The Best Budget Smartphones You Can Buy For Under RM1000

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We are coming to the tail end of yet another year filled with smartphone releases. 2021 has indeed blessed us with some exciting devices. While the top flagships by the usual suspects hogged most of the limelight (as expected), there is no shortage of irresistible budget offerings too. Here, we rounded up some of the best phones under RM1000 released this year from various brands. You owe it to yourself to check them out if you’re in the market for a brand new, non-wallet-busting smartphone! (They would make for great Christmas gift ideas for just about anyone too, FYI).

8 Best Phones Under RM1000 To Buy In Malaysia

Poco X3 Pro

Poco X3 Pro best phones under rm1000
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The former Xiaomi sub-brand is beloved by many for giving consumers phones with price tags that belie their specs. The Poco X3 Pro is no exception. Released locally together with the Poco F3 in March, it has a 120Hz display that is rare even among the best phones under RM1000.

Specs:

  • 6.67-inch IPS display with 120Hz high refresh rate (2400 x 1080 resolution)
  • 6GB/8GB RAM
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 860
  • 128GB/256GB internal storage memory
  • Quad rear cameras (48MP primary lens + 8MP ultrawide lens + 2MP macro lens + 2MP depth sensor)
  • 20MP selfie camera
  • 5,160mAh battery (with 33W fast charging)

Poco M4 Pro 5G

Poco M4 Pro 5G best phones under rm1000
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The new Poco M4 Pro 5G came barely five months after the Poco M3 Pro 5G launch. Compared to its predecessor, it features a slightly larger display, upgraded chipset, and faster charging speed. However, it also swapped the triple-camera system with a dual-camera array, led by a 50MP shooter.

Specs:

  • 6.6-inch LCD display with 90Hz high refresh rate (2400 x 1080 resolution)
  • 4GB/6GB RAM
  • MediaTek Dimensity 810 5G
  • 64GB/128GB internal storage memory
  • Dual rear cameras (50MP primary lens + 8MP ultrawide lens)
  • 16MP selfie camera
  • 5,000mAh battery (with 33W fast charging)

Oppo A74

Oppo A74 best phones under rm1000
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The A74 is one of the few budget offerings from Oppo this year. It is equipped with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 662 chipset, has three rear cameras headlined by a 48MP shooter, and a 5,000mAh battery with SuperVOOC 2.0 fast charging technology. Fun fact: Oppo first debuted the A74 5G (you can read our review here) before bringing in the 4G-enabled A74 to our shores a month later.

Specs:

  • 6.43-inch AMOLED display (2400 x 1080 resolution)
  • 6GB RAM
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 662
  • 128GB internal storage memory
  • Triple rear cameras (48MP primary lens + 2MP macro lens + 2MP depth sensor)
  • 16MP selfie camera
  • 5,000mAh battery (with 33W SuperVOOC 2.0 fast charging)

Redmi 10

Redmi 10 best phones under rm1000
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The latest release from Redmi in Malaysia offers a fluid 90Hz adaptive display. It smartly adjusts the refresh rate depending on usage to prolong battery life. Despite its affordable price tag, the Redmi 10 also boasts a 50MP main camera. 

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Specs:

  • 6.5-inch display with 90Hz high refresh rate (2400 x 1080 resolution)
  • 4GB/6GB RAM
  • MediaTek Helio G88
  • 64GB/128GB internal storage memory
  • Quad rear cameras (50MP primary lens + 8MP ultrawide lens + 2MP macro lens + 2MP depth sensor)
  • 8MP selfie camera
  • 5,000mAh battery (with 18W fast charging and 9W reverse charging)

Redmi Note 10S

Redmi Note 10S best phones under rm1000
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Here’s another one in the Redmi 10 family that makes up some of the best phones under RM1000 this year. Compared to the Redmi 10, the Redmi Note 10S boasts a better front-and-back camera package and faster charging.

Specs:

  • 6.43-inch AMOLED display (2400 x 1080 resolution)
  • 8GB RAM
  • MediaTek Helio G95
  • 128GB internal storage memory
  • Quad rear cameras (64MP primary lens + 8MP ultrawide lens + 2MP macro lens + 2MP depth sensor)
  • 13MP selfie camera
  • 5,000mAh battery (with 33W fast charging)

Samsung Galaxy A32

Samsung Galaxy A32 best phones under rm1000
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When it comes to a combination of good hardware and good software, few brands do it better than Samsung. The Samsung Galaxy A32 gives you a 90Hz display with generous 8GB RAM for less than RM1000. You can shell out a little more for the 5G version.

Specs:

  • 6.5-inch TFT display with 90Hz high refresh rate (1600 x 720 resolution)
  • 8GB RAM
  • MediaTek Dimensity 720 5G
  • 128GB internal storage memory
  • Triple rear cameras (48MP primary lens + 8MP ultrawide lens + 5MP macro lens + 2MP depth sensor)
  • 13MP selfie camera
  • 5,000mAh battery (with 15W fast charging)

vivo Y33s

vivo Y33s
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vivo’s latest budget release, the Y33s, deserves a spot in this best phone under RM1000 list for having an “extended RAM” feature. If the 8GB RAM out of the box is not enough, you can use up to 4GB of idle ROM space as extra RAM to boost the performance even further!

Specs:

  • 6.58-inch LCD display (2408 x 1080 resolution)
  • 8GB RAM
  • MediaTek Helio G80
  • 128GB internal storage memory
  • Triple rear cameras (50MP primary lens + 2MP macro lens + 2MP depth sensor)
  • 16MP selfie camera
  • 5,000mAh battery (with 18W fast charging)

Infinix Zero X Neo

Infinix Zero X Neo
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Infinix might not be an all-too-familiar name for many here, but the Zero X Neo is surely one of the best phones under RM1000 to consider. Aside from a huge 6.78-inch 90Hz display, it has got a 60X Periscope Moonshot Camera capable of  60X hybrid zoom (and 5X optical zoom too).

Specs:

  • 6.78-inch IPS display with 90Hz high refresh rate (2460 x 1080 resolution)
  • 8GB RAM
  • MediaTek Helio G95
  • 128GB internal storage memory (expandable)
  • Triple rear cameras (48MP primary lens + 8MP periscope lens + 2MP depth sensor)
  • 16MP selfie camera
  • 5,000mAh battery (with 18W fast charging)

These Best Phones Under RM1000 Are Good Enough To Fulfil Most Of The Average Consumers’ Needs

playing a game on the Oppo A74 5G
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Big fluid displays, plenty of RAM, huge-number batteries—these phones have more than enough features to offer a great everyday experience. They may not have all the flashy bells and whistles of the flagship models, but they are hard to beat for offering bang for your buck. But you know what could be better than the best phones under RM1000? These best phones under RM500!

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