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5 Best budget Android phones for gaming

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We all grave for entertainment-capable smartphones, such as a smartphone that can handle the stress of gaming and whatnot. However, if budget is what you worried about, here’s 5 smartphones that just might fit your everyday saving struggles.

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SKK Chronos Ace

The Chronos Ace is a capable performer, despite lacking the maneuverability in specs. However, it does have an Android 6.0 Marshmallow and a 5-inch HD display, which fits in a few people’s criteria for gaming smartphones. The SKK Chronos Ace is a bit new in the market, so you won’t have to worry carrying an older phone. It also has a pretty budget-friendly price tag, which should attract, the budget-weary smartphone gamers. Right now, the SKK Chronos Ace is priced at Php 2,299.

See also SKK Chronos 2016 models price list

SKK Chronos Ace specs, PH price, features

  • Display: 5-inch 720p HD display, 293ppi
  • Chipset: Mediatek MT6580 or Spreadtrum SC7731
  • RAM: 1GB
  • Memory:  8GB internal storage
  • Main camera: 13MP rear shooter
  • Front camera: 5MP selfie camera
  • Connectivity:  3G/HSPA+, WiFi, Bluetooth, GPS
  • OS: Android 6.0 Marshmallow
  • Battery capacity:  2500mAh battery
  • Ports: microUSB
  • Release date: April 2016
  • Official price: Php 2,299 official price from SKK

CloudFone Thrill HD

CloudFone’s Thrill HD, like the Chronos Ace, is a budget-weary 5-incher that is capable of giving off a decent amount of performance. It has 1GB of RAM and an 8GB of ROM to help you store up some games. It’s also microSD card expandable, so if you still have a few bucks in hand for a microSD card, you can get the most of the CloudFone Thrill HD. The CloudFone Thrill HD like the Chronos Ace also has an Android 6.0 Marshmallow on its back, which is beneficial at all cost. The CloudFone Thrill HD is priced at Php 3,000.

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CloudFone Thrill HD specs, PH price, features

  • Display: 5-inch 720p IPS HD display
  • Chipset: MediaTek MT6580 chip
  • RAM: 1GB
  • Memory: 8GB internal storage, microSD card expandable up to 64GB
  • Main camera: 8MP rear shooter
  • Front camera: 2MP selfie shooter
  • Connectivity: 3G HSPA+, WiFi n, BT 4.0, GPS
  • OS: Android 6.0 Marshmallow
  • Battery capacity: 2000mAh battery
  • Ports: microUSB
  • Release date: January 2016
  • Official price: Php 3,000 price through online stores and CloudFone stores nationwide

SKK Chronos Cross

The Chronos Cross is a 6-incher qHD phone that mainly was picked because of its huge screen that many smartphone gamers would appreciate. Like the Chronos Ace, it has 1GB of RAM and 8GB of ROM. It does support microSD card up to 32GB, which can help store up a few more games than usual. Sadly, the SKK Chronos doesn’t run on Android 6.0 Marshmallow, but on a relatively older Android 5.1 Lollipop, nevertheless it’s still a performer, which means that it should be capable of delivering in gaming. The SKK Chronos Cross is priced at Php 3,299.

See also SKK Chronos Cross full review

SKK Chronos Cross specs, PH price, features

  • Display: 6-inch 540p qHD display, 183ppi
  • Chipset: Spreadtrum SC7731 chip
  • RAM: 1GB
  • Memory: 8GB internal storage, microSD up to 32GB
  • Main camera: 8MP rear shooter
  • Front camera: 5MP selfie shooter
  • Connectivity: 3G/HSPA, WiFi, Bluetooth, GPS
  • OS: Android 5.1 Lollipop
  • Battery capacity: 2800mAh removable battery
  • Ports: microUSB
  • Release date: April 2016
  • Official price: Php 3,299 price from SKK

Meizu m3 Note

Meizu’s recently introduced m3 Note might not actually find its way here in the PH market, but it’s still a capable budget phone that it’s a sin to leave it be. It has 2 or 3GB of RAM or 16/32GB of ROM, with microSD card support. It sports a 5.5-inch 1080p FHD display, which smartphone gamers would love. Sadly, it’s only available in the Chinese market, though hopefully, we’ll see it arrive official in the PH market. Pricing of the Meizu m3 Note is at Php 5.7K for the 2GB variant and Php 7.1K for the 3GB variant.

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Meizu m3 Note specs, PH price, features

  • Display: 5.5-inch 1080p FHD display
  • Chipset: MediaTek Helio P10 SoC
  • RAM: 2GB/3GB
  • Memory: 16GB/32GB internal storage, microSD card support (uses 2nd SIM slot)
  • Main camera: 13MP rear shooter
  • Front camera: 5MP selfie shooter
  • Connectivity: 4G LTE, WiFi n, BT 4.0, GPS
  • OS: Android 5.1 Lollipop
  • Battery: 4000mAh battery capacity
  • Ports: microUSB v2.0, USB Host
  • Release Date: April 11th availability in China
  • Official price: $125 or roughly around Php 5.7K for the 2GB variant, $155 or roughly around Php 7.1K for the 3GB variant

Samsung Galaxy J1 (2016)

Samsung’s budget-weary J-series has been known for delivering in quality, despite the price, so having the Galaxy J1 2016 in hand for gaming will give you a pretty decent experience all-in-all. The Samsung Galaxy J1 2016 packs 1GB of RAM and 8GB of internal storage. It also has microSD card support to back up your gaming needs. It has a decent 2050mAh battery, which is actually more capable than what it looks like on paper. The Samsung Galaxy J1 2016 is priced at Php 5-7K.

Samsung Galaxy J1 (2016) specs, PH price, features

  • Display: 4.5-inch Super AMOLED, 400 x 800 pixels, 198 ppi
  • Chipset: Exynos 3475 chip
  • RAM: 1GB
  • Memory: 8GB internal storage, microSD up to 128GB
  • Main camera: 5MP main sensor
  • Front camera: 0.3MP VGA front-facing selfie
  • Connectivity: WiFi n, Bluetooth 4.0, GPS, GLONASS
  • OS: Android 5.1 Lollipop
  • Battery capacity: 2050mAh battery
  • Ports: microUSB v2.0
  • Release date: February 2016
  • Official price: Around Php 5,000 to Php 7,000

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