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

April 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.

MORE: 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

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 9 (PhP 27,990)

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

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 April 2019:

  • Replaced Nokia 7 Plus with Vivo V15 Pro
  • Replaced Xiaomi Mi 8 with Mi 9


New Subaru XV GT edition is a sportier crossover

Giving the already sporty XV a sleeker look



Subaru’s XV crossover is already a looker on its own — on top of the fact that it also performs well. But Subaru understands the demand for style and their answer to this is the new Asia-exclusive XV GT edition.

To produce this special variant, Motor Image, the exclusive distributor of Subaru in the Philippines, worked with renowned engineering company Giken Co. Ltd and Masahiko Kobayashi who made the head-turning design of the popular WRX STI.

The special edition XV comes with aero kits which give the already-sporty XV a more agile look. It now owns a front bumper lip extension with integrated canards for added stability, side skirts, roof spoiler, and rear bumper extension.

To go along with the added kits, the XV GT stands on a set of fresh 18-inch bespoke alloy wheels. Inside, leather seats inspired by the cabins of European and British grand tourers will greet you along with carpeted flooring.

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Together with Motor Image’s understanding of the market, Mr. Kobayashi’s expertise, and Giken’s experience, the GT edition was born to cater to the demanding needs of customers and looking good while doing it.

The XV GT is now available for booking at any of the Subaru showrooms in the Philippines.

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Globe offers new data promos just for TikTok users

Say yes to these deals!



For the uninformed, TikTok is a short video app that has taken the world by storm. Why you may ask?

Let me show you. It’s basically a platform that allows you to shoot looping videos.

It’s pretty tricky and downright mesmerizing when you get it down to a science:

But since humans are the creative beings they are, videos on the platform evolved…

Of course, the magic comes in when music does…

In the Philippines, TikTok has partnered with Globe to bring 15 seconds of looping joy to users. Standalone TikTok offers include the following:

  • TIKTOK15 for 100MB of data for one day
  • TIKTOK50 for 600MB of data for seven days
  • TIKTOK199 for 1GB of data for 30 days

You can activate them by texting the keyword to 8080. Enjoy, folks!

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Pocophone F1 now made more affordable in the Philippines

The cheapest 2018 flagship



Pocophone F1 | GadgetMatch

Are you still holding back from buying a Pocophone F1? Now is a better time to get one because Xiaomi is offering the sole Pocophone model at a more affordable price point.

The Pocophone F1 is now priced starting at PhP 14,990 for the 6GB+64GB variant. The slightly better version with 128GB storage is at PhP 16,990. The new prices will be effective starting April 16 on Lazada and Mi Authorized Stores in the Philippines.

For those who are unfamiliar, the Pocophone F1 is a truly affordable flagship phone with a Snapdragon 845 processor, liquid-cooling technology, AI-powered cameras, and a pretty large 4000mAh quick-charging battery.

If you’re quick to read this, the Pocophone F1 is currently on a flash sale today, April 15, on Lazada for just PhP 14,590. Stocks will be limited, so be sure to check out immediately.

You may watch our review with Xiaomi’s sub-brand flagship phone to know more about it:

SEE ALSO: Pocophone F1’s cameras are as good as iPhone 8’s on DxOMark

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