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

September 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:

OPPO Reno4 (PhP 18,990)

OPPO squarely positioned this as a content creating machine and there are several things on this phone that lives up to that tag. It’s light and easy to carry around, the camera array — while not the best — is more than good enough, and the performance won’t leave you wanting for more. Oh and that blue variant is sexy AF.

REVIEW: OPPO Reno4

Samsung Galaxy M31 (PhP 13,990)

This is a battery beast. Sometimes in this segment, you just need to have one standout thing going for you, and for the Galaxy M31, it is the 6,000mAh battery that works just as advertised. You’ll probably run out of juice first before this phone does.

HANDS-ON: Samsung Galaxy M31

realme 6 Pro (PhP 16,990)

This is the only smartphone in this segment that offers a 90Hz screen refresh rate. It’s one thing if that’s the only thing it’s good at, but the realme 6 Pro has a 64MP quad-camera setup, a really clean UI, and Snapdragon 720G along with 30W VOOC charging. We’re convinced this is the best Android phone in this segment.

Review: realme 6 Pro

realme 6 (PhP 13,990/ US$ 280)

It’s pretty much everything its “pro” sibling is except it’s instead powered by a Helio G90T processor made for gaming. the RAM and storage combo is no slouch too (8GB/128GB) and yes, it also has a 90Hz screen refresh rate. Solid. Value.

Review: realme 6

Huawei Nova 7 SE (PhP 19,990)

Barely making the price point, Huawei phones are facing a unique problem with the lack of Google Mobile Services. That said, Huawei Mobile Services is making a headway. But the reason the phone lands on this list is because of its 5G capabilities. This is one of the most affordable phones to support 5G and that has to count for something.

Hands-On: Huawei Nova 7 SE

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

Accessories

realme Buds Q ‘for Gen Z’ now official

Budget TWS earphones that do not look like AirPods

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realme Buds Q

It’s always refreshing to see a pair of TWS earbuds that looking nothing like Apple AirPods. That’s exactly what the realme Buds Q is.

The realme Buds Q was designed by José Lévy — the cooperated designer of Hermès and the art director of the realme Design Studio. Like their entire product range, this is primarily targeted at the youth (Gen Zs).

realme says Lévy took inspiration from the round cobblestones found along the shores of Normandy beach where he spent most of his youth. He and the realme team iterated the design over 200 times. They fine-tuned the curvature of the G3 curve just to give users a cobblestone-like design that is mellow and comfortable.

On the specs end, the realme Buds Q has a 10mm Large Driver and Dynamic Bass Boost. With the charging case, you should get up to 20 hours of music playback. The buds could also go on for three hours of single continuous calling time, four and a half hours of single continuous music listening time, five hours of single continuous gaming time, and six hours of single continuous video streaming time.

Pricing and availability

The realme Buds Q will be available starting September 30 and retails for PhP 1,490. It comes as a freebie for the first 10 buyers of the realme 7 Pro and is discounted by PhP 500 on Lazada only on September 30.

SEE ALSO: realme 7 Pro review | realme 7 review | realme Buds Q hands-on


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realme 7 series launches in the Philippines

Another pair of noteworthy midrangers

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Well, that was fast. After launching the realme 7 series in India, the brand is now bringing its latest devices to other markets. Now, realme is bringing the realme 7 and realme 7 Pro to the Philippines.

The launch of the realme 7 series towards the end of September puts it almost within six months of launching the popular realme 6 series into the country. By all aspects, the realme 7 seriesis a marginal improvement over the realme 6 series. However, this upcoming smartphone is a likely contender for the best value midranger again, thanks to its specs and competitive pricing.

realme 7 Pro

Upfront, the 90Hz refresh rate has been retained on the 6.4-inch FHD+ AMOLED display. A Qualcomm Snapdragon 720G is now powering the device. Also new for the realme 7 Pro is faster wired charging thanks to 65W SuperDart charge that can charge the smartphone from 0 to 100% percent in just 34 minutes.

The quad cameras also got some upgrades. The newer and bigger IMX682 64MP imaging sensor replaces the one on the realme 6 Pro. The rest of the setup practically remains the same. However, the quad-camera setup now resides on a refined camera bump design that looks in line with other midrangers released recently.

The secondary ultra-wide selfie camera is gone now. In place, realme bumped the primary selfie camera to 32MP, which is double the resolution of the realme 6 Pro.

realme is also touting the 7 Pro as the first smartphone in the world to receive a TÜV Rheinland Smartphone Reliability Verification. We don’t exactly know what this certification does to a smartphone, but the brand is touting a much reliable device for everyday use.

realme 7

The realme 7 has a 6.5-inch LCD display with a 90Hz refresh rate and Gorilla Glass 3 protection. Powering the phone is a MediaTek Helio G95 processor with up to 8GB RAM and 128GB storage.

It includes the same camera setup that’s found on the elder sibling. However, it gets a bigger 5000mAh battery with 30W fast charging. realme claims it can fully charge the phone within 65 minutes. For authentication, a side-mounted fingerprint scanner is provided.

Pricing and availability

The realme 7 series will be available nationwide starting September 30. Pricing and special offers are as follows:

realme 7 pro (8GB+128GB) — PhP 17,990
realme 7 (8GB+128GB) — PhP 14,990

Purchase the realme 7 Pro in stores nationwide from September 30 to October 4, 2020 to get an automatic umbrella and a realme Band worth PhP 2,390.

Home Credit

  • Starting September 30
  • realme 7 8+128 and realme 7 Pro 8+128 are available via 0% interest installment plans of 6 and 9 months.
  • Special Offer: First 10 purchasers of the realme 7 Pro will be getting free realme Buds Q worth PhP 1,490, while the first 10 purchasers of a realme 7 will get free Buds Classic worth PhP 590.

E-Commerce Partner: Lazada

  • September 30, 1PM
  • First 200 purchasers of realme 7 Pro via the dedicated product page will get free realme Buds Q worth Php1,490
  • realme 7 is PhP 500 off on September 30
  • realme Buds Q is PhP 500 off on September 30

Credit Card Installment

  • 6 and 12 mos 0% interest via all major credit cards in participating stores nationwide

SEE ALSO: realme 7 Pro review | realme 7 review | realme Buds Q hands-on


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Huawei Store discounts keep coming!

Happening from September 30 to October 7

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Huawei Philippines recently launched its official online store for the convenience of consumers.  Now, the brand is holding a sale from September 30 to October 7 with various discounts on Huawei products.

Looking for a reliable workhorse laptop? Huawei has a wide selection of laptops for every need. The MateBook lineup is a no-frills laptop that gets the job done. Now, customers can enjoy PhP 6,000 off on every purchase of Huawei MateBook D15 in Mystic Silver color.

For a trusty tablet companion, Huawei’s MatePad is there to meet the needs of every budding creative. It is also PhP 6,000 off for a limited time.

There’s also a wide range of discounts and promos on Huawei’s smartphone selection. Entry-level smartphones such as Huawei Y5 and Y7 get PhP 500 and PhP 700 discounts, respectively. If that isn’t enough, Huawei’s Y8p is PhP 4,000 off its retail price.

If getting fit is a priority, then take a look at Huawei’s selection of fitness bands and watches. Both the Huawei Watch Fit and Huawei Band 4 get some hefty discounts to kickstart an active lifestyle. The biggest discount in on Huawei Band 4, which receives 60% off its retail price. Meanwhile, Huawei Watch Fit receives PhP 500 off its price.

Huawei is also offering the ultimate bundle with the biggest discount yet. Buyers can get the Mate 30 Pro + FreeBuds 3 + Watch GT2e bundle with PhP 17,000 discount during the sale.

All these offers, however, are available only for a limited time. Furthermore, they’re only available on Huawei’s official online store. Each purchase from the store entitles customers to exclusive perks like free delivery (during the promo period only), manufacturer warranties, and access to sale alerts, coupons, and more.

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