Five awesome phones for very little money
We’re at the halfway point of 2015 and boy have we seen some great phones at the low mid-range segment. And surprisingly, most of the hype at the sub 9K market have been from international players, which is a big change from last year. Brands like Lenovo, Meizu and Alcatel dominate this list, with only one local player present – Firefly Mobile. Let’s check out the list!
Meizu M1 Note
Meizu’s M1 Note got the ball rolling with its release earlier this year, with an introductory price of just Php 7,990. The price of the M1 Note has since gone up to 8599, but even with the price increase the M1 Note still holds up as an awesome phone for people looking for top tier specs under 9K. It’s the only full HD phone in this list, and is probably one of the nicest looking contenders in the sub 9K segment.
Alcatel Flash Plus
If there’s one phone that every other phone in the sub 9K price range is measured against, its Alcatel’s Flash Plus. Priced at a rock bottom price of Php 6,499, it’s currently the benchmark for bang for the buck phones in the Philippines right now, both for local and international brands. While we weren’t that impressed with the build and display quality of the Flash Plus, it’s undeniably one of the best phones you can buy out in the market if you’re looking for true value for money.
The A7000 is Lenovo’s answer to Alcatel’s Flash Plus. While it loses out on specs and price against the Flash Plus (with the latter having more storage and a lower price than the former), it brings other things to the table like a better display, a more up to date OS, more refined UI and a removable battery. Lenovo’s also banking on its Dolby Atmos tech inside the A7000 and the numerous freebies that come with the phone when it’s purchased through Lazada to differentiate it from the competition. The A7000 is priced at Php 7,490.
The Honor 4X is another bang for the buck phone offered by a China-based manufacturer. The Honor 4X mixes things up by offering a Kirin 620 processor made by HiSilicon (which Huawei owns) instead of the usual MediaTek processor that’s found in the guts of the other entries in this market. While the Honor 4X is the most expensive of the phones in this list (retailing in Lazada for Php Php 8,290 and in offline stores at Php 8,880) it’s one of the phones that has the fastest (and most stable) LTE connections in both Smart and Globe.
Firefly Mobile Allure 64 LTE
The last entry in this list is the newest and most promising: Firefly Mobile’s Allure 64 LTE. This particular phone has the best specs to price ratio of all the phones in this list (yes, including the Alcatel Flash Plus) – 3GB of RAM, 5.5-inch HD IPS display with Gorilla Glass 3 protection, 3D fingerprint scanner and Android 5.0 Lollipop, all for Php 7,999. It’s amazing value for money, and from what we’ve seen its flaws (lackluster camera and software bugs brought by Android 5.0 Lollipop) are relatively minor compared to what it brings to the table. We’ve yet to finish our full review of this baby (expect that sometime this week) but from what we’ve seen so far, Firefly Mobile may just have a big winner with this phone.
Click here to read our unboxing and first impressions of the Firefly Mobile Allure 64 LTE.
And that’s it pansit for this list. How about you? What do you think should be in the top 5 phones at the 9K to 5K price range? Share us your own list in the comments section below!