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When you actually stop to think about it, it’s incredible how much we can do with our smartphones nowadays – gaming, streaming, WFH and more, all in one palm-sized device. But with so many new models to choose from, it’s tricky picking one, especially if you’re on a tight budget. To narrow things down, here’s our latest rundown of 2021’s best new smartphones under P15K.

Oppo A94 

Design: The Oppo A94’s Fantastic Purple color gives it a more premium feel despite being made from polycarbonate material. It’s also thinner than the A92 and now comes with an in-display fingerprint scanner care of the new AMOLED display.

Display: The AMOLED display delivers deeper blacks and richer colors, as well as an in-display fingerprint scanner and Always-On display feature. The A94 also has WideVine L1, which allows you to binge watch all your favorite shows and movies in Full HD.

Camera: The A94’s houses a 48-megapixel main camera, 8-megapixel ultra wide angle camera, and a matching set of 2 megapixel sensors. It also has add-ons like Extra HD, Ultra Steady, AI Color Portrait, and Dual View Video.

Performance: The A94’s Helio P95 lets it handle even notoriously heavy apps like Asphalt with relative ease, even at the highest settings. And even with its smaller 4310 mAh battery, it has more than enough battery life and 30W VOOC charging that can bring it back to full power in only 1 hour.

Y20s

Design: vivo Y20s has a glossy polycarbonate body that comes in Obsidian Black and Purist Blue colorways. On the front, there’s a tiny notch containing the front camera and, except for a slightly protruding chin, has thin bezels surrounding the screen. The Y20s also has a cleverly positioned power button that doubles as a fingerprint scanner.

Display: The Y20s has a 6.51-inch IPS LCD with a maximum resolution of 720p – ideal for both casual use and watching videos. Also, users can change the display’s color temperature to either cool, warm, or default.

Camera: The rear triple-camera set-up comprises a 13-megapixel f/2.2 wide camera, 2-megapixel f/2.4 macro camera, and 2-megapixel f/2.4 depth camera. On the front, there’s an 8-megapixel selfie camera with dedicated AI Beauty Mode. 

Performance: With its MediaTek G80 processor, Mali-G52 GPU, 6GB RAM, and 128GB storage, the Y20s can perform standard tasks but will struggle a bit when running graphics-heavy games like Genshin Impact. As for battery life, the device can last up to two days when used moderately.

Realme 8

Design: Realme 8 jumps out at you with its smooth, glossy finish and Cyber Black or Cyber Silver color – both variants sporting the same large tagline on the back. 

Display: The 6.4-inch Super AMOLED screen with Full HD+ resolution and pixel density of roughly 411ppi is responsive enough for fast-paced gaming. Also, users can customize their display by choosing from Cool, Warm, and Default settings which come with an OSEI visual effect for added vibrancy.

Camera: The rear quad-camera consists of a 64MP f/1.8 main camera, an 8MP f/2.3 ultra-wide camera, a 2MP f/2.4 macro camera, and 2MP f/2.4 depth camera, whereas you’ll find a 16MP f/2.5 selfie camera in front. There’s also AI Enhancement and Portrait Mode for better subject-background separation, plus up to 10x Digital Zoom.

Performance: Realme 8 comes with a MediaTek Helio G95 processor and Mali-G76 MC4 GPU that allow for smoother gaming even when already graphics-heavy apps are set to higher frame rates. The 5,000 mAh battery that typically lasts an entire day also doesn’t hurt. Finally, the smartphone comes with a 30W Dart Charger for a full charge in just a little over an hour.

Galaxy A32

Design: The Galaxy A32’s monotone plastic body should appeal to those with a more minimalist aesthetic. And given that it weighs a mere 184g, the solid feel of the smartphone is a testament to Samsung’s build quality. 

Display: The A32 has a 6.4-inch AMOLED screen with Full HD+, 90Hz refresh rate, and 411ppi that’s at par with those of more upscale phones. The thin AMOLED also houses an under-screen fingerprint sensor that unlocks the phone in a second. 

Camera: The biggest upgrade is the A32’s new camera setup – a 64MP main camera (vs the previous model’s 48MP camera), 8MP wide angle camera, and 5MP macro camera. It also has AI scene recognition and HDR effects that improve sharpness and colors.   

Performance: Powered by a Mediatek Helio G80 CPU and Mali G52 GPU, the A32 is able to run graphics-heavy apps with little to no lag. Where it really excels, however, is the battery life which can last up to over two whole days on just one full charge.

Cherry Mobile Flare S8 Pro

Design: The S8 Pro gets a more up-to-date design with rounded corners for a more comfortable grip despite its heftiness. And while the back panel may be prone to smudges, it’s nothing a phone case can’t fix.

Display: While a 6.5-inch screen may be uncommonly large for a smartphone under P6K, the HD+ resolution and warm panel hue end up muting the colors. On the flipside, it’s still very much usable under sunlight.

Camera: The dual-camera setup on the rear consists of a 20MP and 5MP camera, while the front has a 20MP camera inside of a drop notch. S8 Pro also has extra modes like Beauty and FaceCute with AR features and Bokeh effects.  

Performance: With its MediaTek Helio P22 chipset, PowerVR GE8320 GPU, and 4GB of RAM, the S8 Pro can handle basic tasks, but it tends to slow down a bit when it comes to gaming. As for battery life, it clocks in at around 11 hours on a full charge.

Well, there you have it! We hope our list of the top budget smartphones helps you find the right one for getting #InTheZone. For more of the latest tech recommendations and releases, be sure to #CheckCyberzone.

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