Best Gaming Smartphones under PHP 8,000

Some brands have been rolling out decent gaming smartphones in the market. However, most of these devices either come at a steep price or has a wide lineup with which could be confusing for a consumer. A plethora of budget smartphones have been sprouting left and right, and some of them are packed with good processors, bigger batteries, and larger displays for seamless performance. Here are some of the latest sub PHP8K smartphones that you may want to consider for casual gaming.

Author’s note: The smartphones listed below are in no particular order and were released in 2020. We’ve based our list according to each smartphone’s chipset and RAM.  

realme 5i 

First in the list is the stunning realme 5i launched in January. The smartphone is powered with an octa-core Snapdragon 665 chipset with clock speeds up to 2.0GHz, mated with Adreno 610 GPU, 3GB of RAM,  64GB of storage. Expandable up to 256GB via microSD slot, the smartphone currently runs on Realme UI based on Android 10. Upfront is a 6.52-inch HD+ IPS display with a mini-drop notch while at the back are the fingerprint scanner and quad-rear cameras. As a basic gaming smartphone, the realme 5i has a 5,000mAh battery that’s rechargeable via micro-USB port.

PHP 6,990 
Available in Shopee and Lazada

realme 6i

Released in May, the realme 6i is the most affordable smartphone on the 6 series. It sports holographic vertical lines on its back, designed by Japanese industrial designer Naoto Fukasawa. Onboard is a MediaTek Helio G80 chipset with clock speeds up to 2.0GHz. Just like its previous successor, it has a 6.5-inch HD+ display, quad rear cameras, and Realme UI as OS.  However, it adds an 18W wired fast charging support. It comes in two configurations with up to 128GB of storage and 4GB of RAM. If you’re on a tight budget and aims to spend less than PHP8,000, then the base variant is for you.

3GB + 64GB – PHP 7,990 
Available in Shopee and Lazada

Yugatech 728x90 Reno7 Series

Redmi Note 9 

Xiaomi recently dropped its much-awaited smartphone, the Note 9 series. Boasting flagship-like specs at an attractive price point, the Redmi Note 9 is powered by Mediatek’s latest Helio G85 octa-core processor. It has a Game Turbo mode for boosting the performance of the smartphone during gameplays, and a 5,020mAh battery with 18W wired fast charging support. For the memory, it has up to 4GB of RAM and 128GB of storage, which is expandable via microSD slot.

3GB + 64GB – PHP 7,990
Available in Shopee and Lazada

Redmi 9

Xiaomi adds another unit to its budget-friendly Redmi series. Sporting a 6.53-inch FHD+ display with a peak brightness of 400 nits, the Redmi 9 offers an above-average screen for its price range. In terms of hardware, the smartphone offers up to 4GB of RAM and 64GB of storage that’s partnered to a MediaTek Helio G80 processor. Among its unique features include IR blaster,
3GB + 32GB – PHP 6,990
4GB + 64GB – PHP 7,490
Available in Lazada and Shopee

Huawei Y6p

Rolled out two months ago, Huawei’s budget phone offers a plethora of improved features for its class.  It is equipped with a 5000mAh battery with one-way reverse charging, 4GB of RAM, 64GB of internal storage, and triple cameras. Users may download some games via Huawei’s AppGallery, unlock the smartphone via fingerprint scanner and facial unlock, and is powered with an octa-core MediaTek MT6762R processor.

PHP 5,990
Available in Shopee and Lazada


Last but definitely not the least is OPPO’s newest entry-level smartphone, the A12. With a 6.22-inch HD+ display, it is powered with a 2.3GHz octa-core MediaTek Helio P35 processor. Under its hood, it has 4GB RAM and 64GB of internal storage. The smartphone runs on an outdated ColorOS 6.1 based on Android 9 and has a 4,230mAh battery.

PHP 6,990
Available in Lazada and Shopee

And there you have it. We hope we’re able to provide you enough smartphones for you to choose from. Has anyone owned the said smartphones from our list? How was your experience with it? Let us know in the comment section below!

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Jewel is a Multimedia Producer for YugaTech. She's a caffeinator by day and a cinephile by night.

3 Responses

  1. Avatar for Mozart Mozart says:

    Coming soon. Affordable gaming phone.

  2. Avatar for Juam Juam says:

    Replace huawei with realme c3.

  3. Avatar for caj caj says:

    missed out on realme c3..

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