Oct 10, 2017 (updated : Dec 10, 2018)

Best Smartphones of November 2018 in the Philippines

We've collated only the best smartphones to consider this Christmas. And whether it's for you or for that special someone, this list comes with a range only smartphone lovers can appreciate!

We only have two weeks left before Christmas. And in the Philippines, this could only mean one thing: A shopping spree is about to commence!

Still one of the very best presents one could ever give this season is a smartphone. But just how do you know if your purchase comes with a great value for money? In this month's list, we've collated only the most popular smartphones in the country based by the consumer's action as your guide to help you find the best model with a reasonable price.

At the end of this list, we have high hopes that both you and the receiver won't have a silent night on the 24th!

Here now are the best smartphones for the month of November this 2018:

10. Samsung Galaxy J8

Pros

  • 6.0-inch Infinity Display
  • Snapdragon 450

Cons

  • Same desgin
  • Micro USB 2.0
Samsung Galaxy J8

Samsung Galaxy J8

Lowest Price in the Philippines P13,000

Whether you've opted for the eye-candy purple variant or the quintessential classic black edition, the result has always been the same as the Samsung Galaxy J8 is designed to leave an impression, and a great one at that!

Easily its main attraction lies on Samsung's decision to arm it with one of their famed display breakthroughs, the Infinity Display. The feature is seconded by its large 6.0-inch Super AMOLED display and an 18.5:9 aspect ratio. The device is powered by a more-than-decent Snapdragon 450, coupled with 3GB RAM tiers and 32GB internal storage options. The smartphone also comes with a trendy dual-camera setup, a rear-mounted fingerprint sensor, a generous 3,500mAh battery, and Android 8.0 Oreo out-of-the-box.

Display Size6 inches
Resolution1480 x 720 (HD+) 18.5:9 ratio
OS verAndroid 8.0 (Oreo)
CPUQualcomm SDM450 Snapdragon 450 Octa-core Cortex-A53
CPU Speed1.8 GHz
Storage32GB
External StoragemicroSD up to 256GB
RAM3GB
Main Camera16MP + 5MP
Front Camera16MP
BatteryNon-Removable Li-Ion 3500 mAh
Dimensions159.2 x 75.7 x 8.2 (HxWxD, mm)
Weight177 g
ColorBlack, Gold, Blue, Purple

9. HUAWEI nova 2 lite

Pros

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

Cons

  • Micro USB 2.0
  • Minimal battery
HUAWEI nova 2 lite

HUAWEI nova 2 lite

Lowest Price in the Philippines P8,300

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 is also one of trendiest smartphones when it was released. It features a rear dual-camera setup, courtesy of a horizontally-stacked 13MP + 2MP combination, which readily elevates your photography output like a pro. The handset also boasts of a 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.

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

8.Vivo V11

Pros

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

Cons

  • Micro USB 2.0
Vivo V11

Vivo V11

Lowest Price in the Philippines P18,990

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 would say that this smartphone 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.

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

7. OPPO F9

Pros

  • VOOC Flash Charge technology
  • Impeccable design

Cons

  • Same specs with its predecessor the OPPO F7 (no upgrades except for the camera, battery and OS)
  • Micro USB 2.0
OPPO F9

OPPO F9

Lowest Price in the Philippines P17,000

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 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 as 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.

Display Size6.3 inches
ResolutionLTPS TFT 2340 x 1080 pixels
OS verAndroid 8.1 Oreo (ColorOS 5.2 UI)
CPUMediatek MTK P60 ARM Mali-G72 MP3 800MHz
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 8 mm
Weight169 g
ColorSunrise Red, Twilight Blue, Starry Purple

6. OPPO A83

Pros

  • Attractive price point
  • Large 5.70-inch display

Cons

  • Micro USB 2.0
  • Lacks fingerprint scanner
OPPO A83

OPPO A83

Lowest Price in the Philippines P6,599

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 5.70-inch display and is powered by a MediaTek P23 SoC, coupled with a 2/3/4GB RAM configurations and an expandable internal storage.

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. Samsung Galaxy A7 (2018)

Pros

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

Cons

  • Micro USB 2.0
Samsung Galaxy A7 (2018)

Samsung Galaxy A7 (2018)

Lowest Price in the Philippines P16,999

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 up-to-date this year.

Just announced in September, the Samsung Galaxy A7 (2018) is everything that 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 from 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 snappers sits comfortably on the front.

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

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

4. Vivo Y81

Pros

  • Attractive price point
  • 6.22-inch notched display

Cons

  • Mediocre chipset
  • Micro USB 2.0
  • Single rear camera
Vivo Y81

Vivo Y81

Lowest Price in the Philippines P8,690

Along with the many entries here, the Vivo Y81 remains indefatigable on the market due to its impressively set price point. For less than PHP 10,000, a few noted surprises 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 on 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.

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 7.77mm
Weight146.5g
ColorBlack, Red, Gold

3. HUAWEI Y6 (2018)

Pros

  • Attractive price point
  • Snapdragon 425

Cons

  • Single camera
  • Micro USB 2.0
  • Limited RAM offering
HUAWEI Y6 (2018)

HUAWEI Y6 (2018)

Lowest Price in the Philippines P5,400

HUAWEI is no longer a stranger to offering beefed up smartphones 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 off, 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 2GB RAM and 16GB 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.

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

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 nova 3i

HUAWEI nova 3i

Lowest Price in the Philippines P12,675.72

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 whichever route you'd go.

Relative to its design language, the HUAWEI nova 3i is a juggernaut. From its gorgeous, near-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.

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
OPPO A3s

OPPO A3s

Lowest Price in the Philippines P6,710

The OPPO A3s is still the Filipinos' archetypal smartphone in November. The market is still as attracted to OPPO's low-budgeted smartphone with more-than-decent hardware features and specifications.

Its success in 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, 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 of that for just a fraction of a price of most of its competitors.

Display Size6.2 inches
OS verCorlor OS 5.1, based on Android 8.1
CPUQualcomm Snapdragon 450 adreno506 GPU
Storage16GB, 32GB
RAM2GB, 3GB
Main Camera13MP + 2MP
Front Camera8 MP
Battery4230mAh
Dimensions156.2 x 75.6 x 8.2 mm
Weight168 g
ColorRed, Dark Purple

Conclusion

As varied as this list can be, rest assured that all of these entries are worth your hard-earned money. And in this season of giving, there's nothing more fulfilling than having to spend and give that special someone something that's been all tested and proven to not only worthy of a purchase but ultimately a usage that can put a smile on their faces in the long run.

Best Smartphones of November 2018 in the Philippines

  1. OPPO A3s
  2. HUAWEI nova 3i
  3. HUAWEI Y6 (2018)
  4. Vivo Y81
  5. Samsung Galaxy A7 (2018)
  6. OPPO A83
  7. OPPO F9
  8. Vivo V11
  9. HUAWEI nova 2 lite
  10. Samsung Galaxy J8