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October 19, 2018

Best Smartphones Under RM1500

The best smartphones under RM1500 are explained on this list, featuring great hardware aspects for those willing to buy a new Android phone in Malaysia

Are you looking for a new Android phone? This list of the best smartphones under RM1500 is a great starting point to choose a new reliable phone running the most popular OS for portable devices in the world.


Best Smartphones Under RM1500: Overview

Choosing a reliable smartphone is not the easiest task. There are a number of hardware aspects that you should consider, and those can be quite confusing. Before we list the actual devices, we will analyze the hardware specifications that a good smartphone under RM1500 should have.

The specifications I consider important befoe buying a smartphone are the following: display size and resolution, storage capacity, battery capacity, RAM, processor and Android version. Let’s analyze each one of this aspects below:

Display Size and Resolution

If you use your smartphone frequently, as most of the users do, I would advise for a screen size between 5 to 6 inches. Most high-end models have this screen size, and they are good to read websites, use apps and watch videos as well. I personally consider smartphones with screen size above 6 inches to be too big to handle and transport easily

Storage Capacity

Storage capacity will depend on your mobile phone usage. If you record videos often, you will need much more storage capacity than if you just take photos seldom. The number of apps on your phone tend to also weigh on its storage relatively quickly.

On the other hand, its quite easy to add more storage on your mobile phone using an SD card.

Battery Capacity

Battery capacity is measured on mobiles phones by mAh (milliampere hour). Most high-end phones nowadays use a battery with a capacity of around 2,800 mAh or superior.

Smartphones with non removable battery are becoming the standard, which has its advantages and disadvantages. I would not consider this a crucial factor, as the tendency is for non-removable batteries to dominate the market.


Any smartphone with at least 2 GB RAM should have an acceptable performance. However, buying models with 3 GB RAM or more are ideal, especially if you want to keep your new smarphone for some years.


If possible, you should buy a quad core or octa core smartphone, as they are the standard among high performance smartphones. It should not be a very significant problem as the best smartphones under RM1500 all are quad or octa core devices. Most of smartphone processors are manufactured by Mediatek or Qualcomm.

Android Version

When you buy a new smartphone, ideally it should have the latest Android version available. That will ifluence the average performance of the smartphone, how it runs and manage apps, and even what apps it can run. I would prioritize smartphones running on Android 6.0 or superior, but any device running on Android 5.0 or superior should be good enough to run most apps smoothly.

Asus ZenFone 3 ZE520KL 5.2″ 4GB/64GB (Sapphire Black)


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5.2″ FHD (1920 x 1080) IPS Display
64-bit Qualcomm Octa-Core ProcessorSnapdragon 625 @2.0Ghz
Android 6.0 with brand-new ASUS ZenUI 3.0

Huawei P9 Lite 16GB Dual SIM LTE (Gold)


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Rear Camera: 13MP Camera, Front Camera: 8MP
EMUI 4.1 (Android 6.0)
Kirin650 8-Core, Octa-core (2.0GHz)
5.2″ Full HD
3000mAh built-in Li-Polymer Battery

ZTE Blade V7 Max 32GB (Jazz Gold)

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5.5″ Full HD Display Curved Edge Glass
Camera: 16MP Rear & 8MP Front
Memory: 3GB RAM + 32GB ROM
1.8GHz Octa-Core Processor
Battery: 3000mAh

HTC One X9 Dual Sim 32GB LTE (Gold)

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5.5 inches Super LCD5 capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors
Octa-core, Mediatek MT6795 Helio X10
32 GB Internal Storage, 3 GB RAM
Camera (Main): 13 MP, f/2.0, 28mm, autofocus, OIS, dual-LED (dual tone) flash;

Xiaomi Mi 5 32GB (White)


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Display: 5.15″ Ultra-bright Display
Processor: Snapdragon 820 Quad-core Kryo 1.8GHz
Camera: 16MP Rear, 4MP Front
OS: Android OS, v6.0 (Marshmallow)
3000 mAh Non-removable Battery

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