Apr 27, 2018

Which is the Best Mid-range Phone under P20k in the Philippines? (Q1 2018)

Mid-range phones priced under PHP 20,000 have been crowding the Philippine market, making it hard for us to decide which of them is the best choice. We narrowed down the options into four: OPPO F7, Vivo V9, ASUS ZenFone 5, and HUAWEI P20 Lite.

Here in the Philippines, we usually prefer entry-level to mid-range devices which basically come with affordable prices. While most of us would settle with phones under 5k or 10k, there are still some who have more money to blow. Occupying the country's mid-level segment are handsets such as the OPPO F7, the Vivo V9, the ASUS ZenFone 5, and the HUAWEI P20 Lite which you can buy for a price of under PHP20,000. Let's put those in a 4-way specs comparison for us to know which of them is the best mid-range phone priced under PHP 20k.

OPPO F7 and Vivo V9


Lowest Price in the Philippines P12,500

Vivo V9

Vivo V9

Lowest Price in the Philippines P12,500

ASUS ZenFone 5 and HUAWEI P20 Lite.
ASUS ZenFone 5 (ZE620KL)

ASUS ZenFone 5 (ZE620KL)

Lowest Price in the Philippines P14,995

HUAWEI P20 lite (nova 3e)

HUAWEI P20 lite (nova 3e)

Lowest Price in the Philippines P11,500


The Vivo V9 comes with the largest display among them at 6.3inches while the HUAWEI P20 Lite settles in the bottom spot with just a 5.8-inch screen. The OPPO F7 and ASUS ZenFone 5 are tied at 6.2inches but they are equipped with different resolutions, 1080 x 2280pixels, and 1080 x 2246pixels respectively.

Performance and Software

While all of them run on the latest Android Oreo platform, they differ greatly on their processors. The OPPO F7 comes powered by a MediaTek Helio P60, the Vivo V9 has a Snapdragon 626 chip, the ASUS ZenFone 5 packs a Snapdragon 636 SoC, and the HUAWEI P20 Lite with a Kirin 659 chipset. Going to the memory, both the Vivo V9 and HUAWEI P20 Lite only offer 4GB of RAM while the other two has 4GB and 6GB RAM options. Although all of them debuts with 64GB onboard storage, only the OPPO F7 offers a beefier 128GB variant.


The Vivo V9, HUAWEI P20 Lite and ASUS ZenFone 5 feature a dual-rear-camera setup while the OPPO F7 only have a single-camera module. Going to the specifics, the Vivo V9 has a 16MP + 5MP combo on the back panel whereas the HUAWEI P20 Lite has a 16MP + 2MP rear setup. The OPPO F7 sports a 16MP back snapper and the ASUS ZenFone 5 adopts a 12MP shooter. Up front, the OPPO F7, Vivo V9, ASUS Zenfone 5, and HUAWEI P20 Lite ship with 25MP, 24MP, 8MP, and 16MP sensors, respectively.


The OPPO F7 wins this battery battle with a 3400mAh cell followed by the ASUS ZenFone 5 with a 3300mAh juice. The third spot was secured by the Vivo V9 with a 3260mAh battery while the one with the lowest capacity is the HUAWEI P20 Lite with 3000mAh.


As of this writing, the four devices are priced as follows: the OPPO F7 at PHP17,800, the Vivo V9 at PHP17,990, the ASUS ZenFone 5 at PHP18,995, and the HUAWEI P20 Lite at PHP15,990.


The Vivo V9 offers the most screen space and camera resolution, the ASUS ZenFone 5 has the best processor, the OPPO F7 comes with the most RAM, storage space, and battery capacity, and the HUAWEI P20 Lite is the cheapest one. As you can see, the devices have their own set of strengths, as well as weaknesses, yet it is up to your preference as to which one of them you think is the most suitable for your needs.

Summary of Specifications


Display Size6.23 inches
Resolution1080 x 2280 pixels
OS verColorOS 5.0, based on Android 8.1 Oreo
CPUMediaTek Helio P60 Octa-core
CPU Speed4 x Cortex-A73 & 4 x Cortex-A53
Storage64GB, 128GB
External StoragemicroSD, up to 256 GB (dedicated slot)
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

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 (Philippines, Global) Qualcomm Snapdragon 450 (RAM 4GB Indonesia) Qualcomm Snapdragon 660 (RAM 6GB Indonesia)
CPU SpeedOcta-core 2.2 GHz
External StoragemicroSD up to 256GB
Main Camera16 MP + 5 MP
Front Camera24MP (4GB) / 12MP (6GB)
BatteryLi-lon 3260mAh
Dimensions154.81 x 75.03 x 7.89 mm
Weight150 g
ColorPearl Black, Velvet Red, Gold, Sapphire Blue

ASUS ZenFone 5

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
External Storageup to 2TB
Main Camera12 MP + unknown MP
Front Camera8 MP
Dimensions153 x 7.85 x 75.65 mm
Weight155 g
ColorMeteor Silver, Midnight Blue


Display Size5.84 inches
Resolution1080 x 2280 pixels
OS verEMUI 8.0 Android 8.0 (Oreo)
CPUHiSilicon Kirin 659
CPU Speed2.36 GHz & 1.7 GHz
Storage64GB, 128GB
External StoragemicroSD up to 256GB (uses SIM 2 slot)
Main Camera16 MP + 2 MP,F/2.2
Front Camera16MP, F/2.0
Battery3000 mAh
Dimensions148.6 x 71.2 x 7.4 mm
Weight145 g
ColorMidnight Black, Sakura Pink, Sakura Pink