Nov 29, 2019

Best Smartphones Under PHP 20,000 in the Philippines 2019

Smartphones are a must for teens and young adults. The smartphone market is filled with lots of excellent brands and phones with advanced features. As a matter of fact, there are a lot of great phones priced under PHP 20,000, so check them out.

With Christmas just around the corner, the race for the best smartphones has stiffened. Brands such as Samsung and ASUS have been at the forefront in the past years. At present, new players have joined the competition, such as OPPO, Vivo, Realme, Xiaomi and HUAWEI.

If you are under the budget but want a decent smartphone with decent specs, luckily, there are plenty of great phones priced under PHP 20,000. We have compiled the best smartphones available in the market today so feel free to check them out.

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Xiaomi Mi 9T Pro Xiaomi Mi 9T Pro HUAWEI nova 5T HUAWEI nova 5T OPPO Reno2 F OPPO Reno2 F Samsung Galaxy A50 Samsung Galaxy A50 Xiaomi Mi 9T Xiaomi Mi 9T OPPO A9 2020 OPPO A9 2020 Realme XT Realme XT Vivo V15Pro Vivo V15Pro Nokia 7.2 Nokia 7.2 Nokia 8.1 (X7) Nokia 8.1 (X7)
Lowest Price P17,324 P16,700 P19,590 P10,000 P13,500 P10,000 P14,210 P14,000 P15,840 P13,184.16
OS ver Android 9.0 (Pie); MIUI 10 Android 9.0 (Pie); EMUI 9.1 ColorOS 6.1, based on Android 9 Pie Samsung One UI (Android 9.0 Pie) Android 9.0 (Pie); MIUI 10 ColorOS 6.0.1, based on Android 9 (Pie) ColorOS 6 (Android 9.0 Pie) Funtouch OS 9 (based on Android 9.0 Pie) Android 9 Pie (Android One) Android 8.1 (Oreo); Android One
CPU Speed 1x2.84 GHZ Kryo 485 & 3x2.42 GHz Kryo 485 & 4x1.80 GHz Kryo 485 2 x Cortex-A76 Based 2.6 GHz + 2 x Cortex-A76 Based 1.92 GHz + 4 x Cortex-A55 1.8 GHz 4x2.1 GHz Cortex-A73 & 4x2.0 GHz Cortex-A53 4x2.3 GHz Cortex-A73 & 4x1.7 GHz Cortex-A53 2x2.2 GHz Kryo 470 Gold & 6x1.8 GHz Kryo 470 Silver 4x2.0 GHz Kryo 260 Gold & 4x1.8 GHz Kryo 260 Silver 2x2.3 GHz Kryo 360 Gold & 6x1.7 GHz Kryo 360 Silver 2x2.0 GHz Kryo 460 Gold & 6x1.7 GHz Kryo 460 Silver - 2.2GHz & 1.7GHz
Storage 64GB, 128GB 128GB 128GB 128GB 64GB, 128GB 128GB 64GB, 128GB 128GB 64GB, 128GB 64GB, 128GB
RAM 6GB, 8GB 8GB 8GB 6GB 6GB 8GB, 4GB 6GB, 8GB, 4GB 6GB, 8GB 6GB, 4GB 6GB, 4GB
Display Size 6.39 inches 6.26 inches 6.5 inches 6.4 inches 6.39 inches 6.5 inches (16.5cm) 6.4 inches 6.39 inches 6.3 inches 6.18 inches
Resolution FHD+ 2340 x 1080 pixels
19.5:9 ratio (~403 ppi density)
FHD+ 2310 x 1080 pixels FHD+ 2340 x 1080 pixels at 394 ppi; AMOLED FHD+ (1080×2340) Super AMOLED FHD+ 2340 x 1080 pixels
19.5:9 ratio (~403 ppi density)
HD+ 1600 x 720 pixels, 20:9 ratio (~270 ppi density) Super AMOLED FHD+ 2340 x 1080 pixels, 402 ppi FHD+ 2340x1080 FHD+ with PureDisplay 1080 x 2280 pixels, 19:9 ratio (~408 ppi density)
Main Camera 48MP + 8MP + 13MP 48MP + 16MP + 2MP + 2MP 48MP + 8MP + 2MP + 2MP 25 MP + 5 MP + 8 MP 48MP + 13MP(Ultra wide-angle lens) + 8MP(telephoto camera) 48MP + 8MP + 2MP + 2MP 64MP + 8MP + 2MP + 2MP 48 MP + 8 MP + 5 MP 48MP + 8MP + 5MP 12MP + 13MP
Release date Sep 2019 Aug 2019 Oct 2019 Mar 2019 Jun 2019 Sep 2019 Oct 2019 Mar 2019 Sep 2019 Oct 2018

10. Nokia 8.1

Nokia fans will surely be excited about the Nokia 8.1. Certainly, Nokia has returned into the smartphone scene with a bang with this model. To begin with, the Nokia 8.1 has a 6.18-inch FHD Pure Display which produces accurate colors and content visible in bright sunlight.

In addition, the phone is powered by a high-performing and AI-powered Qualcomm Snapdragon 710 processor which delivers the speed gamers need. The Nokia 8.1 has a gorgeous design and superb overall performance. It also has an improved set of cameras that will make taking photos more exciting. The phone also has a longer battery life compared to its predecessor, the Nokia 8.

Unfortunately, unlike other smartphones of its class, it is not equipped with wireless charging and is only designed with tiny speakers, which could be a let-down for the audiophiles out there.

Pros

  • Android One
  • Great cameras

Cons

  • Lower display resolution than its predecessor
  • Speaker performance
Display Size6.18 inches
Resolution1080 x 2280 pixels, 19:9 ratio (~408 ppi density)
OS verAndroid 8.1 (Oreo); Android One
CPUQualcomm SDM710 Snapdragon 710 (10 nm)
CPU Speed2.2GHz & 1.7GHz
Storage64GB, 128GB
External StoragemicroSD up to 400GB (uses SIM 2 slot)
RAM6GB, 4GB
Main Camera12MP + 13MP
Front Camera20MP
Battery3500mAh
Dimensions154.8 x 75.8 x 8 mm
Weight178 g
ColorNight Black, Magic Night Silver, Iron Steel, Night Red, Steel Copper, Dark Blue, Blue Silver

9. Nokia 7.2

The Nokia 7.2 is another Android One powered smartphone from Nokia. Under the hood, the Nokia 7.2 comes with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 660 chipset which is powerful enough to run AAA games but could still be outperformed by the latest chipset in its class.

The device boasts of a superb IPS LCD capacitive touch screen, 16M colors and a 6.3-inch display which is very suitable for watching videos and browsing the internet.

Pros

  • Android One
  • Great camera stabilization

Cons

  • Outdated chipset
  • Camera could be better
  • Battery life and features is of no match against the competition
Display Size6.3 inches
ResolutionFHD+ with PureDisplay
OS verAndroid 9 Pie (Android One)
CPUQualcomm Snapdragon 660
Storage64GB, 128GB
External StoragemicroSD up to 512GB
RAM6GB, 4GB
Main Camera48MP + 8MP + 5MP
Front Camera20MP
BatteryNon-removable 3,500mAh
Dimensions159.92 x 75.15 x 8.25 mm
Weight180 g
ColorCharcoal, Ice, Cyan Green

8. Vivo V15Pro

Vivo has showed that it can compete with the top contenders in the realm of smartphone innovation. Last month, it introduced the Vivo V15Pro. The V15Pro highlights the arrival of the pop-up camera design in the series. It sports an appealing gradient design which the company calls the Spectrum Ripple Design.

The phone has a 6.39-inch full HD display that has nice viewing angles and produces exquisite colors. It is powered by an octa-core Snapdragon 675 SoC that allows you to watch video content and play video games smoothly.

Each phone in this list has their unique qualities that are sure to capture your imagination and enhance your creativity. We suggest that you read each evaluation carefully and compare it with your own expectations.

Pros

  • Great display resolution
  • Great camera
  • Great battery life
  • Efficient performance

Cons

  • Micro USB port
  • UI looks similar to iOS
  • Audio quality in videos isn't that great
Display Size6.39 inches
ResolutionFHD+ 2340x1080
OS verFuntouch OS 9 (based on Android 9.0 Pie)
CPUQualcomm Snapdragon 675AIE Octa core
CPU Speed2x2.0 GHz Kryo 460 Gold & 6x1.7 GHz Kryo 460 Silver
Storage128GB
External StorageUp to 256GB
RAM6GB, 8GB
Main Camera48 MP + 8 MP + 5 MP
Front Camera32 MP (pop-up)
Battery3700mAh
Dimensions157.25mm×74.71mm×8.21mm
Weight185 g
ColorCoral Red, Ruby Red, Topaz Blue

7. Realme XT

The Realme XT features a 64MP ultra high-resolution sensor, the highest resolution sensor on any production smartphone (aside from the monstrous 108MP camera module) available in the market today. It features Tetracell and 3D HDR technology which lets you take crystal clear photos under any situation.

The design of the Realme XT is premium, with its AMOLED display the phone is a solid performer. It also has a superb camera setup that you would love to use. Unfortunately, it lacks a display color adjustment profile, an essential requirement in phones nowadays.

Pros

  • AMOLED display
  • 64MP main camera
  • Great battery life with fast charging support

Cons

  • Display settings could have been better
  • EIS can only be used at 1080@30fps
Display Size6.4 inches
ResolutionSuper AMOLED FHD+ 2340 x 1080 pixels, 402 ppi
OS verColorOS 6 (Android 9.0 Pie)
CPUQualcomm SDM712 Snapdragon 712 (10 nm) Octa-core
CPU Speed2x2.3 GHz Kryo 360 Gold & 6x1.7 GHz Kryo 360 Silver
Storage64GB, 128GB
External StoragemicroSD, up to 256GB
RAM6GB, 8GB, 4GB
Main Camera64MP + 8MP + 2MP + 2MP
Front Camera16MP
Battery4000mAh VOOC 3.0 Flash Charge
Dimensions158.7 x 75.2 x 8.6 mm
Weight183 g (with battery)
ColorPearl White, Pearl Blue

6. OPPO A9 2020

The OPPO A9 2020's display is large making it perfect for watching videos and playing games. It features a 5,000mAh battery and is powered by a fairly decent Snapdragon 665 SoC with Game Boost 2.0.

Camera wise, it packs a quad-camera setup at the back front lined by a 48MP sensor while a 16MP sensor rests on the front's notch for catching the perfect selfies.

Pros

  • Decent cameras
  • Large battery capacity

Cons

  • Non-FHD+ display
  • Could have a stronger CPU
Display Size6.5 inches (16.5cm)
ResolutionHD+ 1600 x 720 pixels, 20:9 ratio (~270 ppi density)
OS verColorOS 6.0.1, based on Android 9 (Pie)
CPUQualcomm Snapdragon 665 with Game Boost 2.0 Octa-core
CPU Speed4x2.0 GHz Kryo 260 Gold & 4x1.8 GHz Kryo 260 Silver
Storage128GB
External StoragemicroSD for up to 256GB
RAM8GB, 4GB
Main Camera48MP + 8MP + 2MP + 2MP
Front Camera16MP
BatteryNon-removable Li-Po 4880/5000mAh (Min/Typ)
Dimensions163.6 x 75.6 x 9.1 mm (HxWxD)
WeightAbout 195 g
ColorMarine Green, Space Purple

5. Xiaomi Mi 9T

Combining flagship experience with a mid-range price the Xiaomi Mi 9T has become the most sought-after phone in its class. It is no question, a perfect stopgap device that performs higher than its price.

The Mi 9T runs on a Snapdragon 730 SoC, while your daily activity is backed by a 4,000mAh battery which is charged via USB Type-C port. Camera performance is great and will surely not disappoint.

Pros

  • AMOLED display
  • Great performance
  • Great battery life

Cons

  • Price point (Would rather go with the "Pro" model)
  • Low-light images could be better
Display Size6.39 inches
ResolutionFHD+ 2340 x 1080 pixels 19.5:9 ratio (~403 ppi density)
OS verAndroid 9.0 (Pie); MIUI 10
CPUQualcomm SDM730 Snapdragon 730 Octa-core Kryo 470
CPU Speed2x2.2 GHz Kryo 470 Gold & 6x1.8 GHz Kryo 470 Silver
Storage64GB, 128GB
External StorageNo
RAM6GB
Main Camera48MP + 13MP(Ultra wide-angle lens) + 8MP(telephoto camera)
Front Camera20MP (Pop-up)
Battery4,000 mAh 18W fast charging
Dimensions156.7 x 74.3 x 8.8 mm
Weight191 g
ColorCarbon Black, Red Flame, Glacier Blue

4. Samsung Galaxy A50

The Samsung Galaxy A50 is one of the company's throw against its formidable Chinese rivals in the mid-range segment. Many have accepted the device pretty well as it arrived with specs that only Samsung can offer, technology and corporate wise.

Unlike other mid-rangers, the Galaxy A50 arrived sporting a Super AMOLED display with an under-display fingerprint scanner, 4,000mAh battery, triple-camera setup and a USB Type-C port.

That's quite a lot to take in from a mid-range device. But as with other smartphone devices, not all of the Galaxy A50's specs were adored.

Pros

  • Super AMOLED display with UD fingerprint scanner
  • Triple-camera setup
  • Large battery capacity

Cons

  • Exynos chipset (if you are a Qualcomm fan)
  • No OIS
  • Slow OS update
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

3. OPPO Reno2 F

Story makers would surely love the OPPO Reno2 F. The phone is packed with a 48MP Ultra-clear Main Camera, 8MP Wide-Angle Lens, 2MP Mono Lens and a 2MP Portrait Lens. Aside from that, the Reno2 F is equipped with the most powerful night mode in its class. The camera mode contains multi-frame noise reduction and high dynamic range imaging.

Mainly, the OPPO Reno2 F has a decent set of cameras, beautiful industrial design and a good full front side display. It is also equipped with a great processor and is powered by a 4,000mAh battery that can last all day but only takes 1.5 hours to charge.

On the contrary, the display isn't sufficiently bright and the ColorOS is unrefined and overly complex. Although it has a decent set of cameras, the phone is a bit overpriced.

Pros

  • Great camera
  • Large battery with quick charge support

Cons

  • Display brightness can be better
  • UI is complex
Display Size6.5 inches
ResolutionFHD+ 2340 x 1080 pixels at 394 ppi; AMOLED
OS verColorOS 6.1, based on Android 9 Pie
CPUMediaTek MT6771V Helio P70 Octa-core
CPU Speed4x2.1 GHz Cortex-A73 & 4x2.0 GHz Cortex-A53
Storage128GB
External StorageUp to 256GB
RAM8GB
Main Camera48MP + 8MP + 2MP + 2MP
Front Camera16MP (Motorized pop-up)
Battery3900/4000mAh(Min/Typ) VOOC Flash Charge 3.0
Dimensions161.8 x 75.8 x 8.7 mm
WeightAbout 195 g
ColorSky White, Lake Green

2. HUAWEI nova 5T

Once again HUAWEI has come up with a revolutionary phone, the nova 5T. The device has a 6.26-inch LCD display. The nova 5T sports the flagship Kirin 980 chipset, a set of 5 cameras – four rear cameras and a single camera up front. Regrettably, the nova 5T has no microSD card slot, 3.5mm audio jack and its battery is quite small at only 3,750mAh.

Pros

  • Flagship level chipset
  • Great camera

Cons

  • LCD display
  • Smaller battery capacity compared to the competition
  • No microSD card slot
Display Size6.26 inches
ResolutionFHD+ 2310 x 1080 pixels
OS verAndroid 9.0 (Pie); EMUI 9.1
CPUHUAWEI Kirin 980 Octa-core
CPU Speed2 x Cortex-A76 Based 2.6 GHz + 2 x Cortex-A76 Based 1.92 GHz + 4 x Cortex-A55 1.8 GHz
Storage128GB
External StorageNo
RAM8GB
Main Camera48MP + 16MP + 2MP + 2MP
Front Camera32MP
BatteryNon-removable Li-Po battery 3750 mAh (typical value) 3650 mAh (minimum value) Super charging 5V / 4.5A, compatible with 9V / 2A
Dimensions154.25 x 73.97 x 7.87 mm
Weight174 g (including the battery)
ColorBlack, Crush Blue, Midsummer Purple

1. Xiaomi Mi 9T Pro

Xiaomi is slowly creating a reputation for being able to cram the best processors in budget phones. The Mi 9T Pro adds to this reputation with its 6GB RAM and 64GB storage with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 chipset.

With an introductory price of PHP 18,990, it's the cheapest 855 phone in the Philippine market right now.

The best quality of the Xiaomi Mi 9T Pro is its powerful processor. It also has a wide screen which is excellent for gamers and video content watchers. Although, despite its superb gaming performance, the chink in the armor of this phone is its thick design which creates a bulge in your pants. Also, camera-wise, its night mode creates quite a bit of noise and haziness.

In summary, the Mi 9T Pro is a decent phone for its price and is a worthy one to have.

Pros

  • AMOLED display
  • Flagship processor
  • Great cameras

Cons

  • No IP rating
  • No microSD slot
  • Camera's Night Mode is not so great
Display Size6.39 inches
ResolutionFHD+ 2340 x 1080 pixels 19.5:9 ratio (~403 ppi density)
OS verAndroid 9.0 (Pie); MIUI 10
CPUQualcomm SDM855 Snapdragon 855 (7 nm) Octa-core
CPU Speed1x2.84 GHZ Kryo 485 & 3x2.42 GHz Kryo 485 & 4x1.80 GHz Kryo 485
Storage64GB, 128GB
External StorageNo
RAM6GB, 8GB
Main Camera48MP + 8MP + 13MP
Front Camera20MP (Pop-up)
Battery4,000 mAh 27W fast charging
Dimensions156.7 x 74.3 x 8.8 mm
Weight191 g
ColorCarbon Black, Flame Red, Glacier Blue

Conclusion

Each phone in this list has their unique qualities that are sure to capture your imagination and enhance your creativity. We suggest that you read each evaluation carefully and compare it with your own expectations.

Best Smartphones Under PHP 20,000 in the Philippines 2019