mAh
  • Software: Android 11

3. Samsung Galaxy A32

samsung galaxy a32 5g rear 2
Samsung

The Samsung Galaxy A32 is an affordable handset with modest, yet comfortable specs. It has a nice 6.4-inch AMOLED display with a 1080p display. It’s available in single-SIM or dual-SIM versions, and its quad-camera setup will ensure a versatile shooting experience. You also get the benefit of a 5,000mAh battery.

Also: The best cheap Samsung phones

This is definitely one of the best MediaTek phones to get on a budget. The device is powered by a MediaTek Helio G80 4G SoC, with an aging yet solid octa-core CPU (two Cortex-A75 cores and six Cortex-A55 cores), budget-tier Mali-G52 MC2 graphics, Bluetooth 5, and 64MP camera support. It’s worth noting that the Galaxy A33 is available now, but it’s powered by an Exynos SoC.


Samsung Galaxy A32 specs:

  • Display: 6.4-inch, FHD+
  • SoC: MediaTek Helio G80
  • RAM: 4/6/8GB
  • Storage: 64/128GB
  • Cameras: 64, 8, 5, and 5MP
  • Front camera: 20MP
  • Battery: 5,000mAh
  • Software: Android 11

4. Nokia G20

Nokia G20 official

Nokia is another company with Mediatek phones in its stable, and the Nokia G20 is one of the more recent examples of this. This $200 phone arrives with one of the least powerful Mediatek chipsets around in the Helio G35 SoC. This processor lacks big CPU cores and has an aging GPU, so don’t expect speedy performance or great gaming support here. 

Related: The best Nokia phones at different price points

Nevertheless, the rest of the package isn’t bad for a low-end device. There’s a 6.52-inch 60Hz LCD panel, 4GB of RAM, 64GB to 128GB of expandable storage, a 5,050mAh battery, and a pedestrian quad-camera system (48MP+5MP+2MP+2MP).

We would’ve liked to see faster charging (it tops out at 10W) and a better ultrawide camera, but it’s still a solid purchase in the likes of the US.


Nokia G20 specs:

  • Display: 6.52-inch, HD+
  • SoC: MediaTek Helio G35
  • RAM: 4GB
  • Storage: 64/128GB
  • Camera: 48, 5, 2 and 2MP
  • Front camera: 8MP
  • Battery: 5,050mAh
  • Software: Android 11

5. Poco M4 Pro 5G

Poco M4 Pro homescreen
Hadlee Simons / Android Authority

The Xiaomi-affiliated Poco brand generally has a reputation for rebranding and redesigning existing Xiaomi and Redmi devices. This is indeed the case for the Poco M4 Pro, which is effectively China’s Redmi Note 11 with a new design.

What we thought: Poco M4 Pro review — An affordable 5G phone with a few extra perks

You’re still getting a pretty neat set of features here though, such as a good but not great Dimensity 810 SoC, 90Hz LCD panel, and a 5,000mAh battery that delivers some great endurance. Toss in 33W charging, a quality over quantity approach to the rear cameras (50MP main and 8MP ultrawide), and a sub-$250 price tag, and you’ve got a solid proposition.

There are downsides to the device though, such as a dull screen, some bloatware, and a disappointing ultrawide camera. But there’s still plenty to like here.


Poco M4 Pro specs:

  • Display: 6.6-inch, Full HD+
  • SoC: MediaTek Dimensity 810
  • RAM: 4/6GB
  • Storage: 64/128GB
  • Cameras: 50 and 8MP
  • Front camera: 16MP
  • Battery: 5,000mAh
  • Software: Android 11

6. Samsung Galaxy A13 5G

samsung galaxy a13 back panel
Ryan Haines / Android Authority

The Galaxy A13 5G is one of Samsung’s cheapest A series phones around, coming in at $250. You get an okay amount of oomph for your cash, namely a lower mid-range but solid Mediatek Dimensity 700 5G processor, 4GB of RAM, and 64GB of expandable storage.

More reading: The best Samsung phones on the market

Other notable features include a 6.5-inch 90Hz LCD screen (HD+), a 5,000mAh battery with 15W wired charging, and the most disappointing kind of triple rear camera system (a 50MP main camera and a pair of 2MP sensors).

It’s clearly no budget superstar compared to devices from Xiaomi and Realme, but it’s worth a look if you can’t find these rival brands in your market.


Samsung Galaxy A13 5G specs:

  • Display: 6.5-inch, HD+
  • SoC: MediaTek Dimensity 700
  • RAM: 4GB
  • Storage: 64GB
  • Cameras: 50, 2, and 2MP
  • Front camera: 5MP
  • Battery: 5,000mAh
  • Software: Android 11

7. Redmi Note 11 Pro

mediatek phones oppo f19 pro plus
Oppo

The newest phone on the list is the Redmi Note 11 Pro, launching earlier this year as part of the global Redmi Note 11 series launch. This budget-focused device is equipped with a pretty good Helio G96 processor that’s comparable to Snapdragon 700 4G processors.

Other notable features include a 6.67-inch 120Hz OLED screen, 64GB to 128GB of expandable storage, a triple rear camera system (108MP+8MP+2MP+2MP), and a 5,000mAh battery with 67W charging.

Next: The best Xiaomi phones you can buy right now

The Redmi Note 11 Pro isn’t available in the US, but can be had in Europe and several other locales for €330. Like this phone but want something a little cheaper? Then the Redmi Note 11S offers slower charging (33W) and a 90Hz OLED panel for just €230. 


Redmi Note 11 Pro specs:

  • Display: 6.67-inch, FHD+
  • SoC: MediaTek Helio G96
  • RAM: 6/8GB
  • Storage: 64/128GB
  • Cameras: 108, 8, 2, and 2MP
  • Front camera: 16MP
  • Battery: 5,000mAh
  • Software: Android 11

Redmi Note 11S specs:

  • Display: 6.43-inch, FHD+
  • SoC: MediaTek Helio G96
  • RAM: 6/8GB
  • Storage: 64/128GB
  • Cameras: 108, 8, 2, and 2MP
  • Front camera: 16MP
  • Battery: 5,000mAh
  • Software: Android 11