The biggest discount day of the year is almost here. Black Friday 2023 falls on Friday 24th November, and it's the perfect opportunity to make big savings on the latest handsets.
Between the new iPhone series and the latest Google Pixel handsets, these are the phones to look out for on Black Friday. Check out our Black Friday hub for the latest deals as they happen.
iPhone 15 range
Small but powerful additions have shaped the iPhone 15 range into another exciting handset from Apple. The most significant feature on the iPhone 15 is the inclusion of the USB-C port, which changes how you can charge and connect your iPhone. This makes the iPhone 15 far more versatile when connecting and transferring data across multiple devices.
The Pro and Pro Max models offer further benefits. The all-new A17 Bionic chip is a 6-core powerhouse of a processor, allowing you to run image enhancing software or swap between apps, with ease. Not only do these features create an impressive handset, but the remarkable performance alongside the best display technology elevates the iPhone 15 even further.
iPhone 14 range
iPhone 14 and 14 Plus introduce big changes to the Lock Screen via iOS 16, with Widgets now addable to showcase more information, such as weather and messages. The Lock Screen can now also be customised with font changes and photos, to give it your personal touch.
The Pro and Pro Max models take this customisation one step further. The new Dynamic Island feature expands the pill box where the front camera is housed to display messages and updates. If a call is incoming, Dynamic Island will expand in real time and shrink back when not in use. Phones only have so much screen space to work with, so this smart use of existing features makes the iPhone 14 range really stand out.
Google Pixel 8
The Pixel 8 and 8 Pro contain many of the standout features from previous excellent Pixel phones. Changes to the processor however give the Pixel 8 a significant boost and establish it as a must-have smartphone.
Powering the Pixel 8 is the new Google Tensor G3 chip, bringing with it faster loading times and less slowdown when swapping between apps. This is not just because of the new silicon. Google has made the Titan M2 security co-processor a dedicated chip, freeing up processing power for the G3 Tensor CPU.
The advanced processor has also opened up additions to the camera capabilities of the Pixel 8. Features such as Night Sight create vibrant results after dark, as well as the Magic Eraser which can remove unwanted people in the background of your photos. There’s also the Best Take feature, which combines multiple shots to create excellent results.
Samsung Galaxy S23
The Galaxy S23 refines an already excellent smartphone, smoothing out rough edges to produce an exceptional premium range of devices.
The biggest difference between the S23, S23 Plus, and S23 Ultra is in the display size. If you are seeking a smaller phone, the S23 has a 6.1-inch screen at 1080p resolution. The S23 Plus sits in the middle of the pack at 6.6 inches, whilst the S23 Ultra is a massive 6.8 inches with a stunning 1440p Dynamic AMOLED 2X Infinity-O display.
Bundled with the S23 Ultra is the multi-functional S Pen. This handy accessory enables you to write messages, make notes, and even take hands-free photos. For those seeking the very best combination of performance and functionality, the S23 Ultra should be near the top of the list.
Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 5 5G
The Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 5 in many ways proves the potential of foldable smartphones. Samsung has given the Z Flip 5 a remarkable level of usage versatility, allowing you to enjoy the best of both worlds with the large 6.7-inch or folded 3.4-inch Dynamic AMOLED display. The customisable cover screen gives you plenty of personalisation options whether its photos or widgets, to give you a unique look.
The clear selling point of a phone like this is its foldable clamshell form factor and the ability to store it away with even more convenience than a standard flatscreen smartphone. The appeal of a phone like this is also in its usability; it can be placed on a surface at 90 degrees to take video calls or watch films, without the familiar need to crane your neck down to view the screen.
This phone also has a Full HD+ AMOLED display, with a refresh rate of up to 120Hz. It is a great achievement to have a device with the foldable properties of a clamshell phone, yet does not compromise with a lower-quality display. The 1080p resolution at 120Hz is stunning, bursting with detail and running silky-smooth thanks to the high refresh rate.
Motorola Razr 40 Ultra
The Motorola Razr 40 Ultra is a triumph. Every inch of this phone is premium, never compromising to accommodate its flexible form factor. If you’ve been considering a flip phone but not taken the leap, the Razr 40 Ultra includes everything you need.
The Razr 40 Ultra takes flip phones to the next level. Impressively, the 3.6-inch OLED front screen cover makes the device both useful and vibrant. This level of quality extends to the main, unfolded screen, which dazzles with its 6.9-inch size and astonishing 165Hz refresh rate.
Processing power in the Razr 40 Ultra is supplied by the Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1 chipset, which reduces lagging to make playing games and swapping between apps feel seamless. Paired with an Android 13 operating system, bringing with it great personalisation and audio features.
Xiaomi Redmi Note 12 Pro 5G
With the Redmi Note range of smartphones, Xiaomi balances budget and performance to produce devices that are powerful, yet affordable. The Redmi Note 12 Pro is an excellent example of this philosophy.
The 1080p OLED display of the Redmi Note 12 Pro is a particular standout feature in this price range, with a refresh rate of 120Hz. Whilst premium smartphones are pushing towards 1440p as standard, using a 1080p OLED display is an effective way of bringing down the price, but ensures an impressive level of visual quality.
The Xiaomi Redmi Note 12 Pro is undoubtedly a leader in the premium-budget market. A fast charging 5000mAh battery and 5G connectivity are the final ribbons of a fantastic smartphone package.
iPhone SE (Third Generation)
The third generation of Apple’s smaller form factor smartphone packs in an impressive level of performance, standing out as an affordable entry point into the iPhone world. It expands on this core selling point of previous SE models by pushing the SE Third Gen forward in key areas, all of which combine to make this a device worth taking note of.
Whilst the 4.7-inch HD display remains the same as the Second Gen SE, the chipset of the Third Gen model is the lightning-fast A15 Bionic, the very same powering the iPhone 13. This parity of performance is extremely impressive, given the affordability and small size of the SE.
iPhone SE Third Gen stands its ground amongst the very lofty competition. With the additional inclusion of 5G connectivity, if you are looking for an affordable gateway into the iPhone range of phones, that packs in many of the modern smartphone features, iPhone SE is a top choice.
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