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Best Midrange Smartphones from P15,000 to P30,000 (July 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.

HANDS-ON: 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

Samsung Galaxy A5 2017 (PhP 19,990)

Samsung hit all the right notes with its newest Galaxy A5 variant, owning a design reminiscent of older Galaxy flagships, as well as specs fit for its price point. Best of all, it has both water and dust resistance, which no other phone on this list can boast.

REVIEW: Samsung Galaxy A5 (2017)

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ASUS Zenfone 8 Series: Price and availability in the Philippines

Pre-orders come with a freebie!

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Zenfone 8 Flip

Yes, they’re back for real! After skipping a couple of generations, ASUS is bringing back the Zenfone to the Philippines. They’re bringing over both Zenfone 8 Series phones — the Zenfone 8 and Zenfone 8 Flip!

Both phones are flagship level being powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 processor. But they’re pretty different. Here’s a quick look at their specs side by side.

Zenfone 8

Zenfone Flip 8

Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 Qualcomm Snapdragon 888
Display 5.9” Samsung AMOLED, 120Hz 6.67” Samsung AMOLED, 90Hz
OS Android 11, Zen UI 8 Android 11, Zen UI 8
Configuration 6GB + 128GB

8GB +128GB

8GB + 256GB

16GB + 256GB

*No storage expansion

8GB +256GB

*Up to 2TB storage expansion via MicroSD

Battery 4,000mAh 5,000mAh
Cameras 64MP Sony IMX686

12MP Ultra-wide

12MP front-facing

64MP Sony IMX686

12MP Ultra-wide

8MP telephoto

*Flip camera module

The Zenfone 8 is unique in that it offers flagship capabilities in a compact body. The phone has a 5.9″ display Samsung AMOLED display. For comparison, the closest thing to it overall is the iPhone 12 mini which has a 5.4″ display.

Watch our Zenfone 8 review

 

Meanwhile, the Zenfone 8 Flip is ASUS sticking to their guns and offering something unique in the flagship segment. As the name suggests, this has the Flip camera module. So when taking selfies, you’re essentially using the best cameras on the phone that’s typically only on the rear for every other flagship.

Read our Zenfone 8 Flip Unboxing and First Impressions

Zenfone 8 Flip

Price and availability

The ASUS Zenfone 8 Series is available for pre-order starting May 14, 2021 at official ASUS Concept Stores,
accredited online and offline shops. Successful pre-orders will get a free Rhinoshield Solidsuit Hardcase and a JBL Go 3.

Pricing are as follows:

  • ASUS Zenfone 8 Flip, 8GB + 256GB, Galactic Black and Glacier Silver — PhP 39,995
  • Zenfone 8, 16GB + 256GB, Obsidian Black — PhP 39,995
  • Zenfone 8, 8GB +128GB, Obsidian Black and Horizon Silver — PhP 34,995
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MSI laptops up for huge discounts in May

You get a free gaming bag on some models too

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MSI is starting May with a big bang thanks to an exclusive sale and promo for select laptops. From May 1 to June 13, customers can get big savings of up to PhP 17,005 and even score a free gaming backpack on purchase of select MSI laptops.

Participating in the promo are MSI’s selection of gaming laptops: GL75, GF63, and GF65 Thin. MSI is also including the Modern 14, a laptop geared for professionals and creatives.

Save up on MSI’s gaming laptops

Customers can save up to PhP 17,005 and get a free gaming bag on every purchase of the GL75. The gaming laptop is one of the best value out there, coming with respectable specs to get gamers going. Inside, there is a 10th-generation Intel Core i7 processor coupled with an NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650Ti. It also comes with a 17.3 FHD IPS display with 144Hz refresh rate. Of course, this won’t be an MSI laptop without the cooler boost 5 and red backlit SteelSeries keyboard.

Meanwhile, the ever dependable GF63 series can be had with up to PhP 14,005 off their prices. The savings stack up from the cheap to expensive models:

  • 868PH (15.6-inch 144Hz FHD IPS display; Intel Core i7-10750H + NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 Ti; 8 GB RAM; 256 GB SSD + 1 TB HDD) — from PhP 69,995 to PhP 59,250 with free gaming backpack
  • 869PH / 1269LA (15.6-inch 144Hz FHD IPS display; Intel Core i7-10750H + NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650Ti; 8 GB RAM; 512 GB SSD) — from PhP 69,995 to PhP 58,250 with free gaming backpack
  • 843PH / 1099LA (15.6-inch 144Hz FHD display; Intel Core i5-10300H + NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650Ti; 8 GB RAM; 512 GB SSD) — from PhP 61,995 to PhP 47,990 with free gaming backpack
  • 896PH (15.6-inch 144Hz FHD display; Intel Core i5-10300H + NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650Ti; 8 GB RAM; 256 GB SSD + 1 TB HDD) — from PhP 61,995 to PhP 48,990 with free gaming backpack
  • 1083PH (15.6-inch 144Hz FHD display; Intel Core i5-10300H + NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650Ti; 8 GB RAM; 1 TB HDD) — from PhP 48,995 to PhP 43,995

Free MSI gaming bags are also up for grabs with every purchase of the GF65 Thin, the award-winning gaming laptop that packs the latest NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060 series graphics card.

MSI Modern 14: laptop for the professionals

Finally, professionals can take home a dependable laptop for their daily tasks at lower price thanks to the new low price of PhP 35,995 with the MSI Modern 14. This laptop is an all AMD laptop, featuring the latest Ryzen 5 4500U with Radeon integrated graphics. It also comes with a 14-inch FHD display and a respectable 8 GB of RAM topped by 512 GB of SSD storage.

To know more about MSI’s latest promo, visit their website today.

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realme 8, realme 8 Pro: Price and availability in the Philippines

Dare to buy

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realme 8 pro

The latest in realme’s number series — the realme 8 and the realme 8 pro — have now arrived in the Philippines and like usual, they come with discounts at launch.

Before we dive into the pricing details, let’s first take a quick look at the two phones.

Both phones have a 6.4-inch AMOLED display with Full HD+ resolution and an in-display fingerprint scanner. The refresh rate is still 60Hz, but there’s support for always-on display. They run on realme UI 2.o based on Android 11 out-of-the-box.

realme 8 pro

The pair has a super slim body and an infinite bold design with the AG-Crystal process. Essentially, the back is made of plastic. The rear of the phone has realme’s slogan “dare to leap” engraved and it’s massive.

The realme 8 Pro is powered by a Snapdragon 720G processor with up to 8GB RAM and 128GB internal storage. On the rear is a quad-camera setup consisting of a 108-megapixel primary camera, an 8-megapixel wide-angle lens, a 2-megapixel macro sensor, and a 2-megapixel portrait lens.

Backing these internals is a 4500mAh battery with 50W fast charging. realme claims it can charge the full battery in 47 minutes.

On the other hand, the realme 8 sports a MediaTek Helio G95 processor with up to 8GB RAM and 128GB internal storage. The rear gets a 64-megapixel primary camera, while the other three sensors are the same as the Pro variant. Both the phones have a 16-megapixel front camera for selfies. Backing these internals is a 5000mAh battery that supports 30W fast charging.

realme 8

Price and availability

The realme 8 Pro retails for PhP 16,990. | Buy from Lazada

Meanwhile, the realme 8 will set you back by PhP 13,990.| Buy from Lazada

There’s a PhP 1,000 worth of discount on Lazada starting May 12 at 12 midnight for both phones.

 

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