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SoyaCincau’s best smartphones under RM1,000

Xiaomi Redmi Note series


Since their inception, Xiaomi‘s brand name has basically been synonymous with a good value device. Of course, they’ve had some hiccups along the way, but they’ve found their footing with two of the Chinese company’s most attractive smartphones under RM1,000.

First up is the smartphone that almost needs no introduction — the Xiaomi Redmi Note 2. This smartphone dons a 5.5-inch full HD display on the front, packing a MediaTek Helio X10 octa-core processor paired with 2GB of RAM and 16GB of expandable internal storage on the inside. Photos are taken care of by a 13MP rear-facing f/2.2 main snapper with PDAF and a front-facing 5MP camera. Keeping the lights on is a 3,060 mAh removable battery.


If plastic isn’t your thing, Xiaomi just launched an updated, metal-clad Redmi Note 3 — basically a Redmi Note 2 on crack.

The higher-spec variant is powered by a brand new Snapdragon 650 processor mated with 3GB of RAM and 32GB of internal storage. The more entry level variant drops it down a notch to a still reasonable 2GB of RAM and 16GB of internal storage. Both variants will feature a 5.5-inch full HD display and a 16MP/5MP camera combo, a 4,050 mAh battery and a fingerprint sensor.

Redmi Note 2 – 2GB RAM/16GB internal storage – RM649
Redmi Note 3 – 2GB RAM/16GB internal storage – RM749
Redmi Note 3 – 3GB RAM/32GB internal storage – RM849

Where to buy: 

Online: Xiaomi