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 list.
Here they are in no particular order:
Huawei Nova 2i / Honor 9i / Mate 10 Lite (PhP 14,999)
Huawei once again confuses us with their elaborate naming scheme, but one thing is for certain: The Nova 2i is easily one of the best smartphones you can find in this price range. A total of four cameras (two in front and two at the back) and a near-borderless display are standout features at this level.
LG Q6 (PhP 12,990)
How often do we see a near-borderless display on a budget-friendly smartphone? As of now, it’s still uncommon. Thanks to LG, we’re seeing FullVision on the Q6, and it’s stunning at this price point. Along with it comes a power-efficient processor, high-grade aluminum frame, and triple-card slots.
ASUS ZenFone 4 Max (PhP 9,995)
It doesn’t get much more complete than this below PhP 15,000. The ZenFone 4 Max has everything you’d hope for in a PhP 9,995 phone, including a dual-camera setup and large 5000mAh battery in a body that’s surprisingly compact. Once its cleaner version of ZenUI arrives, this will be one tough entry to kick out.
Xiaomi Mi A1 (PhP 12,000)
Putting stock Android on a Xiaomi handset is a match made in heaven. Being the first of its kind, the Mi A1 offers consistent software updates, a surprisingly good dual-camera setup, and the great battery life you’d expect from this brand. This is the phone for Xiaomi fans and Android purists alike!
OPPO A71 (PhP 8,990)
If you’re on a tight budget and simply want a smartphone that’s fast enough to get everyday tasks done, it doesn’t get much better than the OPPO A71. It gives up OPPO’s signature selfie branding in exchange for a sleek, no-frills design and space for two SIM cards and a microSD card at the same time.
Updates as of November:
- Replaced Huawei GR3 2017 with Nova 2i
- Replaced Xiaomi Mi Max 2 with Mi A1
Updates as of October:
- Replaced Vivo Y53 with OPPO A71
Updates as of September:
- Replaced Xiaomi Redmi Note 4X with Mi Max 2
- Replaced OPPO A57 with the LG Q6
- Replaced ASUS ZenFone 3 Max 5.5 with ZenFone 4 Max
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Toyota PH enters the hybrid space with its new Corolla Altis
The Corolla line continues
Toyota Motor Philippines has just unveiled the newest Corolla Altis. There are five models to choose from including the company’s first hybrid variant in the country.
The new Altis comes with a fresh exterior and what sells it most are the pair of headlamps that wrap around its body. A large black grille adds weight to the front fascia and is then flanked by accented fog lamps.
Going around will also reveal an updated look. The taillights have been tweaked with added character in them — check out that strip of red light piercing through the trunk lid.
Inside, it carries a more straightforward approach with fewer frills and decorations. There’s a floating touch display right at the center and a simple layout for the climate control’s buttons and knobs right under it. A tri-spoke steering wheel is then mounted with buttons for media navigation and cruise control.
The top of the line variants get leather seats, an eight-way power-adjustable seat for the driver, reverse camera, and parking sensors.
It’s also got a lower center of gravity so you feel more confident taking on curves with a bit of speed. And in order to further improve visibility for the driver, the windshield has been increased and the A-pillars were made slimmer.
For a Corolla Altis with an internal combustion engine, it gets a 1.6-liter Dual VVT-i engine mated to either CVT or a six-speed manual transmission. If you’re choosing the hybrid variant, however, you get a 1.8-liter engine and an electric motor. Combined, they have an output of 121 horsepower.
Focusing more on the 1.8 V Hybrid variant, it has a set of features that further improve safety for the everyone inside the vehicle. It boasts a pre-collision system, lane tracing assist, dynamic radar cruise control, and more using a camera mounted at the top of its windshield.
It also comes with different driving modes like Eco, Normal, Sport, and EV that makes it run purely on electricity.
Pricing for the new Corolla Altis follows:
- 1.6 E MT — PhP 999,000
- 1.6 G MT — PhP 1,045,000
- 1.6 G AT — PhP 1,115,000
- 1.6 V CVT — PhP 1,185,000
- 1.8 V Hybrid CVT — PhP 1,580,000
The lineup is available in different colors, namely: Attitude Black, Red Mica Metallic, Silver Metallic, Freedom White (for G and E variants), Celestite Grey Metallic (for HEV, V, and G variants), and White Pearl (for HEV and V variants).
Xiaomi Mi 9T Pro: Price and availability in the Philippines
The real flagship killer is here
The flagship killer that everyone’s been waiting for has finally arrived in the Philippines. The Xiaomi Mi 9T Pro is now available in the country and it should shake up the midrange price segment.
Powering the phone is the Qualcomm Snapdragon 855. It sports a 6.4-inch Full HD+ AMOLED display with a screen-to-body ratio of almost 92 percent. On the front is a 20-megapixel pop-up selfie camera while the rear has a triple camera setup. It consists of an IMX586 48-megapixel lens, a 13-megapixel wide-angle lens, and an 8-megapixel telephoto lens with 2x optical zoom.
If you think it looks familiar, it’s because it was first announced elsewhere in the world as the Redmi K20 Pro.
Pricing and availability
The Mi 9T Pro will be available for pre-order starting September 6, 2019 on Lazada and September 7 at Mi Authorized Stores.
It will come in two configurations. The 6GB+64GB will retail at PhP 18,990 while the 6GB+128GB version will retail at PhP 20,490. It will come in four colors: Flame Red, Glacier Blue, Carbon Black, and Pearl White.
Lazada can take you on a Helicopter ride
No, we’re not kidding
Yes, you read that right. Lazada announced a bunch of new features and offerings ahead of their 9.9 discovery sale. Chief of which is a helicopter ride.
Teaming with Ascent, the Helicopter ride the first e-commerce exclusive helicopter flight experience in the Philippines. You can choose to either hover over Metro Manila or Tagaytay. Check out the base pricing below along with the slashed price for the 9.9 discovery sale.
Lazada Helicopter Ride
9.9 Discovery Sale Price
|Manila Tour – 1 Pax – 15 Minutes||PhP 9,990||PhP 7,992|
|Manila Tour – 2 Pax – 15 Minutes||PhP 19,990||PhP 15,992|
|Manila Tour – 3 Pax – 15 Minutes||PhP 26,990||PhP 21,592|
|Manila Tour – 4 Pax – 15 Minutes||PhP 33,990||PhP 27,192|
|Manila Tour – 5 Pax – 15 Minutes||
|Manila Tour – 2 Pax – 30 Minutes||PhP 37,990||PhP 30,392|
|Manila Tour – 3 Pax – 30 Minutes||PhP 50,990||PhP 40,792|
|Manila Tour – 4 Pax – 30 Minutes||PhP 64,690||PhP 51,752|
|Manila Tour – 5 Pax – 30 Minutes||PhP 76,990||PhP 61,592|
|Taal Volcano Tour – 3 Pax – 60 Minutes||PhP 89,990||PhP 71,992|
|Taal Volcano Tour – 4 Pax – 60 Minutes||PhP 99,990||PhP 79,992|
|Taal Volcano Tour – 5 Pax – 60 Minutes||PhP 109,990||PhP 87,992|
New time-saving features
If flying’s not your thing or it’s just simply outside your budget, there are other new features that can help you save both your time and your money. And that’s always a good thing.
We all know how crazy fast the items go once sale day hits. Lazada knows this and is offering you a way to get first dibs on items you really, really want. To get a head start simply order the item, place a 10% non-refundable deposit, settle the balance within the validity period, then wait for your order to arrive at your doorstep.
It’s important to note that this is only available on selected items as the feature is still under testing. It was first introduced in Malaysia and the company is hoping it gains traction in the Philippines.
No need to leave your home to settle those pesky bills. If you’re the type who hasn’t set up online payment, Lazada is making it easy for you. You can now pay for your Meralco, Maynilad, Manila Water, Albay Power & Energy, Davao Light, VECO, Metropolitan Cebu Water and Prime Water bills on the Lazada app.
That’s not all, you can also get up to PhP 300 cashback when bills are paid using the Lazada Wallet from now until November 2019.
Additional Collection Points
If, like me, you’re not really sure where you’ll end up at any given point of the day, then you’ll find this super helpful. The list of Lazada authorized collection points have been expanded and spread-out all-over Manila in select SM Malls and GrowSari branches. Just add to cart and select pickup instead of delivery when you shop checkout your items. You can check out the full list here.
When you badly need an item or few items but just don’t have the cash on hand, Lazada is also giving you a… well, a hand. In partnership with BillEase, pera247 and TendoPay, you can now apply for a loan for of anywhere between PhP 500 to PhP 50,000.
All you need to do is complete the application process and submit all needed requirements. Once approved, the loan amount will be credited to your Lazada Wallet which you can use upon checkout. There will be one to 12 months repayment options.
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