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5 Awesome Bang For The Buck Phones Under 9K (June 2015)

Five awesome phones for very little money

We’re at the halfway point of 2015 and boy have we seen some great phones at the low mid-range segment. And surprisingly, most of the hype at the sub 9K market have been from international players, which is a big change from last year. Brands like Lenovo, Meizu and Alcatel dominate this list, with only one local player present – Firefly Mobile. Let’s check out the list!


Meizu M1 Note

Meizu’s M1 Note got the ball rolling with its release earlier this year, with an introductory price of just Php 7,990. The price of the M1 Note has since gone up to 8599, but even with the price increase the M1 Note still holds up as an awesome phone for people looking for top tier specs under 9K. It’s the only full HD phone in this list, and is probably one of the nicest looking contenders in the sub 9K segment.

Click here to read our review of the Meizu M1 Note.


Alcatel Flash Plus

If there’s one phone that every other phone in the sub 9K price range is measured against, its Alcatel’s Flash Plus. Priced at a rock bottom price of Php 6,499, it’s currently the benchmark for bang for the buck phones in the Philippines right now, both for local and international brands. While we weren’t that impressed with the build and display quality of the Flash Plus, it’s undeniably one of the best phones you can buy out in the market if you’re looking for true value for money.

Click here to read our review of the Alcatel Flash Plus.


Lenovo A7000

The A7000 is Lenovo’s answer to Alcatel’s Flash Plus. While it loses out on specs and price against the Flash Plus (with the latter having more storage and a lower price than the former), it brings other things to the table like a better display, a more up to date OS, more refined UI and a removable battery. Lenovo’s also banking on its Dolby Atmos tech inside the A7000 and the numerous freebies that come with the phone when it’s purchased through Lazada to differentiate it from the competition. The A7000 is priced at Php 7,490.

Click here to read our review of the Lenovo A7000.


Honor 4X

The Honor 4X is another bang for the buck phone offered by a China-based manufacturer. The Honor 4X mixes things up by offering a Kirin 620 processor made by HiSilicon (which Huawei owns) instead of the usual MediaTek processor that’s found in the guts of the other entries in this market. While the Honor 4X is the most expensive of the phones in this list (retailing in Lazada for Php Php 8,290 and in offline stores at Php 8,880) it’s one of the phones that has the fastest (and most stable) LTE connections in both Smart and Globe.

Click here to read our review of the Honor 4X.

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Firefly Mobile Allure 64 LTE

The last entry in this list is the newest and most promising: Firefly Mobile’s Allure 64 LTE. This particular phone has the best specs to price ratio of all the phones in this list (yes, including the Alcatel Flash Plus) – 3GB of RAM, 5.5-inch HD IPS display with Gorilla Glass 3 protection, 3D fingerprint scanner and Android 5.0 Lollipop, all for Php 7,999. It’s amazing value for money, and from what we’ve seen its flaws (lackluster camera and software bugs brought by Android 5.0 Lollipop) are relatively minor compared to what it brings to the table. We’ve yet to finish our full review of this baby (expect that sometime this week) but from what we’ve seen so far, Firefly Mobile may just have a big winner with this phone.

Click here to read our unboxing and first impressions of the Firefly Mobile Allure 64 LTE.

And that’s it pansit for this list. How about you? What do you think should be in the top 5 phones at the 9K to 5K price range? Share us your own list in the comments section below!

Read also: 5 Superb Smartphones under Php15,000 (June 2015)

John Nieves

John is a veteran technology and gadget journalist with more than 10 years of experience both in print and online. When not writing about technology, he frequently gets lost in the boonies playing soldier.


  1. Amazing! I hope ma publish na yung review ng Firefly Mobile. Im really eyeing this phone! Just waiting for your expert minds sa review ng phone na to

    1. Dapat kasama nga yung k3 note kasi lalabas na din yun. But for me I think the best pa din yung M1 note. I own one and I’m proud to say its worth every penny i spent. 🙂 Sarap manood ng movies ska mag gaming.

      1. sapat na ba yung 16GB internal storage kahit walang sd card slot? gusto ko sana bilhin ito dahil hindi na ako makapag-antay sa iba na exclusive lang sa lazada, pero baka mapuno agad memory at mag-lag eventually.

      2. 16 Gigs (10-12 GB usable) non expandable ugh No thanks….Ang requirement ng Apps ngayon, browser cache etc. lumalaki na….pag sinabayan mo pa ng mga major updates yan liliit lalo. I myself nabili ko na rin sana ang M1 Note kung expandable lang talaga siya, sa panahon ngayon, kung walang option to expand the storage ang phone mo, crippled ang functionality nito.

      3. @Kamen Rider Chaser sino niloko mo? taga novotech ka kasi. sobrang bitin yang non-expandable memory mo. nasasarapan kana jan? dapat lang kaysa magmuka kang kawawa sa pagsisisi. mga hd movies games apps kulang pa yan. M1 note is not worth it sa totoo lang kahit anong drama hype gawin mo

        1. yup kahit gaano kaganda cpu gpu ram display kung bitin din sa memory no way. siguro pwede na sa mga taong fb insta lang pero kung games at movies wala. di kasya hd got ko

    2. Hi Joe! We wanted to add the Lenovo K3 Note but we haven’t reviewed or even unboxed it yet. 🙁 We stuck lang to the devices that we’ve had actual hands-on experience with.

      1. Hala pressure na?haha! I can wait for ur review after 1 week or so?ganyan talaga unbox d agad ngrreview which is a good thing kasi naexperience na nila ung device, which is mas maganda kasi review xa ng talagang user kaya masarap basahin ung reviews! So relax lang, pati ikaw boss carlo ople, haha 😉 go unbox!

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