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

February 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.

MORE: Xiaomi Mi Mix 3

Nokia 7 Plus (PhP 21,990)

If you find the Nokia 6 too low-end and the Nokia 8 (or its more premium Sirocco sibling) beyond your budget, then there’s nothing better than the Nokia 7 Plus for fans of great value. Not only does it have dual main cameras with Zeiss optics, it also carries Android One on board, making it pure and free of bloatware.

REVIEW: Nokia 7 Plus

Honor 10 (PhP 23,990)

What happens when you strip the Huawei P20 of its Leica branding yet keep almost everything else? The Honor 10, of course! It’s the closest an Honor as ever gotten to premium P-series levels, and it’s one heck of a success. This handset has high-end specifications, beautiful color options, and handy AI integration — minus the hefty price.

REVIEW: Honor 10

Xiaomi Mi 8 (PhP 25,990)

If the Mi Mix series is too outrageous for you but would still like to stick to Xiaomi’s ecosystem, then the Mi 8 is the next best thing. Before the Pocophone F1 came along, this was the de facto killer of flagship smartphones twice its price. But even now, it’s tough to beat its incredible price-to-performance ratio.

REVIEW: Xiaomi Mi 8

Huawei Nova 3 (PhP 25,990)

Huawei and Honor have a confusing lineup and naming scheme, but there’s no denying how feature-packed and well-priced the Nova 3 is. It has the same internals as the more expensive P20 series (minus the Leica branding, of course) and offers some grand gradients on its nicely curved back.

REVIEW: Huawei Nova 3


Updates as of February 2019:

  • Replaced Xiaomi Mi Mix 2S with Mi Mix 3

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Samsung Galaxy S10: Price and availability in the Philippines

10th generation of the Galaxy S flagship

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Samsung has officially unveiled the Galaxy S10 family earlier today and we now have three new flagship phones to choose from.

The new Galaxy S10 series is composed of the Galaxy S10, Galaxy S10+, and the latest addition, the Galaxy S10E. The three phones feature the new Infinity-O Super AMOLED display. They are also powered by Samsung’s very own 8nm processor: the Exynos 9820.

The Galaxy S10 and Galaxy S10+ feature 6.1- and 6.4-inch displays, respectively. Both also have 8GB of memory and 128GB of expandable storage. Camera-wise, the two models come with triple rear cameras, while the Galaxy S10+ has dual front cameras. Samsung is also releasing a limited edition Galaxy S10+ with 1TB of storage and 12GB of memory.

The Galaxy S10E, on the other hand, is pretty pocketable with its 5.8-inch display, 6GB of memory, and 128GB of storage. It only has two rear cameras, but it essentially shares a lot of features with its bigger siblings.

Samsung Galaxy S10E and Galaxy S10+

The Galaxy S10E is the cheapest among the three at PhP 39,990 and it’ll come in Prism White. If you want something more premium, the Galaxy S10 will retail for PhP 49,990 and it’ll be available in Prism White and Prism Black. The bigger Galaxy S10+ will go for PhP 55,990 and it’ll come in both black and white, plus the new Prism Green.

The top-dog limited edition Galaxy S10+ with 1TB storage and 12GB of memory will only be available via pre-order for PhP 89,990. All pre-orders come with their respective freebies worth up to PhP 28,500.

The whole Galaxy S10 family will be available in stores starting March 8. While we wait for the orders to be delivered, check out our hands-on below:

SEE ALSO: Samsung Galaxy S10 Hands-on: A refinement of everything

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Lenovo offers the most affordable GTX 1050-equipped laptop

Good for gaming and editing

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If you’re looking for a new laptop that can handle demanding tasks, you might want to take advantage of Lenovo‘s offer for the IdeaPad 330. For just under forty thousand pesos, you could have your own 15-inch laptop with discrete graphics and fast processor.

Lenovo is marketing the decently specced IdeaPad 330 for casual gamers or individuals looking for a powerful laptop that can do video and photo editing with ease. The laptop mainly features an Intel Core i5-8300H processor and NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 graphics. Basically, Lenovo’s notebook has more than enough power than a conventional notebook in its price range.

Completing the specs sheet are the 15.6-inch Full HD display, 4GB DDR4 memory, and 1TB of storage. The laptop is also equipped with a plethora of ports including HDMI, full-size USB, and SD card reader.

You may get the Lenovo IdeaPad 330 for PhP 39,995 exclusively at the Legion Concept Store in SM North EDSA. Keep in mind that this is a limited offer until March 31, 2019. The laptop retails for PhP 47,495 in other stores, so you’re getting a pretty good discount during the promo period.

To make the deal even better, Lenovo is throwing in PhP 9,000 worth of freebies. This includes a JBL Clip 2, a Lenovo backpack, and Lenovo Accidental Daming Protection (ADP) on top of the 2-year warranty.

We already got our hands on one late last year. You may read our thoughts on the IdeaPad 330 here.

SEE ALSO: Lenovo Legion is sticking to PC gaming for now

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Huawei Y7 Pro 2019: Price and availability in the Philippines

Midrange phone on a budget

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Huawei has a new budget phone in town, but it has been around for quite some time. The Huawei Y7 Pro 2019, which was initially available through Globe postpaid plans, is already being sold in stores for under PhP 10,000.

Since the Y7 Pro 2019 is merely just a well-specced budget phone, there’s nothing special about it. Although, it looks like a pretty good deal for those looking to have a decent phone or secondary handset.

The phone has a 6.26-inch panel called a Dewdrop display because of its smaller notch. It’s powered by a Snapdragon 450 processor with an ample 3GB of memory and 32GB of storage. If that’s not enough, the storage space is expandable via a microSD card.

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Camera-wise, it has a 13- and 2-megapixel combo on the back, and a 16-megapixel selfie shooter inside the notch. As always, the cameras are equipped with AI scene detection features for beautification and photo enhancements.

Another main feature of the Y7 Pro 2019 is its battery: a 4000mAh cell. It should be enough to last users more than a full day. Android Oreo-based EMUI 8.2 comes out of the box, though; not the latest Android Pie.

The Y7 Pro 2019 from Huawei is now making its way to Philippine retail stores for PhP 9,990.

SEE ALSO: Huawei Mate 20 sees biggest price drop to date in the Philippines

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