The best smartphone for 3000 hryvnia

Budget smartphones are getting better and better, although if we talk about the very entry level, over the last

a year of some dramatic changes in the segment“up to 3000 hryvnia” did not happen. The screens of the new models have grown in height, but the cameras are still only tolerable during the day, and you can only play not the most difficult games. However, for undemanding users no more is needed. In this article we will talk about good cheap smartphones that are officially sold in Ukraine.

The content of the article:

  • Meizu M6T
  • Xiaomi Redmi 6A
  • TP-Link Neffos X1 Lite
  • Samsung Galaxy J2 2018
  • ZTE Blade A522

Meizu M6T

Beautiful smartphone with dual camera

Meizu M6T with 5.7-inch screen and a good hardware filling looks more expensive than its price, despite the all-plastic case. The smartphone did not become a breakthrough in the budget segment, but it surely leads in the aggregate of characteristics. He would have a fresher version of Android, but we are already finding fault with that.

Buy from Comfy (3/32 GB)

Buy in TTT (3/32 GB)

the best choice

Xiaomi Redmi 6A

Inexpensive smartphone without design claims

Xiaomi has turned out to be a good budget phone thatDoesn’t slow down at every turn, shoots well and holds a charge for at least a day. In Redmi 6A, the screen was stretched in height according to modern fashion, the developers added a face unlock function, but the fingerprint scanner never appeared.

Buy at Rozetka

Buy in Rozetka (2/32 GB)

Buy at Comfy

Buy at Foxtrot

Buy at Eldorado

Buy at TTT


TP-Link Neffos X1 Lite

When an old smartphone is better than a new one

Neffos X1 Lite - a peppy smartphone with a 5-incha screen of classic proportions, a shameless camera and a pleasant shell that is not overloaded with unnecessary functions and is in many ways reminiscent of “pure” Android. A good option for those who are not chasing thin frames.

Buy at MOYO

Buy at TTT

Buy at Eldorado

Buy at

you can take it

Samsung Galaxy J2 2018

Brand smartphone for simple tasks

Samsung's most interesting state employee in the bottomprice segment. There are cheaper options, but it’s better not to look at them, and more advanced models will cost at least a thousand more. Galaxy J2 2018 looks a bit old-fashioned, but if you need a non-Chinese smartphone, the manufacturer has no other for you.

Buy at MOYO

Buy at Foxtrot

Buy at TTT

Buy at Rozetka

Buy at Comfy

if “Chinese” is not your thing

ZTE Blade A522

Maximum cheap and with contactless payment

NFC - a rarity for a smartphone costingup to $ 100, so we could not get past the ZTE Blade A522. Judging by the old version of Android, the device reached our market with a big delay. For its price budget is very well equipped, and that the glossy back panel is not scratched, it is recommended to use a cover.

Buy at Rozetka

Buy at Eldorado

Buy from MTA

Buy at Allo

NFC for the people

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Best Choice: Meizu M6T

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Traditionally, Chinese manufacturers offerThe best ratio of price and quality. Meizu M6T has almost everything a modern smartphone needs. It is equipped with a “high” 5.7-inch IPS screen with HD resolution. Inside, an older, but not completely dead, eight-core Mediatek MT6750 processor is used. It even runs “Tanks” on low graphics settings, but there will be significant FPS drops in PUBG Mobile. Our budget only fits the basic configuration with 2 GB of RAM and 16 GB of internal memory - it will cost3000 hryvnia. The 3/32 GB option costs 500 hryvnia more. There is a microSD slot, a memory card takes the place of the second SIM.

In our collection, this is the only smartphone withdual rear camera. The main 13-megapixel module is paired with a 2-megapixel module, which is responsible for blurring the background. In the afternoon, the Meizu M6T takes good shots, in low light the detail drops as expected. 8 megapixel selfie camera is ordinary. On the back is a fingerprint scanner. NFC is not delivered.

Meizu M6T looks more expensive than it costs. The case is completely plastic, but four colors are immediately available: black, blue, gold and red. The device is controlled by the Flyme 6 shell based on Android 7.0 Nougat, and do not wait for updates to the new OS versions. A battery with a capacity of 3300 mAh is enough for a standard day of work. Supports Wi-Fi 5 GHz.

3 reasons to buy:
3 reasons not to buy:

  • nice design
  • good camera with bokeh
  • Four colors to choose
  • microSD / Nano-SIM hybrid slot
  • shoots normally only in good light
  • old version of Android

Accessories:case, protective glass

Alternative: Xiaomi Redmi 6A

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Xiaomi Redmi 6A was equipped with “high” 5.45-inch HD display with 18:9 aspect ratio and HD resolution. The company installed a quad-core MediaTek Helio A22 chip. It is produced using a more modern 12-nanometer process technology and has increased performance compared to the Snapdragon 425 in the Redmi 5A. This will give a slight increase in FPS in games. There are two modifications of the device on sale: with 2 GB of RAM and 16 GB of internal memory for2700 hryvnia, as well as a 2/32 GB option for3200 hryvnia. There is a triple tray for microSD card and two Nano-SIM, in contrast to the models for the Chinese market, where the slot is hybrid.

The rear 13 megapixel camera shoots veryThumbs up for state employees. Even with insufficient lighting, you can get a good photo, although there are often smears - it is better to take several shots at once. The 5 megapixel selfie camera is average in quality, there is a built-in beautifier for “improving the face” (it works so-so). Much more useful would be the unlock function on the face, since there is no fingerprint scanner.

Xiaomi Redmi 6A with quite standardThe 3000 mAh battery will last a day with normal use. In a more gentle mode, the charge can be extended for one and a half to two days. The update to MIUI 10 with Android 8.1 Oreo was released in the fall. The body is plastic, although visually similar to metal. The main speaker was left on the rear panel, which is not very convenient - when the device is lying on the table with the screen facing up, the sound is noticeably muffled.

3 reasons to buy:
2 reasons not to buy:

  • high-quality screen
  • good shot during the day
  • microSD slot
  • plastic looks cheap
  • no fingerprint scanner

Accessories:case, “armor”, glass

Classic smartphone: TP-Link Neffos X1 Lite

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Models are still in demand, although shewill soon be two years old. TP-Link Neffos X1 Lite did not manage to get into the “frameless” trend, but instead of the primitive MediaTek MTK6739 chip, as in the more recent Neffos C9a, it received an eight-core MT6750. The gadget is equipped with a bright and contrasting 5-inch HD-format display, 2 GB of RAM and 16 GB of built-in expandable (hybrid slot).

With good lighting, the rear 13-megapixelthe camera takes good pictures with the correct color, however, because of the budget optics, it “soaps” a little around the edges of the frame. Above the screen is a 5 megapixel selfie camera. With a battery with a capacity of 2550 m · Ah, the device does not set record-breaking autonomy, although if you don’t get involved in games, the Neffos X1 Lite lives quietly until evening. The body is completely plastic, although it feels like metal to the touch. The operating system is Android 7.0 Nougat with the NFUI 2.1 shell, which does not slow down and offers a couple of useful functions like call recording.

The smartphone can still be found in some stores at a price of about2500 hryvnia.

See also:TP-Link Neffos X1 Lite review

3 reasons to buy:
 2 reasons not to buy:

  • looks more expensive than it costs
  • decent photos in good light
  • Fingerprint's scanner
  • average autonomy
  • microSD / Nano-SIM hybrid slot

Accessories:silicone case, protective glass

If you want A-brand: Samsung Galaxy J2 2018

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We allowed ourselves to go a little over budget,because no 200 hryvnia is worth the torment with a smartphone that only has 8 GB of internal memory (I downloaded a couple of games and instant messengers from Google Play - there is no more space). In Samsung Galaxy J2 2018 for3200 hryvniaThe drive is 16 GB, so it’s quite manageable. If you are not embarrassed by the outdated design and the simplest hardware possible.

The device received a 5-inch AMOLED screen, but withlow resolution 960&#215;540 pixels. The time-tested quad-core Snapdragon 425 chipset and 1.5 GB of RAM are responsible for performance. The main 8-megapixel camera shoots no better than its competitors, but due to the not-so-high resolution, there will be less detail in landscape photos. The 5 MP front camera is equipped with its own flash.

Samsung Galaxy J2 2018 battery capacity is notimpressive - 2600 mAh, but it is removable. One charge is enough for a day. Under the back cover are separate slots for two SIM cards and microSD. The Android 7.1 Nougat operating system is covered with a proprietary shell, and there will be no upgrade to Oreo.

Sometimes they give a smartphone case or memory card as a gift, and while comparing prices, we noticed that in some stores the black and gold versions have fallen in price to3000 hryvnia.

3 reasons to buy:
3 reasons not to buy:

  • you do not trust Chinese brands
  • removable battery
  • separate slot for microSD
  • competitors have more interesting characteristics
  • screen resolution
  • no Always On Display

Accessories:case, glass

With NFC for cheap: ZTE Blade A522

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Support for contactless payment is rareIn an ultra-budget device, the ZTE Blade A522 is rather an exception to the rule. The device was equipped with a 5-inch HD screen with a classic 16:9 aspect ratio and fairly thick frames. In the specifications, the panel is simply designated as TFT; if there are deviations, the colors are distorted, but not everything is so bad. It may not be the highest brightness that is more critical. The model is built on a quad-core Snapdragon 425 chipset, 2 GB RAM, 16 GB storage plus a combined slot for a microSD card or a second SIM card.

Behind is a 13-megapixel camera withflash 8 megapixel front-facing module. The quality of shooting is average here and there, but it’s worth noting that today you can buy ZTE Blade A522 for only 2000 hryvnia. This is the cheapest smartphone in our collection.

Gloss plastic body quickly assemblesscratches. In addition to the black version in some stores there is a white version. With a battery of 2730 mAh, you can count on the day of normal use. There is no fingerprint scanner, and for NFC-payment through the Google Pay service you will have to set up a digital PIN or unlock pattern.

2 reasons to buy:
3 reasons not to buy:

  • low price
  • NFC to pay by smartphone
  • budget screen
  • no fingerprint scanner
  • either microSD or second SIM card

Accessories:silicone case, glass

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