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

October 2020 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:

POCO F2 Pro (PhP 29,990)

The priciest in this bunch, the POCO F2 Pro easily also feels and arguably looks most premium. The POCO F2 Pro has the heft, look, and feel that’s typically reserved for the premium flagships. It’s powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 adding fuel to the flagship killer fire. It’s a noteworthy follow-up to the cult classic that was the POCO F1 Pro.

Huawei Nova 7 5G (PhP 23,990)

The marketing around this phone has been centered around it being 5G-capable. However, with 5G still at its infancy in terms of coverage, you should look beyond 5G when considering this phone. And when you do, what you’ll find is perhaps one of better built smartphones at this price. Of course, you’ll have to contend with the lack of Google Mobile Services. Is that a deal breaker? There are workarounds, so if you’re the type who can live with these, the Nova 7 is still solid choice.

REVIEW: Huawei Nova 7 5G

realme X3 SuperZoom (PhP 24,990)

The realme X3 SuperZoom is equipped with late 2019 flagship specs — Snapdragon 855+, 64MP main camera, 120Hz screen refresh rate — while being priced at just a little over half the price of phones with comparable specs. realme is playing in that flagship killer territory and certainly deserves more attention.

REVIEW: realme X3 SuperZoom

iPhone SE (PhP 26,990)

One of the world’s fastest processors, a fantastic camera, at a midranger’s price. If we told you, we’re talking about an iPhone you probably wouldn’t believe us but here we are. The iPhone SE’s design is dated, but everything about its performance is near-flagship or flagship 2020 levels.

REVIEW: iPhone SE

Samsung Galaxy A71 (PhP 22,990)

Awesome screen, awesome camera, long-lasting battery life — that’s the LSS-inducing theme of the Galaxy A71 as it was being teased. Lo and behold, Samsung wasn’t lying. The phone certainly lives up to the hype and while specs-wise there may be cheaper options out there, the package that Samsung has put together is quite enticing.

REVIEW: Samsung Galaxy A71

OPPO Reno3 Pro (PhP 28,990)

The design of the Reno3 feels like a departure from the journey that OPPO took when they launched the first Reno phone. That said, this is still a solid all-around smartphone at this price point. It does about everything well enough to merit this inclusion. It’s not stellar, but it’s solid.

REVIEW: OPPO Reno3

Xiaomi Mi Note 10 (PhP 25,990)

Want to own the phone with the world’s first-ever 108MP camera in a penta-camera setup? That’s the main selling point of this phone. Xiaomi’s been making a strong push in mobile photography and this is the crème de la crème when it comes to smartphone cameras.

REVIEW: Xiaomi Mi Note 10

Laptops

ASUS ZenBook series has some incredible additions

The Flip S, ZenBook S, and Flip 13

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The ASUS ZenBook series has easily been one of the more popular laptop series in recent memory. Now, the series has three noteworthy and incredible additions — The ZenBook Flip S, ZenBook S, and ZenBook Flip 13.

ZenBook Flip S

Easily the most premium of the bunch, the ZenBook Flip S headlines the newest members of the ZenBook Series.

It has red copper diamond-cut highlights to complement its timeless jade black finish. It also has a brushed-aluminum deco bar above the edge-to-edge keyboard that adds a subtle finishing touch.

Inside, it’s powered by an 11th Gen Intel Core i7 processor with 1.30 GHz quad-core with Turbo Boost (up to 3.90 GHz) and 8 MB cache. It’s also supported by Intel Iris X Graphics. You also get 16GB 4266 MHz LPDDR4x and 1TB PCIe NVMe 3.0 x4 M.2 SSD.

The ZenBook Flips S has a 13.3-inch OLED display. It has a 16:9 panel that’s slim-bezel and is also touchscreen. You also have dual Harman-Kardon certified speakers to go along with that display.

Ports-wise it has the following: two (2) Thunderbolt 4 USB-C, One (1) USB 3.2 Type A, One (1) Standard HDMI. More on connectivity, it supports WiFi 6 and Bluetooth 5.0. It promises up to 10 hours of battery life.

ZenBook S

The ZenBook S follows the extremely elegant red copper, jade black aesthetic of the Flip S. It doesn’t bend all the way back but it’s just as capable in every way imaginable.
It comes in two processor options. Either Intel Core i7-1165G7 processor with 2.8 GHz quad-core with Turbo Boost (up to 4.70GHz) and 12MB cache or Intel Core i5-1135G7 processor with 2.4 GHz quad-core with Turbo Boost (up to 4.20GHz) and 8MB cache.
It sports the same 16GB and 1TB RAM and ROM as well as the same set of ports. and connectivity tech. But, the display is a little different.

The ZenBook S has a 13.3-inch 3.3k panel with a 3:2 aspect ratio. It’s PANTONE-validated, has IPS level wide-view tech, and is also TÜV Rheinland-certified for eye care.

ZenBook Flip 13

If you’re hell bent on getting something that, well… bends, there’s the ZenBook Flip 13. It doesn’t quite evoke the same elegance as the other two additions in the series. But, make no mistake, it still looks sleek and you won’t feel bad carrying this around.

Inside, it’s powered by the Intel Core i5-1135G7 processor with 1.00 GHz quad-core with Turbo Boost (up to 3.60 GHz) and 6 MB cache supported by Intel Iris X graphics. It has an 8GB 4266 MHz LPDDR4x and 512GB PCIe NVMe 3.0 x2 M.2 SSD for its RAM and ROM combo.

It shares the same ports as the ZenBook Flip S and ZenBook S. As for the display, it’s also 13.3-inch and is 16:9 just like the Flip S. For connectivity, it also WiFi 6 and Bluetooth 5.0 and promises up to 14 hours of battery life.

More details on the ZenBook Flip 13 here.

Pricing and availability

All three are now available and come with pre-installed Microsoft Home & Student 2019 lifetime license, 2 years Global Warranty, and ASUS Platinum Protection Warranty on the first year of purchase. They’re also part of the ASUS Share 2020 Christmas Promotion.
Pricing are as follows:
  • ASUS ZenBook Flip S — PhP 94,995
  • ZenBook S — PhP 99,995 (Comes bundled with ASUS AC1300 Dual Band High Powered Gigabit Router and ASUS ZenScreen Portable Monitor during Dec 5-19 pre-order period).
  • ZenBook Flip 13 — PhP 64,995

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GENTLE MONSTER Huawei Eyewear II now in the Philippines

Fashion meets tech

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GENTLE MONSTER Huawei Eyewear II — a premiere fashion meets tech wearable, is now officially in the Philippines.

A more comfortable and immersive wearing experience

The temples of GENTLE MONSTER Eyewear II is made of plastic titanium for lower density and lighter weight. This should guarantee a more comfortable wearing experience for the user. Meanwhile, Huawei constructed the temple hinges out of titanium elastic to increase the eyewear’s holding strength.

The eyewear also comes with a 20-degree curved earpiece angle, which is a huge improvement from its predecessor’s 12-degree angle.

Like before, the smart eyewear still includes a unique acoustic design that adapts to the user and their environment. Two semi-open speakers on both sides of the temples transmit sound directly through a directional chamber, reducing leakage and providing a stereo-like listening experience. To further reduce sound leakage, the temple features a leakage hole design that offset sound waves.

The eyewear also has an adaptive volume technology that can lower or raise the speaker volume accordingly depending on the surrounding noise.

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Smarter eyewear features

The Gentle Monster Eyewear II also features updated gesture controls. Pairing the eyewear is much simpler now, with users only needing to pinch the left temple to start the process. Meanwhile, double-tapping on the left temple activates the eyewear’s voice assistant.

Swipe gestures are also included in the eyewear. A few swipes on the temples either play the next/previous song or raises/lower the eyewear’s volume.

Huawei rates the GENTLE MONSTER Eyewear II for five hours of continuous music playback. The eyewear improved upon its predecessor by bundling a new NFC wireless charging technology allowing quick and hassle-free charging anytime, anywhere.

Pricing and availability

The GENTLE MONSTER x Huawei Eyewear II is now available wherever you can get Huawei devices in the Philippines. It retails for PhP 21,999.

This product joins a lineup of outstanding Huawei audio devices. Pricing are as follows:

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Honda cars come with various promos this December

Honda owners may also win a brand new Honda Brio through a raffle

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This December, Honda is launching various promos for anyone looking to buy their first drives. From December 1 to 31, one can avail of discounts, exclusive deals, and special offerings on some car and motorcycle models.

All-in downpayment offers

Customers may avail of special all-in and regular all-in downpayment offers for Honda City, Brio, CR-V, and HR-V.

Model/Variant Price Downpayment For As Low As
21YM City 1.5 RS CVT PhP 1,048,000 PhP 34,000
20YM Brio 1.2 RS Black Top CVT PhP 735,000 PhP 29,000
21YM CR-V S Diesel 9AT PhP 1,888,000 PhP 130,000
21YM HR-V 1.8 E CVT PhP 1,296,000 PhP 71,000

Cash discounts for Honda cars and motorcycles

Meanwhile, customers may avail of cash discounts for Honda BR-V, Civic, and Civic Type R.

Model/Variant Price Discount
21YM BR-V 1.5 S CVT PhP 1,038,000 PhP 60,000
20YM Civic 1.8 E CVT PhP 1,188,000 PhP 50,000
19YM Civic Type R Turbo MT PhP 3,180,000 PhP 180,000

Those who purchase a Honda motorcycle may get PhP 5,000 discount for an all-new Honda City, BR-V, or Mobilio models. They simply have to sign up with their personal details on Honda Philippines’ online portal. After signing up, they will receive an email validation to confirm their qualification for the promo until January 31 only.

Referral reward, BPI Family offer, free items up for grabs

Honda owners who have successfully referred a buyer to a BR-V or an all-new City stand a chance to receive PhP 5,000 worth of e-gift vouchers. For anyone interested to join the referral program, one can visit this website to get started.

BPI’s Step Up Pay Plan is also available for the two aforementioned models, offering a 20% downpayment for a fixed 5-year loan term. Through the plan, one can also avail of the lowest monthly amortization for the first year of the loan term with a progressive increase in the succeeding years.

All customers purchasing a Honda car this December are entitled to receive a free Petron-Honda Value Card with an additional PhP 100 bonus for every 140 liters of gasoline or 200 liters of diesel accumulated this month. With the value card, customers may also take advantage of free towing and roadside assistance, and year-round personal accident insurance.

Meanwhile, customers who will purchase a new 18YM or 19YM Mobilio 1.5 RS Navi CVT will get a free Blaupunkt Air Purifier Airpure AP 1.0 set.

And a raffle with a Honda Brio as the grand prize

To cap off the holiday promo, a raffle will be held where one lucky winner will take home a brand-new Honda Brio 1.2 S M/T. Owners simply have to register and provide their contact details at Honda Philippines’ online portal, which will grant them one corresponding e-raffle entry.

A brand new Honda car is not the only item up for grabs with the raffle. Other items include:

  • iPhone 11 (1 winner)
  • iPhone Air, 3rd Gen (1 winner)
  • Nintendo Switch (1 winner)
  • Rustan’s Gift Certificate worth PhP 5,000 (3 winners)
  • Rustan’s Gift Certificate worth PhP 2,500 (3 winners)
  • Free gas worth PhP 8,000 (25 winners)

Owners who bring in their vehicle for preventive maintenance from today until March 18, 2021 may gain additional e-raffle entries. The additional e-raffle entry will be sent via email.

Meanwhile, the raffle will take place on March 23, 2021 with the winners being notified through registered email or through a phone call. The winners will also be posted on Honda Philippines’ official website and Facebook page. This is where one can also know more about the latest December promos from Honda itself.

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