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UPDATED: SoyaCincau’s best smartphones under RM1,500 (2019)

Honor View 20

UPDATE: The Honor View 20 was only announced at the beginning of 2019 with a retail price of RM1,999—but Honor Malaysia has just slashed the price of the base model of its flagship smartphone to RM1,499. This means that it just about makes it into this edition of the buyer’s guide, and it certainly packs a punch for its (reduced) price.

You get 6GB of RAM and 128GB of storage for just under RM1,500, with a 6.4″ screen, a big 4,000mAh battery, and a 3.5mm headphone jack. But where it shines is its processor: the same Kirin 980 that Huawei P30 Pro sports.

For photography, the device is well-equipped with a 48MP Sony IMX586 main sensor, with AI features that help with low-light photos. It’s only a dual-camera setup, however, without an ultra wide-angle lens to lend some versatility to your shots. It does come with a Time of Flight (ToF) secondary sensor that projects infrared light on the scene all at once and measures the phase shift in the light reflected back to the image sensor. This, of course, is also present in the premium P30 Pro.

Overall, I’d say that the Honor View 20 is certainly one of the better phones you can get at this price. It’s also one of the few devices on this list that’s powered by an actual flagship-class SoC, which means that powerhouse users should have absolutely no issues with their day-to-day, or even gaming. If I had to nitpick, I’d still prefer an AMOLED display on the View 20, and perhaps an ultra wide-angle lens.

It’s also worth noting that while the official RRP is now RM1,499, the Honor official store on Lazada is now selling the View 20 for RM1,399. If you’d like to find out more, here’s our full review of the Honor View 20.

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Honor View 20—6GB RAM, 128GB storage—RM1,499

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