Best Phones of 2018 (1st Half): Php 10k to Php 20k

Best Phones of 2018 (1st Half): Php 10k to Php 20k

Here are our picks for the best of the mid-range segment so far!

The mid-range segment is probably the most competitive smartphone segment in 2018. There’s already a bunch of great mid-range smartphones from a wide variety of brands ranging from Xiaomi, Samsung, ASUS, Huawei, vivo, and OPPO which ultimately makes it way harder for regular Joes to choose their next smartphone.

The phones in this list are the best of the best, and are hands down the best value for money you can get if your budget is around 20K,

Here are our picks:


Redmi Note 5

The best phones in the mid-range segment would not be complete without including the Redmi Note 5. A successor of the Redmi Note 4X (not the Redmi 5 Plus as we initially thought), the Redmi Note 5 offers things people look for while keeping a sub-Php 12k price: A performance-oriented Snapdragon 636 processor, stellar battery life, and a notch-less 18:9 display.

Read: Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 (Global Version) Review: You’d Be Crazy Not To Buy This

ASUS ZenFone 5

There’s more to the ZenFone 5 than being ASUS’ return to its “empowering luxury” roots: The Snapdragon 636-sporting phone scored 90 on DxOMark—an impressive score for a mid-range phone. You read that right: This mid-range offering can match the image quality of photos taken using more expensive flagship phones thanks to AI tricks and the 12-megapixel Sony IMX 363 primary rear camera.


Read: ASUS ZenFone 5 Review: Long Awaited Comeback



Despite being marketed as a selfie-focused phone, the OPPO F7 surprised many a reviewer with its powerful Helio P60 processor, giving it performance that’s on par with phones equipped with more expensive Qualcomm chips. The premium mid-range processor is a statement from MediaTek that proves they can go head-to-head with Qualcomm’s Snapdragon series.

Read: OPPO F7 Review: More Than Just A Selfie Expert


Huawei P20 Lite

More than being a logical successor to the Nova 2i, the non-Leica sporting P20 Lite is just as gorgeous and capable as its more expensive siblings. It has a pretty aluminum and glass build and a set of highly capable cameras. With a sub-16k price, it is an affordable alternative to the flagship P20.

Read: Huawei P20 Lite Review: No Leica, No Problem


Xiaomi Mi MIX 2

While the more powerful Mi MIX 2S is in the market, it’s hard to ignore the Mi MIX 2, especially with its price cut. With a sub-Php 20k price, you get flagship-grade specs like 6GB RAM, a Snapdragon 835 processor, and a premium build. A flagship phone this beautiful for a mid-range price? We can’t ask for more.

Read: Xiaomi Mi Mix 2 Review: Tech Masterpiece But It’s Not for Everyone

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