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

March 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:

Samsung Galaxy A50s (PhP 16,990)

If you’re a Samsung loyalist and the flagship Galaxies feel like they’re far, far away, this is the next best thing. The Samsung Galaxy A50s brings a lot of what you expect from a Samsung Galaxy but at a friendlier price.

REVIEW: Samsung Galaxy A50s

Nokia 7.2 (PhP 15,990)

Nokia’s hold on its fans is amazing. But best bet that despite HMD Global now handling the brand, the products have maintained what Nokia has been known for. Tough, quality handsets. The Nokia 7.2 is no different. It’s also a good option if you want a pure Android experience.

REVIEW: Nokia 7.2

Realme XT (PhP 16,990)

The Realme XT is our choice for best smartphone with a 64MP camera. It produces flagship-level photos, looks gorgeous, and provides great value overall. We’re glad this didn’t come out with a black variant because the XT feels like a special device, especially at this price point.

REVIEW: Realme XT

Redmi Note 8 Pro (PhP 12,990)

This is the most affordable smartphone with a 64MP camera. It’s insane that it’s available at this price point. What’s also quite unbelievable is that while the phone’s focus is mobile photography, it doesn’t compromise on performance and gaming.

REVIEW: Redmi Note 8 Pro

Realme 5 Pro (PhP 11,990/PhP 13,990)

This is another smartphone that’s easy to recommend. Both variants offer 128GB of storage and are equipped with quad-cameras. The main camera is also a 48MP shooter – on par with most flagships today. Now that’s fantastic value.

REVIEW: Realme 5 Pro

Honor 9X (PhP 12,490)

If you absolutely abhor notches then this might be the best option in this bunch. You get that full-screen goodness thanks to a pop-camera module and you also get a 48MP main camera. Just make sure you get the Sapphire Blue variant with the “Dynamic X” design. It has more… personality.

READ: Honor 9X

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Canon Philippines holds digital masterclass on Facebook

Improve your photography skills while at home

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Are you looking for things-to-do to pass the time while at home? Then, take a peek at Canon Philippines’ Facebook page. From March 31 until April 28, you can participate in the digital masterclass series by Canon. It’s an online class of sorts that brings together Canon ambassadors and professionals as they share tips and tricks on how to improve photography skills.

The digital masterclass will also cover a lot of topics ranging from food photography to architecture and wedding photography. The basics of vlogging are also included. So, don’t miss out on those especially if you’re trying to level up your photos and videos.

Check out the schedule of Canon’s digital masterclass below:

To participate or know more, head over to Canon Philippines’ Facebook page.

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Lazada hosts virtual charity concert to help in the fight vs COVID-19

Happening this April 6

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Every medical worker in the world needs every kind of help right now as they battle an ongoing pandemic. As cases rise in the Philippines, medical workers urge the public to donate medical supplies.

Seeing the need for donations, Lazada is hosting a virtual charity concert, #RadioGivesBack: A LazadaForGood Charity Concert From Home. One of the those one-hour charity concerts already happened on March 30. Another concert will happen on April 6 at 5 in the afternoon. The charity concert will air on their radio partners, Magic 89.9, Jam 88.3, Wave 89.1 and Play 99.5. Lazada will also live-stream the concert on its app via LazLive.

Anyone using a web browser can also watch the concert through this website.

The proceeds for the donation will go to various donation partners of Lazada. The donations will go towards providing various medical equipment and supplies for the medical front-liners.

The charity concert is an extension of Lazada’s LazadaForGood campaign. To date, the campaign for supporting medical workers had already collected PhP 7,000,000 through various channels. To donate, head over to this website and choose from Lazada’s donation partners.

SEE ALSO: Here’s where you can donate to the COVID-19 outbreak efforts

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Tech companies post tips on proper hygiene

A good hygiene keeps the coronavirus away

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During these times, it is important to practice proper hygiene. Building good hygiene is crucial in maintaining well-being. Plus, these practices ward off unwanted viruses and bacteria that can wreak havoc on one’s health.

So, what are the few hygiene tips that you can practice anywhere? Tech companies are sharing a few of these tips that you can apply in your home, when traveling, or when at work. Here are the companies and their advice on how to practice proper hygiene.

OPPO

OPPO just shared some pointers on how to properly disinfect your mobile devices. Your mobile device is one of the most touched objects on the planet, and they can harbor various viruses and bacteria. So, it is crucial that you clean and disinfect your device. Besides, it doesn’t hurt to sanitize your phone once in a while.

Realme

Realme also shared some tips on how to avoid catching the dreaded Coronavirus. Some of the tips they shared can be applied even if there’s no pandemic spreading around. After all, these practices should be common. These include sanitizing the home once in a while, observing proper handwashing methods, and not touching the eyes, nose, and mouth — especially after touching a dirty object.

Practicing good hygiene goes a long way in ensuring good health and wellbeing. Most of the tips shared by these companies can also be applied anywhere at any time of the year. However, these practices are more important than ever, especially as the cases of people with COVID-19 disease keeps rising every day.

SEE ALSO:

5 things to do while stuck indoors

How to disinfect your tech

10 online free-to-play mobile games

 PhoneSoap Go: A portable device that will sanitize your smartphone


As general rules, the CDC or The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention listed these to help with preventing the spread of COVID-19:

  • Stay home when sick
  • Cover coughs and sneezes
  • Frequently wash hands with soap and water
  • Clean frequently touched surfaces

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