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Best Premium Smartphones in the Philippines above P30,000

October 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)

The Galaxy S10+ will soon get an update that will bring Note 10 features like Super Steady video stabilization, AR doodle, and Live Focus video recording. This closes the gap even further between the Note and S Galaxies. It also effectively makes the S10+ a premium buy especially if you have no use for the S Pen.

REVIEW: Samsung Galaxy S10+

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

OPPO Reno 10x Zoom (PhP 45,990)

OPPO has started to enter the premium market with the Reno 10x Zoom. The flagship device of OPPO shares the same 10x hybrid zoom feature of Huawei’s P30 Pro, but without the camera hump on its back. Plus, the Reno doesn’t sport a display notch since its front camera is hidden in the motorized pop-up module. Like most flagships, OPPO’s phone is powered by the latest Snapdragon 855 chip which makes it one of the fastest around.

REVIEW: OPPO Reno 10x Zoom

Apple iPhone XS and XS Max (starting at 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 45,990)

Yes, we are well aware that the Huawei Mate 30 Pro has been released. But one thing that the P30 Pro has over the Mate 30 Pro is Google services that’s ready out-of-the-box. The Mate 30 Pro has superior hardware so far, but hardware can only go so far. The jury is still out on how the Mate 30 Pro will do in the real world. So for now, the P30 Pro reigns over its sibling.

REVIEW: Huawei P30 Pro

Samsung Galaxy Note 10+ (PhP 60,990)

The Samsung Galaxy Note 10+ packs nearly every possible feature you can think of. The Note’s signature S Pen adds features that are helpful and the entire video suite has been upgraded. Nearly everything you can ask for from a phone is here. Well, except jack.

Hands-On: Samsung Galaxy Note 10+

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Lazada’s 11.11 concludes with record-breaking sales

E-commerce is growing in the Philippines

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Lazada just had a blast with its 11.11 sale. This year’s sale sets new records for the online store company, with over 11 million deals from local and international brands sold to customers in the Philippines.

Lazada tallied one million sold items within the first hour of the 11.11 sale. One million users also shopped for various items on the website. By the end of the sale event, Lazada shoppers spent a total of 205 million minutes shopping on Lazada. That’s equivalent to watching a marathon of harry Potter for 187,000 times. Filipinos also proved to be shopping-savvy, collecting up to PhP 170 million worth of vouchers during the sale. One person’s shopping cart even amounted to a whopping PhP 1.2 million.

Bigger league of millionaire sellers

Dealers and sellers also set a record for increasing the membership of Lazada’s millionaire-seller league. The league, where sellers past a million peso sale mark earn membership, gained 1,140 new sellers because of the 11.11 sale.

Top brands in the 11.11 sale include Xiaomi for mobile category; CooCaa for home appliance; Pampers for mother’s care; Hydro Flask for general merchandise; Maybelline for health and beauty; and American Tourister for fashion.

This year’s 11.11 sale proves that e-commerce is booming the country. Globally, e-commerce is growing steadily, with China’s Singles’ Day event this year crossing the US$ 38 billion mark for total sales.

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Samsung Philippines Smartphone Price List

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Here are the latest prices of Samsung smartphones in the Philippines. We listed the devices according to their category.

Last update: November 16, 2019

Premium (PhP 30,000 and up)

Upper-Midrange (PhP 20,000 to PhP 30,000)

Lower-Midrange (PhP 10,000 to PhP 20,000)

  • Samsung Galaxy A50s — PhP 18,990
    • Promo (Nov 11-30) — PhP 16,990
  • Samsung Galaxy A50PhP 15,990
  • Samsung Galaxy A30s — PhP 12,990
  • Samsung Galaxy A30 — PhP 11, 990

Budget (PhP 10,000 and below)

  • Samsung Galaxy A20s — PhP 9,990
  • Samsung Galaxy A20PhP 8,990
  • Samsung Galaxy A10s — PhP 6,990
  • Samsung Galaxy A10 — PhP 5,990
  • Samsung Galaxy M20 — PhP 6,990

You may also check out our Best Smartphones guides. We shortlisted our chosen premium, upper-midrange, lower-midrange, and budget handsets to help you find your next smartphone.

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Samsung Galaxy Fold: Price and availability in the Philippines

Its price tag is not for the faint of heart

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First announced alongside the Samsung Galaxy S10 and refined later on in 2019, the Samsung Galaxy Fold has now made its way to the Philippines. The country’s two biggest telecommunication providers are also joining in the fray.

With Globe, pre-orders start November 18 with Globe’s ThePLAN or ThePLATINUM. It will be available until December 1st or until stocks last; only 400 units will be available.

With Smart, interested parties may start their application by preparing the following requirements: contact information, proof of income or financial capacity, proof of identity, proof of address, and email address. Visit a Smart Signature store anywhere in the country to submit your requirements. For more details visit Smart’s website.

The Samsung Galaxy Fold is available for PhP 109,990 at Abensons, Ansons, Samsung Experience Stores, Lazada, and other official distributors. It’ll come with a pair of Galaxy Buds, one year of Samsung Care+ and Samsung Concierge.

Samsung Concierge and Samsung Care+

Samsung Concierge gives access to specialized customer care programs including a 24/7 dedicated hotline, free pick-up and delivery assistance, and service express lanes, among others. Customers get to directly consult with the company’s tech experts for any queries.

Samsung Care+ is a hassle-free year-long program to assist Galaxy Fold owners for any emergency concerns. It also includes repair coverage for one year.

A new device category

The Galaxy Fold is Samsung’s first foldable smartphone. It sports a foldable 7.3-inch Infinity Flex Display. Revealed months ago, the display can freely transform between an expansive 7.3-inch tablet and a smaller 4.6-inch phone. Unfolded, the phone is a QXGA+ resolution powerhouse. Folded, the phone carries a workable HD+ display.

Powering the device is a 7nm octa-core processor, 12GB of RAM, and 512GB of internal storage. Outside, the phone carries a triple rear camera setup — 16-megapixel ultra-wide camera + 12-megapixel wide-angle camera + a telephoto lens. In front, it has a 16-megapixel selfie shooter when folded. It has two batteries that combine for a total of 4380mAh.

During the first reveal, the Galaxy Fold was said to be available in four colors with LTE and 5G variants and will retail for US$ 1,980. Global availability of the refined version was announced in September at IFA 2019 in Berlin.

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