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

April 2020 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:

Redmi Note 9S (PhP 11,990)

Xiaomi’s Redmi Note series has been popular because of how it has consistently delivered steady overall performance at an affordable price. On paper, the Redmi Note 9S continues that tradition.

READ: Redmi Note 9S

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.


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


Xiaomi Mi Note 10 Lite: Price and availability in the Philippines

A more affordable Mi Note 10




You heard it right! The Lite version of Xiaomi’s Mi Note 10 is coming to the Philippines.

Unlike its bigger sibling, the Mi Note 10 Lite sports a 64MP wide-angle camera. Other than the main Sony IMX686 sensor, it also features an 8MP ultra-wide lens with a 120º field of view, 5MP depth sensor, and a 2MP macro camera. Overall, you’ll get a quad rear-camera setup.

Instead of the usual punch-hole camera cutout, you’ll get a dot drop notch that houses its 16MP AI selfie camera. A special camera feature called “Vlog mode” lets you choose from eight vlog templates. You can then create easy and creative vlog content in minutes with this feature.

The processor is still the Snapdragon 730G chipset — which also powers the bigger Mi Note 10. You’ll also get a high-capacity 5,260mAh battery that supports 30W fast charging out of the box and promises a full charge in just 64 minutes. Xiaomi says it one single charge can last for up to two days.

With the phone’s design, it’s sandwiched by a Corning Gorilla Glass 5 front and back. It features an epic 3D Curved 6.47-inch Full HD+ AMOLED display for that fullscreen experience. For security, it has an under-display fingerprint reader.

Pricing and availability

The Xiaomi Mi Note 10 Lite will launch in the Philippines first at Xiaomi’s official Lazada flagship store on June 4, 2020. The 64GB/6GB RAM configuration will retail at PhP 16,990 while the 128GB/8GB RAM variant will be sold at PhP 18,990. The phone will soon roll out at Authorized Mi Stores and offline Xiaomi retailers. It will be available in three stunning colors: Nebula Purple, Glacier White, and Midnight Black.

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Redmi Note 9, Note 9 Pro: Price and availability in the Philippines

Power-packed beauty!



Redmi’s popular Note series got an upgrade this year and it’s coming to the Philippines!

Redmi Note 9

The Redmi Note 9 prides itself with a 5020mAh battery capable of 18W fast charging, an immersive Gorilla glass-protected 6.53-inch FHD+ DotDisplay, and a quad-camera setup: 48-megapixel main camera, 8-megapixel ultra-wide-angle lens, 2-megapixel macro lens, and 2-megapixel depth sensor. In front, it has a 13-megapixel front camera housed in a punch-hole design.

It’s powered by MediaTek’s Helio G85 (12mn) and runs on MIUI 11 based on Android 10. It’s also backed up by 128GB of internal storage and 4GB RAM!

Redmi Note 9 Pro

Meanwhile, the Redmi Note 9 Pro runs a similar yet slightly better specifications than its base model. This Pro variant boasts with an even better quad-camera setup: 64-megapixel main camera, 8-megapixel ultra-wide-angle lens, 5-megapixel macro lens, and 2-megapixel depth sensor.

It’s powered by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 720G (8nm), with internals of up to 6GB RAM and 128GB storage. The Redmi Note 9 Pro sports the same 5020mAh battery, but with a speedy 30W fast charge capability.

Moreover, it’s equipped with a Corning Gorilla Glass 5 on both its front and back panels, protecting its 6.67″ FHD+ DotDisplay. Furthermore, it has its fan-favorite features: Side-mounted fingerprint sensor and a 3.5mm headphone jack.

Price and availability

The Redmi Note 9 comes in Interstellar Grey, Aurora Blue, and Glacier White. Its suggested retail price is PhP 7,990 for the 3GB/64GB variant and Php 9,990 for the 4GB/128GB variant.

It will be available at the official Xiaomi stores on Shopee starting May 27, 2020, and on Lazada starting June 4, 2020. Xiaomi will offer PhP 500 off on the 3GB/64GB variant during their first day on the e-commerce platforms.

On the other hand, the Redmi Note 9 Pro comes in Interstellar Grey, Tropical Green, and Glacier White. It’s currently offered in two variants: PhP 12,490 for 6GB/64GB and PhP 13,990 for 6GB/128GB. It will be available starting June 4, 2020, at the official Xiaomi Flagship Store on Lazada — offering PhP 500 off on the 6GB/64GB variant on that day only.

SEE ALSO: Redmi Note 9 with quad-cameras, huge 5020mAh battery is now official

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iPhone Xs, iPhone Xs Max discounted at Beyond the Box

Up to PhP 31,000 discount on some models



Are you thinking about switching to an iPhone? Beyond the Box’s latest promo might tempt you to finally get one. For a limited time, the store is selling older iPhones and iPads at discounted prices.

Beyond the Box is now selling the 2018 iPhone Xs, Xs Max, and the 6th-gen iPad with big discounts. All variants and models of these devices are discounted for up to PhP 31,000 off their retail price. The special promo pricing for these devices are:

Discounted iPhone / iPad Variant Special Price
iPhone Xs 64 GB PhP 39,990 (from PhP 59,990)
iPhone Xs 512 GB PhP 49,990 (from PhP 80,990)
iPhone Xs Max 64 GB PhP 47,990 (from PhP 65,990)
iPhone Xs Max 256 GB PhP 52,990 (from PhP 75,990)
iPad 6th-gen 32 GB (WiFi + Cellular) PhP 19,990 (from PhP 25,990)
iPad 6th-gen 128 GB (WiFi + Cellular) PhP 24,990 (from PhP 31,990)


Best time to get your iPhone Xs, Xs Max, and iPad 6th Gen. Special promo prices are available for a limited time only!…

Posted by Beyond the Box on Saturday, 23 May 2020

It’s important to note that the special promo pricing doesn’t apply for installment payments. You have to pay in cash. Furthermore, these prices apply only to online purchases and are not available on Beyond the Box physical stores. As such, there are only limited stocks for these Apple devices.

To know more about the promo, you can visit Beyond the Box’s Facebook page.


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