Smartphones are holy grails these days. If you're planning to spend your holiday bonus on one this year, we've got you covered. For this smartphone gift guide, We'll be highlighting mid-range phones, since that's where the competition is at right now.
Vivo is really aggressive in making a break in the market. For P17,990, you get the Vivo V7+, which sports a 5.9-inch screen with 1440x720 resolution and 267ppi. It's powered with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 450 and speeds through with 4 gigs of RAM. But the biggest attraction here is the rear camera with 16MP and the impressive 24MP front camera.
Motorola is very much alive and kicking. Just recently, they released the moto x4 in the Philippines for P23,990. With that much cash, you get a phone with a 5.2-inch display with 1080x1920 resolution and 424ppi, a Qualcomm Snapdragon 630 and 4 gigs of RAM. It sports dual rear cameras, a 12MP and 8MP, plus a decent 16MP front camera. It's water resistant too, so you can watch online videos while you're at poolside.
Alternatively, the moto g5s only costs P14,990 and has the same screen size and resolution as the moto x4 and the same amount of RAM, but with a slightly weaker Qualcomm Snapdragon 625. It's not water resistant, but it does have a 3000mAh battery, which lets the phone run for most of the day. The two 13MP cameras at the rear are impressive shooters as well.
Samsung Galaxy J7 Pro
We like to think Samsung made all the competition possible. The Galaxy J7 Pro deserves a spot because it's easily one of the most impressive devices released this year. The original price runs at P15,990 but if you look hard enough online, you might find one at P14K. The J7 Pro sports a 5.5-inch screen with 1080x1920 resolution and 401ppi. It uses a Super AMOLED screen, so it appears brighter with rich colors. It's powered with Samsung's own Exynos 7870 processor, 3 gigs of RAM, 32GB internal storage, 13MP front and rear cameras, and an impressive 3600mAh.
ASUS Zenfone 4 series
Whenever ASUS launches a core product, be sure to be on the lookout for multiple variants. The main Zenfone 4 is priced at P28K, so don't bother with it.
Instead, if you're after longer battery life, the Zenfone 4 Max Pro has 5000mAh, but has a crappy 720p display, uses an outdated Snapdragon 425, but comes with a decent 16MP rear camera, all for P13,995.
If you want to focus on selfies, the Zenfone 4 Selfie Lite might be the one for you, sporting 13MP front and rear cameras, a not-too-shabby 3000mAh battery, 2GB RAM, and costing only P7,995.
OPPO has always come out with smartphones that are honestly gimmicky. The F5 is something more straightforward, with a 6-inch screen, 1080x2160 resolution, and 402ppi. The F5 has a MediaTek Helio P23 processor, a staggering 6GB RAM, a decent 16MP rear camera and a 20MP front camera for your selfie pleasures. OPPO boasts the F5 has an AI integrated into its front camera which will recognize its user and make sure to "beautify" him or her to stay on the spotlight. Honestly, while the F5 has impressive specs, that AI thing is horse crap. The F5 is P15,990 but you can get the OPPO F5 Youth, which is the very slightly scaled down version, at P13,990.
Huawei Nova 2i
The Nova 2i is our favorite. It features a 5.9-inch screen with 1080x2160 resolution and 409ppi. The phone is powered with Huawei's own designed Hilicon Kirin 659 processor, 4 gigs of RAM, 64GB internal storage, and four cameras: Dual front facing has 13MP and 2MP while dual rear has 16MP and 2MP. Battery kicks at 3340mAh. All of this for P14,990.
That's seven impressive mid-range phones for 2017. Don't worry about newer devices coming out anytime soon - you won't get better ones until the Mobile World Congress takes place on March 2018. In the meantime, bask yourself with these phones instead.