May 12, 2018 (updated : Jun 30, 2020)

Best 4GB RAM Smartphones Under PHP 10,000 In the Philippines 2020 - 2021

The competition in the budget-friendly segment is now redefined in 2020. Here are the entries that changed the game.

When the Redmi Note 7 was released to the wild in 2019, the notion of owning a "budget-friendly" phone was changed forever. Since then, the innovations and provisions in the segment have all been re-introduced in a variety, in features and specifications that often breach the upper mid-range section, and at times, even in flagship levels.

Over the years, Redmi has seen some worthy contenders. From the likes of budding smartphone manufacturers like Realme, right down to the revamped Galaxy A series – all of which have given Xiaomi's sub-brand serious competition, the budget world of Android smartphones is now expanding to an endless era of options.

As it goes for most markets with a voluminous amount of alternatives, the journey to choosing the best ones is almost always muddled with expected confusions. And if you're unlucky, your purchase could end up futile, relative to your needs and wants as a consumer.

Our compilation today focuses on the best 4GB RAM-equipped smartphones. But at Priceprice.com, we decided to twist it and collate the entries under the PHP 10,000 bracket.

Here they are in no specific order.

Best 4GB RAM Smartphones below PHP 10,000 in the Philppines 2020

10. Samsung Galaxy A30s

At the time of its release in August 2019, the Samsung Galaxy A30s was quickly heralded as the new "budget king." And the team behind this compilation couldn't think of any moniker more appropriate.

The Samsung Galaxy A30s is just about one of the most inexpensive offerings in the competition that features the popular optical, in-display fingerprint scanner. The phone is also noted for being home to a 6.4-inch Super AMOLED screen.

The Samsung Galaxy A30s also features a triple-camera setup on its rear. The system has a 25MP wide primary camera, an 8MP ultrawide sensor, and a 5MP depth lens. Meanwhile, the phone's notch houses a 16MP selfie snapper.

Other highlights of the phone include Bluetooth 5.0, market-dependent NFC, 3.5mm headphone jack, and USB Type-C. The handset is also listed with 4,000mAh battery and 15W fast charging.

Pros

  • Super AMOLED screen
  • In-display fingerprint reader
  • Rear triple cameras

Cons

  • HD resolution

Samsung Galaxy A30s Key Specifications

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

9. HUAWEI Y7 (2019)

HUAWEI has consistently produced top-of-the-line series of smartphones in the flagship segment. The same can be said for its Y lineup, which continued its domination in 2019 when it released the Y7 model.

The HUAWEI Y7 (2019) is easily a triumphant update over its 2018 counterpart. It improved in almost every vital aspect of design, display, performance, and especially battery life. For one, its narrowing bezels, alongside its 6.26-inch IPS panel, make the phone more premium-looking than it already is.

The handset is also as decent as it gets relative to its power, with 4GB of RAM and a Qualcomm Snapdragon 450 SoC. This performance is also mirrored right with its cameras.

Pros

  • Bright IPS screen
  • Dedicated microSD card slot
  • Face recognition
  • Long battery life

Cons

  • Micro USB port
  • Dated Android OS

HUAWEI Y7 (2019) Key Specifications

Display Size6.26 inches
Display ResolutionHD+ 1520 x 720 pixels, 19:9 ratio (~269 ppi density)
OS verEMUI 8.2 (Android 8.1 (Oreo))
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 + 2MP
Front Camera8MP
Battery4,000mAh
Dimensions158.92 x 76.91 x 8.1 mm
Weight168 g (including the battery)
ColorMidnight Black, Coral Red, Aurora Blue

8. Redmi Note 8

Following the trail of the Redmi Note 7 is already a challenge in itself. But with the announcement of the Redmi Note 8, all expectations were met. The phone still followed what appears to be the series' perfected combination that can be gleaned from a large screen, a snappy SoC, a competitive camera setup, and a decently sized battery.

The Redmi Note 8 launched with a massive 6.3-inch IPS LCD screen of 1080p resolution, right with a waterdrop-shaped notch.

The phone is also powered by an upgraded Snapdragon 665 chipset, which is relatively more power-efficient than its predecessor's SD 660. Its cameras also received a boost. Its legendary 48MP primary sensor is now joined by an 8MP ultrawide camera, a 2MP macro shooter, and a 2MP depth sensor. There is also an option for 4K video capture.

The Redmi Note 8 still rocks a 4,000mAh battery with support for 18W fast wired charging.

Pros

  • Dual Gorilla Glass 5
  • Large screen
  • Impressive battery life
  • Standalone microSD, 3.5mm headphone jack, IR blaster

Cons

  • Underwhelming performance upgrade
  • Video quality could be better

Xiaomi Redmi Note 8 Key Specifications

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

7. Realme 5

When the Realme 5 finally debuted, it was clear from the get-go that Realme meant business. The phone was a massive upgrade over the Realme 3. It arrived with a larger 6.5-inch IPS LCD screen, a bigger 5,000mAh battery, and a significantly beefed-up camera setup.

The Realme 5 started what seemed to be the trend on budget-friendly phones with over-the-top camera offerings. The handset is listed with a quadruple-camera setup on its rear, which is headlined by a 12MP wide sensor. The main camera is then accompanied by an 8MP ultrawide lens, a 2MP macro snapper, and a 2MP depth sensor. The phone also comes with a 13MP front-facing shooter, residing in its notch.

The Realme 5 is also noted for unofficially featuring a splash-resistant body, which is virtually unheard of in this price segment.

Pros

  • Large display
  • Huge battery
  • Sophisticated rear camera system
  • Splash-resistant body

Cons

  • Low-res screen
  • Micro USB port

realme 5 Key Specifications

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

6. HUAWEI Y6p

Years ago, smartphones in the budget-friendly group did not have deliverable features. One of the first brands to change this notion was HUAWEI, alongside the release of the Y6p in 2020.

As for the Y6p, HUAWEI went a little extra in virtually all of its key features. For instance, the phone is home to a massive 5,000mAh battery, which only a few of its compatriots were able to match. The device also maxes out at 4GB of RAM and 64GB of internal storage.

The HUAWEI Y6p also comes with triple cameras on its rear, front-lined by a 13MP wide camera. Its two other sensors are 5MP and 2MP, specializing in ultrawide and depth photography, respectively.

Other key features of the phone include Bluetooth 5.0, 3.5mm headphone jack, market-dependent NFC, dedicated FM radio with built-in antenna, and a rear-mounted fingerprint reader.

Pros

  • 5,000mAh battery
  • Dedicated FM radio with built-in antenna
  • Triple cameras on its rear

Cons

  • HD resolution
  • Micro USB port
  • No Google Play Services

HUAWEI Y6p Key Specifications

Display Size6.3 inches
Display ResolutionHD+ 720 x 1600 pixels
OS verEMUI 10.1 (Based on Android 10)
CPUMediatek MT6762R Helio P22 (12 nm) Octa-core Cortex-A53
CPU Speed4 x 2.0 GHz Cortex-A53 & 4 x 1.5 GHz Cortex-A53
Storage64GB
External StoragemicroSD, up to 512GB
RAM3GB, 4GB
Main Camera13MP + 5MP + 2MP
Front Camera8MP
BatteryNon-removable, Li-Po 5,000mAh
Dimensions159.07 x 74.06 x 9.04 mm
Weight185 g
ColorMidnight Black, Emerald Green, Phantom Purple

5. Vivo Y19

At the time of its unveiling in 2019, the Vivo Y19 seemed to have come straight from the future. This is mostly evidenced by its solid internals, which until this day, are pretty much still competitive.

At the helm of the Vivo Y19's internals is MediaTek's MT6768 Helio P65. The phone is also equipped with 4GB of RAM and 128GB of onboard storage. The handset packs a whopping 5,000mAh battery along with Vivo's Dual-Engine Fast Charge.

Other notable features of the phone are, a 6.3-inch IPS display with a resolution of 2,340 x 1,080 pixels, 16MP + 8MP + 2MP main and 16MP front-facing camera.

Pros

  • Large battery capacity with fast charging
  • Impressive cameras

Cons

  • Micro USB 2.0

vivo Y19 Key Specifications

Display Size6.53 inches
Display ResolutionFHD+ 2340 x 1080 pixels
OS verFuntouch OS 9.2 (based on Android 9.0 Pie)
CPUMediaTek MT6768 Helio P65 Octa-core
CPU Speed2x2.0 GHz Cortex-A75 & 6x1.7 GHz Cortex-A55
Storage128GB
RAM4GB
Main Camera16MP + 8MP + 2MP
Front Camera16MP
Battery5000mAh Dual Engine Fast Charge (9V2A) Reverse Charging
Dimensions162.15 x 76.47 x 8.89 mm
Weight193 g
ColorMagnetic Black, Spring White

4. OPPO A31 2020 (A8)

For consumers who don't usually get bothered by the current onslaught of mobile trends in the budget-friendly segment, the OPPO A31 2020 (A8) stands a chance.

The phone features a 6.5-inch IPS LCD screen, with a resolution of 720 x 1,600 pixels and 480 nits of typical brightness. Additionally, the phone's display packs Corning Gorilla Glass 3.

Under the hood, the phone is powered by MediaTek's Helio P35 chipset, accompanied by PowerVR GE8320. It also comes with 4GB/6GB of RAM tiers and 64GB/128GB of internal storage options. The phone is also listed with a 4,230mAh battery.

Sealing the deal on its budget-friendly shtick is its triple cameras on its rear panel. The system comprises a 12MP wide primary camera, a 2MP macro snapper, and a 2MP depth sensor. The device's notch, on the other hand, houses an 8MP front-facing shooter.

Pros

  • Large LCD screen
  • Rear triple cameras

Cons

  • HD resolution
  • Dated Android OS
  • Micro USB port

OPPO A31 2020 (A8) Key Specifications

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

3. HUAWEI Y7p

Expanding HUAWEI's Y-series of smartphones in 2020 is the Y7p.

The phone has all the makings of the budget-friendly phone this year. Starting with its internals, the device is powered by HUAWEI's HiSilicon Kirin 710F chipset, a processor that is based on a 12nm architecture. The chipset is also coupled with Mali-G51 MP4 for its GPU needs. In addition, the handset totes around a singular 4GB of RAM and 64GB of internal storage.

The HUAWEI Y7p also sports a triple-camera setup on its rear panel, one that is front-lined by a large 48MP wide camera. This is then accompanied by an 8MP ultrawide sensor and a 2MP depth lens.

Meanwhile, the HUAWEI Y7p echoes today's modern display trends with its accompaniment of a 6.39-inch IPS LCD screen, with a cutout on the upper left section, housing an 8MP snapper.

The HUAWEI Y7p is also home to Bluetooth 5.0, dedicated FM radio, and 4,000mAh battery.

Pros

  • Kirin 710F chip
  • Rear triple cameras
  • Modern display design

Cons

  • HD resolution
  • Micro USB port
  • Conventional wired charging

HUAWEI Y7p Key Specifications

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. Realme 6i

Staying true to Realme's tried and tested bang-for-your-buck formula, the Realme 6i's offering takes it further to inspire more consumers in its fold.

Dubbed as the cheapest entry in the Realme 6 roster, the 6i is also as gaming-friendly as the rest of its siblings. The phone offers fresh design aspirations, high performance in its class, and a quad-camera setup.

The Realme 6i features a 6.5-inch IPS LCD screen, right with a notch that houses its 16MP selfie snapper. The phone's front panel also comes with Gorilla Glass 3, with a plastic body that is tipped to be splash-proof.

The handset is also fueled by one of MediaTek's newest SoCs that is geared for gaming - the Helio G80 chipset, based on a 12nm process. Meanwhile, there are 3GB/4GB of RAM tiers and 64GB/128GB of onboard storage alternatives. A much-needed 5,000mAh battery is likewise listed, with support for 18W fast wired charging.

The Realme 6i is also noted for its rear-mounted fingerprint reader, 3.5mm headphone jack, and USB Type-C. The phone ships with realme UI, based on the latest Android 10.

Pros

  • 5,000mAh battery
  • Rear quad-cam setup
  • Helio G80 chip
  • 3.5mm headphone jack

Cons

  • HD resolution
  • No 4K videos and EIS

realme 6i Key Specifications

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

1. Xiaomi Redmi Note 9

It is in its very spectrum in which the Redmi Note 9 shines the most – the lower end of the mid-range series of smartphones. And like its predecessors, the Note 7 and Note 8, the current Redmi Note offering plays its card quite well. And with a lot more, this time around.

Right off the bat, the Redmi Note 9's definite highlight is its rear camera design and its accompanying configurations. The system boasts a 48MP primary camera, alongside an 8MP ultra-wide-angle lens, a 2MP macro shooter, and a 2MP depth sensor. These lenses are also housed in what appears to be the breakout aesthetics in 2020, one that is also distinctive, we might add.

The Redmi Note 9 is powered by MediaTek's Helio G85 chipset and is coupled with 3GB/4GB of RAM and 64GB/128GB of internal storage options. Also, a highlight is its 5,020mAh battery with 18W fast wired and 9W reverse charging.

The Redmi Note 9 also echoes its current stand as the most viable, budget-friendly smartphone, relative to its overall design. It features a 6.53-inch IPS LCD screen, with a resolution of 1,080 x 2,340 pixels and 450 nits of typical brightness. A Corning Gorilla Glass 5 is also on top of its front panel.

Pros

  • 5,020mAh battery
  • Impeccable design
  • Helio G85 chip
  • Rear quad cameras
  • Water-repellent coating
  • Market-dependent NFC

Cons

  • Redmi could have gone with AMOLED instead
  • RAM offerings are a bit underwhelming

Xiaomi Redmi Note 9 Key Specifications

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

If you're looking for a new handset and your pocket seems not to be cooperating in these otherwise trying times, the list right above is a testament that such misgivings are misdirected. All you need to do is search further.

And given the current trend at hand in the budget-friendly segment, this journey shouldn't be that difficult, to begin with. Unless you're fairly new on the trail, the list we've provided should be more than sufficient.

As for the local market, we are now past the "ushering" stage, and could very well be peaking this 2020, with these promising smartphones in a segment that once was almost abandoned.

Spec Comparison

Model Xiaomi Redmi Note 7 Xiaomi Redmi Note 7 Samsung Galaxy A30s Samsung Galaxy A30s HUAWEI Y7 (2019) HUAWEI Y7 (2019) Xiaomi Redmi Note 8 Xiaomi Redmi Note 8 realme 5 realme 5 HUAWEI Y6p HUAWEI Y6p vivo Y19 vivo Y19 OPPO A31 2020 (A8) OPPO A31 2020 (A8) HUAWEI Y7p HUAWEI Y7p realme 6i realme 6i Xiaomi Redmi Note 9 Xiaomi Redmi Note 9
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Lowest Price P4,999 P5,211.50 P5,999 P4,567 P4,500 P5,000 P9,311 P7,990 P4,500 P4,999 P7,250
CPU Qualcomm SDM660 Snapdragon 660 (14 nm)
Octa core
Exynos 7904 (14 nm)
Octa-core
Qualcomm SDM450 Snapdragon 450 (14 nm)
Octa-core Cortex-A53
Qualcomm SDM665 Snapdragon 665 (11 nm)
Octa-core
Qualcomm SDM665 Snapdragon 665 AIE
Octa-core
Mediatek MT6762R Helio P22 (12 nm)
Octa-core Cortex-A53
MediaTek MT6768 Helio P65
Octa-core
MediaTek MT6765V/CB Helio P35
Octa-core Cortex-A53
HiSilicon Kirin 710F
Octa-core
Mediatek Helio G80 (12 nm)
Octa-core
MediaTek Helio G85
Octa-core
Display Size 6.3 inches 6.4 inches 6.26 inches 6.3 inches 6.5 inches 6.3 inches 6.53 inches 6.5 inches 6.39 inches 6.5 inches 6.53 inches
RAM 3GB, 4GB, 6GB 3GB, 4GB 3GB, 4GB 3GB, 4GB, 6GB 3GB, 4GB 3GB, 4GB 4GB 4GB, 6GB 4GB 3GB, 4GB 3GB, 4GB
Main Camera 48MP + 5MP 25MP + 8MP + 5MP 13MP + 2MP 48MP + 8MP + 2MP + 2MP 12MP + 8MP + 2MP + 2MP 13MP + 5MP + 2MP 16MP + 8MP + 2MP 12MP + 2MP + 2MP 48MP + 8MP + 2MP 48MP + 8MP + 2MP + 2MP 48MP + 8MP + 2MP + 2MP
Battery 4000mAh (typ) / 3900mAh (min)
Built-in rechargeable battery
Supports Qualcomm Quick Charge 4 Technology
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
5000mAh
10W charging power (5V, 2A inbox)
Up to 29.9-day battery life
Non-removable, Li-Po 5,000mAh 5000mAh
Dual Engine Fast Charge (9V2A)
Reverse Charging
Non-removable, Li-Po 4,230mAh 4,000mAh Non-removable, Li-Po 5,000mAh
Standard charging 18W
Non-removable, Li-Po 5,020mAh
Fast charging 18W
Reverse charging 9W
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