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Top Ten Smartphones to buy below P7,000 (Philippines)

Low mid-range smartphones are becoming more popular in the Philippine market now, as of these are having solid features that we can’t find in other devices. We can’t afford high-end handsets, so we’re listing some of the best phones that are actually worth buying for under the price of below P10,000.

Note: The listing here is not in particular order. Some of these phones may purchase on Lazada or offline retail stores nationwide.

Firefly Mobile X622 – P6,999

The Firefly Mobile X622 is one of the surprising and the newest smartphone that was launched in this list. Perhaps, the most highlight is on the processor where it ships a 10-core chipset, under MediaTek MT6797 Helio P10 processor. Apart from 3GB RAM, it also gains in other features including a Dolby Atmos audio, a 4K screen, slow-motion video and wide-angle selfie camera. It uses the EUI 5.8, based on Android OS v6.0 “Marshmallow”. The biggest disappointment here? No microSD slot.  Kindly take note that the phone is only a rebranded LeEco S3, which was released in the United States last Q4 2016.

Key specs:

  • 5.5-inch IPS LCD display
  • 2.3Ghz 64-bit MediaTek MT6797 Helio P20 chipset
  • 32GB internal storage
  • 3GB RAM
  • 16-megapixel rear camera, PDAF with dual-LED flash
  • 8-megapixel front camera, wide-angle
  • Fingerprint scanner
  • 4G LTE enabled
  • 3,000 mAh battery
  • Android v6.0 “Marshmallow”, EUI 5.8
  • 151.1 x 74.2 x 7.5 mm
  • 153 grams

OPPO A37 – P6,990

Maybe, for some people, it is outdated as the Oppo A37 used a Snapdragon 410 here, but, the selfie camera makes it pleasing to buy. It uses a large 1.4μm and a 1/4-inch sensor for allowing more light to enter when you take a selfie, even in the low-lighting environment. The front camera also utilizes Beautify 4.0 that captures natural-looking shots with beautify modes. On the other side, the rear camera uses an Ultra HD mode to shoot 24-megapixel images. It is the most affordable of all the “A” series of the company.

Key specs:

  • 5.0-inch IPS LCD display
  • 1.2Ghz Qualcomm Snapdragon 410 MSM8916 chipset
  • 16GB internal storage
  • 2GB RAM
  • Expandable up to 128GB via microSD card
  • 8-megapixel rear camera, auto-focus with LED flash
  • 5-megapixel front camera
  • 4G LTE enabled
  • 2,630 mAh battery
  • Android OS 5.1 “Lollipop”, Color OS 3.0
  • 143.1 x 71 x 7.7 mm
  • 136 grams

Nokia 3 – P6,990

Nokia 3 is one of the first devices that were launched during the Nokia comeback here in the Philippines. The design is gorgeous and has a resemblance of high-end Lumia phones back them, including the aluminum frame filled in with soft and sculpted poly-carbonate plus an unspecified version of Gorilla Glass to add the protection. Further, the company implements its own polarized filter on the screen with 450 nits of brightness. Other than that, it has NFC and FM Radio, of which other phones don’t have this kind of features.

Key specs:

  • 5.0-inch IPS LCD display
  • 1.4Ghz MediaTek MT6737 chipset
  • 16GB internal storage
  • 2GB RAM
  • Expandable up to 256GB via microSD card
  • 8-megapixel rear camera, auto-focus with LED flash
  • 8-megapixel front camera, auto-focus
  • 4G LTE enabled
  • 2,630 mAh battery
  • Android OS 7.0 “Nougat”
  • 143.4 x 71.4 x 8.5 mm
  • 140 grams

Vivo Y53 – P6,990

With the motto “Capture Every Detail”, this selfie-centered smartphone aims for the consumer who wants to load unlimited selfies. The rear camera with 8-megapixel takes a serious matter in every image that it captures. It can also take Ultra HD photos to come up with 32-megapixel images, capturing every detail on it. The smart screen flash on the front helps to brighten our faces at night. Going to the design, it has a uni-body touch to look simple but sophisticated.

Key specs:

  • 5.0-inch IPS LCD display
  • 1.4Ghz 64-bit Qualcomm Snapdragon 425 MSM8917 chipset
  • 16GB internal storage
  • 2GB RAM
  • Expandable up to 256GB via microSD card
  • 8-megapixel rear camera, auto-focus with LED flash
  • 5-megapixel front camera
  • 4G LTE enabled
  • 2,500 mAh battery
  • Android OS 6.0 “Marshmallow”
  • 144.2 x 71.4 x 7.6 mm
  • 137 grams

Cloudfone Excite Prime 2 – P5,999

The all-new Cloudfone Excite Prime 2, is probably, the best in this list. Why? The much-anticipated handset characterizes the promising specs that can compete against many competitors. Most specifically, the primary camera that carries a Sony IMX135 sensor with Portrait Mode a.k.a. “bokeh” effect. This feature can also be found on its front camera, which is something very rare. Along with that, it has large 32GB storage with dedicated microSD slot and 3GB RAM for seamless multitasking performance.

Key specs:

  • 5.5-inch IPS LCD display
  • 1.3Ghz 64-bit MediaTek MT6737M chipset
  • 32GB internal storage
  • 3GB RAM
  • Expandable up to 128GB via microSD card
  • 13-megapixel rear camera, Sony IMX135 auto-focus with LED flash
  • 8-megapixel front camera
  • 4G LTE enabled
  • 3,000 mAh battery
  • Android OS 7.0 “Nougat”
  • 150 grams

Cherry Mobile Desire R7 Plus – P5,999

The Cherry Mobile Desire R7 Plus sports a faux aluminum finish and has a large 5.5-inch panel with 2.5D curved glass. It also comes with a fingerprint scanner for security purposes. The 3,000 mAh battery is already enough for everyday use. It is actually the same as the smaller sibling, the R7 with a difference in RAM.

Key specs:

  • 5.5-inch IPS LCD display
  • 1.3Ghz 64-bit MediaTek MT6737 chipset
  • 16GB internal storage
  • 3GB RAM
  • Expandable up to 64GB via microSD card
  • 13-megapixel rear camera, auto-focus with LED flash
  • 8-megapixel front camera
  • 4G LTE enabled
  • 3,000 mAh battery
  • Fingerprint scanner
  • Android OS 7.0 “Nougat”
  • 162.3 x 81 x 7.9 mm
  • 190 grams

  • Xiaomi Redmi 4A – P5,499

The successor of the Redmi 3A is now faster, thanks to the power-efficient Snapdragon 425 and is paired with 3,120 mAh, enough for all-day phone experience. The build is absolutely good-looking and houses a poly-carbonate body on its matte finish design.

Key specs:

  • 5.0-inch IPS LCD display
  • 1.4Ghz 64-bit Qualcomm Snapdragon 425 chipset
  • 32GB internal storage
  • 2GB RAM
  • Expandable up to 256GB via microSD card
  • 13-megapixel rear camera, f/2.2 aperture with auto-focus and LED flash
  • 5-megapixel front camera
  • 4G LTE enabled
  • 3,120 mAh battery
  • Android OS 6.0.1 “Marshmallow”, MIUI 8
  • 139.9 x 70.4 x 8.5 mm
  • 131.5 grams

Cherry Mobile Cubix Cube Max – P3,999

Looking for a bigger screen? Here’s for you. The Cherry Mobile Cubix Cube Max is one of the recently-announced smartphones, alongside Cube Play and Cube Play HD, in partnership with Lazada Philippines. It packs a massive 6.0-inch 720p panel for ultimate multimedia experience at a very affordable price.

Key specs:

  • 6.0-inch IPS LCD display
  • 1.3Ghz MediaTek MT6580 chipset
  • 16GB internal storage
  • 2GB RAM
  • Expandable up to 32GB via microSD card
  • 13-megapixel rear camera, auto-focus with dual-LED flash
  • 5-megapixel front camera
  • 3G HSPA+ enabled
  • Fingerprint scanner
  • 3,300 mAh battery
  • Android OS 7.0 “Nougat”
  • 162.3 x 81 x 7.9 mm
  • 185 grams

  • Cherry Mobile Flare P1 – P3,999

Dual-camera system, as we all know, can be found in many midrange smartphones today, but, Cherry Mobile answered it. The Flare P1 is the most affordable device today, to have two cameras at the back. Launch way back April 2017, this budget-friendly will surely dominate the local market in terms of having this kind of technology.

Key specs:

  • 5.0-inch IPS LCD display
  • 1.3Ghz MediaTek MT6580 chipset
  • 16GB internal storage
  • 2GB RAM
  • Expandable up to 64GB via microSD card
  • 13-megapixel + 2-+megapixel rear cameras, auto-focus with LED flash
  • 5-megapixel front camera
  • 3G HSPA+ enabled
  • 2,350 mAh battery
  • Android OS 7.0 “Nougat”
  • 144 x 72.1 x 8.9 mm
  • 180 grams

  • Cloudfone Excite Prime – P3,999

And last, the Cloudfone Excite Prime. This one and a half year phone is still a solid smartphone today. The 5.5-inch screen is made by Sharp. The back screen has a leather-like plate with glossy metal sides. This competitive phone is surprisingly good even if it’s a year old already. Decent performance, better battery life, and seamless performance will surely be satisfied your basic Android phone needs.

Key specs:

  • 5.5-inch IPS LCD display
  • 1.4Ghz MediaTek MT6592M chipset
  • 16GB internal storage
  • 2GB RAM
  • Expandable up to 32GB via microSD card
  • 13-megapixel rear camera, f/2.2 aperture with auto-focus and LED flash
  • 5-megapixel front camera
  • 3G HSPA+ enabled
  • 2,820 mAh battery
  • Android OS 5.1 “Lollipop”
  • 152 x 76 x 11 mm
  • 150 grams

 

 

 

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