It’s true that there are gadgets that are only good as their next iteration, but there are some that become staples due to their great performance and their ability to keep up with updates. Here are a few recently launched smartphones from tried-and-tested brands that work as hard as you do, without losing their relevance as quickly as other market releases.


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Samsung Note 8

Price: P49,990

Highlights: 6GB of RAM, 12MP rear camera

Samsung has been doing its best to bounce back from its past product recall, and it looks like it has succeeded. With the Note 8, the Korean tech giant has come out with one of the fastest and most powerful Android devices to date, with 6GB of RAM that enables flawless multitasking.

To put it to scale—most mid-range phones are only running on 2 to 4GB of RAM, so imagine how fast this flagship device can go with 6GB under the hood. If you want to play with it and check out how it feels on your hands, you can visit the Samsung Galaxy Studio in BGC for an immersive experience.


Sony Xperia XZ1

Price: P39,990

Highlights: 19MP f/2.0 rear camera, 13MP f/2.0 front camera, with 3D scanning abilities

If your job takes you places, then this is the phone for you. The Sony Xperia XZ1 brings to the table the awesome mobile camera technology of the brand’s famed Cyber-shot camera range. Its Motion Eye sensor enables you to take videos in quality slow motion. You’ll also never miss beautiful moments with autofocus burst that follows your subject’s actions and shoots seconds prior to you tapping the shutter.

Oh, and did we tell you that it can capture objects and faces in full 3D?


Asus Zenfone 4

Price: P28,995

Highlights: 6GB RAM, dual rear cameras (12MP + 8MP), 3,000mAh battery with fast charging capability


Asus has become a big player in the past few years by offering both flagship and mid-range phones that cram so many features in sleekly designed bodies. With the Zenfone 4, it goes toe-to-toe with established names in mobile technology by giving you the best shots with its powerful cameras, unhindered multi-tasking capabilities, and a huge battery that can support it all.


Huawei Nova 2i

Price: P14,990

Highlight:  Four cameras—two main (16MP+2MP) and two secondary (13MP+2MP), 3,340 mAh battery

One of the brands at the forefront of the dual-camera trend, Huawei continues to steal the show with a mid-range phone that doesn’t sacrifice specs for price. The Nova 2i comes with a 5.9-inch display and four cameras—16MP+2MP at the rear, and 13MP+2MP in front for crystal clear photos that are beyond what most phones in the same price range can offer. It also has a 3,340 mAh battery that can last you more than a day of moderate usage.

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