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Smartphones have come a long way in terms of multi-tasking capabilities, screen resolution, cameras, etc. Even some of the best budget Smartphones in Malaysia are worth looking into!

So, whether you want a premium, mid-range or budget Smartphone, you’ll find a selection of solid options here!

Table Of Contents:

Our Picks

  • Best Telephoto Phone: Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra 5G
  • Best For Videographers: Apple iPhone 13 Pro Max
  • Best Value: Xiaomi Mi 11
  • Best Budget With Great Performance: Poco X4 Pro
  • Best Budget With Great Camera: Redmi Note 10 Pro
  • Best For Gaming: ASUS ROG Phone 5
  • Best Budget For Gaming: POCO F4 GT
  • Best Portable But Powerful Smartphone: iPhone 13 mini
  • Best Long-lasting Battery Life: Apple iPhone 13 Pro Max

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1. Apple iPhone 13 Pro Max

The latest and greatest iPhone to date:

Apple’s iPhone 13 Pro Max shares the same overall design as the iPhone 12 Pro Max, with a notably smaller front camera notch (although it’s still an annoyance for some).

It also has a polished steel side finish, which does look very premium, but finds itself covered in fingerprints more often than not.

Colour Variations For iPhone 13 Pro Max

The selling point of the iPhone 13 Pro Max is its upgraded camera, offering excellent capture and video quality, alongside Dolby Vision HDR.

It also has a significantly improved battery life, direct comparisons see a 15% increase of battery capacity between the iPhone 13 Pro Max and the iPhone 12 Pro Max (4,352mAh vs 3,687mAh).

Other upgrades over last year’s edition includes a newer, more powerful chipset (the A15 Bionic).

And the new display with ProMotion technology intuitively sets the refresh rate between 10Hz to 120Hz according to your usage (I.e. saves battery).

Update July 2022: So far, no other smartphone can beat its battery long lasting performance.

These features make the iPhone 13 Pro Max a solid option for gaming on the go.

At the moment, the iPhone 13 series are the only iPhone range with the Cinematic mode (1080p, 30FPS)! And they are noticeably heavier than the 12 series owing to their larger battery capacity.

Verdict – Best For Videographers

If you can stomach it’s absurd RM5,000 asking price and don’t mind buying into the Apple’s insular ecosystem (which means proprietary accessories and repairs only):

The iPhone 13 Pro Max offers an amazing camera, quality display, long-lasting battery life and a smooth experience, whether you’re browsing YouTube or playing a few games.

It’s pretty much Apple’s best iPhone ever, until the iPhone 14 Pro Max comes out that is.

Apple iPhone 13 Pro Max - Sierra Blue
  • Display: 6.7″ Super Retina XDR OLED 120Hz (1284 x 2778), 1000 nits
  • Weight: 240g
  • Dimensions: 160.8 x 78.1 x 7.7 mm
  • OS: iOS 15
  • CPU: Apple A15 Bionic
  • RAM & GPU: 6GB; Apple GPU 5-core
  • Storage: 128GB / 256GB / 512GB / 1TB (Not Expandable)
  • Battery: 4,352 mAh
  • Rear Camera: 12MP (ƒ/2.8) + 12MP (ƒ/1.5) + 12MP (ƒ/1.8)
  • Front Camera: 12MP (ƒ/2.2)
  • IP Rating: IP68
  • SIM Card: Dual SIM (nano-SIM and eSIM)
  • Warranty: 1 Year
  • Price: From RM5,299


  • 5G-Compatible
  • Up to 1TB of internal storage
  • Exceptional camera quality (w/ Dolby Vision HDR)
  • Large 6.7” screen
  • Speedy, smooth response
  • High-quality screen
  • Sturdy-build
  • Great for intensive mobile games
  • Dust, spill and water resistant (IP68)
  • Long-lasting battery (28 hours video playback)


  • Exceptionally expensive
  • No charger provided
  • Limited to internal storage (No SD Card slot)
  • Not 3rd party repair-friendly
  • No 3.5mm audio jack
  • Very much locked into Apple’s ecosystem.
  • Stainless steel casing attracts fingerprints
  • Cameras still protrude from the back

2. Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra 5G

Touting one of the largest screens (6.8”) for a Smartphone ever, the Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra has some features to get excited about.

Firstly, the maximum brightness of the display now tops at 1750 nits instead of 1500 nits.

Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra 5G - Green

Secondly, this phone is able to play graphic-intensive games at high settings. It doesn’t heat up too crazy either.

It’s possible to get 8 hours’ worth of screen time with the Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra as well even if the battery capacity is not as high as with the former generations of this phone.

It helps that the fast-charging capability has increased from 25W to an impressive 45W from the previous Samsung Galaxy S21.

Which ultimately sets the stage to run one of the world’s fastest processors, the Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 in combination with an Adreno 730. An update from the previous Snapdragon 888 + Adreno 660. You can well expect a higher level of performance from this phone.

Besides this, we have to mention the change to the overall design of the Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra. It now bears an obvious boxy profile over the more rounded silhouette of the Samsung Galaxy S21.

The cameras by the way, are brilliant at taking night photos. Not forgetting that you still have decent image quality even after zooming up till 30x. After which, the image quality is not great.

Finally, the included S Pen will not only help you take advantage of the upgraded Notes application but also get all your daily tasks done more efficiently (e.g., take notes, manage your calendar, run presentations, translate, edit videos, etc).

Verdict – Best Telephoto Phone

If you can accept that this is a massive phone (and cumbersome to handle), the Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra is a beast to reckon with, whether you use it for work or leisure!

  • Display: 6.8″ Dynamic AMOLED 2X, 120Hz (1,440 x 3,088)
  • Weight: 228g
  • Dimensions: 163.3 x 77.9 x 8.9 mm
  • OS: One UI 4.1 / Android 12
  • CPU: Qualcomm SM8450 Snapdragon 8 Gen 1, Octa-core
  • GPU: Adreno 730
  • RAM: 8GB / 12GB
  • Storage: 128GB / 256GB / 512GB (Not Expandable)
  • Battery Life: 5,000 mAh
  • Rear Camera: 108MP (f/1.8) + 10MP (f/4.9) + 10MP (f/2.4) + 12MP (f/2.2)
  • Front Camera: 40MP (f/2.2)
  • Dust/Water Resistant: IP68
  • SIM Card: Dual Nano SIMs
  • Warranty: 1 Year
  • Price: ~RM5,099 – RM5,899


  • Huge AMOLED display with a fast 120Hz refresh rate
  • With a very fast processor and good battery life (suitable for intense gaming)
  • Superb fast charging (45W)
  • Maximum storage is 512GB
  • Great camera and gaming performance
  • IP rating of 68 which means its dust and water resistant


  • Uncomfortably large to hold with one hand or in your pocket
  • Not cheap (above RM5,000)
  • No charger provided
  • No microSD card slot

3. OnePlus 8T 5G

Even though its biggest disappointing feature is the lack of wireless charging capability:

The OnePlus 8T 5G excels at other things (charging speed of up to 65W, camera, battery life, etc)!

And there’s no ignoring that 120 Hz Fluid display! That fast refresh rate equates to smooth scrolling through websites and social media feeds!

OnePlus 8T 5G
  • Display: 6.55″ Fluid AMOLED (1,080 x 2,400)
  • Weight: 188g
  • Dimensions: 160.7 x 74.1 x 8.4 mm
  • OS: OxygenOS 11 / Android 11
  • CPU & RAM: Qualcomm Snapdragon 865; 8GB / 12GB
  • Storage: 128GB / 256GB (Not Expandable)
  • Battery Life: 4,500 mAh
  • Rear Camera: 48MP (f/1.78) + 16MP (f/2.2) + 5MP (f/2.4) + 2MP (f/2.4)
  • Front Camera: 16MP (f/2.4)
  • IP Rating: n/a
  • SIM Card: Dual Nano SIMs
  • Warranty: 2 Years
  • Price: From RM2,699 – RM2,999


  • Affordable for a high-powered Android phone
  • Sufficient processing speed for gaming
  • Supports 5G – future-proof
  • Main camera is good
  • Accurate fingerprint scanner
  • New Aquamarine Green color


  • Low light and macro photography is not good
  • No IP rating (not rated for waterproof ability)
  • Only slightly better than the OnePlus 8 (Looks very similar too)

4. Samsung Galaxy S20 FE 5G

Make no mistake, Samsung’s latest 5G model, Galaxy S20 FE 5G prioritizes on its 120Hz display and fast performance! Compromising on things like the build, battery and RAM (6Gb) instead.

In doing so, this model is cheaper than the Galaxy S20. Which buyers can definitely appreciate! As it’s still a very powerful phone (Snapdragon 865 processor)!

Samsung Galaxy S20 FE 5G
  • Display: 6.5″ Super AMOLED HDR10+ (1,080 x 2,400)
  • Weight: 190g
  • Dimensions: 159.8 x 74.5 x 8.4 mm
  • OS: One UI 2.5 / Android 10
  • CPU & RAM: Snapdragon 865; 8GB
  • Storage: 256GB (Expandable via MicroSD Up to 1TB)
  • Battery Life: 4,500 mAh
  • Rear Camera: 12MP (f/1.8) + 8MP (f/2.4) + 12MP (f/2.2)
  • Front Camera: 32MP (f/2.2)
  • IP Rating: IP68
  • SIM Card: Nano-SIM 1 + Hybrid (SIM or MicroSD)
  • Warranty: 1 Year
  • Price: ~RM3,399


  • 6 colors to choose from
  • Fast charging up to 25W
  • Impressive telephoto zoom
  • IP68 rated
  • Reverse wireless charging 4.5W
  • USB Power Delivery 3.0
  • Large storage (Expandable to 1TB with microSD)
  • Great for selfies


  • Fast charger costs more
  • Plastic back
  • Bulkier than Galaxy S20
  • Optical sensor instead of ultrasonic sensor (i.e. less accurate)
  • Average camera performance
  • OneUI not that great to use

5. Apple iPhone 13 Mini

The Apple iPhone 13 Mini is the smaller, and cheapest version of Apple’s flagship phone for this year.

Colour Variations For iPhone 13 Mini

When compared to the mainline iPhone 13, the iPhone 13 Mini is smaller with only a 5.4” screen running at 60Hz (in-comparison to the Pro-range iPhones running at 120Hz).

The Mini is also lighter, weighing in at 140g in comparison to 173g.

Its smaller size does lead to it having a smaller battery as well, giving you about 17 hours of video playback on average. 2 hours less than the standard iPhone 13.

But apart from the above, the Mini is very much just a miniaturized version of the iPhone 13. Featuring an exceptional dual camera system, brilliant HDR display and the same Bionic A15 chipset as its larger counterparts.

As for how it holds up against the iPhone 12 Mini:

The iPhone 13 Mini offers a 10% increase in battery life (an additional 1.5 hours) with similar charge times, an improved chipset, and is just only 6g heavier than its predecessor.

The iPhone 13 Mini also has smaller front camera notch, and camera upgrades taken from last year’s iPhone 12 Max, such as sensor-shift image optical stabilization.

Verdict – Best Portable But Powerful Smartphone

Smartphones that can fit into your pocket are becoming rarer, even among Android Smartphones. And the iPhone 13 Mini is a very powerful phone for its size.

It’s also a more economical alternative if you still want to own Apple’s latest mobile device.

And if you previously passed on the iPhone 12 Mini because of the disappointing battery life, the iPhone 13 Mini is the solution.

Note: If you like macro photography, we recommend the iPhone pro series.

Apple iPhone 13 Mini - Blue
  • Display: 5.4″ Super Retina XDR OLED 60Hz (1080 x 2340), 800 nits
  • Weight: 141g
  • Dimensions: 131.5 x 64.2 x 7.7 mm
  • OS: iOS 15
  • CPU: Apple A15 Bionic
  • RAM & GPU: 4GB; Apple GPU 4-core
  • Storage: 128GB / 256GB / 512GB (Not Expandable)
  • Battery: 2,438 mAh
  • Rear Camera: 12MP (ƒ/2.4) + 12MP (ƒ/1.6)
  • Front Camera: 12MP (ƒ/2.2)
  • IP Rating: IP68
  • SIM Card: Dual SIM (nano-SIM and eSIM)
  • Warranty: 1 Year
  • Price: From RM3,399


  • Same chipset, RAM and GPU as the standard iPhone 13
  • IP68 Rating
  • Great battery life (up to 17 hours)
  • Exceptional camera quality with Dolby Vision HDR
  • Smooth, responsive display
  • Lightweight
  • Easily fits in your pockets


  • Still pricy for your average smartphone
  • Screen is limited to a 60Hz refresh rate
  • Limited to internal storage (No SD Card slot)
  • Not 3rd party repair-friendly
  • Restricted to Apple’s product ecosystem
  • No charger provided
  • No 3.5mm audio jack

6. ASUS ROG Phone 5

With its flashy aesthetic and sharp edges, the design of the ASUS ROG Phone 5 clearly has gamers in mind. Moreover, it has impressive specifications and RGB lighting to boot.

ASUS ROG Phone 5 Smartphone - Storm White

Compared to the previous ROG Phone 3, it has thinner bezels but an overall larger size.

At a baseline, the ROG Phone 5 offers a 144Hz 6.78” AMOLED display, all running on the Snapdragon 888 CPU, an Adreno 660 GPU with 8GM of RAM.

As such, you can expect a smooth 60FPS when running games such as PUBG or Genshin Impact. Even at max settings, which is something not a lot of other phones can offer.

ASUS also has a variety of accessories to complement the ROG Phone 5 – from a mobile cooling case to adaptive triggers.

The phone also offers 2 separate charging ports, the standard bottom one and a side port.

Apart from allowing you to game and charge, you can also plug 2 cables in to effectively double the charging speed if you so wish.

Verdict – Best Phone For Gaming

The ROG Phone 5’s attractive price and amazing specifications makes it our phone of choice for gaming on the go.

That being said, while the ROG Phone 5 has plenty of features for the avid gamer:

The camera quality isn’t the best, and many of the features aren’t a consideration if you simply want a plug-and-play experience.

ASUS ROG Phone 5 Smartphone - Phantom Black
  • Display: 6.78″ AMOLED, 1B colors, 144Hz (1080 x 2448); 800 nits
  • Weight: ~238g
  • Dimensions: 172.8 x 77.3 x 10.3 mm
  • OS: ROG UI / Android 11
  • CPU: Qualcomm SM8350 Snapdragon 888 5G, 8 cores
  • GPU: Adreno 660
  • RAM: 8GB / 12GB / 16GB
  • Storage: 128GB / 256GB (Not Expandable), UFS 3.1
  • Battery Life: 6,000 mAh
  • Rear Camera: 64MP (f/1.8) + 13MP (f/2.4) + 5MP (f/2.0)
  • Front Camera: 24MP (f/2.0)
  • Dust/Water Resistant: –
  • SIM Card: Dual Nano SIMs
  • Warranty: 1 Year
  • Price: ~RM2,499-RM3,499


  • Excellent for mobile gaming
  • Balanced and comfortable ergonomics
  • Works with a variety of gaming accessories
  • Has 144Hz OLED Display
  • Great CPU and GPU
  • Large 6,000mAh battery
  • 65W Fast Charging
  • Comes with its own case
  • Has a 3.5mm audio jack


  • Heavy
  • Camera is only serviceable for its price range
  • No SD Card slot
  • Internal storage is comparatively low to similar offerings
  • Not as suited as an ‘everyday’ phone
  • Pro and Ultimate versions only offer more RAM

7. Xiaomi Mi 11

Mi 11 is Xiaomi flagship’s phone for 2021. What’s new with this model compared to its predecessor (Xiaomi Mi 10) lies in that shiny screen:

With 1B colors, increased resolution (1440p from 1080p), and a higher refresh rate (now 120Hz from 90Hz previously)!

Not forgetting the boost in performance (20%) from the upgraded CPU and GPU! Reading and writing is faster with the UFS3.1 (from UFS 3.0) too.

Other things worth noting is the faster charging time (55W now compared to 30W) including reverse wireless charging (10W from 5W).

If anyone cares, the whole phone is also thinner by 1mm than the previous model (Xiaomi Mi 10)! For all these changes however, the camera remains pretty much the same.

But we’re slotting this phone into our premium smartphone list anyways because it currently employs the most powerful Android chipset in the market (Qualcomm SM8350 Snapdragon 888 and Adreno 660)!

The performance of which, beats even Samsung’s latest chip (Samsung Galaxy S21) (*1)!

While still keeping things relatively affordable (less than RM3K)! If you’re a gamer and you like Android phones, you need to seriously consider this Smartphone!

Xiaomi Mi 11
  • Display: 6.81″ AMOLED, 1B colors, 120Hz (1440 x 3200)
  • Weight: ~196g
  • Dimensions: 164.3 x 74.6 x 8.1 mm
  • OS: MIUI 12.5 / Android 11
  • CPU: Qualcomm SM8350 Snapdragon 888 5G, 8 cores
  • GPU: Adreno 660
  • RAM: 8GB
  • Storage: 128GB / 256GB (Not Expandable), UFS 3.1
  • Battery Life: 4,600 mAh
  • Rear Camera: 108MP (f/1.9) + 13MP (f/2.4) + 5MP (f/2.4)
  • Front Camera: 20MP (f/2.2)
  • Dust/Water Resistant: –
  • SIM Card: Dual Nano SIMs
  • Warranty: 1 Year
  • Price: ~RM2,799-RM2,999


  • Nice display
  • Excellent performance
  • Quality build
  • Great speakers


  • No IP rating
  • Finger print scanner is average at best
  • Camera is nothing fancy
  • There is no 3.5mm audio jack

Best Smartphone Malaysia Below RM2,000


Best Budget For Gaming Smartphone:

If you have the budget for it (~RM2,000):

The POCO F4 GT is an incredible value option for gaming enthusiasts since it features an AMOLED display with 120Hz – You can watch all your favorite HDR streaming content on that vibrant AMOLED display of the POCO F4 GT as it has HDR support, by the way.


Additionally, there’s also the LiquidCool Technology 3.0 which does help a lot in keeping the phone cool during gaming sessions.

Together with top of the line, Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 and Adreno 730 chip set and an adaptive refresh rate to save on power, the POCO F4 GT is well-equipped to smoothly run even resource-intensive games like Genshin Impact.  

Moreover, with the 120W fast charging behind this phone, you have no reason to completely drain that 4,700 mAh battery.

As for other features like the camera set up, this is led by a 64MP rear camera which is also seen in other Smartphones around the RM1,000-mark.

If you’re used to headphones, it might be a disappointment that the POCO F4 GT doesn’t have a 3.5mm jack. But sound-wise you needn’t fret as the POCO F4 GT has its own top and bottom stereo speakers.

Verdict – Best Budget For Gaming

POCO F4 GT is stellar value for money if you want a gaming Smartphone around a RM2,000 budget. Just don’t have it anywhere near water as it doesn’t have any IP rating whatsoever.

  • Display: 6.67″ AMOLED, 120Hz (1,080 x 2,400), 800nits
  • Weight: 210g
  • Dimensions: 162.5 x 76.7 x 8.5 mm
  • OS: MIUI 13 / Android 12
  • CPU: Qualcomm SM8450 Snapdragon 8 Gen 1, 8 cores
  • GPU: Adreno 730
  • RAM: 8GB / 12GB
  • Storage: 128GB / 256GB (Not Expandable), UFS 3.1
  • Battery Life: 4,700 mAh, Fast charging 120W
  • Rear Camera: 64MP (f/1.9) + 8MP (f/2.2) + 2MP (f/2.4)
  • Front Camera: 20MP (f/2.4)
  • Dust/Water Resistant: –
  • SIM Card: Dual Nano SIMs
  • Warranty: 1 Year
  • Price: ~RM1,999 – RM2,199


  • Able to run image-intense games like Genshin Impact lag-free
  • 120W fast charging
  • Almost flagship worthy display
  • Magnetic trigger buttons are fun
  • Can be seen outdoors (maximum brightness of 800nits)
  • Competitive price
  • With HDR support
  • Commendable stereo speakers


  • No IP Rating for this price tag
  • No 3.5mm jack

9. Xiaomi Mi 10T

For those of you that are eying the Samsung Galaxy S20FE, Xiaomi 10, or OnePlus 8T but find yourselves hesitating because of the price:

The Xiaomi Mi 10T fills in the gap nicely! As one of the best mid-range phones you can get in Malaysia!

Not surprisingly, since they have the same CPU and GPU, the performance of the Xiaomi Mi 10T is comparable (if not equal) to OnePlus 8T or the Samsung Galaxy S20 FE 5G (also in this list)!

And since it uses the latest UFS 3.1 tech (also in the Xiaomi Mi 11), you can expect faster reading and writing speed too!

So what’s the catch in the lower cost? This phone does not have an impressive camera.

Note: Xiaomi Mi 10T Pro packs a better camera

Xiaomi Mi 10T - Silver
  • Display: 6.67″ IPS LCD, 144Hz (1,080 x 2,400)
  • Weight: ~216g
  • Dimensions: 161.5 x 75.6 x 7.8 mm
  • OS: MIUI 12 / Android 10
  • CPU: Qualcomm SM8250 Snapdragon 865, 8 cores
  • GPU: Adreno 650
  • RAM: 6GB / 8GB
  • Storage: 128GB (Not Expandable), UFS 3.1
  • Battery Life: 5,000 mAh
  • Rear Camera: 64MP (f/1.9) + 13MP (f/2.4) + 5MP (f/2.4)
  • Front Camera: 20MP (f/2.2)
  • Dust/Water Resistant: –
  • SIM Card: Dual Nano SIMs
  • Warranty: 1 Year
  • Price: ~RM1,699


  • Quality build
  • Good performance
  • Affordable
  • Has a 144 Hz refresh rate while Xiaomi Mi 10 uses 120 Hz
  • Battery life is solid (5,000 mAh)


  • No IP rating
  • There is no wireless charging capability
  • Display is limited to LCD (IPS technology)
  • You cannot expand further than the built-in memory

10. realme GT Master Edition Smartphone

A more budget-friendly, mid-ranged version of realme’s GT line of smartphones.

The realme GT Master Edition has a unique suitcase design by renowned designer, Naoto Fukasawa!

realme GT Master Edition Smartphone - Voyager Grey

For internals, the GT Master has a Snapdragon 778g 5GB Octa-Core processor, an Adreno 642L GPU, 8GB of RAM and 128/256GB of non-expandable internal storage.

Running on Android 11, the overall UI is pretty clean, although there’s some clutter with pre-installed apps.

Other features include a speedy 65W fast charging, a great Samsung-based AMOLED display at 120Hz and up to 20 hours of video playback.

But the best thing about the GT Master is its competitive pricing, coming in at only RM1,499 to RM1, 699.

When compared to the Poco X3 Pro, which has a similar amount of RAM and storage:

The realme GT Master has faster charging speeds, a better display, higher-quality camera and a better chipset. With the caveat being that the Poco X3 Pro is around RM500 cheaper than the GT Master.


With an amazing battery life, a solid display and fast charging speeds:

The Realme GT Master Edition is a well-priced, mid-ranged phone that maintains plenty of the same features from the mainline GT series. Without skimping out on the things that matter!

realme GT Master Edition Smartphone - Daybreak Blue
  • Display: 6.43″ Super AMOLED, 120Hz (1,080 x 2,400)
  • Weight: ~174 or 180g
  • Dimensions: 159.2 x 73.5 x 8.0/8.7 mm
  • OS: Realme UI 2.0 / Android 11
  • CPU: Qualcomm SM7325 Snapdragon 778G 5G, 8 cores
  • GPU: Adreno 642L
  • RAM: 8GB
  • Storage: 128GB / 256GB (Not Expandable), UFS 2.2
  • Battery Life: 4,300 mAh
  • Rear Camera: 64MP (f/1.8) + 8MP (f/2.2) + 2MP (f/2.4)
  • Front Camera: 32MP (f/2.5)
  • Dust/Water Resistant: –
  • SIM Card: Dual Nano SIMs
  • Warranty: 1 Year
  • Price: ~RM1,499-1,699


  • 65W fast charging
  • Sturdy, suitcase design
  • Lightweight
  • Very reasonably priced
  • Has a headphone jack
  • 120Hz Samsung AMOLED


  • No external card slots
  • Camera isn’t great
  • No IP rating (Not water or dustproof)
  • No wireless charging
  • CPU could’ve been better for its price

Best Smartphone Malaysia Below RM1,500

11. Samsung Galaxy M33 5G

Apart from the notable change in design for the back panel (4 cameras in a raised square rather than 2 vertical rows):

On the front, Samsung Galaxy M33 5G keeps the TFT LCD display of the former Samsung Galaxy M32 5G but this time, there is a bump up in resolution (720 x 1600p to 1080 x 2408p).

Samsung Galaxy M33 5G - Green

Together, with the 120Hz refresh rate (double of the Samsung Galaxy M32 5G), this is a phone that makes scrolling through social media feed a pleasant experience. However, there goes any hope of an AMOLED display at this the higher price point.

As for performance, the Samsung Galaxy M33 5G now has Exynos 1280 and Mali-G68 for its chip set – a considerable upgrade compared to the Samsung Galaxy M32 5G which ran on Dimensity 720.

Because of this, the Samsung Galaxy M33 5G is able to cater to the gaming community as well.

Furthermore, the eMMC that was present on the Samsung Galaxy M32 5G is now gone. And in its place, a speedier UFS 2.2.

Speaking of speed, the charging time is faster too (Fast charging 25W vs 15W) with the Samsung Galaxy M33 5G vs the Samsung Galaxy M32 5G. Though as with the newer Samsung phones, this one will not come with the fast charger.

The single speaker while loud, is in a place that you might potentially block while gaming, but at least you can use your own headphones.

When it comes to the cameras:

There is an ultra-wide camera (works for selfies too) at 5MP with the Samsung Galaxy M33 5G but because this phone doesn’t have built-in image stabilization, you can’t get away without having a tripod or stick to assist you, especially in low lighting scenarios.

You might notice that the selfie camera of the Samsung Galaxy M33 5G has been downgraded to a 8MP from 13MP.

But like the Samsung Galaxy M32 5G, you can shoot 4K and slow motion vids on the Samsung Galaxy M33 5G too.


The Samsung Galaxy M33 5G is a versatile 5G Smartphone that falls well under RM1,500. If you do a little bit of everything, this phone will get the job done even if it doesn’t have any exceptional features.

  • Display: 6.6″ TFT LCD, 120Hz (1080 x 2408)
  • Weight: 198g
  • Dimensions: 165.4 x 76.9 x 9.4 mm
  • OS: One UI 4.1 / Android 12
  • CPU: Exynos 1280, 8 cores
  • GPU: Mali-G68
  • RAM: 8GB
  • Storage: 128GB (Expandable via MicroSD), UFS 2.2
  • Battery Life: 5,000 mAh, Fast charging 25W
  • Rear Camera: 50MP (f/1.8) + 5MP (f/2.2) + 2MP (f/2.4) + 2MP (f/2.4)
  • Front Camera: 8MP (f/2.2)
  • Dust/Water Resistant: IP53
  • SIM Card: Dual Nano SIMs
  • Warranty: 1 Year
  • Price: ~RM1399


  • With NFC
  • Good camera (50MP) for the price
  • With a fingerprint scanner (power button)
  • Decent battery life
  • Has a 3.5mm jack
  • Fast charging (25W)
  • Able to play some games
  • Uses UFS 2.2 instead of eMMC
  • Supports 5G


  • No IP Rating
  • 4K video recording is not smooth
  • Fast charger not included
  • Can’t support wireless charging
  • No stereo speakers
  • Waterdrop notch at the front may annoy some people

12. Redmi Note 10 Pro

Oddly about the same price as its predecessor, Redmi Note 9 Pro:

The first thing you might notice is the higher display quality as the Redmi Note 10 Pro has an AMOLED screen. With a not-so-impressive refresh rate of 120Hz.

There is improvement in the CPU, upgraded from Qualcomm Snapdragon 720G to Qualcomm SM7150 Snapdragon 732G. With no change to the GPU (still Adreno 618).

And its fast charging capability is 3W more than what it was in the Redmi Note 9 Pro.

This model also sees a switch for a better rear camera! But keeps the front camera of the previous model.

In fact, this is our pick for the best budget phone with great camera performance. Because you can’t find a phone at this price with its 108MB rear camera!

Redmi Note 10 Pro
  • Display: 6.67″ AMOLED, 120Hz (1,080 x 2,400)
  • Weight: ~193g
  • Dimensions: 164 x 76.5 x 8.1 mm
  • OS: MIUI 12 / Android 11
  • CPU: Qualcomm SM7150 Snapdragon 732G, 8 cores
  • GPU: Adreno 618
  • RAM: 6GB / 8GB
  • Storage: 128GB (Expandable), UFS 2.2
  • Battery Life: 5,020 mAh
  • Rear Camera: 108MP (f/1.9) + 8MP (f/2.2) + 5MP (f/2.4) + 2MP (f/2.4)
  • Front Camera: 16MP (f/2.5)
  • Dust/Water Resistant: IP53
  • SIM Card: Dual Nano SIMs
  • Warranty: 1 Year
  • Price: ~RM999-1,099


  • Great screen AMOLED 120Hz
  • Superb battery life
  • Rating of IP53
  • Inexpensive
  • Good camera for the price you pay


  • It is possible to get a better chipset in this price range
  • Not for gamers
  • Not 5G capable
  • Only UFS2.2

Best Budget Smartphone Malaysia Below RM1,000

13. Poco X4 Pro 5G

Against the Xiaomi Poco X3 Pro, the lighter weight (10g difference) and thinner body (1.3mm difference) of the new Xiaomi Poco X4 Pro 5G is barely perceivable.

POCO X4 Pro 5G

But there’s now an AMOLED display in place of the previous IPS LCD display. Most impressively, this shiny new display can reach a peak of 1200 nits! Alas, there’s no HDR support.

However, backing the Xiaomi Poco X4 Pro 5G is Snapdragon 695 – a significant downgrade from the Snapdragon 860 in the Xiaomi Poco X3 Pro. Which means this is not the phone for gamers.

Moreover, the UFS3.1 has been switched with a UFS2.2.

And while the main camera has improved (48MP to 108MP), the front camera has not (20MP to 16MP) although the 16MP front camera is good enough for your casual selfies.

Want to shoot 4K videos? You can forget that with the Xiaomi Poco X4 Pro 5G as it shoots a maximum of 1080p for video recording (including ultra wide).

It’s also worth noting that the Xiaomi Poco X4 Pro 5G is capable of 67W fast charging where the Xiaomi Poco X3 Pro is not (33W fast charging).

Verdict – Best Budget With Great Performance

Xiaomi Poco X4 Pro 5G is a cheaper alternative for the Redmi Note 11 Pro 5G, but fails to be a significant upgrade over the Xiaomi Poco X3 Pro because of the inferior chipset (i.e., no 4K video recording, slower gaming performance, poorer camera performance, etc).

Its one saving grace is that it does have 5G which the Xiaomi Poco X3 Pro does not. Although this is arguable still not an important factor in Malaysia.

Introducing The New Xiaomi POCO X4 Pro 5G (2022)

  • Display: 6.67″ AMOLED, 120Hz (1080 x 2400) 700-1200 nits
  • Weight: 205g
  • Dimensions: 164.2 x 76.1 x 8.1 mm
  • OS: MIUI 13 / Android 11
  • CPU: Qualcomm SM6375 Snapdragon 695 5G, 8 cores
  • GPU: Adreno 619
  • RAM: 6GB / 8GB
  • Storage: 128GB / 256GB (Expandable via MicroSD), UFS 2.2
  • Battery Life: 5,000 mAh, Fast charging 67W
  • Rear Camera: 108MP (f/1.9) + 64MP (f/1.8) + 8MP (f/2.2) + 2MP (f/2.4)
  • Front Camera: 16MP (f/2.5)
  • Dust/Water Resistant: IP53
  • SIM Card: Hybrid Dual Nano SIMs
  • Warranty: 1 Year
  • Price: ~RM999-RM1,199


  • With a 3.5mm jack
  • Supports NFC
  • Rated for IP53 (resistances against dust and light splashes)
  • Good battery life
  • Striking reflective back panel
  • AMOLED display with fast refresh rate 120Hz
  • With ultra-wide lens (8MP)
  • Stereo speakers (top and bottom)
  • Very responsive fingerprint scanner (power button)
  • Decent 16MP selfie camera
  • Fast charging at 67W (price includes charger)
  • Main camera performs well at night


  • Screen refresh rate does not automatically adjust to save power
  • No HDR support
  • Ultra-wide lens performance is poor in dim light
  • Not suitable for gamers
  • Headphone jack placement is at the top

More choices of the best budget smartphones.

How To Choose The Best Smartphone

1. Operating System: Android Or Iphone

A phone’s operating system is the built-in software that drives and manages the functions of the phone.

There are 2 main operating systems that dominate the market, iPhone and Android.

What is the difference between these 2 operating systems?

iPhone (aka iOS):

  • Arguably more intuitive and thus, easier to use
  • Better security
  • Works well with other Apple devices
  • Regular software updates


  • Generally cheaper than an iPhone
  • Customize-able
  • Meant to integrate with Google services

So if you already have many Apple devices, it makes sense to go with an iPhone.

While an Android would be best if you frequently use Google services and Microsoft Office.

And if you have wireless earphones, you should check which operating system works better with them!

2. App Support

Don’t forget to list down the apps you use often! Chances are, there will be a similar version available regardless if you choose iPhone or Android!

Take a peek at the respective app stores to see if they have the apps you use!

  • Android – playstore
  • iPhone – appstore

3. Screen Size

Firstly, screen size is measured from corner to corner. Rather than from top to bottom.

If you’d like to carry your phone around in your pocket, a smaller screen size (<5.5 inches) will do. And you will be able to use it comfortably with one hand too.

4K resolution is overrated:

As you can always connect to a Smart TV or use a TV box if you want a bigger screen than what’s available in the Smartphone market!

4. Built-In Storage Space

Go for a Smartphone that has a minimum of 64GB of storage. To keep apps, music, photos and videos.

Something to note:

With iPhone, there’s no option to increase the built-in memory (i.e. they don’t have microSD slots). Models with bigger memory storage cost more upfront.

5. Cameras

There is a saying that the best camera is the one that you have in your hand! And Smartphones are definitely more portable than conventional cameras.

Look for wide aperture for better low light performance, night mode, noise reduction and optical image stabilization.

iPhones have particularly great cameras compared to other Smartphones!

Note: Higher megapixel count doesn’t necessarily mean that the camera is good.

6. Battery Life

Apps (especially games), phone calls, etc can use up battery fast!

As a rule of thumb, do not accept a Smartphone that only lasts for less than 10 hours on full charge.

The average battery life of Smartphones is between 8 to 18 hours. Which is plenty to use anywhere! Including on the best treadmill or when you’re outside!

Fast charge is a handy feature to have because you don’t have to wait long to use your phone again!

7. Budget

Everyone knows that iPhones and the premium Samsung phones are some of the most expensive phones around.

And at the other end of the spectrum, there is Huawei, Realme and Xiaomi with their more affordable phones. Although Huawei has high range phones too!

8. Other Features To Consider

  • Fingerprint or face scanning (for security) – Some of the best laptops have a fingerprint scanner too
  • Personal assistant
  • Cloud support (external memory backup)
  • Availability of third-party apps
  • NFC (Near Field Communication) – Allows compatible devices to exchange data, photos, etc
  • 5G compatibility


Of the best smartphones in Malaysia 2022:

Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra 5G and iPhone 13 Pro Max have the best camera performance (with telephoto lens)! Both are ~6.7” phones with comparable processing speed!

And if you just want a premium phone that is also portable, go for the iPhone 13 Mini! For gamers on a budget, the POCO F4 GT is a steal!

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Guan Hong

Guan Hong is the tech writer for He grew up loving stories so much he did a degree in English. Currently works as a content writer and has written far more listicles than he’d like to admit. His interests include tech, music, video games, and animation.