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Top 5 Phones Under 30K For 2019

Have extra cash? Buy these phones!

So the year’s been good to you and you have a little more money to burn for your next phone, so you’re looking at buying a more premium, mid-range smartphone. We’ve compiled 5 great phones you can buy under Php 30K and under that you can splurge on below:

 Xiaomi Mi Note 10

Xiaomi capped off this year’s releases with a brand new device, dubbed the Mi Note 10. Known as the Mi CC9 Pro in China, this particular phone is unique because it’s the first phone in the world to have a 108-megapixel camera sensor, eclipsing the 64-megapixel sensor on earlier devices.

Aside from the impressive megapixel count, the Mi Note 10 also comes equipped with a Snapdragon 730G processor, incredibly fast 30W charging, along with a massive 5260mAh battery.

The Mi Note 10 retails for Php 25,990.

Xiaomi Mi Note 10 Specs

  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 730G octa-core processor
  • Adreno 618 GPU
  • 6GB RAM
  • 128GB internal storage
  • 6.47-inch Full HD+ AMOLED Curved display
  • Penta rear camera setup: 108-megapixel f/1.8 main camera with OIS; 20-megapixel ultra-wide-angle camera; 8-megapixel telephoto camera with 4x optical zoom and OIS, 12-megapixel f/2.0 portrait camera with 2x zoom, 2-megapixel f/2.4 macro camera with 1.5cm close focusing; Dual Pixel and Laser Autofocus, dual-tone flash, AI scene detection, and AI portrait
  • 32-megapixel f/2.0 front camera
  • Dual SIM
  • 4G LTE
  • WiFi, Bluetooth, GPS, A-GPS, NFC
  • In-display fingerprint scanner, USB-C
  • 5260mAh battery with 30W wired charging
  • Android 9 with MIUI 11

 

Samsung Galaxy A70

If you’re the sort that loves a phone with a big screen, you’re going to love Samsung’s Galaxy A70. This phone has a massive 6.7-inch, 20:9 aspect ratio display that’s optimized for streaming services like Netflix.

Because it’s a Samsung-made phone, you can be sure that the Super AMOLED display is bright, vivid and easy on the eyes. The phone is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 675 processor, has a triple camera arrangement at the rear and is priced at Php 22,990.

Samsung Galaxy A70 specs

  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 675 octa-core processor
  • Adreno 612 GPU
  • 6GB/8GB of RAM
  • 6.7-inch Full HD+ Infinity-U Super AMOLED display, 20:9 aspect ratio
  • 128GB of expandable storage (up to 512GB)
  • Triple rear cameras: 32-megapixel f/1.7 main camera, 5-megapixel f/2.2 depth camera, 8-megapixel f/2.4 ultra-wide camera
  • 32-megapixel f/2.0 front camera
  • Dual SIM
  • 3G, LTE
  • Bluetooth, GPS, A-GPS
  • In-display fingerprint scanner
  • 4500mAh battery with 25W fast charging
  • Android Pie with OneUI

READ: Samsung Galaxy A70 Hands-on, Quick Review: Big-Screen Contender

OnePlus 7

OnePlus’ first flagship offering for 2019 may not have the same luster as its Pro sibling, but the OnePlus 7 was still one of our favorite phones in its price bracket when it was released.

The red-colored flagship is a visual treat from afar, and its flagship internals should make it an instant favorite for people looking to upgrade from a budget phone to a premium mid-range model.

The OnePlus 7 is priced at Php 26,990 for the 8GB/256GB model.

OnePlus 7 Specs

  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 octa-core processor
  • Adreno 640 GPU
  • 6GB/8GB LPDDR4X RAM
  • 128GB/256GB of UFS 3.0 storage
  • 6.28-inch Full HD+ AMOLED display, Corning Gorilla Glass 5 protection, sRGB and DCI-P3 color gamut
  • Dual rear cameras: 48-megapixel Sony IMX 586 f/1.7 main camera with OIS, 5-megapixel f/2.4 depth sensor, PDAF, LED Flash
  • 16-megapixel f/2.0 front camera with AI
  • Dual SIM
  • 3G, LTE Cat. 16/13 4CA
  • Wi-Fi,4×4 MIMO, Bluetooth 5.0, NFC
  • GPS, A-GPS, GLONASS
  • USB Type-C, in-display Fingerprint sensor, Face unlock, Stereo speakers, Dolby Atmos
  • 3700mAh battery with 20W Warp Charge
  • Android 9.0 Pie

READ: OnePlus 7 Review: One Hell Of A Great Flagship

 

OPPO Reno2

OPPO’s second-generation Reno solved many of the issues that the first-gen device had. It shed the ultra-zoom capability of the first-gen, got a better colorway and new processor along with a more palatable price.

The Reno2 also got new video tricks, including a super stabilization mode to keep everything nice and stable. The OPPO Reno2 is priced at Php 28,990.

OPPO Reno2 Specs

  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 730G octa-core processor
  • Adreno 618 GPU
  • 8GB RAM
  • 6.55-inch Full HD+ Dynamic AMOLED display, 19.5:9 aspect ratio, Gorilla Glass 6, DCI-P3
  • 256GB internal storage
  • 4G, LTE
  • Dual SIM
  • Quad rear cameras: 48-megapixel f/1.7 Sony IMX 586 main camera with OIS and EIS;13-megapixel f/2.4 telephoto camera with OIS and 2x optical zoom; 8-megapixel ultra-wide-angle camera; 2-megapixel dedicated portrait lens; with PDAF, LED flash, 20x digital zoom, Ultra Dark Mode, Ultra Steady Video, Bokeh Video
  • 16-megapixel f/2.0 pop-up front camera with bokeh video
  • WiFi, Bluetooth
  • GPS, A-GPS, GLONASS, NFC
  • In-display fingerprint scanner, face unlock, GameBoost 3.0
  • Android 9 Pie with ColorOS 6.1
  • 4000mAh battery with VOOC 3.0 quick charging

READ: OPPO Reno 2 Review: The Better Reno

Huawei P30

Huawei’s P30 may be several months old now, but it’s still a great flagship smartphone by 2019 standards.

The phone is pretty well rounded, thanks to its flagship processor and awesome triple cameras that can keep up with the best of em.

The best part here is that the P30 just squeezes by our Php 30K price limit at just Php 29,990, making it a perfect choice for people looking for a flagship phone, for less.

Huawei P30 specs

  • HiSilicon Kirin 980 octa-core processor
  • 6GB/8GB RAM
  • 6.1-inch Full HD+ AMOLED display, 18.7:9 Aspect ratio, DCI-P3 HDR support, 2340×1080 resolution
  • 64GB/128GB internal storage, expandable via Nano memory card
  • Triple Leica rear cameras: 16-megapixel 17mm f/2.2 ultra-wide-angle camera; 40-megapixel 27mm f/1.8 wide-angle lens; and 8-megapixel 52mm f/2.4 telephoto camera with OIS; Time of Flight Sensor; with Ultra Macro Mode, Huawei AIS, 5X Hybrid Zoom, 3X Optical Zoom, Master AI, Dual View Video, up to ISO 204800 sensitivity
  • 32-megapixel front camera
  • Dual SIM
  • WiFi, Bluetooth, Dual-band GPS, NFC
  • In-display fingerprint scanner, face unlock, IP53 rating
  • 3650mAh battery with 22.5W fast charging
  • Android 9 Pie (EMUI 9.1)

READ: Huawei P30 Unboxing, Quick Review: No Crazy Zoom, No Problem

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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