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Buyer’s Guide: Best Mid Range Smartphones Under RM2000

Mid Range Smartphone Round Up 2023 Edition

Let’s face it. Not everyone can afford to dump big bucks to get the latest flagship smartphones, yet you might want get some of the latest smartphone features and user experience.

Mid range smartphones on the other hand, often offer competitive specifications and come with features that have been trickled down from past flagships. While there are dozens of mobile phones in this segment vying for your purchase, we have curated these mid range smartphones that should at least be in your shortlist.

The All-Rounder Smartphone: Samsung A54 5G

Samsung Galaxy A54


  • Exynos 1380
  • 8GB + 256GB
  • 50MP triple camera
  • 6.4″ 120Hz Super AMOLED FHD+ display
  • RRP: RM1,899

Samsung’s A series has always been a staple consideration for mid range smartphones. While the A54 5G does not excel in any specific features, you get a well balanced package that has a decent camera, beautiful display and lots of storage at an accessible price point.

Samsung has updated the Galaxy A54 series with a faster and more efficient Exynos 1380 chipset over the predecessor, bring better performance across the board while retaining what has made the A53 a compelling mid-range offering.

To learn more about the Samsung Galaxy A54, do check out our in-depth review here.

Where to buy: Shopee and Lazada

The Unique One: Nothing Phone (1)

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  • Snapdragon 778G+
  • 8GB + 128GB / 8GB + 256GB / 12GB + 256GB
  • 50MP dual camera
  • 6.55″ 120Hz OLED display
  • RRP: RM1,499 / RM1,999 / RM2,299

The Nothing Phone (1) is probably the most unique looking smartphone in this generation, thanks to the distinctive Glyph Interface at the back. It lights up in specific patterns for calls and notifications. You can even flip the Glyph face up for lights only notifications.

It also comes with Nothing OS, a near stock Android operating system with virtually zero bloatware, making it feel smooth when paired with an efficient Snapdragon 778G+ chipset. While you do not get as many cameras as other phones on this list, Nothing did well in getting the best out of a dual camera setup so you are not losing much here.

Buy the Nothing Phone (1) at the Shopee and Lazada official stores.

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The Fashionable One: Xiaomi 12T

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  • MediaTek Dimensity 8100-Ultra
  • 8GB + 256GB
  • 108MP triple camera
  • 6.67″ 120Hz AMOLED display
  • RRP: RM 1,929

The Xiaomi 12T is arguably the best looking mid range smartphone in this roundup. It comes with 3 sleek colourways: Black, Silver, and Blue. Just because it is a looker, does not mean it isn’t a slouch when it comes to performance. It packs a powerful MediaTek Dimensity 8100-Ultra chipset, 8GB RAM and 256GB of storage.

You can also take decent photographs with the 108MP main camera. Battery life is also great thanks to the 5,000mAh large battery and 120W fast charging.

Buy the Xiaomi 12T at the Shopee and Lazada official stores.

The Best “For The Gram”: Honor 70 5G

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  • Snapdragon 778G+
  • 8GB + 256GB
  • 54MP Super Sensing main camera, 50MP ultrawide
  • 6.67″ 120Hz OLED display, FHD+
  • RRP: RM1,999

Among the mid range smartphones in this list, the Honor 70 5G has the best camera array. Featuring a 54MP Super Sensing main camera equipped with Sony’s IMX800 sensor, it can capture photos with better dynamic range than its predecessor, which is great under low light scenarios. The 50MP ultrawide camera is no slouch as well, capable of taking sharp pictures when compared to the competition in this price range.

It also comes with a decent 4,800mAh battery and 66W fast charging to keep your device powered throughout the day.

Buy the Honor 70 5G at the official website, Shopee, and Lazada official store.

The Gamer’s Choice: Realme GT Neo 3T

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  • Snapdragon 870 5G
  • 8GB (13GB dynamic RAM) + 128GB
  • 64MP main camera
  • 6.62″ 120Hz AMOLED display, FHD+
  • RRP: RM1,799

Gamers only want three things: speed, a large screen and long battery life. The realme GT Neo 3T is our mid range choice for mobile gamers, as it packs the fastest chipset in this roundup: the Snapdragon 870 5G. It is more than capable of running most competitive titles such as PUBG Mobile, MLBB and COD Mobile at comfortable frame rates.

The battery is 5,000W, great for all day gaming sessions, and when your phone runs out of juice, it can be charged from zero to 50% in under 12 minutes with its 80W SuperDart charging.

If you have a bit more to spend, do check out the realme GT Neo 3, which packs slightly better hardware under the hood.

Buy the Realme GT Neo 3T at the official website.

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Final Thoughts

Mid range smartphones often offer the best bang for your buck with its versatility and reasonable powerful hardware and features. While you may lose out on the fancier features, mid rangers still have a lot to offer on the table.

If you are looking for more budget friendly options, do check out our guide on smartphones under RM1,000.

Written By

Part-time gamer, writer, & full time weird coffee person.

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