Budget battle: the best smartphones you can buy for under RM650 in Malaysia

Who says you can’t get more for less?

Mention budget and you'd get a skeptical response. How can anything that costs so little be any good? That was then, but this is now and everything has changed.

Easily the hottest things in the smartphone world right now, these affordable specced-out mobiles are giving the flagships a serious run for their money with their not-so-budget features. Want to see how they compare? Read on and be enlightened.

Lumia 550

If you’ve always enjoyed the tiled Windows Phone experience, you can now get it Windows 10-ed on the cheap(er). The Lumia 550 is capable of handling most tasks and packs a 1.1GHz quad-core processor that puts it in the same multitasking mode as the higher-ended phones, although you can expect a little lag, but not so much that it drags you back into the stone age of smartphones.

The camera is all of 5MP which should do more than fine for your casual shots. Wrapped in a 4.7-inch IPS LCD display, the affordable polycarbonate-d Lumia resembles its more sophisticated family members, and also offers up the flexibility of style changes in the form of vibrantly coloured shells for those who get bored easily. Don't worry about its 8GB storage offering if you're a media hoarder, memory is expandable up to 200GB via microSD card.

Least budget-like feature: That enormous expandable memory that's similar to what the flagships offer. If you should utilise all of its potential, you could turn it into a mobile mediahouse. Very useful for those who have to endure long commutes. Also, it's worth noting that its display is 315ppi sharp, close to the iPhone 6s' 326 ppi.

Sets you back: RM559