Oct 10, 2017 (updated : Aug 7, 2018)

10 Best Smartphones for July 2018 in the Philippines

We're back at it again! The list we've come up with below tallies the best smartphones in July in the Philippine market. And no, neither Samsung or Apple made it at the top. A little hint? It's one of the biggest smartphone-makers in China.

The Philippine mobile market last month has seen an avalanche of smartphones bearing some of the trendiest and most advanced features. But in this market that is deemed to be one of the most practical in Southeast Asia, some well-known brands were also wise to premiere iterations that are not only attractive but also decidedly affordable – two attributes that appeal to most Filipino buyers.

Alas, this month's list of our traditional best smartphones reveals perhaps what could still be the trend in our country's mobile market, one that could go on for the rest of 2018. Nevertheless, we at Priceprice.com only delivers what is factual and current and more importantly, on which direction the majority of our consumers is heading to.

The rankings below are based on the devices' generated number of access in the Philippine market.

10. Samsung Galaxy J8

One of Samsung's most competitive releases this year is the Samsung Galaxy J8. The device got released just in time when most of its rivals in the country have gone on to great lengths introducing affordable devices with top-of-the-line mid-range features. These spot-on, modern features include an improved fingerprint scanning and facial recognition authentication technology that can both be seen from upper mid-range to flagship iterations of today.

The rest of its specifications is a straightforward business. The Samsung Galaxy J8 is powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 450 chipset which is coupled with 4GB RAM and an expandable 64GB of internal storage. For its display front, the device boasts of a 6.0-inch Super AMOLED touchscreen with 18.5:9 aspect ratio and a sweeping 75.8 percent screen-to-body ratio. The J8 is also up-to-date in terms of its camera offerings, courtesy of a 16MP + 5MP dual-camera setup with a 16MP front-facing sensor.

The J8 runs on a vanilla Android 8.0 Oreo and works on a 3,500mAh battery.

Samsung Galaxy J8

Samsung Galaxy J8

Lowest Price in the Philippines P15,499

Display Size6 inches
Resolution720 x 1480 pixels, 18.5:9 ratio
OS verAndroid 8.0 (Oreo)
CPUQualcomm SDM450 Snapdragon 450
CPU Speed1.8 GHz
Storage32GB
External StoragemicroSD up to 256GB
Main Camera16MP + 5MP
Front Camera16MP
BatteryLi-Ion 3500 mAh
Weight177 g
ColorBlack, Gold, Blue, Purple

9. HUAWEI nova 2 Lite

HUAWEI's mid-range player HUAWEI nova 2 Lite is still quite a stunner in the competition. Despite being just a facelift of the wildly popular HUAWEI nova 2i, the Chinese smartphone behemoth is still on a right track for releasing this right before a slew of similar offerings came months after its official.

The HUAWEI nova 2 Lite comes with a generous 5.99-inch HD+ IPS display which features an 18:9 aspect ratio. This variant is powered by a Snapdragon 430 SoC which is boosted by a still-decent 3GB RAM and an expandable 32GB of internal storage.

The smartphone phablet is equipped with a 13MP + 2MP dual-camera setup and an 8MP selfie snapper. Down the line, a regular Android 8.0 and a 3,000mAh battery are thrown into the mix.

HUAWEI nova 2 Lite

HUAWEI nova 2 Lite

Lowest Price in the Philippines P8,559

Display Size5.99 inches
ResolutionHD+ 1440 x 720 pixels
OS verEMUI 8.0 (Android 8.0 Oreo)
CPUQualcomm MSM8937 Snapdragon 430 Octa Core Cortex-A53
CPU Speed1.4 GHz
Storage32GB
External Storageup to 256GB via microSD
RAM3GB
Main Camera13 MP + 2 MP
Front Camera8 MP
Battery3000mAh
Dimensions158.3 x 76.7 x 7.8mm
Weight155 g
ColorBlack, Gold, Blue

8. Samsung Galaxy J6

Moving closer at the top of our list is also one of Samsung's latest iterations from its famed J series, the Samsung Galaxy J6.

The Samsung Galaxy J6's main feature comes from its uncompromising color and displays output. It features the conventional 5.6" HD+ Super AMOLED screen, boosted by a trendy 18.5:9 aspect ratio which optimizes the available screen coverage. And with the brand's Infinity Display in tow, your viewing experience is much more realized. Meanwhile, the device's smooth curves and streamlined finishing enhance the J6 overall style and fluidity.

If you're the type that enjoys gaming, texting, and browsing all at the same time, the Samsung Galaxy J6 is the one to beat.

Samsung Galaxy J6

Samsung Galaxy J6

Lowest Price in the Philippines P9,599

Display Size5.6 inches
ResolutionHD+ 720 x 1440 pixels, 18.5:9
OS verAndroid 8 (Oreo)
CPUExynos 7870 Octa-Core
CPU Speed1.6GHz
Storage32GB, 64GB
External Storageup to 256GB via microSD
RAM3GB, 4GB
Main Camera13MP
Front Camera8MP
Battery3000mAh
Dimensions149.3 x 70.2 x 8.2mm
Weight154g
ColorBlack, Gold, Blue

7. Vivo V9

The Chinese smartphone-maker Vivo had one goal when it released the Vivo V9, to topple down the popularity of the Apple's iPhone X. And with its performance since its launching, it appears that the device has succeeded.

Despite moving down a notch from its June outing, the Vivo V9 has shown tremendous resilience in the Philippine market. And for good reason, the notch-bearing variant isn't only attractive but boasts of top-of-the-line hardware features. It's powered by Snapdragon 626 SoC and boosted by a 4GB RAM and an expandable 64GB of internal storage.

Down the line, the near bezel-less offering of the Vivo V9 is encased in a glorious 6.3-inch FHD+ IPS touchscreen. Its camera department doesn't disappoint as well as it comes with the trendy 16MP + 5MP dual-camera setup; completing this front is a competitive 24MP front-facing sensor.

And throw in its attractive price tag, it's a no-brainer why the Vivo V9 is a crowd-pleaser.

Vivo V9

Vivo V9

Lowest Price in the Philippines P14,200

Display Size6.3 inches
ResolutionFHD+ 2280 x 1080 pixels IPS Capacitive Touch Screen /incell
OS verAndroid 8.1 Oreo with FunTouch OS 4.0
CPUQualcomm Snapdragon 626 Octa-core
CPU Speed2.2 GHz
Storage64GB
External StorageMicroSD up to 256GB
RAM4GB
Main Camera16 MP + 5 MP, (f/2.0), LED Flash
Front Camera24 MP, (f/2.0)
BatteryLi-lon 3260mAh
Dimensions154.81 x 75.03 x 7.89 mm
Weight150 g
ColorPearl Black, Velvet Red, Gold, Blue

6. ASUS ZenFone Max Pro (M1) ZB602KL

If your faves PUBG Mobile and Mobile Legends: Bang Bang are still experiencing some occasional hiccups at your most victorious moments, then consider looking into how the ASUS ZenFone Max Pro (M1) ZB602KL would give you the seamless alternative.

Touted as the smartphone that offers limitless gaming, the ASUS ZenFone Max Pro (M1) ZB602KL comes with a colossal 5,000mAh battery, a feat that can only be found in tablets. Boosting this is the device's inclusion of the Snapdragon 636 chipset which should provide gamers that efficient performance and endurance. Alongside the chipset comes a RAM of up to 6GB and an internal storage to up to 64GB.

Completing your gaming experience is the device's huge 6-inch full HD+ with 18:9 FullView display. It runs on the latest Android 8.1 Oreo out-of-the-box.

ASUS ZenFone Max Pro (M1) ZB602KL

ASUS ZenFone Max Pro (M1) ZB602KL

Lowest Price in the Philippines P9,995

Display Size6 inches
ResolutionFHD+ 1080 x 2160 pixels 18:9 ratio (~402 ppi density)
OS verAndroid 8.1 (Oreo)
CPUQualcomm SDM636 Snapdragon 636 Octa-core
Storage32GB, 64GB
External StoragemicroSD up to 2TB
RAM6GB, 3GB, 4GB
Main Camera13MP + 5MP (3GB/4GB RAM) / 16MP + 5MP (6GB RAM)
Front Camera8MP (3GB/4GB RAM) / 16MP (6GB RAM)
Battery5000mAh
Dimensions159 x 76 x 8.45mm
Weight180g
ColorBlack, Silver

5. OPPO Find X

Despite the current criticism it is facing, notably the smartphone's durability issues, the OPPO Find X still finds its way on this list, and a strong one at that. And whether it's propelled by word-of-mouth or genius marketing, there is no doubt that the device is one of the strongest releases in this era of consistent breakthroughs.

The OPPO Find X is the archetypal smartphone of the future. It features the ultimate bezel-less offering that easily defies its rivals, the Xiaomi Mi MIX series and the Vivo NEX S. Talking about the latter, the smartphone also comes with a groundbreaking feature in the camera department, a pop-up, sliding mechanism that houses all the camera sensors.

The OPPO Find X is powered by top-of-the-line 10nm Snapdragon 845 and coupled by Adreno 630. An 8GB RAM and up to 256GB of internal storage are also among its powerful features.

OPPO Find X

OPPO Find X

Lowest Price in the Philippines P49,990

Display Size6.42 inches
Resolution1080 x 2340 pixels, 19.5:9 ratio
OS verColorOS 5.1 (Android 8.1 Oreo)
CPUQualcomm SDM845 Snapdragon 845
CPU Speed4x2.8GHz & 4x1.7GHz
Storage128GB, 256GB
External Storageup to 400GB via microSD
RAM8GB
Main Camera16MP + 20MP
Front Camera25MP
BatteryFind X Standard : 3730 mAh Find X Super Flash Edition: 2x 1700mAh (equivalent to 3400mAh battery energy)
Dimensions156.7 x 74.2 x 9.6mm
Weight186g
ColorBordeaux Red, Glacier Blue

4. OPPO F7

In case you're wondering, the mobile industry is still caught up in the era of selfie fixation. Look into each of the releases of the famed brands today and you'll see that most of them are still piling on more camera sensors and megapixels right at the front of their devices. The OPPO F7 exemplifies this trend.

Armed with a massive 25MP front-facing camera and 1080p video recording, the OPPO F7 redefines how selfies in the modern world should be taken. And with the device's strong outing in the market, the brand's Selfie Expert F series has been at its best since its inception.

The rest of OPPO F7's offerings are also as strong as its selfie front. Apart from the unmistakable notch and eye-catching paint job, users have also enjoyed the more-than-decent power of MediaTek Helio P60 and Mali-G72 MP3 GPU. Other inclusions are the rear-mounted fingerprint reader and up to 6GB RAM and 128GB internal storage. The latter is expandable via a microSD slot.

OPPO F7

OPPO F7

Lowest Price in the Philippines P13,599

Display Size6.23 inches
Resolution1080 x 2280 pixels
OS verColorOS 5.0, based on Android 8.1 Oreo
CPUMediaTek Helio P60 Octa-core 4 x Cortex-A73 & 4 x Cortex-A53, Mali-G72 MP3 GPU
CPU Speed2.0GHz + 2.0GHz
Storage64GB, 128GB
External StoragemicroSD, up to 256 GB (dedicated slot)
RAM6GB, 4GB
Main Camera16 MP, f/1.8
Front Camera25 MP, f/2.0
Battery3400 mAh (typical) 3300 mAh (min)
Dimensions156 x 75.3 x 7.8 mm (hwt)
Weight158 g with battery
ColorDiamond Black, Moonlight Silver, Solar Red

3. Vivo Y71

Inching closer at the helm of this list is another Vivo variant that's specifically developed to cater to the budget-conscious.

The Vivo Y71 continues to impress the Filipino crowd as it now charts even higher on our list. Apart from its incredibly attractive price tag, the device is also as equally appealing in terms of its other features. It comes with a 6-inch screen with HD Plus resolution and 18:9 aspect ratio. On top of its screen, the 5MP front camera sensor, along with the other sensors and the call speaker are housed.

At the back, the Vivo Y71 features a 13MP rear camera with LED flash and the familiar Vivo logo. Its selfie offerings also rival our previous chart-topper. It comes with modes such as the much-needed Group Selfie, the Portrait Bokeh, and the AI Face Beauty.

The Vivo Y71 runs on the latest Android 8.1 Oreo and is juiced by 3,360mAh battery.

Vivo Y71

Vivo Y71

Lowest Price in the Philippines P6,839

Display Size6.0 inches
Resolution720 x 1440 pixels, 18:9 ratio (~268 ppi density)
OS verFunTouch OS based on Android 8.1 (Oreo)
CPUQualcomm MSM8917 Snapdragon 425 Quad-core Cortex-A53
CPU Speed1.4 GHz
Storage16GB, 32GB
External StoragemicroSD up to 256 GB (dedicated slot)
RAM3GB
Main Camera13 MP
Front Camera5 MP
BatteryNon-removable Li-Ion 3360 mAh
Dimensions149.3 x 72.8 x 7.9mm
Weight139 g
ColorMatte Black, Gold

2. HUAWEI Y6 (2018)

The HUAWEI Y6 (2018) is the Chinese smartphone-maker's most important entry in the entry-level segment in the Philippine market. And as you may have already gleaned on our list, this has truly worked at HUAWEI's advantage.

The HUAWEI Y6 (2018)'s main attraction comes from its FullView display and powerful speaker. Breaking down the former, the device comes with 5.7-inch HD+ with the brand's proprietary FullView display which boasts of an impeccable resolution. This becomes more immersive with its ultra-high screen-to-body ratio which all culminates into a viewing experience that defies the current trend in its competition.

With its powerful speakers, your ears are bound to be entertained at an optimal level. These improved speakers can produce up to 88 dB and deliver 78 percent more sound while the nuance in any track you play remains intact. Meanwhile, the brand's Histen technology brings about the sound that effectively mimics theater- or concert hall-like conditions via your prized earbuds.

HUAWEI Y6 (2018)

HUAWEI Y6 (2018)

Lowest Price in the Philippines P5,679

Display Size5.7 inches
ResolutionHD+ 720 x 1440 pixels, 18:9 ratio (~282 ppi density)
OS verEMUI 8.0 (Android 8.0 Oreo)
CPUQualcomm MSM8917 Snapdragon 425 Quad-core Cortex-A53
CPU Speed1.4GHz
Storage16GB
External StoragemicroSD, up to 256GB (dedicated slot)
RAM2GB
Main Camera13MP
Front Camera5MP
Battery3000mAh
Dimensions152.4 x 73 x 7.8mm
Weight150g
ColorBlack, Gold, Blue

1. OPPO A83

The OPPO A83 still remains at the top of our exclusive list. Now in its third consecutive month, the device's strong outing in the Philippine mobile market is not only a signal that Filipinos are still enamored by budget-friendly smartphones but also a testament that most consumers here are as practical as they are smart.

Only priced at PHP 6,990, fans and would-be users alike are treated with more-than-decent hardware offerings and features. It features a spacious 5.7-inch touchscreen which also boasts of 1440x720-pixel resolution. It's powered by MediaTek Helio P23 octa-core chipset that's paired with up to 4GB RAM and 64GB internal storage. Its camera front is also on-point with a rear 13MP sensor and a front-facing snapper that features an 8MP sensor.

The OPPO A83 runs on an updated Android 7.1 Nougat out-of-the-box. A 3,180mAh battery is also onboard.

OPPO A83

OPPO A83

Lowest Price in the Philippines P6,839

Display Size5.7 inches
Resolution1440 x 720
OS verAndroid 7.1 Nougat with ColorOS 3.2
CPUMediaTek MT6763T Helio P23 Octa-core Cortex-A53
CPU Speed2.5 GHz
Storage16GB, 32GB, 64GB
External StoragemicroSD up to 256 GB
RAM2GB, 3GB, 4GB
Main Camera13 MP,f/2.2, autofocus, LED flash
Front Camera8 MP,f/2.2
BatteryNon-removable Li-Ion 3180 mAh
Dimensions150.5 x 73.1 x 7.7 mm
Weight143 g
ColorBlack, Red, Champagne Gold, Blue

Conclusion

The list above not only entails the consumers' behavior that is apparent in the Philippine mobile market in 2018. Apart from the obvious, we're now witnessing an era in which Filipino buyers are embracing the Chinese smartphone brands more than ever, over the usual players, Samsung and Apple.

Nevertheless, the list could change dramatically in the coming months as Samsung has already made some notable modifications in its marketing that aim to level those variants that come from HUAWEI, Vivo, and OPPO.

Ultimately, another Chinese tech titan is expected to join the list soon as its recent outings have all been strong, critically and commercially.

Best Smartphones of July 2018

  1. OPPO A83
  2. HUAWEI Y6 (2018)
  3. Vivo Y71
  4. OPPO F7
  5. OPPO Find X
  6. ASUS ZenFone Max Pro (M1) ZB602KL
  7. Vivo V9
  8. Samsung Galaxy J6
  9. HUAWEI nova 2 Lite
  10. Samsung Galaxy J8

Best Smartphones of June 2018

  1. OPPO A83
  2. HUAWEI Y6 (2018)
  3. Vivo V9
  4. Vivo Y71
  5. OPPO F7
  6. Vivo Y53
  7. HUAWEI nova 2 Lite
  8. Samsung Galaxy J7 Pro (2017)
  9. Samsung Galaxy J6
  10. HUAWEI nova 2i

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