Just because something is expensive doesn’t always mean it’s the best. Sometimes, there are affordable products that perform just as efficiently as their high-end counterparts—and these include smartphones. You don’t always have to invest in flashy models that contain premium features, especially if you don’t really need them.
Without costing an arm and leg, many smartphones in the market right now can do the basics extremely well: text, call, surf the internet, have a decent battery life and even produce high-quality photos. Need some recommendations? Here are six of our favorite practical smartphone finds under P10,000.
How much: P4,990 (with Smart Prepaid 5G SIM)
Want a smooth gaming and viewing experience? Oppo A12’s large 6.22” waterdrop screen lets you see things in HD. It also has a blue light filter that protects you from possible eye strain even if you stay on your phone all day long. You also won’t have to worry about running out of battery in the middle of a battle or a Netflix marathon because its 4,230mAh battery can run games for up to 8 hours or stream HD videos for up to 17 hours.
The exclusive Smart-Oppo A12 bundle is available at the Smart Online Store and Oppo dealers nationwide, for only P4,990. Plus, it comes with a Smart Prepaid 5G Ready SIM and up to 2GB open access data.
Samsung Galaxy A12
How much: P7,990 (4GB); P9,990 (6GB)
With an octa-core chipset, the Samsung Galaxy A12 is pretty reasonable and powerful for an entry-level phone. If you simply need a functional gadget for your day-to-day activities, this phone does the job well and even offers decent battery life and a quad camera setup that lets you capture sharp and vivid photos.
How much: P599 for 24 months
If you love taking selfies, the super-loaded camera features of the Realme C11 will surely delight you. Along with a 5MP AI selfie camera, it also has dual rear cameras with a 2MP depth sensor that improves the quality of your portraits.
This budget smartphone comes free with Globe’s ThePlan postpaid promos, which start at P599 for 24 months. You also get 2GB of data, which excludes an additional 1GB allocation for Facebook, unli text and calls to Globe and TM, and a free subscription to Konsulta MD each month.
How much: P7,499
We are so in love with the aesthetics of Vivo’s Y20i smartphone, which runs with an upgraded Snapdragon processor for smoother and faster software experience. Its clean, glossy design has a holographic glow that makes its stylish white and blue outer cases even prettier. The 6.51” HD display also makes it good for watching videos and movies online.
How much: P5,990
When it comes to high-quality camera phones, Huawei never disappoints. One of its newer models, the Y6P, contains a loaded triple camera setup composed of a 13MP main camera, a 2MP depth sensor for solid portrait shots and a 5MP wide-angle camera that provides 120-degree views. It may be a bit hefty and large, but the fact that it carries a loaded mix of 5000mAh battery, 4GB RAM and 64GB internal storage justifies its unmistakable size.
Make this phone part of your work-from-home setup together with a new MateBook laptop or MateStation PC from Huawei, which you can score for up to 19 percent off via the SM Malls Online app right now.
Samsung Galaxy A02s
How much: P6,990
If you hate waiting for your phone to fully charge, the budget-friendly Samsung Galaxy A02s is for you. Besides its fast-charging technology, the A02s’ 5,000mAh battery means you both get endurance and longevity hand in hand. It also has features like face recognition and fingerprint sensors mounted on the side for your convenience.
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