Oct 10, 2017 (updated : Jun 8, 2018)

10 Best Smartphones for May 2018 in the Philippines

We're now heading into the second half of the year, and near the halfway point of 2018 we see another change in the market.

May 2018 is in the books, and with-it summer draws to a close in the Philippines as the rains start pouring in. This isn't just a change in the weather; there are surprising movements in the local smartphone market, and we at Priceprice.com are in a position to provide some insights using the data we've pulled from actual consumer usage of our price listings. Please join us as we take a look at the 10 best smartphones for May.

10. Vivo Y71

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
Vivo Y71

Vivo Y71

Lowest Price in the Philippines P6,999

Vivo's entry-level Y Series traditionally offers great value for the money, but the previous entrant, the Y53, was a little short on features that people are looking for in 2018. The Y71 fixes that. With a larger 6-inch display 18:9 HD+ resolution, the phone is an immediate looker, and it sports more power under the hood with a Snapdragon 425 and 3GB of RAM. The additional RAM and the bigger screen make for a much better experience than the Y53, although the phone is a bit more expensive than its predecessor, but it's a great price for a phone with this kind of display.

9. ASUS ZenFone 5 ZE620KL

Display Size6.2 inches
Resolutionfull HD+ 1080 x 2246 pixels
OS verZenUI 5.0 (Android 8.0 Oreo)
CPUQualcomm SDM636 Snapdragon 636 Octa-core Kryo 260 Adreno 509
Storage64GB
External Storageup to 2TB
RAM6GB, 4GB
Main Camera12 MP + unknown MP
Front Camera8 MP
Battery3300mAh
Dimensions153 x 7.85 x 75.65 mm
Weight155 g
ColorMeteor Silver, Midnight Blue
ASUS ZenFone 5 ZE620KL

ASUS ZenFone 5 ZE620KL

Lowest Price in the Philippines P18,599

The ZenFone 5 made a big splash on its announcement, but it's slipping a bit down the ranks, although it is by no means a forgotten phone. The beautiful aluminum body with a huge full HD+ 6.2-inch notched display still attract the attention of people looking for a classy phone, and the ZenFone 5 combines good looks with strong performance; a Snapdragon 636 processor and 4/6GB of RAM make for a fast, pleasurable phone experience and the dual cameras take great pictures, making this the best flagship from ASUS by far.

8. HUAWEI nova 2 Lite

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
HUAWEI nova 2 Lite

HUAWEI nova 2 Lite

Lowest Price in the Philippines P9,299

For those looking for a glimpse of HUAWEI's new flagship but don't want to spend outside of the entry-level, the nova 2 Lite brings an amazing deal to this price segment. It has much of the looks and styling of HUAWEI's high-end P20 Lite minus the notched display but manages to keep it at such an affordable price. Of course it has a smaller, lower-resolution 5.99-inch HD+ display instead, along with a lighter Snapdragon 430 and 3GB of RAM and dual cameras, but that's still more than enough for most everyday tasks. The nova 2 Lite looks great and gives so much value for the money that it's sure to be popular for a long time to come.

7. Samsung Galaxy J7 Pro (2017)

Display Size5.5 inches
ResolutionFHD 1920 x 1080 Super AMOLED 16M colors
OS verAndroid 7.0 (Nougat)
CPUOcta Exynos 7870 Octa-core Cortex-A53
CPU Speed1.6 GHz
Storage32GB
External StoragemicroSD up to 128GB
RAM3GB
Main Camera13 MP f1.7 + Flash
Front Camera13 MP f1.9 +LED Flash
BatteryNon-removable Li-Ion 3600 mAh
Dimensions152.4 x 74.7 x 7.9 mm
ColorBlack, Pink, Gold, Silver Blue
Samsung Galaxy J7 Pro (2017)

Samsung Galaxy J7 Pro (2017)

Lowest Price in the Philippines P12,500

The star of Samsung's 2017 still remains popular and even climbs up a notch from last month, showing the staying power and great value of this entry-level cum mid-range device. Although more expensive than other premium "entry-level" devices like the Vivo Y71, the Galaxy J7 Pro (2017) more than makes up for it with its beautiful 5.5-inch Super AMOLED display in full HD resolution, the speedy Exynos 7870 processor and 3GB of RAM. The camera is also up to par with Samsung's quality shooters, and it doesn't need dual camera tricks to achieve this. It's still a great buy in 2018.

6. HUAWEI nova 2i

Display Size5.9 inches
Resolution1080 x 2160 pixels
OS verAndroid7.0 + EMUI5.1
CPUHUAWEI Kirin 659 Octa-Core (4xCortex-A53 2.36GHz + 4xCortex-A53 1.7GHz)
CPU Speed2.36GHz + 1.7GHz
Storage64GB, 128GB, 256GB
External StoragemicroSD up to 128GB
RAM4GB
Main Camera16MP + 2MP
Front Camera13MP + 2MP
Battery3340mAh
Dimensions156.2 x 75.2 x 7.5mm
Weight164g
ColorGraphite Black, Prestige Gold, Aurora Blue
HUAWEI nova 2i (Mate 10 lite/ Maimang 6)

HUAWEI nova 2i (Mate 10 lite/ Maimang 6)

Lowest Price in the Philippines P12,200

The nova 2i is still one of the best deals in the midrange segment, and it shows its age well despite being a late 2017 device. It's got a beautiful 18:9 display that's 5.9-inches with full HD+ resolution, and inside is the Kirin 659 processor with 4GB of RAM. Combined with a metal body and dual cameras on the front and the back, the nova 2 Lite is one of the few devices that can claim to have quad cameras, and it puts both front and back cameras to good use. It's no surprise that it remains extremely popular on the market today.

5. Vivo Y53

Display Size5 inches
ResolutionqHD (960 x 540)
OS verFuntouch OS 3.0 (based on Android 6.0 Marshmallow)
CPUQualcomm Snapdragon 425 Quad Core
CPU Speed1.4 GHz
Storage16GB
External StoragemicroSD up to 256GB
RAM2GB
Main Camera8 MP
Front Camera5 MP
Battery2500 mAh
Dimensions144.2 x 71.4 x 7.64 mm
Weight137 g
ColorMatte Black, Space Gray, Crown Gold
Vivo Y53

Vivo Y53

Lowest Price in the Philippines P5,250

The Y53 is Vivo's big entry-level device of 2017, and it still proves to be extremely popular this year. It's an affordable device that manages to do well at all the tasks most people will use a smartphone for, all packed into a small form factor that fits great in the hand. It has a 5-inch display, a Snapdragon 425 processor and 2GB of RAM, with an 8-megapixel rear camera that takes capable shots. It's also become even more affordable compared to last year, and is an excellent alternative for anyone looking for a quality phone at a very low price.

4. HUAWEI Y6 (2018)

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
HUAWEI Y6 (2018)

HUAWEI Y6 (2018)

Lowest Price in the Philippines P5,652

The Y6 is one of HUAWEI's newest devices, and if it's one thing we can expect to see more of in 2018, it's devices that push the envelope at the entry-level, bringing even sweeter devices at a really low price point. The Y6 is an extremely affordable entry-level device but still packs a premium design, a 5.7-inch FullView HD+ display, and a Snapdragon 425 processor with 2GB of RAM. There aren't many FullView devices at this price point, and HUAWEI's branding makes this an incredible deal for what you are paying. The Y6 will likely remain popular for many months to come, well into 2019.

3. OPPO F7

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
OPPO F7

OPPO F7

Lowest Price in the Philippines P16,799

Last month's number one slips down a bit, but it's nothing to be ashamed of. The OPPO F7 is OPPO's 2018 flagship, and it looks great with a notched 6.23-inch full HD+ display and a Helio P60 with 6GB of RAM all packed into a premium metal body. As you'd expect from OPPO's selfie-expert, its big draw is its 25-megapixel front camera, making this one of the best phones for taking selfies in this price range. If you are looking for a great selfie phone, this is it.

2. Vivo V9

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
Vivo V9

Vivo V9

Lowest Price in the Philippines P16,850

The Vivo V9 manages to upstage its stalwart rival the OPPO F7, and the two will compete in the same segment for a long while yet. The V9 has much of the same strengths as the F7, including a 6.3-inch notched full HD+ display, a Snapdragon 626 and 4GB of RAM, and an impressive 24-megapixel selfie camera at the front. One thing the V9 has over the F7 is its dual camera shooter at the rear, which doesn't lose to the selfie camera up front in quality. With similar strengths and a similar price point, the fight between these two phones could go either way at any time, but for now the V9 comes out with a big victory.

1. OPPO A83

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
Storage32GB, 64GB
External StoragemicroSD up to 256 GB
RAM3GB, 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
OPPO A83

OPPO A83

Lowest Price in the Philippines P6,990

And the most popular phone for the month of May is the OPPO A83, an entry-level phone that beats out all the mid-range devices in the line-up along with every other budget phone. The A83 has been a staple in the top 10 for all of 2018, and it presents a keen, affordable alternative to the F7. Known for having a 5.7-inch HD+ FullView display at the entry level, the A83 has more rivals now but still manages to impress half a year later. The Helio P23 processor with 4GB of RAM is snappy and for now at least it has managed to put a huge distance between itself and its main rival, the Vivo Y71.

After some excitement in the new releases that came out in April and May, the market seems to have stabilized and moved back towards value-for-money phones like the OPPO A83. It's quite surprising to see OPPO's entry level A83 taking the top spot over offerings like the ZenFone 5 and the Vivo V9, but that just goes to show what a great buy the phone is. It's also that time of the year when parents think about the tuition of their children, so a little more modest spending in smartphones is to be expected.

We'll continue to monitor how the market moves next month, using the same real-time data to provide you the keenest insights on the Philippine smartphone market. Be sure to join us again next month.

Best Smartphones of May 2018

  1. OPPO A83
  2. Vivo V9
  3. OPPO F7
  4. HUAWEI Y6 (2018)
  5. Vivo Y53
  6. HUAWEI nova 2i
  7. Samsung Galaxy J7 Pro (2017)
  8. HUAWEI nova 2 Lite
  9. ASUS ZenFone 5 ZE620KL
  10. Vivo Y71

Best Smartphones of April 2018

  1. OPPO F7
  2. Vivo V9
  3. HUAWEI P20
  4. ASUS ZenFone 5 ZE620KL
  5. HUAWEI P20 Pro
  6. HUAWEI nova 2i
  7. OPPO A83
  8. Samsung Galaxy J7 Pro (2017)
  9. Vivo Y53
  10. OPPO F5