As revealed yesterday, the ASUS ZenFone 5z is an affordable flagship smartphone that offers top-notch specs for less than RM1,900. If 6GB RAM and 128GB storage aren’t enough for you, it appears that ASUS Malaysia is also bringing their range-topping 8GB RAM and 256GB version of the ZenFone 5z very soon.
I’ll be the first to admit that during my first impressions with the ASUS ZenFone Max Pro M1, I may have hyped the handset up a little too much. But, there was good reason for it. Not only did we have a smartphone that could stand toe-to-toe with the Redmi Note 5 in most of the major hardware specs, but it also ran a near-stock version of Android Oreo.
However, once I got to spend some time with the handset, this idea of it being the perfect budget smartphone quickly started to fade. Two issues in particular stick out to me.
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UPDATE: ASUS Malaysia is also introducing their high-spec 8GB RAM + 256GB storage version of the ZenFone 5z.
After introducing the mid-range ZenFone 5, ASUS Malaysia is expected to announce the ZenFone 5z on our shores very soon. Ahead of its official announcement, the official Malaysian price for this Snapdragon 845 powered flagship has been revealed on Lazada Malaysia.
What a year it has been so far since the last time we published our best smartphones under RM1,200 (2018 edition). We changed governments in a historic election nobody saw coming, the Goods and Services Tax (GST) is now zero-rated and, of course, a whole bunch of brand new affordable smartphones launched.
We thought about a simple update to our original guide, but because so much has changed, we figured it would be a disservice for you to just add the couple of new phones to the end of that one. Instead, we decided that it would be better if we gave the whole guide a proper face-lift, featuring the new updated GST-less budget smartphones, several brand new handsets and a revised Editor’s Choice section.
Here’s our ultimate budget smartphone guide Part 2.
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If you missed the first round of flash sales for the ASUS ZenFone Max Pro M1 where you could pick up this awesome bang-for-buck device for a stunning RM599, there’s good news! ASUS Malaysia just announced that they’ll be extending the flash sale period into July as well.
The ASUS ZenFone Max Pro is one of the most interesting sub-RM1,000 smartphones in Malaysia right now. Not only it packs great specs for the price but it’s also the first ASUS smartphone to run on stock Android.
If you’ve ordered the 4GB RAM + 64GB storage version, ASUS Malaysia has just announced that there will be a delay of shipment until the middle of next month.
If you’re looking for a decent device below RM400, here comes a new entry from ASUS. The ZenFone Live L1 which comes with a large 5.5″ display will be arriving in Malaysia by the end of this week.
The first thing you think of when you see a smartphone from the ASUS Republic of Gamers — aptly named the ROG Phone — would probably be somewhere along the lines of “Oh this must only be for hardcore gamers”. And while that’s true to a certain extent, I believe that this gaming-grade mobile device isn’t just for hardcore gamers.
It’s for everyone.
The ASUS ZenFone Max Pro is currently the most value for money stock Android smartphone you can buy in Malaysia. If you’re facing problems with the fingerprint sensor and camera, the Taiwanese smartphone maker has released a software update to address these issues.
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For the longest time, the Xiaomi Redmi 5A has been a popular choice if you’re looking for the cheapest Android smartphone. After introducing the ZenFone Max Pro in Malaysia, ASUS is now focusing at a lower price point with its new ZenFone Live L1.
It was first spotted in Indonesia and the new ZenFone Live could pose a serious challenge to Xiaomi’s cheapest smartphone model.