Not everyone can afford a top-end phone from Samsung or Apple. But you shouldn't buy yourself a gadget that will be inferior to them in everything. Pay attention to the popular Chinese models of 2019: their performance will be enough for the average user, because they have not yet become obsolete. And their price is noticeably lower than the cost of similar devices that appeared in 2020.
Xiaomi Mi A1
Xiaomi Mi A1 – a gadget with a classic design and a matte metal body. It may seem outdated to some, but the appearance of iPhone SE 2020 proves that this look is still relevant.
Despite the fact that sales started back in 2017, today it can easily be attributed to a middle-class device. The Snapdragon 625 processor is responsible for the performance, which looks good in 2020, and 4 GB of RAM is enough to quickly work with almost any application.
The screen size is 5.5 inches with a resolution Full HD, which is enough for surfing the Internet and social networks. However, when viewed from an angle, its contrast is noticeably reduced.
Xiaomi Mi A1 has a dual main camera with 12MP modules, one of which is wide-angle. High-quality and detailed images can only be obtained in good lighting, but this is typical for all budget smartphones.
The main drawback Xiaomi Mi A1 is the lack of an NFC sensor, without which many can no longer imagine a smartphone. But Mi A1 can boast of 'clean' Android, not cluttered with branded shells, services and applications.
Oppo A9 is a phone that meets all modern requirements. The updated version of the A9, released in 2020, is worth paying attention to.Its design is hardly original: an elongated 6.5-inch screen with a drop-shaped notch, a fingerprint scanner located on the back cover and a 4-camera unit located directly above it. .
The camera is generally good: shots taken in low light are quite detailed. In the daytime, the pictures are expected to be of high quality, like most similar devices.
The 'heart' of the Oppo A9 is the Qualcomm Snapdragon 665 processor, which is enough to run most applications and games without any lag or lag. 4GB of RAM is still sufficient in 2020, as is 128GB of internal storage, and the A9 also boasts an NFC module.
The model has a 5000 mAh battery, thanks to which the smartphone can easily hold out for a couple of days with moderate use, and the reverse wired charging function will be a pleasant bonus. Considering the growing number of wireless gadgets, it will be useful.
Xiaomi Redmi Note 8 Pro
Xiaomi Redmi Note 8 Pro is one of the best budget smartphones of 2019 in terms of price / quality ratio. Outwardly, this is an unremarkable smartphone, like dozens of others: a teardrop notch on the display, a fingerprint scanner on the back and a block of 4 cameras.
The main advantage of the Redmi Note 8 Pro is its filling. The MediaTek Helio G90T is a liquid-cooled processor designed for gaming. 6GB of RAM is also enough for any task. Even AAA projects are easily run on this smartphone for 15,000 rubles. For this money, you are also offered the latest versions of Wi-Fi and Bluetooth, NFC and a built-in infrared remote control.
The camera in Redmi Note 8 Pro is one of the most advanced for this price segment: there are no complaints about the quality of the pictures. The gadget also supports the fast charging function: up to 50%, a 4500 mAh battery takes about 40 minutes to charge.
Despite the fact that the Chinese manufacturer Realme is not very popular in our country, some of its devices are worth looking at. Realme XT is a top-end gadget for 17-18,000 rubles.
What is worth only AMOLED – a screen with a built-in fingerprint scanner and a 64 megapixel main camera module from Samsung. Redmi Note 8 Pro has the exact same camera, but the software Realme outperforms Xiaomi, so the XT's image quality is higher.
The chipset Qualcomm Snapdragon 712 and 8 GB of RAM will be enough for any user both for solving everyday tasks and for 'heavy' applications that require significant resources. The device has dual-band Wi-Fi, version Bluetooth 5.0, NFC is present, so it will be relevant over the next few years.