So, do you want some suggestions on the best phones you can buy under RM2,000? Well, Raymond and Naguib each recommended five smartphones that they think are worth the money without breaking the bank.
However, they do stress that within these budget constraints, there may be certain features that you may not get with cheaper smartphones. So, read on and take note of the features you might not be able to live without — and see if any of them fit your criteria.
Xiaomi 12 Lite
Raymond suggested the Xiaomi 12 Lite, which has been described as having a “featherweight” design, with the device weighing just 173g and 7.29mm thick. It also has a 4,300mAh battery which Xiaomi claims can last a full day. Xiaomi’s AdaptiveCharge technology is able to learn your charging pattern to improve charging speeds, and it also comes with 67W fast charging that can power your phone to 100% in just 41 minutes.
Under the hood, you will find the Qualcomm Snapdragon 778G SoC. It has a 6.55 inch, FHD+ AMOLED display with 120Hz refresh rate. The 12 Lite has a triple camera setup on the back with a 108MP main camera with an f/1.88 aperture using the Samsung HM2 sensor. The front of the device houses a 32MP, f/2.45 selfie camera.
Xiaomi 12 Lite – 8 GB RAM, 256 GB storage – Shopee / Lazada
The main highlight of the Honor 70 is its main camera – with Sony’s new 1/1.49-inch IMX800 54MP image sensor attached to an f/1.9 lens. It also has a 32MP punch-hole selfie camera, housed inside a 6.67-inch curved OLED display. And it has improved multi-video recording feature, allowing you to take wide shot and zoom crop at the same time.
The smartphone is powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 778G+ processor, 4800mAh battery with 66W fast charging support.
Honor 70 5G – 8 GB RAM, 256 GB storage – Shopee / Lazada
Poco F4 GT
According to Najeeb, the Poco F4 GT is the best smartphone you can break through the budget- if you are an avid gamer. It packs a first-generation Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 with up to 12GB of LPDDR5 RAM and up to 256GB of UFS 3.1 storage.
For photos, you get a 64MP Sony IMX686 main camera, an 8MP wide-angle camera, and a 2MP macro camera. And for taking selfies, the front hole houses a 20MP front camera.
For the ultimate gamer feel, the device also features RGB lighting on the camera bump. Lights up when Game Turbo mode is on and can also display notification and battery charge status.
Although, the Poco F4 GT costs just over RM2,000 (2,299 RM, to be exact)Najeeb said you can buy the phone during a Shopee and Lazada sale. One of the sales he referred to brought the price down to RM1,849.
Poco F4 GT – 8 GB RAM, 128 GB storage – Shopee / Lazada
Samsung Galaxy A73
Najeeb recommended the Samsung Galaxy A73 due to its large 6.7 inch FHD+ Super AMOLED display with Infinity-O punch hole. The smartphone is also capable of up to 120Hz refresh rate.
Under the hood, you will find the Qualcomm Snapdragon 778G SoC. And it gets a quad-camera setup on the back of the device, as well as a 32-megapixel front-facing camera housed in the cut-out hole on the screen.
Similar to the Poco F4, Najib recommended a smartphone that went a little over the budget — the Samsung Galaxy A73 is typically priced at RM2,099. But you can buy them within your budget while selling on the shopping platforms.
Samsung Galaxy A73 – 8 GB RAM, 256 GB storage – Shopee / Lazada
OnePlus Nord 2T
If you are looking for a smartphone with a powerful processor, the Oneplus Nord 2T has MediaTek Dimensity 1300 under the hood. It’s also mated with up to 12GB of LPDDR4X RAM and up to 256GB of UFS 3.1.
On the flip side, its other features don’t stand out much. It has a 6.43-inch, FHD+ AMOLED display with a 90Hz refresh rate. And in the camera department, there’s a triple rear camera setup with a 50-megapixel main camera, f/1.8 aperture, an 8-megapixel camera, f/2.2 aperture, and a 2-megapixel single-angle lens, f/2.2 aperture, as well as a 32-megapixel selfie shooter. Megapixels, f / 2.4 lens. Camera.
You can consider getting this phone if you want a lot of space and if you want to use OxygenOS – which seems to be faster than other operating systems.
OnePlus Nord 2T – 8 GB RAM, 256 GB storage – leather