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

August 2019 Edition



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 3 Pro (PhP 12,990)

Even though Realme has been targeting the entry-level segment since its inception, the company knows how to dish out more powerful models. Case in point, the Realme 3 Pro has a midrange processor, large battery, and impressive screen for its low price.

REVIEW: Realme 3 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

Pocophone F1 (PhP 15,990)

No surprises here; the Pocophone F1 is the slayer of flagship killers with its unbelievable specs and features at such an affordable price point. Its high-end Snapdragon 845 processor, generous amount of memory and storage, as well as Xiaomi’s own MIUI software make this a powerhouse through and through.

REVIEW: Pocophone F1

Samsung Galaxy A50 (PhP 17,990)

Samsung’s redo of its midrange Galaxy smartphone line has been a grand success so far, and most of that is thanks to phones like the Galaxy A50. With a large AMOLED display, three rear cameras, and the latest One UI, it’s a tough overall value to beat.

REVIEW: Samsung Galaxy A50

Xiaomi Mi 9T (PhP 15,990)

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 August 2019:

  • The Xiaomi Mi 9T was added to the list.


Sony has new PS4 Pro bundles featuring God of War

The best time to play is now with a new PS4 Pro bundle featuring two popular gaming titles



Sony has new PlayStation 4 Pro bundles that is too hard to ignore, especially if you’ve been dying to get your hands on a PS4 Pro. It will include two popular gaming titles from Sony itself.

From August 16 to September 8, Sony is bundling the PS4 Pro with popular game titles The Last of Us (Remastered) and God of War. It will be available on all PlayStation authorized dealers. The PS4 Pro bundle will come with two DualShock 4 wireless controllers. All in all, the bundle is worth PhP 24,990, which is a considerable markdown from its regular price of PhP 32,718.

All PS4 Pro will come in a jet black color and 1TB of HDD. There is also 2 years of warranty for every gamer’s peace of mind.

Other PS4 Pro bundles on offer

Apart from this bundle, Sony will also offer these PS4 Pro bundles:

  • PS4 Pro God of War Bundle (1TB HDD) with free Marvel’s Spider-Man (worth PhP 2,349) and free mini messenger bag — PhP 23,990
  • PS4 NBA2K19 Bundle Pack (500GB HDD) with free DualShock 4 Wireless Controller (worth PhP 2,990), free Marvel’s Spider-Man (worth PhP 2,349) and free mini messenger bag — PhP 19,990

The bundled mini messenger bag is a sling bag featuring the motifs of the iconic PlayStation shapes and the PlayStation family logo. It is only available while stocks last.

All the bundles are purchasable in all PlayStation authorized dealers.

The PlayStation 4 Pro is a gaming console released by Sony in 2016. It is a follow up to the popular PlayStation 4, featuring a much refined gameplay. It comes in either 500GB, 1TB, or 2TB of HDD storage.

SEE ALSO: Sony PlayStation 5: Everything we know so far


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Lenovo offers discounts for its budget laptops

Hurry before the promo is up



Are you a student looking for a laptop that won’t break the bank? Lenovo is offering discounts for some of its budget laptops. The laptops eligible for the discounts are the Ideapad S145, S130, and the 330.

Here are the details:

  • Ideapad S130 81J1000WPH / 81J1000VPH / 81J1000XPH (11.6″ HD display; Celeron N4000; 2GB DDR4 / 500GB HDD) — from PhP 14,995 down to PhP 12,995
  • Ideapad S130 81J1000SPH (11.6″ HD display; Celeron N4000; 2GB DDR4 / 500GB HDD) — from PhP 15,995 down to PhP 13,995
  • Ideapad 330 81D0001SPH / 81D0001TPH (14″ HD display; Celeron N4100; 4GB DDR4 / 500GB HDD) — from PhP 17,995 down to PhP 15,995
  • Ideapad S145 81MU000NPH (14″ HD display; Celeron Gold 4205U; 4GB DDR4 / 500GB HDD) — from PhP 18,995 down to PhP 16,995
  • Ideapad 330 81D00040PH / 81D0001UPH (14″ HD display; Pentium N5000; 4GB DDR4 / 500GB HDD) — from PhP 19,995 down to PhP 17,995
  • Ideapad S145 81MU000MPH (14″ HD display; Pentium Gold 5405U; 4GB DDR4 / 500GB HDD) — from PhP 20,995 down to PhP 18,995

The discount is valid until August 30 in all Lenovo concept stores nationwide. Only cash payments are eligible. All laptops come with a standard two-year warranty.

All of the discounted laptops are Lenovo’s latest budget offerings. The Ideapad line is suitable for everyday needs of most users, including students. The Ideapad S145, which was released this July, features narrower bezels for interruption-free viewing and Dolby Audio for clearer sounds. And along with Ideapad S130, both RAM and storage on these laptops can be upgraded for a faster performance.

Along with these budget offerings, Lenovo also has a wide selection of laptops to suit the needs of different users To know more about the discount, visit Lenovo’s Facebook page.

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Sale Alert: Realme 3 and C1 is 25% off for today

Plus, an Anker fast charger for the first 50 lucky buyers



Realme is having a flash sale this August 13 as part of Shopee’s brand day. Both the Realme 3 and C1 are 25% off its original price.

Realme 3 discounts

The 32 GB model of Realme 3 is only PhP 6,090. Meanwhile, the 64 GB model is offered at PhP 6,590. Both models are PhP 1,400 down from their prices of PhP 6,990 and PhP 7,900, respectively.

Realme C1 discounts

The Realme C1 can be had for PhP 4,490, down PhP 1,500 from its original price of PhP 5,990. The first 1,000 buyers who used the voucher code REALMEXSHP10 may avail of another 10% discount on top of the price discount.

The flash sale will happen in five waves where varying discounts will be offered:

  • First wave (12:00 to 8:59 AM) — all Realme 3 and C1 models are discounted
  • Second wave (12:00 to 2:59 PM) — both the discounted 32 GB model of Realme 3 and Realme C1 will be offered
  • Third wave (3:00 to 5:59 PM) — the discounted 64 GB model of Realme 3 will be offered
  • Fourth wave (6:00 to 8:59 PM) — only the discounted 32 GB model of Realme 3 will be offered
  • Fifth wave (9:00 to 11:59 PM) — only the discounted 64 GB model of Realme 3 will be offered

Free Fast Charger

The first 50 buyers of the discounted devices will get a brand-new Anker Powerport 2 Lite. The Powerport 2 Lite is a fast charger that has 2 USB-A ports in a compact body. It can also support up to 12W of power.

The flash sale is part of Shopee’s brand day which is happening only today. The Realme 3 packs a 6.2 inch display, a Helio P60 processor, 13 MP front camera, a 13 MP + 2 MP rear cameras, a large 4,230 mAh battery, and 3 GB of RAM. Meanwhile, the Realme C1 packs 6.2-inch display, Snapdragon 450 chipset, 13MP+2MP dual cameras, 4230mAh battery, and 2GB of RAM.

Go to Realme’s official Shopee store now!


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