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HTC returns to Philippines with U11, U Ultra, U Play, and Desire 10 Pro

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It’s been a while, but HTC is officially back in the Philippines with a renewed focus on all price segments. It’s great timing, really, with strong contenders about to unveil their own flagships in the next two months.

A total of four smartphones were launched today, all of which are available starting today through Lazada Philippines. Let’s run through each one.

HTC U11

 

If you’re looking for the best HTC has to offer, you shouldn’t look any further than the 5.5-inch U11. It has a top-shelf Snapdragon 835 processor, the highest-rated smartphone camera in the market, and an exclusive feature called Edge Sense, which lets you squeeze the side of the handset to activate a function of your choice. It just lacks a 3.5mm port, but it comes with USB-C earphones with active noise canceling and high-resolution audio.

As expected of a phone this level, it’ll retail for PhP 36,990.

READ MORE: HTC’s U11 flagship beats Google Pixel at DxOMark

HTC U Ultra

As the original HTC flagship of 2017 when it was launched last January, the U Ultra is quite hefty, placing a secondary 2-inch LCD on top of its already large 5.7-inch Quad HD main display. Although it’s nowhere near as advanced as the U11, the U Ultra get plus points for premium specs while retailing for less than the newer flagship.

You can purchase the U Ultra for PhP 26,990.

READ MORE: HTC introduces U Ultra and smaller U Play

HTC U Play

Positioned at the center of the lineup, the 5.2-inch U Play is a pretty midranger thanks to its shiny glass back and clean aesthetics. It’s the option you’d go for if the U Ultra is too much to handle and the Desire 10 Pro is too plain-looking for you. The only drawback is you have to settle for a somewhat old processor in the MediaTek Helio P10 on top of its outdated Android 6.0 Marshmallow operating system.

Those interested can buy the U Play for PhP 18,990.

READ MORE: HTC U Play Review: Just about design?

HTC Desire 10 Pro

Want something unusual in design but capable all around? That’s what the 5.5-inch Desire 10 Pro is for. It really stands out with its unique design cues and attractive colors. And even though it uses the same old processor the U Play has, there’s plenty of memory at 4GB and lots of space in its 64GB of storage. The 20-megapixel rear camera is alluring, as well.

It’s a little bit cheaper than the U Play, retailing for PhP 13,990.

READ MORE: HTC Desire 10 Pro, Desire 10 Lifestyle announced

Which is your GadgetMatch?

With an offering in every price category, it isn’t that difficult to choose the right HTC for you.

Clearly, if you want the best of the best — both in this lineup and compared to other brands — you can’t go wrong with the U11. It’s new, stunning from all angles, and has the horsepower to run with the best of them.

Those looking for a large phone should automatically choose the U Ultra. There’s so much screen real estate on hand for heavy multitaskers, and it’s reasonably priced now that the U11 exists.

Choosing between the similarly equipped U Play and Desire 10 Pro is a little trickier. If design and a more portable build are your priority, the U Play is the obvious choice; otherwise, there’s more value in the Desire 10 Pro even though it came out last year.

Sources say HTC is readying another smartphone for the fourth quarter of 2017. How it’ll fare against rivals and the brand’s current lineup is still up in the air.

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Google Pixel 4a Unboxing & Review: Unbelievably Good?

A direct contender of the iPhone SE and OnePlus Nord

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Google’s ‘a'(ffordable) line-up may be long overdue because of the pandemic — but after several months of waiting, we finally have one on our hands.

Cheaper than last year’s US$ 399 Pixel 3a, the US$ 349 Pixel 4a might just be the most affordable flagship killer contender you can get over the 2020 iPhone SE and the OnePlus Nord.

But can the mid-tier specifications and less-fancy phone features justify its affordable price tag? Head over to our in-depth Pixel 4a review here.

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Best Budget Smartphones below $200

August 2020 Edition

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Welcome to GadgetMatch’s list of the best smartphones priced below US$ 200! Each month, we update our selection with the budget-friendly phones we believe are most deserving of your hard-earned savings.

Even though the spotlight has been on high-end smartphones this entire year, there have been a few surprisingly good entry-level handsets coming out lately, as well. So good, in fact, that we had to reassess our entire list.

Here they are in no particular order

Redmi 9 (PhP 6,990 / US$ 141)

Quality build with baseline specs that can handle, well, the basics. This is what the Redmi line has been offering and that remains true with the Redmi 9. You’ll have to be bit creative with some of the apps you install (always go for the Lite versions), but the pre-installed Google apps run smoothly and should be more than enough to power you through.

Hands-On: Redmi 9

Redmi Note 9 (US$ 200)

This is a routine appearance for the Redmi Note line. Xiaomi continues to lord over the budget segment by offering fairly capable smartphones at such an affordable price.

Review: Redmi Note 9

Realme 6i (US$ 196)

Realme finally releases a budget phone with a USB-C port! That aside, everything here is standard Realme — which is great. Its cameras leave much to be desired but what this is a budget phone after all. It does pretty well everywhere else — can game, handle your usual daily things, and has an impressive battery life.

READ: Realme6i 

OPPO A5s (US$ 117)

The OPPO A5s perhaps is best looked at as a transition device more than anything else. It does what you expect out of budget smartphones. It’s good to have “for now” but you might look elsewhere for a more reliable daily driver.

REVIEW: OPPO A5s

Samsung Galaxy A20 (US$ 190)

Samsung’s revived Galaxy A-series proves that the company cares about every price segment. The Galaxy A20, in particular, is the most well-rounded below US$ 200 thanks to its ultra-wide camera, AMOLED display, and hefty battery.

REVIEW: Samsung Galaxy A20

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Best Midrange Smartphones from $200 to $400

August 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 midrange smartphones retailing from US$ 200 to US$ 400.

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, upper-midrange, and premium smartphones.

Here they are in no particular order:

realme 6 Pro (PhP 16,990/ US$ 339)

This is the only smartphone in this segment that offers a 90Hz screen refresh rate. It’s one thing if that’s the only thing it’s good at, but the realme 6 Pro has a 64MP quad-camera setup, a really clean UI, and Snapdragon 720G along with 30W VOOC charging. We’re convinced this is the best Android phone in this segment.

Review: realme 6 Pro

realme 6 (PhP 13,990/ US$ 280)

It’s pretty much everything its “pro” sibling is except it’s instead powered by a Helio G90T processor made for gaming. the RAM and storage combo is no slouch too (8GB/128GB) and yes, it also has a 90Hz screen refresh rate. Solid. Value.

Review. realme 6

iPhone SE (US$ 399)

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

Huawei Nova 7 SE (PhP 19,990/ US$ 399)

Barely making the price point, Huawei phones are facing a unique problem with the lack of Google Mobile Services. That said, Huawei Mobile Services is making a headway. But the reason the phone lands on this list is because of its 5G capabilities. This is one of the most affordable phones to support 5G and that has to count for something.

Hands-On: Huawei Nova 7 SE

Samsung Galaxy A51 (US$ 320)

Samsung’s on a roll with their Galaxy A-series. The Galaxy A51 builds on everything that was already great with the Galaxy A50 and A50s and just makes it even better. Much like everything on the Galaxy lineup this year, the Galaxy A51 sports a look that as of posting is still undeniably Samsung.

Pixel 3a (US$399)

The Pixel 3a barely makes this price range by being just a hair under $400. The camera alone easily makes this crème de la crème of this bunch. Add to that the vanilla Android experience and of course being in the priority list of Android updates, this is the Pixel to get for Android purists.

HANDS-ON: Pixel 3a

POCO X2 (INR 19,99/ US$ 279)

The future of Pocophone was up in the air for a while, but all of that was finally put to rest when the brand finally released the POCO X2. This isn’t exactly the successor to the POCO F1. In fact, this is just a rebranded Redmi K30 Pro. But it’s still a step in the right direction for a brand that quickly captured everyone’s attention only to go completely silent for over a year.

REVIEW: POCO X2

Samsung Galaxy M31 (INR 15,99/US$ 224)

This battery-powerhouse of a smartphone has never quite made it to more markets, but it has gotten a significant amount of attention thanks to its 6,000mAh battery. Something this long-lasting appears to still be one of the priorities of smartphone buyers.

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