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 cut me, I’d probably bleed Fujifilm. I’ve been a fan of the Fujifilm X line of cameras since I saw the first X100. There’s just something about the way they look, the way you take pictures with them, the great selection of glass and the amazing photographs their X-Trans sensors can produce.
But, they aren’t without fault. Weaknesses that range from a lack of full-frame options to their sub-par video recording are issues that have plagued the lineup for the longest time. And, it wasn’t until recently that they finally built a camera with in-body image stabilisation.
All of these things have already been done, and some might argue done better, by the kings of mirrorless in the modern age: Sony. I never really bought into the hype for Sony’s cameras because their menu systems are convoluted and I’ve always felt that they lacked the “soul” of a Fujifilm camera.
Then, Sony launched the a7 III and they managed to create something that may quite literally be too good to ignore.
The Sony Xperia XZ Premium is the world’s first smartphone to feature a high-resolution 4K HDR display and 960fps super slow-mo. When it was launched in Malaysia, it had a hefty price tag of RM3,399. If you’re still interested in this device, Sony Mobile Malaysia has just announced a price cut of RM700.
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Less than a month from its unveiling at MWC 2018, Sony has finally launched its new Xperia XZ2 and XZ2 Compact in Malaysia. These are their latest flagship smartphones with a 18:9 display and they are capable of shooting 4K videos in HDR.
UPDATE: Sony Xperia XZ2 and XZ2 Compact are now official in Malaysia. Price starts from RM2,899.
Not interested with the Samsung Galaxy S9? Does the Huawei P20 not light a fire in your loins? Well, there is good news because next week you’re going to have another brand new smartphone vying for the precious ringgits in your wallet. Who’s excited for the new Sony Xperia XZ2 and XZ2 Compact?
When Apple announced the iPhone 7, they took a controversial and “courageous” move to remove the traditional 3.5mm audio jack. The decision to drop the old jack was said to be necessary as the port was analogue and outdated. They reckon that it is better if audio is pushed digitally through its lightning port or you can simply go wireless with their AirPods. Other smartphone makers have made a similar move in order to save on space or to go fully digital with active noise cancellation like HTC and Xiaomi.
When Sony introduced their latest Xperia XZ2 and XZ2 Compact at MWC 2018, many didn’t expect them to ditch the headphone jack as well. Was it to save on space? Not really and the Xperia XZ2 is actually quite thick at 11.1mm. As a comparison, the previous XZ1 was much thinner at 7.4mm and that still came with a headphone jack.
I have a problem. It’s an incredibly first-world problem, because it’s one where no amount of gear is ever “enough”. Literally the week after I ordered my brand new Audio Technica ATH-M40X, I was already scouring the internet for a brand new pair of wireless headphones with active noise cancellation (ANC).
And it’s not like I’m some big audiophile. My ears are decidedly plebian in the sense that I know what I like and I know what I don’t — there isn’t really a super deep spectrum. Nevertheless, that didn’t stop me from wanting to get the best ones there are.
After weeks of reading, listening and researching, I managed to narrow down the list to a few prime candidates. Sony’s original MDR-1000X headphones were not at the top of the list. Then, everything changed when I got a hold of the WH-1000XM2.
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In a world where the device you keep with you all day is devoid of a 3.5mm headphone jack, wireless headphones suddenly become far more attractive than they have been in the past — at least, for me. I’m currently living the dongle life, and let me tell you, it’s awful. Those nasty things are fragile, tiny and infuriating to use on a daily basis.
Bluetooth, then, looks like the most viable alternative. But when you buy Bluetooth headphones, you don’t just want plain old Bluetooth headphones. At least, not when you have the option to pick one up with state-of-the-art noise cancellation technology.
That, young grasshopper, is where Sony‘s stunning lineup of 1000X headphones come in.
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Ever looked at the Sony RX100 and thought, “Gee, I wish there was a really big version of this and a really tiny version of this”? If your answer is yes, Sony Malaysia’s got good news for you. Meet the brand new RX0 and RX10 IV compact cameras.
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If you’re looking for the latest flagship that runs on the very latest version of Android, the Sony Xperia XZ1 has finally arrived in Malaysia. It was recently announced just a few weeks back during IFA 2017 and it’s now officially launched on our shores with Android 8.0 Oreo running out of the box.