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Best Budget Smartphones below P15,000 (August 2017 Edition)

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Welcome to GadgetMatch’s list of the best smartphones priced below PhP 15,000! Each month, we update our selection with the budget-friendly phones we believe are most deserving of your hard-earned savings.

Even though the spotlight has been on high-end smartphones this entire year, there have been a few surprisingly good entry-level handsets coming out lately, as well. So good, in fact, that we had to reassess our entire list.

Here they are in no particular order:

Huawei GR3 2017 / Honor 8 Lite (PhP 8,990)

As much as we enjoyed having Huawei’s GR5 2017 (also known as the Honor 6X) on this list, we couldn’t help but replace it with its more affordable sibling, the GR3 2017 (confusingly called the Honor 8 Lite in some regions). You can never go wrong with a midrange chipset and premium-looking body in a sub-PhP 10,000 handset.

REVIEW: Huawei GR3 2017

OPPO A57 (PhP 11,990)

Now that OPPO’s F series belongs in the midrange category of our lists (the recently launched F3 is valued above PhP 15,000), it’s up to the A57 to be the gateway into the Chinese company’s portfolio. Armed with an efficient Snapdragon 435 processor, selfie-centric front camera, and speedy fingerprint scanner, the A57 is OPPO’s best budget bet.

REVIEW: OPPO A57

ASUS ZenFone 3 Max 5.5 (PhP 9,995)

ASUS has been releasing ZenFone 3 variants like there’s no tomorrow, but the one offering the most value for the price is the 5.5-inch ZenFone 3 Max. It’s the larger version of the original ZenFone 3 Max, and borrows the faster camera of the ZenFone 3 Laser.

REVIEW: ASUS ZenFone 3 Max 5.5

Xiaomi Redmi Note 4X (PhP 9,800)

We finally had to take out Xiaomi’s Redmi 4 Prime on this list to make way for the Redmi Note 4X. It’s bigger and more fun to play with; plus, it has all the same features we loved from its smaller sibling, including the large battery, efficient processor, and solid build quality.

REVIEW: Xiaomi Redmi Note 4X

Vivo Y53 (PhP 5,990)

When you talk about great value, you must include Vivo’s Y53. Despite having no fingerprint scanner, its processor and build quality are among the things you used to find on phones twice the price of this handset — truly a serious consideration when you can’t spend more than PhP 6,000.

REVIEW: Vivo Y53

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realme X50 Pro 5G now official in the Philippines

The 5G phone for you?

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After making its mark in the budget and midrange categories, realme is looking to shakeup the premium category with the arrival of the realme X50 Pro 5G in the Philippines.

Delivering a competitive 5G flagship experience with realme X50 Pro 5G

The realme X50 Pro 5G is realme’s first flagship 5G offering and among the first to be powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 5G processor. It comes shipped with 5D Stereoscopic Ice Cooling Pro technology to optimize the smartphone’s performance.

It comes with a 4200mAh dual-cell battery, the first-ever used with the new 65W SuperDart Flash Charge which takes the phone from 0% to 100% in just 35 minutes. At the same time, the phone can be charged while the screen is on and being used for greater convenience.

The realme X50 Pro 5G features the 64MP Hawk Eye quad camera set-up on the rear. These are a 64MP main camera, an 8MP ultra-wide angle lens, a 12MP zoom lens, and a 2MP B/W depth lens.

A stunning display

The phone comes with an ultra-large 6.44-inch Samsung Super AMOLED display with up to 92% screen to-body ratio. It also supports HDR10+, the 100% DCI-P3 color gamut and sunlight display, reaching a maximum brightness of 1000nits and peak contrast ratio of 2000000:1. Meanwhile, the brand new E3 luminescent material reduces blue light by 37.5% and power consumption by 5%.

Its 90Hz refresh rate display increases frame rates by 50% compared to ordinary smartphone displays while its 180Hz sampling rate which improves the touchscreen sensitivity and smoothness when playing games.

With SuperAMOLED display, the phone boasts in-display fingerprint recognition function, adapts the Goodix’s new generation of fingerprint unlocking model, and only requires an average of 0.27s to unlock the phone.

Price and availability

The realme X50 Pro 5G is currently only available via Smart Signature Plan. There’s a one time cash out of PhP 6,900 then a total monthly payment of PhP 1,899 (PhP 1,499 for the plan with PhP 400 monthly amortization). It will be available online and on in-stores starting December 11.

There’s a pre-order promo from December 3-10. Those who will avail the plan will get a free realme Watch worth PhP 3,990.

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realme Watch S now official

All the smartwatch bells and whistles for less

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realme’s wearables keep getting better. Adding to their growing portfolio is the realme Watch S.

Like any smartwatch worth its salt, the Watch S has a slew of monitoring features. It carries the top-level sensor from Goodix, which supports 24-hour uninterrupted and real-time heart rate monitoring.

It can track your sleep pattern and habits. It also has SPO2 meter for monitoring blood-oxygen levels — a key feature in a world dealing with pandemic.

The Watch S can receive nearly all app notifications including calls, SMS and third-party app messages. It can also remotely control the music player on the smartphone as well as  function as a remote for phone cameras.

Naturally, you can customize its look with a slew of watch face options to match your every look. It promises up to 15 days of battery life and can be fully juiced-up using the bundled charges in just two (2) hours.

Pricing and availability

The realme Watch S retails for PhP 4,990. However, it can be had for PhP 3,990 on Lazada and Shopee starting December 3, 7PM and at the 12.12 Super Brand Day Sale.

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realme Buds Air Pro now in the Philippines

Affordable TWS earbuds with ANC

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realme’s commitment to expanding its AIoT lineup is on full display with the announcement of the realme Buds Air Pro in the Philippines.

realme says it reduces noise by 35dB due to the dual microphone setup and the customized S1 noise cancellation chip. It also has Transparency mode that lets you hear ambient sound in one click. It also supports Bluetooth 5.0.

These earbuds sport a 10mm driver for Dynamic Bass Boost (DBB). This means you’re getting a deep, rich base sound with these earbuds. As for playback, you get a total of 25 hours with the charging case.

It also offers low latency of 94ms in Gaming mode for perfect sync between video and audio while playing games or watching movies.

Controls are as follows:

  • Double-tap: Play/pause music playback | Answer a call
  • Triple-tap: Go to next song
  • Press and hold one side: End call
  • Press and hold both sides: Enter/Exit Gaming Mode

Pricing and availability

The realme Buds Air Pro retails for PhP 4,990. However, it can be had for PhP 3,990 on Lazada and Shopee starting December 3, 7PM and at the 12.12 Super Brand Day Sale.

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