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Best Budget Smartphones below P15,000 (May 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 since Mobile World Congress 2017 (MWC), there have been a few surprisingly good entry-level handsets coming out lately, as well. So good, in fact, that we had to knock out some of our favorites in our February list.

Here they are in no particular order:

Honor 6x

Honor 6X / Huawei GR5 2017 / Huawei Mate 9 Lite (PhP 11,990)

No matter what name it goes by in your region, Huawei’s borderline-midrange smartphone ticks all the right boxes in our ever-evolving criteria for what makes a handset great. We fell in love with its premium build and fun dual-camera mode, which are two features previously unheard of at this price point.

REVIEW: Honor 6X (aka Huawei GR5 2017 or Huawei Mate 9 Lite)

OPPO F1s

OPPO F1s (Updated Variant – PhP 13,990)

While the F3 hasn’t rolled out yet and we’ve yet to review it, the updated F1s with 4GB of memory (up from 3GB) and 64GB of expandable storage (up from 32GB) is our top pick from OPPO. This selfie-centric midranger offers a sleek metal design, one of the fastest fingerprint sensors in the market, and a user interface anyone — even iPhone users — can appreciate.

REVIEW: OPPO F1s

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

Redmi 4 Prime

Xiaomi Redmi 4 Prime (PhP 8,700)

Xiaomi’s best-ever entry-level smartphone first came to mind when forming this list. The Redmi 4 Prime has everything: a responsive fingerprint scanner, sturdy metal body, a battery that lasts days, and surprisingly good camera, making it so complete for such a low price.

REVIEW: Xiaomi Redmi 4 Prime

Vivo Y53

Vivo Y53 (PhP 6,990)

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 7,000.

REVIEW: Vivo Y53

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PlayStation 4 bundles get massive discounts in Southeast Asia

A great time to get a new console

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Just in time for the holidays, Sony is having a 12-day sale. If you’ve been holding off and waiting for a good PlayStation deal or interested in rewarding yourself with a more powerful console, this year-end season is a good time to get one.

From December 22 until January 2 next year, everyone can get a new PS4 console or upgrade to a PS4 Pro at a discount. To make the gaming experience even better, Sony also includes the PS VR on the list.

Buyers can choose from different bundles like Party (includes two multiplayer games plus a second DualShock 4 controller), Hits (includes three best-rated titles), and the new NBA 2K19 bundle.

Sony’s generous deal is happening across Southeast Asia, so be sure to check with your local stores for the discounts. Here are the official discounted prices of the following PlayStation deals:

Singapore

Philippines

Malaysia

Indonesia

Introduced two years ago, both the PS4 (Slim) and PS4 Pro are still the latest and most current gaming consoles from Sony. We already have a hands-on video (of course!) about the two and it’s available for viewing here:

SEE ALSO: These 20 games are bundled with the PlayStation Classic

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Xiaomi Mi Mix 3 price and availability in the Philippines

It’s finally here!

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The wait will soon be over for excited Xiaomi fans, the Mi Mix 3 will finally be available globally. Thanks to the growing Filipino fan base, one of the first markets to have Xiaomi’s lastest Mi Mix phone is the Philippines.

The all-screen magnetic-sliding Mi Mix 3 is going to be available locally on December 21. The only variant that’ll be sold is the 6GB+128GB model and it’s priced at PhP 29,990 (US$ 565). It’ll come in Sapphire Blue, Emerald Green, and Onyx Black.

Fans who would like to get ahead of the crowd can pre-order starting December 19 on Lazada and Mi Authorized Stores. As a treat, the first 100 customers to pre-order online through Lazada will receive PhP 1,000 worth of discount vouchers.

Those who prefer to visit a nearby Mi Authorized Store on the first day of pre-order will get eco-products and shirts. The first 20 customers to pre-order in stores will get earphones, while the rest will receive power banks. Customers who will pre-order on the second day will get Mi Casual Daypacks.

If you’re still unsure about the Mi Mix 3, we already have a review up or you may also watch our hands-on video:

The article has been updated to reflect changes in pre-order details.

SEE ALSO: Xiaomi Mi MIX 3 review: Xiaomi got everything right, almost

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Tech deals that make for great Christmas presents

Here are some great Holideals for the holidays

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It is, yet again, the season of giving. And as fun as it all is, it can be a crazy time searching, shopping, and spending for gifts you’re unsure your loved ones would even like.

To preserve your sanity and to make sure you get your family presents they’ll surely enjoy, we’ve got a proposition: Why not get your family the gift of great internet? Think about it, it’s something they’ll love and definitely use. Plus, this season, PLDT and Smart offer the perfect Holideals with irresistible discounts and deals from their biggest holiday blowout yet! For your every gifting need, for every type of family member:

The newbies

Still don’t have your own home Wi-Fi? Now’s the best time to give your whole family the joy of streaming and surfing with blazing-fast speeds!

With Holideals, you can sign up for PLDT Home Unli Fibr Plan 1899 to enjoy speeds of up to 25Mbps, and save as much as PhP 3,600 with free installation and activation fees and zero cash out. It’s the perfect gift for your family, who’ll probably spend more time with you now that they can connect easily and more conveniently in the comfort of your home.

Already have a PLDT Home Fibr Plan at home? There are more deals, and those who love to get online to stream their favorite shows will love what’s coming…

For the movie lovers

If you’re already enjoying your PLDT Home Fibr Plan, why not surprise your family with a new add-on service like the TVolution Lite powered by Roku, the latest streaming device that lets you turn your TV into a digital entertainment powerhouse for only PhP 99 per month on top of your plan.

This sleek and powerful streaming device gives you easy and convenient access to all your favorite content on Netflix, Cignal, iflix, Fox+, and YouTube, so everyone in your family will surely love it.

It makes your plan even more worth it. This is how you say “I care” in 2018 and beyond.

On to the next deal!

For professionals who are leveling up

Every hardworking professional needs a hardworking smartphone, so why not give your loved one the latest flagship handset with the data-packed GigaX Plans? He or she most definitely deserves a new Samsung Galaxy Note 9, Huawei Mate 20, or Huawei Mate 20 Pro! Aside from getting huge discounts from Smart, you also get a chance to win raffle prizes when you sign up for a new GigaX Plan, so you better grab this opportunity.

But, that’s not all…

For the sibling who needs an LTE upgrade

For all you know, your brother or sister has yet to upgrade to an LTE smartphone! This is the best time to make it happen because you can avail of the latest LTE smartphones at a steal of a price when you apply for a Smart Postpaid Plan on the Smart Online Store. With this gift, you’ll never lose touch with your sibling.

For the friend you want to connect with all the time

Looking for a thoughtful addition to whatever you are giving your dear friends? You can’t go wrong with the Smart Prepaid Gift Card. Available at retailers nationwide, the especially designed Gift Card is not only very practical, but also sends a strong message to the person you want to always connect with — whether through calls, texts, or your favorite mobile apps!

There’s definitely something for everyone on PLDT-Smart Holideals! Go check it here nowHappy Holideals, everyone!

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