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Our Top 10 Android Smartphones under Php10k for 2013

It’s halfway through 2013, and some of you might be eyeing on a new Android phone. If you have a tight budget, you might want to check out our list below — it’s a rundown of our top 10 picks for Android smartphones under Php10k that you can buy right now.

For the purpose of this compilation, we only focus our search on handsets that have been released in 2013 and completely skip the units from 2012 and older.

(Note: Prices are based on online sellers and SRPs; listed in no particular order.)

1. MyPhone A919i (Php9,250)

my phone a919i


  •  5 inch 720  x 1280 display
  • 4 GB internal memory, 1GB RAM
  • 8 MP, autofocus, LED flash with secondary
  • Android OS, v4.1.2 (Jelly Bean)
  • 1.2GHz quad-core CPU
  • 2000mAh battery

2. O+ 8.6 (Php6,495 – 7,995)

o 8.6


  • 4.5 inch 480  x 800 display
  • 4 GB internal memory, 1GB RAM
  • 5MP, autofocus, LED flash with secondary
  • Android OS, v4.1 (Jelly Bean)
  • 1GHz dual-core MT6577 CPU
  • 2300mAh battery

3. Alcatel One Touch Scribe Easy (Php8,990)



  • 5 inch 480  x 800 display
  • 4 GB internal memory, 512MB RAM
  • 8MP, autofocus, LED flash with secondary
  • Android OS, v4.1 (Jelly Bean)
  • 1.2GHz dual-core Qualcomm MSM8225 Snapdragon CPU
  • 2500mAh battery

4. Huawei Ascend G510 (Php5,990)



  • 4.5 inch 480 x 854 display
  • 4 GB internal memory, 512 MB RAM
  • 5 MP, autofocus, LED flash with secondary
  • Android OS, v4.1 (Jelly Bean)
  • 1.2GHz dual-core Qualcomm MSM8225 Snapdragon CPU
  • 1700 mAh battery

5. Cherry Mobile Blaze 2.0 (Php9,499)

cm blaze 2


  • 5.7-inch 720 x 1280 display
  • 4GB internal memory, 1GB RAM
  • 12MP BSI AF, LED flash with secondary
  • Android 4.2.1 Jellybean
  • 1.2GHz quad-core CPU
  • 2,500mAh battery

6. Starmobile Diamond V3 (Php8,990)



  • 5.3-inch 480 × 854 display
  • 4GB internal memory, 1GB RAM
  • 12MP BSI AF, LED flash with secondary
  • Android 4.1 Jellybean
  • Quad-core Qualcomm 8225Q CPU
  • 2,100mAh battery

7. LG Optimus L7 II (Php9,990)

design 2


  • 4.3 inch 480 x 800 display
  • 4 GB, 768 MB RAM
  • 8 MP, autofocus, LED flash with secondary
  • Android OS, v4.1.2 (Jelly Bean)
  • 1GHz dual-core Qualcomm MSM8225 Snapdragon CPU
  • 2460 mAh battery

8. Samsung Galaxy Fame (7,500)



  • 3.5 inch 320 x 480 display
  • 4 GB, 512 MB RAM
  • 5 MP, autofocus, LED flash with secondary
  • Android OS, v4.1.2 (Jelly Bean)
  • 1GHz CPU
  • 1300 mAh battery

9. Huawei Ascend Y300 (Php5,490)



  • 4.0 inch 480 x 800 display
  • 4 GB, 512 MB RAM
  • 5 MP, 2592×1944 display, autofocus, LED flash with secondary
  • Android OS, v4.1 (Jelly Bean)
  • 1GHz dual-core Qualcomm MSM8225 Snapdragon CPU
  • 1730 mAh battery

10. LG Optimus L5 II (Php5,990)



  • 4.0 inch 480 x 800 display
  • 4 GB internal memory, 512 MB RAM
  • 5 MP, autofocus, LED flash
  • Android OS, v4.1.2 (Jelly Bean)
  • 1GHz MTK 6575 CPU
  • 1700 mAh battery

Did we miss anything? Feel free to comment down below. And if you would opt for phones of a different OS, you might also want to check out our list of the Top 5 Most Affordable Windows Phone Devices in the PH.

Update: As much as possible, we wanted to keep the list diverse with different phones from different manufacturers. Again, if we missed anything, feel free to comment down below.

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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62 Responses

  1. Biased says:

    Let’s see…No mention of the cheaper Omega HD 2.0

    Dragontrail Glass? YES…A919i NO

    JB 4.2? YES….A919i NO

    Apps can be installed direct to SD? YES…A919i NO

    Plus we have better build , no stupid map plastered on the back, bigger battery,

    No clue how they could’ve left this one out…really

    • aze says:

      “Plus WE have better build” – Now we know why your feeling is hurt. HAHAHAHA

    • nono says:

      tekateka….”WE HAVE BETTER BUILD”?!? dre HAHAHA nakakatawa ka hanapan mo ngako ng mga forums sa net na tungkol sa mga depektong myphone,im sure marami kang makikita pero sa CHERRY MOBILE!!! HAHAHA tangamodre

    • whachasay says:

      review muna ng mabuti bago magcomment ok…. sabagay base sa tag name mo eh ganun talaga ang nasa isip mo….

      i owned both a919i and omega hd 2.0, but then mas masasabi ko na performance wise… a919i is better…. with regards the looks and build… i go for omega hd 2.0, camera is much better than a919i kahit pa mas mataas ang camera ni hd 2.0 dahil kita mo na nililinis na kagad nito ang picture compare sa a919i na nakukuha ang every detail kaya if may mga users na titingnan ang size… mapapansin ninyo na mas malaki ang size ng picture ni a919i…

      even both are jellybean OS out of the box, as ive said before… performance quality sa a919i kesa sa OHD…. napapansin ko ito while playing Gameloft’s Modern Combat 4…… even though both are quad core’s nagkakatalo sila sa processing ng GPU, mapapansin na may flicker lag sa HD 2.0 sa oras na magdash ka sa mga enemy na kelangan mo patayin… but in moderate games ok naman…

      so merong up and downs ang parehong phones… pero ang tinitingnan ko is yung aftersales service…

      and ang masasabi ko… dun TALO ang Cherry Mobile sa MyPhone… kaya inaalagaan ko ng mabuti si CM Omega HD 2.0, mahirap na…..

  2. shinel says:

    sana mas mababa pa ang price nila this coming months para pagkabakasyon ko, makabili ako pabalik dito :)

    para maidispatcha na itong KATA ko hahaha!!

  3. abuzalzal says:

    Great! This list erased all of my doubts!!!
    Now I’m gonna get the lesser spec’d Starmobile Diamond V3 or the ALCATEL OTS instead of the OHD 2, since number 3 at number 6 sila respectively

    kudos to Freking for this comprehensive, unbiased list

  4. Charles says:

    Where’s the Cherry Mobile Omega HD 2.0 and the SKK Mobile Silver? Sorry but I’m not impressed with your list.

    • Jayr says:

      Why wala yun mga sikat na unit from Cherry Mobile and even Starmobile..Heto tulungan na lang natin ang author..

      1. Omega HD -7,990
      2. Omega HD 2.0 – 8,990
      3. Flame 2.0 – 6,990
      4. Skyfire 2.0 – 7,990
      5. Blaze 2.0 – 9,490
      6. Thunder 2.0 -6,299

      1. Diamond- 9,990
      2. Flirt – 9,300
      3. Goal

  5. crash says:

    MyPhone lang ang HD display…?

  6. Peter Lam says:

    May I ask Bob Freking, Ano ba criteria mo sa pagpili ng ”Best”? because with your list, you don’t seem to grasp the performance per Peso/Dollar realm. Yung omega hd 2, it beats the MyPhone in all aspects except for the USB OTG functionality, why?

  7. 'em says:

    Where’s CM Omega HD 2.0????

  8. Dork says:

    Pakipalitan title, instead na “our” dapat “my”. Sayong opinion lang yan frek, hindi naman dork yung co-authors mo. Thanks ;)

  9. Schwartz says:

    I agree with Charles. Those are great phones that should have been included in the list. I wish the writer could elaborate on what criteria he used for arriving at the 10 best Android phones under 10k.
    Btw, hardware specs are not the only important factor in choosing an android phone. Software support by the company and the Dev community should also be a major factor. There should be regular upgrades. So, a more popular phone is usually a wiser choice. If you won’t update your software, your phone will have very much less value after just a few months.

    • abuzalzal says:

      I really couldn’t grasp either, or what prompted Freking to do a rundown on what he thinks is best ATM.

      Anay talaga ‘tong writer na ‘to, hinihila pababa yung credibility ng site

    • weirdo says:


      Ang gulo mo talaga. Una sabi mo:

      Great! This list erased all of my doubts!!!
      Now I’m gonna get the lesser spec’d Starmobile Diamond V3 or the ALCATEL OTS instead of the OHD 2, since number 3 at number 6 sila respectively

      kudos to Freking for this comprehensive, unbiased list


  10. ric says:

    nasa service center pa daw ohd 2.0 kaya wala sa list.. joke :)

  11. Dindo says:

    What a terrible list. Nasan ang Cherry Mobile Omega HD 2.0 and the SKK Silver. Wala man lang effort na magsulat ng short description or blurb. Copy paste lang ng specs.

  12. nothingbutthetruth says:

    This list sucks. No basis at all why it made it to the list like scores of different criteria like performance, display quality, build quality, affordability…

    Most of the phone in the list are not hd display neither are they dualcore at least… the type of quadcore and dualcore are not assessed properly. Take this article down. Please. It annoys and displeases logical people.

  13. MAB says:

    Ilang taon na ba si Freking? mukhang napakabata pa para maghawak ng keyboard, or i-share ang kanyang nalalaman na puro sablay naman, needs more practice hijo, I dunno kung bakit pinapayagan kang mag publish sa site na ito (with your obvious limited knowledge)

    Konting hasa pa hijo, I mean, hilaw na hilaw ka pa eh, halos lahat ng article na ikaw ang nagsulat, NAGKAKALAT ka and you don’t seem to know where you’re at.

    • REPLY says:

      obiously, he has more skills than commenter here kasi sya napili d2, ngayon lang naman nagkalat yung haters ul8

      wala sa edad yan. may nakaka 9 year old nga na genius

  14. Abed says:

    Aw. Chill lang po mga sir. Kaya nga may tanong kung may kulang daw po feel free to comment down. :)

  15. Dude says:

    They need to list on yugas homepage when bob writes the article so we know to skip it. I’m really getting tired of his bad journalism. Every article he writes is a waste of time. Abe please take over articles again.

  16. leeto says:

    Ang daming mga bobo or bastos mag-comment. Sinabi na nga, “Did we miss anything? Feel free to comment down below.” You can make a comment without necessarily insulting anyone. It’s obvious many failed in GMRC class.

  17. Phillip says:

    Buti na lang nakaka-reply si Freking using different handles ;)

  18. Freaking Bobbito says:

    ”As much as possible, we wanted to keep the list diverse with different phones from different manufacturers”

    So that means a less diverse choice would negate its purpose from being called a top smartphone?

    Come on kid, I get your point there, but more than half of those are way overpriced and doesn’t resonate to being called a good/great value phone

    Most of us tech consumers, heto ang pang-intindi ng word na ginamit mo sa title ng article mo, since below Php10k ang criteria, tight budget comes to mind, right?

    TOP =

    1. Offers (very) good value for money 2.Features/functionality exceeds its price point

    So next time, linawin mo para hindi ka mainsulto ng mga readers

  19. Eureka says:

    Wow…ang daming experts pala dito…daming reklamo. He just said “Did we miss anything? Feel free to comment down below”. Calma lang peeps, blog lang ito. :) Why not blog your own “top 10 androids smartphones under 10k” article to show him what he missed?

    • HellHeart says:

      Oh I think I get why a lot of people are i-rate here.
      In my deduction, majority of people who went on their way to see this list are expecting these 2 Big-time hit phones in it.

      Myphone a919i(mostly for those who own it)
      OmegaHD 2.0(also mostly for those who own it.)

      A919i s there, top spot, All smiles for the other party. :))

      But unfortunately OHD2.0 isn’t on the list and I’m convinced a lot of people own and use it, just let alone judging by the Facebook Group page for OHD2.0 users. There’s a lot, since it’s also in the market long enough to make some good sales already. But not longer than A919i. So I get what you feel guys. I too am disappointed that our magnificent device was just overlooked by the editor.


      I wonder how Blaze 2.0 and Diamond V3 got in the list so quickly , when it was just released just recently, there’s even barely if not one but a few reviews about those 2 handsets yet. O_O

      I wonder how much was considered to “Carefully Select” these as the best 10.

      Yes you did miss something, Omega HD 2.0 big-time buddy.

    • abuzalzal says:

      Point lang ng karamihan dito…wala dapat 17 year old (self-proclaimed) Tech enthusiast na pakalat-kalat at gawa ng gawa ng walang kakwenta-kwentang mga article na mukhang wala naman nag re-regulate, I dunno how this kid gets away with it, kung ako yung site owner matagal ko nang na-sisante ‘to… He just writes / conceives awful ideas.

      The kid sucks….OR unless Ikaw mismo si Freking , oh well…

  20. Lolomo says:

    When you said top 10, you should at least made a case for each of them. Using the phrase “did we miss anything” does not make the author exempted from bashing. Yet another trash from freking.

  21. AsusFan says:

    Sana yung isang slot ng Huawei or LG binigay mo na lang sa SKK Mobile….

  22. Edan says:

    Uhm CM Omega HD 2.0 and the SKK Silver!

  23. john says:

    Alcatel one touch sapphire 2 po bears dragon trail glass for just 6990. it works good naman..

  24. chacha says:

    O+ 8.6 looks like Myphone 848i with additional 0.5 screen and a jellybean 4.1 OS, though 848i will just cost you 3.9K not 6K. looks like the extra cost was eaten by a larger battery.

  25. eric81 says:

    how about featuring the best dual-sim android smartphones? thanks.

  26. John Michael Borja says:

    ano po mas maganda ung samsung galaxy s duos / Samsung Galaxy Fame

  27. StudemtObserver says:

    Okay sana tong mga phones na to. Kaso lang, yung battery yung kadalasang problema. Napakababa yung capacity considering the screen size, resolution and OS used.

    LG Optimus L7 II lang yata yung decent yung battery dito ah.

  28. James Escandor says:

    Cloudfone Thril 430x is GREAT on battery life, and Cost under P6,500.
    OS: Android 4.1 ( Jelly Bean ).
    CPU: Qualcomm MSM8225 1.2GHz.
    4160mAh Polymer battery.
    4.3 inch , 960 x 540 pixels.
    MEMORY Card slot – Yes, up to 32GB.
    Internal – 4GB ROM, 768 MB RAM.
    8.0MP, auto-focus with Dual LED flash.

  29. Erickson says:

    Nai-feature pala ito sa GMA News Online ngayong araw. Hahaha!

  30. paulj23 says:

    my A919i can last 2days easy =)) with 100% 2000Mah of battery

  31. IX says:

    Huawei Ascend Y300 is surely a bang for the buck. I’m very satisfied with it. It can surely compete with other phones. And its very cheap too!

  32. otep says:

    maganda talaga a919i kahit walang pambili makikita mo sa group nila active lahat ng developer at madaming custom ROM. Solid tlga sila kaya d masasayang ang pera

  33. Ex-Alodian Knight says:

    A919i VS Other Listed Phones

    Winner: A919i

  34. pfb says:

    all that i can say: satisfied myphone a919i here!

  35. momojo says:

    Yeahhh..magagaling Dev ng a919i group…mababait pa.
    Walang sawang sumasagot sa mga katanungan…walang bayad and mga mode mila…approve pa mismo ng my phone comp.

  36. Feeling says:

    Feeling ko kaya binabastos niyo si freking kasi bata siya at college student lang siya. Biased kayo na basura kaagad ang articles niya. Bakit, may mga walang kwentang articles din naman sila ronnie at abe ah. Bakit di niyo bina bash yun, dahil ba matanda na sila at respetado. Mga kupal kayo. Eh kung kaya kayo gumawa ng article dito, spelling palang at sentence construction boplats na kayo. Marami man kayong alam limited lang sa anung alam niyo at kung pano niyo itranslate into a cohesive and coherent thought process.
    Pabayaan niyo na si Freking.
    Actually natutuwa nga si Freking pag maraming comments dito. adds traffic to the site = more ads = more money

  37. Sugar says:

    Is the LG Optimus L5 II really currently priced at around P5990? Or was it just the discounted price during its launch at MOA?

  38. Manny says:

    No matter what, avoid buying from the following:

    1. StarMobile Kiosk at SM Southmall – horrible service from the women manning the booth, bastos, at when I asked if I could see the screen, she just shook her head, kept on dancing to the background music from her radio, and simply said “Buy to Demo”. Ang sobra sama ng ugali at napaka pangit naman na babae.

    2. Cherry Mobile kiosk at Festival Mall – even if the women manning the kiosk were very nice, they were overpricing the Omega HD 2.0 by P1,000 above the SRP – they wanted P9,990.00, and when I asked why when the other Cherry Mobile stores were selling it for only P8,990, they said that their price is the correct price daw. These guys are scammers.

  39. Spartacus says:

    •1.2GHz dual-core Qualcomm MSM8225 Snapdragon CPU on a 512mb RAM, mabilis na ba to for gaming and YouTube? I await response… :)

  40. mike says:

    I’m myphone a919i user. you won’t regret it, its just so fast.

  41. R-gie says:

    bkit po wala ang omega HD 2.0 d2?

  42. kusina101 says:

    Mga bossing labas din kayo ng list ng top 10 quad core android phone under 10k. i’m currently choosing between lenovo a706 and huawei g525. having additional choices would be better. :)

  43. nots73 says:

    where is Arc Mobile Memo?1.2mhz quadcore, 1gb RAM,4gb internal storage @ Php 6,199.

  44. Kim says:

    Hiya! I hope you can also review Android phones below 5-6K! Would you also know if there’s still an Android phone out there that uses the regular sized sim card? I’m quite attached to my prepaid number. :) Thanks in advance!!!

  45. Sara says:

    which is better?
    CherryMobile Omega HD 2.0 or Myphone a919i?

  46. Buu says:

    What about Cherry Mobile’s Omega HD 2.0?

    1.2 ghz mediatek6589 quad core procie
    1 gb ram
    4 gb storage, expandable to 32gb via microsd
    Power544 graphics
    12mp & 2mp cameras (if I remember it correctly
    & they used Dragontrail glass

    Php7000-Php8000 lng yan..

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