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What's the best Chinese phone to use in Canada?

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What's the best Chinese phone to use in Canada?

My current phone is pretty much dead so I need to get a new smartphone. However, I don't want to spend $1000+ on a Samsung or Apple phone. So I wanted to try a Chinese phone this time. You guys have any suggestions?

Here's what I'm looking for:

-Budget around $400-$500
-At least 6 GB of RAM
-Preferably with a SD card slot (expandable memory storage)
-Some way to listen to music (either 3.5 mm jack or USB-C connection)

I did some digging around and found a few phones:

-Umidigi Z2 pro (has all the features I want and only around $300, but I heard it's not the greatest)
-Pocophone F1 (this would have been perfect, the only new phone with a 3.5 mm jack. But it only supports 1 LTE band in Canada, so it wouldn't work here)
-Xiaomi Mi 8 (Pretty powerful phone and the reviews look good for it. But no SD card slot)

Are there any other Chinese phones that are just as good as these ones, but have all the features I'd want? Any help would be appreciated!
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Look for a OnePlus 5t on sale used. It supports all the bands in Canada and has flawless performance.
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Take a look at this website kimovil
Will have all the Chinese phones you'd be interested in.
Also have vendors who'd be selling it for less & also which phones has which band covered for Canadian carriers.

Keep in mind single's day (Nov. 11) & Black Friday is around the corner.
So it would be good to see if the phone(s) you're interested drops in price.
Assuming your not in a hurry to get a phone right away.
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mr_raider wrote:
Oct 17th, 2018 6:37 pm
Look for a OnePlus 5t on sale used. It supports all the bands in Canada and has flawless performance.
It looks like a good phone. Sadly there's no SD card slot though.
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jay-em wrote:
Oct 17th, 2018 7:26 pm
Take a look at this website kimovil
Will have all the Chinese phones you'd be interested in.
Also have vendors who'd be selling it for less & also which phones has which band covered for Canadian carriers.

Keep in mind single's day (Nov. 11) & Black Friday is around the corner.
So it would be good to see if the phone(s) you're interested drops in price.
Assuming your not in a hurry to get a phone right away.
I'll definitely check out that website. I kind of need a phone right away, but maybe I'll get a throwaway phone in the meantime and wait until it goes on sale in China. And I can use my throwaway phone in case my current phones ever crap out like my phone right now. :D
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deity307 wrote:
Oct 18th, 2018 12:21 am
I'll definitely check out that website. I kind of need a phone right away, but maybe I'll get a throwaway phone in the meantime and wait until it goes on sale in China. And I can use my throwaway phone in case my current phones ever crap out like my phone right now. :D
Regardless, with the shipment's from China you're looking at 15 - 30 days wait for the phone, and then on boxing day or black friday - you can just forget it coming..lol
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Why do you want 6GB of RAM?

Seems like the phone I've been suggesting many times lately is the SAMSUNG Galaxy A8. I got it for my Mother's birthday.
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picked up a Blu Vivo Xi+ for my daughter to use on Freedom, should have it tomorrow.
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r1lee wrote:
Oct 18th, 2018 12:14 pm
picked up a Blu Vivo Xi+ for my daughter to use on Freedom, should have it tomorrow.
Interesting phone....

Where did you buy?
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lamboman wrote:
Oct 18th, 2018 6:39 am
Regardless, with the shipment's from China you're looking at 15 - 30 days wait for the phone, and then on boxing day or black friday - you can just forget it coming..lol
Haha true. I'm gonna buy a cheap backup phone in the meantime here while I wait for the phone from China.
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bembol wrote:
Oct 18th, 2018 10:36 am
Why do you want 6GB of RAM?

Seems like the phone I've been suggesting many times lately is the SAMSUNG Galaxy A8. I got it for my Mother's birthday.
I do a lot of stuff with the smartphone, like running a bunch of apps at the same time and play games on it. So I want the phone to be powerful and fast.
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Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 Pro 6GB or Asus Zenfone Pro M1... both are well under your Budget on EGlobal
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Gutty96 wrote:
Oct 18th, 2018 12:26 pm
Interesting phone....

Where did you buy?
Amazon it's 300 usd now. Supports all the bands so far, daughter loves it
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Isn't the Huawei P20 still on sale for $360 from Koodo??
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I'm thinking of getting a new "Chinese" cellphone as well.
But not sure what one has to look for to make sure it works in Canada.
I want to spend a lot less $C400-500, something around $100 to $150 is what I'm thinking.
But all I want is a good camera since I would use the cell phone more for taking pictures than for calls. Currently I have a 5 Mp, I'm looking for 8 Mp and up
Also a TF (or Micro-SD) slot
That's about it except not too big.

Would this work in Canada?
https://www.dx.com/p/xiaomi-redmi-6a-an ... 8uvZ35RffA

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