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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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Globe lowers smartphone prices with new postpaid plan promos

Free shipping for Globe At Home Prepaid WiFi too

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Buying a new smartphone for your remote work or learning setup? You might want to take a look at Globe’s postpaid device offerings. Some of the most in-demand smartphones will now go for as low as PhP 599 per month. It is also discounting some of its prepaid devices this July as part of a new promo.

Through the Better Deals, Better Days promo, subscribers can avail of select postpaid smartphones at a much lower price. There’s a lot of devices on offer, ranging from Huawei to Apple.

Huawei

  • P20 — now free at Plan 999 (previously free at Plan 2499)
  • P20 Pro — now free at Plan 1299 (previously with PhP 6,000 cashout at Plan 1299)
  • P20 Lite — now free at Plan 599 (previously free at Plan 1499)
  • Mate 20 Pro — now free at Plan 1799 (previously free at Plan 1999)
  • Nova 3 — now free at Plan 599 (previously free at Plan 1299)
  • Y6 2019 Pro –now PhP 500 cashout only for ThePLAN 599 (previously PhP 2,400 cashout)
  • Y7 2019 — now PhP 1,000 cashout only for ThePLAN 599 (previously PhP 2,400 cashout)
  • Nova 3i — now free at Plan 799 (previously free at Plan 999)

Samsung

  • Note 9 (128GB) — now free at Plan 1499 (previously with PhP 18,000 cashout on ThePLAN 2499)
  • S10 (128GB) — now with PhP 16,800 cashout on ThePLAN 1799 (previously free on Plan 4999)
  • A50 — now free at Plan 799 (previously free at Plan 1499)

Apple

  • iPhone XS (256GB) — now with PhP 25,200 cashout on ThePLAN 2499 (previously with PhP 33,600 cashout)
  • iPhone XS (512GB) — now with PhP 44,400 cashout on ThePLAN 2499 (previously with PhP 52,800 cashout)
  • iPhone XS Max (256GB) — now with PhP 32,400 cashout on ThePLAN 2499 (previously with PhP 40,800 cashout)

Discounts on prepaid devices

Globe is also offering up to 20% discount on select prepaid mobile phones. All of these discounted phones come with a free Globe SIM so you can quickly register to their Go and GoBOOST data promos.

Huawei

  • P30 — from PhP 29,990 to PhP 23,990
  • Y5 2019 — from PhP 5,990 to PhP 5,990
  • Nova 5T — from PhP 18,990 to PhP 15,690
  • Y95 — from PhP 12,990 to PhP 11,490

OPPO

  • A5s — from PhP 6,990 to PhP 5,990
  • A9 2020 — from PhP 13,990 to PhP 12,990

Apple

  • iPhone 6s (64GB) — from PhP 15,700 to PhP 11,990

To avail of these smartphones, simply head over to Globe’s online store. Do hurry though, as the promo will last from July 7 to July 30 only.

Free shipping for Globe at Home prepaid WiFi

Those planning to get a Globe at Home prepaid WiFi can also take advantage of a free shipping offer when they get it on Lazada on July 15 or Shopee on July 17. All prepaid WiFi kits start at PhP 999. There’s no monthly payment nor lock-up period to worry about. As such, this prepaid WiFi is the perfect companion for work-at-home individuals and study-at-home students on a tight budget.

For more information about Globe’s latest promo, visit their website.

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Samsung adds Galaxy A21s, Galaxy A11 to its affordable A-series

For the youth?

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Samsung has been on a launch spree this 2020. Following its midrange headliners such as the Galaxy A51, A31, M31, and M11, the South Korean company brings more affordable contenders in the Philippines.

Introducing the new Galaxy A21s and Galaxy A11. These are newest additions to the A-series positions itself as the youth’s companion to a connected lifestyle.

Galaxy A21s

The Galaxy A21s possesses significant upgrades from the Galaxy A20one of the long-standing contenders in our Best Budget Smartphones list. It features a quad-camera setup: a 48-megapixel main camera, an 8-megapixel ultra-wide lens, a 2-megapixel depth sensor, and a 2-megapixel macro lens. On the front, it houses a 13-megapixel selfie camera.

Additionally, this device is powered by an Exynos 850 chip with 6GB RAM and up to 64GB of internal storage. It also has a 5,000mAh battery capable of 15W fast charging. Moreover, it sports a 6.5-inch Infinity-O display for awesome viewing experience.

Galaxy A11

Meanwhile, the much more affordable Galaxy A11 carries a 4,000mAh battery capable of 15W fast charging. It also exhibits a triple-rear camera setup: a 13-megapixel main camera, 5-megapixel ultra-wide lens, and 2-megapixel depth sensor. On the other hand, its front camera houses an 8-megapixel selfie camera.

Unlike its sibling, the Galaxy A11 is powered by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 450 processor with modest internals. That’s 3GB RAM and 32GB storage. It also sports a tad smaller 6.4-inch Infinity-O display.

Both the Galaxy A21s and Galaxy A11 run on Android 10, equipped with several features you’ll appreciate in a budget smartphone like a rear fingerprint scanner, face recognition unlock, and USB Type-C port.

Price and availability

The Galaxy A21s retails for PhP 11,990 and will be available in Black and White. On the other hand, the Galaxy A11 costs PhP 7,490 and will come in Black and Blue.

Customers who want to purchase the Galaxy A21s can get the unit for as low as PhP 1,998.33 per month at 0% interest via Credit Card Installment, starting from July 10 until September 30.

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UNIQLO will let you shop from home through its upcoming online store

Shop your favorite LifeWear pieces!

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UNIQLO lovers, rejoice!

Our favorite and well-loved Japanese clothing brand is launching its e-commerce platform in the Philippines.

The online store will be available on UNIQLO’s website and mobile application, bringing the brand closer to its loyal customers. People will find a convenient way of purchasing their favorite LifeWear apparel at the comforts of their home.

Additionally, the new initiative will extend the brand’s reach to new customers around the country.

UNIQLO‘s apparel highlights Japanese values of simplicity, quality, and longevity. It’s also crafted with the best fit, best fabrics, and innovations to improve your life.

Update as of July 10, 2020: The e-commerce platform is launching on July 16 through an online event accessible via UNIQLO’s Facebook page.

The official online store launch will also feature services that will enhance a UNIQLO lover’s shopping experience.

Through convenient initiatives such as Scan Feature, Click & Collect Option, and Pay In-Store Option, you can check a product’s availability, have your items delivered, or pay your purchases in-store via credit card.


This article was first published on June 03, 2020.

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