You should be about 90% done with your Christmas shopping by now, especially when it comes to gifts for your friends and family. But have you gotten yourself a Christmas present yet? If the answer’s no, it’s time you reward yourself for surviving 2019. Here are five 2019 smartphones you can gift yourself without breaking the bank. 

HONOR 20 Lite

Christmas Gift Guide: 2019 Smartphones Under RM1,000 1Released in May this year, the HONOR 20 Lite is the youngest sibling of the HONOR 20 series. It’s the perfect phone for those who love taking photos as it comes with a 32MP selfie camera and a 24MP triple rear camera. It is powered by a midrange Kirin 710 chipset which is more than enough for casual gamers; couple that with 4GB RAM and 128GB storage that is expandable up to 512GB, you’ll never have to worry about your phone running out of storage.

The HONOR 20 Lite is currently priced at RM799.

OPPO A5 2020

Christmas Gift Guide: 2019 Smartphones Under RM1,000 2Yes, the name says 2020, but the A5 2020 is actually released this year. This phone is perfect if you like all things big because it has a 6.5-inch display paired with a 5,000mAh battery. Although it only has 3GB RAM and 64GB storage, its Snapdragon 665 processor is good enough for you to play heavy games like PUBG Mobile and Call of Duty Mobile without jerky frame rates. Plus, the phone also has dual stereo speakers that support Dolby Atmos, so watching Netflix and YouTube videos will be great on this phone. 

The OPPO A5 2020 is available on OPPO’s online store for RM699. If you want the 4GB + 128GB storage variant, you can get it at OPPO’s official store on Shopee for RM799.

vivo S1

Christmas Gift Guide: 2019 Smartphones Under RM1,000 3They say don’t judge a book by its cover, but sometimes we want both the interior and the exterior of our phones to stand out. In comes the vivo S1 with a unique back design. Using the nano-ion coating technique, the S1 has a diamond-like pattern that shimmers and reflects light when you move it around. The S1 is great for those who love to go out all day and can’t live without their phone as it has a 4,500mAh battery with 18W Dual-Engine Fast Charging. With a 6.38-inch Super AMOLED display, the phone is guaranteed to give you crisp details and vibrant colours when you’re watching Instagram stories and watching the latest Korean drama on Netflix.

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The S1 is originally priced at RM1,099, but the price has been reduced to RM999. Also, you’ll get a free vivo Electric Juicer when you purchase the phone online. 

Samsung Galaxy A30s

Christmas Gift Guide: 2019 Smartphones Under RM1,000 4Not a fan of Chinese brands? Well, Samsung also has a smartphone under RM1,000 that is worthy of your consideration. The Galaxy A30s has a 6.4-inch Super AMOLED screen paired with an in-display fingerprint sensor, in addition to a 16MP selfie camera. With a 4,000mah battery that supports 15W fast charging, carrying out daily tasks on the Galaxy A30s is a breeze. If you’re always on YouTube, getting the Galaxy A30s will be a wise choice as the company is bundling two-months of YouTube Premium subscription for free if you purchase the phone now.

The Samsung Galaxy A30s is also on discount, so you’ll only need to spend RM854.05 if you buy it now via Samsung’s online store.

realme 5s

Christmas Gift Guide: 2019 Smartphones Under RM1,000 5While all the phones we’ve just listed are new, the newest one is this realme 5s was just released less than a week ago.  The realme 5s has a huge 6.5-inch screen, a huge 5,000mAh battery, and a 48MP quad-camera setup. Be it ultra-wide shots, macro shots or lowlight shots, the realme 5s got you covered. The Crystal Red colour option is also beautiful and matches perfectly with Christmas vibes, making it the perfect present to get yourself.

Who doesn’t love free gifts right? If you get the realme 5s now for RM799, you’ll also get five limited phone cases and the realme Earbuds 2 worth RM148.


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