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Holiday Gift Guide 2019: List of best smartphones per price range in the Philippines

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It's that time of the year again, the Holidays! AND, I'm sure some of you are looking for a new smartphone to gift yourself or your loved ones.
Holiday Gift Guide 2019: List of best smartphones per price range in the Philippines
Top phones per price range

So to make your buying decision easier, we compiled the very best smartphones that are officially available in the Philippines this year per price range.

Let's begin!

GIZGUIDE's list of best smartphones per price range in the Philippines

Under PHP 5K

Cherry Mobile Flare S8
Cherry Mobile Flare S8

1. Cherry Mobile Flare S8 - At PHP 3,999, the Cherry Mobile Flare S8 is a beast. It is handset with a glossy polycarbonate back design, 6.26-inch HD+ screen with a tiny notch, 16nm Helio P23 octa-core chip, 3GB RAM, 32GB storage, 2,800mAh battery, 13MP Sony IMX245 PDAF + 2MP dual-cam, 13MP f/2.0 Sony IMX256 selfie cam, fingerprint scanner, and 700MHz 4G LTE.
Redmi 7A
Redmi 7A

2. Redmi 7A - Starting at PHP 4,790, the Redmi 7A is quite capable. It is packed with 5.45-inch 18:9 screen with HD+ resolution Snapdragon 439 chip, 2GB RAM, 16GB storage, 4,000mAh battery, 12MP f/2.2 Sony IMX486 PDAF primary camera, 5MP selfie cam, and 4G LTE connectivity. There's a version with 32GB storage at PHP 5,290 as well.
Realme C2 2020
Realme C2 2020

3. Realme C2 2020 - Now at just PHP 4,990, the 2GB/32GB version of the realme C2 2020 is one of the most powerful for the price. It will treat its users with a 6.1-inch HD+ notch screen, 12nm Helio P22 octa-core chip, 4,000mAh battery, 13MP + 2MP dual-cam, 5MP selfie cam, and 700MHz 4G LTE. The version with a large 3GB RAM/64GB storage is priced at PHP 5,990.

Under PHP 10K

Realme 5
Realme 5

1. Realme 5 - Starting at just PHP 6,990, the realme 5 is arguably the best phone under PHP 10K. It is packed with a massive 6.5-inch HD+ notch screen with Gorilla glass 3+ protection, 11nm Snapdragon 665 octa-core chip, up to 4GB RAM, up to 128GB storage, 5,000mAh battery, 12MP quad-camera, 13MP selfie cam, fingerprint scanner, and 700MHz 4G LTE.
Redmi Note 8
Redmi Note 8

2. Redmi Note 8 - Starting at PHP 7,990, Redmi 8 is a fierce realme 5 rival. It is a device equipped with a 6.3-inch FHD+ notch screen, 11nmSnapdragon 665 chip, up to 4GB RAM, up to 128GB storage, 4,000mAh battery with USB-C charging, 48MP quad-camera system, 13MP selfie cam, fingerprint sensor, IR blaster, and 700MHz 4G LTE.
Flare S8 Prime
Flare S8 Prime

3. Cherry Mobile Flare S8 Prime - At PHP 7,999, the Cherry Mobile Flare S8 Prime is the most affordable phone with an all-screen design and pop-up camera yet. The overall specs of the device are not too shabby as well. It uses a 6.53-inch FHD+ screen, 16nm Helio P23 octa-core chip, 4GB RAM, 64GB expandable storage, 3,300mAh battery with USB-C charging, 16MP Sony IMX298 + 5MP dual-cam, 16MP Samsung S5K3P3 selfie cam, fingerprint sensor, and 700MHz 4G LTE.
OPPO A5 2020 (3GB/64GB)
OPPO A5 2020 (3GB/64GB)

4. OPPO A5 2020 (3GB/64GB) - At PHP 8,990, the online-only OPPO A5 2020 is a beast as well. It is packed with a massive 6.5-inch screen, capable 11nm SD665 chip, 3GB RAM, 64GB storage, 5,000mAh battery with USB-C charging, 12MP quad-camera setup, 8MP selfie cam, stereo speakers, fingerprint sensor, and 700MHz 4G LTE. A5 2020 also has a 4GB/128GB brother priced at PHP 10,990.

Under PHP 15K

Redmi Note 8 Pro
Redmi Note 8 Pro

1. Redmi Note 8 Pro - Starting at PHP 11,490, the Redmi Note 8 Pro has the very best specs for the price and you cannot go wrong with it. It uses a 6.53-inch FHD+ notch screen, 12nm Helio G90T octa-core gaming chipset, up to 8GB RAM, up to 128GB storage, 4,500mAh battery with USB-C 18W fast charging and more, 64MP quad-camera system, 20MP selfie cam, fingerprint sensor, and 700MHz 4G LTE.
Realme 5 Pro
Realme 5 Pro

2. Realme 5 Pro - Starting at PHP 11,990, realme 5 Pro is my favorite photography phone under PHP 15K. It uses a 6.3-inch FHD+ notch screen, 2.3GHz 64-bit Snapdragon 712 octa-core processor, up to 8GB RAM, up to 128GB storage, 4,045mAh battery capacity with USB-C 20W VOOC fast charging, 48MP Sony quad-camera, 16MP selfie cam, fingerprint sensor, and 4G LTE connectivity.
HONOR 9X
HONOR 9X

3. HONOR 9X - At PHP 12,490, HONOR 9X got our vote if you want a phone with all-screen design and a pop-up camera. It uses a  6.59-inch FHD+ screen, 12nm Kirin 710F octa-core chip, 6GB RAM, 128GB storage, 4,000mAh battery with USB-C charging, 48MP triple-cam, 16MP selfie cam, fingerprint sensor, and 4G LTE connectivity.
OPPO A9 2020
OPPO A9 2020

4. OPPO A9 2020 - Now priced at PHP 13,990, OPPO A9 2020 is a phone for those who need stereo speakers, long battery life, and pretty good cameras. It uses a 6.5-inch HD+ notch screen, 11nm Snapdragon 665 chip, 8GB RAM, 128GB storage, 5,000mAh battery, 48MP quad-cam, 16MP selfie cam, fingerprint sensor, and 700MHz 4G LTE.

Under PHP 20K

Nova 5T
Nova 5T

1. Huawei Nova 5T - With its new PHP 17,990 price tag, Huawei Nova 5T is an all-around beast for the price. In fact, it is one of the very few with a near-flagship chip and a punch-hole screen for less. It uses a 6.26-inch FHD+ screen, 7nm Kirin 980 octa-core chip, 8GB RAM, 128GB storage, 3,750mAh battery with USB-C 22.5W SuperCharge, 48MP quad-cam, 32MP selfie cam, side-mounted fingerprint scanner, and 4G LTE Cat 21.
Mi 9T Pro
Mi 9T Pro

2. Xiaomi Mi 9T Pro 64GB - Like the Nova 5T, Mi 9T Pro is a monster for the price too. It is a phone loaded with a 6.39-inch all-screen AMOLED FHD+ display with no notch and an In-Display fingerprint reader. Under the hood, it is powered by the 7nm Snapdragon 855 chip, 6GB RAM, 64GB storage, 4,000mAh battery with USB-C 27W fast charging, 48MP triple-cam, 20MP selfie cam, and 4G LTE. If you can spare a bit more, the 128GB variant is priced at PHP 20,490.'
Reno2 F
Reno2 F

3. OPPO Reno2 F - At PHP 19,990, the Reno2 F is the style and camera phone to get for OPPO fans. It uses a 6.5-inch FHD+ AMOLED all-screen display with In-Display fingerprint reader, MediaTek's 12nm Helio P70 chip, 8GB RAM, 128GB expandable storage, 4,000mAh battery with USB-C 20W VOOC fast charging, 48MP quad-camera system, 16MP pop-up selfie cam, and 700MHz 4G LTE.
Vivo S1 Pro
Vivo S1 Pro

4. Vivo S1 Pro - At PHP 15,999, the Vivo S1 Pro is one of the phones with better style, screen, battery, and cameras at this price point. It uses a 6.38-inch FHD+ AMOLED screen with In-Display fingerprint reader, 11nm Snapdragon 665 chip, 8GB RAM, 128GB storage, 4,500mAh battery, and 700MHz 4G LTE.
TCL PLEX
TCL PLEX

5. TCL PLEX - At PHP 15,990, TCL PLEX is an interesting one. It has a stylish design, beautiful screen, and capable overall specs. It uses a 6.53-inch FHD+ IPS NXTVISION screen with its own dedicated Pixelworks Visual Processor, 11nm Snapdragon 675 chip, 6GB RAM, 128GB storage, 3,820mAh battery with USB-C Quick Charge 3.0 tech, 48MP triple-cam, 24MP selfie cam, and 700MHz 4G LTE.

Under PHP 30K

Vivo V17 Pro
Vivo V17 Pro

1. Vivo V17 Pro
- At PHP 21,999, Vivo V17 Pro is a selfie-focused phone with great style and screen. It is packed with a 6.44-inch FHD+ 20:9 AMOLED all-screen design with In-Display fingerprint reader, 11nm Snapdragon 675 chip, 8GB RAM, 128GB storage, 4,100mAh battery with USB-C Dual Engine fast charging, 48MP quad-cam, 32MP + 8MP dual-selfie cam, and 4G LTE connectivity.

Mi Note 10 Pro
Mi Note 10 Pro

2. Xiaomi Mi Note 10 Pro - At PHP 29,990, the Mi Note 10 Pro is one of the best photography-focused phones in the world. It is equipped with a 6.47-inch AMOLED screen, 8nm Snapdragon 730G chip, 8GB RAM, 256GB storage, 5,260mAh battery with USB-C 30W fast charging, 108MP penta-camera, 32MP selfie cam, and 700MHz 4G LTE.
Galaxy A80
Galaxy A80

3. Samsung Galaxy A80 - Now at PHP 29,990, it is a phone with a 6.7-inch FHD+ AMOLED all-screen display with In-Display fingerprint scanner, 8nm Snapdragon 730 chip, 8GB RAM, 128GB storage, 3,700mAh battery with USB-C 25W fast charging, 48MP rotating triple-cam, and 4G LTE.
OPPO Reno2
OPPO Reno2

4. OPPO Reno2 - At PHP 28,990, the Reno2 is the phone designed for mobile content creators. It is packed with a 6.55-inch 20:9 AMOLED screen and In-Display fingerprint scanner, 8nm Snapdragon 730G chip, 8GB RAM, 256GB storage, 4,000mAh battery with USB-C 20W VOOC 3.0 tech, 48MP quad-cam, 16MP selfie cam, and 700MHz 4G LTE.

Under PHP 40K

Vivo NEX 3
Vivo NEX 3

1. Vivo NEX 3 - at PHP 39,999, Vivo NEX 3 is the stunning button-less futuristic flagship phone. It is pack with a 6.89-inch Waterfall POLED FHD+ screen with In-Display fingerprint scanner and haptic touch controls, 7nm Snapdragon 855 Plus chip, 8GB RAM, 128GB storage, 4,500mAH battery with 44W Super FlashCharge technology, 64MP triple-cam, 16MP selfie cam, and 4G LTE connectivity.
OnePlus 7T
OnePlus 7T

2. OnePlus 7T - At PHP 32,990, OnePlus 7T is one of the best bang-for-the-buck phones in this list. It uses a 6.55-inch 20:9 FHD+ 90Hz screen and In-Display fingerprint scanner, 7nm Snapdragon 855 Plus chip, 8GB RAM, 128GB UFS 3.0 storage, 3,800mAh battery with USB-C Warp Charge 30T tech, 48MP triple-cam, 16MP selfie cam, and 4G LTE.
Mate 30
Mate 30

3. Huawei Mate 30 - At PHP 34,990, the Mate 30 is a phone with an FHD+ AMOLED screen with In-Display fingerprint scanner, 7nm Kirin 990 SoC, 8GB RAM, 128GB storage, 4,200mAh battery with USB-C 40W SuperCharge and 27W Wireless SuperCharge, Leica 40MP triple-cam, 24MP selfie cam, and 4G LTE Cat 21.

Over PHP 40K

Mate 30 Pro
Mate 30 Pro

1. Huawei Mate 30 Pro - At PHP 50,990, Huawei Mate 30 is arguably the very best in this list. Despite not having Google out of the box, it is a phone with a stunning 6.47-inch Horizon OLED screen with side touch volume control and In-Display fingerprint reader, Kirin 990 SoC, 8GB RAM, 256GB storage, 4,500mAh battery with USB-C 40W SuperCharge and 27W Wireless SuperCharge, 40MP + 40MP + 8MP + 3D depth cameras, 32MP selfie cam, and 4G LTE Cat 21.
Galaxy Note10+
Galaxy Note10+

2. Samsung Galaxy Note 10+ - Starting at PHP 60,990, the Samsung Galaxy Note10+ is a flagship-grade all-rounder with S Pen. It uses a 6.8-inch QHD+ Dynamic AMOLED screen with punch-hole in the middle and In-Display fingerprint reader, 8nm Exynos 9825 octa-core processor, 12GB RAM, up to 512GB storage, 4,300mAh battery with up to 45W fast charging, 20W wireless charging, 12MP + 16MP + 12MP triple-cam, 10MP selfie cam with Dual Pixel and OIS, and 4G LTE.
iPhone 11 Pro
iPhone 11 Pro

3. Apple iPhone 11 Pro/11 Pro Max - Starting at HPP 67,990, the new flagship iPhones are really good. iPhone 11 has a 5.8-inch screen while the iPhone 11 Pro Max uses a 6.5-inch panel. Both are powered by the Bionic A13 chip, 12MP triple-cam, 12MP selfie cam, and 4G LTE.
Reno 10x Zoom
Reno 10x Zoom

4. OPPO Reno 10x Zoom - At PHP 45,990, OPPO Reno 10x Zoom has one of the farthest zoom cameras on this list at 60x. It uses a 6.6-inch FHD+ AMOLED screen, Snapdragon 855 AIE chip, 8GB RAM, 256GB storage, 4,065mAh battery with USB-C VOOC 3.0 flash charge tech, 48MP triple-cam, 16MP selfie cam, and 4G LTE connectivity.
Samsung Galaxy Fold
Samsung Galaxy Fold

5. Samsung Galaxy Fold - At PHP 109,990, the Samsung Galaxy Fold is the most expensive in this list as it is the very first foldable smartphone sold in the Philippines. If you are willing to spare a fortune, the handset uses a 7.3-inch foldable display, Snapdragon 855 chip, Adreno 640 GPU, 12GB RAM, 512GB storage, 4,380mAh battery with fast charging, 12MP + 16MP + 12MP triple-cam, 10MP + 8MP dual selfie-cam, side-mounted fingerprint reader, and 4G LTE.
The list is in no particular order

That's it! Above are the list of phones we recommend to check this Christmas season.

Note: Unofficial phones/grey units are not included in the list.

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