Best Midrange Smartphones from P15,000 to P30,000 (August 2017 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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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vivo V27e price, availability, features
Get to know the smaller sibling
The recently-released vivo V27 series is looking to take the midrange scene by storm with the phones’ new ring light that complements their respective camera packages.
And while the higher end vivo V27 5G has received most of the attention, its smaller sibling — the vivo V27e — does not want to be left out, proving to be a worthy option for its segment.
It’s powered by a Helio G99 processor and has up to 256GB of internal storage. The base memory is 8GB plus additional 8GB extended RAM, thanks to vivo’s Extended RAM 3.0. The phone’s 4,600mAh battery supports 66W FastCharge.
The screen is a 6.62-inch AMOLED display with an upgraded 120Hz refresh rate. It comes in handy for gaming or playing high-resolution videos.
Handy mid-range shooter
The main selling point of the vivo V27e is its f/1.8 64MP ultra-sensing main shooter. It’s part of a triple camera setup along with the f/2.4 2MP macro and f/2.4 2MP depth. Up front is a 32MP selfie camera.
The main lens has hybrid EIS and OIS dual ultra-stabilization feature for steady captures and recordings. It’s beneficial for TikTok and reels, as well as vlogs. Night shots are likewise more vivid and detailed with the Aura Portrait algorithm — a vivo-exclusive innovation.
Speaking of which, the phone has a vlog movie 3.0 feature guides the user with vlogging tips and built-in film templates, frames, and stickers.
The vivo V27e is priced at PhP 16,999 and is available online via vivo’s official website, Lazada, Shopee, TikTok, and offline at any vivo store nationwide.
vivo V27 series: Credit card, Home Credit availability
Light installment plans
The vivo V27 series is the latest from vivo in the Philippines. It’s a smartphone series that features a light ring on its camera module instead of the usual flash. The series is comprised of the vivo V27e and the vivo V27 5G. Both are available both via credit card payment and through Home Credit.
You can earn rewards when you purchase either of the vivo V27 phones via credit card. The lowest payment schemes are:
- vivo V27e — PhP 708.29 on a 24-month installment with zero percent interest.
- vivo V27 5G — PhP 1,041.63 on a 24-month installment also with zero percent interest.
vivo and Home Credit Philippines partnered to offer flexible payment terms and low monthly installment rates. Installment plans are available in 9, 12 and 18-month options.
- vivo V27e — 10% initial downpayment with zero interest rate. The 18-month plan costs PhP 877 per month.
- vivo V27 5G — Also a 10% initial downpayment. The 18-month plan costs PhP 1,289 per month.
vivo V27 — #AuraPortraitMaster
vivo calls the light ring on the vivo V27 series’ camera module the Aura Light. The vivo V27 series has a f/1.9 IMX766V 50MP ultra-sensing main camera. This is supported by EIS+OIS dual ultra-stabilization for sharp and high-quality shots even when moving or at night. The Aura Portrait Algorithm paves the way for impressive image and video-processing yet on a vivo smartphone for its category.
Both are equipped with 120Hz FHD+ AMOLED screens. The 7.36mm 3D curved screen on the V27 5G is the thinnest yet for a V series phone. Meanwhile, the V27e has a 7.7mm thickness.
There are three colorway choices:
- Color-changing Emerald Green
- Lavender Purple
- Glory Black (specifically for the V27e, which is said to shimmer at night)
SEE ALSO: Vibe Check: vivo V27 5G
OPPO Find N2 Flip: Price, availability in the Philippines
The premier flip smartphone is here!
OPPO’s premier flip smartphone is now in the Philippines!
The super compact smartphone delivers power and premier design, making it an ideal daily driver. It prides itself on a crease-free display, a waterdrop hinge made from aircraft-grade high-strength steel and polymer, and a tough build that allows 400,000 cycles of folding and unfolding the smartphone.
The Find N2 Flip is also equipped with a powerful set of cameras, co-developed with Hasselblad. Moreover, it’s equipped with a large 4300mAh battery capable of 44W SUPERVOOC charge, enabling up to 20 hours of video streaming, 16 hours of social media browsing, or 6 hours of video calls.
It also comes with a generous 3.26-inch display on its cover screen, the largest of its kind on any flip smartphone today.
The OPPO Find N2 Flip retails for PhP 49,999 and is now available at select OPPO concept stores nationwide. It comes in two stunning colors: Moonlit Purple and Astral Black.
0% installment plans
The Find N2 Flip is available at Lazada, offering freebies for every purchase such as the OPPO Watch Free (worth PhP 5,499), and the OPPO Enco Air 3 (worth PhP 3,999). It also comes with 0% interest installment for 45 days via LazPayLater, as well as free shipping.
Alternatively, it’s also available via Home Credit with installment options for 9, 12, 15, 18, and 24 months with the lowest monthly payment at PhP 1,504.
The same goes for credit cards, where customers can avail of the Find N2 Flip at 6 or 12 months installment at 0% interest.
The esteemed compact phone is also available via Globe Plan 1499 with a cash out of PhP 28,800. It also comes in Plan 999 with a cash out of PhP 33,600. Both plans offer the OPPO Enco Air 3 and OPPO Band 2 as freebies.
For Smart, the Find N2 Flip is available at Plan 1499 with cash out available and the same freebies.
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