The sub-Php 20k is an important battleground for phone makers since it’s the sweet spot for how much people are willing to pay for a new phone. Obviously that means it’s the price point that many brands fight tooth and nail over, especially during these challenging, plague-ridden times.
There’s a lot of good phones in the sub Php 20K segment this year, but we’ve included the truly great ones that we think should be on the top of your shopping list if you haven’t bought a phone already. Here are our picks for the top 5 best phones under Php 20K in 2020, with an honorable mention sprinkled in:
Being one of the first brands to offer 5G-ready devices, Huawei is also one of the few brands that offer a mid-range 5G smartphone with the Nova 7 SE. Now with a sub-Php 18k price (Php 2k cheaper than its initial SRP), the Nova 7 SE has a powerful, 5G-ready Kirin 820 processor, a quad rear camera setup that is led by a 64-megapixel main camera, 4K video recording at 60FPS, and Huawei’s 40w SuperCharge wired charging.
Motorola IS back in the Philippines, and they are doing it with a bang. Undercutting the price of the Nova 7 SE, the Moto G 5G Plus comes with an equally good Snapdragon 765 processor. While it has slower charging speeds at 20w and a lower main camera resolution at 48-megapixels, the Moto G 5G Plus makes up for it with its 90hz Full HD+ display, bigger 5000mAh battery, and dual front cameras-with the addition of an ultra-wide-angle selfie snapper for those socially-distanced selfies.
If you feel underwhelmed at the POCO F2 Pro’s price (or terribly missed out when it was priced at below Php 20k), Xiaomi’s Mi 10T might be the flagship killer you are looking for this 2020. With a starting price of under Php 20k, you are getting a flagship-caliber Snapdragon 865 processor, crazy fast 6.67-inch Full HD+ display with 144hz adaptive refresh rate, stereo speakers, and a triple rear camera setup consisting of a 64-megapixel main camera, 13-megapixel ultra-wide-angle camera, and 5-megapixel macro camera.
And again: you are getting all of that for under Php 20k. You can buy it here.
POCO is dead serious in targetting not just the budget and flagship killer segment, but also the mid-range segment as well. The X3 NFC is a serious contender in the budget mid-range segment, and we’re not surprised. Being Php 1k cheaper than the just-as-good Redmi Note 9 Pro, the X3 NFC is a better offering because of its 120hz Full HD+ display, a more powerful Snapdragon 732G processor, a 64-megapixel IMX682 main camera, and slightly bigger 5160mAh battery with 33w wired charging.
Frankly speaking, it is hard to choose between the Redmi Note 9 Pro and POCO X3 NFC, but the latter simply offers more on the table at a lower price. You can buy it here.
realme’s numbered series has evolved to become more of mid-range phones, and they do quite well for what they offer on the table. the realme 7, for one, has a good set of features for under Php 14k. For that price, you get MediaTek’s top-tier Helio G95 processor, a Full HD+ display with 90hz refresh rate, and a beefy 5000mAh battery with 30w wired charging. While we have mixed thoughts about its camera performance, we’re sure realme will be seeding out updates to improve the realme 7 on that aspect.
Samsung is a brand we rarely mention in the under Php 20k segment, but its Galaxy M51 definitely caught our attention. While it looks like a Galaxy A71 with practically the same specs-Snapdragon 730, quad-rear cameras led by a 64-megapixel main camera, and AMOLED display with a punch-hole for the 32-megapixel selfie snapper (but without the in-display fingerprint scanner), the Galaxy M51’s humongous 7000mAh battery is the main headliner here.
Paired with a fairly fast 25w USB-C charging, the Galaxy M51 brings the best in Samsung’s mid-range line while sporting a class-leading battery size that can last you around two days (or even more). You can buy it here.