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LTE connectivity is now becoming a standard in every smartphone's feature set; and most of our local manufacturers are trying to take on the LTE market by occasionally releasing affordable handsets with 4G speeds. Even though the Philippine smartphone market has been penetrated by international brands offering cheap LTE devices like Lenovo and Xiaomi, some of our local players still manage to spawn handsets that are worthy of our attention. Here’s our list of the locally-branded Top 5 Cheapest LTE smartphones below Php 9,000.

Top 5 Cheapest LTE Smartphones in the Philippines


5. Cherry Mobile Ultra

The Ultra is one of the popular LTE handsets in the local market. It packs the slightly outdated Snapdragon 400 with quad-core CPU. The device boasts a 5-inch HD display, 1GB of RAM and 2000 mAh battery.

5-inch HD IPS display with 1280×720 pixels at 293ppi
Snapdragon 400 MSM8926
1.2 gigahertz quad-core processor
Adreno 305 GPU
1GB RAM
8GB internal memory, up to 32GB via microSD
13MP BSI rear camera, LED flash
1080p video recording @30fps
2MP front-facing camera
LTE, HSPA
WiFi 802.11 b/g/n, DLNA,
Wi-Fi Hotspot
Bluetooth 4.0 LE
FM Radio
GPS w/ A-GPS, GLONASS
Single SIM (Full-size)
Android 4.3 Jellybean
2,000 mAh battery

4. Cherry Mobile Cosmos Force

Cosmos Force is one of the additions of the local smartphone leader in their roster of devices. The Cosmos Force ticks with the Snapdragon 410 chipset comprised of quad-core CPU and 1GB of RAM. Aside from the blazing fast LTE, this handset also has several key features like the 18-megapixel rear camera with BSI and 2600 mAh battery. It’s also Android Lollipop ready for update. The handset is priced at Php 6,999.

Top 5 Cheapest LTE Smartphones in the Philippines

5.26-inch HD IPS display with 720 x 1280 pixels with 279 ppi
DragonTrail Glass
Qualcomm Snapdragon 410 MSM8916 SoC
1.2GHz quad-core 64-bit Cortex-A53 CPU
Adreno 306 GPU
1GB RAM
16GB built-in memory
18MP AF rear camera with BSI and LED Flash
8MP front Camera with BSI
Dual SIM (Micro + Micro)
4G LTE, 3G HSPA+, 2G EDGE and GPRS Networks
Wi-Fi and Wi-Fi Hotspot
Bluetooth 4.0
GPS with A-GPS and GLONASS
FM Radio
USB OTG Support
3.5mm Audio Jack
Gyroscope
Accelerometer, Proximity
Ambient Light Sensor
Android 4.4 KitKat
2,500 mAh non-removable battery
Php 6,999

3. Torque Droidz Punch LTE

Fresh from the newsstands, the Droidz Punch LTE packs a 5-inch display with 1280 x 720 pixels. The Snapdragon 410 chipset is the one responsible in driving LTE speeds into this device. This handset is just priced at Php 6,399.

Top 5 Cheapest LTE Smartphones in the Philippines

5-inch HD IPS display with 720 x 1280 pixels at 294 ppi
Qualcomm MSM8916 Snapdragon 410 SoC
1.4-gigahertz quad-core ARM Cortex-A53 CPU
Adreno 306 GPU
1GB RAM
8MP AF rear camera, LED Flash
5MP front camera
8GB built-in memory
MicroSD slot
4G LTE, 3G, 2G
Dual SIM, Dual Standby
Wi-Fi b/g/n
Bluetooth 4.0
GPS, A-GPS, GLONASS
MicroUSB 2.0
3.5mm headphone jack
FM Radio
Accelerometer, Proximity
Ambient Light Sensor
Android 4.4 KitKat
2500 mAh battery

2. MyPhone Rio LTE

Being under the wing of the insanely popular Rio smartphone line, the MyPhone Rio LTE became one of the best selling local LTE handsets to date. This “faster than you think” handset frames a 4.5-inch display with 8-megpixel rear shooter. It is powered by MediaTek MT6582M processor with quad-core CPU. Currently, the Rio LTE is just priced at Php 5,499.

Top 5 Cheapest LTE Smartphones in the Philippines


4.5-inch IPS display with 854 x 480 pixels at 218 ppi
MediaTek MT6582M SoC
1.3-gigahertz quad-core CPU
ARM Mali-400 MP2 GPU
8MP rear camera
2MP front camera
1GB RAM
4GB built-in memory,
MicroSD, up to 32GB
4G LTE, 3G HSPA+
Wi-Fi b/g/n
Bluetooth
GPS
FM Radio
MicroUSB
3.5mm Audio Jack
Accelerometer, Proximity
Ambient Light Sensor
Single SIM only
Android 4.4.2 Kitkat OS
1,700 mAh Battery

1. Cloudfone GEO 400LTE

Cloudfone is known for having powerful smartphones with big amount of battery rating. This time, it joins the LTE bandwagon with its GEO line. It has 2 devices on tow, the GEO 400LTE and the GEO 400LTE+. The latter has 1GB of RAM but is not yet officially released. The standard GEO 400LTE is presently being sold in Lazada at Php 4,299.


Top 5 Cheapest LTE Smartphones in the Philippines

4-inch display
1.2GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon processor
512MB of RAM
4GB of internal storage
5MP rear camera with Autofocus and LED flash
2MP front camera
Dual SIM, Dual Standby
4G/LTE, 3G/HSPA+
WiFi and WiFi Hotspot
Bluetooth 4.0
GPS with A-GPS
FM Radio
MicroUSB
3.5mm Audio Jack
Android 4.4 (KitKat)
3000 mAh battery
Php 4,299 in Lazada


Related: CloudFone drops GEO 400LTE and GEO 400LTE+

Wildcards: Updated June 14

We are trying to keep this article to a list of five but we couldn’t help add these to LTE phones in this catalogue. The handsets pack powerful hardware with, of course, LTE connectivity. Check out and see for yourselves if these should be included in our list.

Cherry Mobile Cosmos Two

Cherry Mobile released the Cosmos Two handset which is by far the best-designed local LTE handset to date. It comes from the premium-line of devices from the local company but the Cosmos Two's asking price is very affordable compared to its brethren.


5-inch On-Cell Lamination HD display with 720 x 1280 pixels at 320 ppi
MediaTek MT6732 SoC
1.5GHz quad-core 64-bit Cortex-A53 CPU
Mali T760 GPU
1GB RAM
8GB built-in memory
Up to 64GB via microSD card
14MP rear camera with BSI and LED Flash
5MP front camera
Dual SIM/ Dual Standby
4G LTE, 3G HSPA+, 2G
Wi-Fi and Wi-Fi Hotspot
Bluetooth 4.0
GPS with A-GPS and GLONASS
FM Radio
USB OTG Support
3.5mm Audio Jack
Gyroscope
Accelerometer, Proximity
Ambient Light Sensor
USD OTG
Android 4.4 KitKat
2,100 mAh battery
Php 5499

Firefly Mobile Allure 64 LTE

Firefly has been one of the aggressive players in the local scene this year. Currently it has spawn several value-for-money phones including the Allure 64 LTE.


5.5-Inch TRU HD IPS OGS Display, 1280x720 at 267ppi
- Scratch Resistant, Corning Gorilla Glass 3
MediaTek MT6752 Chipset
1.7GHz Octa-core 64-bit ARM Cortex-A53 CPU
Mali-T760MP2 GPU
3GB RAM
16GB Internal Storage
MicroSD support, up to 64GB
13MP rear camera, Autofocus, Sony BSI Sensor & LED Flash
8MP front camera with OmniVision Sensor & LED Flash
Dual SIM (Regular+Micro)
4G LTE (FDD-LTE), 3G HSPA+
Wi-Fi and Wi-Fi Hotspot
Bluetooth 4.0
A-GPS with GLONASS
USB OTG
Micro USB 2.0
FM Radio
3.5mm Audio Jack
Fingerprint Sensor
Android v5.1 (Lollipop)
2,900mAh Li-ion battery
QuickCharge Support
158.1 x 77.4 x 8.60mm, 160g
Php7,999
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