Published: October 8, 2019 | Updated: September 23, 2020 | Posted by: Moneymax | Gadget Protect
This article was originally published on November 17, 2018 and was updated on October 8, 2019.
Need a new smartphone but short on budget? Want to get a budget mobile phone for a loved one?
With so many choices in the market, it’s hard to pick a good mobile phone that provides the perfect balance between performance and affordability. Still, there are a few bang-for-buck options that stand out. Here are the 10 best budget-friendly smartphones released in the Philippines in 2019.
Note: Pricing information is based on the suggested retail price for each product. Smartphones sold in malls and online shops may offer discounted prices. Just be careful when buying from online sellers on social media to avoid fake products.
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Looking for Samsung smartphones under P15,000? The Samsung Galaxy M30 (1) might be the perfect gadget that fits your budget.
Even with the lower price tag compared to its flagship models, Samsung doesn’t cut back on quality for the Galaxy M30. The screen alone provides an immersive viewing and gaming experience, thanks to the FHD+ Super AMOLED 6.4-inch Infinity-U display.
The battery life is also reliable. One full charge lets you enjoy up to 25 hours of video playback or 105 hours of listening to music. There’s also fast-charging support, so you can use your phone again ASAP.
The Samsung Galaxy M30 is equipped with three lenses: the main lens, ultra-wide lens, and depth lens. These allow users to experiment with different kinds of shots with their Samsung phones.
The ZenFone Max Pro M2 (2) is the most powerful ASUS smartphone to date, equipped with a long-lasting 5000mAh battery for continuous video streaming or mobile gaming. It supports up to 10 hours of gaming, 16 hours of video playback, or 23 hours of browsing over Wi-Fi. ASUS even claims the battery can last for two days of non-stop use.
A Corning Gorilla Glass 6 protects the screen, which means the mighty smartphone can withstand multiple drops from a height of a meter.
The AI-powered dual-camera features a Sony sensor for exceptional image quality. The main rear camera can record ultra HD or 4K-quality videos, too.
The Redmi Note 7 boasts of a flagship-level camera with a whopping 48MP sensor for the main rear camera—which is four times the pixels of a usual smartphone camera.
This Xiaomi phone is one of the few smartphones in the Philippines that offer a 48MP camera. It’s even cheaper than others with the same camera, like OPPO F11 (PHP 15,990), OPPO F11 Pro (PHP 18,990), and Realme 5 PRO (PHP 11,990/PHP13,990).
The Qualcomm Snapdragon 660 and its Kryo processor boost performance for responsive gaming and seamless operation. The screen is protected with a Corning Gorilla Glass 5 that can help it survive accidental drops. At the back, the gradient glass back finish adds a flair of sophistication to the phone’s design.
Take your smartphone photography game to the next level! Shutterbugs will love having this smartphone equipped with quadruple rear cameras. The Realme 5 PRO houses four lenses at the back: the 48MP main lens (powered by a Sony IMX 586 sensor) and other lenses for wide-angle, portrait, and macro photography. The camera can also shoot 4K and slow-mo videos.
This Realme smartphone has an airtight waterproof sealing that protects the exterior and interior parts against splashes. And for the busy, on-the-go peeps, this mobile phone takes just 1.38 hours to charge.
OPPO is a brand known for smartphones with above-average specs at budget-friendly prices. Its OPPO A5s model, retailing at below PHP 7,000, is built for multi-taskers through its upgraded processor for smooth operation and a smart bar for switching between apps.
Its long battery life and immersive 6.2-inch Corning Gorilla glass screen make the OPPO A5s one of the sulit smartphones under PHP 10,000.
The HONOR 10 Lite (3), with its 24MP AI front camera, suits Pinoys who love taking selfies on their phones. It’s equipped with different technologies to make you look good on self-portraits regardless of lighting conditions.
Do you often take calls in noisy places? This budget smartphone features an AI-enabled noise reduction technology that boosts call quality in areas that are loud and have a weak signal. For gamers, the HONOR 10 Lite provides a stable mobile gaming experience through its GPU Turbo technology.
The Huawei Y7 Pro is designed with the needs of busy people in mind. Its powerful 4,000 mAh battery comes with an AI power-saving technology, so you don’t need to frequently look for a place to charge the phone.
For multi-taskers, the budget Huawei smartphone has an octa-core processor for seamless operation even when multiple apps are running simultaneously.
Selfie fans also won’t be disappointed, as its 16MP front camera automatically retouches photos—no need to apply a filter when you’ve already got that perfect selfie!
At only less than PHP 8,000, you can get a Vivo smartphone with a stunning all-screen display—a standard feature among phones priced above PHP 10,000. The large 6.22-inch display allows for split-screen viewing for multitaskers. Absolutely a great steal!
The Vivo Y81’s front camera has an AI Face Beauty selfie feature that detects age, skin tone, gender, lighting condition to highlight your natural beauty.
Meizu launched its C9 model in the Philippines in November 2018. Around nine months later, the Chinese electronics company released an upgrade: the Meizu C9 Pro. The newer model got improvements on memory, internal storage, front camera, and more—while still keeping the smartphone’s price under PHP 5,000.
Is there really an Android phone for just a little over PHP 3,000? Yes, it’s a Nokia at that—the electronics brand known for durability. Nokia has finally entered the smartphone market with a range of Android models, the most affordable of which is the Nokia 1. For its low price, the budget Nokia smartphone has 4G LTE connectivity and runs on Android 9 Pie.
While the Nokia 1 is packed with modern features, it still carries the old-school features we’ve grown to love about the classic Nokia. It’s got a removable battery, and you can change its back cover (which an array of striking colors to choose from) to suit your current mood.
The key to finding the right smartphone that won’t bust your budget is researching and comparing your options. Sticking to your budget matters too, so you won’t give in to impulsive buying, especially during the holidays.
To protect your newly purchased gadget, consider having it insured. Smartphone insurance in the Philippines doesn’t cost much anyway, and that minimal cost can spare you the trouble when your unit suffers accidental damage or is stolen.
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