Another year, another set of choices. The differences between them may be small, but it will be noticeable depending what you value most in a phone.

Here are six we recommend.

Xiaomi Redmi 8

RM449 | View at Shopee

The best value of the lot, with large battery capacity, great design, and USB-C.

  • Screen size: 6.22 inches
  • Front camera: 8-megapixel
  • Processor: Octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 439
  • RAM: 3GB
  • Internal storage: 32GB
  • Battery capacity: 5000mAh

Oppo Realme 3

RM499 | View at Shopee

A newcomer of a brand, but still packs value for money in terms of specs.

  • Screen size: 6.22 inches
  • Front camera: 13-megapixel
  • Processor: Octa-core Helio P70
  • RAM: 4GB
  • Internal storage: 32GB
  • Battery capacity: 4230mAh

Oppo A5s

RM464 | View at Shopee

Curved edges and decent battery life.

  • Screen size: 6.2 inches
  • Front camera: 13-megapixel
  • Processor: Octa-core Helio P35
  • RAM: 3GB
  • Internal storage: 32GB
  • Battery capacity: 4230mAh

Huawei Y5

RM349 | View at Shopee

A comfortable faux leather finish to hold, and decent screen brightness under sunlight.

  • Screen size: 5.71 inches
  • Front camera: 5-megapixel
  • Processor: Quad-core Helio A22
  • RAM: 2GB
  • Internal storage: 16GB
  • Battery capacity: 3020mAh

Xiaomi Redmi Note 6 Pro

RM499 | View at Shopee

This may be an older model, but the price has dipped below RM500 and it would make a good choice if you want a higher-resolution screen.

  • Screen size: 6.26 inches (1080x2280 pixels)
  • Front camera: 20-megapixel
  • Processor: Octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 636
  • RAM: 3GB
  • Internal storage: 32GB
  • Battery capacity: 4000mAh

Asus Zenfone 4 Selfie

RM349 | View at Shopee

A definite choice if you want a good selfie camera above all else.

  • Screen size: 5.5 inches
  • Front camera: 20 Megapixel front Dual Selfie Camera with 120° wide-viewing lens
  • Processor: Octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 430
  • RAM: 4GB
  • Internal storage: 64GB
  • Battery capacity: 3000mAh

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