Top 10 smartphones cheaper than 10 thousand rubles (2020) / Smartphones

Top 10 smartphones cheaper than 10 thousand rubles (2020) / Smartphones


Year after year is not necessary: ​​just as in 2019 we were glad that even in the budget segment the choice and capabilities of smartphones are very good, so in the crisis of 2020 we freeze in front of the assortment with a thoughtful look – what has changed over this year? Maybe our requests have just increased – and now we want a screen scanner, quad camera and OLED display for less than a dozen? Or maybe it’s just that 2020 is so harsh that it has cut the assortment. One way or another, serious progress has not happened: the strengths and weaknesses of inexpensive smartphones are about the same as before. The US sanctions crippled the position of Huawei / Honor, Xiaomi did not make a leap forward, Nokia was blown away as unexpectedly as it had gained its position earlier, and some fresh devils did not jump out of the snuffbox. However, the new hope for the bright future of “state employees” – realme continued to move towards the stars. I will start this list with her proposal, which should not be confused with the rating: yes, the distribution of places in it from top to bottom is not accidental, but you should not be strict about it.

realme C3

  • Operating system: Android 10 (proprietary shell ColorOS).
  • Display: 6.52 inches, IPS, 1600 × 720.
  • Platform: Mediatek Helio G70 (four Cortex-A75 cores, 2 GHz, four Cortex-A55 cores, 1.7 GHz).
  • RAM: 3 GB.
  • Flash memory: 32/64 GB.
  • Camera: 12 + 2 + 2 Mp.
  • Dual SIM, separate memory card slot.
  • Battery capacity: 5000 mAh.
  • Price: 9,990 rubles for the 3/64 GB version.

Why buy: powerful hardware platform, good battery life, NFC in the 64 GB version, a separate slot for a memory card.

What can stop it: peculiar shell, low resolution on the big screen.

No sooner said than done. We open the list of budget smartphones not with the Xiaomi device – this year the kings of the people did not have a truly impressive model in the segment under 10 thousand rubles. For the sake of fairness, let’s say that realme C3 is also not amazing, but at the same time, you won’t find fault with it. This smartphone does not drag any elite elements into the budget segment, but it does all the mandatory program: the battery is capacious, the screen is large, there is enough memory, the camera will do.

The main advantage of realme C3 in comparison with competitors is the Mediatek Helio G70 platform, which really stands out in terms of performance. This is a budget smartphone, on which you can really play not only in “three in a row”. At the same time, it does not have any striking flaws, and the price below 10 thousand is quite official, there is no need to turn to the “gray” market.

Alternative: perhaps not – this is the most powerful smartphone in its price range, without competitors. The rest of the devices in this collection have other advantages.

Xiaomi Redmi 8

  • Operating system: Android 9.0 Pie (proprietary MIUI shell).
  • Display: 6.22 inches, IPS, 1520 × 720.
  • Platform: Qualcomm Snapdragon 439 (four ARM Cortex-A53 cores @ 2.0 GHz, four ARM Cortex-A53 cores @ 1.5 GHz)
  • RAM: 3/4 GB.
  • Flash memory: 32/64 GB.
  • Camera: 12 + 2 Mp.
  • Dual SIM, separate memory card slot.
  • Battery capacity: 5000 mAh.
  • Price: 9 690 rubles for the 3/32 GB version (at the time of this writing, there was also a 4/64 GB version cheaper than 10 thousand, but only one from a little-known store).

Why Buy: Nice Design, You Love Xiaomi, good battery life, separate memory card slot, relatively fast charging.

What can stop: no NFC, mediocre hardware platform.

A paradoxical situation with the most budgetary Xiaomi: the current Redmi 9 is very good, but slightly does not fall into our rating with its minimum price of 10,500 rubles, the before last Redmi 7 is more powerful (!) Of the eight, but is no longer produced, only a very compromise Redmi 8 remains – with a nice design and a generally acceptable set of characteristics, but a very simple hardware platform (you can’t really play it) and without NFC.

In fact, here we are simply squeezed by the frames of the selection, which we ourselves have invented – I recommend breaking the box, getting the extra thousand and taking the Redmi 9, which can compete with the realme C3. Redmi 8, on the other hand, cannot. But it charges at least faster – 18-watt charging is supported (realme does not).

Alternative: Xiaomi Redmi 7AIn many ways, this choice looks even more justified. Deeply outdated design, 2 gigabytes of memory, single camera – Redmi 7A is flagrantly unfashionable, but with exactly the same hardware platform as that of Redmi 8 and is cheaper by two and a half thousand rubles. If you dive deep into the budget segment, then here is this fish.

Samsung Galaxy M11

  • Operating system: Android 10 (own shell).
  • Display: 6.4 inches, PLS, 1560 × 720.
  • Platform: Qualcomm Snapdragon 450 (eight ARM Cortex-A53 cores clocked at 1.8 GHz)
  • RAM: 3/4 GB.
  • Flash memory: 32/64 GB.
  • Camera: 13 + 5 + 2 Mp.
  • Dual SIM, separate memory card slot.
  • Battery capacity: 5000 mAh.
  • Price: 9 990 rubles.

Why buy: no notch, decent (for its class) triple camera, large display, USB Type-C, good battery life.

What can stop: no NFC, low screen resolution for such a diagonal, weak viewing angles PLS matrices.

A sure sign that something is wrong with the budget smartphone market, Samsung’s offering in this category is high on our list. The Korean company has never spoiled impressive budget employees. It does not spoil, in principle, even now, but the Galaxy M11 looks quite good in the absence of fish in 2020. The already familiar five thousand milliampere-hour battery, an acceptable triple camera, a decent amount of memory including a dedicated microSD slot, there is even a USB Type-C (yes, this is the first smartphone on the list with a current connector!) And a design without a cutout – instead, a miniature hole in the corner of the screen.

But the low screen resolution for such a diagonal and the characteristic features of the PLS matrix make themselves felt. Nevertheless, the Samsung Galaxy M11 is quite a good choice today if you, a name in your pocket of 10 thousand, are looking for a smartphone. True, in less than 10 thousand you will have to look for it, but this is quite real. However, the average cost of a smartphone exceeds this ceiling.

Alternative: Samsung Galaxy M01. And this Galaxy, which even in a branded store costs less than 10 thousand rubles, is already more suitable for the description of “budget Samsung” – very weak characteristics, a small screen, routine in everything. However, I would not say that Chinese budget smartphones this season are right in space compared to this proposal.

Huawei Y6p

  • Operating system: Android 10 (proprietary shell EMUI, no Google services).
  • Display: 6.3 inches, IPS, 1600 × 720.
  • Platform: Mediatek MT6762R Helio P22 (four ARM Cortex-A53 cores, 2.0 GHz, four ARM Cortex-A53 cores, 1.5 GHz).
  • RAM: 3 GB.
  • Flash memory: 64 GB.
  • Camera: 13 + 5 + 2 Mp.
  • Dual SIM, separate memory card slot.
  • Battery capacity: 5000 mAh.
  • Price: 9 990 rubles.

Why Buy: Nice design, triple (and decent) rear camera, NFC, a lot of memory + dedicated card layer microSD, good battery life.

What Can Stop: Mediocre hardware platform, no services Google.

This year, there have been no smartphones that have successfully collapsed in price, so only state employees are really going into battle, who thought of such. Huawei Y6p could become one of the best among its kind – and the design is good, and the camera is nothing, and the battery is capacious, and with memory frets, but without Google services it’s hard to reach the top.

However, Huawei / Honor are actively pumping up muscles for their AppGallery store, and there are enough funds to bypass many applications – for some, the inability to use the Youtube or Google Pay application (for which Huawei has an excellent alternative, by the way) will not seem so critical but then a weak processor also pops up.

Alternative: Honor 9A. Huawei Y6a has a twin brother under the Honor brand – it differs, in fact, only in design, and even then slightly. If you still opted for one smartphone from this pair, then you can choose according to external data.

vivo Y11

  • Operating system: Android 9 (proprietary shell FunTouch OS).
  • Display: 6.35 inches, IPS, 1544 × 720.
  • Platform: Qualcomm Snapdragon 439 (four ARM Cortex-A53 cores @ 2.0 GHz, four ARM Cortex-A53 cores @ 1.5 GHz)
  • RAM: 3 GB.
  • Flash memory: 32 GB.
  • Camera: 13 + 2 Mp.
  • Dual SIM, separate memory card slot.
  • Battery capacity: 5000 mAh.
  • Price: 9,990 rubles.

Why buy: the same Redmi 8 but not Xiaomi, with a better front camera and a bigger screen.

What can stop: the same disadvantages as Redmi 8, but cards microSD only up to 256 GB (the one – up to 512 GB) and the design is boring.

In fact, speaking about Redmi 8 and vivo Y11, we are talking about almost the same smartphone – with really cosmetic differences and slightly different dimensions (and, accordingly, different screens). Both vivo and Xiaomi have the same pros and cons – with a couple of differences mentioned above.

This smartphone can be considered if performance is not very important to you, but the size of the screen and the front camera are important – with aperture f/ 1.8 it stands out against the general background.

Alternative: vivo Y91c Another smartphone from even lower price category – with a single camera, an even simpler hardware platform, but otherwise quite a sane combination of characteristics for a price of 7,500 rubles.

Smartisan U3 Pro

  • Operating system: Android 7.1 (proprietary Smartisan OS shell).
  • Display: 5.99 inches, IPS, 2160 × 1080 pixels.
  • Platform: Qualcomm Snapdragon 660 (eight Kryo 260 cores, 2.2 GHz frequency).
  • RAM: 4 GB.
  • Flash memory: 64 GB.
  • Camera: 12 + 5 Mp.
  • Dual SIM, no memory card slot.
  • Battery capacity: 3500 mAh.
  • Price: 8 800 rubles

Why buy: Full HD display, powerful hardware platform, interesting shell, original design, USB Type-C.

What Can Stop: The brand is in limbo, no memory card slot, not coming soon, no NFC.

Choice of Risks – The experimental Smartisan brand seems to be imploding (there is no news from it for over a year), but the stocks of released smartphones are still being sold, now at bargain prices. Against the background of almost all other representatives of the collection, Smartisan U3 Pro looks strong: a powerful hardware platform (second only to the Helio P70 in realme C3), a high-resolution display and a unique shell, which we described in detail in the review of the gadget at the end of 2018.

It sounds very good (it is logical, the smartphone cost 25 thousand rubles at the start), for one thing: there will be no updates (and Android is still the seventh), there will be no support, sales will stop at any moment. But if you are not afraid of difficulties – why not, this is the case when you can take the risk. One of the best deals in this price range.

Alternative: Smartisan U3… The closest relative, in which suddenly even the rear cameras are better, and the front camera is hidden downward, under the screen; quite a good option, but with weaker performance (Snapdragon 625) and with less memory (but there is a microSD slot).

Honor 9 Lite

  • Operating system: Android 8.0 (proprietary EMUI shell).
  • Display: 5.65 inches, IPS, 2160 × 1080.
  • Platform: HiSilicon Kirin 659 (eight ARM Cortex-A53 cores up to 2.36 GHz).
  • RAM: 3 GB.
  • Flash memory: 32 GB.
  • Camera: 13 + 2 Mp.
  • Dual SIM cards, combined memory card slot.
  • Battery capacity: 3000 mAh.
  • Price: 9 690 rubles.

Why buy: small high-resolution screen, comfortable body, good (still) specs, yes NFC, dual front camera.

What can stop: old version Android is not the most capacious battery.

A guest from the past – a smartphone presented at the end of 2017 with a small screen by today’s standards, but with Full HD resolution, which is very uncharacteristic for the budget segment in 2020 – in combination with a compact body, this creates a strong effect. Until now, a relatively decent platform, and the rest of the characteristics are at the level, even a dual front camera is there. And most importantly, Google Mobile Services is in place – the gadget comes from a time when the strained relations with the US government were not yet suspected.

Honor 9 Lite was also in last year’s collection, but against the general background it still looks good, especially given the unfulfilled fears that support for the Honor / Huawei operating system will end with tougher sanctions. Another thing is that there are already a few of these devices left on the market – they are no longer produced, now the remnants are being sold. But if you have time to grab it, you will hardly regret it.

Alternative: Huawei P Smart (2019). An even more appetizing option (minus the compactness) is last year’s mid-range Huawei, also with working Google services. True, there are even fewer of these smartphones left in dubious stores. But you can try your luck.

Alcatel 3X (2019)

  • Operating system: Android 9.0.
  • Display: 6.52 inches, IPS, 1600 × 720.
  • Platform: Mediatek MT6763V Helio P23 (four ARM Cortex-A53 cores, 2.0 GHz, four ARM Cortex-A53 cores, 1.5 GHz).
  • RAM: 4 GB.
  • Flash memory: 64/128 GB.
  • Camera: 16 + 8 + 5 MP.
  • Dual SIM and separate memory card slot.
  • Battery capacity: 4000 mAh.
  • Price: 9 200 rubles.

Why Buy: Clean Android, large display, lots of memory (including RAM and slot for microSD), good design, there is NFC.

What can stop it: Hefty and slippery body, mediocre hardware platform.

The shadow favorite of this collection. Alcatel 3X (2019) does not seem to demonstrate anything special – a budget smartphone with mediocre performance and not outstanding autonomy, quite ordinary in terms of a set of characteristics. But at the same time, the combination of NFC, a large screen, a triple camera with two focal lengths, which with third-party firmware can produce very good pictures, and a large supply of memory (both operational and non-volatile) is no longer found.

The Alcatel 3X has a very slippery body, which, combined with its large dimensions, creates noticeable problems, so you should immediately look for a case for your smartphone.

Alternative: Xiaomi Redmi 9AAnother current budget employee Xiaomi, which received exactly the same screen as the Alcatel 3X (2019), and has a couple of advantages over a couple of advantages: a more powerful hardware platform (Mediatek Helio G25) and a more capacious battery. The rest of the Redmi 9A is inferior to him.

BQ Aurora SE

  • Operating system: Android 9.0.
  • Display: 5.86 inches, IPS, 1520 × 720 pixels.
  • Platform: Mediatek Helio P60 (four ARM Cortex-A73 cores, 2.0 GHz, four ARM Cortex-A53 cores, 2.0 GHz).
  • RAM: 3 GB.
  • Flash memory: 32 GB.
  • Camera: 13 + 5 MP.
  • Two SIM cards, the second slot is combined with a memory card slot.
  • Battery capacity: 3000 mAh.
  • Price: 7 290 rubles.

Why buy: nice design, decent performance, balanced dimensions, clean Android 9 (but with more pre-installed apps)

What can stop: there is little memory, and the memory card slot is combined with the slot for the second SIM card, no NFC, unstable quality.

One of the most interesting options, if you dig deeper, is that BQ-Mobile has been hilling this site for a long time, the flagship smartphones of this company rarely cost more than 15 thousand rubles, and it has enough experience to release interesting and diverse offers for very little money. BQ Aurora SE is certainly a compromise gadget, but at the same time it is quite modern (both in terms of design and in terms of filling) and with excellent performance by the standards of the class, but without NFC.

There are some problems with the quality of workmanship: not every batch of BQ smartphones is equally good, but in fairness it should be noted that in the case of the same Xiaomi, marriage is not at all uncommon. If we are talking about budget “Chinese”, even with well-known brands, we have to lay it on. Fortunately, the sales are official, there is a guarantee.

Alternative: BQ Magic O A frankly “fashionable” smartphone, in which a mini-jack is sacrificed for some reason. But there is NFC, and instead of a cutout – a hole in the corner of the screen.

moto G7 Play

  • Operating system: Android 9 (upgradeable to Android 10).
  • Display: 5.7 inches, IPS, 1512 × 720.
  • Platform: Qualcomm Snapdragon 632 (eight Kryo 250 cores up to 1.8 GHz).
  • RAM: 2 GB.
  • Flash memory: 32 GB.
  • Camera: 13 MP.
  • Dual SIM, separate memory card slot.
  • Battery capacity: 3000 mAh.
  • Price: 9 990 rubles.

Why Buy: Well-executed compact body, decent performance, clean topical Android.

What can stop it: not enough RAM, no NFC, mediocre camera.

Motorola, unlike Nokia or HTC, especially does not twitch to the sides – and is not going to die, and does not make Napoleonic plans to conquer the market back. Lives and lives, making quite decent smartphones. Well, like Tottenham, if you know what I mean.

The Moto G7 Play fits well with the concept – a corporate-style design, a compact and well-thought-out body, as well as a clean and regularly updated Android, it combines with the absence of NFC (here why?), An unexpectedly small amount of RAM and an openly mediocre camera. It seems to be a reasonable, but smack of non-conformism choice. But – and this is the most shock – it is more powerful than the current Redmi! Strange times.

Alternative: Vsmart Joy 2+In the mention format – another unusual choice, this time not for lovers of classic brands, but for lovers of the smell of napalm in the morning. Вьетнамский смартфон со средненькими, но на самом деле не сильно уступающими большинству представленных здесь аппаратов характеристиками. И опять без NFC.

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