Noon.com launched quietly last night, and with that another aspiring e-commerce platform launches in the region. Noon has certainly got people excited with its supposedly expansive range of products and an ambition to match amazon.com.
But what does this mean for the current leading ecommerce platform Souq.com, that was acquired by amazon.com a few months back.Souq.com has certainly been around a lot longer and has built up an established following of its own, so ultimately consumers will choose between the two based on who’s got the better deal – financially speaking.
We rounded up some of our favorite products to put Noon.com versus Souq.com in a straightforward price battle, to see which site has better bargains (we’ve marked the lower price for each item in bold to make it easier to differentiate). We’ve selected five categories that we’re familiar with and in each category chosen five products that people want to buy.
Nespresso Pixie C60 Coffee Machine
Nothing beats a good hit of coffee in the morning, so the Nespresso Pixie C60 is a perfect morning wakeup call. Pop in a pod, wait a few seconds, and a glorious espresso awaits you – what more could you ask for?
Noon.com price: AED 825
Souq.com price: AED 680
Kenwood KMC01040 Titanium Chef Kitchen Machine
For food lovers, a good stand mixer is a must-have, and the Kenwood KMC01040 Titanium Chef Kitchen Machine packs plenty of punch. It comes with all the necessary mixing attachments, and its powerful motor makes quick work of whatever you throw at it. Forget mixing by hand – this thing would probably mix concrete too if we tried to…
Noon.com price: AED 2,799
Souq.com price: AED 1,499
Bosch KSV36VW30G Fridge
It’s a fridge – what more do you need to know about it? Keeps things cool, has a separate compartment to keep produce fresh, and has easily adjustable shelves to make room for larger items.
Noon.com price: AED 4,119
Souq.com price: AED 4,119
Samsung WW80J4260GS Front Loading Washing Machine
Not a fan of doing laundry? Neither are we, which is why the Samsung WW80J4260GS front loading washing machine makes things so much easier. Throw your washing in, punch a few buttons, and the machine works out the rest. It even has error detection that automatically detects system errors and offers solutions via the dedicated smartphone app.
Noon.com price: AED 1,859
Souq.com: AED 1,699
Dyson V6 ANIMAL Cordless Vacuum Cleaner
Banish dust in your home with the Dyson V6 ANIMAL Cordless Vacuum Cleaner. There’s a reason why Dyson have added ‘animal’ to the product name, and that’s because this thing really can get to dust within minutes. It’s lightweight and cordless, with a continuous runtime of around 20 minutes.
Noon.com price: AED 1,899
Souq.com price: AED 1,850
PlayStation 4 Pro
A significant upgrade to the standard PlayStation 4, the PlayStation 4 Pro features 4K capability, HDR support, a massive 1TB hard drive, and a slightly souped up DualShock 4 controller.
MSI GS63VR 7RF Stealth Pro Gaming Laptop
With an Intel Core i7-6700HQ processor, NVIDIA GeForce 1070, 16GB RAM, and a 128GB SSD, the MSI Stealth Pro is a beast with some serious fire-power under its ultra thin chassis. There is a reason why it has ranked so highly in our10 Best Gaming Laptops list.
Astro A50 PS4 Wireless Gaming Headset
The Astro A50 is one of the most popular gaming headset available right now, offering a premium build quality, great ergonomics, and Dolby Headphone 7.1 surround sound over a low-latency 5Ghz wireless transmitter.
FIFA 18 [PS4, Standard Edition]
This is a title that needs no introduction. EA’s football game is massive hit among gamers, especially in this region, and this year’s revision brings in a number of nifty features such as an all-new animation system called Real Play Motion, new Team Styles, authentic atmospheres, all-new crossing controls, and lots more.
Logitech G900 Gaming Mouse
The Logitech G900 challenges the notion that wireless is bad for gaming by delivering a supremely low-latency performance that makes it nearly distinguishable from a wired mouse. It also packs plenty of features, great ergonomics and a long-lasting battery life, making it one of the best gaming mouse to own.
Souq: AED 579
Samsung 65-Inch Curved 4K Ultra HD Smart QLED TV QA65Q7CAM
Nothing looks better in your living room like a massive TV, and you really can’t get any better than this Samsung 65-Inch Curved 4K Ultra HD Smart QLED TV. It’s got plenty of HDMI ports, a Quantum Dot Display for sharper colors and deeper blacks, as well as a super-slim ‘invisible’ connection cable to bring it all together.
Noon.com price: AED 11,400
Souq.com price: AED 11,399
LG 55 Inch Smart OLED TV 55EG910T
There’s a lot to be said for OLED TVs, and as prices become more and more affordable, people are realizing just how gorgeous they are. This LG 55-inch Smart OLED TV is a prime example, combining form and function into something that’s truly remarkable to look at.
Noon.com price: AED 3,499
Souq.com price: AED 4,799
If you’re on the hunt for an entry-level 4K TV, then this is a good starting point. The BRAVIA 49-Inch 4K HDR LED TV runs Android and features a wider screen for better viewing. Seamlessly connect your phone to your TV via built-in Google Cast, or download a multitude of apps from the Google Play store, directly onto your TV.
Noon.com price: AED 2,499
Souq.com price: AED 2,495
LG 43 Inch Smart LED Full HD TV
Don’t need to watch video in 4K? Then you can happily stick with the LG 43 Inch Smart LED Full HD TV, which provides enough features for a decent viewing experience. It features LG’s WebOS interface, and also allows you to natively watch content thanks to the built in USB port.
Noon.com price: AED 1,150
Souq.com price: AED 1,199
Samsung 40 Inch Full HD LED TV – 40K5100
This is another good TV if you’re just looking at watching Full HD content on it. It features Auto Depth Enhancer technology to deliver images with incredible detail as it automatically optimizes the contrasts for each area. Dolby Digital audio also offers an immersive experience no matter where you’re viewing the TV from.
Noon.com price: AED 990
Souq.com price: AED 999
Dell XPS 13
Sporting Intel’s 7th generation Kaby Lake processor, and a slick carbon-fiber deck, the Dell XPS 13 is a great notebook if you are looking for something light and compact. It also boast superb battery life, loads of ports and excellent Wi-Fi range, making it a perfect work machine.
Read our review of the Dell XPS 13
Microsoft Surface Book (Core i7)
This is the closest a Windows laptop has come to the sophistication and build quality of a MacBook. Microsoft’s home-grown laptop looks stunning and performs even better with its Intel Core i7 processor, NVIDIA graphics card, and upto 16 hours of battery life.
Read our review of the Microsoft Surface Book
Apple MacBook Pro (512GB)
The MacBook Pro has become a defacto choice for anyone looking for a stylish notebook that also performs tasks smoothly. The new MacBook Pro adds a little twist to the formula by adding a Touchbar that can be utilized by applications to provide shortcuts or macros for certain tasks.
Read our review of the MacBook Pro
HP Spectre X360
HP Spectre X360’s super slim frame belies the power it holds underneath. Packing a Windows Ink-compatible display, Intel Core i7 processor, 8GB of RAM and upto 16 hours of uptime, the X360 is a workhorse.
Read our review of the HP Spectre X360
Lenovo YOGA 370
Lenovo’s bendy Yoga series laptops is specially crafted for office use, and the Yoga 370 has just the right tools to get the job done, and quickly.
Samsung Galaxy S8+ (64GB)
There’s no denying that the Samsung Galaxy S8+ is a gorgeous phone to have. The bigger screen is great for viewing video content on, and the snappy camera and updates under the hood all lead to a snappy phone that’s a dream to use.
Read our review of the Samsung Galaxy S8+
Noon.com price: AED 2,295
Souq.com price: AED 2,298
iPhone 8 (64GB with FaceTime)
Apple’s latest offering features a bevy of tweaks, an all-glass design, wireless charging, and dramatic new camera modes. There’s plenty here to explore for new iPhone users, so if you’re looking to switch the the iPhone, this may be a good time to snatch one up.
Read our review of the iPhone 8
Noon.com price: AED 2,750
Souq.com price: AED 2,749
HTC U11 (128GB)
HTC’s current flagship is a truly impressive phone, in a time where smartphone manufacturers are clamoring to stand out in the market. It’s got a fantastic camera and impressive audio capabilities, and not to mention now features Amazon’s Alexa assistant. It’s a great phone to buy if you’re not one to follow the crowd, especially with its featured super-shiny finishings.
Read our review of the HTC U11
Noon.com price: AED 2,219
Souq.com price: AED 2,229
Sony Xperia XZ Premium (64GB)
There’s no denying that the Sony Xperia XZ Premium is designed to turn heads, certainly thanks to its mirror-like finish. It also features a supremely capable processor as well as the ability to record slow-motion video at a staggering 960fps. The 4K HDR display is also truly stunning, so there’s certainly a lot to enjoy with this Android beauty.
Read our review of the Sony Xperia XZ Premium
Noon.com price: AED 2,100
Souq.com price: AED 1,929
The Huawei P10 looks to be a great phone you’ll love if you’re upgrading from a two year old handset, but not much has changed here to keep true Huawei fans thrilled by the flagship line.
Read our review of the Huawei P10
Noon.com price: AED 1,600
Souq.com price: AED 1,645