Its Christmas time and it is time buy a new phone! This season many are on a look out for a new phone as a gift to themselves or to a loved one.
The midrange smartphone market has been a very exciting arena this year. More flagship features are now seen at these price range. So we picked the best midrange smartphones in no particular order that you can buy right now.
Here’s our FTA Recommended midrangers:
HUAWEI NOVA 2i
We just crowned the Huawei Nova 2i as the new king of imidragers. We first gave it to the Samsung Galaxy J7 Pro. Huawei has leveled up the competition by introducing four cameras for the Nova 2i. The camera was just amazing! Whether taking selfies or bokeh shots, this phone will simply wow you! It is also due to get an Android 8.0 Oreo update soon.
OPPO F5 / F5 YOUTH
Still focused on selfies, OPPO made a different approach on the OPPO F5. They wanted to give more natural looking selfies for their customers so the company developed an AI (artificial intelligence) software for their selfie camera. The company also joined other midrangers offering tall and edge to edge display with 18:9 aspect ratio. We currently
\reviewing the OPPO F5 and if you find it bit pricey, you might want to check out the recently launched OPPO F5 Youth. It is priced at P13,990.
VIVO V7 /V7+
Vivo was the first to introduce the Vivo V7+ with an AllScreen display at 18:9 aspect ratio. Just like the Nova 2i and the F5, the Vivo V7+ also delivers the best camera camera performance. Just like the F5, it also features face recognition to unlock the phone. The Vivo V7 Plus is a bit pricey at P17,990 but we think the regular Vivo V7 is a better deal for P14,990. The only noticeable difference is the smaller 5.7-inch display.
SONY XPERIA XA1 PLUS
Sony has been releasing really good midrangers this year. The Sony Xperia XA1 Plus serves a middle phone between the smaller and affordable Xperia XA1 and the much bigger and more expensive Xperia XA1 Ultra. It does not have an 18:9 aspect ratio on display but its 23 megapixel rear shooter is one of the best we’ve seen. Sony also gets Android 8.0 Oreo update first than the competition. The Sony Xperia XA1 Plus is priced at P16,990
XIAOMI MI A1
We find it ironic that Xiaomi has very little presence in the Phiilippines but has a huge Pinoy fan base. The Xiaomi Mi A1 is the most affordable among the bunch – P10.490 (via Xiaomi Philippines FB page and Xiaomi stores) and P13,990 via Widget City. The Xiaomi Mi A1 is the only Android One device in this bunch. Android One is a project of Google that features pure Android experience without the manufacturer/brand’s custom skin. It also guarantees software updates for two years. This means the Xiaomi Mi A1 is ready to receive Android 8.0 Oreo and Android P in the future. Xiaomi has a Chinese version called the Xiaomi Mi 5x with the company custom UI, MIUI.
MOTO G5S PLUS
This is Motorola’s first take at the dual rear camera hype. The Moto G5s Plus, just like the Xiaomi Mi A1, is powered by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 625 chipset. This chipset has been proven to be very power efficient and capable performer at the same time. Motorola is now known for its camera prowess but the Moto G5s Plus has improved a lot based on our photos. The Moto G5s Plus is priced at P14,999
LENOVO K8 NOTE
Motorola’s sister brand Lenovo has the Lenovo K8 Note. It has been recently launched too to cater for multimedia users. Under the hood, the Lenovo K8 Note is powered by a deca core processor from Mediatek. It also has a dual camera set up but no 18:9 aspect ratio here. Audio is one of Lenovo’s main selling point and if you love listening to music especially Spotify, you will love this phone’s audio. The company also promised an Android 8.0 Oreo update for this device. The Lenovo K8 Note has a price tag of P13,999.
SAMSUNG GALAXY J7 PRO
The Samsung Galaxy J7 Pro is oldest model among the bunch. It was launched earlier this year. Its marketing slogan “Capture the Night” means the phone is capable of low light photography. True enough, the Samsung Galaxy J7 Pro met all its promises based on our review. .The Samsung Galaxy J7 Pro is still one of the hottest selling smartphones today for P15,990. Samsung promised an update to Android 8.0 Oreo early next year. If you are lookig for dual cameras in a Samsung, you may want to check out the Samsung Galaxy J7 Plus.
In the Philippines, LG has been one of the most underrated brands in terms of smartphones. LG is known for its TVs and home appliances but not on smartphones. For the longest time, LG remained as Samsung’s shadow especially when they release a new smartphone which is sad. Honestly, we reviewed a lot of LG smartphones and we love their products. The LG Q6 is their midrange offering. It is a solid phone with the same looks of the flagship LG G6. It is missing some features like a fingerprint scanner though it has a very capable camera. So give it a look and try a demo unit at LG Stores.
There are more smartphones out there to recommend but these smartphones at this list are already the best of best in terms of features and pricing. Have a Merry Christmas shopping fellow techies! 🙂