As gadgets like laptops and smartphones become mandatory in distance learning and online classes, parents and students scramble for affordable alternatives just to be able to enroll in the upcoming semester.
While a heavy-duty laptop may be needed for specialized courses like design and tech, a smartphone can be a great alternative if your course only requires you to join video calls, download .doc/.pdf files, and install a few apps.
Below, a list of mobile phones below P7,000 you can use for online class:
Cherry Mobile Flare S8
The cheapest of the Flare series is the most affordable option on this list, but its specs can definitely compete. It comes with 32GB of storage (expandable up to 128GB), and 3GB of RAM. The camera is also not bad, at 13MP for the front camera, and dual rear 13MP + 2MP cameras.
Available on Shoppee
Xiaomi Redmi 9A
More and more people are becoming fans of the Redmi smartphones because of the ease of use, and the 9A does not disappoint. It also has an impressive battery at 5,000mAh, and is even recommended for basic gaming. One reviewer even verified that the unit is perfect for Mobile Legends players, lol.
Available in Mi stores
Another brand praised for its user experience and design, the Realme C11 is a sulit purchase really marketed for students. Their hashtag for this is #EntryLevelUp, and for good reason: it runs on a MediaTek Helio G35 chipset considering that it's below P5k. You also really get your money's worth with its battery life (5,000mAh), and overall user experience.
Available on Realme.com
Price: starts at P5,290
With its sleek design, the Huawei Y5 prides itself in its screen-to-body ratio, making it useful if you read notes on your phone a lot. It has a pretty dependable processor with a 3020 mAh-battery. You can also choose between two options: a 16GB and 32GB.
Available on Lazada
A cheaper alternative to the Oppo A5, some would say this unit offers more in terms of value for money than its OG version. Similar to the Huawei Y5, this phone has a wider screen compared to similar models in its size and price range. The Oppo A5s is the most expensive reco on this list, but it comes with a powerful battery (4230mAh) and processor (MediaTek Helio P35 2.3GHz Octa-core).
Available on Shopee
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