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Unbox.ph’s Top 10 Quad-core Smartphones Under Php10,000 (Mid 2013)

Our article entitled “Unbox.ph’s Top 10 LTE Smartphones Under Php20,000” was so well received we decided to do a series of follow-ups. Now we shift our focus to what we consider the Top 10 quad-core smartphones (not necessarily local brands) under Php10,000. We actually rounded up a very good and competitive selection so please do check them out below.

By the way, just like last time the phones below are not arranged in any order (random sequence).

Cherry Mobile Omega HD 2.0 (Php8,999)

Wowza. Very good smartphone.
Wowza. Very good smartphone.

The Cherry Mobile Omega HD 2.0 is arguably one of the very best in this category of smartphones. It has a quad-core processor, 1GB RAM, 2100mAh battery, and a 12-megapixel shooter with BSI. To top it all off, it looks gorgeous. It has one of the thinnest bezels and the fact that the display is HD means that all of your content looks even much better. You can’t go wrong with this one folks. Click here to read our review of the venerable Cherry Mobile Omega 2.0.

Huawei Ascend G525 (Php6,990)


Huawei dropped a bomb when they announced the Huawei Ascend G525 for local release. Aggressively priced at Php6,990, Huawei is definitely out for the blood of local brands which have successfully dominated the budget smartphone market. While this handset already has a quad-core processor and 1GB RAM, it still has a few compromises. The most noticeable is the absence of LED flash for the 5MP shooter at the back. It also only has 1,700mAh battery rating so that doesn’t bode too well for battery life. Everything considered though it’s still very respectable given the price. Click here to read our initial feature on the Huawei Ascend G525.

Lenovo A706 (Php7,990)

Lenovo's newest baby is a very affordable offering!
Lenovo’s newest baby is a very affordable offering!

Lenovo is another global brand that’s hell bent on reclaiming market share on the budget smartphone category. The Lenovo A706 is the perfect weapon of choice to accomplish this task as it sports a quad-core processor, 1GB RAM, and a stylish exterior that will put a lot of the other handsets in the list to shame. It also can potentially last quite a while since it has a 2,000mAh battery. Not bad right? Definitely worth looking at if you’re in the market for a smartphone and you have less than Php10,000 budget. Click here to read our initial feature on the Lenovo A706.

MyPhone A919i Duo (Php9,590)

MyPhone A919i Duo
MyPhone A919i Duo

5.0-inch HD display. Quad-core processor. 1GB RAM. 2,000mAh battery. With these specs and a Php2,000 sale, MyPhone almost caused a stampede at the SM North Edsa Annex during the launch of this handset. Can’t blame ’em though. The specs are already fair for the SRP so it was practically a steal at Php7,900 during launch day. Click here to watch the MyPhone A919i Duo live on the Unbox Video Podcast.

Starmobile Diamond V3 (Php8,990)

Starmobile Diamond V3 in the house!
Starmobile Diamond V3 in the house!

The Starmobile Diamond V3 was the first quad-core device shipped by Starmobile. It can be considered a “phablet” already though as it has a 5.3-inch display. Fortunately that size isn’t too unmanageable yet so it’s still a good device even for people with not-so-big hands. Click here to read our review of the Starmobile Diamond V3.

Cherry Mobile Razor (Php6,499)

Cherry Mobile Razor
Cherry Mobile Razor

Peso for peso the Cherry Mobile Razor gives you the most punch for your money. At an amazingly low price of just Php6,499 you already get a quad-core smartphone running Android Jelly Bean 4.2 with 1GB of RAM. It’s also “razor” thin at just 7.7mm. The only drawback really is the battery (just 1750mAh) but we will only be able to confirm if it’s indeed an issue once we’ve gotten a unit for a full review. Click here to read our feature on the Cherry Mobile Razor.

Starmobile Icon (Php7,990)

Minion <3 Starmobile Icon

The Starmobile Icon is Starmobile’s most affordable quad-core offering in their trifecta line-up of quad-core devices. Priced at Php7,990, the device has all the bells and whistles you’d want in a high-end smartphone including an elegant chassis. The bonus here, of course, is the 5MP front-facing camera which selfie addicts will definitely appreciate. Click here to read our unboxing and initial review of the Starmobile Icon.

Cherry Mobile Blaze 2.0 (Php9,499)

Batman. Rawr. Wala lang, hehe.
Batman. Rawr. Wala lang, hehe.

Sporting a massive 5.7-inch display, the Cherry Mobile Blaze 2.0 is a quad-core phablet that’s perfect for watching your favorite TV series, movies, and random stuff on YouTube. The specs are also very competitive which includes Android Jelly Bean 4.2, a 12.0 megapixel camera, and a generous 2,500mAh battery. If you’re looking for a quad-core phablet, the Cherry Mobile Blaze 2.0 should be in your “to consider” list. Click here for our full review of the Cherry Mobile Blaze 2.0.

Cherry Mobile Skyfire 2.0 (Php7,999)

Skyfire 2.0
Skyfire 2.0

If the Cherry Mobile Blaze 2.0’s 5.7-inch display is too big for you then you might want to check out the Cherry Mobile Skyfire 2.0. This device has almost the same specs save for the size of the screen (5-inch qHD). The over-all chassis design though is amazing. It’s one of the most beautifully made smartphones under Php8,000 and that combined with the specs makes it a strong contender for your hard earned cash. Click here to read our initial feature on the Cherry Mobile Skyfire 2.0.

Arc Mobile Nitro 450QD (Php5,490)

Very promising offering from Arc Mobile
Very promising offering from Arc Mobile

The Arc Mobile Nitro 450QD has earned the distinction of being the most affordable quad-core handset in the market today. However the compromise they made to achieve the very low price was to set the RAM To just 512MB. Generally the phone is okay but it will struggle if you try graphics intensive applications like hardcore or 3D games. Click here to read our review of the Arc Mobile Nitro 450QD.

And that wraps up the list! Did we miss anything? Comment below!

That’s our initial list for the top 10 quad-core smartphones under Php10,000. If you feel we missed a strong contender, please do let us know in the comments below. We were only able to include devices that we’ve had considerable time with so we might have not included some of your favorites as well.

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. Ung Cherry Mobile Apollo is maganda rin. Quad Core, 12mp BSI ung back cam, 8 naman ung front, at HD yung screen. 🙂 all for 7k! San ka pa? Haha.

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