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The specs of the Huawei Nova 3 have been pretty much fully leaked, and for Huawei Nova fans it promises to be the best Nova yet.  It is expected to be launched and available for purchase this month.  I'll just go ahead and pan it now, as Huawei just improves the things it likes to improve while ignoring the upgrades which would make this a nice phone.  The screen size will be 6.3 in, but it will be IPS not AMOLED.  The cameras will still lack OIS and optical zoom; which makes the number of pixels irrelevant.  It will still have a single down firing speaker, likely with a poor maximum audio output.  
 
Compare the Huawei Nova 3 with the soon to be released Cubot P20 and the Umidigi One Pro.  All three phones have big IPS screens and a big battery. The Umidigi One Pro has stereo speakers and supports wireless fast charging.  I'm betting that the Nova 3 will be the most expensive of the three phones.  The Nova 3 clearly will have the best CPU, memory, and performance score. The Umidigi One Pro is listed for pre sale on GearBest for 16,745 baht.  The Cubot P20 is expected to sell for 4,330 baht.  If you look at the comparison between it and the Nova 3, I think you will see that the Cubot P20 stands up very well to the Nova.  At a price that's about a quarter of the price of the Nova 3.
 
 
For me, if I'm going to pay a lot of money for a phone with a big screen then I want the screen to be AMOLED.  Below are four phones with a large AMOLED or Super AMOLED screen.
 
 
By virtue of having an AMOLED screen I rate all four of these phones higher than the Huawei Nova 3.  The Vivo X21 UD is 17,990 baht at Lazada, probably about the same price as the Huawei Nova 3 will start at.  The Samsung A9 Star Lite is 10,120 baht at Aliexpress, the Xiaomi Mi 8 SE is 10,287 baht at Aliexpress, and the Samsung Note FE is 12,450 baht at Lazada.
 
But I'm not very keen on the above four phones either   Because they lack stereo speakers.  While mono speaker, IPS screen fans have about a gazillion phone models to choose from when you up the ante to AMOLED screen with stereo speakers the number of available phones is reduced to a handful.  I think the Meizu 16 will touch all the bases well when it is launched on August 26, 2018.

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Meizu keeps moving up the announce date for the 16 and 16+ which may be as soon as July 30'th.  The specs of both phones have been pretty much fully released.  Here they are on devicespecifications and Kimovil as compared to the Samsung Galaxy S9+.
 
 
 
The actual body dimensions of the Meizu 16 are expected to be 150 x 73.2 x 7.3 mm, and the Meizu 16+ are expected to be 160 x 78.2 x 7.3 mm, as revealed on the TENNA certification site; so I would use those dimensions and not the dimensions which Kimovil lists, which are probably wrong.
 
The Antutu score for the Meizu 16+ may be 291,866 which would be higher than any smartphone available now.  The 291,185 Antutu score which Kimovil lists for the Meizu 16 is surely way too high as the Meizu 16 is expected to have a Snapdragon 710 SoC and should be getting an Antutu score similar to the Xiaomi Mi 8 SE (174.333), perhaps somewhat higher, but not in the 15+ range.
 
Kimovil is probable correct in that the screen of the Meizu 16 will be 5.6 in, and not 6.0 in as stated on gsmarena.  The screen of the Meizu 16+ is 6.1 in per Kimovil and 6.5 in per gsmarena; I'll take a wild guess and say gsmarena has that one correct as a body width of 78.2 mm and typical Meizu ultra thin side bezels would be consistent with a 6.5 in screen.
 
Disappointingly the cameras of the new Meizus may be the same, or about the same as their predecessors.  Gsmarena reviewed the Meizu 15 and was less than glowing with regards to the performance of its cameras.
 
For me, I had once thought that I would upgrade my Meizu 15 to the Meizu 16 when it became available, but right now I doubt I will do that.  It seems that Meizu failed to upgrade the camera, I don't need a higher Antutu score than I have on my Meizu 15; and I don't need to pay a lot to increase my screen from 5.46 in to 5.6 in (at the cost of a wider body, the side bezels just can't get much smaller).  The stereo speakers of the Meizu 15 are just great; clear and loud.  I would expect the same from the Meizu 16, but there's no reason to think it will be much better.  I'll  probably stay with my Meizu 15 for a while, but I do recommend that people interested in a new High End mobile consider one of these two, soon to be announced Meizu phones.
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The Meizu 16 is finally released.  I ordered it from Hong Kong Skyway, which is the only store on Aliexpress listing it.  It was about $500 (16,951.61 baht) in white color and with 6 GB of RAM and 128 GB of ROM.  Turns out the screen is 6 in, so that's a good upgrade from the 5.46 in screen on the Meizu 15.  They may have upgraded the software of the rear cameras, which was what gsmarena found some problem with (white balance, noise), so I hope so on that.  Supposedly they also improved audio output.
 
 
 

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I was offered a decent deal on my mobile contract in uk.

 

Pay £95 to cancel early and £75 for a new phone and they offered the new iPhone but only 32gb memory. I don't use iphones myself so it would have been for Mrs but apparently this iPhone comes unlocked buthe will Lock into the first network you put in the sim.

 

The guy told me that after the first 20 minute call.

 

Over the duration of last week I had him on the phone for nearly 2 hours (hands free) I grilled him about everything and when he asked for my card to take payment I told him I've changed my mind.

 

He asked why?

 

 I told him because you told me the phone is unlocked but will Lock into the first sim I insert so it kind of is not an unlocked phone.

 

His deflated tone was pretty priceless I'm sorry to say I enjoyed it but he really was going wide with the unlock info so he deserved it.

 

I have an iPhone for the Mrs from last year a 6 or a 7 s I forget. It's 64gb and cost £25 to unlock. It's ready to go now.

 

My Samsung A5 died yesterday that guy was a real warrior of a phone. I use an s7 now it's OK but I prefer the A5.

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I like small, light phones with Super AMOLED screens so I agree, two nice old Samsung's there.  Maybe take a peek at the Meizu 15.  Good price right now with the 16 out, also a small, light mobile with Super AMOLED screen.
 
 

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The choice of a high end mobile is obvious now, the new Samsung Note 9, ONLY 35-42,000 baht.

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The choice of a high end mobile is obvious now, the new Samsung Note 9, ONLY 35-42,000 baht.
I agree entirely. I am temted to buy it, not having a high end phone for a few years.

I always used to buy the latest flagship models and was willing to pay almost any price just to have them.

After the failure of the Samsung Galaxy Note 7, I bought a middle of the range Huawei phone that "would last meuntil Note 8 was released".

I still have my Huawei and after downloading a few apps have found that it suits all my needs.

I realise now that I don't need to spend 30 to 40K baht every year.

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think the Samsung Galaxy Note9 is the best of the three, big screen, big battery phones compared here.  But the Huawei has the biggest screen and the best battery.  The Meizu is lighter with a bigger screen, likely better audio output, and a better Antutu score (to be fair at those levels it really doesn't matter; all are blazing fast).  The Samsung is the best, one point of argument:  it is about twice the price of the other two phones here.
 
 
 
 
I'm not a fan of the Oppo Find X, but going purely by specifications is seems pretty similar to the Samsung, and is somewhat less expensive.
 
 
 

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While entry and mid-range phones have recently been released and become available by the boatload, not much is real new in the High End sector.  Nokia is set for an announcement August 21'rst, which might be the Nokia 9.  Oneplus will most likely release its 6T in October.  The Oppo R17 Pro has had some of its specifications leaked and it's triple camera setup looks hot.  It might be the best Oppo model yet as the Find X has been pretty much shown to be overpriced and underwhelming.  The LG Q8 is expected to be released in August.  To me it seems like kind of a me-too phone.   Lastly, ZTE may be announcing its Axon 9 which might be a nice phone. 

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Just got Huawei mate 10 Pro and its really better than I expected 

 

Not as fast as the modern flagships in benchmarks but in day to day you wouldn't notice

 

Only 16,500 now in mbk which is pretty reasonable imo

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I ordered the Meizu 16th on August 9'th from Hongkong Skyway at Aliexpress and cancelled it today as it had yet to be shipped.  The Meizu 16X is not too far away and might be a better phone for me so I'm gonna wait and see what that looks like.  People interested in a great camera might want to follow pre-announcements of the Oppo R17 Pro which would appear to have a sensational camera.

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The Samsung Note 8 which I bought around 6 months back is the best High-end mobile I can recommend. A complete package it is. 

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1 hour ago, sarahjo said:

The Samsung Note 8 which I bought around 6 months back is the best High-end mobile I can recommend. A complete package it is. 

It is a very nice piece of technology 

 

I used note series for years and while not cheap, they were the best phones on the market 

 

Temporarily I moved from Samsung to a oneplus 5T  and a Huawei mate 10 Pro  because Samsung are nearly as greedy as apple now and the Chinese brands are getting better each year  while costing about half the amount 

 

I may still move back to Samsung, the spec of the note 9 looks impressive but its 33,900thb and less famous brands like xiaomi  are offering similar spec for 14,700 thesedays 

 

 

https://shopee.co.th/Xiaomi-Mi-Mix-2s-?พิเศษลูกค้าซื้อครั้งแรก-Code-:-NEWTREE-ลด-100-i.5088148.1092792634

 

 

 

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My brief infatuation with the Oppo F17 Pro ended as quickly as it took me to read the rumor sites about the upcoming LG V40 ThinQ.  Probable a better camera setup while touching bases I want such as stereo hi tech speakers.  Really no comparison, and this is before any rumor of a phone with Sony's upcoming hi-res optics.
 
In the next four months I'll be looking for an all round flagship with emphasis on the camera.  And right now the LG V40 ThinQ is at the top of the list.

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