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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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Infinix Valentine’s promo: Win PhP 5,000 worth of vouchers

Infinix Sweet Day

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Infinix is offering customers the chance to win PhP 5,000 worth of vouchers and hoodies for its Valentine’s Day promo.

Available in Infinix kiosks and concept shops, here’s what interested participants will have to do to join the raffle:

  • Like and follow the official Infinix Facebook page;
  • Take a selfie with your partner together with a newly-purchased Infinix smartphone at any kiosk or concept shop nationwide;
  • Post the entry publicly via Facebook with the official hashtag #InfinixSweetDay and mention the Infinix kiosk or concept shop where you purchased the item

Three lucky couples will win PhP 5,000 worth of vouchers, as well as two Infinix-themed jackets.

The contest is open from February 4 to 13, and Infinix will announce the winners on February 14.

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vivo Valentine’s sale: Free bouquet for phone purchases

Free necklace also available

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Now is the perfect time for lovers to upgrade their smartphones and make their Valentine’s Day celebration even more special.

vivo is offering customers free flower bouquets and premium necklaces for every purchase of participating phones above PhP 10,000 from February 10 to 19.

Participating devices in this promo are the following:

The mechanics are quite simple.

After purchasing from authorized vivo stores nationwide during the promo period, customers have to proceed to the nearest vivo concept stores, exhibits, kiosks, or multi-brand stores.

There, present the official receipt to claim either a 24k Gold Rose Bouquet or Premium Necklace with Blue Rose gift box.

You will then be assisted for a quick QR code scan which will lead you to a form you have to fill out.

Lastly, the V Love Sweet Picture Frame will be pulled out. Take pictures with your loved ones and post it on social media with the official hashtags #vivoValentinesPromo2023, #VLoveSweet, and #vivoPhilippines.

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Samsung Galaxy S23 Series: Price, availability in the Philippines

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Galaxy S23 Philippines

The Samsung Galaxy S23, Galaxy S23+, and Galaxy S23 Ultra have just launched and are officially landing in the Philippines. Here’s how much it’ll set you back if you decide to grab the latest Galaxy. 

Price and availability 

The Galaxy S23 series is available in four colors: Phantom Black, Cream, Green and Lavender. Pricing are as follows: 

Samsung Galaxy S23:

  • 128GB — PhP 53,990
  • 256GB — PhP 57,990

Galaxy S23+:

  • 256GB — PhP 68,990
  • 512GB — PhP 76,990

Galaxy S23 Ultra:

  • 256GB — PhP 81,990
  • 512GB — PhP 89,990
  • 1TB — PhP 103,990 (samsung.com exclusive)

Pre-order details

Pre-order period is February 2 to 23, 2023. Those who pre-order any of the three smartphones can get discounts of up to PhP 76,000. This includes a FREE memory upgrade worth PhP 8,000. They will instantly get the higher memory variant for the price of the lower variant within the same model lineup.

Those who will trade-in their old devices can also enjoy savings of up to PhP 13,000 on top of their old phone’s residual value. In addition, they will get an e-voucher worth up to PhP 5,000, a 50% discount on the Galaxy Buds2 Pro, and 30% off on the Galaxy Watch5 Series. On top of this, they will also get a FREE 1-year Samsung Care+ coverage worth PhP 5,999, and earn double Samsung Rewards points.

As an exclusive samsung.com offer, the Galaxy S23 Ultra 1TB will be offered as part of a limited-edition Samsung Galaxy VIP bundle (PhP 119,378) with total savings of PhP 38,000.

The VIP bundle includes :

  • 1TB Galaxy S23 Ultra
  • Galaxy Watch5 Pro 46mm
  • Galaxy Buds 2 Pro
  • Super Fast Wireless Duo Charger
  • Galaxy S23 Ultra Leather Cover
  • 1-year Samsung Care+ coverage

The Galaxy S23 series is also available for pre-order through Samsung Experience Stores, Authorized Samsung Stores, Lazada, Shopee, Abenson.com and MemoXpress Online. Customers who pre-order through these channels from February 2 to 23, 2023 will enjoy as much as PhP 65,000 worth of discounts. This also includes the FREE Memory Upgrade, additional savings for traded-in devices, 50% off on the Galaxy Buds2 Pro, and 30% off on the Galaxy Watch5 Series. 

Focused refinement 

Samsung honed in a few improvements for this series. Specifically, they targeted “Nightography,” Gaming, Customization, and Sustainability. 

The Galaxy S23 sports the first 200MP sensor on a Samsung smartphone. Working in tandem with their AI, the phone promises to produce images that appear well lit even in environments with poor lighting conditions. And this also applies to video. 

For gaming, the entire Galaxy S23 series is powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 processor. That’s the best one for Android smartphones right now. It’s also accompanied by improved cooling for overall better gameplay. 

Samsung is approaching customization on both hardware and software fronts. They have plenty of accessories that you can style in your own way for your Galaxy device. Meanwhile, ONE UI 5.1 is introducing perhaps the most robust software customization that Samsung has had yet. All these to make your smartphone Your Galaxy. 

For sustainability, Samsung has made it a point to use recycled materials not only on the packaging, but also on the actual smartphones. The Galaxy S23 Ultra actually has 12 components made with recycled materials. That’s double of what the Galaxy S22 Ultra had. 

Samsung Galaxy S23 Series Specs

Galaxy S23 Ultra

  • Display — 6.8-inch QHD+ Edge, Dynamic AMOLED 2X, 120Hz refresh rate, 240Hz touch sampling rate, Vision Booster, Enhanced Comfort
  • Processor — Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 for Galaxy
  • RAM and Storage — 12GB+1TB, 12GB+512GB, 12GB+256GB
  • Battery and Charging — 5,000mAh, Fast Wireless Charging 2.0, Wireless Powershare
  • OS — Android 13, ONE UI 5.1
  • Water Resistance — IP68
  • Cameras: 
    • 200MP f/1.7 Wide 
    • 12MP, f/2.2 Ultra-Wide 
    • 10MP, f/2.4 Telephoto, 3x optical zoom
    • 10MP, f/4.9 Telephoto, 10x optical zoom 
    • 12MP, f/2.2 Front

Samsung Galaxy S23+

  • Display — 6.6-inch FHD+, Dynamic AMOLED 2X, 120Hz refresh rate, 240Hz touch sampling rate, Vision Booster, Enhanced Comfort
  • Processor — Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 for Galaxy
  • RAM and Storage — 8GB+512GB, 8GB+256GB
  • Battery and Charging — 4,700mAh, Fast Wireless Charging 2.0, Wireless Powershare
  • OS — Android 13, ONE UI 5.1
  • Water Resistance — IP68
  • Cameras: 
    • 50MP f/1.8 Wide 
    • 12MP, f/2.2 Ultra-Wide 
    • 10MP, f/2.4 Telephoto, 3x optical zoom
    • 12MP, f/2.2 Front

Galaxy S23

  • Display — 6.6-inch FHD+, Dynamic AMOLED 2X, 120Hz refresh rate, 240Hz touch sampling rate, Vision Booster, Enhanced Comfort
  • Processor — Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 for Galaxy
  • RAM and Storage — 8GB+256GB, 8GB+128GB
  • Battery and Charging — 3,900mAh, Fast Wireless Charging 2.0, Wireless Powershare
  • OS — Android 13, ONE UI 5.1
  • Water Resistance — IP68
  • Cameras: 
    • 50MP f/1.8 Wide 
    • 12MP, f/2.2 Ultra-Wide 
    • 10MP, f/2.4 Telephoto, 3x optical zoom
    • 12MP, f/2.2 Front

 

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