Best Upper-Midrange Smartphones in the Philippines from P20,000 to P30,000

August 2019 Edition



When premium phones are out of financial reach and entry-level handsets just don’t make your cut, something in between is the next best thing. This is our updated list of the best upper-midrange smartphones retailing from PhP 20,000 to PhP 30,000.

Formulating this category was tricky, since you can’t set an exact price and some of these devices are, in fact, the flagship phones of their respective brands. To simplify things, we chose a price range that simply sits between our other lists for best budget, midrange, and premium smartphones.

Here they are in no particular order:

Xiaomi Mi Mix 3 (PhP 29,990)

No more awkward selfies! After years of taking photos using a chin-mounted front camera, Xiaomi’s Mi Mix series finally found a way to put the lens on top of the display — and it involves a magnetic slider. It’s accompanied by some of the best rear cameras in the market, as well as a ceramic back and wireless charging.

REVIEW: Xiaomi Mi Mix 3

Vivo V15 Pro (PhP 23,999)

Vivo’s V-series may have broken the PhP 20,000 barrier, but that doesn’t stop the V15 Pro from being a strong contender. Its design is taken straight from the high-end NEX, mixed with extra features like the ultra-wide rear camera and even more megapixels at your disposal.

REVIEW: Vivo V15 Pro

OnePlus 6T (PhP 25,990)

The OnePlus 6T is a pretty good follow-up to the OnePlus 6. 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. With the OnePlus 7 Pro already out, the OnePlus 6T is now more affordable. Its cheaper price makes it one of the best 2018 flagship phones available.

REVIEW: OnePlus 6T

Xiaomi Mi 9 (PhP 22,990)

Xiaomi once again brings the latest and fastest processor available to the midrange segment. That’s right: The Mi 9 has the Snapdragon 855 chipset, and it doesn’t cost a fortune. Not only that, Xiaomi’s flagship also has speedy wireless charging and class-leading cameras.

REVIEW: Xiaomi Mi 9

Samsung Galaxy A70 (PhP 22,990)

Samsung’s strategy for its refreshed midrange Galaxy A series is working. The new Galaxy A70 with its tall Super AMOLED display and Snapdragon 675 processor is Samsung’s best offering in this price range. It also has triple rear cameras and a huge 4500mAh battery that’ll surely last for long even for heavy users.

MORE: Samsung Galaxy A70

Update as of July 2019:

  • Huawei Nova 3i replaced by Samsung Galaxy A70


Sony has new PS4 Pro bundles featuring God of War

The best time to play is now with a new PS4 Pro bundle featuring two popular gaming titles



Sony has new PlayStation 4 Pro bundles that is too hard to ignore, especially if you’ve been dying to get your hands on a PS4 Pro. It will include two popular gaming titles from Sony itself.

From August 16 to September 8, Sony is bundling the PS4 Pro with popular game titles The Last of Us (Remastered) and God of War. It will be available on all PlayStation authorized dealers. The PS4 Pro bundle will come with two DualShock 4 wireless controllers. All in all, the bundle is worth PhP 24,990, which is a considerable markdown from its regular price of PhP 32,718.

All PS4 Pro will come in a jet black color and 1TB of HDD. There is also 2 years of warranty for every gamer’s peace of mind.

Other PS4 Pro bundles on offer

Apart from this bundle, Sony will also offer these PS4 Pro bundles:

  • PS4 Pro God of War Bundle (1TB HDD) with free Marvel’s Spider-Man (worth PhP 2,349) and free mini messenger bag — PhP 23,990
  • PS4 NBA2K19 Bundle Pack (500GB HDD) with free DualShock 4 Wireless Controller (worth PhP 2,990), free Marvel’s Spider-Man (worth PhP 2,349) and free mini messenger bag — PhP 19,990

The bundled mini messenger bag is a sling bag featuring the motifs of the iconic PlayStation shapes and the PlayStation family logo. It is only available while stocks last.

All the bundles are purchasable in all PlayStation authorized dealers.

The PlayStation 4 Pro is a gaming console released by Sony in 2016. It is a follow up to the popular PlayStation 4, featuring a much refined gameplay. It comes in either 500GB, 1TB, or 2TB of HDD storage.

SEE ALSO: Sony PlayStation 5: Everything we know so far


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Lenovo offers discounts for its budget laptops

Hurry before the promo is up



Are you a student looking for a laptop that won’t break the bank? Lenovo is offering discounts for some of its budget laptops. The laptops eligible for the discounts are the Ideapad S145, S130, and the 330.

Here are the details:

  • Ideapad S130 81J1000WPH / 81J1000VPH / 81J1000XPH (11.6″ HD display; Celeron N4000; 2GB DDR4 / 500GB HDD) — from PhP 14,995 down to PhP 12,995
  • Ideapad S130 81J1000SPH (11.6″ HD display; Celeron N4000; 2GB DDR4 / 500GB HDD) — from PhP 15,995 down to PhP 13,995
  • Ideapad 330 81D0001SPH / 81D0001TPH (14″ HD display; Celeron N4100; 4GB DDR4 / 500GB HDD) — from PhP 17,995 down to PhP 15,995
  • Ideapad S145 81MU000NPH (14″ HD display; Celeron Gold 4205U; 4GB DDR4 / 500GB HDD) — from PhP 18,995 down to PhP 16,995
  • Ideapad 330 81D00040PH / 81D0001UPH (14″ HD display; Pentium N5000; 4GB DDR4 / 500GB HDD) — from PhP 19,995 down to PhP 17,995
  • Ideapad S145 81MU000MPH (14″ HD display; Pentium Gold 5405U; 4GB DDR4 / 500GB HDD) — from PhP 20,995 down to PhP 18,995

The discount is valid until August 30 in all Lenovo concept stores nationwide. Only cash payments are eligible. All laptops come with a standard two-year warranty.

All of the discounted laptops are Lenovo’s latest budget offerings. The Ideapad line is suitable for everyday needs of most users, including students. The Ideapad S145, which was released this July, features narrower bezels for interruption-free viewing and Dolby Audio for clearer sounds. And along with Ideapad S130, both RAM and storage on these laptops can be upgraded for a faster performance.

Along with these budget offerings, Lenovo also has a wide selection of laptops to suit the needs of different users To know more about the discount, visit Lenovo’s Facebook page.

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Sale Alert: Realme 3 and C1 is 25% off for today

Plus, an Anker fast charger for the first 50 lucky buyers



Realme is having a flash sale this August 13 as part of Shopee’s brand day. Both the Realme 3 and C1 are 25% off its original price.

Realme 3 discounts

The 32 GB model of Realme 3 is only PhP 6,090. Meanwhile, the 64 GB model is offered at PhP 6,590. Both models are PhP 1,400 down from their prices of PhP 6,990 and PhP 7,900, respectively.

Realme C1 discounts

The Realme C1 can be had for PhP 4,490, down PhP 1,500 from its original price of PhP 5,990. The first 1,000 buyers who used the voucher code REALMEXSHP10 may avail of another 10% discount on top of the price discount.

The flash sale will happen in five waves where varying discounts will be offered:

  • First wave (12:00 to 8:59 AM) — all Realme 3 and C1 models are discounted
  • Second wave (12:00 to 2:59 PM) — both the discounted 32 GB model of Realme 3 and Realme C1 will be offered
  • Third wave (3:00 to 5:59 PM) — the discounted 64 GB model of Realme 3 will be offered
  • Fourth wave (6:00 to 8:59 PM) — only the discounted 32 GB model of Realme 3 will be offered
  • Fifth wave (9:00 to 11:59 PM) — only the discounted 64 GB model of Realme 3 will be offered

Free Fast Charger

The first 50 buyers of the discounted devices will get a brand-new Anker Powerport 2 Lite. The Powerport 2 Lite is a fast charger that has 2 USB-A ports in a compact body. It can also support up to 12W of power.

The flash sale is part of Shopee’s brand day which is happening only today. The Realme 3 packs a 6.2 inch display, a Helio P60 processor, 13 MP front camera, a 13 MP + 2 MP rear cameras, a large 4,230 mAh battery, and 3 GB of RAM. Meanwhile, the Realme C1 packs 6.2-inch display, Snapdragon 450 chipset, 13MP+2MP dual cameras, 4230mAh battery, and 2GB of RAM.

Go to Realme’s official Shopee store now!


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