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It’s safe to say that we can’t leave the house without at least one smartphone in our pockets. Smartphones today can cost an arm and leg, but there are also affordable options available in the market that can cater to your needs. Check out this list to help you find your ideal smartphone!

1. Xiaomi Redmi Note 7

Best overall budget smartphone

Price from RM659.00

shopping_cart Lazada Malaysia RM659.00 shopping_cart Shopee Malaysia RM679.00

Specs | Processor: Qualcomm Snapdragon 660, Octa-core | GPU: Adreno 512 GPU | Memory: 3GB+32GB / 4GB+64GB / 6GB+64GB / 4GB+128GB | Display: 6.3-inch IPS LCD touchscreen | Operating System: Android 9.0 (Pie); MIUI 10

If you are tight on budget and need a decent phone that'll power you through casual gaming, photography and other cellular needs, give the Redmi Note 7 a try. Aside from its good built quality which is supported by Corning Gorilla Glass, the phone is powered by Snapdragon 660 with up to 6GB of RAM upgrade depending on the model you choose.

The phone also hosts a 48MP + 5MP dual-sensor rear camera that can take decent low-light photos, as well as a nice 4,000 mAh battery for all-day use. Not forgetting, its 6.3-inch display screen is quite a nice feature to have for visual media consumption!

Our Review

The Redmi Note 7 is a fine piece for those who want a budget smartphone that still offers great quality. With a camera that suffices in quality, durable battery and body as well as a fast processor, you’ll be stoked for getting such a steal priced under a grand.

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2. Honor Play

Best budget smartphone for gaming

Price from RM759.00

shopping_cart Shopee Malaysia RM1,099.00 shopping_cart Lazada Malaysia RM759.00

Specs | Processor: Hisilicon Kirin 970 | GPU: Mali-G72 MP12 | Memory: 4GB+64GB / 6GB+64GB | Display: 6.3-inch LCD touchscreen | Operating System: Android 8.1 (Oreo), upgradable to Android 9.0 (Pie); EMUI 9.1

This phone doesn't just make a good gaming phone thanks to its GPU Turbo tech feature but is actually a nice all-rounder. For starters, it has a nice Kirin 970 CPU and a 4GB RAM. The phone also utilises a dual rear camera as well as a 64GB RAM storage. Moreover, it has a 7.1 Histen audio support and 6.3-inch FHD large display which makes this phone a media powerhouse - on budget!

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3. Xiaomi Mi A3

Best budget phone for photography - also has the best battery

Price from RM894.00

shopping_cart Shopee Malaysia RM899.00 shopping_cart Lazada Malaysia RM894.00

Specs | Processor: Qualcomm Snapdragon 665, Octa-core | GPU: Adreno 610 | Memory: 4GB+64GB / 6GB+128GB / 6GB+128GB | Display: 6-inch Super AMOLED touchscreen | Operating System: Android 9.0 (Pie); Android One

The Xiaomi Mi A3 makes it possible to let you own a budget Android phone that doesn't skimp on the things that matter. Although the Xiaomi Mi A3 is decently equipped with a 4GB RAM, it comes with an impressive 48MP tri-lens set up and a whopping 4,030mAh battery life.

Its low-light sensor makes it possible to get nice shots in the evening without your photos looking too grainy. Not forgetting to mention, the Mi A3 is an Android Go phone, so you can experience a pure-stock Android device!

Our Review

For those looking to get a stock Android experience without breaking the bank can give the MI A3 a try. While it’s not the strongest in terms of performance, users can expect good battery life and camera; things that matter to most light and moderate users.

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4. Nokia 5.1

Best budget (stock) Android phone

Price from RM599.00

shopping_cart Lazada Malaysia RM599.00

Specs | Processor: MediaTek Helio P18, Octa-core | GPU: Mali-T860MP2 | Memory: 2GB+16GB / 3GB+32GB | Display: 5.5-inch IPS LCD touchscreen | Operating System: Android 8.0 (Oreo), upgradable to Android 9.0 (Pie); Android One

Love the pure Android experience but don't have the budget for it? Thanks to the initiation of Android One and Android Go project by Google, you can now enjoy one of the best budget, all-rounder phones that gives you all Android without the bloatware. 

This phone not only gives you a clean Android experience, but it also hosts a pretty amazing screen and sturdy body! Although not the fastest in terms of performance or the best for photography, the phone offers a premium metal build (designed by Nokia!) as well as a nice fingerprint scanner. 

5. Xiaomi Redmi 7

The best cheapest/most affordable smartphone

Price from RM499.00

Specs | Processor: Qualcomm Snapdragon 632, Octa-core | GPU: Adreno 506 GPU | Memory: 2GB+16GB / 3GB+32GB / 3GB + 64GB | Display: 6.26-inch IPS LCD touchscreen | Operating System: Android 9.0 (Pie); MIUI 9

If you really can't squeeze anymore for a new phone, Redmi 7 is your best bet. With a ridiculously low price, the phone boasts performance that outdoes its competitors in the same budget field. With features like a 6.26′′ HD+ Dot Drop screen, 4,000mAh battery and an Octa-core Snapdragon 632, you'd be baffled at why this fine piece is so affordable.

The starting price sets you with a 2GB RAM +16GB internal storage model. But, you can have the 4GB RAM and 64GB internal storage at a very low price too. 

6. Huawei Y9 Prime

Best budget smartphone with headphone jack - has dual SIM card

Price from RM899.00

shopping_cart Lazada Malaysia RM899.00

Specs | Processor: Hisilicon Kirin 710F, Octa-core | GPU: Mali-G51 MP4 | Memory: 4GB+64GB | Display: 6.59-inch IPS LCD touchscreen | Operating System: Android 9.0 (Pie); EMUI 9.1

As we see a dwindling number of phones debuting with a headphone jack, it becomes more apparent for many to switch to USB-C or wireless audio equipment. But what happens when you can't part with your beloved earphones?

Enter Huawei Y9 Prime. It not only offers a headphone jack but also an octa-core Kirin 710 alongside a decent 4GB RAM to power you through casual gaming. The phone also offers a stunning 6.59-inch full-view display for uninterrupted viewing. Meanwhile, it houses a sweet tri-lens rear camera setup comprising of 16MP + 8MP + 2MP lenses whereas the pop-up front camera sports a 16MP lens.

Additionally, you also get a USB-C type port for faster-charging purposes. With all of that paired with a low price, makes the Huawei Y9 Prime a great all-rounder budget mid-range option.

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Best performing/fastest budget smartphone

Price from RM799.00

Specs | Processor: Hisilicon Kirin 710F, Octa-core | GPU: Mali-G51 MP4 | Memory: 4GB+64GB / 4GB+128GB / 6GB+64GB / 6GB+128GB | Display: 6.5-inch IPS LCD touchscreen | Operating System: Android 8.1 (Oreo), upgradable to Android 9.0 (Pie); EMUI 9.0

Although costing under a grand, the HONOR 8X sure performs better than expected. Given that it has a fast and powerful octa-core Kirin 710, GPU Turbo technology together with 4GB of RAM, users will be able to enjoy some smooth performance and play some games if they want. Although not as powerful as the HONOR Play, you can still run PUBG but with lower settings.

With this price point, the phone also houses a 6.5-inch display, dual-lens setup consisting of 20MP + 2MP and a nice 3,070mAh battery that'll last you throughout the day with moderate usage.

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