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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HP Envy x360 with AMD Ryzen is a slim powerhouse convertible
The first 13-inch convertible powered by Ryzen
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.
Lenovo brings new AMD-powered laptops to the Philippines
From the most basic to premium
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.
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.
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.
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.
Realme C1: Price and availability in the Philippines
They’re here to compete!
No longer just a sub-brand of OPPO, Realme is coming to the Philippines with the Realme C1.
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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