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5 Superb Smartphones under Php15,000 (June 2015)

You Don’t Have to Spend a Lot to Get a Lot

While most of the tech world’s attention is on the premium flagship smartphone segment, there’s actually a lot of action happening in the mid-range level. A lot of smartphones half the price of the top-tier devices now offer highly competitive specifications and solid hardware design builds. We’ve pooled together a list of 5 solid picks that you might want to consider if you’re in the market for a smartphone that sells in the Php9,999-Php15,000 price range.

Sony Xperia M4 Aqua

Sony Xperia M4 Aqua
Sony Xperia M4 Aqua

First on our list is the Sony Xperia M4 Aqua. This made it’s debut earlier this year in Barcelona at the Mobile World Congress. It’s a great value-for-money offering by Sony. The device is powered by Qualcomm’s 64-bit Snapdragon 615 processor, has Android 5.0 Lollipop out of the box, full connectivity with LTE, a great 13-MP Sony shooter, water-resistant, and above average battery life (it doesn’t use too much energy as the resolution is HD and not fHD or QHD). It also looks like your usual beautifully designed Xperia device.

Click here to read our hands-on with the Sony Xperia M4.

ASUS Zenfone 2

The Zenfone 2!
The Zenfone 2!

Up next we have the venerable ASUS Zenfone 2. You get flawless performance from this beast as it has the combination of the 64-bit Intel Atom 2.3GHz quad-core processor and the 4GB of RAM under its hood. It’s also offers generous screen real estate at 5.5-inches in Full HD and IPS. You get full connectivity all the way to NFC and LTE. Without a shadow of a doubt the Zenfone 2 should be part of your list if your budget is below Php15,000.

Read our full review of the ASUS Zenfone 2 here.

MyPhone Infinity 2

Solid, sturdy, and elegant
Solid, sturdy, and elegant

The MyPhone Infinity 2 was met with a lot of criticism when it was announced that it would sell for Php12,799. Truth be told when it comes to a showdown of specs, the ASUS Zenfone 2 easily trumps the MyPhone Infinity 2. However in the looks department the MyPhone Infinity 2 is light years ahead. The full metal build of this phone is spectacular. We highly suggest that you guys check it out and hold it in your hands before you trash it like crazy.

Click here to read our hands-on of the MyPhone Infinity 2.

Huawei Honor 6

Huawei's elite mid-ranger offering
Huawei’s elite mid-ranger offering

The Huawei Honor 6 is the dark horse in our list. Not a lot of people know about it but this is really one of the best bang-for-your-buck devices prior to the arrival of the ASUS Zenfone 2. The dual glass build combined with the powerful internals and the good camera made it one of the very best phones you could get in this price range.

Click here to read our review of the Huawei Honor 6.

Cherry Mobile Cosmos S2

Cosmos-S2-1

The Cherry Mobile Cosmos S2, at Php9,999, is one of the more affordable options on this list. It actually has almost the same spec sheet as the Sony Xperia M4 Aqua sans the water resistance and the claimed 2-day Stamina Battery life. Cherry Mobile is claiming though that the Cosmos S2 has QuickCharge which is a great feature to have.

Click here to read more about the Cherry Mobile Cosmos S2.

Share with us your list as well!

And there you have it folks! Our initial mid-year list of great phones you can get in the Php9,999-Php14,999 price range. How about you? Do you have your own top 5 list for devices in this price range? Sound off in the comments below and share with the rest of the Unbox community!

Wait… what about the Alcatel Flash Plus, Meizu M1 Note, and Vibe Shot?!

For the devices under Php8,000 we’ll make a separate list (like the Alcatel Flash Plus). As for the Vibe Shot it’s not yet locally available so we couldn’t include it yet. If it were though and it was indeed priced sub Php15,000, it would easily make it in this list and give all devices a run for their money.

Carlo Ople

Carlo is the Editor-in-Chief and Founder of Unbox.ph. During daytime he’s the Managing Director and Partner of a Digital Marketing Agency in the Philippines and by nighttime he’s living out his passion as a gadget enthusiast and story teller through Unbox.

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36 Comments

  1. lol, myphone… “However in the looks department the MyPhone Infinity 2 is light years ahead.”

    seryoso?

      1. Wouldn’t you buy a Samsung A5 then? just saying since full metal uni-body is the key-feature of this phone :P not the price.

  2. Been burned once with MyPhone Rio that had excellent reviews with ‘dead’ motherboard exactly a month after warranty so will stay out of that brand whether sexy or not.

    1. You might’ve gotten the Prototype Rio’s that weren’t supposed to get released. The V0 Rio was fail.

  3. FWIW, I think spending a bit more on the Sony or Asus phones just for the software updates is a better deal.

    1. Hi King, like what I said earlier hindi yan pilit. Our basis for putting it in is that it’s the nicest looking sub Php15,000 smartphone out there. It might not be competitive sa internals pero sa looks lamang talaga siya. Feel free to recommend your own top 5 list here sa comments though :D

      1. I think making a separate list for sub-P8000 that has the same specs as the MyPhone Infinity 2 makes this list pilit. I mean, why should we exclude them from this list when they fit the criteria (UNDER P15000) and has the same specs as the MyPhone Infinity 2? The CM Cosmos S2 is understandable because it offers something different: Lollipop – which should be the bare minimum if you’re going to sell a phone for P10000 or more, and a Snapdragon 615. The MyPhone might have an aluminum build but that is all it has going for it and that hardly justify the massive price difference. It’s a bloodbath out there for anyone who wants to compete with midrange phones. A couple of years ago, you would only find phones with these specs if you’re willing to spend more than 10k but now, one could be had for as little as P6500.

        I suggest you make a different list. Don’t bother with the sub-8000 list because the Alcatel Flash Plus, the Lenovo A7000. and the Meizu M1 Note doesn’t belong in a separate list. These phones are priced competitively and their specs matches those found in your sub-15000 list and that’s where they belong. Will this make the MyPhone Infinity 2 look bad? Sure, but why should it matter? MyPhone was complacent, and that’s their problem. I don’t see any Starmobile or SKK phones here so they have no reason to cry foul. What would be more interesting is a list of the top 5 sub-P5000 phones available right now. After all, that is the tier for price-sensitive PInoys looking for a capable smartphone at a decent price and for first time smartphone buyers.

        1. We respect your opinion but we disagree. Some people put a lot of value in aesthetics and build. It’s not just about internal specifications.

          Also, this is a series of posts based on price ranges. This is Php9,999-Php14,999. The next will be Php4,999-9,998 and the last will be the sub Php4,998.

          Thanks for the feedback though! We appreciate it when our readers take time to share their comments in a well thought out manner. Cheers!! :)

  4. I wouldn’t recommend the Xperia M4 Aqua. Although it has superb waterproofing and all the other bells and whistles, 1.26~1.7Gb of usable storage out of the box isn’t justifiable for it’s price.

  5. I love how the writers of this blog take time to answer questions and reply to comments. Cheers!

    Dami lang talaga haters ng local brands. Low quality at relatively high price kasi ang modus. LOL.

  6. Hi kuya carlo! Looking forward for the unboxing and review of CM Cosmos S2. Continue making good stuff out of the box!

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