Top Smartphones in the Philippines under PHP 10,000 (2021)

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Spread the Christmas Cheer, as WalasTech starts a new annual tradition: listing all the top phones you can buy this holiday season at different price points! First up: Our list of smartphones that are available under PHP 10,000!

The holiday season is here and everyone’s excited to celebrate it with family and friends. However, times are tough and we could not celebrate it with everyone physically just yet therefore we opt to celebrate the festivities virtually. Part of this is having a good smartphone that we can use for video calls to greet everyone. So, we are giving you a list of smartphones you can buy for yourself or your loved ones this Christmas all for under PHP 10,000!

Cherry Mobile Aqua S10 Pro

This smartphone is the first from the brand to sport the unified “CHERRY” branding, dropping the old Cherry Mobile logo as they diversify their product line. It sports a 6.7-inch Full HD+ TruView Display with a punch-hole for the 16MP front camera.

Inside, the MediaTek Helio G90 processor runs everything and is powered by a huge 5000mAh battery with 30W fast charge and 10W wireless charging. On the rear sits the 48MP Samsung GM1 ISOCELL camera in a quad set-up.

Cherry Mobile Aqua S10 Pro specs

  • 6.7-inch Full HD+ Truview Display, Punch-hole (middle)
    1080 x 2400px, 395ppi
  • 2.05GHz octa-core MediaTek Helio G90
    Arm Mali-G76 MC4
  • 6GB RAM
  • 128GB internal storage
    expandable via microSD card up to 256 GB
  • Quad rear camera setup with LED Flash:
    48MP f/1.79 Samsung GM1 ISOCELL AF
    5MP f/2.2 115-degree wide
    2MP f/2.4 4cm macro
    2MP f/2.4 depth
  • 16MP front camera
  • 4G LTE, Dual SIM (nano), Dual VoLTE, ViLTE
  • WiFi 802.11ac, Bluetooth 5.0, GPS, A-GPS
  • FM Radio
  • Rear fingerprint scanner, Face Unlock
  • 3.5mm audio jack, USB Type-C 2.0
  • Android 11
  • 5000mAh battery
    30W fast charging
    10W wireless charging
  • 165.2 x 76.9 x 9.9 mm, 195g
  • Colors: Infinte Gray

The Cherry Mobile Aqua S10 Pro is a good buy from one of the trusted brands in the Philippines for bang for the buck devices. This is currently priced at PHP 7,999 and is available in Infinite Gray.

Infinix HOT 11s

The newly-announced Infinix HOT 11s is made for gamers on a budget but still packs beefy specs for its price. It features a 6.78-inch FHD+ display with a punch-hole camera and an octa-core MediaTek Helio G88 gaming processor which the brand boasts to be a Dual-chip processor.

A huge 5000mAh battery with 18W USB-C fast charge powers the device for long periods of gameplay and the rear 50MP main camera in a triple camera set-up handles its photography tricks.

Infinix HOT 11s (4GB+64GB variant) specs

  • 6.78-inch FHD+ IPS LCD display, 1080 x 2480px
    90Hz refresh rate, Blue light eye protection
  • 2.0Ghz octa-core MediaTek Helio G88 CPU
    Arm Mali-G52 MC2 GPU
    Dual-chip processor
  • 4GB RAM
  • 64GB internal storage
  • Triple rear camera with LED flash:
    50MP f/1.6 main
    2MP depth camera
    AI camera
  • 8MP front camera with Dual-star light flash
  • 4G LTE, dual nano-SIM
  • WiFi 802.11ac, Bluetooth, GPS, A-GPS
  • Cinematic Dual speakers with DTS Audio
  • Rear fingerprint scanner
  • USB-C port
  • Dar-link game booster
  • Game Zone
  • WeZone
  • XOS 7.6 based on Android 11
  • 5000mAh battery
    18W USB-C fast charge
  • Available colors: Green Wave, Polar Black, 7°Purple

The 4GB+64GB variant of the Infinix HOT 11s is priced at PHP 6,990 and once again proved that the brand can offer beefy specs at a lower price. This is available in Green Wave, Polar Black, and 7°Purple colors. There’s also a higher 6GB+128GB variant for PHP 7,990.

Infinix Note 10 Pro

Another gaming smartphone from Infinix is the Note 10 Pro which is powered by the MediaTek Helio G95 gaming processor, a step-up from the HOT 11s’ processor. This boasts a huge 128GB UFS 2.2 internal storage that is still expandable up to 2TB via the microSD card slot.

Upfront is a vast 6.95-inch FHD+ IPS LCD that is TÜV Rheinland Certified and sports a 90Hz refresh rate. At the back sits its quad rear cameras comprising of a 64MP main camera, 8MP ultra-wide, 2MP B&W, and 2MP portrait. And upfront, the 16MP front-facing camera takes care of selfies.

Infinix Note 10 Pro specs

  • 6.95-inch FHD+ Super Fluid IPS LCD screen, 1080x2460px
    180Hz touch sampling rate, 90Hz screen refresh rate
    91% screen-to-body ratio
    TÜV Rheinland-certified
  • 2.0Ghz Octa-core MediaTek Helio G90T processor
  • ARM Mali G76 GPU
  • 8GB RAM
  • 128GB UFS 2.2 internal storage
    expandable up to 2TB via microSD card
  • Quad rear AI cameras with LED Quad-Flash:
    64MP Main camera with autofocus
    8MP Ultra Wide Angle and Super Macro camera with fixed focus
    2MP Portrait camera with fixed focus
    2MP B&W camera with fixed focus
  • 16MP AI selfie camera with fixed focus
  • 4G LTE, Dual Nano-SIM
  • WiFi 802.11ac, Bluetooth, GPS
  • 3.5mm audio jack
    Cinematic Dual Speakers with DTS
    AI Noise Reduction
  • FM Radio
  • USB OTG via USB-C
  • Dar-link
  • Side-mounted fingeprint scanner
  • XOS 7.6 based on Android 11
  • 5000mAh battery
    33W X-Charge via USB-C
  • Available colors: 95°Back, Nordic Secret, 7°Purple

The note-worthy Infinix Note 10 Pro can be purchased for only PHP 9,990 and is available in 95°Back, Nordic Secret, and 7°Purple colors.

Nokia G10

One of Nokia’s latest offerings on the entry-level segment is the Nokia G10, which was announced alongside its bigger brother, the Nokia G20. The G10 boasts a whopping 5050mAh battery, the biggest Nokia has placed on a phone so far, which the brand promises will last up to three days of use. This sports the latest Android 11 OS that sits in an almost stock Android UI and will receive three years of security updates from Google.

Upfront is a 6.5-inch HD+ screen covered in 2.5D Cover Glass with an 8MP front-facing camera at the top. The back has a carbon fiber-like design that also houses a triple camera set-up: 13MP main, 2MP depth, 2MP macro. This is powered by the MediaTek Helio G25 octa-core processor with HyperEngine Technology and is coupled with 4GB RAM+64GB internal storage.

Nokia G10 specs

  • 6.5-inch HD+ display, 720 x 1600px
    2.5D Cover Glass, 20:9 aspect ratio
  • 2.0Ghz octa-core MediaTek Helio G25 CPU
    IMG PowerVR GE8320 GPU
  • 4GB RAM
  • 64GB internal storage
    expandable up to 512GB via microSD card slot
  • Triple rear cameras with LED flash:
    13MP main
    2MP depth
    2MP macro
  • 8MP front facing camera
  • 4G LTE, dual nano-SIM
  • WiFi 802.11n, Bluetooth 5.0, GPS/AGPS, GLONASS, Beidou
  • 3.5mm headphone jack
    Dual microphones
  • Google Drive Storage
  • Side-mounted Fingerprint scanner
  • Face Unlock
  • Google Assistant button
  • USB-C port
  • Stock Android UI (Android 11 OS)
  • 5050mAh battery
    10W charging
  • Available colors: Blue/Silver and Purple

Priced at PHP 6,990, the Nokia G10 is available in Blue/Silver and Purple colors and carries the brand that we are all familiar with.

OPPO A16K

This is the newest entry-level contender as part of the brand’s A series of smartphones. It packs a lot of features as an entry-level smartphone such as the MediaTek Helio G35 SoC, a large battery, and a 6.52-inch HD+ screen.

The A16K’s display features All-day Eye Care comprising of Sunlight Display, Moonlight Display, and AI Smart Backlight to avoid eye strain in a long period of use. On the outside, it only measures 7.85mm thick and weighs 175g. It also has a 3D back cover and is available in Black and Blue finishes.

OPPO A16K specs

  • 6.52-inch HD+ display, 1600 x 900px
    All-day Eye Care
  • MediaTek Helio G35 CPU
    IMG PowerVR GE8320 GPU
  • Single 13MP rear camera with LED flash
  • Front facing camera
  • 4G LTE, dual SIM
  • WiFi, Bluetooth, GPS
  • 3.5mm headphone jack
  • AI Palette
  • SoLoop
  • System Booster
  • Super Nighttime Standby
  • Optimized Night Charging
  • Super Power Saving Mode
  • micro USB port
  • 4230mAh battery
  • Available colors: Black and Blue

Priced at PHP 6,999, the OPPO A16K is available in Black and Blue colors and is a solid choice for its price.

OPPO A54 (6GB+128GB variant)

Splash-proof phones are a little hard to find at this price point. Good thing the OPPO A54 has one. It sports an IPX4 splash-resistant body in Crystal Black and Starry Blue colors. Its back houses a triple camera set-up comprised of a 13MP main unit, 2MP macro, and 2MP bokeh camera. Upfront is a 16MP front-facing camera with an f/2.0 aperture for those bright selfies.

Inside, a 5000mAh battery with 18W fast charge powers the whole smartphone together with a MediaTek Helio P35 CPU with a generous 6GB RAM and 128GB eMMC5.1 internal storage.

OPPO A54 (6GB+128GB variant) specs

  • 6.51-inch HD+ punch-hole LCD display, 1600 x 720 px
    Eye Care Neo-Display, 89.2% screen-to-body ratio
    60Hz refresh rate
  • MediaTek Helio P35 CPU
    PowerVR GE8320 GPU
  • 6GB LPDDR4X RAM
  • 128GB eMMC5.1 internal storage,
    with microSD slot up to 256GB
  • Triple AI rear cameras with LED flash:
    13MP f/2.2 AF main
    2MP f/2.4 macro 
    2MP f/2.4 bokeh
  • 16MP f/2.0 selfie camera
  • 4G LTE, dual Nano-SIM
  • WiFi 802.11ac, Bluetooth 5.0, Bluetooth LE (low energy), GPS, A-GPS, BeiDou, GLONASS, Galileo, electronic compass
  • 3.5mm earphone jack
  • IPX4 splash resistance
  • Side fingerprint scanner, Face Unlock
  • USB 2.0 Type-C connector with support for USB on-the-go
  • ColorOS 7.2 based on Android 10
  • 5000mAh battery
    18W Fast Charge
    Super Power Saving Mode
    AI-optimized overnight charging
  • Available colors: Crystal Black, Starry Blue

Priced at PHP 9,999, the OPPO A54 6GB+128GB variant is an interesting buy, especially with its splash-resistant body.

OPPO A55

The OPPO A55 is the successor to the OPPO A54 which features a new design, better cameras, a newer OS version, anda faster processor. Upfront sits a 16MP front facing camera in a 6.51-inch punch hole display. While at the back is a new triple camera set-up that includes a new 50MP main camera.

Inside, the MediaTek Helio G35 CPU powers the whole smartphone coupled with 4GB RAM and 64GB internal storage. The battery stays the same as the OPPO A54 at 5000mAh with 18W fast charge and also the IPX4 splash resistance.

OPPO A55 specs

  • 6.51-inch HD+ LCD Punch-Hole Display, 1600 x 720px
    89.2% screen-to-body ratio, 120Hz touch sampling rate
    16.7 millions colors, 8 bit display, NEG T2X-1 cover glass
  • 2.3Ghz octa-core MediaTek Helio G35 CPU
    IMG GE8320 GPU
  • 4GB LPDDR4x RAM
  • 64GB internal storage
    expandable up to 256GB via microSD
  • Triple rear camera with LED flash:
    50MP f/1.8 AI main camera with AF
    f/2.4 macro lens
    f/2.4 mono camera
  • 16MP f/2.0 front facing camera
  • 4G LTE, dual nano-SIM
  • WiFi 802.11ac, Bluetooth 5.0, GPS, A-GPS, BDS, GLONASS, Galileo, QZSS
  • 3.5mm earphone jack
  • IPX4 splash-proof
  • Side mounted fingerprint scanner
  • Face Unlock
  • USB OTG via USB-C
  • ColorOS 11.1 (based on Android 11)
  • 5000mAh battery
    18W fast charging
  • Available colors: Starry Black and Rainbow Blue

Priced at PHP 9,999, the OPPO A55 is priced the same as the OPPO A54 6GB+128GB variant and comes with a couple of new and improved specs and features but the latter is comes with a bigger RAM and internal storage.

Samsung Galaxy A12 (6GB+128GB variant)

One of Samsung’s entry-level offerings that offer powerful specs for its price is the Samsung Galaxy A12. One of its iconic features is its textured back that prevents it from slipping out of the hands and is a nice touch to the hard plastic material.

It features a quad rear camera setup complemented with an 8MP front-facing camera. It also sports Samsung’s One UI 2.0 based on Android 10 and a 5000mAh battery which supports 15W of fast charging.

Samsung Galaxy A12 (6GB+128GB variant) specs

  • 6.5-inch HD+ IPS Infinity V display, 720 x 1600px
  • 2.3GHz Octa-Core Mediatek Helio P35
    PowerVR GE8320 GPU
  • 6GB RAM
  • 128GB internal storage
    with support for up to 1TB via microSD
  • Quad rear cameras with LED Flash:
    48MP f/2.0 26mm wide AF
    5MP f/2.2 123˚ultrawide
    2MP f/2.4 macro
    2MP f/2.4 depth
  • 8MP f/2.2 front camera
  • 4G LTE, Dual SIM
  • WiFi 802.11n, Bluetooth 5.0, GPS
  • USB 2.0 Type-C, 3.5mm audio jack
  • Side-mounted fingerprint scanner
  • Samsung One UI 2.0 (Android 10)
  • 5000mAh battery
    15W fast charging
  • Available colors: Blue, White, and Black

The Samsung Galaxy A12 6GB+128GB variant is a nice buy from the Korean brand known by everyone. This is priced at PHP 9,990 and is available in Blue, White, and Black.

Samsung Galaxy M12

Samsung’s online exclusive offering, the Samsung Galaxy M12 resembles the Samsung Galaxy A12 6GB+128GB variant when it comes to the exterior design but features water-downed specs with a more updated OS version.

It features an octa-core processor coupled with 4GB RAM and 64GB internal storage. At the back sits the quad camera set-up that comprises of a 48MP main camera, 5MP ultra-wide, 2MP macro, and 2MP depth camera. Upfront sits the 8MP front camera together with its 6.5-inch LCD screen.

Samsung Galaxy M12 specs

  • 6.5-inch HD+ LCD screen, 1600 x 720 px
  • 2.0GHz octa-core processor
  • 4GB RAM
  • 64GB storage
  • expandable up to 1TB microSD
  • Quad rear cameras:
    48MP f/2.0 wide
    5MP f/2.2 ultrawide
    2MP f/2.4 macro
    2MP f/2.4 depth
  • 8MP front camera
  • 4G LTE, Dual-SIM (nano)
  • Wi-Fi 802.11n, Bluetooth 5.0, GPS, A-GPS, GLONASS, Beideou, Galileo
  • 3.5mm audio jack, USB Type-C
  • Samsung OneUI (Android 11)
  • 5,000mAh battery
    15W fast charge
  • Colors: Black, Blue, Green

The Samsung Galaxy M12 is priced at PHP 7,490 and is available in Black, Blue, and Green colors.

vivo Y20s [G]

The vivo Y20s [G] is a budget smartphone made for gamers, hence the [G] on its name. It is rocking an octa-core MediaTek Helio G80 processor coupled with 6GB RAM+128GB internal storage. Its gaming capabilities are also complemented by a Multi-Turbo 3.0 and Ultra Game Mode.

Upfront is a 6.51-inch Halo FullView IPS LCD with eye protection mode, perfect for those long gaming sessions. Inside is a huge 5000mAh battery capable of 18W fast charge and reverse wired charging. Its triple camera set-up at the back highlighted by the 13MP main unit with Phase-detection AF takes care of its photography capabilities.

vivo Y20s [G] specs

  • 6.51-inch HD+ Halo FullView IPS LCD display, 1600 x 720px
    Eye Protection Mode
  • Mediatek Helio G80 CPU
  • Mali-G52 GPU
  • 6GB RAM
  • 128GB internal storage, with microSD slot up to 1TB
  • Tripe AI rear cameras with LED flash:
    13MP f/2.2 PDAF main
    2MP f/2.4 bokeh
    2MP f/2.4 macro
  • 8MP f/1.8 selfie camera
  • 4G LTE, dual Nano-SIM
  • WiFi 802.11ac, Bluetooth 5.0, GPS, BeiDou, GLONASS, Galileo
  • 3.5mm earphone jack, FM Radio
  • Side-mounted fingerprint scanner, Face Wake
  • HyperEngine Game Technology, Multi-Turbo 3.0
    Ultra Game Mode, iManager
  • USB 2.0 micro USB connector with support for USB on-the-go
  • Funtouch OS 11 based on Android 11
  • 5000mAh battery
    18W Fast Charge
    Reverse Charging other devices via OTG cable
  • Available colors: Obsidian Black and Purist Blue

At PHP 9,999, the vivo Y20s [G] will be a hit for gamers especially with its Obsidian Black and Purist Blue colors.

Xiaomi Redmi 10 (6GB+128GB variant)

The Xiaomi Redmi 10 features powerful specs for its price point. This is the first Xiaomi smartphone to ship out with a MediaTek Helio G88 CPU. At the back is a quad-camera set-up that is comprised of a 50MP main camera, 8MP ultra-wide, 2MP depth, and 2MP macro camera.

Upfront is a punch-hole camera at 8MP inside a 6.5-inch display with a 90Hz AdaptiveSync refresh rate that can go as low as 45Hz. Fueling the 5000mAh battery inside is an 18W fast charge and supports 9W reverse wired charging. Other features include a 3.5mm headphone jack and an IR blaster which is rare for smartphones these days.

Xiaomi Redmi 10 (6GB+128GB variant) specs

  • 6.5-inch FHD+ display, 2400 x 1080
    90Hz refresh rate (AdaptiveSync: 45/60/90Hz)
    Corning Gorilla Glass 3
  • 2.0GHz octa-core MediaTek Helio G88
    Mali-G52 GPU
  • 6GB LPDDR4X RAM
  • 128GB eMMC 5.1 storage
    microSD up to 512GB (hybrid slot)
  • Quad-rear cameras with LED Flash:
    50MP F1.8 (main)
    8MP F2.2 (ultra-wide)
    2MP F2.4 (depth)
    2MP F2.4 (macro)
  • 8MP F2.0 front camera
  • 4G LTE, Dual-SIM (nano)
  • WiFi 802.11ac, Bluetooth 5.1, GPS, A-GPS, GLONASS, GALILEO, BDS, NFC
  • 3.5mm audio jack, IR blaster
  • Fingerprint scanner (side)
  • USB Type-C
  • MIUI 12 (Android 11)
  • 5,000mAh battery
    18W fast charge
    9W reverse wired charging
  • Colors: Carbon Gray, Pebble White, Sea Blue

Priced at PHP 8,590, the Xiaomi Redmi 10 6GB+128GB variant comes in Carbon Gray, Pebble White, and Sea Blue colors.

Xiaomi Redmi Note 10 5G (4GB+128GB variant)

The Xiaomi Redmi Note 10 5G is the only smartphone on this list that features 5G connectivity which is rare for this price point. Aside from that, it features a 5000mAh battery with 18W fast charging via USB-C, MediaTek Dimensity 700 octa-core CPU, and a combination of 4GB RAM+128GB internal storage.

Another unique and rare feature of this smartphone is its built-in IR blaster which can be used to control several home appliances such as airconditioning units and televisions. Other specs include a 6.5-inch FHD+ IPS DotDisplay with a variable refresh rate of up to 90Hz and a triple camera set-up.

Xiaomi Redmi Note 10 5G (4GB+128GB variant)

  • 6.5-inch FHD+ IPS DotDisplay, 2400 x 1080 px
    90Hz/60Hz/50Hz/30Hz AdaptiveSync refresh rate
    Corning Gorilla Glass 3
  • MediaTek Dimensity 700 octa-core CPU
    Mali-G57 MC2 GPU
  • 4GB LPDDR4X RAM
  • 128GB UFS 2.2 internal storage
  • Triple-rear cameras:
    48MP f/1.79 main
    2MPf/2.4 macro
    2MP f/2.4 depth
  • 8MP f/2.0 front camera
  • 5G SA/NSA, 4G LTE, Dual-SIM, Dual-5G
  • WiFi 5, Bluetooth 5.1, GPS, A-GPS, GLONASS, GALILEO, BDS
  • USB-C, IR blaster
  • Fingerprint scanner (side), Face Unlock
  • Hi-Res audio
    3.5mm audio jack
  • MIUI 12 (Android 11)
  • 5,000mAh battery
    18W fast charging
  • Colors: Chrome Silver, Graphite Gray, Nighttime Blue, Aurora Green

The Xiaomi Redmi Note 10 5G is priced at PHP 9,990 for the 4GB+128GB variant and is a great buy if you are looking for a 5G-ready phone at this price range.

That is all for our list of smartphones you can put on your list of gifts this Christmas all for just under PHP 10,000! Just click on the links provided to purchase the smartphone of your choice! If we missed anything or you wanted to suggest more devices, let us know by writing in our comments section below.

Nathaniel Trillana
Nathaniel is a part-time contributor and writes for WalasTech in his free time from work. He is a fan of tech, a diehard morning radio program listener, a podcast host, and a heavy social media user.