As we are now in the latter half of the year 2018, there are many budget-friendly phones that have been released thus far that deserve more attention than they have been receiving. Flagship devices have always been the centrepieces, so it’s about time for the little boys to get some love too. Hence, here is an updated list of the top 5 budget smartphones to take notice of for the second half of 2018!
Before we begin, there are some things that you should know. Each entry below will contain a brief rundown of the device’s key features that you should know about, as well as their tentative lowest prices available online. Keep in mind too that you will be led directly to the merchant’s site when you click on the complementary image.
Alright, without further ado, let’s begin!
Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 AI Dual Camera – RM649.00 onwards
It should not come as a surprise that the first phone to be featured on this list is from Xiaomi as the brand has managed to keep its value-for-money Redmi Note series of smartphones priced under RM1,000 despite increased competition while offering commendable specifications. The newest addition to this series – the Redmi Note 5 – is the best Redmi phone that the brand has churned out thus far.
The primary weakness when it comes to Redmi Note phones has traditionally been their cameras. This time around though, Xiaomi has upped its game in this department by equipping the Redmi Note 5 with a dual-camera setup, comprising of a 12MP sensor with a f/1.9 aperture as well as a 5MP sensor with a f/2.0 aperture. This combination of lenses, together with the massive 1.4μm pixel and Dual Pixel autofocus means that the primary camera delivers high-quality images, even in low-light environments.
Pair this with other impressive hardware including a Qualcomm Snapdragon 636 processor, a massive 5.99-inch 1,080x2,160p resolution display, up to 6GB of RAM and 64GB of internal storage, a 4,000mAh battery, plus a sleek metal body, and you have an extremely value-for-money device that’s worth every single cent!
Huawei Nova 2i – RM749.00 onwards
If you are impressed by the two-plus-one camera setup on the latest smartphones released this year, wait until you meet the quad-camera Nova 2i phone by Huawei. The 13MP + 2MP front-facing cameras enable you to snap beautiful selfies with sharp details and an amazing bokeh effect. The 16MP + 2MP duo at the back is capable of snapping bright and detailed photos regardless of the lighting conditions. Powerful cameras backed by Huawei’s cutting-edge camera technologies make the Huawei Nova 2i the perfect mobile photography companion!
The cameras are not the only plus points of the device. The phone also comes with a 5.93-inch Full HD+ display that delivers accurate colours and immersive viewing quality, an octa-core Kirin 659 processor that handles multitasking and demanding apps with ease, and a 3,000mAh battery that enables you to stay entertained all day long.
Samsung J7 Pro – starting from RM799.00
Despite being more renowned for their Galaxy series of smartphones, Samsung proved through the J7 Pro that they are capable of producing reliable wallet-friendly models too. The phone features Samsung’s signature AMOLED display that measures 5.5 inches and has a 1,920x1,080p resolution, which is considerably impressive for the price you are paying for the phone. It comes with an octa-core Exynos 7870 chipset that is supported by 3GB of RAM and 32GB of internal storage. Hence, you should not face any lags when executing day-to-day operations on the device. This is also the brand’s first budget model to come with the Samsung Pay capability, enabling you to process payments wirelessly.
Meizu M5 – Starting from RM450.00
Meizu has been giving Xiaomi a run for its money for quite a while now, which is quite a feat for a brand that does not have as much popularity and fanfare as the latter. However, if Meizu continues to produce a quality budget smartphone like the M5, it will slowly, but surely be a household name in Malaysia in the not-so-distant-future.
The Meizu M5 offers generous screen real-estate as it houses a 5.2-inch HD display. Combine this with the device’s lightweight yet sleek design and you have a great phone made for playing games, listening to music, or watching movies on the go. However, what is most impressive about this phone is that it is compatible with VR! V-freaking-R, the technology that notable brands are equipping their phones for, supported by an RM450 device! Technophiles, what are you waiting for?
Motorola Moto G5s Plus – RM799.00 onwards
It seems that Motorola has opted for the unsuspecting-silent-killer approach when it comes to promoting their smartphones in Malaysia. Despite not being as prominent as some of the other brands on this list, Motorola is proving that you should not write it off just yet with the Moto G5s Plus.
Although the phone is marketed as a budget device, there is nothing cheap in terms of the hardware on the G5s Plus. Under its hood, the phone boasts a Snapdragon 625 processor that is mated with 4GB of RAM and 32GB of internal storage. This combination of specs equates to lag-free daily operations and smooth transition between apps. Furthermore, it also has a 13MP + 13MP dual-camera setup at the back and an 8MP front snapper for you to take photos and videos with.
The 5 phones listed above are proving that budget-friendly models are now good enough to stand on their own to feet, instead of just playing second fiddle to their pricier brethren. What do you think of the phones mentioned above? Do you have a model that you would like to recommend too? Share your thoughts with us in the comments section below!