September smartphone highlights: from new arrivals to pure luxury
This month offers up a wonderful array of cheap yet powerful entry-level models as well as smartphones over 1,200 francs. So there's something for everyone. My favourites include the Poco X3, Fairphone 3+ and Nokia 8.4. But see and decide for yourself.
Google Pixel 4a
It's handy, it's simple, it's all Android and it's absolutely affordable. Google made its first foray into mid-range mobile phones with the Pixel 3a. A solid choice, as most people simply want a working, small smartphone with a good camera and battery. Google doesn't have an official business relationship with its hardware in Switzerland. This means we import the goods from the surrounding countries, which seem to be higher up on Google's friends list. That's why it's difficult for us to control the delivery dates. However, they are updated as precisely as possible on the products.
It's been a while since Nokia made any progress amongst luxury users. Nevertheless, many 8-series users respect its quality and love its pure Android. This way, you're always up to date and guaranteed to receive 2 years of upgrades and 3 years of monthly security updates. The 8.3 will launch at the end of September 2020. Zeiss is again back on board, supplying the smartphone with its quadruple camera with film effects. And the new Snapdragon 765 5G (Modular Platform) is sure to turn many heads.
Xiaomi Poco X3 NFC
It sounds a bit surreal when you take a closer look at the price-performance ratio. Xiaomi is surprising everyone, even its own community, with the Poco X3. Officially, the device shouldn't come to Switzerland, which means you'll have to be satisfied with EU goods. In short, the Poco X3 offers the following: a Snapdragon 732G processor, a 120 Hz refresh rate, a 240 Hz sampling rate, 6 GB of RAM, a 5,160 mAh battery, 33W Fast Charge and a 6.67-inch display with 2400 x 1080 pixel image resolution. A quadruple camera is also available. Pictures use a 64 MP main camera, 13 MP ultra wide-angle camera, 2 MP macro camera and 2 MP depth sensor. Selfies are at 20 MPs. On top of that, the Poco X3 can be used with Google Pay. I don't think there's anything in the way of this smartphone becoming a bestseller.
Cat S62 Pro
The S62 Pro could probably pass as the Chuck Norris of smartphones. Laser-supported distance measurement, an indoor air-monitoring sensor and an integrated thermal imaging camera. It's even waterproof, dustproof and fall-proof. Rugged phones such as this one are definitely special, and although I can't really integrate such a device into my everyday life, it's a helpful companion for artisans all over the world. It can withstand heat, cold and bad luck. A smartphone designed for survival.
The Fairphone 3 is getting updated with the 3+ model. Mainly involving the camera. However, the following still applies: simple repair, upgrading possibilities and better recycling. The Fairphone 3+ is the most sustainable Fairphone to date. It's built with a world-leading modular and repairable design, a replaceable 3,000 mAH battery, 40% recycled plastic and fair materials for a long life. The optimised 48 MP main camera and the new 16 MP selfie camera provide you with improved image quality. The Fairphone 3+ prioritises sustainability, subsidising factory workers directly with a bonus at living wages.
Realme X3 SuperZoom
Good heavens! With this smartphone, Realme is relying entirely on the camera and the artificial intelligence behind it. The realme X3 SuperZoom camera system features a new periscope zoom lens that gives you a whole new photo experience. It supports a 0.5 to 60x zoom range. But this smartphone isn't just great at pictures, it also has decent specs: a Qualcomm Snapdragon 855+ processor, a 120Hz refresh rate, 12GB of RAM, 256 GB of memory, a 4,200 mAh battery and 30W fast charge.
Motorola G 5G Plus
This is Motorola's entry in the 5G mid-range. Also on board, as probably the most popular processor at the moment, is the Snapdragon 765 5G. Otherwise the smartphone offers stable performance due to 4 GB of RAM and pure Android. Smooth, well-tuned software that works hand in hand with hardware to show off its top performance. This extends from the design of your home screen to a battery management system that keeps your phone running for two days. Smartphones with pure Android are rare. Aside from the Google Pixel, there's basically only Motorola and Nokia.
OnePlus is also entering the medium price segment. OnePlus became known for its killer qualities of being better and cheaper than big smartphone manufacturers. However, the tide has turned in recent years. Now OnePlus is trying to chase after its old image. With success, I think. Their recipe for success in 2020? Using the community properly and listening to feedback. Oxygen OS is based on Android 10 and is very close to stock Android. Fans especially praise the clean software of OnePlus devices. The BKK Electronics subsidiary leaves nothing to be desired when it comes to dark mode, gesture navigation or Zen mode. All of Google's connectivity apps, such as Google Message, Dialer and Duo, are also available. As with all its flagships, OnePlus promises that you'll receive 2 years of software updates and 3 years of security updates while using the Nord.
Asus Zenfone 7 Pro and 7
Asus is continuing its design of a 180 degree camera and a notchless display. With the Pro model, the device is receiving a nippy Snapdragon 865 Plus processor and beating out benchmark kings such as OnePlus, Oppo and Sony. The concept is clever in my eyes. One camera for everything, adjustable at different angles and supported by an optical image stabiliser in the Pro model. The design brings you a screen without a notch or interruption. The 6.67-inch AMOLED display is made by Samsung and protected by Gorilla Glass 6. The screen reproduces rich darkness levels and features some of the best contrast values out there.
Asus ROG Phone 3
The specs are crazy. Whoever thought the ROG Phone 2 couldn't get any better should put on the reading glasses now and face reality, we've reached a new level. The ROG Phone 3 only accepts the highest of quality. Performance is the top priority, which is clearly why the world's fastest Snapdragon 865 Plus 5G chip was installed. But that's not enough. It also possesses the superb LPDDR5 RAM and UFS 3.1 ROM. The prerequisites for power and speed are thus already more than fulfilled. The Phone 3 is also equipped with a 144 Hz (1 ms) AMOLED display. The sampling rate, according to Asus, is industry-leading at 270 Hz. The contact latency could thereby be reduced to 25 ms. Next level!
Samsung Galaxy Note20 Ultra 5G and Note20 5G
The most popular Phablet (pen included) has brought forth a new generation once again. With the Galaxy Note20 Ultra 5G and Note20 5G, Samsung is taking the next leap in productivity and power. There was a lot of discussion in the community about the Exynos processor and the desire for imported goods with a Snapdragon processor. Spoiler: we'll be taking a closer look next week.
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