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Top 5 Phones Under 40K For 2019

 Flagship phones galore!

If you really have the budget for it, there’s plenty of great phones you can buy under 40K. At this price point, you’re already getting phones that have flagship-level chipsets, cameras, and features. But which phones should you consider at this price point? Well, you can start by checking out the five devices we outline below:

OnePlus 7T

OnePlus’ smartphone refresh for 2019 turns out to be the best. While there’s really not a lot of difference between the OP7 Pro VS the OP 7T Pro, that’s not the case for the OP7T VS the OP7.

The OP7T gets many of the same features as its Pro brother, namely a buttery smooth 90Hz display, Snapdragon 855 processor as well as a decent triple camera headlined by a 48-megapixel Sony Snapper.

The OP7T is priced at just Php 32,990.

OnePlus 7T Specs

  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 855+ octa-core processor
  • Adreno 640 GPU
  • 8GB LPDDR4X RAM
  • 128GB of UFS 3.0 storage
  • 6.55-inch Full HD+ Fluid AMOLED display, 20:9 aspect ratio, Corning Gorilla Glass 5 protection, sRGB and DCI-P3 color gamut, HDR10+ Certified
  • Triple rear cameras: 48-megapixel Sony IMX 586 f/1.7 main camera with Gyro EIS, 16-megapixel f/2.2 ultra-wide-angle camera, 12-megapixel f/2.4 telephoto camera with 2x optical zoom and Gyro EIS; PDAF, LED Flash
  • 16-megapixel f/2.0 front camera with AI
  • Dual SIM
  • 3G, LTE Cat. 16/13 4CA
  • Wi-Fi,4×4 MIMO, Bluetooth 5.0, NFC
  • GPS, A-GPS, GLONASS
  • USB Type-C, in-display Fingerprint sensor, Face unlock, Stereo speakers, Dolby Atmos
  • 3800mAh battery with 30W WarpCharge
  • Android 10 with OxygenOS 10

READ: OnePlus 7T Review: The Real Upgrade

vivo NEX 3

We weren’t prepared with how good vivo’s NEX 3 was when we reviewed the phone a few months back. vivo’s NEX 3 was a pleasant surprise, and more importantly, it was actually a great flagship phone.

With a great set of triple cameras, a waterfall display and a gaming-grade Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 Plus processor, the vivo NEX 3 is a great choice for a flagship phone if its Php 39,999 price tag fits your budget.

vivo NEX 3 Specs

  • Snapdragon 855+ octa-core processor
  • 8GB RAM
  • 6.89-inch 19:3.9 POLED Full HD+ Waterfall Fullview display, 20:9 aspect ratio
  • 128GB of non-expandable storage
  • 4G, LTE
  • Dual SIM
  • Triple Rear Cameras: 64-megapixel f/1.8 main camera; 13-megapixel f/2.2 ultra-wide-angle camera; 13-megapixel f/2.48 telephoto camera with 2x optical zoom; with PDAF, LED Flash, Hyper HDR
  • 16-megapixel f/2.09 pop-up front camera with selfie fill light
  • WiFi, Bluetooth 5.0
  • GPS, A-GPS, GLONASS
  • In-display fingerprint scanner, Jovi Voice Assistant, Vapor chamber cooling
  • Android 9 Pie with FunTouch 9.1
  • 4500mAh battery with 44w Super FlashCharge

READ: vivo NEX 3 Review: (Almost) Zero-bezel Flagship

Samsung Galaxy S10e

With most flagships being big, tall devices, Samsung’s Galaxy S10e is the great small flagship that we never thought we wanted.

Packed with the same Samsung styling as its bigger and more expensive brothers, the Galaxy S10e brings all the things that make the Galaxy S10 series great in a manageable package.

The Galaxy S10e is priced at Php 39,990.

Samsung Galaxy S10e Specs

  • Samsung Exynos 9820 octa-core processor
  • Mali-G76 MP12 GPU
  • 6GB RAM
  • 5.8-inch 1080 x 2280 resolution Dynamic Super AMOLED Infinity-O display, HDR10+
  • 128GB expandable storage, via microSD
  • Dual rear cameras: 12-megapixel primary camera with f/1.5 and f/2.4 aperture; 16-megapixel ultra-wide camera; with Dual Pixel, Dual OIS, 960FPS Super Slo-Mo video, 4K HDR10+ shooting at 30FPS/4K shooting at 60FPS
  • 10-megapixel f/1.9 front camera with dual-pixel autofocus, 4K video recording
  • Dual SIM
  • 3G, LTE, WiFi 6
  • GPS, A-GPS, GLONASS
  • Fingerprint scanner, facial recognition, heartbeat sensor, IP68 certification, USB Type-C port, Bixby AI, 3D Emojis
  • 3100mAh battery with fast charging and wireless charging
  • Android 9.0 Pie (One UI)

READ: Samsung Galaxy S10e Review: Finally, A Great Small Phone

Huawei Mate 30

While Huawei’s Mate 30 Pro is the company’s top-tier flagship, there’s still a lot to be said about its more affordable brother, the Mate 30. While the phone doesn’t have 40-megapixel Cine Camera on the more expensive flagship, the Mate 30’s 40-megapixel main camera is still a formidable shooter on its own.

The lack of Google apps is a little off-putting, but 30 minutes of research and a little elbow grease solves that problem quickly. At Php 34,990, it’s a great flagship phone to buy if you want a great camera experience without paying top peso.

Huawei Mate 30 specs

  • HiSilicon Kirin 990 octa-core processor
  • 8GB RAM
  • 6.62-inch Full HD+ Rigid OLED display, 19.5:9 Aspect ratio, DCI-P3 HDR support, 2340×1080 resolution
  • 128GB internal storage, expandable via Nano memory card
  • Triple Leica rear cameras:16-megapixel 17mm f/2.2 ultra-wide-angle camera; 40-megapixel 27mm f/1.8 SuperSensing Camera; and 8-megapixel 52mm f/2.4 telephoto camera; Laser Autofocus, LED Flash
  • 24-megapixel f/2.0 front camera
  • Dual SIM
  • 3G, 4G, LTE
  • WiFi, Bluetooth, Dual-band GPS, NFC
  • In-display fingerprint scanner, face unlock, IP53 rating
  • 4200mAh battery with 40w wired charging, 27w wireless charging, and 3rd-gen reverse wireless charging
  • EMUI 10

 

OnePlus 7 Pro

If you want a phone that has serious photography chops without wrecking your bank account, the OnePlus 7 Pro might be right up your alley. Scoring an impressive 111 points in DXoMark right behind Huawei’s P30 Pro, this triple-camera flagship might just be what you’ve waiting for from Santa.

The OnePlus 7 Pro is priced at Php 39,990.

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.

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