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Top smartphones under Php10K (mid-2018)

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As we chug along 2018, relatively quickly, let’s look at the top contenders for the budget segment, so far. These are the devices that launched during the better half of the year. So, without further ado here are the top smartphones under Php10k for mid-2018.

Note: Devices listed are those available in the Philippine market from January 1, 2018 – June 30, 2018. Recently announced and soon to be released phones were excluded. Reviews and launch articles are linked via headers.

Vivo Y81 – Php 9,999

The Vivo Y81 is one of the earliest devices to get released locally that sports MediaTek’s newest Helio P22 chipset. Vivo’s touting the phone’s AI-beauty features and Face unlock technology. It’s not too shabby either with its 3GB of RAM, 32GB of internal storage, and Android 8.1 Oreo out-of-the-box.

Vivo Y81 specifications:

  • 6.22-inch FullView 19:9 aspect ratio HD+ display @ 1520 x 720 resolution
  • MediaTek Helio P22 2.0 GHz Octa-core processor
  • PowerVR GE8320  GPU
  • 3GB of RAM
  • 32GB internal storage, expandable up to 256GB via microSD
  • 13MP f/2.2 aperture rear camera with PDAF and LED flash
  • 5MP f/2.2 aperture front camera with Face access and AI Beauty
  • Dual-SIM (nano)
  • WiFi 802.11 b/g/n
  • Bluetooth 5.0
  • GPS, A-GPS, GLONASS, BDS
  • microUSB
  • Face access
  • USB OTG
  • FunTouch OS (Android 8.1 Oreo)
  • 3,260mAh battery
  • 155.06 x 75.0 x 7.77 mm
  • 147g

Honor 9 Lite – Php 9,999

Hauwei’s Honor sub-brand only recently entered the Philippine market, despite their fame overseas and in their homeland. Although their devices quickly gained traction locally thanks to competitive pricing and specs. One of those hot contenders is the Honor 9 Lite, a phone sporting mid-range internals for a budget price tag.

Honor 9 Lite specifications:

  • 5.65-inch 2160 x 1080 IPS display, 428ppi
  • HiSilicon Kirin 659 2.36GHz octa-core CPU
  • Mali-T830 MP2 GPU
  • 3GB RAM
  • 32GB storage
  • microSD up to 256GB
  • 13MP + 2MP rear camera w/ LED flash
  • 13MP + 2MP front camera
  • Dual-SIM
  • 4G LTE
  • WiFi 802.11 b/g/n
  • Bluetooth 4.2
  • GPS, A-GPS, GLONASS, BeiDou
  • Fingerprint sensor
  • Android 8.0 Oreo w/ EMUI 8.0
  • 3,000mAh battery
  • 151 × 71.9 × 7.60 mm
  • 149 g
  • Sapphire Blue, Glacier Gray

Xiaomi Mi A1 – Php 9,800

One of Xiaomi’s budget Android One devices. The Xiaomi Mi A1 is a perfect choice for those looking to have Stock Android experience for under Php 10k. That’s not all it has to offer though, as it has 4GB of RAM, 64GB of internal storage, and USB Type-C.

Xiaomi Mi A1 specifications:

  • 5.5-inch Full HD display2.5D Corning Gorilla Glass
  • Corning Gorilla Glass
  • Snapdragon 625 octa-core CPU
  • Adreno 506 GPU
  • 4GB RAM
  • 64GB storage
  • microSD card support
  • 12MP wide-angle + 12MP telephoto (2x zoom) rear cameras, LED flash
  • 5MP front camera
  • Dual-SIM
  • 4G LTE
  • Dual-band WiFi
  • Bluetooth
  • GPS
  • Fingerprint scanner
  • 10V smart power amplifier
  • USB Type-C
  • IR blaster
  • Dual graphite sheet for lower temp
  • Pure Android 7.1.2 Nougat (Update to Android 8.0 Oreo now available)
  • 3,080mAh battery
  • Black, Gold, Rose Gold

ASUS ZenFone Max Pro M1 – Php 9,995 (3GB)

A strong contender in this segment and a crowd favorite. The Max Pro M1 is one of the most anticipated phones in the market for the first-half of 2018. Sporting strong internals and a long battery life, the device is a solid choice for people who want power and longevity but are on a budget.

ASUS ZenFone Max Pro M1 specifications:

  • 5.99-inch FHD+ IPS display @ 2160 x 1080px, 424ppi
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 636 octa-core processor
  • Adreno 509 GPU
  • 3GB
  • 32GB internal storage
  • expandable via microSD (dedicated slot)
  • 13MP + 5MP PDAF rear camera, LED flash
  • 8MP front camera, LED flash
  • Dual SIM
  • 4G VoLTE
  • WiFi
  • Bluetooth 5.0
  • GPS, A-GPS
  • Gyroscope
  • Fingerprint scanner
  • Micro-USB
  • Android 8.1 Oreo
  • 5,000mAh battery
  • 159 x 76 x 8.61 mm
  • 180 grams
  • Meteor Silver, Deepsea Black

OPPO A83 – Php 9,990 (3GB), Php 6,990 (2GB)

The OPPO A83 actually has three variants — one with 4GB RAM, one with 3GB, and one with 2GB. Performance differences will be minimal if you only jump from 1GB to the other. It has been regarded as one of the best budget smartphones during its release in the Philippine market. That still holds true today, even though it now has stronger competition. We’re currently holding a giveaway for the OPPO A83 (2GB), check out the details here.

OPPO A83 specifications:

  • 5.7-inch 1440 x 720, 18:9 Full Screen display, 282ppi
  • MediaTek MT6763T Helio P23 2.5GHz octa-core processor
  • Mali-G71 MP2 GPU
  • 2/3/4GB RAM
  • 16/32/64GB storage
  • microSD card slot (dedicated slot)
  • 13MP rear camera, LED flash
  • 8MP front camera, screen flash
  • A.I. Beautification Technology
  • Dual-SIM (nano)
  • 4G LTE
  • WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n
  • Bluetooth 4.2
  • GPS, A-GPS
  • microUSB 2.0
  • USB OTG
  • Face Unlock
  • ColorOS 3.2 (Android 7.1.1 Nougat)
  • 3,180mAh battery
  • 150.5 x 73.1 x 7.7 mm
  • 143 g

Xiaomi Redmi S2 — Php 7,990

The Redmi S2 is Xiaomi’s non-Android One competitor for the budget segment. It sports almost the same specs as its Mi A1 sibling but for a lower price tag.

Xiaomi Redmi S2 specifications:

  • 5.99-inch 18:9 HD+ display @ 1440 x 720 pixels
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 2.0Ghz Octa-core CPU
  • Adreno 506 GPU
  • 3GB RAM
  • 32GB Internal storage expandable up to 256GB via microSD
  • 12MP f/2.2 aperture + 5MP f/2.0 aperture dual rear cameras with LED flash
  • 16MP front camera
  • 4G LTE Dual SIM (Nano, Hybrid)
  • WiFi 802.11 b/g/n
  • Bluetooth 5.0
  • GPS, A-GPS, GLONASS, BDS
  • Fingerprint scanner (rear-mounted)
  • micro-USB MIUI 9 (Android 8.1 Oreo)
  • 3,080mAh Battery

OPPO A71 (2018) – Php 7,990

The OPPO A83’s more affordable sibling. The A71 (2018) has its shortcomings but is still a worthy contender in its price point, offering good performance, a long battery life, and AI beautification.

OPPO A71 (2018) specifications

  • 5.2-inch HD IPS display @ 1280 x 720 resolution, 282ppi
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 450
  • Adreno 506 GPU
  • 2GB RAM
  • 16GB internal storage
  • Expandable up to 256GB via microSD (dedicated)
  • 13MP f/2.2 rear camera w/ LED flash
  • 5MP f/2.4 front camera w/ A.I. Beauty Technology
  • 4G LTE
  • Dual SIM (nano-SIM)
  • Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/b
  • Bluetooth 4.2
  • GPS, A-GPS
  • microUSB
  • USB OTG
  • ColorOS 3.2 (based on Android 7.1.1 Nougat)
  • 3,000mAh battery
  • 148.1 x 73.8 x 7.6 mm
  • 137 g
  • Gold, Black

Infinix Hot 6 Pro – Php 6,499

A very solid contender for the budget market. The Infinix Hot 6 Pro comes equipped with the very reliable Snapdragon 425 and a 4,000mAh battery. Not only that, it has generous RAM (3GB) and Internal storage (32GB) for its price.

Infinix Hot 6 Pro specs:

  • 6? 18:9 HD+ IPS display @ 1440 x 720px
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 425 1.4GHz quad-core
  • Adreno 308 GPU
  • 3GB RAM
  • 32GB internal storage
  • expandable up to 128GB
  • Dual nano-SIM card slot
  • 13MP + 2MP dual rear cameras w/ LED flash
  • 5MP front camera
  • 4G LTE Cat.4
  • Wifi 802.11 b/g/n
  • Bluetooth 4.1
  • OTG
  • Gyroscope
  • Fingerprint Scanner
  • FM Radio
  • Android 8.0 Oreo
  • 4,000mAh battery
  • 160.43 x 76.21 x 8.3mm
  • 158g
  • Sandstone Black, Magic Gold, Bordeaux Red, City Blue

Huawei Y6 (2018) — Php 5,990

Arguably one of the strongest competitor in the lower spectrum of the budget segment. The Huawei Y6 (2018) is a solid choice for anyone looking to have a good performing device with respectable cameras, display, and face unlock features.

Huawei Y6 (2018) specs:

  • 5.7-inch HD+ IPS LCD display @ 1440x720px, ~282ppi
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 425
  • ARM Cortex A53 1.4GHz quad-core
  • Adreno 308
  • 2GB RAM
  • 16GB internal storage
  • 13MP rear camera with LED flash
  • 5MP front camera with LED flash
  • Expandable up to 256GB via microSD card (dedicated)
  • Dual-SIM
  • 4G LTE
  • WiFi 802.11 b/g/n
  • Bluetooth 4.2
  • GPS with A-GPS and GLONASS support
  • Face Unlock
  • micro USB
  • EMUI 8 (Android 8.0 Oreo)
  • 3,000mAh Li-Ion battery
  • 152.4 x 73 x 7.8 mm
  • 150 g

And that’s a wrap for the Top contenders in the budget segment for mid-2018. Be sure to stay tuned for the list of the other price segments!

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