The best smartphones up to 15,000 rubles in 2020: top rating

Every year, the cost of smartphones falls and for 15 thousand rubles you can buy a very good device, which will have everything you need and even more. Of course, you shouldn’t count on buying a flagship (except for the flagship the year before last), but there’s enough for a mid-range device. What kind of phone to buy for 15,000 rubles in 2020?

Xiaomi Redmi Note 8T 4 / 64GB

Xiaomi decided to show two smartphones at once: Redmi Note 8 and Redmi Note 8 Pro. It would seem that the difference between the two should probably be ridiculous, but in reality these are, in fact, two different smartphones. And after a while, Redmi Note 8T was shown, which practically repeats Note 8 with the exception that it has an NFC module.

The smartphone turned out cool – including externally, thanks to the unusual colors. It uses a 6.3-inch high-resolution IPS display, a fresh 8-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 665 processor, 4 GB of RAM and 64 GB of main memory (in this version), a powerful 4000 mAh battery with support for fast charging, a fingerprint sensor on the back lid, decent main camera consisting of four modules.

In general, the Redmi Note 8T can be called perhaps the best purchase by the criterion of price-quality.

  • Screen diagonal: 6.3 inches
  • Screen Resolution: 2340 × 1080
  • Weight: 200g
  • SIM Card Quantity: 2
  • Processor: Qualcomm Snapdragon 665
  • Memory capacity: 64 GB
  • RAM capacity: 4 GB
  • Battery capacity: 4000 mAh
  • Rear camera: four 48/8/2/2 MP modules
  • Front camera: 13 MP
  • Support for memory cards: yes

Samsung Galaxy A30s 32GB

The updated version of last year’s A30 received an inconspicuous prefix s, although in fact the changes turned out to be more than noticeable.

First of all, this concerns the design of the back cover – it has been updated a bit. In a strange way, the declared resolution of the 6.4-inch AMOLED display slightly decreased, but the gain is in the part of the cameras: the triple module is installed as the main one, which, by the characteristics, copies that of the older A50 model – probably this is it, so the pictures are now it turns out even better.

And also – a fingerprint scanner, which is now built into the screen.

All other characteristics remained unchanged, but they are very good for a smartphone for the money..

  • Screen diagonal: 6.4 inches
  • Screen Resolution: 1560 × 720
  • Weight: 169g
  • SIM Card Quantity: 2
  • Processor: Samsung Exynos 7904
  • Memory capacity: 32 GB
  • RAM capacity: 3 GB
  • Battery capacity: 4000 mAh
  • Rear camera: triple 25/5/8 MP
  • Front camera: 16 MP
  • Support for memory cards: yes

Honor 10i 128GB

A relatively inexpensive model of Honor, where the presence of an ultra-wide-angle (120 degrees) module of the main camera comes to the fore. The module itself is triple.

Other features include bright body shades, an excellent 6.21-inch IPS display, a HiSilicon Kirin 710 chip, 4 GB of RAM and 128 GB of ROM, an NFC module, a fingerprint sensor on the back cover.

And it’s also pleasing that not all manufacturers abandon the 3.5 mm mini-jack for headphones – here it is.

  • Screen diagonal: 6.21 inches
  • Screen Resolution: 2340 × 1080
  • Weight: 164g
  • SIM Card Quantity: 2
  • Processor: HiSilicon Kirin 710
  • Memory capacity: 128 GB
  • RAM capacity: 4 GB
  • Battery capacity: 3400 mAh
  • Rear camera: triple 24/8/2 MP
  • Front camera: 32 MP
  • Support for memory cards: yes

Huawei P smart Z 4 / 64GB

The main feature of this smartphone is a retractable front camera. It is unlikely that this technology can surprise anyone, since it has already been used on smartphones before, but, you must admit, it’s great to have a device with a screen without any cutouts.

It has a large 6.59-inch display with a resolution of 2340 × 1080 pixels, a well-known HiSilicon Kirin 710 processor + 4 GB of RAM, a 4000 mAh battery, and a fingerprint sensor on the back cover.

The rear camera is dual, it shoots well, but first of all it concerns the pictures taken in the afternoon.

  • Screen diagonal: 6.59 inches
  • Screen Resolution: 2340 × 1080
  • Weight: 197g
  • SIM Card Quantity: 2
  • Processor: HiSilicon Kirin 710
  • Memory capacity: 64 GB
  • RAM capacity: 4 GB
  • Battery capacity: 4000 mAh
  • Rear camera: dual 16/2 MP
  • Front camera: 16 MP
  • Support for memory cards: yes

Xiaomi Redmi Note 8 Pro 6 / 64GB

Xiaomi Redmi Note 8 Pro has managed to get a little cheaper since the start of sales and falls into our review. For your money – an excellent purchase!

It may surprise its customer with a cool appearance, a large 6.53-inch display (IPS, high resolution), a powerful MediaTek Helio G90T chip that works together with 6 GB of RAM, a special cooling system and a capacious 4500 mAh battery.

But what about the rear camera? She received four modules: wide-angle, ultra-wide-angle, depth sensor and macro. It shoots very cool, especially considering the cost of the smartphone itself.

  • Screen diagonal: 6.53 inches
  • Screen Resolution: 2340 × 1080
  • Weight: 200g
  • SIM Card Quantity: 2
  • Processor: MediaTek Helio G90T
  • Memory capacity: 64 GB
  • RAM capacity: 6 GB
  • Battery capacity: 4500 mAh
  • Rear camera: four 64/8/2/2 MP modules
  • Front camera: 20 MP
  • Support for memory cards: yes

vivo Y19

vivo Y19 is not expensive at the same time, it offers excellent performance for the money.

So, the screen diagonal is 6.53 inches, the resolution is 2340 × 1080 pixels. And this is not AMOLED, but IPS. The main camera received 3 modules and generally shoots well. The processor is MediaTek Helio P65, the memory capacity is 4 GB of RAM and 128 GB of ROM. The battery is impressive – its capacity reaches 5000 mAh, the function of double fast charging is supported (the necessary adapter is included).

It is also important that the vivo Y19 has an NFC module on board.

  • Screen diagonal: 6.53 inches
  • Screen Resolution: 2340 × 1080
  • Weight: 193g
  • SIM Card Quantity: 2
  • Processor: MediaTek Helio P65
  • Memory capacity: 128 GB
  • RAM capacity: 4 GB
  • Battery capacity: 5000 mAh
  • Rear camera: triple module 16/8/2 MP
  • Front camera: 16 MP
  • Support for memory cards: yes

Huawei P40 Lite E 4 / 64GB

The P40 line was quite extensive and at the time of writing, the Lite E version is the youngest and most inexpensive.

P40 Lite E got a bright design of the back cover, 6.39-inch IPS-matrix with not the highest resolution, small frames, a front camera in the display. As for the main camera, it has three modules: main, wide-angle and ToF. The smartphone shoots very decently to the main module and even shows itself quite well at night – thanks to the night shooting mode.

The processor is the well-established HiSilicon Kirin 710F, the memory capacity is 4 GB of RAM and 128 GB of ROM. NFC, alas, is missing.

  • Screen diagonal: 6.39 inches
  • Screen Resolution: 1560 × 720
  • Weight: 176g
  • SIM Card Quantity: 2
  • Processor: HiSilicon Kirin 710F
  • Memory capacity: 64 GB
  • RAM capacity: 4 GB
  • Battery capacity: 4000 mAh
  • Rear camera: triple 48/8/2 MP
  • Front camera: 8 MP
  • Support for memory cards: yes

Honor 9X 4 / 128GB

Not so long ago, Honor 9X was much more expensive and did not fall into our review, and now has fallen in price, which cannot but rejoice. Although we say frankly – for 15 thousand rubles it can be found far from everywhere.

The main features include a frameless screen due to a retractable front camera, a rather powerful 4000 mAh battery, a well-proven platform based on HiSilicon Kirin 710 and 4 GB of RAM, a stylish design, the presence of NFC, a scanner located on the back cover.

And yes, outwardly it almost completely copies the Huawei P smart Z.

  • Screen diagonal: 6.59 inches
  • Screen Resolution: 2340 × 1080
  • Weight: 197g
  • SIM Card Quantity: 2
  • Processor: HiSilicon Kirin 710
  • Memory capacity: 128 GB
  • RAM capacity: 4 GB
  • Battery capacity: 4000 mAh
  • Rear camera: dual 48/2 MP
  • Front camera: 16 MP
  • Support for memory cards: yes

Samsung Galaxy A50 64GB

Just a few months ago, you could not even dream of buying a Galaxy A50 cheaper than for 17 thousand rubles, today it costs about 15 thousand, and with discounts that happen periodically, even cheaper! Since the replacement for the device has arrived in time (Galaxy A51, until it falls into the segment of smartphones worth up to 15,000 rubles), we advise you not to delay the purchase.

By the way, this is one of the most popular smartphones on the Russian market. And this is not surprising, because at a low cost it offers: a stylish case design, an excellent 6.4-inch high-resolution AMOLED screen, a very decent triple main camera, a rather powerful platform based on an Exynos 9610 processor of its own, coupled with 4 GB of RAM and 64 GB of main memory, a powerful 4000 mAh battery with support for fast charging, quick operation of the operating system, a fingerprint sensor on the screen.

  • Screen diagonal: 6.4 inches
  • Screen Resolution: 2340 × 1080
  • Weight: 166g
  • SIM Card Quantity: 2
  • Processor: Exynos 9610
  • Memory capacity: 64 GB
  • RAM capacity: 4 GB
  • Battery capacity: 4000 mAh
  • Rear camera: triple 25/8/5 MP
  • Front camera: 25 MP
  • Support for memory cards: yes

Honor 20 Lite 4 / 128GB

The Honor 20 Lite is very much like the Huawei P30 Lite, which we are not surprised at – both brands belong to the same company and such “borrowings” are not so rare.

Among the features, we note a high-quality display (6.15-inch IPS with high resolution), bright colors, a front camera with night mode, which is still a rarity, an NFC module, a good platform based on the well-known HiSilicon Kirin 710 chip and 4 GB of RAM.

With discounts, 20 Lite could be one of the best in its class..

  • Screen diagonal: 6.21 inches
  • Screen Resolution: 2340 × 1080
  • Weight: 164g
  • SIM Card Quantity: 2
  • Processor: HiSilicon Kirin 710
  • Memory capacity: 128 GB
  • RAM capacity: 4 GB
  • Battery capacity: 3400 mAh
  • Rear camera: triple 24/8/2 MP
  • Front camera: 32 MP
  • Support for memory cards: yes

Xiaomi Mi A3 4 / 64GB Android One

The third generation of Xiaomi smartphones, which received the stock version of Android, and not the MIUI firmware, which we already got used to.

Here is a completely new design, although in the modern style of the company – the smartphone looks very nice. The diagonal of the screen is 6.09 inches, but for some reason the resolution has been lowered to 1560 × 720 pixels. But the front camera is noted – almost the best not only in its class, but also in a higher price category. The main one shoots well for its price, but miracles should not be expected.

The Mi A3 is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 665 chip, the memory capacity is 4 GB of RAM and 64 GB of ROM. The battery is good – at 4030 mAh with support for fast charging. But NFC is not here.

  • Screen diagonal: 6.09 inches
  • Screen Resolution: 1560 × 720
  • Weight: 174g
  • SIM Card Quantity: 2
  • Processor: Qualcomm Snapdragon 665
  • Memory capacity: 64 GB
  • RAM capacity: 4 GB
  • Battery capacity: 4030 mAh
  • Rear camera: triple 48/8/2 MP
  • Front camera: 32 MP
  • Support for memory cards: yes

Huawei P30 lite

The youngest version in the P30 line, which at the time of writing, consists of three models. And if the P30 and P30 Pro impress with their main camera, then the P30 lite cannot do this, although its camera shoots well for its money.

Note the cool appearance of the case, a decent 6.15-inch IPS display, a good platform based on the well-known HiSilicon Kirin 710 chipset, 4 GB of RAM and 128 GB of main memory.

There is NFC, fast charging, and a fingerprint sensor is located on the back.

  • Screen diagonal: 6.15 inches
  • Screen Resolution: 2312 × 1080
  • Weight: 159g
  • SIM Card Quantity: 2
  • Processor: HiSilicon Kirin 710
  • Memory capacity: 128 GB
  • RAM capacity: 4 GB
  • Battery capacity: 3340 mAh
  • Rear camera: triple 14/8/2 MP
  • Front camera: 32 MP
  • Support for memory cards: yes

OPPO A5 (2020) 3 / 64GB

Fresh OPPO A5 (2020) received a quad camera. Yes, there are four modules at once, one of which is the main one, wide-angle, and also two for blurring the background. Why two? The answer to which we have no answer is that competitors usually use one module. The camera itself shoots well, and it’s been noted that it’s easy to increase the quality level using the camera application from Google.

We note stereo speakers that this class is rare, a powerful 5000 mAh battery, a rather large 6.5-inch display, as well as a Qualcomm Snapdragon 665 processor.

  • Screen diagonal: 6.5 inches
  • Screen Resolution: 1600 × 720
  • Weight: 195g
  • SIM Card Quantity: 2
  • Processor: Qualcomm Snapdragon 665
  • Memory capacity: 64 GB
  • RAM capacity: 3 GB
  • Battery capacity: 5000 mAh
  • Rear camera: four 12/8/2/2 / MP modules
  • Front camera: 8 MP
  • Support for memory cards: yes

realme 5 64GB

realme 5 and OPPO A5 (2020) are similar in terms of characteristics, and this is not surprising, because both brands belong to BBK Electronics.

So, here is a 6.5-inch display, a Qualcomm Snapdragon 665 chip, a main camera similar in characteristics, and the battery capacity reaches an impressive 5000 mAh. Both smartphones act in the same price category.

It is impossible not to note the presence of the NFC module and the cool design of the back cover.

  • Screen diagonal: 6.5 inches
  • Screen Resolution: 1600 × 720
  • Weight: 198g
  • SIM Card Quantity: 2
  • Processor: Qualcomm Snapdragon 665
  • Memory capacity: 64 GB
  • RAM capacity: 3 GB
  • Battery capacity: 5000 mAh
  • Rear camera: four 12/8/2/2 / MP modules
  • Front camera: 13 MP
  • Support for memory cards: yes

ZTE Blade 20 Smart

For the money ZTE Blade 20 Smart proved to be only the best.

Here are its features: a 6.49-inch high-quality screen, albeit with a not-so-high resolution, a decent power reserve platform based on the MediaTek Helio P60 chipset, high battery life due to a capacious 5000 mAh battery with fast charging, NFC module, good rear camera for its class, including wide-angle module, large memory.

The scanner is located on the back.

  • Screen diagonal: 6.49 inches
  • Screen Resolution: 1560 × 720
  • Weight: 190g
  • SIM Card Quantity: 2
  • Processor: MediaTek Helio P60
  • Memory capacity: 128 GB
  • RAM capacity: 4 GB
  • Battery capacity: 5000 mAh
  • Rear camera: triple 16/8/2 MP
  • Front camera: 8 MP
  • Support for memory cards: yes

Xiaomi Redmi Note 7 4 / 64GB

Do not be surprised at so many Xiaomi smartphones in the ranking – they are one of the most popular in the segment up to 15 thousand rubles (and not only in it).

Although Redmi Note 7 is now a model of the past generation, it is still very interesting to buy, especially since it has significantly fallen in price. You can find it even for 12 thousand, and this is almost the best offer for your money.

We note an excellent display, a fairly powerful platform based on the Qualcomm Snapdragon 660 chipset and 4 GB of RAM, decent autonomy (thanks to the 4000 mAh battery – there is support for fast charging), cameras are very good for its class, chic design.

Minuses? Unless, once again, 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: 64 GB
  • RAM capacity: 4 GB
  • Battery capacity: 4000 mAh
  • Rear camera: dual 48/5 MP
  • Front camera: 13 MP
  • Support for memory cards: yes

Samsung Galaxy A40 64GB

Samsung Galaxy A40, as you can understand, is positioned between the younger model A30 and A50. The same goes for the price. True, now this is a model of the past generation – the A41 has come to replace.

It would seem, why buy the A40, if there is an A50 for almost the same money? There are reasons, for example, in dimensions: the A40 is much smaller, because it has a 5.9-inch display (by the way, excellent quality), due to which the body width is only 69.2 mm, and this is important for many users.

The fingerprint sensor is located on the back, but it usually works faster than the on-screen. A dual camera is installed, it removes well for its class.

  • Dimensions (WxHxT): 69.2 × 144.4 × 7.9 mm
  • Screen diagonal: 5.9 inches
  • Screen Resolution: 2340 × 1080
  • Weight: 140g
  • SIM Card Quantity: 2
  • Processor: Exynos 7904
  • Memory capacity: 64 GB
  • RAM capacity: 4 GB
  • Battery capacity: 3100 mAh
  • Rear camera: dual 16/5 MP
  • Front camera: 25 MP
  • Support for memory cards: yes

Xiaomi Mi 9 Lite 6 / 64GB

With great difficulty, we add this module to the review, because at the time of writing, its average cost is much higher than 15 thousand rubles. But maybe there is a reason to overpay?

There is. Mi 9 Lite is one of the younger versions of the flagship Mi 9, in which you will find a powerful platform (Qualcomm Snapdragon 710 octa-core chipset + 6 GB of RAM, a very good main triple camera (main module, wide-angle and depth sensor), a powerful battery for 4030 mAh with fast charging, a fingerprint scanner in the display, an excellent 6.39-inch screen.

As for the design of the case, it is made in the style of the latest models of the Chinese company.

  • Screen diagonal: 6.39 inches
  • Screen Resolution: 2340 × 1080
  • Weight: 179g
  • SIM Card Quantity: 2
  • Processor: Qualcomm Snapdragon 710
  • Memory capacity: 64 GB
  • RAM capacity: 6 GB
  • Battery capacity: 4030 mAh
  • Rear camera: triple 48/8/2 MP
  • Front camera: 32 MP
  • Support for memory cards: yes

Meizu Note 8 4 / 64GB

A very interesting offer in its class. Why? If only because for little money you get a smartphone in a metal, rather than plastic or glass, as it is now fashionable, case. In this case, a choice of several colors, including red, black or even blue.

In addition to the case and design, Note 8 is also interested in a 6-inch display (declared IGZO-matrix) with high resolution, Qualcomm Snapdragon 632 processor, 4 GB of RAM and 64 GB of ROM, a 3600 mAh battery with support for fast charging.

There are good cameras, good battery life, a very nice price. No NFC module.

  • Screen diagonal: 6 inches
  • Screen Resolution: 2160 × 1080
  • Weight: 168g
  • SIM Card Quantity: 2
  • Processor: Qualcomm Snapdragon 632
  • Memory capacity: 64 GB
  • RAM capacity: 4 GB
  • Battery capacity: 3600 mAh
  • Rear camera: dual 12/5 MP
  • Front camera: 8 MP
  • Support for memory cards: yes

Xiaomi Redmi 8 4 / 64GB

Don’t want a Redmi Note 8 or 8T? Then pay your attention to Redmi 8 – this model is smaller, it has a 6.22-inch screen with not the highest resolution of 1520 × 720 pixels, but it looks much more expensive than its cost. True, a fingerprint sensor is located under the main camera – not the most convenient solution, you can get your finger on the camera glass.

The chipset used is Qualcomm Snapdragon 439, the memory capacity is 4 GB of RAM and 64 GB of ROM, but the battery capacity is more surprising – as much as 5000 mAh! And quick charge is present.

As for the main dual camera, it shoots well – but only for its class.

  • Screen diagonal: 6.22 inches
  • Screen Resolution: 1520 × 720
  • Weight: 188g
  • SIM Card Quantity: 2
  • Processor: Qualcomm Snapdragon 439
  • Memory capacity: 64 GB
  • RAM capacity: 4 GB
  • Battery capacity: 5000 mAh
  • Rear camera: dual 12/2 MP
  • Front camera: 8 MP
  • Support for memory cards: yes