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Best Budget Smartphones in the Philippines below P10,000

January 2021 Edition

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Welcome to GadgetMatch’s list of the best smartphones priced below PhP 10,000! 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:

Samsung Galaxy A21s (PhP 9,990)

You might consider this cheating as it is originally priced at PhP 11,990. However, it is currently discounted and we’re willing to bet this is gonna be its price even as 2021 truly rolls around. That makes the Galaxy A21s somewhat of a steal at this price range. Samsung has really made good strides in the non-flagship category ever since ditching the J-series. In its place is the expanded A-series — and this phone specifically checks most boxes you need out of a basic smartphone.

REVIEW: Samsung Galaxy A21s

realme Narzo 20 (PhP 7,990)

Easily the best gaming-skewed smartphone in the this price range. Budget phones these day tend to be focused on a few things and then have comprises in some areas. That seems to be the case here as you shouldn’t expect much from this phone’s cameras. But what it lacks in shooting, it makes up for in letting you play the most popular mobile gaming titles with relative ease.

REVIEW: realme Narzo 20

POCO M3 (PhP 7,990)

Judging this solely on paper alone, the POCO M3 is in collision course with the realme Narzo 20 in terms of pricing and overall target market. POCO was relentless in releasing good value for money smartphones in 2020 and the POCO M3 is no different. It has fun camera features that you can play with. Granted, the image quality won’t leave jaws dropping, the output is still… fine. It’s also slated to perform relatively well. A fine option at this price range.

SPECS: POCO M3

Infinix Note 7 (PhP 7,990)

Here’s another phone in the same price range as the realme Narzo 20 and the POCO m3. Like the latter, this appears to be aiming at a more balanced approach — a smartphone for a smartphone’s sake. It has all the essentials, performs just about as advertised, and takes fairly decent photos.

REVIEW: Infinix Note 7

realme C15 (PhP 6,990)

The realme C15 is essentially just the realme C11 but on steroids. Specs-wise, they have many similarities with a few improvements here and there. This is still a reliable purchase for people (or even oldies) who just want a basic phone without spending too much.

REVIEW: realme C15

Redmi 9C (PhP 5,990)

Many people are struggling to get by and shelling out cash for a phone is potentially not within the priorities of survival. If anything, it could be what someone needs, but cannot afford. So, as much as phones like the Redmi 9C have a catch to their low cost, it’s well worth it.

REVIEW: Redmi 9C

Redmi 9 (PhP 6,490)

Probably the best compromise if you want a capable budget phone but don’t necessarily want to be near the top-end of the budget spectrum. You’ll have to settle for using Lite apps to not feel any slow down, but other than that, this thing works and is built well.

HANDS-ON: Redmi 9

 

 

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vivo 5G phones included in Shopee, Lazada 10.10 sales

Discounts plus giveaways

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vivo Y35

vivo is taking part in Shopee and Lazada’s 10.10 festivities with its respective Brand Festival and Budol Festival deals on the e-commerce apps, offering customers markdown deals and freebies.

Included in the sales are vivo’s newly-launched smartphones across different segments, such as the vivo Y35, vivo Y16, and vivo Y02s, which will come in discounted rates of up to PhP 1,000 off and freebies.

5G-ready options such as the vivo Y76 and vivo V23 will also be part of the list of participating devices.

Aside from the price cuts, vivo will also be offering a lot of giveaways, such as sim cards, tumblers, wireless earbuds, speakers, wireless chargers, and more.

For a full list of phones and corresponding discounts and giveaways, check the table below.

Model Discount Freebies
Y01 PhP 100 off Sim card

Premium tumbler

Y15s PhP 300 off
Y15A PhP 500 off
Y02s PhP 20 off Sim card

FOOMEE QA05

Y16 (4GB+64GB, 4GB+128GB) PhP 40 off
Y21T PhP 200 off DITO sim card

TWS wireless earbuds

Y33s PhP 1,000 off Sim card

TWS earbuds

Y35 PhP 200 off 
Y73
Y76 5G
T1x PhP 100 off
V23e PhP 300 off
T1 Sim card

2-in-1 clock speaker

V23 5G DITO sim card

2-in-1 clock speaker

Bluetooth Neckband

 

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Samsung TV launches its Holiday Sale

Up to PhP 80,000 off

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As the holiday season is an ideal time to invest in new home electronics, now is the time to take advantage of Christmas sales left and right.

One of them is the Samsung Philippines Holiday Sale which will cater to Filipinos for a whole three months – from October 1 to December 31, 2022.

There will be a wide range of items going on sale, from premium TVs to soundbars and projectors, to be available in authorized Samsung dealers nationwide and on Samsung.com.

Customers stand a chance to get as much as a PhP 80,000 discount on selected Samsung TV models. The Neo QLED, QLED, Crystal UHD, and Lifestyle TV lineups will all be part of the sale.

Samsung’s portable The Freestyle Projector will also get a PhP 10,000 price cut, on top of freebies.

Lastly, the brand’s Soundbars and Sound Towers which complete one’s entertainment setup at home will also go on for 35 percent discounts, depending on the model.

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PLDT Home launches MyOwnWifi

Dedicated WiFi for those who need exclusive bandwidth

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Sharing your internet with the rest of people in the same place can sometimes take a toll in the connection’s bandwidth especially if one needs to consume a high bandwidth, like for watching HD videos.

To solve this, PLDT Home has launched MyOwnWifi. It lets solo heavy bandwidth users to get the maximum speed of their modem without affecting others’ connection.

To do this, there will be a secondary Fiber connection and a Wifi Mesh device delivered for free so they can connect more devices.

To get the second line, just pay 50 percent of the original plan of the first line:

  • Fiber Plan 1299 (25Mbps)
  • Fiber Plan 1699 (100Mbps)
  • Fiber Plan 2099 (200Mbps)
  • Fiber Plan 2699 (400Mbps)

Just to recall, PLDT Home Fiber Plans come in two categories: Fiber Unli Plans and Fiber Plus Plans, which are inclusive of Mesh Wifi devices.

Plug, play, enjoy

The best part of MyOwnWifi is that there’s no installation required. Upon successful subscription, subscribers can connect the MyOwnWifi device to LAN Port 2 of their existing modem, and instantly get the additional same speeds as their current subscription.

The add-on will also be charged on top of their current subscription bill for a seamless and hassle-free experience.

 

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