by Venus Zoleta, on category "Lifestyle"
November 17, 2018
Need a new smartphone but short on budget?
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 that can rival the most expensive phones in the Philippines.
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.
Dubbed the battery king of ASUS, the ZenFone Max Pro M1 boasts a 5,000mAh lithium-polymer battery that can last up to 28 hours of Wi-Fi browsing or 12 hours of gaming. The long-lasting battery comes with a fast-charging feature, which means it can fully charge from 0% in just less than three hours.
Packed with powerful internal specs and breathtaking display, the ASUS ZenFone Max Pro is the best affordable smartphone for people who often play mobile games, browse the web, and stream music and movies. Battery drain and lag issues will be the least of the user’s worries.
ASUS ZenFone Max Pro M1 Key Specs:
At an affordable price, the Redmi 5 Plus offers great performance, battery life, and Full HD+ display in a small package. It’s got impressive specs in terms of memory (4GB RAM) and internal storage (64GB), making it one of the best smartphones under P10,000 for mobile gaming fans.
Xiaomi Redmi 5 Plus Key Specs:
The Lenovo K8 Note is one of the few smartphones in the market with an ultra-fast deca-core processor at a budget-friendly price. You need this kind of powerful processor if you usually run multiple apps at the same time. It’s also great for gaming and image processing.
This Lenovo phone’s dual-rear cameras let you take great snaps (with real-time effects and a beautiful bokeh effect) even in low-light conditions.
Lenovo K8 Note Key Specs:
The Vivo Y81 has an interface that looks and works like an iPhone, but at a cheaper price tag. The most notable feature of this budget-friendly smartphone is its large 6.22-inch display, making it perfect for gaming and entertainment.
Vivo Y81 Key Specs:
Get your selfie game strong without splurging with this budget Oppo smartphone. Its camera uses artificial intelligence technology for flawless (yet not too Photoshopped) selfies.
The battery life is impressive—with normal use, it can last for two days without charging. This makes it ideal not just for selfie enthusiasts but also mobile gamers and multitaskers.
The Oppo A83 looks and feels premium, you won’t believe it’s priced below PHP 10,000.
Oppo A83 Key Specs:
The Huawei Nova 2 Lite looks classy and elegant but isn’t heavy on the pocket at less than PHP 10K. If you love taking selfies and pictures of just about everything, this Huawei smartphone got impressive camera performance with bokeh effect similar to DSLR cameras.
Huawei Nova 2 Lite Key Specs:
The Infinix HOT 6 Pro shares the same specs with the best smartphones under P10,000 (except for a quad-core processor) at a significantly lower price. You can expect great performance, battery life, and overall mobile experience from this very affordable phone.
Infinix HOT 6 Pro Key Specs:
Are the smartphones listed above still out of your budget? You can still find value-for-money mobile phones at prices lower than PHP 5,000.
Here are your best options for less-than-5K phones:
The Redmi 5A is considered the best entry-level smartphone under PHP 5,000 today.
Xiaomi Redmi 5A Key Specs:
The specs of the Meizu M6 is comparable to the best smartphones under P10,000 range (especially its octa-core processor)—but at almost half the price.
Meizu M6 Key Specs:
With higher specs than most mobile phones at this price point, the Starmobile Up Prime is a great buy for anyone looking for a decent smartphone on a budget.
Starmobile Up Prime Key Specs:
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.