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Best Midrange Smartphones from P15,000 to P30,000 (May 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:

Zenfone 3 Zoom

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

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

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

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

Galaxy A5 (2017)

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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Gaming

Razer holds first ever SEA Games bootcamp for esports teams

Held in partnership with one of the best eSports teams in the world

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Preparations for the upcoming 2019 Southeast Asian Games are underway, especially with eSports now added to the competition. Razer, the official eSports partner for the SEA Games has an idea on how to make preparations more interesting. The global gaming lifestyle brand wants to bring esports teams from all participating countries to train them by learning from the best players in the world.

Razer officially rolls out the Razer SEA Games eSports Bootcamp, a two-day training camp for eSports teams participating in the Dota 2 tournament for the SEA Games. The bootcamp will feature a series of mentorship sessions and practice games for all the competing teams from Singapore (Team X) , Malaysia, Thailand, Indonesia (PG.Barracx), and the Philippines (Sibol). With the inclusion of eSports in this year’s SEA Games, Razer’s Global Sports Director David Tse hopes to “bring eSports to the next level.”


To guide these teams to success, Razer taps upon a global eSports powerhouse in the Evil Geniuses. EG’s Dota 2 coach, Sam “Bulba” Sosale will mentor the five participating teams to compete at the highest level for the upcoming tournament.

“Evil Geniuses is excited to help some of the best players in Southeast Asia prepare for it,” Sosale said. As of writing, members of the EG’s Dota 2 team are competing in the Upper Bracket semifinal round of The International 9 in Shanghai.

The Razer SEA Games eSports Bootcamp will run from September 2 to 3, 2019 in Singapore. As a treat, Evil Geniuses is hosting their first ever meet-and-greet in Southeast Asia on September 1. Fans will have a chance to get up close with members from EG’s Dota 2 team: Arteezy, SumaiL and s4, along with Bulba. Fans will also get a chance to win signed jerseys from their favorite players.

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Cameras

Canon unveils PowerShot G5 X, PowerShot G7 X in PH

Up your vlogger game with these two additions

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Canon’s G series family just received its latest additions for vloggers and compact camera enthusiasts. These two cameras promise to bring high quality and quick images, while packaged ever so lightly. During the Canon Vlog Ventures event, the company unveiled the PowerShot G5 X  II and the PowerShot G7X  III.

Canon’s Benny Yu, Head of Marketing for its Consumer division dubbed these cameras as an “on-the-go” devices. According to Yu, these devices fit best with “advanced photographers and vloggers who are constantly on the move.” The PowerShot G5 X and G7 X bring a new one-inch CMOS image sensor, 4K video recording, and livestreaming features (only for the G7 X).


Apart from these, both devices support up to 30 frames per second of continuous shooting modes in RAW format. This enables you to capture fast-moving objects without missing a singe thing, especially for events and travel vlogs. This frame cap also applies when shooting videos in 4K, which allows you to shoot videos in unbelievable, stunning quality.

Canon is currently offering vlogger packages along with any pre-orders between August 16 to 31, 2019. The Canon PowerShot G7 X Mark III package starts at PhP 46,998, complete with a free 24/7 Vlogger Service Support, 3-year warranty and access to Canon’s accessories and lens. Meanwhile, the Canon PowerShot G5 X II package starts at PhP 54,998.

The vlogging cameras were first announced in July. In the US, the G7X III retails for US$ 749.

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Globe’s ThePLAN bundles a Huawei P30 Pro with a Huawei Watch GT

And FreeLace earphones!

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Globe is offering a new postpaid plan bundle that will attract those who love freebies. It is offering the Huawei P30 Pro Amber Sunrise with a Huawei Watch GT, along with the Huawei FreeLace earphones.

The Huawei P30 Pro to be offered with ThePLAN will come in gorgeous Amber Sunrise color, and a massive 512GB storage. It will also be offered with a one-time cash out plus the monthly bill for ThePLAN. These are the various cash out options:


  • ThePLAN 599 — one-time cash out of PhP 44,400 with a monthly bill of PhP 599
  • ThePLAN 799 — one-time cash out of PhP 42,000 with a monthly bill of PhP 799
  • ThePLAN 999 — one time cash out of  PhP 39,600 with a monthly bill of PhP 999
  • ThePLAN 1299 — one time cash out of PhP 38,400 with a monthly bill of PhP 1299
  • ThePLAN 1499 — one time cash out of PhP 34,800 with a monthly bill of PhP 1499
  • ThePLAN 1799 — one time cash out of PhP 32,400 with a monthly bill of PhP 1799
  • ThePLAN 1999 — one time cash out of PhP 30,000 with a monthly bill of PhP 1999
  • ThePLAN 2499 — one time cash out of PhP 25,200 with a monthly bill of of PhP 2499
  • ThePLAN 2999 — one time cash out of PhP  25,200 with a monthly bill of PhP 2999

All plans also include the recently released Huawei Watch GT smartwatch and the Huawei FreeLace earphones. All in all, the freebies to be given are worth PhP 16,480. If you’re re-contracting, there’s a charge to bill option that will stagger the cash out instead of it being a one time thing.

ThePLAN comes with unlimited text and calls to Globe and TM. It also has a 24-month contract period for plans with included smartphones. To avail of this plan, check out Globe’s official store. This plan is valid while stocks last.

The device in this plan is Huawei’s flagship which was announced last March 2019. The Huawei P30 Pro has been praised for its excellent camera. Featuring a unique periscope camera, the flagship can zoom up to 50x digitally. It is also praised for its impressive performance, all-day battery life, and a gorgeous 6.3″ OLED display.

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