How much are you willing to spend on a smartphone? Considering that a modern smartphone practically combines several different devices in one, it is not worth saving on it. But not everyone strives to chase the most expensive novelties. The average price of smartphones on the market can range from 10 to 30 thousand rubles, and flagships can cost 2 or even 3 times more. But we are sure that finding the perfect device is much easier if you pay attention to the characteristics and not to the fashion. Thus, it is quite possible to limit yourself to a reasonable price framework. It is in order to help you save money that today we will look at several modern smartphones, the price of which does not exceed 15,000 rubles, but the characteristics are able to support even complex tasks, and the functionality is wide.
Source: XDA Developers
Xiaomi Redmi Note 8T
The Xiaomi name has long been synonymous with affordable smartphones. Affordable, but no less quality. One example is the Xiaomi Redmi Note 8T, a flagship smartphone released in 2019. Redmi Note 8T received a powerful, though not the latest Qualcomm Snapdragon 665 processor with 8 cores. In addition, the modification we have chosen has 4GB of RAM and 64GB of internal memory. Such characteristics allow the smartphone to perfectly cope with games and any 3d applications, while at the same time leaving enough memory to store photos, files and books. The Android 9 operating system is combined with the MIUI user interface, which in turn allows numerous customization options to suit your taste. The smartphone allows you to use two SIM cards, although it does not leave the possibility to use a memory card. The display, like on other Xiaomi models, is bright and saturated. Its diagonal is 6.3 inches, and the resolution is 2340x1080. This is possible thanks to the aspect ratio of the display 19.5:9. The body design is frameless, and the screen occupies most of the front panel.
Manufacturers paid special attention to the device’s camera, it consists of four sensors, the main of which has a high resolution of 48 megapixels. Thus, you get not only detail, but also the possibility of using digital zoom.
The front camera drop is also present, with a resolution of 13MP. The smartphone is capable of shooting 4K video and slow motion.
The battery is also a pleasant surprise, 4000mAh is enough for the active use of the smartphone during the day. Additional features include an in-display fingerprint scanner, Android Pay, and fast charging.
Xiaomi Redmi Note 8T is a real find.
Samsung (A505F) Galaxy A50
Perhaps the main rival of most mid-range smartphones is Samsung. Yes, yes, the company is confidently holding not only in the top of the best, but also in budgetary positions. And the main merit in this belongs to the Samsung Galaxy A50 smartphone, created in 2018. The device runs on the “native” Samsung Exynos 9610 processor, which is not inferior to competitors in terms of its capabilities. The Galaxy A50 isn’t a gaming smartphone, but it’s great for day-to-day tasks. The A50 received the same specifications as the 8T — 4GB of RAM and 64GB of internal memory. Of course, this is enough for him. Similarly, the smartphone also runs Android 9 and supports 2 SIM cards, but the second SIM card slot can be used as a memory card slot.
Another difference that makes us pay attention to the smartphone from Samsung is the 6.4‑inch AMOLED display. It is larger than the Xiaomi 8T, has a resolution of 2340x1080 and incomparable color reproduction. Samsung is famous for its displays and the A50 is clearly no exception. The design of the smartphone, in general, is not much different from other peers — this is the same frameless body with a drop camera. The front camera, by the way, has a high resolution of 25MP, which allows the user to take great selfies. The main (the main of the three) rear camera received the same resolution. In general, you can absolutely guarantee high-quality photos with the Samsung Galaxy A50.
The battery has a capacity of 4000 mAh, but it can withstand a little less than a competitor from Xiaomi, since a more advanced display requires more resources. However, the smartphone successfully compensates for the shortcomings. He received the ability to recognize faces, Samsung contactless payment and Android Pay and a fingerprint scanner built into the screen. The only thing that gives out a budget model in a smartphone is a plastic case, but otherwise it is in no way inferior to top models.
Huawei P30 Lite
Smartphones from Huawei have taken a huge step forward over the past few years, and sometimes it’s amazing to look at what technologies are used in them today, and how well all the elements fit together. Huawei P30 Lite is a budget version of one of the best smartphones of 2019, Huawei P30. The smartphone received a HiSilicon Kirin 710 processor. Its capabilities allow us to call the device a gaming one, and this indicates power and high performance. The combination of 4GB of RAM and 128GB of internal storage is a nice addition, as other budget models are often limited to 64GB, take Xiaomi and Samsung mentioned above. Like them, the device runs on Android 9 with an additional user interface. Similarly, the smartphone supports 2 SIM cards, but one of the slots can be used to expand the memory.
But what the smartphone distinguished itself in is the display diagonal – 6.15 inches with a resolution of 2312x1080 and an image depth of 415 pixels per inch. The bezels of the smartphone are quite thin, and the design follows the fashion trend of 2019 with a drop camera. The front camera has received a high resolution of 32MP to provide the user with a real selfie experience. The main camera includes 3 sensors, with the main 24-megapixel. It is worth considering that the cameras on Huawei smartphones are considered among the best, and although the budget model did not receive the famous cameras from Leica, this does not prevent the P30 Lite from taking great pictures.
The battery capacity is 3340 mAh, not as much as we would like, but enough to get you through the whole day without recharging. Plus, the ability to quickly charge greatly simplifies the process. The case is made of metal, thanks to which the smartphone has a premium appearance and looks much more expensive than it costs.
The fingerprint scanner is located on the back, and the device supports Android Pay contactless payment. Huawei P30 Lite is a great choice for anyone who expects powerful performance and striking looks from a smartphone.
Motorola Moto G7
Although Motorola does not strive to conquer users with innovations and original solutions, the company definitely manages to create high-quality mid-range smartphones. Moto G7 is another confirmation of this. The smartphone is marked in the lists of successful ones, even if it does not occupy the first lines. However, what you definitely can’t refuse him is the combination between price and quality. The smartphone runs on a Qualcomm Snapdragon 632 processor, as expected, this is not a top processor, but successful and time-tested. 4GB of RAM allows it to work quickly and accurately, and 64GB of internal memory, expandable with a separate slot, allows you to store any files. Not surprisingly, Moto G7 allows you to use 2 SIM cards at the same time, and the smartphone runs on the Android 9 Pie operating system.
The 6.2‑inch IPS display is surprisingly good, delivering both brightness, detail, and color saturation. Its resolution is 2270x1080, the aspect ratio is, as it is fashionable, 19:9, and the image depth is 405 pixels per inch. The thin bezels around the screen are broken only by the drop camera.
Speaking of cameras, it is worth mentioning that they are not the main focus of the device, so the main dual received a modest resolution of 12MP, and the front one — 8. However, the camera still allows you to shoot slow-motion video.
The battery capacity is 3000mAh, but fast charging capabilities and a unique balance of characteristics come to the rescue, thanks to which the smartphone is discharged rather slowly.
Fans of modern devices will appreciate the metal case, which looks very impressive.
The smartphone has a fingerprint scanner located on the back of the case. And especially picky users will be happy to know that the smartphone has received protection from moisture and dust, it cannot be immersed in water, but it can withstand rain and splashes. The characteristics of the Moto G7 are rather modest, but if you pay attention to the inexpensive cost of the smartphone, it becomes clear why it is so appreciated.
Source: Android Central
realme 3 pro
We decided to complete the list with another interesting smartphone from a Chinese company. Realme is a little less known in Russia than Xiaomi, but this does not prevent the brand from gaining popularity and gaining its portion of the market. All of this is made possible by smartphones that offer top-end features at surprisingly low prices. Realme 3 Pro is just one of the smartphones that can offer more than many competitors.
This model is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 710 processor, but what makes it different from the rest? First of all, offering 64GB of internal memory, the manufacturers took care of a separate slot for a memory card. At the same time, you can safely use 2 SIM cards. 4GB of RAM is the same as the rest of the devices on today’s list, so there’s nothing surprising here. Also, the smartphone runs on the Android operating system, only the interface is different here. Many users note that it is much more similar to iOS than other versions of Android.
The IPS display has a diagonal of 6.3 inches and a resolution of 2340x1080 is a nice indicator, and the screen itself does not disappoint. It is bright and has rich colors that are only emphasized by the operating system. An image depth of 409 pixels per inch delivers smooth, crisp images.
The camera is not particularly surprising to users, the resolution of the main dual is 16MP, and although it is able to shoot high-quality footage, the resolution lags behind competitors in many ways. But 25MP on the front camera will be a pleasant surprise for selfie fans. In addition, the smartphone offers a night mode, but this is exactly what not every competitor can boast of.
The battery received a capacity of 4045mAh with the ability to quickly charge. This is also a fairly standard indicator, which will not surprise anyone.
But the case has a very stylish design, thanks to which the smartphone looks expensive and stylish, and this will surely please users who choose Realme 3 Pro. Additionally, it is worth noting the presence of such features as face recognition and a fingerprint scanner on the rear panel.
Among budget smartphones, there are many options, some of which are able to give the user the capabilities of flagships without difficulty and expense. These are modern high-resolution cameras, and contactless payment, and even gaming characteristics. The main thing is to choose the right budget smartphone, in accordance with your requirements.