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Best Premium Smartphones above PhP 30,000 (July 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 June compilation, this July 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.

REVIEW: Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8+

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

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 (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

Sony Xperia XZ Premium (PhP 45,490)

Say whatever you want about its traditional design and seriously high-end pricing, but the Xperia XZ Premium is the only smartphone that competes well against Samsung’s pride and joy, which sits at the top of this list. That’s because this Sony flagship has an equally capable Snapdragon 835 processor and a screen that’ll make you go, “Woah!”

REVIEW: Sony Xperia XZ Premium

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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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Globe GoWatch and Play adds 2GB of data to your favorite promos

For streaming and gaming!

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With the increasing demand for streaming services and mobile games, Globe is treating their prepaid subscribers to a new promo bundle that’ll let them play or watch on the go. If you’re a subscriber of GoSurf or GoSakto promos, you’ll get to enjoy additional mobile data.

With the GoWatch and Play promo bundle, select existing Globe promos will get extra 2GB of mobile data for video streaming and mobile gaming. The additional data can be used for streaming services, namely Netflix, HOOQ, YouTube, NBA, Cartoon Network, and Disney, while the supported games are Arena of Valor, Mobile Legends, Clash of Clans, Clash Royale, and Pokémon Go.

The free 2GB video and game access on mobile is available for the following promos:

  • GoSURF50
  • GoSURF299
  • GoSURF599
  • GoSURF999
  • GOTSCOMBODD70
  • GOTSCOMBODD90
  • GOSAKTO120
  • GOSAKTO140

To register, simply dial *143# or use the Globe Switch app that’s available on the Google Play Store. For more info about the promo bundle, you may read the FAQs listed on Globe’s website here.

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Honor 10 is coming to Southeast Asia

Launching later this month!

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Fresh from its global launch in London, the new Honor 10 is going to be available in several Southeast Asian markets including Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, and Vietnam.

It sports the same features as the pricier Huawei P20: Kirin 970 with neural processing chip enabled, the latest EMUI 8.1 software based on Android 8.1 Oreo, a fingerprint sensor in front, and dual cameras. Two of the biggest differences are the lack of Leica branding and inclusion of a headphone jack.

Launch events have been scheduled in Singapore on May 21, Malaysia on May 22, and Thailand on May 23. In Vietnam, an intimate event for 20-30 fans to experience the new phone is scheduled on May 20. Pricing and availability in the respective countries have yet to be announced.

In Europe, the Honor 10 retails for EUR 399 (US$ 473) for the 64GB variant and EUR 449 (US$ 532) for the 128GB version.

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