Top 5 Smartphones Below P10,000 for College Students

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What if there was a magical, all-in-one device that could help you do your schoolwork in just a matter of seconds? A device that could help you do all your homework, on-the-go, with just a couple of taps? The solution might just be too all too common for you to notice — a smartphone.

There’s no denying that smartphones have revolutionized the way people do their work.

As a student, gone are the days where you’d have to visit faraway libraries or sift through dozens of books just to find critical information for your homework. Today, you just open up Google on your smartphone and get all the facts, figures, and data that you’ve been looking for — all in a matter of seconds.

But what if the smartphone you have right now isn’t as reliable as it used to be? Or the ones you have your eyes on are way over your budget? Looking for the right smartphone that suits your needs (and fits your budget) may seem like a challenging task — that’s why we’re here to make it easier for you.

Here are our top 5 picks for the best smartphones below P10,000, perfect for college students:

Samsung Galaxy A20

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Samsung is one of the go-to brands when choosing a new smartphone.

At P9,990, you can get the Samsung Galaxy A20.

The A20’s 6.4-inch screen display is perfect for those who like to do their school tasks while on-the-go; with a huge screen display paired with a 4000mAh battery, it’s a reliable device for students that like to make the most of their time.

It also supports LTE networks — so even if you’re on a prepaid plan, subscribing to a data promo will still give you fast, reliable speeds while browsing the internet.

Often find yourself multitasking? The A20’s 3GB RAM can handle multiple tasks at once, so you don’t have to worry about your apps crashing while doing school work.

Oppo A7

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If you’re on a tighter budget but still want to score a high-quality smartphone, consider getting the OPPO A7.

The A7’s 64GB internal storage can store all of your e-books, powerpoint presentations, and audio recordings, while still having space for movies or music that you can listen to or watch during your break time.

Are you a fan of big screens? The A7’s 6.2-inch widescreen is perfect for reading and watching videos. Its 13 MP camera is also superb for documenting school activities, get-togethers with the barkada, or notes on the whiteboard.

You can get OPPO’s A7 for only 7,899.

Nokia 3.1

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Nokia, the go-to brand during your childhood days, has recently launched a new line of smartphones priced below P10,000.

The Nokia 3.1 has a 32GB (expandable up to 128GB) internal storage and has a screen display of 5.2 inches. If you’re a fan of FM radio stations, the Nokia 3.1 has an FM Radio app in case you need a little break from reading or reviewing. With a 2990mAh battery, the Nokia 3.1 can last you for most of the day.

The specifications of the Nokia 3.1 are mediocre at best considering the abundant number of smartphones in the market today, but with a price of around P5,000, it’s easily a good bang-for-your-buck phone for college students on a tight budget.

Huawei Y7 Pro

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At P8,990, the Huawei Y7 pro boasts a 6.2-inch HD+ display and a 16-megapixel camera, perfect for taking snapshots of your notes or reviewers. The Y7 supports OTG USB that allows you to transfer files from your phone to other devices like flash drives or laptops with ease. Sharing files with your classmates has never been easier.

Constantly worried about your battery while at school? the Y7 pro’s 4,000 mAh battery with AI power-saving technology helps you travel worry-free and enjoy school life, without frequently looking for a socket to plug into.

Asus ZenFone Max Pro (M2)

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Asus has always pioneered sleek designs in affordable packages. The Zenfone Max Pro (M2) costs just around P9,000 and is one of the most affordable and best-performing smartphones in the country.

ZenFone Max Pro’s 6.3 HD Display gives you the superb viewing quality of your pictures and videos, whether you’re working on photography or reviewing for a Science lesson.

It has one of the biggest batteries in its class, with a 5000mAh battery giving you worry-free internet browsing, video streaming, or mobile gaming when you just want to kick back and relax from studying. Despite the massive battery, the phone does not have a fully-fledged battery saving mode unlike the others on this list, so it’s still best to save battery while you’re at school.

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