SoyaCincau’s best “cap ayam” smartphones

Posted:  July 4, 2016   By:    27 comments   



We just passed Q2 of 2016 and throughout the year, there have been a bunch of new smartphones making an appearance. These devices range from the high-end flagships like the Samsung Galaxy S7 edge, to more affordable handsets like the brand new honor 5C. But, for someone who is looking to spend the bare minimum amount on a handset, you might find that your choices are limited.

Many tech websites, us included, are guilty of almost ignoring the cheap and cheerful smartphones in the market. Sure, when they launch we take a look at them, be like “oh they’re OK” and then move on. That makes it really hard for someone who is on a tight budget to make the right decision when purchasing a budget handset.

The thing is, as we’ve discovered after some pretty extensive testing, there are actually some really good cap ayam smartphones here in the market.


Cap ayam, for those who are unfamiliar, generally means something that’s cheap and crappy. It doesn’t cost much, but also doesn’t do much either. That’s generally the impression people get when they look at super budget smartphones.

Before we proceed, I think it’s important that we set some ground rules on what cheap and cheerful smartphone can make it on our list.

1. The smartphone must be below RM600
2. The smartphone must have been launched in 2016
3. The smartphone must at least be usable (relatively smooth performance)

With the ground rules set, here are some of the best cap ayam smartphones you can get in the market right now. And trust me, some of these smartphones can easily punch above their weight.

As usual, we will go through each device individually and at the end of it we will include an Editor’s Choice for the best smartphone under RM600 that you can buy right now in Malaysia.

We also have a detailed comparison table prepared for easy comparison between all the smartphones mentioned here. With that out of the way, let’s move onwards!

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27 Comments for SoyaCincau’s best “cap ayam” smartphones


I bought Flash Plus 2 last month at Lazada at RM508 only (after 20% discount). After 1 month of usage, I must say the phone is considerably a good dirt cheap phone with all the features as expensive one.


    what do you mean by that? looking up to buy this flash plus 2


Where's Redmi 3?


    Ya, redmi 3 pro 3gb ram, 32gb rom for rm599 only when promotional price at 'dua' gadget dom com or 'indirect' E the other day.


    It is not launched in Malaysia yet.


Lenovo K5 is using snapdragon 415? I saw specs on online store mentioning it has snapdragon 616 instead.


    The Lenovo K5 is using Snapdragon 415. K5 Plus is using Snapdragon 616.


      So is the Lenovo Vibe K5 be better than Flash Plus 2?


There are so many other below rm500 phones out there with considerable good specs like meizu m1 note.


    Stay away from Meizu. Worst android software ever.

      Mr. A

      DISAGREED with you ! So far Meizu OS can beat any OS Android


How about reviews of other cheap smartphones like Ding Ding, Homtom or Doogee?


To me cap ayam means unpopular brands (normally chinese phones) that wont consist of samsung, alcatel. Blackview, Doogee, Avvio are some known marketed brands here.


better take lenovo k5 than flash plus because hard to find screen protector, housing, bumper etc


Please consider Meizu M1note ,affordable and quality built . This are chinese branded not Oem or cap ayam…


    The Meizu M1 Note is more than a year old. We are only comparing devices that are launched this year.


Kek if K5 is chap ayam, then Xiaomi Redmi 3 is chap ayam as well


all are "chap AYAM"
no need to argue.


Lazada Lenovo K3 Note. (Locally known as A7000+)

Mediatek MT6752 Octa Core


2GB Ram

5.5″ Full HD

Dual Sim

MicroSD expansion (dedicated slot)


Seriously what is better at this price?

Cap Ayam pun at least Lenovo eh….


    Lenovo K3 Note indeed really good for below RM600. But it came from 2015.


among all these budget smartphones, i believe Alcatel Flash plus 2 is best of the best.


Intel manyak panas ..

Mohd. Shahrulnizam

Love the flash plus. Great phone and great online support. Even great communities.


wat if best for 2015~2016? can K3 note qualify? I m on tight budget category, n how bout dat Winds brand which claims tobe local made?


none of this can competitive with my MI note 3 pro for less than RM600.


lots of new phone. can do a review of them ?

Muhd alif

How about xiaomi redmi 3s and oppo A37….which one is better