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

March 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:

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

Xiaomi Mi 9T Pro [6GB/128GB] (PhP 20,490)

The Xiaomi Mi 9T Pro is easily the best bang-for-your-back phone since it came out and continues to be so until today. The Snapdragon 855 chip is flagship level and its cameras also perform better than expected.

REVIEW: Xiaomi Mi 9T Pro

OPPO Reno 2 (PhP 28,990)

OPPO isn’t the first brand you think of when it comes to mobile videography, which is why the Reno2 is such a pleasant surprise. For people who want to test their mettle in creating videos, this is the next best option especially since most video-centric

REVIEW: OPPO Reno 2

OnePlus 6T (PhP 25,990)

Nearly two years old and still going strong. The OnePlus 6T remains one of the better options in this price point. We’d argue it has the cleanest, fastest, and smoothest implementation of Android and has always had top-of-the-line specs.

REVIEW: OnePlus 6T

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

Samsung Galaxy Note 10 Lite (PhP 29,990)

Finally. A Galaxy Note sans the gimmicks. The Galaxy Note line has always been a premium offering. And while this isn’t exactly budget, it’s still a lot more affordable than the usual stylus-paired smartphone from Samsung.

WATCH HANDS-ON: Samsung Galaxy Note 10

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Canon Philippines holds digital masterclass on Facebook

Improve your photography skills while at home

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Are you looking for things-to-do to pass the time while at home? Then, take a peek at Canon Philippines’ Facebook page. From March 31 until April 28, you can participate in the digital masterclass series by Canon. It’s an online class of sorts that brings together Canon ambassadors and professionals as they share tips and tricks on how to improve photography skills.

The digital masterclass will also cover a lot of topics ranging from food photography to architecture and wedding photography. The basics of vlogging are also included. So, don’t miss out on those especially if you’re trying to level up your photos and videos.

Check out the schedule of Canon’s digital masterclass below:

To participate or know more, head over to Canon Philippines’ Facebook page.

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Lazada hosts virtual charity concert to help in the fight vs COVID-19

Happening this April 6

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Every medical worker in the world needs every kind of help right now as they battle an ongoing pandemic. As cases rise in the Philippines, medical workers urge the public to donate medical supplies.

Seeing the need for donations, Lazada is hosting a virtual charity concert, #RadioGivesBack: A LazadaForGood Charity Concert From Home. One of the those one-hour charity concerts already happened on March 30. Another concert will happen on April 6 at 5 in the afternoon. The charity concert will air on their radio partners, Magic 89.9, Jam 88.3, Wave 89.1 and Play 99.5. Lazada will also live-stream the concert on its app via LazLive.

Anyone using a web browser can also watch the concert through this website.

The proceeds for the donation will go to various donation partners of Lazada. The donations will go towards providing various medical equipment and supplies for the medical front-liners.

The charity concert is an extension of Lazada’s LazadaForGood campaign. To date, the campaign for supporting medical workers had already collected PhP 7,000,000 through various channels. To donate, head over to this website and choose from Lazada’s donation partners.

SEE ALSO: Here’s where you can donate to the COVID-19 outbreak efforts

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Tech companies post tips on proper hygiene

A good hygiene keeps the coronavirus away

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During these times, it is important to practice proper hygiene. Building good hygiene is crucial in maintaining well-being. Plus, these practices ward off unwanted viruses and bacteria that can wreak havoc on one’s health.

So, what are the few hygiene tips that you can practice anywhere? Tech companies are sharing a few of these tips that you can apply in your home, when traveling, or when at work. Here are the companies and their advice on how to practice proper hygiene.

OPPO

OPPO just shared some pointers on how to properly disinfect your mobile devices. Your mobile device is one of the most touched objects on the planet, and they can harbor various viruses and bacteria. So, it is crucial that you clean and disinfect your device. Besides, it doesn’t hurt to sanitize your phone once in a while.

Realme

Realme also shared some tips on how to avoid catching the dreaded Coronavirus. Some of the tips they shared can be applied even if there’s no pandemic spreading around. After all, these practices should be common. These include sanitizing the home once in a while, observing proper handwashing methods, and not touching the eyes, nose, and mouth — especially after touching a dirty object.

Practicing good hygiene goes a long way in ensuring good health and wellbeing. Most of the tips shared by these companies can also be applied anywhere at any time of the year. However, these practices are more important than ever, especially as the cases of people with COVID-19 disease keeps rising every day.

SEE ALSO:

5 things to do while stuck indoors

How to disinfect your tech

10 online free-to-play mobile games

 PhoneSoap Go: A portable device that will sanitize your smartphone


As general rules, the CDC or The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention listed these to help with preventing the spread of COVID-19:

  • Stay home when sick
  • Cover coughs and sneezes
  • Frequently wash hands with soap and water
  • Clean frequently touched surfaces

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