The best mid-range smartphones you can buy for under R10,000

Samsung Galaxy Note 10 Lite – R9,999
Xiaomi Redmi Note 9 Pro – R6,499

Let me think about this .... :unsure:
 
Even better value than the Xiaomi Note 9 Pro is the Note 9S...around R4000 with the same processor as the Note 9 Pro, and the same screen size and battery. I agree that Xiaomi are probably the best value on our market. Just swapped a Note 4 for the Note 9S
 
Even better value than the Xiaomi Note 9 Pro is the Note 9S...around R4000 with the same processor as the Note 9 Pro, and the same screen size and battery. I agree that Xiaomi are probably the best value on our market. Just swapped a Note 4 for the Note 9S

Agreed. The Pro has NFC and 30W fast charge - about the only things different between them.

It's R 4 299.00 for the Note 9s.

 
Is there a 128Gb version of this Note?
https://www.takealot.com/xiaomi-red...ite-true-wireless-earbuds-basic-/PLID70541258 (white)
https://www.takealot.com/xiaomi-redmi-note-9-pro-128gb-interstellar-grey/PLID69055747 (grey, same price but not earbuds, and no stock currently)
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The Huawei should not be added due to missing Google Play Services.
The Oppo is overpriced in South Africa it seems.
The Samsungs are using bad Exynos chip variants.

The only two on the list that are good would be the Xiaomi (though personally I'd flash Lineage OS onto it) and the iPhone SE.

I'd probably go way cheaper and get a Nokia 6.2: https://www.takealot.com/nokia-6-2-32gb-dual-sim-ice/PLID60570748 but out of stock, R3900, if really can't import the 7.2: https://www.takealot.com/nokia-7-2-128gb-dual-sim-charcoal/PLID60570749 , R6k, sadly both out of stock since Nokia is launching their 6.3/4 and 7.3/4 soon (expected Jan/Feb).
And if import would get the OnePlus Nord: https://www.amazon.de/-/en/gp/product/B08BPK5QR4/ref=ox_sc_act_title_1?smid=A3JWKAKR8XB7XF&psc=1
Cost including shipping is ~$450 EUR / R8.2k.
 
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My brand new dual SIM A30 I bought for R2999, just as good. Meh.
 
Had a thought about this the other day... if Samsung decide to sell partial phones without chargers and other accessories, a phone like the A31 will do just fine in my opinion, rather than spending R20k+ for the high end.

Display - 6.4" | 1080 x 2400(FHD+) Resolution
Memory - 4GB RAM | 128GB ROM
Camera - Rear Camera: 48.0MP + 5.0MP + 8.0MP + 5.0MP | Front Camera: 20.0MP
SIM - Dual SIM | Nano-SIM
Battery - 5000 mAh
 

A51 for

R7,995

AnTuTu: 113051 (v7), 175363 (v8)
GeekBench: 5401 (v4.4), 1294 (v5.1)
GFXBench: 5.6fps (ES 3.1 onscreen)

vs

My Redmi Note 8 for R3k or R3.5k now:

AnTuTu: 141915 (v7), 161572 (v8)
GeekBench: 5590 (v4.4), 1339 (v5.1)
GFXBench: 5.9fps (ES 3.1 onscreen)

:D
There's more to a phone than just the benchmark score, but yes, Xiaomi is usually well priced as their business rule is to sell phones at max 5% profit in order to get you into their ecosystem. That said, that 5% does not apply to those selling it here/importing it.
 
Had a thought about this the other day... if Samsung decide to sell partial phones without chargers and other accessories, a phone like the A31 will do just fine in my opinion, rather than spending R20k+ for the high end.

Display - 6.4" | 1080 x 2400(FHD+) Resolution
Memory - 4GB RAM | 128GB ROM
Camera - Rear Camera: 48.0MP + 5.0MP + 8.0MP + 5.0MP | Front Camera: 20.0MP
SIM - Dual SIM | Nano-SIM
Battery - 5000 mAh
Agreed, my definition of mid range is more like R5k
 
I was firmly on Hauwei but with the andoid shenanigans I had to look elsewhere when I upgraded recently. Ended up going with LG K61 as it offers similar value for money in terms of raw hardware as the Hauwei's in the same price bracket and I am very happy with it. Samsung and Apple I find crazy overpriced and on contract those are the main other options. Xiaomi is unfortunately not an option on contract for the upgrades.
 
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