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2016 Flagship smartphones below P26k/$500 that are still worth it to buy

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2016 Flaship smartphones below P26k/$500 that are still worth it to buy
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What’s the top 2016 flagship phones that are still worth to buy this 2017?

With the 2017 flagship “bezel-less” devices already launched, people could expect a good news. Yes that’s right, the good news is that previous flagship smartphones last year already had a price decrease!

Yet, some doesn’t know which among the 2016 flagships are still worth it. Fret not, we got a list for you below. But do note that the prices may vary since it is based on authorized retail prices on both local and international online stores. If you have additional suggestions, feel free to comment below!

Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge

Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge

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Price: PHP 26,000 SRP at WidgetCity
Where to buy: Samsung stores/Online stores nationwide
  • Release: March 2016
  • Display: 5.5-inch 1400p QHD Super AMOLED display
  • Chip: Snapdragon 820 or Exynos 8890 (market dependable)
  • RAM: 4GB of RAM
  • Memory: 32 or 64GB of internal storage, microSD card slot
  • Main camera: 12MP rear shooter,  f/1.7 aperture, phase detection, OIS
  • Front camera: 5MP, f/1.7, dual video call, auto HDR
  • Connectivity: 4G LTE, WiFi ac, BT 4.2, GPS, GLONASS BDS, NFC
  • OS: Android 6.0 Marshmallow, Samsung TouchWiz UI
  • Battery capacity: 3600mAh battery
  • Release Date: March 11, 2016

OnePlus 3T

OnePlus 3T

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Price: PHP 20,500
Where to buy: Online stores nationwide
  • Release Date: November 2016
  • Display: 5.5-inch 1080p AMOLED, 401 ppi
  • Design: metal unibody, Corning Gorilla Glass 4, sapphire crystal lens cover(rear camera)
  • Size: 7.35mm, 158g
  • Chipset: Snapdragon 821(2016 high-end chip)
  • CPU: Quad Core, Kryo™: 5 GHz, 2x 1.6 GHz2x 2.3
  • GPU: Adreno 530
  • Memory: 6GB LPDDR4/64GB, 128GB ROM
  • Camera: 16 MP f/2.0 Sony IMX 298 Sensor, up to 4K @ 30fps video, OIS & EIS
  • Selfie: 16 MP f/2.0 Samsung 3P8SP Sensor, EIS, up to 1080p @ 30fps video
  • Connectivity: 4G LTE CAT.6, Wi-Fi ac, Bluetooth 4.2, NFC, GPS, GLONASS
  • Ports: USB 2.0 Type-C, 3.55mm headphone jack
  • Audio: Dirac HD Sound
  • Battery: 3400mAh non-removable with Dash Charge
  • OS: Android Marshmallow with OxygenOS 3.5
  • Color: Gunmetal dark gray, soft gold

LG V20

LG V20

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Price: PHP 20,500
Where to buy: LG stores/Online stores nationwide
  • Release Date: October 2016
  • Display: 5.7-inch IPS LCD, Quad HD resolution, 513 ppi, scratch resistant, 2.1-inch secondary screen
  • Design: Aluminum metal, MIL-STD 810 grade or shock resistance
  • Size: 174g weight, 7.6mm thick
  • CPU: Snapdragon 820 quad-core processor (2016 flagship chip)
  • GPU: Adreno 530 graphics
  • Memory: 4GB RAM, 32/64GB storage, microSD card 256GB max
  • Camera: 16MP f1.8 + 8MP f2.4 (wide angle), OIS, dual LED flash, laser focus, object tracking, phase detection, 4K video
  • Selfie: 5MP f1.9 (standard + wide angle view), Full HD 1080p video
  • Connectivity: 4G LTE Cat.12 up to 600Mbps, hybrid Dual SIM card, Bluetooth 4.2, NFC, WiFi ac, GPS
  • Port: USB Type-C, USB 3.0 speed
  • Audio: 32-bit / 192kHz sound, Bang & Olufsen Play tuned, mono speaker
  • Battery: 3200mAh removable, Quick Charge 3.0
  • Colors: Titan Black, Silver Gray, Pink

ASUS Zenfone 3 Deluxe

ASUS Zenfone 3 Deluxe

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Price: PHP 22,990
Where to buy: ASUS stores/Online stores nationwide
  • Release Date: August 2016
  • Display: 5.7-inch Full HD 1080p Super AMOLED, 386 ppi
  • Design: Metal body, Gorilla Glass 4, Always on
  • Chip: Snapdragon 820, 821 for Special Edition
  • CPU: Quad-core processor
  • Adreno: 530 graphics
  • RAM: 6GB
  • Memory: 64GB/256GB internal storage, microSD up to 128GB
  • Camera: 23MP PixelMaster, f2.0 aperture, 4K video, dual-LED flash, laser focus, phase detection, focus tracking, OIS, EIS, HDR
  • Selfie: 8MP f2.0, wide-angle, 1080p video
  • Connectivity: 4G LTE dual-SIM, GPS, WiFi a, Bluetooth 4.2, NFC
  • Ports: USB type-C with USB 3.0 speed
  • Audio: High-res Audio, NXP smart amp drive loudspeaker
  • Security: Fingerprint scanner
  • Battery: 3000mAh, Quick Charge 3.0 of Qualcomm
  • OS: Android 6.0 Marshmallow, Zen UI 3.0
  • Colors: Titanium Gray, Glacier Silver, Sand Gold

Huawei Mate 9

Huawei Mate 9

Full Review Comparison  Benchmark: 38318
Price: PHP 26,499 SRP at Lazada
Where to buy: Huawei stores/Online stores nationwide
  • Release Date: October 2016
  • Display: 5.9-inch 1080p FHD IPS LCD, 373ppi
  • Size: 7.9mm thick, 190g weight
  • Design: metal body, 2.5D curved Gorila Glass 3
  • Colors: Space Gray, Moonlight Silver, Champagne Gold, Mocha Brown, and Ceramic White
  • Chipset: Hisilicon Kirin 960 octa-core chipset
  • Processor: 4 x 2.4 GHz Cortex-A73 | 4×1.8 GHz Cortex-A53
  • Graphics: Mali-G71 MP8
  • Memory: 4GB RAM, 64GB internal, microSD card slot up to 256GB
  • Main Camera: 20MP f/2.2 monochrome & 12MP f/2.2 color sensor Leica dual camera with support for Optical Image Stabilization and 4-in-1 hybrid autofocus(laser,pdaf,depth,contrast)
  • Multimedia: 2160p @ 30 fps, 1080p @ 30fps
  • Front camera: 8 MP f/1.9, 26mm, 1080p
  • Connectivity: GSM: 850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz | (3G)UMTS, 4G LTE, WiFi ac, Bt 4.2, GPS, A-GPS, hybrid dual-sim card slot, NFC, GALILEO
  • OS: Android 7.0 Nougat
  • Software: EMUI 5.0
  • Battery: 4000mah
  • Ports: USB Type-C, 3.55mm headphone jack

Xiaomi Mi Mix

Xiaomi Mi Mix

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Price: PHP 27,500
Where to buy: Xiaomi stores/Online stores nationwide
  • Release Date: November 2016
  • Display: 6.4-inch IPS LCD 1080 x 2040, 362 ppi
  • Design: edgeless/bezel-less display, all-ceramic
  • Size: 7.9mm, 209g
  • CPU: Snapdragon 821, quad-core, 2.35GHz
  • GPU: Adreno 530 GPU
  • RAM: 4/6GB LPDDR4
  • Memory: 128/256GB UFS 2.0
  • Camera: 16MP PDAF rear camera, dual-tone flash
  • Selfie: 5MP
  • Connectivity: LTE, WiFi ac, Bluetooth 4.2, GPS high-precision, NFC
  • Ports: USB Type-C, 3.5 mm audio jack
  • Audio: 192KHz/24-bit audio
  • Security: Fingerprint sensor
  • Battery: 4400mAh with Quick Charge 3.0
  • OS: Android 6.0 Marshmallow with MIUI 8.0
  • Color: Black

Google Pixel, Pixel XL

Google Pixel XL

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Price: PHP 37,000 SRP at WidgetCity
Where to buy: Online stores nationwide
  • Display: 5-inch AMOLED 1080p / 5.5-inch AMOLED 1440p Quad HD
  • Design: Polished glass + unibody aluminum, Gorilla Glass 4
  • Size: 8.6mm thin
  • CPU: Qualcomm Snapdragon 821 quad-core processor (high-end chip late 2016), up to 2.15GHz speed
  • GPU: Adreno 530 graphics
  • RAM: 4GB
  • Memory: 32GB or 128GB internal storage, no microSD card
  • Camera: 12MP f2.0, proprietary IS, LED flash, 4K video
  • Selfie: 8MP f2.0, 1080p video
  • Connectivity: Single SIM, 4G LTE Cat. 9, WiFi ac, Bluetooth 4.2, GPS, NFC
  • Port: USB Type-C, 3.0 speed
  • Audio: mono speaker, standard
  • Battery: 2770mAh / 3450mAh, Fast Charging
  • OS: Android 7.0 Nougat, Google Assistant, Unlimited Photos storage
  • Colors: Quite Black, Really Blue, Very Silver
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