Wise smartphone shoppers know that it’s possible to find a great cellphone at a budget price. Even if you’re shopping under tight budget constraints, you can still walk away with a smartphone you can be proud of.
And you don’t have to go far to do so. All you need to do is download the SM Malls Online app at this link, and you’ll enjoy some of the best deals and discounts available nowadays–just how you prefer it. You can either have your new phone or other purchase delivered right to your doorstep, or you can pick it up at the SM Cyberzone of your choice.
Without further ado, here are five of the best smartphone budget buys a maximum of PhP 15,000 can get you at the SM Malls Online app.
PhP 6,999 (3GB RAM), PhP 7,999 (4GB RAM)
The OPPO A16 represents great value for its price. You get a 6.51” HD+ Eye-care display that adapts to ambient lighting to spare your eyes, decent camera sets–an 8MP selfie snapper in a notch up front and a 13MP main + 2MP macro + 2MP depth sensor out back–and a generous 5,000mAh battery that can be topped up at a decent clip thanks to a 10W charger and USB-C port.
This phone starts out with just 3GB of RAM, which is a bit low nowadays, but that opening price makes it worthy of a look. At any rate, 1GB more RAM is available for just PhP 1k more. 64GB of expandable storage comes standard, and this phone runs on MediaTek’s relatively powerful Helio G35 chipset.
Pearl Blue, Space Silver, and Crystal Black are your color options if you decide to pick up an A16. You can also check out this and other water-resistant phones in the article, 6 Affordable Water Resistant Smartphones Available on SM Malls Online this 2022.
The A95 sits a few rungs higher up OPPO’s Philippine smartphone ladder than the A16 does, and by and large it’s got the specs to justify its price and placement.
The A95’s screen is a mite smaller than its sibling’s–6.43”–but it’s a sharper one, an FHD+ AMOLED affair. Its cameras are also more powerful, at 48MP + 2MP depth + 2MP macro, and a 16MP selfie lens firing through a punch-hole.
8GB of RAM is standard with 5GB of additional RAM on tap just in case it’s needed. 128GB of expandable storage and an under-display fingerprint scanner might get your nod. The battery’s pretty generous at 5000mAh, and it charges fast thanks to support for OPPO’s 33W SuperVOOC 2.0 rapid-charging tech.
The A95 comes in two fancy colors, Glowing Starry Black and Glowing Rainbow Silver, in line with OPPO’s ‘Glow Design’ ethos.
Huawei Nova 7i
The Nova 7i is a midranger that’s specced pretty decently. Standout specs include its 6.4” FHD+ display, 48MP quad-cam set (48MP main, 2MP macro, 8MP ultrawide, 2MP depth) and 16MP selfie punch-hole camera, and 8GB of RAM.
Open the Nova 7i up by tapping its side-mounted fingerprint scanner or with a peek at its selfie snapper. The relatively powerful Kirin 810 chipset takes pride of place in the Nova 7i, and 128GB of expandable storage should be more than enough for what you want to store in it.
The battery’s a little on the small side at 4200mAh, but compatibility with 40W Huawei SuperCharge fast-charging tech will help you top it up quickly. And you can always feast your eyes on its strikingly colored chassis while you wait, especially if you pick the Sakura Pink or Crush Green options (no worries if you prefer less head-turning colors, Midnight Black might be your thing if so).
The elephant in the room when considering a Huawei device is of course the ongoing trade ban imposed by the US government on the company, which keeps the latest Huawei phones from running Google Mobile Services or even using the Google Play Store. But that being said, the company is trying its best to offer as comprehensive a range of apps as it can that are compatible with its HarmonyOS.
Xiaomi Redmi Note 11s
What would any list of great budget phones be without at least one model from Xiaomi? The Redmi Note 11s is in keeping with the company’s reputation for offering great phones at equally excellent prices.
Foremost on its list of awesome features is its whopping 108MP quad rear camera set (also with an 8MP ultrawide lens, 2MP depth sensor, and 2MP macro lens) and 16MP selfie camera; and 6.43” FHD+ AMOLED display with sturdy Corning Gorilla Glass 3 and punch-hole. The powerful MediaTek Helio G96 chipset and octacore CPU sit under the hood. 8GB of RAM and 128GB of expandable storage come standard.
A 5000mAh battery ensures near-full day usage and 33W Pro fast charging allows for quicker top-ups. Hi-Res audio (and a 3.5mm headphone jack) make this a phone that audiophiles might prefer. An IP53 rating gives you confidence that this phone can survive most of the slings and arrows of your daily life.
You can have your Redmi Note 11s in Twilight Blue, Graphite Gray, or Pearl White.
Cherry Mobile Aqua Infinity
PhP 5,999 (discounted)
Last up is a Cherry Mobile unit, the Aqua Infinity. This is a bit of a modest unit but is still worthy of your consideration.
Your money gets you a 6.52” HD+ TrueView Display, a quad-camera set consisting of a 12MP main lens, 20MP depth sensor, 2MP monochrome lens, and 2MP AI lens and 8MP front-facing camera shooting through a teardrop notch. Android 10 is your OS and a MediaTek Helio P60 your chipset. 8GB of RAM is impressive for a phone of this class, whereas 128GB of expandable internal storage space is just alright.
The battery is on the small side these days at just 4000mAh, but at least this phone makes use of a USB-C port to charge it instead of a microSD port like some other budget phones do.
Black and Blue are the only colors the Aqua Infinity comes in, but the free Crystal Speaker and Helo LX Fitness Band that come bundled with this phone more than make up for the lack of color choices.
Whether you’re looking for a cellphone at a budget price or a top-of-the-line unit, the SM Malls Online app is the best place to get your #TechAssured smartphone–as well as a wide range of other great products. Click here to download the app today. And don’t forget that you can even choose to either have your purchase delivered to you or pick it up yourself at the Cyberzone you choose.