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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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LG G7 ThinQ: Price and availability in the Philippines

Finally available in more markets

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LG’s latest flagship makes its way to more markets in Asia. Just a month after the initial launch of the LG G7 ThinQ internationally, it finally landed in the Philippines.

The LG G7 ThinQ (the official name includes the ThinQ moniker) is the South Korean company’s greatest smartphone, yet. We have played around with the phone before, so the simplest way to describe it is it’s a refined version of last year’s LG V30.

As a quick recap, the G7 ThinQ has a 6.1-inch HDR display with a notch and QHD+ resolution. It’s powered by the latest Snapdragon 845 processor with 4GB of memory and 64GB of storage. A 3000mAh battery lights up the device with support for wireless charging.

Like the V30, it also has a Hi-Fi Quad DAC and a new BoomBox loudspeaker for enhanced audio on the go. The phone is also water and dust resistant.

The dual rear cameras on the G7 ThinQ are a typical LG setup: a main low-light sensor with an f/1.6 lens and secondary wide-angle shooter. Both cameras have 16-megapixel sensors, while the front camera is an 8-megapixel sensor with an f/1.9 lens.

The LG G7 ThinQ is priced at PhP 42,990 in the Philippines and it’ll be available through official stores, both online and in malls, this June.

SEE ALSO: LG G7 ThinQ Hands-on: Ticks all the boxes

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Samsung Galaxy J6 price and availability in the Philippines

Yet another strong midrange option?

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The Galaxy J6 made a successful debut in India last month. Now, it’s the Philippines’ turn to experience the midrange smartphone.

Going for a price of PhP 13,990 (US$ 265), the Galaxy J6 inserts itself between the lower-end Galaxy J series phones and the recently launched Galaxy A6.

Its biggest highlight is the 5.6-inch 720p AMOLED Infinity Display with an aspect ratio of 18.5:9. It may not spill over to the sides like on Samsung’s flagship handsets, but this already looks great on a more budget-friendly device.

The rest of the specifications are what you’d expect from a midrange Galaxy smartphone: Exynos 7870 processor, 3GB of memory, 32GB of expandable storage, 3000mAh battery, and a pair of 13- and 8-megapixel rear and front cameras (each with their own LED flash).

The Galaxy J6 will begin rolling out in authorized Samsung outlets this month.

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ASUS ZenFone Max Pro (M1): Price and availability in the Philippines

Priced even better than the ZenFone 5?

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After a successful release in India, the ZenFone Max Pro (M1) has finally arrived in the Philippines.

It’s not a surprise — we’ve known about the Philippine arrival for weeks now — but it’s only now we’re getting a price and rollout date for the budget-friendly smartphone.

It’ll retail for PhP 9,995, which is close to the Indian starting price of INR 10,999 (US$ 165). You can purchase a unit beginning June 25 exclusively through Lazada Philippines, but you may already pre-order on June 8.

The ZenFone Max Pro (M1) is a special entry into the ASUS lineup. Unlike its ZenUI-sporting siblings, this model owns a pure version of Android, which is more basic in functionality compared to ZenUI but will likely receive newer versions of Android sooner.

On top of that, it has hardware that rivals what’s on the ZenFone 5, including a Snapdragon 636 processor, 6-inch 18:9 1080p display, massive 5000mAh battery, and dual cameras (minus the assistance from artificial intelligence).

This complete yet affordable package will compete well against the recent offerings of Xiaomi, which have recently been made available in the Philippines, as well. They also sport excellent specs for the price, but don’t have an interface as clean as the ZenFone Max Pro’s.

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