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Everyone remembers the bargain-basement smartphone that’s clunky, ugly, and just plain undesirable. What do you know… Such a phone is rapidly becoming a thing of the past, thanks to trickle-down technologies and, more importantly, a focus on improved competitiveness as well as better design and aesthetics even at the low end.

Here are five budget phones that epitomize this shift, and, as such, are showing the market that you don’t have to spend too much — in this case, not more than PhP 10,000 — to get a nice phone!

Huawei Y6S

The Huawei Y6S impresses with its 6-inch HD+ display, making it ideal for gaming and browsing, as well as with the less obtrusive dewdrop notch for its front-facing “beauty” camera. Huawei touts the fact that this phone’s screen has been certified by technical service provider TÜV Rheinland for blocking out harmful blue light.

The Y6S has a single-lens 13MP rear camera and 8MP front-facing snapper, and also boasts 64GB of onboard memory and “enhanced performance” with its 2.3GHz octa-core chipset and 3GB of RAM. Huawei says that the phone’s SuperSound function allows it to provide deeper bass and brighter treble even when the music is turned up.

The Huawei Y6S is available in two color choices: a half-glossy, half-matte Orchid Blue, and a Starry Black hue that showcases tiny reflective particles embedded in the phone’s body.

Honor 20 Lite

The Honor 20 Lite bumps up against the upper limit of our price category, and it’s kitted out that way. It comes with a bright and sharp 6.21-inch FHD+ display that doesn’t look too much like it belongs in a budget phone. Like the Y6S, this screen is also TÜV Rheinland-certified.

The 20 Lite’s camera set also sets it apart – this phone has a triple rear camera system comprised of a 24MP main snapper, an 8MP ultra-wide lens, and a 2MP depth camera. Its selfie snapper, though, is a whopping 32MP and, according to Honor, can produce pictures that can be blown up and printed to 2.3m x 1.7m dimensions without losing any detail.

The 20 Lite is powered by a decently powerful octa-core chipset with 4GB of RAM, and its gaming performance is enhanced by Honor’s GPU Turbo 2.0 which helps gamers enjoy a smooth and full-frame gaming experience.

Buyers can choose from two color-gradient enhanced color selections – Red and Blue.

Vivo Y15

The Vivo Y15 is one of the more performance-geared smartphones in this category. It’s primarily differentiated by its big and bright 6.35-inch display and minuscule halo notch.

The Y15 also offers a standout imaging set thanks to its AI-powered triple camera set (13MP main camera, 8MP wide-angle camera for expanding the camera view to 120 degrees, and 2MP depth sensor) as well as a 16MP front selfie camera.

Akin to the Honor 20 Lite, the Y15 also comes with 4GB of RAM, and along with its octa-core MediaTek processor, this should help ensure good performance even when gaming. Gamers will also be well served by the phone’s Ultra Game Mode which features Competition Mode that allocates system resources to boost gaming performance, and Dual-Turbo to reduce frame drop and ensure smoother gaming.

The Y15 also boasts a massive battery – all of 5,000mAh – which should help ensure that even the more hardcore gamers will still be able to enjoy their Y15s until they get home at the end of the day.

The Vivo Y15 can be had in your choice of Aqua Blue and Burgundy Red.

Nokia 3.2

Like all of the phones on offer from the reinvigorated Nokia, the 3.2 is an Android One smartphone, which means that it runs stock Android and will get immediate OS updates for two years and security updates for three years, all courtesy of Google.

Screen-wise, with its 6.26-inch HD+ display, the 3.2 resides in the upper echelon of smartphones in this price segment. In this day and age when multi-lens setups are beginning to make their way to budget phones, however, its single-lens 13MP rear camera and 5MP selfie camera may not distinguish it.

The 3.2 comes with your choice of 2GB or 3GB of RAM and a 1.95GHz quad-core CPU, as well as a powerful battery with 4,000mAh capacity and augmented with AI that, according to the firm, learns how users use their units in order to more efficiently consume power.

The 3.2 also boasts Google Assistant, an AI-powered virtual assistant that allows users to get more done just by using their voice, and which learns the best way to work with them too.

Pick up a Nokia 3.2 in your choice of either Black or Gray.

Mi A2 Lite

Having debuted in the Philippines in 2018, the Mi A2 Lite is far from being a new phone, but it’s still relatively competitive.

First off, like the Nokia 3.2, the A2 Lite is an Android One phone, so buyers of this unit will also enjoy the same benefits of stock Android out of the box, as well as up-to-the-moment software and security updates.

In terms of its display, the A2 Lite’s is a little bit smaller than that of the top phones in this segment – it’s a 5.84-inch Full HD IPS display – but should be just as bright and clear as most if not all of its competitors’ screens. It has a slightly larger oblong notch than most of the Android competition’s waterdrop or dewdrop notches, but that shouldn’t bother most buyers.

The A2 Lite possesses a dual-lens rear camera (20MP and 12MP) and a 20MP front selfie camera. The phone runs on a 2.0GHz Snapdragon 625 and has 3GB or 4GB of RAM, and also boasts a relatively powerful 4,000mAh battery. It also has an aluminum unibody, which sets it apart from plastic smartphones.

The Mi A2 Lite is available in three color choices: Black, Blue, and Gold.

 

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