Best Budget Smartphones in the Philippines below P10,000

May 2018 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 4 Max (PhP 9,995)

It doesn’t get much more complete than this at PhP 9,995. The ZenFone 4 Max has everything you’d hope for in a budget-friendly 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.

REVIEW: ASUS ZenFone 4 Max

OPPO A83 (PhP 9,990)

Anyone on a tight budget with a hankering for a near-borderless display has to go for the A83. It’s not just OPPO’s most affordable 18:9 (that’s the tall screen ratio) smartphone; it’s also one of the cheapest you can find anywhere. But its real hero feature is an 8-megapixel front-facing camera with artificial intelligence built in for smoother selfies.


Xiaomi Redmi 5 Plus / Redmi Note 5 (PhP 9,990)

The Redmi 5 Plus — or Redmi Note 5 if you live in India — continues the Redmi lineup’s legacy of solid hardware for the price you’re paying. This new entry introduces a more borderless 18:9 screen to the series, as well as the freshest version of Xiaomi’s well-loved interface, MIUI 9.

REVIEW: Xiaomi Redmi 5 Plus (Redmi Note 5)

Xiaomi Redmi 5A (PhP 4,590)

This is the best smartphone you can buy below PhP 5,000 at the moment. It’s got everything you need at the price point, from the reliable Snapdragon processor to the solid cameras and smooth interface. It may lack a fingerprint sensor and fast charging, but how can you say no to its incredible value?

REVIEW: Xiaomi Redmi 5A

Huawei Nova 2 Lite (PhP 9,990)

Leave it to Huawei to offer such a complete package below US$ 200. The Nova 2 Lite comes equipped with dual main cameras, a fast fingerprint sensor, and some of the thinnest bezels this side of the price spectrum. Its pricier sibling the Nova 2i may be more feature-packed, but this is where the true value is at.

REVIEW: Huawei Nova 2 Lite

Updates as of April 2018:

  • Replaced Huawei GR3 2017 with Huawei Nova 2 Lite
  • Replaced Vivo Y53 with Xiaomi Redmi 5A

Updates as of March 2018:

  • Replaced Xiaomi Redmi Note 4X with Redmi 5 Plus / Redmi Note 5

Updates as of February 2018:

  • Replaced OPPO A71 with OPPO A83


Jaguar and Land Rover take test drives to a whole new ballgame

Witness the capabilities of Jaguar and Land Rover in this special tour



See these agile and powerful vehicles crawl, charge, and conquer obstacles.

All British Cars, the sole authorized dealer of Jaguar and Land Rover vehicles, parts, and accessories in the Philippines, officially kicks off a three-day experiential event starting today.

It basically flaunts the capabilities of the two British brands’ latest vehicles. Dubbed Jaguar’s The Art of Performance Tour and Land Rover’s Above and Beyond Tour, the two-in-one event will run from May 25 to 27 at the Mega Tent along C5, Quezon City.

Both vehicles are known for their rich heritage and lasting legacy, and this is what the tour is showcasing. By putting the Jaguar and Land Rover vehicles through a series of driving courses and challenges, All British Cars are looking forward to exceeding the boundaries of a traditional test drive.

Another goal of the event is also to immerse participants in interactive sessions and learn more about the two iconic brands.

The Philippine staging marks a first for Jaguar Land Rover Asia Pacific and for All British Cars, following the latter’s appointment as sole exclusive dealer earlier this year. Both tours have their presence in various markets across the world like the United States, India, France, Russia, and many more.

The Art of Performance Tour will put participants inside a Jaguar vehicle and have them charge their way through various driving simulations — from wet roads to speed courses and slaloms — to have a first-hand experience of how the vehicle responds in such situations.

Meanwhile, the Above and Beyond Tour will have the participants undergo rigorous road conditions and terrains — from steep inclines and descents to sideway tilts and water pools – to see how Land Rover’s safety technologies work and how confident it can overcome obstacles.

Those interested in this event may register online:

Jaguar’s The Art of Performance Tour

Land Rover’s Above & Beyond Tour

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Xiaomi Philippines Smartphone Price List



Here are the latest prices of Xiaomi smartphones in the Philippines. We listed the devices according to their category.

Last update: May 25, 2018

Upper-Midrange (PhP 20,000 to PhP 30,000)

Lower-Midrange (PhP 20,000 and PhP 10,000)

Budget (PhP 10,000 and below)

You may also check out our Best Smartphones guides. We shortlisted our chosen premiumupper-midrange, lower-midrange, and budget handsets to help you find your next smartphone.

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Xiaomi Redmi S2 makes surprise landing in the Philippines

Xiaomi’s most affordable dual-camera phone



Surprise, surprise! After making a successful debut in China last week, Xiaomi’s affordable Redmi S2 smartphone is finding its way to the Philippines, making the archipelago the first country outside of China to receive it.

We already have the Redmi 5A and Redmi Note 5 to drool over, so what makes the Redmi S2 special? Let’s say it’s somewhere in between the two aforementioned bestsellers — both in price and features.

For starters, it comes with a 5.99-inch 720p display with a reliable Snapdragon 625 chipset and 3GB of memory to push pixels. For capacities, you get 32GB of expandable storage and a 3080mAh battery.

But the real star here is the camera setup. There are two on the back: one has a 12-megapixel image sensor while the other has 5 megapixels. Put them together, and you get crisper photos and access to fun features like portrait and HDR modes. Just as cool is the AI-assisted 16-megapixel front camera, which even has its own LED flash.

And in case you’re wondering, there’s a fingerprint sensor on the back panel and Android 8.0 Oreo as its operating system (skinned with Xiaomi’s MIUI 9 interface), unlike some phones in the price range.

The best part: All these come with a price of only PhP 7,990 (US$ 153). That’s a superb deal in this segment, and puts a lot of competitors to shame.

Availability begins once the Redmi S2 hits Lazada Philippines’ online store on June 4.

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