11 best smartphones under 15 000 rubles

Our online magazine has already mentioned more than once that there are certain psychological marks for the buyer of a smartphone. For example, many people are not willing to spend more than 10,000 rubles on such a device. Of course, someone can afford even the flagships, but in this article we will talk about the devices, the cost of which does not exceed 15000 rubles. (Or exceeds, but very slightly). This is another psychological mark, which not every resident of Russia is ready to cross.

Rating of the best smartphones under 15000 rubles

Nominationplaceproduct nameprice
Rating of the best smartphones to 15000 rubles1Samsung Galaxy A6+ 32GB15 990€
2Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 4/64GB11 087€
3Sony Xperia XA1 Plus Dual 32GB14 990€
4Honor 7X 64GB13 990€
5Huawei Nova 2i13 200€
6ASUS ZenFone Max Pro ZB602KL 3/32GB12 640€
7Meizu 15
  • 4/32GB
  • 13 740€
    8Xiaomi Mi Max 2 64GB11 130€
    9LG Q6 M700AN12 990€
    10Samsung Galaxy J8 (2018) 32GB12 990€
    11Nokia 5.1 16GB11 190€

    Samsung Galaxy A6+ 32GB

    Rating: 5.0

    Samsung Galaxy A6+ 32GB

    Smartphones from the South Korean company Samsung differ from many competitors with the presence of AMOLED screen. This applies even to a relatively inexpensive model like the Galaxy A6+. The display of this smartphone has an aspect ratio of 18.5:9. This means that you can keep windows open with two applications at once, without them seeming too narrow. The resolution of the 6-inch screen is 2220×1080 pixels. A very good parameter, which makes your photos and videos look great on this display – there’s no other word for it. Of course, there are devices whose screen can boast of an even higher resolution, but they also cost considerably more – which is why they are not in this ranking. By the way, if you did not know, made by AMOLED technology display has low power consumption. The absence of a separate layer with backlight has a positive impact on the display of black colors. Of course, the front panel is covered with protective glass – in reviews they say that it often copes with its task successfully.

    Powered by Android 8.0. No buttons under the screen, so it uses virtual keys at the bottom of the display. Also because of this South Koreans moved the fingerprint scanner to the back. We can be happy that the front panel found a place at least a front camera. And what! Its resolution reaches 24 megapixels. Previously, only D-SLRs could boast of such a parameter, and not all. However, we must admit that the physical size of the sensor here is not too high, so on the computer will be noticeable that the result is significantly inferior to the photo taken with the same SLR. But on the LCD display of the smartphone itself the pictures look impressive – don’t worry about that. By the way, the front camera has a fairly wide aperture – it has a value of f/1.9.

    If we talk about the rear camera, here it is a dual. The main sensor has a resolution of 16 megapixels, and the light falls on it through the aperture of f/1.7. Under the second lens hides only a 5-megapixel sensor – its main task is to determine the background, which is then competently blurred by the system. With this camera you can shoot video – at a resolution of F

      l HD it will have a frame rate of 30 fps. In short, the camera is unlikely you have at least some complaints to the smartphone.

      Otherwise, this is a typical mid-budget “South Korean”. The work of the smartphone provides an octa-core processor, clocked at 1.8 GHz. The power of this chipset is enough for absolutely all games, although in some of them still have to reduce the level of graphics. This unit also includes 3 GB of RAM and 32 GB of permanent memory. The manufacturer did not forget about the 3.5-mm audio jack. If you have a wireless headset, then you will be more useful support Bluetooth 4.2. It also has ANT+, Wi-Fi 802.11n, LTE-A sixth category and even NFC. The latter allows you to use your smartphone to pay for purchases.

      It remains to add that the capacity of the battery installed here reaches 3500 mAh. Connecting the charger is carried out through the connector micro-USB – this is unpleasant, in the new South Korean smartphone I would like to see more convenient USB Type-C.


      • There is an FM-radio;
      • There is a fingerprint scanner;
      • A fairly powerful processor is built in;
      • A decent amount of memory;
      • Excellent AMOLED screen;
      • A good rear camera, which is a dual;
      • Remarkable front camera;
      • There is support for NFC and ANT +;
      • Data transmission over LTE-networks is possible;
      • The latest version of the operating system is installed.


      • The micro-USB port is used;
      • Not always sold at an adequate price;
      • The size may seem too large;
      • Not the fastest Wi-Fi.

      Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 4/64GB

      Rating: 4.9

      Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 4/64GB

      One of the most popular Chinese smartphones could not fail to get into our rating. This device is available in five colors – in online stores you can even find devices with blue and pink body. The word “shovel” is quite applicable to this gadget – the fact is that its front panel is decorated with a 6-inch display (and the manufacturer failed to get rid of the side frames). The resolution of the installed screen is 2160×1080 pixels. So, the display has an aspect ratio of 18:9. If we consider that the screen was created by IPS technology, it will cause some problems for fans of TV series. But on such a display looks great full-length movies – black bars in this case will be very small. Also this display can be actively used for simultaneous work with two applications. To keep them open the octa-core Snapdragon 636 processor can easily.

      It is impossible not to notice that the device has received the operating system Android 8.1. The fresh version of the “green robot” is quite enough installed here 4 GB of RAM. The smartphone has 64 GB of internal storage for storing music, photos and other media. If it seems enough, the slot for microSD memory card comes to the rescue.

      The smartphone has got a great working fingerprint sensor – a fingerprint is recognized in a fraction of a second. The device also knows how to scan a face. For this purpose it uses a 13-megapixel front camera that can shoot video in F resolution

        HD. If it’s dark around, the front flash can go off. And if we talk about the rear camera, it consists of two lenses and the same number of matrices, the resolution of which is 12 and 5 megapixels. With this camera you can take pretty good portraits – in most cases the system blurs the background correctly, without catching the hair. The video of this camera also writes in 1080p resolution and at 30 fps. By the way, the frequency can be quadrupled – for this you only need to reduce the resolution to 720p. However, the quality in this case will significantly worsen, because it can not handle a very high bitrate built-in chipset.

        The 4000mAh lithium-polymer battery gives the smartphone the power to work. Support for Quick Charge 2.0 provides fast recharging. The only pity is that it uses the aging micro-USB connector to connect the network adapter. But the presence of 3.5 mm “mini-jack” can not be sorry – the connection to it the headphones can not only listen to MP3-music somewhere in the subway, but also to activate FM-radio. By the way, you can transmit sound to a wireless headset, using Bluetooth 5.0. It also allows you to interact with your TV, even if it doesn’t have Smart TV support, by using the IR port. The smartphone also boasts the ability to transmit data over LTE and Wi-Fi 802.11ac. Against this background, the only disappointment is the lack of NFC-chip – Xiaomi builds it into their devices very rarely.

        I think the Chinese manufacturer has got a great smartphone. To confuse a potential buyer can only the large size and small defects, like the same missing NFC. It’s nice that you can buy the gadget for 12,000 rubles. This is one of the cheapest smartphones in our ranking.


        • A fresh version of the operating system;
        • Five color variants;
        • Low cost;
        • Not a bad IPS-display;
        • It uses a good dual camera;
        • A good 13-megapixel “frontal;
        • FM radio is not forgotten;
        • Support for LTE and Wi-Fi 802.11ac;
        • There is an IR transmitter;
        • There is a large amount of memory built in;
        • Quite a powerful octa-core processor;
        • A high-capacity battery with support for fast charging is used;
        • There is a fingerprint scanner.


        • Big size and big weight;
        • It uses a micro-USB connector.

        Sony Xperia XA1 Plus Dual 32GB

        Rating: 4.8

        Sony Xperia XA1 Plus Dual 32GB

        This device got into our rating of the best smartphones up to 15000 rubles conditionally. The fact that the Japanese company Sony is not engaged in the production of mid-budget smartphones. Even the Xperia XA1 Plus, which has the lowest price tag, sells for 15000-19000 rubles. You can buy it cheaper only during some kind of sale – for example, on “Black Friday”. This smartphone has a signature design – now only Sony creates smartphones with enough sharp angles. There are three body colors to choose from – black, sky blue and gold. On the front panel of the device is located 5.5-inch display, created by technology IPS. Oddly enough, the Japanese did not follow the trend, stopping at the standard aspect ratio of 16:9. This means that you can watch TV shows and YouTube videos without any problems – annoying black bars will not appear on the screen. The display resolution is 1920×1080 pixels. Processing of the picture is engaged in the operating system Android 7.0.

        The processor used here is MediaTek He

      • o P20. This eight-core chipset can be treated differently. However, it should be noted that a rare representative of our rating can boast a clock frequency of 2.3 GHz, which runs half of the cores of the processor. The smartphone is great in games – to reduce the graphics have to reduce the level of only a few projects. Also under the metal body hides 3 GB of RAM and 32 GB of permanent memory. The creators did not forget about the slot for external storage up to 256GB.

        The capacity of the lithium-ion battery installed here reaches 3430 mAh. More importantly, the cable connection is made to the USB Type-C connector – very, I must say, handy. There is also a 3.5mm audio jack, which some other smartphones Sony are deprived of. Even more pleasing to the buyer should have a fingerprint scanner. However, be sure to clarify its availability before buying! The fact that it has only a special version of the device, which has in its composition 4 GB of RAM.

        We should not forget about the cameras, because it is in their production semiconductor division of Sony earns the most. The Japanese have endowed this model with a 23-megapixel sensor. Of course, one lens might disappoint some. But if underneath it hides a sensor with a physical size of 1/2.3 inches – it becomes unimportant! With this camera, you can create excellent, by the standards of mid-budget smartphones photos, as well as write video in resolution F

          l HD. If we talk about the front camera, it is no longer such a sense of admiration – in fact, as it uses the usual 8-megapixel module.

          The smartphone can not be called lightweight – it weighs an impressive 189g. This parameter was clearly influenced not only by the battery, but also by a set of wireless modules, including Bluetooth 4.2, LTE-A Category 6, Wi-Fi 802.11ac and even NFC. The only thing missing here is the IR transmitter – the Japanese manufacturer believes that most buyers do not need it. And it’s hard not to agree with him – numerous surveys confirm it.


          • Three color options;
          • It uses a fresh version of the operating system;
          • A large amount of memory;
          • Not a bad IPS display;
          • Excellent rear camera;
          • Not a bad front camera;
          • FM-radio is present;
          • There is an NFC-chip;
          • Supported LTE networks and Wi-Fi 802.11ac;
          • A powerful processor is used;
          • Built-in USB Type-C connector.


          • Great weight;
          • The fingerprint scanner is not in all versions of the smartphone;
          • At a low price the device is sold rarely.

          Honor 7X 64GB

          Rating: 4.8

          Honor 7X 64GB

          Huawei could not fail to release its large smartphone. In its range there are several of these models, and almost the most affordable of them is the Honor 7X. The device is distributed in at least four colors, and it costs about 15000rub. For this money the buyer will get a device that runs Android 7.0. On its front panel is an IPS display, which has a diagonal of 5.93 inches. But do not be alarmed, the manufacturer has staked on the aspect ratio of 18:9 – in this regard, the width of the device can not be called prohibitive. The screen resolution is 2160×1080 pixels, which for this price segment is the optimal parameter.

          Above the screen here is the front camera lens. The resolution of the sensor hiding inside is 8 megapixels – you hardly expect anything more. If you turn the smartphone over, you can already see two lenses. The main sensor can boast a 16-megapixel resolution. Auxiliary module is only 2-megapixel, so seriously do not count on it. And the rear camera is complemented by a dual LED flash.

          This smartphone scores more than 53 thousand in AnTuTu. points. To thank for such a good result should be eight-core processor HiSi

        • con Kirin 659. The four cores of this chipset are capable of clocked at 2.36 GHz, which is enough for many games and absolutely all heavy applications. The clock speed of the other four cores can reach 1.7 GHz, which is also a good result. The gadget also includes 4 GB of RAM and 64 GB of permanent memory. At the back of the smartphone is a fingerprint scanner.

          For some reason, the Chinese company has limited its creation to the Wi-Fi 802 standard.11n. But someone could be even more upset by the absence of NFC chip. Otherwise, it is difficult to find fault with the wireless modules – both LTE networks and Bluetooth 4 are supported here.1. Battery capacity of 3340 mAh provides autonomous work all this goodness. The weight of the device is 165 grams.


          • There is a fingerprint scanner;
          • A large amount of memory;
          • It uses a powerful processor;
          • FM radio is present;
          • 4G networks are supported;
          • Good rear camera;
          • Not a bad “frontal;
          • Decent IPS-display;
          • There are four color variants.


          • It uses a connector micro-USB;
          • There is no NFC;
          • No support for fast charging.

          Huawei Nova 2i

          Rating: 4.8

          Huawei Nova 2i

          This smartphone is also known under the name Huawei Mate 10

        • te. Many people think it has no frame, but in fact the side edges are present here, even if their width is very small. Nevertheless, with a 5.9-inch screen this device does not take up much space in your hand. Also contributes to this aspect ratio of 18:9 – the display is stretched in height, not in width. It should be noted that with this parameter is comfortable to play and watch full-length movies, but with videos on YouTube may have problems. Screen resolution is 2160×1080 pixels – it is impossible to complain about the detail. Created the same display technology, as you can easily guess, IPS. This means that the user can enjoy maximum viewing angles, but ideal black colors do not wait.

          Handling what happens on the screen is the operating system Android 7.0. Computing power it provides octa-core processor HiSi

        • con Kirin 659. This is a mid-budget solution, complete with a graphics gas pedal Ma
        • -T830 MP2. With such a chipset, you are unlikely to encounter regular slowness in one or another application. Also, their absence contributes 4 GB of RAM. For storage of photos, music and other media is designed 64 GB of non-volatile memory. If you decide to opt out of the second SIM-card, you can install an external drive. The manufacturer did not forget about the fingerprint scanner, which will ensure the safety of personal data in case of loss of the device.

          At the back of the device is a dual camera. Its main module has a 16-megapixel resolution, with its help very detailed and bright photos are obtained. The second sensor has a resolution of 2 megapixels – it plays an auxiliary role, helping the operating system to blur the background. In short, it is unlikely in this price segment to look for a more advanced camera. The same can be said for the “front”, which has a 13-megapixel resolution.

          Perhaps the main advantage of this model is the presence of stereo speakers – oddly enough, they can still boast not every smartphone. And there is an FM-radio, which is activated when you connect a wired headset to the 3.5-mm audio jack. If we talk about MP3 music, it can be transferred to a Bluetooth headset. Of the other wireless standards that are supported by this gadget, we can highlight LTE-A fourth category and Wi-Fi 802.11n. Unfortunately, the smartphone can not be replaced with a bank card, because there is no NFC. Somebody can be upset by the micro-USB jack, the wire into which is inserted from the second or even the third time. It remains to add that the battery used here has a capacity of 3340 mAh, while the smartphone supports fast charging technology.


          • There is a fingerprint sensor;
          • Rich equipment;
          • High-capacity battery with support for fast charging;
          • A large amount of memory;
          • Quite a powerful processor;
          • FM radio is present;
          • The smartphone has stereo speakers;
          • Implemented LTE support;
          • A good rear camera;
          • Decent front camera;
          • Not a bad IPS-display.


          • Built-in micro-USB connector;
          • There is no NFC;
          • Not the fastest Wi-Fi.

          ASUS ZenFone Max Pro ZB602KL 3/32GB

          Rating: 4.7

          ASUS ZenFone Max Pro

          Another smartphone in our rating of the best under 15000 rubles, which conditionally can be called a Frameless. Work it provides the operating system Android 8.1. So fresh version of the “green robot” can not fail to please – its functionality is unusually broad. The operating system supports simultaneous display of two applications – for example, a video player and a messenger. It is very convenient to work this way – not least because of the 18:9 aspect ratio.

          The diagonal of the screen installed here is 6 inches. However, the use of the smartphone remains comfortable, for which we should thank not very wide side frames. The screen resolution is 2160×1080 pixels, and it is made by IPS technology. Viewing angles are maximum, as you can not complain about the color rendition. Above the display you can see the front camera lens. Some strong impression this module does not cause – it consists of an aperture of f/2.2 and 8-megapixel matrix. If you turn the device, you can see already two lenses. It uses the usual technology in mid-budget smartphones, when one matrix is the main one, and the second serves to blur the background. Their resolution is 13 and 5 MP. The unpleasant thing is that the aperture is only disclosed to f/2.2 – it may cause some problems when taking pictures in low light conditions. But this camera has the ability to shoot video in 4K resolution, albeit only at 30 fps.

          The capability described above could not be realized without a powerful processor. In its quality here is powered by an octa-core Snapdragon 636. The clock frequency of this chipset reaches 1.8 GHz, which can be considered an excellent parameter. Excellent shows itself and a graphics gas pedal Adreno 509. The device also includes 32 GB of permanent and 3 GB of RAM. Not forgotten by the manufacturer and a slot for microSD card, the volume of which is almost unlimited.

          Unlike many competitors, the product from ASUS has an NFC-chip. This means that you can easily register a bank card in a special application, paying then smartphone. Also should please the buyer module Bluetooth 5.0, which transmits sound to a headset or speaker with virtually no loss of quality. Internet access is provided via LTE and Wi-Fi 802.11n.

          If this smartphone catches your eye, you will immediately notice its thickness, barely reaching 9 mm. It indicates the presence of a serious battery inside. Indeed, its capacity is 5000 mAh. Of course, there is also support for fast charging technology – overnight to keep the device connected to the mains adapter is not necessary. The engineers of the Taiwanese company did not forget about the fingerprint scanner.


          • Built a powerful eight-core processor;
          • There is a fingerprint sensor;
          • There is a high-capacity battery with support for rapid charging;
          • A decent amount of memory;
          • There is support for NFC and LTE-networks;
          • There is a FM-radio;
          • Not a bad front camera;
          • Decent rear camera, which is a dual;
          • Not a bad IPS display;
          • The latest version of the operating system is installed.


          • A micro-USB connector is used;
          • The weight reaches 180 grams;
          • Not the fastest Wi-Fi;
          • It is better not to use the camera in the dark.

          Meizu 15
        • te 4/32GB
        • Rating: 4.7

          Meizu 15<li></div><p>The “te 4/32GB” src=”/wp-content/uploads/2023/04/1491666193971-8911.jpg” title=”Meizu 15</p><li>te 4/32GB”><p>Not all consumers are aware of this, but this model was released in honor of the 15th anniversary of Meizu. The manufacturer has tried to equip its creation with excellent components, without inflating the price tag. However, to buy the device for 15000 rubles. It is difficult enough – you can do it mainly only during all sorts of sales.</p><p>As you can easily notice, the device has a very narrow side frame. At the same time the screen can not be called huge – its diagonal is 5.46 inches. As a result, the device seems very compact. It is easy to use one hand, which can not be said about many other modern smartphones. The display is created by IPS technology, so the buyer can enjoy maximum viewing angles and realistic color reproduction. 1920×1080 pixels which is perfect for watching all sorts of videos. However, the standard 16:9 aspect ratio will not suit everyone – it is not very convenient to work simultaneously in two applications. And here the protective glass Gorilla Glass fifth generation will definitely please – to break or scratch it is not so easy as it seems. However, the device does not interfere with the case.</p><p>Usually smartphones in this price segment get albeit eight-core, but not the most powerful processor. But for the anniversary smartphone Meizu made an exception to the rule. It has equipped its creation with a chipset Snapdragon 626 – half of its eight cores can operate at a clock speed of 2.2 GHz, which is more than enough for most heavy games. Nothing bad can be said about the Adreno 506 graphics gas pedal. Also under the metal body hides 4 GB of RAM and 32 GB of permanent memory. Of course, there is a buyer and the option to install a microSD card.</p><p>Functioning under Android 7.1 device went on sale in three color variants. Each is complemented by a fingerprint sensor. What is important, it is in the front – some people are banal inconvenient to reach with your index finger to the back panel. Well, above the screen here is the front camera lens. Somewhere under the lens is the aperture, opened to the value of f/2.0. Well, the shooting is done using a 20-megapixel camera. The result, it seems, should suit every buyer Meizu M15</p><li>te.<p>It is interesting that the main camera here has not so outstanding characteristics. But in fact, even with an aperture of f/1.9 and 12-megapixel resolution it shoots a little better than the “front”. And it’s not even the bright LED flash. This is due to the larger physical size of the matrix, in connection with what the sensor is more sensitive to light.</p><p>Some people may be surprised by the applied here connector USB Type-C, because until now smartphones costing up to 15000 rubles have received it very rarely. It is gratifying that the Chinese manufacturer has not abandoned the 3.5 mm audio jack. As for wireless modules, LTE, Bluetooth 4 are among them.2, Wi-Fi 802.11n and infrared transmitter needed to control home appliances. Alas, there is no NFC, and it would be useful to many owners of such a smartphone. It remains to add that the battery installed here has a very modest by modern standards – 3000 mAh. But the technology Meizu Super mCharge allows you to charge it very quickly, so it does not look like a big problem.</p><h4>Advantages</h4><ul><li>The weight does not exceed 145 grams;</li><li>Not a bad IPS display with a high pixel density;</li><li>Good quality rear camera;</li><li>A good front camera;</li><li>There is support for LTE;</li><li>Built-in powerful processor;</li><li>A large amount of memory;</li><li>USB Type-C connector is used;</li><li>Not forgetting the fingerprint scanner;</li><li>Three colors to choose from.</li></ul><h4>Disadvantages</h4><ul><li>Not very high battery capacity;</li><li>No NFC;</li><li>Not the fastest Wi-Fi;</li><li>Rarely found at an adequate price.</li></ul><h3>Xiaomi Mi Max 2 64GB</h3><p>Rating: 4.6</p><div style=Xiaomi Mi Max 2 64GB

          In the range of the Chinese company Xiaomi has a separate line of smartphones with a very large display. The brightest representative of it is Mi Max 2. On the front panel of this giant is a display, the diagonal of which reaches 6.44 inches. The side frames can not be called narrow, so the device will not fit in every palm. Slightly unpleasant that the IPS-screen resolution is only 1920×1080 pixels. With such a diagonal, this led to a pixel density of 342 PPI. For such money would be desirable to get something more. Nevertheless, we don’t want to pick on the display too much. Moreover, there is a desire to praise the creators for the use of protective glass Gorilla Glass 4 – scratches it is covered far not immediately.

          As the operating system here is the seventh version of Android. It operates thanks to an octa-core Snapdragon 625 processor. It’s a very powerful chipset, with half of its cores clocked at an impressive 2GHz. In games, the Adreno 506 video gas pedal is activated, allowing you to reduce the level of graphics only in rare cases. In AnTuTu the device with such a processor gives out about 63 thousand. scores . In short, for such money you can hardly find a smartphone with a more powerful chipset! Also here are present, which is important, 4 GB of RAM and 64 GB of permanent memory. Not forgotten and the slot for microSD card (combined with a place for the second SIM-card), the maximum system can define the drive capacity of 256 GB.

          Most of all some buyers will be pleased with the set of wireless modules. It has full-fledged LTE-A support, which allows downloading data at a high speed even on the street. Well, if you have a good router, then you will appreciate the support of Wi-Fi 802.11ac. An infrared port lets you control your TV and other home appliances. But there is no NFC – that you can only regret.

          Other nice features include the presence of USB Type-C connector. Connecting the charger to it is carried out exclusively on the first try. By the way, you need it only once every two days, because the battery installed here has a capacity of 5300 mAh (of course, there is support for fast charging technology). The disadvantage of such a battery is the fact that the final weight of the device was 211 g. Girls will definitely find the smartphone too heavy.

          If you look at the back, you’ll immediately notice the fingerprint scanner. It works extremely fast – literally in fractions of a second. Not far from it there is a 12-megapixel camera lens. Don’t be embarrassed by the resolution – in this case the manufacturer has staked on the increased size of the matrix, so you can expect very high quality photos. But not in the dark, when the aperture starts to affect, unfolded only to the value of f / 2.2. It is nice that this camera is able to shoot 4K video. This will especially please the owners of the corresponding TV set, which can display a picture with such a high resolution. Well, the front camera is not capable of such a thing. It consists of an aperture of f/2.0 and a 5-megapixel sensor – in a word, nothing special awaits you.


          • There is a USB Type-C connector;
          • LTE and Wi-Fi 802.11ac;
          • The screen has a good protective coating;
          • A powerful processor is installed;
          • A large amount of memory;
          • A good rear camera;
          • There is a fingerprint sensor;
          • High battery capacity;
          • FM-radio is available.


          • Very large size and weight;
          • Not the highest for this diagonal resolution;
          • No NFC;
          • Controversial “front face.

          LG Q6 M700AN

          Rating: 4.6

          LG Q6 M700AN

          Another good smartphone in our rating under 15000 rubles. This is yet another device, the corners of the display are elegantly rounded. The manufacturer has also tried to make the side frames as narrow as possible. Also, there is no place for the under-screen buttons. I would like to say that because of this the fingerprint scanner moved to the back panel. But it is not – the South Korean manufacturer for the sake of economy decided to get rid of it completely. Well, above the screen is a widescreen front camera – its viewing angle is 100 degrees. The resolution of this camera is only 5 megapixels, but that will be quite enough for most users.

          Well, what’s the display itself here? It’s not really anything special, especially if you’ve used more expensive devices. LCD panel is made by IPS technology, so the viewing angles here are the maximum. The screen has an aspect ratio of 18:9 – you can interact with two applications simultaneously without any problems. Finally, the resolution of the display can be called a standard – it is 2160×1080 pixels. This screen is nothing special surprise, but you can not call it bad. Especially with its 5.5-inch diagonal, which does not make the device too cumbersome.

          The main camera lens is on the back of the device. And this is the case when there is almost nothing to tell about the module. The buyer awaits the traditional 13-megapixel camera, familiar, including from many budget smartphones. Processing the incoming picture from it does not require special computing power, so the manufacturer has bet on a modest octa-core Snapdragon 435 processor, clock speeds under 1.4 GHz. Helps it graphics gas pedal Adreno 505, which also does not grab the stars from the sky. Somewhere nearby are 3 GB of RAM and 32 GB of permanent memory. If the last seems not enough, you can refuse a second SIM-card, using the card microSD.

          Otherwise it is a typical mid-budget smartphone. Compact size and aircraft-grade aluminum allowed the creators to reduce weight to a respectable 149 g. However, we had to sacrifice the battery capacity for this – here it does not exceed 3000 mAh. To connect headphones uses a 3.5mm audio jack. By the way, there is an FM radio, which at some point will help you pass the time. The smartphone also supports LTE-A sixth category, Bluetooth 4.2, Wi-Fi 802.11n and even NFC. The presence of the latter chip is perhaps the most enjoyable, because it can be used to pay for purchases in conventional stores.


          • LTE-networks are supported;
          • There is an FM-radio;
          • Not forgotten NFC-chip;
          • Decent IPS display with high pixel density;
          • Relatively low weight;
          • Relatively good rear camera;
          • The front camera is widescreen;
          • Decent amount of memory.


          • Not the fastest Wi-Fi;
          • It does not have the most powerful processor;
          • No fingerprint scanner;
          • Battery capacity could be higher;
          • Uses micro-USB connector.

          Samsung Galaxy J8 (2018) 32GB

          Rating: 4.5

          Samsung Galaxy J8 (2018) 32GB

          Another smartphone from Samsung in our rating under 15000 rubles. In essence, it is the top of the development of the budget line J at the moment. The device has a widescreen display and fairly narrow side frames. In this case it is impossible to call the smartphone small in any way. And how the size could be compact if the diagonal screen size was 6 inches? However, the smartphone is not very wide, because its screen is elongated in height, having an aspect ratio of 18,5:9. Its resolution is 1480×720 pixels. Perhaps this parameter is the main disadvantage of the gadget. But you can put up with it, especially when you realize that this display was created using AMOLED technology. This means that the buyer is waiting not only the maximum viewing angles, but also the perfect black colors. The screen behaves well under sunlight – the picture is clearly visible even on a clear summer day.

          The operating system installed here is Android 8.1. This is good news for those who are looking for a smartphone with a fresh version of the “green robot”. Runs the operating system without any problems, although the processor is built here all the same is not the most powerful – it’s Snapdragon 450, the clock speed of which does not exceed 1.8 GHz. This smartphone can be used to run games, reducing the graphics need only some of them. Thanks for this need to include a video gas pedal Adreno 506.

          South Korean company Samsung rarely builds in its inexpensive smartphones a decent amount of memory. But the latest Galaxy J8 can be considered an exception to the rule. Here there is 3 GB of RAM and 32 GB of permanent memory. Of course, the built-in storage will gradually become insufficient, so it is recommended to get a microSD card. It is possible to download files from the Internet via LTE-networks. There is also a traditional Wi-Fi module, supporting the standard 802.11n. You do not need more, because you will not use the device with such a screen for online viewing of 4K-video. Much more relevant here looks Bluetooth 4.2 – it seems that some buyers of the device will definitely connect a wireless headset or speaker to it. There is support for ANT + technology, which sends information to sports and even medical sensors. Against this background, it is surprising that the device does not have an NFC-chip – it is possible that someone will refuse to buy this model because of it. As for the wired connection, you can find on the body of the device 3.5-millimeter audio jack and the aging micro-USB port.

          Of course, we can not fail to tell about the camera, which is endowed with this smartphone. From a budget lineup you usually expect a simple module, not capable of taking any high-quality photos. But it uses a pretty good dual camera, under the lenses of which hide f/1 apertures.7 and f/1.9. Resolution matrix is 16 and 5 megapixels. In this case, the dual module is used to ensure that the system is able to detect the background to blur it in portrait mode. Decent camera shows itself and when shooting video. However, it cannot shoot in 4K resolution, which will disappoint some buyers.

          There is also a front camera. Its resolution is 16 megapixels, and it consists of only one lens, which uses an aperture of f/1.9. A nice bonus can be considered a flash that lights up a person’s face in the dark. By the way, there is no face recognition – for the protection of personal data applies fingerprint scanner, located on the back. Somewhere inside the device is a 3500 mAh battery.

          The budget status of the gadget is evidenced by the presence of FM-radio (augmented, by the way, RDS). Also at a low cost hints at the plastic casing. It remains to add that this unit weighs about 177 grams.


          • The battery has a good capacity;
          • There is a fingerprint scanner;
          • Not forgotten is the FM receiver;
          • LTE networks are supported;
          • Somebody could use ANT+;
          • A very good rear camera, which is a double;
          • Decent front camera, complete with a flash;
          • A decent amount of memory;
          • The display is based on AMOLED technology;
          • Android 8 operating system is installed.0;
          • Available in four colors.


          • The size and weight are too large;
          • No NFC-chip;
          • Applied the micro-USB connector;
          • Low resolution of such a large display.

          Nokia 5.1 16GB

          Rating: 4.4

          Nokia 5.1 16GB

          HMD Global decided to bet on the mid-budget smartphones. And rightly so. It would be strange if under the brand Nokia began to produce cheap phones, suitable only for the role of “dialer. A striking representative of this price segment is the Nokia 5.1, selling for 13000 – 15000 rubles. This smartphone runs an almost pure version of Android 8.0, the manufacturer has added only a few applications of its own. To help the “green robot” allocated eight-core chipset MediaTek He

        • o P18. This is an excellent processor, which at a clock frequency of 2 GHz shows itself in all its glory, processing data in any heavy application. However, the manufacturer could not do without savings. It lies in the minimal amount of memory by modern standards. And the microSD card slot almost does not save – not all modern applications are moved to an external drive.

          The picture here is displayed on a 5.5-inch display. It was created, of course, by IPS technology. Engineers decided to make it widescreen, so the user can comfortably work in two applications simultaneously. This is aided by the relatively high resolution of 2160×1080 pixels. With such a relatively small diagonal, this led to a pixel density of 439 PPI. Want to see the individual pixels? You will have to use at least a powerful magnifier.

          In terms of installed cameras on the smartphone Nokia 5.1 can not say anything special. Located above the screen “frontal” has an 8-megapixel resolution. The pictures you get with it are roughly comparable to what was once the main camera in Nexus 4. In short, the result is not bad, but no more than that. The rear camera, which includes a 16-megapixel sensor, is not much of a surprise either. With its help it is possible to shoot video in F resolution

            HD. And this is an artificial limitation, because the processor is clearly capable of “digesting” the 4K picture. Auxiliary module is absent, so the beautiful blurring of the background is not worth counting on.

            Most of all, the device pleases with high data transfer speeds. Files are downloaded in the shortest time, even on the street, as there is support for LTE-networks. The device also recognizes the standard Wi-Fi 802.11ac. This is especially appreciated by those who have a router with an external hard drive connected to it, to which you can download movies, and only in high quality. To transmit sound to a wireless headset here is used Bluetooth 4.2. If you have simple headphones, there is a 3.5mm audio jack for them. Got a smartphone and NFC-chip, which is now most often used to pay for purchases. Someone will need the FM-radio – eliminating it for the sake of economy from the manufacturer did not make any sense.

            If you think about it, the device is devoid of any serious flaws. It has a fingerprint sensor – look for it on the back. The metal case is pleasant to the palm. Perhaps the only criticism is the aforementioned amount of memory. And the battery capacity, which is 2970 mAh, does not impress the imagination.


            • There is an FM radio;
            • The Android 8 operating system is installed.0;
            • There is an NFC-chip;
            • Weight does not exceed 153 g;
            • A good IPS display with a decent pixel density;
            • Relatively good rear camera;
            • There is support for Wi-Fi 802.11ac and LTE-A;
            • Built-in powerful processor;
            • There is a fingerprint scanner.


            • Only 2 GB of RAM and 16 GB of permanent memory;
            • Low battery capacity;
            • The micro-USB connector is used;
            • Protective glass is not the latest generation.


            Now you know about which mid-budget smartphones are the best. At least among those that are sold in our country. In this article we talked about those devices that cost about 15000rub. If you are interested in cheaper devices – our online magazine will certainly tell you about them.

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