The Samsung Galaxy Note 7 should be the latest and greatest smartphone from Samsung that customers can buy in time for the holidays. Since its launch, it has been involved with so many disasters and last month the company has called for a recall and replaced 2.5 Million Galaxy Note 7 units with a new one. But a few weeks after that, there were again reported explosions from the replacement units.
While Samsung and concerned government agencies are trying to figure out the problem, the company has decided to pulled the plug on the Galaxy Note 7– meaning they stopped the sales and production. The company is also asking to return all Galaxy Note 7 units worldwide and exchange with their existing units or refund.
So what are your alternatives for the Samsung Galaxy Note 7? Here are some we think will pick your interest:
Samsung Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge
Currently the Samsung Galaxy S7 and its bigger sibling the Galaxy S7 Edge are on the market for 7 months now. Both phones got great reviews because of improved battery, the best in class camera and refined elegant look from its predecessor. It is still the best in terms of camera quality even against the new Apple iPhone 7 and 7 Plus based on many reviews. One downside is Samsung will be holding an Unpacked event in late February 2017 at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain where it is said the company will launch the Samsung Galaxy S8. So if you like getting the latest gadget, getting these phone will be bummer to you. Question is, can you wait until next year?
Samsung Galaxy A9 Pro
If you truly want a phablet, perhaps you might want to take a look at the Samsung Galaxy A9 Pro. This phone has a very large 6-inch display, a very capable 16 megapixel camera and a reliable Qualcomm Snapdragon 652 processor. It does not have the flagship specs you are looking for found from the Galaxy Note 7 but many features are here, except for the S Pen. It costs a little cheaper too – P25,990.
Now if you really want a Galaxy Note 7 competitor, the LG V20 is your best choice. LG started this premium phablet alternative with the LG V10 last year and the V20 is its successor. Great phone – Qualcomm Snapdragon 820, 4GB RAM, 5.7-inch Quad HD display, 16 megapixel rear camera, 5 megapixel camera and LTE. Its advantages over the Galaxy Note 7 are its Bang & Olufsen Hi-Fi audio and its running Android 7.0 Nougat out of the box. LG Philippines will be accepting pre-orders on October 14.
ASUS Zenfone 3 Deluxe
ASUS made one of the biggest headlines this year when it announced its new line Zenfones. Gone those plastic build smartphones and you will see shiny glass and metal build for the regular Zenfone 3. Just like last year, there is a Deluxe version worthy to be called flagship. The ASUS Zenfone 3 Deluxe is hell of a beast when you see it on paper. We only had a few minutes of it during the launch and we have yet to review it. It is now available in select ASUS stores for P44,995. Yeah, its pricey but that’s the special edition. There is another version of the Zenfone 3 Deluxe that costs P34,995.
Huawei P9 Plus
Huawei also made some big news this year with its collaboration with German optics maker Leica. The Huawei P9 and P9 Plus are the fruits of this collaboration. It is indeed one of the best cameras on a smartphone right now. We have reviewed the regular Huawei P9 and its a great phone. The Huawei P9 Plus is just the bigger version with some added features like a larger battery and internal memory of 64GB.
You might want to take into consideration a “flagship killer”, the OnePlus 3. As of this writing, OnePlus 3 is available only on the gray market. Widget City is selling it for P23,000. But if you can wait a little longer, OnePlus will officially be bringing the said device to the Philippines if 1-year warranty from the manufacturer matters to you.
Aside from OnePlus, Motorola will be making a big comeback to the Philippines. They will be bringing their current flagship, the Moto Z. This smartphone introduced a different concept of modularity with its Moto Modz in which you can snap into the back of the device. We are currently waiting for the details of its launch in the Philippines so stay tuned.
Google Pixel XL
Google has ditched the Nexus brand and opted to place their own brand to their phones. These are the Google Pixel and Pixel XL which was announced in an event very recently. No word if these phones are coming to the Philippines but these are the phones to watch out. Aside from getting prompt updates from Google, it has the best camera according to them.
Why not the new Apple iPhone 7 Plus? We highly suggest that you wait for next year’s model. 2017 is a very important year for Apple as it celebrates the 10th year anniversary of the iPhone. Expect Apple to wow you next year.
Why not the Huawei Mate 8? The Huawei Mate 9 is expected to be announced Q4 2016 so stay tuned.