Deals: Samsung Galaxy Tab A9+ price falls, Moto Razr 40 foldables get cheaper too

Peter, 21 April 2024

A few weeks ago, the Samsung Galaxy Tab A9+ was selling for £240 if you got the 4/64GB model and £290 if you went for the 8/128GB one. It’s a fine tablet, but those prices seemed a little high – good thing that they didn’t hold.

The 64GB version is now under £200, while the 128GB model (note: this one gets more RAM) is down to £240 pounds. What a difference a few weeks make. This slate has an 11” 90Hz LCD (1,920 x 1,200px) and is powered by the Snapdragon 695 chipset. It has expandable storage, quad speakers (and a 3.5mm headphone jack), pus a 7,040mAh battery with 15W charging. No DeX on this one, though.

The Razr 40 foldable duo from Motorola is the cheapest it has ever been. The Razr 40 Ultra is down to £740, the regular Razr 40 to £500. To be fair, the next generation is probably around the corner, but the new models will start at MSRP and will need months to come down.

If you can, get the Ultra. The Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1 (vs. 7 Gen 1) and the larger 3.6” cover display (vs. tiny line display) make all the difference. That said, the internal display is basically the same and the cameras on the Ultra aren’t appreciably better. The vanilla model has a larger battery, but the less efficient chipset means that they have basically the same battery life.

Samsung’s affordable Galaxy A models are £20 off. Starting with the Galaxy A15 5G, this one uses a Dimensity 6100+ and has next-gen connectivity. The Galaxy A15 uses the Helio G99 and only does 4G, but is otherwise the same phone. Still, we’re not sure that the £30 savings are worth it. If it’s cheap that you want, the Galaxy A05s offers Snapdragon 680, a larger 6.7” display (but it’s an LCD) and it lacks an ultra wide camera (the A15s have a 5MP ultra wide).

At the same £110 as the A05s is the Moto G53. This is a 5G phone (Snapdragon 480+) and it has a 120Hz IPS LCD – however, it only has 720p+ resolution to Samsung’s 1080p+. No ultra wide on this one, if it matters.

The Honor X7a is the same price and has a larger 6.75” LCD – also 720p+, though. It is powered by the Helio G37 and does have a 5MP ultra wide. All three have microSD slots and 3.5mm headphone jacks (only the Moto has stereo speakers).

Honor X7a

Honor X7a

£70 off

A more upscale offering from the brand is the Honor 90. This one gets a proper 6.7” OLED (120Hz, 1,200 x 2,664px resolution) and a Snapdragon 7 Gen 1. The star of the show is the 200MP main camera (1/1.4” sensor), though image quality left us unimpressed. The 2x and portrait shots are decent, but not stellar. There’s also a 12MP ultra wide on the back and on the front – a 50MP selfie (results are less than impressive, though). The 5,000mAh battery does okay in the active use test and the 66W fast charging system gets it to 65% in 30 minutes (54 minutes to full).

The Honor 90 Lite has a similar formula, but at almost half the price. It uses a 100MP main camera instead and a 16MP selfie over the 6.7” IPS LCD (90Hz, 1080p+). This one is powered by the Dimensity 6020.

Finally, a couple of tablets. The Honor Pad 9 has a large 12.1” IPS LCD with 2,560 x 1,600px resolution (16:10), 10-bit colors and 120Hz refresh rate. It is powered by the Snapdragon 6 Gen 1 and an 8,300mAh battery (35W charging). Here it comes with a QWERTY keyboard case included.

Honor Pad 9

Honor Pad 9

Wi-Fi, 8/256GB
£50 off
Bluetooth keyboard included

Read our review

The Honor Pad X8 is a cheap slate with a 10.1” LCD (1,920, 1200px, 16:10) and a MediaTek chipset. The 5,100mAh battery is rather small and lacks fast charging.

Honor Pad X8

Honor Pad X8

Wi-Fi, 4/64GB
£60 off

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