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

REVIEW: ASUS ZenFone 3 Zoom

OnePlus 3T (PhP 24,990)

We previously had the OnePlus 3T in our premium smartphone category, but with its nearly year-old design and the ever-increasing prices of high-end phones, there’s no better fit than right here. Speedy performance, great build quality, and a seamless Android interface are still its primary highlights.

REVIEW: OnePlus 3T (3 months later)

Huawei P10 (PhP 28,990)

While it may seem odd placing Huawei’s latest and greatest smartphone in 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 F3 Plus (PhP 23,990)

No other phone on this list does selfies better than OPPO’s F3 Plus. It continues the “selfie expert” hook with a dual-camera setup in front — one handles high-resolution shots while the other does super-wide-angle selfies. Its great for media consumption as well, with a 6-inch Full HD display, 4000mAh battery, and fast charging.

WATCH: OPPO F3 Plus Unboxing

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)


OPPO F9: Price and pre-order details in the Philippines

The replacement to the OPPO F7 comes early



OPPO‘s newest midrange phone is here! The OPPO F9 has just been announced and it brings a few upgrades to the table. Fortunately for Filipinos, the Philippines is one of the first markets to get it.

The F9 brings OPPO’s renowned VOOC Flash Charge technology that allows the phone to charge up to four times faster. OPPO claims that a quick five-minute charge is enough to enable two hours of talk time. Apart from VOOC, the F9 also now has dual rear cameras: a 16- and 2-megapixel combo. The selfie sensor is still a 25-megapixel shooter with all the AI-enabled features from other OPPO selfie phones.

The display of the F9 is slightly increased to 6.3 inches and has a taller 19.5:9 aspect ratio. Another change to the F9’s display is the smaller notch which OPPO calls “waterdrop.” This enables the phone to have a better screen-to-body ratio of 90.8 percent.

The OPPO F9 is priced locally at PhP 17,990, same as the F7’s initial price at launch. Consumers can also avail of the new phone via Home Credit at zero percent interest for nine months. For postpaid, the F9 is available on Smart GigaX Plan 1299. Pre-order starts on August 24 until August 30 and it offers early buyers freebies worth PhP 3,490.

SEE ALSO: OPPO F9 goes official with a new notch design and VOOC quick charging tech

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Nokia 3.1: Price and availability details in the Philippines

Nokia’s newest budget phone is here



The new Nokia 3.1 has officially landed in the Philippines. The budget Nokia phone which was initially announced three months ago is now tasked to penetrate another key market in Southeast Asia.

The Nokia 3.1 sports a 5.2-inch 18:9 HD+ display topped with Gorilla Glass 3. It’s powered by a MediaTek Helio P10 processor with 3GB of memory and 32GB of expandable storage. The frame of the phone is made from anodized metal and it gives the phone a premium finish.

Camera-wise, there’s a 13-megapixel rear camera with an LED flash and an 8-megapixel front-facing shooter with a wide-angle lens.

It runs Android 8.0 Oreo out of the box with promised updates for at least two years thanks to the Android One program.

A 2990mAh battery keeps the lights on which should be able to last a full day of moderate use.

Those who will pre-order until August 26 through Nokia mobile stores and MemoXpress branches nationwide will receive a free JBL Go Bluetooth speaker. The phone has a retail price of PhP 9,990 and it’ll come in one color only: black with chrome accents.

SEE ALSO: Android P update coming to Nokia smartphones as early as August

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Nokia 2.1: Price and availability details in the Philippines

Another entry-level phone from Nokia



HMD Global maintains Nokia‘s presence in the mobile scene by releasing new phones at different price ranges. The latest to join the family in the Philippines is the Nokia 2.1 — an entry-level phone powered by Android Go.

The Nokia 2.1 is among the affordable bunch of new Nokia phones. It only has 1GB of memory, so it’s logical to let it have Android Oreo (Go edition) to keep its performance in check. Compared to its predecessor, the Nokia 2.1 got a bit of a spec bump to a Snapdragon 425 processor with 8GB of expandable storage. In addition, it has a massive 4000mAh battery that promises a two-day battery life.

The screen size of the phone is also upgraded to a 5.5-inch 720p 16:9 display with front-facing stereo speakers. Since it’s an entry-level phone, there’s not much to expect in the camera department with its 8-megapixel rear camera and 5-megapixel selfie shooter.

The Nokia 2.1 is available in the Philippines for PhP 5,990 in three color combinations: blue and copper, blue and silver, or gray and silver. The phone is also available via Home Credit at zero percent installment for six months.

SEE ALSO: Android P update coming to Nokia smartphones as early as August

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