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.
OPPO launches an Avengers-themed F11 Pro
Currently limited to Malaysia
Last month, OPPO launched the F11 Pro. The new smartphone flaunts an improved 48-megapixel pop-up camera worthy of its price. Given the company’s recent canning of the R series, the F11 Pro shows a lot of promise for the brand’s smartphone future. OPPO still has its sights set on market domination.
However, the smartphone’s recent release offers another timely opportunity for the brand. In just one to two weeks, the year’s most awaited movie, Avengers: Endgame, will open in theaters around the globe. As always, a new Marvel flick is a prime branding opportunity for a lot of companies. Like others, OPPO is capitalizing on the blockbuster opening.
In Malaysia, OPPO has announced the launch of a limited-edition variant for the F11 Pro. The Marvel’s Avengers Limited Edition sports a snazzy blue back with a red Avengers logo. The variant launched with a promotional video interspersed with shots from the movie’s trailers. Unfortunately, the video does not include the edition’s specifications or bundled accessories.
Very likely, the variant will carry the same specs as the regular F11 Pro. However, given the promotion, the device will likely come with Marvel-themed accessories.
Currently, OPPO is the only one offering an Avengers-themed device. However, more devices might pop up as we draw closer to the opening date. Last year, OnePlus and Acer both released limited editions of their own devices to promote Avengers: Infinity War.
The OPPO F11 Pro carries a Helio P70 processor, 6GB of RAM, and 64GB of internal storage. The battery clocks in a capacity of 4000mAh. However, the Marvel’s Avengers Limited Edition will likely carry a more premium price tag.
There’s a BLACKPINK edition of the Samsung Galaxy A70
Must-have for Blinks!
Blinks are going to want to get a hold of this. Tucked away on the side of the Samsung Galaxy A event held at the Impact Arena in Bangkok, Thailand was a BLACKPINK edition of the Samsung Galaxy A70.
The full package consists of a case, a charging stand, and signed photocards of the popular K-Pop girl group. The full package will set you back around US$ 96.
If you don’t have that much cash to burn, you can opt for the individual packages. The A70 case plus photocards package cost US$ 40 while the charging stand and photocards package is priced at US$ 56.
The case will also automatically activate a BLACKPINK theme similar to how the Marvel cases work on the Samsung Galaxy S10+.
If you want to get your hands on these, you’re gonna have to get ’em in Southeast Asia. The Galaxy A70 BLACKPINK edition will be available in May only in Thailand, Vietnam, Indonesia, and Malaysia.
Huawei is already working on Mate 30 series
Confirms September launch
This week, Huawei finally unveiled the P30 series. The sequel to last year’s successful flagship series has launched the world’s first Leica quad camera. Like last year, Huawei promises another hype-filled year.
Without catching their breath, Huawei has started the hype train for the upcoming Mate 30 series. In a press event in Malaysia, a Huawei official has teased the premium series. According to the official, the company is already testing the Mate 30 and Mate 30 Pro internally.
Likewise, the official revealed the series’ eventual launch — sometime in September or October. Last year, the Mate 20 launched in October. An October launch for the P30 series makes sense.
As for hardware, Huawei has not revealed any substantial information about the series. However, some rumors have speculated on an improved Kirin 985 chipset. Similarly, Huawei will likely install a 5G modem into the series.
Besides the Mate 30 series, Huawei has also unveiled the foldable Mate X. The company has introduced a lot of amazing features for the year. Based on existing rumors, Huawei will keep the hype going until the end of the year.
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