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Best Premium Smartphones in the Philippines above P30,000

June 2019 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.

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 S10+ (PhP 55,990)

Samsung has once again set the standard of how a premium smartphone should look and feel in 2019. The Galaxy S10+ has absolutely everything we want in a flagship, from the high-end chipset and complete set of cameras, to the comprehensive software and even an audio port. This particular model will be remembered for years to come.

REVIEW: Samsung Galaxy S10+

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 7 Pro (PhP 38,990)

OnePlus went all out with its latest flagship smartphone, and although the price is now firmly in the premium category, the OnePlus 7 Pro provides all the high-end featured you’d expect from even pricier phones. The combination of the stunning design, top-of-the-line specs, and impressive cameras all this phone to compete with the Samsungs and Huaweis of the world.

REVIEW: OnePlus 7 Pro

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 P30 Pro (PhP 50,990)

Leave it to Huawei to top an already-fantastic camera phone. Not only does the P30 Pro beat the Mate 20 Pro and P20 Pro in camera performance, it’s also the company’s most complete handset to date. It’s chock-full of features, such as the high-speed Kirin 980 chip, massive 4200mAh battery, and curved OLED display.

REVIEW: Huawei P30 Pro


Updates as of June 2019:

  • Replaced OnePlus 6T with OnePlus 7 Pro

Automotive

Honda officially launches the all-new BR-V in the Philippines

This 7-seater SUV just got better!

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Honda Cars Philippines Inc. (HCPI) has just announced refreshed models of their second best-selling car, the 7-Seater BR-V at the City of Dreams Manila in Parañaque City.

From the old 1.5 Touring CVT, it now has two variants: The 1.5 S CVT and the 1.5 V CVT.


The exterior already shows changes; it has a sleeker design that makes it stand out from afar. The two new iterations now feature a chrome front grille and updated front and rear bumpers. The 16-inch alloy wheels also have a new design.

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They both feature reverse cameras which are helpful for parking on blind spots. The company has also kept the already existing roof rail, halogen headlamps, and fog lights.

They are both equipped with 7-inch touchscreen displays, but the higher-end V model supports Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.

The interior may look similar with a refreshed Dark Steel color, but the 1.5 V CVT features a more premium leather interior with red leather trims and red accents to complement its overall look.

Both of them still feature a spacious cabin with enough headroom and leg space for its passengers.

Under the hood, it has a 1.5-liter i-VTEC engine mated with Honda’s very own Earth Dreams Technology Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT) which promises a fuel-efficient driving and smooth-sailing experience.

For convenience, 1.5 V CVT comes with a Smart Entry with Push Start System and Paddle Shifters. The ECON mode and eco-coaching ambient lights remind drivers to drive more efficiently.

Added technology systems make this car better: the G-Force Control (G-CON) Collision Safety Body, Driver and Front Passenger SRS Airbags, Anti-Lock Braking System (ABS) with Electronic Brake Force Distribution (EBD), and Speed Sensing Auto Door Lock are all helpful in avoiding fatalities. You also get Hill Start Assist (HSA) and Vehicle Stability Assist (VSA) for added safety measure.

To ensure your child’s safety at all times, 2019 BR-V now features ISOFIX anchors to securely latch a child’s seat. It also has a five-star ASEAN NCAP rating in the category of Adult Occupancy Protection (AOP).

The all-new Honda BR-V is now available in 36 Honda dealerships nationwide with the following suggested retail prices:

  • 1.5 V CVT at PhP 1,155,000
  • 1.5 S CVT at PhP 1,035,000

There are several colors to choose from: Lunar Silver Metallic and Modern Silver Metallic are available for both variants. There are also two new colors limited to the 1.5 V CVT: Passion Red Pearl and the PhP 20,000-worth Platinum White Pearl. Meanwhile, Taffeta White is only available for the 1.5 S CVT, while the Premium Amber Metallic is now available on the same variant.

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GCash eyes 365,000 trees planted in 365 days with the help of its users

Through a new ‘green’ feature

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GCash has introduced a new “green” feature on their app called GCash Forest. The new feature inside GCash’s app aims to contribute to environmental preservation with the help of its users. As the leading mobile wallet in the Philippines, GCash eyes to plant 365,000 trees in 365 days.

The goal of GCash Forest is to help Filipinos contribute to tree planting activities by simply using the GCash app. Basically, GCash subscribers will have the ability to plant virtual trees that’ll have real-life counterparts. GCash is not alone in this; they have partnered with the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR), World Wildlife Fund (WWF), and the Biodiversity Finance Initiative (BIOFIN).


The DENR will provide the land resources in Ipo Watershed, while WWF will be providing trees and manpower. BIOFIN will then monitor the progress of the efforts. The Ipo Watershed is an essential component of the Angat-Umiray-Ipo watersheds system which supplies 98 percent of Metro Manila’s water.

For users to be able to contribute to the tree planting efforts of GCash Forest, they need to collect “green energy” by simply (and frequently) using the GCash app. Once users get enough green energy, they’ll now choose which species of trees they wish to plant in a selected area at the Ipo Watershed.

GCash users will receive a certificate of ownership with a serial number once their trees are planted. Of course, they’ll also get updates on the growth of their trees and fun facts through the GCash app.

SEE ALSO: Globe launches Southeast Asia’s first 5G service backed by Huawei

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Xiaomi Mi 9T: Pricing and availability details in the Philippines

It’s the rebranded Redmi K20

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Xiaomi Mi 9T | Image credit: Xiaomi

Xiaomi‘s newest midrange phone has reached more markets. After launching the Redmi K20 in China, the Chinese company has brought and rebranded the phone outside of its home turf as the Mi 9T. Launched internationally two weeks ago, the Mi 9T has landed in the Philippines.

The phone is powered by a Snapdragon 730 processor with a 6.39-inch Full HD+ AMOLED display with an in-display fingerprint sensor. Since the phone doesn’t have a notch or a hole, it sports a pop-up camera mechanism housing a 20-megapixel selfie shooter. At the back, it has three cameras: a main 48-megapixel sensor, a 13-megapixel ultra-wide shooter, and an 8-megapixel telephoto camera.


Pre-orders for the Mi 9T will start from June 24, 12 noon, until June 30, through Xiaomi’s official store on Lazada and at Mi Authorized Stores. It’ll be initially available in Carbon Black starting at Php 15,990 for the 6GB+64GB memory and storage configuration, and Php 17,990 for the 6GB+128GB variant.

The Mi 9T will be exclusively available on Lazada first before it goes on sale at Mi Authorized stores. The other color options — Flame Red and Glacier Blue — will be available shortly after.

SEE ALSO: Xiaomi Mi 9T unboxed ahead of official launch, has midrange specs

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