The best smartphones up to 12,000 rubles in 2019: ranking top 10

12,000 rubles – is it a lot or a little to buy a smartphone? We believe that it’s enough, because even if you can buy a cool smartphone for 10 thousand rubles, what can we say about an even larger amount? We have prepared for you the most interesting smartphones in this price category. Of course, exclusively in our opinion. So which smartphone is better to buy?

Xiaomi Mi A2 Lite 3 / 32GB

An interesting smartphone to buy in many ways. Represents the younger version of Mi A2.

Here you will find: a stylish plastic case, a 5.84-inch FullView display with a high resolution of 2280 × 1080 pixels, a dual rear camera, a good platform based on a Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 processor, 3 GB of RAM and 32 GB of ROM, a powerful 4000 mAh battery , support fast charge, fingerprint scanner.

And also, since Mi A2 Lite is part of the Android One program, it has pure Android installed, and not Xiaomi MIUI firmware.

  • Screen diagonal: 5.84 inches
  • Screen Resolution: 2280 × 1080
  • Weight: 178
  • SIM Card Quantity: 2
  • Processor: Qualcomm Snapdragon 625
  • Memory capacity: 32 GB
  • RAM capacity: 3 GB
  • Battery capacity: 4000 mAh
  • Rear camera: dual 12/5 MP
  • Front camera: 5 MP
  • Support for memory cards: yes

Samsung Galaxy A20

But Samsung Galaxy A20 we are adding with great difficulty to the review, because at the time of writing, its average cost is close to 13 thousand. But, it seems to us, the overpayment may be justified – and that’s why.

It uses a high-quality AMOLED matrix with a resolution of 1560 × 720 pixels, NFC, a good platform based on the Exynos 7884 chip and 3 GB of RAM, a capacious 4000 mAh battery, a normal main camera for its class, a smart scanner located on the back of the case.

  • Screen diagonal: 6.4 inches
  • Screen Resolution: 1560 × 720
  • Weight: 169
  • SIM Card Quantity: 2
  • Processor: Exynos 7884
  • Memory capacity: 32 GB
  • RAM capacity: 3 GB
  • Battery capacity: 4000 mAh
  • Rear camera: dual 13/5 MP
  • Front camera: 8 MP
  • Support for memory cards: yes

Xiaomi Redmi Note 7 3 / 32GB

Xiaomi Redmi Note 7 will cost about 12 thousand rubles.

This device claims to be premium: the case is made of glass and metal, and the resolution of the main camera is 48/5 MP – it shoots very well for its money. Also note the fairly powerful Qualcomm Snapdragon 660 processor.

I am glad that Xiaomi does not save on batteries – its capacity in this smartphone is 4000 mAh. There is a fingerprint scanner, an unlock function on the face, an excellent 6.3-inch display. It remains only to complain about the lack of an NFC module.

  • Screen diagonal: 6.3 inches
  • Screen Resolution: 2340 × 1080
  • Weight: 186 g
  • SIM Card Quantity: 2
  • Processor: Qualcomm Snapdragon 660
  • Memory capacity: 32 GB
  • RAM capacity: 3 GB
  • Battery capacity: 4000 mAh
  • Rear camera: dual 48/5 MP
  • Front camera: 13 MP
  • Support for memory cards: yes

Huawei P Smart (2019) 3 / 32GB

Smartphone P Smart (2019) is gradually getting cheaper and some stores are selling it for about 12 thousand rubles we need.

The device looks great, and most of all we are talking about the version with gradient colors. The back cover is made of plastic, although even at close range it is extremely difficult to determine whether the plastic is in front of you or glass.

It’s worth highlighting an excellent 6.21-inch display, a great HiSilicon Kirin 710 chipset for that kind of money, good battery life, cameras that normally shoot for their class.

  • Screen diagonal: 6.21 inches
  • Screen Resolution: 2340 × 1080
  • Weight: 160g
  • SIM Card Quantity: 2
  • Processor: HiSilicon Kirin 710
  • Memory capacity: 32 GB
  • RAM capacity: 3 GB
  • Battery capacity: 3400 mAh
  • Rear camera: dual 13/2 MP
  • Front camera: 16 MP
  • Support for memory cards: yes

Meizu M6T 3 / 32GB

Frameless smartphone from Meizu. Display diagonal – 5.7 inches.

It features a stylish polycarbonate case (several shades to choose from), a dual rear camera, a MediaTek MT6750 processor, 3 GB of RAM and 32 GB of internal memory, a fingerprint sensor, a 3300 mAh battery.

It works on the basis of proprietary firmware Flyme, which in turn is based on Android.

  • Screen diagonal: 5.7 inches
  • Screen Resolution: 1440 × 720
  • Weight: 145g
  • SIM Card Quantity: 2
  • Processor: MediaTek MT6750
  • Memory capacity: 32 GB
  • RAM capacity: 3 GB
  • Battery capacity: 3300 mAh
  • Rear camera: dual 13/2 MP
  • Front camera: 8 MP
  • Support for memory cards: yes

Xiaomi Redmi 7 3 / 32GB

An alternative to Redmi Note 7, but a little cheaper. You’ll have to lose a little in the display (it’s a little smaller, the same can be said about the resolution), but the smartphone looks just as cool.

Inside is a Qualcomm Snapdragon 632 processor, which has a good power reserve. A rather powerful 4000 mAh battery, as well as a smart fingerprint scanner, will please you. The main camera is not bad for its category, but do not expect a miracle.

In the appendage – a very nice price.

  • Screen diagonal: 6.26 inches
  • Screen Resolution: 1520 × 720
  • Weight: 180g
  • SIM Card Quantity: 2
  • Processor: Qualcomm Snapdragon 632
  • Memory capacity: 32 GB
  • RAM capacity: 3 GB
  • Battery capacity: 4000 mAh
  • Rear camera: dual 12/2 MP
  • Front camera: 8 MP
  • Support for memory cards: yes

Honor 10 Lite 3 / 32GB

Honor 10 Lite looks very interesting, and we believe that the best thing is in the gradient colors, which are so popular in the last year.

If you turn to the technical documentation, it turns out that the Honor 10 Lite literally repeats Huawei P Smart (2019)! They have a 6.21-inch matrix, a HiSilicon Kirin 710 chipset, a 3400 mAh battery, an NFC module … But do not be surprised, because both companies belong to the same brand, so some models in the same class may be so technically similar.

  • Screen diagonal: 6.21 inches
  • Screen Resolution: 2340 × 1080
  • Weight: 162g
  • SIM Card Quantity: 2
  • Processor: HiSilicon Kirin 710
  • Memory capacity: 32 GB
  • RAM capacity: 3 GB
  • Battery capacity: 3400 mAh
  • Rear camera: dual 13/2 MP
  • Front camera: 24 MP
  • Support for memory cards: yes

Nokia 5.1 Plus

Nokia 5.1 Plus – the smartphone is not the newest, but it turns out to be very relevant, and all because of the low cost and interesting characteristics for its value.

As you can see, the smartphone has a rather large 5.8-inch display, an excellent classic case design, glass front and rear, there is a fingerprint sensor. True, the screen resolution is small – 1520 × 720 pixels, and there is no NFC module.

The device is powered by the MediaTek Helio P60 chipset, the memory capacity is 3 GB of RAM and 32 GB of ROM. The main camera is dual.

  • Screen diagonal: 5.8 inches
  • Screen Resolution: 1520 × 720
  • Weight: 162g
  • SIM Card Quantity: 2
  • Processor: MediaTek Helio P60
  • Memory capacity: 32 GB
  • RAM capacity: 3 GB
  • Battery capacity: 3060 mAh
  • Rear camera: dual 13/5 MP
  • Front camera: 8 MP
  • Support for memory cards: yes

Huawei Y7 (2019)

One of the main features of this smartphone is its capacious battery – as much as 4000 mAh.

Huawei Y7 (2019) is offered in two shades – classic black and gradient. A 6.26-inch display with a resolution of 1520 × 720 pixels, a Qualcomm Snapdragon 450 chipset, 3 GB of RAM and 32 GB of ROM are installed. Of course, there is a slot for a memory card and a fingerprint sensor.

NFC no.

  • Screen diagonal: 6.26 inches
  • Screen Resolution: 1560 × 720
  • Weight: 168g
  • SIM Card Quantity: 2
  • Processor: Qualcomm Snapdragon 450
  • Memory capacity: 32 GB
  • RAM capacity: 3 GB
  • Battery capacity: 4000 mAh
  • Rear camera: dual 13/2 MP
  • Front camera: 8 MP
  • Support for memory cards: yes

Sony Xperia L2

For my money – an interesting model, although you should still look for a discount.

As you can see, the design of the device is quite familiar: the display is classic, with an aspect ratio of 16: 9. The diagonal is 5.5 inches, the resolution is HD. Powered by MediaTek MT6737T processor and 3GB RAM.

NFC is supported, there is a smart fingerprint sensor, decent autonomy, Type-C, close to the stock Android.

  • Screen diagonal: 5.5 inches
  • Screen Resolution: 1280 × 720
  • Weight: 178g
  • SIM Card Quantity: 2
  • Processor: MediaTek MT6737T
  • Memory capacity: 32 GB
  • RAM capacity: 3 GB
  • Battery capacity: 3300 mAh
  • Rear camera: 13 MP
  • Front camera: 8 MP
  • Support for memory cards: yes

Xiaomi Redmi Note 6 Pro 3 / 32GB

A device whose average cost is above 12 thousand rubles, but with a sale it is quite possible to get it for the money. And it’s worth it. Why?

Bend your fingers: cool design, a great 6.25-inch widescreen display, a good dual rear camera, a capacious 4000 mAh battery, a productive platform based on the Qualcomm Snapdragon 636 processor, a smart fingerprint sensor and a face unlock function.

  • Screen diagonal: 6.25 inches
  • Screen Resolution: 2280 × 1080
  • Weight: 182g
  • SIM Card Quantity: 2
  • Processor: Qualcomm Snapdragon 636
  • Memory capacity: 32 GB
  • RAM capacity: 3 GB
  • Battery capacity: 4000 mAh
  • Rear camera: dual 12/5 MP
  • Front camera: 20 MP
  • Support for memory cards: yes

ZTE Blade V9 32GB

What can attract the ZTE Blade V9? Probably, first of all, by its design: the device looks much more expensive than its cost and this is certainly a big plus. But there is something else here – a very good rear camera is noted, which allows you to get decent pictures.

The processor uses Qualcomm Snapdragon 450, the amount of memory is standard for its price segment: 3 GB of RAM and 32 GB of ROM. Battery capacity – 3200 mAh.

It supports DTS Sound, NFC and face unlock function.

  • Screen diagonal: 5.7 inches
  • Screen Resolution: 2160 × 1080
  • Weight: 140g
  • SIM Card Quantity: 2
  • Processor: Qualcomm Snapdragon 450
  • Memory capacity: 32 GB
  • RAM capacity: 3 GB
  • Battery capacity: 3200 mAh
  • Rear camera: dual 16/5 MP
  • Front camera: 13 MP
  • Support for memory cards: yes

Honor 7C Pro

The average cost of this device from Honor is much lower than 12 thousand rubles, but it is still very interesting.

7C Pro received a 5.99-inch FullView display, a metal back cover, a dual camera, a platform based on the Qualcomm Snapdragon 450 processor and 3 GB of RAM.

There is a good display, good photo quality with a sufficient level of lighting, decent battery life, face unlock.

  • Screen diagonal: 5.99 inches
  • Screen Resolution: 1440 × 720
  • Weight: 164g
  • SIM Card Quantity: 2
  • Processor: Qualcomm Snapdragon 450
  • Memory capacity: 32 GB
  • RAM capacity: 3 GB
  • Battery capacity: 3000 mAh
  • Rear camera: dual 13/2 MP
  • Front camera: 8 MP
  • Support for memory cards: yes

Nokia 5.1 16GB

The new generation of Nokia 5 received a slightly different name – 5.1.

Like many other market players, Nokia 5.1 has got a FullView-display. Here you will also find: a stylish metal case, a Mediatek Helio P18 processor (MT6755S), 2 GB of RAM and 16 GB of ROM. There is a fingerprint scanner, a 3000 mAh battery. NFC support also claimed.

  • Screen diagonal: 5.5 inches
  • Screen Resolution: 2160 × 1080
  • Weight: 153g
  • SIM Card Quantity: 2
  • Processor: Mediatek Helio P18 (MT6755S)
  • Memory capacity: 16 GB
  • RAM capacity: 2 GB
  • Battery capacity: 3000 mAh
  • Rear camera: 16 MP
  • Front camera: 8 MP
  • Support for memory cards: yes