In a realistic scenario, most Filipinos would allot at most Php 10k for a new phone. That’s good news to them, as there are plenty of compelling options in the under Php 10k price point that offer a set of features that they would usually look for–be it camera performance, quality displays for binge-watching, or processors that can handle serious gaming. We’re halfway through 2023 already, and we have a good list of the best budget phones you can buy in the Philippines right now. For this list, we will start with our top 5 and end it with our top pick.
Best Budget Phones in the Philippines 2023 (Under Php 10k)
5. vivo Y16
4. OPPO A57 4G
3. realme C55
2. Redmi Note 12 4G
1. Infinix NOTE 30 5G
Php 7,499 – 4GB/128GB
Php 6,999 – 4GB/64GB
With a new promo price of Php 6,999 for the 4GB/64GB model, the Y16 is a decent budget phone from vivo. Despite having a modest specs sheet–Helio P35 processor, 6.51-inch HD+ display, and 5000mAh battery with 10w USB-C charging–we were impressed at its camera performance. Granted that it’s not one of those 50-megapixel sensors, the Y16’s 13-megapixel main camera does a decent job of taking photos in most lighting conditions.
4) OPPO A57 4G
Php 8,999 – 4GB/64GB
For around Php 2k more than the vivo Y16, the OPPO A57 gives you stereo speakers, a much faster 33w charging solution, a higher-resolution 8-megapixel selfie shooter, and a slightly better Helio G35 processor. The addition of stereo speakers on the A57 makes it one of the most affordable phones to do so, making it great for general entertainment. The rear cameras of the A57 are the same as the Y16, so overall performance should be more or less similar.
Php 8,999 – 6GB/128GB
Php 10,999 – 8GB/256GB
Aside from its clever software approach to making the most out of punch-hole area, the C55 is a decent offering for under Php 10k with the 6GB/128GB variant. You get a 64-megapixel main camera that takes good photos in most lighting conditions, along with a 5000mAh battery that supports 33w charging so that you can easily top up the battery in around an hour. It’s one of the most affordable phones to give you a modern punch-hole display with a 90hz refresh rate, and its Helio G88 can handle a bit of gaming on the side.
Php 9,999 – 6GB/128GB
Php 10,999 – 8GB/128GB
Redmi is almost always on our top 5 ranking in the under Php 10k segment, and the Note 12 4G impressed us yet again as the only phone in our list to have a 120hz AMOLED display. AMOLED panels with such a refresh rate are usually found in more expensive mid-range phones, and Redmi did set a new standard on including one as a main feature on an under-Php 10k phone. Aside from its standout display, the Redmi Note 12 4G also gets stereo speakers, a Snapdragon 685 processor, 33w wired charging, and a triple rear camera setup that’s led by a 50-megapixel main camera.
Php 9,499 – 8GB/128GB
Php 9,999 – 8GB/256GB
We saved the best for last in this list, and the NOTE 30 5G is the best budget phone you can possibly buy for under Php 10k. Aside from being the ONLY 5G-capable phone in this list, the NOTE 30 5G has a laundry list of features that make it great. These include a 108-megapixel main rear camera, 45w fast charging for its 5000mAh battery, and a very capable Dimensity 6080 processor that is arguably one of the most powerful picks for an under Php 10k phone. If that’s not enough, the NOTE 30 5G also gets JBL-tuned stereo speakers and a responsive 120hz IPS display, which is a must-have for those who plan to use it for gaming.
That wraps up our top 5 budget phone picks for those working with a Php 10k budget. Do you agree with our picks?