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Top Budget Smartphones of Q1 2018


Thinking of getting a brand new smartphone under Php 10,000? Don’t worry as we got you covered! We listed here some handsets were launched in the Philippines this year that you can check out.


The OPPO A83 sports an 18:9 aspect ratio display but with a smaller screen size and lower resolution as the  Oppo A75 and A75s, which were released last year as well. It comes with a full-screen display with thin bezels. Also, it is preloaded with the company’s AI Beautification Technology with a 13-megapixel rear camera with an LED flash and an 8-megapixel front camera snapper. It also supports face unlock.

  • 5.7-inch HD+ (1440 x 720) 18:9 display, 2.5D curved glass
  • Champagne Gold and Black Colors
  • Dimensions: 150.5 × 73.1 × 7.7, 143
  • Chipset: Unnamed 2.5GHz Octa-core CPU (Possibly the MediaTek P23)
  • Memory: 4GB RAM, 32GB Internal Storage, expandable up to 128GB
  • 13MP rear camera with LED flash
  • 8MP front camera
  • Connectivity: Dual-SIM, 4G LTE, VoLTE, Wi-Fi802.11 a/b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.2, GPS + GLONASS
  • OPPO AI Facial Recognition
  • OS: ColorOS 3.2 (Android 7.1 Nougat)
  • 3,090mAh battery
  • Official Price: Php 9,990

Huawei Nova 2 Lite

The Nova 2 Lite features a 5.99-inch FullView display with 2.5D curved glass panels. In the camera department, it comes with 13MP+2MP rear cameras that can capture photos with bokeh effect. For the selfie snapper, it features an 8MP sensor with F2.0 aperture. It also has amazing selfie features such as Selfie Toning Flash, beautification mode, and AR lens.

Same with the Nova 2i, the Lite also features Face Unlock and a fingerprint sensor which is located on the back portion of the phone. The Nova 2i Lite comes with 3GB of RAM, a Qualcomm chipset and EMUI based on Android 8.0 Oreo, and a 3000mAh battery pack. The Nova 2 Lite will available on the market starting March 24, 2018.

  • 5.99-inch HD+ IPS 18:9 Display, 1440 x 720 pixel resolution
  • Android 8.0 Oreo, EMUI 8.0
  • Dual SIM, Dual Standby
  • 1.4GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 430 processor
  • Adreno 505 GPU
  • 3GB RAM
  • 32GB internal storage, expandable up to 256GB via micro SD
  • Face unlock, Fingerprint scanner
  • Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Wi-Fi hotspot
  • HSPA+, 4G, LTE
  • 13-megapixel rear camera with autofocus and LED flash
  • 2-megapixel secondary rear camera
  • 8-megapixel front camera with toning flash
  • GPS, A-GPS, GLONASSSensors: Proximity sensor,
  • Accelerometer, Ambient light sensor
  • Dimensions: 158.3×76.7×7.8mm
  • Weight: 155g
  • Colors: Matte Black, Blue, Gold
  • 3,000mAh non-removable battery
  • Price: Php 9,990

Xiaomi Redmi 5A

Xiaomi Redmi 5A features a 5-inch IPS screen, powered by Snapdragon 425 chip coupled with 2GB RAM and 16GB expandable storage. It also carries a 3,000mAh battery pack.In the camera department, it comes with a 13-megapixel rear camera and a 5-megapixel selfie snapper.

For the price of the Redmi 5A, it can be purchased for Php 4,390 on its first sale day on March 15, 2018. The original price of the said smartphone is Php 4,590 and will be available for purchase through Lazada and their official reseller stores located in Trinoma Mall and SM Megamall.

  • Display: 5 inch IPS LCD screen with 720 x 1280 resolution
  • Dimension: 140.4 x 70.1 x 8.4 mm, 137 g
  • Colors: Cherry Powder, Champagne Gold and Platinum Silver
  • Chipset: Snapdragon 425
  • GPU: Adreno 308
  • Memory: 2GB of RAM, 16GB expandable storage via microSD
  • Rear Camera: 13MP (f/2.2)
  • Multimedia: 1080p @ 30fps
  • Front Camera: 5MP (f/2.0)
  • OS: Android 7.1 (Nougat), MIUI 9
  • Connectivity: Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n. Bt
  • 4.2, A-GPS, GLONASS, BDS, Hybrid Dual SIM
  • Battery: 3,000mAh
  • Ports: microUSB 2.0, 3.5mm audio jack
  • Price: PHP 4, 590

Xiaomi Redmi 5 Plus

The Xiaomi Redmi 5 Plus comes with a 5.99-inch FHD IPS display with 2160 x 1440 resolution. The Redmi smartphone is powered by Android 7.1.2 Nougat with MIUI 9, coupled with 4GB RAM and 64GB internal storage, which is expandable up to 128GB via microUSB card. It is fueled by a massive 4,000 mAh battery pack. It also has a fingerprint scanner. In the camera department, it features a 12MP rear camera with PDAF and LED flash. For taking selfies, it has a 5MP camera with LED Flash.

  • Display: 5.99-inch FHD+ IPS 2160 x 1440 resolution w/ 2.5D curved glass at 282 ppi
  • CPU: 2.0GHz 64-bit Snapdragon 625 octa-core processor
  • GPU: Adreno 506
  • RAM: 4GB
  • ROM: 64GB expandable via microSD card slot up to 128GB
  • Rear Camera: 12MP f/2.2 w/ PDAF and LED flash
  • Selfie Camera: 5MP f/2.0 w/ LED flash
  • Battery: 4,000mAh
  • OS: Android 7.1.2 Nougat w/ MIUI 9
  • Connectivity: WiFi, 3G, 4G LTE w/ VoLTE, Bluetooth 4.2, OTG, GPS, A-GPS, dual SIM (hybrid)
  • Sensors: Accelerometer, light, orientation, proximity, gyroscope, sound, magnetic
  • Others: Fingerprint sensor, IR Blaster
  • Dimensions: 158.5 x 75.45 x 8.05 mm
  • Weight: 180 g
  • Price: PHP 9,990

OPPO A71 (2018)

The Oppo A71 sports a 5.2-inch HD (720 x 1280 pixels) display. The device is powered by a Snapdragon 450 chipset, replacing the old MediaTek MT6750T octa-core 1.5GHz processor. Aside from that, the smartphone has 2GB RAM and an expandable 16GB ROM inside. Running on Android 7.1 Nougat ColorOS 3.2, the handset houses 3,000mAh of battery juice.

In terms of camera, the Oppo A71 is equipped with a 13-MP rear camera with f/2.2 aperture, PDAF, LED Flash. Up front is a 5MP selfie camera with f/2.4 aperture. It also features Oppo’s AI Beauty Recognition Technology.

  • Display: 5.2-inch HD (720 x 1280 pixels) display
  • Design: Metal unibody design
  • Colors: Gold, Black
  • OS: Android 7.1 Nougat, ColorOS 3.2
  • Chipset: Snapdragon 450
  • GPU: Mali-T860 MP2 GPU
  • Memory: 2GB RAM, 16GB ROM, expandable via SD card
  • Rear Camera: 13-MP with f/2.2 aperture, PDAF, LED Flash
  • Front Camera: 5MP with f/2.4 aperture
  • Battery: 3,000mAh battery
  • Connectivity: dual-SIM support, 4G, Wi-Fi (802.11 b/g/n), Bluetooth 4.0, GPS
  • Price: Php 7,990

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