SoyaCincau’s best smartphones under RM1,200


UPDATE: We’ve updated the guide! Now there are four brand new smartphones for you to choose from.

It’s that time of the year again. Although a whole host of new smartphones have been launched, a lot of the conversation is about the smartphones at the top end of the market. “What about those on a tight budget?”, you must be wondering, “Do tech sites even care about those of us who can’t spend a month’s salary on a device?”, you’re probably thinking.

Well, we care. So, here are some of the best phones you can get for under RM1,200.

“But wait, wasn’t last year’s list under RM1,000?”

Yes, yes it was. But the problem is that our currency is currently in a not-so-great spot and it looks like manufacturers had to adjust their prices a little bit too. Successor phones (like the Redmi Note 4 and honor 6X) have had their base prices bumped up compared to last year.

The good news is that with the slight premium, you are also getting more smartphone so things do sort of balance each other out. This year’s crop now has their base internal storage options starting at 32GB, with some going up to 64GB too. All of them also have support for microSD expansion and supports dual SIM connectivity and 4G LTE. What’s more, not a single one of these phones are completely plastic, so you also get a pretty robust build and feel for what you’re paying.

In the pages that follow, you’ll find an entry with each phone and a brief rundown of why we chose them. Then at the end, we’ve also included a comparison table so you can compare spec sheets and pick the one that ticks the most boxes for your needs.

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Besides that, we’re also including an “Editor’s Choice” where we choose two of our favourite phones and let you know why we did so.

Ready? Let’s begin.