Mon. Aug 8th, 2022
Christmas: 8 smartphones for all pockets to put under the tree


The end of the year is approaching and the smartphone is once again an essential gift. Everyone needs a phone, but choosing a smartphone as a Christmas present is not an easy task. Needs and budget may vary and we have decided to help you by selecting 8 models that will make a splash at the foot of the tree.

one Oppo A74: an efficient model at a competitive price

We started this selection with an affordable smartphone, theOppo a74 in 4G version. This model barely exceeds 200 euros and is positioned in a segment where competition is tough. To convince, Oppo decided to bet on a 6.43-inch AMOLED screen with Full HD + definition.

The Oppo A74.© Oppo

Inside, a Snapdragon 662 will take care of daily tasks and provide a smooth experience, while a triple photo module will be located at the rear. It is composed of a 48 megapixel main sensor and two 2 megapixel sensors, dedicated respectively to macro and depth of field. Autonomy is ensured by a 5000 mAh battery, compatible with 33 W fast charging.

An interesting technical sheet, which allowed this smartphone to obtain a 5-star rating during its time at our Lab. Oppo shows that it should be taken into account in this category against Samsung or its Chinese rivals.

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two Xiaomi Redmi Note 10 Pro: essential and affordable

It is impossible to make a selection with affordable smartphones without citing Xiaomi. The Chinese giant has established itself in the market by focusing on the quality / price ratio and the Redmi Note 10 Pro testifies to this know-how. This smartphone is one of the benchmarks in its category, that is, of smartphones below 300 euros.

The Redmi Note 10 Pro.© Xiaomi

For this price, we have a model that is not 5G yet, but that meets all the other requirements. It incorporates a 6.67-inch AMOLED screen with a 120 Hz refresh rate for appreciable fluidity on a daily basis. This feeling is reinforced by a careful technical sheet with the presence of a Snapdragon 732G chip that meets expectations. Side photo, Xiaomi opts for a quad photo module with a 108 megapixel main sensor. Autonomy is also at the meeting point thanks to a 5020 mAh battery, compatible with 33 W fast charge.

This smartphone got a 4 out of 5 star rating during your visit to LaboFnac.

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3 Samsung Galaxy A52s: the competition must beware

Faced with Chinese competition, Samsung had to react. The world’s number 1 has decided to strike hard with this new version of the A52. Flanked by an “s”, the Galaxy a52s very quickly it established itself as one of the best mid-range on the market. The brand offers a versatile smartphone with careful manufacturing to accompany quality components.

The Galaxy A52s.© Samsung

A 6.5-inch AMOLED screen, updated to 120 Hz, is present to accompany a Snapdragon 778G chip that offers beautiful fluidity. Interesting choices that are confirmed in the photographic part with a 64-megapixel main sensor, supported by a 12-megapixel ultra-wide angle and two 5-megapixel modules for macro and depth. This 5G compatible smartphone is powered by a 4500 mAh battery with 25 W fast charging.

A safe bet, it earned a 5-star rating in our test.

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4 Xiaomi Mi 11i: it has everything high-end … except the price

Xiaomi likes to multiply references and their Xiaomi mi 11i completes the manufacturer’s offer. This variation of the Mi 11 is intended to be more accessible and efficient. Small surprise on a technical level, Xiaomi puts the small dishes in the big ones by equipping its smartphone with a 6.67-inch AMOLED screen with Full HD + definition and 120 Hz.

The Mi 11i, an accessible variant of the Mi 11.© Xiaomi

We are also entitled to a Snapdragon 888 processor that brings a high-end orientation to this still affordable 5G smartphone. The good surprises continue at the rear with a photo block made up of three sensors: a 108-megapixel main module, a 13-megapixel ultra-wide, and a 5-megapixel macro.

the Xiaomi mi 11i It can film in 8K and it embeds the latest technologies of the moment (wifi 6, Bluetooth 5.2). The 4,520 mAh battery supports 33 W fast charging.

A compelling smartphone that has earned a 4-star rating.

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5 Oppo Reno 6: design and efficiency for this “premium” mid-range

Oppo is known for the careful design of its smartphones and the Reno 6 5G it is no exception to the rule. And when the manufacturer decides to combine its know-how with quality components, we are entitled to an efficient and almost compact mid-range with its 6.43-inch screen. The latter is entitled to AMOLED technology and has a refresh rate of 90 Hz, two elements that are always appreciable.

The Reno 6 5G from the manufacturer Oppo.© Oppo

Under the hood, a Dimensity 900 5G chip from MediaTek offers good performance and the part in the photo is complete. Three cameras are present with a 64-megapixel main module, an 8-megapixel ultra-wide angle and a 2-megapixel macro sensor. An efficient setup for both photos and videos, with the ability to shoot up to 4K at 30 frames per second.

The assessment of the Oppo Reno 6 during your visit to LaboFnac? 5 stars.

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6 Google Pixel 6: the king of photography in 2021

With Google, you don’t just have to read a Pixel’s datasheet to understand why the internet giant is so attractive. His Pixel 6 It was highly anticipated and the brand does not disappoint by offering one of the best, if not the best, photophone of the moment. Google is raising the bar even higher by adding neat finishes to a smartphone that features a new internal processor called the Tensor.

The Pixel 6 is the latest smartphone released by Google.© Google

The benefits are there and make this 5G smartphone one of the models of the moment. In addition to the Google Tensor chip, we appreciated the main 50-megapixel sensor along with a 12-megapixel ultra-wide angle. the Pixel 6 It can shoot up to 4K at 60 frames per second and is IP68 certified. Added to this is a 4,600 mAh battery, compatible with 30 W fast charging and up to 21 W wireless charging.

The Google Pixel 6 received a 5-star rating in its test.

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7 Apple iPhone 13: vintage prestige

The different colors of the iPhone 13 Pro.© Apple

Like Google, the iPhone experience is not limited to the data sheet (see our Apple iPhone 13, Apple iPhone 13 mini, Apple iPhone 13 Pro, and Apple iPhone 13 Pro Max tests). Without a doubt, the Apple brand offers the latest components in these devices to compete with the best Android terminals. Choosing an iPhone is also and above all adopting the iOS operating system to take advantage of the latest Apple innovations.

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This year the firm launched four models and made some changes such as reducing the size of the notch. The storage capacities have also been revised upwards, while the Pro variants are entitled to ProMotion technology that allows a variable refresh rate between 10 and 120 Hz.

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All four models also benefit from the arrival of the A15 Bionic SoC. These improvements have allowed iPhone 13, iPhone 13 mini, iPhone 13 Pro Y iPhone 13 Pro Max each earns a 5-star rating. Therefore, we will advise you to choose your iPhone 13 according to your needs, your uses and your budget.

8 Samsung Galaxy S21: three models with different ambitions

The Samsung S21 series.© Samsung

Samsung has chosen to decline its Galaxy S21 range into three different models to meet different uses. The Galaxy S21, Galaxy S21 + and S21 Ultra share most of their features, starting with the presence of a 2X dynamic AMOLED screen (120 Hz) and a Samsung Exynos 2100 chip. The features are there and once again allow the brand compete with any premium model on the market.

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All three smartphones can shoot in 8K (or 4K at 60fps), thanks to particularly advanced photo settings. The most ambitious of the three, the Galaxy S21 Ultra, has a 108-megapixel sensor that Samsung has chosen to pair with two 10-megapixel sensors with 3x zoom on one side and 10x optical zoom with periscope structure on the other. Samsung offers up to 100x spatial zoom and landscapes can be captured with a 12 megapixel ultra wide angle. This “ultra” high-end (5-star) model even brought out the Galaxy Note and added S Pen support.

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If its advanced configuration or its price make you doubt, it is always possible to opt for the S21 + or the S21. The former earned a 5-star rating in our lab and comes in as the choice of motive, while the Galaxy S21 is efficient and a bit more affordable (4-star).

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This article was translated from this source written by Thomas Estimbre

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