It’s that time of the week again; Let’s take a look at the best smartphone deals from Germany, UK, US and India. Some of last week’s offers are still active, so you can check them out. This week we focused on new offers. Use the links below to access the section corresponding to your country:
The Google Pixel 7 and 7 Pro are €55/€50 off, and Amazon is taking back older phones – Google too, but Amazon will add €100 on top of the trade-in value (it calls it a “trade-in boost”). These are the best Pixel flagships Google has built to date; see our reviews for more details.
The Sony Xperia 10 IV packs a 12+8+8MP triple camera (including a telephoto lens) and exceptional battery life. moreover, it is one of the smallest androids of 2022.
Next up is the Edge 30 series. Starting with the Motorola Edge 30 Ultra, it’s pricey, but it has a Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1, 6.67-inch FHD+ 144Hz OLED display, and a 10-inch battery. 4,610mAh with 125W wired charging and 50W wireless charging. The camera is quite special – it was the first 200MP (1/1.22″, OIS) main sensor, an ultra- 50MP wide (114°) and 12MP telephoto (2x), plus a 60MP selfie camera.
The Motorola Edge 30 Pro is a big drop in price, and other than the camera, it doesn’t lose too much. It uses the older but still fast Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 chip and has a very similar 6.7-inch 144Hz OLED display. As for the camera, the 50+50MP configuration isn’t bad; it’s just not on the same level as the Ultra. The 4,800mAh battery supports 68W wired charging and 15W wireless charging.
A little further down is the Motorola Edge 30 Fusion – it’s £80 cheaper, though, with a Snapdragon 888+, a downgrade to a 13MP ultra-wide camera (same 50MP main) and a 32MP selfie camera (at from 60MP), it may not be worth the savings. The screen is smaller, 6.55 inches (still a 144Hz FHD+ OLED), and the battery is also smaller (4,400mAh) and lacks wireless charging.
If you want a cheap Motorola, the Edge 30 Neo might be a better choice. At €300, it offers a 6.28-inch FHD+ 120Hz display, Snapdragon 695, 64+13MP cameras, and a 4,020mAh battery with base 68W wired and wireless charging.
Here is an interesting choice, the Motorola Defy (2021). Although not for everyone, this rugged IP68/MIL-SPEC-810H phone can be a great work phone as it can withstand drops onto concrete from a height of 1.8m/6ft . It also has a long battery life, 129 hours of battery life, so you can also take it hiking.
As in Germany, the Pixel 7 and 7 Pro are available at small discounts (£40 and £55 respectively), plus an option for trade-in credit. Google will take your old phone and give you a discount too, but Amazon is offering £100 on top of the old phone’s value (it calls this a ‘trade-in boost’).
Then there is the Nothing Phone (1). Carl Pei says Phone (2) isn’t on the horizon, so you don’t have to worry about a new release coming right after you buy Phone (1). It’s a stylish handset with plenty of fans; It remains to be seen whether Nothing becomes the new OnePlus.
The Samsung Galaxy M23 is a cheap, cheap £200 5G phone. That’s not to say it’s bad – the 6.6-inch screen has FHD+ resolution and 120Hz refresh rate, there’s a 50MP main camera and an 8MP ultra-wide , plus a fairly large 5,000mAh battery (25W charging). Combined with a Snapdragon 750G chipset, it covers all the bases (including a microSD slot and 3.5mm jack) for a modest budget.
Then a few tablets. The Samsung Galaxy S7 FE is a 12.4-inch slate and uses an LCD display instead of AMOLED like the similarly sized Tab S8+. This one is less powerful with a Snapdragon 778G chipset, but it costs less too. And it has the usual productivity goodies like DeX, an included S Pen stylus, and an optional keyboard cover.
The Galaxy Tab S6 Lite (2022) is smaller at 10.4 inches and uses a weaker Snapdragon 720G. However, it’s cheaper and you still get a stylus in the box, even DeX is supported.
Amazon has cornered the “cheap tablet” market, however, you have to install the Google Play Store manually (if you want to, which you probably do). It’s not difficult, but it’s a problem. And FireOS runs behind mainline Android. So something like a Galaxy Tab A7 Lite can be a hassle-free alternative to Fire tablets.
The Sony Xperia 1 IV is not a mainstream flagship and its price is a bitter pill for many to swallow. But it’s a flagship with a microSD slot and 3.5mm jack, not to mention that unique varifocal telephoto lens (85-125mm). There was a 256GB version available, but it’s gone, and when you pay that much money, you might as well get the 512GB version.
The foldable revolution may seem mired in price issues, but at $850, the Samsung Galaxy Z Flip4 is almost the price of a Galaxy S22. It’s quite compact when folded, and it offers more screen space when unfolded. The Flip even has the faster Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1 chipset and the same battery size, 3,700mAh.
Apple no longer sells the iPhone 13 Pro models, although you can probably still find new units from other retailers. Or you can save some cash and get a refurbished phone – Amazon sells “like new” iPhone 13 Pro and Pro Max units and also offers a one-year warranty for them.
The iQOO 9 Pro is a versatile flagship. It’s the Legend Edition with BMW M trim, but the beauty is more than skin deep – in this case it features a 6.78-inch QHD+ 120Hz display (HDR10+, Dolby Vision), plus a Snapdragon 8 chipset Gen 1 and a 4,700mAh battery with 120W wired and 50W wireless charging. It might pass for a gaming phone, but it also has a pretty decent camera setup, with a 50MP main camera (1/ 1.57″, OIS), 50MP ultra-wide (very wide FoV at 150°) and even a 16MP telephoto lens (2.5x magnification).
A more affordable phone that can still play is the Xiaomi Redmi K50i. It has a 144Hz LCD screen, 6.6-inch in size with FHD+ resolution, and it’s a slim panel too – with 10-bit color with Dolby Vision support. The Dimensity 8100 packs a powerful GPU for the price, and you get a fast-charging 5,080mAh (67W) battery. The 64+8+2MP camera is nothing fancy, but something had to give.
Tecno has released a special Mondrian-inspired version of the Camon 19 Pro, which changes color when its back is illuminated by the sun. The phone itself has a large 6.8-inch 120Hz (FHD+) LCD screen and a large 5000mAh (33W) battery, along with 64MP (1/1.7 ”, OIS) and a 50 MP (2x) telephoto lens. No ultra-wide lens, though.
Finally, some cheap Nokia phones. The Nokia G21 comes with 2 years of OS updates (from global launch) and 36 months of security patches. That’s pretty good, considering the price range. The phone itself is pretty basic with a 6.5-inch 90Hz HD+ LCD display, Unisoc T606 chipset, 50MP camera and 5,050mAh battery with 18W charging.
In the under ₹10,000 category is the Nokia C21 Plus. It’s an 11GB edition Android phone, but with an aluminum frame (plastic back), scratch-resistant glass and splash-proof design, it’s a good basic smartphone that offers a lot more features than something running KaiOS.
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