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

Huawei Nova 2 Lite

Launched as a more affordable alternative to the Huawei Nova 2i, the Nova 2 Lite comes in at a slightly more affordable retail price of RM799. However, you are giving up quite a lot for that lower price tag because you’re getting a lower resolution 5.99-inch HD+ screen and an entry-level Snapdragon 430 octa-core processor. RAM and storage also takes a hit, being bumped down to 3GB and 32GB respectively.

For photography, you’re getting a 13MP + 2MP dual camera at the back with an 8MP f/2.0 aperture selfie shooter in front. Keeping the lights on is a 3,000 mAh battery, which is also 340 mAh less than the Nova 2i. Sealing its fate as the “Lite” phone is the handset’s decidedly plastic body, making this one of the only two handsets on this list with a plastic shell.

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.

Huawei Nova 2 Lite — 3GB RAM, 32GB storage — RM799

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