Best Premium Smartphones in the Philippines above P30,000

June 2018 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 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 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.

REVIEW: Samsung Galaxy Note 8

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Vivo X21 lands in the Philippines with price and availability

A phone with an in-display fingerprint scanner!



While Vivo NEX is making buzz in the international market, the Vivo X21 is finding its way to more consumers in Asia. After officially launching in Singapore and India, Vivo’s phone with an in-display fingerprint scanner finally arrived in the Philippines.

This is the first X-series phone from Vivo to be made available in the Philippines, and the X21 is a strong entry into the competitive smartphone market with its unique feature — the in-display fingerprint scanner. The phone initially launched as the X21 UD (means “under display”) in China, and it’s basically a V9 on steroids.

The fingerprint scanner is hidden beneath the phone’s 6.28-inch Full HD+ AMOLED display, while a Snapdragon 660 processor paired with 6GB of memory and 128GB of storage makes sure the phone performs smoothly.

There’s a dual-camera setup on the back of the phone with 12- and 5-megapixel sensors, plus another 12-megapixel shooter in front for taking selfies.

The X21 boots up Vivo’s own custom OS on top of Android Oreo and consumes juice from the 3200mAh battery.

The phone is priced at PhP 29,999 and it’ll be available in Vivo concept stores and other official channels starting June 22.

SEE ALSO: 24 Hours at the World Cup with the Vivo NEX

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Nokia promo alert: Discounted Nokia 8, free Nokia 3310 for every Nokia 5 purchase

Quite a lot of promos from Nokia!



HMD Global kicks off the rainy season in the Philippines with sweet bundles and discounts for Nokia phones. From June 15 until August 31, buyers can avail themselves of any of the following deals.


If you’re getting a Nokia 5 (PhP 9,990), HMD Global is throwing in a free Nokia 3310 (worth PhP 2,590) with every purchase. That’s an instant free phone that you may use as a backup.

As for buyers of the new Nokia 6.1, a free pair of JBL T450BT Bluetooth headphones (worth PhP 3,000) is included with every purchase.


Apart from bundles, HMD Global also has a price cut for two Nokia phones. While we’re waiting for the arrival of Nokia’s next flagship, you can grab a Nokia 8 first for just PhP 21,990 — a true bang-for-the-buck deal.

For the more budget-conscious, the Nokia 1 with Android Go is now priced at only PhP 3,990.

Zero percent installment

In partnership with Home Credit, interested buyers can avail of new Nokia phones through zero percent installment plans.

  • Nokia 3 and Nokia 5 – zero percent interest for six months
  • Nokia 8, Nokia 6.1, and Nokia 7 Plus – zero percent interest for nine months

The deals and discounts are available through authorized Nokia stores and resellers nationwide, as well as official online channels like MemoXpress,, and Lazada.

SEE ALSO: HMD commits to Android P update for all its Nokia smartphones

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LG G7 ThinQ: Price and availability in the Philippines

Finally available in more markets



LG’s latest flagship makes its way to more markets in Asia. Just a month after the initial launch of the LG G7 ThinQ internationally, it finally landed in the Philippines.

The LG G7 ThinQ (the official name includes the ThinQ moniker) is the South Korean company’s greatest smartphone, yet. We have played around with the phone before, so the simplest way to describe it is it’s a refined version of last year’s LG V30.

As a quick recap, the G7 ThinQ has a 6.1-inch HDR display with a notch and QHD+ resolution. It’s powered by the latest Snapdragon 845 processor with 4GB of memory and 64GB of storage. A 3000mAh battery lights up the device with support for wireless charging.

Like the V30, it also has a Hi-Fi Quad DAC and a new BoomBox loudspeaker for enhanced audio on the go. The phone is also water and dust resistant.

The dual rear cameras on the G7 ThinQ are a typical LG setup: a main low-light sensor with an f/1.6 lens and secondary wide-angle shooter. Both cameras have 16-megapixel sensors, while the front camera is an 8-megapixel sensor with an f/1.9 lens.

The LG G7 ThinQ is priced at PhP 42,990 in the Philippines and it’ll be available through official stores, both online and in malls, this June.

SEE ALSO: LG G7 ThinQ Hands-on: Ticks all the boxes

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