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It’s Just The First Half Of 2018, But The Mid-range Is Already Out Of Control

It’s extremely difficult to pick a phone nowadays

Today Huawei announced the pricing for the P20 series of smartphones in the Philippines, and as expected local prices were far lower compared to the European pricing announced during the reveal in Paris, France. The P20 Lite is the most interesting of the bunch since its SRP undercuts two of Huawei’s biggest rivals in the Philippines and makes choosing a mid-range phone this year harder than ever. 

That’s not a problem though. In fact, consumers are probably rejoicing that there’s now a lot of competitive options in the mid-range. While OPPO’s F7 and Vivo’s V9 are obviously the most visible in the mid-range category both priced at Php 17,990, ASUS and their renewed focus on regaining lost ground have extremely compelling offers near the 20K mark with the ZF5 at Php 19,995 and the ZF5Q at Php 16,995. Huawei’s P20 Lite undercuts all of them at Php 15,990, which makes choosing the right phone over the 15K mark even harder.

And it’s no different if you’re looking at the 10K to 15K mark either. Huawei’s Nova 2i is still a solid smartphone, with a reduced price of Php 13,990. Vivo’s V7 is still a compelling offer at just Php 12,990. Same goes for OPPO’s F5 and its variants. And before their fans get their pitchforks, know that we haven’t forgotten about Xiaomi’s Mi A1 at Php 10,990, or the Redmi 5 Plus that just falls short of the 10K mark at Php 9,990.

It’s just the first half of 2018 and yet the mid-range is already pretty crowded and insane. Just think how the second half of the year will go. 

Thinking of getting any of the smartphones mentioned above? Read our reviews below:

Xiaomi Redmi 5 Plus Review: Best Mid-range 18:9 Phone?

The Xiaomi Mi A1 is Potentially the Mid-range Kingslayer

Vivo V7 Review: Fighting For Mid-range Supremacy

OPPO F5 Youth Unboxing, Quick Review: Slightly Downgraded F5

Huawei Nova 2i Review: Is it the Mid-range Smartphone to Beat?

OPPO F5 Review: The Selfie Expert Has A New Trick Up Its Sleeve

Huawei P20 Lite Review: No Leica, No Problem

Asus Zenfone 5Q Review: The Right Kind of Lite

Vivo V9 Review: The Selfie Wars Begin Anew

(MWC 2018) Asus Zenfone 5 Quick Review: A Handful of New Tricks











John Nieves

John is a veteran technology and gadget journalist with more than 10 years of experience both in print and online. When not writing about technology, he frequently gets lost in the boonies playing soldier.

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  1. Best of price-to-features goes to Huawei P20 Lite. Best all-rounder of the bunch.

    Heavy gamer should pick the F7 and it’s speedier processor.

    Selfie junkie – the V9 or F7 for their 20+mp front camera.

    Those that favor the rear camera – the Asus Zenfone 5, which despite a lower megapixel count, boast OIS feature. Not to mention the secondary Wide angle camera is useful for a lot more than bokeh (which can be simulated through software).

    Most well made physically, is the Zenfone 5 and P20 Lite. Metal frame and glass sandwich, much better than acrylic plastic of the competition .

    Best software, depends on user. Personally, I am biased towards Asus with Huawei a close second.

    Note that my comparisons is limited to the Four most recent release from Vivo, OPPO, Asus and Huawei.

    And the biggest notch winner? ASUS Zenfone 5, it’s notch may be smaller than the IPhone X, but it still larger than the other three.

  2. This is where the real battle is, entry level and mid range. We all know what you are getting with flagships, so its predictable.

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