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Smartphones Under PHP 20K (1st-Half 2019)




Smartphone companies have been releasing devices left and right since the year began. Now that we’ve reached the first half of 2019, it’s time for a smartphone compilation list. For this one, we’ve gathered up the promising devices that have a price tag of PHP 20K and under. Check them out!

Note: The smartphones listed below are those that officially launched in the Philippines during the 1st half of the year, January to June 2019, with price tags from PHP 20K below. You can also check our full review on each phone by pressing the smartphone names that have hyperlinks attached to them.

Vivo Y15

First up in this list is the Vivo Y15 with its PHP 10,999 price tag. The device sports a 6.35-inch display, powered by MT6765, 4GB RAM, and 64GB storage. It’s equipped with a 13MP front camera, 13MP + 8MP + 2MP triple rear shooters, and a massive 5,000mAh battery.

Vivo Y15 specs

  • 6.35? Halo FullView Display, 720 x 1544 HD+ resolution, 19.3:9 aspect ratio, 89% screen-to-body ratio
  • MT6765
  • 4GB RAM
  • 64GB storage
  • 16MP front camera
  • 13MP + 8MP 120-degree wide-angle + 2MP depth triple rear cameras
  • Dual SIM
  • WiFi
  • Bluetooth 4.2
  • GPS, BeiDou, GLONASS, Galileo
  • microUSB port
  • 3.5mm audio port
  • Rear fingerprint scanner
  • 5,000mAh battery capacity
  • 159.43 x 76.77 x 8.92mm
  • 190.5g
  • Aqua Blue, Burgundy Red

Vivo Y17

Recently introduced in the country, the Y17 priced at PHP 12,999 has a 6.35-inch screen, with Helio P35, PowerVR GE8320, 4GB RAM, and 128GB internal storage. Up front, it has a 20MP camera while on the rear, it carries a 13MP + 8MP + 2MP triple rear camera setup. Other features include a fingerprint scanner, face unlocking capabilities, and a gigantic 5,000mAh battery with 18W fast charging.

Vivo Y17 specs

  • 6.35-inch HD+ (720 x 1544 px) 19.3:9 IPS display, 268ppi
  • Octa-core 2.3GHz MediaTek Helio P35
  • PowerVR GE8320 GPU
  • 4GB RAM
  • 128GB internal storage
  • 13MP F2.2 PDAF (main) + 8MP F2.2 (wide-angle)+ 2MP F2.4 (depth) triple rear cameras
  • 20MP f/2.0 front camera
  • 4G LTE
  • Single SIM or Dual SIM
  • WiFi 802.12 b/g/n
  • Bluetooth 5.0
  • GPS, A-GPS
  • FM radio
  • Fingerprint scanner
  • Android 9 Pie
  • 5000mAh battery with 18W fast charging
  • 159.4 x 76.8 x 8.9mm
  • 190.5g
  • Mineral Blue, Mystic Purple

Realme 3 Pro

The Realme 3 Pro is equipped with a 6.3-inch display, Snapdragon 710 chipset, and Adreno 616 GPU. It’s available in two variants, 4GB RAM + 64GB storage, and 6GB RAM + 128GB storage. The smartphone has 16MP + 5MP dual rear cameras, 25MP front camera, 4,045mAh battery with 20W VOOC 3.0 Flash Charge. The 4GB + 64GB variant is priced at PHP 12,990 while the 6GB + 128GB variant costs PHP 14,990.

Realme 3 Pro specs:

  • 6.3-inch FHD+ (2340 x 1080) 19.5:9 IPS display, 409ppi
  • Corning Gorilla Glass 5
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 710 10nm 2.2GHz AIE octa-core
  • Adreno 616 GPU
  • 4GB RAM + 64GB storage
  • 6GB RAM + 128GB storage
  • microSD up to 256GB (dedicated slot)
  • 16MP F1.7 Sony IMX 519 + 5MP f/2.4 dual rear cameras
  • 25MP F2.0 front camera
  • Dual-SIM
  • 4G LTE
  • WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
  • Bluetooth 5.0
  • GPS, A-GPS, GLONASS,
  • FM Radio
  • microUSB 2.0
  • Fingerprint scanner (rear-mounted)
  • Face Unlock
  • ColorOS 6.0 (Android 9 Pie)
  • 4,045mAh battery w/ 20W VOOC 3.0 flash charge
  • 156.8 x 74.2 x 8.3 mm
  • 172 g
  • Lightning Purple, Nitro Blue, Carbon Grey

Samsung Galaxy A30

For PHP 13,990, the Samsung Galaxy A30 comes with a 6.4-inch FHD+ display, Exynos 7904, Mali-G71 MP2 GPU, 3GB/4GB RAM, and 32GB/64GB storage. The device also has a 16MP + 5MP dual rear shooters, 16MP front camera, and 4,000mAh battery.

Samsung Galaxy A30 specs:

  • 6.4-inch FHD+ 19.5:9 sAMOLED Infinity-U display @ 1080 x 2340 px, 403ppi
  • Corning Gorilla Glass 3
  • Exynos 7904 Octa
  • Mali-G71 MP2 GPU
  • 3GB, 4GB RAM
  • 32GB, 64GB internal storage
  • expandable via microSD up to 512GB
  • 16MP f/1.7 PDAF + 5MP f/2.2 rear cameras with LED flash
  • 16MP f/2.0 front camera
  • 4G LTE
  • Single SIM, Dual SIM (nano)
  • WiFi
  • Bluetooth
  • GPS, A-GPS, GLONASS
  • Fingerprint scanner
  • USB 2.0 Type-C
  • Samsung One UI (Android 9 Pie)
  • 4000mAh Li-Po battery
  • 15W Fast Charging
  • 158.5 x 74.7 x 7.7mm

Xiaomi Mi 9 SE

The younger sibling of the Xiaomi Mi 9, the Mi 9 SE possesses a 5.97-inch display, powered up by Snapdragon 712 coupled with Adreno 616. It has 6GB RAM and offered in two storage variants, 64GB, and 128GB storage. The device has a triple rear camera setup consisting of 48MP + 13MP + 8MP shooters, and a 20MP front camera. With other features such as a 3,070mAh battery with 18W Fast Charge, face unlock, and in-display fingerprint scanning, the Mi 9 SE has a price tag of PHP 15,990 for the 6GB + 64GB variant, while the 6GB + 128GB variant costs PHP 17,990.

Xiaomi Mi 9 SE

  • 5.97-inch FHD+ (2340 x 1080) Super AMOLED Dot Drop display, 432ppi
  • Corning Gorilla Glass 5
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 712 2.3GHz octa-core CPU
  • Adreno 616 GPU
  • 6GB RAM
  • 64GB/128GB UFS 2.1 storage
  • 48MP F1.8 + 13MP F2.4 (ultrawide) + 8MP F2.4 (telephoto) triple rear cameras
  • 20MP F2.0 front camera
  • Dual-SIM (nano)
  • 4G LTE
  • Wi-Fi 802.11a/b/g/n/ac MU-MIMO (2.4GHz, 5GHz)
  • Bluetooth 5.0
  • GPS, A-GPS, GLONASS, Beidou, Galileo
  • Fingerprint scanner (in-display)
  • Face Unlock
  • NFC
  • IR Blaster
  • USB2.0 Type-C
  • MIUI 10 (Android 9 Pie)
  • 3,070mAh battery w/ 18W Fast Charge
  • 147.5 x 70.5 x 7.5 mm
  • 155 g
  • Black, Blue

OPPO F11

Priced at PHP 15,990, the OPPO F11 sports a 6.53-inch FHD+ display, powered by MediaTek Helio P70 and Mali-G72 MP3 GPU. It has 6GB RAM, 64GB of storage, 48MP + 5MP dual rear cameras, 16MP front camera, and 4,020mAh battery with VOOC 3.0 Flash Charge.

OPPO F11 specs:

  • 6.53-inch Full HD+ waterdrop notch display @ 2340 x 1080px
  • MediaTek Helio P70 2.1GHz octa-core
  • Mali-G72 MP3 GPU
  • 6GB RAM
  • 64GB storage
  • 48MP f/1.79 + 5MP dual rear camera
  • 16MP front camera
  • Dual 4G LTE
  • Wi-Fi 802.11a/b/g/n/ac
  • Bluetooth 5.0
  • GPS, A-GPS, GLONASS, BDS
  • micro USB
  • Face Unlock
  • Fingerprint scanner (rear-mounted)
  • ColorOS 6.0 (Android 9 Pie)
  • Up to 5GB free space in OPPO Cloud storage
  • 4,020mAh battery w/ VOOC 3.0 charging technology
  • Thunder Black, Aurora Green

Huawei P30 Lite

The mid-range member of Huawei’s P30 flagship series, the P30 Lite is equipped with a 6.15-inch screen, Kirin 710, Mali-G51 GPU, 6GB RAM, 128GB storage, and a 3,340mAh battery. When it comes to cameras, it has a 32MP front camera and a combination of 24MP + 8MP + 2MP triple rear shooters. Get this device for PHP 16,990.

Huawei P30 Lite specs:

6.15-inch FHD+ (2312 x 1080) IPS display, 415ppi
3D curved glass
Huawei Kirin 710 2.2GHz octa-core CPU
Mali-G51 GPU
6GB RAM
128GB storage
microSD up to 512GB
24MP f/1.8 (main) + 8MP f/2.4 (wide-angle) + 2MP f/2.4 depth rear cameras
32MP f/2.0 front camera
Dual-SIM (hybrid)
4G LTE
WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
Bluetooth 4.2
GPS, A-GPS, GLONASS, BDS
USB 2.0 Type-C
3.5mm audio jack
Fingerprint scanner
EMUI 9.0.1 (Android 9.0 Pie)
3,340mAh battery
152.9 x 72.7 x 7.4 mm
159g

Vivo V15

The toned down version of the V15 Pro, the V15 comes with a 6.53-inch display, 6GB RAM, 128GB storage, powered by Helio P70 combined with Mali-G72 MP3 GPU. Costing PHP 17,999, you can get this if you want the V15 Pro but don’t want to shell out for its PHP 20K above price tag.

Vivo V15 specs

  • 6.53-inch 19.5:9 FHD+ Ultra FullView display @ 2340 x 1080px, 91.64% screen-to-body ratio
  • Corning Gorilla Glass 5
  • MediaTek Helio P70 2.1GHz octa-core processor
  • Mali-G72 MP3 GPU
  • 6GB RAM
  • 128GB storage
  • Dual SIM (nano + nano)
  • 32MP f/2.0 front camera
  • 12MP f/1.78 + 8MP f/2.2 + 5MP f/2.4 AI triple rear cameras w/ LED flash
  • Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
  • 4G LTE
  • Bluetooth 4.2
  • GPS, A-GPS, GLONASS, Beidou
  • micro USB
  • Fingerprint scanner (rear-mounted)
  • Jovi AI
  • 3.5mm audio port
  • FunTouch OS 9 (Android 9 Pie)
  • 4,000mAh battery w/ Dual-Engine fast charging
  • 161.2 x 75.9 x 8.5 mm
  • 186 g

Samsung Galaxy A50

A member of Samsung’s Galaxy A lineup, the A50 boasts a 6.4-inch screen, powered by Exynos 9610 and paired with a Mali-G72 MP3 GPU, 4GB/6GB RAM, and 64GB/128GB storage. It’s juiced up by a 4,000mAh battery, features a 25MP front camera, and triple-rear cameras consisting of 25MP + 5MP + 8MP shooters. Get the Galaxy A50 for the price of PHP 17,990.

Samsung Galaxy A50 specs:

  • 6.4-inch FHD+ 19.5:9 sAMOLED Infinity-U display @ 1080 x 2340 px, 403ppi
  • Corning Gorilla Glass 3
  • Octa-core Exynos 9610
  • Mali-G72 MP3 GPU
  • 4GB, 6GB RAM
  • 64GB, 128GB internal storage
  • 25MP f/1.7 AF + 5MP f/2.2 FF + 8MP f/2.2 FF triple rear cameras with LED Flash
  • 25MP f/1.7 front camera
  • 4G LTE
  • Single SIM, Dual SIM (nano)
  • WiFi
  • Bluetooth
  • GPS, A-GPS, GLONASS
  • In-display Fingerprint scanner
  • USB 2.0 Type-C
  • Samsung One UI (Android 9 Pie)
  • 4000mAh Li-Po battery
  • 15W Fast Charging
  • 158.5 x 74.7 x 7.7 mm
  • Colors: Blue, Black, White

OPPO F11 Pro

The F11 and the F11 Pro pretty much carry the same specs under the hood. One key difference is that the F11 Pro’s front camera is housed in a pop-up mechanism. It also has a special Avengers Edition with a storage capacity of 128GB. If you’d like that over the standard F11, you can get the F11 Pro at the following prices:

  • 6GB + 64GB storage – PHP 18,990
  • 6GB + 128GB storage (Avengers Edition) – PHP 19,990

OPPO F11 Pro specs:

  • 6.53-inch Full HD+ (2340 x 1080) display, 397ppi
  • MediaTek Helio P70 2.1GHz octa-core CPU
  • Mali-G72 MP3 GPU
  • 6GB RAM
  • 64GB internal storage
  • 128GB internal storage (Avengers Edition)
  • microSD up to 256GB (uses SIM 2 slot)
  • 48MP F1.8 + 5MP F2.4 dual rear camera
  • 16MP front camera (motorized elevating)
  • Dual-SIM (hybrid)
  • 4G LTE
  • Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
  • Bluetooth 5.0
  • GPS, A-GPS, GLONASS, BDSmicro USB 2.0
  • FM Radio
  • Face Unlock
  • Fingerprint scanner (rear-mounted)
  • ColorOS 6.0 (Android 9.0 Pie)
  • 4,000mAh battery w/ VOOC 3.0
  • 161.3 x 76.1 x 8.8 mm
  • 190 g
  • Thunder Black, Aurora Green

Which phone at this price range caught your eyes? Share it with us in the comments!



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6 Responses

  1. Andrew John Young says:

    Realme Pro 3 is a steal

  2. zzee says:

    never read a full of crap article not until now.

    • Vaughn Chua says:

      Is there something wrong with this article? It’s a basically a compilation of smartphones that were released this year so far.

  3. Balaba utog says:

    No way for mediatek for me….. Better go 25k is worth to buy k20 pro(china rom)

  4. gemar giltendez says:

    Please update this list

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