Best Premium Smartphones in the Philippines above P30,000

December 2018 Edition



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.

Updated monthly, this 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 S9 (PhP 45,990)

Not much has changed from the Galaxy S8 to the S9, but that doesn’t matter. Samsung’s newest flagship smartphone is all about refinement and perfecting the design around the Infinity Display. A better fingerprint sensor location and software features like AR Emoji and super slow-motion video are icing on the already delicious cake..

Hands-on: Samsung Galaxy S9

Samsung Galaxy Note 9 (PhP 55,990)

The Galaxy Note series has always been known for two things: being big and having that sought-after S Pen. The latest generation doesn’t deviate from that tried-and-tested formula, but has an even more powerful set of hardware and the smartest stylus we’ve ever seen on a smartphone.

REVIEW: Samsung Galaxy Note 9

OnePlus 6T (PhP 31,990)

For an additional PhP 1,000, the OnePlus 6T is a pretty good follow-up to the OnePlus 6 launched six months ago. On top of all the class-leading specifications, the successor comes with a larger display, smaller notch, and that desirable under-display fingerprint scanner — not bad for an “incremental” upgrade.

REVIEW: OnePlus 6T

Huawei Mate 20 Pro (PhP 49,990)

Good luck finding a more complete smartphone than the Mate 20 Pro this year. Ask for a feature, and Huawei’s flagship likely has it. Let’s see: wireless charging (and in reverse), modern 7nm chipset, highly versatile camera setup, in-display fingerprint scanner, 3D facial recognition, curved OLED HDR display, water and dust resistance, generous battery — the list goes on.

REVIEW: Huawei Mate 20 Pro

Apple iPhone XS and XS Max (PhP 67,990)

While they look nearly identical to last year’s model, it’s the inside that matters most for the iPhone XS and its Max equivalent. The new A12 Bionic processor is leaps and bounds faster than anything else in the market, and the integration of iOS 12 is as smooth as butter.

REVIEW: Apple iPhone XS and XS Max

Huawei P20 Pro (PhP 40,990)

When a smartphone’s cameras blow the competition out of the water like the P20 Pro has, then it’s a shoo-in for this list. A triple-camera setup with Leica engineering, fantastic AI integration, and some of the best colors we’ve ever seen on a handset make the new Huawei flagship a sight to behold and love.

REVIEW: Huawei P20 Pro

Updates as of December 2018:

  • Replaced OnePlus 6 with OnePlus 6T

Updates as of November 2018:

  • Replaced Apple iPhone X with iPhone XS
  • Replaced Huawei Mate 10 Pro with Mate 20 Pro


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.

SEE ALSO: HP and Lenovo lead the world market of personal computers

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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.

Lenovo Yoga 530 | GadgetMatch

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.

Lenovo IdeaPad 720S | GadgetMatch

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.

Lenovo IdeaPad 330S | GadgetMatch

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.

SEE ALSO: Lenovo IdeaPad 530S, 330S, 330: Which is right for you?

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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.

Budget option

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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