Early this month, HMD Global had introduced the new Nokia 8110 4G in Malaysia. This is a tribute to the iconic Matrix phone which is also known as the banana phone. The Finnish smartphone brand is aware that there are cheap knockoffs of the Nokia 8110 being sold online and they want consumers to be cautious when it comes to dubious offers.
After releasing the Nokia 6.1 in Malaysia last week, the Finnish brand has just introduced its Nokia 3.1 in our local market. This is Nokia’s most affordable 18:9 display smartphone and it claims to have 50% better performance than last year’s Nokia 3.
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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Nokia’s new throwback device, the 8110 4G has finally arrived in Malaysia. Like the reborn Nokia 3310, it’s also a feature phone but this supports faster 4G. On top of that, you can even use it as a hotspot.
After introducing the Nokia 7 Plus in Malaysia, Nokia will be introducing another affordable mid-range smartphone for our local market. This is the Nokia 6 for 2018 which is also known as the Nokia 6.1. The device was first launched in China and it’s a significant step up from last year’s model.
Everyone who cared, remembered the disastrous Nokia X Android smartphones of the past. They were just nasty things that never should have seen the light of day. You’d think that the company would want to bury something that crashed so hard in a dark hole and throw away the hole, but nope, they’re bringing the Nokia X name right back.
Thankfully, it looks like this time the Nokia X6 — as it is called — looks like a solid mid-range smartphone you’d wan’t to spend your money on. Nay, it looks like a really good bang-for-buck device.
About 4 years ago, the Nokia X was introduced and it was probably one of the worst Android smartphones at that time. It had a forked version of Android and it ran on mediocre hardware at a price that’s uncompetitive compared to other entry-level smartphones. Unsurprisingly, the entire Nokia X line was discontinued in less than 6 months.
The Nokia of today is completely different and they are finally making Android-powered smartphones with stock interface. Interestingly, the Finnish brand thinks now is a good time to revive the Nokia X lineup and the launch is expected to take place very soon in China. While the Nokia 7 Plus came with a 6″ 18:9 display, the new Nokia X will adopt a edge to edge screen that comes with a notch.
If you were thinking of picking up a Nokia 7 Plus today, you would be disappointed. The latest Nokia smartphone was supposed to go on sale in Malaysia today but it will be available for purchase by the end of next week.
Nokia has officially launched the brand new Nokia 7 Plus and Nokia 1 smartphones in Malaysia. While the former is a premium mid-ranger, the latter is Malaysia’s first Android Oreo (Go edition) entry-level smartphone.