Apr 13, 2020 (updated : Jul 27, 2020)

Best Gaming Phones Under PHP 10K in the Philippines

The mobile gaming trend is encouraging people to buy mobile phones with specifications that can play the latest games in good quality. Besides, COVID-19 is also encouraging people to be more active in using the internet on their cellphones as a communication hub and to be the most effective means of playing games.

Many gaming mobile phones are circulating in the market with very good specifications and at quite high prices. This will certainly limit the people with limited funds to buy mobile phones that have features suitable for playing games.

Smartphone manufacturers are competing to provide features and advantages on every smartphone that is marketed to be able to attract people to buy them, including mobile phones with specifications that can play the latest online games such as Mobile Legends, PUBG Mobile and Call of Duty Mobile with good quality.

To answer the needs of the low-entry market, smartphone manufacturers have started to offer smartphones with gaming-capable features at affordable prices. In-line to that, Priceprice.com is here to provide you with the best gaming phones priced below PHP 10,000. But before that, here are some insights regarding buying a gaming-capable smartphone under a strict budget.

Things to Consider When Buying a Gaming Phone Within a Budget

1. Operating system

The first thing to consider when buying a gaming-capable smartphone is to look at the operating system version. Typically, one should look for smartphones that are equipped with an Android version of 9.0 Pie or higher. With the latest Android system, many advantages can be offered and the performance is also faster. A smartphone with an old Android system could wind up having issues with the overall optimization and app compatibility.

2. Screen resolution

Screen resolution is also important to note because it is related to the clarity of the image displayed. Typically, an FHD resolution or higher is the most recommended setting, but with budget constraints, expect the see smartphones with HD or HD+ resolutions.

3. RAM, Storage, Chipset and Battery

The higher the processor, the more reliable the performance of the smartphone will be. It is recommended to avoid processors with clock speeds marking below 1.0GHz. Similarly, higher memory capacity will also provide smoother performance - at least 3GB of RAM is recommended in this regard. In the storage department, it is advisable to have sufficient space in your storage. Having an almost full storage capacity can also interfere with your smartphone's overall performance. Lastly, the battery capacity should also be considered, but as long as the smartphone of your choosing provides fast charging support, then this should be more than enough to cover up for the overall battery size.

Best Gaming Phones Under PHP 10K in the Philippines 2020

10. Samsung Galaxy A30s

First on our list is the Samsung Galaxy A30s. The Galaxy A30s is an affordable option if you're looking for a gaming-capable smartphone with very competitive specs.

On the OS front, the Galaxy A30s comes with Android 9.0 Pie out-of-the-box and is upgradable to Android 10 with One UI 2.0. Under the hood, the Galaxy A30s is equipped with an Exynos 7904 chipset and a Mali-G71 GPU that provides gaming performance on this phone.

Samsung Galaxy A30s Test Game Pubg Mobile

Upfront, the Galaxy A30s sports a 6.4-inch Super AMOLED, and is equipped with 4GB of RAM and 64GB ROM, which provides application processing speed and large enough data storage. Providing juice to the device is a more than enough 4,000mAh battery with 15W fast charging support.

Pros

  • Super AMOLED display
  • 4GB RAM
  • Large battery capacity with 15W fast charging support
  • USB Type-C

Cons

  • No Stereo speakers
  • Only 720p resolution
Display Size6.4 inches
Display ResolutionHD+ 720 x 1560 pixels, 19.5:9 ratio (~268 ppi density) Super AMOLED
OS verAndroid 9.0 Pie
CPUExynos 7904 (14 nm) Octa-core
CPU Speed2x1.8 GHz Cortex-A73 & 6x1.6 GHz Cortex-A53
Storage32GB, 64GB, 128GB
External StoragemicroSD, up to 512GB
RAM3GB, 4GB
Main Camera25MP + 8MP + 5MP
Front Camera16MP
Battery4,000mAh 15W Fast Charging
Dimensions158.5 x 74.7 x 7.8 mm
Weight166 g
ColorPrism Crush Black, Prism Crush White, Prism Crush Green, Prism Crush Violet

9. Vivo Y19

Currently the #1 selling brand in Indonesia, the Vivo Y19 is equipped with 4GB of RAM with 128GB of ROM. Upfront, the Y19 flaunts a 6.53-inch IPS FHD+ display. The device currently employs Android 9.0 Pie managing a Helio P65 chipset paired with a Mali-G52 GPU. A bonus for gamers, the device also features an ultra gaming mode feature that will provide convenience for frequent users.

The Vivo Y19 packs a large 5,000mAh with 18W fast charging support.

Vivo Y19 Game Test Battery Test Tagalog

Pros

  • 4GB RAM
  • Large battery capacity with 18W fast charging
  • FHD+ resolution

Cons

  • IPS display
  • Micro USB 2.0
Display Size6.53 inches
Display ResolutionFHD+ 2340 x 1080 pixels
OS verFuntouch OS 9.2 (based on Android 9.0 Pie)
CPUMediaTek MT6768 Helio P65 Octa-core
CPU Speed2x2.0 GHz Cortex-A75 & 6x1.7 GHz Cortex-A55
Storage128GB
RAM4GB
Main Camera16MP + 8MP + 2MP
Front Camera16MP
Battery5000mAh Dual Engine Fast Charge (9V2A) Reverse Charging
Dimensions162.15 x 76.47 x 8.89 mm
Weight193 g
ColorMagnetic Black, Spring White

8. Samsung Galaxy M11

Here's another entry from Samsung, coming from the Galaxy M series- the Samsung Galaxy M11. The Galaxy M11 was just launched last month in the Philippines and packs the latest Android Operating system as well as Samsung's latest One UI 2.0

Samsung Galaxy M11 Game Test - Filipino

The Galaxy M11 packs a 6.4-inch PLS HD+ Infinity-O display protected by a Gorilla Glass 3 coating. Under the hood, the Galaxy M11 features a Qualcomm Snapdragon 450 chipset with an Adreno 506 GPU accompanied by 3GB of RAM and 32GB of ROM. Providing juice to the device is a hefty 5,000mAh battery capacity with 15W fast charging support.

Pros

  • 5,000mAh battery capacity with 15W fast charging
  • USB Type-C
  • HD+ resolution

Cons

  • PLS display
  • Low storage capacity
Display Size6.4 inches
Display ResolutionHD+ 720 x 1560 pixels
OS verAndroid 10.0; One UI 2.0
CPUQualcomm SDM450 Snapdragon 450 (14 nm) Octa-core Cortex-A53
CPU Speed1.8 GHz
Storage32GB, 64GB
External StoragemicroSD, up to 512GB
RAM3GB, 4GB
Main Camera13MP + 5MP + 2MP
Front Camera8MP
BatteryNon-removable, Li-Ion 5,000mAh Fast charging 15W
Dimensions161.4 x 76.3 x 9.0 mm
Weight197 g
ColorBlack, Metallic Blue, Violet

7. Realme C3

The first smartphone from Realme on our list is the Realme C3. The Realme C3 is undeniably priced fairly low, but it surely packs competitive specs that not all smartphone manufacturers are able to provide.

The Realme C3 despite its pricing features the latest Android 10 OS. Under the hood, this device packs MediaTek's Helio G70 chipset paired with 3GB of RAM and 32GB of internal storage. One thing to note about the Realme C3 is that it was able to achieve 179,428 points on AnTuTu's benchmark platform. That's high considering its place in our ranking of best gaming phones under P10k. Well the reason for that is, although the total score is practically high, this score is based on end-user results and that the Realme C3 is not officially listed on AnTuTu's ranking on its official website as of this writing.

Realme C3 Game Test - Filipino

Display-wise, the Realme C3 sports a 6.5-inch HD full-screen display protected by a Gorilla Glass 3. Providing power is a large 5,000mAh battery capacity with 10W fast charging support. Realme claims that the C3 can provide users the ability to play non-stop gaming for up to 10.6 hours without the need for charging.

Pros

  • 5,000mAh battery with 10W fast charging
  • Helio G70
  • 3GB of RAM

Cons

  • Micro USB 2.0
  • IPS display
Display Size6.5 inches
Display Resolution1600 x 720 pixels
OS verrealme UI 1.0, based on Android 10
CPUMediaTek Helio G70 Octa-core
CPU Speed2 x 2.0 GHz Cortex-A75 & 6 x 1.7 GHz Cortex-A55
Storage32GB
External StorageUp to 256GB
RAM3GB
Main Camera12MP + 2MP + 2MP
Front Camera5MP
BatteryLi-Po 5,000mAh 10W charging power Supports reverse charging
Dimensions164.4 x 75.0 x 8.95 mm
Weight195 g (with battery)
ColorBlazing Red, Frozen Blue

6. OPPO A5 2020

Mostly popular thanks to its camera performance, the A5 2020 from OPPO doesn't only offer gaming-capable features but also an impressive camera output.

The OPPO A5 2020 sports Android 9.0 Pie on its OS front. Hardware-wise, it is packed with a Snapdragon 665 with an Adreno 610 GPU paired with 3GB of RAM and 64GB of internal storage.

Oppo A5 2020 Game Test

Users can enjoy viewing with its 6.5-inch HD+ IPS LCD display. The OPPO A5 2020 comes with a fairly large 5,000mAh battery but no support for fast charging.

Pros

  • Large 5,000 mAh battery
  • USB Type-C
  • HD+ resolution

Cons

  • IPS LCD
  • No fast charging support
Display Size6.5 inches (16.5cm)
Display ResolutionHD+ 1600 x 720 pixels, Screen Ratio: 89.0%
OS verColorOS 6.0.1, based on Android 9 (Pie)
CPUQualcomm Snapdragon 665 + Game Boost 2.0
CPU Speed4x2.0 GHz Kryo 260 Gold & 4x1.8 GHz Kryo 260 Silver
Storage64GB, 128GB
External StoragemicroSD for up to 256GB
RAM3GB, 4GB
Main Camera12MP + 8MP + 2MP +2MP
Front Camera8MP
Battery4880/5000mAh (Min/Typ)
Dimensions163.6 x 75.6 x 9.1 mm
WeightAbout 195 g
ColorMirror Black, Dazzling White

5. Realme 5i

Realme is one of the few smartphone manufacturers to go to if you're in search of a budget-yet-feature-packed smartphone that doesn't disappoint.

Relying on a quad-camera configuration, a fast-performing processor coupled with a large battery makes the Realme 5i a hard bargain to resist. Not just because of its pricing, it also comes with the specifications that are suitable for gaming.

The Realme 5i is the first phone to introduce a Quad-camera system with a price below PHP 10,000. Aside from its camera features, the Realme 5i features a 6.5-inch IPS LCD screen with a resolution of 1600 x 720 pixels protected by Corning Gorilla Glass.

Realme 5i Game Test

Under the hood, the Realme 5i features a Qualcomm Snapdragon 665 AIE paired with an Adreno 640 GPU, 3GB RAM/32GB ROM or 4GB RAM/64GB ROM memory configurations, Android 9.0 Pie OS (upgradable to Android 10), and a 5,000mAh battery with 10W fast charging support.

Pros

  • 5,000mAh battery with 10W fast charging
  • Quad-camera setup

Cons

  • IPS LCD
  • Micro USB 2.0
Display Size6.5 inches
Display ResolutionHD+ 1600 x 720 pixels
OS verColorOS 6.0.1, based on Android 9 Pie
CPUQualcomm Snapdragon 665 AIE Octa-core
CPU Speed4x2.0 GHz Kryo 260 Gold & 4x1.8 GHz Kryo 260 Silver
Storage32GB, 64GB, 128GB
External StoragemicroSDXC
RAM3GB, 4GB
Main Camera12MP + 8MP + 2MP + 2MP
Front Camera8MP
BatteryNon-removable, Li-Po 5,000mAh
Dimensions164.4 x 75.0 x 9.0 mm
Weight195 g
ColorForest Green, Aqua Blue

4. Realme 6i

If you like the Realme 5i but want a better one, then look no more. The Realme 6i is the successor to the 5i which packs better specs while retaining the good ones from its predecessor.

Right off the bat, the Realme 6i operates on Android 10 OS out-of-the-box. The rear design of the device has gradually changed as well as the improvements in the camera department.

So what has changed aside from the rear design and the camera specs? Unlike its predecessor, the Realme 6i shifted to a MediaTek chipset instead of Qualcomm's Snapdragon. To be particular, the Realme 6i packs a MediaTek Helio G80 chipset paired with the same memory configurations as its predecessor.

Realme 6i Game Test - Filipino

Display-wise, the Realme 6i retains the same 6.5-inch IPS LCD screen with a resolution of 1600 x 720 pixels. Although the battery capacity remains similar to the Realme 5i's 5,000mAh, the Realme 6i receives an upgrade by getting a USB Type-C port and a faster-charging speed at 18W.

Pros

  • 5,000mAh battery with 18W fast charging
  • Quad-camera setup
  • USB Type-C

Cons

  • IPS LCD
  • 720p resolution
Display Size6.5 inches
Display ResolutionHD+ 720 x 1600 pixels
OS verAndroid 10.0; realme UI
CPUMediatek Helio G80 (12 nm) Octa-core
CPU Speed2x2.0 GHz Cortex-A75 & 6x1.8 GHz Cortex-A55
Storage64GB, 128GB
External StoragemicroSDXC (dedicated slot)
RAM3GB, 4GB
Main Camera48MP + 8MP + 2MP + 2MP
Front Camera16MP
BatteryNon-removable, Li-Po 5,000mAh Standard charging 18W
Dimensions164.4 x 75.4 x 9.0 mm
Weight199 g
ColorWhite Milk, Green Tea

3. HUAWEI Y7p

Right off the bat, it's a bummer that HUAWEI smartphones nowadays don't come with Google Play Store or Google Play Service. Although HUAWEI has its AppGallery to make up for it, this is a different topic on its own.

Despite the HUAWEI Y7p not having the standard Google Play Store or Google Play Service out-of-the-box, this doesn't mean that the device is not worth buying anymore. The device alone is a great performer on a budget.

The HUAWEI Y7p sports HUAWEI's in-house HiSilicon Kirin 710F chipset paired with a Mali-G51 MP4 GPU accompanied by 4GB of RAM and 64GB of internal memory.

Huawei Y7p Game Test - Filipino

Upfront, the Y7p features a 6.39-inch IPS LCD with a resolution of 720 x 1560 pixels. Powering the device is a 4,000mAh battery with 10W fast charging support.

What makes the HUAWEI Y7p a splendid option if you're eying for a gaming-capable smartphone on a budget is its ability to perform some games on high-settings without breaking a sweat.

Pros

  • Kirin 710F
  • 4,000mAh battery with 10W fast charging
  • 4GB RAM

Cons

  • No Google Play Service
  • Micro USB 2.0
  • 720p resolution
Display Size6.39 inches
Display ResolutionHD+ 1560 x 720 pixels
OS verEMUI 9.1 (Based on Android 9 Pie)
CPUHiSilicon Kirin 710F Octa-core
CPU Speed4x2.2 GHz Cortex-A73 & 4x1.7 GHz Cortex-A53
Storage64GB
External StoragemicroSD, up to 512GB
RAM4GB
Main Camera48MP + 8MP + 2MP
Front Camera8MP
Battery4,000mAh
Dimensions159.81 x 76.13 x 8.13 mm
Weight176 g (including battery)
ColorMidnight Black, Aurora Blue

2. Xiaomi Redmi Note 8

Xiaomi has certainly gained its moment back in the Philippines since the release of the Redmi Note 7 last year. Making it to the 2nd spot our list is the Redmi Note 7's successor, the Redmi Note 8.

The Redmi Note series has made a name thanks to its gaming-capable performance, great camera output, all under a reasonable price tag. Under the hood, the Redmi Note 8 packs a Snapdragon 665 chipset paired with 4GB of RAM and 64GB of internal storage. Upfront, the device features a 6.3-inch IPS LCD with a 1080 x 2340-pixel resolution protected by Gorilla Glass 5.

Redmi Note 8 Game Test

Providing power to the unit is a 4,000mAh battery capacity with 18W fast charging support. The Redmi Note 8 has garnered 175,792 points on AnTuTu's benchmark. To enlighten you, the Redmi Note 8 beats the likes of the Realme 5i, Galaxy A50, HUAWEI Y9s, Realme 5 and OPPO A5 2020 in terms of AnTuTu's benchmarking platform.

Pros

  • 1080p
  • 4,000mAh battery with 18W fast charging
  • 4GB RAM
  • USB Type-C

Cons

  • MIUI needs some bug fixes
  • Redmi Note 7 garnered a higher AnTuTu score
Display Size6.3 inches
Display ResolutionFHD+ 2340 x 1080 pixels
OS verMIUI 10, based on Android 9.0 Pie
CPUQualcomm SDM665 Snapdragon 665 (11 nm) Octa-core
CPU Speed4x2.0 GHz Kryo 260 Gold & 4x1.8 GHz Kryo 260 Silver
Storage32GB, 64GB, 128GB
External StoragemicroSD, up to 256GB
RAM3GB, 4GB, 6GB
Main Camera48MP + 8MP + 2MP + 2MP
Front Camera13MP
BatteryBuilt-in non-removable Lithium Ion Polymer 4000mAh Supports 18W Fast Charge Standard 10W Fast Charger, USB Type-C Reversible Charging Port
Dimensions158.3 x 75.3 x 8.35 mm
Weight190 g
ColorSpace Black, Moonlight White, Neptune Blue

1. Xiaomi Redmi Note 9

On the top of our list is none other than the Redmi Note 8's successor, the Redmi Note 9.

Similar to the Galaxy M11 and Realme 6i, the Redmi Note 9 is one of the freshest models in our list of best gaming phones under P10k. The Redmi Note 9 comes with Android 10 OS out-of-the-box. Under the hood, it features a MediaTek Helio G85 chipset paired with 3GB / 4GB RAM and 64GB / 128GB internal storage variants.

Redmi Note 9 Game Test - Filipino

The display is a bit larger than its predecessor at 6.53 inches but it is still made of IPS LCD with a resolution of 1,080 x 2,340 pixels.

For other additional features, the Redmi Note 9 is equipped with a 5,020mAh battery with 18W fast charging support.

Pros

  • Helio G85
  • 5,020mAh battery with 18W fast charging
  • USB Type-C
  • NFC-equipped
  • Promising camera performance

Cons

  • MIUI needs some bug fixes
  • IPS LCD
Display Size6.53 inches
Display ResolutionFHD+ 1080 x 2340 pixels, 19.5:9 ratio (~395 ppi density)
OS verAndroid 10, MIUI 11
CPUMediaTek Helio G85 Octa-core
CPU Speed2x2.0 GHz Cortex-A75 & 6x1.8 GHz Cortex-A55
Storage64GB, 128GB
External StoragemicroSDXC (dedicated slot)
RAM3GB, 4GB
Main Camera48MP + 8MP + 2MP + 2MP
Front Camera13MP
BatteryNon-removable, Li-Po 5,020mAh Fast charging 18W Reverse charging 9W
Dimensions162.3 x 77.2 x 8.9 mm (6.39 x 3.04 x 0.35 in)
Weight199 g
ColorMidnight Grey, Polar White, Forest Green

Conclusion

You may not agree with how we ranked the phones on our list, but rest assured, all the phones we've mentioned above should be on your radars if you're eyeing for a gaming phone under PHP 10,000.

Obviously, these phones are not made nor advertised by its manufacturer as a "Gaming Phone". Hence, we suggest you pick the one with the best overall package that will suit your every wants and needs.

Spec Comparison

Samsung Galaxy A30s Samsung Galaxy A30s Vivo Y19 Vivo Y19 Samsung Galaxy M11 Samsung Galaxy M11 Realme C3 Realme C3 OPPO A5 2020 OPPO A5 2020 Realme 5i Realme 5i Realme 6i Realme 6i HUAWEI Y7p HUAWEI Y7p Xiaomi Redmi Note 8 Xiaomi Redmi Note 8 Xiaomi Redmi Note 9 Xiaomi Redmi Note 9
Lowest Price P5,211.50 P9,699 P6,990 P4,000 P3,000 P4,999 P6,000 P8,200 P6,990 P5,299
Release date Sep 2019 Nov 2019 Jun 2020 Mar 2020 Oct 2019 Jan 2020 May 2020 Feb 2020 Oct 2019 May 2020
CPU Exynos 7904 (14 nm)
Octa-core
MediaTek MT6768 Helio P65
Octa-core
Qualcomm SDM450 Snapdragon 450 (14 nm)
Octa-core Cortex-A53
MediaTek Helio G70
Octa-core
Qualcomm Snapdragon 665 + Game Boost 2.0 Qualcomm Snapdragon 665 AIE
Octa-core
Mediatek Helio G80 (12 nm)
Octa-core
HiSilicon Kirin 710F
Octa-core
Qualcomm SDM665 Snapdragon 665 (11 nm)
Octa-core
MediaTek Helio G85
Octa-core
OS ver Android 9.0 Pie Funtouch OS 9.2 (based on Android 9.0 Pie) Android 10.0; One UI 2.0 realme UI 1.0, based on Android 10 ColorOS 6.0.1, based on Android 9 (Pie) ColorOS 6.0.1, based on Android 9 Pie Android 10.0; realme UI EMUI 9.1 (Based on Android 9 Pie) MIUI 10, based on Android 9.0 Pie Android 10, MIUI 11
Display Size 6.4 inches 6.53 inches 6.4 inches 6.5 inches 6.5 inches (16.5cm) 6.5 inches 6.5 inches 6.39 inches 6.3 inches 6.53 inches
Display Resolution HD+ 720 x 1560 pixels, 19.5:9 ratio (~268 ppi density)
Super AMOLED
FHD+ 2340 x 1080 pixels HD+ 720 x 1560 pixels 1600 x 720 pixels HD+ 1600 x 720 pixels, Screen Ratio: 89.0% HD+ 1600 x 720 pixels HD+ 720 x 1600 pixels HD+ 1560 x 720 pixels FHD+ 2340 x 1080 pixels FHD+ 1080 x 2340 pixels, 19.5:9 ratio (~395 ppi density)
RAM 3GB, 4GB 4GB 3GB, 4GB 3GB 3GB, 4GB 3GB, 4GB 3GB, 4GB 4GB 3GB, 4GB, 6GB 3GB, 4GB
Storage 32GB, 64GB, 128GB 128GB 32GB, 64GB 32GB 64GB, 128GB 32GB, 64GB, 128GB 64GB, 128GB 64GB 32GB, 64GB, 128GB 64GB, 128GB
External Storage microSD, up to 512GB - microSD, up to 512GB Up to 256GB microSD for up to 256GB microSDXC microSDXC (dedicated slot) microSD, up to 512GB microSD, up to 256GB microSDXC (dedicated slot)
Main Camera 25MP + 8MP + 5MP 16MP + 8MP + 2MP 13MP + 5MP + 2MP 12MP + 2MP + 2MP 12MP + 8MP + 2MP +2MP 12MP + 8MP + 2MP + 2MP 48MP + 8MP + 2MP + 2MP 48MP + 8MP + 2MP 48MP + 8MP + 2MP + 2MP 48MP + 8MP + 2MP + 2MP
Front Camera 16MP 16MP 8MP 5MP 8MP 8MP 16MP 8MP 13MP 13MP
Battery 4,000mAh
15W Fast Charging
5000mAh
Dual Engine Fast Charge (9V2A)
Reverse Charging
Non-removable, Li-Ion 5,000mAh
Fast charging 15W
Li-Po 5,000mAh
10W charging power
Supports reverse charging
4880/5000mAh (Min/Typ) Non-removable, Li-Po 5,000mAh Non-removable, Li-Po 5,000mAh
Standard charging 18W
4,000mAh Built-in non-removable Lithium Ion Polymer 4000mAh
Supports 18W Fast Charge
Standard 10W Fast Charger, USB Type-C Reversible Charging Port
Non-removable, Li-Po 5,020mAh
Fast charging 18W
Reverse charging 9W