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Five Smartphones That are Great Picks For Christmas


Christmas is the season of giving and sharing, so technically giving and sharing should be appreciated this yuletide season, however, we can’t all appreciate the stuff that we receive for christmas (trust us, you might say its okay to receive a sock for christmas, but deep down your disappointed). So, we figured to list down a few excellent smartphone picks for christmas times. Remember, we listed these device, base on their price, overall features and the worthwhile specs you get, when purchasing one.

LG Nexus 5X

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The Nexus 5X is a very new addition to the Nexus family. The simple yet very functional Nexus 5X has its obvious ups and downs in terms of performance, however, its by far one of the better picks right now in the market for a christmas gift or simply a self flattery christmas gift for a year of great work (talk about weird, giving a gift for yourself). The Nexus 5X’s 5.2-inch FHD display and excellent 12MP rear shooter and 5MP selfie shooter is very impressive, despite being a bit more in the budget side. And a quick note, the Nexus 5X shoots 4K UHD videos, what more can you ask for? A not so costly device, with excellent shooting and fair performance capabilities? Obviously, LG Nexus 5X is one great pick for a holiday gift, hands down. The Nexus 5X is currently available through online stores here in the country and should be around Php 18K.

See also: LG Nexus 5X VS Samsung Galaxy A7 Comparison, Camera Review, Benchmarks

Specs/PH price

LG Nexus 5X specs, PH price, features

Display5.2-inch 1080p FHD display, 424ppi
Size7.9mm thickness, 136g weight
ColorCarbon, Quartz, Ice
ProtectionCornings Gorilla Glass 3, oleophobic coating
ChipQualcomm Snapdragon 808 hexa-core
GraphicsAdreno 418 GPU
ProcessorDual-core 1.82GHz Cortex A57, Quad-core 1.44GHz Cortex 153
Memory2GB Of RAM, 16/32GB internal storage, no microSD card slot
Main Shooter12MP rear shooter, Laser Autofocus, dual-LED flash (dual tone)
Multimedia4K UHD video, HDR
Front facing shooter5MP front camera
Connectivity4G LTE cat 6,WiFi ac, Bt 4.2, GPS, GLONASS, NFC USB Type-C
OSAndroid 6.0 Marshmallow
Software featuresStock Android
Battery Capacity2700mah (non-removable)
Ports and chargingUSB type-c
Released dateNovember
Official price$379 US on 16GB (no official price in the Philippines, est. P18k pesos)
Where to buyHotgadgets, LG Philippine stores


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The LG G4 has been widely acclaimed throughout 2015 and is even considered, one of the smartphone camera shooters in one point in time. However, despite the G4 losing out its camera glory days to the Xperia Z5 trio, the LG G4, nevertheless is considered to be a top notch handset that is expected to deliver great performance and shooting capabilities, a phone that truly deserves its space on your holiday gift list. The 5.5-inch 1440p QHD display is really something to look at, while the 16MP rear shooter, powered by OIS and laser autofocus is a very effective combination in shooting. Overall the G4 is a beastly handset to giveaway or to keep for yourself this christmas. Its available now in LG stores, with certain online stores offering it for Php 19,498.

See also: Sony Xperia Z5 vs LG G4, iPhone 6s, Galaxy Note 5 Camera Comparison!

Specs/ PH price

LG G4 specs, PH price, features

Display5.5-inch IPS 1440p LCD display, 538ppi
Size6.3mm -9.8mm thickness, 155g weight
ColorGrey, white, gold, leather black, leather brown, leather red
ProtectionGorilla Glass 3, curved body, leather stitch back cover
ChipQualcomm Snapdragon 808 chip
GraphicsAdreno 418 GPU
ProcessorQuad-core 1.44GHz Cortex-A53 & dual-core 1.82GHz Cortex-A57
Memory3GB of RAM, 32GB of internal storage, microSD card up to 128GB
Main Shooter16MP rear shooter, laser autofocus, OIS feature, LED flash
Multimedia4K UHD video
Front facing shooter8MP selfie shooter, 1080p video
ConnectivityDual SIM, 4G LTE cat 6, WiFi ac, Bt 4.1, FM Radio, GPS, Wireless charging, Infrared for remote
OSAndroid 5.1 Lollipop
Software featuresLG Optimus UX 4.0 UI
Battery Capacity3000mAh battery
Ports and chargingmicroUSB 2.0 (SlimPort 4K), USB Host, Wireless charging
Released dateApril
Official pricePrice at Php 19,498 for the leather red variant in lazada PH , as of October 19 2015
Where to buyLazada and other online stores, LG stores

Sony Xperia C5 Ultra

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If you’re taking about size, then the C5 Ultra is also a pretty nice pick. The huge 6-incher Sony midranger is pretty good at its own right and has been part of many review comparisons in our book. We had a pretty good time with the C5 Ultra and still do, so take it from us, the Xperia C5 Ultra has its limits, but it does dish out some decent works in its pocket. One thing to take note is its dual paired sensors, the 13MP rear and selfie shooter that should deliver some great camera performance. Currently, the C5 Ultra is priced at Php 19,190 on Sony PH stores nationwide, though they are also available on online stores.

See also: Sony Xperia C5 Ultra VS LG Nexus 5X Comparison, Camera Review, Benchmarks

Specs/PH price

Sony Xperia C5 Ultra dual specs, PH price, features

Display6-inch 1080p IPS LCD display BraviaEngine 2, 367ppi
Size8.2mm thickness, 187g weight
VariantBlack, white, mint
ProtectionScratch-resistant glass
ChipMediaTek 6752 octacore chipset
Processor8 x 1.7GHz Cortex-A53 processor
Memory2GB of RAM, 16GB of internal storage, microSD card up to 128GB
Main camera13MP rear shooter, AF, LED flash
Multimedia1080p FHD video, HDR
Front facing camera13MP selfie shooter, 1080p video, LED flash
Ports and chargingmicroUSB v2.0, MHL
OSAndroid 5.0 to be updated to Android 6.0 Marshmallow
Software featuresXperia UI (close to stock Android experience)
ConnectivityWiFi a, BT 4.1, GPS, NFC, dual-SIM 4G LTE, FM Radio
Battery capacity2950mAh battery
Release dateSeptember
Official pricePhp 19,190 from Sony PH| bought device from onestoptech
Where to buyOnline stores like lazada, onestoptech and official retailers, Sony PH store

Xiaomi Redmi Note 3

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The recently released Redmi Note 3 is really a massive addition to the market’s ever growing brands of smartphone. A budget-wise 5.5-incher by heart, the Redmi Note 3 packs a few decent arsenal in its bags of tricks that can make anyones holiday a merry one. The latter carries a 13MP rear shooter, with phase detection feature and a 5MP selfie shooter. It holds a pretty decent 4000mAh battery capacity and is truly a must-have for christmas. Want one? The Redmi Note 3 is currently available through Widget City for Php 10,500.

See also: Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 Unboxing, Hands-on, First impressions

Specs/ PH price

Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 specs, PH price, features

Display5.5-inch IPS 1080p LCD FHD display, 403ppi
Size8.7mm thickness, 164g weight
ProtectionScratch resistant glass
ColourSilver, gray, gold
ChipMediatek MT 6795 Helio x10 chipset
ProcessorAn octa-core processor
GraphicsPowerVR G6200 GPU
Memory16 or 32GB of ROM, 2 or 3GB of RAM, no microSD card
Main camera13MP rear shooter, phase detection feature, dual- LED (dual-tone flash)
Multimedia1080p video shooter
Front facing camera5MP selfie shooter, 1080p video
ConnectivityLTE, WiFI ac, BT 4.1, GPS, GLONASS BDS, FM Radio
OSAndroid 5.1 Lollipop
Software featuresMIUI 7.0
Battery capacity4000mAh battery
Ports and chargingmicroUSB v2.0, USB On-The-Go, Fast battery charging
Release dateNovember, 2015
Official pricePhp 10, 500 price on Online stores
Where to buyXiaomi stores and online stores

Asus Zenfone Max 


The yet to be launched Asus Zenfone Max is looking very fine and to be honest, its one of those must watch this christmas. It is expected to be launched sooner this December and might still make it in your holiday list and trust us, is gonna be worth that little space in your list. The 5.5-incher 720p HD display might not be something new to some people, but the pride and joy of the Zenfone Max lies on its battery. The 5000mAh battery capacity of the Zenfone Max is truly something to look and it promises you a prolonged christmas moment with the Zenfone Max. If you’re looking to have a phone that can keep up with the busy bodies of Christmas hype, then the Zenfone Max is a pretty neat pick. The official price of the Zenfone Max is yet to be announced, our best guesstimate is around Php 10-11K.

See also: Asus Zenfone Max VS Lenovo K80 and P1 Specs Comparison: The Battery Battle

Specs/ PH price

Asus Zenfone Max specs, PH price, features

Display5.5-inch 720p HD IPS display, 267ppi
Size10.55mm thick, 205g weight (with sealed battery)
DesignGorilla Glass 4, faux leather
ColorsBlack, White
ChipsetSnapdragon 410 chip 64-bit
Processor4×1.2GHz Cortex
GraphicsAdreno 306 graphics
Memory16GB internal, microSD card up to 64GB
Main Camera13MP AF, laser focus, LED flash
Multimedia1080p video, HDR
Front camera5MP, 720p video
ConnectivityWiFi n, Bt 4.0, GPS, NFC, dual SIM 4G LTE
OSAndroid 5.0 Lollipop
Software featuresZen UI
Battery5000mAh battery, non-swappable, non-replaceable
PortsmicroUSB 2.0
Official PriceNo official pricing yet, Guesstimate P10k-11k pesos
Availability date2015 December
Where to buyAsus Philippines

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