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Apr 13, 2020 (updated : Mar 29, 2021)

Best Gaming Smartphones Under PHP 10K in the Philippines 2021

Are you a gamer who also happens to be on a budget? We don't blame you. Here are the best gaming smartphones for consumers who don't want to break the bank.

A budget-oriented smartphone was once near-impossible to own. And this wasn't simply due to the market almost found it impracticable to make, but ultimately because it wasn't viable to produce.

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In essence, gaming smartphones essentially need to feature only the most robust of internals. These same phones, of course, also need to boast the most modern of designs that appeal to gamers.

Thankfully, Xiaomi and realme have both been on all fours lately, bringing about smartphone entries that undeniably come with gaming features.

If you're on the lookout for the best gaming smartphones under PHP 10K in the country, you're in for a treat as this exclusive compilation is for you. Here are the best gaming phones in the local market under the critical PHP 10K segment.

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Best Gaming Smartphones Under PHP 10K in the Philippines

10. Infinix NOTE 8

Budding smartphone manufacturer Infinix made some waves in the budget-friendly mobile gaming niche last year when it officially announced its NOTE 8 entry in the competition.

At the core of its charm is the inclusion of MediaTek's Helio G80 chipset―a gaming-focused SoC specially geared for gamers in this bracket.

The Infinix NOTE 8 also flaunts one of the most massive display sizes in the race. The phone features a 6.95-inch IPS LCD panel with a resolution of 720 x 1,640 pixels and Corning Gorilla Glass 6. Additionally, the phone's screen has a pill-shaped cutout, housing a dual-camera front-facing setup.

Meanwhile, the Infinix NOTE 8 boasts 6GB of RAM and an expandable 128GB of storage onboard. There's also a 5,200mAh battery capacity, with support for 18W fast wired charging.

Other key features of the phone include a side-mounted fingerprint reader, Bluetooth 5.0, and a 3.5mm headphone jack.

Pros

  • 3.5mm headphone jack
  • Helio G80 chip
  • Massive IPS LCD panel
  • 5,200mAh battery

Cons

  • HD resolution

Infinix NOTE 8 Key Specifications

Display Size6.95 inches
Display ResolutionHD+ 720 x 1640 pixels
OS verAndroid 10, XOS 7.1
CPUMediatek Helio G80 (12 nm) Octa-core Cortex-A75 & Cortex-A55
CPU Speed2x2.0 GHz Cortex-A75 & 6x1.8 GHz Cortex-A55
Storage128GB
External StoragemicroSDXC (dedicated slot)
RAM6GB
Main Camera64MP + 2MP + 2MP + 2MP
Front Camera16MP + 2MP
BatteryLi-Po 5,200mAh, non-removable Fast charging 18W
Dimensions175.3 x 78.8 x 9 mm (6.90 x 3.10 x 0.35 in)
ColorGray, Green, Light Blue

9. vivo Y30

Despite its slightly smaller size than the previous entry in our list, the vivo Y30's 6.47-inch IPS LCD panel is still sizeable at heart. The phone's screen features a display punch-hole, making it appear more massive than usual.

The vivo Y30 is then powered by MediaTek's Helio P35 chip―a process based on a 12nm architecture. Perhaps the most attractive feature of the phone can be found in this department. We're talking about its up to 8GB of RAM and an expandable 128GB of internal storage.

vivo also equipped the device with a large 5,000mAh battery. Alas, the company didn't manage to arm it with support for fast charging. Users will have to rely on its conventional 10W charging. Strangely, the phone features a modern USB Type-C port.

Also featured in the vivo Y30 is a 3.5mm headphone jack and Bluetooth 5.0.

Pros

  • Up to 8GB of RAM; expandable storage
  • 5,000mAh battery

Cons

  • HD resolution
  • No support for fast charging

vivo Y30 Key Specifications

Display Size6.47 inches
Display ResolutionHd+ 720 x 1560 pixels
OS verAndroid 10, Funtouch 10.0
CPUMediatek MT6765 Helio P35 (12nm) Octa-core Cortex-A53
CPU Speed4x2.35 GHz Cortex-A53 & 4x1.8 GHz Cortex-A53
Storage128GB
RAM4GB
Main Camera13MP + 8MP + 2MP + 2MP
Front Camera8MP
BatteryLi-Po 5,000mAh, Non-removable Charging 10W
Dimensions162 x 76.5 x 9.1 mm (6.38 x 3.01 x 0.36 in)
Weight197 g (6.95 oz)
ColorMoonstone White, Dazzle Blue

8. Samsung Galaxy A12

Don't be fooled by the clean-looking appearance of the Samsung Galaxy A12. Its users were not as the phone is just about as reliable as it is enjoyable when held for an extended period.

The Samsung Galaxy A12 has a 6.5-inch PLS IPS panel, with a resolution of 720 x 1,600 pixels. The phone's screen also comes with a dewdrop notch which houses a selfie snapper.

The Samsung Galaxy A12 also gets fueled by the same SoC powering the list's 9th smartphone. The phone starts at 3GB of RAM and maxes out at a 6GB of RAM variety. It also has expandable storage, with three options―32GB/64GB/128GB.

Samsung also included a 5,000mAh battery capacity, with support for 15W fast wired charging. Other crucial features of the phone include a 3.5mm headphone jack, a side-mounted fingerprint reader, Bluetooth 5.0, and USB Type-C.

Pros

  • Modern design
  • 5,000mAh battery with support for 15W fast wired charging

Cons

  • HD resolution

Samsung Galaxy A12 Key Specifications

Display Size6.5 inches
Display ResolutionHD+ 720 x 1600 pixels
OS verAndroid 10
CPUMediaTek MT6765 Helio P35 (12nm) Octa-core Cortex-A53
CPU Speed4x2.35 GHz Cortex-A53 & 4x1.8 GHz Cortex-A53
Storage32GB, 64GB, 128GB
External StoragemicroSD, up to 1TB
RAM3GB, 4GB, 6GB
Main Camera48MP + 5MP + 2MP + 2MP
Front Camera8MP
BatteryLi-Po 5,000mAh, non-removable Fast charging 15W
Dimensions164 x 75.8 x 8.9 mm (6.46 x 2.98 x 0.35 in)
Weight205 g (7.23 oz)
ColorBlack, White, Red, Blue

7. OPPO A52

You'll get tons of perks, gaming or otherwise, when you finally get your hands on the OPPO A52.

Let's start with the OPPO A52's 6.52-inch IPS LCD panel, with a resolution of 1,080 x 2,400 pixels. The phone's screen also supports 480 nits of typical brightness and a punch-hole, housing a 16MP selfie shooter.

The OPPO A52 is also powered by Qualcomm's Snapdragon 665 chipset with Adreno 610 spearheading the GPU department. The phone also has up to 8GB of RAM and 128GB of UFS 2.1 internal storage; the latter is likewise expandable.

The OPPO A52 is also toting around a 5,000mAh battery, with support for 18W fast wired charging. For gamers, such a combination is more than enough.

The OPPO A52 also has stereo speakers, a 3.5mm headphone jack, a side-mounted fingerprint reader, Bluetooth 5.0, and USB Type-C. The phone runs on ColorOS 7.1, based on Android 10.

Pros

  • Full HD resolution
  • Snapdragon 662 chipset
  • 5,000mAh battery with 18W fast wired charging support
  • Up to 8GB of RAM

Cons

  • Plastic back and frame

OPPO A52 Key Specifications

Display Size6.5 inches
Display ResolutionFHD+ 1080 x 2400 pixels
OS verAndroid 10.0; ColorOS 7.1
CPUQualcomm SM6125 Snapdragon 665 (11 nm) Octa-core
CPU Speed4x2.0 GHz Kryo 260 Gold & 4x1.8 GHz Kryo 260 Silver
Storage128GB
External StoragemicroSDXC
RAM4GB, 6GB, 8GB
Main Camera12MP + 8MP + 2MP + 2MP
Front Camera16MP (China ROM: 8MP)
BatteryNon-removable, Li-Po 5,000mAh Fast charging 18W
Dimensions162 x 75.5 x 8.9 mm
WeightAbout 192 g
ColorTwilight Black, Stream White

6. Cherry Mobile Aqua S9 Max

Cherry Mobile's latest value-packed smartphone offering in the local market is the Aqua S9 Max. As it stands, the phone is also a favorite among gamers with a tight budget.

At the top of their favorite features off the Cherry Mobile Aqua S9 Max is the inclusion of MediaTek's Helio G90T chip, yet another gaming-centric silicon for budget mobile gamers. Meanwhile, the device has 4GB of RAM and a Mali-G76 GPU.

The Cherry Mobile Aqua S9 Max also features a 6.53-inch Full HD+ TrueView display, immersive enough for playing games. The front panel also sports a teardrop notch in which a 32MP selfie camera resides. An earpiece is placed right atop the bezel.

The Cherry Mobile Aqua S9 Max is also king in terms of its battery features. It has a 5,130mAh battery, with 18W fast wired charging support.

Other key features of the Cherry Mobile Aqua S9 Max are a rear-mounted fingerprint reader, nano dual-SIM support, Bluetooth, Smart PA (Hi-Fi) audio chip, and Liquid Cooling Technology.

Pros

  • Liquid cooling technology
  • 5,130mAh battery with 18W fast wired charging
  • Helio G90T
  • Smart PA (Hi-Fi) audio chip

Cons

  • Plastic back and frame

Cherry Mobile Aqua S9 Max Key Specifications

Display Size6.53 inches
Display ResolutionFHD+ 2340 x 1080 pixels
OS verAndroid 10
CPUMediatek Helio G90T Octa-core Cortex-A76 & Cortex-A55
CPU Speed2x 2.05 GHz Cortex-A76 & 6x 2.0 GHz Cortex-A55
Storage128GB
External StoragemicroSD, up to 256GB
RAM4GB
Main Camera48MP + 8MP + 2MP + 2MP
Front Camera32MP
Battery5,130mAh Li-ion, non-removable, 18W Fast Charging
Dimensions162.86 x 77.05 x 10.15 mm
Weight216 g
ColorJade Green

5. realme C15

The realme C15 comes with a massive 6,000mAh battery and MediaTek's Helio G35 processor―two features that are already more than enough for gamers who don't want to go overboard their mobile expenses. And also experience reliable gaming, of course.

Apart from its impressive chip and enormous battery, the realme C15 also flaunts a 6.5-inch IPS LCD panel, with a resolution of 720 x 1,600 pixels and Corning Gorilla Glass. A teardrop notch is also featured, housing a selfie camera unit.

One of the key selling features of the realme C15 doesn't only rely on its sizeable battery. realme also equips the device with complementary support for 18W fast wired charging. Alongside its chip, this should be a win-win for all gamers.

The realme C15 also features a rear-mounted fingerprint reader for biometric, a 3.5mm headphone jack, and Bluetooth 5.0. We have a dated Micro USB port and a plastic back and frame as their drawbacks.

Pros

  • 6,000mAh battery with 18W fast wired charging support
  • Helio G35 chip
  • Expandable storage

Cons

  • Micro USB
  • Plastic back and frame
  • HD resolution

realme C15 Key Specifications

Display Size6.5 inches
Display ResolutionHD+ 720 x 1600 pixels
OS verAndroid 10, realme UI 1.0
CPUMediaTek Helio G35 (12 nm) Octa-core Cortex-A53
CPU Speed2.3 GHz
Storage64GB, 128GB
External StoragemicroSD, up to 256GB
RAM3GB, 4GB
Main Camera13MP + 8MP + 2MP + 2MP
Front Camera8MP
BatteryNon-removable, Li-Po 6,000mAh Fast charging 18W
Dimensions164.5 x 75.9 x 9.8 mm
Weight209 g (including battery)
ColorSeagull Silver, Marine Blue

4. Xiaomi Redmi 9

The Xiaomi Redmi 9 didn't only redefine what it means to own a budget-friendly smartphone when announced in June 2020. Ultimately, the phone also went above and beyond relative to its gaming-oriented features.

For instance, the Xiaomi Redmi 9 now features a 6.53-inch IPS LCD panel, with a resolution of 1,080 x 2,340 pixels, and Corning Gorilla Glass 3. The phone's screen also supports 400 nits of typical brightness.

The Xiaomi Redmi 9 also has MediaTek's Helio G80 at its core – easily its most attractive feature amongst gamers. Also, the phone is armed with up to 6GB of RAM and 128GB of expandable storage.

Its gaming performance is made even more pronounced with the accompaniment of a 5,020mAh battery capacity, with support for 18W fast wired charging.

The phone also has a wireless FM radio, a 3.5mm headphone jack, Bluetooth 5.0, NFC, and USB Type-C. Other essential features the phone boasts of are quadruple cameras on its rear and a rear-mounted fingerprint reader.

Pros

  • Full HD+ resolution
  • Helio G80 chip
  • 5,020mAh battery with 18W fast wired charging support
  • Wireless FM radio

Cons

  • Plastic back and frame

Xiaomi Redmi 9 Key Specifications

Display Size6.53 inches
Display ResolutionFHD+ 1080 x 2340 pixels
OS verAndroid 10, MIUI 12
CPUMediatek Helio G80 (12 nm) Octa-core Cortex-A75 & Cortex-A55
CPU Speed2x2.0 GHz Cortex-A75 & 6x1.8 GHz Cortex-A55
Storage32GB, 64GB
External StoragemicroSD, up to 512GB
RAM3GB, 4GB
Main Camera13MP + 8MP + 5MP + 2MP
Front Camera8MP
BatteryNon-removable, Li-Po 5,020mAh Fast charging 18W
Dimensions163.32 x 77.01 x 9.1 mm (6.43 x 3.03 x 0.36 in)
Weight198 g (6.98 oz)
ColorCarbon Gray, Ocean Green, Sunset Purple, Pink/Blue

3. Xiaomi Redmi Note 9

The Xiaomi Redmi Note 9 truly stood out in 2020 for all the right reasons. One of which is its penchant for delivering the goods relative to its gaming performance.

The star of the show is the Redmi Note 9's Helio G85 chip from MediaTek, a gaming-centric processor based on a 12nm architecture. It also has a slew of RAM and ROM offerings, both of which max out at 6GB of RAM and 128GB of expandable storage.

The Redmi Note 9 also works on a 5,020mAh battery capacity with support for 18W fast wired charging; a 9W reverse charging feature is also included.

Next to its chipset, the Redmi Note 9 also happens to be a knockout when it comes to looks. The phone has a 6.53-inch IPS LCD panel, with a resolution of 1,080 x 2,340 pixels and 450 nits of typical brightness. The device's front panel also gets protected by Corning Gorilla Glass 5. A water-repellent coating is also a standout feature in this department.

Around the back of the device is without a doubt its crucial design feature. Gamers who also shoot photos occasionally can carry their phones with confidence with its distinctive camera module design.

Pros

  • Helio G85 chip
  • 5,020mAh battery with 18W fast wired charging support
  • Impeccable design, front and back

Cons

  • Plastic back and frame

Xiaomi Redmi Note 9 Key Specifications

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
ColorOnyx Black, Midnight Grey, Polar White, Forest Green

2. Xiaomi POCO M3

Talking about some head-turning design, the POCO M3 is decidedly a scene-stealer of a smartphone. This is crucial if you happen to be a gamer who likes to be noticed from time to time.

We're talking about the POCO M3 rear aesthetics, front-lined by a Herculean-looking camera module, which houses a triple-camera setup.

But that isn't the only essential feature of the phone. The POCO M3 also has Qualcomm's Snapdragon 662 chip at its core, with up to 6GB of RAM and 128GB of internal storage; the latter is also expandable via its dedicated microSD card slot.

The POCO M3 also harbors a 6,000mAh battery, which is also thankfully complemented by an 18W fast wired charging support.

At the front, the POCO M3 also features a 6.53-inch IPS LCD panel, with a resolution of 1,080 x 2,340 pixels and 480 nits of typical brightness. A Corning Gorilla Glass 3 is also a confirmed display perk.

Pros

  • Cool yet modern design
  • Snapdragon 662
  • 6,000mAh battery with 18W fast wired charging support

Cons

  • Plastic back and frame

Xiaomi POCO M3 Key Specifications

Display Size6.53 inches
Display ResolutionFHD+ 1080 x 2340 pixels
OS verAndroid 10, MIUI 12
CPUQualcomm SM6115 Snapdragon 662 (11 nm) Octa-core Kryo 260
CPU Speed4x2.0 GHz Kryo 260 Gold & 4x1.8 GHz Kryo 260 Silver
Storage64GB, 128GB
External StoragemicroSDXC (dedicated slot)
RAM4GB
Main Camera48MP + 2MP + 2MP
Front Camera8MP
BatteryLi-Po 6,000mAh, non-removable Fast charging 18W Reverse charging
Dimensions162.3 x 77.2 x 9.6 mm (6.39 x 3.04 x 0.38 in)
Weight198 g (6.98 oz)
ColorPower Black, Poco Yellow, Cool Blue

1. Xiaomi Redmi 9T

Charging ahead amongst its peers in our list is the Xiaomi Redmi 9T.

Borrowing some obvious cues from the vanilla Redmi 9 and taking them up a notch quite effectively, the Redmi 9T features a 6.53-inch IPS LCD panel, with a resolution of 1,080 x 2,340 pixels and Corning Gorilla Glass 3. The phone's display also supports 400 nits of typical brightness.

The Xiaomi Redmi 9T also has Qualcomm's Snapdragon 662 SoC, with up to 6GB of RAM and 128GB of expandable storage. The phone also manages to bring in two types of storage varieties in the fold: UFS 2.1 and 2.2.

The Xiaomi Redmi 9T is also juiced by a 6,000mAh battery, with support for 18W fast wired and 2.5W reverse charging.

The Xiaomi Redmi 9T also features a side-mounted fingerprint reader, a 3.5mm headphone jack, and USB Type-C.

Pros

  • Snapdragon 662
  • 6,000mAh battery, with support for 18W fast wired and 2.5W reverse charging
  • Fast storage types
  • Full HD+ panel

Cons

  • Plastic back and frame

Xiaomi Redmi 9T Key Specifications

Display Size6.53 inches
Display ResolutionFHD+ 1080 x 2340 pixels
OS verAndroid 10, MIUI 12
CPUQualcomm SM6115 Snapdragon 662 (11 nm) Octa-core Kryo 260
CPU Speed4x2.0 GHz Kryo 260 Gold & 4x1.8 GHz Kryo 260 Silver
Storage64GB, 128GB
External StoragemicroSD, up to 512GB
RAM4GB, 6GB
Main Camera48MP + 8MP + 2MP + 2MP
Front Camera8MP
BatteryLi-Po 6,000mAh, non-removable Fast charging 18W Reverse charging 2.5W
Dimensions162.3 x 77.3 x 9.6 mm (6.39 x 3.04 x 0.38 in)
Weight198 g (6.98 oz)
ColorCarbon Gray, Sunset Orange, Ocean Green, Twilight Blue

Conclusion

Xiaomi and realme are still the biggest smartphone brands in the budget gaming niche in the Philippines. And these manufacturers' tried-and-tested formula couldn't be more overstated.

These brands' almost non-stop approach to delivering smartphones with the best gaming chips, the juiciest batteries, and the most immersive of displays are just the sum of their entries' greater parts. All of which are supported by their miscellaneous features, sealed by price tags that are borderline ridiculous.

Spec Comparison

Model Infinix NOTE 8 Infinix NOTE 8 vivo Y30 vivo Y30 Samsung Galaxy A12 Samsung Galaxy A12 OPPO A52 OPPO A52 Cherry Mobile Aqua S9 Max Cherry Mobile Aqua S9 Max realme C15 realme C15 Xiaomi Redmi 9 Xiaomi Redmi 9 Xiaomi Redmi Note 9 Xiaomi Redmi Note 9 Xiaomi POCO M3 Xiaomi POCO M3 Xiaomi Redmi 9T Xiaomi Redmi 9T
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Lowest Price P7,448 P2,999 P6,000 P5,599 P8,999 P2,299 P3,199 P3,599 P2,300 P5,000
CPU Mediatek Helio G80 (12 nm)
Octa-core Cortex-A75 & Cortex-A55
Mediatek MT6765 Helio P35 (12nm)
Octa-core Cortex-A53
MediaTek MT6765 Helio P35 (12nm)
Octa-core Cortex-A53
Qualcomm SM6125 Snapdragon 665 (11 nm)
Octa-core
Mediatek Helio G90T
Octa-core Cortex-A76 & Cortex-A55
MediaTek Helio G35 (12 nm)
Octa-core Cortex-A53
Mediatek Helio G80 (12 nm)
Octa-core Cortex-A75 & Cortex-A55
MediaTek Helio G85
Octa-core
Qualcomm SM6115 Snapdragon 662 (11 nm)
Octa-core Kryo 260
Qualcomm SM6115 Snapdragon 662 (11 nm)
Octa-core Kryo 260
Display Size 6.95 inches 6.47 inches 6.5 inches 6.5 inches 6.53 inches 6.5 inches 6.53 inches 6.53 inches 6.53 inches 6.53 inches
RAM 6GB 4GB 3GB, 4GB, 6GB 4GB, 6GB, 8GB 4GB 3GB, 4GB 3GB, 4GB 3GB, 4GB 4GB 4GB, 6GB
Main Camera 64MP + 2MP + 2MP + 2MP 13MP + 8MP + 2MP + 2MP 48MP + 5MP + 2MP + 2MP 12MP + 8MP + 2MP + 2MP 48MP + 8MP + 2MP + 2MP 13MP + 8MP + 2MP + 2MP 13MP + 8MP + 5MP + 2MP 48MP + 8MP + 2MP + 2MP 48MP + 2MP + 2MP 48MP + 8MP + 2MP + 2MP
Battery Li-Po 5,200mAh, non-removable
Fast charging 18W
Li-Po 5,000mAh, Non-removable
Charging 10W
Li-Po 5,000mAh, non-removable
Fast charging 15W
Non-removable, Li-Po 5,000mAh
Fast charging 18W
5,130mAh Li-ion, non-removable,
18W Fast Charging
Non-removable, Li-Po 6,000mAh
Fast charging 18W
Non-removable, Li-Po 5,020mAh
Fast charging 18W
Non-removable, Li-Po 5,020mAh
Fast charging 18W
Reverse charging 9W
Li-Po 6,000mAh, non-removable
Fast charging 18W
Reverse charging
Li-Po 6,000mAh, non-removable
Fast charging 18W
Reverse charging 2.5W
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