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SoyaCincau’s best smartphones under RM1,000


Here’s a table comparing each device side by side. Click on the table to view an enlarged version.


When you’re looking for a budget smartphone, it’s important to think about what you want in a device. Is it security? Is it a good display? Or perhaps a solid set of stereo speakers? Often, when it comes to this price range, you will have to sacrifice some specifications in favour of others. For example, the honor 5X has an excellent fingerprint scanner that will give you more security and unlock a device quicker. But, it suffers a little when it comes to performance and daily usage as it is more sluggish that some of its competition.

In contrast, the Xiaomi Redmi Note 2 has excellent performance with a flagship-level MediaTek Helio X10 processor but doesn’t have biometric security. Battery life is also an important factor as you would want your device to last you at least one day. However, when it comes to battery life, you can’t judge that solely on the size of the battery. The display and type of processor factors into how long your device can keep running as well — a higher resolution screen will consume more power, some processors are less frugal than others, etc.

Think about what you want your device to be able to do. If you’re still stuck and can’t decide, continue to the next page as we lay out what we think are the three best phones under RM1,000.