Homegrown smartphones from the Philippines have increased in popularity over the past several years. Following the footsteps of giants like Apple and Samsung, a number of up and coming domestic smartphone makers have entered the market, tapping into the country’s rapid smartphone growth.
Since LTE is already up and running in the Philippines, many of these manufacturers have taken the opportunity to produce phones that take advantage of this. So let’s take a look at some of the LTE devices available in the Philippines.
Cherry Mobile Ultra
Cherry Mobile has become the fastest growing phonemaker in the Philippines, offering 84 phones in its lineup.
The Cherry Mobile Ultra is the first phone in Cherry’s roster to offer LTE, and it’s probably the company’s best offering so far. The device sports a five-inch 720p HD screen, a 13-megapixel rear and a 5-megapixel front camera, and runs on Android 4.3 and a 1.2 GHz quadcore Qualcomm processor.
Price: PHP8,999 (US$205)
ZTE Grand X Quad
The Philippines is one of the markets where China-based smartphone maker ZTE is looking to deepen its presence in. Last year, it launched a number of smartphones with the goal to lead the domestic smartphone market in three years.
Released last year, the ZTE Grand X is the company’s first LTE device. It has a 5-inch 720p screen, an 8-megapixel rear and a 1.3-megapixel front camera, and runs on Android 4.2 and a 1.2 GHz quadcore processor.
Price: PHP11,990 (US$273)
Nokia Lumia 625
Nokia is working to keep pace with its competitors these days as consumers around the world purchase smartphones. We previously discussed why it’s set to struggle in Asia. Nonetheless, it continues to roll out its Nokia Lumia phones across Asia.
In the Philippines, the Nokia Lumia 625 launched last September, aiming to be the lowest-priced LTE smartphone on the market. However, Nokia was dethroned as soon as Cherry Mobile’s Ultra hit the market.
The Nokia Lumia 625 has a 4.7-inch 480p screen, a 5-megapixel rear and a VGA front camera, and runs on Windows Phone 8 OS and a 1.2 GHz dual-core Qualcomm processor.
Price: PHP13, 200 (US$302)
Huawei Ascend P1
Huawei is one of the Chinese smartphone brands that’s making a huge presence in the country. Since its entry, the company has already offered a variety of products such as smartphones, tablets and wifi dongles. It has also partnered with telcos to bundle its smartphones with postpaid plans and opened a local concept store. One of its newer phones on the market is the Huawei Ascend G6.
The LTE version of the G6 has yet to be released in the Philippines and the Ascend Mate 2 won’t be released in the Philippines ever. But one of its LTE devices that did make its way to the country is the Huawei Ascend P1.
The Huawei Ascend P1 sports a 4.3-inch 540p screen, an 8-megapixel rear and 1.3-megapixel front camera, and runs on Android 4.0 and a 1.5 GHz dual-core processor.
Price: PHP19,890 (US$455)
Samsung Mega 6.3
For the Korean phonemaker, the Samsung Galaxy S5, which just launched in April, is its most advanced LTE smartphone to date. But with a price tag of PHP34,990 (US$797), chances are most consumers would rather consider more affordable models.
For consumers who want to grab a Samsung LTE device at a lower price point, the Samsung Mega is a great option. The Samsung Mega has a 6.3-inch 720p screen, an 8-megapixel rear and 1.9 front camera, and runs on Android 4.2 and a 1.7 GHz dual core processor.
Price: PHP23,990 (US$546)
Lenovo Vibe Z
When it started to release smartphones in the Philippines in 2012, Lenovo’s aim was to conquer five percent of the country’s smartphone market.
The Lenovo Vibe Z has a 5.5-inch 180p screen, a 13-megapixel rear and 5-megapixel camera, and runs on Android 4.3 and a 2.2 GHz quadcore processor.
Price: PHP24,999 (US$572)
Oppo Find 7
Yet another Chinese brand, Oppo, entered the Philippine market in April with the Find 7. Working on the nationwide distribution looks like just the start of its presence in the country. However, compared to other Asian players, Oppo’s smartphone is quite premium (comparable to Samsung’s S5), so it’s not clear if consumers will flock to it. Nonetheless, the company plans to expand its reach in the future by partnering with telcos.
The Find 7 has a 5.5-inch 2k HD screen, 13-megapixel rear and 5-megapixel front camera, and runs on Android 4.3 and a 2.5 GHz quad-core processor.
Price: PHP34,990 (US$801)Editing by Josh Horwitz