The new generation of mobile network, 5G connectivity, is starting to become available in the Philippines. So if you’re looking for a smartphone with support for this latest technology, this list if for you.
As of writing, the 5G coverage in the Philippines is still limited to most urban areas. But considering how local telcos are proactively adapting the technology, we expect more areas in the country to gain 5G access as days, weeks, and months pass by.
But if you want to be an early adopter, and if your area already has coverage, here’s a list of 5G smartphones that are now available in the Philippines. What’s interesting is, some of these options are actually reasonably priced, despite being the first of their kind.
Bear in mind that this list consists of smartphones that were officially brought to the country by their respective manufacturers, with the right SRP and after-sales support. They also support the 5G network offered in the country. We’ll be updating this list as more 5G phones get introduced locally.
List of 5G smartphones available in the Philippines
|Vivo X50 Pro||Php39,999|
|ASUS ROG Phone 3|
|ASUS ROG Phone 3 Strix Edition||Php39,995|
|Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra 5G||Php72,990|
|Samsung Galaxy Note 20 5G||Smart, Globe exclusive|
|Huawei Nova 7||Php23,990|
|Huawei Nova 7 SE 5G||Php17,999|
|Xiaomi Black Shark 3|
|Xiaomi Mi 10|
|Xiaomi Black Shark 3 Pro||Php44,990|
|Xiaomi Mi 10 Pro||Php45,990|
|OnePlus 8 Pro|
|Huawei Mate 30 Pro 5G||Php48,990|
|Huawei P40 Pro||Php50,990|
|Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra 5G||Php69,990|
|Huawei P40 Pro Plus||Php69,990|
|Huawei Mate Xs||Php139,999|
Vivo X50 Pro
The Vivo X50 Pro’s main highlight is its gimbal-like stabilization. It also has a 90Hz 6.56-inch FHD+ AMOLED screen, 8GB/256GB configuration, 4,315mAh battery, and 33W fast charging. It gets its 5G from its Qualcomm Snapdragon 765G processor.
ASUS ROG Phone 3 and Phone 3 Strix Edition
The most popular gaming phone in the market, the ASUS ROG Phone 3 and Phone 3 Strix Edition, have made their way to the Philippines. They come with 144Hz 6.59-inch FHD+ AMOLED screen, with 6,000mAh battery, 30W fast charging, stereo speakers, triple cameras, and AirTrigger 3 controls.
With the ROG Phone 3, you’re getting the latest Snapdragon 865 Plus processor. On the other hand, the cheaper Strix Edition will ship with Snapdragon 865. It goes without saying that both will have 5G connectivity.
One of the fan favorites. The OnePlus Nord arrived in the Philippines with an 8GB/128GB configuration. Along with it are its Snapdragon 765G 5G processor, 90Hz 6.44-inch FHD+ screen, 4,115mAh battery with Warp Charge 30T charging, dual selfie snappers, and quad rear cameras.
Samsung Galaxy Note 20 and Note 20 Ultra 5G
The Samsung Galaxy Note 20 and Note 20 Ultra sports the latest Exynos 990 processor, improved S-Pen, and quad cameras on the back. The Ultra model comes with a smooth 120Hz screen and the first device to sport the sturdy Corning Gorilla Glass Victus that’s two times more scratch resistant and can survive up to 2-meter drops.
Huawei Nova 7 5G
The Huawei Nova 7 5G arrives in the Philippines for Php23,990. It sports a 6.53-inch OLED screen, a Kirin 985 processor, quad rear cameras, 4,000mAh battery, and Huawei’s signature 40W SuperCharge technology.
Huawei Nova 7 SE 5G
Huawei have spearheaded the 5G revolution in the Philippines. They are the first to bring a 5G phone in the country and help put up 5G infrastructure. A couple of months after their first 5G flagship came out, Huawei was also the first to bring a 5G-enabled midrange phone, making the Huawei Nova 7 SE the cheapest 5G phone in the market as of writing.
The Nova 7 SE 5G features a Kirin 820 processor that enables its 5G connectivity. Plus, a large 6.5-inch screen, quad cameras, and a 4,000mAh battery with 40W SuperCharge support. For only Php19,990, you don’t have to spend a fortune to get a 5G phone.
POCO F2 Pro
The POCO F2 Pro is Xiaomi’s first 5G smartphone in the Philippines. What’s interesting is, it costs half of the other products on this list, despite its flagship-level specs.
With a starting price of the only Php26,990, this affordable flagship device comes with a Snapdragon 865 processor, a pop-up camera, 4,700mAh battery, 30W fast charging, and a quad-camera setup on the back with a 64-megapixel main camera that has OIS.
Xiaomi Black Shark 3
If you want a 5G phone that can also game hard, here’s the Black Shark 3. With a starting price of only Php29,995, this thing comes with an aggressive gamer design with RGB logo on the back, a fast 90Hz 6.7-inch AMOLED screen, stereo speakers, and a large 4,720mAh battery.
Enabling its 5G connectivity and strong performance is the Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 processor.
Xiaomi Black Shark 3 Pro
Unlike the vanilla model, the Black Shark 3 Pro has a bigger 7.1-inch screen, bigger battery, and physical trigger buttons for gaming.
It’s availabl with 12GB/256GB RAM and storage for Php44,990 in the Philippines.
Xiaomi Mi 10
Xiaomi’s flagship line have also made its way to the Philippines. Although it’s only third in the list (in terms of price), we’re starting to enter the premium price teritory with the Xiaomi Mi 10.
Starting at Php34,590, you’re getting a 6.67-inch AMOLED screen with a smooth 90Hz refresh rate, pixel-packed 108-megapixel primary camera, 30W fast wireless charging, and other flagship-worthy features.
The OnePlus 8 is another clean and straightforward 5G flagship phone. Just like most Android phones in this list, this one is powered by the same Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 processor.
It also has other modern flagship features like a 90Hz refresh rate, quad-cameras, in-display fingerprint scanner, and OPPO’s Warp Charge 30T fast charging. Available in the Philippines for only Php35,990.
There are a lot of Huawei phones in this list. Available for Php36,990, the vanilla Huawei P40 shares a couple of features to the Pro model. Primarily, the Kirin 990 5G processor.
It also has a 50-megapixel main camera, But this time, the ultra-wide caps at 16-megapixel and no periscope camera. The 90hz screen is exclusive to the Pro model, too. Still, a pretty compelling device for the price.
Xiaomi Mi 10 Pro
Now we’re entering the Php40,000 and up price category. Coming in at Php45,990, the Xiaomi Mi 10 Pro, has the same battery, primary camera, and screen as the vanilla model.
But this time, it gets to have a sharper 20-megapixel ultra-wide camera, an 8-megapixel telephoto lens, and a 12-megapixel sensor with a 2x portrait zoom. Xiaomi is also including a 65W fast charger on the box.
OnePlus 8 Pro
Going with the OnePlus 8 Pro, instead of the vanilla model, entitles you to a larger 6.78-inch AMOLED screen with a faster 120Hz refresh rate. The battery capacity was also upgraded to 4,510mAh and now has a whopping 30W of fast wireless charging support.
OnePlus also threw in an 8-megapixel telephoto camera, and upgraded the ultra-wide lens with a 48-megapixel sensor. The OnePlus 8 Pro starts at Php45,990 in the Philippines.
Huawei Mate 30 Pro 5G
Here we have the very first 5G smartphone to become in the Philippines. The Huawei Mate 30 Pro 5G initially came out in the country back in February with an SRP of Php55,990. But when the P40 series came out, it’s now discounted at only Php48,990.
This device features a Kirin 990 octa-core processor, quad-cameras on the back, a 4,500mAh battery, and a 6.53-inch OLED screen. You can check out our full review of the vanilla Mate 30 Pro for more info.
Huawei P40 Pro
Huawei’s current flagship, the P40 Pro, came out in the Philippines with price of Php50,990.
Other than its 5G connectivity, powerful Kirin 990 processor, and 6.58-inch 120Hz OLED screen, the Huawei P40 Pro has great focus on photography just like its predecessors. It comes with a 50-megapixel main camera, 40-megapixel Cine ultra-wide lens, and a 12-megapixel periscope lens that go up to 50x of hybrid zoom. Learn more about it in our full review.
Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra 5G
Being one of the biggest brands in the Philippines, the Galaxy S20 Ultra 5G is oddly the only Samsung device on this list. And while it does have 5G built-in, it’s currently not working in PH just yet.
Currently their most powerful smartphone, it sports an Exynos 990 processor, a gigantic 6.9-inch 120Hz OLED screen, an enormous 5,000mAh battery, and a pretty packed set of cameras on the back. But with its SRP of Php69,990, it’s also one of the most expensive smartphones in the market today.
Huawei P40 Pro Plus
Obviously, the Huawei P40 Pro Plus is a step up to the standard P40 Pro. Launched almost four months apart in the Philippines, this boasts a larger storage capacity at 512GB, improved 10x (from 5x) of optical zoom, whopping 40W of wireless charging support, and a fresh ceramic body that’s available in Black and White. It’s priced at Php69,990.
Huawei Mate Xs Specs
If you have all the money in the world, you might want to check out the Huawei Mate Xs, which has a ludicrous price of Php139,999.
This handset doesn’t only come with a unique foldable display that you can use as a tablet, but it also has pretty powerful hardware inside. It uses the same Kirin 990 octa-core processor that other Huawei devices have. Plus, a generous 4,500mAh battery with 55W fast charging support, 8GB of RAM, 256GB of storage, and a professional set of cameras.
That’s it for now. We’ll update this list as more 5G smartphones become available in the Philippines.