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Best deals on mobile phones during lockdown

Phone feeling the strain from all the video calling? You could save hundreds of pounds on a new model with these latest offers

Best deals on mobile phones during lockdown

Despite current events preventing a trip in-store to buy a new phone, there are still plenty of smartphone deals online battling for your attention. 

Whether you’re working on a tight budget or have a little more money to chuck at a premium handset, don’t part with your money without checking our expert mobile phone reviews. Our rigorous tests uncover the longest-lasting smartphones that can handle those lengthy video calls to family and friends.

Below, we’ve rounded up the latest deals on smartphones from Honor, Huawei, Motorola and Oppo, highlighting both the before and after prices.

Best mobile phones – top picks for your budget.

Best deals on premium phones

Free Samsung Galaxy Watch Active with Galaxy S20+ 5G or S20 Ultra 5G

Check stock at: Argos, Carphone Warehouse, John Lewis

Both Argos and John Lewis are offering a Galaxy Watch Active free of charge if you buy the Samsung Galaxy S20+ 5G or S20 Ultra 5G.

The Samsung Galaxy S20+ 5G has a 6.7-inch display that runs at an impressive 120Hz refresh rate, which aims to make scrolling through webpages a silky-smooth experience. It has 128GB of expandable storage, which is more than enough for most users.

Meanwhile, the Galaxy S20 Ultra 5G has an even bigger display at 6.9 inches. The screen makes use of Samsung’s HDR10+ technology, which is designed to give more detail and more vivid colours.

If you go for the S20+ 5G bundle (which includes the 128GB model), expect to pay around £999. The Galaxy Ultra 5G bundle is a little pricier, at around £1,199.


Is the free gift, the Samsung Galaxy Watch Active, actually any good? See if it’s a Which? Best Buy with our Samsing Galaxy Watch Active review.


Huawei P30 Pro – now £490 (£412 off)

Check stock at: Amazon, Laptops Direct

Over on Amazon, the 128GB Huawei P30 Pro is available at a tempting £490 – around £400 off its original price. At Laptops Direct, you can grab the smartphone on sale at £499.97.

If you’re into your photography, the Huawei P30 Pro’s rear-camera setup could be right up your street. There are four cameras on the back, comprised of a 40Mp wide-angle lens, 20Mp ultra-wide-angle lens, 8Mp telephoto lens and a TOF camera. The TOF camera uses infrared technology to calculate how far away you are from the subject you’re focusing on.

Other headline features include a massive 6.47-inch Full HD+ display, which is ideal if you like to watch TV or play games.

And if you’re concerned about Google support, don’t be. This is one of the last Huawei phones to get full access to Google, the Play Store, and all its apps.


To see whether or not you should take the plunge with this Android mobile, see our full Huawei P30 Pro review.


Oppo Reno2 – now £379.99 (£70 off)

Check stock at: Currys PC World

Until now, the Oppo Reno2 has remained firmly at £450 since its launch late last year. But if you’re shopping for a phone with tonnes of storage, you’ll be interested in a deal at Currys PC World that takes the 256GB handset down to £379.99. That’s a tidy saving of around £70.

The Oppo Reno 2 has a 6.5-inch display and flaunts a curved front and back, which feels great in the hand. This Android-powered mobile uses an in-screen fingerprint sensor to keep your files safe.

You might be wondering why there’s no front-facing camera at the top of the display. To set itself apart, Oppo has opted to use a 16Mp pop-up selfie camera, which lives inside the body of the mobile when not in use.


See how this smartphone scored in the Which? test lab with our full Oppo Reno2 review.


Best cheap deals on budget phones

Motorola One Hyper – now £269.99 with free headphones

Check stock at: Motorola

Motorola is currently advertising a deal on the One Hyper smartphone that gets you a free pair of Pulse Escape headphones. Those headphones will usually set you back around £30 but are now included in the £269.99 price.

The Motorola One Hyper is aimed at keen photographers, as it’s designed to take shots in varying levels of light. This 6.5-inch mobile has a 64Mp wide-angle main lens and an 8Mp ultra-wide-angle lens. A pop-up 32Mp camera stares back at you when it’s time for a selfie.

This Android smartphone comes with 128GB on the standard model, which should be more than enough for most people. But if you’re constantly taking pictures and videos, you can take advantage of the expandable storage.


Motorola is well known for its capable budget phones, but is the Motorola One Hyper a worthy addition to the range? See our full Motorola One Hyper review.


Huawei Y6s – now £109.99 (£20 off)

Check stock at: Carphone Warehouse, Currys PC World, Very

This affordable smartphone is now even cheaper online at Carphone Warehouse, Currys PC World and Very. A £20 saving takes it down to around £110, which will get you a 6.09-inch display and 64GB of expandable storage.

At this price, you can’t expect too much from the cameras. But the Huawei Y6s still manages to pack in a 13Mp rear camera and an 8Mp front camera, which should be adequate if you’re not particularly fussed by camera power.

The Huawei Y6s is powered by a 3,020mAh battery, which Huawei promises will keep your phone going all day long. We put that claim to the test in our lab.


What sort of performance can you expect from such a cheap smartphone? Our Huawei Y6s review reveals all.


Oppo A9 2020 – now £199.99 (£20 off)

Check stock at: Carphone Warehouse, Currys PC World

A £20 saving takes the Oppo A9 2020 down to around £200. You can pick between two equally eye-catching colours – Deep Green or Space Purple.

Without a doubt, the most attention-grabbing feature of the Oppo A9 2020 is its battery. This budget-priced smartphone has a massive 5,000mAh battery, which Oppo claims will let you watch HD videos ‘non-stop for more than 11 hours’.

Battery aside, the Oppo A9 2020 has more to offer. It has a sizeable 6.5-inch display and a ‘waterdrop notch’-style front that houses a 16Mp selfie camera. Flip the phone over and you’ll spot another four cameras – a 48Mp wide-angle lens, 8Mp ultra-wide-angle lens with a 119-degree lens, 2Mp depth sensor and another 2Mp lens.


A huge battery is an obvious bonus, but what else does this Android smartphone have to offer? See our full Oppo A9 2020 review.


Should you repair or replace an old mobile phone?

If you’re considering buying a new smartphone, you might currently be suffering with a cracked phone display or poor battery life. These are both common problems affecting older models.

You don’t necessarily have to replace your smartphone entirely, though, as there are a range of repair services available. But be warned that if you have an expensive smartphone, replacing the screen could also end up being rather expensive. Our guide on smartphone repair has more.

But there’s another important consideration if your phone’s a bit old and tired – it may no longer be receiving security updates. Typically this happens around three years since an Android phone is launched, and between five and six years for iPhones, although this can vary.

In this situation, there’s an increased risk to using your phone, since hackers and malware apps could target flaws that appear in phone security that are no longer being patched. If this sounds like you, consider the following tips to reduce the chance of having problems, until you make the decision to upgrade:

  • Avoid apps from unofficial stores Although they’re not always dangerous, these apps may not follow Google’s own app guidelines, and you could stumble across ‘lookalike’ apps that contain hidden malware.
  • Check your permissions Every time you install a new app, make sure you know what sort of information it’s asking for. Head to your phone’s ‘Settings’ menu to see which apps are requesting access to your microphone, camera and location.
  • Consider antivirus Mobile security software can offer an extra layer of protection, and you should definitely consider it if you’re using an older phone. Read our guide on mobile antivirus for more.
  • Read our mobile phone reviews We check to see when smartphones stop receiving security updates, and clearly flag concerns in our reviews, so you can buy with confidence.

For more advice on keeping your mobile safe, visit our guide to smartphone security.


* Prices correct 14 May 2020.
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