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Best Midrange Smartphones (Philippine 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:

Xiaomi Mi Mix 2 (PhP 25,000)

It was the original Mi Mix that put borderless phones on the map, but it’s only with the Mi Mix 2 that Xiaomi can say they finally refined the concept. Now easier to hold and smarter in execution, the newest Xiaomi flagship has an improved pair of cameras and some of the best specs you can find on a phone priced at around PhP 25,000.

REVIEW: Xiaomi Mi Mix 2

OnePlus 5 (PhP 25,990)

The OnePlus 3T has finally been unseated from our list, and what better way than by its successor, the OnePlus 5. The price may have gone up, but you get even more flagship-level features this time around: a much faster Snapdragon 835 processor, up to 8GB of memory, and an additional camera at the back capable of zooming in on subjects.

REVIEW: OnePlus 5

Huawei P10 (PhP 28,990)

While it may seem odd placing Huawei’s latest and greatest smartphone on 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

Vivo V7+ (PhP 17,990)

Slim bezels have finally become mainstream on midrange smartphones thanks to the Vivo V7+. Although it no longer has a dual-camera setup like its predecessor, image quality is still top-notch for the price, and the new Snapdragon 450 chipset proves its worth in terms of performance and energy efficiency.

REVIEW: Vivo V7+

Moto Z2 Play (PhP 24,999)

We’re not including the Moto Z2 Play on our list just because it’s one of the few modular smartphones to come out this year (the Moto Z2 Force being the other one); in fact, it’s a solid handset with or without Moto Mods. We can thank the efficient Snapdragon 626 processor, super-fast fingerprint sensor, and clear Android skin for that.

REVIEW: Moto Z2 Play

Updates as of October:

  • Replaced Xiaomi Mi 6 with Xiaomi Mi Mix 2
  • Replaced OPPO R11 with Vivo V7+

Updates as of September:

  • Replaced ASUS ZenFone 3 Zoom with Xiaomi Mi 6

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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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Deals

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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