Killer Deal: Score These Two Smartphones That Are Perfect For Daily Use And They're Just Under P2,000


There’s something magical about the thrill of the hunt—for a mind-blowing bargain that is. It’s like digging through a ton of vinyl crates in a backyard sale and striking gold when you finally find a grail—a rare record that’s eluded you for years and priced less than half of its original sticker price. The eureka moment’s simply elating.

The same goes for hunting for cool holiday presents. Gift-giving season’s finally upon us, so combing through awesome deals is definitely in order, and it’s always advisable to get your holiday shopping started as early as possible. Thankfully (and lucky you), you won’t have to look further for price cuts—we’re bringing one for you right here. 

Underrated tech treat

It’s slightly challenging to get a hold of the hottest tech drops the rest of year because stock inevitably gets spotty and becomes limited. However, we found two affordable gadgets that are a little more under the radar—something you can get for yourself or anyone else on your list this year. 

The combined price of these two devices is where they ultimately shine—and we’re totally down for that. Meet the Cherry Mobile Flare J3S and the Cherry Mobile Omega Icon Lite 2. 

Both smartphones go for just P1,999 at the Cherry store in SM City Calamba. If that’s not a steal for you, we don’t know what is. 

Flare J3S

Fueled by a removable Li-Ion 2,000mAH battery and supports dual SIM, the 5.3-inch Flare J3S with TrueView Display comes in an array of classic and funky colorways—black, white, gold, rose gold, red, and blue. That’s more options for you. 

Inside is a 1.3GHz quad-core Spreadtrum SC7731G processor coupled with an ARM Mali-400 MP2 graphics processing unit (GPU), 1GB RAM, 8GB internal storage (expandable up to 32GB), and the Android Oreo (Go Edition) operating system. 

It also comes with an 8-megapixel rear shooter and a 5-megapixel front-facing camera. Connectivity options include Wi-Fi, 3G, and Bluetooth. 

Overall, the Flare J3S is an entry-level smartphone that satisfies one’s daily communicating and tech needs, allowing you to go online, check your socials, use your go-to Android apps, watch videos, and snap decent-looking images. 

Omega Icon Lite 2

This is a stripped-down version of the Flare J3S, but still capable of being a daily driver. The Omega Icon Lite 2 also comes with a 1.3GHz quad-core chipset, a Mali-400 GPU, and the Android Oreo operating system. RAM clocks in at 512MB and onboard storage is at 8GB, which can be upgraded up to 32GB. 

The dual SIM-enabled Omega Icon Lite is slightly smaller than the Flare J3S at five inches, but its TrueTone Display makes up for the downsize. Camera-wise, it sports a 5-megapixel main shooter at the back and a 2-megapixel selfie shooter. It’s also Wi-Fi- and 3G-ready—to be honest, these days, those are all you’ll ever need to get by.

Powered by a removable 1,600mAH battery, the Omega Icon Lite 2’s available in classic black, red, and white. 

Best for casual users

Originally retailing for P2,999 and P2,499 respectively, the Flare J3S and the Omega Icon Lite 2 are more than enough for the average user. 

Either one can actually be a great gift idea for your old folks or grandparents, perhaps, so you can easily check up on them on the daily, making communication fuss-free. Or maybe a stocking option for tweens—both are good and stylish starter offerings. 

At a price tag of only P1,999 for the two, you’ll never go wrong with either. 

Shop the Cherry Mobile Flare JS3 and Omega Lite Icon 2 in Cherry, SM City Calamba before they run out. 

Be sure to bookmark and check out SM Deals for holiday discounts on tech and beyond—all in one place. 

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