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Best Midrange Smartphones from P15,000 to P30,000 (August 2017 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 15,000 to PhP 30,000.

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 two other lists for best budget and premium smartphones.

Here they are in no particular order:

ASUS ZenFone 3 Zoom (PhP 23,995)

The ZenFone 3 Zoom is best known for its dual-camera setup that lets you zoom in without quality loss, but less advertised is the massive battery and efficient processor it comes with. Combine both, and you get an ASUS gadget perfect for this selection.

REVIEW: ASUS ZenFone 3 Zoom

OnePlus 5 (PhP 25,990)

The OnePlus 3T has finally been unseated from our list, and what better way than by its successor, the OnePlus 5. The price may have gone up, but you get even more flagship-level features this time around: a much faster Snapdragon 835 processor, up to 8GB of memory, and an additional camera at the back capable of zooming in on subjects.

REVIEW: OnePlus 5

Huawei P10 (PhP 28,990)

While it may seem odd placing Huawei’s latest and greatest smartphone on a midrange list, the P10’s price is surprisingly competitive, especially when compared to other flagships launched alongside it at Mobile World Congress 2017 (MWC). If you’re after something a little more beefed up, there’s always the more expensive P10 Plus.

REVIEW: Huawei P10

OPPO R11 (PhP 22,500)

It took a while, but OPPO’s R series of smartphones has finally been given its much-anticipated update in the R11. It’s the first in OPPO’s growing lineup to sport two cameras at the back (the additional lens serves zooming purposes) and one of the first to come with Qualcomm’s brand-new Snapdragon 660 chipset.

REVIEW: OPPO R11

Moto Z2 Play (PhP 24,999)

We’re not including the Moto Z2 Play on our list just because it’s the sole modular smartphone to come out this year (the Moto Z2 Force has only begun to ship); in fact, it’s a solid handset with or without Moto Mods. We can thank the efficient Snapdragon 626 processor, super-fast fingerprint sensor, and clear Android skin for that.

REVIEW: Moto Z2 Play

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Comparison: Unlimited home broadband plans in the Philippines

Say no to data caps!

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As much as possible, home broadband shouldn’t be limited to data allowances. While consumable plans are cheaper, they are not enough for binge-watching and large file downloads like game updates.

If you’re still subscribed to a consumable broadband plan, it’s time to make the switch! Unlimited broadband plans are the way to go. Four of the major internet service providers (ISP) in the Philippines namely Converge, Globe, PLDT, and Sky offer various unlimited internet plans.

Here are the speed options and monthly service fees:

Converge FiberX
Globe At Home
PLDT Home
OneSky Broadband
3Mbps
 –
 –
1,299
 –
5Mbps
 –
1,699
1,699
1,299
10Mbps
 –
1,899
 –
15Mbps
 –
1,899
 –
20Mbps
 –
1,899
1,899
 –
25Mbps
1,500
 –
 –
1,899
50Mbps
2,500
2,499
2,899
2,899
100Mbps
3,500
2,899
 –
3,899

Note: Globe’s Plan 1899 has three speed options depending on availability.

These broadband plans are either connected by copper (DSL) or fiber optic cables. All the plans are subject to availability in the area, especially plans 20Mbps and above since they require a fiber connection.

Which plan offers the best value?

After checking all the broadband plans from the four major ISPs, we can say that Converge’s FiberX 1500 offers the best value all around — that is if your area is serviceable. A 25Mbps connection is already enough for daily needs even if a number of people will be using the network.

If you want to get the fastest speed, Globe’s Go Unli Plan 2899 is the best on the list. For just PhP 2,899, you get 100Mbps speed which is already powered by fiber connectivity. The catch is, like with Converge, fiber-connected places are still pretty limited especially if you live in certain condominiums or a remote village.

What are the freebies and add-ons?

When it comes to freebies, Globe has the biggest offering while Converge has the barest offer to keep their price down.

Converge FiberX
Globe At Home
PLDT Home
OneSky Broadband

– Landline with unlimited Globe to Globe calls
– 6 months premium subscription to Netflix and Disney apps
– 2 months subscription to HOOQ
– Double speed for Plan 2899 for 6 months – Free Sky On Demand access

How much are the initial fees?

Monthly fees are just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to broadband plans. Since this type of service requires a wired connection to your place, they have installation fees. These fees vary per ISP and, sometimes, there are certain promotions available.

  • Converge — PhP 2,500
  • Globe — PhP 2,500 (DSL) or P4,500 (vDSL/Fiber) for No-Lockup / PhP 1,000 with contract
  • PLDT — PhP 2,300 (DSL) or P3,600 (Fiber)
  • Sky Broadband — PhP 999 to PhP 3,898

Please check out their respective websites for the latest promotions and more details about the offerings: Converge FiberX, Globe At Home, PLDT Home, Sky Broadband.

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Samsung Galaxy A8 and A8+ (2018) officially launch in the Philippines

They don’t come cheap

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Samsung’s latest midrange phones are slowly making their way to regional markets. For Southeast Asia, the South Korean company officially announced the Galaxy A8 and A8+ (2018) in the Philippines.

The Samsung Galaxy A8 and Galaxy A8+ (2018) are the newest additions to the premium midrange Galaxy A family. With these new phones, Samsung pushed its midrange offerings to become near-flagship.

Both devices have Infinity Displays with an 18.5:9 display ratio and Full HD+ resolution. The Galaxy A8 (2018)’s display measures at 5.6 inches with a 3000mAh battery while the Galaxy A8+ (2018) has a larger 6-inch panel and 3500mAh battery. Both support Adaptive Fast Charging through USB-C.

Another special feature is the dual front cameras: 16- and 8-megapixel sensors with a bright f/1.9 aperture. This setup brings the Live Focus feature from the Galaxy Note 8 for selfies with bokeh. A single 16-megapixel f/1.7 rear shooter with phase-detection autofocus and electronic image stabilization handles low-light photography. The phones are also IP68-certified against water and dust.

Samsung Galaxy A8 (2018) Ambassador Yassi Pressman

They are powered by an unspecified octa-core processor (most likely an Exynos chip), with up to 6GB of memory for the A8+ and up to 64GB of expandable storage. Out of the box, they run Android 7.1.1 Nougat with the Samsung Experience skin on top.

The Galaxy A8 (2018) and A8+ (2018) will be available in the Philippine market starting January 27 for PhP 26,990 and PhP 32,990, respectively. Color options include gold and black.

SEE ALSO: Samsung Galaxy A8 and A8+ (2018) Review: Premium midrange features come at a price

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Cherry Prepaid launches KACHER70, their first tri-net data combo offer

New promo for the new year

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A new year means a new promo for Cherry Prepaid subscribers. A new tri-net offer is coming your way that’s good for web browsing, calling, and texting.

The new KACHER70 is Cherry Prepaid’s first tri-net data combo promo which includes 1GB of data and 60 minutes of calls and unlimited texts to fellow Cherry Prepaid subscribers, as well as their sister network Globe and TM.

The tri-net data offer is valid for five days for just PhP 70. To register, simply text KACHER70 to 2138.

Promo is valid until March 31, 2018.

If you want to try out Cherry Prepaid, you may purchase their prepaid LTE SIM card which is available at Cherry Mobile stores, SM Store outlets, and Puregold stores in the Philippines for only PhP 29. Cherry Prepaid is a virtual network by Cherry Mobile in partnership with Globe Telecom.

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