The best new smartphones you can buy in Thailand right now [April 2017]


If you are looking to buy a new smartphone, here is a roundup of the best new smartphones released in Thailand in April.

As is typical with this time of year, we’re in somewhat of a state of flux with new smartphones, as many major brands having unveiled their new devices earlier this year, finally release them and refresh many of their flagship models.

Amongst the notable releases this month include the new red iPhone 7, the Huawei P10 and the Samsung Galaxy S8, which while not available on general sale has been available to pre-order.

There have also been a couple of great midrange and budget smartphones released in Thailand this month too, which will also feature on the list.

iPhone 7/7 Plus Red Special Edition

Announced in March, Apple’s new red version of the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus are now available to buy in Thailand. Launched to mark 10 years of partnership between Apple and the AIDS charity (RED), which was founded by U2 frontman Bono.

Proceeds from the sales of the red model will go to the (RED) Global Fund, which aims to eliminate AIDS worldwide.

Apple is launching two versions of the red iPhone 7 – a 128GB and 256GB storage options.

Prices are as follows:

iPhone 7 128GB – 30,500 baht
iPhone 7 256GB – 34,500 baht
iPhone 7 Plus 128GB – 35,500 baht
iPhone 7 Plus 256GB – 39,500 baht

Samsung Galaxy S8/S8 Plus

At the time of writing the Samsung is still to confirm the exact release date of the Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus in Thailand.

However, the release is imminent with the new smartphones having been available to preorder. Samsung’s new flagship smartphones come with a stunning ‘Infinity Display’ that takes up almost the entire front of the phone.

Add to this the great camera, powerful processor and other features such as the retina scanner, and it’s fair to say the Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus are probably the best Android smartphones around just now. Samsung have said the devices are on track to be its best selling to date.

Samsung Galaxy S8 – from 27,900 baht
Samsung Galaxy S8 Plus – from 30,900 baht

Huawei P10/P10 Plus

Following on from last year’s excellent P9, Huawei have just released the P10 and P10 Plus.

Both phones sport the dual camera setup that featured in the P9.

In addition to the rear facing Leica dual camera, the P10 also has a front facing 8MP Leica camera that includes a brighter sensor and larger aperture lens which promises better selfies, especially in low light.

The rear facing cameras comprise of a 20MP monochrome lens alongside a 12MP colour lens, which enable user to take photos with a bokeh effect whereby the background is blurred, which is typically only possible with a DSLR camera.

Both phones are powered by Huawei’s new octa-core Kirin 960 chip and run the firms EMUI 5.1 software on top of Android 7.0 Nougat.

Huawei P10 32GB – from 17,900 baht, 64GB from 19,900 baht
Huawei P10 Plus from 23,900 baht

Oppo R9s / R9s Plus

Oppo R9s

Away from the high end smartphones, Oppo’s new R9s and R9s Plus are solid options for anyone looking for a mid range Android smartphone.

Aimed at people who like to take a lot of photos, include powerful 16MP cameras on both the front a back and can also shoot video in 4K.

The 5.5 inch AMOLED display is razor sharp and vibrant and the phone’s sound quality is top notch too thanks to its capacity to play high-res audio files.

Oppo R9s – 14,990 baht
Oppo R9s Plus – 16,990 baht

Huawei GR5 2017

Huawei GR5 2017

The budget phone with premium specs – the new GR5 is another good option for anyone looking for a mid range Android device.

Huawei says the GR5 is for “technology trendsetters shopping on a budget.”

The phone includes a 5.5 inch full HD display and is powered by Huawei’s Kirin 655 octa core processor, alongside 3GB RAM and 32GB of internal storage.

One of the main features of the GR5 is its battery, which Huawei says will provide 19 hours of talk time and 538 hours of standby time from a single charge. It also includes an excellent camera which give users “all the power of a professional SLR camera in a device that fits [into the]pocket.”

Huawei GR5 2017 9,900 baht

Vivo Y55s

Vivo Y55s

Vivo has refreshed its Y series with a couple of budget models, the first of which is the all new Y55s.

The phone includes a 5.2 inch HD display, 3GB RAM and a Snapdragon 425 processor. It runs Android 6.0 with its own Funtouch OS on top.

The rear facing 13MP camera includes LED flash, while the front facing 5MP camera has red eye reduction. The Y55s also has a split screen feature that allows two apps to be running at the same time – great for multitasking.

Vivo Y55s 5,990 baht

Vivo Y53

The Y53 is Vivo’s other new budget smartphone and is touted as an affordable phone with a high quality camera.

The rear facing shooter on the Y53 may only be 8MP but includes an ultra high definition mode which enables users to capture consecutive images that will produce photos up to 32MP, Vivo says.

Its 5MP front facing camera includes a smart screen flash which offers improved photos in low light and even can help to make your face look brighter for more radiant selfies, if that kind of thing is important to you.

Vivo Y53 4,990 baht

Moto M

Motorola’s newest smartphone is arguably the best mid range Android smartphone around right now. It offers the closest stock Android like experience of any smartphone outside of Google’s Pixel or old Nexus range.

The Moto M boasts a 5.5 inch full HD display, with 4GB RAM, 32GB internal storage and a Media Tek Helio P15 CPU. It runs Android Marshmallow and has a 16MP rear facing and 8MP front facing camera. The 3,050mAH battery includes a Turbo charging feature. The only downside is the rear facing camera which protrudes slightly from the back of the phone.

A great option of Android fans.

Moto M 9,990 baht

iPhone SE


Announced on the same day as the red iPhone 7, Apple has refreshed its iPhone SE line up, introducing two new storage options – 32GB and 128GB.

The two new options make buying the iPhone SE more attractive than ever, as Apple has doubled the storage capacity of its entry level model from 16GB to 32GB, without increasing the price, which currently stands at 16,800 baht.

The 128GB version is 20,800 baht.

Sony Xperia XZs

The Xperia XZs is a high-end phone featuring a Motion Eye camera, a memory-stacked Exmor RS sensor and other technologies usually found in a premium compact camera.

Available from April 27 – 19,900 baht


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