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The best smartphones between 600 and 700 euros in 2024

The 500 euros represent an important psychological price that few manufacturers risk crossing. Thus, the phones that come out at a price between 600 or 700 euros are few in number. But that’s without taking into account the “premium” models which are one or two years old and which are still highly recommendable. Here is our 2024 selection of references not to be missed.

What are the best 600 and 700 euro smartphones?

In this buying guide, we have carefully chosen the best phones available between 600 and 700 euros in 2024. A selection that we update regularly throughout the year. We also try to present you with the best references from different brands, so that you can find the model that suits you best.

1. Samsung Galaxy S23: the little wonder

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Galaxy S23 8/128 GB at the best price Base price: €959

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Despite the availability of the Galaxy S24, the Galaxy S23 is still in the mix. Indeed, its design is almost identical to that of the 24, although the latter has a slightly larger screen diagonal (6.2 inches). The S23 is today considered one of the best compact smartphones, which will please those allergic to XXL phones.

The screen is still of excellent quality and the performance offered by the Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 has not slowed down. During our test, we also appreciated the quality and versatility of its camera unit, in particular thanks to its x3 telephoto lens module. In addition, the S23 range was a generation that made significant progress in terms of autonomy. We simply regret that the charging power of 25W is still just as fair.

Android 14 is there, as is Samsung’s OneUI 6 interface which is still just as pleasant to use. The other good news is that the “Galaxy AI” artificial intelligence features of the S24 are also deployed on the Galaxy S23. The latter benefit from 4 years of Android updates, which should take them up to Android 17 in 2026.

2. Nothing Phone (2): a new addition to the arena

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Nothing Phone (2) 12+256 GB at the best price Base price: €729

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The Nothing Phone (2) has not stolen its place among the best smartphones between 600 and 700 euros to the extent that the brand has made a real move upmarket compared to the first model. We still find its notification system with bright LEDs (Glyph) on the back, giving it a design that really stands out from the crowd. The same goes for its clean interface which emphasizes widgets and large folders to personalize your experience. A real success.

On the performance side, they are ensured by a high-end chip from Qualcomm, the Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1. It is certainly not the last, but it will still provide full satisfaction in 2024. Same observation for its 120 Hz OLED screen 6.7 inches which remains perfectly readable on a daily basis. On the other hand, the maximum brightness of the panel is below the other phones in this comparison.

The Nothing Phone (2) is not the most durable in its category, but it will take you through a long day without any problem. Its compatibility with 45W fast charging allows you to go from 0 to 100% battery in just an hour, provided you have a compatible charger on hand.

3. Google Pixel 7: still in the game

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Google Pixel 7 128 GB at the best price Base price: €649

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The Google Pixel 8 may have stolen the spotlight from the Pixel 7, but the latter is not to be forgotten. It does not benefit (for the moment) from the latest artificial intelligence features offered by the company, but its interface remains very pleasant nonetheless. The “Pixel Experience” is there and if you use a lot of Google services, it can make a difference. On the other hand, software support remains limited to three years, which means that the Pixel 7 will be updated until 2025 with Android 16.

He has little to envy of his successor in terms of photography. In fact, they benefit from almost identical camera modules. Here again, Google mainly makes the difference in the algorithmic processing of its photos. And the result is excellent, as we highlighted in our test of the Google Pixel 7. The compact format is also one of its strengths, just like the Galaxy S23.

The OLED screen is satisfying, with a good level of brightness and a refresh rate of 90 Hz. The Tensor G2 chip still has it in its belly and the performance optimization provided by Google gives the interface flawless fluidity . In terms of autonomy, it will never let you go before the end of the day. Too bad it’s not faster to recharge. Allow 1 hour 36 minutes to go from 0 to 100%.

4. Xiaomi 13T Pro: the flagship killer

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Xiaomi 13T Pro 12/256 GB at the best price Base price: €799

The Xiaomi 13T Pro is not an “old” high-end smartphone, but rather a “flagship killer”. Understand by this a product that does almost as well as the best high-end smartphones, but for several hundred euros less. Xiaomi has always excelled in this exercise and proves it once again with this Xiaomi 13T Pro.

From its IP68 waterproof certification to its 120W fast charging and even its 144 Hz OLED screen, the 13T Pro shows its muscles to offer a “premium” experience at a very competitive price. We also appreciate the presence of a telephoto lens with lossless x2 optical zoom which offers great versatility in photography. Its autonomy is equivalent to that of the smartphones in this comparison, but it stands out by recharging in just 32 minutes.

Ultimately, we have little to reproach it for, other than the passable quality of its speakers, its tendency to heat up in game (despite excellent performance) and the slightly too many applications preinstalled on the phone. Flaws which ultimately weigh little in light of its many qualities. The phone was released in 2023 running Android 13 and will receive four years of updates. It should therefore end its run with Android 17 around 2027.

5. iPhone 13: grandpa resists

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iPhone 13 128 GB at the best price Base price: €909

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The iPhone 13 has celebrated its two-year anniversary, but it is still sold by Apple. A “classic” version which does not benefit from the new features of the “Pro” models, but which is aimed at those looking for a good smartphone running iOS to provide 99% of the functionalities expected of a daily smartphone . This 2021 vintage was marked by a real leap in autonomy compared to the previous generation. Here again, the day is assured, but you will have to be patient for the recharge which lasts about an hour and a half.

The A15 Bionic chip that powers the iPhone 13 still offers excellent performance. Enough to ensure a good longevity which will also be based on the seven years of iOS updates provided by Apple. Despite being two years old, the Apple phone is only at the beginning of its life cycle. As always with Apple, the design is very careful. Some may not appreciate the large black notch at the top, but it has the merit of housing FaceID which remains one of the best facial recognition technologies on the market.

The 6.1-inch OLED screen gives the iPhone 13 a welcome compact format, but we regret the absence of “Pro Motion” technology, including the refresh rate of 120 Hz. Here we will have to settle for 60 Hz. The phone inherited two of the camera modules from the iPhone 12 Pro Max. Enough to give him solid arguments in terms of photography. One last point that is important: the phone connector is always Lightning and not USB-C. Damage.

How to choose a phone between 600 and 700 euros?

The advantages of a smartphone for less than 700 euros

No offense to some, some smartphones costing less than 700 euros can be considered “high-end”. Either because they were “on top” some time ago, or because they make few concessions compared to the best models on the market. You can expect perfect interface fluidity, a very good photo experience, as well as a very high quality screen.

All the models in our comparison are also IP68 certified. Enough to offer them effective protection against water and dust. A feature that less expensive smartphones do not always benefit from. It offers real peace of mind to know that your phone will still work if, for example, it falls into a puddle.

What concessions should we make on mobiles at this price?

You will end up doing very little. The most obvious concerns the camera unit which will probably be deprived of the “famous” third telephoto module. Concretely, this means that the zoom will not be as good as on certain “premium” models. The other concession, and you probably noticed it while reading this guide, concerns the charging speed. With rare exceptions, it often takes more than an hour to return to 100% battery.

Wireless charging, which is not found here, is also a marker of differentiation for phones sold more expensively. The materials used on the best smartphones under 700 euros are also less noble. Glass and aluminum sometimes give way to plastic. Don’t expect to find titanium there either.

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