Top Gaming Smartphones for under PHP 20K

Top Gaming Smartphones for under PHP 20K




Mobile gaming is one of the reasons why people purchase smartphones. Everyone would love to have the best hardware possible but the budget can be a challenge. With that in mind, we compiled a list of smartphones that can game for under PHP 20K. Check out our top picks below.

Author’s note: All the smartphones listed here launched this year and are officially available in the Philippines. Check out the specs requirements below:

• RAM: – 3GB and above
• CPU: – Snapdragon 636 and above; MediaTek Helio P60 and above; Kirin 710 and above
• GPU: – Adreno 509 and above; Mali-G51 MP4 and above
• Price range: PHP 10-20K

Xiaomi Redmi Note 6 Pro

Xiaomi Redmi Note 6 Pro specs:

SpecificationXiaomi redmi Note 6 Pro
Display6.26-inch 19:9 FHD+ display @ 2280 x 1080px
CPUQualcomm Snapdragon 636 1.8GHz octa-core
GPUAdreno 509
RAM3GB RAM
ROM32GB internal storage
Storageexpandable via microSD card slot
Rear Camera12MP + 5MP dual rear cameras
Front Camera20MP + 2MP dual front cameras
SIMDual-SIM (Nano, Hybrid)
Connectivity4G LTE
Wi-FiWiFi
BluetoothBluetooth
GPSGPS
USBmicro USB
Sensor-Fingerprint scanner
OSMIUI 9 (Android 8 Oreo)
Battery4,000mAh battery with Fast Charging (5V 2A adapter)

Price: PHP 10,999 (3GB +32GB), PHP 12,990 (4GB + 64GB)

Cherry Mobile Flare S7 Plus

Cherry Mobile Flare S7 Plus specs:

SpecificationCherry Mobile Flare S7 Plus
Display6.18-inch 18.5:9 LTPS FHD+ TrueView display @ 2246 x 1080 px, ~403ppi
Glass ProtectionCorning Gorilla Glass 3
CPUMediaTek Helio P60 2.0GHz octa-core
GPUMali-G72 MP3
RAM
4GB
Storage64GB
MicroSDexpandable via microSD card up to 256GB (uses SIM2)
Rear Camera16MP + 5MP BSI rear cameras with LED Flash
Front Camera16MP + IR front camera with AI Selfie
SIMDual-SIM (nano, hybrid)
LTE4G VoLTE with Band 28 support, Carrier Aggregation
WiFiWi-Fi a/b/g/n
BluetoothBluetooth 4.2
GPSGPS, A-GPS, GLONASS
Biometrics-Fingerprint scanner
-Face Unlock
PortUSB Type-C
OSStock Android (Android 8.1 Oreo)
Battery3,050mAh battery with fast and wireless charging

Price: PHP 11,999

Honor 8X

Honor 8X specs:

SpecificationHonor 8X
Display6.5-inch 19.5:9 Full HD+ IPS display @2340 x 1080px, 396ppi
Glass type2.5D Curved Glass
CPUHiSilicon Kirin 710 4x cortex a73 2.2ghz + 4x cortex a53 1.7ghz Octa-core Processor
GPUMali-G51 MP4
RAM4GB RAM
Storage64GB/128GB internal storage
SIMDual-SIM (nano, nano)
MicroSDExpandable via microSD (dedicated)
Rear Camera20MP f/1.8 PDAF + 2MP rear cameras, LED flash
Front Camera16MP f/2.0 front camera
LTEDual 4G LTE
WiFiWiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
BluetoothBluetooth 4.2
GPSGPS, A-GPS, GLONASS, BDS
PortMicro USB 2.0
3.5mm audio portYes
Biometrics- Fingerprint scanner
- Face Unlock
OSEMUI 8.2 (Android 8.1 Oreo)
Battery3,750mAh battery

Price: PHP 12,990

Huawei Y9 2019

Huawei Y9 2019 specs:

SpecificationHuawei Y9 (2019)
Display6.5-inch 19.5:9 Full HD+ IPS display @2340 x 1080px, 396ppi
Glass type3D Curved Glass
CPUHiSilicon Kirin 710 4x cortex a73 2.2ghz + 4x cortex a53 1.7ghz Octa-core Processor
GPUMali-G51 MP4
RAM4GB RAM
Storage64GB internal storage
SIMDual-SIM (nano, nano)
MicroSDExpandable via microSD (dedicated)
Rear Camera16MP f/2.0 + 2MP f/2.4 AI dual rear cameras
Front Camera13MP f/1.8 + 2MP f/2.4 dual front cameras
LTEDual 4G LTE
WiFiWiFi 802.11 b/g/n, 2.4GHz
BluetoothBluetooth 4.2
GPSGPS, A-GPS, GLONASS, BDS
PortMicro USB 2.0
3.5mm audio portYes
Biometrics- Fingerprint scanner
- Face Unlock
OSEMUI 8.2 (Android 8.1 Oreo)
Battery4,000mAh battery

Price: PHP 12,990

Xiaomi Mi 8 Lite

Xiaomi Mi 8 Lite specs:

SpecificationXiaomi Mi 8 Lite
Display6.26-inch 19:9 Full HD+ display @ 2280 x 1080px, ~403PPI
Glass Protectionn/a
CPUQualcomm Snapdragon 660 AIE 2.2GHz octa-core
GPUAdreno 512
RAM4GB/6GB RAM
Storage64GB/128GB emmc 5.1 internal storage
Rear Camera12MP f/1.9 + 5MP dual rear cameras
Front Camera24MP front camera
ConnectivityDual 4G VoLTE
SIMDual-SIM (nano)
Wi-FiWi-Fi 802.11a/b/g/n/ac
BluetoothBluetooth 5.0
GPSGPS, A-GPS, GLONASS, Beidou
NFCNFC
USBUSB Type-C
Sensor- Fingerprint scanner (rear-mount)
- Face Unlock
OSMIUI (Android 8 Oreo)
Battery3,350mAh battery w/ QC3.0 fast charging

Price: PHP 13,990 (4GB + 64GB), PHP 16,990 (6GB + 128GB)

Xiaomi Mi A2

Xiaomi Mi A2 specs:

SpecificationXiaomi Mi A2
Display5.99-inch FHD+ LTPS display @ 2160 x 1080px, 403ppi
Glass typeCorning Gorilla Glass 5
CPUQualcomm Snapdragon 660 2.2GHz Octa-core processor
GPUAdreno 512
RAM4GB, 6GB LPDDR4X RAM
Storage64GB. 128GB internal storage
SIMDual SIM
MicroSD-
Rear Camera12MP + 20MP dual rear cameras with LED flash
Front Camera20MP front camera
LTE4G LTE
WiFiWiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
BluetoothBluetooth 5.0
GPSGPS, A-GPS, GLONASS, BDS
PortUSB 2.0 Type-C (supports Quick Charge 3.0)
3.5mm audio port-
Biometrics- Fingerprint scanner
- Face unlock
OSAndroid One (Android 8.1 Oreo)
Battery3,010mAh non-removable battery w/ Qualcomm Quickcharge 3.0
ColorsGold, Blue, Black

Price: PHP 13,990 (4GB + 64GB), PHP 17,490 (6GB + 128GB)

Xiaomi Mi Max 3


 

Xiaomi Mi Max 3 specs:

SpecificationXiaomi Mi Max 3
Display6.9-inch 18:9 aspect ratio Full HD display @ 2160 x 1080 resolution
CPUQualcomm Snapdragon 636 1.8Ghz octa-core
GPUAdreno 509
RAM4GB RAM
Storage64GB internal storage
SIMDual SIM
MicroSDexpandable up to 256GB via microSD
Rear Camera12MP + 5MP f/1.9 aperture rear cameras with LED Flash, AI, and Dual PD speed focus
Front Camera8MP f/2.0 aperture front camera with AI
LTE4G LTE
WiFiWiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
BluetoothBluetooth 5.0
GPSGPS, A-GPS, Glonass, Beidou
PortUSB Type-C
Biometrics- Fingerprint scanner
- Face unlock
OSMIUI 10 (Android 8.1 Oreo)
Battery5,500mAh battery

Price: PHP 14,990

Honor Play

Honor Play specs:

SpecsHonor Play
Display6.3-inch 2340 x 1080 display, 409ppi
CPUHiSilicon Kirin 970 2.36GHz octa-core
GPUMali-G72 MP12
RAM4GB/6GB
Storage64GB internal storage
Expandable Storageexpandable via microSD up to 256GB (SIM Slot 2)
Rear Camera16MP + 2MP rear cameras, LED flash
Front Camera16MP front camera
Connectivity4G LTE
SIMDual SIM (nano)
Wi-FiWiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
BluetoothBluetooth 4.2, BLE, aptX, aptX HD, HWA
GPSGPS, A-GPS, Beidou, GLONASS
USBUSB 2.0 Type-C
Audio Port3.5mm audio port
OSEMUI 8.2 (Android 8.1 Oreo)
Battery3,750mAh battery (Fast Charge 9V/2A)
Dimension157.91 x 74.27 x 7.48 mm
Weight176 g

Price: PHP 14,990

ASUS ZenFone Max Pro M2

ASIS ZenFone Max Pro M2 specs:

SpecificationASUS ZenFone Max Pro M2
Display6.3-inch FHD+ IPS display @ 2280 x 1080px
CPUQualcomm Snapdragon 660 1.95GHz octa-core
GPUAdreno 512
RAM
6GB
Storage64GB
MicroSDexpandable via dedicated microSD card slot
Rear Camera12MP Sony IMX486 F1.8 + 5MP dual rear
Front Camera13MP F2.0 front camera
SIMDual-nano SIM
LTE4G LTE
WiFiWiFi 802.11 b/g/n
Bluetooth5.0
GPSGPS, A-GPS, GLONASS, BDS, QZSS
Audio5 Magnet speaker with NXP 9874 smart amp
PortmicroUSB
OSAndroid 8.1 Oreo (Upgradable to Android Pie)
Biometrics- Fingerprint Scanner
- Face Unlock
Battery5,000mAh battery with flash charge
Dimensions157.9 x 75.5 x 8.5 mm
Weight175g

Price: PHP 14,995 (6GB+64GB)

Nokia 6.1 Plus

Nokia 6.1 Plus specs:

SpecificationNokia 6.1 Plus
Display5.8-inch Full HD+ (1080 x 2280) IPS 19:9 display, 435ppi
Glass protectionGorilla Glass 3
CPUQualcomm Snapdragon 636 1.8GHz octa-core
GPUAdreno 509
RAM
4GB/6GB RAM
Storage32GB/64GB e-MMC 5.1
MicroSDmicroSD up to 256GB (SIM2 slot)
Rear Camera16MP + 5MP EIS, PDAF rear camera, LED flash
Front Camera16MP front camera
SIMDual-SIM card slot (nano, hybrid)
LTELTE Cat.4 150Mbps DL/50Mbps UL
WiFiWiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
BluetoothBluetooth 5.0
GPSGPS/AGPS, GLONASS, Beidou
Biometrics-Fingerprint Scanner
PortUSB 2.0 Type-C
OSAndroid 8.1 Oreo (Android One)
Battery3,060mAh battery w/ QC 3.0

Price: PHP 15,990

Huawei Nova 3i

Huawei Nova 3i specs:

SpecificationHuawei Nova 3i
Display6.3-inch 19.5:9 IPS LCD FullView display 2.0 @ 2340 x 1080 pixels, 409ppi
Glass type2.5D Curved Glass
CPUHiSilicon Kirin 710 4x cortex a73 2.2ghz + 4x cortex a53 1.7ghz Octa-core Processor
GPUMali-G51 w/ GPU Turbo Tech
RAM4GB RAM
Storage128GB internal storage
SIMDual-SIM (nano, hybrid)
MicroSDExpandable via microSD (hybrid)
Rear Camera16MP + 2MP AI dual rear cameras w/ Super slow mo 480fps
Front Camera24MP + 2MP AI dual front cameras
LTEDual 4G, Dual-VoLTE
WiFiWiFi 802.11b/g/n, 2.4GHz
BluetoothBluetooth 4.2, BLE, HWA, aptX, and aptX HD
GPSGPS, GLONASS, BeiDou, A-GPS
PortMicro USB 2.0
3.5mm audio portYes
Biometrics- Fingerprint scanner
- 360 face unlock
OSEMUI 8.2 (Android 8.1 Oreo)
Battery3,340mAh Li-Po battery
ColorsGradient, Classic Black, White

Price: PHP 15,990

Pocophone F1

Pocophone F1 specs:

SpecsPOCO F1
Display6.18-inch Full HD+ edge-to-edge display @ 2160 x 1080px
Glass protectionCorning Gorilla Glass (version not specified)
CPUQualcomm Snapdragon 845 2.8GHz octa-core
GPUAdreno 630
RAM6GB/8GB LPDDR4X
Storage64GB/256GB
Expandable Storageexpandable via MicroSD up to 256GB
Rear Camera12MP Sony IMX363 + 5MP Samsung sensor rear cameras, LED flash
Front Camera20MP front camera
Connectivity4G+ VoLTE (India)
SIMDual-SIM (hybrid)
Wi-FiWiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
BluetoothBluetooth 5.0
GPSGPS, A-GPS, GLONASS
USBUSB Type-C
OSMIUI for POCO (Android 8.1 Oreo)
Battery4,000mAh battery w/ QC 3.0

Price: PHP 17,990 (6GB + 64GB), PHP 19,990 (6GB + 128GB)

OPPO F9

OPPO F9 specs:

SpecsOPPO F9
Display6.3-inches FHD+ (2340 x 1080) 19.5:9 LTPS TFT , 409ppi
CPUMediatek MTK P60
GPUARM Mali-G72 MP3 800MHz
RAM6GB
Storage64GB / 128GB
SIM Card TypeDual Nano-SIM Cards
microSD carddedicated slot
Rear Camera16MP+2MP dual rear camera
Front Camera25MP with Screen Flash
GSM850/900/1800/1900MHz
WCDMA850/900/2100MHz
FDD-LTEBands 1/3/5/7/8/20/28
TD-LTEBands 38/40/41 (2535-2655MHz)
WiFi802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, 2.4/5GHz
Bluetooth4.2, A2DP, LE
USB OTGYes
SensorsE-Compass
Light Sensor
Proximity Sensor
G-Sensor/Acceleration Sensor
OSColor OS 5.2 Android 8.1
Battery3500mAh w/ VOOC Flash Charge
Dimension156.7mmx74.0mmx7.99mm
Weight169g
ColorSunrise Red, Twilight Blue, Starry Purple

Price: PHP 17,990

Nokia 7 Plus

Nokia 7 Plus specs:

SpecificationNokia 7 Plus
Display6-inch IPS LCD Full HD+ display @ 2160 x 1080px, 403ppi
Glass protectionGorilla Glass 3
CPUQualcomm Snapdragon 660 2.2GHz octa-core CPU
GPUAdreno 512 GPU
RAM
4GB
Storage64GB internal storage
MicroSDmicroSD up to 256GB (SIM2 slot)
Rear Camera12 MP (f/1.75) + 12 MP (f/2.6), Carl Zeiss optics
Front Camera16MP (f/2.0) front camera
SIMDual-SIM card slot (nano, hybrid)
LTE4G LTE
WiFiWiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
BluetoothBluetooth 5.0
GPSGPS/AGPS, GLONASS, Beidou
NFCYes
AudioNokia OZO
BiometricsFingerprint scanner
PortUSB 2.0 Type-C
OSAndroid 8.1 Oreo (Android One)
Battery3,800mAh battery w/ QC 3.0
Dimensions158.4 x 75.6 x 8 mm
Weight183 g

Price: PHP 19,990

VIVO V11

VIVO V11 specs:

SpecificationVIVO V11
Display6.41-inch 19.5:9 Super AMOLED FHD+ HALO Fullview display @2340x1080px, 402ppi
CPUQualcomm Snapdragon 660 AIE 2.0GHz octa-core
GPUAdreno 512 GPU
RAM
6GB
Storage64GB
MicroSDexpandable via microSD card slot (up to 256GB) (dedicated)
Rear Camera12MP f/1.8 + 5MP f/2.4 dual rear cameras
Front Camera25MP f/2.0 front camera
SIMDual-SIM (nano)
LTE4G LTE
WiFiWiFi
BluetoothBluetooth 5.0
GPSGPS, GLONASS, Beidou
Biometrics-In-Display fingerprint scanner
-Face Unlock
Portmicro USB 2.0
OSFunTouch OS 4.5 (Android 8.1 Oreo)
Battery3,400mAh battery w/ dual-engine fast charging

Price: PHP 19,999

My Top Picks

  • Pocophone F1 – This is probably my number 1 pick of all the ones that I’ve listed here due to its flagship performance capabilities. You won’t see any Snapdragon 845-powered smartphone being very affordable this year aside from the Pocophone F1.
  • Honor Play – This is the next favorite in the list since it is equipped with a Kirin 970 chipset which is the previous flagship processor of Huawei. Expect that the Honor Play and the Pocophone F1 can play almost all of the games in the Google Play Store.
  • Nokia 6.1 Plus  – If you are a compact person and doesn’t want to use a large space in your bag or pockets, then the Nokia 6.1 Plus is the right choice. Aside from its good gaming capabilities, this is probably the smallest smartphone in this list.
  • ASUS ZenFone Max Pro M2 – ASUS wow-ed us a few months ago with their Max Pro M1 but with the Max Pro M2, they really stepped up by introducing a 6GB RAM variant in the country along with a Snapdragon 660 chipset.
  • Huawei Y9 2019 – This is my most affordable pick in the list. The Kirin 710 is a premium mid-range chipset which can also be found in the Honor 8X and the Nova 3i. I picked the Y9 2019 over the other two mainly for its affordability. I do understand that the aforementioned phones have a larger storage capacity but for me, 64GB is more than enough to store a lot of games.

So that’s all of the top gaming smartphones this year! What do you guys think? If you have suggestions, let your fellow readers know in the comments section below.



Vaughn is your go-to person when it comes to comparing gadgets especially smartphones. He's also a gamer by heart and the "Hackerman" of the team.

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4 Responses

  1. siko says:

    So all mid-range phone that is less than Php 20,000 are Gaming Smartphones. Amazing.

  2. boo says:

    Welllll I own Honor Play hahahahahaha

  3. ced3 says:

    I own pocophone and my friend own Honor play, well pocophone wins!

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