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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UPDATE: Good news! We have updated and published a brand new Best smartphones under RM1,200 guide! It includes the new devices that have launched since this guide was published as well as the new discounted prices thanks to zero-rated GST. You can check it out here.
We’re back! This year, we’ve got another juicy new selection of budget-friendly smartphones under RM1,200. So, what’s new in 2018? Quite a lot, actually. This year’s crop of smartphones may be among the best ones we’ve seen especially if you’re looking at the amount of goodies you can get for your money.
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If you’re looking for an affordable Android One smartphone, the Mi A1 is now going for less than RM700. This is offered in conjunction with Lazada’s 6th Birthday Festival sale which starts today.
The Mi A1 was Xiaomi’s first Android One device that offered a fluid stock-Android experience at a competitive price. It was based on the Mi 5X which came with a dual-camera setup and it was only sold in China. Next week, Xiaomi is about to launch their Mi 6X and it gives us a clearer picture of what to expect for their next Android One smartphone.
When I think of smartphones that really caught my eye last year, the first phone that comes to mind isn’t any big flagship, despite the fact that it was the year of juggernauts like the Samsung Galaxy Note8 and iPhone X. No, because I wouldn’t buy those phones, they’re just too expensive for someone with my bank account balance.
The phone that really interested me was the Xiaomi Mi A1. Xiaomi’s legendary value-for-money hardware coupled with the slick experience of stock Android? Sign me up.
After the first one launched, I think there was only one thing on everyone’s mind: Will there be a sequel? Well, as it turns out, there very well might be a Mi A2 and this is what it could look like.
Lazada Malaysia is having a flash sale for the Xiaomi Mi A1. Instead of paying RM999, the Mi A1 can be yours for less than RM800 but it’s only available for the next couple of hours.
Just in the nick of time, Xiaomi has started rolling out the latest Android 8.0 Oreo update to all Mi A1 users worldwide. The Mi A1 is Xiaomi’s first Android One device that offers a stock Android experience and faster software updates.
During the launch, Google promises that the Mi A1 will be upgraded to Android Oreo before the end of the year and it will be among the first phones to get Android P.
The Xiaomi Mi A1 is one of the best value for money smartphones that runs on stock Android. Retailing at RM1,099, it even comes with a dual-camera lens with 2X Optical Zoom. If you’re looking for a bargain, the official Mi Malaysia set is now going for RM200 less.