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Our Top 10 Smartphones Under Php20k as of mid-2013




At present, there are a lot of smartphones to choose from and it’s really getting confusing on which one to get. If you are on a tight budget and eyeing on a brand new smartphone, you should check out our rundown of our top 10 smartphones under Php20,000 that are available now.

Notes:

  • Prices are based on online sellers and SRPs; listed in no particular order.
  • We wanted to keep the list as diverse as possible.

1. Samsung Galaxy S3 (Php18,000 – 19,000)

In black, gray, white or blue, with or without LTE, the SGS3 still features very competitive specs such as a fast processor, an amazing 8MP camera and a vibrant Super AMOLED HD display.

However, if you’re not into glossy plastic – you might want to reconsider.

Samsung Galaxy S3 i9300 specs:
4.8-inch Super HD AMOLED screen @ 1280×720 pixels (306ppi)
1.4GHz Samsung Exynos 4 Quad processor
Mali-400MP GPU
1GB RAM
16GB internal storage
up to 32GB via microSD card
HSPA+ up to 21Mbps
8MP rear camera with LED flash
1080p @ 30fps video recording
1.9MP front-facing camera
720p HD video recording
NFC
Bluetooth 4.0
WiFi 802.11 b/g/n with WiFi Bonding
2,100mAh Li-Ion battery
Android 4.0 ICS with TouchWiz UX
8.6mm thickness, 133gram weight

2. Nokia Lumia 920 (Php17,300 – 17,600)

The Nokia Lumia 920 is the Finnish company’s first Windows Phone to incorporate PureView; it excels in taking low-light photos & it does its best in stabilizing your captures. On top of all that is the smooth and minimalistic OS called Windows Phone 8.

nokia lumia 920

While the handset features beautiful design and solid construction, it is quite hefty – and not everyone might be satisfied with the ecosystem of WP.

Nokia Lumia 920 specs:
4.5-inch 720p display PureMotionHD+ @ 1280×768 pixels
Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 1.5GHz dual-core, Krait processor
Adreno 225 GPU
1GB RAM
32GB internal storage
LTE
NFC
8.7MP rear camera, LED flash
1080p video recording @30fps
1.3MP front-facing camera
720p video recording @30fps
2,000mAh Li-Ion battery
Windows Phone 8
Dimension: 130.3 x 70.8 x 10.7 mm
Weight: 185g

3. Google Nexus 4 (+- Php16,490)

If you’re looking for the best Google experience on a smartphone, you can stop looking. The Nexus 4 (by LG) is destined to receive stock Android updates first for the following years to come. Not only does it feature the latest Google software, but it also runs on a fast quad-core CPU and 2GB RAM.

nexus4_rear

Unfortunately, glass-backed phones aren’t everybody’s bet, and the 8 megapixel camera on the rear is below average.

Google Nexus 4 specs:
4.7” True HD IPS+ display 1280 x 720 @318ppi
Gorilla Glass 2 coated display
1.5GHz Snapdragon S4 Pro (APQ8064)
2GB of RAM
Adreno 320 GPU
8/16GB non-expandable internal storage
8MP autofocus camera w/ LED flash
1080p video recording @30fps
1.3MP front-facing camera
HSPA+ 42
WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n
Bluetooth 4.0
NFC (Android Beam)
2100mAh non-removable battery
Android 4.2 Jelly bean
Dimension: 133.9 x 68.7 x 9.1 mm
Weight: 139g

4. HTC One X (Php15,990 – 16,990)

With a fast quad-core CPU, a stunning 720p HD SuperLCD 3 display and a beautiful polycarbonate body, it makes Sense to include the HTC One X on this list.

If you’re looking for a long-lasting battery however, this one might be a tough pick. Also, if you’re looking for a 4G smartphone from HTC instead – you might want to look at the One SV (Php17,480 – 19,990) with a lot of sacrifices in specs of course.

HTC One X specs:
4.7? Super LCD 2 display, 720×1280 pixels @ 312ppi
1.5GHz quad-core NVidia Tegra 3 processor
1GB RAM
32GB internal storage (26GB usable)
HSPA+ 21Mbps
WiFi 802.11 b/g/n
NFC
Bluetooth 4.0
8MP autofocus rear camera, 1080p
1.3MP front-facing camera, 720p
GPS w/ aGPS support
FM Radio Tuner
1800mAh Li-Polymer battery
Android 4.0.3 ICS
134.4 x 68.9 x 8.9mm
130 grams

5. Huawei Ascend Mate (+-Php16,990)

Crazy could be your middle name, and in that case – you might be eyeing on a 6.1-inch smartphone. The Huawei Ascend Mate is well spec’d for that matter as it features a quad-core CPU, 1GB RAM and a beefy 4,050mAh battery.

But then again, a phone with a 6.1-inch display will only cater best to a few people.


Huawei Ascend Mate specs:
6.1-inch IPS LCD 720p display @ 1280×720 pixels, 241ppi
Corning Gorilla Glass
Huawei K3V2 1.5GHz quad-core processor
1GB RAM
8GB internal storage
up to 32GB via microSD
HSPA+ 42Mbps
WiFi 802.11 b/g/n, dual-band, WiFi Direct, DLNA, WiFi hotspot
Bluetooth 4.0
8MP camera with LED flash
1080p video recording
1.2MP front-facing camera
FM Stereo tuner
GPS w/ aGPS support
Li-Ion 4050mAh battery
Android 4.1.2 Jellybean
163.5 x 85.7 x 9.9mm (dimensions)

6. Sony Xperia V (Php13,100  – Php18,250)

If you like using 4G while being in wet places (or something close to that), the water-resistant Xperia V could be the one for you. It features decent specs of course, and a high-resolution 13 megapixel camera.

On a side note, there really isn’t anything that spectacular that the Xperia V offers apart from the competition, aside from 4G and water-resistance.

Sony Xperia V LTE specs:
4.3” HD display @ 1280×720 pixels, 342ppi
Mobile BRAVIA Engine 2
1.5GHz dual-core MSM8960 Snapdragon processor
Adreno 225
1GB RAM
8GB internal storage
Expandable up to 32GB via Micro-SD
13MP autofocus camera w/ LED Flash
1080p video recording @30fps
VGA Front-facing camera
DC-HSDPA 42Mbps, LTE 100Mbps
WiFi 802.11 b/g/n, dual-band
Bluetooth 4.0
NFC
GPS w/ aGPS support, GLONASS
1750mAh Li-Ion battery
Dustproof (IP5X) and Water resistant (IPX5/7)
Android 4.0 upgradable to Jelly bean
Weight: 120g
Dimension: 129 x 65 x 10.7mm

7. Motorola Razr Maxx (+-Php18,490)

This phone might be a shadow from Motorola’s past as they released a lot of new models already (priced higher than Php20k locally), but the Razr Maxx still makes it to our list. Why? It’s because of the 3,300mAh battery inside that Kevlar chassis.

A dual-core processor, a qHD display and some other outdated hardware specs come with the Razr Maxx, but if that’s all you need and an extremely heavy duty battery – maybe you don’t need to look elsewhere after all.

Motorola RAZR Maxx specs:
4.3-inch Super AMOLED Advanced screen @ 540×960 pixels, 256ppi
TI OMAP4430 1.2GHz dual-core ARM Cortex-A9
1GB RAM
16GB internal storage
up to 32GB via microSD
HSDPA, HSUPA
WiFi 802.11 b/g/n, DLNA, WiFi hotspot
8MP rear autofocus camera, LED flash
1080p video recording @ 30fps
1.3MP front-facing camera
Bluetooth 4.0
Android v2.3.6 Gingerbread out of the box (upgrade to v4.0.4 ICS now available)
Li-Ion 3300mAh battery
130.7 x 68.9 x 8.99mm (dimensions)
145 gram (weight)

8. Nokia 808 PureView (+-Php16,990)

The Nokia 808 PureView doesn’t really pack a lot of good hardware and software features; a single core CPU, 512MB RAM and a 4-inch nHD display all running on the late Symbian. But anyways, it remains unmatched by the competition in one field – the 41 megapixel camera packed with Zeiss, Xenon and more.

Sensor

Nokia PureView 808 specs:
4-inch AMOLED nHD Nokia ClearBlack display w/ Corning Gorilla Glass
1.3GHz ARM 11 processor
Broadcom BCM2763 GPU
512MB RAM
16GB internal storage
Expandable up to 32GB via Micro SD
41MP Carl Zeiss Optics autofocus camera w/ Xenon flash
1080p video recording @30fps
VGA Front-facing camera
HSPA 14.4Mbps
Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n
Wi-Fi Tethering via JoikuSpot app
Bluetooth 3.0
GPS w/ A-GPS support
1400mAH Battery
Dimension: 123.9 x 60.2 x 13.9 mm
Weight: 168g

9. BlackBerry Bold 9900 (+-Php19,900)

If you want the best of BlackBerry without having to spend on BB10, then the Bold 9900 is still perfect for you. It offers decent specs, both touch and type inputs, and of course, BlackBerry services.

On the downside, apps and future-proofing might be a problem for you as BlackBerry has already shifted all their attention to their new OS.

BlackBerry Bold 9900 specs:
2.8-inch capacitive touch screen display @ 640—480, 287 dpi resolution
QWERTY keyboard, optical trackpad
1.2 GHz processor
768 MB RAM
8GB on-board memory,
microSD slot supporting up to 32GB
NFC technology
5MP camera w/ 720p HD video recording
Orientation Sensor (Accelerometer)
Digital Compass (Magnetometer)
Proximity Sensor
GPS with aGPS support
Dual-Band WiFi 802.11 b/g/n @ 2.4 GHz and 802.11 a/n @ 5GHz
Bluetooth 2.1+EDR
1230 mAh Li-Ion battery
BlackBerry 7 OS

10. LG Optimus G (+-Php18,990)

Let’s say you want a great LG phone, but you don’t want to get vanilla Android and a sub-par camera; you might want the LG Optimus G, the Nexus 4’s father.

It packs the same premium glass build, a fast quad-core CPU, a vibrant HD display and a 13 megapixel shooter. However, the question still remains – do you want LG’s UI on top of Android, or would you prefer something else?

LG Optimus G (E975) specs:
4.7-inch True HD 720p IPS display @ 1280×768 pixels, 318ppi
Corning Gorilla Glass
Qualcomm APQ8064 Snapdragon S4 Pro 1.5GHz quad-core
Adreno 320 GPU
2GB RAM
32GB internal storage
HSPA+ & LTE 100Mbps
NFC
Bluetooth 4.0 w/ A2DP
WiFi 802.11 b/g/n, dual-band, WiFi Direct, DLNA
13MP rear camera, LED flash
1080p video recording @ 30fps
1.3MP front-facing camera
720p video recording @ 30fps
GPS w/ AGPS support, GLONASS
TV-out (via MHL A/V link)
Jellybean 4.1.2
2100mah Li-Po battery
131.9 x 68.9 x 8.5mm (dimensions)
145 grams (weight)

That’s about it guys. If you have any more in mind, feel free to drop it in the comments down below. For the meantime, you might also want to check out our previous lists:



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.

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44 Responses

  1. Jay Briones says:

    Again with the 2GB RAM and 16GB ROM of the Ascend Mate. Do you guys not proof-read your articles before posting them online? I mean, seriously? I’ve been following YugaTech for quite a while now but apparently consumers can’t trust the information you guys are giving out. Please correct. You have one less follower in me.

    • arth says:

      Gawa ka ng sarili mong blog kung puro complain ka!

    • mark says:

      bro its ok….hindi ka naman kawalan…sibat ka na

    • blitz says:

      nasisira ang mga blog dahil sa katulad mo brad.

    • blitz says:

      nasisira ang mga blog dahil sa katulad mo brad.

    • Magic5 says:

      Guys, my point nmn c Jay when he brought up the issue of false propaganda or a typo error caused by a lazy author doing a copy paste from an existing article in this site such as this..

      *Crazy could be your middle name, and in that case – you might be eyeing on a 6.3-inch smartphone.

      *But then again, a phone with a 6.3-inch display will only cater best to a few people.
      Huawei Ascend Mate specs:
      6.1-inch IPS LCD 720p display @ 1280×720 pixels, 241ppi
      Corning Gorilla Glass
      Huawei K3V2 1.5GHz quad-core processor
      1GB RAM
      8GB internal storage
      up to 32GB via microSD. => and so on..

      But im not sure were did he gt dis one, coz by d tym i read it, ders no such description except frm d one i post dat has a screen size difrence.

      *Again with the 2GB RAM and 16GB ROM of the Ascend Mate. Do you guys not proof-read your articles before posting them online

    • Magic5 says:

      Oooopppss..

      Did i say FALSE PROPAGANDA!??

      Yes i did!!! Haha..

      Cause fyi, from d nature of dis site, dr number 1 sponsor is d company of d products that deyre ENDORSING este featuring here.. Clap clap ;)
      And obviously, huawei is one of their main contributors.

      Tama po ba sir abe? Kya nga napasubo ka nung kaw mismo ung nag comment dun sa post ni abuzalzal regardng sa sd slot ng k900? Hehe..

      Well any ways, im not here to bash, im just saying my wholehearted OPINION. Hehe.. But if u mind, better hire a proof reader or editor that will scrutinize each article b4 anyone of ur colleagues or even you post it here.

      More power to you guys and more income! ;p

    • Jay Briones says:

      Katawa naman mga comment. Pinagtatanggol Yugatech baka phantom account ng mga author. Haha. Atleast tinama na ng author yung pagkakamali. Sana naman next time make sure lang mga impormasyon na ipopost.

    • Jay Briones says:

      @blitz bakit naman masisira ang mga blog sa mga katulad ko? Kitid ng utak mo. Nabasa mo ba yung post? Tinama ko na kasi yung post ni Yuga tungkol dun dati. Tapos naulit nanaman. Mali kasi impormasyon na pinopost nila.

    • Damarkcus says:

      Tama yung sinabi dito the Local Version of the Ascend Mate has only 1GB of Ram (sad to say) it was corrected on the ascend mate review but you are also correct na 2gb cya dnt know nga lng kung may lalabas dito sa pinas

    • Jay Briones says:

      Demarkcus
      Dude check my comment there. I was the one who corrected them about the local variant being 1GB RAM. They keep on putting up articles with wrong information about it. 2GB RAM is available everywhere else aside from here in the Philippines and in Australia.

    • Jay Briones says:

      Nakakatawa naman tong author nito na si Bob Freaking. Di manlang inacknowledge na mali yung impormasyon nya nung pinost nya tong article initially. Parang wala lang nangyari, Mr. Freaking? Di manlang inindicate na inedit na nya yung article. Not unlike Mr. Yuga na atleast nilagay na inedit nya yung article. Next time check your facts. You owe it to your readers to provide an accurate information. Copy-paste lang kasi ang ginagawa eh.

    • Damarkcus says:

      @Jay Sorry bout that dude didn’t see the post more earlier than you did….

    • flitz says:

      Say your opinion in a nice way kase para walang gulo. One less follower pero nagrereply ka parin. lololol

  2. charlie says:

    Bakit wala pong Xperia SP? 14k sa Grey, 17k official price. Talo pa nito ang S3 sa antutu. GPU is adreno 320 (like S4). LTE enabled, Dual Core krait is more than enough. Plus a big 2300mah batt that can last for 2 days.

  3. abuzalzal says:

    Horses for courses, how can you mix Android with Windows phone? And I’m also seeing a goddarned Symbian and Blackberry in the mix? What on earth is this pile of shyt?

    This is 2013 already sheeez, mabilis ang turning point at obsolesence ng isang tech product, walang match ang isang product na na-release 6 or 3 months prior, that’s how technology works

    • Makros says:

      Idiot. Do you expect flagship specs for less than 20k? Obviously, the phones here are midrange/upper midrange and targeted to a specific market.

    • nemeses says:

      I suggest that you should read the title again, dumbass. The title reads “Our Top 10 SMARTPHONES Under Php20k as of mid-2013” not “Our Top 10 Android Smartphones Under Php20k as of mid-2013” or “Our Top 10 WP8 Smartphones Under Php20k as of mid-2013” or “Our Top 10 Symbian Smartphones Under Php20k as of mid-2013” or “Our Top 10 Blackberry Smartphones Under Php20k as of mid-2013”.

      Dammit, Android, WP8, Symbian and Blackberry OS are all smartphone OS so there’s nothing really wrong with the article.

      THERE IS REALLY SOMETHING WRONG WITH YOUR MENTAL HEALTH. And please stop hating the author for no valid reason. Are you a masochist or what.

      Go to a psychiatrist near you.

    • abutikol says:

      guys, how about we make a fundraising project to help treat @abuzalzal’s mental disorder?

    • jokab says:

      tumira na naman si abusalsal

    • Monkeydoggie says:

      Hayup!

    • Magic5 says:

      Quoted from d description of d article above:

      “Notes:

      Prices are based on online sellers and SRPs; listed in *NO PARTICULAR ORDER..

      We WANTED to keep the list as *DIVERSE as possible.”

      MAGBASA BASA ka muna bgo ka mgkumento! Tanga2 mu tlga hinayupak ka! Wla kng kcng gunggong!!!

    • Spike Like Mike says:

      @ ALL:

      I love the follow up comments. Hahahahaha.

      Number 1 kupal sa pagcomment si abuzalzal.

      What’s New! Hahahaha.

    • lilboyblue says:

      it’s “turnover” not “turning point”

      duh.

  4. chinitoguy30 says:

    I think the Nokia Pureview 808 should not be in the list. Yeah it has great camera and all but the Symbian OS really sucks. That’s the reason why Nokia already dropped Symbian. I think Abe should include the Nokia Lumia 720 or the Lenovo K850.

  5. minions says:

    Guys wag niyo nang pagtalunan to. Freking dork’s list to kaya no wonder. Walang dapat pagtalunan ;)

  6. ichigo says:

    pag si bob ang author meron lage nde natutuwa…

    • Darksen says:

      EH Kahit nga sino ang author parating may tao di natutuwa. Wala naman problema ang di sasangayon sa post pero may iba talaga sadyang hindi lumaki ng tama at weird ang ugali. Tapos nagbabasa din naman

  7. ichigo says:

    dahil nanalo c abuzalzal bout sa sd card ng K900.. sana palitan na nya si bob freking pra Hayahaaayy

  8. awdog says:

    Wow. Really???

    LG Optimus G should be on top of the list. Its not even a contest. Specs vs specs. This is a no brainer honestly. The LG OG is the best value for money specs and quality wise.

    I disagree with this list. Writer what are you thinking???? Forgive me but you are a hack

    • lol says:

      items are listed in no particular order. and if it were me i’d take the nexus 4 over optimus g any day

  9. Charles says:

    All things considered, this is a better list than the horrendous http://www.yugatech.com/mobile/top-10-android-smartphones-under-php10000/

  10. Gembal says:

    With all the new local branded flagships launching sana yuga can make a “battle of the local flagships” type article!

  11. Liean says:

    hehehe, mas masarap basahin mga comments :)

  12. Terinz says:

    Yuga, Where in this world i could buy a Lumia with that Price, considering it ill pay it in cash, i was getting 2nd opinions and reading blogs,

  13. Terinz says:

    Yuga, can you provide some store who sell on that price. I was reading some blogs and asking friends where i could buy a yellow lumia 920.

    kindly notify me please. thanks ;)

  14. atavan says:

    Gusto ko din makita sa list nato yung Sony Xperia SP. 15K to 17k. Namimili ako ngayon sa Nexus 4 or Xperia SP.

  15. william cunanan says:

    kahit ano pa mangyari… kahit nega pa yung commentor na yan… may positive pa rin sa kanya. avid follower pa rin sya ng yugatech hehe. hindi nga lang nakakatuwa mag comment.

    tama?

  16. Justin says:

    Where’s Xperia SP?

  17. Jay Esguerra says:

    Maganda ang Huawei Ascend Mate… bought one last month and one Huawei Ascend P6

  18. Henry says:

    HI,

    nice article :)

    For the newest prices on these articles check http://www.oizoioi.ph

    We compare more then 100000 electronic prices already in the philippines ;)

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