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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 Mi AirDots Pro: Price and availability in the Philippines

The AirPods competitor from Xiaomi

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Xiaomi‘s awaited Apple AirPods copycat has landed in the Philippines. The AirDots Pro was initially introduced earlier this year and you can finally get your own pair of wireless Bluetooth earphones.

There’s no denying that the Xiaomi’s AirDots Pro strongly resembles Apple’s AirPods. Even their names are quite similar; however, the AirDots Pro doesn’t have the same premium price of Apple’s accessory.


The AirDots Pro is a pair of wireless earphones that has a Bluetooth 4.2 connectivity, noise-canceling microphones, and touch controls. According to Xiaomi, battery life is up to four hours, while the charging case offers an extra 10 hours. Both Android and iOS are supported by the AirDots Pro.

Through Mi Authorized Stores in the Philippines, the AirDots Pro retails for PhP 3,490. It’s slightly pricier than its launch price in China, but at least you don’t have to ship it anymore. Also, it’s way cheaper than the AirPods.

SEE ALSO: Xiaomi Mi 9 SE: Price and availability in the Philippines

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Rock Space formally launches in the Philippines, brings plenty of accessories

More accessories to choose from

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There’s a new brand that just entered the Philippine market and it’s Rock Space. You might have seen Rock Space as a freebie for OPPO phones, but the company has already expanded to be a full-fledged digital life brand that’ll cater to the ever-growing fast-paced lifestyle of modern and trendy Filipinos.

Rock Space has been around since 2009, so they’re not a new entry to the competitive accessories market. With a decade of presence in the market, the company already has a number of accessories that’ll suit almost anyone. Not only that, but Rock Space is also backed up by recognition from international product design awards.


One of the main products Rock Space is offering in the Philippines is the new EB 70 True Wireless Stereo Earphones. It’s a pair of Bluetooth 5.0-equipped wireless earphones with Hi-Fi speakers and a Digital Signal Processor for clearer sound transmission.

It has a promised continuous battery life of 4 hours, and up to 17 hours using the carrying case that also doubles as a battery pack and a charger. It has a retail price of PhP 3,999.

Rock Space also has power banks in different sizes and capacities. Take the Rock Space P66 for example. It’s a compact 10000mAh power bank with an LED display. It’s priced at PhP 1,299.

Additionally, Rock Space sells phone cables for both iPhone and Android devices, wireless chargers, fast-charging bricks, earphones, and even accessories for your car that can wirelessly charge your phone while you drive.

Also, they cut and apply their own screen protectors for various phone models. They use a special cutting machine that accurately cut the screen protector and they’ll install it for you.

Rock Space is now available in kiosks and partner stores nationwide. Those who prefer to shop online, they are also selling on Lazada and Shopee. Moreover, you can check out Rock Space products at OPPO concept stores.

SEE ALSO: Singaporean designer brand UNIQ brings its stylish accessories to the Philippines

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OPPO Reno and Reno 10x Zoom: Price and availability in the Philippines

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OPPO has just launched its most premium series in the Philippines. Following the Find X from last year is the new OPPO Reno. The Reno series comes in two variants: an upper-midrange offering and a flagship model with an advanced camera system.

The OPPO Reno went official two months ago and it’s already making waves in Europe as the region’s first 5G phone. The model that’s going to be available in the Philippines won’t support 5G yet, but it’s got all the goodies the Reno phones have.


The standard Reno is powered by a Snapdragon 710, while the 10x Zoom variant has Qualcomm’s latest Snapdragon 855.

The OPPO Reno will be available for PhP 26,990 starting June 20 through OPPO stores. Meanwhile, the higher-end OPPO Reno 10x Zoom will be sold at PhP 45,990 and its pre-order period will start on June 21. The more premium Reno model will be available in select OPPO stores starting July 1.

Aside from OPPO stores, the new Reno series will also be available through Globe and Smart telcos, and online via OPPO’s official store on Lazada.

SEE ALSO: OPPO Reno 10x Zoom unboxing and hands-on: An emerald looker

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