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What Should Be The Minimum Specs For Smartphones This 2016?

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Let us know the specs of your dream device!

We’re now in the second month of 2016, and we’ve been floored at the specs of the devices being released by both local and international brands. But while some brands sell awesome devices with awesome specs, there’s still a couple of companies that seem like they don’t have a clue what the minumum specs of a device being sold in 2016 should be.

So we leave this task to you, our dear readers: what should be the minimum specs of a smartphone be in 2016, according to its price range? What should be the minimum specs of a phone that’s under 3K? 5K? 10K? 15K? 20K?

Personally, we think that there shouldn’t be a smartphone that’s sold near the 3K mark that only has 512MB of RAM. We’re also pretty sure that any phone that goes past the 5K mark should already have 2GB of RAM, if not 3GB.

Let us know in the comments below!

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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27 Comments

  1. Android 6.0 Marshmallow
    Fingerprint Scanner
    Card slot:up to 128 GB
    Internal: 32 GB, 3 GB RAM
    Video: 1080p
    LTE

    additional: Metal Body, Front Flash

  2. I will go for minimum. A 1GB RAM and 8GB ROM with quad core processor and qHD (960×540) display must be the minimum at under 3k price. A 512Mb RAM nowadays is a nightmare. Siguro pag 512Mb RAM or below, price must not exceed P1,500. Just my opinion.

  3. Under 3K should have AT LEAST 1.2GHz quad-core, 1GB RAM, 5MP rear, 2MP front camera, Dual Sim and 2,000mAh battery. These kind of smartphones really hit big in the Philippines, especially for those people who just want a really phone.

  4. hmmm…

    minimum= 1280×720
    Internal ROM=32GB
    RAM=3GB
    Corning Glass 3 protection
    13mP cam
    5mp Front
    LTE, 3G+
    3, 500 mah
    Bluetooth 4.0
    Wifi

    for 4, 500.00-5, 000 PHP

  5. The minimum for me: Cherry Mobile One. That’s all.

    My recomendation: Lenovo K3 Note

    My dream phone: LG G4 (that camera is nice)

  6. Display: 4.2″ 1280x720p Amoled CorningGorillaGlass 4 Curved Display 400ppi
    Storage:32GB Expandable via Micro SD Card up to 128GB
    CPU: Octacore 64 bit 2GHZ
    RAM: 3GB DDR4
    Camera: 13mp f1.8 dual rear camera & flash 8mp f1.8 wide angle selfie cam
    Battery:5000mAh Li Pol with wireless charging & fast charge technology
    OS: Android Marshmallow 6.0
    Connectivity: LTE CAT 4, 3G,Wifi,HSPA+,GPS,Dual Sim,Bluetooth 4.0 , NFC, Fingerprint Scanner
    Dimension: 6mm
    Weight: 120 grams
    Metal Glass Design
    Price: 9,999

  7. LOCAL BRANDS

    Entry Level:
    5″ HD
    1.2GHz Quad Core 64bit
    16GB ROM
    2GB RAM
    13MP Rear Cam With dedicated mic
    5MP Front Cam w/ BSI
    2600mAh-3000mAh
    P5,000.00

    Midrange
    5″-5.5″ FHD
    1.5GHz-1.7GHz Octa Core 64bit
    16GB-32GB ROM
    2GB-3GB RAM
    13MP Rear Cam with Dedicated mic
    5MP Front Cam w/ BSI
    3500mAh
    P7,000.00-P8,000.00

    High End
    5.5″ FHD
    2GHz-2.5GHz Octa Core 64bit
    32GB ROM
    3GB RAM
    16MP Rear Cam (OIS)
    5MP Front w/ BSI
    4000mAh
    P9,999.00

    1. parang 2015 specs yan ‘tol..
      nilabas na yan ng CM last year na mas mura pa sa price ratio mo.
      check CM Flare S4, CM Flare X.

  8. Dream Smartphone Specs
    5.7? FHD
    1.5GHz-1.7GHz Octa Core 64bit
    32GB ROM
    3GB RAM + 128GB memory card slot
    16MP Rear Cam (OIS) 1.9 aperture
    5MP Front w/ BSI
    4000mAh w/ Quick Charge
    IR blaster + fully equipped sensors
    capacitive keys and right speaker placement
    LTE and WiFi a+b+g+n+ac
    Corning Gorilla Glass 4

  9. Cherry Mobile One is the minimum for me, but one thing I would like to change would be the screen reso. I would like to see qHD for devices of same price. Octa cores are unnecessary, redundant if I may say, what’s important is optimisation. Quad core is more than enough for a phone, as seen with Qualcomm’s move to buck the octa core trend and go back to quad core with the Snapdragon 820 processor

  10. It would also be a nice touch if companies would release software updates for phones, which is why I made CM One as a personal choice. Well, choices are subjective, but hey,we should consider how much power we really use on a smartphone and and if high specs are really necessary.

  11. 6 inches IPS screen (corning gorilla glass protection)
    hexacore processor
    gaming-type GPU (Nvidia)
    4GB RAM
    64 GB Internal and expandable to 128 GB
    20MP autofocus rear camera with flash + 20MP selfie camera with flash
    scratch and water resistant body
    with USB type of port (I’m not fan of the so slim type of phones)
    5000mah battery

  12. Entry Level: 3,600 php – 4k
    4.5? HD
    Corning Gorilla Glass 2
    Android 6.0 marshmallow
    1.4GHz Quad Core 64bit
    8GB ROM
    1GB RAM
    13MP Rear Cam w/flash
    5MP Front Cam w/ flash
    2900mAh-3300mAh
    bluetooth 4.0
    LTE capable
    Brand: MyPhone (Local) XiaoMi (Int.)

  13. dreaming the next cherry mobile flare 5 would have:

    * 5.5″ FHD display with scratch resistant glass
    * snapdragon 650/652 processor
    * 2gb/3gb ram
    * 16gb/32gb rom with expandable storage
    * at least 13mp/5mp cameras
    * dual sim, dual lte
    * at least 3000 mah battery
    * 5.1 lollipop or 6.0 marshmallow
    * metal casing

    hopefully cherry mobile can pull this one of under 6k!

    1. so far yung xiaomi note 3 pro palang ang available na may snapdragon 650 soc for $225 = 10.7k php sa rate ngayon. sana meron pang ibang brand o oem na maglabas ng soc na ganyan para mapakyaw ng cm at marebrand 😀

  14. SD820 5.5″ 5000mah 5mm thick beast for P799. SIM locked. You spec-heads are hilarious. And so is this hack article. John, I know you are going to censor this comment but I hope you get the message. Write about something real and noteworthy. This kind of garbage just gets the natives restless.

    1. Like I said in our Facebook page when I posted this there, local and international companies read our blog regularly. This article is a perfect place for readers to give their two cents to the devices that they expect to be released in the local market. And if articles like this turns you off so much that you’re calling me a hack, there are plenty of other blogs that you can visit and post your very helpful and critical comments to.

      1. Hack article John. Not hack writer. But interesting you rounded it off in that direction. If I thought you were a hack writer, I’d simply skip your blog. I keep coming here because you were good at the start and part of the people. I respected that. But it’s getting more and more like a business and your content shows it. Hey, just MHO. I hope the criticism is taken with an open mind and that you take away something from it regardless if it’s hard on the ears. If you think in 2016 it’s still about specs, then I would have to say you’re not the tech leader I thought you were.

        Hey… I think I just gave you the topic of your next article. Hope you come back down to the earth John. I miss your good stuff. And hoping you don’t censor this reply.

        1. “do not fix something that ain’t broke”

          bro, pakatotoo tayo ha, ano pinupunto mo? ano pinaglalaban mo? are you just playing smart? well if you are, we will rest our case then. cge, ikaw na magaling, ikaw na matalino.

          yo John, perhaps someone would like to take over, mukang bihasa eh at sinalo lahat ng kabibuhan sa mundo.

          whoever you are Anony Mouse, for whatever purpose your comment may serve OK, hands down you indeed sounded so smart. happy then? contented? oh, why not go visit Yugatech, Pinoyscreencast, Gizguide etc and bombard them with your god-like thinking as well?! para pangalandakan mo kabibuhan mo at mapakinabangan naman

  15. Dear Cherry Mobile,

    Ito ang gustong kong phone na ilabas nyo ngayong taon.

    *Snapdragon 650/652 (2016 mid range soc)
    *5.5-6″ FHD display with atleast gorilla glass 3 scratch resistant( ito dapat n brand hindi yung dragon trail na halos wala nmang epekto)
    *2/3gb ram(4gb pwd rin)
    *micro sd slot (support atleast 128gb)
    *3000mah “removable” battery(bigger is better)
    *Dual Sim( at sana wag yong hybrid)
    *13mp back camera(sony/samsung at please lang wag yung interpolated)
    *2mp front camera na same quality ng HD2
    *at P10,000(lower is better)

    *ps. Alam ko naman nkadepende pa rin sa oem na pgkukunan nyo ang specs sa phone at walang kwenta talaga at ngsayang lang ako ng oras mgkomento. God Bless you all!

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