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..
Samsung Galaxy Note 8 (PhP 49,990)
Although quite similar to the Galaxy S8 in design and specifications, the Galaxy Note 8 stands out for its signature S Pen and introducing Samsung’s first-ever dual-camera setup. It may be one of the more expensive handsets on our list, but the price is justified thanks to the class-leading display and snappy overall performance.
OPPO F9: Price and pre-order details in the Philippines
The replacement to the OPPO F7 comes early
The F9 brings OPPO’s renowned VOOC Flash Charge technology that allows the phone to charge up to four times faster. OPPO claims that a quick five-minute charge is enough to enable two hours of talk time. Apart from VOOC, the F9 also now has dual rear cameras: a 16- and 2-megapixel combo. The selfie sensor is still a 25-megapixel shooter with all the AI-enabled features from other OPPO selfie phones.
The display of the F9 is slightly increased to 6.3 inches and has a taller 19.5:9 aspect ratio. Another change to the F9’s display is the smaller notch which OPPO calls “waterdrop.” This enables the phone to have a better screen-to-body ratio of 90.8 percent.
The OPPO F9 is priced locally at PhP 17,990, same as the F7’s initial price at launch. Consumers can also avail of the new phone via Home Credit at zero percent interest for nine months. For postpaid, the F9 is available on Smart GigaX Plan 1299. Pre-order starts on August 24 until August 30 and it offers early buyers freebies worth PhP 3,490.
Nokia 3.1: Price and availability details in the Philippines
Nokia’s newest budget phone is here
The Nokia 3.1 sports a 5.2-inch 18:9 HD+ display topped with Gorilla Glass 3. It’s powered by a MediaTek Helio P10 processor with 3GB of memory and 32GB of expandable storage. The frame of the phone is made from anodized metal and it gives the phone a premium finish.
Camera-wise, there’s a 13-megapixel rear camera with an LED flash and an 8-megapixel front-facing shooter with a wide-angle lens.
It runs Android 8.0 Oreo out of the box with promised updates for at least two years thanks to the Android One program.
A 2990mAh battery keeps the lights on which should be able to last a full day of moderate use.
Those who will pre-order until August 26 through Nokia mobile stores and MemoXpress branches nationwide will receive a free JBL Go Bluetooth speaker. The phone has a retail price of PhP 9,990 and it’ll come in one color only: black with chrome accents.
Nokia 2.1: Price and availability details in the Philippines
Another entry-level phone from Nokia
HMD Global maintains Nokia‘s presence in the mobile scene by releasing new phones at different price ranges. The latest to join the family in the Philippines is the Nokia 2.1 — an entry-level phone powered by Android Go.
The Nokia 2.1 is among the affordable bunch of new Nokia phones. It only has 1GB of memory, so it’s logical to let it have Android Oreo (Go edition) to keep its performance in check. Compared to its predecessor, the Nokia 2.1 got a bit of a spec bump to a Snapdragon 425 processor with 8GB of expandable storage. In addition, it has a massive 4000mAh battery that promises a two-day battery life.
The screen size of the phone is also upgraded to a 5.5-inch 720p 16:9 display with front-facing stereo speakers. Since it’s an entry-level phone, there’s not much to expect in the camera department with its 8-megapixel rear camera and 5-megapixel selfie shooter.
The Nokia 2.1 is available in the Philippines for PhP 5,990 in three color combinations: blue and copper, blue and silver, or gray and silver. The phone is also available via Home Credit at zero percent installment for six months.
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