11 Must-Have Phones and Gadgets for Your Wishlist


Published on: January 23, 2020 Last updated: April 22, 2021

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The tech world in 2021 is buzzing as always, thanks to the constant innovation of phone and gadget makers worldwide. There are no shortage of innovations when it comes to consumer tech, and 2021 is no different. It’s time to update your tech wishlist because you don’t want to miss any of these. Here are the latest phones and gadgets worth checking out.

Latest Phones to Check Out in 2021

Samsung Galaxy S20+

Latest Phones 2020 - Samsung Galaxy S20 leaks

Photo from Twitter user @OnLeaks

Price: TBD
Available at: TBD

Samsung always gave everyone a reason to change phones every year. The Samsung Galaxy S20+ will probably do the same. Packed with four cameras on the back, either an Exynos 990 or a Snapdragon 865 processor, a 6.7inch AMOLED display with a 120hz refresh rate for that liquid-smooth performance, and a whopping 4500mAh battery with fast charging.

At the time of writing, the Samsung Galaxy S20+ has yet to be confirmed. According to tech enthusiasts, Samsung will eventually unveil their new flagship together with new products on the second week of February. Whenever they decide to unveil it, expect the Galaxy S20 to be on top of every “latest phones to check out” lists. But of course, you read it here first.

Xiaomi Mi 10

Latest Phones in 2020 - Xiaomi Mi 10

Price: TBD
Available at: TBD

Directly competing with Samsung’s flagship is Xiaomi’s own flagship phone, the Xiaomi Mi 10. Looking at the phone’s leaked specs, the Mi 10’s massive 108-megapixel camera will serve as its main selling point. It’s also an ultra-fast phone with its Snapdragon 865 chipset, a 6.5-inch screen with a 90hz refresh rate, and a large battery starting at 4,500mAh for the base model.

Mi 10 will also have 5G connectivity[1] right out of the box, making it one of the latest phones to have such a feature. While waiting for 5G to become available nationwide, you can still enjoy having a camera-heavy smartphone with a sizable RAM starting at 8GB that comes with wireless charging. Expect the Mi 10 to arrive on stores around March or April.

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Honor V30 Series

Latest Phones in 2020 - Honor V30

Price: ~PHP 24,000 for the V30; ~PHP 30,000 for the V30 Pro
Available: TBD

Honor also introduced a line of 5G phones last year under the V30 banner. The Honor V30 and the V30 Pro will probably arrive in the Philippines this year, so be on the lookout for those. The Honor V30 and the V30 Pro are almost identical. They both sport a 6.57-inch FHD display, a three-camera setup in the back, and the aforementioned 5G connectivity. They are as solid as the others.

What earned the V30 Pro the higher price tag is its slightly faster HiSilicon Kirin 990 processor, its 256GB storage, and a bigger 12-megapixel ultra-wide camera. The V30 cameras are nothing to scoff at, as demonstrated by their DxOMark score of 122.[2] The V30 series currently sits at the top of best camera phones list, besting other renowned smartphones.

OnePlus 7T Pro

Latest Phones in 2020 - OnePlus 7T Pro

Photo from Andrew Hoyle/CNET

Price: PHP 42,990 for the 7T Pro; PHP 46,990 for the 7T Pro McLaren
Available at: Digital Walker

While you’re waiting for the latest OnePlus phone, why not give the OnePlus 7T Pro a look? While the 7T Pro came out in late 2019, it’s still considered one of the best Android phones out there. Enjoy a near-stock Android experience with its 6.67-inch AMOLED display with a 90hz refresh rate, a Snapdragon 855+ processor, and an 8GB RAM/256GB storage.

Or if you have more money to spare, get the OnePlus 7T Pro McLaren version. It’s basically a more beefy version of the already beefy 7T Pro. The McLaren version comes with a 12GB RAM and a flashier glass black chassis. Either way, you’re getting an all-around device only a few from the latest phones out there can match. Plus, it’s readily available right now.

Motorola RAZR 2020

Latest Phones in 2020 - Motorola RAZR 2020

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Price: ~PHP 75,000
Available at: TBD

Ever since Samsung Galaxy Fold’s disastrous debut made rounds last year, everyone thought the foldable trend has passed. In comes the Motorola Razr 2020, the modernized version of Motorola’s popular flip phone series. Aside from its nostalgia factor, the RAZR 2020 also folds nicely and naturally, just like the old phones your parents used to own.

Debuting at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) 2020,[3] the Motorola RAZR 2020 wowed everyone with its 6.2-inch POLED folding display, a 2.7-inch GOLED external display, a Snapdragon 710 processor, a 16-megapixel camera with f/1.7 aperture, and a 2510mAh battery with fast charging. It also has a steep price tag, mainly for its nostalgia factor alone.

Microsoft Surface Duo

Latest Phones in 2020 - Microsoft Surface Duo

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Price: TBD
Available at: TBD

The foldable craze is here to stay because even Microsoft is joining the fray. They announced the Surface Duo[4] last year to great fanfare. Unlike the Samsung Galaxy Fold, the Surface Duo consists of two 5.6-inch displays folded in the middle like a digital mini-notebook. Don’t worry, this isn’t a Windows phone per se. The Surface Duo runs on pure Android 10 goodness.

Aside from having two gorgeous screens that folds two ways via a 360-degree hinge, the Surface Duo is also powered by a Snapdragon 855 processor. While Microsoft has yet to release an official release date, the Surface Duo is expected to ship in late 2020. Better start saving now so you can have your own foldable phone by the end of the year.

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Cool Gadgets to Check Out in 2021

Nintendo Switch Lite

Latest Phones in 2020 - Nintendo Switch Lite

Photo from Anthony Karcz

Price: PHP 11,995
Available at: Datablitz

If you love the Nintendo Switch but hate playing with others, Nintendo has the solution for you. They released a Lite version of their mega-popular handheld console last year and for some, it’s the perfect iteration yet. Aside from its affordable price tag, the Nintendo Switch Lite is also packed with the same power the regular version has, only lighter and more compact.

Apple Airpods Pro

Latest Phones in 2020 - Apple Airpod Pro

Price: PHP 14,990
Available at: Premium Apple Resellers

Apple fans rejoice! The sequel to the revolutionary Airpods came out last year and it’s still a necessity in 2020. If you’re coming from the first Airpods, you’d be glad to know that the Airpods Pro now has active noise-cancelling feature, one of the first in-ear earphones to have it. It also has improved battery life and sound quality, all packed in two wireless little buds.

Realme Buds Air

Latest Phones in 2020 - Realme Buds Air

Photo from Yugatech.com

Price: PHP 3,990
Available at: Lazada

Realme joins the earphones race by releasing their own version, the Realme Buds Air. If the price of the Airpods Pro is a bit steep, count on the Buds Air to fill the gap for you. It supports Bluetooth 5.0 connectivity and Google Assistant and features a 12mm bass boost driver for that extra oomph to your daily commute tunes. And it’s also on Lazada so just order online.

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Apple MacBook Pro 16-inch

Latest Phones in 2020 - Apple Macbook Pro 16-inch

Price: PHP 141,990
Available at: Premium Apple Resellers

Another win for Apple fans! After years of complaints from MacBook users, Apple finally fixed the keyboard problem with their latest laptop, the Apple Macbook Pro 16-inch. They switched the notoriously faulty butterfly keyboard back to the traditional scissor-switch mechanism. Other than that, it’s just one massive spec-heavy laptop that everyone, even non-Apple fans, should add to their must-have gadgets.

ASUS VivoBook 2020 Series

Latest Phones in 2020 - ASUS Vivobook Series

Photo from Yugatech.com

Price: TBD
Available at: TBD

But if you’re more of a Windows type, you should definitely check out the ASUS Vivobook 2020 series.[5] The latest Vivobook line made their debut at CES 2020 sporting a sleek look and feel. The base model, the Vivobook S13, is powered by an Intel Core i7-1065G7 processor and a NVIDIA GeForce MX250 graphics card. Imagine what the other models are capable of. Spoiler alert: they’re all powerhouses.

Final Thoughts

Did you find your new smartphone or gadget on this list? That’s great! Just make sure you don’t break the bank trying to afford it. Perhaps a few budgeting acronyms can help you save better? And when you do get the phone you want, don’t forget to buy yourself a Gadget Protect plan. Save yourself the trouble of high repair costs for your newly-minted investment.

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