From routers and networking equipment to smartphones? That's what ZTE has done and it's created some winners, including the ZTE Axon 7. With a 5.5in display, the phone also packs in a Snapdragon 820, 4GB of RAM, a 20MP rear camera with OIS and 8MP camera in front as well as a generous 3250mAh battery: all for RM1999.
With high specs for a low-ish price, the Axon 7 is on paper a decent deal, especially with its 2k resolution display, with other cheaper models also worth your consideraiton.
While originally known as China's answer to Netflix, LeEco has created some super-fast phones for ridiculously cheap prices.
The LeEco Pro 3 has the latest Snapdragon 821, 6GB of RAM, 646GB of storage, a 5.5in Full HD Display, 16MP Sony IMX298 rear sensor with dual-LED flash and an 8MP front camera, as well as USB Type-C. While not official in Malaysia, it can be had in the grey market for less than RM1500 which is ridiculous cheap for a Snapdragon 821 phone.
Elephone's been creating some very interesting phones lately, and its upcoming Elephone S7 is bringing, among tother things an explosion-proof protection shell that will make sure there won't be any exploding batteries to worry about.
The phone even comes with a Helio X20 deca-core processor, a 4GB/64GB memory and storage combo, as well as free VR glasses for prices starting from US139.99 (RM590). Definitely a phone worth looking out for if you're looking for something that is safe and nicely-specced.