10 Best Smartphones Under P10,000 in the Philippines

by Venus Zoleta, on category "Lifestyle"

November 17, 2018

best smartphones under P10,000 Philippines

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.

Best Smartphones Under P10,000

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.

1. ASUS ZenFone Max Pro M1

Official Price: PHP 9,995

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:

  • Processor: Qualcomm Snapdragon 636 with 14nm, 64-bit octa core
  • Operating system: Pure Android 8.1 Oreo
  • Memory: 3GB
  • Storage: 32GB, expandable up to 2TB
  • Battery: 5,000mAh with fast charging
  • Display: 6-inch 2160 x 1080 Full HD+ resolution with 18:9 Full View IPS display
  • Camera: 13MP / 16MP (main rear) + 5MP (secondary rear) + 8MP / 16MP (front)

2. Xiaomi Redmi 5 Plus

Official Price: PHP 9,990

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:

  • Processor: Snapdragon 625 1.8GHz max octa-core
  • Operating system: MIUI 9 based on Android 7.1 Nougat
  • Memory: 4GB
  • Storage: 64GB
  • Battery: 4,000mAh
  • Display: 5.99-inch 2160 x 1080 Full HD+ resolution with 18:9 screen aspect ratio
  • Camera: 12MP (rear) + 5MP (front)

3. Lenovo K8 Note

Official Price: PHP 8,999

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:

  • Processor: MTK X23 deca-core 2.3GHz
  • Operating system: Android 7.1 Nougat
  • Memory: 3GB
  • Storage: 64GB, expandable up to 128GB
  • Battery: 4,000mAh
  • Display: 5.5-inch FHD 1920 x 1080 resolution, IPS, 2.5D glass
  • Camera: 13MP (rear) + 8MP (front)

4. Vivo Y81

Official Price: PHP 9,999

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:

  • Processor: MediaTek Helio P22 2.0 GHz octa-core
  • Operating system: Funtouch OS 4.0 based on Android 8.1
  • Memory: 3GB
  • Storage: 32GB, expandable up to 256GB
  • Battery: 3,260mAh
  • Display: 6.22-inch 1520 x 720 HD+ resolution
  • Camera: 13MP (rear) + 5MP(front)

5. Oppo A83

Official Price: PHP 9,990

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:

  • Processor: MediaTek MT6737T 2.5GHz octa-core
  • Operating system: ColorOS 3.2 based on Android 7.1
  • Memory: 3GB
  • Storage: 32GB, expandable up to 256GB
  • Battery: 3,180mAh
  • Display: 5.7-inch 1440 x 720 resolution with 18:9 screen aspect ratio
  • Camera: 13MP (rear) + 8MP (front)

6. Huawei Nova 2 Lite

Official Price: PHP 9,990

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:

  • Processor: Qualcomm Snapdragon 430 1.4GHz octa core
  • Operating system: Android 8.0 Oreo
  • Memory: 3GB
  • Storage: 32GB, expandable up to 256GB
  • Battery: 3,000mAh
  • Display: 5.99 inch 1440 x 720 resolution FullView display
  • Camera: 13 MP + 2 MP (rear) + 8 MP (front)

7. Infinix HOT 6 Pro

Official Price: PHP 6,499

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:

  • Processor: Qualcomm Snapdragon 425 1.4GHz quad-core
  • Operating system: Android 8.0 Oreo
  • Memory: 3GB
  • Storage: 32GB, expandable up to 128GB
  • Battery: 4,000mAh
  • Display: 6-inch 1440 x 720 resolution 18:9 HD+ IPS display
  • Camera: 13MP + 2MP dual rear cameras

Bonus: Best Smartphones Under P5,000

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:

1. Xiaomi Redmi 5A

Official Price: PHP 4,890

The Redmi 5A is considered the best entry-level smartphone under PHP 5,000 today.
Xiaomi Redmi 5A Key Specs:

  • Processor: Qualcomm® Snapdragon 425 64-bit quad-core 1.4GHz max
  • Operating system: MIUI 9 based on Android 7.1 Nougat
  • Memory: 2GB/3GB
  • Storage: 16GB/32GB
  • Battery: 3,000mAh
  • Display: 5-inch HD 1281 x 720 resolution
  • Camera: 13MP (rear) + 5MP (front)

2. Meizu M6

Official Price: PHP 4,990

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:

  • Processor: 1.5GHz 64-bit MediaTek MT6750 octa core
  • Operating system: Flyme OS based on Android 7.0 Nougat
  • Memory: 2GB
  • Storage: 16GB
  • Battery: 3,070mAh
  • Display: 5.2-inch HD IPS display
  • Camera: 13MP (rear) + 8MP (front)

3. Starmobile Up Prime

Official Price: PHP 4,290

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:

  • Processor: 1.25GHz MediaTek MT6737 Quad Core ARM Cortex A53
  • Operating system: Android 7.0 Nougat
  • Memory: 1GB
  • Storage: 16GB, expandable up to 32GB
  • Battery: 3,000mAh
  • Display: 5-inch HD 720 x 1280 resolution 2.5D curved IPS
  • Camera: 8MP (rear) + 5MP (front)

Final Thoughts

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.