The three essential 5G under 500 euros that you might have missed this summer

A (very) good smartphone for under 500 euros? Some manufacturers did not wait for the start of the school year to launch some exciting new products in the middle of summer. Motorola and its edge 30, Nothing and its Phone (1) or even Google and its Pixel 6a try to seduce with a balanced and effective technical offer that “20 Minutes” deciphers to better help you choose.

Motorola edge 30, the almost perfect balance

Motorola is once again seeing its lineup of smartphones with a lot more consistency, and that’s good! This edge 30 is part of the mid-range / premium offering from the American manufacturer (owned by Lenovo) and benefits from a balanced technical sheet. Under Android 12, it’s powered by the Snapdragon 778G+ processor (the same as the Nothing Phone One), which makes it fast for most uses.

The Motorola edge 30 offers a good price/performance ratio. – MOTOROLA

Without too many compromises on the picture (although it loses the 3x optical zoom of its predecessor, the edge 20, in favor of a perfect 10x digital zoom), it is certainly a master key. Advertised as the thinnest 5G smartphone in the world (with 6.8 mm thickness, at only 155 grams), it suffers, however, from a battery with a somewhat light autonomy compared to its competitors. 499 euros (8GB/128GB).

Screen: 6.7” AMOLED (2400 x 1080 pixels) 60Hz or 144 Hz depending on the content.

Photo: 50 megapixel (f/1.8) + 50 megapixel ultra wide angle (f/2.2) + 2 megapixel (f/2.4) depth of field sensor on the back. 32 megapixels on the front.

Video: up to 4K at 30 fps.

Battery: 4020mAh. 33W compatible (block included). Not compatible with wireless charging.

Protection: IP52.

Google Pixel 6a, the image as the best!

With this entry-level version of the Pixel 6 Pro and Pixel 6, the Mountain View company delivers a smartphone whose technical characteristics seem to blow hot and cold.

The Pixel 6a remains a master of the image.
The Pixel 6a remains a master of the image. – GOOGLE PIXEL

While the Pixel 6a display only offers a 60 Hz refresh rate (as on entry-level smartphones), the terminal is IP67 standard (a feature reserved for high-ends!). While it is placed on photo quality, its memory does not exceed 128 GB…

Despite this type of large gap or inconsistency, it is still a well-balanced camera that will primarily appeal to photography enthusiasts. Although these two rear sensors only offer 12 megapixels, Google knows how to sublimate them using algorithms and artificial intelligence. Behind the scenes, the manufacturer’s super-powerful Tensor chip is at work, and it shows. Of course, the atypical-looking device with its impressive array of sensors on the back can confuse (or please, straight up!), but this smartphone manages to distinguish itself and offer, without too many technical compromises, an excellent device with a performance / indisputable price . 459 euros (6GB/128GB).

Screen: 6.1 inch OLED (2400 x 1080 pixels) 60 Hz.

Photo: 12.2 megapixel wide angle (f/1.7) + 12 megapixel ultra wide angle (f/2.2) rear. 8 megapixels at the front (f/2).

Video: Up to 4K at 60 fps.

Battery: 4410mAh. 18 W compatible (block not included). Not compatible with wireless charging.

Protection: IP67.

No Telephone (1), the slightly green hype

“We wanted to have fun as a user, to bring back a spirit of excitement towards technological products”, recently explained to “20 Minutes”, one of the founders of Nothing. It has been won, with its phone (1) the company signs a unique, offbeat smartphone, hype ! Behind a design that can be divisive, with a transparent glass back, the Android terminal reveals an original interface.

The Nothing Phone (1), a true UFO among summer smartphones.
The Nothing Phone (1), a true UFO among summer smartphones. – NOTHING

Named Glyph, it allows you to be notified using a flashing LED system on the back, phone calls, messages… Even better, these LEDs also act as a flash, with a much more natural effect on the skin. for portraits in low light.

The Nothing Phone (1) offers a very correct performance, especially in photos, with only two rear sensors (like what, it’s possible!), and is a good mid-range Android smartphone, fast and fluid. He also tries to assert some sustainable ambitions: “We are reaching 50% recycled plastic. But it was difficult to find the right suppliers. There is still room for improvement. We hope that we will be able to create change,” we insure ourselves with Nothing. 469 euros (12 GB/128 GB).

Display: 6.55-inch OLED (2400 x 1080 pixels) 120 Hz non-adaptive.

Photo: 50 megapixel (f/1.8) + 50 megapixel wide angle (f/2.2) on the back. 16 megapixels on the front. Video: Up to 4K at 30 fps.

Battery: 4500mAh. 33 W compatible (block not included). Compatible wireless charging + reverse charging.

Protection: IP53.

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