Affordable 5G smartphones to keep us connected

With everyone cooped up at home again, activities such as browsing through social media, streaming and gaming are expected to go up

by AZALEA AZUAR / Pic by TMR FILE PIX

THE new norm of working from home, online classes and e-commerce means good Internet connection is essential for people from all walks of life, and with 5G reaching our shores soon, affordable 5G smartphones will be on everyone’s wishlist.

According to Realme Malaysia public relations executive Hafizatul Salma, the brand has been adapting to the needs of consumers despite the economic slowdown caused by the pandemic.

“We were already offering affordable 5G smartphones even before they even thought of using 5G devices.

“We are always preparing our fans for the future simply by bringing the future to the present,” she told The Malaysian Reserve.

Realme has introduced its Realme 8 Pro 5G phone, which uses a Snapdragon 750G SoC, runs with Android 11 straight and utilises Realme UI 2.0 with 8GB RAM.

However, this variant is not yet available in the country.

Malaysia is planning to shut down 3G networks by this year, while we pave the way for 5G technology and become one of the first in South-East Asia to adopt 5G Internet and cloud services.

Other brands have also joined the 5G bandwagon and incorporated the technology into their phones.

New Launches

Oppo Malaysia has officially launched its entry-level 5G smartphone A74 5G exclusively on Shopee Super Brand Day Sale (from May 5 to May 7) for less than RM1,000.

It is a budget 5G device which contains a Qualcomm SM4350 Snapdragon 480 5G chipset and a quad-camera setup led by a 48MP main shooter, alongside an 8MP ultra-wide lens, 2MP macro camera and 2MP depth camera.

The phone also has a 6.5-inch (16.5cm) 90Hz display at 1,080 x 2,400 pixels, and is equipped with an 18W fast-charging 5,000mAh battery.

The new A74 comes with dual-SIM slots, 3.5mm headphone jack and it supports 802.11ac WiFi 5 and Bluetooth 5.1, and it also runs on ColorOS 11.1 which is based on Android 11.

Samsung has also introduced its new 5G smartphone, the Galaxy A52 in Malaysia, which is enabled through its Snapdragon 750G SoC.

It is a slight upgrade from its predecessor the 720G processor on the vanilla Galaxy A52.

The chip comes with the Adreno 619 GPU module for graphics rendering and reveals a Gorilla Glass 5 protected 6.5-inch FHD+ Super AMOLED screen, with a resolution of 1,080 x 2,400 pixels and an under-display fingerprint scanner.

The Samsung Galaxy A52 comes with a faster 120Hz refresh rate and is offered in a single memory configuration — specifically, 8GB of RAM and 256GB of internal storage (expandable to 1TB via microSD).

Its highlights also include a 25W fast-charging battery of 4,500mAh, as well as Bluetooth 5.0 and NFC connectivity, stereo speakers, a 3.5mm headphone jack and an IP67 rating for dust and water resistance.

The phone is equipped with an OIS-equipped 64MP main camera, which is accompanied by a 12MP ultra-wide, 5MP macro, 5MP depth sensor and also a 32MP selfie camera.

The new Samsung Galaxy A52 5G is priced at RM1,899, while its non-5G variant costs RM1,499.

Realme 8 Pro for Photo Lovers

Realme believes that consumers’ needs in a smartphone vary depending on their lifestyle, Hafizatul said.

“Hence, we have transitioned from just being a smartphone brand into a tech lifestyle brand which provides trendy devices to the younger generation,” he explained.

Investing in a proper digital single-lens reflex, or DSLR, camera might be costly, especially for those who are just beginning to take up photography as a hobby during the pandemic.

On April 22, Realme launched its first 108MP Ultra Quad Infinite Clarity Camera smartphone, Realme 8 Pro, which has the highest pixel in the industry.

Weighing only 176g, the slim and light smartphone is available at 8GB+128GB memory for only RM1,299.

Realme Malaysia brand manager Tiffany Teh believed that this feature attunes with the Malaysian youths who prefer both trendy-designed smartphones, as well as powerful camera features.

The artificial intelligence (AI)-enhanced Ultraclear 108MP mode enables users to also capture infinite clarity pictures in vivid colours.

To support its photography features, Realme 8 Pro consists of a Smart-ISO technology, which assists users in choosing the optimal ISO setup for the environment.

The camera’s sensor also supports the nine-in-one Pixel Binning that enhances the image quality under dim light.

To ensure the nightscape features are clear, the phone’s Super Nightscape Mode reduces the image noise in the dark.

The image can also be zoomed three times thanks to the increased pixel function.

Complementing the 108MP feature, Realme 8 Pro includes an extra-large sensor of 1/1.53 inch which reaches the maximum image resolution of 12,000 x 9,000 pixels.

The phone’s camera would allow both experienced and beginner photographers to customise the features they would like to include in the photographs, such as dynamic bokehs, tilt-shift or portrait through various modes.

Realme 8 Pro’s other impressive features also include a 4500mAh battery which can last 33 hours of phone calls, 82 hours of Spotify music play, eight hours of gaming, 22 hours of texting or 20 hours of video play.

Even with a long-lasting battery life, it only takes 47 minutes for the phone to fully charge. It also has a 6.4-inch Super AMOLED full screen which offers improved colour reproduction, higher contrast and realistic display that extends to the rims of the phone. Realme believes that its phones have different functions for different people.

Vivo’s Y20s G for Avid Gamers

Vivo’s new Y20s G is now available at a limited time promo price of RM699 and comes with a 6GB RAM + 128GB ROM

The country is now back in the Movement Control Order as Covid-19 cases are increasing at a worrying rate.

With everyone cooped up at home again, activities such as browsing through social media, streaming and gaming are expected to go up.

Vivo has timely unveiled the Y20s G which is powered by a Helio G80 octa-core processor that clocks speeds of up to 2.0GHz.

Designed for gaming, the GPU offers 98% more power, higher image quality and a stronger performance than its predecessor and the triple card slot supports memory expansion of up to a whopping 1TB.

To enable dynamic management of CPU, GPU and memory, the phone consists of a HyperEngine Game Technology which delivers sustained performance and longer gameplay. It also comes with a new eSports Mode to enhance everyday gaming action.

The customised audio effects and stereo sound help transport users to distant worlds and realistic battlefields.

For a better immersive gaming experience, Y20s G has a 6.51-inch Halo FullView Display with an elongated aspect ratio of 20:9 and HD+ (1,600 x 720) resolution which is a better view for both videos and games.

It is also complimented with an Eye Protection Mode display which filters out harmful blue light to protect gamers’ eyes during long sessions.

The phone also includes a Multi-Turbo 3.0 function which has a Centre Turbo that works at the system’s base level. It also contains an AI Turbo which detects and resolves system abnormalities that are often caused by third-party apps.

The Y20s G has an AI Triple Macro Camera which is supported by a variety of features such as Face Beauty, Portrait Light Effects and a myriad of filters.

It has a 13MP rear main camera, f/2.2 large aperture and is equipped with the PDAF technology.

The phone also has a 2MP bokeh camera which lets users capture images with greater depth and vivid details.

Macro photography lovers would enjoy the Super Macro Camera which takes photos as close as 4cm.

Other features for the Y20s G include the 5000mAh battery which lasts for 20 hours of online HD movie streaming, or eight hours of resource-intensive gameplay.

It is also fast-charging where it reaches 70% of battery life after 69 minutes thanks to the 18W fast-charge technology.

The phone also has a Side-mounted Fingerprint Scanner design, Funtouch OS 11, AI Editor and iManager.

Vivo’s new Y20s G is now available at a limited time promo price of RM699 during its first sale period and comes with a 6GB RAM + 128GB ROM.