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5 Great Smartphones you can Buy for Under 10k (Q3 2017)

With a plethora of brands and models out there, we are blessed to have an endless number of smartphones to choose from, each catering to a specific budget. Should you have a difficult time deciding which phone best suits your needs, we have you covered. Last time, we gave you a list of smartphones in the 10k to 15k range, and dual camera smartphones priced under 20k. This time, we give to you six of our top smartphone picks, all priced at under Php 10,000, and have decent mid-range level specs. 

Do note that our list includes phones released this year and are readily available in the market. If you have other smartphones with the same price range in mind, do let us know.

Xiaomi Redmi Note 4X

  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 octa-core processor
  • Qualcomm Adreno 506 GPU
  • 3GB RAM
  • 5.5-inch FHD display, 1920 x 1080 resolution
  • 32GB expandable storage, via microSD
  • 13-megapixel rear camera
  • 5-megapixel front camera
  • Fingerprint scanner
  • 4100mAh battery
  • Price: Php 8,800 (via Widget City)

A mid-range spec phone with an entry-level phone price? Yup, Xiaomi is an expert when it comes to that, and their Rednote 4X does not fail to impress, with its Snapdragon 625 processor, a 5.5-inch full HD display, and a generous 4100Mah battery, along with an integrated fingerprint scanner and 3GB of RAM. We don’t know how Xiaomi does it, but their phones do stand out of the crowd.

Read: Xiaomi Announces the Redmi Note 4X Hatsune Miku Limited Edition Smartphone


Vivo V5 Lite

  • 1.5GHz MediaTek 6750 octa-core processor
  • Mali T860 GPU
  • 3GB of RAM
  • 5.5-Inch HD IPS Display; 1280×720 Resolution
  • 32GB of expandable storage
  • 13-megapixel rear camera, PDAF, LED Flash
  • 16-megapixel front camera f/2.0 aperture
  • Dual SIM
  • 3G, LTE
  • WiFi, Bluetooth, GPS, A-GPS
  • Android 6.0 Marshmallow, FunTouch UI
  • 3000mAh Battery
  • Price: P9,990 (via Vivo Philippines)

Marketed as a budget version of their highly regarded V5, the V5 Lite does not scrimp on its specs: it boasts of a great 16-megapixel f/2.0 front camera, along with 3GB RAM and an Octa-core Mediatek processor to power it up. Add to the fact that it shares practically the same design with the V5, and you got one looker of a phone.

Read: Vivo V5 Lite Unboxing, Initial Review: Affordable Selfie Phone


Nokia 5

  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 430 processor
  • 2GB of RAM
  • 5.2-inch IPS LCD display, Corning Gorilla Glass protection, 1280 x 720 resolution
  • 16GB of internal storage, expandable via microSD
  • 13-megapixel rear camera, PDAF, 1.12um sensor size, f/2.0 aperture, dual tone LED flash
  • 8-megapixel front camera, AF, 1.12um sensor size, f/2.0 aperture, 84-degree wide angle
  • Dual SIM
  • 3G, LTE
  • WiFi, Bluetooth, NFC
  • GPS, A-GPS
  • Fingerprint sensor
  • 3000mAh battery
  • Android 7.1.1 Nougat
  • Price: P9,990 (via Lazada)

Don’t be deceived that the Nokia 5 is just equipped with a Snapdragon 430 processor. It is worthy of the Nokia name thanks to its solid unibody aluminum build, and its impressive optics for both front and rear cameras. That 1.12um sensor size is sure to produce stunning photos.

Read: Nokia 3 And 5 Hands-on, Quick Review: Worthy Of The Name


Huawei Gr3 2017

  • HiSilicon Kirin 655 octa-core processor
  • ARM Mali-T830 MP2 GPU
  • 3GB RAM
  • 5.2-inch FHD IPS display, 1920 x 1080 resolution, 2.5D glass
  • 16GB expandable storage, up to 128GB via microSD
  • 12-megapixel rear camera, BSI, phase detection AF, LED flash
  • 8-megapixel front camera
  • Dual SIM, 3G, LTE
  • WiFi, Bluetooth 4.1, GPS, A-GPS, GLONASS, NFC
  • Fingerprint scanner
  • 3000mAh battery
  • Android 7.0 Nougat (EMUI 5.0)
  • Price: Php 8,990 (via Lazada)

Huawei may not be focused on producing entry level phones these days, but that does not stop them in producing budget phones with value for money. With the GR3 2017, you get a Kirin 655 processor, and 3GB RAM–the same hardware found on its more expensive sibling, the GR5 2017 (which is also a winner in the mid-range phone department). While it sports a plastic body, we do think that it resembles the Google Pixel, to an extent.

Read: Huawei GR3 2017 Review: A Budget Phone That Covers All The Basics



  • 1.5GHz MediaTek MT6750 octa-core processor
  • 3GB of RAM
  • Mali-T860 MP2 GPU
  • 5.2-inch HD IPS TFT display; 1280×720 resolution, 2.5D Arc Glass, Corning Gorilla Glass 4
  • 32GB of storage; expandable up to 256GB via MicroSD card
  • 13-megapixel rear camera, LED flash, f/2.0 aperture
  • 5-megapixel front camera, f/2.4
  • 3G, LTE
  • Dual SIM
  • WiFi, Bluetooth, GPS
  • Android 5.1 Lollipop, Color OS 3.0
  • 2900mAh battery
  • Price: Php 9,990 (via Lazada)

Quietly released in the Philippines at the end of 2016, we do think that the A39 is a mini version of the F1s–design-wise and specs-wise. Compare the two side-by-side, and you barely can see any difference, save for the absence of a fingerprint scanner on the A39. Though you have to compromise on the LCD display (the A39 uses a TFT display instead) and the front camera, the A39 is still worth looking at given its price.

Read: OPPO A39 Review: Caught in a Tight Spot


In case you missed it, here are our other top Q3 2017 Smartphone picks:

Dual-Camera Smartphones You Can Buy Under Php 10K (Q3 2017)

Best Smartphones in the Php 10K to Php 15K Range (Q3 2017)

5 Dual Camera Smartphones You Can Buy For Under 20k (Q3 2017)

5 Great Smartphones under 30K (Q3 2017)

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  1. Xiaomi Redmi Note 4X(Snapdragon variant) beats ALL phones under 10k in terms of price and performance. In fact it beats even MOST phones under 20k from other brands. You could get the 3gb/32gb between 7k – 7.5k at Lazada at random discount times. If your buying a phone under 20k, do yourself a favor and buy this phone. The only time you should buy something else is if you want a super selfie phone(Samsung Galaxy J7 Pro) or want to get a flagship type phone with a snapdragon 800 series processor.

    PS. The 4GB/64GB version uses a mediatek processor and runs hotter and drains battery faster. (not recommended)

    1. the 4x variant also has a 4gb/64gb. Downside lang ng Xiaomi is wala sila physical stores and after sales centers for warranty and all, so hit or die ka sa pagbili ng phones nila. Not saying they are a bad choice na because of what I said. Note 4x nga gusto kong bilhin pag nakaipon ako (Also considering the Redmi 4x). Just stating some of its cons. Speaking of cons. Di rin kagandahan yung camera compared to the other smartphones mentioned in this article. Pero for it’s price sulit na sulit kahit yung 3gb/32gb internal storage variant lang. Plus it has a whooping 4100 mAh battery partnered with a power efficient SD 625.

  2. We don’t know how Xiaomi does it, but their phones do stand out of the crowd – they don’t need to get a sarah geronimo like oppo or stephen curry for vivo because Xiaomi’s products speak for themselves.

  3. Nokia 5? snapdragon 430? that’s just an entry level processor and they are asking for P9,990? that a joke?

  4. But Cloudfone Excite Prime 2 has 32GBROM + 3GB RAM, 3,000mAH, Android 7.0 Nougat, 13MP Rear Camera, 8MP Front Camera with Bokeh Effect for only 5,999…

  5. sana lang after ng 1billion loan ng xiaomi magtayo na sila ng service centers, at improvement ng aftersales support, ska physical stores na din. same pricing at panalo na sila, wag na mag advertise ..

  6. I can’t seem to trust Xiaomi Redmi Note 4X. By specs it is amazing but i watched drop test videos and it break easily based on what i have seen. The company did not really mention what glass are they using on their phone, no it does not have either Dragontail or Gorilla glass in it. That’s what i believe made it cheap with a beast of a hardware.

    Not really sure if i am going to buy it. For now i recommend Lenovo K8 Plus and Huawei GR3.

  7. I can’t seem to trust Xiaomi Redmi Note 4X. By specs it is amazing but i watched drop test videos and it break easily based on what i have seen. The company did not really mention what glass are they using on their phone, but surely it does not have Dragontail or Gorilla glass. That’s what i believe made it cheap with a beast of a hardware.

    Not really sure if i am going to buy it. For now what i find better are Lenovo K8 Plus and Huawei GR3.

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