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post Nov 25 2020, 05:48 PM

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At 499 - definitely.
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post Dec 5 2020, 09:45 PM

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QUOTE(sayming @ Dec 2 2020, 10:59 PM)
Any likelihood of getting rm499 again on 12.12?
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QUOTE(PeeEl @ Dec 3 2020, 12:09 PM)
Folks, I want to get a unit of this phone for one of my children. Would of course like to get it at RM499 if and when 12.12 offers it.

If anyone is aware of where it can be obtained from, a heads up would be greatly appreciated. TQ.
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Save the link folks

https://www.lazada.com.my/products/1212-one...6494906089.html

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post Dec 6 2020, 09:48 AM

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QUOTE(PeeEl @ Dec 5 2020, 11:39 PM)
Thanks mate. I did in fact write to Xiaomi and they sent me a link with the 12.12 offer. However, I am now looking at other phones ie. the Poco X3 NFC, Redmi Note 9S and Realme 6. Perhaps you have some insight on these that you can share?
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I’ve used both Realme 6 and Poco X3 NFC. My brief thoughts: -

Design and Build: The Poco X3 NFC has better build quality coz the frames are made of aluminium and not plastic. On the other hand, the Poco is much heavier too compared to the Realme but that’s also because it has a bigger battery, so I guess it’s a bit of a trade off.

Performance: Roughly equal. I didn’t encounter any stutters or lags with either phones but I don’t do any heavy lifting with my phones such as gaming or highly resource intensive stuffs. Both perform equally well for me. One thing to note though is that the Realme tend to heat up easier under heavier load (e.g. a 90-minute video call).

Software: Poco launcher on MIUI is an acquired taste. Plenty of features and bloat so it might not be to everyone’s liking. There are also numerous ads baked into system apps but these can be removed. There are quite a number of YouTube tutorials on how to remove the bloatware on Mi phones, I find them to be most helpful. Once you gotten rid of those then the phone just flies. That said though, MIUI 12 is leaps and bounds better than MIUI 11 and is really not as bad as some folks make it out to be, just some effort is needed to tweak it accordingly. Realme UI on the other hand is really clean and nifty with not much bloatware out of the box. They’ve taken a few cues from stock Android and the overall experience is very pleasing. So my pick here would be the Realme.

Display: Both have average LCD displays with the Poco on 120hz and Realme on 90hz refresh rates. In my day to day usage I find scrolling on the Realme 6 to be smoother, and lesser shadows on the edges which is an inherent issue with LCDs. Colour wise, both are about equal and so to with brightness.

Battery Life: Poco wins here hands down but with the caveat that you remove some of the Mi apps that you don’t use, otherwise you’d notice strange battery drain on the Poco and you don’t get that on the Realme. Charging speed isn’t a consideration for me but the Realme charges way faster than the Poco.

Cameras: Both very average, OK to good performance in good lighting but not so much in low light. I have no preference here on one over the other.

Speakers: The Poco X3 NFC has stereo speakers so it definitely wins here in terms of loudness, but the sound quality is just so so. Vocals especially don’t sound clear enough for me, but the Realme 6 is no better with it’s single firing bottom speaker.

GPS and Connectivity : The Mediatek G90T in the Realme shines here. Based on where I work, live and play (and that’s mostly confined to the Klang area during the MCO) the Realme 6 has better signal strength, faster and more accurate GPS signal.

I have no experience with the Redmi Note 9S though but I don’t expect the experience to be vastly different than the experience on the Poco, so yeah, pick the one that works for you smile.gif

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post Jun 2 2021, 10:35 AM

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QUOTE(Moogle Stiltzkin @ Jun 2 2021, 08:23 AM)
https://soyacincau.com/2021/06/01/poco-m3-p...ce-specs-shopee

Rm599 launch date price
poco m3 from last year is Rm500 but comes with a bigger battery  hmm.gif
comparison here
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jaIDAjbon2c
if you are on tight budget, then poco m3. if you can afford more and you don't mind a slightly worse battery then get the new poco m3 pro 5g for rm100 more. it also comes with a newer android 11, whereas with poco m3 you'll have to wait by end of this year for the android 11 update.

to summarize, everything about the poco m3 pro 5g is nice when compared to poco m3 except
- smaller battery
- no stereo speaker
- cost Rm100 more. will cost even more after the early bird promo price.
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The only selling point is that it's the cheapest 5G phone in the market, but does the market really need a 5G phone at this point of time?
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post Jun 2 2021, 12:52 PM

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QUOTE(Moogle Stiltzkin @ Jun 2 2021, 11:43 AM)
last i heard in regards to 5g adoption in Malaysia
https://www.smh.com.au/world/asia/no-concre...531-p57wn4.html
personally i think huawei is dangerous to national sovereignty.... malaysia accused countries like australia for being  short sighted for being overly cautious. but it seems to be the opposite  hmm.gif

just recently they also invaded malaysia airspace. do friendly nations do this?  shakehead.gif
https://www.reuters.com/world/asia-pacific/...ace-2021-06-01/
anyhow... 4g is not going anywhere at least for the next decade
https://www.digi.com/blog/post/4g-to-5g-how...te-be-available
4G vs 5G Explained - Technically
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VJ8ZbT5apXA
https://www.nst.com.my/lifestyle/bots/2021/...ata-consumption
Opensignal: Malaysia’s mobile data usage increased 35.2pc, highest growth among five SEA countries
https://www.malaymail.com/news/malaysia/202...h-amon/1973843#
but anyway if you put 5g aside, the poco m3 pro 5g will have the latest android 11 right away, whereas the poco m3 is still on android 10  hmm.gif
Android 11 vs Android 10 - Every New Change Under Settings & Pixel 4a Battery Improvements
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w0xJdAbRPoc
here, i added a filter for android 11 phones released between 2020-2021 with minimum wireless ac feature and also within the pricing of the m3 poco 5g pro
https://www.gsmarena.com/results.php3?nYear...s=2920&sWLANs=3
narzo 30 vs poco m3 5g pro, seems the poco wins, because the poco has 5g and the narzo doesn't and it cost less.
https://www.gsmarena.com/compare.php3?idPho...&idPhone2=10857
poco m3 was also compared to a narzo 30a, both can be bought for RM500. the narzo has a better cpu for gaming, but the poco has the better screen resolution and gorila glass, although the narzo has a higher brightness.
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Ya, Mi phones are still the best bang for buck as far as the hardware specs to price ratio is concerned.
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post Jun 4 2021, 11:40 AM

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QUOTE(Moogle Stiltzkin @ Jun 2 2021, 07:45 PM)
hows the os like?

i'm using a realme narzo 30a. After debloating it somewhat, it's manageable. but a full debloat seems like you would need to root which is something i can't do  sad.gif

so hows things over with the Poco m3 that uses the Xiaomi OS?  hmm.gif  is it easier to debloat? or is it harder?

and is the OS better than realme?
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The OS is a mixed bag, but I would say MIUI 12 is a huge step up from MIUI 11, and 12.5.1 is pretty flawless on my Redmi Note 10 Pro so far. There's a bit more effort required to tweak and debloat MIUI and remove those pesky ads compared to stock Realme UI, but once you get that done, then it's pretty good. Also, I find the power management on the Realme is far more aggressive than on the Xiaomi, so the battery life is better on Realme especially on the standby idle drain. Just before I switched to the RN10Pro, I was using A Realme 7 5G and I bought both phones at the same price, RM1099. Dollar for dollar, the RN10Pro is a better phone - OLED screen, stereo speakers, glass back and better main camera. The Realme I feel still has a better UI and user experience though.

De-bloating Xiaomi phones have been relatively easy without rooting so it's not an issue smile.gif I follow this method.

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