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Best Budget Smartphones below P15,000 (May 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 since Mobile World Congress 2017 (MWC), there have been a few surprisingly good entry-level handsets coming out lately, as well. So good, in fact, that we had to knock out some of our favorites in our February list.

Here they are in no particular order:

Honor 6x

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 F1s

OPPO F1s (Updated Variant – PhP 13,990)

While the F3 hasn’t rolled out yet and we’ve yet to review it, the updated F1s with 4GB of memory (up from 3GB) and 64GB of expandable storage (up from 32GB) is our top pick from OPPO. This selfie-centric midranger offers a sleek metal design, one of the fastest fingerprint sensors in the market, and a user interface anyone — even iPhone users — can appreciate.

REVIEW: OPPO F1s

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

Redmi 4 Prime

Xiaomi Redmi 4 Prime (PhP 8,700)

Xiaomi’s best-ever entry-level smartphone first came to mind when forming this list. The Redmi 4 Prime has everything: a responsive fingerprint scanner, sturdy metal body, a battery that lasts days, and surprisingly good camera, making it so complete for such a low price.

REVIEW: Xiaomi Redmi 4 Prime

Vivo Y53

Vivo Y53 (PhP 6,990)

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 7,000.

REVIEW: Vivo Y53

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OPPO F9: Price and pre-order details in the Philippines

The replacement to the OPPO F7 comes early

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OPPO‘s newest midrange phone is here! The OPPO F9 has just been announced and it brings a few upgrades to the table. Fortunately for Filipinos, the Philippines is one of the first markets to get it.

The F9 brings OPPO’s renowned VOOC Flash Charge technology that allows the phone to charge up to four times faster. OPPO claims that a quick five-minute charge is enough to enable two hours of talk time. Apart from VOOC, the F9 also now has dual rear cameras: a 16- and 2-megapixel combo. The selfie sensor is still a 25-megapixel shooter with all the AI-enabled features from other OPPO selfie phones.

The display of the F9 is slightly increased to 6.3 inches and has a taller 19.5:9 aspect ratio. Another change to the F9’s display is the smaller notch which OPPO calls “waterdrop.” This enables the phone to have a better screen-to-body ratio of 90.8 percent.

The OPPO F9 is priced locally at PhP 17,990, same as the F7’s initial price at launch. Consumers can also avail of the new phone via Home Credit at zero percent interest for nine months. For postpaid, the F9 is available on Smart GigaX Plan 1299. Pre-order starts on August 24 until August 30 and it offers early buyers freebies worth PhP 3,490.

SEE ALSO: OPPO F9 goes official with a new notch design and VOOC quick charging tech

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Nokia 3.1: Price and availability details in the Philippines

Nokia’s newest budget phone is here

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The new Nokia 3.1 has officially landed in the Philippines. The budget Nokia phone which was initially announced three months ago is now tasked to penetrate another key market in Southeast Asia.

The Nokia 3.1 sports a 5.2-inch 18:9 HD+ display topped with Gorilla Glass 3. It’s powered by a MediaTek Helio P10 processor with 3GB of memory and 32GB of expandable storage. The frame of the phone is made from anodized metal and it gives the phone a premium finish.

Camera-wise, there’s a 13-megapixel rear camera with an LED flash and an 8-megapixel front-facing shooter with a wide-angle lens.

It runs Android 8.0 Oreo out of the box with promised updates for at least two years thanks to the Android One program.

A 2990mAh battery keeps the lights on which should be able to last a full day of moderate use.

Those who will pre-order until August 26 through Nokia mobile stores and MemoXpress branches nationwide will receive a free JBL Go Bluetooth speaker. The phone has a retail price of PhP 9,990 and it’ll come in one color only: black with chrome accents.

SEE ALSO: Android P update coming to Nokia smartphones as early as August

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Nokia 2.1: Price and availability details in the Philippines

Another entry-level phone from Nokia

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HMD Global maintains Nokia‘s presence in the mobile scene by releasing new phones at different price ranges. The latest to join the family in the Philippines is the Nokia 2.1 — an entry-level phone powered by Android Go.

The Nokia 2.1 is among the affordable bunch of new Nokia phones. It only has 1GB of memory, so it’s logical to let it have Android Oreo (Go edition) to keep its performance in check. Compared to its predecessor, the Nokia 2.1 got a bit of a spec bump to a Snapdragon 425 processor with 8GB of expandable storage. In addition, it has a massive 4000mAh battery that promises a two-day battery life.

The screen size of the phone is also upgraded to a 5.5-inch 720p 16:9 display with front-facing stereo speakers. Since it’s an entry-level phone, there’s not much to expect in the camera department with its 8-megapixel rear camera and 5-megapixel selfie shooter.

The Nokia 2.1 is available in the Philippines for PhP 5,990 in three color combinations: blue and copper, blue and silver, or gray and silver. The phone is also available via Home Credit at zero percent installment for six months.

SEE ALSO: Android P update coming to Nokia smartphones as early as August

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