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Shopping for a midrange but not Samsung or Apple smartphone now!

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Well my now "old" Lenovo phone is not fully cutting it anymore.

As I previously posted I've had trouble with dropped net connections and now it's apparent the battery is in decline.

So why resist?

 

Anyway, I just started shopping as said looking for a midrange phone (under 10K baht) but not Samsung and not Apple. Obviously avoiding Apple means I'm committed to Android but my avoidance of Samsung is obviously less rational. But it's just as real.

 

So usually when I shop for phones the choice becomes difficult.

 

But this time on just one visit to a shop I found the Oppo F11 pro, looked at reviews, and I'm not sure I can really do better under 10K.

 

Now the truth is I could easily live with a lower end phone like a Realme but as I don't buy phones that often, why deprive myself that way? 

 

A big change since last time appears to be the notchless trend. Not sure yet how I feel about that, but the Oppo F11 pro is indeed notchless.


The only downside I can see is perhaps it's too big, being over 6 inches.

 

Other than the Vivo V15 which it seems is a direct competitor, can people suggest other current Android phones but not Samsung that I should look at?

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Shame you can't spend a bit more. The One Plus 7 Pro is on Lazada for 15k. It is an amazing phone, knocks the spots off any of the 10k plastic ones from Oppo/Vivo and just as good as the 20/30k Samsungs.

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I bought the Huawei Nova 5t a few months ago for 11k, don't have any complaints.

Recently got the update to Android 10, and can now be bought for 9k including some free goodies.

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Xiaomi very good quality performance and great value for money been using them for several years now

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I bought an Oppo A83 instead of my usual top of the range Samsung and love it. 

Screen is awesome. Different shortcuts etc to Samsung but once you get used to them I think better. Fast and great battery for much much less than Samsung. Recommended by Samsung repair shop. 

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Htc u11 eyes can be bought for 9400 bht. Good camera , waterproof , good display , good battery life and pretty bulletproof. Dropped it loads and not a mark on it . Am looking to buy it again or get the htc e19 For around 11000bht

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I bought an Oukitel K6000 Pro a few years ago after a recommendation from another TV member. The phone cost about 6000 baht from Geekbuying or similar website. When it's time for me to buy a replacement, I'm buying the Oukitel K7 (around 4400 baht) as it's got a massive battery and doesn't come preloaded with loads of useless apps.

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Recently bought a Xiaomi 9T to replace an old HTC OneM8.  I am delighted!

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Very happy with my Vivo V17, was under 12K, so spend a little more than 10K and you'll be fine. 

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I want to buy one for the other half. The camera seems to be the most important along with battery life and speed for watching movies and FB clips. Any suggestions there? Don't want to spend more than I have to as she is accident prone. Dropped iPhone x in the mop bucket, "frazzeled". Not paying that money again. Between 5 and 10 would be the ideal margin.

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15 hours ago, CharlieH said:

Bought this at Christmas for my daughter and she is delighted with it. Very practical and useful phone, excellent camera and all the things you might need.

Very impressive fast charge time.

Xiaomi Redmi Note 8 = 4,499 Baht at Lazada at the moment. 

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OK.

I should have known better.

Even though that first phone I found would probably be more than fine, I started looking more deeply and it got quite complicated again!

Then there is the issue of 5g coming. It seems by this time next year that capability will become very common, but not now.

So there have been some good suggestions here, keep them coming but it's again a matter of too many choices,

To add some things though, my priorities are:

 

Very strong battery

Decent enough memory, willing to pay extra for better specs

Decent enough current chipset

UI, etc. -- not too picky, just needs to be usable enough

Probably don't want or need to pay extra for an Anoled screen

Average camera stuff is OK, does not need to be the best

Average audio stuff is OK, does not need to be the best

Quick charge sure but doesn't need to be the quickest, prefer type C connector of course but not critical

Plastic case fine but cool design is nice

Want a headphone jack

I do not play games!

But I do watch youtube videos quite a lot, but I don't usually watch full shows or movies on my phone

I actually think these over 6" screens are too large but that seems to be the standard now

Fingerprint unlock please

Prefer dual sim not one sim plus hybrid

I've bought a phone on Lazada before and it worked out OK, but I have some preference for buying from a store stocking more popular in Thailand brands

NFS capability would be nice but don't need

5G capability would be nice but not willing to pay much extra for that 

 

As I think is obvious a midrange price phone will be more than enough for me.  

 

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