Sep 14, 2016

Best Snapdragon 820/821 Smartphones Under P20,000 in the Philippines 2018

UPDATE: 2018/03/01 Looking for a smartphone that offers outstanding performance at a good price? These handsets will give you value beyond what their current price would suggest.

While modern smartphones are fully functional and work very well even using middling chipsets, there are those among us who need the speed and power of a real high-end chipset. That's when Qualcomm's powerful high-end chipsets, the Qualcomm Snapdragon 821 and the Snapdragon 820, came in. Once a flagship of the Qualcomm range back in 2016, phones using these chipsets still run faster than most middling chipsets today and these phones are available at a much more affordable price from two years ago. Combined with a large high definition screen, these phones make excellent daily devices that also excel at gaming, while still being much more affordable than today's flagships. Here are our picks for the best Snapdragon 820 and 821 smartphones you can buy today.

Best Snapdragon 820 Smartphones under P20,000

BlackBerry DTEK60

BlackBerry hasn't been doing too well in the market of late, but that doesn't change the value their handsets represent. Branded as the most secure of Android handsets, the BlackBerry DTEK60 brings BlackBerry's legendary security features to a modern Android design, complete with the powerful Snapdragon 820 chipset inside powering your every move. While not the most gaming-oriented smartphone, the DTEK60 holds its ground with its fast performance.

Display : 5.5-inch WQHD
OS : Android 6.0
CPU : Snapdragon 820 MSM8996
RAM : 4GB RAM
ROM : 32GB ROM (up to 256GB via microSD)
Camera Main : 21MP
Camera Front : 8MP
Battery : 3,000mAh
Available price : P19,080

LG V20

LG tried a lot of smartphone innovations that didn't quite pan out, such as the secondary screen on the LG V10. While the feature never caught on, that didn't stop LG from revisiting it with the LG V20, along with more features like the dual-camera setup that was still just gaining traction back then. It's one of the most feature-packed smartphones you'll find, with features like quadruple DACs which are great for gaming audio, a removable battery, and other quality of life perks that have long since gone out of fashion in modern phones.

Display : 5.7-inch WQHD
OS : Android 7.0
CPU : Snapdragon 820 MSM8996
RAM : 4GB RAM
ROM : 32GB/64GB ROM (up to 2TB via microSD)
Camera Main : 16MP + 8MP
Camera Front : 5MP
Battery : 3,200mAh
Available price : P18,990

ZTE AXON 7

ZTE's AXON 7 was a phone that really tried to push the envelope, despite being an affordable alternative to the more expensive flagships of its time. As you'd expect from ZTE, the AXON 7 pushes acoustic features like its Dolby Atmos Hi-Fi sound, made more enjoyable by two front-facing stereo speakers. In addition, it was technically the world's first Google Daydream VR compatible phone, a feature that required a fast phone that had at least a Snapdragon 820 inside.

Display : 5.5-inch WQHD
OS : MiFavor UI 4.0 (Android 6.0)
CPU : Snapdragon 820 MSM7886
RAM : 4GB/6GB RAM
ROM : 64GB/128GB ROM (up to 128GB via microSD)
Camera Main : 20MP
Camera Front : 8MP
Battery : 3,250mAh
Available price : P18,099

LG G5

Speaking of pushing the envelope, no other phone tried to push against the grain like the LG G5. While ultimately a failed attempt, the G5 did things no other smartphone dared to do when it came out, in particular its huge push for a modular design that allowed you to snap on additional modules to expand its capabilities. While in the end the only modules that were ever released were an enhanced camera grip for a more SLR-like experience, a 360 camera for VR shooting and an audio DAC attachment that turned the phone into a true hi-fi source, the LG G5 at its heart is a very capable Snapdragon 820 phone with a removable battery, if you can live with the unusual modular design.

Display : 5.3-inch
OS : Android 6.0
CPU : Snapdragon 820 MSM8996
RAM : 4GB RAM
ROM : 32GB ROM (up to 256GB via microSD)
Camera Main : 16MP + 8MP
Camera Front : 8MP
Battery : 2,800mAh
Available price : P17,900

Xiaomi Mi 5

If we're talking about flagship killers, Xiaomi is always a popular choice, and the Xiaomi Mi 5 in its day offered amazing value and features that rivaled the top phones of its day. Even now, the phone offers an excellent value, even if the design has fallen out of favor for the ultra-wide screens of today. The Mi 5 has that glass back design that Samsung popularized, a beautiful if somewhat low-res 1080p display relative to its peers, but the phone is fast, with a Snapdragon 820 chip and one of the fastest fingerprint scanners of its time.

Display : 5.5-inch
OS : MIUI 7.0 (Android 6.0)
CPU : Snapdragon 820 MSM8996
RAM : 3GB/4GB RAM
ROM : 32GB/64GB/128GB ROM
Camera Main : 16MP
Camera Front : 4MP
Battery : 3,000mAh
Available price : P13,500

OnePlus 3

Speaking of flagship killers, OnePlus made its reputation on offering flagship-level specifications at midrange prices, and they outdo even the Mi 5. The OnePlus 3 was perhaps the first really great phone that came from the Chinese startup, one that really had the performance and features to outdo its main rivals the Galaxy S7 and the iPhone 6S. This phone was one that made no compromises in any aspect when it came out, and it is still a superb Snapdragon 820 handset today.

Display : 5.5-inch
OS : OxygenOS (Android 6.0.1)
CPU : Snapdragon 820 MSM8996
RAM : 6GB RAM
ROM : 64GB ROM
Camera Main : 16MP
Camera Front : 8MP
Battery : 3,000mAh
Available price : P19,000

Also Check these models for Snapdragon 820 equipped smartphones under P20,000:
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Best Snapdragon 821 Smartphones under P20,000

LeEco Le Pro3

The Le Pro3 feels a lot like a "me-too" phone capitalizing on the OnePlus 3's momentum, even down to its design that looks like a homage to the OnePlus 3. That's not necessarily a bad thing, as it's a solid design, with solid features and an affordable price. The Le Pro 3 doubles down on this with the newer Snapdragon 821 processor, and while some people had issues with the excessive software included, this actually fed to one of the Le Pro3's strengths: combining all of LeEco's multitude of services into one ecosystem straight from your phone including popular services like Netflix, Showtime and SeeSo. What makes the Le Pro3 especially attractive is its really affordable price, better than most other Snapdragon 821 phones today.

Display : 5.5-inch
OS : eUI 5.8 (Android 6.0)
CPU : Snapdragon 821 MSM8996
RAM : 4GB/6GB RAM
ROM : 32GB/64GB/128GB ROM
Camera Main : 16MP
Camera Front : 8MP
Battery : 4,070mAh
Available price : P14,300

Xiaomi Mi 5s Plus

The Mi 5s got mixed reviews when it came out, but the Mi 5s Plus had no such problems. Unlike its less sibling, the Mi 5s Plus has all the bases covered, from a very capable dual-lens camera, a very fast Snapdragon 821 chipset, a vibrant display, a big battery and a great build and design. Other than the lack of a microSD card slot, there is nothing to complain about for this smartphone. It's great for gaming and the price is just right.

Display : 5.7-inch
OS : Android 6.0
CPU : Snapdragon 821 MSM8996
RAM : 4GB/6GB RAM
ROM : 64GB/128GB ROM
Camera Main : 13MP + 13MP
Camera Front : 4MP
Battery : 3,800mAh
Available price : P17,500

Xiaomi Mi Note 2

The Xiaomi Mi Note 2 is a beautiful large device sporting a 5.7-inch OLED display with 3D curved glass. Spec wise, the Mi Note 2 packs Qualcomm's Snapdragon 821 SoC paired with either 4GB or 6GB of RAM which seriously means business when you're looking for a high-end device even at present. Adding to its high-performance spec are great cameras, a 22.56MP at the back and an 8MP at the front. Powering the large device is a 4070 mAh battery with Quick Charge 3.0. Another notable feature from the Mi Note 2 is that it also comes with USB Type-C support.

Display : 5.7-inch
OS : MIUI 8.0 (Android 6.0)
CPU : Snapdragon 821 MSM8996
RAM : 4GB/6GB RAM
ROM : 64GB/128GB ROM
Camera Main : 22.56MP
Camera Front : 8MP
Battery : 4,070mAh
Available price : P18,900

OnePlus 3T

If you thought the OnePlus 3 was a great phone, the OnePlus 3T is even better. Although marginally more expensive, the OnePlus 3T does everything its predecessor does – and the OnePlus 3 did everything well – and does it better, with an improved Snapdragon 821 chipset with more battery life and an improved selfie camera. The only reason the OnePlus 3 was lower down on this list, is because of this phone. This phone has it all – gaming, entertainment, media, general everyday use, it doesn't get much better than this.

Display : 5.5-inch
OS : Oxygen OS (Android 7.0 )
CPU : Snapdragon 821 MSM8996
RAM : 6GB RAM
ROM : 64GB/128GB ROM
Camera Main : 16MP
Camera Front : 8MP
Battery : 3,300mAh
Available price : P19,990

HTC U Ultra

While not the most popular Snapdragon 821 phone you'll find, the HTC U Ultra looks amazing and is one of the most elegant. The glass body may feel a little too fragile to handle, but the large screen, the liquid surface of the back just makes for a breath-taking design. To top it off, the smartphone sports a secondary screen above the main screen which offers additional functionality. While it may come off as gimmicky and reduces the actual screen viewing real estate, it's a funky addition you won't find on other phones other than the ones made by LG. It still packs really speedy performance for gaming, just by virtue of its chipset.

Display : 5.7-inch
OS : HTC Sense (Android 7.0)
CPU : Qualcomm Snapdragon 821
RAM : 4GB RAM
ROM : 64GB ROM (up to 2TB via microSD)
Camera Main : 12MP
Camera Front : 16MP
Battery : 3,000mAh
Available price : P17,900

Having a great smartphone that excels at gaming is easier these days, as Qualcomm's older chipsets still pack a lot of power and have gone down significantly in price. Whether you are looking for a solid gaming phone or just want something that is really fast with little compromise we have the deals for you here. Check out more of our smartphone listings on Priceprice.com.

Best Snapdragon 820 equipped Smartphones under P20,000 in the Philippines 2018

  • BlackBerry DTEK60
  • LG V20
  • ZTE Axon 7
  • LG G5
  • Xiaomi Mi 5
  • OnePlus 3
  • Lenovo ZUK Z2 Pro
  • LeEco Max2
  • Sony Xperia X Performance

Best Snapdragon 821 equipped Smartphones under P20,000 in the Philippines 2018

  • LeEco Le Pro3
  • Xiaomi Mi 5s Plus
  • Xiaomi Mi Note 2
  • OnePlus 3T
  • HTC U Ultra

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DISCLAIMER: Availability of the given prices may change over time.

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