Oct 10, 2017 (updated : Mar 11, 2019)

Best Smartphones in the Philippines for February 2019

We've crunched the data again for the month of February and tallied the best smartphones that have gone on to attract most Filipino consumers last month.

For months, we've been hinting at this site that our monthly chart for the best smartphones was about to get some of its much-needed change due to the emergence of the new players in the industry. And for the month of February, this is exactly what we've finally witnessed. Though the bang-for-your-buck tone is still very much incorporated, we're now seeing new entries that may indicate that the list is getting rehabilitated.

And with the MWC 2019 just concluded, we don't see any reason as to why it wouldn't. At some point, some things are just bound to get modified. The same goes to this exclusive list.

We now look into the best smartphones in February this year. Scroll down to see if your favorites are still among the most accessed in town.

Author's note: The ranking below is based on actual user access statistics.

10. Vivo Y91

Pros

  • Fingerprint sensor
  • Dual-camera setup

Cons

  • USB 2.0
  • Price over specs

When it comes to the mid-range segment, Vivo has never shied away from offering some of its strongest entries. And with the release of the Vivo Y91, this status is cemented further.

The Vivo Y91 is the trendiest among its rivals. With an expansive 6.22-inch IPS LCD waterdrop notched display, the smartphone can be easily distinguished, for reasons that are only complimentary. The device also flaunts a 19:9 aspect ratio and a high 82.9% screen-to-body ratio.

Under the hood, the Vivo Y91 is fueled by Snapdragon 439, accompanied by 2GB/3GB of RAM offerings and an expandable 16GB/32GB of internal storage options. The handset also sports a dual-camera setup and works on a 4,030mAh battery.

Vivo Y91

Vivo Y91

Lowest Price in the Philippines P9,499

Display Size6.22 inches
ResolutionHD+ 1520 x 720 pixels
OS verFuntouch OS 4.5 based on Android 8.1 Oreo
CPUQualcomm Snapdragon 439 Octa core
CPU Speed1.95 GHz
Storage32GB
External StorageUp to 256GB
RAM3GB
Main Camera13MP + 2MP
Front Camera8MP
BatteryNon-removable Li-ion 4030mAh
Dimensions155.11 x 75.09 x 8.28 mm
Weight163.5 g
ColorStarry Black, Ocean Blue

9. HUAWEI nova 4

Pros

  • Beautiful display
  • Powerful chipset
  • Great cameras

Cons

  • Availability
  • Expensive

The HUAWEI nova 4 may have just been announced in December 2018, but that didn't stop the brand's premium mid-ranger to shoot right to the top.

The HUAWEI nova 4 is inarguably HUAWEI's most ambitious release to-date that truly impresses. As one of the pioneers of the talked-about punch-hole display, this entry is easily unmistakable when placed side-by-side with its competitors. But when this very contender gets to unravel its internal offerings, the competition gets predictable. The HUAWEI nova 4 features a 6.4-inch IPS LCD display with a resolution of 1,080 x 2,310 pixels. It's powered by the HiSilicon Kirin 970 and is coupled with 8GB of RAM and 128GB of internal storage.

The smartphone is also noted for being among the first to equip a 48MP rear camera module and a huge 25MP selfie snapper.

HUAWEI nova 4

HUAWEI nova 4

Lowest Price in the Philippines P21,763

Display Size6.4 inches
ResolutionFHD+ 2310 x 1080 pixels (398 PPI)
OS verAndroid 9 Pie
CPUKirin 970
CPU Speed4x Cortex-A73 2.36GHz + 4x Cortex-A53 1.8GHz
Storage128GB
RAM8GB
Main Camera(high version) 48MP + 16MP + 2MP, (standard version) 20MP + 16MP + 2MP
Front Camera25MP
Battery3,750mAh
Dimensions75.1 x 7.77 x 157.0mm
Weight172g
ColorBright black, Fritillaria, Honey red, Blue

8. Vivo Y81

Pros

  • Attractive price point
  • 6.22-inch notched display

Cons

  • Mediocre chipset
  • Micro USB 2.0
  • Single rear camera

Along with the many entries here, the Vivo Y81 remains indefatigable in the market due to its impressively set price point. For less than PHP 10,000, a few noted surprises that only this device can bring to the table are provided.

Perhaps the most hallmark feature of the Vivo Y81 that makes it attractive to the trendy users in the market is its 6.22-inch IPS LCD notched display. From that alone, you'd know that what you're going to experience is something out of the usual. The display is further strengthened with Corning Gorilla Glass protection.

Also up on its incredible offerings are the inclusion of a 3GB RAM, an expandable 32GB of storage onboard, a 3,260mAh battery capacity, and a rear-mounted fingerprint sensor.

Vivo Y81

Vivo Y81

Lowest Price in the Philippines P7,839

Display Size6.22 inches
ResolutionHD+ 1520 x 720 pixels
OS verFuntouch OS 4.0 (Android 8.1 Oreo)
CPUMediaTek Helio P22 Octa-core
CPU Speed2.0GHz
Storage32GB
External StorageExpandable via microSD up to 256GB
RAM3GB
Main Camera13 MP
Front Camera5 MP
BatteryNon-removable Li-Ion 3260mAh
Dimensions155.06 x 75 x 7.77 mm
Weight146.5g
ColorBlack, Red, Gold

7. Samsung Galaxy A7 (2018)

Pros

  • 6.0-inch notch-less Super AMOLED display
  • Side-mounted fingerprint sensor

Cons

  • Micro USB 2.0 connectivity
  • Lack of fast battery charging feature

Samsung's hardcore fans say that the brand's re-emergence in the industry all started with the introduction of the Samsung Galaxy A7 (2018) in the market.

And it certainly did. Not only did the Samsung Galaxy A7 (2018) changed the Galaxy series' camera game with a triple camera setup, but also reinvigorated the lineup's ageing design language and lagging features. Subsequent to its release, the rest seems to have gone on smoothly for the South Korean tech maker with the eventual launches of smartphone entries that further cemented the brand's power in the competitive industry.

The Samsung Galaxy A7 (2018) also features a 6.0-inch Super AMOLED display with a resolution of 1,080 x 2,220 pixels, 24MP selfie camera, and a side-mounted fingerprint sensor.

Samsung Galaxy A7 (2018)

Samsung Galaxy A7 (2018)

Lowest Price in the Philippines P15,000

Display Size6 inches
ResolutionFHD+ 1080 × 2220 pixels Super AMOLED
OS verAndroid 8.0 (Oreo)
CPUOcta-core Cortex-A53
CPU Speed2.2 GHz
Storage64GB, 128GB
External StoragemicroSD up to 512GB
RAM6GB, 4GB
Main Camera24 MP + 8 MP + 5 MP
Front Camera24 MP
BatteryNon-removable Li-Ion 3300mAh
Dimensions159.8 x 76.8 x 7.5 mm
Weight168 g
ColorBlack, Pink, Gold, Blue

6. HUAWEI Y9 (2019)

Pros

  • Fast battery charging feature
  • Dual front and rear cameras

Cons

  • Micro USB connectivity

Like the previous entry, the HUAWEI Y9 (2019) isn't a perfect smartphone. But with its long list of features and specifications that are both top-of-the-line and current, its one shortcoming is entirely forgiven.

The HUAWEI Y9 (2019) mirrors the winning formula of the HUAWEI nova 3i, with youthful features and powerful hardware offerings. It's powered by HiSilicon Kirin 710, coupled with flexible 3GB/4GB/6GB of RAM tiers and an expandable 64GB/128GB of internal storage options.

As it is, it is also equipped with quadruple cameras, two on the rear and two on the front. It also comes with a rear-mounted fingerprint reader and a large 4,000mAh battery with a fast charging feature.

Also a confusion for most is HUAWEI's decision to arm the HUAWEI Y9 (2019) with a dated Micro USB connectivity.

HUAWEI Y9 (2019)

HUAWEI Y9 (2019)

Lowest Price in the Philippines P10,900

Display Size6.5 inches
Resolution1080 x 2340 pixels FHD+
OS verEMUI 8.2 (Android 8.1 Oreo)
CPUHisilicon Kirin 710 Octa-core
CPU Speed4x2.2GHz Cortex-A73 & 4x1.7GHz Cortex-A53
Storage64GB, 128GB
External StorageUp to 400GB via microSD
RAM6GB, 3GB, 4GB
Main Camera16MP + 2MP
Front Camera13MP + 2MP
Battery4000mAh
Dimensions162.4 x 77.1 x 8.05 mm
WeightApprox. 173 g
ColorMidnight Black, Sapphire Blue, Aurora Purple

5. HUAWEI nova 3i (P smart+)

Pros

  • Bespoke design
  • HiSilicon Kirin 710

Cons

  • No fast charging/Micro USB 2.0
  • Audio speakers aren't that loud

The high charting of the HUAWEI nova 3i is something that has to be expected for a smartphone that offers virtually everything that is in sync with the trendiest of mobile users at the moment.

The HUAWEI nova 3i has practically checked everything on everyone's checklist, with the exception of the inclusion of a dated Micro USB, which at this point has still baffled the many. Nevertheless, it's impressive resume, which includes quadruple cameras, color gradient variants, HiSilicon Kirin 710, the notched 6.3-inch display, and a fast charging 3,340mAh battery beg to differ.

The HUAWEI nova 3i retails in three color gradient variants – Black, Pearl White, and Iris Purple.

HUAWEI nova 3i (P smart+)

HUAWEI nova 3i (P smart+)

Lowest Price in the Philippines P12,300

Display Size6.3 inches
ResolutionFHD+ 1080 x 2340 pixels, 19.5:9 ratio
OS verEMUI 8.1 (Android 8.1)
CPUKirin 710 Mali-G51 MP4
CPU Speed4x2.2 GHz Cortex-A73 & 4x1.7 GHz Cortex-A53
Storage64GB, 128GB
External Storageup to 256GB via microSD (hybrid)
RAM6GB, 4GB
Main Camera16 MP + 2 MP
Front Camera24 MP + 2 MP
Battery3340mAh
Dimensions157.6 x 75.2 x 7.6 mm
Weight169 g
ColorBlack, Pearl White, Iris Purple

4. OPPO F9

Pros

  • VOOC Flash Charge technology
  • Impeccable design

Cons

  • Same specs as its predecessor, the OPPO F7 (no upgrades except for the camera, battery and OS)
  • Micro USB 2.0

The OPPO F9 is essentially every user's dream smartphone, especially when one is mired with battery issues.

The OPPO F9's main takeaway is its VOOC Flash Charge inclusion which, according to OPPO, can provide a good 2-hour talk with just a 5-minute charge. The fast charging technology is supported by over 500 patents, utilizes low voltage and banks on a high current charging solution. It also relies on five levels of protection layers from its adapter, right to the port, and interior of the device, easily making it one of the safest smartphones out there.

Beyond its impressive battery features, the OPPO F9 is also kingly in terms of its aesthetics. It comes with a 6.3-inch FHD+ waterdrop screen which packs a staggering 90.8% screen-to-body ratio and a much taller 19.5:9 aspect ratio.

The OPPO F9 is also noted to have been the first variant of the famed F series to sport dual rear cameras.

The device works on a robust 3,500mAh battery.

OPPO F9

OPPO F9

Lowest Price in the Philippines P12,990

Display Size6.3 inches
Resolution2340 x 1080 pixels
OS verAndroid 8.1 Oreo (ColorOS 5.2 UI)
CPUMediaTek Helio P60 Octa-core
CPU Speed4x2.0 GHz Cortex-A73 & 4x2.0 GHz Cortex-A53
Storage64GB
External Storageup to 256GB
RAM6GB, 4GB
Main Camera16MP + 2MP
Front Camera25 MP
Battery3500mAh (VOOC Flash Charge)
Dimensions156.7 x 74 x 7.99 mm
Weight169 g
ColorSunrise Red, Twilight Blue, Starry Purple

3. Vivo Y91i

Pros

  • Great Audio
  • Comes with Gaming Mode
  • Fingerprint scanner
  • Large battery

Cons

  • Mediocre Display
  • No NFC
  • USB 2.0

Another budget-friendly smartphone that offers more-than-decent features and specifications, the Vivo Y91i is the company's response to what was considered to be one of its most commercially accessible releases in 2018. This handset is also considerably cheaper than the original variant, making it more attractive to the Philippine market.

Now, if you're in the market for a smartphone that looks modern and is capable with just about the right dose of features and specifications to carry every single day, the Vivo Y91i won't disappoint.

Vivo Y91i

Vivo Y91i

Lowest Price in the Philippines P6,790

Display Size6.22 inches
ResolutionHD+ 1520 x 720 pixels
OS verFuntouch OS 4.5 based on Android 8.1
CPUQualcomm Snapdragon 439 Octa core
CPU Speed1.95 GHz
Storage16GB
External StorageExpandable via microSD
RAM2GB
Main Camera13MP + 2MP
Front Camera8MP
BatteryNon-removable 4030mAh
Dimensions155.11 x 75.09 x 8.28 mm
Weight163.5 g
ColorStarry Black, Red, Ocean Blue

2. Xiaomi Redmi Note 7

Pros

  • Gorilla Glass 5 Protection
  • Great battery life with Quick Charge 4 support
  • USB Type-C
  • Fast and swift performance

Cons

  • No 4K video recording
  • No NFC
  • Image is good but does not feel like it was taken from a 48MP sensor

At long last, a Xiaomi entry has made it on our exclusive list and not just any ordinary contender, but its strongest one to date.

The first smartphone to have emerged from Xiaomi's official sub-brand Redmi, the Xiaomi Redmi Note 7 is everything you'd expect from an independent brand that is both eager and resourceful. Without a doubt the best release this year so far, the device carries unbelievably attractive features that rival even those under the flagship segment.

Among the highlights of the Xiaomi Redmi Note 7 are its 48MP rear camera module, Snapdragon 660, a waterdrop notch display, Corning Gorilla Glass 5, and a USB Type-C port, all for a fraction of the price of an expensive smartphone.

Xiaomi Redmi Note 7

Xiaomi Redmi Note 7

Lowest Price in the Philippines P9,801.64

Display Size6.3 inches
Resolution1080 x 2340 pixels, 19.5:9 ratio (~409 ppi density)
OS verAndroid 9.0 (Pie) MIUI 10
CPUQualcomm SDM660 Snapdragon 660 (14 nm)
CPU Speed2.2 GHz
Storage32GB, 64GB
External StoragemicroSD, up to 256 GB (uses SIM 2 slot)
RAM6GB, 3GB, 4GB
Main Camera48MP + 5MP
Front Camera13MP
BatteryNon-removable Li-Po 4000 mAh battery
Dimensions159.2 x 75.2 x 8.1 mm (6.27 x 2.96 x 0.32 in)
Weight186g
ColorBright Black, Twilight Gold, Dream Blue

1. OPPO A3s

Pros

  • Ships off with the latest Android 8.1 Oreo
  • Snapdragon 450
  • Rear dual-camera setup

Cons

  • No fast charging support
  • Low RAM and internal memory
  • Lacks fingerprint sensor

The OPPO A3s is still the Filipino's archetypal smartphone even in 2019. The market is still attracted to OPPO's low-budget smartphone with its more-than-decent hardware features and specifications.

Its success on the list can all be attributed to these perks that can be all yours without breaking the bank. These include the notched 6.2-inch IPS LCD display with 16 million colors, a Snapdragon 450 chipset, a 4,230mAh battery, rear dual cameras (courtesy of 13MP + 2MP camera sensors), an 8MP selfie snapper, and Android 8.1 Oreo out of the box – all for just a fraction of a price of most of its competitors.

OPPO A3s

OPPO A3s

Lowest Price in the Philippines P6,500

Display Size6.2 inches
ResolutionHD+ (1520 x 720 pixels)
OS verColor OS 5.1, based on Android 8.1
CPUQualcomm Snapdragon 450 Octa core
Storage16GB, 32GB
RAM2GB, 3GB
Main Camera13 MP + 2 MP
Front Camera8 MP
Battery4230mAh
Dimensions156.2 x 75.6 x 8.2 mm
Weight168 g
ColorRed, Pink, Dark Purple

Conclusion

While our list has certainly seen some new entries from HUAWEI and Samsung, the Philippine mobile market is still practically unchanged relative to its consumers' foremost and winning formula – the bang-for-your-buck attraction. All the entries which were tallied above are just a testament that the market still isn't enamored with the glorious features from the flagship ones, nor the beguiling specifications of the premium mid-range class.

As such, not even the bedazzled MWC affair is going to change this almost predictable domain soon.

Best Smartphones of Febraury 2019 in the Philippines

  1. OPPO A3s
  2. Xiaomi Redmi Note 7
  3. Vivo Y91i
  4. OPPO F9
  5. HUAWEI nova 3i (P smart+)
  6. Vivo Y9 (2019)
  7. Samsung Galaxy A7 (2018)
  8. Vivo Y81
  9. HUAWEI nova 4
  10. Vivo Y91