UK deal: Nothing Phone (2A) on pre-order, Honor 90 and Moto Razr 40 Ultra on sale

The Nothing Phone (2A) was announced this week – the first mid-ranger effort from the company. Nothing has been a value for money stylish brand since its inception and this is quite evident with (2A).

This £320 mid-ranger packs a large 6.7” 120Hz AMOLED display (10-bit colour) with FHD+ resolution, with Gorilla Glass 5 (and IP54 dust and water resistance). It has a 50+50MP rear and 32MP front camera setup, similar to more premium phones (2).

Inside there’s a big 5,000mAh battery with 45W charging (but no wireless charging). The phone’s Dimensity 7200 Pro chipset beats the original phone’s 778G (1), although it’s not as fast as the phone’s (2). Note that 4 extra gigabytes of RAM and double the storage costs only £30 more – well worth the upgrade. Plus, you can pick up the phone with a free pair of CMF Buds Pro (worth £50).

Right now the 12/256GB Nothing Phone (2) is £550 and the 512GB variant is £620. We’ve seen it drop to £530 and £560 in recent weeks, but that’s still quite a premium compared to the A-model. That premium buys some nice things – the faster Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1 chipset, for one, which also enables 4K@60fps video recording (Dimensions tops out at 4K@30fps). And the 6.7” display is an LTPO panel (though still FHD+ resolution), as well as 15W wireless charging.

For £555 you can pick up a Pixel 8 with 8GB of RAM and 128GB of storage. However, it will be supported for 7 years, unlike Nothing, which is only getting 3 OS updates and 4 years of patches. The Pixel doesn’t have a 50MP ultra-wide camera, only 12MP. The phone is quite small with a 6.2” display (120Hz FHD+ OLED) and a 4,575mAh battery (27W wired and 18W wireless charging). The phone has been given an IP68 rating, which is much better than the IP54 of both the Nothing phones.

A close alternative is the Honor 90 Nothing Phone (2A), with its 8/256GB model available for £350. It also has a 6.7” 120Hz 10-bit OLED display, but with a slightly higher 1,200 x 2,664px resolution. The main camera features a 200MP sensor with an impressive 2x in-sensor zoom and a 12MP ultra-wide. The most special thing in this is the 50MP selfie camera with 100° lens. The battery is just as big at 5,000mAh and slightly faster with 66W wired-only charging. The Snapdragon 7 Gen 1 chipset trades off the dimensions, though it’s a little weaker overall.

For much less money, you can get the Honor 90 Lite instead. It switches to a 90Hz LCD for its 6.7” display and drops the resolution to FHD+. The Dimensity 6020 chipset is also quite weak. The main camera has a 100MP sensor, but the ultra-wide has just a 5MP sensor and the selfie camera is a 16MP module with a basic lens. The 4,500mAh battery supports 35W wired charging. In short, the Lite isn’t as good as its sibling, but it costs 45% less for the same RAM and storage configuration.

If you’re bored of bar phones and scrolling through the top phones, here’s a flip foldable – the Motorola Razr 40 Ultra. It has the same Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1 chipset as the Nothing Phone (2) and a larger 6.9” 165Hz LTPO AMOLED display (also FHD+). When folded it folds neatly inside, giving you a 3.6” 144Hz OLED cover display. The 12+12MP camera is poor and the 3,800mAh battery doesn’t last very long (it does 30W wired and 5W wireless charging).

Last week we took a look at some of the new iPhone and iPhone Plus models, this week Amazon has an offer on refurbished iPhone Pro Max units. These are sold as “Renewed Premium”, meaning they come with a one-year Amazon Refurbished Guarantee and batteries with at least 90% life.

Of course, the Apple iPhone 14 Pro Max is the most expensive, but the difference between the 256GB and 512GB models is small (about £30), so you might as well get the extra storage.

Only 128GB units of the iPhone 13 Pro Max are left. It lacks the 14 Pro Max’s 48MP main camera and Satellite SOS feature. Also, this generation was the last generation before the switch to LTPO displays with Dynamic Island.

The iPhone 12 Pro Max is available with 256GB of storage at a slightly lower price. It’s largely identical to the 13 Pro Max save for the older chipset and smaller zoom (2.5x vs. 3x).

There are also a few iPhone 12 Pro units left, with prices starting at £500 for the 128GB model (some 256GB examples are also available). It is small with a 6.1” display and only has a 2x zoom camera (52mm).

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