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Smartphones are a huge part of (almost) everyone’s life. From morning alarms to surfing the internet when you're tucked under your duvet; your phone is glued to you at all times. We choose our phones based on usage and how well the features suit our needs. Check out this list of smartphones and find one that's suitable for you.

Xiaomi Pocophone F1

RM 1099
Best smartphone with Snapdragon 845 under RM 1500
1. Xiaomi Pocophone F1
Best smartphone with Snapdragon 845 - under RM 1,500
add_circle Accurate colours
add_circle Long battery life
remove_circle No NFC for a Xiaomi phone

Specs | Processor: Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 | GPU: Adreno 630 GPU | Memory: 6GB+64GB / 6GB+128GB | Operating System: Android 8.1 (Oreo), upgradable to Android 9.0 (Pie)

The Snapdragon 845 is Qualcomm’s most powerful chipset that features a boost in GPU performance of 20 to 40 per cent above its predecessor. You don't have to worry about your battery life as this phone packs a heavy-duty 4000mAh battery capacity. Affordable price, fast performance and durable battery, this phone is worth every penny.

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Xiaomi Redmi Note 7

RM 499
2. Xiaomi Redmi Note 7
Best smartphone with camera - good option under RM 700
add_circle Sharp display
add_circle Decent camera
remove_circle Need to buy fast-charger separately

Specs | Processor: Qualcomm Snapdragon 660 | GPU: Adreno 512 GPU | Memory: 3GB+32GB / 4GB+64GB / 6GB+64GB / 4GB+128GB | Operating System: Android 9.0 (Pie); MIUI 10

Xiaomi’s Redmi Note 7 is an unbelievably affordable smartphone right now in the current market segment. For a person who’s looking for a mid-range budget option smartphone with a great camera, this Redmi Note 7 offers a 48MP + 5MP AI dual camera, a flagship-level camera.

Amazing selfies are also much achievable now with your loved ones thanks to the 13MP front-facing camera. Various camera features such as HDR, Panorama, Burst and etc are available to help get that perfect shot.

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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Xiaomi Redmi 7

RM 549
3. Xiaomi Redmi 7
Best smartphone under RM 500
add_circle Good battery life
add_circle Great value for performance
remove_circle MIUI has many ads

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

The Xiaomi Redmi 7 is a successor to the Redmi 6 and it is extremely affordable for those who don't want to spend so much money on a smartphone. This phone comes with a 12MP+2MP dual rear camera and a new 8MP front-facing camera that’s perfect for photography and selfie lovers.

It’s also powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon processor that will not degrade its battery life. In fact, as compared to other smartphones in this price range, this phone is incredible for everyday usage as it gives users with a two-days long battery life.

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Honor 20

RM 1099
4. Honor 20
Best Android smartphone - under RM 2,000
add_circle Very nice camera
add_circle Good gaming support (GPU Turbo 3.0)
add_circle Fast charger
add_circle Good night mode
remove_circle Screen is not as vibrant or clear
remove_circle No headphone jack

Specs | Processor: HiSilicon Kirin 980, Octa-core | GPU: Mali-G76 MP10 GPU | Memory: 6GB+128GB | Operating System: Android 9.0 (Pie); Magic 2.1

Honor 20 is engineered to meet its expectations in terms of design and specifications. Covered with a 6.26-inch All-View Display, the 32MP in-screen front camera is pinholed into the display for amazingly sharp selfies. Photographers will also love being able to choose between macro lens for up-close shots and depth assist for amazing portraits.

In terms of camera setup, there’s a super wide-angle lens for breathtaking shots to work in tandem with the 48MP primary camera for capturing everyday moments. Powered by the world’s first 7nm mobile AI chipset, say hello to impressive CPU and GPU performance.

Our Review

Honor 20 is an affordable mid-range phone that offers a great camera experience which produces above-average quality images. Moreover, the phone makes quite a great gaming peripheral for that affordable price tag. If you don’t need a flagship power device, Honor 20 is a good choice with balanced features for the average consumer.

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Samsung Galaxy Note 9

RM 2685
5. Samsung Galaxy Note 9
Best smartphone without notch - suitable for work
add_circle Strong multi-tasker
add_circle Good camera, especially for low-light mode!

Specs | Processor: Qualcomm Snapdragon 845, Octa-core | GPU: Adreno 630 GPU | Memory: 6GB+128GB / 8GB+512GB, expandable up to 1TB with microSD | Operating System: Android 8.1 (Oreo), upgradable to Android 9.0 (Pie)

The Samsung Galaxy Note 9 is the perfect choice for any aspiring entrepreneur who's constantly on their phone for work. This stunning, notch-free and spacious 6.4-inch Super AMOLED display provides ample space for you to write down notes and read documents with ease.

Additionally, it's powered by the robust Samsung Exynos 9810 processor. Plus, it has a massive 4,000 mAh battery life that will allow your phone to survive the onslaught of a busy day.

Our Review

While the Samsung Galaxy Note 9 does what a standard smartphone can do, you’re getting a premium build and quality for its price. Looking to take better photos, do some drawing or just want an entertainment powerhouse? The Samsung Note 9 is a great choice.

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Huawei Y9

RM 699
6. Huawei Y9
Best smartphone with a headphone jack - under RM 1,000
add_circle Big screen yet lightweight
add_circle Nice battery size
remove_circle Uses microUSB
remove_circle 4GB of RAM is not friendly for multi-tasking

Specs | Processor: Hisilicon Kirin 710, Octa-core | GPU: Mali-G51 MP4 GPU | Memory: 4GB+64GB, expandable up to 256GB via microSD | Operating System: Android 8.1 (Oreo); EMUI 8.2

Huawei Honor Y9 features a 6.5-inch Full View Display which delivers vivid details for users to admire. The body of the phone is carefully crafted to fit into one’s hand whilst showing off the phone’s design and colour.

Beautify yourself with the new dual (13MP + 2MP) rear camera and advanced (16MP + 2MP) front-facing camera for enhanced portrait shots. Also, the Honor Y9 allows users to experience immersive gaming thanks to the Kirin 710 octa-core chip built into the phone.

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Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus

RM 2999
7. Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus
Best smartphone with stereo speakers - suitable for music
add_circle Beautiful design
add_circle Vibrant, sharp screen
add_circle Powerful performance
remove_circle Pricey

Specs | Processor: Exynos 9820, Qualcomm Snapdragon 855, Octa-core | GPU: Mali-G76 MP12, Adreno 640 GPU | Memory: 8GB+128GB / 8GB+512GB / 12GB+1TB, expandable up to 1TB via microSD | Operating System: Android 9.0 (Pie); One UI

If there’s anything you need to know, Samsung’s Galaxy S10 Plus has powerful stereo speakers built onboard. Aside from being finely tuned by AKG, there’s also support of Dolby Atmos sound, which makes it perfect for music listening or even streaming on Netflix. This means the speakers can easily fill up the entire room.

On top of that, users will also get onboard base storage of 128GB expandable up to 1TB with external expansion storage up to 512GB via microSD card to store more contents like music and etc.

Our Review

Not only is the Galaxy S10 plus beautiful, but it is also a powerful device that’s on par with the competition. Beautiful screen? Check. Strong battery life? Check. Powerful processor? You betcha! The Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus is a great all-rounder for anyone who needs a powerful phone for daily use.

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Razer Phone 2

RM 1980
8. Razer Phone 2
Best gaming phone without a heating problem - suitable for PUBG mobile
add_circle Very good speakers
add_circle Smooth display

Specs | Processor: Qualcomm Snapdragon 845, Octa-core | GPU: Mali-G76 MP10 GPU | Memory: 8GB+64GB, expandable up to 1TB via microSD | Operating System: Android 8.1 (Oreo), upgradable to Android 9.0 (Pie)

The Razer Phone 2 is packed with a 120HZ refresh rate panel display, which is the world’s first and only phone to feature such a high refresh rate display. With a Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 chip built in, say no more to laggy gaming no matter where you are or what you’re doing.

Gamers can also worry less about heat issues with Razor’s Vapor Chamber Cooling, a hardware that is specifically designed to sustain higher frame rate games for a cooler and smoother gaming experience. Users can also play in style with the customizable lighting logo as well as play by the poolside with the Razer 2’s water resistant feature.

Samsung Galaxy A7 (2018)

RM 799
Best for Grab drivers
add_circle Good camera
add_circle Nice, ergonomic design
remove_circle Uses microUSB port
remove_circle Not the best low-light camera

Specs | Processor: Exynos 7885, Octa-core | GPU: Mali-G71 GPU | Memory: 4GB+128GB, expandable up to 512GB via microSD | Operating System: Android 8.0 (Oreo); upgradable to Android 9.0 (Pie)

Samsung Galaxy A7 is a user-friendly device that is ideal for Grab drivers. If you’re going to be navigating around town, then a phone with consistent signal reception as well as a good screen are much needed. Thanks to this device with a huge 6.0-inch Super AMOLED display screen, you can now focus on the road and need not stare or squint at your phone for too long.

Apple iPhone XR

RM 3368.00
Apple iPhone XR
10. Apple iPhone XR
Best with large battery capacity - suitable for video playback and recording
add_circle Super fast
add_circle Colourful LCD screen
add_circle Great sound quality
remove_circle Rear camera has no 2x optical zoom

Specs | Processor: Apple A12 Bionic | GPU: Apple GPU | Memory: 3GB+64GB / 3GB+128GB / 3GB+256GB | Operating System: iOS 12

iPhone XR may only have 2,942mAh battery capacity and that it's a cheaper version to Apple’s premium high-end smartphones but it is built with one of the longest battery life in a phone. That's thanks to its lower-resolution display, the phone optimizes its battery life to last past 11 hours of constant use. Not to worry about display though; with its 6.1-inch Liquid Retina Display, videos will look extra vibrant and sharp even when watching directly under sunlight.

Streaming videos would be more immersive with stereo speakers built in the earpiece and another speaker at the bottom of the phone. Moreover, users can also shoot incredible 4K videos of up to 60 FPS directly on the phone with iOS’ new camera system.

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How To Choose a Smartphone That Best Suits You

  • Display

    Choosing the right display may be a hassle when it comes to buying a smartphone regardless of age, as smartphone displays vary in size. For instance, if portability is what you’re looking for, a smaller display would suffice as it is easier to hold and use with one hand.

    Meanwhile, if you’re an avid mobile gamer, opt for a bigger display so you would be able to see more details such as your enemies’ whereabouts. Logically, the smaller the display, the harder it is you’re going to read texts.

  • Storage

    Storage is another factor when it comes to purchasing a smartphone. Some smartphones have limited storage and some are not expandable. Hence, choose your storage wisely to best fit your own usage. Futureproof a little by purchasing a bigger capacity model to avoid deleting things that matter to you.
  • Price

    If budget is an issue, set a maximum price you’re willing to pay and then determine what features you want or need in your smartphone. That way, it would be easier to not break your budget.

    The price of smartphones differ depending on its model, specification, features and more. Lower-end brands such as Xiaomi would cost around RM 400 and above. Meanwhile, middle-range brands like Samsung cost roughly above RM 1,000 and the higher-end ones such as Apple would cost you at least RM3,000.

  • Operating System

    iPhone runs only on the iOS software whereas, brands like Samsung, Oppo, Xiaomi, and more commonly run on Google’s Android platform. Both OS have their own perks (ways to achieve seamless connection offered by both OSes also differ) so choose wisely!

  • Smartphone operating systems vary depending on the brand. Moreover, different OS commonly offers its own set of basic apps such as messenger and web browsers. The user interface also differs depending on its brands and model.

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Buying a smartphone isn’t rocket science, but it’s also wise to plan out your purchase decision before going in for the kill. Common questions to ask yourself: do I need this much storage? Would it be able to last past 3 years? 

An expensive product does not necessarily mean that it’s the right pick for you. Hence, it’s important to always have these questions in mind alongside doing research online to find out what’s the best smartphone for you.

Disclaimer: The pricing shown is just a good indication of how much these products are worth. The prices could change based on the e-commerce promotions that are going on. If some of the products are not available, do email us at [email protected] Thank you!

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