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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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Xiaomi Smart Band 7 now official

Step up your game

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Xiaomi Band 7

The new Xiaomi Smart Band 7 will be available in Singapore and the Philippines over the weekend.

You will get what is expected from an entry-level wearable as the Smart Band 7 features a 1.62-inch AMOLED high-resolution display, all-day heart rate, SPO2, and sleep monitoring, as well as over 110 workout and sports modes.

For those who want to check their health stats constantly, there is an Always-on display option.

The smart band also comes with an all-new VO2 max professional workout analysis for health and fitness junkies to be able to check the maximum amount of oxygen they can utilize during exercise.

Design-wise, it comes with multiple color options for its straps and over 100 watch faces available via the Mi Fitness app.

It also boasts up to a 14-day battery life on a single full charge, and is water-resistant.

Pricing, availability

The Xiaomi Smart Band 7 will be available for sale in Singapore starting on June 25, 2022 through the following outlets:

  • Leading e-commerce platforms
  • Shopee and Lazada
  • Xiaomi authorized stores

It will retail for an early bird price of SG$ 54, a considerable discount from its recommended retail price of SG$ 69.

In the Philippines, the smart band can be purchased starting on June 27, 2022 on Shopee
at an early bird price of PhP 1,999 (from PhP 2,399) which includes one free strap worth PhP 359.

 

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Razer introduces two new Ornata V3 keyboards

Slim, clicky, and ergonomic

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Ornata V3

Razer is releasing two new entry-level gaming keyboards in the Ornata V3 and Ornata V3 X, which will both have Razer’s Mecha-membrane switches.

The new keyboards come with all the basics expected of an affordable gaming accessory. That’s everything from their keycaps design, RGB backlight, and more.

The two low-profile gaming keyboards come with smaller footprint and slimline keycap designs. The ABS keycaps are UV-coated for scratch resistance, while the Ornata V3 X’s keycaps are spill-resistant.

The keyboards also feature Razer Chroma RGB with 10 lighting zones. The V3 X has four lighting effects: Breathing, Spectrum Cycling, Static, and Wave.

Aside from these, they have backlit dedicated media keys for more convenient controls such as playing and pausing, skipping, or adjusting brightness or volume.

Adding value to the Ornata V3 and V3 X is their magnetic soft-touch wrists rest. These are not often included for keyboards in their price range.

Pricing, availability

The Razer Ornata V3 and Ornata V3 X keyboards are now available on Razer’s official website, Shopee, Lazada, and through their authorized sellers.

The Ornata V3 will retail for PhP 2,590 while the Ornata V3 X is priced at PhP 4,199.

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POCO F4, X4 GT now official in the Philippines

Two new midrange smartphone options

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POCO is making two more mid-rangers available in the Philippines with the release of the new POCO F4 and POCO X4 GT.

Both smartphones are equipped with powerful processors and do not differ much in terms of specs and features.

Both are poised to deliver a strong and smooth performance in gaming and entertainment. But still being budget-friendly. Here’s a quick overview of the two phone’s details.

POCO F4: Extremely powerful

POCO F4

The POCO F4 is powered by a Snapdragon 870 chipset with a 7nm processor capable of 5G support and up to a 3.2GHz processing speed.

It is the thinnest model to date in the POCO lineup, boasting a 6.67-inch E4 AMOLED 120Hz display with up to a 360Hz touch sampling rate.

When it comes to its rear triple-camera setup, the POCO F4 has a 64MP main camera, along with an 8MP ultra-wide camera and a 2MP macro camera.

For the first time, an optical image stabilization (OIS) feature has been added to the main shooter. It obviously comes with a lot of shooting and filming features and can record videos up to a 4K resolution.

The phone has a 4,500mAh battery with 67W turbo charging, taking only 38 minutes to charge up to 100 percent. On a full charge, the POCO F4 is said to offer up to 10 hours of gaming. You also get 21 hours of video playback, and 119 hours of music playback.

POCO X4 GT: High-performance for gaming, entertainment

On the other hand, the POCO X4 GT is equipped with a Dimensity 8100 chipset with an advanced TSMC 5nm processor for fast performance that barely overheats.

What’s unique about the POCO X4 GT is it is POCO’s first LCD True Display smartphone. It also has a unique 20.5:9 LCD display ratio.

Its triple-camera setup is similar to the POCO F4’s, having a 64MP main camera as well that can double as 4K camera too. In front is a 16MP selfie camera. The phone comes pre-installed with 19 vlog templates for those who are into vlogging.

The phone has a longer battery life than the F4, thanks to its 5,080mAh battery that also supports 67W turbo charging. It can charge in full in just 46 minutes.

Pricing, availability, offers

The POCO F4 is available in three colors: Night Black, Moonlight Silver, and Nebula Green. It has two variants: 6GB + 128GB and 8GB + 256GB.

These will be available via Lazada at PhP 20,990 and PhP 22,990, respectively.

Meanwhile, the POCO X4 GT also comes in three colors: Silver, Black, and Blue. There will be an 8GB + 128GB and an 8GB + 256GB variant.

These will be available via Shopee at PhP 18,990 and PhP 19,990, respectively.

As an introductory offer, POCO is slashing up to PhP 4,000 off for an early bird price. They will also offer a one-time free screen repair service within the first six months after purchase.

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