More and more people are now switching to local brands (including us) because of 2 simple reasons – value for money and much improved built quality. Go back about 2 years ago, local brands hardly struggle to erase their “poor quality” tag on their smartphones. We’ve seen them work hard to erase that by improving their phone’s build quality, customer service, after sales support, and putting more stores and service centers.
Now, these local smartphone makers are pushing beyond the 10k mark for their flagship smartphones assuring buyers of good build quality and flagship-worthy specs for half the price. So here’s our top 5 flagship smartphones among flagship brands.
- Cloudfone Thrill 600FHD (P13,999)
This behemoth of a smartphone was announced 6 months ago but never arrived at the stores. We honestly don’t know why such delays happened but the important thing here is the phone is already in stores. The Thrill 60oFHD is just your flagship smartphone, it can be your tablet too with its gigantic 6-inch Full HD display. Don’t worry about performance because it has a 1.7GHz Octa Core processor from Mediatek under the hood. It has a 13 megapixel rear camera, 2GB RAM, dual SIM, 3,000 mAh battery and running Android 4.4 Kitkat.
- Meizu MX4 (P14,990 – 16GB, P16,990 – 32GB)
We consider Meizu as a local brand since it has not penetrated much just yet in US and Europe. But Meizu is already gaining so much attention in its home country China and countries with large markets like India. You see, India has a very large market for lower cost smartphones because they are not really fans of expensive hardware (ehem, Apple). When Meizu announced the MX4, everybody was just shocked that this powerful smartphone will only cost half the price of the Samsung Galaxy S5. We strongly recommend that you visit a Novo7 Tech store, try this phone out, listen to the sales executive about what this phone can do and then buy one.
- Xiaomi Mi 3 (P10,599)
Meizu’s nemesis is Xiaomi. They both have the same marketing style. They both release a handful of smartphones at rock bottom prices. The Xiaomi Mi 3 and its more affordable sibling, the Redmi 1s has been sold out at online store Lazada many times. Xiaomi has been praised for making smartphones with flagship specs at lower prices. So if you are planning to check out the Meizu MX4, you might want to check out the Xiaomi Mi 3 too.
- Cherry Mobile Omega Infinity (P11,999)
We never got a chance to review Cherry Mobile’s flagship smartphone. This phone had so much fanfare when it was launched because the Kris Aquino herself is endorsing the product. And if she endorses it, she uses it. We saw Kris Aquino months ago in a taping for KrisTV and we spotted that she is indeed using her white Cherry Mobile Omega Infinity that time. It has flagship worthy specs – Octa Core processor, 2GB RAM, large 5.5-inc Full HD display, 18 megapixel rear camera. Unfortunately, it runs Android 4.2 Jellybean out of the box. Good thing, this phone can be upgraded to Android 4.4 Kitkat.
- Starmobile Knight X (P15,990)
Drooling!!! We are definitely buying one once it is available! Why are we going crazy for this one? Simple. It is a SUPER SMARTPHONE! For starters, it has LTE and not just that, its DUAL LTE! You can put your Smart and Globe SIM and switch between networks for LTE connection. It has 3G RAM for extreme gaming, a 13 megapixel Sony sensor, a 5.5-inch full HD display, and the latest Octacore processor from Mediatek. All of these jaw-dropping specs for only P15,990. We are ditching our Samsung Galaxy S5 and letting go of our plan to upgrade to Samsung Galaxy Note 4 just to buy this phone. Full review will be come as soon as we have the Knight X.
There are other flagship-worthy smartphone that is worth your look. Please check them out.
- O+ Air (P13,990)
- MyPhone Infinity (P12,990)
- DTC Neptune (P10,990)
- Kata M2 (P6,999)
- Nokia Lumia 830 (P18,990)
MyPhone and Cherry Mobile have not released a flagship smartphone for a long time. The MyPhone Infinity was launched in February while the Cherry Mobile Omega Infinity was launched in April. Both companies have focused their attention on their mid-tier to low end devices such as the Rio line for MyPhone at the Flare line for Cherry Mobile. Strange that they’ve been very quiet after Starmobile’s launch of the Knight X. We are pretty sure both of them are cooking up their new flagship smartphones to further compete with the Starmobile.