If you are looking to buy a new smartphone, smartwatch or drone then head over to the Thailand Mobile Expo 2017 which is taking place this weekend.
The event, one of the largest of its kind in Southeast Asia is being held at the Queen Sirikit National Convention Centre in Bangkok and is open from 18-21 May, doors open 10am to 6pm.
The Convention Centre is fairly easy to find and offers plenty of parking if you are travelling by car.
Alternatively, if you are travelling by BTS, the Convention Centre has its own MRT station.
Take the BTS Skytrain to Asok interchange and then catch the MRT to the Queen Sirikit National Convention Center station. Follow exit 3 to the Center.
The Mobile Expo is actually held at various points throughout the year, normally three or four times and usually attracts around 700,000 visitors each day. From experience the Thursday and Friday are the best days to go to escape the weekend crowds.
The event is typically a good place to pick up the latest smartphones, some of which are available at a discount.
However, what most manufacturers tend to do is offer punters a range of additional free accessories, such as cases, power banks, headphones or bluetooth speakers, which would ordinarily not be available if you were to by a particular smartphone elsewhere.
Manufacturers often also use the event to launch their latest smartphones.
Samsung launched its Galaxy Note Edge smartphone there a few years ago and this year, Xiaomi, Oppo and Nokia will all be using the event to showcase their latest smartphones for the first time.
Thailand’s big three telecoms companies, AIS, DTac and True will also be at the event offering decent discounts on the latest smartphones to both new and existing customers who sign to a new contract with them.
Also on sale are a range of other tech gadgets such as drones, smartwatches, 360 cameras and VR headsets.
Top of the pile this weekend in terms of special offers is perhaps Samsung, which while it isn’t offering much in the way of a reduction on its latest smartphones, the Galaxy S8 and S8+, it is offering customers who buy one of the aforementioned a free ‘Starter Kit’ reportedly worth B3,320. The kit includes a clear case, screen protector, battery pack and USB-C lead.
Samsung is also offering free luggage for anyone who buys a Galaxy Tab S3 and there are offers on the Galaxy Note 5, which comes with a free Gear 360 camera.
A full list of Samsung promotions can be found here.
If you’re looking to upgrade your iPhone, Thailand’s mobile operators are all offering discounts on a variety of iPhone models at this year’s event.
The discounts are available to customers who upgrade existing contracts or to those who sign up to new contacts.
AIS is perhaps offering the best discounts on the iPhone 7, iPhone 7 Plus, iPhone 6, 6s, 6s Plus and iPhone SE.
Asus Zenfone Zoom S
A highlight for Android fans is the Zenfone Zoom S, which Asus will officially debut at the Mobile Expo.
The Zenfone Zoom S is the Zenfone 3 Zoom renamed for its release in Asian markets.
The Zenfone series has proved hugely popular in Thailand and on paper at least, there appears to be a lot to like about the latest model.
The Zenfone Zoom S is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 Octa-core with 4GB of RAM. There’s also a choice of 32GB, 64GB and 128GB internal storage.
However it is its dual camera setup, which consists of two 12MP cameras, with LED flash and 13MP front facing camera, alongside its 5,000mAh battery which are the main selling points – as is its price, which starts at 16,500 baht.
It can also shoot 4K video.
Best of the rest
Nokia will also be unveiling its new Nokia 5 Android smartphone.
Xiaomi will also be using the event to unveil its latest handsets, while the new black version of the Oppo R9s will also be on sale.
Lenovo are also offering discounts on its mid range Moto M and Moto G5 Plus.
Away from smartphones, there are discounts on the latest smart watches, heart rate monitors and fitness trackers and GoPro will be officially unveiling its new Karma drone.
Full list of promotions click here.