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List of Budget Phones with Face Unlock feature

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This year, 2018, more and more midrange phones have started to appear. However, unlike the usual mid-range phones in the past, they sport high-end specs or features but are still sold at an affordable price.

For example, the Face Unlock feature used to be only available to flagship phones. But companies were able to find a way to bring this feature to budget phones. Some handsets even skipped the fingerprint scanner to give way to the Face Unlock feature.

OPPO F5

The OPPO F5 is part of the OPPO’s Selfie Expert series. It was released here in the Philippines last year at the month of November at the price of Php 15,990.

SPECSOppo F5
Display6″ 1080 x 2160 LTPS IPS LCD (~402 ppi)
Size156.5 x 76 x 7.5 mm, 152g
DesignCombination of Plastic back and Metal frame
ColorsBlack, Red, Gold
ChipsetMediatek MT6763T Helio P23
ProcessorOcta-core 2.5GHz Octa Core Cortex-A53
GraphicsMali-G71 MP2
Rear Camera16 MP, f/1.8, phase detection autofocus, LED flash, 1080p@30
Front Camera20 MP, f/2.0, 1/2.8″, 1080p@30
Memory64 GB, 6 GB RAM or 32 GB, 4 GB RAM, <256GB microSD
ConnectivityGSM/HSPA/LTE
WiFi ac, Bt 4.2, A2DP, LE, A-GPS,
OSAndroid 7.1
SoftwareColorOS 3.2
BatteryNon-removable 3200 mAh Li-Ion battery
Official PricePhP 15,990

OPPO F5 Youth

The OPPO F5 Youth is a more affordable version of the OPPO F5. It was released shortly after the OPPO F5 last year with a price of Php 13,990.

SPECSOppo F5
Display6″ 1080 x 2160 IPS LCD (~402 ppi)
Size156.5 x 76 x 7.5 mm, 152g
DesignCombination of Plastic back and Metal frame
ColorsBlack, Red, Gold
ChipsetMediatek MT6763V/CT
ProcessorOcta-core 2.5 GHz Cortex-A53
GraphicsMali-G71 MP2
Rear Camera13MP with f/2.0 aperture with LED flash
Front Camera16MP with AI Beauty Mode
Memory4 GB RAM, 32 GB of expandable up to 256 GB
ConnectivityGSM/HSPA/LTE
WiFi ac, Bt 4.2, A2DP, LE, A-GPS,
OSAndroid 7.1
SoftwareColorOS 3.2
BatteryNon-removable 3200 mAh Li-Ion battery
Official PricePhP 13,990

Vivo V9

The Vivo V9 launched here in the Philippines this March 2018 at the price of Php 17,990.

SPECSVivo V9
Display6.3″ 1080×2280, IPS Capacitive Touchscreen, 2.5D Curved Glass planes
Size154.81 x 75.03 x 7.89mm
Weight150g
ColorsPearl Black, Gold
ChipsetSnapdragon 626
ProcessorOcta-core 2.2 GHz Cortex-A53
GraphicsAdreno 506
Rear Camera16MP + 5MP (f2.0)
Front Camera24MP f/2.0
Memory4GB RAM/64GB internal storage, up to 256GB via dedicated microSD card slot
ConnectivityUSB 2.0, WiFi, Bluetooth 4.2, GPS, OTG, FM
OSAndroid 8.1
SoftwareFuntouch OS 4.0
Battery3,260mAh battery
Official PricePhp 17,990

Vivo V9 Youth

The Vivo V9 Youth is a more affordable version of the Vivo V9. This was announced this April 2018 though it hasn’t arrived in the Philippines yet.

SPECSVivo V9 Youth
Display6.3″ IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen
Size154.8 x 75.1 x 7.9 mm, 150g
Weight150g
ColorsChampagne Gold, Pearl Black, Red
ChipsetSnapdragon 450
ProcessorOcta-core 1.8 GHz Cortex-A53
GraphicsAdreno 506
Rear CameraDual: 16 MP + 2 MP, phase detection autofocus, dual-LED flash
Front Camera16 MP, f/2.0, 1080p
Memory32 GB, 4 GB RAM, <256GB microSD
ConnectivityWi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n, Wi-Fi Direct, hotspot, Bluetooth 4.2, A-GPS, GLONASS, BDS, microUSB 2.0, USB On-The-Go
OSAndroid 8.1 (Oreo)
SoftwareFuntouch OS 4.0
BatteryNon-removable Li-Ion 3260 mAh battery
Official PriceINR 18,990 (approx. PHP 15,000)

Huawei Nova 2i

At first, the Face Unlock feature was not available for the Huawei Nova 2i. It only became available on the smartphone after its update at around February this year.

SPECSHuawei Nova 2i
Display[2160×1080]
5.9″ IPS LCD, ~409ppi
Size156.2 x 75 x 7.5 mm, 164g
DesignMetal frame
ColorsBlack, Blue, Gold
ChipsetHiSilicon Kirin 659
ProcessorOcta-core (4×2.36 GHz Cortex-A53 & 4×1.7 GHz Cortex-A53)
GraphicsMali T830MP2
Rear CameraDual 16 MP + 2 MP, phase detection autofocus, LED flash, 1080p@30
Front CameraDual 13 MP, f/2.0 + 2 MP, 1080p@30
Memory4GB RAM, 64GB internal, <256GB microSD
ConnectivityGSM/HSPA/LTE
WiFi ac, Bt 4.2, A2DP, LE, A-GPS, GLONASS, NFC
OSAndroid 7.1
SoftwareEMUI 5.1
BatteryNon-removable 3340mAh Li-Ion battery
Official PricePhP 14,990

Huawei Nova 2 Lite

Because of the users’ hype on the Huawei Nova 2i, Huawei decided to make a more affordable version of it, the Huawei Nova 2 Lite. The smartphone was released in the Philippines this March 2018.

SPECSHuawei Nova 2 Lite
Display5.99-inch HD+ IPS 18:9 Display, 1440 x 720 pixel resolution
Size158.3×76.7×7.8mm
ChipsetSnapdragon 430 processor
CPU1.4GHz Octa Core Cortex-A53
ChipsetHiSilicon Kirin 970
GPUAdreno 505
Memory3 GB RAM, 32 GB
(expandable up to 256GB)
ConnectivityLTE, 802.11n, BT 4.2, GPS, microUSB 2.0, USB On-The-Go, 3.5mm audio jack
Front Camera8MP f/2.0 aperture, Soft LED flash, Beautification mode
Rear Camera13+2 megapixel, PDAF and LED flash
BatteryNon-removable Li-Ion 3,000mAh battery
Official PricePhP 9,990

Huawei P20 Lite (Huawei Nova 3e)

The Huawei P20 lite is the mid-range phone in the Huawei P20 series. This device was released to the Philippines this April 2018.

SPECSHuawei P20 Lite
Display5.84-inches LTPS IPS LCD
1080 x 2280 resolution
80.55% screen-to-body ratio
Ambient light sensor
Proximity sensor
Dimensions148.6 x 71.2 x 7.4 mm
ChipsetHiSilicon Kirin 659
CPUAndroid 8.0 (Oreo)
GPUMali-T830 MP2
Memory64GB internal storage
4GB RAM(expandable up to 256 GB)
ConnectivityLTE, 802.11ac, B.T. 4.2, GPS, A-GPS, GLONASS, BDS, LX1 NFC, Type-C 1.0 reversible connector
BatteryNon-removable Li-Po 3,000 mAh, Fast battery charging 9V/2A
Price  Php 15, 990

OPPO F7

Another “Selfie Expert” series that made it on this list is the OPPO F7. The OPPO F7 became popular in the Philippines ever since it arrived this April 2018. The smartphone is priced at Php 17,990.

SPECSOPPO F7
Display6.23 inches 1080×2280 pixels IPS LCD
Dimensions & Features6.2×2.9×0.2 inches, 158 g
ChipsetMediatek Helio P60
CPU8-Octa Core 2.0 GHz Cortex-A73
GPUARM Mali-G72
Memory4GB RAM, 64GB internal storage, (up to 256GB via microSD)
ConnectivityLTE Cat. 5/4, 802.11, BT 4.2, GPS, microUSB 2.0, 3.5mm audio jack
BatteryNon-removable Li-Ion 3400 mAh
OSAndroid OS, v8.1 (Oreo) ColorOS 5.0 UI
PricePHP 17,990

OPPO F7 Youth

In order to cater to people who can’t afford the OPPO F7 due to a tight budget, OPPO made a more affordable version of it, the OPPO F7 Youth. The OPPO F7 Youth was available for purchase through pre-orders last week.

SPECSOPPO F7 Youth
Display6-inch Full HD+ LTPS IPS display,  2160 x 1080 resolution, 18:9 aspect ratio
ChipsetMediaTek octa-core Helio P60 processor
GPUARM Mali-G72 MP3 GPU
Memory4GB RAM, 64GB of expandable storage
Rear Camera13-megapixel rear camera f/1.8 aperture PDAF with LED flash
Front Camera8-megapixel front camera with AI beautification
ConnectivityDual SIM, 3G, LTE, WiFi, Bluetooth, GPS, A-GPS
Battery3400mAh battery
OSAndroid Oreo with ColorOS 5.0 UI
PricePHP 13,990

OPPO A83

The OPPO A83 had similar specs with the OPPO F5 Youth although the difference was that it was deemed as a budget Gaming phone. It arrived in the Philippines this February 2018 with a price of Php 9,990.

SPECSOPPO A83
Display5.7-inch HD+ (1440 x 720) 18:9 display, 2.5D curved glass
Dimensions150.5 × 73.1 × 7.7mm, 143g
ChipsetMediatek MT6763T Helio P23
CPUOcta-core 2.5 GHz Cortex-A53
GPUMali-G71 MP2
Memory4GB RAM, 32GB Internal Storage, expandable up to 128GB
ConnectivityWi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n, dual-band, WiFi Direct, hotspot, BT 4.2, A-GPS, GLONASS, microUSB 2.0, 3.5mm audio jack
BatteryNon-removable Li-Ion 3,090mAh battery
OSAndroid 7.1 (Nougat) ColorOS 3.2
PricePhp 9,990

Asus ZenFone Max M1

The Asus ZenFone Max M1 also known as a battery king was released in the Philippines this May 2018 at the price of PHP 8,995.

SPECSASUS ZenFone Max M1
Display5.5-inch HD+ IPS LCD display (1440×720 resolution), 292 ppi
ChipsetQualcomm Snapdragon 430 octa-core processor
GPUAdreno 505
Memory3GB of RAM, 32GB of expandable storage (up to 2TB via microSD card)
Rear Camera13-megapixel rear camera, f/2.0 aperture + 8-megapixel wide-angle camera with 120-degree FoV
Front Camera13-megapixel front camera, f/2.2 aperture
ConnectivityWiFi, Bluetooth, GPS, A-GPS, GLONASS, Fingerprint Scanner, Face Unlock
Battery4000mAh battery with Asus Boost Master
OSAndroid Oreo 8.0 with ZenUI 5.0
PricePHP 8,995

Asus ZenFone 5 Lite

The Asus ZenFone 5 Lite or 5Q was first announced during the latest MWC along with its flagship versions, the Asus ZenFone 5 and Asus ZenFone 5Z. The smartphone is currently available in the Philippines at the price of Php 16,995.

SPECSAsus ZenFone 5Q
Display6.0 inches IPS LCD Display (2160 x 1080)
ChipsetQualcomm Snapdragon 630
GPUAdreno 508
Memory4GB of RAM, 64GB internal storage
Rear CameraDual 16MP+8MP rear camera with phase detection autofocus and LED Flash
Front CameraDual 20MP+8MP selfie camera
ConnectivityDual Nano sim, WiFi 802.11a/b/g/n/ac, Bluetooth 4.1, GPS with A-GPS, GLONASS, BDS support, microUSB 2.0, NFC
Batterynon-removable 3,300mAh Li-Ion battery
OSAndroid 7.1.1 Oreo
Price/AvailabilityPHP 16,995, Available April 14, 2018

(This article will update through time.)

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