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Best Budget Smartphones below P15,000 (July 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 July list.

Here they are in no particular order:

Honor 6X / Huawei GR5 2017 / Huawei Mate 9 Lite (PhP 11,990)

No matter what name it goes by in your region, Huawei’s borderline-midrange smartphone ticks all the right boxes in our ever-evolving criteria for what makes a handset great. We fell in love with its premium build and fun dual-camera mode, which are two features previously unheard of at this price point.

REVIEW: Honor 6X (aka Huawei GR5 2017 or Huawei Mate 9 Lite)

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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Xiaomi Redmi S2 makes surprise landing in the Philippines

Xiaomi’s most affordable dual-camera phone

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Surprise, surprise! After making a successful debut in China last week, Xiaomi’s affordable Redmi S2 smartphone is finding its way to the Philippines, making the archipelago the first country outside of China to receive it.

We already have the Redmi 5A and Redmi Note 5 to drool over, so what makes the Redmi S2 special? Let’s say it’s somewhere in between the two aforementioned bestsellers — both in price and features.

For starters, it comes with a 5.99-inch 720p display with a reliable Snapdragon 625 chipset and 3GB of memory to push pixels. For capacities, you get 32GB of expandable storage and a 3080mAh battery.

But the real star here is the camera setup. There are two on the back: one has a 12-megapixel image sensor while the other has 5 megapixels. Put them together, and you get crisper photos and access to fun features like portrait and HDR modes. Just as cool is the AI-assisted 16-megapixel front camera, which even has its own LED flash.

And in case you’re wondering, there’s a fingerprint sensor on the back panel and Android 8.0 Oreo as its operating system (skinned with Xiaomi’s MIUI 9 interface), unlike some phones in the price range.

The best part: All these come with a price of only PhP 7,990 (US$ 153). That’s a superb deal in this segment, and puts a lot of competitors to shame.

Availability begins once the Redmi S2 hits Lazada Philippines’ online store on June 4.

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Globe GoWatch and Play adds 2GB of data to your favorite promos

For streaming and gaming!

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With the increasing demand for streaming services and mobile games, Globe is treating their prepaid subscribers to a new promo bundle that’ll let them play or watch on the go. If you’re a subscriber of GoSurf or GoSakto promos, you’ll get to enjoy additional mobile data.

With the GoWatch and Play promo bundle, select existing Globe promos will get extra 2GB of mobile data for video streaming and mobile gaming. The additional data can be used for streaming services, namely Netflix, HOOQ, YouTube, NBA, Cartoon Network, and Disney, while the supported games are Arena of Valor, Mobile Legends, Clash of Clans, Clash Royale, and Pokémon Go.

The free 2GB video and game access on mobile is available for the following promos:

  • GoSURF50
  • GoSURF299
  • GoSURF599
  • GoSURF999
  • GOTSCOMBODD70
  • GOTSCOMBODD90
  • GOSAKTO120
  • GOSAKTO140

To register, simply dial *143# or use the Globe Switch app that’s available on the Google Play Store. For more info about the promo bundle, you may read the FAQs listed on Globe’s website here.

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Honor 10 is coming to Southeast Asia

Launching later this month!

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Fresh from its global launch in London, the new Honor 10 is going to be available in several Southeast Asian markets including Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, and Vietnam.

It sports the same features as the pricier Huawei P20: Kirin 970 with neural processing chip enabled, the latest EMUI 8.1 software based on Android 8.1 Oreo, a fingerprint sensor in front, and dual cameras. Two of the biggest differences are the lack of Leica branding and inclusion of a headphone jack.

Launch events have been scheduled in Singapore on May 21, Malaysia on May 22, and Thailand on May 23. In Vietnam, an intimate event for 20-30 fans to experience the new phone is scheduled on May 20. Pricing and availability in the respective countries have yet to be announced.

In Europe, the Honor 10 retails for EUR 399 (US$ 473) for the 64GB variant and EUR 449 (US$ 532) for the 128GB version.

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