Mar 16, 2018

Best Snapdragon 835 Smartphones Under P30,000 in the Philippines 2018

These smartphones offer a very high-end experience, but all of them cost under PHP 30,000. Sound good?

Qualcomm has already launched their new flagship chipset, the Snapdragon 845, but that doesn't mean that last year's technology isn't good anymore. The Snapdragon 835 is still a devilishly fast performance platform, chock full of great features like quick charging, high-bandwidth mobile data, advanced camera support and energy efficiency. If you're not too keen on burning a hole in your pocket for the latest flagship smartphone, these excellent devices still pack Qualcomm's previous best and are a great value for anyone.

10. Nokia 8

The Nokia 8 is HMD Global's first flagship effort with the Nokia brand, and it feels like an awesome flagship device should, with a solid Nokia design and build, an excellent ZEISS dual-camera system, and IP54 splash resistance. It's a Nokia for the modern consumer, and for many that's more than enough.

Display : 5.3-inch 1440 x 2560pixels
OS : Android 7.1.1 Nougat
CPU : Snapdragon 835
RAM : 4GB RAM
ROM : 64GB ROM(up to 256GB via microSD)
Camera Main : 13MP+13MP
Camera Front : 13MP
Battery : 3090mAh
Lowest price : P20,710 from Expansys

9. ZTE nubia Z17

This high-end device from ZTE gives you a wealth of camera features, and is an excellent value for anyone looking for a Snapdragon 835. The dual-camera lens takes great shots and the aluminum body is well-built with a classic design and red highlights. The nubia Z17 looks great, and performs stellar in all situations, and it's very affordable as well, more than pretty much any other phone in this list.

Display : 5.5-inch FHD 1080 x 1920pixels
OS : nubia UI 5.0 (Android 7.1)
CPU : Snapdragon 835
RAM : 6/8GB RAM
ROM : 64/128GB ROM
Camera Main : 13MP + 12MP
Camera Front : 16MP
Battery : 3200mAh
Lowest price as of writing: P21,284 from Banggood.com

8. ZTE nubia Z17S

Did you like the nubia Z17 but felt it could have done with a more awesome no-bezel display? That's basically the nubia Z17S in a nutshell. While considerably more expensive, the 5.73-inch FullView display and souped-up 6GB of RAM make the Z17S exceptional even in the world of 18:9 display devices. The quad-camera setup with two on both sides also takes for great shots, and ZTE even threw in sapphire glass instead of the boring old Corning Gorilla Glass to make it feel extra special. All this, and it still costs less than the average flagship of 2017. What's not to like?

Display : 5.73-inch 2040 x 1080pixels
OS : Snapdragon 835 (Android 7.1)
CPU : Snapdragon 835
RAM : 6/8GB RAM
ROM : 64/128GB ROM
Camera Main : 12MP + 23MP
Camera Front : 5MP+5MP
Battery : 3100mAh
Lowest price as of writing: P27,582 from Banggod.com

7. Sony Xperia XZ1

The Xperia XZ1 got some flak for not going with a trendy no-bezel 18:9 design, but it's hard to deny that it's a solid device with IP68 certification and all around great performance in speed, responsiveness, camera quality and modern features like USB Type-C. It also a reasonable DAC and great speakers to go on that small body, making it an excellent choice for those who like good audio. It's also the first phone to get Android Oreo, and you can count on it out of the box.

Display : 5.2-inch 1080 x 1920pixels
OS : Android 8.0 Oreo
CPU : Snapdragon 835
RAM : 4GB RAM
ROM : 64GB ROM (up to 256GB via microSD)
Camera Main : 19MP
Camera Front : 13MP
Battery : 2700mAh
Lowest price as of writing: P24,800 from Kimstore

6. OnePlus 5

The OnePlus 5 is one of the fastest Snapdragon 835 phones to come out, and OnePlus basically made the perfect flagship killer with a phone that had an amazing camera, the best Snapdragon 835 benchmark ratings out there, a wonderful design, and a very clean version of Android. Perhaps the only thing you could complain about is that smallish non-slim bezel design.

Display : 5.5-inch FHD 1920 x 1080pixels
OS : OxygenOS based (Android 7 Nougat)
CPU : Snapdragon 835
RAM : 6/8GB RAM
ROM : 64/128GB ROM
Camera Main : 20MP + 16MP
Camera Front : 16MP
Battery : 3300mAh
Lowest price as of writing: P24,500 from Widget City

5. Xiaomi Mi MIX 2

The successor to the phone that started the no-bezel craze still makes a strong case for your patronage. It still has the same amazing no-bezel display without any notches or anything of the sort, and the ceramic back design looks breath-taking. It's hard to think of a phone that looks better than the Mi MIX 2, and it has all the great performance and camera quality of a flagship to boot. The price isn't bad either.

Display : 5.99-inch 2160 x 1080 pixel
OS : MIUI 9 ( Android 7.1 )
CPU : Snaprdragon 835
RAM : 6/8GB RAM
ROM : 64/128/256GB ROM
Camera Main : 12MP
Camera Front : 5MP
Battery : 3300mAh
Lowest price as of writing: P22,790 from Lazada

4. Xiaomi Mi 6

Xiaomi once again focuses on the value for the money, and the Mi 6 gives us that flagship quality experience at a price you'd expect from a mid-range device. It is fast as Snapdragon 835 phones go, and it has a fantastic dual lens camera to go with it. While it has that dated 1080p display with those "unsightly" bezels, it's hard to argue with the price and the value you're getting.

Display : 5.15-inch 1920 x 1080 pixels
OS : MIUI based (Android 7.1.1 Nougat)
CPU : Snapdragon 835
RAM : 6GB RAM
ROM : 64/128GB ROM
Camera Main : 12MP+12MP
Camera Front : 8MP
Battery : 3350mAh
Lowest price as of writing: P18,682 from AliExpress

3. Sony Xperia XZ Premium

The Xperia XZ Premium stunned us with its amazing 4K display, and while Sony stuck to its guns eschewing the no-bezel look, you could easily forgive them for that beautiful, amazing display. The pixel density of this phone hits a mind-boggling 807ppi making it the sharpest smartphone display on the planet. If the 4K display is important to you, then this is your phone.

Display : 5.5-inch 4K 3840 x 2160 pixels
OS : Android 7.1 Nougat
CPU : Snapdragon 835
RAM : 4GB RAM
ROM : 64GB ROM
Camera Main : 19MP Motion Eye Camera + 1/2.3" Exmor RS
Camera Front : 13MP + 1/3.06" Exmor RS + 22mm Wide-angle lens F2.0
Battery : 3230mAh
Lowest price as of writing: P27,690 from Lazada

2. OnePlus 5T

So if you felt the OnePlus 5 was perfect except for those large bezels around the display, well OnePlus heard you and completely replaced it with the newer, better OnePlus 5T. This device has everything you loved about the OnePlus 5, then added a beautiful 18:9 display and trendy features like face unlock. And it does this all while keeping it at that same low price. While in practice you can get the OnePlus 5 cheaper these days, the OnePlus 5T still comes close to that perfect mix of usability and value for a Snapdragon 835 device.

Display : 6-inch 1080 x 2160 pixels
OS : Oxygen OS 4.7 (Android 7.1.1 Nougat)
CPU : Snapdragon 835
RAM : 6/8GB RAM
ROM : 64/128GB ROM
Camera Main : 20MP + 16MP
Camera Front : 16MP
Battery : 3300mAh
Lowest price as of writing: P25,240 from AliExpress

1. HTC U11

Our top pick for a Snapdragon 835 is the HTC U11. It was an excellent device that stood out in its time even among the stiff competition of flagships during its release, and that's thanks to a great overall design, good use of the fast chipset, great audio quality, a very capable camera and an innovative feature: squeezable sides to activate whatever feature you wanted. And in practice, that feature was used to activate Amazon Alexa or Google Assistant, which gives you a very easy to use voice assistant as your main squeeze, pun intended. These unique features make the HTC U11 one of the best Snapdragon 835 phones you can get today.

Display : 5.5-inch 1440 x 2560 pixels
OS : HTC Sense UI (Android 7.1.1 Nougat)
CPU : Snapdragon 835
RAM : 4/6GB RAM
ROM : 64/128GB ROM
Camera Main : 12MP
Camera Front : 16MP
Battery : 3000mAh
Lowest price as of writing: P29,395 from Expansys

So while you can certainly look forward to the crop of Snapdragon 845 phones coming in this year, if you're the type to enjoy older phones that still pack a high-end experience, these phones should be your short list. In truth, we've reached a point where the incremental improvements in the new chipsets don't amount to much from a practical point of view, and all you really miss from the older Snapdragon 835 platform are the bragging rights of being on the cutting-edge. If you prioritize value for money over that, give these phones a look in our listings at priceprice.com.

Best Snapdragon 835 equipped Smartphones under P30,000 in the Philippines 2018

  1. HTC U11
  2. OnePlus 5T
  3. Sony Xperia XZ Premium
  4. Xiaomi Mi 6
  5. Xiaomi Mi MIX 2
  6. OnePlus 5
  7. Sony Xperia XZ1
  8. ZTE nubia Z17S
  9. ZTE nubia Z17
  10. Nokia 8

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