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FHM Picks: 5 Locally-Available Smartphones You Should Check Out Right Now

Out of a huge sea of metal, glass, and plastic, these bad boys stand out.
by Neps Firmalan | Jun 4, 2015
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Smartphones are as ubiquitous as pimples on a teenager's oily face today. Each and every year, these miniature gadget powerhouses arrive in droves with the end goal of satisfying our need to get in touch, and show others that we're living the life (read: Instagram all the things!).

2015 is no different. And since we're now approaching the middle of the year (where did the time go?), we can safely say that, for those who are in the hunt for a new handset, you won't run out of choices. A lot of smartphones have been launched locally in the past few months which means there's one for everyone.

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However, here lies a small dilemma: finding "the one." Presented with tons of choices and factors that affect purchase (e.g. budget, user preference, specs), choosing which to burn your hard-earned cash on can be a confusing affair.

If you're in the market though, don't fret! We decided to do you a solid by listing down five smartphones that we think are, at the very least, worthy of your all-important consideration, based on stuff like SRPs, hardware, and what makes 'em special.

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Check them out below!


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Budget target: For those who can't afford to burn hefty amounts of cash or suck at saving.

In a nutshell: One of Xiaomi's most affordable smartphones, the Redmi 2 packs a bit of hardware power and full wireless connectivity minus the heavy price tag.

X-factor: Aside from its budget-friendly SRP, the Redmi 2 is an HD handset with 4G LTE connectivity. Not many sub-P6,000 phones can claim such.

Hardware highlights: 4.7-inch HD touchscreen, quad-core CPU, 1GB RAM, 8GB internal storage (expandable via microSD), 8-megapixel main camera (2-megapixel secondary), Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, 3G, 4G

LENOVO A7000 (P7,390)

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Budget target: For those willing to go a bit beyond the P5,000 mark in exchange for a few upgrades.

In a nutshell: A phablet with an impressive array of hardware, the A7000 has the specs that actually make it deserving of a higher asking price (but we're cool with it, Lenovo!).

X-factor: Two words: eight cores. Yep, the A7000 is a legit octa-core phone. Oh, it's 4G-ready, too!

Hardware highlights: 5.5-inch HD touchscreen, 1.5GHz octa-core processor, 2GB RAM, 8GB internal storage (expandable via microSD), 8-megapixel main camera (5-megapixel secondary), Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, 3G, 4G, dual-SIM

ASUS ZENFONE 2 ZE551ML 2.3GHz version (P13,995)

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Budget target: For those who are willing to spend more...but not too much.

In a nutshell: Based on the number of articles and posts made for a single handset, the ZenFone 2 is the current "pop kid" of the local smartphone bunch. The thing is, its popularity is justified. Here's a device that looks premium, feels great (watch out for our full review!), and boasts the kind of specs you'd expect from something worth much, much more.

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X-factor: This right here is the world's first smartphone with 4GBs of memory. Not enough? It also has a quad-core Intel Atom processor. Combine the two and you've got a device that delivers super fast performance, the kind that rivals those of flagships that cost twice as much or even more.

Hardware highlights: 5.5-inch Full-HD touchscreen, 2.3GHz Intel Atom processor, 4GB RAM, 32GB internal storage (expandable via microSD), 13-megapixel main camera (5-megapixel secondary), Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, 3G, 4G, Android Lollipop


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For those looking to go (almost) all the way, price-wise.

In a nutshell: A stunning spawn of mobile gadgetry, the Galaxy A7 is the shiny union of top-notch aesthetics and hardware. Its looks alone can sway you into at least checking it out—that's how nice it looks.

X-factor: The Galaxy A7 is currently the slimmest smartphone in Sammy's overflowing brood. At 6.3 millimeters thick, it's even thinner than the iPhone 6. Don't be fooled though, this one also scores highly in the specs department.

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Hardware highlights: 5.5-inch Full-HD touchscreen, octa-core processor, 2GB RAM, 16GB internal storage (expandable via microSD), 12-megapixel main camera (5-megapixel secondary), Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, 3G, 4G

LG G4 (STARTS AT P31,990)

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Budget target: For those who think money's not an issue as long as they get max satisfaction.

In a nutshell: The leather-clad G4 is certainly one of the most well-endowed handsets anywhere on the planet today. It has some of the best hardware known to man, and uses it to deliver the kind of power and performance worthy of the big bucks. This is a monster right here.

X-factor: For the fashion-minded: Genuine leather. For the hardcore user: six processor cores. Check out our list of its awesome features here.

Hardware highlights: 5.5-inch Quad-HD touchscreen, hexa-core processor, 3GB RAM, 32GB (expandable via microSD), 16-megapixel main camera (8-megapixel secondary), Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, 3G, 4G, Android Lollipop

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