Best Budget Smartphones Under RM500 in Malaysia 2017

Updated 13 September 2017

While the most powerful phones in the market still cost above RM2000, the ones below RM500 are getting increasingly better. These smartphones, despite being on the low end of the spectrum, are quite sufficient for basic use. Also, phones at this price range now have screen sizes that are comparable to mid-range and high-end phones.

These are 5 of the best budget smartphones you can buy in Malaysia under RM500.

Xiaomi Redmi 4A

Choose this for: the best value.

This phone packs a load of features while still maintaining a price tag below RM500. Android 6.0.1, 13MP camera, 1080p video recording, to name a few.

CPU: Quad-core 1.4 GHz Cortex-A53
Size: 5.0 inches
Camera: 13MP back, 5MP front
Battery: 3120 mAh

Available at Lazada, 11street

Lenovo Vibe C

Choose this for: the lowest price point

With a small compromise on the processor strength, the Lenovo Vibe C has price point well below the rest.

CPU: Quad-core 1.1 GHz Cortex-A7
Size: 5.0 inches
Camera: 5MP back, 2MP front
Battery: 2300 mAh

Available at Lazada, Lelong

Samsung Galaxy J2 Prime


Choose this for: Dual Sim function

Great for the frequent travelers or those with separate business phone numbers.

CPU: Quad-core 1.4 GHz Cortex-A53
Size: 5.0 inches
Camera: 8MP back, 5MP front
Battery: 2600 mAh

Available at Lazada, Qoo10

Asus Zenfone GO (ZB551KL)


Choose this for: the biggest screen size

At 5.5 inches, the Asus Zenfone Go is the definite option for a bigger screen than the most of the rest that stands at 5 inches.

CPU: Quad-core 1.6 GHz Cortex-A7
Size: 5.5 inches
Camera: 8/13MP back, 5MP front
Battery: 3010 mAh

Available at Lazada, Lelong

Huawei Y5II


Choose this for: lightness, colour choices

CPU: Quad-core 1.4 GHz Cortex-A53 (4G model)
Size: 5.0 inches
Camera: 8MP back, 2MP front
Battery: 2200 mAh

Available at Lazada, Lelong

Why should you settle for a budget phone?

As the hardware improves with every near release, phones at this price range is more and more viable for everyday use. If money isn’t an issue, you can still use budget phones as spares or for family members who are new to tech.