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Best Midrange Smartphones in Malaysia below MYR 1,500

Q3 2018 Edition

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Let’s be honest here: Flagship smartphones are not all that. They come with hefty price tags, and most certainly can be overkill to the basic needs of some consumers. Not everyone needs the latest Galaxy or iPhone. What’s the next best thing? Midrange smartphones. Better yet, this list of midrangers might be tailored just for you with a MYR 1,500 cap, so you’ll get bang for your buck.

Do be warned though, some of these smartphones are truly no-brainers for their respective price tags.

Huawei Nova 3i (MYR 1,249)

This smartphone could very well be the most attractive one on this list. Fresh off the shelf earlier last month, the Huawei Nova 3i takes design cues from the company’s flagship twilight-colored P20 Pro. Not to forget, this sharp-shooting quad-cam beast screams premium with its glass design.

ASUS ZenFone 5 (MYR 1,299)

ASUS is looking well oiled now with its latest ZenFone series. The ZenFone 5 has proven to be a worthy contender among midrange smartphones in 2018. This time, the company has even opted to keep bloatware to themselves, with only core Android apps pre-installed. Coupled with a solid set of cameras and more natural-looking selfies, this phone is worth your attention.

OPPO F7 (MYR 1,299)

OPPO has had a long history of promoting its selfie-centric devices. If selfies are your thing, the OPPO F7 is most likely your best bet for a midrange smartphone. The AI-equipped front-facing camera is excellent for the crisp selfies you need. The F7 is quite the endurance champ too with its 3400mAh battery, so if you take a ton of selfies yourself, you’ll know what to do.

VIVO V9 (MYR 1,199)

This is the other selfie warrior on this list. The VIVO V9 has only contributed to the company’s rise to fame in recent months with what it offers. Stutters and lag are the least of your worries with the solid Snapdragon 626 processor and the ample 4GB of RAM. The V9’s dual rear cameras and 24-megapixel selfie camera among everything else, make it a strong option in this spectrum.

Nokia 7 Plus (MYR 1,499)

Like stock Android? Look no further. All the nostalgia surrounding Nokia and its great comeback makes the Nokia 7 Plus all the more attractive to have in your hand. The dual rear cameras’ optical zoom capabilities, powerful Snapdragon 660 processor, and whopping 3800mAh battery all make it hard to turn your back on this one.

Samsung Galaxy A6+ (MYR 1,299)

If Samsung can produce the great Galaxy S9 series, you wouldn’t be expecting less from their midrange offerings. Enter the Galaxy A6+. Packed with Samsung’s signature Super AMOLED display at 6 inches, media consumption will be a more common activity. The main 16-megapixel shooter of the two rear cameras has a bright aperture of f/1.7, and the 24-megapixel selfie cam packs a punch, too.

Xiaomi Mi A2 (MYR 999)

Xiaomi’s second-ever stock Android handset shouldn’t be overlooked. Yet another budget smartphone running stock Android, the Mi A2 has been promised two years of software updates by the company. The dual rear camera setup has been upgraded from its predecessor, and the front facing 20-megapixel camera coupled with an LED flash provides much-needed assistance under low light.

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Gran Turismo 7 physical edition pre-order starts Jan 7

Standard and 25th Anniv Editions available

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Gran Turismo 7

The much-anticipated flagship racing game for the PlayStation is here. Gran Turismo 7 is officially releasing on March 4, 2022. Those who want to make sure the game lands on their laps that day can pre-order physical editions starting January 7, 2022.

Pricing are as follows:

PS5 Standard Edition — PhP 3,490 / SG$ 97.90 / MYR 299 / THB 2,290
PS4 Standard Edition — PhP 2,990 / SG$ 79.90 / MYR 249 / THB 1,990
25th Anniversary Edition PS5/PS4 — PhP 4,490 / SG$ 123 / MYR 379 / THB 2,890

All pre-orders include the following:

  • 100,000 CR (in-game credit)
  • Three-car pack, including:
    • MAZDA RX-VISION GT3 CONCEPT Stealth Model
    • Porsche 917 LIVING LEGEND ’14
    • Toyota Supra GT500 ’97 (Castrol TOM’S)

All Physical Pre-orders include a Metal and Leather Keychain. Those who pre-order the 25th Anniversary Edition will get the following bonuses:

  • “Gran Turismo 7” PS5 Disc with PS4 Game Voucher*2
  • Exclusive SteelBook case
  • 1,000,000 CR (in-game credit)
  • FIA Gran Turismo Championships World Series Model – Toyota GR Yaris with country-specific livery
  • 30 manufacturer & partner PSN Avatars
  • The Music of Gran Turismo Official Soundtrack

Gran Turismo 7

Gran Turismo is a staple racing game for the PlayStation. Whether you’re a competitive or casual racer, collector, tuner, livery designer, or photographer, you’ll find something to like on Gran Turismo 7.

The new game brings back GT Simulation Mode where you can buy, tune, race and sell your way through a rewarding solo campaign as you unlock new cars and challenges. If you love going head-to-head with others, hone your skills and compete in the GT Sport Mode.

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Horizon Forbidden West Physical Edition Pre-order starts Dec 14

Are your wallets ready?

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Horizon Forbidden West is one of the most awaited titles for the PlayStation 5. It’ll kick-off Sony PlayStation’s many upcoming exclusives for 2022. It’s set to launch on February 18, 2022 and pre-orders for the Physical edition will begin on December 14, 2021.

Here are the pricing for the Physical Edition:

PS5 — PhP 3,490 | SG$ 97.90 | MYR 299
PS4 — PhP 2,990 | SG$ 79.90 | MYR 249

Customers who pre-order any edition of Horizon Forbidden West Blu-ray Disc Version will receive the Nora Legacy Outfit and Spear to use in the game which can be redeemed via PlayStation Store (PS Store).

Additionally, physical pre-order customers will stand a chance to get one of the three (3) different physical pre-order incentives: “Focus Keychain”, Horizon Forbidden West Cap or “Tremortusk 3D Puzzle”. Check with local retailers for details of the physical pre-order mechanic.

Pre-order here: Philippines | Singapore | Malaysia

Horizon Forbidden West is the sequel to the 2017 hit Horizon Zero Dawn. The new game will continue the story of Aloy. There will also be plenty of new enemies to test your mettle against. Here’s the latest trailer showcased on The Game Awards 2021.

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Players finally meet as HoYo FEST kicks off in SEA this November

It’s a grand meetup!

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miHoYo, the global interactive entertainment developer and publisher behind hit multiplayer games such as Honkai Impact 3rd, Tears of Themis, and Genshin Impact, announced that HoYo FEST is coming to Southeast Asia this November.

The interactive festival shall be held in six countries: Singapore, Philippines, Thailand, Indonesia, Malaysia, and Vietnam.

The annual celebration will allow for fellow players to finally convene and meet each other off their screens and in real life, allowing for an opportunity to relive memorable, happy, and touching moments in the game together.

Gaming world-themed cafés

All HoYo FEST-related events will be held at collaboration cafés themed after Honkai Impact 3rd, Tears of Themis, and Genshin Impact between November 5 and December 14.

These specific cafés will offer special set menus on dine-in, takeout, and delivery options. Ordering via takeout and delivery also gives customers an additional printed tote bag and cup sleeve.

The interiors will be furnished in the styles of Honkai Impact 3rd, Tears of Themis, and Genshin Impact in order, which is accompanied by photography zones.

That way, fans and players will be able to enjoy exquisite foods and immerse themselves in a real-life feel of the game worlds while bonding with new friends they’ve only previously met in-game.

Mystery gifts and exciting merchandise

Ordering collaboration combos or spending a certain amount of money at a café also entitles guests to an exciting mystery gift box.

The pop-up stores found only at specific cafés will also sell a variety of exclusive Honkai Impact 3rd, Tears of Themis, and Genshin Impact merchandise, to be distributed only by the staff of the collaboration cafés.

Preparations for the celebration are underway, so Captains, Travelers, and Attorneys should brace themselves for upcoming surprises.

Festival Schedule

  • Honkai Impact 3rd: November 5 to November 16
  • Tears of Themis: November 19 to November 30
  • Genshin Impact: December 3 to December 14

Collaboration Cafés

  • Singapore: Aniplus Cafe
  • Malaysia: my Burger Lab
  • Thailand: NANA Coffee Roasters Ari
  • Philippines: Moon Rabbit Café + Restaurant
  • Indonesia: Warung Koffie Batavia
  • Vietnam: To Be Announced

For more event details and pandemic precautions, please visit the miHoYo official website: https://mhy.link/686SLBA6.

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