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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Huawei devices up to 50% off on Shopee’s 5.5 sale!
You know the drill, right? It’s that time of the month again when we’re peppered with sales and discounts so we can put a band-aid on our pandemic worries via retail therapy. Huawei, in particular, is offering some of its devices up to 50% off on Shopee TODAY.
Huawei is also giving free vouchers worth PhP 100 off no minimum requirement, PhP 500 off minimum 3000 purchase, and PhP 1000 off minimum PhP 5000 purchase.
Here’s the entire list of products with the discounted prices. Click on the price to buy straight from Shopee!
Band 4e Active — PhP 699
Scale — PhP 1,399
Freebuds 3 — PhP 5,690
Mate 40 Pro — PhP 49,899
Mate 30 — PhP 23,999
Mate 30 Pro — PhP 32,999
MatePad — PhP 16,899
MatePad Pro — PhP 28,899
Nova 7i — PhP 11,899
Nova 5T — PhP 11,999
T10 WiFi — PhP 6,549
T10S — PhP 11,899
T10S 2+32 — PhP 10,999
Y5 Lite — PhP 3,049
Y7A — PhP 7,499
GadgetMatch Finds: What’s in our cart for the 5.5 sale
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There’s definitely something to get excited about the start of May, and it’s the monthly sale from Lazada and Shopee. However, fussing about what things to buy can be a chore. So, it would be indeed helpful if there is a list of things (particularly gadgets — of course!) that one can find at bargain prices during the monthly 5.5 sale.
Without further ado, here’s our unique picks that we think you should be adding to cart this 5.5:
1. Teclast X6 Pro
If you’re looking for a budget Windows convertible that looks and plays the part of a Microsoft Surface, then the Teclast X6 Pro might be the GadgetMatch for you. Be mindful though, as this one has an outdated Intel processor. However, the outdated processor is redeemed by features such as high-res display, 256 GB of storage and 8 GB of RAM, plus plenty of ports for whatever peripherals you want to connect.
2. Machenike F117-V65
Machenike is one of those gaming brands that sound too good to be true. However, they have also been delivering the goods at prices that rival its competitors. Machenike’s F117-V, for example, features the not-too-shabby Intel Core i7-10750H processor coupled with a powerful NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650Ti. To round that out, it has a roomy 512 GB SSD storage, a metal shell, and even a backlit RGB keyboard.
3. ThinkPad X1 Nano
There’s a lot to like about the Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Nano. First, it comes in a lightweight package that even rivals the MacBook Air. Second, it delivers with its capable performance, 16:10 display, and a respectable battery life. Finally, it has the legendary ThinkPad branding — expect a good keyboard plus solid build all around.
Buy now: Lazada
1. Sony Xperia 5 II
Sony continues to churn out capable smartphones that stand out among the crowd. One of these smartphones is the Xperia 5 II, which is basically the smaller and cheaper version of its flagship 1 II. It inherited all the goods that made the 1 II a great performer and packaged them all in a much compact body. The result? You still get the signature Sony-branded camera setup and apps, along with that unique 21:9 display.
2. Nokia 5.4
This Nokia midrange smartphone is down to a low price for a limited time, so make sure to get it now before it’s gone. It also a good deal, considering that the Nokia 5.4 comes with a capable Qualcomm Snapdragon 662 processor. Plus, it even has a respectable 128 GB of storage. The display is big too, which means that it is perfect for extended hours of streaming and light gaming.
3. Infinix Hot 10
Infinix has been making a splash for more-than-capable smartphones offered at mouthwatering prices. The Hot 10 is a good example of this. It comes with a capable MediaTek Helio G70 processor, 128 GB of storage coupled with 4 GB of RAM, and triple cameras for snapping photos in between gaming session and browsing.
ACCESSORIES & PERIPHERALS
1. 18cm Moon Lamp
Can’t go outside to see the moon? Make it your lamp instead with this nice little fixture that’ll play the part of your lovely night light.
2. Tylex X-E02 Extension
Extension cords can be a pain. Just ask anyone who is plugging an EU-made charger into a US plug. Thankfully, this universal extension cord exist. With a length of up to two meters, it should be long enough for most users especially those who love charging multiple devices at once. It even has dedicated USB-A ports which is perfect for those who like to do away with power adapters.
3. Zomei Q11 Tripod
Taking your content creating to the next level? A tripod is a must! This is a tough one too as it’s made with aluminum but doesn’t come with the usually steep prices of tripods of this caliber.
1. YORK Fitness Dumbbell
Wanting to get that summer body look? This dumbbell set can help you achieve that goal. It comes in various plates for a total of 20 kilograms, which is more than enough for a beginner. However, this dumbbell set is also for the seasoned weightlifters who wanted to their own gym in the comforts of their own home. As a bonus, this comes with a longbar so you can perform exercises such as deadlifts and bench presses.
2. Xiaomi Mi Body Composition Scale
For those who wanted to get a broad picture of their health, the Xiaomi Mi Body Composition Scale is more than enough to get you started on tracking the important metrics. This one touts tracking 13 different health metrics such as weight, BMI, muscle mass, and more. Powering the scale is four sets of AAA batteries for easy operation. It also connects via Bluetooth, and you will need the companion Mi Health which is readily available on the Google Play Store and Apple App Store.
3. Eiderfinch Yoga Mat
Into yoga? The Eiderfinch Yoga Mat is a good option to those looking for a yoga mat. It is extra thick, lightweight, and portable — excellent for lugging this one around the house. This mat, like all others, has a double-sided non-slip surface so you can do all your asanas without a hitch.
1. Attack on Titan Costume Green Cloak
If you want to scream out loud that you’re a weeb that’s crazy about Attack on Titan, this is the way to go. Flaunt this whenever even if there’s no costume party or whatever. Be proud! Just don’t go screaming Sasageyo! randomly.
2. Attack on Titan Necklace Pendants
For something more low-key and can match pretty much whatever you wear, you can go with these pendants. You can go with one that has the Survey Corps’ emblem or something even deeper with the key to Eren’s basement.
3. Attack on Titan LED Night Light
This one’s something for your room. Why not let Captain Levi be your light in the dark (or whoever your favorite character is). It’s a nice fixture that you’ll surely love.
OPPO Reno5 comes with a Bluetooth speaker for a limited time
OPPO is offering Reno5 buyers a special deal for a limited time. From Fridays to Sundays starting April 23 until May 16, buyers can snag a pair of A8 Bluetooth speakers worth PhP 2,499 for free with every purchase of the Reno5 5G or 4G smartphone.
To recap, the OPPO Reno5 is an upper midrange smartphone that launched in the local shores last February. Overall, it is a totally competent package at an attractive price that should turn the heads of some buyers.
It does have a Qualcomm Snapdragon 765G chipset which is a popular processor due to its performance and efficiency. That chipset also enables 5G connectivity, by the way. Plus, it also has an AMOLED display with 90Hz refresh rate and quad cameras consisting of a 64MP wide-angle + 8MP ultra-wide-angle + 2MP macro + 2MP depth sensor.
All the features of OPPO Reno5 5G can be had for PhP 23,999. Meanwhile, the 4G variant with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 720G processor is available at a lower price of PhP 18,999. Of course, customers buying either of these variants get more than what they are paying with a freebie available for a limited time.
Simply head over to any participating OPPO concept stores, exhibits, kiosks, and mall outlets to snag this awesome deal.
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