If you are in the market for a new smartphone, the next installment of the Thailand Mobile Expo is taking place this weekend in Bangkok.
The event, which gets underway today (Thursday), is being held the Queen Sirikit National Convention Centre in Bangkok and runs until Sunday May 27, with doors open 10am to 8pm.
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, but you will still want to get there early.
Here is footage from the event held earlier this year:
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.
One of the highlights of the weekend is that Nokia will be using the event to launch the updated version of its iconic 8110 mobile phone. The new version has been updated to include 4G and users can download a small selection of apps such as Facebook, Twitter and Maps. Expect the new 8110 to cost between 2,500 and 3,000 baht.
Xiaomi Redmi Note 5
Popular Chinese firm Xiaomi will use the event to showcase a wide range of the smartphones it sells in Thailand, including the newly launched Redmi Note 5 and Mi Mix 2S.
The Redmi Note 5 sports the Qualcomm Snapdragon 636 platform, which the manufacturer says has high-quality photographic capabilities. With a dual camera setup featuring a large 1.4μm-pixel sensor, AI camera effects and an LED selfie light for its front camera, Redmi Note 5 is being promoted as a top-quality photography option.
Xiaomi Mi Mix 2S
The premium Mi Mix 2S sports 6GB RAM and 128GB ROM, Mi MIX 2S uses the Qualcomm Snapdragon 845. It also uses a Sony IMX363 sensor for its dual-camera setup, with 1.4μm pixels for significantly better photos in low light, and dual pixel technology for faster autofocusing.
Xiaomi said the design in the Mi MIX series have won gold in four major design awards: IDEA, IF, Red Dot and Good Design.
Samsung are offering a wide range of discounts and free accessories for anyone who purchases one of its handsets from the events.
Depending on the smartphone, expect anything from free protective cases, wireless chargers, Bluetooth speakers and smartphone printers. Samsung has also knocked a couple of thousands baht off the price of the Galaxy S8 and Note 8.
If you’re looking for an affordable Android smartphone, you’d be hard pushed to find better than the current crop of Motorola handsets on sale in Thailand currently.
With great battery life and stock Android operating system, Motorola says it is offering 60 percent discounts on certain models.
Both JayMart and PowerBuy are offering smaller discounts on a number of iPhone models including the iPhone X, iPhone 7, iPhone 7, iPhone 6S Plus and iPhone 6.