If you’re on the hunt for the latest and best-fit smartphone to buy, then we got you covered. Last time we provided you our list of mid-range smartphones that were released in 2020. This time, we’re going for the upper mid-range smartphones within PHP 30,000 to PHP 20,000.
Author’s note: The smartphones listed below are those that are officially launched in the Philippines in 2020.
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If you’re a fan of the OnePlus ecosystem, then you can check the refreshed OnePlus 8T that’s equipped with a 6.55-inches FHD+ Fluid AMOLED display with a refresh rate of up to 120Hz, support for HDR10+, and is protected by Corning Gorilla Glass 5.
For internals, it has a Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 chipset with an Adreno 650 GPU, along with 8GB of LPDDR4X RAM, 128GB of UFS 3.1 internal storage, and a 4,500mAh battery with support for 65W Warp Charge.
Price: 8GB + 128GB – PHP 29,990
If you are into gaming smartphones, you should consider checking out the Black Shark 3. It’s got a huge 6.67-inch FHD+ AMOLED display, a Qualcomm Snapdragon 865, an Adreno 650 GPU coupled with 8GB of RAM, and 128GB of storage and a liquid cooling solution. This device also features a Triple-rear camera setup and 4,720mAh battery with 65W fast charging support.
Price: 8GB + 128GB – PHP 29,995
The Samsung Note 10 Lite is a cut-down version of the Samsung Galaxy Note 10 series, with an inferior 6.7-inch FHD+ Super AMOLED display, a two-generation old Exynos 9810 chipset, and a lack of IP rating. That being said, it offers users S-Pen support, impressive cameras, NFC, and of course, a gateway to Samsung’s ecosystem. It comes with 8GB RAM, 128GB of storage, a 4,500mAh battery, and 25W fast charging support.
Price: PHP 29,990
If you’re in the market for an all-screen display experience for a more immersive media-consuming experience, the Poco F2 Pro has got you covered. It packs a massive 6.67-inch FHD+ AMOLED Full-Screen Display with support for HDR10+, 180Hz touch sampling rate, Quad-rear cameras, and a pop-up selfie camera. Powering this device is a Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 coupled with 8GB of RAM and support for 5G Sub6G.
• 6GB + 128GB – PHP 26,990
• 8GB + 256GB – PHP 29,990
The iPhone with an attractive price. The iPhone SE 2020 is based on the iPhone 8, which Apple recently discontinued, that’s why it has the same dimensions and design. Most of the improvements are its 4.7-inch HD display, 12MP rear camera, 7MP front camera, 4k video recording, and the A13 Bionic chip, which is found in the iPhone 11 series.
• 64GB – PHP 26,490
• 128GB – PHP 30,490
• 256GB – PHP 36,490
Being the trimmed down version of the vivo X50 Pro, the vivo X50 packs a large 6.56-inch AMOLED display with HDR10+ support and has a 90Hz refresh rate option. It has a quad-camera setup and internals that’s composed of a Qualcomm Snapdragon 730 paired with an Adreno 618 GPU, 8GB of RAM, and 128GB of internal storage.
Price: PHP 25,999
Complimenting its attractive design, the 5G-ready vivo V20 Pro has a 6.44-inch FHD+ AMOLED display and a total of 5 cameras. It is powered by a Snapdragon 765G, 8GB RAM, 128GB storage, and 4,000mAh battery with a 33W wired fast charging.
Price: PHP 24,999
The Mi 10T Pro 5G is a steal deal. You’re already getting a 144Hz refresh rate display, a powerful Snapdragon 865 processor, impressive photo and video quality with tons of features, and great battery life. Plus, it’s 5G-ready.
Price: 8GB + 256GB – PHP 24,990
The OPPO Reno 3 Pro packs a premium design and exceptional cameras. It’s got a 6.4-inch Curved FHD+ AMOLED panel protected with Corning Gorilla Glass 5, a MediaTek Helio P95 processor, 8GB of RAM, and 128GB of storage. It has quad-rear cameras and a reasonably decent 4,025mAh battery with VOOC 4.0 quick charge.
Price: PHP 24,990
If you want the almost-best all-around phone with 5G-ready capability, and you can get past the lack of GMS, then the nova 7 is an excellent choice. It sports a 6.53-inch FHD+ OLED display, impressive cameras, long battery life, and reliable performance with a Huawei Kirin 985 processor, a Mali-G77 GPU, 8GB of RAM, and 256GB of internal storage.
Price: PHP 23,990
The Samsung Galaxy A71 is similar in design to their flagship, the S20+. It features the same 6.7-inch Super AMOLED display, a curved back, capable cameras, Samsung’s Knox security, and 25W fast charging. It is, however, cut down with its glasstic back and standard refresh rate display. Other specs include a Snapdragon 730G chipset, 8GB of RAM, 128GB of storage, and a 4,500mAh battery.
Price: PHP 22,990
The 12GB + 256GB configuration of the Realme X3 SuperZoom is packed with top-notch, flagship features and is a good value for the price. If you’re okay living with an IPS panel and losing the 3.5mm jack and expandable storage in exchange for solid hardware specs, a buttery smooth experience, plus NFC support, then this phone is worth considering as your next daily driver.
Price: PHP 22,990
One of the most anticipated budget smartphones from OnePlus, and another 5G-ready device in this list, the OnePlus Nord is equipped with Qualcomm Snapdragon 765G with 8GB of RAM and 128GB of storage. It also packs a 6.44-inch FHD+ Fluid AMOLED screen with 90Hz refresh rate, quad-rear, dual-front facing cameras, and a decent 4,115mAh with support for 30W Warp Charge 30T.
• 8GB + 128GB – PHP 21,990
• 12GB + 256GB – PHP 25,990
As the more affordable version of the Mi 10T Pro, the non-pro version still packs 5G connectivity, a 6.67-inch FHD+ 144Hz Adaptive Sync display, a Snapdragon 865 processor, and a massive 5,000mAh battery with 33W fast charging.
Price: 8GB + 128GB – PHP 20,990
The OPPO Reno4 Z 5G is exclusively available on Globe and Smart postpaid plans only. For its price, you’re getting a screen with a 120Hz refresh rate, solid cameras, deliverable performance with a MediaTek Dimensity 800 chipset, and decent battery life with its 4,000mAh capacity with 18W fast charging. It can also be considered as one of the more affordable options for those looking for a 5G-enabled smartphone but don’t want to spend much on more expensive flagships.
Price: PHP 20,990 (telco-exclusive)
And that’s it! If you want to check out all the smartphones launched in the Philippines in 2020, check out our list here.