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Best Budget Phones (Under Php 8K) for 2021 (Q1)

All delivering insane value for money

Looking for the best budget phones for 2021? We can help. There’s plenty of great options to get right now despite being the first month of the year. Brands have been very aggressive in offering insane value-for-money devices in the past few months. For under Php 8k, you can get a packed budget phone that ticks all of the must-haves for 2021 budget phone standards.

Here are the best budget phones for 2021 (Q1):

  • Poco M3
  • Lenovo K12 Note
  • Nokia 3.4
  • Cherry Mobile Aqua Infinity
  • realme Narzo 20
  • Xiaomi Redmi 9T

Best Budget Phones 2021

POCO M3

Without any question, the POCO M3 is definitely on our list, and is one of the best budget phones in the market right now. It has almost every must-have feature on its arsenal: Full HD+ display, Snapdragon 662, 4GB RAM, 64GB/128GB internal storage, stereo speakers, a 48-megapixel main rear camera, and a huge 6000mAh battery with 18w USB-C charging.

Getting the POCO M3 is even better than ever, as both variants just got a permanent Php 1k price cut, making them priced at Php 5,990 for the 64GB model and Php 6,990 for the 128GB model.

POCO M3 Key specs:

  • 6.53-inch IPS display, Full HD+ resolution
  • 4GB RAM
  • 64GB/128GB UFS 2.1 storage
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 662 processor
  • 48-megapixel f/1.8 main rear camera, 2-megapixel macro lens,2-megapixel depth sensor
  • 8-megapixel f/2.0 selfie camera
  • 6000mAh battery
  • 18W fast charging
  • Android 10 with MIUI 12

Best Budget Phones 2021Lenovo K12 Note

Lenovo gets serious with its comeback in the smartphone business with the budget-friendly K12 Note. Aimed towards rivaling the POCO M3, the K12 Note has practically the same set of features that include a 48-megapixel main rear camera, Snapdragon 662, 4GB RAM, and 128GB internal storage.

While it only has an HD+ resolution, has no stereo speakers, and has a smaller 5000mAh battery, Lenovo makes up for it with more video features that include EIS, slightly faster 20w USB-C charging, and stock Android.

At Php 6,995, the K12 Note is definitely a great statement from Lenovo.

Lenovo K12 Note Key specs:

  • 6.53-inch IPS display, HD+ resolution
  • 4GB RAM
  • 128GB UFS 2.1 storage
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 662 processor
  • 48-megapixel f/1.8 main rear camera with EIS, 2-megapixel macro lens,2-megapixel depth sensor
  • 8-megapixel f/2.2 selfie camera
  • 5000mAh battery
  • 20W fast charging
  • Android 10

Nokia 3.4

While HMD Global has difficulties competing in the budget segment, the Nokia 3.4 has to be one of their more compelling offerings to date. While its Snapdragon 460 is not as powerful as the Snapdragon 662 used on the K12 Note, POCO M3, and Redmi 9T, the Nokia 3.4 stands out with is compact-yet solid build, 6.39-inch punch-hole display, and a usable ultra-wide-angle camera. That’s on top of the phone being Android One certified, which guarantees you at least two major Android updates.

At Php 7,990, the Nokia 3.4 is one of the most affordable Android One phones you can buy right now.

Nokia 3.4 Key specs:

  • 6.39-inch IPS display, HD+ resolution
  • 4GB RAM
  • 64GB eMMC storage
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 460 processor
  • 13-megapixel f/1.8 main rear camera, 5-megapixel f/2.2 ultra-wide-angle camera,2-megapixel depth sensor
  • 8-megapixel f/2.2 selfie camera
  • 4000mAh battery
  • 10W charging

Cherry Mobile Aqua Infinity

While people are raving a lot about Cherry Mobile’s Aqua S9 Max, the Aqua Infinity is also a very interesting phone for under Php 8k. It is an unusual phone for having a removable battery, yet packs a whopping 8GB RAM, 128GB internal storage, and an old-yet-still-capable Helio P60 processor. The cameras have their quirks, but the Aqua Infinity is one of the few Cherry Mobile phones to have a decent Night Mode feature.

At Php 7,999, the Aqua Infinity is the cheapest phone you casn get that has 8GB RAM.

Cherry Mobile Aqua Infinity Key specs:

  • 6.52-inch IPS display, HD+ resolution
  • 8GB RAM
  • 128GB storage
  • MediaTek Helio P60 processor
  • 13-megapixel f/1.8 main rear camera, 20-megapixel depth sensor, 2-megapixel mono sensor, 2-megapixel AI sensor
  • 8-megapixel f/2.2 selfie camera
  • 4000mAh removable battery
  • 10W charging
  • Android 10

realme narzo 20

If you are underwhelmed at the realme C1x trio, the narzo 20 should be your pick instead. While it looks very similar to the C12 on the outside, the Narzo 20 packs serious power with its Helio G85 processor that is paired with 4GB RAM and 64GB internal storage. You also get a higher-resolution 48-megapixel main rear camera, a more usable 8-megapixel ultra-wide-angle camera, and 18w USB-C charging.

At Php 7,990, the Narzo 20 proves to be a solid rival against the likes of the POCO M3 and K12 Note.

realme narzo 20 Key specs:

  • 6.53-inch IPS display, HD+ resolution
  • 4GB RAM
  • 64GB UFS 2.1 storage
  • MediaTek Helio G85 processor
  • 48-megapixel f/1.8 main rear camera, 8-megapixel f/2.2 ultra-wide-angle camera, 2-megapixel depth sensor
  • 8-megapixel f/2.0 selfie camera
  • 6000mAh battery
  • 18W fast charging
  • Android 10 with realmeOS 1.0

Best Budget Phones 2021Xiaomi Redmi 9T

Despite being just official a few days ago, the Redmi 9T deserves a spot in our list. While it is very similar to the POCO M3, the more subdued back panel design and the addition of an ultra-wide-angle camera makes the Redmi 9T an interesting offering for under Php 8k (for the 128GB model).

The Redmi 9T is priced at Php 6,990 for the 64GB model and Php 7,990 for the 128GB model, and you can buy it at Xiaomi’s official Lazada store.

Xiaomi Redmi 9T Key specs:

  • 6.53-inch IPS display, Full HD+ resolution
  • 4GB RAM
  • 64GB/128GB UFS 2.1 storage
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 662
  • 48-megapixel f/1.8 main rear camera, 8-megapixel f/2.2 ultra-wide-angle camera, 2-megapixel macro lens, 2-megapixel depth sensor
  • 8-megapixel f/2.0 selfie camera
  • 6000mAh battery
  • 18W fast charging
  • Android 10 with MIUI 12

Which of our best budget phones for 2021 will you most likely purchase?

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