Oct 10, 2017 (updated : Jan 15, 2019)

Best Smartphones in the Philippines for December 2018

For the month of December, we're not only looking at our regularly-ranked, top-charting smartphones. As we've officially welcomed 2019, let's also see which of these entries have remained the most consistent throughout the whole year.

If you happen to be frequenting this site, specifically the list of top smartphones we've been regularly updating, you must have already seen entries that have come and gone. Naturally, such a thing happens for reasons we can only surmise. And then of course there are those smartphones alongside their accompanying brands which have managed to stay for long on our monthly charts.

We've seen the likes of OPPO, Vivo, HUAWEI, and Samsung hovering over our compilations, each of which are determined to conquer the country's mobile market.

For the month of December, we'll look into which of these smartphones are the best and the most consistent among the multitude of entries we've seen so far on the list. And by the end of this discussion, we'll also see if these very entries are still capable to proceed with the same ease they've shown for the many months of 2018.

Ultimately, we'll also examine how the market in the country is faring against the international scene – which includes its behavior and the overall trend of the consumers, both defining what it is really like to be a regular Filipino buyer.

10. Vivo V11

Pros

  • Super AMOLED screen
  • Snapdragon 660 SoC
  • In-display fingerprint sensor

Cons

  • Micro USB 2.0

A mid-range powerhouse that still remains to be unbothered with its futuristic aspirations, the Vivo V11 has virtually marked everything on your checklist.

From its impeccably designed notch, 6.41-inch FHD+ display, the dual rear cameras, the in-display fingerprint sensor, down to its premium Qualcomm Snapdragon 660 chipset, you could say that this smartphone's got it all covered.

The Vivo V11 is also noted for its efficient front-facing camera, courtesy of a huge 25MP camera sensor. Other notable inclusions are the Super AMOLED screen, a 3.5mm audio jack, AI Face Beauty, and 3,400mAh battery.

Vivo V11

Vivo V11

Lowest Price in the Philippines P17,820

Display Size6.41 inches
Resolution2340 x 1080 FHD+
OS verFuntouch OS 4.5 (based on Android 8.1)
CPUQualcomm Snapdragon 660AIE Octa-core
CPU Speed2.2 GHz
Storage64GB, 128GB
External StoragemicroSD, up to 256GB (uses SIM 2 slot)
RAM6GB
Main Camera12MP + 5MP
Front Camera25MP
BatteryNon-removable Li-Po 3400mAh
Dimensions57.91mmx75.08mmx7.9mm
Weight156g
ColorDazzling Gold, Starry Night, Nebula

9. Samsung Galaxy J6

Pros

  • Infinity Display
  • Super AMOLED screen

Cons

  • No fast charging
  • Mediocre camera performance

One of the latest members of the famed Galaxy J series, the Samsung Galaxy J6 is also the brand's first to support a legitimate modern look with slimmer chins and the divine Infinity Display. Deemed as the less expensive alternative to the much pricier Samsung Galaxy A6, the device is noted for its charm on the most practical of buyers in the country. This is all due to its large screen, more-than-decent battery life, and a size that's compact enough to fit in a pocket.

Sincerely a mid-range device, the Samsung Galaxy J6's heart lies in its entertainment features. Beyond the impeccable display, the device banks on a 5.6-inch Super AMOLED display with Corning Gorilla Glass protection. The handset is fueled by Samsung's in-house chipset, the Exynos 7870, alongside 3GB of RAM and 32GB of internal storage that's expandable up to 256GB via a microSD card.

Samsung Galaxy J6

Samsung Galaxy J6

Lowest Price in the Philippines P8,500

Display Size5.6 inches
ResolutionHD+ 720 x 1440 pixels, 18.5:9
OS verAndroid 8 (Oreo)
CPUExynos 7870 Octa-Core Cortex-A53
CPU Speed1.6 GHz
Storage32GB, 64GB
External StorageUp to 256GB via microSD
RAM3GB, 4GB
Main Camera13MP
Front Camera8MP
Battery3000mAh
Dimensions149.3 x 70.2 x 8.2mm
Weight154g
ColorBlack, Gold, Blue, Violet

8. Samsung Galaxy A7 (2018)

Pros

  • Rear triple cameras
  • Infinity Display
  • Side-mounted fingerprint sensor

Cons

  • Micro USB 2.0

One of the more recent Samsung Galaxy variants to ever grace this list, the Samsung Galaxy A7 (2018) is also the company's most competitive follow-up to date this year.

Announced in September, the Samsung Galaxy A7 (2018) is everything you can imagine from a premium mid-range offering. It features a 6.0-inch FHD+ Super AMOLED display with a resolution of 1,080 x 2,220 pixels and an 18.5:9 aspect ratio. The device is powered by a power-efficient Exynos 7885, accompanied by 4GB/6GB RAM offerings with 64GB/128GB internal storage options.

Perhaps its strongest suit comes in its camera offerings. Samsung's very first to feature a triple-camera setup, the Samsung Galaxy A7 (2018) packs 24MP + 8MP + 5MP camera sensors which should easily deliver an image output you've never laid eyes on before. Meanwhile, a more-than-capable 24MP selfie snapper sits comfortably on the front.

Other notable features include a side-mounted fingerprint sensor (also a first for this lineup), FM radio, Bluetooth 5.0, a 3,300mAh battery, and Android 8.0 (Oreo) out of the box.

Samsung Galaxy A7 (2018)

Samsung Galaxy A7 (2018)

Lowest Price in the Philippines P16,400

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

7. HUAWEI nova 2 lite

Pros

  • Taller aspect ratio
  • HUAWEI FullView Display
  • Attractive price point

Cons

  • Micro USB 2.0
  • Minimal battery

There's nothing so light and common when you finally get your hands on the HUAWEI nova 2 lite. Dubbed as one of the pioneers of a taller screen aspect ratio that would soon catapult the entire mobile industry, the device has more to offer than just its 5.99-inch HD+ FullView Display.

The HUAWEI nova 2 lite was also one of the trendiest smartphones of the time of its release. It features a rear dual-camera setup, courtesy of a horizontally-stacked 13MP + 2MP sensor combination, which readily elevates your photography output like a pro. The handset also boasts of face unlock technology which unlocks your phone with just a look.

The HUAWEI nova 2 lite runs on Android 8.0 (Oreo) atop the efficient EMUI 8.0 powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 430 chipset.

HUAWEI nova 2 lite

HUAWEI nova 2 lite

Lowest Price in the Philippines P8,300

Display Size5.99 inches
ResolutionHD+ 1440 x 720 pixels
OS verEMUI 8.0 (Android 8.0 Oreo)
CPUQualcomm MSM8937 Snapdragon 430 Octa Core Cortex-A53
CPU Speed1.4 GHz
Storage32GB
External Storageup to 256GB via microSD
RAM3GB
Main Camera13 MP + 2 MP
Front Camera8 MP
Battery3000mAh
Dimensions158.3 x 76.7 x 7.8mm
Weight155 g
ColorBlack, Gold, Blue

6. OPPO A83

Pros

  • Attractive price point
  • Large 5.7-inch display

Cons

  • Micro USB 2.0
  • Lacks a fingerprint scanner

One of the more consistent chart-toppers on our list, the OPPO A83 is even more adamant this time to still come out of the top as 2018 draws to a close.

Launched in December 2017, you'd say that the device would be done wowing the Filipino consumers by now. That would be the case if this smartphone suddenly shoots up its price, a feature that is without a doubt its main attraction.

For a price point you can't refuse, the OPPO A83 is already more than generous. It features a 5.7-inch display and is powered by a MediaTek P23 SoC, coupled with 2/3/4GB RAM configurations and an expandable internal storage.

OPPO A83

OPPO A83

Lowest Price in the Philippines P6,599

Display Size5.7 inches
Resolution1440 x 720
OS verAndroid 7.1 Nougat with ColorOS 3.2
CPUMediaTek MT6763T Helio P23 Octa-core Cortex-A53
CPU Speed2.5 GHz
Storage16GB, 32GB, 64GB
External StoragemicroSD up to 256 GB
RAM2GB, 3GB, 4GB
Main Camera13 MP,f/2.2, autofocus, LED flash
Front Camera8 MP,f/2.2
BatteryNon-removable Li-Ion 3180 mAh
Dimensions150.5 x 73.1 x 7.7 mm
Weight143 g
ColorBlack, Red, Champagne Gold, Blue

5. HUAWEI Y6 (2018)

Pros

  • Attractive price point
  • Snapdragon 425

Cons

  • Single camera
  • Micro USB 2.0
  • Limited RAM offering

HUAWEI is no longer a stranger to offering beefed up smartphone features in its mid-range segment. But with the HUAWEI Y6 (2018), this reputation has suddenly gone up and beyond with one crucial feature, a price tag that is quite unheard of, even for the Chinese smartphone manufacturer.

The HUAWEI Y6 (2018) comes with a 5.7-inch S-IPS LCD display and an 18:9 aspect ratio. The device is fueled by Snapdragon 425, coupled with a 2GB RAM and 16GB of internal storage; the latter being expandable to up to 256GB via its microSD card slot.

This smartphone is also noted among the most practical due to its features that basically cover most of their needs, and with a price point that's just appealing, there's no denying as to why this very variant is still quite a stunner on the market.

HUAWEI Y6 (2018)

HUAWEI Y6 (2018)

Lowest Price in the Philippines P5,399

Display Size5.7 inches
ResolutionHD+ 720 x 1440 pixels, 18:9 ratio (~282 ppi density)
OS verEMUI 8.0 (Android 8.0 Oreo)
CPUQualcomm MSM8917 Snapdragon 425 Quad-core Cortex-A53
CPU Speed1.4GHz
Storage16GB
External StoragemicroSD, up to 256GB (dedicated slot)
RAM2GB
Main Camera13MP
Front Camera5MP
Battery3000mAh
Dimensions152.4 x 73 x 7.8mm
Weight150g
ColorBlack, Gold, Blue

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 charge technology is supported by over 500 patents, utilizes low voltage and banks on a high current charging solution. It also relies on the 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 from 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 P16,216

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 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 there 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 P8,690

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

2. HUAWEI nova 3i

Pros

  • Bespoke design
  • HiSilicon Kirin 710

Cons

  • No fast charging/Micro USB 2.0
  • Audio speaker isn't that loud

HUAWEI has scored yet another winner with the release of the HUAWEI nova 3i. Practically a near-flawless mid-range device, the smartphone will do you no wrong with whichever route you take.

Relative to its design language, the HUAWEI nova 3i is a juggernaut. From its gorgeous, nearly bezel-less chins down to its impeccable FHD display, the device will surely make heads turn on your end. Its battery backup is also noteworthy, courtesy of a 3,340mAh battery which can conveniently last for a day even with medium to heavy usage.

The device's chipset is also headline-grabbing. One of the very first to feature HUAWEI's in-house HiSilicon Kirin 710, you can only expect top-of-the-line performance.

HUAWEI nova 3i

HUAWEI nova 3i

Lowest Price in the Philippines P12,503.47

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

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 in December. 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 with 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 P6,710

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, Dark Purple

Conclusion

Ever evident on our list for most of 2018 is our market's obsession with smartphone entries that bank on the "bang-for-your-buck" formula. Virtually all of our entries with a few exceptions in some months like the ASUS ROG Phone or a couple of mid-range iterations are equipped with more-than-decent specifications, all carrying price tags that don't break the bank.

As it is, the overall mobile market in the country still remains to be "in-the-know" in terms of what matters most when they get to buy smartphones. So long as these smartphones don't carry a steep price point but feature entry-level to mid-class offerings, you can smell a typical Filipino buyer from a mile away.

Best Smartphones of December 2018 in the Philippines

  1. OPPO A3s
  2. HUAWEI nova 3i
  3. Vivo Y81
  4. OPPO F9
  5. HUAWEI Y6 (2018)
  6. OPPO A83
  7. HUAWEI nova 2 lite
  8. Samsung Galaxy A7 (2018)
  9. Samsung Galaxy J6
  10. Vivo V11