Best Premium Smartphones in the Philippines above P30,000

April 2019 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 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 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 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 April 2019:

  • Replaced Huawei P20 Pro with Huawei P30 Pro

Updates as of March 2019:

  • Replaced Samsung Galaxy S9 with Galaxy S10+


New Subaru XV GT edition is a sportier crossover

Giving the already sporty XV a sleeker look



Subaru’s XV crossover is already a looker on its own — on top of the fact that it also performs well. But Subaru understands the demand for style and their answer to this is the new Asia-exclusive XV GT edition.

To produce this special variant, Motor Image, the exclusive distributor of Subaru in the Philippines, worked with renowned engineering company Giken Co. Ltd and Masahiko Kobayashi who made the head-turning design of the popular WRX STI.

The special edition XV comes with aero kits which give the already-sporty XV a more agile look. It now owns a front bumper lip extension with integrated canards for added stability, side skirts, roof spoiler, and rear bumper extension.

To go along with the added kits, the XV GT stands on a set of fresh 18-inch bespoke alloy wheels. Inside, leather seats inspired by the cabins of European and British grand tourers will greet you along with carpeted flooring.

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Together with Motor Image’s understanding of the market, Mr. Kobayashi’s expertise, and Giken’s experience, the GT edition was born to cater to the demanding needs of customers and looking good while doing it.

The XV GT is now available for booking at any of the Subaru showrooms in the Philippines.

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Globe offers new data promos just for TikTok users

Say yes to these deals!



For the uninformed, TikTok is a short video app that has taken the world by storm. Why you may ask?

Let me show you. It’s basically a platform that allows you to shoot looping videos.

It’s pretty tricky and downright mesmerizing when you get it down to a science:

But since humans are the creative beings they are, videos on the platform evolved…

Of course, the magic comes in when music does…

In the Philippines, TikTok has partnered with Globe to bring 15 seconds of looping joy to users. Standalone TikTok offers include the following:

  • TIKTOK15 for 100MB of data for one day
  • TIKTOK50 for 600MB of data for seven days
  • TIKTOK199 for 1GB of data for 30 days

You can activate them by texting the keyword to 8080. Enjoy, folks!

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Pocophone F1 now made more affordable in the Philippines

The cheapest 2018 flagship



Pocophone F1 | GadgetMatch

Are you still holding back from buying a Pocophone F1? Now is a better time to get one because Xiaomi is offering the sole Pocophone model at a more affordable price point.

The Pocophone F1 is now priced starting at PhP 14,990 for the 6GB+64GB variant. The slightly better version with 128GB storage is at PhP 16,990. The new prices will be effective starting April 16 on Lazada and Mi Authorized Stores in the Philippines.

For those who are unfamiliar, the Pocophone F1 is a truly affordable flagship phone with a Snapdragon 845 processor, liquid-cooling technology, AI-powered cameras, and a pretty large 4000mAh quick-charging battery.

If you’re quick to read this, the Pocophone F1 is currently on a flash sale today, April 15, on Lazada for just PhP 14,590. Stocks will be limited, so be sure to check out immediately.

You may watch our review with Xiaomi’s sub-brand flagship phone to know more about it:

SEE ALSO: Pocophone F1’s cameras are as good as iPhone 8’s on DxOMark

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