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:
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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Smart now offers iPhone XS, XS Max on GigaX postpaid plans
Get the latest iPhones with a postpaid line
The new iPhones are already set to become available in the Philippines, and Smart has just unveiled their postpaid plans and pricing for the iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max. If you’re planning on getting a new line or renewing your contract, you might want to check Smart’s GigaX postpaid plans.
Smart is primarily offering the iPhone XS (64GB) for PhP 3,299 per month which includes GigaX Plan 1499 and the PhP 1,800 monthly installment for the phone. If you want the bigger iPhone XS Max (64GB), you’ll have to shell out PhP 3,599 every month which also includes GigaX Plan 1499 and PhP 2,100 monthly amortization.
The GigaX Plan 1499 includes 5GB of mobile data with 10GB additional allocation exclusively for video streaming, 60 minutes of voice calls, and unlimited texts to all networks. It also comes with a standard 24-month contract.
The new iPhones are also available on other GigaX plans with their corresponding cash-outs:
Smart is offering the new iPhones at a special price for existing subscribers, although it wasn’t specified on the website.
You may visit Smart’s landing page for the iPhone XS to know more about the plans and avail of a subscription.
Apple iPhone XS, XS Max now available on Globe postpaid
They don’t come cheap
After posting the pre-order and availability dates, Globe finally unveiled the list of postpaid plans for the iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max. If you’re planning on getting a new line or renewing your contract, you might want to check the offers for the new iPhones.
Apple’s latest iPhones will officially become available in the Philippines later this month. Apart from getting an unlocked version, consumers can also avail of a postpaid plan from Globe.
The telco offers both the iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max in all of their ThePLAN lines. You can get it with the cheapest ThePLAN 599 but with minimal allocations or get the abundant ThePLAN 2499.
Here is a table of the cash-out per plan:
According to Globe, their main plan for the iPhone XS will cost PhP 3,499 per month. This is with ThePLAN 1799 plus the PhP 1,700 monthly amortization for the phone.
The line includes unlimited texts to all networks, unlimited calls to Globe and TM, and 11GB of data. It also comes with freebies like six-month subscriptions to Amazon Prime Video and DisneyLife, and a Spotify Premium subscription for three months with additional 1GB data.
Existing subscribers may also avail of the PhP 2,400 discount if they’ll recontract with ThePLAN 1799 and up.
You may visit Globe’s website (link here) for more details and plan application. Pre-order starts on October 19, while store availability is on October 26.
Apple iPhone XS, XS Max, XR: Prices and availability in the Philippines
Pricier than ever
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.
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