We double check old deals we’ve listed and sometimes we find that the price has gone up – in some cases it’s just a temporary discount that’s gone, in others the price fluctuates depending on demand (and available supply).
However, some phones — like flagship phones — have nowhere to go but drop. This is especially true of older flagships. Use the links below to go to your region:
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The Samsung Galaxy S23 Ultra has a great camera, but the Galaxy S22 Ultra from last year still has a camera of its own — and it’s cheaper. $300 cheaper, to be exact, for the 256GB model. With three OS updates and four years of security patches left, this phone will be around for a long time.
Next, we wanted to take a look at some Google phones. The Pixel 7 is down to $550, and while it’s not the fastest flagship, it does get monthly updates from Google, which often include cool new AI-powered features.
For about half that price, you can get the Pixel 6a instead of the previous Tensor chipset. The Pixel 7a is rumored to arrive in June and could be a better pick than either — but we’re only hearing rumors at the moment (Tensor G2 display, 6.1-inch 90Hz display, 64MP main camera and 5W wireless charging) and nothing on that. . the price.
You can instead go for the older Pixel 6 Pro and Pixel 6. We’ve listed deals for refurbished units below, so the Pixel 6 could be yours for just over $200. Or you can get a new unit for $420. Here’s how they compare to 6a.
The Galaxy A54 will start shipping on April 6, and pre-orders will start a week early. It’ll cost you $450, but you’ll be able to trade in an older device for up to $250 in credit, and you’ll also be able to get a pair of Galaxy Buds Live for $50. If that doesn’t sound like a good enough deal, you can just get the older Galaxy A53 for $400. Exynos 1280 is not as good as the 1380, but the rest of the features are comparable.
Or you can get the Motorola Edge (2022) for less money. A 6.6-inch FHD+ OLED display and a large 5,000mAh battery with 30W wired and 15W wireless make this a solid medium for multimedia and light gaming (the Dimensity 1050 has a decently fast Mali-G610 MC3 GPU).
Apple sells refurbished iPhones on its site, but currently only offers models up to 12 series (here’s the link). For example, the iPhone 12 Pro Max (128GB) is $760, but for $900 you can get a refurbished iPhone 13 Pro Max (128GB) from Amazon instead.
Below you’ll find links to refurbished units for all iPhone 13 models – note that there are two links, one for units in perfect condition and one for units listed as like-new condition. It costs a little more, but you get a better preserved phone.
The Samsung Galaxy S23’s price is really coming down — it started at $1,100 CAD initially, though that included a free upgrade to 256GB of storage. This offer has now expired, but you can get the 128GB model for CAD$920.
For more, you can get the Google Pixel 7 Pro instead – with its 6.7-inch QHD+ LTPO display, compared to Samsung’s 6.1-inch FHD+ panel. And you get a 120mm periscope with a 48MP sensor instead of the Galaxy’s basic 70mm 10MP unit.
The Pro is a big phone, however, if you want something smaller, the Pixel 7 is worth a look. It drops down to a 6.3-inch FHD+ 90Hz screen and loses the periscope unit, so most of the advantages are gone from the S23 — however, it’s C$300 cheaper, so it’s hard to complain.
You can go even cheaper if you’re okay with missing out on the high refresh rate entirely, plus dropping the main camera to 12MP — we’re talking the Pixel 6a, of course, which is slightly larger than the S23 and not as capable but costs less than half that.
Samsung’s actual replacement for the 6a is the Galaxy A53. Yes, the new A54 will be available in a few weeks, but its starting price will be C$180 higher, so it’ll be for the Pixel 7, not the 6a. Compared to the 6a, the Galaxy A53 has a larger 6.5-inch AMOLED display (with a 120Hz refresh rate), a higher-resolution 64MP main camera (both with OIS), and a higher-resolution 32MP selfie camera (vs. 8MP), as well as a larger camera. And the fastest 5000 mAh / 25 Wh battery (versus 4410 mAh / 18 Wh).
There is a new model that you might be interested in, which is the Galaxy A14 5G from January. At $330 CAD, it’s not much cheaper than the A53, but its specs are more basic — a 6.6-inch 90Hz (FHD+) LCD screen, a 50MP (no OIS) main camera without an ultra-wide partner and a 5,000mAh battery topping out at 15W. And you get less RAM and half the storage space. For C$80 more, the A53 seems like the better deal.
A couple of months ago, Apple started revamping iPhone 13 models in Europe, and the older iPhone 12 series is also available. For example, the iPhone 12 Pro Max (128GB) goes for £780, but you can get it for under £500 from Amazon. The 12 Pro is £690 on Apple.com, and £444 on Amazon UK. The iPhone 12 and 12 mini (128GB) cost £590 and £500 from Apple, respectively, and £342 and £274 from Amazon.
Nothing Phone (1) just keeps getting better with every update. The Phone (2) is on the way and it’ll be a more premium device (the Qualcomm exec is letting it slip that it’ll use an SD 8+ Gen 1), but its price is unknown and it’s not clear if either one has a new mid-ranger in the works.
The Galaxy A54 will go on sale in the UK later this month at £450 for the 8/128GB unit. While the Exynos 1380 is clearly better than the 1280 inside the older Galaxy A53, the A53 is £285 for the 6/128GB unit. However, the A54 will come with a pair of Galaxy Buds2 on charge, so if you need a TWS headset, the price gap isn’t too big.
The Nokia X10 was launched in 2021 and launched with Android 11 (it has since been updated to version 13). However, HMD Global has promised 3 OS updates and 3 years of security patches, which means there’s one more thing to do. That’s not much, but the X10 is a 5G phone for £156, which makes it not that bad of a deal, especially if you prefer your Android tidy.
The Redmi K50i features a fast 144Hz (6.6-inch FHD+) LCD display and a fairly powerful 8100 chipset. However, it costs more than the Galaxy M53, which uses the older Dimensity 900 chip and the AMOLED screen refreshes at “only” 120Hz. Samsung’s strength lies in its 108MP main camera (versus the 64MP sensor on the Xiaomi).
The batteries are similar in size (5,080mAh and 5,000mAh, respectively), but the Redmi charges at 67W (64% in 30 minutes, 53 minutes to 100%), while the Galaxy runs at just 25W. Redmi has a 3.5mm jack, while Galaxy has a microSD slot instead.
The OnePlus Nord CE 2 Lite is the less capable of both, with a 120Hz LCD (6.59-inch FHD+) and Snapdragon 695, which means its 64MP main camera can’t do 4K video (neither ultra-wide, the pair above has 8MP UW cameras). The 5,000mAh battery charges at 33W, which is fast but not amazing. So unless you really need something under Rs 20,000, we’d go with one of the phones above.
Here’s something brand new – the iQOO Z7 was announced earlier this week, and sales will start on March 21st. This phone sports a 6.38-inch 90Hz (FHD+) AMOLED display, is powered by Dimensity 920, 5000mAh battery with 44W charge (50% in 25 minutes) and features a 64MP camera with OIS. It launches with Android 13 and iQOO promises 2 OS updates and 3 years of security patches. Amazon already has a landing page and the 6/128GB unit is $17,500, you can get 8GB of RAM for another Rs 1,000.
The Z7 will face the Realme Narzo 50 Pro which also costs INR 17,500. The 920’s dimensions aren’t anything stellar, but it may prove to be the best chipset out there. This phone has a 6.4 inch 120Hz (FHD +) AMOLED display, 48 + 8 + 2 MP camera, 5000 mAh battery with 33W charging.
Finally, a couple of inexpensive options. We recommended the Samsung Galaxy M04 a couple of weeks ago, but its price has dropped by $1,000 since then. This brings it closer to something like the Nokia C12, though it still leaves a relatively large gap.
There is a reason for that. The M04 runs full Android 12 (with One UI Core 4.1) instead of Android 12 Go Edition like Nokia. It also has twice the number of CPU cores (the A53 is plenty of them) and runs at faster clock speeds to boot. The screens are comparable (6.5-inches vs. 6.3-inches, both HD+LCD), but the Galaxy has a better camera (13MP/1080p vs. 8MP) and a bigger battery (5,000mAh vs. 3,000mAh). It’s obviously the better phone, but it also costs 40% more (or to put it in absolute terms, over RUB 25,000).