Oct 10, 2017 (updated : Apr 13, 2018)

10 Best Smartphones of March 2018

We take a look at another month in the books as March draws to a close on the Philippine smartphone market.

The market is heating up and it's not just because of the summer. There have been a lot of big high-profile announcements over the past couple of months and we're finally seeing some big movements in the phone rankings. Here we've looked at the data based on real Priceprice.com usage statistics, and have for you the Top 10 smartphones for March 2018.

10. Apple iPhone X

Apple's flagship iPhone X has started many trends this year, especially with its trendy design and that controversial notch on its display. The phone manages to hang on to the Top 10 spot, with that trademark Apple experience and usability, including the best facial recognition scanner in the market today. It's pricey and it's more a status symbol than a practical phone for some, but there's no denying it's high end features, including one of the best cameras to ever grace a smartphone, and access to one of the most expansive app ecosystems on the planet.

Apple iPhone X

Apple iPhone X

Lowest Price in the Philippines P53,350

Display Size5.80 inches
Resolution2436 x 1125 (Super Retina HD)
OS veriOS 11
CPUA11 Bionic 64bit Hexa-core
Storage64GB, 256GB
External Storageno
RAM3GB
Main Camera12MP wide-angle and telephoto cameras Wide-angle: ƒ/1.8 aperture Telephoto: ƒ/2.4 aperture Optical zoom; digital zoom up to 10x
Front Camera7 MP
Battery2,716mAh Built-in rechargeable lithium-ion battery Talk time (wireless):Up to 21 hours Internet use:Up to 12 hours Video playback (wireless):Up to 13 hours Audio playback (wireless):Up to 60 hours
Dimensions143.6 mm x 70.9 mm x 7.7 mm
Weight174 g
ColorSpace Gray, Silver

9. Cherry Mobile Flare S6

Cherry Mobile increases the prestige of its Flare line with the Flare S6. Although the competition has gotten much fiercer at the entry-level with more Chinese smartphones offering great specs at a low prices, the Flare S6 still has the goodwill of the Cherry Mobile brand and remains popular with consumers, thanks to its steady features like a 5.2-inch HD display, USB Type-C, a fingerprint scanner, and a chic, stylish design that doesn't feel like a budget device.

Cherry Mobile Flare S6

Cherry Mobile Flare S6

Lowest Price in the Philippines P3,999

Display Size5.2 inches
Resolution1280 x 720 pixels
OS verAndroid 7.0 Nougat (Cherry OS)
CPUMediaTek 6737 quad-core processor Mali-T720
CPU Speed1.3 GHz
Storage16GB
External Storageexpandable via microSD up to 64GB
RAM2GB
Main Camera13 MP
Front Camera13 MP
Battery2600mAh
Dimensions148 x 72.8 x 8.8mm
Weight108 g
ColorBlack

8. OPPO F7

The successor to the OPPO F5 is barely out of the gate, and it's already garnered a huge deal of attention, and with good reason. The OPPO F7 is one of the most affordable to date with that beautiful FullView screen and a notch, giving you the iPhone X look on the cheap, and it also comes with an amazing 25-megapixel f/2.0 selfie camera and a good, fast Helio P60 chip. The beautiful aluminum body and the breath-taking 6.23-inch screen just top off the experience, at a price that isn't much more than its predecessor the F5.

OPPO F7

OPPO F7

Lowest Price in the Philippines P17,800

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

7. Samsung Galaxy J2 Pro (2018)

Samsung's entry-level budget devices have long been its bread and butter, and the Galaxy J2 Pro (2018) put a little spunk into the standard Galaxy J2 (2018), giving it an upgraded Snapdragon 425 processor, 1.5GB of RAM and the same Super AMOLED display that stands out in a segment with dull, uninspiring displays. The Galaxy J2 Pro (2018) also has some interesting features like the programmable Smart Glow ring which alerts you to system events when it flashes, making it an interesting value in the budget segment.

Samsung Galaxy J2 Pro (2018)

Samsung Galaxy J2 Pro (2018)

Lowest Price in the Philippines P7,000

Display Size5 inches
Resolution540 x 960 pixels
OS verAndroid 7.1.1 Nougat
CPUQualcomm MSM8917 Snapdragon 425 Quad-core Cortex-A53
CPU Speed1.4 GHz
Storage16GB
External StoragemicroSD, up to 256 GB (dedicated slot)
RAM1.5GB
Main Camera8 MP
Front Camera5 MP
Battery2600mAh
Dimensions143.8 x 72.3 x 8.4 mm
Weight153 g
ColorBlack, Gold, Blue

6. Vivo V7

Vivo's mainstream selfie shooter still proves to be popular as we go further into 2018, as the V7 shows off its proficiency in taking selfies, and in doing a great job all-around with its Snapdragon 450 processor, a 24-megapixel f/2.0 selfie camera and a generous 5.7-inch 18:9 display. When it comes to taking selfies, there are few phones that are the V7's rival in this price segment, and the phone's large screen help draw people in, making the phone a pleasure for everyday use. While its larger brother the V7+ and its successor the V9 offer a more comprehensive experience, it's hard to deny the value that the V7 brings to the table.

Vivo V7

Vivo V7

Lowest Price in the Philippines P12,150

Display Size5.7 inches
Resolution720 x 1440 pixels ~ 269 ppi Ratio 18:9
OS verFuntouch OS 3.2 based on Android 7.1 Nougat
CPUQualcomm SDM450 Snapdragon 450 Octa-core Cortex-A53 Adreno 506 GPU
CPU Speed1.8 GHz
Storage32GB
External StorageDedicated SD Card slot up to 256GB
RAM4GB
Main Camera16 MP
Front Camera24 MP
Battery3000 mAh
Dimensions149.3 x 72.8 x 7.9 mm
Weight139 g
ColorMatte Black, Gold, Blue

5. OPPO A83

OPPO's entry-level selfie device isn't very flashy, but it still proves very popular in the lower end of the market. It's chic, affordable and takes some great self-portraits, and at this price you can be more forgiving of its older but still snappy Helio P23 processor. With its large 18:9 HD+ display and a capable 8-megapixel front camera backed by OPPO's beautification filter suite, the OPPO A83 looks great, has a nice big screen and does everything you could ask from a selfie phone. It'll continue to be popular in this segment simply because of its affordability and solid feature set.

OPPO A83

OPPO A83

Lowest Price in the Philippines P9,950

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

4. Vivo V9

The newly-announced Vivo V9 streaks right into fourth place, as the successor to the wildly-popular V7 shows with some serious chops for a mid-range phone. While it's definitely teetering on the edge of high-end expensiveness, the Vivo V9 has at least outpaced its most stalwart rival, the OPPO F7, for now to deliver the same big screen experience with a notch on top, the same fast Helio P60 processor and a very capable 25-megapixel camera. It remains to be seen if Vivo can keep the lead once the F7 comes out in full force, but for now the Vivo V9 is the new king of the mid-range selfie segment, well almost.

Vivo V9

Vivo V9

Lowest Price in the Philippines P17,489

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, Gold, Blue

3. OPPO F5

And we only say almost because the OPPO F5 still manages to hang onto the elite crème-dela-crème spot at number three. While it's starting to show its age and lacks the modern styling that its successor the F7 has, the F5 is still a great deal at this segment, made even greater by the price drops over the past year, with a great 20-megapixel camera for selfie lovers and a beautiful design and a lavish 18:9 display protected by Gorilla Glass 5. The OPPO F5 has dropped a few notches from the number one spot, but it's still one of the best deals you can get at this segment.

OPPO F5

OPPO F5

Lowest Price in the Philippines P14,400

Display Size6 inches
Resolution2160 x 1080 pixels
OS verColorOS 3.2, based on Android 7.1 Nougat
CPUOcta-core MT6763T Helio P23 Cortex-A53 Mali-G71 MP2 GPU
CPU Speed2.5 GHz
Storage32GB, 64GB
External StoragemicroSD up to 256GB via microSD
RAM6GB, 4GB
Main Camera16 MP
Front Camera20 MP
Battery3200mAh
Dimensions156.5 x 7.5 x 76mm
Weight152 g
ColorBlack, Red, Gold

2. Samsung Galaxy J7 Pro (2017)

Samsung's star in the mid-range, the Galaxy J7 Pro (2017), has been consistent in its top spot and continues to wow with its great looks, a great chipset, a great camera, and other solid features. The phone is plenty fast for browsing, multi-tasking or playing games thanks to its speedy Exynos 7870 processor, and it still has one of the most beautiful Super AMOLED displays in the segment. With its affordability and all-around great range of features, the Galaxy J7 Pro (2017) is still one of the most sought-after phones in the country, especially now that you can find one significantly below the 15k price mark.

Samsung Galaxy J7 Pro (2017)

Samsung Galaxy J7 Pro (2017)

Lowest Price in the Philippines P12,699

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

1. ASUS ZenFone 5 ZE620KL

And this month's big winner is the ZenFone 5. Sporting a crisp 6.2-inch Super IPS display and the new Snapdragon 636 processor, the new ZenFone takes obvious inspiration from the iPhone X, and excites in other ways, including its 90% screen-to-body ratio (with a notch on the display) along with a glass back and ASUS' signature circular spun metal finish, and a small body that deceptively houses that large, beautiful display. Pricing isn't out yet but the ZenFone 5 will have that flagship-look, feel and experience at a very competitive price.

ASUS ZenFone 5 ZE620KL

ASUS ZenFone 5 ZE620KL

Lowest Price in the Philippines P18,995

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

While it won't have top-end internals like its upcoming brethren the ZenFone 5Z, it doesn't have to. The phone is great on all fronts from performance, design, display and cameras, and will appeal to anyone who loves Android and the iPhone X looks.

We end March with some really big changes to the rankings. Some phones that did really well in Q1 are suddenly lagging or just out of the Top 10 altogether, and even the mighty OPPO F5 has been bumped out of the top spot. As always, be sure to check the listings at Priceprice.com for the best deals in the Philippine smartphone market.

10 Best Smartphones of March 2018

  1. ASUS ZenFone 5 ZE620KL
  2. Samsung Galaxy J7 Pro (2017)
  3. OPPO F5
  4. Vivo V9
  5. OPPO A83
  6. Vivo V7
  7. Samsung Galaxy J2 Pro (2018)
  8. OPPO F7
  9. Cherry Mobile Flare S6
  10. Apple iPhone X