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Best Smartphones with 3GB of RAM Under Php12K

We’re done with some of the affordable phones carrying 3GB of RAM where we established a Php8K limit. This time, we now raise the bar to Php12K if you guys want slightly beefier internals to go along that healthy RAM. Here are some of the best smartphones available in PH that struck a good balance in memory and price.



The OPPO F1 is one of the company’s selfie-centric smartphone. It boasts a 5-inch display, Snapdragon 616 octa-core processor, 3GB RAM, 8MP front camera, Android Lollipop, and a price tag under Php12K.

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This phone proved to be a good imaging device with a premium build and design, good performance, and a reasonable price tag. If you’re looking for a phone with the said strengths, the OPPO F1 is definitely worth considering.

OPPO F1 specifications:
5-inch IPS LCD (720 x 1280 pixels), 294ppi
2.5D Corning Gorilla Glass 4
1.7GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 616 octa-core CPU
Adreno 405
16GB internal storage
Expandable via microSD (up to 128GB)
13MP rear PDAF rear camera w/ LED flash
8MP front camera
Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n
Bluetooth 4.0, A2DP
Android 5.1 Lollipop w/ Color OS 2.1
2,500mAh battery (non-removable)
143.5 x 71 x 7.3 mm
Price: Php11,990

Vivo V3

The Vivo V3 just had its local price revealed this month. It sports a 5-inch HD display which has a 2.5D Gorilla Glass that makes for livelier images. Inside, a Snapdragon octa-core processor with 3GB of RAM is making sure that operations are smooth, transitions are fluid, and tasks are done efficiently.


Vivo V3 specs:
5-inch IPS HD display
Corning Gorilla Glass 2.5D
Qualcomm Snapdragon 616 1.7GHz octa-core processor
Adreno 405 Graphics
3GB of RAM
16GB/32GB internal storage
Up to 128GB via microSD card
WiFi 802.11n/ac
Bluetooth 4.0
AK4375 HiFi Chip
13-megapixel rear camera, PDAF, LED flash
8-megapixel front-facing camera
Fingerprint Sensor
Funtouch OS 2.5
2,550 Li-Ion battery
Price: Php11,990

Elephone P9000

Elephone’s local presence is now official thanks to their partnership with Lazada in initially bringing three devices to the Philippine market. Leading the pack is the Elephone P9000 which sports a Helio P10 chipset, 4GB RAM, USB Type-C, and wireless charging.


Its design gives it a sophisticated impression, the power it has is a feat for its price, and it has good optics which what most users want. For its price, the handset gives you more compared to other manufacturers in the market.

Elephone P9000 specs:
5.5-inch LG LTPS OGS Full HD display
2.0GHz MediaTek MT6755 Helio P10 octa-core CPU
Mali-T860 GPU
32GB internal storage
up to 256GB via microSD
13MP Sony IMX258 F/2.0 rear camera w/ Laser AF, dual-tone flash
8MP OV8858 84-degree wide-angle front camera
4G LTE, 3G
Dual-SIM (micro)
WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n
Fingerprint scanner
USB Type-C
3,000mAh battery w/ Quick Charge
Android 6.0 Marshmallow
148.4 x 73.2 x 7.3mm
Price: Php11,499

Lenovo K4 Note

The Lenovo K4 Note, apart from its Full HD display, octa-core CPU, and 3GB RAM, it also has more features up its sleeve like Dolby’s virtual surround sound, dual 1.5W speakers, and a special audio codec for an improved listening experience.


Lenovo is doing great in the smartphone game. With devices for different markets, they sure know how to play. Coming from the success of the K3 Note or the A7000 Plus when it arrived locally, the successor aims to prove itself as an entertainment phone.

Lenovo K4 Note specs:
5.5-inch Full HD IPS display, 403ppi
Corning Gorilla Glass 3
64-bit MediaTek MT6753 1.3GHz octa-core CPU
Mali T720-MP3 GPU
16GB internal storage
up to 128GB via microSD
13MP PDAF rear camera w/ LED flash
5MP FF front camera
Dual-SIM (micro)
WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
Bluetooth 4.0 LE
FM Radio
Fingerprint scanner
Dolby Atmos virtual surround sound
Front ported 2X1.5W stereo speakers
WM8281 audio codec
3,300mAh battery
Android 5.1 Lollipop
153.7 x 78.74 x 9.14mm
Price: Php10,699


ASUS ZenFone Laser 5.5S

ASUS ZenFone 2 Laser 5.5S is an upgraded version of last year’s ZenFone 2 Laser with better CPU, bigger RAM and bigger storage. This device is powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 615 along with 3GB of RAM and now equipped with a bigger 32GB of internal storage compared to the previous 16GB. It also got its Android 6.0 Marshmallow upgrade this month which promises to improve the overall experience of the device.


ASUS still has a strong yet affordable offering with the Zenfone 2 Laser 5.5S. With it, buyers can get a Lollipop-powered smartphone with a good build and design, decent display and a more capable performance, plus great battery life.

ASUS Zenfone 2 Laser 5.5 S (ZE550KL) specs:
5.5-inch IPS HD display, 267ppi
1.5GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 615 MSM8939 octa-core CPU
Adreno 405 Graphics
32GB internal storage
Up to 64GB via microSD card
13MP rear camera with Laser AF, LED flash
5MP front-facing camera
Dual-SIM, micro-SIM card
WiFi 802.11 b/g/n
Bluetooth 4.0
3,000mAh Li-Po removable battery
Android 5.0 Lollipop with ZenUI (upgradeable to Android 6.0 Marshmallow)
152.5 x 77.2 x 3.9 ~ 10.8 mm
170 g
Price: Php8,995

Firefly Aurii Envy

The Firefly Aurii Envy comes with a 5.5-inch full HD IPS display, a 64-bit octa-core processor with 2GB or 3GB of RAM, 13MP rear/8MP front Sony camera, and 3,480mAh battery with fast charging capability.


With a hardware configuration almost similar as the Flash Plus 2, the Firefly Aurii Envy offers a slightly lower price tag starting Php6,990 for the 2GB/16GB variant and Php7,999 for the 3GB/32GB variant (check our specs comparison here). Take note though that this handset is not yet available in the market but the company is now accepting pre-orders with a target release date on the first week of July.

Firefly Mobile Aurii Envy specs:
5.5-inch Full HD display
Gorilla glass front and back
64-bit 1.3GHz MT6753 octa-core processor
16GB/32GB internal storage
13MP Sony IMX214 rear camera
Expandable up to 128GB via microSD
8MP Sony IMX219 front camera with front flash
Glass and metal build
Digital audio processor
Fingerprint scanner
3480mAh battery w/ fast charging capability}
Android 6.0 Marshmallow
Gold and silver colors

Cherry MobileZoom

Cherry Mobile’s smartphone dubbed as Zoom sports your usual 5-inch HD display but its power is supplied by a large 4000mAh battery suited for road-warriors and the like.


The Cherry Mobile Zoom’s main feature is its large battery capacity and support for quick charging up to 2A. While the ‘Zoom’ moniker is more suited for a camera-centric device, it’s nice to see a quick charging device w/ large battery for an affordable price.

Cherry Mobile Zoom specs:
5-inch IPS LCD @ 1280 x 720 pixels
1.0GHz MediaTek MT6735P quad-core processor
Mali-T720 GPU
16GB internal storage
Expandable via microSD
13MP rear camera w/ LED flash
8MP front camera
Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, dual-band
Bluetooth 4.0
4000mAh non-removable battery
Android 5.1 Lollipop
Price: Php4,999

Deal alert! The following smartphones are either spotted or announced for a discount, making them qualified for our list. Spot them below.

ASUS Zenfone 2 (ZE551ML)

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ASUS Zenfone 2 (ZE551ML) specs:
5.5-inch full HD IPS display, 1920×1080 pixels @ 403ppi
Corning Gorilla Glass 3
1.8GHz Intel Atom Z3560 64-bit quad-core processor
PowerVR G6430 GPU
32GB internal storage
up to 64GB via microSD
13 megapixel Pixel Master camera w/ dual LED flash
5-megapixel front camera
Dual-SIM, Dual-Active
WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n
Bluetooth 4.0, A2DP, EDR
GPS with aGPS support, GLONASS
Android 5.0 Lollipop w/ ZenUI
Li-Ion 3,000mAh battery
152.5 x 77.2 x 10.9mm (dimensions)
170 grams (weight)
Red, Gold, Black, Silver
Price: Php9,995 (Lazada)

Huawei Honor 6

Huawei Honor 6 specs:
5-inch IPS LCD full HD display @ 1920 x 1080 resolution, 441ppi
Corning Gorilla Glass 3
Kirin 920 octa-core processor (4 x ARM Cortex A15 1.7GHz and 4 x A7 1.3GHz cores)
Mali-T624 GPU
16GB internal storage
up to 64GB via microSD card
HSPA+, LTE Cat. 6 300Mbps
WiFi 802.11 b/g/n, dual-Band
13MP rear camera with Sony IMX214 sensor and f/2.0 aperture
Dual-LED flash
5MP front camera
IR Blaster
GPS with aGPS support
Android 4.4.2 KitKat with Emotion UI 2.3
Li-Ion 3100mAh battery
139.8 x 68.8 x 7.5mm
135 grams
Mall Price: Php8,990

Those are our pick for smartphones with ample RAM for uninterrupted usage. Want more? Check out the other smartphones we’ve listed sporting 3GB RAM for under Php8K! You may also suggest more alternatives as long as it belongs to this list.

Kevin Bruce Francisco is the Senior Editor and Video Producer for YugaTech. He's a Digital Filmmaking graduate who's always either daydreaming of traveling or actually going places on his bike. Follow him on Twitter for more tech updates @kevincofrancis.

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9 Responses

  1. Zenfone says:

    How about Asus’ Zenfone Selfie? It’s SRP is 11,999 and in other stores like Cmkcellphones they sell it for only 10,999.

  2. Ronald says:

    mukhang maganda Elephone P9000, pero wala ba talaga syang gorilla glass?

  3. huawei honor 6’s price is very tempting. and it has update to marshmallow. sweet.

    • joseph says:

      Updates are very important, gives value to consumers. Oppo and vivo dont give os updates, a very big Disadvantage.

  4. Migz says:

    Redmi Note 3 Pro 3GB/32GB – Cheapest is 10,500, Most expensive is 12,500. The best bang for the buck phone. Taob lahat ng nabanggit – from CPU/GPU Performance, Screen Size and Resolution up to battery performance. ????

  5. zzee says:

    that honor 6 is honor 6 plus

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