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Best Premium Smartphones above P30,000 (May 2017 Edition)

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If you’re looking for the very best high-end smartphones available, you’ve come to the right place! Every month, GadgetMatch updates this list with the finest devices money can buy, no matter how much they cost.

As a follow-up to our February compilation, this May list takes every newly launched flagship costing more than PhP 30,000 into consideration, but doesn’t discount the smartphones that continue to make an impact since their launch last year.

Here they are in no particular order:

Galaxy S8+

Samsung Galaxy S8+ (PhP 45,990)

Was there any doubt about Samsung’s most gorgeous phone making this selection? Armed with the finest processor ever built in the Snapdragon 835, possibly the best single camera in a handset today, and the most refined Android skin to date, the Galaxy S8+ looks to stay on our radar for a long time.

REVIEW: Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8+

iPhone 7 Plus

Apple iPhone 7 Plus (PhP 44,990)

You can’t complete a selection like this without including Apple’s latest handset. And it’s not because an iPhone has to be included; the iPhone 7 Plus is so fast and so smooth, there’s no way we could ignore it. It also gets the nod over the regular iPhone 7 thanks to its far more impressive dual-camera setup.

REVIEW: Apple iPhone 7 and 7 Plus

Pixel XL

Google Pixel XL (PhP 41,200)

While the Pixel XL has its shortcomings — the lack of serious water resistance and oddly plain design spring to mind — you can’t find a more optimized Android smartphone right now. Everything about it is snappy, from the incredible camera to its witty Google Assistant. It’s also got the most up-to-date operating system, unlimited storage for all your photos, plus a better screen resolution and battery life than the smaller Pixel.

REVIEW: Google Pixel (3 months later)

LG G6

LG G6 (PhP 37,990)

After what many considered to be a failure in the G5, LG went back to the drawing board and crafted a smartphone that looks and feels great, and — more importantly — simply works. We’ve been so fond of the G6’s generous but not-too-tall display, extra-wide-angle camera, and super-solid build quality since we got our hands on it. Buh-bye, modules!

REVIEW: LG G6

Mate 9

Huawei Mate 9 (PhP 31,990)

With the introduction of the LG G6 and Galaxy S8+, the Mate 9 isn’t as compact for a large-screen smartphone as it used to be. But still, depending on where you live, Huawei’s offering can be significantly cheaper than its newer counterparts. Factor in its equally generous battery life, sleek Android interface, and pair of Leica-branded cameras at the back, and you have a nice bang-for-buck in the premium segment.

REVIEW: Huawei Mate 9 (3 months later)

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Jaguar and Land Rover take test drives to a whole new ballgame

Witness the capabilities of Jaguar and Land Rover in this special tour

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See these agile and powerful vehicles crawl, charge, and conquer obstacles. Better yet, drive one!

All British Cars, the sole authorized dealer of Jaguar and Land Rover vehicles, parts, and accessories in the Philippines, officially kicks off a three-day experiential event starting today.

Dubbed Jaguar’s The Art of Performance Tour and Land Rover’s Above and Beyond Tour, the two-in-one event will run from May 25 to 27 at the Mega Tent along C5, Quezon City.

The event is open to the public and is the perfect opportunity to take the vehicles to a whole new level of test drive complete with obstacles — a slalom course, wet track, inclines, the whole nine yards.

Basically, they just want to show off the capabilities of the two British brands’ latest vehicles. And show-off they did.

Another goal of the event is to immerse participants in interactive sessions and learn more about the two iconic brands. So that’s another thing to look forward to at the event.

The Philippine staging marks a first for Jaguar Land Rover Asia Pacific and for All British Cars, following the latter’s appointment as sole exclusive dealer earlier this year. Both tours have their presence in various markets across the globe like the United States, India, France, Russia, and many more.

The Art of Performance Tour will put participants inside a Jaguar vehicle and have them charge their way through various driving simulations to have a first-hand experience of how the vehicle responds in such situations.

Meanwhile, the Above and Beyond Tour will have the participants undergo rigorous road conditions and terrains — from steep descents to sideway tilts and water pools – to see how Land Rover’s safety technologies work and how confident it can overcome obstacles.

Those interested in this event may register online:

Jaguar’s The Art of Performance Tour

Land Rover’s Above & Beyond Tour

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Xiaomi Philippines Smartphone Price List

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Here are the latest prices of Xiaomi smartphones in the Philippines. We listed the devices according to their category.

Last update: May 25, 2018

Upper-Midrange (PhP 20,000 to PhP 30,000)

Lower-Midrange (PhP 20,000 and PhP 10,000)

Budget (PhP 10,000 and below)

You may also check out our Best Smartphones guides. We shortlisted our chosen premiumupper-midrange, lower-midrange, and budget handsets to help you find your next smartphone.

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Xiaomi Redmi S2 makes surprise landing in the Philippines

Xiaomi’s most affordable dual-camera phone

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Surprise, surprise! After making a successful debut in China last week, Xiaomi’s affordable Redmi S2 smartphone is finding its way to the Philippines, making the archipelago the first country outside of China to receive it.

We already have the Redmi 5A and Redmi Note 5 to drool over, so what makes the Redmi S2 special? Let’s say it’s somewhere in between the two aforementioned bestsellers — both in price and features.

For starters, it comes with a 5.99-inch 720p display with a reliable Snapdragon 625 chipset and 3GB of memory to push pixels. For capacities, you get 32GB of expandable storage and a 3080mAh battery.

But the real star here is the camera setup. There are two on the back: one has a 12-megapixel image sensor while the other has 5 megapixels. Put them together, and you get crisper photos and access to fun features like portrait and HDR modes. Just as cool is the AI-assisted 16-megapixel front camera, which even has its own LED flash.

And in case you’re wondering, there’s a fingerprint sensor on the back panel and Android 8.0 Oreo as its operating system (skinned with Xiaomi’s MIUI 9 interface), unlike some phones in the price range.

The best part: All these come with a price of only PhP 7,990 (US$ 153). That’s a superb deal in this segment, and puts a lot of competitors to shame.

Availability begins once the Redmi S2 hits Lazada Philippines’ online store on June 4.

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