Top 10 smartphones cheaper than 30 thousand rubles (2020) / Smartphones

Top 10 smartphones cheaper than 30 thousand rubles (2020) / Smartphones


This could be attributed to the most turbulent year for it is not even clear how long, but here it is only about the ruble exchange rate that once again broke through the bottom: the choice of smartphones in almost the most popular category – up to 30 thousand rubles – is rather weak this year. Companies relying on relatively inexpensive models have concentrated on the category up to 20 thousand rubles, and all “sub-flags” have crawled into more expensive segments. It is still possible to collect a dozen interesting models without much difficulty, but with alternatives (you know, we have a ten conditional – rather, we are talking about twenty) there are already big problems. Now not all devices on the list have them. And smartphones of the same brand will meet twice – and this is not Xiaomi. An unexpected twist, isn’t it? Go!

But you shouldn’t take this selection as a sequential rating with places from first to tenth, especially in this case – with a price gap of ten thousand rubles, the selection options “walk around” a lot. It is worth reading the entire list and making your own conclusions.

  • Operating system: Android 9 (proprietary shell realme UI).
  • Display: 6.6 inches, IPS, 1080 × 2400.
  • Platform: Qualcomm Snapdragon 720G (2 × Kryo 465 Gold @ 2.3 GHz and 6 × Kryo 465 Silver @ 1.8 GHz)
  • RAM: 8 GB.
  • Flash memory: 128 GB.
  • Camera: 64 + 12 + 8 + 2 Mp.
  • Dual SIM, separate memory card slot.
  • Battery capacity: 4300 mAh.
  • Price: 21,990 rubles.

Why it is worth buying: an excellent combination of characteristics and price (right next to the lower 20 thousand mark), an excellent front camera, a good main camera with optical zoom, a lot of memory, a screen with a frequency of 90 Hz.

What can stop it: not the most powerful smartphone in the collection, huge dimensions.

One of my favorite smartphones from last year, the authority-breaker that came out back in late spring but looks great in the middle of winter too. Compared to slightly more expensive models, it may lack performance a little – the Snapdragon 720G still does not always look powerful enough, but otherwise it is an excellent model without much compromise: a large screen with an increased refresh rate, a mini-jack, a dedicated slot for memory cards, normal cameras (the front camera generally offers two focal lengths).

Of the not very relevant for the middle segment, I would note, perhaps, an LCD screen, not an AMOLED – organic LEDs are slowly coming to mass devices, and realme 6 Pro did not have time to jump on this bandwagon.

Alternative: realme 7 ProInterestingly, the realme 7 Pro did not become a direct replacement for the realme 6 Pro, but rather turned out to be an addition. The real upgrade concerns only ultra-fast (and not just fast) charging, autonomy and an AMOLED screen (which at the same time lost its increased refresh rate). But the double front camera is gone. The platform and memory are the same – at an increased price.

  • Operating system: Android 11 (proprietary shell FunTouch OS).
  • Display: 6.44 inches, AMOLED, 2400 × 1080 pixels.
  • Platform: Qualcomm Snapdragon 720G (2 × Kryo 465 Gold @ 2.3 GHz and 6 × Kryo 465 Silver @ 1.8 GHz)
  • RAM: 8 GB.
  • Flash memory: 128 GB.
  • Camera: 64 + 8 + 2 Mp.
  • Dual SIM, separate memory card slot.
  • Battery capacity: 4000 mAh.
  • Price: 29 980 rubles.

Why buy: great AMOLED display, on-screen scanner, good ergonomics, best-in-class front-facing camera, the latest Android, nice design.

What can stop: damp (at the time of the release of the smartphone) shell, close to the top bar for the price, a cutout on the screen.

It is a very rare case when a Chinese company does not chase trends and does not try to make the largest smartphone for its money, but seeks a balance – and finds it, and without forgetting about aesthetics. Vivo, represented by the V20 (and its younger brother V20 SE), turned out to be one of the nicest smartphones of 2020 – lightweight, with a matte back cover and an adequate display. And with a perfectly tuned AMOLED display. Add Android 11 here (and this is the first smartphone on the Russian market with the latest “robot”) and the best front camera at least in its class – and we get not just a breakthrough smartphone for vivo, but one of the best offers in the price range of 20-30 thousand rubles.

There were some drawbacks – at the time of testing, the shell showed itself not in the best way (this should have been solved by the firmware), the camera does not have an optical zoom (only an extended viewing angle along with the standard one), and the front vivo V20 does not look as fresh as the back. But the general background is definitely very positive.

Alternative: could be called vivo V20 SE, but he dived into the category “up to 20 thousand rubles” and therefore has already appeared in our last selection.

⇡ #Xiaomi Mi 10T Lite

  • Operating system: Android 10 (proprietary shell MIUI 12).
  • Display: 6.67 inches, IPS, 2400 × 1080.
  • Platform: Qualcomm Snapdragon 750G (2 × Kryo 570 @ 2.3 GHz and 6 × Kryo 570 @ 1.8 GHz)
  • RAM: 6 GB.
  • Flash memory: 128 GB.
  • Camera: 64 + 8 + 2 + 2 Mp.
  • Dual SIM, hybrid memory card slot.
  • Battery capacity: 4820 mAh.
  • Price: 28 500 rubles.

Why buy: Powerful hardware platform, fast charging, 120Hz screen (also the fastest in the class), stereo speakers, MIUI 12 is really good.

What can stop it: large size, combined memory card slot.

The Xiaomi smartphone with the most cumbersome name even for this brand, which is famous for the verbosity in the naming of its gadgets. The strengths of Xiaomi smartphones are well known and are perfectly played out in this model: there is a powerful hardware platform, a large display that supports 120 Hz refresh mode, a sufficiently capacious battery with fast charging is provided.

Xiaomi Mi 10T Lite has no bright minuses (yes, it is a “shovel”, but such is the price for a large screen) – it’s just not an unambiguous choice in its category, as is usually the case with the gadgets of the Chinese brand. To become one, a smartphone would not hurt to fall in price by 6-7 thousand rubles.

Alternative: capacious versions of POCO X3 NFC and Redmi Note 9 Pro – they are less powerful and no longer offer 120 Hz displays, but they are just cheaper by those same 6-7 thousand rubles.

  • Operating system: Android 10 (proprietary shell realme UI).
  • Display: 6.6 inches, IPS, 1080 × 2400.
  • Platform: Qualcomm Snapdragon 855+ (1 × Kryo 485 Gold, 2.96 GHz, 3 × Kryo 485 Gold, 2.42 GHz and 4 × Kryo 485 Silver, 1.8 GHz).
  • RAM: 8/12 GB.
  • Flash memory: 128/256 GB.
  • Camera: 64 + 8 + 8 + 2 Mp.
  • Dual SIM, no memory card slot.
  • Battery capacity: 4300 mAh.
  • Price: 29 600 rubles.

Why Buy: Most powerful platform in class, best camera in class (with optical zoom), 120Hz screen, super fast charging.

What can stop it: huge size, no mini-jack, no memory card slot.

And here is the main reason why you should not immediately run after Xiaomi Mi 10T Lite – for about the same money, you can find a more powerful smartphone with a screen that supports the same frequency and with a significantly better camera. Realme clearly intends to be a big pain for Xiaomi.

Yes, the X3 SuperZoom has snobbish “flagship” flaws like the missing mini-jack and memory card slot, and outwardly it does not differ from the much more affordable realme 6 Pro, but this is a device with a unique set of qualities for its price category, it has analogues not.

Alternative: missing.

  • Operating system: Android 10 (proprietary shell Oxygen OS).
  • Display: 6.49 inches, LCD, 2400 × 1080 pixels.
  • Platform: Qualcomm Snapdragon 690 (2 × Kryo 560 Gold, 2.0 GHz and 6 × Kryo 560 Silver, 1.7 GHz).
  • RAM: 6 GB.
  • Flash memory: 128 GB.
  • Camera: 64 + 8 + 2 + 2 Mp.
  • Dual SIM, hybrid memory card slot.
  • Battery capacity: 4300 mAh.
  • Price: 23 480 rubles.

Why buy: fast screen, good battery life and fast charging, almost pure Android, acceptable dimensions, decent main camera, stereo speakers.

What can stop it: boring design, no optical zoom in the camera, ordinary performance, not officially sold in Russia.

We continue to move through the brands included in the BBK concern – we did not have any opportunity to pass by the long-awaited “budget” OnePlus. Instead of killing flagships, the Nord N10 should engage in “killing Xiaomi” – and in its category it does it quite successfully. Boringly decorated, but having a fashionable set of qualities (fast charging, fast display, coupled with not the most powerful, but very energy efficient processor), the smartphone could become a real hit …

… if it were sold officially in Russia and would have cost about the same as in their native markets. If he meets the limits of 20 thousand – and you’re done, a direct hit. And so – be prepared for tight competition.

Alternative: a little more – and there will be OnePlus Nord, which is rapidly falling in price and is already approaching the level of 30 thousand rubles. But I haven’t stepped over it yet.

  • Operating system: Android 10 (proprietary shell ColorOS).
  • Display: 6.43 inches, Super AMOLED, 2400 × 1080 pixels.
  • Platform: Mediatek Helio P95 (4 × ARM Cortex-A75, 2.2 GHz + 4 × ARM Cortex A55, 2.0 GHz).
  • RAM: 8 GB.
  • Flash memory: 128 GB.
  • Camera: 48 + 8 + 2 + 2 Mp.
  • Dual SIM, separate memory card slot.
  • Battery capacity: 4015 mAh.
  • Price: 22 980 rubles.

Why buy: AMOLED display, enough memory + dedicated slot, in-display fingerprint scanner, comfortable body, decent dual front camera.

What can stop it: Mediocre power, throttling susceptibility, mediocre camera (but good portrait mode).

Finishing off the BBK theme, which almost captured this collection, it is definitely worth mentioning the OPPO Reno4 Lite. Another smartphone with reasonable dimensions (although not as thin and light as the vivo V20) and an AMOLED display is another example of a humane approach, which, although it did not become widespread, is at least not too rare in this category.

The weaknesses of Reno4 Lite are quite obvious and quite striking: insufficient hardware platform power compared to what competitors offer, and not the best camera (the option to record video at 60 frames per second is absent in principle). But if you are not looking for a gadget for games, and the camera is secondary for you – just Reno4 Lite with its high-quality display and sound, large memory capacity and convenient body can be the best choice for your money. The equally comfortable vivo V20 or Sony Xperia 10 II are more expensive.

Alternative: OPPO Reno3A similar smartphone in many ways, but with an improved camera. However, you will have to pay for it, it costs seven thousand more.

  • Operating system: Android 10 (own shell).
  • Display: 6.5 inches, Super AMOLED, 2400 × 1080.
  • Platform: Samsung Exynos 9611 (four cores ARM Cortex-A73 @ 2.3 GHz and four cores ARM Cortex-A53 @ 1.7 GHz).
  • RAM: 4/6/8 GB.
  • Flash memory: 64/128 GB.
  • Camera: 48 + 12 + 5 + 5 Mp.
  • Dual SIM, separate memory card slot.
  • Battery capacity: 4000 mAh.
  • Price: from 19 490 rubles.

Why buy: a good balance between dimensions, performance and screen size, A-brand, AMOLED screen, scanner in the display.

What can stop it: average performance for the category, ordinary autonomy and charging speed, average camera.

After the breakthrough Samsung Galaxy A50, which became the first truly interesting low-cost Samsung smartphone in a long time, the A51 is no longer surprising. But it doesn’t disappoint either. Even if there is an ordinary platform Exynos 9611, as in the more inexpensive Samsung Galaxy M31, and some outstanding characteristics for its class cannot be found in the list: a normal camera with support for an extended viewing angle, a moderately large AMOLED screen, balanced dimensions, pleasant design, there are some flagship “goodies”.

But even this – and the brand that is always popular with the people – is no longer enough to become the most popular smartphone of the past summer (or even the whole year). This title is partly deserved – in fact, the A51 has no frankly weak points. another thing is that strong in comparison with competitors – too. And yes, I recommend not to go for the cheapest version of 4/64 GB and pay 22-23 thousand at least for the 6/128 GB version: four gigabytes of RAM is right next to it, and you need more drive, even despite the dedicated slot for a memory card …

Alternative: Samsung Galaxy A71. A larger smartphone with a 6.7-inch screen has already received a more efficient Snapdragon 730 platform and a more capacious battery, but at the same time it is also not too huge and not at all heavy (179 grams is a fluff nowadays!). But it costs already under 30 thousand.

Huawei nova 5T

  • Operating system: Android 9 Pie with Magic UI (EMUI).
  • Display: 6.26 inches, IPS, 2340 × 1080 pixels.
  • Platform: HiSilicon Kirin 980 (2 × ARM Cortex A76, 2.6 GHz + 2 × ARM Cortex A76, 1.92 GHz + 4 × ARM Cortex A55, 1.8 GHz).
  • RAM: 6/8 GB.
  • Flash memory: 128 GB.
  • Camera: 40 + 16 + 16 + 2 Mp.
  • Dual SIM, no memory card slot.
  • Battery capacity: 3750 mAh.
  • Average price: 26,990 rubles.

Why buy: good camera, compact size, still decent performance.

What can stop it: will soon disappear from sale, no memory card slot, too sensitive fingerprint scanner.

The last of the Mohicans – Huawei smartphones with Google services. It features really reasonable dimensions and the associated conveniences, a pleasant design with a bright back panel, a firmly good camera and a still very powerful platform. For those who don’t care about a large display, this smartphone can still be a real boon.

One serious caveat – at the time of the completion of the material, Huawei nova 5T was already available in only one store, and it is not a fact that by the time you read these lines, it is still there. Leaving nature.

Alternative: Honor 30s. The screen is bigger, the cameras are simpler (no optical zoom), the platform is fresher (but comparable in power) – and without Google services.

Sony Xperia 10 II

  • Operating system: Android 10 with Sony Xperia shell.
  • Display: 6.0 inches, OLED, 2520 × 1080.
  • Platform: Qualcomm Snapdragon 665 (4 × Kryo 260 Gold @ 2.0 GHz and 4 × Kryo 260 Silver @ 1.8 GHz)
  • RAM: 4 GB.
  • Flash memory: 64/128 GB.
  • Camera: 12 + 8 + 8 MP.
  • Dual SIM, hybrid memory card slot.
  • Battery capacity: 3600 mAh.
  • Average price: 26 450 rubles.

Why Buy: Most user-friendly smartphone in its class, optical zoom camera, OLED display, waterproof.

What can stop it: not enough RAM, weak hardware platform, mediocre autonomy, the quality of shooting on cameras leaves much to be desired.

The Japanese company continues the practice of releasing smartphones “with a left-hand thread”. Elongated displays with a small diagonal and an aspect ratio of 21: 9, peculiarly tuned cameras, retro charm – if you love Android smartphones from the early 2010s and Sony-style, you are definitely here. The gift will include moisture protection and a case that is really comfortable to hold in your hand. In addition, this is one of the two presented in the selection of “one-handed” smartphones.

But, as is the case with the Japanese company, on the reverse side of the coin are weak (albeit offering three focal lengths) cameras and a weaker hardware platform than all competitors.

Alternative: not.

  • Operating system: Android 9 Pie.
  • Display: 6.3 inches, P-OLED, 2960 × 1440 pixels.
  • Platform: Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 (4 × Kryo 385 Gold, 2.8 GHz + 4 × Kryo 385 Silver, 1.7 GHz)
  • RAM: 4 GB.
  • Flash memory: 64/128 GB.
  • Camera: 12.2MP
  • One SIM card, no memory card slot.
  • Battery capacity: 3430 mAh.
  • Average price: 29,800 rubles.

Why buy: Pure Android with the fastest updates, compact size, perfectly tuned OLED screen, still good performance and still a good camera.

What can stop it: a camera with one focal length, little memory without the possibility of expanding it, one SIM card, mediocre autonomy, no official sales in Russia.

The last “pixel” managed to get cheaper enough to get into this collection – and yes, with its one and only camera, it looks like a dinosaur, but rather a tyrannosaur, which is still quite vigorous and can bite so well. However, the XL prefix for a smartphone with a 6.3-inch screen (one of the smallest in the collection) in 2021 looks not amusing in a tyrannosaurus.

However, the power of the Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 platform is still enough – perhaps even more than that. The quality of shooting with the camera, if you are satisfied with one focal length, will not disappoint. And updates for Android in its natural setting will continue to arrive as quickly as possible.

Alternative: Google Pixel 3aHere it is – the clearest example of the failure that happened to the ruble during 2020. The same smartphone was mentioned in last year’s collection, when it was still extremely relevant – and cost about the same money. And its successor, Pixel 4a, was not included in the collection anymore – prices for it start at 36,000 rubles. Also, as you probably noticed, there is not a single Apple iPhone in the selection: here we would recommend the iPhone SE, but even in the minimum configuration it costs no less than 33 thousand rubles.

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