There are plenty of affordable and good phones out there. Here are eight phones under RM1,000, writes Balqis Lim


The ZenFone 4 Max boasts an ultra-high 4100mAH capacity battery, capable of powering the smartphone for 37 days on standby, and can act as a backup powerbank. It comes with a 5.5-inch display with a resolution of 1,080 pixels by 1,920 pixels. Powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 425 quad-core processor, it has 64GB of storage and 4GB of RAM. The ZenFone 4 Max packs a 13MP primary camera and a 8MP front shooter. Price: RM799 at


The Motorola Moto M packs a 16MP primary camera on the rear and an 8MP front shooter for selfies. The smartphone is powered by a 3050mAh non removable battery which charges via USB Type-C. This 5.5-inch phone has a Full HD display, powered by 2.2GHz octa-core MediaTek Helio P15 processor and packs with 4GB of RAM with 32GB of internal storage. Price: RM999 at


The latest addition to the Neffos lineup, the X1 Lite offers a 5-inch HD screen of 1280 x 720 pixels resolution. It runs on a Mediatek MT6750 processor that’s mated with 2GB of RAM. For storage, the phone has 16GB, expandable up to 128GB with microSD card. The X1 Lite operates Neffos’ proprietary user interface called NFUI. It is equipped with 13MP rear camera and 5MP front camera. Price: RM499 at


This smartphone is equipped with a 5.5-inch full HD screen (with 2.5D glass) and a resolution of 1080 x 1920. It’s powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 64-bit octa core with high capacity battery of 4100mAh. The phone comes with 64GB ROM and 4GB RAM. The back camera boasts a 13MP CMOS lens, while a decent 5MP camera in front can handle selfies and video chat. A fingerprint scanner is located underneath the primary camera. Price: RM659 at


Nokia 6 features a 5.5-inch full HD display and a 3GB RAM with 32GB internal storage. The rear camera is bumped up to 16MP, while the front camera sports an 8MP lens. It runs on the latest Android Nougat and packs a 3000mAh battery. The phone also incorporates the full set of Google services, including Google Photos and Google Play. Price: RM999 at


One of the best features of Xperia XA1 is its 23MP rear camera, which offers fantastic results. The front camera sports an 8MP with 23mm wide angle lens for better group selfie. This phone has a 5-inch HD display with curved glass, equipped with 3GB RAM and 32GB ROM. It is powered by MediaTek Helio P20 Octa-Core processor and uses a Type-C USB. Price: RM969 at


A “lighter” version of the P10, this phone boasts a 5.2-inch full HD display. Under the hood, it runs on a Kirin 658 Octa-core processor along with 4GB of RAM and a decent 32GB of storage. Its storage is also expandable to 128GB. P10 Lite comes with a 12MP rear camera and a front-facing 8MP selfie shooter. The P10 Lite is constructed with a nice all-glass back panel, complete with a fingerprint scanner. And for the first time, Huawei’s proprietary Knuckle Sense Technology is featured in a “lite” series. Price: RM899 at


Fans of the bokeh effect picture can opt for the Honor 6X as it sports dual lens of 12MP + 2MP rear camera. The phone has a Full HD 1080 x 1920 resolution with 5.5-inch display. It boasts a 4GB RAM and a 64GB internal storage which is expandable up to 256GB. Its 3340mAh battery is powered by a HiSilicon Kirin 655 Octa-core processor. Price: RM999 at

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