MANILA – The iPhone X is Apple’s most expensive smartphone yet, starting at $1,000 or roughly P50,000.
The steep price is even more painful in developing countries like the Philippines, where the asking price for the base model is equivalent to 100 days of minimum wage.
But the edge-to-edge screen of the 10th anniversary iPhone can be had at a lower cost, and even sooner, before the iPhone X’s November release.
Here are some Android-powered handsets that offer the “all screen” experience to satisfy gadget lust, while leaving some change for utilities and more important expenses:
SAMSUNG GALAXY S8/S8+
Samsung was among the first to sell wraparound displays this year, adding its signature “edge” to the sides of the S8 and S8 Plus, which retail for P39,990 and P45,990 respectively.
Largely overshadowed by Samsung’s flagship which launched at around the same time last April, LG’s G6 offers a big-screen experience that fits comfortably in the hand. It is also cheaper at P29,990
At at even lower price tag of P12,990, the Korean company offers the same full screen experience on the G6 in a slightly smaller package with dialed-down specs.
A host of other devices that are currently unavailable locally also offer the near bezel-less screen at a price that undercuts the iPhone X. These include:
Essential, founded by Android creator Andy Rubin, released this year its first eponymous handset made of ceramic and titanium that also offers modular functionality. It is available in the US for $699 (P35,620).
Xiaomi Mi Mix 2
Chinese upstart Xiaomi beat larger manufacturers to the full-screen game with 2016’s Mi Mix, and this year’s sequel packs upgraded specs at a lower price of 3,299 yuan (P25,000)
LG has not officially announced the pricing for its fall season flagship that closely resembles the pebble-shaped iPhone X, but tech websites said it might be lower than $1,000 dollars.
The V30 will likely be sold locally like its predecessors, the V10 and the V20, which did not breach the P40,000-mark.
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