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

May 2018 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:

Huawei P20 Lite (PhP 15,990)

If you simply must have a new-generation Huawei phone but can’t afford the flagship P20 or P20 Pro, you’ll naturally gravitate toward the less premium P20 Lite. It still has a capable set of cameras and reliable processor, as well as that signature glass design on the rear.

REVIEW: Huawei P20 Lite

ASUS ZenFone 5 (PhP 19,995)

Finally, a midrange ZenFone that’s priced just right! After losing precious momentum with the premium pricing of the ZenFone 4 lineup, the ZenFone 5 brings order back to ASUS, along with a balanced mix of AI-powered processing and versatile set of cameras.

REVIEW: ASUS ZenFone 5

Xiaomi Mi A1 (PhP 10,990)

Putting stock Android on a Xiaomi handset is a match made in heaven. Being the first of its kind, the Mi A1 offers consistent software updates, a surprisingly good dual-camera setup, and the great battery life you’d expect from this brand. This is the phone for Xiaomi fans and Android purists alike!

REVIEW: Xiaomi Mi A1

OPPO F7 (PhP 17,990)

When you’re after great-looking selfies without having to spend on a premium handset, anything OPPO throws at this segment is a sure-fire bet. This season, the OPPO F7 makes the strongest statement for flawless portraits while offering a near-borderless display (now with a notch) and the most powerful specs in its class.

REVIEW: OPPO F7

Vivo V9 (PhP 17,990)

The Vivo V9 takes everything that made the V7 series great and flourishes with an even better 6.3-inch FullView display and pair of cameras on the rear. Its 24-megapixel front camera with an AI beauty mode creates more refined selfies, while the rest of the specs ensure that everything runs as fast as possible.

REVIEW: Vivo V9


Updates as of May 2018:

  • Replaced Huawei Nova 2i with P20 Lite
  • Replaced ASUS ZenFone Max Plus with ZenFone 5
  • Replaced OPPO F5 with F7

Updates as of April 2018:

  • Replaced Vivo V7 with Vivo V9

Updates as of February 2018:

  • Replaced LG Q6 with ASUS ZenFone Max Plus

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Xiaomi Redmi S2 makes surprise landing in the Philippines

Xiaomi’s most affordable dual-camera phone

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Surprise, surprise! After making a successful debut in China last week, Xiaomi’s affordable Redmi S2 smartphone is finding its way to the Philippines, making the archipelago the first country outside of China to receive it.

We already have the Redmi 5A and Redmi Note 5 to drool over, so what makes the Redmi S2 special? Let’s say it’s somewhere in between the two aforementioned bestsellers — both in price and features.

For starters, it comes with a 5.99-inch 720p display with a reliable Snapdragon 625 chipset and 3GB of memory to push pixels. For capacities, you get 32GB of expandable storage and a 3080mAh battery.

But the real star here is the camera setup. There are two on the back: one has a 12-megapixel image sensor while the other has 5 megapixels. Put them together, and you get crisper photos and access to fun features like portrait and HDR modes. Just as cool is the AI-assisted 16-megapixel front camera, which even has its own LED flash.

And in case you’re wondering, there’s a fingerprint sensor on the back panel and Android 8.0 Oreo as its operating system (skinned with Xiaomi’s MIUI 9 interface), unlike some phones in the price range.

The best part: All these come with a price of only PhP 7,990 (US$ 153). That’s a superb deal in this segment, and puts a lot of competitors to shame.

Availability begins once the Redmi S2 hits Lazada Philippines’ online store on June 4.

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Globe GoWatch and Play adds 2GB of data to your favorite promos

For streaming and gaming!

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With the increasing demand for streaming services and mobile games, Globe is treating their prepaid subscribers to a new promo bundle that’ll let them play or watch on the go. If you’re a subscriber of GoSurf or GoSakto promos, you’ll get to enjoy additional mobile data.

With the GoWatch and Play promo bundle, select existing Globe promos will get extra 2GB of mobile data for video streaming and mobile gaming. The additional data can be used for streaming services, namely Netflix, HOOQ, YouTube, NBA, Cartoon Network, and Disney, while the supported games are Arena of Valor, Mobile Legends, Clash of Clans, Clash Royale, and Pokémon Go.

The free 2GB video and game access on mobile is available for the following promos:

  • GoSURF50
  • GoSURF299
  • GoSURF599
  • GoSURF999
  • GOTSCOMBODD70
  • GOTSCOMBODD90
  • GOSAKTO120
  • GOSAKTO140

To register, simply dial *143# or use the Globe Switch app that’s available on the Google Play Store. For more info about the promo bundle, you may read the FAQs listed on Globe’s website here.

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Honor 10 is coming to Southeast Asia

Launching later this month!

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Fresh from its global launch in London, the new Honor 10 is going to be available in several Southeast Asian markets including Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, and Vietnam.

It sports the same features as the pricier Huawei P20: Kirin 970 with neural processing chip enabled, the latest EMUI 8.1 software based on Android 8.1 Oreo, a fingerprint sensor in front, and dual cameras. Two of the biggest differences are the lack of Leica branding and inclusion of a headphone jack.

Launch events have been scheduled in Singapore on May 21, Malaysia on May 22, and Thailand on May 23. In Vietnam, an intimate event for 20-30 fans to experience the new phone is scheduled on May 20. Pricing and availability in the respective countries have yet to be announced.

In Europe, the Honor 10 retails for EUR 399 (US$ 473) for the 64GB variant and EUR 449 (US$ 532) for the 128GB version.

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