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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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Gaming

Razer holds first ever SEA Games bootcamp for esports teams

Held in partnership with one of the best eSports teams in the world

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Preparations for the upcoming 2019 Southeast Asian Games are underway, especially with eSports now added to the competition. Razer, the official eSports partner for the SEA Games has an idea on how to make preparations more interesting. The global gaming lifestyle brand wants to bring esports teams from all participating countries to train them by learning from the best players in the world.

Razer officially rolls out the Razer SEA Games eSports Bootcamp, a two-day training camp for eSports teams participating in the Dota 2 tournament for the SEA Games. The bootcamp will feature a series of mentorship sessions and practice games for all the competing teams from Singapore (Team X) , Malaysia, Thailand, Indonesia (PG.Barracx), and the Philippines (Sibol). With the inclusion of eSports in this year’s SEA Games, Razer’s Global Sports Director David Tse hopes to “bring eSports to the next level.”


To guide these teams to success, Razer taps upon a global eSports powerhouse in the Evil Geniuses. EG’s Dota 2 coach, Sam “Bulba” Sosale will mentor the five participating teams to compete at the highest level for the upcoming tournament.

“Evil Geniuses is excited to help some of the best players in Southeast Asia prepare for it,” Sosale said. As of writing, members of the EG’s Dota 2 team are competing in the Upper Bracket semifinal round of The International 9 in Shanghai.

The Razer SEA Games eSports Bootcamp will run from September 2 to 3, 2019 in Singapore. As a treat, Evil Geniuses is hosting their first ever meet-and-greet in Southeast Asia on September 1. Fans will have a chance to get up close with members from EG’s Dota 2 team: Arteezy, SumaiL and s4, along with Bulba. Fans will also get a chance to win signed jerseys from their favorite players.

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Cameras

Canon unveils PowerShot G5 X, PowerShot G7 X in PH

Up your vlogger game with these two additions

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Canon’s G series family just received its latest additions for vloggers and compact camera enthusiasts. These two cameras promise to bring high quality and quick images, while packaged ever so lightly. During the Canon Vlog Ventures event, the company unveiled the PowerShot G5 X  II and the PowerShot G7X  III.

Canon’s Benny Yu, Head of Marketing for its Consumer division dubbed these cameras as an “on-the-go” devices. According to Yu, these devices fit best with “advanced photographers and vloggers who are constantly on the move.” The PowerShot G5 X and G7 X bring a new one-inch CMOS image sensor, 4K video recording, and livestreaming features (only for the G7 X).


Apart from these, both devices support up to 30 frames per second of continuous shooting modes in RAW format. This enables you to capture fast-moving objects without missing a singe thing, especially for events and travel vlogs. This frame cap also applies when shooting videos in 4K, which allows you to shoot videos in unbelievable, stunning quality.

Canon is currently offering vlogger packages along with any pre-orders between August 16 to 31, 2019. The Canon PowerShot G7 X Mark III package starts at PhP 46,998, complete with a free 24/7 Vlogger Service Support, 3-year warranty and access to Canon’s accessories and lens. Meanwhile, the Canon PowerShot G5 X II package starts at PhP 54,998.

The vlogging cameras were first announced in July. In the US, the G7X III retails for US$ 749.

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Deals

Globe’s ThePLAN bundles a Huawei P30 Pro with a Huawei Watch GT

And FreeLace earphones!

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Globe is offering a new postpaid plan bundle that will attract those who love freebies. It is offering the Huawei P30 Pro Amber Sunrise with a Huawei Watch GT, along with the Huawei FreeLace earphones.

The Huawei P30 Pro to be offered with ThePLAN will come in gorgeous Amber Sunrise color, and a massive 512GB storage. It will also be offered with a one-time cash out plus the monthly bill for ThePLAN. These are the various cash out options:


  • ThePLAN 599 — one-time cash out of PhP 44,400 with a monthly bill of PhP 599
  • ThePLAN 799 — one-time cash out of PhP 42,000 with a monthly bill of PhP 799
  • ThePLAN 999 — one time cash out of  PhP 39,600 with a monthly bill of PhP 999
  • ThePLAN 1299 — one time cash out of PhP 38,400 with a monthly bill of PhP 1299
  • ThePLAN 1499 — one time cash out of PhP 34,800 with a monthly bill of PhP 1499
  • ThePLAN 1799 — one time cash out of PhP 32,400 with a monthly bill of PhP 1799
  • ThePLAN 1999 — one time cash out of PhP 30,000 with a monthly bill of PhP 1999
  • ThePLAN 2499 — one time cash out of PhP 25,200 with a monthly bill of of PhP 2499
  • ThePLAN 2999 — one time cash out of PhP  25,200 with a monthly bill of PhP 2999

All plans also include the recently released Huawei Watch GT smartwatch and the Huawei FreeLace earphones. All in all, the freebies to be given are worth PhP 16,480. If you’re re-contracting, there’s a charge to bill option that will stagger the cash out instead of it being a one time thing.

ThePLAN comes with unlimited text and calls to Globe and TM. It also has a 24-month contract period for plans with included smartphones. To avail of this plan, check out Globe’s official store. This plan is valid while stocks last.

The device in this plan is Huawei’s flagship which was announced last March 2019. The Huawei P30 Pro has been praised for its excellent camera. Featuring a unique periscope camera, the flagship can zoom up to 50x digitally. It is also praised for its impressive performance, all-day battery life, and a gorgeous 6.3″ OLED display.

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