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

October 2019 Edition

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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

Xiaomi Mi 9T Pro (PhP 20,990)

This is probably the easiest phone to recommend right now. The Snapdragon 855 SoC along with the bezel-less display and more than adequate triple-camera setup is just an absolute killer combo. Put all of that at this price, and the Mi 9T Pro feels like a steal.

READ MORE: Xiaomi Mi 9T Pro


Update as of October 2019:

  • Xiaomi Mi 9T Pro has been added to the list

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Level Up Joy: Jollibee Katipunan provides a glimpse of the future

Modern tech innovations + cool vibe

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Want to catch a glimpse of how Jollibee stores will look like in the future? Jollibee Katipunan reopened its doors this November 5 featuring a fresh and modern concept that will entice both the young and the old. Plus, it features never before seen tech innovations that really screams future.

Kiosks, charging stations, and more

Jollibee Katipunan is the first “Level Up Joy” store that combines modern technology and innovation with the alagang Joy experience. “We’re happy to know with the Level Up Joy, we’re ushering a new era of total and modern customer joy experience with our patrons,” said Jollibee Philippines assistant VP and head of brand communications Arline Adeva.

Jollibee is surely ushering a new era with their first Level Up Joy store. Customers don’t have to wait in line anymore with self-order kiosks which was first introduced to Jollibee stores last 2018. With the kiosks, customers can order at their own pace and customize their orders according to their preferences.

For on-the-go customers, Jollibee Katipunan has wireless charging stations so they can just put down their phone and charge while eating their favorite langhap-sarap meals. With these stations, comfort and convenience is surely guaranteed as customers stay connected while enjoying their meals.

Also, Jollibee Katipunan now has a contemporary and fresh cool vibe that is surely Instagram-worthy. It features brightly colored digital menu boards, sleek lighting and fixtures, vibrant murals. All the while keeping the yellow and red hues that define a Jollibee store. Stepping inside makes one feel the modern vibe while basking in the nostalgic feeling.

Delivery also levels up in Jollibee Katipunan with new electric bikes rolling out. Jollibee hopes to replace all of its delivery fleet with an e-bike in the future, and it’s roll out in Katipunan is a sure start. The company is committed to bringing joy not only to people but also to the environment.

“Trust that Jollibee will really be among the forefront of tech innovations. Because we owe it to our customers to delight them and offer more convenience when they go to our restaurant,” said Adeva.

Looking ahead

The future is exciting for Jollibee. With the unveiling of its first Level Up Joy store, the company is embracing the future with technology and innovations. But it doesn’t want to stop at Katipunan. Other Jollibee branches will also be upgraded to Level Up Joy stores.

With Jollibee opening its 1000th store, it is gearing towards a vision of dominating locally and growing globally. Recently, it acquired The Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf as part of its expansion. However, even if the company is now a bigger brand than it was 40 years ago, it keeps its joy experience which the company came to be known for.

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Samsung Galaxy Note 10 Weekend Token Promo

Promo runs from Nov 8-10

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Have you been holding out on buying the Samsung Galaxy Note 10 or Galaxy Note+? This weekend might be the perfect time to buy!

From November 8 to 10, buyers of the 256GB variation of the Galaxy Note 10 or Galaxy 10+ will receive a token worth PhP 3,000 and PhP 5,000, respectively. The token can be used to purchase any Samsung device including the new Galaxy Note 10 units.

The token is given on top of any bundle promotion the store may have. It can only be used in the same retail outlet and must be used on the same day of purchase. Consumers can also pay for the new Note series for up to 24 months with zero percent interest or through the Trade In-Trade Up program.

SEE ALSO: Note 10 US Pricing | Galaxy Watch Active 2 | Galaxy Tab S6 | Galaxy Book S | Globe vs Smart postpaid plans

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Huawei Philippines Smartphone Price List

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

Last update: November 6, 2019

Premium (PhP 30,000 and up)

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

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

Budget (PhP 10,000 and below)

  • Huawei Y7 Pro 2019PhP 6,990
  • Huawei Y6 Pro 2019  — PhP PhP 5,990
  • Huawei Y5 2019 — PhP 5,990
  • Huawei Y5 Lite — PhP 3,990

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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