Best Premium Smartphones in the Philippines above P30,000

October 2018 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 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 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 6 (PhP 30,990)

We have to accept that the newest OnePlus smartphones aren’t as affordable as they once were, but that doesn’t change the fact that the OnePlus 6 is an excellent handset. That’s because it’s still priced below its high-end rivals and looks dashing in the process. Go for this if you want the most value at this price range.

REVIEW: OnePlus 6

Huawei Mate 10 Pro (PhP 33,990)

You can never go wrong with a smartphone that prioritizes AI integration and high-quality cameras, yet still manages to look fantastic and last longer than a day on a single charge. It may not be available in all regions — some countries will settle for the more affordable yet nearly as good Mate 10 — but the lucky ones will have a taste of Huawei’s smartest handset ever.

REVIEW: Huawei Mate 10 Pro

Apple iPhone X (PhP 64,490)

Love it or hate it, the iPhone X is Apple’s best smartphone to date, hands down. There were a lot of controversial factors before its launch — such as Face ID replacing Touch ID and the eye-popping prices — but having spent enough time with the handset, we’re absolutely sure it belongs on this list.

REVIEW: Apple iPhone X

Huawei P20 Pro (PhP 40,990)

When a smartphone’s cameras blow the competition out of the water like the P20 Pro has, then it’s a shoo-in for this list. A triple-camera setup with Leica engineering, fantastic AI integration, and some of the best colors we’ve ever seen on a handset make the new Huawei flagship a sight to behold and love.

REVIEW: Huawei P20 Pro


Apple iPhone XS, XS Max, XR: Prices and availability in the Philippines

Pricier than ever



There was no doubt that Apple’s newest iPhone lineup was going to arrive in other regions at different costs. In this case, the iPhone XS, XS Max, and XR have come to the Philippines along with higher-than-expected prices.

Starting with the iPhone XS, it’ll retail for PhP 67,990 for the 64GB storage variant, PhP 77,490 for the 256GB version, and PhP 90,490 for the largest 512GB model.

For the iPhone XS Max, it’ll go for PhP 74,990 for the 64GB version, PhP 84,490 for 256GB, and PhP 97,490 for 512GB — which is undoubtedly the most expensive iPhone yet.

Fortunately, we also have pricing for the more affordable iPhone XR. Its price starts at PhP 50,990 for the 64GB variant, then goes up to PhP 53,990 for 128GB of storage and PhP 60,490 for 256GB.

These prices apply to all colors, so you can choose whichever one you like and pay the same amount.

Official availability begins on October 26, with postpaid plans from Globe and Smart to follow at a later date.

Before you consider purchasing one, be sure to watch our unboxing and review videos:

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Samsung Galaxy J6+ and J4+: Price and availability in the Philippines

Staying competitive at the entry level



Samsung had a quiet launch for the Galaxy J6+ and J4+, and they’re now following that up with an equally discreet announcement that the two budget-friendly phones are already available in the Philippines.

Beginning today, October 13, you can purchase the Galaxy J6+ for PhP 10,990 and the Galaxy J4+ for PhP 6,990 at authorized Samsung stores nationwide.

Along with a side-mounted fingerprint scanner, the Galaxy J6+ comes with a 6-inch 720p display, quad-core Exynos processor, up to 4GB of memory and 64GB of storage, a pair of 13- and 5-megapixel shooters on the back and 8-megapixel selfie camera, and a 3300mAh battery.

Meanwhile, the Galaxy J4+ has nearly the same specs, except there’s only one 13-megapixel rear camera, the front shooter has only 5 megapixels, and the memory and storage configuration reaches just 3GB and 32GB, respectively.

With Samsung’s strong push for its latest Galaxy A series phones, we wonder what the company has in store for the Galaxy J lineup’s future.

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Apple iPhone XS gets pre-order and selling dates in the Philippines

Globe and Smart are ready to take on the orders



The latest iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max will soon be in your hands. Globe and Smart have announced the definite dates when subscribers can pre-order and avail of the new iPhones from Apple.

Starting October 19, both major telcos in the Philippines will start accepting pre-orders for iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max. Although, Globe is the first one to commit to delivering the orders by October 26.

The new iPhones were just announced last month, making this year’s release the fastest to officially reach the Philippine shores.

Neither Globe nor Smart has pricing and postpaid plan details as of writing. There are also no details about the cheaper iPhone XR as well, which will definitely come later.

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