We have scrolled through online offers in several countries and selected the most interesting offers. We try to keep it fresh, so we’ll try to avoid repeating the same offers from last week, although some are still active – and some have improved. Use the links below to access your region:
The Xiaomi 13 series was unveiled this week and the vanilla model looks pretty good. However, it is unclear when it will reach international markets. Also, the Vanilla 12 was originally $800, so the 13 should be in the same ballpark. This is an old price for the Xiaomi 12, of course you can pick it up from Amazon Germany for €540 right now.
Although it’s not the main tuner it once was, it’s on the small side of the Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 phones (6.28″ 120Hz 12-bit AMOLED display), it has a very similar main camera (50MP 1/1.56″) to the newer model (no TV, though) and a 4,500mAh battery with 67W wired charging and 50W wireless charging.
Another phone that’s smaller than most is the Sony Xperia 10 IV. With its 6-inch 21:9 screen, it is only 67mm wide and weighs 161g. Incidentally, this display is a 10-bit HDR-capable panel (still no high refresh rate, though). The Snapdragon 695 is a little slow in this price range, but Sony has included a tele camera (8MP, 54mm) to go along with the main 12MP (OIS) and 8MP ultrawide. Plus, the battery life is amazing (we got an endurance rating of 163 hours).
Next, a pair of Motorolas that offer plenty of value for money. The Moto G200 is down to €350 and that budget fits a large 6.8-inch 144Hz (HDR10) LCD display, a speedy Snapdragon 888+ and a 108MP camera. The 888+ tends to heat up, but the company has equipped the phone with solid cooling. Also, the chipset is powerful enough for Motorola’s Ready For desktop mode. The camera is pretty good too. So while it’s not the best gaming phone or the best camera phone money can buy, it might be the best you can get for $350.
The Motorola Edge 30 is £50 cheaper, but it loses the flagship chip – on the plus side, the Snapdragon 778G+ is more efficient. The phone is also mid-sized with a 6.5-inch 144Hz AMOLED (HDR10+) display. As for the cameras, you get a better 50MP ultrawide camera (up from 13MP) and a 50MP main camera ( with 1.0 µm versus 0.7 µm, although the G200 supports 9-to-1 binning).
The Sony Xperia 1 IV is unique with its 6.5-inch, 4K-class, 120Hz OLED display, as well as the 12MP telephoto lens, which can vary its focal length between 85mm and 125mm (3.5-5.2x ). It has a no-notch, no-hole design, a microSD slot, a 3.5mm jack – everything some of you might expect from a flagship. It’s by no means cheap, but if you were thinking of getting some good noise-canceling over-ear headphones, this deal from Amazon UK includes some of the best – the Sony WH-1000XM4 (worth £250 on their own).
The most compact – and the cheapest! – the alternative is the Sony Xperia 5 IV. This also has the no-frills design of the 1 IV, although the 120Hz OLED display only has FHD+ resolution and the tele camera is locked at 60mm. Also, “cheaper” is relative, since this one skips the 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 it’s already gotten the Android 13 update. 6.6-inch 90Hz LCD display with a decent size (FHD+ resolution, although screen quality leaves a lot to be desired) and solid battery life (130-hour endurance rating).
The Samsung Galaxy A04s is even cheaper. This one also comes with a 3-year warranty to give you peace of mind. With lower specs, it is more suitable for a young child or an older parent.
Many near-flagships make compromises, such as using an FHD+ screen or skipping the telephoto lens. The OnePlus 10 Pro is a true flagship though, and packs a 6.7-inch QHD+ 120Hz display (it’s an LTPO2 panel to boot), plus a trio of Hasselblad cameras – 48MP primary, 8MP 3.3x tele and 50MP ultrawide (150°) . The 5,000mAh battery can be recharged using 65W wired charging and 50W wireless charging. A Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 chipset too is a lot of hardware for $550. That’s way below something like a Galaxy S22+ (which has a non-LTPO FHD+ display).
Last week, the Sony Xperia 1 IV (with 512GB of storage) was $1,400, but it hasn’t gone down another $200. It’s still among the priciest non-foldables on the market, but its unique 4K-class 120Hz OLED display and varifocal telephoto lens (plus necessities like a 3.5mm headphone jack and microSD slot) put it in a separate league. .
Is newer always better? The Motorola Edge (2022) has a 6.6-inch 144Hz OLD display and a Dimensity 1050 chipset, along with 50 MP (1/1.55″) main and ultra-wide cameras of 13 MP Plus, a 5,000mAh battery with 30W wired charging and 15W wireless charging.
The Motorola Edge (2021) is $50 cheaper but offers a larger 6.8-inch 144Hz display, an LCD this time, plus a Snapdragon 778G (both chipsets have comparable performance). The main camera goes up to a 108 MP sensor (same size, 1/1.52″), the ultrawide goes down to 8 MP. The battery has the same capacity of 5,000 mAh and wired charging of 30W, but not wireless.
People from various parts of India have posted tests comparing the speed of a 4G connection to a 5G connection. The difference is huge, to put it mildly. Maybe it’s time for an older 5G phone like the Xiaomi 11 Lite 5G NE to shine. It features 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 it’s joined by an 8MP ultrawide module and a 5MP tele macro module. It’s the 6/128GB model, but there’s a microSD slot if you need more storage.
If you’re still not ready to upgrade to 4G, there are plenty of cheap options. The Redmi Note 11, for example, has a 6.43-inch 90Hz AMOLED display, Snapdragon 680, and a 5,000mAh battery with 33W wired charging only. The camera consists of a 50 MP main module and an 8 MP ultra wide module. This has 6GB of RAM like the NE above but half the storage – it also has both a microSD slot and a 3.5mm jack.
We will end with some Xiaomi vs. Tecno rivalry in the sub-₹10,000 segment. Quite often that means Android Go phones like the Tecno Pop 6 Pro and the Xiaomi Redmi A1. Both have the same Helio A22 chipset, similar 6.56/6.52-inch (HD+) screens and single 8MP cameras (5MP selfies). The same 5000mAh batteries too, although both use microUSB (ugh). The Tecno offers basic splash resistance and a side fingerprint reader on the Redmi.
Sub-₹10,000 doesn’t necessarily mean the Go edition, the next pair runs Android in its own right. The Tecno Spark9 has the better display – 6.6″ 90Hz versus 6.53″ 60Hz – both HD+ IPS LCDs. It uses the Helio G37 while the Redmi 9 Activ has a G35, but it’s essentially the same chip. Both have very similar camera setups (13MP modules on the back) and batteries too – 5,000mAh with microUSB for charging. The Tecno has a head start as it runs a newer version of Android, v12, while the Redmi recently updated to MIUI 12.5/Android 11.