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Lenovo Z5s

Motorola-owned Lenovo released the Lenovo Z5s at the tail-end of 2018, and the phone remains a viable option in this category. It’s a 6.3″ Full HD+ screen which has a 19:9 screen ratio, while the Z5s comes with the upper-midrange Snapdragon 710 under the hood, which is a nice touch at this price.

A 3,300mAh battery is sufficient for most, while the phone also supports 15W fast-charging. On the camera side of things, Lenovo has equipped the phone with a triple-camera setup (16MP f/1.8 wide angle, 8MP f/2.4 telephoto, and 5MP f/2.4 depth sensor), with a 16MP HDR front-facing camera for selfies.

The phone (unfortunately) still uses a microUSB uses a USB-C port for charging and data transfers, and you have the ability to expand the storage of the Z5s via microSD—up to 256GB microSD expansion is supported.

With solid, if unspectacular, specs, the Lenovo Z5s is certainly one to consider, although I’d argue there are better options available within this guide.

Lenovo Z5s—6GB RAM, 64GB storage—RM1,149

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