We have scrolled through online offers in several countries and selected the most interesting offers. We try not to repeat the same deals as last week, although some are still active – and some have gotten better. Use the links below to jump to your region:
The Xiaomi 13 series was unveiled this week and the vanilla model looks great. However, it is not clear when it will reach the international market. Also, the vanilla 12 is originally priced at €800, so the 13 should be in the same ballpark. That’s an old price for the Xiaomi 12, of course, which you can now pick up from Amazon Germany for €540.
While it’s not a flagship for once, it’s on the smaller side of the Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 phones (6.28″ 120Hz 12-bit AMOLED display), with a main camera (50MP 1/1.56″) that’s very similar to the new one. model (no tele though) and a 4,500mAh battery with 67W wired and 50W wireless charging.
Another smaller phone than most is the Sony Xperia 10 IV. The 6-inch 21:9 display is only 67mm wide and weighs 161g. That display is a 10-bit HDR-capable panel, by the way (still no high refresh rate, though). The Snapdragon 695 is a bit slow in this price segment, but Sony has included a telephoto camera (8MP, 54mm) to go with the 12MP main (OIS) and 8MP ultra wide. Also, the battery life is impressive (we got an endurance rating of 163h).
Next, a pair of Motorolas that offer a lot of bang for the buck. The Moto G200 is down to €350 and that budget packs a bigger 6.8-inch 144Hz LCD (HDR10), a faster Snapdragon 888+ and a 108MP camera. The 888+ tends to run hot, but the company has equipped the phone with a solid cooler. Also, the chipset is powerful enough for Motola-ready desktop mode. The camera is also very good. So while this isn’t the best gaming phone or the best camera phone money can buy, it’s probably the best you can get for €350.
Motorola Edge 30 € 50 is cheaper, but it loses the main chip – in general, the Snapdragon 778G+ is more efficient. The phone sports a mid-sized 6.5-inch 144Hz AMOLED (HDR10+) display. In terms of cameras, you get a better 50MP ultra wide camera (vs. 13MP) and a 50MP main camera (with 1.0µm vs. 0.7µm, although the G200 supports 9-in-1 binning).
Sony Xperia 1 IV is unique with a 4K-class 120Hz OLED display, 6.5-inch size, as well as a 12MP telephoto camera, which can vary the focal length between 85mm and 125mm (3.5-5.2x). It has a Microsoft, hole-less design, a microSD slot, a 3.5mm jack – some of you might want it from a flagship. It’s not cheap by any means, but if you’re looking for good sounding over-ear headphones, this offering from Amazon UK includes some of the best – the Sony WH-1000XM4 (worth £250 on their own).
More compact – and cheaper! – An alternative is the Sony Xperia 5 IV. Although the 120Hz OLED display has FHD+ resolution and the telephoto camera is locked at 60mm, this 1 IV also has a no-nonsense design. Also, “cheap” is relative, as this skips over free headphones.
If you’re looking for something cheap that will last you a while, the Samsung Galaxy A23 (4G) comes with a 3-year warranty and has already received the Android 13 update. Other positives include a decent-sized 6.6-inch 90Hz LCD (FHD+ resolution, although screen resolution leaves a lot to be desired) and solid battery life (130h endurance rating).
Even cheaper is the Samsung Galaxy A04s. It also comes with a 3-year warranty to give you piece of mind. With lower specifications, it is more suitable for a small child or an older parent.
Many flagships make compromises, such as using an FHD+ screen or skipping the telephoto camera. The OnePlus 10 Pro is a true flagship, but it brings a 6.7-inch QHD+ 120Hz display (it’s an LTPO2 panel to boot) and three Hasselblad cameras – 48MP main, 8MP 3.3x tele and 50MP ultra wide (150°). . The 5,000mAh battery can be charged with 65W wired and 50W wireless charging. The Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 chipset, too, is a lot of hardware for $550. This is just below the Galaxy S22+ (which has a FHD+ non-LTPO display).
Last week, the Sony Xperia 1 IV (with 512GB of storage) was $1,400, but didn’t drop another $200. It’s still one of the most affordable foldables on the market, but its unique 4K-class 120Hz OLED display and variable focal length telephoto camera (essentials like a 3.5mm headphone jack and microSD slot) put it in a league of its own. .
Is new always better? The Motorola Edge (2022) has a 6.6-inch 144Hz display and Dimensity 1050 chipset, plus 50MP main (1/1.55”) and 13MP ultra-wide cameras. Also a 5,000mAh battery with 30W wired and 15W wireless charging. All for $350.
The Motorola Edge (2021) is $50 cheaper but offers a larger 6.8-inch 144Hz display, this time LCD, and a Snapdragon 778G (the two chipsets are comparable in performance). The main camera jumps out to a 108MP sensor (same size, 1/1.52 inch), with the ultra-wide one dropping to 8MP. The battery has the same 5,000mAh capacity and 30W wired charging, although there is no wireless.
People from different parts of India have posted tests comparing the speed of 4G connection with 5G connection. The difference is huge, to say the least. This could be the time for an older 5G phone like the Xiaomi 11 Lite 5G NE to shine. It has a Snapdragon 778G chipset, a 6.55-inch 90Hz AMOLED display and a 4,250mAh battery with 33W wired-only charging. The main camera has a 64MP sensor and is joined by an 8MP ultra wide and 5MP tele macro module. This is the 6/128GB model, but there’s a microSD slot if you need more storage.
If you’re still not ready to make the jump to 4G, there are plenty of cheaper options. For example, the Redmi Note 11 has a 6.43-inch 90Hz AMOLED display, a Snapdragon 680 and a 5,000mAh battery that requires only 33W wired charging. The camera has a 50MP main and 8MP ultra-wide modules. It has 6GB of RAM like the NE above but half the storage – it also has both a microSD slot and a 3.5mm jack.
In the sub-₹10,000 segment, some Xiaomi vs. Tecno Competition We fix things. Most of the time, this means Android G phones like the Tecno Pop 6 Pro and Xiaomi Redmi A1. Both have the same 6.56/6.52-inch display (HD+) and simple 8MP cameras (5MP selfies) with the same Helio A22 chipset. Same 5,000mAh batteries, though both use micro USB (ugh). Tecno boasts basic drop resistance and a side-mounted fingerprint reader on the Redmi.
Not to mention the sub-₹10,000 Go edition, the next pair runs full-blooded Android. Tecno Spark9 has the better screen – 6.6″ 90Hz vs. 6.53″ 60Hz – both HD+ IPS LCDs. The Redmi 9 uses the Helio G37 while the Active G35, but they are essentially the same chip. Both have very similar camera setups (13 MP modules at the back) and batteries too – 5,000mAh for charging via micro USB. Tecno upped the ante when it ran the new Android v12, while Redmi was recently updated to MIUI 12.5/Android 11.