SoyaCincau’s best smartphones under RM1,200 (2018 edition)

Xiaomi Redmi 5 Plus

This is the first time Xiaomi’s “basic” Redmi smartphone has made it into our list of smartphones under RM1,200. However, if you consider the fact that the Redmi 5 Plus was initially thought of as the replacement to the Redmi Note 4, you probably wouldn’t be too surprised.

Nevertheless, the Redmi 5 Plus is a capable phone and can definitely hold its own among the “big boys” on this list. In many ways, it’s very similar to last year’s Redmi Note 4 as it packs a frugal Snapdragon 625 octa-core processor with a choice of 3GB or 4GB of RAM and 32GB or 64GB of internal storage. It’s also got a metal body, a large 4,000 mAh battery and a tall 5.99″ Full HD+ display pushing a resolution of 2160×1080 pixels.

The biggest difference between this and the Redmi Note 5 — besides its processor — is its camera, where you’re getting a more pedestrian 12-megapixel f/2.2 aperture main shooter and a 5-megapixel f/2.2 selfie camera.

However, this phone has the benefit of being more affordable, with prices starting at RM749 for the base model and going up to RM899 for the top-spec variant. This means you can save up to RM100 if you pick this over its Redmi Note relative, which makes it idea for those on a tighter budget.

UPDATE: Good news! We have updated and published a brand new Best smartphones under RM1,200 guide! It includes the new devices that have launched since this guide was published as well as the new discounted prices thanks to zero-rated GST. You can check it out here.

Xiaomi Redmi 5 Plus — 3GB RAM, 32GB storage — RM749
Xiaomi Redmi 5 Plus — 4GB RAM, 64GB storage — RM899

Where to buy:
Online: Shopee, Lazada
Store: Authorised Mi retailers

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