5 signs that it's happening: 1: Already released or rumoured phones. I can name 5. Moto X Play/Droid Maxx 2, LG Class, Nexus 5X, HTC One A9, Samsung Galaxy A9. A spotlight is being put on these phones, because they manage to appeal to a wide audience while still being mid-range. I think these phones have the potential to be the true flagships for the respective companies. 2: The average user has low standards. It's why Apple is so popular. Not that the iPhone is bad, but the reason it succeeds is because it focuses on what customers actually want, and because it's easily adaptable. Most customers don't need the things that are specific to high-end phones until they can adapt to it. 3: Effort is being put on the new Snapdragon 600 series processors. The 616 and 617 seem good, and the leaked benchmarks of the 620 seem to be great, in fact it's about on par with the 810. If they can get that kind of performance without sacrificing the low power of the 600 series processors, that would be amazing. 4: Good battery life. Basically all high-end phones this year have been criticised for having bad battery life. The Snapdragon 600 series processors are much more conservative with battery life. Look at the Moto X Play. Allegedly goes for 2 days on a single charge. Now that might be pushing it a bit, but it's a good thing for other OEMs to live up to. And with phones getting smaller footprints and lighter, this is exactly what we need. 5: Low price tag. Now I know, there are some pretty competitive prices on high-end phones these days, but for most of them it's still pretty high up. With point 2 in mind, the average user is likely to save up $100/$200 on a still great phone. Think about it. These points pretty much prove that mid-range phones have a high chance of dominating the mass market. Sure, the high-end phones will still be there for those who want them, but soon we'll have quite a few phones that we can recommend to average people. This year we already have Motorola, LG, Google, HTC and Samsung, arguably the five best phone OEMs, so maybe we'll get companies like OnePlus (the OnePlus X is outdated, not mid-range), Sony or even Apple creating phones like these.