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Top 5 Smartphones Under Php15,000 (Q1 2017)

Looking for a Smartphone Under 15k?

If you’re looking for a new smartphone and you have around Php10,000-Php15,000 budget, we got your back. We rounded up the 5 best smartphones under Php15,000 so you guys can make a more informed decision when you go out to the mall to buy your smartphone with your hard earned cash.

Let’s jump right into it!

Top Pick: Huawei GR5 2017 (Php13,990)

Our top recommendation is near the Php15,000 mark but it’s definitely worth every centavo. The Huawei GR5 (2017) is the only smartphone in this price range that packs a dual-camera which allows for creamy depth-of-field aka “bokeh” shots. Add to that the premium build, competitive internals, fingerprint scanner, and fantastic battery life, and you have one of the (if not the) best mid-range smartphones in the market today.

Oh, the Huawei GR5 is also compatible with the 700MHz LTE frequency that Globe and Smart are heavily investing on.

You can read the full review of the Huawei GR5 2017 here.

Apart from the Huawei GR5, here are 4 other smartphones that you might want to consider if your budget is under Php15,000.

Motorola Moto M (Php14,999)

Without a doubt this is the nicest looking and feeling phone in this list. The unibody metal build of the Moto M combined with MediaTek’s most powerful processor, the Helio P10 octa-core CPU, makes this a solid pick for a device under Php15,000. It also has a great 5.5-inch Full HD IPS display so it’s a pretty slick phablet for those who love bigger displays.

Click here to read our full review of the Motorola Moto M.

Lenovo K6 Note (Php11,999)

Powerful processor with the Qualcomm Snapdragon 430 combined with 4GB RAM and a generous 5.5-inch Full HD IPS display makes it a workhorse phone that’s also great for mobile gaming. This is one of the better gaming phones in this list and it’s really thanks to the Qualcomm Snapdragon 430 CPU. Battery life is also excellent with the 4,000mAh pack.

Click here to read our initial review of the Lenovo K6 Note.

OPPO F1S (Php12,990)

Among all the devices in this list, the OPPO F1s is probably the best-selling phone. OPPO has done a fantastic job marketing it as the “selfie expert” and the market has responded positively in the last few months. While the OPPO F1s can still be considered a good mid-ranger, we’d recommend you explore the other devices above because they have better internals. If you prefer the OPPO brand, it might be a good idea to wait for the OPPO F3 and F3 Plus which are set to hit the market on March 23 (no SRP yet).

Click here to read our review of the OPPO F1S.

Vivo V5 (Php12,990)

The Vivo V5 followed on the heels of the successful showing of the OPPO F1S. If we will base it on the specs alone, it is slightly better than the OPPO F1S. It has better RAM and the 20MP front-facing camera is definitely a winner. However the MediaTek processor isn’t the best for intense gaming, something that the OPPO F1S also has some issues with.

Click here to read our full review of the Vivo V5.

And that’s a wrap. Ultimately the Huawei GR5 stands out with the dual-camera set-up though it might have a challenger with the OPPO F3 and F3 Plus, but it will really depend on how those devices are priced locally when they’re released on the 23rd.

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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  1. Good list. Although for Vivo a honorable mention could be the V3 Max.

    For 13,990 Php after the price cut you get a 1080p full HD display, an octa-core Snapdragon 652 processor, and an AK4375 hi-fi chip for audiophile sound quality.

    You do take a hit on front camera quality and it runs Lollipop, but if you’re type who cares more about internal tech specs or how it’s the phone Tony Stark has in Civil War, the V3 Max is still competitive.

  2. Xiaomi’s Redmi 4 lineup (the note and prime ones in particular) could easily fit in these five in price to performance ratio, and they are not even at the 10k price ceiling. The camera is respectable and the internals are massive.

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