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Christmas Gift Guide 2017: Best Smartphones Above Php 30K




It’s almost the season to be jolly, and if you want to be someone’s Santa Claus then now is the right time to plan. Holiday sales are just around the corner and you’ll never know, maybe one of those brand spanking new flagships this year will get a price cut. Then again even if they don’t, now is the right time to choose from among the big guns. So if you have the bills to spare and want to give one hell of a gift to your loved ones or even to yourself, then here are the best smartphones you could buy above 30K.

Note: The smartphones listed below are those that were announced or officially launched in the Philippines in 2017.

Huawei Mate 10 Pro

Huawei Mate 10 Pro specs:
6-inch 18:9 Full HD+ OLED FullView display @ 2160 x 1080 pixels, 402ppi
Corning Gorilla Glass (Front and Back)
HDR 10
HiSilicon Kirin 970 2.36GHz octa-core
4 x ARM Cortex A73 2.36GHz + 4 x ARM Cortex A53 1.8GHz
i7 Co-processor
Mali G72-MP12 GPU
6GB LPDDR4 RAM
128GB UFS 2.1 internal storage
12MP + 20MP dual Leica optic rear cameras with Dual Tone LED Flash: f/1.6, OIS, 2x lossless zoom, Leica optics
PDAF + CAF + Laser + Depth auto-focus
8MP f/2.0 front-facing camera
4G LTE Cat. 18 (1.2Gbps)
Dual SIM, Dual Standby (hybrid)
WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, DLNA
Bluetooth 4.2
GPS with GPS, GLONASS, BDS, GALILEO
NFC
Fingerprint scanner
IP67 Water and Dust Resistance
USB Type-C
DisplayPort 1.2
Android 8.0 Oreo with EMUI 8.0
4,000mAh Li-Ion battery
154.2 x 74.5 x 7.9mm (dimensions)
178 grams (weight)
Price: Php 38,990

Huawei Mate 10

Huawei Mate 10 specs:
5.9-inch 2K IPS LCD display @ 2560 x 1440 pixels, 499ppi
Corning Gorilla Glass (Front and Back)
HDR 10
HiSilicon Kirin 970 2.36GHz octa-core
4 x ARM Cortex A73 2.36GHz + 4 x ARM Cortex A53 1.8GHz
i7 Co-processor
Mali G72MP12 GPU
4GB LPDDR4 RAM
64GB UFS 2.1 internal storage
expandable via microSD card up to 256GB (uses SIM2)
12MP + 20MP dual Leica optic rear cameras with Dual Tone LED Flash: f/1.6, OIS, 2x lossless zoom
PDAF + CAF + Laser + Depth auto-focus
8MP f/2.0 front-facing camera
LTE Cat.18 (1.2Gbps)
Dual SIM, Dual Standby (hybrid)
WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, DLNA
Bluetooth 4.2
GPS, A-GPS, GLONASS, BDS, GALILEO
NFC
Fingerprint scanner
USB Type-C
DisplayPort 1.2
384k 32-bit Hi-Fi Audio
IP53 Splash resistance
Android 8.0 Oreo with EMUI 8.0
4,000mAh Li-Ion battery
150.5 x 77.8 x 8.2mm (dimensions)
186 grams (weight)
Price: Php 32,990

Huawei P10 Plus

Huawei P10 Plus specs:
5.5-inch WQHD display @ 2560×1140, 510ppi
Gorilla Glass 5
2.4GHz HiSilicon Kirin 960
Mali-G71MP8 GPU
6GB LPDDR4 RAM
64GB / 128GB internal storage
expandable via microSD card (hybrid — uses SIM2 slot)
Dual-SIM, Dual Standby
4.5G LTE (4×4 Mimo Quad LTE antennas)
20MP monochrome + 12MP color f/1.8 dual rear cameras with LED Flash, OIS
8MP f/1.9 front camera
WiFi (2×2 Mimo antennas)
Bluetooth
GPS (Huawei Geo Technology)
NFC
Fingerprint Scanner
Water resistance
Android Nougat with EMUI 5.1
3,750mAh battery with SuperCharge
Price: Php 36,990 (MemoXpress)

Sony Xperia XZ1

Sony Xperia XZ1 specs:
5.2-inch FHD HDR TRILUMINOS Display, 401ppi
X-Reality for mobile picture engine
Dynamic Contrast Enhancement
Corning Gorilla Glass 5
Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 CPU
Adreno 540 GPU
4GB RAM
64GB UFS
Up to 256GB via microSD
19MP 1/2.3-inch Exmor RS memory stacked image sensor (rear)
Super slow motion 960fps video capture
Predictive Capture (MOTION/SMILE)
Autofocus burst
Anti-distortion shutter
Triple image sensing technology
Predictive Hybrid Autofocus
SteadyShot with Intelligent Active Mode (5-axis stabilization)
4K video recording
13MP 1/3.06-inch Exmor RS for mobile image sensor (front)
22mm wide-angle lens, ISO 6400, F2.0
Dual-SIM (nano, hybrid)
LTE (4G) Cat16
WiFi Miracast
Bluetooth 5.0
A-GNSS (GPS + GLONASS)
Google Cast
NFC
USB 3.1 Gen 15 / USB Type-C
High-Resolution Audio (LPCM, FLAC, ALAC, DSD)
DSEE HX
LDAC
Digital Noise Cancelling
Clear Audio+
Stereo Speaker S-Force Surround Sound
Stereo Recording
Qualcomm aptX HD audio
Fingerprint sensor
IP68-certified
Android 8.0 Oreo
2,700mAh battery w/ QC 3.0
148 x 73 x 7.4mm
156g
Moonlit Blue, Venus Pink, Warm Silver, Black
Price: Php 39,990

Samsung Galaxy Note8

Samsung Galaxy Note8 specs:
6.3-inch 18.5:9 sAMOLED Infinity Display @ 2960 x 1440 px, 522ppi
2.4GHz Octa-Core Samsung Exynos 8895 chip
Mali-G71 GPU
6GB LPDDR4 RAM
64GB UFS 2.1 internal storage
expandable via microSD up to 256GB (uses SIM2)
12MP f/1.7 DualPixel +12MP f/2.4 TelePhoto dual rear cameras: OIS, Dual Tone LED Flash
8MP front camera
4G LTE
Dual SIM, Dual Standby (hybrid)
WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
Bluetooth 5.0
GPS with aGPS support, Galileo, GLONASS, BeiDou
NFC
Fingerprint Scanner
Iris Scanner
Heart-Rate Sensor
Face Recognition Scanner
USB Type-C
IP68 Dust and Water Resistance
S-Pen
Samsung Bixby AI
Samsung TouchWiz UI (Android 7.1.1 Nougat)
3300mAh battery (nonremovable) with Fast wireless charging
162.5 x 74.8 x 8.6mm (dimensions)
195g (weight)
Price: Php 49,990

Samsung Galaxy S8

Samsung Galaxy S8 specs:
5.8-inch Super AMOLED Quad-HD+ Infinity display @ 2960×1440 pixels, 568ppi
Corning Gorilla Glass 5
Samsung Exynos 8895 64-bit 10nm octa-core CPU
4 x ARM Cortex A53 1.7GHz + 4 x Exynos M1 2.3GHz
Mali G71MP20 GPU
4GB LPDDR4 RAM
64GB internal storage
Expandable up to 256GB via microSD (uses SIM 2 slot)
12MP Dual Pixel rear camera dual-tone, dual-LED flash, f/1.7 aperture
8-megapixel front-facing auto-focus camera with f/1.7 aperture
Dual SIM (hybrid), dual LTE
WiFi 802.11ac
Bluetooth 5.0
NFC
GPS with aGPS support, Galileo, Glonass, BeiDou
Fast Wireless Charging
Fingerprint Scanner
Heart-Rate Sensor
Iris Scanner
IP68 Rating, Dust, and Waterproof
Android 7.0 Nougat with TouchWiz
Samsung Bixby, Bixby Vision
3,000mAh Li-Ion non-removable battery
Colors: Midnight Black, Maple Gold, Orchid Grey, Coral Blue, Arctic Silver
Price: Php 39,990

Samsung Galaxy S8+

Samsung Galaxy S8+ specs:
6.2-inch Super AMOLED Quad-HD+ Infinity display @ 2960×1440 pixels, 531ppi
Corning Gorilla Glass 5
Samsung Exynos 8895 64-bit 10nm octa-core CPU
4 x ARM Cortex A53 1.7GHz + 4 x Exynos M1 2.3GHz
Mali G71MP20 GPU
4GB LPDDR4 RAM
64GB internal storage
Expandable up to 256GB via microSD (uses SIM 2 slot)
12MP Dual Pixel rear camera dual-tone, dual-LED flash, f/1.7 aperture
8-megapixel front-facing auto-focus camera with f/1.7 aperture
Dual SIM (hybrid), dual LTE
WiFi 802.11ac
Bluetooth 5.0
NFC
GPS with aGPS support, Galileo, Glonass, BeiDou
Fast Wireless Charging
Fingerprint Scanner
Heart-Rate Sensor
Iris Scanner
IP68 Rating, Dust, and Waterproof
Android 7.0 Nougat with TouchWiz
Samsung Bixby, Bixby Vision
3,500mAh Li-Ion non-removable battery
Colors: Midnight Black, Maple Gold, Orchid Grey, Coral Blue, Arctic Silver
Price: Php 45,990

HTC U11

HTC U11 specs:
5.5-inch Quad HD Super LCD5 @ 2560 x 1440 pixels, 534ppi
Corning Gorilla Glass 5
2.45GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 octa-core CPU
Adreno 540 GPU
4GB / 6GB RAM
64GB / 128GB internal storage
Expandable via microSD, up to 256GB
12MP f/1.7 Dual Pixel rear laser AF camera w/ dual-tone LED flash, OIS
16MP f/2.0 front-facing camera
Dual SIM
4G LTE-A Cat16
Wi-Fi 802.11ac, dual-band
Bluetooth 4.2
NFC
USB 3.1 (Type-C)
GPS w/ A-GPS, GLONASS, BDS
Hi-Res DAC
3D Audio recording
Fingerprint scanner
Gyroscope
Edge Sense
Amazon Alexa
3000mAh Li-Ion battery w/ Quick Charge 3.0
Android 7.1.1 Nougat w/ HTC Sense
153.9 x 75.9 x 7.9 mm (dimensions)
169 grams (weight)
Brilliant Black, Sapphire Blue, Amazing Silver
Price: Php 36,990

LG G6

LG G6 specs:
5.7-inch QHD+ FullVision display @ 2880 x 1440, 565ppi
Qualcomm Snapdragon 821 2.4GHz quad-core processor
2 x 2.35GHz Kryo & 2 x 1.6GHz Kryo processors
Adreno 530 graphics
4GB LPDDR4 RAM
64GB UFS 2.0 storage
expandable via microSD up to 2TB
LTE-A 3 Band CA up to 600 Mbps
13MP f/1.8 and 13MP f/2.4 Wide-angle Rear cameras with Dual LED Flash
5MP f/2.2 Wide-angle front camera
WiFi 802.11ac
Bluetooth 4.2 BLE
GPS with aGPS support
NFC
FM Radio tuner
IP68 Dust and Water resistance
Dolby Vision
HDR 10
Fingerprint Sensor
32-bit HiFi Quad DAC Chip
USB Type-C 2.0
Qualcomm Quick Charge 3.0
Android 7 Nougat with LGUX 6.0
3,300mAh Li-Po battery (non-removable)
148.9 x 71.9 x 7.9mm (dimensions)
163 grams (weight)
Colors: Mystic White, Astro Black, Ice Platinum
Price: Php 37,990

Apple iPhone 8

Apple iPhone 8 specs:
4.7-inch Retina display @ 1334 x 750 px, 326ppi
TrueTone, 3D Touch
Apple A11 Bionic chip
RAM not disclosed
64GB, 256GB internal storage
12MP f/1.8 rear camera with Quad Tone Flash
7MP FaceTime Camera
4G LTE
Single SIM (Nano)
WiFi
Bluetooth
GPS, A-GPS, GLONASS, Galileo, QZSS
Qi Wireless Charging
Touch ID
Apple Pay
IP67 Dust and Water Resistance
Apple iOS 11
No Battery Information (same as iPhone 7)
138.4 mm x 67.3 mm x 7.3mm
148 grams
Price: 64GB – Php 44,990, 256GB – Php 54,590

Apple iPhone 8 Plus

Apple iPhone 8 Plus specs:
5.5-inch Retina display @ 1920 x 1080 px, 401ppi
TrueTone, 3D Touch
Apple A11 Bionic chip
3GB RAM
64GB, 256GB internal storage
12MP f/1.8 wide-angle + 12MP f/2.4 telephoto rear cameras with Quad Tone Flash
7MP FaceTime Camera
4G LTE
Single SIM (Nano)
WiFi
Bluetooth
GPS, A-GPS, GLONASS, Galileo, QZSS
Touch ID
Apple Pay
IP67 Dust and Water Resistance
iOS 11
2,675mAh non-removable Li-Ion battery
Qi Wireless Charging
158.4 mm x 78.1 mm x 7.5mm
202 grams
Price: 64GB – Php 51,490, 256GB – Php 60,990

Apple iPhone X

Apple iPhone X specs:
5.8-inch all-screen OLED display @ 2436 x 1125px, 458ppi
HDR TrueTone, 3D Touch, Oleophobic coating
Apple A11 Bionic chip
64GB, 256GB internal storage
12MP f/1.8 wide-angle + 12MP f/2.4 telephoto rear cameras: Dual OIS, Quad LED Flash
7MP TrueDepth Camera w/ Face ID
4G/LTE
Single SIM (Nano)
WiFi 802.11ac MIMO
Bluetooth 5.0
GPS, A-GPS, GLONASS, Galileo
NFC (Apple Pay)
IP67 Water and Dust Resistance
Stereo Speaker
Qi Wireless Charging
Apple iOS 11
2,716mAh battery w/ wireless charging support
143.6 x 70.9 x 7.7mm (dimensions)
174 grams (weight)
Colors: Space Gray, Silver
Price: 64GB – Php 64,490, 256GB – Php 73,990

ASUS Zenfone 4 Pro

ASUS ZenFone 4 Pro specs:
5.5-inch AMOLED display @ 1080 x 1920 pixels (401ppi)
Corning Gorilla Glass
Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 octa-core processor
Adreno 540 GPU
6GB RAM
128GB internal storage
Expandable up to 2TB via microSD (uses SIM 2 slot)
12 MP f/1.7 Sony IMX362 + 16MP (50mm) dual rear cameras: OIS (4-axis), PDAF, Laser AF, 2x optical zoom, dual LED flash
8MP f/1.9 Sony IMX319 front camera
Dual SIM (nano-SIM)
4G LTE
Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
Bluetooth 5.0
NFC
GPS, A-GPS, GLONASS, BDS
Fingerprint scanner
USB Type-C
ASUS ZenUI 4.0 (Android 7.1.1)
3600mAh non-removable battery
156.9 x 75.6 x 7.6 mm
175 g
Moonlight White, Pure Black
Price: Php 39,995

Samsung Galaxy Note FE

Samsung Galaxy Note FE specs:
5.7-inch Super AMOLED Quad HD Curved Display @ 2560 x 1440 pixels, 534ppi
Corning Gorilla Glass 5
Samsung Exynos 8890 2.3GHz octa-core CPU
4 x 2.3GHz + 4 x 1.6GHz Cortex A53
Mali T-880 GPU
4GB LPDDR4 RAM
64GB internal storage
up to 256GB via microSD (uses SIM 2 slot)
Dual SIM (hybrid), dual LTE
WiFi 802.11ac
Bluetooth 4.2
NFC
GPS with aGPS, GLONASS
12MP Dual Pixel rear camera dual-tone, dual LED flash, f/1.7 aperture
HDR Video
5MP front-facing camera with f/1.7 aperture
USB Type C
Iris Scanner
Fast Wireless Charging
Fingerprint Scanner
Heart-Rate Sensor
IP68 rating
153.5 x 73.9 x 7.9mm (dimensions)
167 grams (weight)
Android 7.1.1 Nougat with TouchWiz UI
3,200mAh non-removable battery
Gold Platinum, Onyx Black, Platinum Silver
Price: Php32,990

There you have it, our Christmas guide for smartphones above 30k. Don’t forget to shop to your heart’s delight and make your loved ones smile! If we missed anything do let us know in the comments section below.



Zen Estacio is a Multimedia Producer for YugaTech. He is the team's laptop guru and one of their resident gamers. He has a monthly column compiling the latest and greatest the Nintendo Switch has to offer. Aside from that, he regularly writes gaming news, reviews, and impressions. You can hit him up at @papanZEN

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3 Responses

  1. Martin says:

    Wala pong list between 10k to 30k?

  2. The Emacipation of Elusive Chanteuse says:

    Yung G6 eh nasa 29k na lang to 32k eh. Tsaka LG V30 pa even tho sa December pa dating nya same lang sa iPhone pero wala dito sa list. ?

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