With few exceptions, smartphones continue to get bigger and bigger – phones like the Asus Zenfone 10 pack a lot of power in a reasonably compact package. It’s certainly not smaller than the Galaxy S23, but the S23 doesn’t have a 3.5mm jack.
The Zenfone has a 144Hz AMOLED display with FHD+ resolution and a large 4,300mAh battery (more than the S23’s 400mAh). It also has 30W wired and 15W wireless charging with many options and settings. While it’s not an ROG phone, it brings a lot of gaming-related and performance-tuning features to its sibling line.
Another thing you get with the Galaxy S23 is more than 8GB of RAM – the Zenfone 10 has a 16GB version (which comes with 512GB of storage).
The Realme 11 Pro+ combines a distinctive look with a rare camera. You can have it in faux leather with decorative stitching or a more covered black model. Either way, you get a 200MP camera on the mid-ranger, plus 100W fast charging. That 200MP camera really impressed in our review, although the 8MP ultra-wide counterpart is pretty basic.
The older Realme 10 is pegged as an affordable 4G phone. It has a Helio G99 chipset and a 6.4-inch 90Hz AMOLED display. The camera setup is pretty basic with 50MP main and 16MP selfie, but you get a long-lasting 5,000mAh battery with a 33W battery.
Last week we mentioned the Pixel 8 offer, this week we saw both models paired with the Google Pixel Buds A-Series. Both are discounted from the original price.
It would have been better if the Pixel 8s were paired with the Pixel Buds Pro instead. If you’re looking for new headphones, the A-Series buds have a great deal on their own.
The Steam Deck OLED stole some of Asus’ thunder, but the ROG Ally still has a higher resolution (1,920 x 1,080px vs. 1,280 x 800px) and higher resolution (120Hz vs. 90Hz) on the display. Few titles can reach 120fps on Ryzen Z1 Extreme, even 90fps will be challenging. And the IPS LCD isn’t as good as the new deck’s 7.4-inch OLED. Still, the €150 discount makes Allia more competitive.
We also include another entertainment option – Chromecast with Google TV, especially the 4K version. Basically all TVs these days are smart TVs, but only a few have a decent smart platform. Google has some limitations (which are easily bypassed if you want), but it’s one of the best.
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