• Smartphone manufacturers are no longer waiting for the start of the school year to unveil their new products.

  • Motorola and its edge 30, Nothing and its Phone One, or even Google and its Pixel 6a are among the interesting terminals you may have missed the announcement of during your summer vacation.

  • Common point: they are 5G, but above all sold for less than 500 euros and offer an exciting performance / price ratio!

A (very) good smartphone for less than 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 efficient technical offer that "20 Minutes" deciphers in order to better help you choose.

Motorola edge 30, the almost perfect balance

Motorola revisits its range of smartphones with much more consistency and that's good!

This edge 30 is part of the mid-range / premium offer of the American manufacturer (owned by Lenovo) and takes advantage of a balanced technical sheet.

Under Android 12, it is powered by the Snapdragon 778G + processor (the same as that of the Nothing Phone One), which allows it to be swift for most uses.

Without too many compromises on the photo (although it loses the 3x optical zoom of its predecessor, the edge 20, in favor of a perfectible 10x digital zoom), it is certainly a master key.

Announced as the thinnest 5G smartphone in the world (with 6.8 mm thickness, for only 155 grams), it however suffers from a battery with a somewhat light autonomy compared to its rivals.

499 euros (8 GB/128 GB).

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 supplied).

Not compatible with wireless charging.

Protection: IP52.

Google Pixel 6a, the photo like the greatest!

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

While the Pixel 6a screen only offers a refresh rate of 60 Hz (as on entry-level smartphones), the terminal is IP67 standard (a feature reserved for high-ends!).

While it is positioned on photo quality, its memory does not exceed 128 GB…

Despite this type of large gap or inconsistency, there remains a well-balanced camera that will primarily appeal to photo enthusiasts.

Even if these two rear sensors only offer 12 megapixels, Google knows how to sublimate them by dint of 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 imposing bar of rear sensors can confuse (or please, downright!), but this smartphone manages to distinguish itself and to offer, without too many technical compromises, an excellent device with a performance / indisputable price.

459 euros (6 GB/128 GB).

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 supplied).

Not compatible with wireless charging.

Protection: IP67.

Nothing Phone (1), the slightly green hype

"We wanted to have fun as a user, to bring back a spirit of excitement towards tech products", recently explained to "20 Minutes" one of the founders of Nothing.

It's won, with its Phone (1), the company signs a unique, offbeat,


smartphone !

Behind a design that can be divisive, with a transparent glass back cover, the Android terminal reveals an original interface.

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

Offering very correct performance, especially in photos, with only two rear sensors (like what, it's possible!), the Nothing Phone (1) is a good mid-range Android smartphone, fast and fluid.

He also tries to claim some sustainable ambitions: “We arrive at 50% recycled plastics.

But it was hard to find the right suppliers.

There is still room for improvement.

We hope that we will be able to bring about change, ”we assure us at Nothing.

469 euros (12 GB/128 GB).

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

Photo: 50 megapixels (f/1.8) + 50 megapixels 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 supplied).

Compatible wireless charging + reverse charging.

Protection: IP53.

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