5 Superb Smartphones under Php15,000 (June 2015)

5 Superb Smartphones under Php15,000 (June 2015)

You Don’t Have to Spend a Lot to Get a Lot

While most of the tech world’s attention is on the premium flagship smartphone segment, there’s actually a lot of action happening in the mid-range level. A lot of smartphones half the price of the top-tier devices now offer highly competitive specifications and solid hardware design builds. We’ve pooled together a list of 5 solid picks that you might want to consider if you’re in the market for a smartphone that sells in the Php9,999-Php15,000 price range.

Sony Xperia M4 Aqua

Sony Xperia M4 Aqua
Sony Xperia M4 Aqua

First on our list is the Sony Xperia M4 Aqua. This made it’s debut earlier this year in Barcelona at the Mobile World Congress. It’s a great value-for-money offering by Sony. The device is powered by Qualcomm’s 64-bit Snapdragon 615 processor, has Android 5.0 Lollipop out of the box, full connectivity with LTE, a great 13-MP Sony shooter, water-resistant, and above average battery life (it doesn’t use too much energy as the resolution is HD and not fHD or QHD). It also looks like your usual beautifully designed Xperia device.

Click here to read our hands-on with the Sony Xperia M4.

ASUS Zenfone 2

The Zenfone 2!
The Zenfone 2!

Up next we have the venerable ASUS Zenfone 2. You get flawless performance from this beast as it has the combination of the 64-bit Intel Atom 2.3GHz quad-core processor and the 4GB of RAM under its hood. It’s also offers generous screen real estate at 5.5-inches in Full HD and IPS. You get full connectivity all the way to NFC and LTE. Without a shadow of a doubt the Zenfone 2 should be part of your list if your budget is below Php15,000.

Read our full review of the ASUS Zenfone 2 here.

MyPhone Infinity 2

Solid, sturdy, and elegant
Solid, sturdy, and elegant

The MyPhone Infinity 2 was met with a lot of criticism when it was announced that it would sell for Php12,799. Truth be told when it comes to a showdown of specs, the ASUS Zenfone 2 easily trumps the MyPhone Infinity 2. However in the looks department the MyPhone Infinity 2 is light years ahead. The full metal build of this phone is spectacular. We highly suggest that you guys check it out and hold it in your hands before you trash it like crazy.

Click here to read our hands-on of the MyPhone Infinity 2.

Huawei Honor 6

Huawei's elite mid-ranger offering
Huawei’s elite mid-ranger offering

The Huawei Honor 6 is the dark horse in our list. Not a lot of people know about it but this is really one of the best bang-for-your-buck devices prior to the arrival of the ASUS Zenfone 2. The dual glass build combined with the powerful internals and the good camera made it one of the very best phones you could get in this price range.

Click here to read our review of the Huawei Honor 6.

Cherry Mobile Cosmos S2


The Cherry Mobile Cosmos S2, at Php9,999, is one of the more affordable options on this list. It actually has almost the same spec sheet as the Sony Xperia M4 Aqua sans the water resistance and the claimed 2-day Stamina Battery life. Cherry Mobile is claiming though that the Cosmos S2 has QuickCharge which is a great feature to have.

Click here to read more about the Cherry Mobile Cosmos S2.

Share with us your list as well!

And there you have it folks! Our initial mid-year list of great phones you can get in the Php9,999-Php14,999 price range. How about you? Do you have your own top 5 list for devices in this price range? Sound off in the comments below and share with the rest of the Unbox community!

Wait… what about the Alcatel Flash Plus, Meizu M1 Note, and Vibe Shot?!

For the devices under Php8,000 we’ll make a separate list (like the Alcatel Flash Plus). As for the Vibe Shot it’s not yet locally available so we couldn’t include it yet. If it were though and it was indeed priced sub Php15,000, it would easily make it in this list and give all devices a run for their money.

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