Oct 10, 2017 (updated : May 13, 2019)

Best Smartphones in the Philippines in April 2019

The smartphone brand which entered big in our last month's outing continues its presence in our compilation. And in April this year, it finally catapults to the top.

Xiaomi and HUAWEI have all been doing it consistently for years - piling on a marketing strategy that appeals to the crowd of the budget-conscious and the specs-obsessed consumers. And with Samsung now more than determined to reclaim its throne it lost in terms of popularity, the South Korean smartphone juggernaut is now finally back to the top a month after it debuted strongly in our chart.

And like a huge influence in itself, another Samsung Galaxy mid-range entry from the brand's revamped Galaxy A series has ultimately landed in our list just weeks after it officially launched globally.

In the same vein, HUAWEI's newly-minted P30 series has also shaken up the list, with two entries debuting with ease and confidence. We reveal these contenders very shortly as we now bring you the best smartphones in the country for the month of April this year.

We now look into the best smartphones in April 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 Y91i

Pros

  • MediaTek Helio P22
  • Hefty battery capacity

Cons

  • 2GB of RAM
  • Front camera comes without a flash

For a smartphone that is considered to be just a variant, the Vivo Y91i certainly and effortlessly stands out. A budgeted handset from Vivo in the crowded entry-level segment, this smartphone's top feature is the inclusion of the powerful MediaTek Helio P22. The device is also supported by 2GB of RAM and 16GB of internal storage.

The Vivo Y91i also sports a 6.22-inch screen, measured diagonally with a halo-inspired top notch. Also a stronger feature is its large 4,030mAh battery, which should not only delight the hardcore gamers with their demanding gaming titles but should also allow the music lovers to listen almost endlessly to their tracks.

In the camera department, the Vivo Y91i comes with a dual-camera setup on its rear, courtesy of 13MP and 2MP camera sensors. It also supports dual SIM card. The Vivo Y91i retails in two different color options – Black and Blue, and runs on Android 8.1 Oreo OS with a Funtouch OS 4.5 overlay.

Vivo Y91i

Vivo Y91i

Lowest Price in the Philippines P6,499

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

9. Samsung Galaxy A70

Pros

  • Great AMOLED display
  • Excellent battery life
  • One UI
  • Super fast charging

Cons

  • No OIS or EIS
  • Fingerprint sensor is inconsistent

You can now just call it: The Samsung Galaxy A50 is certainly Samsung's strongest release to-date. Apart from the critically-adored Samsung Galaxy S10 series, the Galaxy A50 is also its best all-rounder in years. But when one seems to not find this entry that powerful with the Exynos 9610 in tow or that trendy with its minimal notch and a charming triple-camera setup, the Samsung Galaxy A70 is a clear alternative to it.

The Samsung Galaxy A70's most attractive feature is inarguably its display. With the Infinity-U display provided, the Galaxy A70's screen is also larger than the Galaxy A50. The smartphone is also noted for its inclusion of a Snapdragon chipset, as opposed to Samsung's in-house SoC.

The Samsung Galaxy A70 is also noted for its bigger battery, slimmer design, and a microSD card slot – one that isn't featured that much in most top-of-the-line, mid-range smartphones.

Samsung Galaxy A70

Samsung Galaxy A70

Lowest Price in the Philippines P20,239.99

Display Size6.7 inches
ResolutionSuper AMOLED FHD+ (1080x2400)
OS verOne UI based on Android 9.0 (Pie)
CPUQualcomm Snapdragon 675 Octa-core
CPU Speed2x2.0 GHz Kryo 460 Gold & 6x1.7 GHz Kryo 460 Silver
Storage128GB
External StorageUp to 512 GB
RAM6GB, 8GB
Main Camera32 MP + 8 MP + 5 MP
Front Camera32MP
Battery4,500 mAh 25W Super Fast Charging
Dimensions164.2 x 76.7 x 7.9 mm
Weight183 g
ColorBlack, White, Coral, Blue

8. HUAWEI P30

Pros

  • Standout design
  • Fast in-display reader
  • Fast charging
  • Great image quality

Cons

  • No proper dust and water resistance
  • No stereo speakers

If you're all that willing to already give up the reliability of the HUAWEI P20 Pro's top-of-the-line triple-camera setup and its 3x lossless optical zoom, HUAWEI in 2019 has not only delivered a much-awaited, upgraded version of the former but also, in the process, made a smartphone that is both distinctive and evidently a standout - the HUAWEI P30.

Perhaps, again, its most defining feature can be found in its camera offerings, which are now powered by a faster Kirin 980 chipset, plus a brainy AI system to boot; the latter is claimed to improve a user's photography skills in general.

The HUAWEI P30 Pro also rightly serves the more practical consumers as it edges out its predecessor with the return of the 3.55mm headphone port into a familiar spot. Apart from these hallmarks, the HUAWEI P30 Pro is also known for its 3x lossless optical zoom feature, Super HDR quality, an abundant 6.1-inch display, and a fast in-display fingerprint scanner.

Must you still loathe the otherwise overwhelming output of its polarizing EMUI 9.1 OS and the less-than-secure IP53 water resistance, this smartphone might not be for you.

HUAWEI P30

HUAWEI P30

Lowest Price in the Philippines P32,000

Display Size6.1 inches
ResolutionOLED FHD+ 2340 x 1080
OS verEMUI 9.1 based on Android 9.0 Pie
CPUHiSilicon Kirin 980 (7 nm)
CPU Speed2 x Cortex-A76 Based 2.6 GHz+ 2 x Cortex-A76 Based 1.92 GHz + 4 x Cortex-A55 1.8 GHz
Storage64GB, 128GB, 256GB
RAM8GB
Main Camera40MP + 16MP + 8MP
Front Camera32MP
BatteryNon-removable 3,650 mAh (Typical Value) HUAWEI SuperCharge
Dimensions71.36 x 149.1 x 7.57 mm
Weight165g (including the battery)
ColorBlack, Pearl White, Amber Sunrise, Aurora, Breathing Crystal

7. Realme 3

Pros

  • Excellent battery life
  • Bargain price
  • Trendy design

Cons

  • Slow to charge
  • Low resolution
  • No 4K video recording

The narrative of the never-ending sub-brand competition has never been this exciting right when the Realme entries have been added down the line. And their newest refresh, the Realme 3, is no different. Without a doubt its more stunning and more budget-friendly release to date, the smartphone is also its most aggressive – an obvious handset that stirs up the likes of Redmi, Samsung, and HUAWEI in each of their endeavors in the hotly-contested budget segment.

The Realme 2 successor bets on MediaTek's latest and ultimately the greatest Helio P70 chipset, a beefed up camera setup, and a design that is both trendy and innovative.

Also a purported rival of the immensely popular Redmi Note 7, Realme also went big with this third-generation phone in terms of gaming and performance. Other things the Realme 3 has done right can be found in its long-lasting battery and the oftentimes neglected, dedicated card slot which should come in handy for consumers who are voracious file keepers.

Realme 3

Realme 3

Lowest Price in the Philippines P6,990

Display Size6.2 inches
ResolutionHD+ 1520 x 720
OS verColorOS 6.0 based on Android 9.0 Pie
CPUMediaTek Helio P60 (Philippines) Octa-core (4x2.0 GHz Cortex-A73 & 4x2.0 GHz Cortex-A53) MediaTek Helio P70 (Global) Octa-core (4x2.1 GHz Cortex-A73 & 4x2.0 GHz Cortex-A53)
CPU SpeedUp to 2.0 GHz
Storage32GB, 64GB
External StoragemicroSD up to 256GB
RAM3GB, 4GB
Main Camera13MP + 2MP
Front Camera13MP
Battery4,230mAh
Dimensions75.6 x 156.1 x 8.3 mm
Weight175 g
ColorDynamic Black, Classic Black, Radiant 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 RAM tiers and 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 port.

HUAWEI Y9 (2019)

HUAWEI Y9 (2019)

Lowest Price in the Philippines P9,990

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. 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, 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 P5,500

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

4. HUAWEI P30 Pro

Pros

  • Super Zoom feature
  • Great low-light camera performance
  • Fast in-display sensor

Cons

  • No audio jack

From the moment you see and experience the HUAWEI P30 Pro, you'd know instantly that you're in for a mega mobile ride. It features a bespoke curved screen, a flagship Kirin 980 processor, IP68 water- and dust-resistance certification, reverse wireless charging, a much quicker in-display fingerprint sensor, and a lot more. But for the better part of its targeted demographic, we all know what's the real gem in the HUAWEI P30 Pro – its camera offerings. It features a cutting-edge 5x optical and 10x hybrid zoom – which are unlike anything we've seen in virtually all the series of its contenders. Its camera setup is also noted for its ultra-wide angle lens, right alongside its Super HDR support.

Other notable features of the HUAWEI P30 Pro are its generous 6.47-inch display and a long-lasting, rapid-charging battery.

HUAWEI P30 Pro

HUAWEI P30 Pro

Lowest Price in the Philippines P44,990

Display Size6.47 inches
ResolutionOLED FHD+ 2340 x 1080
OS verEMUI 9.1 based on Android 9.0 Pie
CPUKirin 980 octa-core
CPU Speed2xCortex-A76 Based 2.6GHz+ 2xCortex-A76 Based 1.92GHz + 4xCortex-A55 1.8GHz
Storage128GB, 256GB, 512GB
RAM8GB
Main Camera40MP + 20MP + 8MP
Front Camera32MP
BatteryNon-removable 4,200mAh (Typical Value) HUAWEI SuperCharge
Dimensions158 x 73.4 x 8.41 mm
Weight192 g (including the battery)
ColorBlack, Pearl White, Amber Sunrise, Aurora, Breathing Crystal

3. OPPO F11 Pro

Pros

  • Bezel-less display
  • Pop-up selfie camera
  • 48MP main camera sensor

Cons

  • Micro USB port
  • MediaTek chipset
  • Lack of wireless charging

Dubbed as the smartphone from the future, the OPPO F11 Pro is also by far the most decorated device on the list. With a generous, bezel-less display and a pop-up selfie camera placed beautifully right at the center, it's hard not to notice this remarkable OPPO entry.

The OPPO F11 Pro is not a perfect smartphone, though. Coming with some noted missteps like the accompaniment of a dated Micro USB port and the lack of wireless charging, the OPPO F11 Pro's trendier features still manage to outshine these setbacks. These include the 48MP main camera module, the crisp LTPS IPS LCD display, and Android 9.0 Pie OS out of the box.

OPPO F11 Pro

OPPO F11 Pro

Lowest Price in the Philippines P16,990

Display Size6.5 inches
Resolution2340 x 1080 pixels at 397 ppi
OS verColorOS 6.0, based on Android 9.0 Pie
CPUMediaTek Helio P70 (12nm) Octa core
CPU Speed4x2.1 GHz Cortex-A73 & 4x2.0 GHz Cortex-A53
Storage64GB, 128GB
External StorageUp to 256GB
RAM6GB
Main Camera48MP + 5MP
Front Camera16MP (pop-up)
Battery4000mAh (TYP), 3900mAh (MIN) VOOC Flash Charge: 3.0 Talk Time: GSM: Up to 36 hours, WCDMA: Up to 26.7 hours Audio Playback: Up to 118.7 hours Video Playback: Up to 12 hours
Dimensions161.3 x 76.1 x 8.8 mm
Weight190 g with battery
ColorThunder Black, Aurora Green

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 P7,990

Display Size6.3 inches
ResolutionFHD+ 2340 x 1080 pixels, 409 PPI
OS verAndroid 9.0 (Pie) MIUI 10
CPUQualcomm SDM660 Snapdragon 660 (14 nm) Octa core
CPU Speed2.2 GHz
Storage32GB, 64GB, 128GB
External StoragemicroSD, up to 256 GB (uses SIM 2 slot)
RAM6GB, 3GB, 4GB
Main Camera48MP + 5MP
Front Camera13MP
Battery4000mAh (typ) / 3900mAh (min) Built-in rechargeable battery Supports Qualcomm Quick Charge 4 Technology
Dimensions159.2 x 75.21 x 8.1 mm
Weight186 g
ColorSpace Black, Nebula Red, Neptune Blue

1. Samsung Galaxy A50

Pros

  • UD fingerprint scanner
  • Triple-camera setup
  • USB Type-C

Cons

  • Hybrid SIM slot
  • Poor low-light camera performance

Another product of Samsung's concerted efforts to re-introduce its revamped mid-range series in the market, the Samsung Galaxy A50 best exemplifies the brand's renewed vigor and will remind the world why it's still at the top, despite some setbacks.

Like the Samsung Galaxy M20, the Samsung Galaxy A50 is also an all-rounder smartphone, only more feature-filled and secure. The smartphone's most attractive features are without a doubt its 6.4-inch Super AMOLED display and its triple-camera setup. For the former, Samsung finally warms up to the notch idea and made it even better with its already established display.

As for its camera setup, Samsung elects to equip the Samsung Galaxy A50 with complete sensors, courtesy of a 25MP main camera module, an 8MP ultra wide lens, and a 5MP depth sensor. The South Korean smartphone giant is also opted to arm it with a large 25MP selfie camera module.

The Samsung Galaxy A50 also comes with an in-display fingerprint sensor, a fast battery charging feature, a market-dependent NFC, and Bluetooth 5.0. The Samsung Galaxy A50 runs on the latest Android 9.0 Pie.

Samsung Galaxy A50

Samsung Galaxy A50

Lowest Price in the Philippines P14,164.99

Display Size6.4 inches
ResolutionFHD+ (1080×2340) Super AMOLED
OS verSamsung One UI (Android 9.0 Pie)
CPUExynos 9610 Octa-core
CPU Speed4x2.3 GHz Cortex-A73 & 4x1.7 GHz Cortex-A53
Storage128GB
External StorageUp to 512GB
RAM6GB
Main Camera25 MP + 5 MP + 8 MP
Front Camera25 MP
Battery4,000mAh
Dimensions158.5 x 74.7 x 7.7 mm
Weight166 g
ColorBlack, White, Coral, Blue

Conclusion

Say what you must but Samsung's effortful strategies to get back in the game has truly worked to their advantage. The release of the Samsung Galaxy S10, the Samsung Galaxy A50, and the Samsung Galaxy A70, is just an example. But this new era for the South Korean tech giant didn't just come to them overnight. The company, over the years, has spent tireless nights and engaged themselves with formulas that at times didn't work for them. This year, Samsung's future couldn't be brighter for them. And if it continues to do so with this tried and tested bang-for-your-buck strategy, we can only surmise with great confidence that the firm should finally grace its now rehabilitated throne for years.

Best Smartphones of April 2019 in the Philippines

  1. Samsung Galaxy A50
  2. Xiaomi Redmi Note 7
  3. OPPO F11 Pro
  4. HUAWEI P30 Pro
  5. OPPO A3s
  6. HUAWEI Y9 (2019)
  7. Realme 3
  8. HUAWEI P30
  9. Samsung Galaxy A70
  10. Vivo Y91i
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