Our Top 10 Smartphones below Php10k for (Mid) 2014

We’re more than halfway through the year once again and we’re here with another top 10 list, this one being for smartphones with prices below Php10,000. If you’re looking for great phones at this budget, then it’s time to read on!


  • Prices are based on online prices and SRPs; listed in no particular order.
  • We want to keep the list diverse, meaning as much as possible, we want to avoid repetition of brands across the list without good reason.

1. Huawei Honor 3C  (Php9,990)

Huawei comes in with the Honor 3C only very recently, and it’s no slouch packing a balance of quantity and quality for specs.

Huawei Honor 3C

Huawei Honor 3C specs:
5-inch LTPS, OGS full lamination display @ 720×1280 pixels
Mediatek MTK6582 1.3GHz quad-core processor
8GB internal storage
up to 32GB via microSD card
WiFi 802.11 b/g/n
Bluetooth 4.0
GPS with aGPS support
8MP Sony lens rear camera with BSI support
5MP Samsung lens front-facing camera
FM Radio Tuner
Android 4.2 Jellybean
Emotion UI 2.0 Lite

2. Cherry Mobile Magnum S (Php9,999)

Cherry Mobile has a lot of offerings, but we decided to highlight the Magnum S here, being one of the most recent releases, having an octa-core CPU, Android 4.4 KitKat and a lot more – something that is still hard to find in the competition nearing the price range.

cherry mobile magnum s

Cherry Mobile Magnum S specs:
5-inch HD IPS display, 294ppi
Corning Gorilla Glass 3
1.7GHz MediaTek octa-Core CPU
16GB internal storage
18 megpixel BSI rear camera w/ dual LED flash
8 megapixel front camera w/ LED flash
Dual-SIM (Micro + Standard Combo)
2,300mAh non-removable battery
Android 4.4 KitKat
7.1mm thin

3. Asus ZenFone 5 (Php6,495)

Asus took a lot of people’s breaths away when they launched the ZenFones locally, having quality construction and specs. If you want something less, there’s the Zenfone 4, and for more, there’s the ZenFone 6, but for us, we know a lot can find balance in the ZenFone 5.

Read our review here.

Asus ZenFone 5 (5)

ASUS ZenFone 5 specs:
5-inch IPS display, 1280 x 720 @294ppi
Intel Atom Z2560 1.6GHz multi-core processor with HyperThreading Technology
PowerVR SGX 544 MP2
8GB internal storage
64GB via microSD
WiFi 802.11 b/g/n
8MP BSI rear camera w/ LED flash
1080p video recording @30fps
2MP front-facing camera
2110mAh battery
Android 4.3
148.2 x 72.8 x 10.3mm

4. Motorola Moto G (Php8,880–Php10,080)

Specs, performance & even software – the Moto G is one of the best examples of what an entry level smartphone should be. If you need to know anything more than that, we have a full review right here.

Motorola Moto G

Motorola Moto G XT1033 specs:
4.5-inch IPS LCD 1280 x 720 pixels, 329ppi
Qualcomm MSM8226 Snapdragon 400 1.2GHz quad-core CPU
Adreno 305 Graphics
8GB, 16GB internal memory
3G/HSPA+, dual-SIM, dual-standby
WiFi 802.11 b/g/n
Bluetooth 4.0
FM Radio tuner
5 megapixel camera with LED flash
1.3 megapixel front-facing camera
720p HD video
1.3MP front-facing camera
Android 4.4.2 KitKat
Li-Ion 2,070mAh battery

5. Sony Xperia E1 / E1 Dual ( Php5,900 – Php7,890)

Sony isn’t giving up the low-end market just yet, as the Xperia E1 has support for dual SIMS and will greatly compliment any music loving user with its speakers and other additions.

xperia e1

realme philippines

Sony Xperia E1 / Xperia E1 dual specs:
4-inch (800 x 480) TFT display, 233ppi
1.2GHz Qualcomm MSM8210 dual-core CPU
Adreno 302 GPU
4GB internal storage
up to 32GB via microSD
3 megapixel rear camera
720p, 30fps video recording
dual-SIM, dual-standby (Xperia E1 dual)
WiFi 802.11 b/g/n, WiFi Direct, WiFi hotspot
Bluetooth 4.0 w/ A2DP
100Db speaker
FM radio with RDS
Android 4.3 Jellybean
1,750 mAh battery
118 x 62.4 x 12mm

6. Nokia XL (Php8,750 – Php8,990)

Nokia has a set of affordable Android phones that appeal to a lot of people, and they’ve proved to be very good smartphones. We would have placed the Nokia X here, but just for the spec bumps, we skipped to the XL instead. For those who are looking to see Nokia’s craftmanship on an Android phone, you’re lucky as it falls below Php10k.


Nokia XL specs:
5.0-inch IPS LCD display @ 800×480 pixels, 187ppi
Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 1.0GHz dual-core
4GB internal storage
up to 32GB via microSD
Single-SIM (micro-SIM) or Dual-SIM
3G/HSPA 7.2Mbps
WiFi 802.11 b/g/n
Bluetooth 3.0 + HS
5MP rear camera with LED flash
141.4 x 77.7 x 10.9mm
190 grams
Li-Ion 2000mAh
Nokia X software platform 1.0 (Android Jellybean based platform)

7. Nokia Lumia 625 LTE (Php8,080 – Php13,200)

We apologize for having another Nokia in this list, but we assure you it’s not without good reason. The Nokia XL offers a different Android experience, while this one runs Windows Phone, and… (wait for it)… it has LTE support!

lumia 625

Nokia Lumia 625 specs:
4.7-inch IPS ClearBlack LCD screen, 800×480 @199ppi
Corning Gorilla Glass 2
1.2GH Snapdragon S4 MSM8930 dual-core processor
Adreno 305 GPU
Expandable 8GB internal storage (up to 64GB)
5MP rear camera w/ LED flash
1080p video recording @30fps
VGA front-facing camera
WiFi 802.11 b/g/n
Bluetooth 4.0 w/ A2DP support
GPS w/ A-GPS support, GLONASS
2000mAh Li-Ion battery
Windows Phone 8 (w/ Amber update)
133.3 x 72.3 x 9.2 mm

8. MyPhone Agua Rio (Php4,999)

If you want to spend only around half of Php10k, then the Rio is a potential choice, having decent specs and all the color you will need.

MyPhone Agua Rio specs:
5-inch IPS display @ 1280×720 pixels, 294ppi
1.3GHz MediaTek MT6582M quad-core processor
Mali-400MP2 GPU
Expandable 4GB internal storage
up to 32GB via microSD
Dual-SIM, Dual-Standby
WiFi 802.11 b/g/n
Bluetooth 4.0
USB OTG support
8MP rear camera with Flash
2MP front-facing camera
Li-Ion 2,000mAh battery
Android 4.2 Jellybean

9. Starmobile Knight (Php9,990)

While it’s no longer Starmobile’s flagship phone, the Knight is still one good looking device, and it’s still beefed up really good! The brand has a lot of other phablets to offer and phones with different highlights, but for us, the Knight wins it for them under Php10k.


Starmobile Knight specs:
4.7-inch (1280 x 720, 312ppi) HD LCD
Corning Gorilla Glass
1.2 GHz MediaTek MT6589 quad-core CPU
1GB of RAM
4GB of internal storage
up to 32GB via microSD
18 megapixel AF BSI rear camera w/ dual-LED flash
8 megapixel AF BSI front-facing
WiFi 802.11 b/g/n
GPS w/ A-GPS support
2,000mAh battery
Android 4.2 Jellybean

10. BlackBerry Q5 (Php9,480)

Sadly, the price of a brand new Z10 / Q10 still isn’t below Php10k (but we’re sure it will be there sooner or later), which is why it is the Q5 making it into the list. If BlackBerry & physical QWERTY keyboards are still your bet, then there is no other choice.


BlackBerry Q5 specs:
3.1-inch IPS LCD display @ 720×720 pixels, 328ppi
Qualcomm MSM8960 Snapdragon S4 1.2GHz dual-core
Adreno 305 graphics
8GB internal storage
up to 64GB via microSD card
HSPA+ 21Mbps
WiFi 802.11b/g/n
Bluetooth 4.0
5MP autofocus rear camera, LED flash
1080p video recording
2MP front-facing camera
720p video recording
GPS w/ aGPS support
BlackBerry OS 10.1
Li-Ion 2,180mAh battery
120mm x 66mm x 10.8mm (dimensions)
120 grams (weight)

And once again, that’s about it for our list. We’re sure there are lot more, so if we missed anything, feel free to give us your best smartphones below Php10k below! We have a lot more coming in tow, so stay tuned, and feel free to share this with your friends that are looking to buy a smartphone under budget soon!

Bob Freking occasionally contributes articles to the website. He is a UST Graduate of Commerce & Business Administration, Major in Marketing Management, and a full-time Sith Lord with three dragons.

28 Responses

  1. ildo says:

    Still got my Honor 3C after 2 years with 0 problems

  2. Don says:

    seriously! @peter cruz

  3. Peter Cruz says:

    I think this post is legit I checked goods.ph and I found out that all of these phones are below 10K!

  4. april says:

    bakit wala ang samsung grand prime po?

  5. jabon says:

    Does Motorola have official stores and service centers in Manila?

  6. Ken says:

    Starmobile Up?

  7. emily says:

    buti pa si myphone maayos magpresyo, eh itong cherrymobile at starmobile ay nkikilevel sa mga branded magpresyo. mga hinayupak na to

    • lex says:

      remember that Cherry started the affordable high spec’d phones with Flare and others. Only this year did MP copy their strategy with the Rio series.

  8. RaGe says:

    ang labo ng listahan…eto ba ang nominated at mananalo sa Tatt Awards?

  9. MrPhabletBulacan says:

    Rio para sa maliit ang budget, Zenfone 5 para sa medyo may extra. Yunga iba wagna, nonsense. Windows phone para lang sa mga fans nun kung meron man. Blackberry, nauubos na ang BBM addicts so wagna yan. Huawei sa number 1? Napaghahalata na may bayad ang huawei sa article na ito, akalain mo tinalo pa nya yung octacore hahaha

    • lex says:

      agree to Rio and Z5. Others don’t make much sense in this price range due to better choices. This price range gets more interesting when Redmi comes.

    • gray says:

      sabi in no particular order. magbasa.

  10. archie says:

    Launching na pala ng xiaomi mi4 bukas. Sabi sa phonearena baka 3gb ram plus 32gb internal storage. Pati buttons katulad ng sa android L. Kung 15k or below nila iooffer yun, wasak na naman ang projected sales ng local brands.

  11. QWERTY says:

    Bakit wala si Cherry Mobile Ultra?? P9k price nun at may LTE pa! Surely it deserves some credit with its decent specs and price point. tsk tsk..

  12. nge says:

    andami pa kaya mas maganda below 10. sira! huawei 3c? magnum s? lumia 625? BLACKBERRY?!?!?!?! AMPOTA! anong listahan ba to? LOOOOL!

    • harooot says:

      Listahan ng mga phones ba di ko kayang bilin, hulaan ko hahanapin mo si xiaomi nuh? Welcome to the bandwagon haha, word of advice lang, wag niyong masyadong ipagyabang si xiaomi kasi una, more or less wala naman kayo nung unit, pangalawa, di kayo artista para iendorse ung unit :D uso kasi feelingerong endorser ee

  13. Erik Alegre says:

    Zenfone for the win!

  14. Hater says:

    Below 10K pero may Nokia Lumia 625 LTE (Php8,080 – Php13,200).. Dapat kasama din yung Xiaomi dyan!!

  15. raym says:

    where’s xiami? i am disappointed.

  16. silcax says:

    akala ko below 10k pero meron plang iba sobra sa 10k.hehe naguluhan ako bigla..kasi pwde isali ang xiaomi mi3 kung ganun..standard na kasi sa kanya ang prce nya na 10599

    • archie says:

      Di rin dapat kasali yung may extrang 80 pesos. Below 10k ang title, sundin ang headline haha!

  17. jejefrek says:

    Dork’s pov

  18. Kami says:

    sa tingin ko, mas maganda at mas magiging malinaw kung ang mga presyo ng mga gadgets na ipopost dito sa Yugatech ay nahahati sa dalawa:

    SRP: Php…..
    Grey/online stores, etc.: Php…..

    confusing. lalo na dun sa ilan na hindi alam ang pros and cons ng bumibili sa official stores at doon sa hindi.

    suhestyon lang naman.

    • Don says:

      This is a very poor list especially the nokia, they price on reputation not quality 512 ram 8mp camera for the price you could get 2g ram and 18mp cam. I’m really tired of seeing these name brands ripping off the public. Do your research and you will find better quality and prices. Oh yea don’t beleive everything from these reviews some of these guys just like to hear themselves talk…

    • kilodelta says:

      windows os requires less ram to operate than their android counterparts.. so having a 512 ram windows phone is just like having a 1gb ram android phone..

    • To Don says:

      Since when did quality equate to specs? Nokia is known for its quality. I agree with kilodelta regarding the RAM. As for the MP, higher MP doesn’t mean higher picture quality. Also, I’d rather buy this than get a high spec China phone.

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