Nov 26, 2019 (updated : Jul 20, 2020)

Best Smartphones Under PHP 10,000 in the Philippines 2020

The most sought-after budget-friendly smartphones in the country this quarter are now revealed. Are you eyeing on one of these?

Welcome to Priceprice.com's list of the best smartphones priced below the coveted PHP 10,000 bracket. Every quarter, the team behind the list goes on all fours just to filter only the trending phones in the local market, ones that should also delight those who meticulously attempt not to break the bank.

In Q2 2020, the spotlight has mostly been on "entry-level" smartphones. From the release of the new iPhone SE to some of the refreshes from Samsung's revamped Galaxy A series, right down to the uber-attractive and still-to-be-released Google Pixel 4a, the segment has never been this busy.

In the Philippine market, the battle among the major sub-brands is still mounting. And with the likes of Realme already establishing its footing locally, the competition is right at its most compelling at the moment.

Here are the best smartphones under the PHP 10,000 segment we've collated for you and your friend who might be on the lookout.

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Best Smartphones Under PHP 10,000 in the Philippines 2020

10. Realme 6i

Pros

  • Distinct design
  • 5,000mAh battery
  • Rear quad-cam setup
  • Helio G80 chip

Cons

  • HD resolution

The newly-minted Realme 6 series prides itself on being one of the speediest in the competition. And as with all the previous lineups, this one too has some serious albeit inexpensive pricing.

The Realme 6i doesn't fall far from the tree. In truth, it is as gaming-friendly as its siblings as well.

The Realme 6i also offers a fresher design, which at this rate, is already a feat in itself. Its rear panel aesthetics is something we haven't seen yet in its class. The phone is built around a 6.5-inch IPS LCD screen with a dewdrop notch and Corning Gorilla Glass 3.

The handset is also noted for its massive 5,000mAh battery and a quadruple-camera setup on its rear.

Display Size6.5 inches
Display ResolutionHD+ 720 x 1600 pixels
OS verAndroid 10.0; realme UI
CPUMediatek Helio G80 (12 nm) 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 Camera16MP
BatteryNon-removable, Li-Po 5,000mAh Standard charging 18W
Dimensions164.4 x 75.4 x 9.0 mm
Weight199 g
ColorWhite Milk, Green Tea, Soda Blue

9. OPPO A5 2020

Pros

  • 5,000mAh battery
  • Snapdragon 665 chipset
  • Rear quad-cam setup
  • Reverse charging

Cons

  • HD resolution

The OPPO A5 2020 is easily one of the phones out there which renders the tidiest design. From its sleek rear camera placement, down to its 6.5-inch IPS LCD screen with a notch and Gorilla Glass 3, the phone looks as fluid as it gets.

The OPPO A5 2020 also features solid mid-range internals. At the core is Qualcomm's Snapdragon 665 chipset, with an Adreno 610 GPU. The phone also comes with 3GB/4GB of RAM offerings, with 64GB/128GB of UFS 2.1 storage options.

Like the Realme 6i, our second entry is also a stunner in the photography department. It features a quadruple-camera system on its rear, which comprises 12MP wide, 8MP ultrawide, and two 2MP sensors. One of these lenses is used for depth-sensing. Additionally, the phone's display houses an 8MP front-facing snapper.

Other notable features of the phone include 5,000mAh battery, Bluetooth 5.0, USB Type-C, and a 3.5mm headphone jack.

Display Size6.5 inches (16.5cm)
Display ResolutionHD+ 1600 x 720 pixels, Screen Ratio: 89.0%
OS verColorOS 6.0.1, based on Android 9 (Pie)
CPUQualcomm Snapdragon 665 + Game Boost 2.0
CPU Speed4x2.0 GHz Kryo 260 Gold & 4x1.8 GHz Kryo 260 Silver
Storage64GB, 128GB
External StoragemicroSD for up to 256GB
RAM3GB, 4GB
Main Camera12MP + 8MP + 2MP +2MP
Front Camera8MP
Battery4880/5000mAh (Min/Typ)
Dimensions163.6 x 75.6 x 9.1 mm
WeightAbout 195 g
ColorMirror Black, Dazzling White

8. Samsung Galaxy M11

Pros

  • 5,000mAh battery
  • Modern display design
  • One UI 2.0, Android 10

Cons

  • HD resolution
  • PLS TFT type

There is no doubt that the Samsung Galaxy M11 is geared for modern, practical consumers.

Its competitive local pricing aside, the phone is also such a monstrosity in terms of its display and battery offerings. The handset offers a sizeable 5,000mAh battery, with support for 15W fast wired charging.

In terms of display, the handset employs a large 6.4-inch PLS TFT screen and a resolution of 720 x1,560 pixels. Right underneath is Qualcomm's Snapdragon 450 chipset with an Adreno 506 for its GPU needs. The phone also has 3GB/4GB of RAM tiers and 32GB/64GB of internal storage options.

Another highlight of the phone is its triple-camera setup on its rear. The system boasts a 13MP wide camera as its primary sensor, a 5MP ultrawide camera, and a 2MP depth lens.

The handset ships with One UI 2.0, based on Android 10.

Display Size6.4 inches
Display ResolutionHD+ 720 x 1560 pixels
OS verAndroid 10.0; One UI 2.0
CPUQualcomm SDM450 Snapdragon 450 (14 nm) Octa-core Cortex-A53
CPU Speed1.8 GHz
Storage32GB, 64GB
External StoragemicroSD, up to 512GB
RAM3GB, 4GB
Main Camera13MP + 5MP + 2MP
Front Camera8MP
BatteryNon-removable, Li-Ion 5,000mAh Fast charging 15W
Dimensions161.4 x 76.3 x 9.0 mm
Weight197 g
ColorBlack, Metallic Blue, Violet

7. OPPO A31 2020

Pros

  • Impressive display features
  • Rear triple cameras

Cons

  • HD resolution
  • Micro USB

Despite OPPO adding this smartphone silently to its local entry-level lineup, the OPPO A31 2020 did fare well in the country anyway.

And the reason behind such reception couldn't be more obvious. The OPPO A31 is an all-rounder.

The phone features a 6.5-inch IPS LCD screen with a dewdrop notch. Its display also comes with Corning Gorilla Glass 3 and 480 nits of typical brightness. Around its back, there is a triple-camera setup, neatly aligned on the upper left section of the panel.

Under the hood, the OPPO A31 is powered by MediaTek's Helio P35 chipset, with PowerVR GE8320 for its graphics needs. The phone is also listed with a 4,230mAh battery.

The device also features a rear-mounted fingerprint reader, Bluetooth 5.0, and a 3.5mm headphone jack.

Display Size6.5 inches
Display ResolutionHD+ 720 x 1600 pixels
OS verColorOS 6.1.2, based on Android 9 Pie
CPUMediaTek MT6765V/CB Helio P35 Octa-core Cortex-A53
CPU Speed4 × 1.8 GHz + 4 × 2.3 GHz
Storage64GB, 128GB
External StorageUp to 256GB
RAM4GB, 6GB
Main Camera12MP + 2MP + 2MP
Front Camera8MP
BatteryNon-removable, Li-Po 4,230mAh
Dimensions163.9 x 75.5 x 8.3 mm
WeightAbout 180 g
ColorMystery Black, Fantasy White, Lake Green

6. Vivo V11

Pros

  • Super AMOLED screen
  • In-display fingerprint sensor
  • 18W fast wired charging
  • 6GB RAM

Cons

  • Micro USB
  • Slightly-dated Android OS

Don't let the semi-throwback design fool you into thinking that the Vivo V11 is also a blast from the past. No.

The Vivo V11 is just about as mid-range as it gets, which has practically breached the upper echelon in the segment. The phone features a 6.41-inch Super AMOLED screen, with a resolution of 1,080 x 2,340 pixels and Corning Gorilla Glass 3.

Perhaps its most headline-grabbing feature, well, at least at the time of its launch, is its in-display fingerprint reader. The Vivo V11 is noted for being one of the first to employ this innovation on security in smartphones.

The Vivo V11 also has some quirks of its own. For instance, for a handset that was touted to be innovative enough, Vivo somehow managed to equip it with a dated Micro USB port. Nevertheless, the phone still supports an 18W fast wired charging.

Display Size6.41 inches
Display 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

5. Realme 5

Pros

  • 5,000mAh battery
  • Rear quad cameras

Cons

  • Micro USB
  • HD resolution

The Realme 5 doesn't need any introduction. The precursor to the brand's most beloved lineup, the Realme 6 series, the phone is just about as attractive as it is a performance monster.

The Realme 5 is powered by Qualcomm's Snapdragon 665 chipset, with Adreno 610 GPU in tow. The device is also listed with 3GB/4GB of RAM tiers, with 32GB/64GB/128GB of internal storage options. Also, it packs a massive 5,000mAh battery.

In terms of display and design, the Realme 5 is also competitive. It features a 6.5-inch LCD screen with a 720p+ resolution. The display also sports Corning Gorilla Glass 3, while its back panel uses a polycarbonate material.

The phone is also known for being one of the very first to introduce quadruple cameras in the segment.

Other key features of the Realme 5 is its rear-mounted fingerprint reader, Bluetooth 5.0, and dedicated FM radio.

Display Size6.5 inches
Display ResolutionHD+ 1600 x 720 pixels
OS verColorOS 6 (Android 9.0 Pie)
CPUQualcomm SDM665 Snapdragon 665 AIE Octa-core
CPU Speed4x2.0 GHz Kryo 260 Gold & 4x1.8 GHz Kryo 260 Silver
Storage32GB, 64GB, 128GB
External StorageUp to 256GB external memory
RAM3GB, 4GB
Main Camera12MP + 8MP + 2MP + 2MP
Front Camera13MP
Battery5000mAh 10W charging power (5V, 2A inbox) Up to 29.9-day battery life
Dimensions164.4mm (L) x 75.6mm (W) x 9.3mm (D)
Weight198 g (with battery)
ColorCrystal Blue, Crystal Purple

4. Samsung Galaxy A30s

Pros

  • Super AMOLED screen
  • In-display fingerprint reader
  • Rear triple cameras
  • Android 10, One UI 2.0

Cons

  • HD resolution

In 2019, the refreshed variants of Samsung's revamped Galaxy A lineup had only gotten more generous in their offerings. For one, the Galaxy A30s now features an in-display fingerprint reader, placed underneath a 6.4-inch Super AMOLED screen.

The Samsung Galaxy A30s is also now home to a rear panel which features a triple-camera setup. The system is headlined by a 25MP wide camera and is accompanied by an 8MP ultrawide lens and a 5MP depth sensor. Inside the phone's notch is a 16MP front-facing camera.

The Samsung Galaxy A30s also reigns supreme in the software department. The phone, which shipped off with Android 9.0 Pie, is now upgradeable to Android 10, with Samsung's One UI 2.0 in the fold.

Other miscellaneous features include Bluetooth 5.0, market-dependent NFC, USB Type-C, dedicated FM radio, and a 3.5mm headphone jack.

Display Size6.4 inches
Display ResolutionHD+ 720 x 1560 pixels, 19.5:9 ratio (~268 ppi density) Super AMOLED
OS verAndroid 9.0 Pie
CPUExynos 7904 (14 nm) Octa-core
CPU Speed2x1.8 GHz Cortex-A73 & 6x1.6 GHz Cortex-A53
Storage32GB, 64GB, 128GB
External StoragemicroSD, up to 512GB
RAM3GB, 4GB
Main Camera25MP + 8MP + 5MP
Front Camera16MP
Battery4,000mAh 15W Fast Charging
Dimensions158.5 x 74.7 x 7.8 mm
Weight166 g
ColorPrism Crush Black, Prism Crush White, Prism Crush Green, Prism Crush Violet

3. HUAWEI Y7p

Pros

  • HiSilicon Kirin 710F
  • Triple-camera setup
  • 4,000mAh battery capacity

Cons

  • Doesn't ship with Google Play Store
  • HD resolution
  • Micro USB

HUAWEI evidently upped its ante in the budget-friendly segment when it finally took the wraps off the Y7p earlier in 2020.

Featuring the same, reliable HiSilicon Kirin 710F that is found on the HUAWEI Y9s, the Y7p also sports the similar near bezel-less design, with a display that employs a punch-hole, housing the phone's 8MP selfie snapper. The phone's display is built around a 6.39-inch IPS LCD screen and is powered by a 4,000mAh battery capacity.

Meanwhile, the rear panel of the phone packs a triple-camera setup. The system consists of a 48MP wide camera, an 8MP ultrawide sensor, and a 2MP depth sensor. The handset also has a physical rear-mounted fingerprint reader, which is deemed to be both fast and reliable.

The HUAWEI Y7p ships with EMUI 9.1 based on Android 9.0 Pie and HUAWEI Mobile Services out of the box. As it stands, the phone doesn't come with Google Play Store, which is a bummer.

Display Size6.39 inches
Display ResolutionHD+ 1560 x 720 pixels
OS verEMUI 9.1 (Based on Android 9 Pie)
CPUHiSilicon Kirin 710F Octa-core
CPU Speed4x2.2 GHz Cortex-A73 & 4x1.7 GHz Cortex-A53
Storage64GB
External StoragemicroSD, up to 512GB
RAM4GB
Main Camera48MP + 8MP + 2MP
Front Camera8MP
Battery4,000mAh
Dimensions159.81 x 76.13 x 8.13 mm
Weight176 g (including battery)
ColorMidnight Black, Aurora Blue

2. Xiaomi Redmi Note 8

Pros

  • Snapdragon 665 chip
  • HDR10 support
  • Rear quad-camera setup

Cons

  • Overall performance is a downgrade for some

Filling the big shoes of the Redmi Note 7 isn't only daring but also a challenging feat. Thankfully, the Redmi Note 8 has duly followed the recipe and mixed the known ingredients quite so well and spritzed some much-needed add-ons.

While the Redmi Note 8 still has the same 6.3-inch IPS LCD panel with 1080p resolution and waterdrop-styled notch, the phone's display now supports HDR10. The same can be said with its chipset, which also received some upgrade. Qualcomm's Snapdragon 665 SoC now powers the phone.

The Redmi Note 8 also gets a significant boost in terms of its camera offerings. The 48MP primary sensor is now joined by an 8MP ultrawide camera, with two 2MP macro and depth sensors in the mix. Additionally, the handset now supports 4K video capture.

Still, some key features were retained. These include the 4,000mAh battery with 18W fast wired charging, Gorilla Glass 5 on its front and back panels, a 3.5mm headphone jack, and rear-mounted fingerprint reader.

Display Size6.3 inches
Display ResolutionFHD+ 2340 x 1080 pixels
OS verMIUI 10, based on Android 9.0 Pie
CPUQualcomm SDM665 Snapdragon 665 (11 nm) Octa-core
CPU Speed4x2.0 GHz Kryo 260 Gold & 4x1.8 GHz Kryo 260 Silver
Storage32GB, 64GB, 128GB
External StoragemicroSD, up to 256GB
RAM3GB, 4GB, 6GB
Main Camera48MP + 8MP + 2MP + 2MP
Front Camera13MP
BatteryBuilt-in non-removable Lithium Ion Polymer 4000mAh Supports 18W Fast Charge Standard 10W Fast Charger, USB Type-C Reversible Charging Port
Dimensions158.3 x 75.3 x 8.35 mm
Weight190 g
ColorSpace Black, Moonlight White, Neptune Blue

1. Xiaomi Redmi Note 9

Pros

  • Modern display and design
  • Helio G85 chipset
  • 5,020mAh battery
  • Rear quad cameras
  • 9W reverse charging

Cons

  • No 4K recording
  • Charging speed is a bit behind its counterparts

Redmi has finally learned from its missteps on the Redmi Note 8 and corrected them accordingly on the succeeding refresh. Chief of these drawbacks was managing its key upgrades.

As it is, the Redmi Note 9 came with some of the most jaw-dropping updates. At the helm is its display, which now reflects the modern needs of the series' consumers. It now features a display cutout, which houses the phone's single 13MP selfie snapper. Other considerable attributes include Corning Gorilla Glass 5 and 450 nits of typical brightness.

This is also evident around its back. The Redmi Note 9 now sports a distinct-looking camera module.

The Redmi Note 9 is also now fueled by MediaTek's G85 SoC, a chipset that is geared for gaming. There is also 3GB/4GB of RAM options, alongside 64GB/128GB of onboard storage tiers.

A massive 5,020mAh battery capacity also complements these changes. And while the 18W fast wired charging was retained, a new 9W reverse charging debuted.

The Redmi Note 9 is also noted for its rear quad cameras, Bluetooth 5.0, USB Type-C, and a 3.5mm headphone jack.

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
ColorMidnight Grey, Polar White, Forest Green

Conclusion

What makes a good, budget-friendly smartphone? In Q2 2020, the parameters have obviously changed. These considerations now include a sizeable battery, a modern-looking display, and a camera setup that defies the trend.

In this realm, there is without a hint of doubt that Redmi is still the powerhouse. With the Note 8 and Note 9 comfortably sitting at the top, the Xiaomi sub-brand is indefatigable as it is inspired. Realme is also slowly creeping right at the top, which in no time, could finally infiltrate the said section. The recent release of the Realme 6 series is one that could ultimately catapult the brand into further recognition.

Samsung and OPPO are still in their usual performance, with two entries, respectively. Like Realme, Samsung is also expected to extend its reach in the following months as it just introduced a multitude of refreshed entries under its Galaxy A lineup.

Either way, the competition in this now-crowded segment is now beyond jumpstarted. If there's anything, it's already more than a viable slice of the mobile industry.

Spec Comparison

realme 6i realme 6i OPPO A5 2020 OPPO A5 2020 Samsung Galaxy M11 Samsung Galaxy M11 OPPO A31 2020 (A8) OPPO A31 2020 (A8) vivo V11 vivo V11 realme 5 realme 5 Samsung Galaxy A30s Samsung Galaxy A30s HUAWEI Y7p HUAWEI Y7p Xiaomi Redmi Note 8 Xiaomi Redmi Note 8 Xiaomi Redmi Note 9 Xiaomi Redmi Note 9
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Lowest Price P6,990 P6,500 P6,299 P7,990 P2,399 P5,700 P5,211.50 P4,500 P4,567 P6,000
CPU Mediatek Helio G80 (12 nm)
Octa-core
Qualcomm Snapdragon 665 + Game Boost 2.0 Qualcomm SDM450 Snapdragon 450 (14 nm)
Octa-core Cortex-A53
MediaTek MT6765V/CB Helio P35
Octa-core Cortex-A53
Qualcomm Snapdragon 660AIE Octa-core Qualcomm SDM665 Snapdragon 665 AIE
Octa-core
Exynos 7904 (14 nm)
Octa-core
HiSilicon Kirin 710F
Octa-core
Qualcomm SDM665 Snapdragon 665 (11 nm)
Octa-core
MediaTek Helio G85
Octa-core
Display Size 6.5 inches 6.5 inches (16.5cm) 6.4 inches 6.5 inches 6.41 inches 6.5 inches 6.4 inches 6.39 inches 6.3 inches 6.53 inches
RAM 3GB, 4GB 3GB, 4GB 3GB, 4GB 4GB, 6GB 6GB 3GB, 4GB 3GB, 4GB 4GB 3GB, 4GB, 6GB 3GB, 4GB
Main Camera 48MP + 8MP + 2MP + 2MP 12MP + 8MP + 2MP +2MP 13MP + 5MP + 2MP 12MP + 2MP + 2MP 12MP + 5MP 12MP + 8MP + 2MP + 2MP 25MP + 8MP + 5MP 48MP + 8MP + 2MP 48MP + 8MP + 2MP + 2MP 48MP + 8MP + 2MP + 2MP
Battery Non-removable, Li-Po 5,000mAh
Standard charging 18W
4880/5000mAh (Min/Typ) Non-removable, Li-Ion 5,000mAh
Fast charging 15W
Non-removable, Li-Po 4,230mAh Non-removable Li-Po 3400mAh 5000mAh
10W charging power (5V, 2A inbox)
Up to 29.9-day battery life
4,000mAh
15W Fast Charging
4,000mAh Built-in non-removable Lithium Ion Polymer 4000mAh
Supports 18W Fast Charge
Standard 10W Fast Charger, USB Type-C Reversible Charging Port
Non-removable, Li-Po 5,020mAh
Fast charging 18W
Reverse charging 9W
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