We made a list of the best devices that you can have as of now from a budget perspective. Now, let’s focus on upper mid-range devices and see what phones are the best in terms of price-to-value ratio. Whether it’s a camera or gaming-centric we will take a look at its spec sheet and see if that device is worth the money. This is our top 5 Smartphones that are priced from P20K up to P25K for the first half of 2023.
Vivo V27 5G
Vivo put out the V27 series as the successor of last year’s V25 series and it delivers more than it’s expected. It may not be a flagship device but it can handle most tasks that you want it to handle with no problems at all. The whole V27 series are smartphones that are designed to excel in their camera performance. And not just that, gaming also performed well than expected so it shows that the V27 5G is a solid all-around device in this category. In terms of specs, it boasts a 6.78″ FHD+ AMOLED display which is paired with a 120Hz refresh rate. It packs a nearly flagship chipset which is the MediaTek Dimensity 7200, 12GB of RAM which can also be expanded up to 8GB, and lastly is the 256GB internal storage. As for its cameras, It has a triple camera setup in the back and a single front-facing shooter. The rear cameras consist of a 50MP OIS (Sony IMX766V Sensor) main, 8MP wide, and a 2MP macro lens while the front holds a 50MP F/2.45 selfie camera. It has support for 5G connectivity and is backed by a 4600mAh battery paired with 66W FlashCharge. Considering the price we expect it to have at least a base 5000mAh battery capacity which is supposed to be the standard battery size for all smartphones that are priced above P10,000. As for its pricing, the V27 5G is priced at Php 23,999 for the 12GB + 256GB config.
Samsung Galaxy A54 5G
The Samsung A54 5G is one of Samsung’s latest offerings in the midrange segment. It offers two different configs, an 8GB/128GB combo, and an 8GB/256GB combo. Aside from the config options, you also have four different color variants to choose from Awesome Lime, Awesome Violet, Awesome Graphite, and Awesome White. If you are a fan of Samsungs way of designing their phone then Galaxy A54 5G is a good choice since it is close to what their flagship phones look like. In terms of specs, the Samsung Galaxy A54 5G boasts a 6.4″ FHD+ Super AMOLED display which is paired with a 120Hz refresh and is protected by a Corning Gorilla Glass 5. It also runs on Samsung Exynoss 1380 chip and is paired with 8GB RAM and 128GB storage. If the storage is not enough, it can be expanded via microSD up to 1TB. As for cameras, its rear cameras consist of a 50MP f/1.8 OIS main, 12MP ultra-wide, and a 5MP macro while on the front is a 32MP selfie shooter. All of those mentioned specs are backed by a 5000mAh battery capacity with 25W fast charging support. The Samsung Galaxy A54 5G is priced at Php 24,990 pesos for the 8GB plus 128GB config.
Redmi Note 12 Pro+
The Redmi Note series of Xiaomi is one of the hyped-up series ever since the release of the Redmi Note 10. People are expecting it to deliver more than the price it was valued due to how well the Note 10 series performed back then. Until now, the Redmi Note 12 Pro+ has most likely been the most expensive model. This phone is packed when it comes to the spec sheet. It boasts a 6.6″ FHD+ OLED display which is paired with a 120Hz refresh rate. It runs on a MediaTek Dimensity 1080 SoC chip, 8 to 12GB RAM, and 256GB UFS 2.2 storage. The key selling point of this device is that it packs a whopping 200MP Samsung ISOCELL HPX main shooter for its triple camera along with an 8MP ultrawide and a 2MP macro. It is also backed by a 5000mAh battery capacity with support for outstanding 120W fast charging. So juicing up your device with this kind of fast charging can guarantee you a full charge unit in under 30 minutes. As for its pricing, the Redmi Note 12 Pro+ is priced at Php 21,999.
Oppo Reno8 T 5G
Oppo launched two Reno8 T smartphones in the Philippines; this one supports 5G while the other one just supports 4G connectivity but is less expensive. This is yet another of their smartphones with a stylish design and appearance. durable construction, distinctive substance, and color that prevent fingerprint smudges. It sports a 6.7-inch FHD+ AMOLED screen with a 120Hz refresh rate and an 800nit maximum brightness. It is powered by a 6nm Qualcomm Snapdragon 695 5G and runs Android 13 overlaid with ColorOS 13. It has a 32MP selfie camera, a 108MP main camera on the back, and 2MP cameras for the depth and microscope sensors. All of its specs are promising when it comes to its pricing, however, the only feature that we think is a bit underwhelming is that it only runs on a Snapdragon 695 chip. As for its battery, it is rated at a 4800mAh cell and is paired with a 67W SuperVOOC charging. The OPPO Reno8 T 5G is priced at Php 23,999 for the 8GB/256GB config.
Poco launched two devices on their flagship F series and one of that device is the Poco F5. According to Poco, these devices are designed for gamers, photographers, and tech enthusiasts. So basically it’s an all-around device that will cater to whatever type of user you are. From making devices designed for gaming to developing a smartphone that can handle all types of tasks. The Poco F5 sports a 6.67″ FHD+ AMOLED display with a 120Hz refresh rate, and a peak brightness of up to 1000nits, and is protected by a Corning Gorilla Glass 5. It runs on a 4nm Snapdragon 7+ Gen 2 chip which is then paired with 8GB RAM and 256GB UFS 3.1 storage. It packs a triple camera setup consisting of a 64MP main, 8MP ultrawide, and a 2MP macro shooter while on the front is a 16MP selfie camera. It is then backed by a 5000mAh battery capacity with support of up to 67W fast charging. The Poco F5 is priced at Php 20,999 for the 8GB/256GB config, with white, blue, and black options for its color variants.
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