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Best Smartphones below Php20k (Q1 2024)

Today, we’re featuring the best smartphones released in the Philippines below Php20k that were released in the first quarter of 2024.

For this article, we’re providing readers with a quick summary of specs and what the devices generally offer. After all, value-for-money is non-negotiable in today’s digital age where smartphones have a variety of everyday uses.

In that regard, as a disclaimer, the devices listed fell within our set budget at the time of writing. The smartphones are subject to variables like suggested retail prices (SRP), promos, or prolonged sales prices.

Likewise, overall pricing of these devices could vary between online and physical stores. Now then, let’s cover the best smartphones released in the Philippines below Php20k below!

POCO X6

Kicking off the list is the POCO X6. This phone sports a 6.67-inch FHD+ AMOLED display with a refresh rate of 120Hz.

The display also features Dolby Vision and is covered by Corning Gorilla Glass Victus for protection. For processing power, the X6 is powered by the Snapdragon 7s Gen 2 chipset.

The X6 has configurations with 12GB of RAM and 256GB or 512GB of UFS 4.0 storage. You could also get this with a 8GB+256GB variant for as low as PHP 11,590 on Shopee.

For shooters, the X6 features a triple camera setup led by a 64MP main camera. Other lenses consist of a 8MP ultrawide and 2MP macro lens. Up front, the phone has a 16MP selfie shooter.

The POCO X6 is capable of recording videos up to 4K at 30fps. End users can also shoot videos at 1080p to save space if needed.

For battery, the X6 is powered by 5,100mAh with 67W of turbo charging technology. Its strengths are led by its beautiful display, consistent performance, and produces accurate colors from its cameras.

If readers would prefer to see how the X6 performs through a video, feel free to check it out below.

But if you want to continue reading, we also have the smartphone review 112 ready and published on the site.

SRP: PHP 15,999 – 17,999
Lazada 60
Shopee 60

HONOR X9b 5G

Next up, we have the HONOR X9b 5G. As per our review 42, the X9b provides significant improvements in comparison to its predecessor, the HONOR X9a.

To be specific, the device comes with a better chipset, cameras, and battery. It boasts a 6.78-inch curved FHD+ AMOLED display with 120Hz refresh rate and a Snapdragon 6 Gen 1 chipset.

The display also features an SGS Five-Star Overall Drop Resistance Certification. In other words, it’s built like a tank. This phone has a fixed configuration upon launch with 12GB of RAM and 256GB of internal storage.

Additionally, it features triple-rear cameras consisting of a 108MP main camera, 5MP ultrawide, and 2MP macro lens. For selfies, the X9b has a 16MP shooter.

For video, the main camera system supports shooting at up to 4K at 30 frames per second. But up front, the sensor shoots at 1080p at 30 frames

Pictures come out with good clarity in naturally well-lit conditions. It’s also supported by post-processing to develop vibrant shots with notable contrast.

The HONOR X9b 5G packs a large 5,800mAh battery with 35W of HONOR SuperCharge technology. The device also features reverse-wired charging to help you or your friends charge another device on-the-go.

Fans of HONOR will surely appreciate the X9b, as it comes with the same retail price as the X9a. Check out our video for more about the phone’s best features OR get the HONOR X9b 5G with discounts below.

SRP: PHP 16,999
Lazada 44
Shopee 32

POCO X6 Pro 5G

Moving on, we have the POCO X6 Pro. This phone sports a 6.67-inch CrystalRes 1.5K Flow FHD+ AMOLED DotDisplay panel with a refresh rate of 120Hz.

Like the POCO X6, the phone display also features Dolby Vision, HDR10+ support, and protection from Corning Gorilla Glass 5. For the chipset, the X6 Pro runs on a Dimensity 8300 Ultra.

The POCO X6 Pro has configurations with 8GB to 12GB for RAM, with +8GB more via Memory Extension 3.0. You can also get the smartphone with either 256GB or 512GB of UFS 4.0 storage.

The phone is equipped with an identical triple-rear camera setup to the X6. It’s led by a 64MP main camera, followed by an 8MP ultrawide sensor and 2MP macro lens. Likewise, the phone also comes with a 16MP front-facing shooter.

The X6 Pro is powered by a 5,000mAh battery with 67W of Turbo Charging. This phone stands out from its vanilla variant through its beautiful display and better overall performance.

Our experience was quite nice with this phone, so if you want to read about it, check out our written review 108! If you want to see the POCO X6 Pro in action, we’ll leave a video review for you below.

SRP: PHP 16,999 – 19,999
Lazada 38
Shopee 44

OPPO Reno11 F 5G

The OPPO Reno11 F 5G is a solid device readers should definitely check out. This smartphone comes with a 6.7-inch FHD+ OLED display with a refresh rate of 120Hz protected by Panda glass.

This phone is powered by a Dimensity 7050 chipset. It has a fixed configuration with just 8GB of RAM with 256GB of UFS 3.1 storage. But also, it offers storage expansion via a hybrid microSD slot.

The Reno11 F boasts triple-rear cameras with a 64MP main shooter, 8MP ultrawide sensor, and a 2MP macro lens. As for selfies, the phone is equipped with a 32MP front-facing shooter.

The phone can shoot up to 4K at 30fps for both the rear and selfie cameras. EIS is also enabled by default when shooting 1080p videos.

This smartphone runs on a sizable 5,000mAh battery with 67W of SuperVOOC charging. It also boasts a clean user interface courtesy of OPPO’s ColorOS 14 with Aquamorphic Design.

The OPPO Reno11 F 5G performs really well, and offers users vibrant visuals and great cameras without breaking the bank.

If you’re curious about how our experiences were with this device, we have a written review 66 ready for you. We’ll also leave a video below if you prefer watching it.

And if you’re ready to make a purchasing decision, we left official links for the OPPO Reno11 F 5G below!

SRP: PHP 18,999
Lazada 29
Shopee 27

realme 12+ 5G

The realme 12+ is a well-rounded smartphone sporting a 6.67-inch FHD+ AMOLED display with a refresh rate of 120Hz. Similar to the OPPO Reno11 F, this device also runs on a Dimensity 7050 octa-core chipset.

It has a configuration with 8GB or 12GB of RAM with either 128GB or 256GB of UFS 3.1 storage. The storage also provides expandable storage via a hybrid microSD card slot.

The phone sports a triple camera sensor setup composed of a 50MP shooter, a 8MP wide sensor, and 2MP macro lens. But up front, users get a 16MP selfie shooter.

The realme 12+ is powered by a 5,000mAh battery with 67W of SuperVOOC fast charging support. Users can find themselves subject to a decent viewing experience, great cameras, and an even better battery performance.

So, what else can the realme 12+ offer? Check out more details about this from our written review 43 on the device. We also have a review video prepared below!

And as usual, links for the realme 12+ in Shopee and Lazada are below.

SRP: PHP 17,999 – 19,999
Lazada 24
Shopee 17

Nothing Phone (2a) (8GB+128GB)

Last but certainly not the least, we have the Nothing Phone (2a). But keep in mind, this variant of the phone under budget is for its lowest configuration.

The phone features a 6.7-inch flexible FHD+ AMOLED display with an adaptive refresh rate of 120Hz. The display panel is also covered with Corning Gorilla Glass 5 for protection.

It’s powered by the Dimensity 7200 Pro, with 8GB of RAM and 128GB of UFS 3.1 storage. Users can also extend the memory up to +8GB more virtually with its RAM booster.

This device has a dual-rear camera setup, featuring two 50MP sensors that can shoot videos up to 4K at 30fps. But for the front, users get a 32MP camera that can shoot videos in 1080p at 60fps.

This smartphone also packs a 5,000mAh battery with 45W of fast charging support. The Nothing Phone (2a) also features True Lens Engine, Ultra XDR, Glyph Interface, an advanced liquid cooling system, and Nothing OS 2.5.3 out-of-the-box.

The Nothing Phone has a ton of neat features end users can definitely geek out to. If you want to see what the device can do, we also have a recently published written review 83 on it here.

We also have a video review for you below, check it out now!

The Nothing Phone 2a is now available in the Philippines via local retailer Digital Walker. However, this configuration of the device under budget is only 8GB RAM and 128GB storage priced at PHP 18,990. End users might want to be wary of their storage for this one.

Price: PHP 18,990

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1 Response

  1. Avatar for Joshua Joshua says:

    Poco X6 pro Lang maganda dyan UNG iba BASURA chipset na 😂😂😂

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