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SoyaCincau’s best smartphones under RM1,000 (2019)

Vivo Y17

As I’ve repeated many times in this guide, versatility is probably the one thing that makes or breaks smartphones in this range. And the Vivo Y17 is certainly versatile, if nothing else. For less than RM1,000, the main plus points here are the 5,000mAh battery, as well as a reasonable triple-camera setup (13MP f/2.2, 8MP f/2.2 wide-angle, 2MP f/2.4 depth sensor).

It’s display is called the Halo FullView display, with a minimalistic V-shaped notch at the top that also houses the 20MP f/2.0 selfie camera. But that’s about it. The phone still uses a microUSB slot, and the display on the Vivo Y17 is only HD+. The Y17 is running on an average-ish MediaTek Helio P35 processor with 4GB of RAM and 128GB of storage.

The display, in particular, can be a dealbreaker for some, although the large battery size and versatile camera setup might still come in handy for those who require it. Of course, you also get a big 128GB storage option at the RM1,000 price mark, which is also a big benefit for some.

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Vivo Y17—4GB RAM, 128GB storage—RM999

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