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Best value mid range phones Q4 2019

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  • Sep 15th, 2019 10:27 pm
[OP]
Jr. Member
Sep 6, 2016
109 posts
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Calgary

Best value mid range phones Q4 2019

Edit1:
Got some great suggestions for alternatives so compiling a list, in no particular order.
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(base config) · · · Realme · · · · · · · Xiaomi · · · · · · · · Samsung
· · · · · · · · · · · · · · · Q · · · · · · · · · · Mi A3 · · · · · · · · · · A50
Price(ish) · · · · · · C$230 · · · · · · · · C$230 · · · · · · · · · · C$350
SOC · · · · · · · SD712/Adr616 · · SD665/Adr610 · · · Exy9610/Mali G72
Memory · · · · · · · 6/64GB · · · · · · · 6/64GB · · · · · · · · · 6/64GB
Slots · · · · · · · · 2xSIM+uSD · · · 2xSIM+uSD · · · · 2xSIM/shared uSD
Camera · · · · · IMX586/F1.8 · · · · IMX586/F1.8 · · · · · Isocell?/F1.7
Display · · · · · 6.3" IPS FHD+ · 6.1" AMOLED HD+ · 6.4" SAMOLED FHD+
LTE (Cda) · · · · · · · B4 · · · · · · · · · · B4/B7 · · · · · · · · B4/B7/B13
Battery · · · · · · 4035 mAh · · · · · · 4030 mAh · · · · · · · 4000 mAH
OS* · · · · · · · · · ColorOS · · · · · · Android One · · · · · · · One UI
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· * All are based on Pie (9.0)
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· Outstanding features:
  • Realme Q -- best GPU
  • Mi A3 -- Android One (stock android; official updates guaranteed)
  • Galaxy A50 -- LTE coverage (and availability/warranty in Canada)
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· Other comments:
  • CPU -- a tossup really. The SD712 is slightly faster but may not be noticeable in general use.
  • Image sensor -- the IMX586 is a bit better than the A50's ISOCELL, according to dxomark.com (if compared to a Zenfone 6 with IMX586).
  • Cameras -- all 3 have main/ultra-wide/depth cameras, but FWIW the Realme also has a dedicated macro camera
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OP:
Been looking at a lot of phones to find the best value mid ranger for Canadian networks. I recently came across the Realme Q that launched just days ago. With the current launch promotion price of C$235 shipped, and features, I think this makes it absolutely the best value atm, at least for me.
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Realme Q (base model)
  • SOC: Snapdragon 712 / Adreno 616
  • Memory: 4GB / 64GB
  • Slots: dual SIM *and* microSD
  • Sensor: Sony IMX586 (nice!) plus dedicated ultrawide, macro and depth sensor
  • Display: 6.3" IPS LCD (prefer larger and AMOLED, but oh well)
  • Battery: 4035 mAh
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Before I hit the buy button ...
  1. Anyone know anything else that can beat this price (<C$300) /feature combination?
  2. One concern is, for Canada, it only has LTE band B4. For best day to day coverage (at least in Calgary, and maybe Ottawa in the near future), do I need to worry about bands 7 and 13? I've been away from Canada for decades (literally) and am not up to speed on all the relevant bands. I am currently using Fido for data and Koodo for voice, but want the flexibility to move to any carrier. FYI, the Q's listed bands:
    • LTE band 1(2100), 3(1800), 4(1700/2100), 5(850), 8(900), 38(2600), 39(1900), 40(2300), 41(2500)
  3. Second concern is Realme's track record for firmware updates -- good / bad? Never had a Realme and don't want to repeat my bad experience with Acer/Motorola/...
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FYI I am fully aware of the risks of purchasing from China, as well as the implications of the Huawei/US saga, so no need to go there please.
Last edited by kbear99 on Sep 14th, 2019 5:11 pm, edited 1 time in total.
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Newbie
May 21, 2019
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Check out the Xiaomi mi A3 it should be around the same price and has similar specs. You might have to double-check me on this but I think the A3 might also have android one which will give you basically stock android, and I think 2 years of OS updates and 3 years of security updates guaranteed. I know that most Xiaomi phones work on freedom and public mobile without much problem but I'd recommend you check to see what bands it has different version may have different bands.

Also if you can't find much information on realme's track record for updates try checking out some of Vivo's and Oppo's track records for updates on budget phones as their owned by the same parent company.
Member
Aug 17, 2018
420 posts
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A50 / A70 can be had for really cheap. The chip maybe a bit slower but they have an AMOLED panel which is pretty sweet.
[OP]
Jr. Member
Sep 6, 2016
109 posts
78 upvotes
Calgary
HootingTriangle wrote:
Sep 13th, 2019 8:45 pm
Check out the Xiaomi mi A3 it should be around the same price and has similar specs. You might have to double-check me on this but I think the A3 might also have android one which will give you basically stock android, and I think 2 years of OS updates and 3 years of security updates guaranteed. I know that most Xiaomi phones work on freedom and public mobile without much problem but I'd recommend you check to see what bands it has different version may have different bands.

Also if you can't find much information on realme's track record for updates try checking out some of Vivo's and Oppo's track records for updates on budget phones as their owned by the same parent company.
Great alternative. Yes it does have Android One which makes it really compelling. I've created a list above to include this phone.
[OP]
Jr. Member
Sep 6, 2016
109 posts
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Calgary
95thRiflesOCI wrote:
Sep 13th, 2019 8:56 pm
A50 / A70 can be had for really cheap. The chip maybe a bit slower but they have an AMOLED panel which is pretty sweet.
Another good alternative. This phone has very good LTE coverage. A bit expensive but some people might put a lot of value in the brand and in a Canadian warranty. I've added this to my list of phones above.
Newbie
Sep 20, 2009
43 posts
40 upvotes
Aurora
Where are these available for $230 CAD?
[OP]
Jr. Member
Sep 6, 2016
109 posts
78 upvotes
Calgary
aurorarob wrote:
Sep 15th, 2019 9:48 pm
Where are these available for $230 CAD?
Here, as of today (prices can fluctuate on a daily basis). Dig around Aliexpress, or better yet, kimovil.com which shows prices from various vendors.

Realme Q
realme Official Store

Xiaomi Mi A3
Xiaomi Global Store

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