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Best Midrange Smartphones in the Philippines from P10,000 to P20,000

October 2020 Edition

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When premium phones are out of financial reach and entry-level handsets just don’t make your cut, something in between is the next best thing. This is our updated list of the best midrange smartphones retailing from PhP 10,000 to PhP 20,000.

Formulating this category was tricky, since you can’t set an exact price and some of these devices are, in fact, the flagship phones of their respective brands. To simplify things, we chose a price range that simply sits between our other lists for best budget, upper-midrange, and premium smartphones.

Here they are in no particular order:

POCO X3 NFC (PhP 12,990)

The POCO X3 NFC might represent the ultimate value-for-money phone. It’s what the brand had been known for and they are doubling down on that mantra. The combination of  a smooth 120Hz display, newer Snapdragon 732G chipset paired with Adreno 618 GPU, massive battery, and fast charging out of the box with that price is too hard to pass on.

HANDS-ON: POCO X3 NFC

OPPO Reno4 (PhP 18,990)

OPPO squarely positioned this as a content creating machine and there are several things on this phone that lives up to that tag. It’s light and easy to carry around, the camera array — while not the best — is more than good enough, and the performance won’t leave you wanting for more. Oh and that blue variant is sexy AF.

REVIEW: OPPO Reno4

Samsung Galaxy M31 (PhP 13,990)

This is a battery beast. Sometimes in this segment, you just need to have one standout thing going for you, and for the Galaxy M31, it is the 6,000mAh battery that works just as advertised. You’ll probably run out of juice first before this phone does.

HANDS-ON: Samsung Galaxy M31

realme 7 Pro (PhP 17,990)

At this point, this spot will likely be reserved for whatever is in the succession line of realme’s upper-midrange series. The improvements are marginal but the core attributes of the product are still here — near-flagship specs for so much less.

REVIEW: realme 7 Pro

 

realme 7

realme 7 (PhP 14,990)

The Pro version is reserved for the Snapdragon chips while the non Pro is equipped with MediaTek. It’s like clockwork now for realme, and this value for money smartphones are what we should expect from them from here on out.

REVIEW: realme 7

 

Huawei Nova 7 SE (PhP 19,990)

Barely making the price point, Huawei phones are facing a unique problem with the lack of Google Mobile Services. That said, Huawei Mobile Services is making a headway. But the reason the phone lands on this list is because of its 5G capabilities. This is one of the most affordable phones to support 5G and that has to count for something.

Hands-On: Huawei Nova 7 SE

 

Deals

iPhone 12 series coming to Smart, Globe via Postpaid plans

The latest handset made more accessible!

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Merry holidays! The most-awaited iPhone 12 series is coming to the Philippines officially via postpaid offerings from Smart and Globe.

Both telcos teased their subscribers through an announcement posted on their social media platforms.

In a tweet, Smart confirmed the iPhone 12 Mini, iPhone 12, iPhone 12 Pro, and iPhone 12 Pro Max will be available soon with Smart Signature Plans. We can only assume that it will still be available in Plan S 999 with a huge one-time cashout.

For Globe, the iPhone 12 series will be offered via ThePlan and ThePLATINUM PLAN. We’re also expecting Globe to offer the handset as low as ThePlan 999 albeit with a huge one-time cashout same as Smart.

Currently, the price for the latest iPhones start from PhP 43,990 for the iPhone 12 Mini (64GB); PhP 49,990 for the iPhone 12 (64GB); PhP 62,990 for the iPhone 12 Pro (128GB); and PhP 68,990 for the iPhone 12 Pro Max (128GB). For the full price list, check here.

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iPhone 11 Pro and Pro Max are discounted at Beyond the Box

Available only while stocks last

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With the launch of the iPhone 12 series, last year’s iPhone 11 Pro are 11 Pro Max are taking a backseat to give away for the latest Apple flagships. These phones, however, remain to be solid, well-built flagships. Thanks to a promo by Beyond the Box, you can now get the iPhone 11 Pro or Pro Max at a discounted rate.

If you purchase the iPhone 11 Pro or Pro Max with cash or through a 3-6 months 0% installment, you can get a PhP 15,00 discount on the total purchase. The discount applies to all three variants of the phones: 64GB, 256GB, and 512GB.

Doing the math, the discounted prices for the iPhone 11 Pro and Pro Max are as follow:

iPhone 11 Pro

  • 64GB — PhP 53,990 (SRP: PhP 68,990)
  • 256GB — PhP 63,990 (SRP: PhP 78,990)
  • 512GB — PhP 76,990 (SRP: PhP 91,990)

iPhone 11 Pro Max

  • 64GB — PhP 60,990 (SRP: PhP 75,990)
  • 256GB — PhP 69,990 (SRP: PhP 84,990)
  • 512GB — PhP 82,990 (SRP: PhP 97,990)

You may also avail of a PhP 10,000 discount for both phones when you pay via 12, 24, or 36 months at 0% installment. Beyond the Box supports BPI, HSBC, Citibank, Metrobank, BDO, Unionbank, Eastwest, PNB, RCBC, and Security Bank for the installment options.

It is worth mentioning that the promo is valid while stocks last. So if you think that this is your time to snag an iPhone, head over to these participating stores now:

  • Century City Mall
  • Virra Mall
  • Forbestown
  • Market Market
  • Lucky Chinatown Mall
  • Resorts World Manila
  • Southwoods
  • Uptown Mall Piazza
  • Robinson’s Manila
  • Robinson’s Galleria
  • SM Baguio
  • Fairview Terraces
  • Veranza
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Dyson to hire 400 engineers in the Philippines for its new software R&D lab

The company believes in the country’s young and great engineering talent pool.

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Technology company Dyson — the one behind those revolutionary hair styling tools and vacuums — is opening a new software lab in the Philippines. The company plans to hire 400 Filipino engineers with aims to develop embedded software for a new generation of intelligent machines.

“The Philippines is home to bright, young engineers who share Dyson’s ambition to develop technologies for the future,” Dyson Chief Operating Officer Scott Maguire said.

“Dyson has been growing in the Philippines for this reason and it is a nation that clearly celebrates both engineers and technology,” Maguire added, noting the existence of good technical universities in the country.

“We hire a lot of people straight from university. I came from university into Dyson,” admitted Maguire. “Our culture is very much about young, bright engineers filled with energy,” he added. “We’re confident that the talent pool is there.”

In 2016, Dyson opened its Philippines Advanced Manufacturing (PAM) facility in Laguna. The facility, which is responsible for producing the company’s Hyperdymium motor, spans ten thousand square meters and employs 600 people. This particular motor is at the heart of the company’s vacuums, the Supersonic Hairdryer, and the AirWrap.

The new software lab will be located in Alabang and is part of Dyson’s GBP 2.75 billion investment in future technology. The company is hoping to double its product portfolio by 2025. It’s also expected to accelerate the development of new Dyson machines that are often tasked with solving everyday problems intelligently.

It will also form part of Dyson’s global Research, Design and Development team, which spans, USA, UK, Shanghai, Singapore, and Malaysia. 

Dyson recognizes Filipino talent

The announcement of the new software lab comes at the heels of a Filipino being the first ever sustainability winner of the James Dyson Award (JDA).

Called the AuREUS system, it’s invented by Filipino electrical engineering student Carvey Ehren Maigue from Mapua University. AuREUS is a material derived from rotting fruits and vegertables and can be attached to a pre-existing structure or surface to harvest UV light. It then converts it to visible light to generate electricity in a way that traditional solar panels can’t. Carvey’s ingenuity impressed James Dyson himself and received a prize of PhP 1,900,000.

Beyond the Philippines

The major investment in R&D also brings interesting developments in two other countries.

In Singapore, Dyson is progressing plans to open its new global head office complex. Its R&D facilities will also be expanded to cover a growing number of fields including machine learning and robotics.

A new University research program is also set to be established to drive product development. Plans are also being made for a new advanced manufacturing hub in the country.

Meanwhile, in the UK, the company is delving deeper into robotics research and AI, investing in the Dyson UK Innovation Campuses both Malmesbury and Hullavington. Both campuses employ over 4,000 people and are expected to drive new research in fields of study including products for sustainable healthy indoor environments and well-being. 

Roles in the Philippines software lab will include embedded software engineers, automation test engineers, program managers, release train engineers, and more.

Interested? Candidates can now express their interest here or submit their application to [email protected].

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