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Top Smartphones of 2016 Under Php10,000

Yesterday, we gave you guys a list of smartphone from 2016 that are a good buy for those with a budget ranging from Php10k to Php20k. For those wishing for a more budget friendly phone, this list is yours.

We compiled our top smartphone picks from 2016 that are priced under Php10,000.


The Alcatel Shine Lite is a beautifully crafted phone with decent specifications. Its screen size is also at just 5 inches making it ideal for those who prefer smaller phones that can be operated with just one hand.

The Shine Lite’s SRP at Php9,999 is pretty steep for what it has but it’s a looker.


ASUS has the cheapest of its 3rd-gen Zenfone priced at Php8,995. It’s the first Zenfone 3 Max that has a 5.2-inch display.

It’s got a big 4,100mAh battery cell that’s more than enough to last a full work day. It can also charge other devices with its reverse charging feature and an included OTG cable.

Cherry Mobile

The local smartphone maker, Cherry Mobile, always have a number of devices in this price range and we find the Flare X2 to be a good suggestion at just Php7,999. It’s the successor to the famous Flare X before and now has a more premium design with a Snapdragon processor unlike most of the competition that sports a MediaTek chipset plus 4GB RAM.

There’s also the Flare S5 Plus which happens to the be the main star of the current premium Flare series. It supports the latest 700MHz LTE Band 28 of local telcos enabling faster than before connection speeds. It’s priced at Php8,999.


Cloudfone made an impressive phone last year in the form of the Cloudfone Next. Priced at Php9,999, it has quite a bit to offer with 4GB RAM, 5.2 1080p display, and a metal unibody.

They also released the Cloudfone Next Lite which a smaller and slightly cheaper variant priced at just Php7,999.


Remember the Flash Plus 2? Well, it’s one of the bang-for-buck smartphones released last year with balance specifications and price. Unfortunately, only the 2GB/16GB variant was left on stock on Lazada.

It’s now priced at just Php6,190 (see listing here) in Venus Gold color option.


Infinix has a quite a number of devices available for purchase but our pick is the Hot S Pro. During our usage, we’re satisfied with what it can offer for just Php6,990.


It has a 5.2-inch HD display with 3GB RAM and smooth performance even though it’s heavily skinned with XOS.


We have two budget-oriented offerings from LG. First is the LG X Power with its high-capacity 4,100mAh battery priced at Php8,490.

Then there’s the LG X Screen that touts a secondary display above its main HD panel just like the LG V20. The handset is priced at Php9,990.


Meizu’s official comeback in the country slated back in 2016 was delayed but they eventually started selling earlier this month. With it is the Meizu M3S that arrived starting at Php6,990.

The phone comes in two variants with 2GB RAM with 16GB of internal storage and a beefier 3GB RAM with 32GB of storage. Meizu has a kiosk open in SM Bicutan.


Moto’s budget series of devices landed in the country last year giving an opportunity for its fans to avail of a Moto devices without breaking the bank.

The Moto E Power is a decent 5-inch smartphone with a relatively big 3,500mAh battery. It runs Android without any skin or customization just like a Nexus or a Pixel phone. The handset is priced at Php6,999


In this price range, Samsung has quite a little offering since they focus more on the mid and flagship smartphone. Although, the Galaxy J2 DTV gives consumers digital TV functions.

If offers the usual Samsung goodies like a vibrant AMOLED panel a feature-packed Android thanks to their customizations. The phone is priced at Php6,990.


Vivo’s selfie-centric devices are above this price range but there’s the Vivo Y55 to cover it at Php7,990.

What you get is a 5.2-inch display and a Snapdragon octa-core CPU with 2GB RAM and 16GB storage. It resembles the design of higher Vivo phones and even OPPO’s since they are under the same parent company.


Xiaomi’s bang-for-buck devices will always find its way to our top picks and here, it’s the Redmi 4 Prime. It’s listed for Php8,700 at Widget City (see listing here)

This handset offers just about everything you’d need for a modern smartphone and with our usage, it did well especially in the battery department with its 4,100mAh unit and efficient processor.

That’s pretty much it, folks. If you have any personal suggestions you’d like to share, hit the comments section below.

This article was contributed by Daniel Morial, a film school graduate and technology enthusiast. He's the geeky encyclopedia and salesman among his friends for anything tech.

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4 Responses

  1. Marlon says:

    Hi Daniel, kindly proof-read this article.

    1. Alcatel Shine Lite and not Alcatel Shite Lite
    2. Moto E Power, “…big,500mAh”. It should be 3,500mAH.


  2. itsmeurdude says:

    Xioami Redmi Note 4 – P 9,500

  3. Daniel_Morial_Is_Bae says:

    Hi Daniel! Ang pogi mo forevs! I love you to the moon and back!

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