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Holiday Gift Guide 2018: Smartphones between PHP 20K-30K




The holiday season has pretty much already arrived and for our readers, this is the time when they start to wonder on which smartphones to buy as a gift to themselves, or their loved ones. I’ve listed down a few 2018 devices between PHP 20K and PHP 30K that are available in the Philippines. Check them out!

Author’s Note: I’ve included hyperlinks to our hands-on and/or reviews for each device. Just click on the device names to read them.

ASUS ZenFone 5Z

SpecificationASUS ZenFone 5Z
Display6.2-inch FHD+ 18.7:9 display @ 1080 x 2246 resolution
Glass protection2.5D Gorilla Glass
CPUQualcomm Snapdragon 845 2.8GHz Octa-core
GPUAdreno 630
RAM
6GB RAM
Storage128GB/256GB internal storage
MicroSDExpandable via microSD up to 256GB (dedicated slot)
Rear Camera12MP + 8MP dual rear cameras
Front Camera8MP f/2.0 front camera
SIMDual-SIM
LTEDual 4G LTE
WiFiWiFi 2×2 802.11ac
BluetoothBluetooth 5.0
GPSGPS, A-GPS, GLONASS, BDS
BiometricsDual speakers with Smart Amp
Biometrics-Fingerprint Scanner
-Face Unlock
PortUSB Type-C
OSZenUI 5.0 (Android 8 Oreo)
Battery3,300mAh battery with BoostMaster & Smart Charging S

PRICE: PHP 29,995

Xiaomi Mi Mix 2s

SpecificationXiaomi Mi Mix 2s
Display5.99-inch 18:9 IPS LCD display @ 2160 x 1080 pixels, 403ppi
Glass protectionCorning Gorilla Glass 4
CPUQualcomm Snapdragon 845 2.8GHz octa-core
GPUAdreno 630
RAM
6GB/8GB RAM
Storage64GB/256GB internal storage
MicroSD-
Rear Camera12MP wide angle + 12 MP telephoto Sony IMX363 sensor, Dual Pixel AF, OIS, 1.4 micron pixel, dual cameras w/ LED flash
Front Camera5MP f/2.0 front camera
SIMDual SIM (nano-SIM)
LTE4G LTE
WiFiWi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
BluetoothBluetooth 5.0
GPSGPS, A-GPS, GLONASS, BDS
Biometrics-Fingerprint Scanner
-Face Unlock
PortUSB Type-C
OSMIUI 9 (Android 8.0 Oreo)
Battery3400 mAh non-removable battery (with Quick Charge 3.0)
Wireless ChargingYes

PRICE: PHP 27,990

Xiaomi Mi 8

 Xiaomi Mi 8
Display6.21-inch FHD+ (1080 x 2248) 18.7:9 Samsung AMOLED display, 402ppi
Glass ProtectionCorning Gorilla Glass 5
CPUQualcomm Snapdragon 845 2.8GHz octa-core CPU
GPUAdreno 630
RAM6GB RAM
Storage64GB / 128GB / 256GB storage
MicroSD card support-
Rear camera12MP + 12MP AI dual rear camera, dual-pixel AF, 4-axis OIS, LED flash
Front camera20MP AI front camera
ConnectivityDual-SIM (nano)
4G LTE
WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
Bluetooth 5.0
NFC
Dual-Band GPS
USB Type C
BiometricsFingerprint scanner
Infrared face recognition
OSMIUI 10 (Android 8.1 Oreo)
Battery3,400mAh battery w/ QC4+
154.9 x 74.8 x 7.6 mm
175 g
ColorBlack, Blue, White, Gold

PRICE: PHP 25,990 (6/64GB) and PHP 27,990 (6/128GB)

Huawei Nova 3

SpecificationHuawei Nova 3
Display6.3-inch 19.5:9 FullView display 2.0 @ 2340 x 1080px, 409ppi
Glass type3D glass
CPUHiSilicon Kirin 970 octa-core (4x Cortex A73 2.36GHz + 4x Cortex A53 1.8GHz) CPU
GPUMali-G72 MP12
RAM6GB RAM
Storage128GB internal storage
SIMDual-SIM (nano, hybrid)
MicroSDexpandable up to 256GB (SIM 2 slot)
Rear Camera24MP + 16MP dual rear cameras w/ Bionic dual lens + ai deep learning
Front Camera24MP + 2MP AI dual front cameras
LTE4G LTE TDD: B38 / B40 / B41

4G LTE FDD: B1 / B2 / B3 / B4 / B5 / B7 / B8 / B28 / B12 / B17 / B18 / B19 / B26
WiFiWiFi 802.11a/b/g/n/ac
BluetoothBluetooth 4.2, BLE, HWA, aptX and aptX HD
GPSGPS, AGPS, GLONASS, BeiDou
PortUSB Type-C
3.5mm audio portYes
Biometrics- Fingerprint scanner
- Face unlock w/ IR light
OSEMUI 8.2 (Android 8.1 Oreo)
Battery3,750mah battery, 18w quick charge
Dimensions156.92 x 73.66 x 7.37mm, 166g
ColorsGradient, black, red

PRICE: PHP 25,990

VIVO X21

SpecificationVivo X21 UD
Display6.28-inch AMOLED display @ 2280 x 1080px, 402ppi
CPUQualcomm Snapdragon 660 2.2GHz octa-core
GPUAdreno 512
RAM
6GB
Storage64GB/128GB internal storage
MicroSDexpandable up to 256GB (uses SIM2 slot)
Rear CameraDual 12 MP (f/1.8, 1/2.5?, 1.4 µm, Dual Pixel PDAF) + 5 MP (f/2.4) rear cameras with LED Flash
Front Camera12MP f/2.0 front camera
Features-Fingerprint scanner (Under display)
-FM Radio
SIMHybrid Dual SIM (nano), Dual Standby
LTE4G LTE
WiFiWiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac dual-band
Bluetooth5.0
GPSGPS, A-GPS, GLONASS
Audio-Low-power mic w/ DSP module
-NXP noise reduction
-Voice unlock
PortmicroUSB
OSVivo FunTouch OS 4.0 (Android 8.1 Oreo)
Battery3200 mAh Li-Ion battery (non-removable) w/ fast charging
Dimensions154.5 x 74.8 x 7.4 mm
Weight156.2g
ColorsBlack, Ruby Red

PRICE: PHP 24,999

Honor 10

SpecificationHonor 10
Display5.84-inch (1080 x 2280) IPS 19:9 display, 432ppi
CPUHiSilicon Kirin 970 2.4GHz octa-core CPU
GPUMali-G72 MP12 GPU
RAM4GB/6GB RAM
Storage64GB/128GB storage
Rear Camera16MP RGB + 24MP B&W f/1.8 rear camera, EIS, LED flash
Front Camera24MP f/2.0 front camera
SIM SlotDual-SIM
Connectivity4G LTE
Wi-FiWiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
FeatursNFC
BluetoothBluetooth 4.2
GPSGPS, A-GPS, GLONASS, Beidou
SensorsUnder-glass fingerprint scanner
PortUSB 2.0 Type-C
OSEMUI 8.1 (Android 8.1 Oreo)
Battery3,400mAh battery with SuperCharge
Dimensions149.6 x 71.2 x 7.7 mm
Weight153 g
ColorsPhantom Blue, Midnight Black

PRICE: PHP 23,990

Pocophone F1 Armoured Edition

SpecsPocophone F1 Armored Edition
Display6.18-inch Full HD+ edge-to-edge display @ 2160 x 1080px
Glass protectionCorning Gorilla Glass (version not specified)
CPUQualcomm Snapdragon 845 2.8GHz octa-core
GPUAdreno 630
RAM8GB RAM
Storage256GB
Expandable Storageexpandable via MicroSD up to 256GB
Rear Camera12MP Sony IMX363 + 5MP Samsung sensor rear cameras, LED flash
Front Camera20MP front camera
Connectivity4G+ VoLTE (India)
SIMDual-SIM (hybrid)
Wi-FiWiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
BluetoothBluetooth 5.0
GPSGPS, A-GPS, GLONASS
USBUSB Type-C
Audio Port3.5mm audio port
OSMIUI for POCO (Android 8.1 Oreo)
Battery4,000mAh battery w/ QC 3.0

PRICE: PHP 22,990

And that’s about it! I hope you are finally able to decide on which smartphone to purchase in the premium mid-range price segment. What do you guys think? Let us know your thoughts in the comments section below.

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Vaughn is your go-to person when it comes to comparing gadgets especially smartphones. He's also a gamer by heart and the "Hackerman" of the team.

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2 Responses

  1. Paul says:

    Nokia 7+, Galaxy A6+, and Sony XA2 Ultra are below 20k now after price cuts.

  2. drix says:

    ang mahal pa din T_T…

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