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GIZGUIDE Holiday Buyer's Guide 2017: Smartphones Under PHP 12K

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Jingle you bells and wear your holiday theme sweater because it is that time of the year again. After the under PHP 6K buyer's guide, we have the under PHP 12K.
GIZGUIDE Holiday Buyer's Guide 2017: Smartphones Under PHP 12K
Great smartphones under PHP 12K

Disclaimer: This list is in no particular order. We just gathered the best smartphones in a certain price range.
Cloudfone Excite Prime 2 Pro
Cloudfone Excite Prime 2 Pro

1. Cloudfone Excite Prime 2 Pro - At PHP 11,999, the Excite Prime 2 Pro is a great value and feature packed smartphone. It has a premium feeling metal clad unibody design with a 2.5D glass covering a 5.5-inch FHD display. It has a Snapdragon 430 chipset, 1.4GHz octa core CPU, 4GB of RAM with 64GB of expandable storage. It also has a 3,000 mAh battery with Quick Charge 3.0. It can also utilize 700Mhz LTE frequency.

The cameras are impressive as well. It has a 13MP + 8MP combo with AF, 2x lossless zoom and portrait mode. The selfie camera sports a 20MP Sony IMX376 sensor with portrait mode as well.

Huawei Y7 Prime
Huawei Y7 Prime

2. Huawei Y7 Prime - At PHP 9,990, the Y7 Prime is one of the more affordable Huawei smartphones with performance to boot. It has a 5.5-inch HD panel with 2.5D glass, 3GB of RAM with 32 GB of expandable storage. It is running a 1.4GHz octa core CPU with a Snapdragon 430 SoC. It also has a 12MP f/2.2 main camera with PDAF and dual LED flash and an 8MP f/2.0 selfie camera. It also has a fairly large battery with 4000mAh of juice.
Oppo A57
Oppo A57

3. OPPO A57 - At PHP 11,990, we touted the OPPO A57 as one of the best in the under PHP 12K realm and for good reason. It has a good balance of aesthetics and performance. It has a premium feeling metal build. It also usable with one hand due to the 5.2-inch HD display with 2.5D glass on top of it. It has a gaming ready Snapdragon 430 with a 1.4GHz octa core CPU. It has 3GB of RAM with 32GB of expandable storage.

The cameras are impressive as well. It has a 13MP f/2.2 Sony IMX258 with PDAF and LED flash at the back while the selfie camera sports a 16MP f/2.0 shooter.
Lenovo K8 Note
Lenovo K8 Note

4. Lenovo K8 Note - The K8 Note is on sale right now for just PHP 8,999 as part of Lazada's Online Revolution. That is ridiculously low for a mid range smartphone with this kind of specs. It has a 5.5 inch FHD display with 2.5D glass and Corning Gorilla Glass 3 protection. You also get a deca core Helio X23 SoC with a CPU speed of 2.4GHz. In addition to that, it has 4 GB of RAM with 64 GB of expandable storage as well.

In terms of camera, it has a dual camera setup at the back with a 13MP f/1.7 sensor + 5 MP with PDAF and LED flash. The selfie camera has a 13MP sensor with a LED flash as well. It also has 4000 mAh battery.

Take note that they are going to be releasing a K8 Note Plus as well so watch out for that. We also suggest that you take a look at the K6 Note as well as it is still a great smartphone at this price range as well.
Vivo V5
Vivo V5

5. Vivo V5 - Found at PHP 10,990, the Vivo V5 has a 5.5-inch HD display with a 2.5D glass on top of it and Corning Gorilla Glass protection. It houses a 1.5GHz MT6750 octa-core processor with 4 GB of RAM and 32 GB of expandable storage. It also has a 3000mAh battery.

The cameras are great as well. It has a 13MP f/2.2 main camera with AF and LED flash. The selfie camera has a 20MP Sony IMX376 f/2.0 sensor. It also has a HiFi DAC for your listening pleasure.
ASUS ZenFone 4 Max
ASUS ZenFone 4 Max

6. ASUS ZenFone 4 Max - At PHP 9,995, the ZenFone 4 Max gives you a capable smartphone with endurance for up to 2 days. It has a huge 5000mAh battery! Along with that, it has a 5.5-inch HD display with 2.5D glass and Corning Gorilla Glass protection. 

It is housing a 1.4GHz Snapdragon 430 octa-core processor, 3GB of RAM and 32GB of expandable storage. It also has a dual camera set up with a 13MP f/2.0 + 5MP f/2.2 combo with AF, 120 degree wide angle lens and LED flash. The selfie camera, on the hand, houses an 8MP f/2.2 sensor with LED flash.
Huawei GR5 2017
Huawei GR5 2017

7. Huawei GR5 2017 - At PHP 11,990, the Huawei GR5 2017 packs a lot of power. It has a 5.5 inch FHD display with 2.5D curved glass. It is housing a 2.1Ghz 64-bit HiSilicon Kirin 655 octa core processor, 3 GB of RAM with 32 GB of expandable storage along with a 3,340 mAh battery.

It has a duo of 12MP f/2.0 sensor with 6P lens and PDAF + 2MP secondary sensor with LED flash at the back. The selfie camera has an 8MP f/2.0 sensor with wide angle lens and auto face detection. It also has LTE w/ VoLTE.
Cherry Mobile Flare S6 Plus
Cherry Mobile Flare S6 Plus

8. Cherry Mobile Flare S6 Plus - At PHP 9,999, the Flare S6 Plus stands out from this list. Why? It has an 18:9 aspect ratio and quad cameras! It has a 5.7 inch, 18:9 HD+ display with 2.5D curved glass. It houses a 1.5Ghz 64-bit octa core Mediatek MT6750T processor, 4 GB of RAM with 64 GB of storage and a 3000 mAh battery.

The quad cameras are also impressive. It has dual cameras at the back with a combo of 16MP + 5MP sensors with AF and quad flash. The dual selfie cameras also have a 16MP + 5MP combination with AF and led flash. It also has 700Mhz LTE and a USB-Type C port.

So these are our picks for the under PHP 12K range. These are smartphones that show a great balance of affordability and quality.

Stay tuned for the rest of our 2017 Holiday Buyer's guide as we explore higher price ranges.


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