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

October 2019 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:

Xiaomi Mi 9 SE (PhP 15,990)

Xiaomi has always been a part of the list and the Mi 9 SE truly deserves its spot. It’s a flagship-grade phone from its design to its specs. It’s dubbed as a “compact flagship” thanks to its smaller-than-usual form factor. If you’re looking for a phone that won’t hurt your pockets both in size and price, check out the Mi 9 SE.

REVIEW: Xiaomi Mi 9 SE

Realme 5 Pro (PhP 13,990)

A quadruple camera setup at this price point seems unlikely but Realme made it happen. And it’s not just the setup, the lenses actually take photos with good image quality. That would have been enough to recommend this but it also has a Snapdragon 712 AIE chip with 8GB of RAM and 128GB of storage. If you’re looking for a great deal, this is it.

HANDS-ON: Realme 5 Pro

ASUS ZenFone Max Pro M2 (PhP 12,995)

While not as affordable as its predecessor, the ZenFone Max Pro M2 still does several things most phones can’t even dream of at this price point. We get an upper-midrange chip, large 5000mAh battery, versatile cameras, and a pure take on Android.

REVIEW: ASUS ZenFone Max Pro M2

Huawei Nova 5T (PhP 18,990)

Huawei managed to put a flagship-level chip with a glass back and with triple cameras on a midrange phone. These are things you expect from brands like Xiaomi but Huawei was able to pull it off as well.

READ MORE: Huawei Nova 5T

Samsung Galaxy A50s (PhP 18,990)

Samsung’s pivot to the A series has been fantastic and the Galaxy A50s is another proof of that. It’s a refinement of everything that was good with the Galaxy A50. If you’re a die-hard Samsung fan looking for a midrange phone, the Galaxy A50s is a solid option.

READ: Samsung Galaxy A50s

Xiaomi Mi 9T (PhP 15,490)

Xiaomi is lording over the midrange segment and for good reason. The company continues to offer bang for your buck smartphones and the Xiaomi Mi 9T is no exception. A fullscreen display, fast internals, and a big battery at this price point — you just can’t go wrong with this phone.

REVIEW: Xiaomi Mi 9T


Update as of October 2019:

  • Huawei Nova 5T replaced the Pocophone F1
  • Realme 5 Pro replaced the Realme 3 Pro
  • Samsung Galaxy A50s replaced the Samsung Galaxy A50

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Level Up Joy: Jollibee Katipunan provides a glimpse of the future

Modern tech innovations + cool vibe

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Want to catch a glimpse of how Jollibee stores will look like in the future? Jollibee Katipunan reopened its doors this November 5 featuring a fresh and modern concept that will entice both the young and the old. Plus, it features never before seen tech innovations that really screams future.

Kiosks, charging stations, and more

Jollibee Katipunan is the first “Level Up Joy” store that combines modern technology and innovation with the alagang Joy experience. “We’re happy to know with the Level Up Joy, we’re ushering a new era of total and modern customer joy experience with our patrons,” said Jollibee Philippines assistant VP and head of brand communications Arline Adeva.

Jollibee is surely ushering a new era with their first Level Up Joy store. Customers don’t have to wait in line anymore with self-order kiosks which was first introduced to Jollibee stores last 2018. With the kiosks, customers can order at their own pace and customize their orders according to their preferences.

For on-the-go customers, Jollibee Katipunan has wireless charging stations so they can just put down their phone and charge while eating their favorite langhap-sarap meals. With these stations, comfort and convenience is surely guaranteed as customers stay connected while enjoying their meals.

Also, Jollibee Katipunan now has a contemporary and fresh cool vibe that is surely Instagram-worthy. It features brightly colored digital menu boards, sleek lighting and fixtures, vibrant murals. All the while keeping the yellow and red hues that define a Jollibee store. Stepping inside makes one feel the modern vibe while basking in the nostalgic feeling.

Delivery also levels up in Jollibee Katipunan with new electric bikes rolling out. Jollibee hopes to replace all of its delivery fleet with an e-bike in the future, and it’s roll out in Katipunan is a sure start. The company is committed to bringing joy not only to people but also to the environment.

“Trust that Jollibee will really be among the forefront of tech innovations. Because we owe it to our customers to delight them and offer more convenience when they go to our restaurant,” said Adeva.

Looking ahead

The future is exciting for Jollibee. With the unveiling of its first Level Up Joy store, the company is embracing the future with technology and innovations. But it doesn’t want to stop at Katipunan. Other Jollibee branches will also be upgraded to Level Up Joy stores.

With Jollibee opening its 1000th store, it is gearing towards a vision of dominating locally and growing globally. Recently, it acquired The Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf as part of its expansion. However, even if the company is now a bigger brand than it was 40 years ago, it keeps its joy experience which the company came to be known for.

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Samsung Galaxy Note 10 Weekend Token Promo

Promo runs from Nov 8-10

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Have you been holding out on buying the Samsung Galaxy Note 10 or Galaxy Note+? This weekend might be the perfect time to buy!

From November 8 to 10, buyers of the 256GB variation of the Galaxy Note 10 or Galaxy 10+ will receive a token worth PhP 3,000 and PhP 5,000, respectively. The token can be used to purchase any Samsung device including the new Galaxy Note 10 units.

The token is given on top of any bundle promotion the store may have. It can only be used in the same retail outlet and must be used on the same day of purchase. Consumers can also pay for the new Note series for up to 24 months with zero percent interest or through the Trade In-Trade Up program.

SEE ALSO: Note 10 US Pricing | Galaxy Watch Active 2 | Galaxy Tab S6 | Galaxy Book S | Globe vs Smart postpaid plans

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Huawei Philippines Smartphone Price List

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Here are the latest prices of Huawei smartphones in the Philippines. We listed the devices according to their category.

Last update: November 6, 2019

Premium (PhP 30,000 and up)

Upper-Midrange (PhP 20,000 to PhP 30,000)

Lower-Midrange (PhP 20,000 and PhP 10,000)

Budget (PhP 10,000 and below)

  • Huawei Y7 Pro 2019PhP 6,990
  • Huawei Y6 Pro 2019  — PhP PhP 5,990
  • Huawei Y5 2019 — PhP 5,990
  • Huawei Y5 Lite — PhP 3,990

You may also check out our Best Smartphones guides. We shortlisted our chosen premium, upper-midrange, lower-midrange, and budget handsets to help you find your next smartphone.

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