Best Budget Smartphones in the Philippines below P10,000

April 2019 Edition



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 M2 (PhP 8,995)

We were disappointed to find out that the ZenFone Max Pro M2 went above the PhP 10,000 mark, but we still have the non-Pro Max M2 to buy at this price point. Fortunately, the fast Snapdragon 632 processor, large 4000mAh battery, and dual rear cameras remain.


Redmi Note 7 (PhP 7,990)

Xiaomi blew everyone away when it announced the Redmi Note 7 with its class-leading specs and design. It’s been selling like hotcakes for a good reason: In terms of pure performance, nothing rivals this in the sub-PhP 10,000 category.

READ MORE: Redmi Note 7

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

Realme 3 (PhP 6,990)

Despite being a sub-brand of OPPO, Realme has flourished with its own products, especially now through the Realme 3. The company’s flagship product is a serious threat in the budget segment with its strong performance in both image quality and everyday tasks.

REVIEW: Realme 3

Updates as of April 2019:

  • Replaced Realme C1 with Realme 3
  • Replaced OPPO A3S with Redmi Note 7

Updates as of March 2019:

  • Replaced ASUS ZenFone Max Pro M1 with ZenFone Max M2

Updates as of February 2019:

  • Replaced Xiaomi Redmi 5 Plus with Honor 10 Lite


New Subaru XV GT edition is a sportier crossover

Giving the already sporty XV a sleeker look



Subaru’s XV crossover is already a looker on its own — on top of the fact that it also performs well. But Subaru understands the demand for style and their answer to this is the new Asia-exclusive XV GT edition.

To produce this special variant, Motor Image, the exclusive distributor of Subaru in the Philippines, worked with renowned engineering company Giken Co. Ltd and Masahiko Kobayashi who made the head-turning design of the popular WRX STI.

The special edition XV comes with aero kits which give the already-sporty XV a more agile look. It now owns a front bumper lip extension with integrated canards for added stability, side skirts, roof spoiler, and rear bumper extension.

To go along with the added kits, the XV GT stands on a set of fresh 18-inch bespoke alloy wheels. Inside, leather seats inspired by the cabins of European and British grand tourers will greet you along with carpeted flooring.

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Together with Motor Image’s understanding of the market, Mr. Kobayashi’s expertise, and Giken’s experience, the GT edition was born to cater to the demanding needs of customers and looking good while doing it.

The XV GT is now available for booking at any of the Subaru showrooms in the Philippines.

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Globe offers new data promos just for TikTok users

Say yes to these deals!



For the uninformed, TikTok is a short video app that has taken the world by storm. Why you may ask?

Let me show you. It’s basically a platform that allows you to shoot looping videos.

It’s pretty tricky and downright mesmerizing when you get it down to a science:

But since humans are the creative beings they are, videos on the platform evolved…

Of course, the magic comes in when music does…

In the Philippines, TikTok has partnered with Globe to bring 15 seconds of looping joy to users. Standalone TikTok offers include the following:

  • TIKTOK15 for 100MB of data for one day
  • TIKTOK50 for 600MB of data for seven days
  • TIKTOK199 for 1GB of data for 30 days

You can activate them by texting the keyword to 8080. Enjoy, folks!

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Pocophone F1 now made more affordable in the Philippines

The cheapest 2018 flagship



Pocophone F1 | GadgetMatch

Are you still holding back from buying a Pocophone F1? Now is a better time to get one because Xiaomi is offering the sole Pocophone model at a more affordable price point.

The Pocophone F1 is now priced starting at PhP 14,990 for the 6GB+64GB variant. The slightly better version with 128GB storage is at PhP 16,990. The new prices will be effective starting April 16 on Lazada and Mi Authorized Stores in the Philippines.

For those who are unfamiliar, the Pocophone F1 is a truly affordable flagship phone with a Snapdragon 845 processor, liquid-cooling technology, AI-powered cameras, and a pretty large 4000mAh quick-charging battery.

If you’re quick to read this, the Pocophone F1 is currently on a flash sale today, April 15, on Lazada for just PhP 14,590. Stocks will be limited, so be sure to check out immediately.

You may watch our review with Xiaomi’s sub-brand flagship phone to know more about it:

SEE ALSO: Pocophone F1’s cameras are as good as iPhone 8’s on DxOMark

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