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A List of the Best Smartphones in the Philippines, 2017

by | Dec 28, 2017 | Smartphones

2017 has been a terrific year for smartphones. The standard for mobile computing has been pushed so hard this year that in just a few years, facial recognition will be as commonplace as a qwerty keyboard (thanks, Apple!), and though manufacturers keep taking away our dearly beloved audio jack, people are very clear of how much we want it still, and phonemakers are willing to listen (thanks, Samsung!).

In perhaps the most polarizing (and not to mention, expensive) year for the smartphone industry, we weed out what you should look past and shine a light on smartphones deserving of your attention. This is our complete list of the best smartphones in the Philippines for 2017.

Best smartphone for multimedia: Razer Phone

Razer has carved out a niche all unto itself by unveiling Razer Phone, the industry’s first overtly “gaming” smartphone. It’s beefed with flagship specs, equipped with hefty processing power, and glitzed by an uber-impressive 5.7-inch IGZO 120Hz UltraMotion display. For the critter who gladly wastes away its hours to all forms of media, the Razer Phone is a device worthy of serious consideration.

LISTED: Best Smartphones in the Philippines (2017)

Price: 46,499 PHP
Where to Buy: Lazada


5.7-inch IGZO LCD 2560 x 1440, 515ppi
120Hz UltraMotion screen, Wide Color Gamut
Corning Gorilla Glass 3
Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 Mobile Platform
8GB dual channel (LPDDR4, 1866 MHz)
microSD card support up to 2TB
12MP AF f/1.75 Wide + 13MP AF f/2.6 Zoom rear cameras, Dual PDAF, dual-tone flash
8MP FF f/2.0 front camera
WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
Bluetooth 4.2
Fingerprint scanner (side-mounted)
Stereo front-facing speakers
Dual Amplifiers
Audio Adapter w/ THX-certified DAC
Dolby ATMOS and THX-certified audio
Android 7.1.1 Nougat
4,000mAh battery w/ Qualcomm Quick Charge 4+
158.5 x 77.7 x 8 mm
197 g

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Best smartphone for Android purists: Google Pixel 2 XL

For those wanting the pure, untouched Android experience, the Pixel 2 XL, Google’s greatest (and most divisive) attempt as a phonemaker, is worth to look at. First of all, it’s gorgeous, clean, unadorned by clutter and bloat that are usually the necessary price with smartphones manufactured by OEMs. It’s also packed with a powerful camera and a vivid display that should present any user the Android experience the way it should be experienced.

LISTED: Best Smartphones in the Philippines (2017)

Price: 48,990 PHP
Where to Buy: Lazada, Kimstore


6-inch full HD 18:9 pOLED display @ 2880 x 1440, ~538ppi, Gorilla Glass 5, Always on
Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 chipset
64GB / 128GB internal storage, Free unlimited Google cloud storage for photos and videos
Adreno 540 GPU
12.2MP rear camera with OIS, EIS, PDAF, LDAF
8MP front camera
Bluetooth 5.0
USB Type-C
Fingerprint scanner
IP67 dust water resistance
Active Edge sides
Android 8.0 Oreo
3,520mAh battery with rapid charging
157.9 x 76.7 x 7.9 mm
175 g
Black, White

Best smartphone camera: Samsung Galaxy Note 8 / iPhone X

The best iPhone and Samsung phone yet headline the race of which phone, to us, has the best camera. Indeed both phones have very able front and rear shooters, with the Samsung Note 8 edging the iPhone X by very small measure in terms of overall photo and video quality. This is a roundabout way of saying that regardless of which you pick between the two phones, you’ll be able to capture incredible photos and footage.

Samsung Galaxy Note 8

LISTED: Best Smartphones in the Philippines (2017)

Price: 41,500 PHP
Where to Buy: Lazada, Kimstore, Widget City


6.3-inch Super AMOLED display @ 2960 x 1440 resolution
Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 chipset (U.S.)
Samsung Exynos 8895 chipset (Global)
64GB internal storage (w/ microSD expandable slot)
12MP Dual-rear cameras with wide-angle primary lens (f/1.7) and dual-pixel AF, telephoto lens with f/2.4 enabling 2x optical zoom.
8MP front-facing camera with f/1.7 AF
USB Type-C
3300mAH fast-charging battery
162.5mm x 74.6mm x 8.5mm
Midnight Black, Maple Gold, Orchid Grey, and Deep Sea Blue.

iPhone X

LISTED: Best Smartphones in the Philippines (2017)

Price: 59,790 PHP
Where to Buy: Lazada, Kimstore, Widget City, Pound It


5.8-inch all-screen OLED display @ 2436 x 1125px, 458ppi
HDR TrueTone, 3D Touch, Oleophobic coating
Apple A11 Bionic Chip
64GB, 256GB internal storage
12MP f/1.8 wide-angle + 12MP f/2.4 telephoto rear cameras: Dual OIS, Quad LED Flash
7MP TrueDepth Camera w/ Face ID
Single SIM (Nano)
NFC (Apple Pay)
IP67 Water and Dust Resistance
Stereo Speaker
Qi Wireless Charging
Apple iOS 11
No battery info (up to 2 hours longer than iPhone 7)
143.6 x 70.9 x 7.7mm
Colors: Space Gray, Silver

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Best smartphone under 5K pesos: Cherry Mobile Desire R7

If you’ve only 5,000 pesos to spare, which phone should you get? Cherry Mobile provides an easy with its ultra-cheap but decent smartphone, the Desire R7. It comes equipped with a fast fingerprint sensor, a bright 720p LCD screen, and an unusually big RAM (at its price point) of 2GB. It also runs on Android 7.0 Nougat right out of the box.

LISTED: Best Smartphones in the Philippines (2017)

Price: 4,999
Where to Buy: Cherry Mobile stores and kiosks


5-inch IPS LCD @ 1280 x 720 pixels, 294ppi
1.3GHz MediaTek MT6737 quad-core CPU
Mali-T720 GPU
16GB internal storage
Expandable via microSD, up to 64GB
13MP rear autofocus camera w/ LED flash
8MP front-facing camera
Dual SIM
4G LTE (700MHz support)
Wi-Fi 802.11b/g/n
Bluetooth 4.0
GPS w/ a-GPS
Fingerprint scanner
2200mAh non-removable Li-ion battery
Android 7.0 Nougat

Best budget smartphone: Huawei Nova 2i

The Huawei Nova 2i came to the Typist headquarters as a sweet surprise. We couldn’t believe the price tag attached to the phone, which is a marvel unto itself what with its incredible hardware, powerful specs, and—get this!—four-cam system! It takes impressive photos, runs very smoothly, and performs almost like a flagship.

LISTED: Best Smartphones in the Philippines (2017)

Price: 14,790 PHP
Where to Buy: Lazada, Kimstore, Widget City


5.9-inch 18:9 IPS LCD display @ 2160 x 1080 pixels
2.5D Curved Glass Display
HiSilicon Kirin 659 2.36GHz octa-core processor
4 x 2.36GHz ARM Cortex A53 + 4 x 1.4GHz ARM Cortex A53
64GB internal storage
expandable via microSD up to 256GB (uses SIM2)
16MP+2MP rear cameras, f/2.2 with LED Flash
13MP+2MP front cameras, f/2.0
Hybrid Dual-SIM (nano+nano/microSD)
WiFi 802.11 b/g/n
Bluetooth 4.2
GPS with aGPS support, GLONASS
Fingerprint Scanner
Android 7 Nougat with Huawei EMUI 5.1
3,340mAh Li-Ion battery
Dimensions: 156.2 × 75.2 × 7.5mm
Weight: 164 grams

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Consider also: Oppo F5 is a worthy competitor at this pricepoint, what with its flagship-like specs, beefy 4GB to 6GB configurations, and “Selfie Expert” camera performance. It costs, officially, 15,999 PHP. You might want to check it out.

Best budget flagship: OnePlus 5T

Finally, OnePlus has hit all the marks. A bona fide flagship killer, OnePlus 5T is decked out with flagship specifications, including a Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 octa-core processor, an unbelievable RAM as big as 8GB, and a host of features that are also seen on such premier phones as the iPhone X and the Galaxy Note8. What’s more, the OnePlus 5T costs only half of those phones I’ve mentioned.

LISTED: Best Smartphones in the Philippines (2017)

Price: 26,990 PHP
Where to Buy: Digital Walker


2.45GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 octa-core processor
Adreno 540 GPU
64GB/128GB of UFS 2.1 storage
6.01-inch OLED display, Corning Gorilla Glass 5 protection, 2160 x 1080 resolution
16-megapixel f/1.7 Sony IMX398 primary rear camera, 20-megapixel f/1.7 low-light camera, LED flash
16-megapixel front-facing camera
Dual SIM
Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, NFC, GPS, A-GPS, GLONASS, USB Type-C
Fingerprint sensor
3300mAh battery, Dash Charge
Android 7.1 Nougat with OxygenOS 4.7

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Best smartphone: Huawei Mate 10 Pro

And here we are, at last. What I think is the best smartphone of the year—the Huawei Mate 10 Pro. An impeccable list of specs is enveloped in a gorgeous, enduring hardware that’s recognizably Huawei: premier, lush, without compromising utility. It sports a dual Leica optic camera system and a robust front-facing camera, making it an ideal phone camera for most situations. But what’s impressive is all under the hood, with an ultra-fast octa-core Kirin 970 processor and a hefty LPDDR4 RAM (6GB) that work in tandem to make for one of the best smartphone experiences you’ll ever get this year. Which is to say: the Huawei Mate 10 Pro gets the Typist Tech seal of approval as the best smartphone of the year.

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Price: 38,990
Where to Buy: Kimstore, Lazada


6-inch 18:9 Full HD+ OLED FullView display @ 2160 x 1080 pixels, 402ppi
Corning Gorilla Glass (Front and Back)
HDR 10
HiSilicon Kirin 970 2.36GHz octa-core
4 x ARM Cortex A73 2.36GHz + 4 x ARM Cortex A53 1.8GHz
i7 Co-processor
Mali G72-MP12 GPU
128GB UFS 2.1 internal storage
12MP + 20MP dual Leica optic rear cameras with Dual Tone LED Flash: f/1.6, OIS, 2x lossless zoom, Leica optics
PDAF + CAF + Laser + Depth auto-focus
8MP f/2.0 front-facing camera
4G LTE Cat. 18 (1.2Gbps)
Dual SIM, Dual Standby (hybrid)
WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, DLNA
Bluetooth 4.2
Fingerprint scanner
IP67 Water and Dust Resistance
USB Type-C
DisplayPort 1.2
Android 8.0 Oreo with EMUI 8.0
4,000mAh Li-Ion battery
154.2 x 74.5 x 7.9mm (dimensions)
178 grams (weight)

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Armando Dela Cruz

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