We now have our first official look at the numbers for 2018, as we study how the smartphone market has reacted to 2018. Most of the smartphones on the market are still hold overs from 2017, and we probably won't see the effects of phones introduced this January for another couple of months, but there's a lot of change in the market, and we at Priceprice.com have the data and the analysis to give you insight on what's hot and what's not. Let's take a look at the ten best and most popular smartphones on the market for January.
10. Samsung Galaxy J5 Prime
The Galaxy J5 Prime hangs in there at tenth place, sitting right at the lower point of the mid-range segment. It has a strong appeal to those who want an affordable phone and yet also need something capable as a proper smartphone. With a beautiful 5-inch Super AMOLED display, a snappy Exynos processor and a good camera, the J5 Prime doesn't disappoint.
- Pros: Good display, beautiful design protected by Corning Gorilla Glass, fingerprint scanner
- Cons: Small battery at 2,400mAh, middling performance
9. HUAWEI GR3 (2017)
HUAWEI is in a good spot with the GR3 (2017), an affordable entry-level device with just enough power and features to make it feel like a modern smartphone. From the snappy Kirin 655 processor, 3GB RAM and full HD 1080p resolution and a fast fingerprint scanner, this phone runs Android 7.0 Nougat and feels like the complete package, at well under 10K.
- Pros: Stylish, affordable, fast, good battery life and cameras
- Cons: No Gorilla Glass, not FullView display, slow to charge
8. Samsung Galaxy S8
We don't always see high-end devices doing well in the top 10, but Samsung's 2017 flagship is an exception as it creeps back into the top 10 almost a year after its release. In a way, it's easier for flagships to make the list after a year as they've gone down in price, but offer the same top-level performance and design that made them flagships in the first place. The Galaxy S8 is one of the best devices you can get even today, and it's considerably cheaper now than when it first came out.
- Pros: Gorgeous design, exceptional performance and camera, IP68, wireless charging
- Cons: Bloatware, no dual camera, weird fingerprint sensor placement
7. OPPO F3
OPPO's Selfie Expert proves to have legs as it creeps back into the top 10 out of nowhere, reminding us why this phone became so popular in the first place. With its great selfie dual cameras, the F3 almost single-handedly started a trend of putting in a more powerful front camera than the "main" rear camera. While others had done it before, nobody succeeded quite so well as OPPO, and the F3 reminds us of that, along with the usual requirements for a fast, beautiful and chic mid-range phone.
- Pros: Great front camera, beautiful screen, chic design
- Cons: Pricey, mediocre rear camera, slow performance for its price
6. Apple iPhone X
Apple bet a lot on the iPhone X, its first evolutionary design after three years of having basically the same phone. That paid off, as the iPhone X set off a whole new trend in full-screen devices with facial recognition cameras and animated facial emotes.
- Pros: Face ID is fast and secure, big display, great camera, wireless charging
- Cons: Notched screen, no fingerprint sensor, expensive
5. Vivo V7
The Vivo V5 has proven to be a tremendously popular phone, capitalizing on the market's love of selfies. The V7 doubles down on this and provides an amazing front camera coupled with a true 18:9 big screen experience, making it a great deal for anyone looking for a phone that doesn't compromise on anything, and it does it at a really good price, easily competing with great phones like the OPPO F3 but providing much more modern amenities like a big screen and a blazingly-fast fingerprint sensor.
- Pros: Nice wide screen, fast performance, good cameras, great battery
- Cons: Boring Funtouch OS overlay, plastic build, no fast charging
4. ASUS ZenFone 4 Max ZC554KL
The ZenFone 4 Max still proves to be ASUS' most popular phone model in the country. It's not hard to see why: a large battery with all-around good performance makes it very usable, and its low-price tag makes it very affordable. ASUS has improved the design language of their handsets for the ZenFone 4 series and this has paid off in a big way, making the ZenFone 4 Max prove to be a truly solid smartphone.
- Pros: Long battery life, reverse-charging features, great build
- Cons: Mediocre camera, no full HD display
3. Cherry Mobile Flare S6
The successor to the ultra-popular Flare S4 and Flare S5, Cherry Mobile's latest Flare S6 might not look like much and has a dated design, but when you remember it's going for less than 5K you'll remember why its predecessors were so popular. Despite being so affordable, the Flare S6 still manages to squeeze in just enough performance and features to keep anyone but the real power users happy. It has USB Type-C, a fingerprint scanner, an HD display, Android 7.0 Nougat and a removable battery. What's not to like?
- Pros: Very affordable, great battery life, solid build, USB Type-C
- Cons: Mediocre performance, bloatware, poor low-light camera
2. Samsung Galaxy J7 Pro (2017)
Samsung's most popular phone is once again the Galaxy J7 Pro (2017). With its great looks, strong blend of features and performance, and a reasonable price, the Galaxy J7 Pro (2017) has long been the darling of Samsung's lower-end lineup, and it's still one of the best deals Samsung has on the table. The Galaxy J7 Pro (2017) uses top quality components that don't compromise at all, and in the mid-range segment, it's more affordable than many rivals, yet has all the features that you need at the right price.
- Pros: Beautiful Super AMOLED Full HD display, aluminum build, great cameras, fast performance
- Cons: No Gorilla Glass protection, no modern amenities like Quick Charging and USB Type-C
1. OPPO F5
And at the top is OPPO's magnum opus in the Selfie Expert lineage, the OPPO F5. This mid-range phone has a middling price but it brings in a lot of high-end features like a great Full Screen display protected by Gorilla Glass 5, a fingerprint scanner, and an amazing selfie camera that can even do facial recognition. All of this packaged in a beautiful, attractive design. If you are looking for a great multimedia phone that takes amazing selfies and won't break the bank, look no further. This is your phone, and it probably will be for the foreseeable future.
- Pros: Stunning display, great selfie camera, solid performance, good battery life
- Cons: Plastic build, no fast charging, unusual hardware button placement
If there was any doubt to the dominance of OPPO in the Philippine market, you can lay them to rest. The OPPO F5 came out strong in Q4 of 2017, but as a whole Samsung dominated the year. But OPPO is still carrying that momentum into 2018, and they came out on top for January, it doesn't look like this will be changing any time soon.
While Samsung is still overall the winner with three entrants into the Top 10, this is a far cry from previous years where more than half of the list would be dominated by Samsung's smartphones. The Korean manufacture has seen a steady decline in popularity in the Philippine market, although it's still far too early to say that they're on the way out. We'll see how the market moves once more 2018 models come out, so stay tuned as well look at more devices in 2018.
Top 10 Smartphones of January 2018
- OPPO F5
- Samsung Galaxy J7 Pro (2017)
- Cherry Mobile Flare S6
- ASUS ZenFone 4 Max ZC554KL
- Vivo V7
- Vivo V7
- OPPO F3
- Samsung Galaxy S8
- HUAWEI GR3 (2017)
- Samsung Galaxy J5 Prime