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Smartphones Above PHP 30K (1st-Half 2019)




Q2 has started and that means one thing for us — smartphone compilation list time! Today, we will be taking a look at all the smartphones above PHP 30K that is officially priced and launched in the Philippines. Most of the devices here are already at the flagship-level so this is also a good time for you to check what you want to buy as your daily driver. Let’s begin!

Note: The smartphones listed below are those that officially launched in the Philippines during the 1st half of the year, January to June 2019, with price tags from PHP 30K above. You can also check our full review on each phone by pressing the smartphone names that have hyperlinks attached to them.

Huawei P30

Huawei, one of the leading smartphone companies and currently under-fire due to the US-China trade war, first released its P30 series in March. The Huawei P30 comes with a 6.1-inch OLED display, Kirin 980 chipset, 6GB of RAM, 128GB of storage, 40MP + 16MP + 8MP triple rear cameras, 32MP front camera, and 3,650mAh battery with 40W SuperCharge technology. Its main feature is its zoom that can go up to 30x digital zoom. It is priced at PHP 36,990.

Huawei P30 specs:

  • 6.1-inch 19.5 FHD+ OLED display @ 2340 x 1080px, DCI-P3 HDR
  • HiSilicon Kirin 980 2.6GHz octa-core (Dual NPUs)
  • 2 x Cortex-A76 Based 2.6 GHz+ 2 x Cortex-A76 Based 1.92 GHz + 4 x Cortex-A55 1.8 GHz
  • 6GB RAM
  • 128GB storage
  • Dual SIM card w/ NM card
  • Dual 4G VoLTE
  • 40MP f/1.8 + 16MP f/2.2 ultra-wide-angle + 8MP f/2.4 (3X Optical Zoom, up to 5X Hybrid up to Zoom, 30X Digital Zoom) telephoto triple Leica rear cameras
  • up to ISO 204800, Professional Night Mode, Huawei AIS
  • Dual-View Video (wide-angle and close up view video recording)
  • 32MP front camera
  • Wi-Fi 802.11a/b/g/n/ac (2.4GHz, 5GHz)
  • Bluetooth 5.0, BLE, SBC, AAC, aptX, aptX HD, LDAC, HWA Audio
  • GPS/ A-GPS/ Glonass/ BeiDou/ Galileo/ QZSS
  • NFC
  • USB 3.1 Type-C Gen 1
  • IP53 water and dust resistance
  • 3.5mm audio port
  • Dolby Atmos speakers
  • In-screen fingerprint scanner (New generation)
  • EMUI 9.1 (Android 9 Pie)
  • 3,650mAh battery with 40W SuperCharge technology
  • 165g
  • Breathing Crystal, Amber Sunrise, Pearl White, Classic Black, Aurora

OnePlus 7 Pro

The latest creation of OnePlus, the OnePlus 7 Pro, comes with a 6.67-inch display, Snapdragon 855 chipset, 6GB or 8GB of RAM, 128GB or 256GB of storage, 48MP + 16MP + 8MP triple rear cameras, 16MP front camera and 4,000mAh battery with 30W Warp Charge. It is available at Digital Walker stores with the following configurations:

  • 6GB + 128GB – PHP 38,990
  • 8GB + 256GB – PHP 42,990

OnePlus 7 Pro specs:

  • 6.67-inch 3120 x 1440 Fluid AMOLED display, 516ppi
  • HDR10+, 90Hz, Corning Gorilla Glass
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 (7nm) 2.84GHz octa-core CPU
  • Adreno 640 GPU
  • 6GB RAM + 128GB storage
  • 8GB RAM / 12GB RAM + 256GB storage
  • 48MP F1.6 + 16MP F2.2 (ultrawide) + 8MP F2.4 (telephoto) triple-rear cameras
  • 16MP F2.0 front camera (pop-up)
  • Dual-SIM
  • 4G LTE
  • WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
  • Bluetooth 5.0
  • GPS (dual-band), A-GPS, GLONASS, BDS, GALILEO, SBAS
  • NFC
  • USB 3.1 Type-C
  • Stereo speakers w/ Dolby Atmos
  • Fingerprint (in-display)
  • OxygenOS 9 (Android 9 Pie)
  • 4,000mAh battery w/ 30W Warp Charge
  • 162.6 x 75.9 x 8.8 mm
  • 206 g
  • Mirror Gray

BlackBerry KEY 2

BlackBerry surprisingly re-entered the country’s market a few months ago with the launch of its 2018 smartphone — the BlackBerry KEY 2. Its main feature is the security that it can offer aside from the 4.5-inch display, Snapdragon 660 chipset, 6GB of RAM, 128GB of storage, 12MP + 12MP dual rear cameras, 8MP front camera, the company’s iconic QWERTY keyboard, 3,500mAh battery with QuickCharge 3.0. It is priced at PHP 39,990 and you can buy this at the official store of MemoXpress or BlackBerry in Shopee.

BlackBerry KEY 2 key specs:

  • 4.5-inch 3:2 IPS LCD display @1620 x 1080px
  • 2.5D curved glass
  • Corning Gorilla Glass
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 660 2.2GHz octa-core processor
  • Adreno 512 GPU
  • 6GB RAM
  • 128GB internal storage
  • expandable up to 256GB via Micro SD
  • 12MP f/1.8 + 12MP f/2.6 rear cameras with dual-tone LED flash
  • 8MP front camera with LED flash
  • WiFi 802.11 b/g/n/ac
  • GPS, GLONASS, Beidou
  • Bluetooth 5.0
  • USB 3.0 Type-C
  • USB OTG
  • FM Radio
  • 3.5mm audio port
  • In-keyboard fingerprint scanner
  • Speed Key
  • Gyroscope
  • DTEK security suite
  • FIPS 140-2 Full Disk Encryption
  • Android 8.1 Oreo
  • 3,500mAh battery with Qualcomm QuickCharge 3.0 support

Samsung Galaxy S10E

Samsung’s latest flagship smartphone family, the Galaxy S10 series, launched last February comes with three models with one of which is the most affordable — the S10E. It has a 5.8-inch Dynamic AMOLED Infinity-O display, Exynos 9820 chipset, 6GB of RAM, 128GB of storage, 12MP + 16MP dual rear cameras, 10MP front camera, 3,100mAh battery with Wireless PowerShare. It is tagged at PHP 39,990.

Samsung Galaxy S10E specs:

  • 5.8-inch Dynamic AMOLED 2280 x 1080 Infinity-O Display, 435ppi
  • Corning Gorilla Glass 5
  • Samsung Exynos 9820 octa-core CPU
  • Mali-G76 MP12 GPU
  • 6GB RAM
  • 128GB storage
  • microSD up to 512GB (SIM2 slot)
  • 12MP Dual Aperture, Pixel OIS rear
  • 16MP Ultra Wide 123-deg, FF rear
  • 10MP Dual Pixel AF front
  • 4G LTE (5G capable)
  • WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac/ax
  • Bluetooth 5.0, A2DP, LE, aptX
  • GPS, A-GPS, GLONASS, BDS, Galileo
  • NFC
  • USB 3.1 Type-C
  • Fingerprint scanner (Side-Mounted)
  • OneUI 1.1 (Android 9.0 Pie)
  • 3,100mAh battery w/ Wireless PowerShare
  • 142.2 x 69.9 x 7.9 mm
  • 150 g
  • Prism White

Samsung Galaxy S10

Priced at PHP 49,990, the Galaxy S10 sports a 6.1-inch Dynamic AMOLED display, Exynos 9820 chipset, 8GB of RAM, 128GB of storage, 12MP + 16MP + 12MP triple rear cameras, 10MP front camera, 3,400mAH battery w/ Wireless PowerShare.

Samsung Galaxy S10 specs:

  • 6.1-inch Dynamic AMOLED WQHD+ (3040 x 1440) Infinity-O Display, 550ppi
  • Corning Gorilla Glass 6
  • Samsung Exynos 9820 octa-core CPU
  • Mali-G76 MP12 GPU
  • 8GB RAM
  • 128GB storage
  • microSD up to 512GB (SIM2 slot)
  • 12MP Dual Aperture, Pixel OIS rear
  • 16MP Ultra Wide 123-deg, FF rear
  • 12MP Telephoto 2x Optical Zoom, OIS, AF rear
  • 10MP Dual Pixel AF front
  • 4G LTE (5G capable)
  • WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac/ax
  • Bluetooth 5.0, A2DP, LE, aptX
  • GPS, A-GPS, GLONASS, BDS, Galileo
  • NFC
  • USB 3.1 Type-C
  • Ultrasonic Fingerprint Scanner (In-display)
  • OneUI 1.1 (Android 9.0 Pie)
  • 3,400mAh battery w/ Wireless PowerShare
  • 149.9 x 70.4 x 7.8 mm
  • 175 g
  • Prism White, Prism Black

Huawei P30 Pro

If the Huawei P30 comes with 30x Digital Zoom, the Huawei P30 Pro can go up to 50x. Priced at PHP 50,990, the device features a 6.47-inch OLED display, Kirin 980 chipset, 8GB of RAM, 128GB or 256GB of storage, 40MP + 20MP + 8MP + ToF rear cameras, 32MP front camera, and 4,200mAh battery with 40W SuperCharge technology.

Huawei P30 Pro specs:

  • 6.47-inch FHD+ OLED display @ 2340 x 1080px, DCI-P3 HDR
  • HiSilicon Kirin 980 2.6GHz octa-core (Dual NPUs)
  • 2 x ARM Cortex-A76 2.6GHz + 2 x Cortex-A76 Based 1.92 GHz + 4 x Cortex-A55 1.8 GHz
  • 8GB DDR4 RAM
  • 128GB/256GB/256GB internal storage
  • Dual SIM card w/ NM Card
  • Dual 4G VoLTE
  • 40MP f/1.6 OIS RYYB (World’s first) + 20MP f/2.2 ultra-wide-angle + 8MP f/2.4 w/ 5x Periscope(5X Optical Zoom, 10X Hybrid Zoom, 50X Digital Zoom) and Time-of-Flight technology
  • Dual OIS (Main lens OIS + Telephoto OIS)
  • up to ISO 409600, Professional Night Mode, Huawei AIS, AI HDR+
  • Dual-View Video (wide-angle and close up view video recording)
  • 32MP front camera
  • WiFi 802.11a/b/g/n/ac (2.4GHz, 5GHz)
  • Bluetooth 5.0, BLE, SBC, AAC, aptX, aptX HD, LDAC, HWA Audio
  • GPS/ A-GPS/ Glonass/ BeiDou/ Galileo/ QZSS
  • NFC
  • USB Type-C
  • IP68 water and dust resistance
  • Dolby Atmos speakers
  • In-screen fingerprint scanner (New generation)
  • EMUI 9.1 (Android 9 Pie)
  • 4,200mAh battery with 40W SuperCharge technology, 15W Wireless Quick Charge, Wireless Reverse Charge
  • 192 grams (weight)
  • Breathing Crystal, Amber Sunrise, Pearl White, Classic Black, Aurora

Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus

The biggest one among the Galaxy S10 bunch is the Galaxy S10 Plus. It has a 6.3-inch Dynamic AMOLED WQHD+ display, Exynos 9820 chipset, 8GB of RAM, 128GB or 1TB of storage, 12MP + 16MP + 12MP triple rear cameras, 10MP front camera, and 4,100mAh battery with Wireless PowerSharing. The 128GB storage configuration is priced at PHP 55,990 while it might hurt your wallet if you get the 1TB variant as it is tagged at PHP 89,990.

Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus specs:

  • 6.3-inch Dynamic AMOLED WQHD+ (3040 x 1440) Infinity-O Display, 534ppi
  • Corning Gorilla Glass 6
  • Samsung Exynos 9820 octa-core CPU
  • Mali-G76 MP12 GPU
  • 8GB RAM
  • 128GB, 1TB storage
  • microSD up to 512GB (SIM2 slot)
  • 12MP Dual Aperture, Pixel OIS rear
  • 16MP Ultra Wide 123-deg, FF rear
  • 12MP Telephoto 2x Optical Zoom, OIS, AF rear
  • 10MP Dual Pixel AF front
  • 8MP depth front
  • 4G LTE (5G capable)
  • WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac/ax
  • Bluetooth 5.0, A2DP, LE, aptX
  • GPS, A-GPS, GLONASS, BDS, Galileo
  • NFC
  • USB 3.1 Type-C
  • Ultrasonic Fingerprint Scanner (In-display)
  • OneUI 1.1 (Android 9.0 Pie)
  • 4,100mAh battery w/ Wireless PowerShare
  • 157.6 x 74.1 7.8 mm
  • 175 g
  • Prism Black, Prism White, Prism Green, Ceramic Black (1TB)

OPPO Reno 10x Zoom

OPPO’s new shark-fin pop-up camera technology is an all-new design feature from the company which is equipped in the OPPO Reno series. The Reno 10x Zoom Edition is a direct rival of the Huawei P30 Pro as it can zoom up to 60x (digital) which is 10x more than Huawei’s device. Not only that, it has a 6.6-inch AMOLED display, Snapdragon 855 chipset, 8GB of RAM, 256GB of storage, 48MP + 13MP + 8MP triple rear cameras, 16MP front camera, and 4,065mAh battery with VOOC Flash Charge 3.0 technology. Priced at PHP 46,990, this device will be available this month.

OPPO Reno 10x Zoom Edition specs:

  • 6.6-inch FHD+ (2340 x 1080) AMOLED display, 387ppi
  • Corning Gorilla Glass 6
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 2.8GHz octa-core CPU
  • Adreno 640 GPU
  • 8GB LPDDR4x 2133mhz RAM
  • 256GB UFS 2.1 storage
  • microSD card support (SIM 2 slot)
  • 48MP Sony IMX586 F1.7 main + 13MP F3.0 Periscope telephoto camera + 8MP F2.2 super wide-angle camera, Dual OIS
  • 16MP F2.0 front camera
  • Dual-SIM
  • 4G LTE
  • WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
  • Bluetooth 5.0
  • GPS, A-GPS, GLONASS, BDS, Galileo, QZSS
  • NFC
  • USB Type-C
  • In-display fingerprint scanner
  • Face Recognition
  • Dolby Audio
  • ColorOS 6 (Android 9.0 Pie)
  • 4,065mAh battery w/ VOOC Flash Charge 3.0
  • 162 x 77.2 x 9.3 mm
  • 210 g

And that’s all the devices above PHP 30K for 2019. What do you guys think? Let us know your thoughts in the comments section below.



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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