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Top 5 Sub 10K Smartphones In Q1 2018

Buying a budget phone has never been tougher!

It’s only the third month of 2018 and we’re already spoilt for choice for budget phones. Huawei has recently announced pricing for their Nova 2i Lite today, putting it directly against other sub 10K offerings of other brands. Here’s a quick roundup of the top phones in the sub 10K category that you should take a look at if you’re shopping for a phone this quarter:

Cloudfone Next Infinity Pro

Cloudfone’s Next Infinity Pro dropped around the month of hearts sporting a fiery red color fit for the love month. The Next Infinity Pro also has a 18:9 display, along with a dual-camera module on the front for better selfies, and a Qualcomm Snapdragon 430 processor with 3GB of RAM and 32GB of expandable storage. With a price of Php 9,999 it’s one of the Nova 2i Lite’s direct rivals in its price range.

Cloudfone Next Infinity Pro Specs

  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 430 processor
  • 3GB RAM
  • 5.7-inch HD+ 18:9 display with 2.5D curved glass
  • 32GB of expandable storage
  • 4G, LTE
  • Dual SIM
  • 16-megapixel rear camera with PDAF, LED flash, and Portrait mode
  • 20-megapixel and 8-megapixel front cameras with LED flash, wide angle, and portrait mode
  • WiFi, Bluetooth, fingerprint scanner
  • 3000mAh battery with Quick charging
  • Android 7.1.2 Nougat

Huawei Makes Nova 2 Lite Official

OPPO A83

While OPPO is better known for their mid-range offerings like the F5 family of devices, the Chinese company has been fairly aggressive in the sub-10K segment. The OPPO A83 is an 18:9 phone that sports the same AI-powered Selfie smarts as their F5 series of phones in a sub 10K price point.

OPPO A83 Specs

  • 2.5GHz MediaTek MT6763 octa-core processor
  • 3GB of RAM
  • Mali-G71 GPU
  • 5.7-inch HD+ IPS Display, 720×1440 resolution
  • 32GB of expandable storage
  • 4G, LTE
  • Dual SIM
  • 13-megapixel rear camera with LED flash
  • 8-megapixel front camera
  • WiFi, Bluetooth
  • GPS, A-GPS, Face Unlock
  • 3180mAh battery
  • Android 7.1.1 Nougat with ColorOS 3.2

Huawei Makes Nova 2 Lite Official

Cherry Mobile Flare S6 Plus

Cherry Mobile is the second local brand to show up in this list, and is the only quad-camera equipped smartphone under the 10K mark. There’s two front and rear cameras on the phone’s body, and the device has a 18:9 display just like most of the phones in the list. The phone is priced at Php 9,999.

Cherry Mobile Flare S6 Plus

  • 1.5GHz MediaTek 6750T octa-core processor
  • Mali T860 MP2
  • 4GB of RAM
  • 5.7-inch HD+ TrueView IPS display, 720 x 1440 resolution
  • 64GB of expandable storage up to 128GB
  • 16-megapixel Samsung ISCOCELL S5K3P3 rear camera, 5-megapixel secondary depth camera, dual LED flash
  • 16-megapixel Samsung ISCOCELL S5K3P3 front camera, 5-megapixel secondary depth camera
  • Dual SIM
  • 3G, LTE
  • WiFi, Bluetooth, GPS, A-GPS, Fingerprint Scanner, USB Type-C
  • 3000mAh battery
  • Android Nougat 7.0, Cherry OS

Huawei Makes Nova 2 Lite Official

Xiaomi Redmi Note 5A Prime

With Xiaomi finally in the Philippines again, people looking for a budget phone won’t have to gamble on grey market devices to enjoy the budget prices of the Chinese company. And for people looking for maximum bang for the buck under the 10K mark will have a hard time not looking at the Redmi Note 5A Prime. With a solid set of specs and under 10K pricing (it’s being offered at Php 7,290 in some places) it’s the perfect phone for people who don’t want to spend a lot. Take note that it doesn’t have a 18:9 display though.

Xiaomi Redmi Note 5A Prime

  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 435 octa-core processor
  • Adreno 505 GPU
  • 3GB of RAM
  • 5.5-inch HD IPS LCD Display; 720 x 1280 resolution
  • 32GB of expandable storage
  • 13-megapixel rear camera, f/2.2 aperture, PDAF, LED flash
  • 16-megapixel front camera, f/2.0 aperture
  • 4G, LTE
  • WiFi, Bluetooth
  • GPS, A-GPS, GLONASS
  • Fingerprint scanner
  • Android 7.0 Nougat w/ MIUI 8.5
  • 3080mAh battery

Huawei Makes Nova 2 Lite Official

Huawei Nova 2 Lite

Of course, we can’t end this list without including the Nova 2 Lite. The new phone is the most affordable, dual-camera 18:9 offering from the brand, and while our first hands-on of the phone is scheduled to come out in a few days, trust us when we say that the device offers a hell of a lot of value for what Huawei is asking for.

The Nova 2 Lite is priced at Php 9,990.

Huawei Nova 2 lite specs

  • 1.4 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 430 octa-core processor
  • 3GB of RAM
  • 5.99-inch HD+ display, 18:9 display aspect ratio, 1440 x 720 resolution
  • 32GB of storage, expandable via dedicated microSD
  • 13-megapixel camera with f/2.2 aperture lens, 2-megapixel secondary camera with f/2.0 aperture lens, PDAF, LED flash
  • 8-megapixel f/2.0 front cameras with selfie toning flash
  • Dual SIM
  • 3G, LTE
  • WiFi, Bluetooth, GPS, A-GPS, fingerprint scanner, Face Unlock
  • 3,000mAh battery
  • Android Oreo with EMUI 8.0

Huawei Makes Nova 2 Lite Official

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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