Jul 3, 2018 (updated : Jul 29, 2020)

Best Smartphones Under PHP 7K Philippines 2020

It's easy for consumers to think that a 4-digit budget for a smartphone would not be enough to meet today's technological trends. At this point, let us give you the benefit of the doubt.

The flagships may be the best in the mobile market, but when it comes to practicality, the entry-levels always prevail in the competition. Whether you are on the hunt for a device for your business or your primary smartphone, an entry-level smartphone could also satisfactorily do its purpose just as what the mid-levels or flagships can do. If you have doubts, take a look below as Priceprice.com guides you to the best smartphones under PHP 7,000 that are currently available in the Philippines.

Best Smartphones Under PHP 7K in the Philippines

10. Realme 5i

Having a quad-camera setup is slowly becoming a new benchmark in the budget-end segment. One of the pioneers in the class was launched in the country earlier this year, the Realme 5i.

The 5i primarily boasts its powerful AI Quad Camera, including a 12MP lens, an 8MP ultra-wide lens, a 2MP portrait, and a 2MP macro sensor. Aside from those, there is also an 8MP selfie camera at its front. The best quality photos can be viewed through its 6.5-inch HD+ Mini-Drop display, housed in a splash-resistant case. Its back cover features a polished mirror finish processed by a German five-axis precision radium carving machine.

Under the hood of the 5i runs a Qualcomm Snapdragon 665 AIE octa-core processor mated with a 3GB RAM and 64GB expandable storage to up to 256GB. With the 5i, the brand brags its largest battery yet rated at 5,000mAh. And what is even more interesting is that it is also capable of reverse charging, yet again a new standard for budget phones to reach. Other features of the 5i include a rear-mounted fingerprint scanner and a Micro USB port.

The Realme 5i comes in the colors Aqua Blue and Forest Green, both with Sunrise Design represented by sun rays. It was launched with an official price of PHP 6,490.

Pros

  • Splash-resistant design
  • Quad-camera setup
  • High battery capacity at 5,000mAh
  • Reverse charging capable

Cons

  • IPS display
  • Dated Micro USB port
Display Size6.5 inches
Display ResolutionHD+ 1600 x 720 pixels
OS verColorOS 6.0.1, based on Android 9 Pie
CPUQualcomm Snapdragon 665 AIE Octa-core
CPU Speed4x2.0 GHz Kryo 260 Gold & 4x1.8 GHz Kryo 260 Silver
Storage32GB, 64GB, 128GB
External StoragemicroSDXC
RAM3GB, 4GB
Main Camera12MP + 8MP + 2MP + 2MP
Front Camera8MP
BatteryNon-removable, Li-Po 5,000mAh
Dimensions164.4 x 75.0 x 9.0 mm
Weight195 g
ColorForest Green, Aqua Blue

9. OPPO A5s (AX5s)

Following the A3s of 2018, OPPO launched a new budget-friendly smartphone in April 2019, the OPPO A5s. With this release, the brand still took pride in providing innovative yet affordable smartphones.

The A5s is powered by a MediaTek Helio P35 octa-core processor working in tandem with 3GB of RAM and 32GB expandable storage up to 256GB. The brand ensures a smooth experience, whatever the task. It primarily boasts its long-lasting battery rated at 4,230mAh.

Aside from the impressive internals, the A5s also brags a striking 6.2-inch HD+ waterdrop display, an 8MP front camera, and a dual rear camera setup with a 13MP primary lens assisted by a 2MP depth sensor. It also features a rear-mounted fingerprint sensor for easy and convenient unlocking.

The OPPO A5s comes in four classic colors: Red, Black, Gold, and Green, and was announced in the Philippines with a price of PHP 5,990.

Pros

  • Large battery capacity
  • HDR selfie cam

Cons

  • IPS display
  • Dated Micro USB port
Display Size6.2 inches
Display ResolutionHD + 1520 x 720 pixels
OS verColorOS 5.2, based on Android 8.1 Oreo
CPUMediaTek MT6765 Helio P35 Octa core
CPU Speed4x2.3 GHz Cortex-A53 & 4x1.8 GHz Cortex-A53
Storage32GB
External StoragemicroSD, up to 256 GB
RAM3GB
Main Camera13MP + 2MP
Front Camera8MP
BatteryNon-removable Li-Ion 4230mAh
Dimensions155.9 x 75.4 x 8.2 mm
Weight170 g
ColorBlack, Red, Gold, Green

8. HUAWEI Y6 Pro (2019)

After HUAWEI faced controversy in late 2018, its sales outside the US market continued to rise. In fact, in the following year, they have released new smartphones ranging from the budget-level to the flagship. One of which is the HUAWEI Y6 Pro (2019), which was officially launched in the Philippines in February 2019.

The Y6 Pro is powered by a MediaTek Helio A22 quad-core chipset coupled with 3GB of RAM and 32GB of expandable storage to up to 512GB, and packed with a quite small battery rated at 3,020mAh.

It also sports a 6.09-inch HD+ display with a face recognition sensor and an 8MP selfie camera. At its back, there is a single 13MP camera. If you look at the Y6s' and the Y6 Pro's specs side by side, the two only differ in just a few points. It can be assumed that the concept behind the two smartphones are the same, only that the former is an upgraded version.

The HUAWEI Y6 Pro is currently priced at PHP 5,490 and is available in Midnight Black and Sapphire Blue colors.

Pros

  • 3GB RAM

Cons

  • IPS display
  • Dated Micro USB port
Display Size6.09 inches
Display Resolution1560 x 720 pixels 19.5:9 ratio ~282 ppi density
OS verEMUI 9 based on Android 9.0 (Pie)
CPUMediaTek MT6761 Helio A22 (12 nm) Quad-core Cortex-A53
CPU Speed2.0 GHz
Storage32GB
External StorageUp to 512 GB
RAM3GB
Main Camera13MP
Front Camera8MP
BatteryNon-removable Li-Ion 3020mAh
Dimensions156.28 x 73.5 x 8.0 mm
Weight150 g (including the battery)
ColorMidnight Black, Sapphire Blue, Amber Brown

7. HUAWEI Y6s

Like its flagship offerings, HUAWEI's budget-level smartphones always have their spots in the list of the bests. In December 2019, the brand launched a budget-friendly smartphone, the HUAWEI Y6s.

The Y6s primarily brags its 6.09-inch Dewdrop display for a more impressive gaming and browsing experience. Its screen is also TUV Rheinland certified, which means it blocks out the harmful blue light to protect your eyes. An 8MP selfie camera can be found at the top of the screen, and a sensor for face unlock. It also sports a 13MP rear camera and a rear-mounted fingerprint scanner.

Internally, the smartphone is powered by a MediaTek Helio P35 octa-core chipset paired with 3GB of RAM and 64GB expandable storage up to 512GB. However, its battery capacity rated at 3,020mAh may be a deal-breaker compared to others in the segment.

The HUAWEI Y6s is available in 2 nature-inspired colors – Orchid Blue and Starry Black. It currently retails in the Philippines for PHP 5,490.

Pros

  • Screen is certified to block blue light
  • Features face unlock and fingerprint scanner
  • Octa-core chipset

Cons

  • Battery capacity is only at 3,020mAh
  • Dated Micro USB port
Display Size6.09 inches
Display Resolution1560 x 720 pixels, 283 ppi
OS verEMUI 9.1 (Based on Android 9 Pie)
CPUMediaTek MT6765 Octa-core
CPU Speed4x 2.3GHz Cortex-A53 Based + 4x 1.8GHz Cortex-A53 Based
Storage32GB, 64GB
External StoragemicroSD card, up to 512GB
RAM3GB
Main Camera13MP
Front Camera8MP
BatteryNon-removable, 3,020mAh
Dimensions156.28 x 73.5 x 8.0 mm
Weight150 g
ColorStarry Black, Orchid Blue

6. OPPO A12

For a newly-released smartphone to be included in the list of the bests, it must have something big in it. That is the case for OPPO's latest A-series budget phone. The OPPO A12 was made available in the country just this month, along with the OPPO A52.

The smartphone boasts better performance and bigger storage. It is powered by a MediaTek Helio P35 octa-core processor working in tandem with a 4GB RAM, which is not usual in its segment, and 64GB storage. Packed with it as well is a 4,230mAh battery built to last a whole day.

The A12 also sports a dual-camera setup at the back featuring a 13MP primary lens and a 2MP depth sensor, while at the front is a 5MP selfie camera. Aside from these features are the rear-mounted fingerprint scanner and face unlock through its 6.22-inch HD+ screen.

The OPPO A12 is currently priced at PHP 6,990 and is available in the colors Black and Blue.

Pros

  • 4GB of RAM
  • Features face unlock and fingerprint scanner

Cons

  • Dated Micro USB port
  • IPS display
Display Size6.22 inches
Display ResolutionHD+ 720 x 1560 pixels, 19.5:9 ratio (~276 ppi density)
OS verColorOS 6.1.2, based on Android 9 Pie
CPUMediatek MT6765 Helio P35 (12nm) Octa-core
CPU Speed4x2.35 GHz Cortex-A53 & 4x1.8 GHz Cortex-A53
Storage32GB, 64GB
External StorageExpandable up to 256GB
RAM3GB, 4GB
Main Camera13MP + 2MP
Front Camera5MP
BatteryNon-removable, Li-Po 4,230mAh
Dimensions155.9 x 75.5 x 8.3 mm
Weight165 g
ColorBlack, Blue

5. Vivo Y11

Over the past years, Vivo has been realistic to its goal of being a trendsetter to the youth culture through its budget-friendly yet innovative smartphones. Last November 2019, the brand released their newest player, the Vivo Y11.

Internal-wise, it is equipped with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 439 octa-core chipset paired with 3GB of RAM and 32GB storage space. It primarily boasts its powerful 5,000mAh battery that claims to last for a day assisted by Vivo's smart power management system.

The Y11 features a dual-camera setup at its rear that includes a 13MP primary lens and a 2MP depth sensor. Also, at its back is a fingerprint sensor for easy and convenient unlocking. It sports a 6.35-inch Halo FullView Display and an 8MP selfie camera in the front.

The Vivo Y11 comes in sophisticated color gradient flows inspired by gemstones. It is available in the colors Mineral Blue, Agate Red, and Skyline Blue, and retails for PHP 6,499.

Pros

  • Large 6.35-inch display
  • High battery capacity at 5,000mAh
  • Fingerprint unlock

Cons

  • Dated Micro USB port
  • IPS display
Display Size6.35 inches
Display ResolutionHD+ 1544 x 720 pixels (~268 ppi density)
OS verFuntouch OS 9.1 (based on Android 9.0 Pie)
CPUQualcomm SDM439 Snapdragon 439 Octa-core
CPU Speed2x1.95 GHz Cortex-A53 & 6x1.45 GHz Cortex A53
Storage32GB
External StoragemicroSD, up to 256GB
RAM3GB
Main Camera13MP + 2MP
Front Camera8MP
Battery5000mAh
Dimensions159.43 × 76.77 × 8.92 mm
Weight190.5 g
ColorAgate Red, Mineral Blue

4. Realme C3

True to its aspiration to provide a superior experience to the young, Realme has recently released its newest budget-friendly unit, the Realme C3.

It is touted as the "Game Monster" among the others in its segment for its powerful chipset. It is the first smartphone to use a MediaTek Helio G70, a chipset optimized to provide seamless gaming performance. Alongside it runs a 3GB RAM with 32GB expandable storage of up to 256GB, and a massive 5,000mAh battery that features reverse charging to charge other devices.

The C3 is equipped with a 6.5-inch HD+ display with a notch at the top that houses a 5MP selfie camera. While at its back is a triple camera setup that includes a 12MP primary lens, a 2MP macro lens, and a 2MP depth sensor. Aside from that, the device also features fingerprint unlock mounted at its rear and optical Face Recognition technology.

The Realme C3 was first released in March 2020 and is officially priced in the Philippines at PHP 5,990 in two color options: Frozen Blue and Blazing Red.

Pros

  • Equipped with a chipset optimized for gaming
  • Features optical Face Recognition and fingerprint sensor
  • High battery capacity at 5,000mAh

Cons

  • Dated Micro USB port
  • IPS display
Display Size6.5 inches
Display Resolution1600 x 720 pixels
OS verrealme UI 1.0, based on Android 10
CPUMediaTek Helio G70 Octa-core
CPU Speed2 x 2.0 GHz Cortex-A75 & 6 x 1.7 GHz Cortex-A55
Storage32GB, 64GB
External StorageUp to 256GB
RAM3GB
Main Camera12MP + 2MP + 2MP
Front Camera5MP
BatteryLi-Po 5,000mAh 10W charging power Supports reverse charging
Dimensions164.4 x 75.0 x 8.95 mm
Weight195 g (with battery)
ColorVolcano Gray, Blazing Red, Frozen Blue

3. Xiaomi Redmi 8A

A colorful smartphone does not mean all-fancy. As for the Xiaomi Redmi 8A, it promises to provide functionality, taking "entry-level" to another level.

The Redmi 8A is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 439 octa-core chipset paired with either a 2GB RAM or 3GB RAM, and 32GB of expandable storage of up to 512GB. It boasts a large battery with a typical capacity of 5,000mAh featuring Quick Charge 3.0 technology and 18W Fast Charge that claims to assist the device to be fully charged in 2.2 hours.

Design-wise, the Redmi 8A offers powerful drop and wear resistance with its 6.22-inch HD+ Dot Drop display. It also features protection from the harmful blue light with its low blue light display. At the top of the screen is an 8MP selfie camera and a sensor responsible for its AI Face Unlock. To seal the deal, on its rear, is a 12MP camera.

The Xiaomi Redmi 8A first became available in the Philippines in October of 2019 with a PHP 5,490 price tag in the colors Ocean Blue, Sunset Red, and Midnight Black.

Pros

  • Screen features protection from blue light
  • Drop- and wear-resistance display
  • High battery capacity at 5,000mAh

Cons

  • No fingerprint sensor
  • IPS display
Display Size6.22 inches
Display ResolutionHD+ 1520 x 720 pixels
OS verAndroid 9.0 (Pie); MIUI 10
CPUQualcomm SDM439 Snapdragon 439 (12 nm) Octa-core
CPU Speed2x1.95 GHz Cortex-A53 & 6x1.45 GHz Cortex A53
Storage32GB, 64GB
External StorageUp to 512GB
RAM2GB, 3GB, 4GB
Main Camera12MP
Front Camera8MP
Battery5000mAh 18W fast charging
Dimensions156.5 x 75.4 x 9.4 mm
Weight188 g
ColorMidnight Black, Sunset Red, Ocean Blue

2. Samsung Galaxy A10s

Be it flagship or entry-level, Samsung always has a say. The Samsung Galaxy A10s is the brand's bet to the list, which was announced in the country in September of 2019. Despite being cheaper than the S series, the A series is known to provide still-top-notch specs.

The Galaxy A10s boasts its big 6.2-inch HD+ Infinity-V display made for an immersive viewing experience housed in its 7.8mm glossy plastic finish body. A dual-camera setup is found at its rear, including a 13MP primary lens and a 2MP depth sensor, while in the front is a single 8MP camera. Both promise to capture moments with best quality photos.

Under the hood, the Galaxy A10s is equipped with a MediaTek Helio P22 octa-core processor coupled with 2GB of RAM and 32GB of storage that is expandable to up to 512GB. Packed with it is a 4,000mAh battery that promises power all day.

The Samsung Galaxy A10s retails in the Philippines with a PHP 6,490 price tag and is available in color choices of Black and Green.

Pros

  • Comes with Microsoft Office App
  • Upgradable to Android 10 (One UI 2.0)

Cons

  • Dated Micro USB port
  • TFT display
Display Size6.2 inches
Display ResolutionHD+ 720 x 1520 pixels
OS verAndroid 9.0 Pie; Samsung One UI
CPUMediatek MT6762 Helio P22 (12 nm) Octa-core Cortex-A53
CPU Speed2GHz + 1.5GHz
Storage32GB
External StorageUp to 512GB via microSD
RAM2GB
Main Camera13MP + 2MP
Front Camera8MP
Battery4,000mAh
Dimensions156.9 x 75.8 x 7.8 mm
Weight168 g
ColorBlack, Red, Green, Blue

1. Xiaomi Redmi 9

On our top spot is the Redmi 9 from the Chinese manufacturer Xiaomi which is their latest offering. It was released last June in the country from its sub-brand, whose focus is to produce consumer-oriented devices.

Redmi promises on carrying the latest trend for its smartphones in the market by giving access to fun features while being budget-friendly. With the Redmi 9, it boasts four cameras on its back – a first for an entry-level from the brand – a 13MP primary lens, an 8MP ultra-wide lens, a 5MP macro lens, and a 2MP depth sensor. While at its front lies an 8MP selfie camera housed in a notch at the top of its 6.53-inch FHD+ display.

The Redmi 9 is powered by a MediaTek Helio G80 octa-core processor paired with 3GB/32GB or 4GB/64GB of RAM and expandable storage. The midrange chipset is compensated by a large 18W battery with a capacity of 5,030mAh capable of fast charging. A fingerprint reader is also mounted on its rear.

The Xiaomi Redmi 9 is available in the colors Carbon Grey, Ocean Green, and Sunset Purple, and retails in the Philippines with a price of PHP 6,990.

Pros

  • Upgraded FHD+ Display
  • USB Type-C port
  • NFC & IR Blaster

Cons

  • Not-so-powerful SoC
  • Low camera specs
  • Low RAM and storage configuration
Display Size6.53 inches
Display ResolutionFHD+ 1080 x 2340 pixels
OS verAndroid 10, MIUI 12
CPUMediatek Helio G80 (12 nm) Octa-core Cortex-A75 & Cortex-A55
CPU Speed2x2.0 GHz Cortex-A75 & 6x1.8 GHz Cortex-A55
Storage32GB, 64GB
External StoragemicroSD, up to 512GB
RAM3GB, 4GB
Main Camera13MP + 8MP + 5MP + 2MP
Front Camera8MP
BatteryNon-removable, Li-Po 5,020mAh Fast charging 18W
Dimensions163.32 x 77.01 x 9.1 mm (6.43 x 3.03 x 0.36 in)
Weight198 g (6.98 oz)
ColorCarbon Gray, Ocean Green, Sunset Purple, Pink/Blue

Conclusion

We have come to a point that a budget smartphone does not mean cheap anymore. Gone are the days when entry-level smartphones were only commended for their affordability. Today, with the endless technological innovations, these phones are also loved for having top-notch specs.

Spec Comparison

Realme 5i Realme 5i OPPO A5s (AX5s) OPPO A5s (AX5s) HUAWEI Y6 Pro (2019) HUAWEI Y6 Pro (2019) HUAWEI Y6s HUAWEI Y6s OPPO A12 OPPO A12 Vivo Y11 Vivo Y11 Realme C3 Realme C3 Xiaomi Redmi 8A Xiaomi Redmi 8A Samsung Galaxy A10s Samsung Galaxy A10s Xiaomi Redmi 9 Xiaomi Redmi 9
Lowest Price P4,500 P2,399 P3,699 P5,940 P5,990 P5,800 P4,000 P4,250 P5,648 P4,831
Release date Jan 2020 Apr 2019 Feb 2019 Dec 2019 Jul 2020 Oct 2019 Mar 2020 Oct 2019 Sep 2019 Jun 2020
CPU Qualcomm Snapdragon 665 AIE
Octa-core
MediaTek MT6765 Helio P35
Octa core
MediaTek MT6761 Helio A22 (12 nm)
Quad-core Cortex-A53
MediaTek MT6765
Octa-core
Mediatek MT6765 Helio P35 (12nm)
Octa-core
Qualcomm SDM439 Snapdragon 439
Octa-core
MediaTek Helio G70
Octa-core
Qualcomm SDM439 Snapdragon 439 (12 nm)
Octa-core
Mediatek MT6762 Helio P22 (12 nm)
Octa-core Cortex-A53
Mediatek Helio G80 (12 nm)
Octa-core Cortex-A75 & Cortex-A55
OS ver ColorOS 6.0.1, based on Android 9 Pie ColorOS 5.2, based on Android 8.1 Oreo EMUI 9 based on Android 9.0 (Pie) EMUI 9.1 (Based on Android 9 Pie) ColorOS 6.1.2, based on Android 9 Pie Funtouch OS 9.1 (based on Android 9.0 Pie) realme UI 1.0, based on Android 10 Android 9.0 (Pie); MIUI 10 Android 9.0 Pie; Samsung One UI Android 10, MIUI 12
Display Size 6.5 inches 6.2 inches 6.09 inches 6.09 inches 6.22 inches 6.35 inches 6.5 inches 6.22 inches 6.2 inches 6.53 inches
Display Resolution HD+ 1600 x 720 pixels HD + 1520 x 720 pixels 1560 x 720 pixels
19.5:9 ratio
~282 ppi density
1560 x 720 pixels, 283 ppi HD+ 720 x 1560 pixels, 19.5:9 ratio (~276 ppi density) HD+ 1544 x 720 pixels (~268 ppi density) 1600 x 720 pixels HD+ 1520 x 720 pixels HD+ 720 x 1520 pixels FHD+ 1080 x 2340 pixels
RAM 3GB, 4GB 3GB 3GB 3GB 3GB, 4GB 3GB 3GB 2GB, 3GB, 4GB 2GB 3GB, 4GB
Storage 32GB, 64GB, 128GB 32GB 32GB 32GB, 64GB 32GB, 64GB 32GB 32GB, 64GB 32GB, 64GB 32GB 32GB, 64GB
External Storage microSDXC microSD, up to 256 GB Up to 512 GB microSD card, up to 512GB Expandable up to 256GB microSD, up to 256GB Up to 256GB Up to 512GB Up to 512GB via microSD microSD, up to 512GB
Main Camera 12MP + 8MP + 2MP + 2MP 13MP + 2MP 13MP 13MP 13MP + 2MP 13MP + 2MP 12MP + 2MP + 2MP 12MP 13MP + 2MP 13MP + 8MP + 5MP + 2MP
Front Camera 8MP 8MP 8MP 8MP 5MP 8MP 5MP 8MP 8MP 8MP
Battery Non-removable, Li-Po 5,000mAh Non-removable Li-Ion 4230mAh Non-removable Li-Ion 3020mAh Non-removable, 3,020mAh Non-removable, Li-Po 4,230mAh 5000mAh Li-Po 5,000mAh
10W charging power
Supports reverse charging
5000mAh
18W fast charging
4,000mAh Non-removable, Li-Po 5,020mAh
Fast charging 18W