Nothing has gone out to many phone lines yet – currently the No Phone (2) is the flagship, with the old Phone (1) sticking around as a mid-ranger. You can pick up the 8/128GB model for €320, although for a small premium you can get the 12/256GB option, which is probably better. The extra RAM helps the phone to go faster and there is no way to expand the storage later.
For almost €200 more than the 12/256GB model, no phone (2) with the same memory configuration offers a faster Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1 (vs. 778G+) and a better display (6.7-inch LTPO OLED vs. 6.55-inch OLED). both FHD+ 120Hz) and a slightly larger battery for the more power-hungry chip and display (45W wired and 15W wired vs. 33W/15W for the original). The rear cameras are basically the same, the selfie camera has doubled the resolution to 32 MP.
Poco F5 is equipped with Snapdragon 7+ Gen 2, which is something of a “lite” version of 8+ Gen 1. Here it’s paired with a 6.67″ 120Hz OLED display, not LTPO, with 12-bit colors and Dolby Vision. It has a larger 5,000mAh battery, and nothing beats both battery life and 67W fast charging (but it lacks wireless charging). The 64+8 The +2MP rear camera is no match for the dual 50MP cameras.
Not everyone is a fan of MIUI, so you might prefer the Pixel skin instead. The Pixel 8 is smaller than the phones above, with a 6.2-inch OLED display (FHD+ 120Hz HDR10+). It is powered by a Tensor G3 chipset and a 4,575mAh battery with support for 27W wired and 18W wireless charging. Speaking of support, Google intends to keep these for 7 years after starting with software updates and accessories.
However, if the price is too steep, the Pixel 7a is also an option. On the smaller side, it has a 6.1-inch display (90Hz OLED FHD+) and uses the older Tensor G2, plus its 4,385mAh battery charges slowly (18W wired, 7.5W wireless). Also, the support for this will be short – 3 OS updates and 5 years of security patches after launch. But who keeps the same phone for 7 years?
Next up, a gaming tablet dubbed the Doogee T30 Pro. It’s powered by the Helio G99, so don’t expect to run AAA titles at high speeds. Still, there’s an 11-inch IPS LCD with a 60Hz refresh rate (the chipset isn’t up to HRR gaming), which is pretty good at 2,560 x 1,600px resolution (16:10). It also has an 8,580mAh battery and quad speakers, so it can be used for binge-watching (there’s also a microSD slot for local content).
Finally, the Ulefone Power Armor 16 Pro is made into a work phone. It’s robust, capable of being dropped onto concrete from a height of 1.5 meters and IP69K resistant to dust and water (K means it can withstand hot water jets, so it should be easy to keep clean). Look at the back – that’s not jewelry, that’s a really powerful speaker. There is also a built-in flashlight with a dedicated button. The additional port lets you connect an endoscope or microscope, which can be useful in your workflow. Also, there is a massive 9,600mAh battery built in so you can use this as a power bank (with 5W output).
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