It’s Q4 2021, and you are probably looking for an entry-level smartphone that you can buy right now in the Philippines for under P10,000 this year. The smartphones on our list have gaming prowess that can bring gaming to entry-level and some are decent companions to handle different tasks. Read along to find out which phone is best for you.
Kicking off with the three entry-level smartphones from the Tecno brand. Tecno is becoming more popular in the country and with their Tecno Spark 7 Pro priced starts at P6,590, they offer affordable smartphones with budget gaming chipsets. Tecno Spark 7 Pro features a MediaTek Helio G80 processor, 6.6-inch IPS LCD, with a 90Hz refresh rate screen. It has a 48MP triple camera setup and a large 5000 mAh battery. It is clearly one of the lowest price phones with smooth gaming at 720p and TECNO loves to use a punch-hole cutout on their designs and I bet the Spark 7 Pro has more aesthetic just by looking at the screen.
Next is the Tecno Pova 2, they really put wide options for us to nitpick an affordable gaming smartphone. The device features a slightly higher MediaTek G85 chipset, a huge 6.9-inch screen, and a FHD+ resolution with just a starting price of PHP 7,990. It also features a 48MP quad rear setup, dual-band wifi, and a monstrous 7000mAh battery paired with an 18W fast charging. For us, it is probably one of the value-wise smartphones on our list.
The third device Tecno releases this year was the TECNO Camon 17p, which starts at P8,490. Tecno Camon 17p features a huge 6.8-inch IPS LCD screen with a FHD+ resolution. It runs on a gaming chipset MediaTek Helio G85 with a 64MP quad-camera, 16MP selfie, and a 5000mah battery paired with 18w fast charging.
All Tecno phones in our list have a quad-LED flash on the rear and dual-LED flash on the front so you can still get nice bright images at night while having a gaming companion at ease.
Moving on to the two phones from Infinix, the Infinix Hot 10S has a starting price of P6,990. It features a 90hz screen on a 6.82-inch display, and it also features a higher MediaTek Helio G85 (12nm) compared to the Spark 7 Pro’s Helio G80. The Infinix Hot 10S and the Tecno Spark 7 Pro are the nitpicks when choosing 90hz on a budget. Meanwhile, it has 48MP triple rear cameras, a Wi-Fi AC dual-band, and a huge 6000mAh battery.
The second phone from Infinix is the Infinix Note 10 Pro. It has the highest budget on the list, with a starting price of P9,990 for an 8/128 configuration. Clearly, the 90hz is becoming more affordable at a sub P10k price, which is good. Infinix Note 10 Pro features the largest screen of 6.95-inch FHD+ with a 90hz refresh rate. It is equipped with Mediatek Helio G95 enables much better gaming on FHD+. It also has a 64MP quad-camera, 16MP Selfie, 5000mAh battery, and a 33W fast charging.
Samsung has its budget offering with their Galaxy M12 priced at P7,490. It features a 6.5-inch HD+ screen with a 90Hz capability. It packs an Exynos 850 8nm with One UI Core 3.1. Exynos favors more battery life thanks to the 8nm architecture, so expect more usage with its 5000mAh battery paired with 15W fast charging. It also has a 48MP quad rear setup with an Ultrawide lens. And, of course, Samsung offers its own ecosystem that some users can experience at a sub P8k price.
Next, realme also offers a bang for the buck device on their revamped Realme C25s. It has a larger storage capacity at P7,490 only. It features a 6,5-inch HD+ screen, a Helio G85 gaming chipset, a 48MP triple camera setup, and a huge 6000mAh battery paired with 18W charging. Gaming non-stop and extended usage is surely valuable in the Realme C25s, thanks to the lightweight realmeUI and a fair resolution.
Next is the OPPO A16. OPPO managed to be on the list thanks to its entry-level offering. The OPPO A16 has a starting price of P6,990 SRP and it features a 6.52-inch HD+ screen, Helio G35 chipset, triple camera setup, 8MP front, and all powered with a large 5000mAh battery. It also features a dual-band Wi-Fi AC to ensure stable low ping internet connectivity.
Next, Xiaomi didn’t want to be left behind. They did it again and released the Redmi 10 which has great overall specs versus its price offering. At P7,590 you can get a 6.5-inch screen FHD+ resolution with 90Hz refresh rate, Corning Gorilla Glass 3 protection, the latest MediaTek Helio G88 gaming chipset, 50MP quad-camera with ultrawide, a large 5000mah battery, and an 18W fast charging.
Redmi 10 and Infinix Note 10 Pro competes in terms of overall specs, describing them as a higher price means better performance. Still, the P8,590 price of the 6/128 configuration is a nice setup for the Redmi 10, especially when gaming at FHD+.
The last on the list is the Nokia G10. At P6,990 price, it features a MediaTek Helio G25, 6.52-inch HD+ screen, 13MP triple cam, 8MP selfie, and 5050 mAh battery paired with a 10W charging. Although it does have a weaker chipset, it will be ok for browsing and casual gaming, and it’s a great companion indeed that can give you peace of mind thanks to their Monthly update and Guaranteed two years of major Android updates. Nokia G10 is a great choice if you’re not into heavy gaming on a budget.
Before we move on to the outro, here are the special mention smartphones still under P10k price that might catch your interest. First, is Cherry Mobile Aqua S10 Pro priced at P7,990. It has a nice set of specs with Helio G90, 6.67-inch FHD+ display, 48MP quad rear cameras, 16MP front, 5,000mAh battery paired with 30W fast charging, and a 10W wireless charging. It has impressive specs, and it’s Pinoy made. The next 2 phones are the 5G capable devices the Redmi Note 10 5G and Poco M3 Pro 5G. Their prices start at P8,990. If you want to see these two phones’ specs, we have a different article for it. Click here.
There are a lot of new budget Gaming Phones on the market that you can choose from today, thanks to the affordable Helio G series chipsets, which are equipped primarily with Techno and Infinix. So even if popular brands only release one or two smartphones in the price range, we have a lot to look forward to. So make your purchasing decision today.