Deal: Samsung Galaxy A55 and A35 prices drop even further


If the Samsung Galaxy S24 phones are too expensive, the A-series is worth looking into. Two weeks ago the 8/128GB model of the Galaxy A55 was priced at £440, the 6/128GB phone with the A35 was priced at £340, now they are £50-£80 cheaper. To be fair, the old offer did include a free pair of Galaxy Buds FE, but not everyone needs the new TWS buds.

The Samsung Galaxy A55 is a fairly premium device with an aluminum frame and dual Gorilla Glass (Victus+ on the front). The Exynos 1480 is efficient and powerful enough to drive a 6.6” FHD+ 120Hz OLED display. Unlike the S-line models, the A-phones have microSD slots for easy storage expansion, but they lack wireless charging and their water resistance is IP67 rather than IP68 (not that this should make any difference in practice ).

At £364 the A55 seems like a great deal, but the Galaxy A35 is £300 less if you choose the base model with 6GB of RAM and 128GB of storage (the latter is easily expandable, the former is not). It has the same display as the A55 (along with the GG Victus+), although the frame is plastic and you get the older and not as good Exynos 1380.

If you're looking for a cheap Android tablet, the Amazon Fire Max 11 punches well above its weight as the 11” IPS LCD (2,000 x 1,200px) delivers a great image quality for a £165 slate. The chipset is better than most Fire tablets and fine for the class. You can get a 128GB model, but we don't think it's worth the extra £40, especially when there's a perfectly good microSD slot available.

If you need something cheaper for streaming – whether it's video or game streaming – the Amazon Fire HD 10 is even cheaper at £118. The 10.1” LCD offers comparable pixel density (224ppi), but the hardware inside is weaker and the price difference between it and the Max isn't as big as it is in other regions.

Another inexpensive tablet option is the Samsung Galaxy Tab A9. The non-Plus variant is a smaller 8.7” slate with a 1,340 x 800px LCD and a Helio G99. The £140 price doesn't compare favorably with the Fire HD 10, but at least you get a mainline Android (not that it's hard to get the Google Play Store on a Fire tablet, but they tend to run older, optimized Android. Are).

The Microsoft Surface Pro 9 is another type of tablet – it's a Windows 11 2-in-1 device. It has a 13-inch display with 2,880 x 1,920px resolution (3:2) and 120Hz refresh rate which is definitely a touchscreen. It is powered by a 12th generation Core i5 and a battery that promises more than 15 hours of endurance.

A more traditional version of a Windows laptop is the Samsung Galaxy Book3. This is the previous generation (before the Book4 series with its Core Ultra processor and focus on AI), but it's cheaper than the Surface while bringing the more powerful 13th-generation Core i7. At 1.6kg it is still quite portable for a 15” laptop.

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