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I used to have Asus Max M2 – 3 GB RAM variant. Worked like a charm (for 3+ years). Amazing photos (thanks to the beauty mode in it and those clicks looked natural) + Never hanged/lagged + no bloatware. Unfortunately, it got water damage and no one is able to revive that.

What I’m now looking for is (mandatory features) -

A phone with stock Android.

6 GB RAM + 128 GB internal memory

Dedicated memory card slot

3.5 mm jack + data cable separate from charger

Carrier aggregation

Voice over wifi

Dual band wifi

Decent camera (or if the stock camera app is not good then can we use gcam mods or other popular camera apps?)

Which is the cheapest smartphone with the above specs?

Nice to have – lightweight, NFC support but not mandatory. These days phones are big bulky that doesn’t fit in pockets. Sadly, we can’t do much about it.

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One way is to buy Oneplus/Xiaomi device and flash a custom AOSP-based ROM. Most Oneplus & Xiaomi  devices esp. those with Qualcomm SoC enjoy pretty decent custom ROM development. Plus in both warranty is NOT void if you unlock the bootloader and root and/or flash a custom ROM. A few financial apps or even games might be problematic. GCam can improve imaging quality in certain cases but it could be that all cams might not work, front cam could operate at a reduced resolution etc. 

Otherwise Pixels obviously and Moto devices with near stock Android. 

Edit: In Redmi devices CA is usually limited, 2CA mostly. I don’t know if it has improved off late. 

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Moto G40 Fusion

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Asus 8z?

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Motorola G71 5G

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LIMBO wrote:

One way is to buy Oneplus/Xiaomi device and flash a custom AOSP-based ROM. Most Oneplus & Xiaomi  devices esp. those with Qualcomm SoC enjoy pretty decent custom ROM development. Plus in both warranty is NOT void if you unlock the bootloader and root and/or flash a custom ROM. A few financial apps or even games might be problematic. GCam can improve imaging quality in certain cases but it could be that all cams might not work, front cam could operate at a reduced resolution etc. 

Otherwise Pixels obviously and Moto devices with near stock Android. 

Edit: In Redmi devices CA is usually limited, 2CA mostly. I don’t know if it has improved off late. 

Thanks. Do most banking and UPI apps work with such custom ROMs?

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panchabhut wrote:

Moto G40 Fusion

Thanks. It has dedicated memory card slot?

How is the camera? Have you used it?

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yolodime wrote:

Thanks. Do most banking and UPI apps work with such custom ROMs?

Obviously I can’t personally test every banking or wallet app but reportedly most work. At least the most popular ones do. Some like Axis Mobile require a little more work. 

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Pick moto phone if you need those features. 

And yes MAX M2 was a truly long-lasting phone. Hope they added a successor to it. sad 

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TechnoFrendz wrote:

Pick moto phone if you need those features. 

And yes MAX M2 was a truly long-lasting phone. Hope they added a successor to it. sad 

Yeah, looks like Moto phones are the only option.

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yolodime wrote:

Thanks. It has dedicated memory card slot?

How is the camera? Have you used it?

Card slot is hybrid.
Camera is good but the stock app is bad. You will need to install Gcam

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My needs are also same. I have realme 3 pro and Max pro M1. I am recieving updates for realme 3 pro but stopped receiving updates for max pro 2 years back. But still max pro works more smoothly than realme. Realme used to work great till last year. Now I think realme purposely made it slow with buggy updates.
PS: camera of realme is far better and it’s compact as compared to Asus. But Asus is metal body and looks more solid.

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bornsmart wrote:

My needs are also same. I have realme 3 pro and Max pro M1. I am recieving updates for realme 3 pro but stopped receiving updates for max pro 2 years back. But still max pro works more smoothly than realme. Realme used to work great till last year. Now I think realme purposely made it slow with buggy updates.
PS: camera of realme is far better and it’s compact as compared to Asus. But Asus is metal body and looks more solid.

never update ur phone if u wanna use it for more than 2 years 

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Jarvis.-. wrote:

never update ur phone if u wanna use it for more than 2 years 

Actually it’s last update which made this device extremely slow inspite of having good processor and everything. Is there any method to roll back to previous version without losing data?

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bornsmart wrote:

Actually it’s last update which made this device extremely slow inspite of having good processor and everything. Is there any method to roll back to previous version without losing data?

no the only thing u can do it root it backup data+apps with titanium install previous image and restore all data+apps or just forget about data and revert back at least ur phone will run smooth worth the time waste

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