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Top smartphones under Php16K (mid-2018)




Due to your insistent demand, it’s time we compile our list of top smartphones for a certain price range. This list consists of smartphones that landed in the Philippines for the first half of the year and ranges from Php10k to Php16k. Well then, shall we start? Let’s go!

Author’s note: Only smartphones that were released in the country from January 1, 2018, to June 30, 2018, were included. This means that smartphones such as the Huawei Nova 3i and those that were released in the month of July onwards are not included and will be added in the 2nd half.

Meizu M6s

SpecificationMeizu M6s
Display5.7-inch HD+ 1440 x 720, 18:9 display
CPUExynos 7872 2.0GHz hexa-core
GPUMali-G71
RAM
3GB LPDDR3 RAM
Storage64GB storage
MicroSDmicroSD up to 256GB (SIM 2 slot)
Rear Camera16MP f/2.0 PDAF rear camera, dual-tone flash
Front Camera8MP f/2.0 front camera
SIMDual SIM
LTE4G
WiFiWiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n
BluetoothBluetooth 4.2, BLE
GPSGPS/ A-GPS
PortMicro USB
OSFlyme 6.2 (Android 7.0 Nougat)
Battery3,000mAh Li-Ion battery

Price: Php10,990

Samsung Galaxy J6

SpecificationSamsung Galaxy J6
Display5.6-inch HD+ Super AMOLED 18:9 display
1480 x 720 pixels, 294ppi
Glass type2.5D Curved Glass
CPU1.6GHz Exynos 7870 Octa-core
GPUMali-T830 MP1
RAM3GB
Storage32GB
SIMDual-SIM
MicroSDExpandable up to 256GB (dedicated)
Rear Camera13MP f/1.9 w/ LED Flash
Front Camera8MP with LED Flasg
Connectivity4G VoLTE
WiFiWiFi 802.11 b/g/n
Bluetooth4.2
GPSGPS, GLONASS, BeiDou, A-GPS
PortMicro USB 2.0
3.5mm audio portYes
Biometrics- Fingerprint scanner
- face unlock
OSSamsung Experience (Android 8 Oreo)
Battery3,000mAh battery
Dimensions149.3 x 70.2 x 8.2 mm
Weight154g
ColorsBlack, Gold
PricePhp13,990
(Php11,990 until July 31)

Price: Php11,990

Xiaomi Redmi Note 5

SpecificationXiaomi Redmi Note 5 (Global)
Display5.99-inch 18:9 Full HD+ (2160 x 1080) IPS display, 403ppi
GlassCorning Gorilla Glass
CPUQualcomm Snapdragon 636 1.8GHz Octa-Core processor
GPUAdreno 509 GPU
RAM4GB LPDDR4X RAM
Storage64GB Internal Storage
MicroSDexpandable up to 256GB via microSD
Rear Cameras12MP + 5MP rear camera with LED flash
Front Camera13MP front camera with LED flash
SIMDual-SIM (Hybrid)
LTE4G LTE w/ VoLTE
WiFIWi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n
BluetoothBluetooth 5.0
GPSGPS, A-GPS, GLONASS
SensorFingerprint Scanner, IR Blaster
Audio port3.5mm audio port
PortmicroUSB
OSAndroid 8.1 Oreo with MIUI 9.5
Battery4,000mAh battery with fast charging
Dimension158.5 x 75.45 x 8.05mm
Weight180g

Price: Php11,990

OPPO F7 Youth

SpecificationOppo F7 Youth
Display6.0-inch FullHD+ LTPS IPS 18:9 2160 x 1080
CPUMediaTek Helio P60 2.0GHz Octa-Core (Cortex A73+A53) Dual APU (Artificial Processing Unit)
GPUARM Mali G72 MP3
RAM4GB RAM
ROM64GB ROM, Expandable up to 256GB (dedicated)
Battery3180mAh
DimensionTBA
WeightTBA
Rear Camera13MP Rear Camera with LED Flash with AI
Front Camera8MP Front Camera with AI Beauty Technology
OSColor OS 5.0 (Android 8.1 Oreo)
SIM Slot Dual Nano SIM card
Connectivity4G LTE
Wi-Fi2.4G / 5G dual-band WIFI, IEEE 802.11 a/b/g/n
BluetoothBluetooth 4.2
InterfaceMicro USB
Audio3.5mm Jack
FeatureOTG Support

Price: Php12,990

Doogee Mix 2

SpecificationDoogee Mix 2
Display6.0-inch 18:9 FHD+ display @ 2160 x 1080 resolution
CPUMediaTek Helio P25
GPUMali-T880
RAM
6GB RAM
Storage64GB internal storage
MicroSDExpandable up to 256GB via microSD card
Rear Camera16MP + 13MP f/2.0 PDAF rear camera with LED flash
Front Camera8MP 130-degree + 8MP 88-degree wide angle front camera
SIMDual SIM (nano-SIM, hybrid)
LTE4G
WiFiWi-Fi
BluetoothYes
GPSGPS
PortUSB Type-C
OSAndroid 7.1 Nougat
Battery4060mAh battery

Price: Php12,995

Huawei P20 Lite

SpecificationHuawei P20 Lite
Display5.84-inches 19:9 LTPS IPS LCD display (2280 x 1080)
CPUHiSilicon Kirin 659 2.36GHz octa-core
GPUARM Mali-T830 MP2
RAM
4GB LPDDR3 RAM
Storage64GB, 128GB internal storage
MicroSDexpandable via microSD up to 256GB (uses SIM2)
Rear Camera16MP+2MP rear cameras, f/2.2 with LED Flash
Front Camera16MP front camera, f/2.0
SIMHybrid Dual-SIM (nano+nano/microSD)
LTE4G VoLTE
WiFiWiFi 802.11 b/g/n
Bluetooth4.2
GPSGPS, A-GPS, GLONASS
PortUSB Type-C
OSEMUI 8 (Android 8 Oreo)
Battery3,000mAh Li-P battery

Price: Php13,990

Vivo Y85

SpecificationVivo Y85
Display6.22-inch HD+ (1520 x 720) IPS 19:9
CPUMediaTek Helio P22 2.0GHz octa-core
GPUPowerVR GE8320
RAM
4GB
Storage32GB internal storage
MicroSDExpandable up to 256GB (dedicated)
Rear Camera13MP + 2MP rear cameras, LED flash
Front Camera8MP front camera w/ AI Beauty
SIMDual SIM
LTE4G
WiFiWi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n
Bluetooth4.2
GPSGPS/ A-GPS
PortMicro USB
OSFunTouch OS 4.0 (Android 8.1 Oreo)
Battery3,260mAh battery
ColorsRuby Red, Black

Price: Php13,990

ASUS ZenFone Max Pro M1 (4GB)

SpecificationASUS ZenFone Max Pro M1
Display6-inch FHD+ IPS display @ 2160 x 1080px, 424ppi
CPUQualcomm Snapdragon 636 1.8GHz octa-core processor
GPUAdreno 509
RAM
4GB
Storage64GB
MicroSDdedicated, expandable up to 2TB
Rear Camera16MP + 5MP PDAF rear camera, LED flash
Front Camera8MP front camera, LED flash
SIMDual-nano SIM
LTE4G LTE
WiFiWi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n
Bluetooth4.2
GPSGPS with A-GPS, GLONASS, BDS
Audio5 Magnet speaker with NXP smart amp
PortmicroUSB 2.0
OSPure Android (Android 8.1 Oreo)
Battery5,000mAh battery with flash charge
Dimensions159 x 76 x 8.61 mm
Weight180g
ColorsTBA
PricePhp13,995

Price: Php13,995

Infinix Zero 5

SpecificationInfinix Zero 5
Display5.98-inch 16:9 aspect ratio Full HD IPS display @ 1080 x 1920 pixels
CPUMediaTek Helio P25 MT6757 2.6GHz Octa-Core
GPUMali T880 MP2
RAM
6GB LPDDR4X RAM
Storage64GB Internal Storage
MicroSDexpandable up to 128GB via microSD
Rear Camera12MP f/2.0 aperture + 13MP telephoto, f/2.6 aperture, 2x optical zoom rear cameras, with dual-tone LED flash
Front Camera16MP f/2.0 aperture front camera with LED flash
SIMDual SIM
LTE4G LTE w/ VoLTE
WiFiWi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n
Bluetooth4.2
GPSGPS/ A-GPS
PortUSB Type-C
OSXOS 3.0 (Android 7.0 Nougat)
Battery4,350mAh battery with fast charging
ColorsChampagne Gold, Bordeaux Red, and Sandstone Black

Price: Php13,999

Nokia 6 2018

SpecificationNokia 6 (2018)
Display5.5-inch 16:9 Full HD IPS display @ 1080×1920 pixels
CPUQualcomm Snapdragon 630 2.2GHz octa-core
GPUAdreno 508
RAM
4GB
Storage32/ 64GB internal storage
MicroSDExpandable via microSD card up to 128GB
Rear Camera16MP f/2.0 PDAF rear camera, Zeiss optics, dual-tone LED flash
Front Camera8MP f/2.0 84-degree wide-angle lens front camera
SIMDual SIM (nano)
LTE4G LTE Cat.4
WiFiWi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/nn
Bluetooth5.0
GPSGPS/ A-GPS
PortUSB Type-C
OSAndroid 8.0 Oreo
Battery3000mAh battery w/ Fast Charging
Dimensions148.8×75.8×8.6 mm
Weight172 g
ColorsBlack, Silver

Price: Php15,990

With that, our list is now completed. If we missed out on a device, let us know by putting it in the comments section below. We hope this helps you choose the best smartphone for you.



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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16 Responses

  1. Random_Passerby says:

    You obviously missed Huawei nova 3i. Well, maybe, if you don’t consider it as mid 2018…

    • Carl Lamiel says:

      You obviously missed the fine print: Only smartphones that were released in the country from January 1, 2018, to June 30, 2018, were included.

      The Huawei Nova 3i was announced July 18 and will be officially available in the country ten days after.

    • Prince leo says:

      Sir huawei nova 3i no. 2 sya 15k-20k best smartphone no. 1 atah c honor play.. No. 3 poco f1…review here in yuga tech

  2. asdfasdfa says:

    hmmm but maybe you could have at least mentioned nova 3i with a disclaimer that it would be released this a few days from now. i usually check yugatech for news/reports/reviews when im looking at the market to buy gadgets. Ang laking hinayang naman if I will buy huawei p20 lite tomorrow, only to find out that a new and better nova 3i (base from what i need), would be released 3-4 days from your post.

    suggestion lang naman po. i’m not trying to troll or anything….

    • Vaughn Chua says:

      Hi! thank you for the feedback. We’ll consider your suggestion and apply it in the next one :)

  3. prop262 says:

    that was rude. You could’ve said politely that you only included phones released from Jan-June. Is this what your website offers? Criticizing comments? No wonder you’re losing more readers. The text really is not easily noticeable. Even I failed to read that part.

  4. Anonymouse says:

    Hi Carl. What benefit does that offer to readers though? Are you just writing an article just for the heck of it? Is filling up article space more important than the customers’ buying decision, and satisfaction, based on your recommendations? Also, why 1 brand = 1 phone? What if a brand has multiple outstanding phones on the price range? And one has none, but you need to put one anyway? This should be titled Each Brand’s best phones under 16k instead. Not saying that you need to change the article, but you definitely need to try harder next time.

    Also, you misspelled the Forst half of the year.

    • Vaughn Chua says:

      Hi Anonymouse, thank you for the feedback and correction. As the author of this article, I apologize if you didn’t like the content but I do not see anything wrong with it since i’ve laid out my parameters clearly. The article covers up until the first half of the year and we’ll be making another one at the end of it. :)

  5. asdfasdfa says:

    to be fair naman with yuga team, they’re doing their utmost best to provide us with up to date info regarding the latest tech news. Last month, nagpapa bili na sila ng Huawei nova 2i. It was through yugatech, that i know there’s a better/cheaper Xiaomi Note 5 pro available…a few days later price cut nova 2i…a few days later again may news na about nova 3i…to sum it all up, nag decide na lang kami wag bumili ng phone.hehehe biro lang

    thanks for taking into account our suggestions. this goes out to both yuga and the readers, chill lang kasi mga papi. they might be losing readers or whatever, but the fact still remains that we’re still here because some of us still rely on yugatech when it comes to tech news/updates. Let’s all try to be constructive. Filter out na lang mga nega comments before posting.

    More power to yugatech.

  6. Billie says:

    Hi Vaughn.

    What’s the reason behind the “1 Brand 1 Entry” policy? Shouldnt it be based on merit and merit alone. Afterall the list is about TOP Smartphones and not brand placement equality.

    More importantly, and if I’m being blunt, quite obviously, readers flock yugatech articles like this seeking guidance on overall phone quality before they purchase regardless of which brand they come from.

    This is not the Miss Universe Pageant where only one girl per country should join. Focus on excellence, performance and value for money.

    If you are truly concerned in providing quality content, I hope you’ll consider this next time.

    And no Vaughn. I’m not a troll. Hope this gets noted. Still a fan. :)

    .. and world peace!

  7. Mr. Banker says:

    What about Honor 7X? I think it falls into this category.

  8. ricardo says:

    based on experienced, kung pangmatagalang gamit, dun pa rin kayo sa mga old reliable brands (except samsung) like xperia, nokia, asus, etc. yung mga chinese brands kasi like huawei, xiaomi, meizu, oppo, etc, maganda lang specs at mas mura ang phones nila pero hindi pangmatagalang gamit. just my two cents.

    • Prince leo says:

      Matibay din ung huawei…my huawei honor 4x binili koh 2014 hanggang buhay pa at ginagamit pa ng kapati koh..meron pa cp na huawei binili nung 2012 hanggan ok pa at ginagamit ng byanan koh….sa ngaun ung nokia may heating isue at ang sony fastdrain batterry like sony m4 of my 21k bili pero nasira agad…samsung is best phone oon flagship only..

  9. RubyJet says:

    i have been reading tugatech for a while and i wonder what is the best phone under 15k the has at least 4 ram and speed and performance above look and camera (slim bezels tho)

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