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Looking for a good mid range android phone that'd last 3 years.

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I would wait for the one plus 8 or 8t. You don’t know what they’ll bring. Otherwise the 7t is a solid choice.

Hi, I'm from India on the lookout for a good mid-range android phone that'd last me for about 3 years. I am eyeing at pixel 3a and OnePlus 7t or I might wait for pixel 4a but it's kinda confusing because of the gap between their specs and camera quality. So which one really is a better device out of the two? Or any other recommendations?


Currently I've been using Xiaomi Redmi Note 5pro (4/64, Snapdragon 636) for the past 18 months and it gets the job done. But the camera is average at best. I've attached sample pictures of day and night for reference. The software is good compared to anything in its price range (14,000₹/about 200$) but kinda wonky at some things. 


The usage and requirements 


Daily and frequently: 

Ofcourse calling

Streaming movies and shows
Social media apps and browsing 
Music/audiobooks/podcasts on the go




Playing casual games (nothing competitive like pubg)


Good camera 
Preferably no moving parts like a pop up camera
And an easy going battery life (about 6-7 hours of screen time on 1 charge)





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I'm still using my OnePlus 3 from years ago.  held up nicely.  Looking at the 7T lately though cuz my itch to spend money is on and it's that or more PC junk.


So 7T has my vote.

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Im using a one plus 7 pro and its great. I know you said you dont want any moving parts but they are bringing out a new one soon which I think is going back to the notch style.

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Also had a OnePlus 3T for years. Still worked fine actually but decided to get the 7 Pro last year and it's been wonderful. If you don't use the front-facing camera much the fact that it's tucked away is a + in my books.

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I would wait for the one plus 8 or 8t. You don’t know what they’ll bring. Otherwise the 7t is a solid choice.

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Wow not a single vote for pixel. Alright guys thanks alot. 

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Pixel is garb. Go OnePlus.

Might be worth waiting for the newer ones though, they're supposed to have better panels.

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Instead of saying, "mid range" how about just straight up tell us your budget?


Also if you are going to use for music, might want to not consider Oneplus.

You need to consider the total price paid for everything you need to buy to achieve the functionality you need.

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