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The best budget phones to kick-start your 2019

Intro

Wow what an incredible year 2018 has been for budget smartphone buyers. It was almost as if each smartphone maker was dead set on outdoing one another in the bang-for-buck category. There used to only really be one or two names, but now you’re almost spoilt for choice.

While we fully expect 2019 to be just as awesome for the budget smartphone user, I also know that there are a people out there who simply need a smartphone right now (*cough* my sister *cough*) — maybe a brand new handset to kick off the new year. Unfortunately for the inexperienced smartphone buyer, having too many options can be quite the headache too because there are so many variables for you to weigh when choosing one.

Well, if you’re in dire need for a new smartphone, and don’t want to wait for 2019’s crop of mid-rangers, I’m here to help thin the herd. Here are some of the phones I think are worth looking at if you’re a budget smartphone hunter.

If you ask me, I personally think that there’s really only one smartphone you should be buying if your budget is around the RM1,000 range. Yes, it’s not a sub-RM1,000 smartphone, but the sheer amount of value — and the nearly complete smartphone experience you’re getting — makes going slightly over RM1,000 totally worth it.

With that being said, I don’t think you would be horribly wrong to pick any of the other smartphones I’ve listed here. Budget smartphones have come so far in both specs and design, that you’re bound to get a solid device. So, if you find a smartphone here that you think lines up with what you look for in a mobile device, then feel free to pick that up instead. Naturally, if there are those of you who disagree with my pick, and have a better pick in mind, let us know your choice in the comments below!

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Finally, the prices I’ve quoted here are all their retail RRP prices. With budget phones, the odds of them going on sale for less than the prices I’ve quoted here are pretty high, so you can expect to pay less than what you see here. Of course, I will include links to where you can buy them online at Shopee, Lazada, and RKMD — a new store curated by the team here at SoyaCincau, featuring devices that we personally recommend, so you know you’re only getting the good stuff at a fair price.

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