Top Smartphones Under Php20k (Mid-2017)

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Over the last two days, we’ve shared our lists of the top smartphones of mid-2017 with price ranges of above Php30k and above Php20k. Today, we look at the mid-rangers. All of the phones mentioned in this list are no less than Php10k and no more than Php20k. Let’s get started.

Author’s note: The smartphones listed below are those that have officially launched in the Philippines from January to June 2017. The list is arranged by price from highest to lowest.

Samsung Galaxy A5 (2017)

Early this year, Samsung launched their new A-series phones in the country, specifically the Galaxy A7 (2017) and the Galaxy A5 (2017). While not much as changed here in size and form factor, under the hood, the new A5 sports a faster octa-core CPU, more RAM, and an improved camera.

Samsung Galaxy A5 (2017) specs:

5.2-inch Super AMOLED display @ 1920 x 1080 pixels
1.9GHz octa-core processor
3GB RAM
32GB internal storage
Expandable via microSD card, up to 256GB
16-megapixel f/1.9 autofocus rear camera w/ LED flash
16-megapixel f/1.9 front-facing camera
4G LTE Cat.6
Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
Bluetooth v 4.2
NFC
ANT+
USB Type-C
Fingerprint sensor
IP68 water-resistant
3000mAh battery w/ fast charging
Android 6.0 Marshmallow
Price: Php19,990/$395

Vivo V5 Plus

Packed with 20MP and 8MP dual front cameras, this is truly a self-portrait centered smartphone. That is not to say that the great cameras are all it has going for it, as it has a beefy octa-core CPU, 4GB of RAM, 64GB internal storage, and above average battery life.

Vivo V5 Plus specs:

5.5-inch Full HD IPS display, 401ppi
2.5D Corning Gorilla Glass 5
2.5GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 octa-core processor
Adreno 506 GPU
4GB RAM
64GB internal storage
16-megapixel f/2.0 autofocus rear camera w/ LED flash
20MP f/2.0 + 8MP front-facing camera
Dual SIM 4G LTE
Wi-Fi 802.11ac
Bluetooth 4.0
GPS w/ A-GPS, GLONASS, BeiDou
Fingerprint scanner
AK4376 Hi-Fi chip
USB OTG
Gyroscope, E-compass
3,160mAh non-removable battery w/ fast charging
Android 6.0 Marshmallow w/ Funtouch OS 3.0
152.58 x 74.00 x 7.26 mm
158.6 g
Price: Php19,990/$395

Nokia 6

With Nokia finally launching a proper full-featured Android smartphone this year, it has proven to be worth the wait. The Nokia 6 was unveiled at the Mobile World Congress 2017, and has a beautiful design, respectable specs, and Android 7.0 Nougat out of the box.

Nokia 6 specs:

5.5-inch IPS LCD @ 1920 x 1080 pixels, 401ppi
2.5D Corning Gorilla Glass 3
Qualcomm Snapdragon 430 1.4GHz octa-core processor
Adreno 505 graphics
4GB RAM
64GB internal storage
Expandable via microSD, up to 128GB (Uses SIM 2)
16MP PDAF rear camera w/ dual-tone flash
8MP front-facing camera
4G LTE
Dual-SIM
WiFi 802.11ac
Bluetooth 4.1
GPS, A-GPS, GLONASS
Fingerprint scanner
Gyroscope sensor
USB OTG support
3,000mAh Li-Ion battery
Fast charging support
Android 7.0 Nougat
154 x 75.8 x 7.85 mm
169 g
Price: Php17,000/$336 (Widget City)

OPPO F3

Another phone for those who value high-quality selfies, here we have the more affordable offering to the OPPO F3 Plus. Like the V5 Plus mentioned earlier, it sports dual front cameras with wide and narrow fields of view.

OPPO F3 specs:

5.5-inch In-Cell IPS LCD display @ 1920 x 1080 pixels, 401ppi
Corning Gorilla Glass 5
MediaTek MT6750T 1.5GHz octa-core CPU
Mali T860 GPU
4GB RAM
64GB internal storage
Expandable via microSD, up to 128GB
13MP PDAF rear camera w/ LED flash
16MP + 8MP 120-degree wide-angle front cameras
Dual SIM (Nano + Nano)
4G LTE
WiFi 802.11a/b/g/n
Bluetooth 4.1
GPS w/ a-GPS
Fingerprint scanner
Android 6.0 Marshmallow with ColorOS 3.1
3200mAh non-removable battery
75.2 x 153.3 x 7.3 mm
153 g
Price: Php15,990/$316 (Until July 31, 2017)

Xiaomi Mi Max 2

With a 6.44-inch display, this is definitely the biggest phone on this list. Great battery life, solid specs, decent cameras, and Android 7.0 Nougat support are what this over-sized smartphone has going for it.

Xiaomi Mi Max 2 specs:

6.44-inch IPS LCD @ 1920 x 1080 pixels, 342ppi
Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 octa-core CPU
Adreno 506 GPU
4GB RAM
64GB/128GB internal storage
Expandable via microSD, up to 128GB (Uses SIM 2)
12MP Sony IMX386 PDAF rear camera w/ LED flash
5MP wide-angle front camera
Dual SIM (Nano)
LTE-A
Wi-Fi 802.11ac, dual-band
Bluetooth 4.2
GPS w/ A-GPS, GLONASS
NFC
IR blaster
Fingerprint scanner
Gyroscope
Stereo speakers
5300mAh non-removable battery w/ Quick Charge 3.0
Android 7.0 Nougat w/ MIUI 8
Price: Php15,500/$306 (Widget City)

Sony Xperia XA1

One of Sony’s newest mid-range phones is the XA1 Ultra. It has the classic Xperia look: Flat sides and sharp corners and features a “borderless edge-to-edge” HD display. The phone also boasts Image Enhance Technology and packs a great punch in its camera.

Sony Xperia XA1 specs:

5-inch HD display w/ Image Enhance Technology
2.3GHz MediaTek Helio P20 octa-core CPU
Mali T880 MP2 900MHz GPU
3GB RAM
32GB storage
microSD up to 256GB
23MP 1/2.3-inch Exmor RS rear camera, Hybrid AF, SteadyShot, LED flash
8MP 1/4-inch Exmor R AF front camera, SteadyShot
4G LTE
WiFi
Bluetooth
GPS, A-GPS
Android 7.0 Nougat
2,300mAh battery w/ Qnovo Adaptive Charging
145 x 67 x 8mm
143 g
Price: Php15,500/$306 (Widget City)

Huawei GR5 (2017)

A refresh of last year’s model, the current model packs an improved design and hardware configuration. It has taken a page from the P9 series with its dual-camera setup.

Huawei GR5 specs:

5.5-inch IPS LCD display @ 1920 x 1080 pixels
HiSilicon Kirin 655 2.1GHz octa-core processor
4 x ARM Cortex A53 @ 2.1GHz
4 x ARM Cortex A53 @ 1.7 GHz
Mali-T830 MP2
3GB RAM
32GB internal storage
Up to 128GB via microSD
Dual rear cameras (12MP/2MP)
8MP wide-angle front camera
Wi-Fi 802.11b/g/n
Bluetooth 4.1
4G LTE
Fingerprint scanner
Android 6.0 Marshmallow with EMUI 4.1
3,340mAh Li-Ion battery
Price: Php11,990/$237

With that, it’s a wrap. Did we miss anything? Please do let us know in the comments down below.

Prices have been updated as of July 6, 2017.

(yugatech.com, https://goo.gl/jCUhZZ)

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