Apple is rolling out its latest operating systems – the iOS 15 and iPadOS 15 after it was announced last June.
Both iOS 15 and iPadOS 15 get an updated Messages App, upgraded Maps, a new set of Memojis, and a new feature called Focus that lets you filter notifications and apps based on what you want to focus on.
The key features of the new iOS 15 include SharePlay in FaceTime so you can share your screen with the person you want to share with, Live Text using on-device intelligence, redesigned Notifications, and more.
On the other hand, the iPadOS 15 also brings new features like more intuitive multitasking, a new Home Screen design with added widgets, a redesigned Safari experience, SharePlay, and App Library to have a more structured method of organizing apps.
To get the new software update, go to Settings > General > Software Update. Here’s the list of all iPhone and iPad devices that is compatible with iOS 15 and iPadOS 15.
This month is the start of the last quarter of the year and some are planning to buy new phones until Christmas. But what are the in-demand phones right now? Well, this year is the era of 5G, and most phones have been launched with 5G capability. There are so many devices in the market with 5G, including lower midrange, higher midrange, and premium midrange. But In this article, we will rank some of them from the lowest price. Before you decide to buy if it’s worth upgrading to 5G, here are our top picks for a budget 5G phone you can get in the midrange category under P13,000.
You can buy these phones right now in the Philippines.
Our first on the list is the jam-packed Poco M3 Pro 5G. It has the cheapest price on the list with a P8,990 price tag for 4GB and 64GB. You will experience 5G, FHD+, and 90Hz under the P9,000 price range. Opting for a higher ram and storage will cost P11,990 (6GB/128GB)
The Poco M3 Pro 5G is available in three color variants, Poco Yellow, Power Black, and Cool Blue. It features a plastic back, a glass front, and a punch-hole cutout in the middle. It has a hybrid dual nano sim slot and MicroSD slot, which means you can only put two nano sim cards, or one nano sim card plus an SD card, but it is expandable up to 512GB.
On the front side, it boasts a 6.5inch FHD+ IPS LCD with a 90Hz refresh rate and 405 PPI density. It is also protected with Corning Gorilla Glass 3. The cameras have a triple camera setup consisting of a 48MP main, 2MP macro, and 2MP depth sensor. Rarely, midrange doesn’t have ultrawide these days. In contrast, the selfie is an 8MP front cam.
Under the hood, it is powered by the mainstream 5G midrange chipset MediaTek Dimensity 700 5G with a 7 nm process and paired with 4+64 or 6GB ram and 128GB storage. It also runs on the latest Android 11 with MIUI 12 on top. Meanwhile, powering all those specs is a 5000mAh battery, with an 18W fast charging.
Next is the Redmi Note 10 5G. It is priced with a thousand pesos more than the Poco with a price tag of P9,990 for 4GB ram and 128GB storage, while the higher configuration is priced at P11,990 with 6GB of ram and 128GB internal memory.
Available in Chrome Silver, Graphite Gray, Nighttime Blue, and Aurora Green, the Redmi Note 10 5G is built with a plastic back and a glass front with a hole punch cutout in the middle. It also uses a hybrid sim slot, but it is expandable up to 512GB.
The display is equipped with the same 6.5inch FHD+ IPS LCD with a 90Hz refresh rate and 405 PPI density. The front is also protected with Corning Gorilla Glass 3. For its cameras, it has a triple camera, 48MP main, 2MP macro, and 2NP depth sensor. While the selfie is an 8MP front cam. Powering up the device is the same MediaTek Dimensity 700 5G with 7 nm process then paired with 4GB ram and 128Gb or a 6/128 configuration. It runs on the latest Android 11 with MIUI 12 on top and a chunky 5000mah battery, with an 18w fast charging.
The two phones, Poco M3 Pro 5G and Redmi Note 10 5G share similar specs with a different price range. I guess it’s a matter of design and preference if you’ll nitpick these two phones from Xiaomi.
Next up, the third phone on our list is the Moto G50 5G. It only has one configuration, and it is currently priced at P10,495 for the 4GB of ram and 128GB internal storage.
Available in Meteorite Grey, the Moto G50 5G is built with unspecified Gorilla Glass protection and plastic back. It also has a dewdrop notch instead of a punch-hole cutout. It is also a hybrid sim, but it can expand up to 1TB via microSD.
As for the display, it boasts a 6.5-inch screen but with HD+ IPS LCD only. Compared to the first two phones, it has half the resolution, but it also has a 90Hz refresh rate, so it is reasonably great. Moto g50 5g has a triple camera setup, 48MP on the primary snapper, and 2mp for macro and depth sensors. At the same time, the selfie is higher at a 13MP front lens. Under the hood, it is also equipped with MediaTek Dimensity 700 5G with a 7 nm process and paired with 4GB Ram and 128GB storage. As for the software, It runs on the stock Android 11 OS, which is a light and simple stock android experience. Now for the battery, Moto G50 5G is backed by the same 5000mAh battery, but with a slightly lower 15W fast charging.
It is probably a value-wise smartphone with a stock android experience and more resolution in the primary camera.
Moving on, the Realme 8 5G is our 4th pick, having a price tag of P11,990 for 8GB ram and 128GB internal storage.
It has two colorways Supersonic Blue and Supersonic Black. The back is made of plastic, while the front is glass with no advertisement for whether it has a Gorilla Glass protection. But it features a smaller punch-hole cutout on the top left side. Design-wise, the Realme 8 5G will give a better-undistracted viewing experience. Meanwhile, it has a dual nano sim card slot and an expandable storage slot that expands up to 1TB.
Realme 8 5G boasts a 6.5inch FHD+ IPS LCD with a 90Hz refresh rate capability and a 405 PPI density. The camera is also a triple camera setup with the same 48MP primary shooter and 2MP for both macro and depth, While the selfie is much higher at a 16MP front camera. It has the same MediaTek Dimensity 700 5G with a 7nm process and is paired with 8GB ram and 128GB. As for the software, it runs on the latest Android 11 with Realme UI 2.0 on top. The battery is backed with the same 5000mAh battery and with an 18W fast charging.
It is priced higher with its higher ram capacity and higher front camera.
Now for the Last phone, it is the OPPO A74 5G with a P15,999 SRP for 6GB of ram and 128GB internal storage. It is on our list because it is currently priced at P12,499 on Shopee and Lazada. I know there other phones that are worth mentioning like the OnePlus Nord N10 5G and Samsung Galaxy A22 5G, but they are both priced at P13,990, which is almost a thousand pesos more in our sub P13k price range. But if you have extra bucks, you should check them out also.
Furthermore, the OPPO A74 5G is available in two color variants, Fluid Black and Space Silver. It features a plastic back and a glass back with a punch-hole cutout, well placed on the top left side. It also has a micro-sd card slot that can expand up to 256GB.
For the display, it is equipped with a 6.5inch FHD+ LTPS IPS LCD and a 90Hz refresh rate. It also has a 405 PPI density. The camera consists of a quad camera, with a 48MP main shooter, 8MP ultrawide, and 2MP for both macro and depth. The selfie is the same as the Realme 8 5G with a 16MP front shooter. Meanwhile, powering up the OPPO A74 5G is a Snapdragon 480 5G (8nm) paired with 8GB of ram and 128GB internal storage. This is the only phone equipped with a Snapdragon chipset on our list, so Snapdragon fans, you now have an option. Also, the only thing that this phone has compared to the rest on the list is the ultrawide sensor, and it might be one of the reasons why it has a higher price than the rest.
As for the software, It runs on the latest Android 11 with ColorOS 11.1 on top. While the battery is a chunky 5000mAh battery as well and with an 18W fast charging capability.
These devices are bang for the buck and affordable 5G smartphones, as of date, under P13k price. Specs are almost the same as the rest, and if the price goes up, it ups some specs as well. So before the Christmas season, if you are not expecting other 5G phones to arrive in the Philippines, you have a lot of options this late 2021.
So what do you think? Is it worth upgrading? or you’ll wait for the next three months for you to decide? Let us know your thoughts.
The Xiaomi Mi TV P1 series is also coming to the country along with the Mi Pad 5 on September 23. The Mi TV P1 series comes in four sizes – 32-inch, 43-inch, 50-inch, and 55-inch. The 32-inch model features a 1366 x 768-pixel resolution. Meanwhile, the other three variants sport a 4K screen with 3,840 x 2,160-pixel resolution.
Moreover, the Mi TV P1 series has viewing angles of 178° and supports HDR10+ and Dolby Vision. Under the hood, the TV holds a MediaTek 9611 processor with 2GB RAM and 16GB of storage and for audio, it has two 10W speakers by Dolby Audio.
Samsung is launching the Galaxy M52 5G under the M-series in India on September 28.
For its specs, the company has confirmed that the Galaxy M52 5G will be powered by a Snapdragon 778G processor and with a 7.4mm thin design.
Other reported specs of the smartphone include a 6.7-inch FHD+ Infinity-O Display with a 120Hz refresh rate, 6GB RAM, 128GB storage, and a 5,000mAh battery. For its camera, the Galaxy M52 5G is expected to feature a 64MP primary camera, 12MP ultrawide, and a 5MP macro shooter.
We can expect to see more of its specs as the launch date is nearing.
As for pricing, a Polish retailer’s website revealed that the Galaxy M52 5G will be priced at PLN 1,749 and if converted to PHP it will be around ₱22,336. There are no details yet for it to sell in the Philippines after the launch in India.
Another thing to keep in mind is that if the global version of the vivo X70 is the one launching in the country, it may have some differences in specifications, especially in the OS, when compared to the Chinese version. Check out the specs of the Chinese version below.
vivo X70 (Chinese version) specs:
Display: 6.56-inch AMOLED HDR10+ (1080 x 2376), 120Hz refresh rate
Dimensions & Weight: 160.1 x 75.4 x 7.6 mm, 182g
OS: FunTouchOS 11.1 (Android 11)
Chipset: MediaTek Dimensity 1200
GPU: ARM G77
Memory: 8GB/12GB RAM, 128GB/256GB storage
Sensor: In-display fingerprint scanner
Main Camera (Triple): 40MP (main), 12MP (ultrawide), 12MP (portrait), Zeiss optics, Zeiss T* lens coating
Infinix has launched two new budget smartphones in India, the Infinix Hot 11 and Hot 11s.
The Infinix Hot 11 features a 6.6-inch LCD dewdrop notch display with an FHD+ resolution, a MediaTek Helio G70 chipset, a dual rear camera setup, and packs a 5,200mAh battery.
On the other hand, the Infinix Hot 11s sports a 6.78-inch FHD+ LCD punch-hole display, a MediaTek Helio G88 processor, a triple rear camera setup, and packs a 5,000mAh battery. Check out their specs below.
Infinix Hot 11 specs:
Network: 4G LTE
Display: 6.6-inch LCD FHD+ (1080 x 2408), 500 nits brightness
OS: XOS 7.6 (Android 11)
Chipset: MediaTek Helio G70
Memory: 4GB LPDDR4 RAM, 64GB storage (expandable up to 256GB via microSD)
Sensor: Rear-mounted fingerprint sensor
Main Camera (Dual): 13MP (main), quad-rear flash
Front/Selfie Camera: 8MP
Connectivity: Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 5, dual SIM, GPS, A-GPS, GLONASS, Galileo,
Ports: USB Type-C
Battery: 5,200mAh with 10W charging
Dimensions & Weight: 164.7 x 76.2 x 8.9mm, 201g
Colors: 7° Purple, Emerald Green, Polar Black, and Silver Wave
The recently released Samsung Galaxy A52s 5G is now available here in the Philippines.
The smartphone features a 6.5-inch Super AMOLED display with a 120Hz refresh rate, a Qualcomm Snapdragon 778G processor, a quad rear camera setup, and packs a 4,500mAh battery with 25W fast charging. Additionally, the Galaxy A52s 5G is available in Awesome Black, Awesome White, Awesome Mint, and Awesome Violet. Check out its specs and price below.
Honor silently unveiled the Honor Play 20 Pro smartphone in China. It is a new installment in the Play 20 Series which already has the vanilla Honor Play 20 that was released last April.
The Honor Play 20 Pro features a 6.53-inch OLED dew-drop notch display with FHD+ resolution, a MediaTek Helio G80 processor, a quad-camera setup, and packs a 3,800mAh battery with 22.5W fast charging. Check out its specs below.
Honor Play 20 Pro specs:
Network: 4G LTE
Display: 6.53-inch Full HD+ OLED, DCI-P3 color gamut
OS: Magic UI 4.0 (Android 11)
Chipset: MediaTek Helio G80
Memory: 8GB RAM, 128GB storage
Sensor: In-display fingerprint scanner
Main Camera (Quad): 64MP (main), 8MP (ultrawide), 2MP (macro), 2MP (depth)
Front/Selfie Camera: 16MP
Connectivity: WiFi, Bluetooth 5.1
Battery: 3,800mAh with 22.5W fast charging
Pricing and Availability
The Honor Play 20 Pro is priced at CNY 1,699 (Php13,152 if converted) for the 8GB + 128GB storage variant. As of now, there is no word yet for it to sell in other countries.
OPPO is now offering freebies, bundles, and discounts on OPPO products from A and Reno Series smartphones to IoT devices that started on September 17 until October 3, 2021.
“We love how the Filipinos embrace the spirit of Christmas early from the beginning of ber-months, thus we are offering great deals to make it even sweeter as they enjoy the latest and best-selling OPPO products from smartphones to IoT devices, and more,” shared OPPO Philippines Vice President for National Sales Zen Han.
Ber-ry Merry Holiday Deals
When you purchase any of the latest OPPO smartphones A54, A74, A94, Reno5 4G, Reno5 5G, Reno6 Z 5G, and Reno6 5G, you are entitled to up to 40% discount on any of the IoT devices OPPO Band, OPPO Enco Buds (W11), OPPO Enco Air, and OPPO Enco X.
On top of the discounts you can get, when you purchase any of the OPPO Reno6 Series exclusively every Friday to Sunday September 17-19, 24-26, October 1-3 in OPPO stores, you are also entitled to a free Q11 Smart Watch worth PHP2,699.
Both offers apply to every smartphone purchase made during and in participating stores nationwide, while the 40% discount on IoT products is extended via online stores as well including Shopee and Lazada. One smartphone purchased in any of the required model(s) is equivalent to one discount and/ or one freebie.