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Best Budget Smartphones in the Philippines below P10,000

February 2019 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:

ASUS ZenFone Max Pro (M1) (PhP 9,995)

ASUS has been on a roll with its ZenFone Max series lately. After the well-received ZenFone Max and Max Plus (M1), the company has released the feature-packed ZenFone Max Pro (M1). It has the processor of the much pricier ZenFone 5, a massive 5000mAh battery, and, for the first time in an ASUS phone, a clean version of Android.

REVIEW: ASUS ZenFone Max Pro (M1)

OPPO A3S (PhP 6,990)

While the memory and storage may be lacking for some users, the OPPO A3S’ powerful processor and battery combo make this a legit gaming and productivity smartphone at this price point. It’s pretty good for selfies, as well.

REVIEW: OPPO A3S

Honor 10 Lite (PhP 9,990)

Choosing between the Honor 10 Lite and Honor 8X is a toss-up, but you could argue that the former is simply better because it’s newer, has an improved selfie camera, and retails for a little less. We love its blue-silver gradient, as well!

REVIEW: Honor 10 Lite

Nokia 3.1 (PhP 9,990)

Despite the lack of fast processing and multiple cameras found in other entries on this list, the Nokia 3.1 stands apart with its signature sturdy build and pure Android interface. Once it’s updated to Android 9 Pie, it’ll be a leader in the software realm for budget phones.

REVIEW: Nokia 3.1

Moto E5 Plus (PhP 9,999)

There are times when you simply want a large battery and display without spending too much; the Moto E5 Plus offers all that. It may have a few shortcomings, but we can’t deny how great of a multimedia device it is for long trips.

REVIEW: Moto E5 Plus

Realme C1 (PhP 5,990)

As a sub-brand of OPPO, Realme crashed into the smartphone scene with complementary products to its parent company. Now independent, the brand has its own solid offerings, beginning with the C1 and its sweet specs for the price.

REVIEW: Realme C1


Updates as of February 2019:

  • Replaced Xiaomi Redmi 5 Plus with Honor 10 Lite

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Samsung Galaxy S10: Price and availability in the Philippines

10th generation of the Galaxy S flagship

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Samsung has officially unveiled the Galaxy S10 family earlier today and we now have three new flagship phones to choose from.

The new Galaxy S10 series is composed of the Galaxy S10, Galaxy S10+, and the latest addition, the Galaxy S10E. The three phones feature the new Infinity-O Super AMOLED display. They are also powered by Samsung’s very own 8nm processor: the Exynos 9820.

The Galaxy S10 and Galaxy S10+ feature 6.1- and 6.4-inch displays, respectively. Both also have 8GB of memory and 128GB of expandable storage. Camera-wise, the two models come with triple rear cameras, while the Galaxy S10+ has dual front cameras. Samsung is also releasing a limited edition Galaxy S10+ with 1TB of storage and 12GB of memory.

The Galaxy S10E, on the other hand, is pretty pocketable with its 5.8-inch display, 6GB of memory, and 128GB of storage. It only has two rear cameras, but it essentially shares a lot of features with its bigger siblings.

Samsung Galaxy S10E and Galaxy S10+

The Galaxy S10E is the cheapest among the three at PhP 39,990 and it’ll come in Prism White. If you want something more premium, the Galaxy S10 will retail for PhP 49,990 and it’ll be available in Prism White and Prism Black. The bigger Galaxy S10+ will go for PhP 55,990 and it’ll come in both black and white, plus the new Prism Green.

The top-dog limited edition Galaxy S10+ with 1TB storage and 12GB of memory will only be available via pre-order for PhP 89,990. All pre-orders come with their respective freebies worth up to PhP 28,500.

The whole Galaxy S10 family will be available in stores starting March 8. While we wait for the orders to be delivered, check out our hands-on below:

SEE ALSO: Samsung Galaxy S10 Hands-on: A refinement of everything

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Lenovo offers the most affordable GTX 1050-equipped laptop

Good for gaming and editing

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If you’re looking for a new laptop that can handle demanding tasks, you might want to take advantage of Lenovo‘s offer for the IdeaPad 330. For just under forty thousand pesos, you could have your own 15-inch laptop with discrete graphics and fast processor.

Lenovo is marketing the decently specced IdeaPad 330 for casual gamers or individuals looking for a powerful laptop that can do video and photo editing with ease. The laptop mainly features an Intel Core i5-8300H processor and NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 graphics. Basically, Lenovo’s notebook has more than enough power than a conventional notebook in its price range.

Completing the specs sheet are the 15.6-inch Full HD display, 4GB DDR4 memory, and 1TB of storage. The laptop is also equipped with a plethora of ports including HDMI, full-size USB, and SD card reader.

You may get the Lenovo IdeaPad 330 for PhP 39,995 exclusively at the Legion Concept Store in SM North EDSA. Keep in mind that this is a limited offer until March 31, 2019. The laptop retails for PhP 47,495 in other stores, so you’re getting a pretty good discount during the promo period.

To make the deal even better, Lenovo is throwing in PhP 9,000 worth of freebies. This includes a JBL Clip 2, a Lenovo backpack, and Lenovo Accidental Daming Protection (ADP) on top of the 2-year warranty.

We already got our hands on one late last year. You may read our thoughts on the IdeaPad 330 here.

SEE ALSO: Lenovo Legion is sticking to PC gaming for now

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Huawei Y7 Pro 2019: Price and availability in the Philippines

Midrange phone on a budget

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Image credit: Huawei

Huawei has a new budget phone in town, but it has been around for quite some time. The Huawei Y7 Pro 2019, which was initially available through Globe postpaid plans, is already being sold in stores for under PhP 10,000.

Since the Y7 Pro 2019 is merely just a well-specced budget phone, there’s nothing special about it. Although, it looks like a pretty good deal for those looking to have a decent phone or secondary handset.

The phone has a 6.26-inch panel called a Dewdrop display because of its smaller notch. It’s powered by a Snapdragon 450 processor with an ample 3GB of memory and 32GB of storage. If that’s not enough, the storage space is expandable via a microSD card.

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Camera-wise, it has a 13- and 2-megapixel combo on the back, and a 16-megapixel selfie shooter inside the notch. As always, the cameras are equipped with AI scene detection features for beautification and photo enhancements.

Another main feature of the Y7 Pro 2019 is its battery: a 4000mAh cell. It should be enough to last users more than a full day. Android Oreo-based EMUI 8.2 comes out of the box, though; not the latest Android Pie.

The Y7 Pro 2019 from Huawei is now making its way to Philippine retail stores for PhP 9,990.

SEE ALSO: Huawei Mate 20 sees biggest price drop to date in the Philippines

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