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Best Budget Smartphones below P15,000 (August 2017 Edition)

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Welcome to GadgetMatch’s list of the best smartphones priced below PhP 15,000! Each month, we update our selection with the budget-friendly phones we believe are most deserving of your hard-earned savings.

Even though the spotlight has been on high-end smartphones this entire year, there have been a few surprisingly good entry-level handsets coming out lately, as well. So good, in fact, that we had to reassess our entire list.

Here they are in no particular order:

Huawei GR3 2017 / Honor 8 Lite (PhP 8,990)

As much as we enjoyed having Huawei’s GR5 2017 (also known as the Honor 6X) on this list, we couldn’t help but replace it with its more affordable sibling, the GR3 2017 (confusingly called the Honor 8 Lite in some regions). You can never go wrong with a midrange chipset and premium-looking body in a sub-PhP 10,000 handset.

REVIEW: Huawei GR3 2017

OPPO A57 (PhP 11,990)

Now that OPPO’s F series belongs in the midrange category of our lists (the recently launched F3 is valued above PhP 15,000), it’s up to the A57 to be the gateway into the Chinese company’s portfolio. Armed with an efficient Snapdragon 435 processor, selfie-centric front camera, and speedy fingerprint scanner, the A57 is OPPO’s best budget bet.

REVIEW: OPPO A57

ASUS ZenFone 3 Max 5.5 (PhP 9,995)

ASUS has been releasing ZenFone 3 variants like there’s no tomorrow, but the one offering the most value for the price is the 5.5-inch ZenFone 3 Max. It’s the larger version of the original ZenFone 3 Max, and borrows the faster camera of the ZenFone 3 Laser.

REVIEW: ASUS ZenFone 3 Max 5.5

Xiaomi Redmi Note 4X (PhP 9,800)

We finally had to take out Xiaomi’s Redmi 4 Prime on this list to make way for the Redmi Note 4X. It’s bigger and more fun to play with; plus, it has all the same features we loved from its smaller sibling, including the large battery, efficient processor, and solid build quality.

REVIEW: Xiaomi Redmi Note 4X

Vivo Y53 (PhP 5,990)

When you talk about great value, you must include Vivo’s Y53. Despite having no fingerprint scanner, its processor and build quality are among the things you used to find on phones twice the price of this handset — truly a serious consideration when you can’t spend more than PhP 6,000.

REVIEW: Vivo Y53

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How to get NBA League Pass with your telco provider

There are two package options

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NBA action is in full swing. In fact, it has been since August when the season restarted following a shut down that was caused by the dreaded Coronavirus pandemic. As of writing, we’re in the thick of the Conference Finals series. If you want to catch all the action, here’s how you can get NBA League Pass through different telecomm providers in the Philippines.

It’s now easier than ever to get access to the games legally. All of Smart, PLDT, and Globe are offering the same price packages.

PhP 85 — Watch any three games of your choice
PhP 485 — 30-day pass for all games including live and on-demand

Here’s how to get the subscription for each provider.

Smart Postpaid and Prepaid
(Also works with TNT and SUN Postpaid)

  • Download the NBA app (iOS / Android /APKPure)
  • On the app, click on the icon at the top-right corner
  • Click sign-in
  • A banner on top of the page will appear for Smart, Sun and TNT subscribers
  • Click ‘Get Started’
  • Enter mobile number for verification and a one-time PIN which will be sent to your mobile number
  • Choose your provider: Smart, TNT or Sun.
  • Choose your NBA League Pass Package (3-game or 30-days) and enter mobile number
  • Confirm your payment by entering the one-time PIN sent to your mobile number
  • Click NBA logo and start watching

PLDT Home

  • Go to pldthome.com/nbaleaguepass
  • Select your preferred package
  • The amount will be added to your next bill
  • PLDT will give a voucher
  • Download and sign-in to the NBA app
  • Enter the voucher in the promotion code field
  • Click NBA logo and start watching

Globe

  • Open the GCash app
  • Go to Buy Load
  • Look for the PayTV tab
  • Choose your preferred package. (Note: The chosen package is valid for 90 days).
  • Confirm payment
  • Open the NBA app and enjoy!

As mentioned earlier, we’re no in the Conference Finals with four teams remaining. Dueling in the West are the Los Angeles Lakers and the Denver Nuggets. Meanwhile in the East, it’s a battle between the Miami Heat and the Boston Celtics.

A new NBA champion will likely be crowned in the next 30 days so now is the best time to subscribe!

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Huawei Store is your one-stop shop for everything Huawei

Their every own e-commerce platform

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Online purchases have surged in 2020 out of necessity. The Coronavirus pandemic has kept most of us indoors. That means we do most of our shopping from our phones. Taking advantage of this new behavior, Huawei now has its own Huawei Store.

It’s a convenient, one-stop shop for everything Huawei. Officially launching on September 23, the Huawei Store will carry all of the company’s signature products and accessories.

We have a list, in case you’re interested.

Delivery and payment options

I’m sure you’re not new to online shopping, but if you are, Huawei is making it easy for you. After completing your shopping spree, the items will be delivered to your specified address. Deliveries are free during the Store’s promotion period.

Payment options are as follows:

  • Credit Card
  • GCash
  • Alipay
  • WeChat Pay
  • COD (Cash on delivery)

The Store guarantees 100% secure payment gateway; just hit the buy button, sit back and wait for their item to arrive at their doorstep.

Huawei Store Perks

Registering for a Huawei Store account or Huawei ID gives customers access to exclusive benefits like alerts on specific product deals, seasonal promotions, flash sales, discounts, gift coupons and other exciting prizes.

In the lead up to the Store’s official virtual launch, customers can subscribe to alerts early for a chance to win the Huawei Mate XS foldable phone.

This event runs from September 16-22 as a standalone promo, and then as part of a teaser sale on September 23-29.

As for the teaser sale, early birds can get awesome bundles and discounts on the following products:

  • Everyday piso sale for selected products and Half price flash sale of Huawei Y5p
  • Buy the Huawei MateBook D15 (256GB) and get the Huawei MatePad T3 8.0 (worth PhP 6,490) free
  • Buy the new Huawei Watch Fit and get the Huawei Band 4e (worth Php 1,390) free, as well as a sale for the Watch Fit’s exclusive Cantaloupe Orange color
  • Exclusive discounts on the Huawei Y5p, Y7, nova 7i, MatePad T8, and MateBook D14

From September 30 onwards, Huawei store will provide best offer ever:

  • Up to 60% off the latest Huawei Y8p
  • PhP 4,000 off Huawei band 4
  • 60% off Huawei Mate 30 pro
  • Freebuds 3i, nova 5t, nova 7i, Matepad pro, Matebook D 14 & Matebook D 15 (512 GB), Y5p, Y6p, Y7 will all enjoy this discount party

Additionally, getting the Huawei Mate 30 Pro, FreeBuds 3, and Watch GT2e as a bundle slashes PhP 16,000 off the total price. Bargain hunters can still score awesome finds from the flash sales and piso deals happening everyday throughout the Store’s promotional period.

Huawei Store exclusives also include several new and popular products from the tech brand, such as the new Huawei Y8p, the Huawei MateBook D15 (256GB) in Mystic Silver, the new Huawei Watch Fit with 500p off (includes store-exclusive orange color) from Sep 30 to Oct 10.

Get ready to add to cart!

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Globe, AcadArena launch Esports merit scholarship

Who knew playing video games has its benefits to your education?

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By this time, some students are already having online classes as a result of the pandemic. Even so, the younger generation still finds time to play video games to their hearts content. For others, while school hasn’t started yet, they use this time to hone their skills in otherwise competitive titles. Now, Globe and AcadArena have something very special planned that will provide more opportunities to college students.

As part of their student organization support system Alliance, Esports AcadArena is launching its first Esports merit scholarship. In partnership with Globe, this scholarship hopes to provide financial assistance through active participation in Esports activities. Essentially, student organizations from member universities may avail of this scholarship for select students.

The scholarships offers three types of merit depending on the student’s activities within their organization. There is the Family Good Game Grant which offers financial assistance to the student’s family provided he qualifies in AcadArena’s tournaments. Also, there are Competitve and Leadership Merits granted onto individuals with good chararcter and performance.

To know more about the Alliance Program or if your organization is interested in applying, visit AcadArena’s webiste.

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