Even if your budget for a new smartphone is only ₱3,000, there are already several options that have decent specs and features.
However, all the smartphones on this list are from local brands here in the Philippines. That is the trade-off that you have to make so that you can get the best value for your money.
Take note that this is a personal ranking, share your thoughts in the comments section below.
I’m not keen on recommending the Cherry Mobile Touch HD since it only becomes available during sales on Lazada. However, the Lynx Luxe has some reported issues with its touch responsiveness.
If you’re really limited to a ₱3,000 budget, this is your best choice. It has a 5-inch HD display, quad core processor with 1GB of RAM and Android 5.1 Lollipop OS. There’s also an 8 Megapixel camera and a good enough 2,000mAh battery.
SKK Mobile has another smartphone that almost made it to this list – the SKK Mobile Aura. It has a large 5.5-inch display but suffers from a disappointing RAM at 512MB only and main camera which is just 5 Megapixels.
The Cherry Mobile Flare J1 also has the same RAM problem as the Aura. Nevertheless, it’s available for ₱1,999 only from December 21 to 25, 2015.
Lastly, Starmobile’s entry level Play Neo is also worth considering since it has a 5-inch display and quad core processor. However, it only has a 5 Megapixel camera and 512MB of RAM.