Need a mobile under 20k, 128 GB internal storage, with custom ROM support

OrrBitt

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1. Budget?
- Under 20k, possibly near 15k.

2. Display type and size?
- Full HD, above 6 inches, 6.5 is better

3. Dual sim?
- Yes

4. Preferred choice of brand?
- maybe Samsung. No Chinese brands, as far as possible, but ready to accept Chinese ones if none other are available

5. What camera option you want (flash, front facing camera)?
- no preference

6. Preferred operating system? (Android, iOS,Stock Android etc).
- Android, with Custom ROM support

7. Preferred connectivity options (Dual 4G,802.11AC/5Ghz(not 5g mobile network) wifi).
- no preference

8. Primary use of handset (multimedia, camera, internet, gaming etc)?
- regular use - calling, whatsapp, etc.

9. Any specific mobile phones in consideration?
- I've found two that match my criteria - Realme 2 Pro, and Redmi Note 9 Pro, but both are Chinese.

10. Any other info that you want to share
- The main thing I want is a phone with 128 GB internal storage, and the ability to install Custom ROMs when required. This means only phones with Snapdragon processor, as far as I know.

The main reason I want a 128 GB phone is because my Whatsapp folder is very large and my current 64 GB phone keeps hitting storage limit. If there is a method to copy the media folder of Whatsapp to the SD Card --without rooting--, I'll settle for a 64 GB or even 32 GB phone, as long as I am able to install a custom Rom later. I'll use the phone in its factory setup until warranty expires, then install a custom ROM.
 

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I dont think you have to root to copy Files. I usually go to WhatsApp > Media folder and copy files accordingly. You can also backup chat to google drive. Sorry cannot help you with mobile query as i am out of loop with it.
 
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Yes, for just copying files, you don't need root. But to make Whatsapp work using the SD Card as storage, you need root and then use a method like XInternalSD. Without root, I don't think there's any method to make this work.
 
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Samsung Galaxy M30s is available for 17K. It has Exynos processor, still there's a ROM available on XDA. From what I understand, only Snapdragon processors have ROM as they release the source code.
 

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I don't think there is custom rom support for samsung phones now because of Exynos and Knox.

Oppo/vivo/huawei/honor don't have it because of arrogance.

Realme users get duped because oppo disables fingerprint in bl unlock devices (correct me if I'm wrong).

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Realme users get duped because oppo disables fingerprint in bl unlock devices (correct me if I'm wrong).
You are right, No fingerprint and VoLTE.

OP can get a poco phone, as it has good rom support. Or get a asus zenfone max pro m1/m2, or wait for m3 as they do have good custom rom supports, But M1/M2 does not have 128GB sttorage.
But, M3 is not coming anytime soon.
 
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Redmi Note 9 Pro has dropped on Amazon:

Interstellar Black, 4GB RAM, 128GB Storage was 15,999 yesterday, it is 14,499 today.
Interstellar Black, 6GB RAM, 128GB Storage was 16,999 yesterday, it is 15,999 today.

Any reason why prices dropped by 1500/1000 today? Is it just because of the sale, or is something else going on, like getting rid of stocks because of the current India-China problem?

On Flipkart, the price is much higher.

Poco M2 Pro, available at this point only on Flipkart, is 15,999, and has the same specs as Redmi Note 9 Pro, other than having fast charging. Between the Redmi Note 9 Pro and Poco M2 Pro, which would you suggest?
 
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Redmi Note 9 Pro has dropped on Amazon:

Interstellar Black, 4GB RAM, 128GB Storage was 15,999 yesterday, it is 14,499 today.
Interstellar Black, 6GB RAM, 128GB Storage was 16,999 yesterday, it is 15,999 today.

Any reason why prices dropped by 1500/1000 today? Is it just because of the sale, or is something else going on, like getting rid of stocks because of the current India-China problem?

On Flipkart, the price is much higher.

Poco M2 Pro, available at this point only on Flipkart, is 15,999, and has the same specs as Redmi Note 9 Pro, other than having fast charging. Between the Redmi Note 9 Pro and Poco M2 Pro, which would you suggest?
Its more than 6 months old, nothing unusual. Redmi Note 10 series is close to launching.

Go for Poco M2 Pro over Note 9 Pro as Poco claims to have ad-free MIUI (still there are recommendations which you need to disable, guides available online to make MIUI ad free). Not sure about its custom ROM support. Since banks started not working in rooted devices, I stopped using ROMs as well. Moreover, it always needs some maintenance, a good stock ROM works well. I recently factory reset my 3 year old S8 & now it runs faster, not much "maintenance" was done on OS for 3 years.
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If you can, maybe get Moto One Fusion+, good device at 16k or maybe Poco X3 (bulky though).
 
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Do I need to install tempered glass, since it already has gorilla glass?
 
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