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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I think, if you’ve been reading our site, you already know that Xiaomi’s really good at making cheap phones. Yes, they do make some solid flagship devices for incredibly attractive prices, but I’ve always found that they’re at their best in the affordable mid range segment.
Best phone under RM1,000? For me — for as long as I’ve been writing tech — the answer was always Redmi Note. This year, their champion in this increasingly competitive segment of the market is called the Redmi Note 5 and I’m here to help you find out if it’s still the one true king.
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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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The latest and greatest smartphones are getting more expensive these days. Flagship smartphones used to cost around RM2,000 a few years ago but now they could go more than RM4,000 for the top spec model. It doesn’t make sense to spend so much money on a phone that you’re likely to replace every two or three years.
What if there’s a phone that could deliver your most wanted flagship features at a more sensible price? It’s time to get acquainted with the Redmi Note 5 that’s coming to Malaysia very soon.
UPDATE: Xiaomi is launching the Redmi Note 5 in Malaysia on 24 April 2018.
Xiaomi has just announced the Redmi Note 5 in Indonesia and it’s the first market to get the device in South East Asia. In case you missed it, the device also coming to Malaysia very soon and we now have a clearer indication of the specs and possible pricing.
This is it! The Xiaomi smartphone you’ve been waiting for is coming to Malaysia very soon. The Redmi Note 5 was spotted on the SIRIM database and now the official online store has teased that it will be hitting Malaysia next week.
Xiaomi‘s new smartphone is coming to Malaysia and it’s the one you’ve been waiting for. Sure, flagships are cool, but for a lot of us, the mid-range is where the money’s at. It’s the one we can actually afford and with how good they’re getting, it can get pretty hard to justify paying so much more for a top-of-the-line handset.
And I don’t think anyone makes better mid-rangers than Xiaomi does. So get hyped because it looks like the Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 is coming to our shores very soon.
Xiaomi has always been the king of value for money and when it comes to smartphones priced under RM1,000, it is hard not to recommend the Redmi Note 4. It offers top-notch specs and a decent build at a price that’s hard to beat. When the Redmi 5 Plus was introduced a couple of months back, the specs are roughly the same as the current Redmi Note 4.
For those looking for a proper upgrade, Xiaomi has officially announced its latest Redmi Note 5 and Redmi Note 5 Pro. The event took place in India, which is Xiaomi’s biggest market outside of China.
Looking for a Redmi Note 4 successor? This could be it. After it was speculated that Xiaomi might drop its Redmi “Note” moniker, it appears that the Redmi Note 5 device could be announced tomorrow on Valentine’s Day. The big reveal is happening in India and it has been a year since the current Redmi Note 4 for international markets was launched.