The 10 Best Smartphones Under P20,000

Don't underestimate these budget-friendly phones.

(SPOT.ph) These days, it’s easy to find budget-friendly smartphones with specs that are at par with big-ticket models. All you have to do is research—and that’s exactly what we did so you won’t have to. Whether you’re looking for a new phone because you’re transitioning to a work-from-home setup and would like to have a separate gadget for all your work-related tasks or if you’re looking for a cheap phone that still has triple- or even quad-camera systems that won’t break the bank, then you’ve come to the right place.  

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Check out these 10 cool smartphones that are all under P20,000:

OPPO Reno 2F (P17,990)

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This stylish smartphone from OPPO features an iridescent color that reflects light differently with every movement. Apart from its stunning appearance, this mobile phone is equipped with a 48-megapixel quad camera so you can take crisp shots every time. It has a main camera, an 8-megapixel wide-angle lens, 2-megapixel mono lens, and 2-megapixel portrait lens, giving you lots of ways to shoot with just a smartphone. It even has Ultra Night Mode 2.0, which lets you take vibrant shots even in low-light situations. You’ll also love the pop-up front camera that’s safely secured inside the Reno 2F’s durable body—its front and back are both made out of Corning Gorilla Glass 5, which means the phone is basically drop-resistant.

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Available on Shopee. 

Xiaomi Mi 9T Pro (P18,990)

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If you’re into mobile games, the Mi 9T Pro is right up your alley. It features a custom cooling design which dissipates heat quickly so you can keep playing without your phone getting too hot to hold. It also has a Sony 48-megapixel ultra high-resolution wide camera, an 8-megapixel telephoto camera, and a 13-megapixel ultra wide-angle camera so you can take picture-perfect shots every time. You’ll also love its panorama selfie feature which lets you take a group selfie without the help of a selfie stick—just move the phone from side to side to fit everyone in the frame!

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Huawei Nova 5T (P15,990)

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The Huawei Nova 5T has a sleek design that matches its functionality. Its fingerprint sensor is mounted on the right side of the phone, making the process of unlocking the phone quick and intuitive. Its front camera is on the upper left portion nestled beneath the screen—no annoying notch that’s common with smartphones here. The Nova 5T is also equipped with four rear cameras: a 16-megapixel wide angle camera, a 48-megapixel main camera, a 2-megapixel depth camera, and a 2-megapixel macro camera. Not to mention, it comes in dazzling colors like Crush Green, Crush Blue, Midsummer Purple, and Black. 

Available on Lazada.

Vivo S1 Pro (P13,999)

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Looking for a smartphone that’ll fit your IG #aesthetic? The Vivo S1 Pro in Fancy Sky is clad in soft pastel colors that’ll remind you of cotton-candy clouds. Don’t underestimate what it can do, because it’s equipped with a powerful quad camera in a gorgeous diamond shape that adds to the phone’s beauty. Its 48-megapixel rear cameras will give you crisp shots while its 36-megapixel front camera will help you take the perfect selfie. It also has in-display fingerprint scanning, losing unnecessary buttons so you can get more screen for a better user experience. Plus, it’s equipped with a Qualcomm Snapdragon octa-core processor for a phone that   doesn’t slow down even if you have multiple apps open. 

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Available online.

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Realme 6i (P7,990)

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Don’t underestimate the low price tag on this smartphone from Realme—it offers bang for the buck. This baby houses a quad-camera system with a 48-megapixel main camera that can capture crisp photos. You can also take breathtaking landscape shots or photos of interiors using its wide-angle lens that offers a 119-degree view. The phone also has a 32-megapixel selfie camera for clear self- and group-portraits. Realme put in the world’s first Helio G80 chipset into the 6i, making it a powerful smartphone that offers fast and smooth performance, high-quality images, and a stable frame rate. It’s a good option for those into mobile gaming. They just launched the phone in a cool new color called Soda Blue, too!

Available on Lazada.

Nokia 7.2 (P15,990)

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Looking for a phone with a powerful battery life? The Nokia 7.2 has a 3,500-mAh battery to power up its Qualcomm Snapdragon 660 processor and Android 9 Pie operating system for up to two days. It also has a triple camera system that features a 48-megapixel main camera, 5-megapixel depth sensor (for blurred backgrounds and stunning bokeh effects), and an 8-megapixel sensor with an ultra-wide 118-degree lens that captures more than what is seen by the eye. It’s also equipped with Nokia’s PureDisplay for sharp viewing experience through the phone’s bright 6.3-inch Full HD+ screen.

Available on Shopee. 

Samsung Galaxy A50s (P14,990)

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Featuring a cool geometric back design, the Samsung Galaxy A50s is equipped with a powerful triple-camera system on the back with a 48-megapixel wide-angle lens, an 8-megapixel ultra-wide lens, and a 5-megapixel depth lens for more dynamic shots. The display screen houses a 32-megapixel selfie camera as well as an in-display fingerprint scanner and a face scanner for a seamless user experience. Samsung promises all-day battery life for this unit, so you won’t have to worry about running out of juice in the middle of the day. 

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Available on Abenson. 

Honor 9X (P12,490)

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The Honor 9X offers a visual treat with its 6.59-inch FullView Display. It has a rising selfie-camera hidden beneath the screen for an unobstructed display. The phone houses a triple-camera system with a 48-megapixel main camera, 2-megapixel depth camera, and an 8-megapixel super-wide angle camera with a stunning 120-degree field of view. Great for traveling, the smartphone is equipped with AI stabilization which lets you capture smooth and stable video clips, letting you document your days with ease. 

Available on Lazada.

Redmi Note 9 (P8,790)

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Did you know that as of April, 110 million units of Redmi smartphones have been sold worldwide? This fact  says a lot about the phone’s affordability and functionality—not to mention, its stylish looks. Photography enthusiasts are in for a treat as the Redmi Note 9 has a quad-camera system: a 48-megapixel main camera for clear photos, 8-megapixel ultra-wide angle camera for stunning landscape shots, 2-megapixel depth sensor for dynamic pictures, and a 2-megapixel macro lens for extreme close-up shots.

Available on Lazada.

Realme 6 Pro (P16,990)

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The Realme 6 Pro is equipped with a smooth and seamless experience with every tap and swipe—its display can run 90 frames-per-second. It has a whopping six cameras—a 64-megapixel quad camera on the rear and a dual in-display front camera for double tap-worthy selfies. Fun fact: The 64-megapixel main camera on this phone produces images that are four times the clarity of a 4K TV resolution! Other cool features include Dolby Atmos and Hi-Res Audio Quality, which will level up your listening and watching experience.

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Available online.

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