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 / 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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Infinix Note 12 Pro 5G now in the Philippines
Peak performance, smooth gameplay
Infinix is combining the mobile gaming experience with 5G connectivity and a powerful camera with the official release of the Infinix Note 12 Pro 5G in the Philippines.
From September 27 to 29, the device will also get a discount at PhP 10,299 exclusively on Lazada and PhP 11,499 from September 30 in the three online stores.
Peak mobile gaming performance
Powered by an octa-core Dimensity 810 5G processor, the mid-range gaming smartphone boasts of a 13GB Super RAM (8GB RAM + 5GB extended) and a 128GB storage.
The phone has a 5,000mAh battery with support for 33W fast charge, while the brand’s Monster Gaming Kit software further elevates the experience.
The Infinix Note 12 Pro 5G has a 6.7-inch FHD+ AMOLED (2400 x 1080) display with a 60Hz refresh rate.
The phone’s camera setup likewise stunning, with a 108MP main shooter making up the triple camera package at the back. In front is a 16MP selfie camera with dual flash.
Both front and rear cameras are capable of recording 1440p videos at 30fps. Other features include a side fingerprint sensor and Bluetooth 5.0 connectivity.
To avail of the Lazada 10 percent discount, simply follow these steps:
- Go to LazMall
- Click on LazMall Voucher
- Collect the 10 percent voucher
- Go to Infinix Note 12 Pro 5G and click Buy Now. The voucher will automatically apply.
Lenovo ThinkPad P16s, ThinkStation P360 now in the Philippines
Two new Think products
Lenovo continues to be in a league of its own. After making new IdeaPad and Yoga laptops available earlier this month, Lenovo has introduced two new products in their Think lineup: the ThinkPad P16s Gen 1 and ThinkStation P360 Ultra.
ThinkPad P16s Gen 1
Price — starts at PhP 95,999
The powerful and high-performance ThinkPad P16s Gen 1 is powered by up to the latest 12th Gen Intel Core i7 processors and NVIDIA T550 or Intel Iris Xe graphics.
It can support up to 48GB DDR4 memory and up to 2TB PCIe SSD Gen 4 storage, making it ideal not only for work but also gaming.
The display is 16-inch, 400 nits (2560 x 1600) screen. It has Intel WiFi 6E and Intel Thunderbolt 4, with a suite of ports and slots for seamless and high-speed connectivity.
While reliable and durable, the laptop also comes in a lightweight and slim design, weighing just 1.7 kilograms and with a thickness of 20.5mm for portable use.
ThinkStation P360 Ultra
Price — starts at PhP 114,799
On the other hand, the small but powerful ThinkStation P360 Ultra is boosted by up to a 12th Gen Intel Core i9 12900 vPro processor for a maximum power of up to 5GHz, and advanced graphics options such as the NVIDIA RTX A5000.
Half the size of traditional small form factor desktop workstations, the machine supports a wide range of tasks for professionals and even creatives, making it one of its kind for its size.
It has up to 64GB of DDR5 memory and up to 1TB of SSD PCIe Gen4 storage. The ThinkStation P360 Ultra also has seven (7) USB ports, including 2 Thunderbolt 4 ports.
Dual onboard ethernet and WiFi 6E options ensure access to superfast networking connectivity. Pair it with wireless keyboards, mice, and monitors, and you’ll be able to take productivity to a whole new level.
The release of these Think devices follows Lenovo’s release of three new Yoga laptops — the Yoga 9i, Slim 7i Pro X, and Slim 7i Carbon — and three new IdeaPads — Slim 3 and 3i, Slim 5i, and 5 Pro earlier this month.
vivo V25 Series: Price and availability in the Philippines
vivo is unrelenting in the imaging department as they release another set of photo-centric smartphones. The vivo V25 Series is now official in the Philippines.
The series is composed of three phones: the vivo V25 Pro, V25, and V25e. All three feature color-changing designs as well as features that are geared towards helping you capture captivating images.
Pricing and availability
The vivo V25 and vivo V25e will be available via vivo’s official online stores nationwide starting September 24, 2022, while the vivo V25 Pro can be purchased online starting October 1, 2022.
The vivo V25 Pro retails for PhP 29,999. Meanwhile, the vivo V25 and vivo V25e are priced at PhP 23,999 and PhP 17,999 respectively. Pre-order is now ongoing for all three.
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Enhanced Night photography
Many smartphone makers seem to be doubling down on being able to take good photos at night. That’s why low-light shooting capabilities are a focus even on the vivo V25 series. This is most true on the top-offering for this series — the vivo V25 Pro.
The aforementioned smartphone offers a 64MP OIS Ultra-Sensing rear camera with extreme night vision, an 8MP Super Wide-Angle camera, and a 2MP Super Macro camera. What about selfies? It has a 32MP Eye AF Selfie camera + Eye Autofocus.
Meanwhile, both the vivo V25 and the vivo V25e also have the 64MP OIS Ultra-Sensing rear camera that offers O+E Stabilization System. So, you’re still getting quality imaging on the main camera.
Check out the samples in our vivo V25 and V25 Pro: First 24 Hours video.
Color changing design
The vivo V25 Series is also available in eye-catching designs. Called “Photochromic 2.0”, its a back design that gives the smartphones a unique look. The color changes, depending on how the light hits it. You’ll definitely want to use a clear case to show these off.
The vivo V25 Pro comes in Surfing Blue (Photochromatic 2.0 enabled) and Starlight Black, while the vivo V25 and V25e are available in Sunrise Gold (Photochromatic 2.0 enabled) and Diamond Black.
Performance and battery life
The vivo V25 Pro carries the extended RAM 3.0 feature which boasts a 12GB + 256GB+1TB memory expansion storage and is powered by MediaTek Dimensity 1300. It’s accompanied by a 4,830mAh battery for all-day use. It also supports 66W Fast charge that can take you from from zero to 40 percent in 15 minutes and up to 71 percent in 30 minutes.
The vivo V25 and the vivo V25e, both have 8GB RAM + 256GB ROM capacity. They are equipped with the MediaTek Dimensity 900 and MediaTek Helio G99 chipsets respectively. Both sport a 4,500mAh battery with support for 44W Fast Charge. It promises to go from zero to around 60 percent in just 30 minutes.
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