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SoyaCincau’s best smartphones under RM1,000

Top 3 editor's choice


We gave you several great options for a smartphone under RM1,000. But, we know that some of you still might not be able to make a decision, so we thought we’d have a little Editor’s Choice to help you out. Here are the three best devices you can get under RM1,000. Keep in mind that we will update this section when a new device comes in.

1. Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 — The ultimate all-rounder


The previous king has been dethroned. Meet the new king of smartphones under RM1,000 — the Xiaomi Redmi Note 3. It’s a beast of a device at this price point. A fast new processor with a better camera and biometric security all bundled up in a nice full-metal package. For only RM100 more than the Redmi Note 2 for the base Redmi Note 3, this device is just absolute value.

2. Lenovo Vibe K4 Note – Binge content all day


The Vibe K4 Note ticks many of the key features you’d want in a media-consumption device. Front-facing speakers, a large full-HD display and a pretty nice build you won’t mind holding onto for long periods of time. Plus, it has Lenovo’s Theatre Max VR software that converts any content into virtual reality that you can consume with a pair of VR goggles.

3. honor 5X – The best build under a thousand ringgit


The honor 5X isn’t the best smartphone under RM1,000 if we’re talking about performance. It lags behind several of the other devices on this list but there is one thing the 5X gets absolutely right — its build. The metal finish on the back of the 5X is phenomenal and the smartphone feels much more premium than its price tag would lead you to believe. Plus, it has a Huawei made fingerprint scanner and that by itself is pretty awesome.

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You could argue that the glass and metal finish on the LEAGOO Elite 1 is a worthy contender for the best build — and you’d be right — which is why we’re giving it an honourable mention. However, it falls just short in terms of feel-in-the-hand as it’s much more squared off than the rounded 5X. Still, this device packs a solid set of specs (3GB RAM, 32GB storage, 16MP/13MP camera combo) so if you don’t mind it being slightly older than the 5X, the Elite 1 can be a pretty good pick.

UPDATE: We have a new comparison for smartphones under RM600. Check it out here.