The Meizu M1 Note and much anticipated and upcoming Alcatel Flash Plus is arguably 2 of the most value packed smartphones under 8,000 pesos. Earlier this week, Firefly Mobile decided to join the party as they introduced the interesting Firefly Mobile Intense 64 LTE that should be the most powerful local branded phone under PHP 8K.

Battle Of The Under 8,000 Pesos (Firefly Mobile Intense 64 LTE Vs Alcatel Flash Plus Vs Meizu M1 Note Specs Comparison)
Specs comparison
Let's now see how does the Firefly Mobile Intense 64 LTE fare up against the Flash Plus and the M1 Note specs-wise...

Firefly Mobile Intense 64 LTE
Alcatel Flash Plus
Meizu M1 Note
5.5 Inches HD IPS Plus (1280 x 720) OGS Asahi Dragontrail glass
5.5 inches IPS LCD at 720×1280 pixels (267 ppi)
5.5 inches IGZO display at 1080p (400 ppi) Gorilla Glass 3
1.5 GHz 64 bit MT6732 quad core
1.5 GHz 64 bit MT6752M octa core
2.0 GHz 64 bit MT6752 octa core
Mali T760
Mali T760
Mali T760
2 GB 
2 GB 
2 GB
16 GB, expandable up to 32GB via microSD
16 / 32 GB, expandable via micro SD card slot
16 / 32 GB
Rear Camera:
13 MP f/2.2 Omnivision BSI AF w/ LED flash and zero shutter lag
13 MP Sony IMX214, f/2.0, 1/3.06-inch CMOS sensor, LED flash
13 MP f/2.2 Samsung Sensor
Front Camera:
8 MP f/2.8 Samsung Lens
8 MP selfie camera, f/2.0 
5 MP f/2.0 with 4 element lens
2,800 mAh Li-Polymer
3,500 mAh
3140 mAh Capacity
Android 4.4 KitKat / Lollipop ready
Android 4.4.4 Kitkat update-able to Lollipop
Android 4.4 Kitkat with Flyme 4.0
Dual 4G LTE, 3G HSPA+, WiFi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.0, GPS, A-GPS
WiFi, 3G, Bluetooth 4.0, GPS w/ aGPS / Dual-SIM, Dual-LTE, FDD  /TD-LTE
WiFi / Bluetooth / LTE / 3G
Dual-SIM, Dual-Standby, Adaptive Fast Charging Capable, OTA ready, Quick acquisition, OTG, HotKnot, Smart PS audio processor by NXP + high quality speaker for those super clear AMPED, Smart Gestures like double tap to wake and others

157 x 77.8 x 8.8 mm
75.2 x 150.7 x 8.9mm

PHP 7,999 w/ Free Smart Case, 2 screen protector, 2 back cases, basic phone
PHP 7,990

On paper the Firefly Mobile Intense 64 LTE lags behind the Flash Plus and M1 Note when it comes to their 64 bit octa core processors. Please make no mistake of that, the 64 Bit quad core processor of the Intense 64 LTE is still more powerful than most budget 32 bit octa core processors of MediaTek which makes the Firefly flagship still a good heavy computing machine. The Intense 64 LTE may also have the most powerful front facing camera but it also have the smallest battery capacity at just 2,800 mAh. When it comes to the display, the M1 Note may have the best at as it uses an FHD display with higher pixel density compared to the smaller HD display of Flash Plus and Intense 64 LTE.

Personally, I think that the Flash Plus has the best value as it is also the cheapest at just PHP 6,490. However, it is still not yet here and the 2 other devices are also outstanding under 8,000 pesos.

Hopefully we'll see more competition at this price point in the coming months. I'm sure that the battle for the best smartphone under 8K will continue to heat up soon. For now who's your bet?
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