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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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Apple iPhone XS, XS Max, XR: Prices and availability in the Philippines

Pricier than ever

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There was no doubt that Apple’s newest iPhone lineup was going to arrive in other regions at different costs. In this case, the iPhone XS, XS Max, and XR have come to the Philippines along with higher-than-expected prices.

Starting with the iPhone XS, it’ll retail for PhP 67,990 for the 64GB storage variant, PhP 77,490 for the 256GB version, and PhP 90,490 for the largest 512GB model.

For the iPhone XS Max, it’ll go for PhP 74,990 for the 64GB version, PhP 84,490 for 256GB, and PhP 97,490 for 512GB — which is undoubtedly the most expensive iPhone yet.

Fortunately, we also have pricing for the more affordable iPhone XR. Its price starts at PhP 50,990 for the 64GB variant, then goes up to PhP 53,990 for 128GB of storage and PhP 60,490 for 256GB.

These prices apply to all colors, so you can choose whichever one you like and pay the same amount.

Official availability begins on October 26, with postpaid plans from Globe and Smart to follow at a later date.

Before you consider purchasing one, be sure to watch our unboxing and review videos:

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Samsung Galaxy J6+ and J4+: Price and availability in the Philippines

Staying competitive at the entry level

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Samsung had a quiet launch for the Galaxy J6+ and J4+, and they’re now following that up with an equally discreet announcement that the two budget-friendly phones are already available in the Philippines.

Beginning today, October 13, you can purchase the Galaxy J6+ for PhP 10,990 and the Galaxy J4+ for PhP 6,990 at authorized Samsung stores nationwide.

Along with a side-mounted fingerprint scanner, the Galaxy J6+ comes with a 6-inch 720p display, quad-core Exynos processor, up to 4GB of memory and 64GB of storage, a pair of 13- and 5-megapixel shooters on the back and 8-megapixel selfie camera, and a 3300mAh battery.

Meanwhile, the Galaxy J4+ has nearly the same specs, except there’s only one 13-megapixel rear camera, the front shooter has only 5 megapixels, and the memory and storage configuration reaches just 3GB and 32GB, respectively.

With Samsung’s strong push for its latest Galaxy A series phones, we wonder what the company has in store for the Galaxy J lineup’s future.

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Apple iPhone XS gets pre-order and selling dates in the Philippines

Globe and Smart are ready to take on the orders

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The latest iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max will soon be in your hands. Globe and Smart have announced the definite dates when subscribers can pre-order and avail of the new iPhones from Apple.

Starting October 19, both major telcos in the Philippines will start accepting pre-orders for iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max. Although, Globe is the first one to commit to delivering the orders by October 26.

The new iPhones were just announced last month, making this year’s release the fastest to officially reach the Philippine shores.

Neither Globe nor Smart has pricing and postpaid plan details as of writing. There are also no details about the cheaper iPhone XR as well, which will definitely come later.

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