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The 5 best gaming smartphones for PUBG Mobile under PHP15K!

25 June 2018 | Reymart Jan Sarigumba

To play PUBG and other graphically-intensive games, you don’t have to fork over lots of cash for gaming-centric devices like the Razer Phone or the upcoming ROG Phone. Affordable phones with decent specifications like what we’ve listed down here can get the job done.

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PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds (PUBG) has been a phenomenal success since it first launched last year. Among the reasons why this battle royale game has become so popular include its adrenaline-boosting gameplay and multiplayer feature. It is currently doing well on the Top Free Apps charts on both App Store and Google Play in the Philippines and is becoming increasingly popular by the minute. Soon, it will join the ranks of Mobile Legends, Clash of Clans, Candy Crush Saga, and those other household names in the Filipino mobile gaming scene.

If you are itching to play PUBG but don’t have a good device, worry not because there are affordable alternatives already available in the market. The mobile phones in this list will at least come equipped with decent processors that can run most Android games, have batteries over 3000mAh, and have price points under 15K.

Xiaomi Redmi 5 Plus – PHP 10,559

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It’s no surprise that this mobile phone is on this list, as it comes with impressive specifications which are suited for gaming. These include a Snapdragon 625 chip, 4GB of RAM, and more importantly, a whopping 4,000mAh battery capacity. The Xiaomi Redmi 5 Plus will not only be able to handle PUBG but also most games that are available on Google Play Store without any problems.

Xiaomi Redmi 5 Plus Specifications
Display 5.99 inches (2160x1080p)
Processor 2.0 GHz, Octa
Operating System Android 7.1.2 Nougat
RAM and Storage 4GB | 64GB
Primary Camera 12MP
Front Camera 5MP
Battery 4000mAh
Chipset Snapdragon 625
Colors Black, Gold, Blue, Rose Gold

Huawei Honor 6X – PHP 11,040

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At PHP 11,040, the Huawei Honor 6X is pretty easy on the wallet. It is equipped with a 4GB of RAM and 64GB internal storage, ensuring that your games will run properly without hiccups, at the same time giving you enough space to download plenty of Android games.

Huawei Honor 6X Specifications
Display 5.5 inches (1080x1920p)
Processor 2.1GHz and 1.7GHz, Octa
Operating System Android 6.0 Marshmallow, upgradable to 7.0 Nougat
RAM and Storage 4GB/3GB | 64GB/32GB
Primary Camera dual 12MP+2MP
Front Camera 8MP
Battery 3340mAh
Chipset Kirin 655
Colors Gray, Gold, Silver
Huawei Honor Play ₱ 15,990.00 Honor Play is powered by 2.36GHz octa-core (4x2.36GHz + 4x1.8GHz) processor and it comes with 4GB of Ram. The phone packs 64Gb of internal storage that can be expanded up to 256Gb via a microSD card. As far as the cameras are concerned, the Honor Play packs a 16-megapixel (f/2.2) + 2-megapixel (f/2.4) primary camera on the rear and a 16-megapixel front shooter for selfies. It is powered by a 3750mAh. It measures 157.91 x 74.27 x 7.48 (height x width x thickness) and weighs 176.00 grams. The Honor Play is a dual SIM (Gsm and Gsm) smartphone that accepts Nano-SIM and Nano-SIM. Connectivity options include Wi-Fi, Gps, Bluetooth, USB Type-C, 3G and 4G. Sensors on the phone include Face unlock, 3D face recognition, Fingerprint sensor, Compass/ Magnetometer, Proximity sensor, Accelerometer, Ambient light sensor and Gyroscope. Network: GSM/CDMA/HSPA/LTE Dimensions: 157.9 x 74.3 x 7.5 mm (6.22 x 2.93 x 0.30 in) Weight: 165 g SIM: Hybrid Dual SIM (Nano-SIM, dual stand-by) Display Type: IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors Display Size: 6.3 inches, 97.4 cm 2 (~83.0% screen-to-body ratio) Resolution: 1080 x 2340 pixels, 19.5:9 ratio (~409 ppi density) OS: Android 8.1 (Oreo) Memory Card slot: microSD, up to 256 GB (uses SIM 2 slot) Ram: 4/6 GB RAM Internal: 64 GB Primary Camera: 16 MP, 2 MP, f/2.2, Pdaf Camera Features: LED flash, Hdr, panorama Secondary Camera:16 MP, f/2.0, 1.0µm Sensors: Fingerprint (rear-mounted), accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass Battery: Non-removable Li-Po 3750 mAh battery

Moto G5 Plus – PHP 11,491

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The Moto G5 Plus is perfect for those who want a decent gaming device on a tight budget. You will get a surprisingly good 5.2-inch Full HD display, 4GB RAM, and 3000mAh battery capacity. Unlike any other budget phones, Huawei didn’t skimp out on the build quality either. The Moto G5 Plus sports a sturdy aluminum body that is topped with a glass panel on the front, making it no longer feel like a budget device.

Moto G5 Plus Specifications
Display 5.2 inches (1920x1080p)
Processor 2.0 GHz, Octa
Operating System Android 7.0 Nougat, upgradable to Android 8.0 Oreo
RAM and Storage 2GB/4GB | 32GB/64GB
Primary Camera 12MP
Front Camera 5MP
Battery 3000mAh
Chipset Snapdragon 625
Colors Lunar Grey, Fine Gold
Motorola Moto G6 ₱ 14,532.00 Envision The PossibilitiesMeet moto g⁶. With a 5.7" Full HD+ Max Vision display, advanced imaging software, and a long-lasting battery,* it’s impressive any way you look at it. More Screen, Less BezelWith a new edge-to-edge Full HD+ Max Vision display, nothing stands between you and your favorite content. Immerse yourself in games and movies with an ultra-wide 18:9 aspect ratio. And with integrated Dolby Audio™ preset modes, your favorite content always sounds its best. Power PlayGet through a full day on a single charge with a 3000 mAh battery. When it’s time to power up, don’t slow down. The included turbopower™ charger gives you hours of battery life in just minutes of charging. Studio-quality Portraits, And Then SomeUnleash your inner shutterbug with dual rear cameras and advanced photo software. Shoot timelapse video. Take wide-angle selfies with fun face filters on the 8 MP front camera. Plus, use the smart camera system to learn more about objects and landmarks around you. Faster Streaming, Less LagEnjoy your favorite apps, games, and videos without lags and interruptions on a blazing-fast Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ 1.8 GHz octa-core processor. With powerful graphics capabilities and 4G speed, you don’t have to sacrifice video quality for a faster load time. Sleek And Sturdymoto g⁶ is completely wrapped in scratch-resistant Corning® Gorilla® Glass with a 3D contoured back for a comfortable grip. Make A SplashA water-repellent coating helps protect the phone from accidental splashes or light rain. Engineered For Your Lifemoto g⁶ is built to help you access features and content quickly, easily, and securely, so you can have more peace of mind.

Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 Pro – PHP 10,500

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The Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 Pro is a pretty capable device for running games like PUBG. It’s packed with a Snapdragon 650 chip with 6 cores clocked at 1.8GHz, a 4000mAh battery capacity, and a 5.5-inch Full HD display for a superb gaming experience.

Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 Pro Specifications
Display 5.5 inches (1920x1080p)
Processor 1.8 GHz, Hexa
Operating System Android 5.1.1 Lollipop
RAM and Storage 2GB/3GB | 16GB/32GB
Primary Camera 16MP
Front Camera 5MP
Battery 4000mAh
Chipset Snapdragon 650
Colors Dark Grey, Silver and Champagne Gold

ZTE Blade V8 Pro – PHP 11,348

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Those on a budget will adore what this phone has to offer. The ZTE Blade V8 Pro has an octa-core Snapdragon 625 processor, Adreno 506 GPU, and 3GB of RAM – specs that deliver enough power to run PUBG and other graphics-intensive mobile games.

ZTE Blade V8 Pro Specifications
Display 5.5 inches (1920x1080p)
Processor 2.0 GHz, Octa
Operating System Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow
RAM and Storage 3GB | 32GB
Primary Camera dual 13MP+13MP
Front Camera 8MP
Battery 3140mAh
Chipset Snapdragon 625
Colors Black

There are definitely more devices in the market that can run PUBG, as the game only requires smartphones with Android 5.1.1 or newer and 2GB of RAM or more. But if you want to save yourself the hassle of searching for a decent gaming phone, then it’s wise to choose any of the devices we mentioned in this list.

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