Top 10 smartphones cheaper than 20 thousand rubles (2020) / Smartphones

Top 10 smartphones cheaper than 20 thousand rubles (2020) / Smartphones


A curious situation has developed on the smartphone market: in the price segment of 20-30 thousand, not just a rolling ball, but a tangible lack of interesting options (which will be discussed in another article in the future), up to 10 thousand rubles – there are options, but there has been some stagnation after continuous growth interesting proposals in recent years. But in the segment from 10 to 20 thousand, everything is fine – each company counting on success in a relatively budgetary sector has released one, or even several interesting models. There are also curious “newcomers” from more expensive categories – last year’s representatives of the middle class who have fallen in price. In general, there are plenty to choose from.

  • Operating system: Android 10 (proprietary MIUI shell with Poco Launcher).
  • Display: 6.67 inches, IPS, 2400 × 1080.
  • Platform: Qualcomm Snapdragon 732G (2 × Kryo 470 Gold @ 2.3 GHz and 6 × Kryo 470 Silver @ 1.8 GHz)
  • RAM: 6 GB.
  • Flash memory: 64/128 GB.
  • Camera: 64 + 13 + 2 + 2 Mp.
  • Dual SIM, hybrid memory card slot.
  • Battery capacity: 5160 mAh.
  • Price: 18,939 rubles for the 6/64 GB version, about 20,000 rubles for the 6/128 GB version.

Why buy: Most powerful hardware platform in the class, excellent battery life, decent cameras.

What can stop it: large dimensions, combined slot for a memory card (critical for the 64 GB version).

At the start of sales, POCO X3 NFC looked like just a good smartphone, which did not have a serious advantage over the same Redmi Note 9 Pro (how much better, the more expensive) or realme 6 Pro. But already two months after the start of sales, it fell in price by 2-3 thousand – and now it looks much more attractive. And, for example, unlike the same realme 6 Pro, it at least made it into this list.

Actually, the main factor is the most powerful hardware platform among all competitors. Moreover, POCO X3 NFC bypasses even those that cost 10 thousand more, with a quite decent set of other characteristics. It currently outperforms the Redmi Note 9 Pro in terms of value for money – and this brings it to the top of the list. The return of the Pokophone was successful!

Alternative: Xiaomi Redmi Note 8 Pro. Last year’s hero is still impressive – the Mediatek platform did not hit its face in the eye and is still relevant, the cameras did not have time to become outdated, but the dimensions are more acceptable: after all, both Redmi Note 9 Pro and POCO X3 NFC are huge “shovels”, and these are , well, the scapula is smaller.

  • Operating system: Android 10 (proprietary shell ColorOS).
  • Display: 6.5 inches, IPS, 2400 × 1080.
  • Platform: MediaTek Dimensity 800U (two 2.4 GHz ARM Cortex-A76 cores and 2.0 GHz ARM Cortex-A55 six cores).
  • RAM: 6/8 GB.
  • Flash memory: 128 GB.
  • Camera: 48 + 8 + 2 + 2 Mp.
  • Dual SIM, hybrid memory card slot.
  • Battery capacity: 5000 mAh.
  • Price: 19 125 rubles for the version 8/128 GB.

Why it is worth buying: a fairly powerful hardware platform, moderate dimensions, a lot of memory (both permanent and operational), good autonomy with very fast charging, a screen with a 120 Hz mode.

What Can Stop: It’s Less Powerful Than Redmi 9 Pro, and the camera is slightly worse.

The new main budget rivals Xiaomi in the era of sanctions imposed on Huawei again performed very confidently, releasing two interesting smartphones in this price category this year – first realme 6, and then realme 7, which consolidated the success.

The latter is notable for the fresh Mediatek platform, which is inferior to the Snapdragon 720G, but there are so many, more balanced dimensions (the screen is still smaller – 6.5 inches) and a very generous offer in terms of internal memory. On the Russian market, it is only one, by the way – 8/128 GB, although the 6/128 GB version also exists in nature. NFC is supported, there are no obvious contraindications. And yes, this is the only smartphone on the list with support for 120Hz screen refresh mode – and that’s a pretty cool advantage. And one more thing, as Colombo used to say, is the only 5G smartphone on the list. Even though it does not support the frequencies at which the new generation networks will theoretically operate in Russia, the fact itself should be noted.

Alternative: realme 6The variant from the first half of the year is just as generous in memory, but it received a smaller battery and a simpler hardware platform. But it also costs a couple of thousand less – a trifle, but it can be significant.

  • Operating system: Android 10 (proprietary MIUI shell).
  • Display: 6.67 inches, IPS, 2400 × 1080.
  • Platform: Qualcomm Snapdragon 720G (2 × Kryo 465 Gold @ 2.3 GHz and 6 × Kryo 465 Silver @ 1.8 GHz)
  • RAM: 6 GB.
  • Flash memory: 64/128 GB.
  • Camera: 64 + 8 + 5 + 2 Mp.
  • Dual SIM, separate memory card slot.
  • Battery capacity: 5020 mAh.
  • Price: 17 390 rubles for the 6/64 GB version.

Why buy: powerful hardware platform, good battery life, NFC, separate memory card slot, decent cameras.

What can stop: advertising in a software shell, large dimensions, front-end is not very.

Second Xiaomi on the list – tough times call for tough decisions. And in fact, the choice of who will take the top spot, POCO X3 NFC or Redmi Note 9 Pro, was very difficult. But putting a numbered Redmi Note there as a “default smartphone” would be too easy – especially since it is inferior to POCO X3 NFC in performance and wide-angle camera. But it benefits from a dedicated memory card slot.

But this is not enough for the title of a reference smartphone in 2020 – it is selected by the revived Pocophone, which suddenly fell in price a couple of months after its release and jumped into our price category. Moreover, one should not forget about the traditional features of Redmi in the form of advertising built right into the software shell.

Alternative: Xiaomi Redmi Note 9S. Almost complete twin of Redmi Note 9 Pro (externally – so absolute), but cheaper, without support for fast charging and without NFC. If paying with your smartphone at the terminals is not critical for you, you can easily save a couple of thousand. It should also be noted, of course, and Redmi Note 9 – the 4/128 GB version can be got hold of for 14 thousand rubles, but this is, in fact, a redesigned Note 8 Pro with a simpler camera. NFC is available.

Honor 9X

  • Operating system: Android 9 Pie with Magic UI shell.
  • Display: 6.59 inches, IPS, 2340 × 1080.
  • Platform: HiSilicon Kirin 710F (4 x ARM Cortex A73 @ 2.2 GHz + 4 x ARM Cortex A53 @ 1.7 GHz)
  • RAM: 4/6 GB.
  • Flash memory: 128 GB.
  • Camera: 48 + 8 + 2 Mp.
  • Two SIM-cards, the second slot is combined with a memory card slot.
  • Battery capacity: 4000 mAh.
  • Average price: 16 350 rubles for the Premium version with 6 GB of RAM.

Why buy: pop-up front camera, decent rear camera, decent performance.

What can stop: retractable front camera, average autonomy, no NFC.

In fact, the last pre-sanctioned Honor – with fully functioning Google services and at the same time did not have time to really become outdated. This year, a lot of interesting Honor and Huawei smartphones came out, but, firstly, they all stumbled upon that very dramatic limitation, and secondly, in the middle segment nothing came out that would really greatly outperform the same Honor. 9X or its twin Huawei P Smart Z.

Moreover, Honor has updated its successful model from a year ago, releasing the Premium version with more RAM. A screen without blotches (the front camera is in a pull-out module), large but not prohibitive (like the leaders of the list) dimensions, a well-located fingerprint scanner – it is much more convenient to use it on the rear panel than on the side edge. If not for the missing NFC and not a little lagging camera, it would have turned out to be a smartphone with almost no weak points. But even so – very worthy. Especially considering the price of 15-16 thousand rubles.

Alternative: Honor 30i. An ambiguous smartphone with striking advantages – AMOLED display and screen scanner, like those of the “big” ones – but without Google services. If they are not critical for you, then this smartphone definitely deserves attention.

  • Operating system: Android 11 (proprietary shell FunTouch OS).
  • Display: 6.44 inches, AMOLED, 2400 × 1080 pixels.
  • Platform: Qualcomm Snapdragon 665 (4 × Kryo 260 Gold @ 2.0 GHz and 4 × Kryo 260 Silver @ 1.8 GHz)
  • RAM: 8 GB.
  • Flash memory: 128 GB.
  • Camera: 48 + 2 + 2 Mp.
  • Dual SIM, separate memory card slot.
  • Battery capacity: 4100 mAh.
  • Price: 19,990 rubles.

Why buy: AMOLED display, screen scanner, good ergonomics, a lot of memory (both flash and RAM), good autonomy, stereo speakers.

What can stop it: no wide-angle camera, performance inferior to the leaders of the list (and noticeably throttling), notch.

The vivo company continues to produce smartphones that are quite successful, but not too noticeable for the mass public. The V20 SE is a perfect example. In terms of the totality of qualities, it is unique for its price range: okay, an AMOLED screen with a screen scanner (this is also on the Honor 30i), but such thin and light smartphones are practically not found in our age of shovels. And with the ability to try Android 11 before anyone else.

But the vivo V20 SE slightly cuts the wings, the price (it sticks closely to the top bar), the cooling system is not the best, which makes the smartphone throttling problems, as well as the lack of both optical zoom and a wide-angle camera – an unprecedented “misery” even for state employees not to mention the middle class. But in general, it is an extremely nice device.

Alternative: vivo V17 In fact, vivo V17 could well take the place of vivo V20 SE in the list and be even higher – it has a very good combination of characteristics (and there are no drawbacks in the form of a stripped-down camera and an unsuccessful cooling system), and even the price today starts from 17,000 rubles. This is already a purely emotional choice, dictated by Android 11 and the fact that the V20 SE has the most successful ergonomics of all in the collection.

  • Operating system: Android 10.
  • Display: 6.81 inches, IPS, 2400 × 1080 pixels.
  • Platform: Qualcomm Snapdragon 730G (2 × Kryo 470 Gold, 2.2 GHz and 6 × Kryo 470 Silver, 1.8 GHz).
  • RAM: 4 GB.
  • Flash memory: 128 GB.
  • Camera: 64 + 8 + 2 + 2 Mp.
  • Dual SIM, hybrid memory card slot.
  • Battery capacity: 5000 mAh.
  • Price: 16 990 rubles.

Why buy: huge display, clean Android, powerful platform, good main camera, normal autonomy + fast charging.

What can stop it: the smartphone is gigantic, there is not much RAM, the secondary cameras do not shine.

We talked about the most convenient smartphone in the collection – let’s talk about the hefty one. Giant screens, already tightly propping up the 7-inch line, have reached the near-budget segment. The brand new Moto G9 Plus has a 6.81-inch LCD display.

And, what is most interesting (why I gave such an optimistic introduction), it is good not only for this: at a price of 17 thousand rubles, there is also a Snapdragon 730G (more powerful than that of Redmi Note 9 Pro), and a 64-megapixel main camera, and Supports 30W charging with 5000mAh battery. Motorola is not only back, but also full-blown. If you want the largest screen possible, then there is no need to stop yourself.

Alternative: Oukitel K9… There is, however, something larger on the market: Oukitel K9 does not shine with other characteristics (here the camera is outdated, and the platform is so-so, and there is little memory), but it offers a 7.12-inch screen. I haven’t seen this smartphone alive, but it’s easy to imagine: after all, 7-inch tablets and e-book readers are still in my memory.

  • Operating system: Android 10 (own shell).
  • Display: 6.4 inches, Super AMOLED, 2340 × 1080.
  • Platform: Samsung Exynos 9611 (four cores ARM Cortex-A73 at 2.3 GHz and four cores ARM Cortex-A53 at 1.7 GHz).
  • RAM: 6 GB.
  • Flash memory: 128 GB.
  • Camera: 64 + 8 + 5 + 5 Mp.
  • Dual SIM, separate memory card slot.
  • Battery capacity: 6000 mAh.
  • Price: 19 980 rubles.

Why buy: excellent battery life, AMOLED, good performance and camera, well-balanced dimensions.

What can stop it: Notch, not the most tactile plastic case, no fast charging.

Samsung has taken a firm grip on its budget lineup – the Galaxy M series looks really cool. Usually very stingy for the basic joys of the buyer (memory, a powerful processor, a capacious battery) – they say, they will buy it because of the brand (and they did!) – the Korean company is now making very serious offers: here you have an AMOLED screen and 128 GB memory, and a battery as much as 6000 mAh.

The proprietary hardware platform may confuse, but you don’t need to be scared, it gives out decent performance, the smartphone is perceived as very smart. It looks not too “noble” – Samsung has saved a little on materials, and on the style itself – but this is perhaps the main complaint that can be made against this device (except for the lack of support for fast charging, perhaps).

Alternative: Samsung Galaxy M21. The same advantages and disadvantages, but dropped half a level lower: the battery is just as healthy, but the hardware platform is simpler, and the memory is only 64 GB, but the dedicated memory card slot remains. But he already costs 16 thousand rubles!

  • Operating system: Android 9.0 (proprietary shell ColorOS).
  • Display: 6.4 inches, AMOLED, 2400 × 1080.
  • Platform: Mediatek Helio P70 (4 × ARM Cortex A73, 2.1 GHz + 4 × ARM Cortex A53, 2.0 GHz).
  • RAM: 8 GB.
  • Flash memory: 128 GB.
  • Camera: 48 + 8 + 2 + 2 Mp.
  • Dual SIM, dedicated memory card slot.
  • Battery capacity: 4025 mAh.
  • Price: 17,990 rubles.

Why buy: AMOLED display, a lot of memory (both permanent and operational) + a separate memory expansion slot, a fingerprint scanner in the display.

What can stop: Android 9.0, fingerprint scanner works so-so, notch.

OPPO A91 was presented in China back in December 2019, but only reached Russia in the summer of the long-suffering 2020. This explains the fact that it runs on Android 9. Otherwise, this is a completely modern smartphone without particularly outstanding features, except, perhaps, an AMOLED display and a large amount of memory with a dedicated microSD slot.

Everything is “normal”: moderate autonomy with fast (but not the fastest among competitors) charging, acceptable but not outstanding camera, boring design, but abundant with bright color options, average performance. But the combination of all these qualities and, most importantly, the absence of noticeable flaws – it has NFC, despite the fact that there is practically no information about it – makes the OPPO A91 a very interesting and balanced option.

Alternative: OPPO A52… A nice option from the “cheaper” category: for 13-15 thousand rubles, you can get a smartphone with a performance no lower than that of OPPO A91 and a slightly larger screen, but no longer AMOLED; there is less memory, the cameras are even simpler – no wonder. This is the same search for balance, but at a lower price point.

  • Operating system: Android 10.
  • Display: 6.55 inches, IPS, 1600 × 720.
  • Platform: Qualcomm Snapdragon 665 (four Kryo 260 Gold cores, 2.0 GHz + four Kryo 260 Silver cores, 1.8 GHz).
  • RAM: 3/4/6 GB.
  • Flash memory: 64 GB.
  • Camera: 13 + 5 + 2 + 2 Mp.
  • Dual SIM and dedicated memory card slot.
  • Battery capacity: 4000 mAh.
  • Price: 12,990 rubles for the 4/64 GB version.

Why Buy: Clean Android, price, rear fingerprint scanner, composite body.

What Can Stop: Low display resolution, average performance, slow charging, notch.

A good choice if you are looking for something cheaper: Nokia 5.3 does not really shine with characteristics against the background of all the other members of the collection and it does not have outstanding qualities, but it is a fairly “smooth” device, without failures, and at the same time it costs 12 thousand rubles for version 4/64 GB, and not 16-20 thousand, like everyone else in the collection. A little confusing can be mediocre optimization – with a fairly good hardware platform, the device does not work fast. But if you do not have gaming ambitions, you love classic design, and even appreciate classic brands – this is a normal choice.

Alternative: Honor 10X LiteThis fresh smartphone is noticeably larger and more interesting in characteristics, and it is sold “by default” for 17 thousand rubles – but offers abound with discounts and gifts, so snatching it for 14 thousand, and even with a fitness bracelet in addition, is quite real. If the availability of Google services is not critical for you and you are ready to overcome such inconvenience, the option is quite good.

  • Operating system: Android 8.1 Oreo.
  • Display: 3.3 inches, IPS, 720 × 1280.
  • Platform: Qualcomm Snapdragon 435 (4 x Cortex-A53 @ 1.4 GHz and 4 x Cortex-A53 @ 1.1 GHz)
  • RAM: 3 GB.
  • Flash memory: 32 GB.
  • Camera: 12 megapixels.
  • Dual SIM, no memory card slot.
  • Battery capacity: 800 mAh.
  • Price: 17 990 rubles.

Why buy: the smallest smartphone in the world.

What Can Stop: Low Memory, No Expansion Slot, No NFC, weak processor, negligible autonomy, will soon disappear from sale.

The strangest smartphone on the market. A miniature gadget that looks like a toy, but turns out to be a fully-fledged smartphone with an interface that is quite well adapted to work on a small screen.

Масса недостатков (от слабой производительности до никакой автономности) при очень высокой цене (на старте он стоил 30 тысяч рублей) прибили перспективы этого «смартфона для цифрового детокса», но на финише своего цикла он, возможно, имеет некоторый смысл — за 18 тысяч, которые он стоит сегодня, это все еще выглядит дикой покупкой, но уже не настолько дикой, как раньше. Зато ни у кого такого точно не будет.

Альтернатива: нет у этого малыша никаких альтернатив.

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