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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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HP Envy x360 with AMD Ryzen is a slim powerhouse convertible

The first 13-inch convertible powered by Ryzen

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HP has launched its latest compact convertible for the Philippine market. This time around though, the well-known PC manufacturer brought in an AMD-powered laptop that has a lot of processing and graphics power even if it’s the smallest of its kind.

The new HP Envy x360 is the first 13-inch convertible to sport an AMD Ryzen processor and Radeon Vega Graphics. Since it’s a convertible, it doubles as a tablet for those who like to sketch digitally. This device has a 13.3-inch Full HD touch-enabled micro-edge display that’s protected by Corning Gorilla Glass NBT. It’s paired with Quad HP Speakers tuned by Bang & Olufsen to complete the audio and visual package.

The notebook comes with 8GB DDR4 memory and a 256GB SSD. Ports-wise, it’s equipped with a USB-C 3.1 Gen 2, two USB 3.1 Gen 1, an audio jack, and a microSD card reader.

The convertible also boasts an IR camera for instant logins via Windows Hello and a built-in battery which is rated to last for 11 hours. When it’s time to fill up, the Envy x360 supports HP’s Fast Charge technology that charges from zero to 50 percent in just 45 minutes.

The Envy x360 is available at HP Concept Stores and authorized HP resellers nationwide. Price starts at PhP 56,990 for the Ryzen 5 model, while the higher-end Ryzen 7 with Radeon RX Vega 10 Graphics variant retails for PhP 63,990. HP offers a two-year limited warranty and a bundled HP Pen with every purchase.

SEE ALSO: HP and Lenovo lead the world market of personal computers

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Lenovo brings new AMD-powered laptops to the Philippines

From the most basic to premium

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Just before the year ends, Lenovo is refreshing its product offerings for the Philippine market. Aside from Intel-based notebooks, the company is now selling laptops that run on AMD Ryzen processors.

To kickstart the partnership with AMD, Lenovo introduced five IdeaPad and Yoga notebooks equipped with AMD processors.

The only convertible among the bunch is the Yoga 530, a 14-inch notebook that can be used in laptop, tablet, tent, or stand mode. It’s rocking an AMD Ryzen 7 processor with Radeon RX Vega 10 Graphics, up to 16GB DDR4 memory, and 512GB PCIe SSD storage. Pricing starts at PhP 34,995.

Lenovo Yoga 530 | GadgetMatch

Those looking for a more premium notebook can check out the IdeaPad 720S. It’s one of the lightest laptops in the market weighing only 1.14kg. It has a 13.3-inch edge-to-edge display making it more compact, yet it has powerful specifications including an AMD Ryzen 7 processor, Radeon Vega Mobile Graphics, 8GB DDR4 memory, and 512GB PCIe SSD storage. It’s priced at PhP 59,995.

Lenovo IdeaPad 720S | GadgetMatch

If you don’t want to spend much on a new laptop, Lenovo is selling the IdeaPad 330 as well. This model is ideal for daily work, study, and entertainment needs. It comes in two sizes: a 14-inch variant with up to AMD A9-9425 processor and a 15-inch variant with up to AMD Ryzen 7 processor and Radeon RX Vega 10 Graphics. Pricing starts at PhP 26,995 for the base model.

Then, there’s also the IdeaPad 330S which is practically a slimmer variant. It comes with either a 14- or 15-inch display, and can have up to an AMD Ryzen 7 processor with Radeon Vega Mobile Graphics. The base variant for this model starts at PhP 30,995.

Lenovo IdeaPad 330S | GadgetMatch

For an even cheaper laptop, the IdeaPad 130 is equipped with a 15.6-inch display and it can be specced up to an AMD A9-9425 processor, up to Radeon 530 graphics, up to 8GB DDR4 memory, and up to 1TB HDD storage. The base model of this laptop retails for just PhP 16,995.

All of the new AMD-powered Lenovo notebooks come with Windows 10 Home pre-installed and are now available in major stores nationwide.

SEE ALSO: Lenovo IdeaPad 530S, 330S, 330: Which is right for you?

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Realme C1: Price and availability in the Philippines

They’re here to compete!

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No longer just a sub-brand of OPPO, Realme is coming to the Philippines with the Realme C1.

Budget option

Realme is positioning the Realme C1 as the “real entry-level king” with specs that blow other entry-level smartphones out of the water.

Here’s what you’re getting with the Realme C1: 6.2-inch display, Snapdragn 450 chipset, 13MP+2MP dual cameras, 4230mAh battery, 2GB RAM, and 16GB of storage. Since it has triple slots, other than two SIM cards, you can also expand the storage up to 256GB.

Full pricing and availability details

The Realme C1 will retail for PhP 5,990. However, on its first online flash sale through Lazada scheduled on December 5 at noon, the phone will retail for only PhP 5,490.

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