Affordable PokéMon Go Ready Android Smartphones, Listed by argomall Philippines

Trusted online gadget shop argomall Philippines has just come up with a list of all budget-friendly Android smartphones in its catalogue that Pinoy consumers can use to play the much anticipated PokéMon Go mobile game.

Pokemon Go Smartphones

Niantic, the creator of this exciting new title, has released an initial list of system requirements or technical specifications for an Android smartphone to be able to play the augmented reality game efficiently or in its full blossom.

Check if your current handset has these:
  • Android 4.4 to Android 6.0.1 (Android N will not be supported until the official Android release. Application may not run on certain devices even if they have compatible OS versions installed.)
  • Preferred resolution of 720 x 1280 pixels or HD
  • Strong internet connection (Wi-Fi, 3G, or 4G)
  • GPS and Location Services (Compatibility is not guaranteed for devices without GPS capabilities or devices that are connected only to Wi-Fi-networks)
  • Gyroscope
  • Minimum 2GB of RAM
  • Compatible with Android devices that have 2GB RAM or more and have Android Version 4.4 - 6.0 installed.
According to argomall, "If your current phone is not up to par with these requirements and you’re on the hunt (like the PokéMon master that you are) for a new smartphone you can use PokéMon Go to your heart’s content, we’ve compiled a list of smartphones for you! Check out our list here for the complete line up of PokéMon Go ready smartphones that you can get now without having to break the bank. Just to give you some smartphones on our list, the cheapest one is from Cherry Mobile is the Cherry Mobile Omega HD Nitro coming in at Php 3,999 which runs on Android Lollipop 5, 720 x 1280 pixel resolution, and 8GB of internal memory."

What is PokeMon Go?

The Pokémon Company is a Japanese consortium between Nintendo, Game Freak, and Creatures.

The Pokémon is a media franchise created by Satoshi Tajiri in 1995. The franchise began as a pair of video games for the original Game Boy.

What really made Pokémon as household name is probably the Pokémon anime series. The wildly successful series first released in Japan in 1997 and its popularity spread like wildfire, releasing in US in 1998. It follows the main character Ash Ketchum, a Pokémon Master in training as he and a small group of friends travel around their world to, as the line says, Catch ‘em all.

Pokémon Go is the company’s biggest hit in year after lying low for some time. Basically, Pokémon Go is a game that uses your phone’s GPS and clock to detect where and when you are in the game and make these wandering Pokémon appear around you. As you move around and walk through your neighborhood, different types of Pokémon will appear depending on where you are and what time it is. For example, if you’re near a body of water, Water type Pokémon would appear.

This game encourages the masters in training to travel around the real world to catch Pokémon. This mix of real world and game world interaction is called “augmented reality” which we have seen before, but not in this large or popular a scale.

The game was released last July 6, 2016 in Australia, New Zealand, and the United States and it has since been at the top of the charts for Google Play Store and the App Store. Why the demand for it? Well, my friend, Pokémon Go is free. Yes. Free. Of course it has in-app purchases which lets the user buy things like more pokeballs, incubators, and some other fun stuff.

Since its release, Nintendo added a whopping $7.5 billion in market value. We expect it to continue once the game is available everywhere. Whoa.

Pokemon Go Philippines

When will PokeMon Go be officially released in the Philippines?

On Friday - July 15, 2016, Reuters shared sparse details from a press statement released by Mr. John Hanke, Chief Executive of Niantic - the game developer of PokeMon Go - regarding the international release of the title.

According to Reuters, Niantic wanted to launch the smash-hit mobile game in roughly 200 countries (including the Philippines, hopefully) "relatively soon" and was working on bolstering server capacity to enable the wider roll-out. Nonetheless, the developer declined to go into a detailed time-frame for further roll-outs but noted that the company's first location-based augmented reality game Ingress had taken a month or two to reach that number of markets.

Meanwhile, some Filipino mobile gaming enthusiasts on social media - including myself - are speculating that PokeMon Go could land in our country by the end of July 2016. The claim, however, is more optimistic than based on a clear statement from either the game's publisher or developer. (source)