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22-08-2018, 19:19   #16
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Who do a lot of these Chinese manufacturers not do NFC?

Maybe cause Google is banned they don't see the need ??
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Maybe cause Google is banned they don't see the need ??
True, but it can be used for more than mobile payments. Maybe it just takes up too much battery room.
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Will we be able to buy in Ireland for €300?
Assuming prices will be similar to the rest of Europe it will be €400-€440 to buy without possibility of customs charge.
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Assuming prices will be similar to the rest of Europe it will be €400-€440 to buy without possibility of customs charge.
Those prices are based don a leak from late July that ended up being way over priced compared to the actual price for the Indian market. They predicted INR 33k for India when the actual price is 21k.

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I'd take far less money not to have to deal with bloody donedeal/adverts pukes.

Who do a lot of these Chinese manufacturers not do NFC?
The main use for most people for the NFC is mobile payments via Google pay etc.
Aside from Google being (sort of) banned in China the main reason Google pay and his equivalents haven't taken off in China is because everyone uses WePay.
Similarly in Kenya NFC Payment is largely ignored because everyone has been using MPESA for near a decade. These platforms precede and basically outperform Google pay etc and are more widely applicable.

For that reason it's just seen as an unnecessary additional cost to have to put an NFC interface in the phone.
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23-08-2018, 08:01   #21
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This review claims a price of €300/£270

https://youtu.be/BaEIGEFcTTQ

I had been looking at getting a Nokia 6.1 plus for my 12y.o. daughter but this looks like a better alternative. Only concern is that it might be too big for her.

The carbon fibre "armoured" edition looks great, wonder what the price will be like for that?

[Edit] The EU launch will take place in Paris next Monday.

One Dutch retailer has the F1 up for pre-order at €399 with delivery to start in two weeks time but no indication that that is the official price.

https://gsmarena.com/xiaomimade_pocophone_f1_is_up_for_preorder_in_the_netherlands-news-32891.php

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Big difference between the earlier quoted price of €260, now looking at €400 :-(
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23-08-2018, 10:40   #23
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Cheap gorilla glass 3 used on these and more worryingly no smudge protection which is criminal in this day and age. My mother in law has an old Vodafone brand phone that doesn't have the smudge protection* and its like theres a coat of grease on the screen when I use it**

* smudge protection is definitely not the correct term but there is some form of coating that most phones use and this doesnt have it. I think it's the Engadget or The Verge review that flags it as an issue.
**I do admittedly have clammy hands!
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Cheap gorilla glass 3 used on these and more worryingly no smudge protection which is criminal in this day and age. My mother in law has an old Vodafone brand phone that doesn't have the smudge protection* and its like theres a coat of grease on the screen when I use it**

* smudge protection is definitely not the correct term but there is some form of coating that most phones use and this doesnt have it. I think it's the Engadget or The Verge review that flags it as an issue.
**I do admittedly have clammy hands!
Nothing wrong with GG3 (it's more scratch resistant than GG5). I'm sweaty enough that no amount of oleophobic coating seems to make much difference!
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Cheap gorilla glass 3 used on these and more worryingly no smudge protection which is criminal in this day and age. My mother in law has an old Vodafone brand phone that doesn't have the smudge protection* and its like theres a coat of grease on the screen when I use it**

* smudge protection is definitely not the correct term but there is some form of coating that most phones use and this doesnt have it. I think it's the Engadget or The Verge review that flags it as an issue.
**I do admittedly have clammy hands!
I always get tempered glass screen protectors, so not an issue for me.
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My guess is that the official EU price will be around €300+vat so in and around €370.
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glad i didnt pull the trigger on the A2..... this definitley has me tempted.... but ill wait to see the retail prices
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Picked up the Mi 8 delivered for 380 and now its down to 327 already. Its a brilliant phone and has the edge over the Pocophone in everything bar CPU cooling, expandable storage and battery.
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Gearbest currently showing 358eur for the 64gb and 390eur for the 128gb
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Gearbest currently showing 358eur for the 64gb and 390eur for the 128gb
Those aren't the prices they'll sell for. The only market with an official MSRP is India. The European launch and price announcement is next week and the rest of Asia is after that.
The prices being used on geartbeat Euro retailers is based on two things. The prices leaked in late July and the cost of importing from India.

The Indian price prediction ended up being over by over 30% where the leaks said prices would be from INR 33,000 when the phone launched from INR 20,999 with even the most expensive model being less than the quoted 33k price.

For now all we know is that there's a European launch next week and the prices will be fairly similar to the conversion of the Indian price.

Consumer electronics are generally MORE expensive in India than Europe due to the way VAT and customs duties are applied to "luxury" items to try boast sales goods manufactured in India over imported goods.

I'd be very surprised if Xiaomi charge a significantly higher price for the phone in Europe than they do in India.
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