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Mobile phone market Myanmar

In the recent years, the use of mobile phones and smartphones has increased exponentially in Myanmar. The country’s new smartphone-only generation of internet users has reached 33 million in 2017. This leads to a mobile penetration of 80% in Myanmar. Phone providers like Telenor and Ooredoo invested in this growing market and contributed to the Burmese mobile revolution.

While many Burmese still use regular mobile phones to make calls, the possibility to browse the web, send emails, take pictures and play games on a smartphone is seducing more and more locals to smartphone usage. Famous Smartphone flagships like the iPhone from Apple are making their way into the Burmese market. Looking around the streets of Yangon, it is not rare to see Huawei smartphones and Samsung Galaxy Smartphones which are among the most popular phones. With the development of 3G coverage in the country, the use of smartphones over mobile phones presents a lot of advantages for professional and private use in Myanmar.

Most popular smartphones in Myanmar

Huawei and Samsung remain the favorite mobile phone brands of the Burmese population. The most commonly used smartphones in Myanmar come primarily from nearby countries. The iPhone is a notable exception as it remains a close second in terms of popularity among the Burmese population. Followed by Sony and Xiaomi. The Oppo and the Chinese Vivo are also very popular smartphone brands as they offer cheaper phones with comparable qualities.

Here are some of the best smartphones available in Myanmar in 2017:


iPhone 8 : the most famous smartphone brand in the world will be available with it’s newest iPhone 8 in Myanmar in October 2017. The iPhone 8 introduces an all-new glass design, faster A11 processors and True Tone displays. It will come with wireless charging which means no charging cable is required. In addition the camera got upgraded  to the previous iPhone 7 including a larger, faster sensor and a new color filter. Water and dust-resistance make this IPhone a speedy and strong upgrade to earlier iPhone versions by Apple.

iPhone 7 Plus : currently the most popular iPhone you can buy in the world is available for about 1,100,000 Ks for a 128GB model. Not very much different from its predecessor, iPhone 6 Plus, in overall size and display size, yet it comes with a more powerful processor and also better camera. Both the primary and secondary camera possess better megapixels and quality. The iPhone 7 Plus comes pre installed with the latest iOS 10.1 which allows you to use every up-to-date applications produced by the Apple. It also comes in different colors of Jet Black, Black ,Silver, Gold and Rose Gold, altogether with different internal memory of 16GB , 32GB and 64GB.

Samsung Galaxy C8: Samsung’s latest mobile launch is the Galaxy C8. This smartphone was launched in September 2017 and will soon be available in Myanmar. This model comes with a 5.50-inch touchscreen display and 1080 pixels by 1920 pixels resolution. The Samsung Galaxy C8 offers you 32GB internal storage that can be expanded up to incredible 256GB. This smartphone is perfect for selfie-lovers since it comes with a 16-megapixel front shooter and a 13-megapixel primary camera. The Samsung Galaxy C8 runs Android and the sensors on the phone include compass magnetometer, proximity sensor and ambient light sensor.

Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge: introduced recently, this new Flagship phone of Samsung is to fight off the large market occupation of Apple. Mainly a rival to iPhone 7, the S7 Edge comes with a unique curved edge body structure, which cannot be seen on any other brand or even in its most of the models. This model is well-round perfect in most factors such as Camera, processor and other powerful features such as fingerprint scanners and display resolution.

Samsung Galaxy Note 5: One of the Samsung’s most famous series, the Note 5 is aimed to be the best by analyzing the user experience and data gained from its predecessors, Note 3 and Note 4. Comes with a large screen display of 5.7”, the Note 5 excels in both processing and style. The stylus also provides more useful features which makes it the most suitable phone model for designers and art creation related personnel.

Sony Xperia XA1 Plus: Sony’s most recent smartphone launch is the Xperia XA1 Plus. This smartphone offers the well-known features of Sony quality and was launched in August 2017. Sony Xperia XA1 Plus comes with a decent 5.50-inch touchscreen display and packs depending on your choice between 32GB to 256GB internal storage. This smartphone enables you to take great pictures with it’s 23-megapixel primary camera and a decent 8-megapixel selfie front shooter.

Sony Xperia C5 Ultra: this mid-range smartphones offer the quality of the Sony brand at an affordable price. Most notable feature of this phone is inclusion of flashlight for selfie - camera. Available with Dual SIM and 4G, it costs about 425,000 Ks for a new model.

Oppo A71: Oppo has launched a whole range of Android powered smartphones in the past. The Oppo A71 is their latest smartphone. This mobile phone was launched in September 2017 and comes with a bunch of great features. With the A71, Oppo presents you a smartphone which comes with a 5.20-inch touchscreen display. The phone’s internal storage packs 16BG which can be expanded up to 256BG using a microSD card. Concerning the cameras the Oppo A71 comes with a 13-megapixel primary camera and a 5-megapixel front shooter - perfect for selfies!

Oppo R11: The new Oppo R11 Plus smartphone was launched in June 2017 and comes with a 6.00-inch touchscreen display. Oppo’s R11 Plus packs 64GB of internal storage that can be expanded. It’s primary camera has 20-megapixel and the same feature for the front selfie camera. The Oppo R11 Plus is a dual SIM smartphone accepting Micro and Nano-SIM. This phone’s connectivity options include Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, GPS, FM, 3G and 4G. The Oppo R11 sensors include Proximity sensor, Accelerometer, Gyroscope and ambient light sensor. All of these features making this smartphone a decent alternative to Apple’s iPhones.

Oppo F1: this 5.0 inch phone is among the most popular models in the arsenal of the somehow famous electronic company Oppo. Just like other high tech phones, it comes with a metallic alloy body, altogether with good quality camera of 13 Mega pixel and a 1.7 GHz Octa Core processor. Even though not as much performing as S7 or iPhone 7, this model still offers a decent hardware with a reasonable price. You can get one around with only 1.5 Lakh for a used one.

Huawei Honor 6 Play: Huawei, another well known big smartphone manufacturer from China has launched it’s latest mobile phone in September 2017. The Huawei Honor 6 Play comes with a 5.00-inch touchscreen display offering a resolution of 720 pixels by 1280 pixels. This smartphone comes with many more amazing features including a 8-megapixel camera on the rear and a 5-megapixel front camera for selfies. The Huawei Honor 6 Play comes with a 16GB internal storage that can be expanded to 128GB using a microSD card.

Huawei P9: the recently launched Ascend P9 is an marvelous product of the Huawei. Unlike almost al l the phones those are produced before, P9 is a high end level model with improvements on all sides Among all the improvements, the Dual lens camera with Leica optics of the P9 is the most excelling, being able to produce high-definition pictures with pretty good quality. External body design is also improved that it even resembles the famous iPhone a bit. Implemented with an Octa-core CPU and 3GB of RAM, the processing also gets a lot faster as much as of other high-end phones from Samsung and Sony.

Once you have your phone, you need a SIM card to operate it. Telenor and Ooredoo are the biggest players on the market and the prices have decreased tremendously in a few time. You will need your NRC card to purchase a prepaid SIM card. On a monthly basis, 4,000 Ks will get you 1GB of internet on top of text messages and calls. Billing cards are available starting from 1,000 Ks.

Mobile phone prices Myanmar: second hand phones are the cheapest option

To get the best deals on mobile phone prices, buying second hand is always a win! Whether you are looking for a top smartphone or a cheaper mobile phone, buying a second hand phone in Myanmar is a great solution to save some money. Selling your old and used mobile phone on a classifieds website is an excellent idea to make some extra money and use it to buy a new smartphone model. For people looking for cheap prices on mobile phones, buying second hand is again the best solution to get a competitive price for a simple device good enough to make calls and staying connected.

Here are the things you need to know before buying a second hand mobile phone or smartphone:

  • Battery life: is the phone battery still usable or will you need to buy a new one?

  • Is the charger included by the seller or will you need to buy one? (if you don’t already own the appropriate cable)

  • Storage capacity: depending on your needs, you may want more or less. If you tend to take many pictures or if you’re addicted to apps, definitely opt for a high capacity. Gaming apps in particular use a lot of memory. Keep in mind that while some smartphones include the possibility to add an extra SD-card, it is not the case for all models.

  • State of the device: buying second hand means there will probably be marks on it. It might not be a problem for you, but don’t hesitate to ask the seller about anything visible.

If you are a seller, next to setting a reasonable price for you mobile phone or smartphone, all the points above should be mentioned in your product’s description. It is a good idea to protect your mobile phone or smartphone with a case and screen protector so that it stays in good condition. This will increase its value for the time when you decide to re-sell it on Ads.com.mm.