Selection updated on January 21, 2022 with the most attractive promotions of the weekend.
Until February 8, Amazon, Fnac, Darty and many other brands are displaying more or less attractive discounts on a plethora of smartphones during the winter sales. Samsung, Apple, Xiaomi or Oppo, the most fashionable references are stored for the greatest pleasure of consumers looking for a new phone. But beware, not all promotions are created equal. We have therefore compiled the most interesting offers of the day to make it easier for you.
Smartphone winter sales: the icing on the promo
Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 3 at €1699 instead of €1799 on Amazon
The third generation of Samsung’s smartphone-tablet gains in solidity, practicality and efficiency. It is also becoming more accessible without being within reach of all budgets.
Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 3 at €899 instead of €1059 on Fnac (after ODR of €100)
Samsung has thought out its Galaxy Z Flip 3 well. The body, the hinge and the screen are made of materials that make the smartphone more solid without forgetting that it is now waterproof. A larger secondary screen, a quality main screen and an improved software part put the Z Flip 3 on par with most other $1,000 phones. This does not mean that the device is not free from any defects. The battery life is weak, the crease on the inner screen is still there, the smartphone is not dust resistant and its long-term durability is unknown.
Pack Xiaomi Redmi Note 9 Pro + Xiaomi Mi Band 5 at €199 instead of €299 on Boulanger
Xiaomi masters its proposal on the entry-level market from start to finish. The Redmi Note 9 Pro shines with its neat and original design, its record autonomy and its very fast charging system. We appreciate its photo part which has improved since the last iteration of the Chinese firm.
Xiaomi Poco F3 at €299 instead of €369 on Amazon
The POCO F3 is a 5G-capable smartphone with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 870 SoC. It also has a 6.67-inch AMOLED display with a 120Hz refresh rate.
Oppo Find X3 Pro at 749€ instead of 1149€ at RED by SFR
The Oppo Find X3 Pro makes an impression just as much as the Find X2 Pro. Its design is out of the ordinary, its 120 Hz screen is excellent, its performance is remarkable, its photo part is very neat and innovative, its autonomy is more than adequate and its fast charge is really… fast. What can we blame for the Oppo smartphone which equals and sometimes surpasses its competitors? Well very little. Only its telephoto lens, more limited than that of an S21 Ultra, is lacking.
Other smartphone deals to consider
Apple iPhone 12 64 GB at €716 instead of €809 on Amazon
Apple iPhone 12 256 GB at €806 instead of €979 on Amazon
A new design, an OLED screen, an even more powerful chip, a neat photo part, 5G, the iPhone 12 is on strike. Too bad the storage space of the basic version is only 64 GB.
Apple iPhone 12 Pro Max 128 GB at €1049 instead of €1259 on Cdiscount
The iPhone 12 Pro Max has a camera that no other iPhone 12 model has. But with an entry ticket of €1,259, do the extras of the photo part justify such an expense? The answer is yes, and not just because of the new image stabilizer. If you want the biggest screen ever on an iPhone, the 12 Pro Max is worth it. If you want the best battery life of all the iPhone 12s, the 12 Pro Max is an obvious choice. And if you want the best possible image quality for your photos and videos, then again, the iPhone 12 Pro Max is the obvious choice. This year again, the biggest iPhone is also the best.
Apple iPhone 13 mini 128 GB at €729 instead of €809 on Amazon
Apple renews its mini model to the delight of lovers of compact smartphones. But is the iPhone 13 mini just a smaller version of the iPhone 13? And should you give in to temptation when you already have an iPhone 12 mini?
Apple iPhone 13 Pro 128 GB at €1055 instead of €1181 on Rue du Commerce
It is not a revolution in itself, the iPhone 13 Pro being in line with its predecessor. But Apple serves us a complete smartphone that is difficult to fault. Too bad its price is higher than that of the Google Pixel 6 Pro which performs in the same areas. Despite everything, the improvements made on the side of the screen, the photo / video part and the autonomy are enough to make it a must have for all regulars of iOS.
Samsung Galaxy S21 128 GB at €638 instead of €859 on Electro Dépôt
The Samsung Galaxy S21 is a premium smartphone. It has an FHD+ screen with a maximum refresh rate of 120 Hz as well as an Exynos 2100 processor. Of course, it is compatible with 5G, WiFi 6 and Bluetooth 5.1. The photo part is provided by a main sensor of 12 Mpx, a telephoto lens of 64 Mpx and an ultra wide-angle of 12 Mpx.
Samsung Galaxy S21+ 128 GB at €772 instead of €1,059 on Rue du Commerce
The Samsung Galaxy S21+ is the full-size version of the S21. Its screen has a diagonal of 6.7 inches against 6.2 inches for the “standard” S21. Another differentiating element, the capacity of its battery of 4800 mAh against 4000 mAh.
Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra 128 GB at €990 instead of €1,259 on Electro Dépôt
The Samsung Galaxy S21 was available in three versions. The most powerful, but also the most expensive, is the Ultra version. This smartphone has a large 6.8-inch screen and an Exynos 2100 processor. On the photo side, we find ourselves with several rear sensors: a main sensor of 108 Mpx, an ultra wide-angle of 12 Mpx, a first telephoto x3 of 10 Mpx and a second telephoto x10 of 10 Mpx.
Samsung Galaxy S20 FE 5G at €499 instead of €659 at RED by SFR
Samsung Galaxy S20 FE 5G
The Samsung Galaxy S20 FE (5G) is sold a little more expensive than the 4G version by Samsung, but this is the price to pay to take advantage of 5G as its name suggests. We also note the presence of a Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 processor instead of the Exynos 990. But in general terms, these two models offer the same performance. It benefits from a 120 Hz Super AMOLED screen and a 4500 mAh battery.
Samsung Galaxy A21s at 129€ to 219€ on Fnac
Samsung continues to invest in the entry level and offers a durable Galaxy A21s, well finished and pleasant to use. It remains perfectible on many points, especially in photography.
Sony Xperia 5 III at €849 instead of €999 on Amazon
Is the smartphone in compact format coming back into fashion? After Apple, with its iPhone 12 and 13 mini, and Asus, with the successful Zenfone 8, here is Sony unearthing one of its favorite formats from the dead.
Sony Xperia 1 III at 1099€ instead of 1299€ on Amazon
Sony tumbles with a new premium smartphone at more than 1000 euros. A very high score that it justifies by integrating characteristics that are not found in the competition.
Oppo A74 4G at €199 instead of €270 on Electro Dépôt
Oppo A74 4G
The great strength is not its classic style, it is its 6.43-inch AMOLED screen displaying a Full HD + definition. Under the hood, a Snapdragon 662, fast enough to perform everyday tasks. There is also a nice 5000 mAh battery compatible with 33W fast charging. Finally, its photo part consists of a 48 MP main sensor, a 2 MP ToF and a 2 MP macro lens. On the front, it’s a 16 MP camera.
Honor 50 at €449 instead of €499 at RED by SFR (+ Honor Band 6 bracelet with this coupon)
The Honor 50 is a balanced smartphone that can count on its design, its screen, its performance and its photo part to seduce consumers. The flagship of the Chinese firm does not really take risks.
Xiaomi Mi Note 10 Lite at €199 instead of €299 on Fnac
Xiaomi Mi Note 10 Lite
A lighter version of the Xiaomi Mi Note 10, the Mi Note 10 Lite is nonetheless an excellent smartphone that has a very balanced technical sheet.
Xiaomi 11T Pro at €599 instead of €699 on Darty
Xiaomi’s latest flagship has many advantages in its bag, including ultra-fast charging with a power of 120W.
Xiaomi Mi 11 Lite 128 GB 5G pack + True Wireless 2 Basic headphones at €349 instead of €419 on Darty
The Mi 11 Lite 5G copies the data sheet of the Mi 11 Lite 4G but has a more efficient chip (Qualcomm Snapdragon 780G) which allows it to support 5G.
Realme 8i + Buds Q2 pack at €189 instead of €259 on Darty
Like others before it, Realme has chosen a significant segmentation of its range of devices. But the Realme 8i defends itself by offering the most accessible 120 Hz screen on the market and a very good autonomy.
The 2022 winter sales at e-tailers:
Most e-tailers like Amazon, Fnac or Darty participate in the 2022 winter sales. Here is the list:
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