Want to purchase a new smartphone but don’t want to spend expensively for it? Well, the good news for you is that there are actually a lot of excellent options in the market with a price tag lower than Php 10,000. So whether you are buying for yourself or are getting one as a gift, you really don’t have to spend a fortune just to take home a good unit.

Here are some good recommendations you might want to consider before heading to the stores.

Asus Zenfone 2 ZE551ML

Top 5 smartphone under 10k - Asus Zenfone

Obviously, the Zenfone 2 borrows several features from the Zenfone 5, its older sibling. This has an attractive full HD IPS display that measures 5.5 inches and is powered by an Intel quad-core processor. On top of that, this boasts 2GB RAM and supports dual SIM LTE. The ZE551ML variant also gives you a whooping 16GB worth of storage as well as a 3,000mAh battery. This is definitely a nice pick if you want a cheap but effective smartphone.

Price: Php 9,995.00


Huawei Honor 4X

Top 5 Smartphone in the Philippines under 10k - Huawei Honor
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The Huawei Honor series has been gaining top reputation for inexpensive but superb smartphones. The Honor 4X continues that tradition and gives you the brand’s octa-core processor 2GB RAM, a 5.5-inch HD IPS display, as well as a 13-megapixel camera that’s perfect for capturing selfies.

Price: Php 8,990.00


Lenovo K3 Note

Top 5 smartphone in the Philippines under 10k - Lenovo K3 Note
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You will notice more than a few distinct similarities as you compare the Lenovo K3 Note with the Zenfone 2 – especially in terms of hardware. So what makes this one worth getting over the other? Well, for one, it is much more affordable. If you want to save around Php 1,300, then this is definitely the right phone to pick.

Price: Php 8,599.00


Cherry Mobile Pulse

Cherry Mobile Pulse

Of course, no Philippine smartphone list will ever be complete without mentioning a product from Cherry Mobile, a homegrown manufacturer. Specs for the Pulse smartphone include 1.7GHz MediaTek MTK 6592 processor, 5-inch HD IPS display, 8GB storage (which can be expanded up to 64GB if you use a microSD), a 5-megapixel front camera as well as a 13-megapixel camera with LED flash. This is powered by an Android 4.4 KitKat operating system.

Price: Php 6,499.00


Alcatel Flash Plus

Top 5 Smartphone in the Philippines under 10k - Alcatel Flash Plus

The Alcatel Flash Plus has been getting a lot of buzz from buyers lately. For the most part, everyone’s just blown away by the specs of this new product – not to mention that it comes with a very tempting price tag.

For less than Php 7,000, you can enjoy amazing features ranging from a 5.5-inch HD IPS display, an octa-core processor with 2GB RAM, dual-LTE support, and a 3,500mAh battery, among many others. According to reports, online shopping website Lazada sold 2,000 Flash Plus units in a record-breaking time of 10 minutes. If that doesn’t grab your attention, then nothing probably will.

Price: Php 6,490.00

These are some of our top picks for budget smartphones here in the country. Are you using any of these units? Do you have other recommendations? Leave a comment below and tell us about it.

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Efren Nolasco is a former OFW in Taiwan and Abu Dhabi, a web geek and founder of this website. You can follow him on his social media accounts.

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