Top Smartphones in the Philippines under PHP 15,000 (2021)

Flagship-grade specs at this price point?
Flagship-grade specs at this price point?

If you are looking for a sign to buy a new smartphone for yourself or your loved one, this is it! May it be for school, gaming, business, casual browsing, or you just have to retire the old one that you use, you are at the right place as we are giving you the list of smartphones you can buy for under PHP 15,000!

Infinix ZERO X Pro

The Infinix ZERO X Pro is the newest flagship smartphone of the brand that belongs to the ZERO X series which focuses on smartphone photography. This was launched last September at the Royal Observatory Greenwich in London where experts from different fields were present as panel speakers and discussed things related to astronomy and technology.

It packs a 60x periscope moonshot camera and Infinix’s own Galileo Algorithm Engine which allows for a high-resolution shot of the moon. In addition, it boasts a 108MP primary camera with Super Moon Mode. Moreover, it comes with the hero color Nebula Black which pays homage to space exploration and mimics the Milky Way galaxy.

Infinix ZERO X Pro specs

  • 6.67-inch FHD+ Super Fluid AMOLED display, 1080 x 2400px
    120Hz refresh rate, 100% DCI-P3 color gamut
    TÜV Rheinland Eye Comfort ceritfied
    700 nits peak brightness
  • Octa-core MediaTek Helio G95 CPU
    ARM Mali-G76 GPU
  • 8GB RAM with 3GB Extended RAM
  • 128GB UFS 2.2 internal storage
    expandable up to 512GB via microSD
  • Triple rear cameras with Quad LED flash:
    108MP f/1.79 main with OIS and AF
    8MP ultra-wide/macro with AF
    8MP 60x periscope with AF
  • 16MP selfie camera with Dual Flash
  • 4G LTE, Dual nano SIM
  • WiFi 802.11ac, Bluetooth, GPS
  • 3.5mm audio jack
    FM radio
    Smart PA
    DTS audio technology
  • Boost Intelligent Display Chip
  • Galileo Algorithm Engine
  • Super Moon Mode
  • AI Night Selfie
  • 960 fps Super Slow Motion video
  • 4K time-lapse video
  • In-display fingerprint scanner
  • Dar-link 2.0
  • Heat Pipe Thermal Module 2.0 3-D Cooling Master
  • 45W TÜV Rheinland ceritifed Flash Charge
  • USB-C port with USB OTG
  • XOS 7.6 (Android 11)
  • 5000mAh battery
  • Available colors: Nebula Black, Starry Silver, Tuscany Brown

Priced at PHP 14,990, the Infinix Zero X Pro could be your next smartphone if you are into smartphone photography.

Nokia G50

The Nokia G50 sports a Qualcomm Snapdragon 480 processor, two days of battery life, and an 18W fast charging all wrapped in a Nordic designed exterior.

A 6.82-inch HD+ screen sits at the front and its V-notch design houses the 8MP front-facing camera. While at the back, a 48MP triple-lens AI camera takes charge of its photography capabilities. Other features include a 5000mAh battery, Android 11 OS, and up to 128GB of internal storage.

Nokia G50 specs

  • 6.82-inch HD+ V-notch display, 1600 x 900px
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 480 processor
    Kryo 460 CPU
    Adreno 619 GPU
  • 6GB RAM
  • 128GB internal storage
    expandable up to 512GB via microSD card
  • Triple rear camera with LED flash:
    48MP main with AF
    5MP ultra-wide
    2MP depth
  • 8MP front facing camera
  • 5G, 4G LTE, dual nano-SIM
  • WiFi 802.11ax (WiFi 6), Bluetooth 5.0, GPS, AGPS, BDS, Galileo, NFC
  • 3.5mm headphone jack
    FM Radio
    Dual microphones
  • Side mounted fingerprint scanner
  • Face Unlock
  • Google Assistant button
  • Pre-loaded with Spotify
  • Pre-loaded with ExpressVPN (30-day free trial)
  • USB-C port
  • Stock Android UI (Android 11 OS)
  • 500mAh battery
    18W quick charging
  • Available colors: Ocean Blue and Midnight Sun

The Nokia G50 is priced at PHP 13,990 and is the Finnish brand’s most affordable 5G smartphone to date.

OnePlus Nord N10 5G

The Nord line of OnePlus has been known to offer mid-range specs at a lower price point but is still stuffed with features. And here comes the OnePlus Nord N10 5G, the brand’s lower-tier offering that packs a lot of features including 5G. It features OnePlus’ signature Warp Charge 30T fast charging technology which was carried over from their flagship smartphones and OxygenOS which brings an almost stock Android experience.

At its front sits the 6.49-inch FHD+ IPS LCD with a 90Hz refresh rate, 2.5D glass cover, and a punch hole 16MP front-facing camera that takes care of selfies. While at the back is a 64MP main camera in a quad set-up comprising of an ultra-wide camera, macro, and monochrome. Powering the Nord N10 is the Qualcomm Snapdragon 690 5G processor hence the 5G connectivity feature coupled with 6GB+128GB configuration.

OnePlus Nord N10 5G specs

  • 6.49-inch FHD+ IPS LCD display, 1080 x 2400px
    20:9 aspect ratio, 90Hz refresh rate, 16M million colors
    2.5D Corning Gorilla Glass 3
  • 2.0Ghz Qualcomm Snapdragon 690 5G processor
    Kryo 560 CPU
    Adreno 619L GPU
  • 6GB LPDDR4x RAM
  • 128GB UFS2.1 internal storage
    expandable up to 512GB via microSD
  • Quad rear cameras with LED flash:
    64MP f/1.79 main camera with AF+EIS
    8MP f/2.25 119-degree ultra-wide camera
    2MP f/2.4 macro lens
    2MP f/2.4 monochrome camera
  • 16MP f/2.05 front facing camera with EIS
  • 5G, 4G LTE/LTE-A, 4×4 MIMO, hybrid nano-SIM (SIM+SIM/SIM+microSD)
  • WiFi 802.11ac, 2×2 MIMO, Bluetooth 5.1, NFC, GPS (L1+L5 Dual Band)
    GLONASS, Galileo, Beidou, A-GPS
  • 3.5mm headphone jack
    Dual stereo speakers
    Noise cancellation
  • Rear fingerprint scanner
  • Face Unlock
  • OxygenOS based on Android 10
  • 4300mAh battery
    30W Warp Charge 30T fast charging via USB-C
  • Available color: Midnight Ice

The OnePlus Nord N10 5G packs some of the brand’s signature features on its flagship smartphones and is priced at PHP 14,990. This is only available in Midnight Ice.

OPPO A94

If you are into gaming, photography, and videography, the OPPO A94 might be the right one for you! With its ColorOS 11.1 features namely Game Focus Mode, Gaming Shortcut Mode, Game Floating Window, and Bullet Screen Message, users can focus and play games without any lag and interruption. It boasts a 48MP AI QuadCam setup with features like Dual-View Video that captures through the front and rear cameras all at the same time. While the AI Color Portrait video lets users single out one subject in full color leaving the background in grayscale. 

Inside, it is powered by the MediaTek Helio P95 2.2GHz octa-core CPU coupled with 8GB RAM and 128GB internal storage. While its 4300mAh battery is fueled by OPPO’s signature VOOC charge in 30W. Other features include a 6.43-inch AMOLED display with a 180Hz touch sampling rate, a 32MP front-facing camera in a punch-hole design, and an in-display fingerprint scanner with face unlock.

OPPO A94 specs

  • 6.43-inch FHD+ AMOLED display, 2400 x 1080 px, 409ppi
    Touch Sampling Rate: 135Hz (Normal), 180Hz (Game mode)
  • MediaTek Helio P95 2.2GHz octa-core CPU
    IMG 9XM-HP8 GPU
  • 8GB LPDDR4X RAM
  • 128GB storage, with microSD card support
  • Quad-rear cameras:
    48MP F1.7 main
    Unspecified F2.2 ultra-wide
    Unspecified F2.4 macro
    Unspecified F2.4 macro
  • 32MP F2.4 front camera
  • 4G LTE, Dual-SIM
  • WiFi, Bluetooth 5.1, GPS, A-GPS, GLONASS, BDS, GALILEO, QZSS
  • USB-C, 3.5mm audio jack
  • Fingerprint scanner (in-display), Face Unlock
  • ColorOS 11.1 (Android 11)
  • 4,310mAh battery
    30W VOOC Charge
  • Colors: Fluid Black, Fantastic Purple

The feature-packed OPPO A94 comes in Fluid Black and Fantastic Purple colors and can be purchased for only PHP 13,999.

POCO X3 Pro (6GB+128GB variant)

At this price point, the POCO X3 Pro is a steal! It packs flagship-grade specs at a very affordable price, still true to POCO’s principle in offering high-end specs to the lower-tier market. It boasts a 6.67-inch FHD+ DotDisplay with a DynamicSwitch refresh rate up to 120Hz, L1 Widevine support, punch-hole designed 20MP front-facing camera, and is protected by Corning Gorilla Glass 6.

Carrying all the power is the Qualcomm Snapdragon 860 processor coupled with 6GB LPDDR4X RAM and 128GB UFS 3.1 internal storage that can mostly be found on flagship smartphones. Audio-wise, this still comes with a 3.5mm headphone jack and packs stereo speakers with Hi-Res certification. And at the back sits the quad-camera set-up comprising of a 48MP main camera, 8MP ultra-wide-angle camera, 2MP macro, and 2MP depth sensor.

POCO X3 Pro (6GB+128GB variant) specs

  • 6.67-inch FHD+ DotDisplay, 2400 x 1080px
    20:9 aspect ratio, 120Hz DynamicSwitch refresh rate
    240Hz touch sampling rate, Corning Gorilla Glass 6
    L1 Widevine support, Sunlight mode, Reading mode 3.0
  • 2.96Ghz octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 860 processor
    Kryo 485 CPU
    Adreno 640 GPU
  • 6GB LPDDR4X RAM
  • 128GB UFS 3.1 internal storage
    expandable up to 1TB via microSD card slot
  • Quad rear cameras with LED flash:
    48MP f/1.79 main camera with AF
    8MP f/2.2 119-degree ultra-wide camera
    2MP f/2.4 macro camera
    2MP f/2.4 depth sensor
  • 20MP f/2.2 front facing camera
  • 4G LTE, hybrid dual nano-SIM (SIM+SIM/SIM+microSD card)
  • WiFi 802.11ac, Bluetooth 5.0, 2×2 MIMO, GPS/A-GPS, GLONASS, Beidou, Galileo
  • 3.5mm headphone jack
    Dual stereo speakers
    Hi-Res Audio certified
  • Liquid Cool Technoogy 1.0 Plus
  • IP53 splash protection
  • IR blaster
  • Side mounted fingerprint sensor
  • AI face unlock
  • NFC (available in selected markets)
  • MIUI 12 based on POCO
  • 5160mAh battery
    33W fast charging via USB-C
  • Available colors: Phantom Black, Metal Bronze, Frost Blue

The POCO X3 Pro 6GB+128GB variant is priced at PHP 12,990 and will sure be a hit for gamers and heavy users on a tight budget.

realme 8

The realme 8, the smaller brother of the realme 8 Pro, sports a generous 128GB of internal storage and an in-display fingerprint scanner. This is powered by a MediaTek G95 processor coupled with 8GB LPDDR4x RAM. At the front is a 6.4-inch punch-hole AMOLED display with support for Always On Display display and it has a 16MP front-facing camera up top.

At the back sits its quad-camera set-up that is comprised of a 64MP main, ultra-wide, macro, and black & white cameras. A “DARE TO LEAP” branding on top of a holographic-like stripe can be seen at the back for added flare. Inside, its large 5000mAh battery is fueled by the 30W Dart Charge.

realme 8 specs

  • 6.4-inch FHD+ super AMOLED display, 1080 x 2400px
    180Hz touch sampling rate, 60Hz refresh rate
  • MediaTek Helio G95 processor
    ARM Mali-G76 GPU
  • 8GB LPDDR4X RAM
  • 128GB UFS 2.1 internal storage
    with dedicated microSD card slot for up to 512GB
  • Quad-rear cameras
    64MP F1.79 main
    8MP F2.25 ultrawide
    2MP F2.4 macro
    2MP F2.4 b&w
  • 16MP front camera
  • 4G LTE, Dual-SIM (nano)
  • WiFi 802.11ac, Bluetooth 5.1, GPS, A-GPS, GLONASS
  • Fingerprint scanner (in-display), Face Unlock
  • USB Type-C
  • realme UI 2.0 (Android 11)
  • 5,000mAh battery
    30W dart charge
  • Colors: Cyber Silver, Cyber Black

The realme 8 is a strong contender of its bigger brother, the realme 8 Pro, and is priced at PHP 13,990 and is available in Cyber Silver and Cyber Black.

realme 8 5G (8GB+128GB variant)

The realme 8 5G is one of the most affordable 5G smartphones in the market and is the only 5G-enabled smartphone in the realme 8 line of smartphones. This is powered by the MediaTek Dimensity 700 5G CPU coupled with a Mali-G57 GPU. Inside is a large 8GB RAM and 128GB internal storage that can also be expanded via the microSD card up to a whopping 1TB.

At the camera island at the back sits a triple camera set-up: 48MP main, 2MP macro, and 2MP depth camera. At the front is a 16MP front-facing camera that sits inside a 6.5-inch FHD+ LCD screen with a 90Hz refresh rate. And its 5000mAh battery with 18W fast charge will last longer between charges.

realme 8 5G (8GB+128GB variant) specs

  • 6.5-inch FHD+ LCD screen, 1080 x 2400 px, 405 PPI
    90Hz refresh rate
  • 2.2GHz octa-core MediaTek Dimensity 700 5G
    ARM Mali-G57 MC2 GPU
  • 8GB LPDDR4x RAM
  • 128GB UFS 2.1 storage
    expandable via microSD up to 1TB
  • Triple rear cameras:
  • 48MP F1.8 (main)
  • 2MP F2.4 (macro)
  • 2MP F2.4 (depth)
  • 16MP F2.1 front camera
  • 5G, 4G LTE, Dual-SIM (nano)
  • WiFi 802.11ac, Bluetooth 5.1, GPS, A-GPS, BEIDOU, GALILEO, QZSS, GLONASS, NFC
  • USB Type-C, Fingerprint scanner, 3.5mm audio jack
  • realme UI (based on Android 11)
  • 5,000mAh battery
    18W fast charge
  • Colors: Blue, Black

The realme 8 5G 8GB+128GB variant is priced at PHP 11,990 is a good bang-for-the-buck 5G smartphone at this segment that comes with beefy specs for its price.

Samsung Galaxy A32 (8GB+128GB variant)

Perfect for the chic lifestyle, the Samsung Galaxy A32 boasts a high-resolution camera set-up, display, long battery life, and stylish design. It has a 6.4-inch AMOLED Infinity U display with a 90Hz refresh rate and is protected by Corning Gorilla Glass 5. At the front is a 20MP camera while at the back is the quad-camera set-up: 64MP main, 8MP wide, 5MP depth, and 5MP macro.

Inside, it has a 5000mAh battery that lasts for hours and is coupled with AI power saving. The battery is also fueled by Samsung’s 15W Adaptive Fast Charging. Other features include a 2.0Ghz MediaTek Helio G80 partnered with 8GB RAM and 128GB internal storage.

Samsung Galaxy A32 (8GB+128GB variant) specs

  • 6.4” FHD+ sAMOLED Infinity-U display
    90Hz refresh rate, 2400 x 1080 px
    Corning Gorilla Glass 5
  • 2.0Ghz MediaTek Helio G80
  • 8GB RAM
  • 128GB internal storage
  • Quad rear cameras with LED Flash:
    64MP AF
    8MP wide
    5MP depth
    5MP macro
  • 20MP front camera
  • 4G LTE, Dual SIM
  • WiFi 802.11ac, Bluetooth 5.0, GPS, A-GPS, BeiDou, GLONASS
  • On-Screen Fingerprint Sensor, Face Unlock
  • 3.5mm Audio jack
  • Samsung OneUI 3.0 (Android 11)
  • 5000mAh battery
    18W Fast Charging
  • Colors: Awesome Black, Awesome White

Priced at PHP 13,990, the Samsung Galaxy A32 8GB+128GB variant will sure be an eye-catcher. This is available in Awesome Black and Awesome White.

vivo Y31

Launched earlier this year, the vivo Y31 is the brand’s first mid-range offering for 2021 which sports 6GB of RAM, a triple rear-camera setup, and a 5000mAh battery with 18-watt fast charging. A Qualcomm Snapdragon chip and 128GB of internal storage are also onboard.

At the front sits the 6.58-inch FHD+ Halo FullView IPS display and comes pre-loaded with FuntouchOS 11 based on Android 11 and Multi-Turbo 4.0 for smooth gameplay.

vivo Y31 specs

  • 6.58-inch FHD+ Halo FullView IPS display, 2408 × 1080 px
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 662 CPU
    Adreno 610 GPU
  • 8GB RAM
  • 128GB storage with dedicated MicroSD card support for up to 1TB
  • Triple-rear cameras:
    48MP f/1.79 main
    2MP f/2.4 depth
    2MP f/2.4 macro
  • 16MP f/2.0 front camera
  • 4G LTE, Dual-SIM
  • WiFi 802.11ac, Bluetooth 5.0, GPS, BeiDou, GLONASS, Galileo
  • USB Type-C, side-mounted fingerprint reader
  • Multi-Turbo 4.0
  • Stereo speakers with Audio Booster
  • Funtouch OS 11 (Android 11)
  • 5,000mAh battery
    18W fast charge
  • Colors: Racing Black and Ocean Blue

The vivo Y31 is a mid-range smartphone for casual users and gamers at heart and is priced at PHP 12,999. This comes in Racing Black and Ocean Blue colors.

Xiaomi Mi 11 Lite (8GB+128GB variant)

the Xiaomi Mi 11 Lite is the little brother of the Mi 11 series and comes in vibrant colors. It has a 6.55-inch AMOLED DotDisplay protected by Corning Gorilla Glass 5 with 10-bit TrueColor support, which is rare at this price range. It also supports DCI-P3 color gamut, HDR10, 90Hz refresh rate, and 240Hz touch sampling rate.

The back is reminiscent of its bigger brother, the Mi 11, and features a triple camera set-up: main, ultra-wide, and telemacro. Other features include a TUV Rheinland Certification, a Qualcomm Snapdragon 732G processor with 6GB LPDDR4x RAM, and 128GB UFS 2.2 internal storage.

Xiaomi Mi 11 Lite (8GB+128GB variant) specs

  • 6.55-inch FHD+ AMOLED DotDisplay, 2400 x 1080px
    90Hz refresh rate, 240Hz touch sampling rate
    Corning Gorilla Glass 5, TUV Rheinland Certification
    HDR10 support
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 732G
  • 8GB LPDDR4X RAM
  • 128GB UFS 2.2 storage
  • Triple rear cameras with LED Flash:
    64MP f/1.79 main
    8MP f/2.2 ultrawide
    5MP F2.4 telemacro
  • 16MP front camera
  • 4G LTE, Dual-SIM
  • WiFi 5, Bluetooth 5.1, GPS, A-GPS, GLONASS, BEIDOU
  • 3.5mm headphone jack
    Dual speakers
    Hi-res Audio Certification,
    Hi-res Audio Wireless certification
  • Fingerprint scanner (side)
  • 4,250mAh battery
    33W fast charging
  • Colors: Boba Black, Peach Pink, Bubblegum Blue

The Xiaomi Mi 11 Lite is priced at PHP 14,990 and is a steal for the mid-range segment with its flagship features borrowed from its bigger siblings.

That wraps up our recommended smartphones for this price point. We hope we have helped you decide on which smartphone to buy. Just click on the link for the smartphone of your choice to purchase. If we missed something or you wanted to recommend more phones, just drop your comment below.

Nathaniel Trillana
Nathaniel is a part-time contributor and writes for WalasTech in his free time from work. He is a tech-savvy person, a morning radio program listener, a podcast host and producer, as well as a heavy social media user.