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The best MediaTek phones you can get your hands on (April 2021)

MediaTek's processors power some of the most popular smartphones in the world today. We take a look at the best ones.
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April 18, 2021
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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. Xiaomi Redmi Note 9T

Xiaomi Redmi Note 9T right rear in the hand
Eric Zeman / Android Authority

Redmi followed up its massive Note 9 family with the newer, more powerful 9T. This version of the phablet comes with the 5G-ready Dimensity 800U octa-core CPU at its heart, 4GB of RAM, and up to 128GB of storage.

It’s not the largest Note device around at 6.53-inches, but you should be able to carry the Note 9T comfortably throughout your day. It also packs a huge 5,000mAh battery, so you shouldn’t hurt for power.

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Xiaomi’s Redmi Note 9T also packs a triple rear camera setup, featuring a 48MP main camera, a 2MP depth sensor, and a 2MP macro camera. This means you have the flexibility to capture a variety of shots even if the lenses themselves aren’t class leaders. MIUI 12 may take some getting used to as well.


Redmi Note 9T specs:

  • Display: 6.53-inch, Full HD+
  • SoC: MediaTek Dimensity 800U
  • RAM: 4GB
  • Storage: 64/128GB
  • Cameras: 48, 2, and 2MP
  • Front camera: 13MP
  • Battery: 5,000mAh
  • Software: Android 11 with MIUI 12

2. Realme X7 Pro Ultra

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Realme

We previously reviewed Realme’s X7 Pro, and now the OEM has kicked things up a notch. It added Ultra to the nameplate and added some bright new finishes for you to choose from. You’ll still find the snappy MediaTek Dimensity 1,000 Plus SoC onboard, so there’s no loss of power here.

One of the biggest changes between the X7 Pro and the Ultra is the beefed-up RAM. The older device topped out at 8GB, and the Ultra offers a new 12GB option for a little more punch. You’ll get three rear cameras, too — a 64MP main shooter, 8MP ultra-wide lens, and a 2MP macro sensor. The selfie lens is a crisp 32MP option as well.

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The phone also serves up a 4,500mAh battery, Gorilla Glass 5 display, and USB-C. Unfortunately, Realme’s slogan is plastered across the back panel, which we’ve never been big fans of.


Realme X7 Pro Ultra specs:

  • Display: 6.55-inch, FHD+
  • SoC: MediaTek Dimensity 1,000+
  • RAM: 8/12GB
  • Storage: 128/256GB
  • Cameras: 64, 8, and 2MP
  • Front camera: 32MP
  • Battery: 4,500mAh
  • Software: Android 11

3. Samsung Galaxy A32 5G

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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.

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This is definitely one of the best MediaTek phones to get on a budget. The device is powered by a MediaTek Helio G80, with a relatively powerful octa-core CPU (two Cortex-A75 cores and six Cortex-A55 cores), budget-tier Mali-G52 MC2 graphics, Bluetooth 5, and 64MP camera support.


Samsung Galaxy A32 specs:

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

4. Nokia 2.4

nokia 2.4 back
Tristan Rayner / Android Authority

You can also find Nokia-branded phones with MediaTek processors out there, and the Nokia 2.4 certainly fits the bill.

For $140, you can expect a solid upgrade over the previous 2.2, featuring the Helio P22 processor (octa-core Cortex-A53), a 6.5-inch HD+ screen, 2 or 3GB of RAM, 32GB or 64GB of expandable storage, and a 4,500mAh battery. The camera experience isn’t much to write home about, but it’s nice to see a dual 13MP and 2MP rear camera setup and a 5MP front-facing snapper.

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Thankfully, the Nokia 2.4 is an Android One device, which means it should get two major Android updates and three years of security updates. That’s definitely more than most low-end smartphones out there. It’s also one of the few MediaTek-toting phones running stock Android, making it worthy of our list.


Nokia 2.4 specs:

  • Display: 6.5-inch, HD+
  • SoC: MediaTek Helio P22
  • RAM: 2/3GB
  • Storage: 32/64GB
  • Camera: 13 and 2MP
  • Front camera: 5MP
  • Battery: 4,500mAh
  • Software: Android 10

5. Oppo Reno 5 Z

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Oppo

The Oppo Reno5 Z makes our list, but it’s a tricky customer with the Dimensity 800U chipset. Not only is the phone somewhat tricky to track down, but you’re more likely to stumble across one of Oppo’s other Reno5 devices instead.

The Reno5 Z packs 128GB of storage, 8GB of RAM, a 6.43-inch Full HD+ full-screen display with an in-display fingerprint sensor, and a 4,310mAh battery (with 30W charging). The Dimensity 800U is comparable to Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 750G, so it should deliver relatively smooth everyday performance and gaming.

The device also features a 16MP selfie shooter and a quad-camera setup consisting of a 48MP primary camera, 8MP ultra-wide lens, 2MP macro shooter, and a 2MP depth sensor.

Oppo’s successor to the Reno 3 Pro, the Reno 5 Pro, is far easier to find right now. We’ve already reviewed it, and you can easily track it down on Amazon.


Oppo Reno5 Z specs:

  • Display: 6.43-inch, Full HD+
  • SoC: MediaTek Dimensity 800U
  • RAM: 8GB
  • Storage: 128GB
  • Cameras: 48, 8, 2, and 2MP
  • Front camera: 16MP
  • Battery: 4,310mAh
  • Software: Android 11

6. Realme Narzo 30 Pro

Realme Narzo 30 Pro review in hand with camera and logo
Dhruv Bhutani / Android Authority

Realme makes some of the best MediaTek phones, especially at its target price point. The Narzo 30 Pro is a perfect example, as it comes 5G-ready and is plenty affordable. Unfortunately, that means compromises had to be made, but they’re not enough to outweigh the benefits.

The Narzo 30 Pro is a newer device launched in March 2021 and comes with the familiar Dimensity 800U chipset. It’s an impressive SoC at this price, and it powers up to 8GB of RAM and 128GB of storage. The Narzo 30 Pro also has a great 6.5-inch Full HD display, a versatile triple-camera setup, and a large 5,000mAh battery.

Best of all, we’ve already had Dhruv Bhutani take it for a spin. You can read all of his thoughts right here before you make a final decision.


Realme Narzo 30 Pro specs:

  • Display: 6.5-inch, Full HD+
  • SoC: MediaTek Dimensity 800U
  • RAM: 6/8GB
  • Storage: 64/128GB
  • Cameras: 48, 8, and 2MP
  • Front camera: 16MP
  • Battery: 5,000mAh
  • Software: Android 11

7. Oppo F19 Pro Plus 5G

mediatek phones oppo f19 pro plus
Oppo

Does the Oppo F19 Pro Plus 5G look familiar? It should, because it’s nearly identical to the Reno5 Z. However, the F19 Pro Plus is retooled for the Indian market, and it’s much easier to get your hands on right now. The spec sheet is pretty much identical to the one above, right down to the Dimensity 800U SoC and 4,310mAh battery.

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It’s right in line with other Dimensity 800U smartphones on price, but it comes with a great design and a more polished experience. Not to mention it’s newer and comes with Android 11 out of the box.


Oppo F19 Pro Plus 5G specs:

  • Display: 6.43-inch, FHD+
  • SoC: MediaTek Dimensity 800U
  • RAM: 8GB
  • Storage: 128GB
  • Cameras: 48, 8, 2, and 2MP
  • Front camera: 16MP
  • Battery: 4,310mAh
  • Software: Android 11

8. Realme 7 5G

realme 7 5g phone
Realme

The new Realme 7 5G is one of the most affordable ways to tap into high-speed data, and you don’t have to break the bank to do so. It’s fully powered and ready to go with MediaTek’s Dimensity 800U processor and a huge 5,000mAh battery.

As for the device itself, Realme’s new 5G-ready device shines with a 6.5-inch Full HD+display, 6GB or 8GB, and four rear cameras to choose from. The previously mentioned 5,000mAh battery should keep you going throughout the day, but Realme’s hefty device is ready for 30W fast charging to get you back on the go in no time as well.

Perhaps best of all, the Realme 7 5G still maintains the headphone jack and a buttery-smooth 120Hz display.


Realme 7 5G specs:

  • Display: 6.5-inch, Full HD+
  • SoC: MediaTek Dimensity 800U
  • RAM: 6/8GB
  • Storage: 128GB
  • Cameras: 48, 8, 2, and 2MP
  • Front camera: 32MP
  • Battery: 5,000mAh
  • Software: Android 10