The best smartphone up to 15,000 hryvnia

We continue our series of materials on choosing smartphones in different price segments, and next is psychological

milestone of 15,000 hryvnia.This is already the territory of Chinese flagships, which, to the delight of customers, have begun to fall in price in anticipation of the release of new 2019 models. And this is what we managed to find in official retail.

The content of the article:

  • Xiaomi Mi 8
  • Huawei P20
  • Samsung Galaxy A8 + 2018
  • CAT S41
  • Apple iPhone 6s

 

Best Choice: Xiaomi Mi 8


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The anniversary flagship Xiaomi Mi 8 was created in the besttraditions of the company - with top-end hardware and a price two times lower than that of famous competitors. A good camera will be the icing on the cake, and with a starting price of12,000 hryvnia, it will be possible to find something more interesting for this moneydifficult. Just don’t delay your purchase, because in a couple more months, only the more expensive Mi 8 Pro with an in-display fingerprint scanner will remain on store shelves.

Xiaomi Mi 8 gets a big 6.21-inch Full HD+ display (2248×1080 pixels) with Gorilla Glass 5 protection and an eyebrow. It is an AMOLED panel with true black color and support for Always on Display to display the time and some notifications in standby mode. The Snapdragon 845 processor and 6 GB of RAM are responsible for performance. The smartphone “flies” and has a decent performance reserve for the future. There is no slot for memory cards, and if 64 GB in the standard model is not enough, you should immediately look towards the older version with 6/128 GB for14,000 hryvnia.

Rear dual camera consists of two12 megapixel modules. The core with a Sony IMX363 sensor and f / 1.8 aperture is equipped with four-axis optical stabilization. The second one with a Samsung S5K3M3 matrix and a f / 2.4 telephoto lens is needed for double approximation and portrait mode with background blur. Day to the quality of the photos do not carp. With poor lighting, Korean flagships shoot better. The night mode, added with updates, helps to draw out a better picture in difficult conditions, but the result is sometimes almost the same as auto mode. The recently released slow-motion shot at a frequency of 960 frames per second is more like a software revision of clips with 240 frames per second. The front 20-megapixel camera makes a cool selfie, and the infrared system allows you to unlock the smartphone on the face, even in the dark. The usual fingerprint scanner is on the back.

The back panel of Xiaomi Mi 8 is glass.Behind it is a battery with a capacity of 3400 mAh. Autonomy is “normal” - with active use, the phone will ask to be charged in the evening. There is dual-band Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 5.0, GPS with support for two carrier frequencies (in theory this should improve accuracy) and an NFC chip for contactless payments via Google Pay. The mini-jack has been removed, but the kit includes an adapter from USB Type-C to a 3.5 mm jack. Moisture protection and wireless charging have not yet been introduced into affordable flagships.

See also:Xiaomi Mi 8 review

pros
Minuses

  • the best stuffing for the money
  • high-quality AMOLED display
  • very good camera
  • no memory card slot
  • saved on moisture protection 

Xiaomi Mi 8

Balanced Chinese flagship

It would seem that the flagship released for the 8th anniversary of XiaomiIt should be bright and unusual, but instead the company released just a good smartphone with an attractive price tag. For this Mi 8 and love. For complete happiness, the smartphone lacks only moisture protection and wireless charging.

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Alternative: Huawei P20


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The “average” smartphone of the flagship Huawei P-series did not receive some important features of the older P20 Pro, but it also costs much less. Today the younger version of Huawei P20 can be bought for13,000 hryvniaAnd this is a great option for those who are looking for a relatively compact model with a good camera.

The P20 has an extended 5.8-inch IPS display with an aspect ratio of 18.7:9 and a resolution of 2240×1080 pixels. It didn’t work out with AMOLED, so you don’t even have to try to programmatically hide the notch on top - it will still be noticeable. Although the “bangs” here are not that big. Below the screen is a fingerprint scanner that works lightning fast and can replace the standard system navigation buttons. The heart of the smartphone is the powerful eight-core Kirin 970 processor. Although this is a flagship solution, it is of the previous generation. In WoT Blitz, for example, it is better to immediately set the graphics settings to medium so as not to observe FPS drops. But PUBG Mobile supports GPU Turbo acceleration technology and runs smoothly. 4 GB of RAM, 64 GB of internal memory, non-expandable. There is a version with a 128 GB drive, but the price for it is still around18,000 hryvniaand doesn't fall.

The smartphone did not get a 40-megapixelsensor, or a separate module with a triple zoom. Instead, we have a classic for Huawei system with color and monochrome sensors: the main 12-megapixel module with an f / 1.8 lens and optical stabilization, auxiliary at 20 megapixels. Artificial intelligence selects the optimal settings for each scene. The camera does a good job even in low light, although it is far from the wonders of the night shooting “proshki”. You can shoot in RAW. 4K video is recorded at 30 frames per second, but stabilization only works in Full HD mode. The front 24-megapixel camera supports face recognition to unlock the device.

Huawei P20 is available in black, blue and gradient"Twilight" colors. Under the back cover of glass hides a battery with a capacity of 3400 mAh with fast charging via the USB Type-C port. The device lives up to two days, although with active use, it is really “planted” by the end of the day. The company has already released an update to EMUI 9 based on Android Pie. Do not forget about the NFC-chip to pay for purchases using a smartphone.

See also:Huawei P20 review

 

pros
Minuses

  • interesting design
  • great photo quality
  • removed the 3.5 mm jack
  • no microSD slot
  • splash protection only

Huawei P20

Beautiful smartphone in a compact package

The Huawei P20 is half the price of the P20 Pro, butthis does not mean that he is twice as bad as his elder brother. The main dual-camera flagship shoots perfectly, the build quality is at a height, and for those who want to stand out there is an unusual gradient option. It upsets the tendency to abandon the slot for memory cards, and the top version of 128 GB unfortunately does not hurry to get cheaper.

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A-brand smartphone: Samsung Galaxy A8 / A8 + (2018)


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There is a category of buyers who chooseexclusively devices of "expensive manufacturers". We have bad news for them - the remnants of the Japanese flagships of the Sony Xperia XZ2 have almost been dismantled, so you have to choose among the middling Korean manufacturer. From the new Samsung Galaxy A9 (2018) with a camera on four lenses, an unimportant photo merchant came out. Its main module shoots worse than the only camera Galaxy A8 and Galaxy A8 +. Taking into account the reduction in prices, the G8 now look more interesting.

The main difference between smartphones isscreen size: the standard Samsung Galaxy A8 has a 5.6-inch Super AMOLED display, and the “plus” is equipped with a 6-inch panel. The resolution is the same in both cases - 2220×1080 pixels with an aspect ratio of 18.5:9. There is an Always On Display function. Inside, it uses an octa-core Exynos 7885 chipset with a frequency of 2.2 GHz and ARM Mali-G71 MP2 graphics. It is quite fast, although in demanding games it is better not to go above medium settings. Perhaps the main drawback of both models is 32 GB of internal memory. Most “Chinese” will have at least 64 GB for this money. It’s also lucky that the microSD card slot is separate here and allows you to use a second SIM card at the same time.


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Returning to the issue of cameras, on the backthere is a 16-megapixel module with f / 1.7 optics and phase autofocus. With good lighting, the pictures are excellent, but in the evening and at night the noise level overwrites all the details. Video - only in Full HD, 4K-video recording is not supported. The front-facing dual camera with 16 and 8 megapixel modules can blur the background. Face recognition is also provided to unlock a smartphone when it is inconvenient to drag your finger to the fingerprint scanner.

Both devices are enclosed in a glass case withmetal frame, there is protection against dust and water according to the IP68 standard, which is rare in this price segment. The battery capacities are different: 3000 mAh for the more compact A8 and 3500 mAh for the A8+. The battery life of the devices is approximately the same - on average it is one day, with not very active use you can get a day and a half on one charge. A fast charger is included in the package. At the bottom there is a USB Type-C port and a 3.5 mm headphone jack. In addition to dual-band Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 5.0 and GPS, there is an NFC chip and proprietary MST magnetic tape simulation technology. This means that if the Samsung Pay service does launch in Ukraine, it will be possible to pay using a smartphone even at regular terminals without contactless support. Google Pay only works with NFC.

Samsung Galaxy A8 can already be purchased for11,000 hryvnia, and the Galaxy A8+ will cost a thousand more - in12,000 hryvnia.

See also:

  • Samsung Galaxy A8 + review
  • Samsung Galaxy A8 review

pros
Minuses

  • high-quality AMOLED display
  • protection against water and dust IP68
  • separate trays for microSD and second SIM
  • midrange chipset
  • little memory
  • night shot

Samsung Galaxy A8

Middle class with flagship ambitions

The older Samsung A-series models have mademost similar to the flagships. Galaxy A8 got an elongated Super AMOLED-screen with the function Always on Display, and the body of glass and metal is protected from water and dust according to IP68. The problem is that for each plus there is a “but”. The processor here is not the most powerful, only 32 GB of internal memory, cameras are decently filmed, but only during the day. At the start of sales, the smartphone was a little expensive, but gradually prices fell to a more adequate level.

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Korean quality

 

Samsung Galaxy A8+

All the same, only in a different size.

Samsung Galaxy A8 + is essentially no different from the more compact version. The capacity of the battery was increased by 500 mAh, but because of the increased screen diagonal it almost did not affect the operating time.

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Secure Alternative: CAT S41


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Licensed by CaterpillarSmartphone SUV CAT S41 is designed for extreme conditions. It conforms to the military standard MIL-STD-810G and can operate in the temperature range from -25 ° C to + 55 ° C. Plastic and rubber housing withstands a 1.8 meter drop on concrete. IP68 protection against moisture and dust is also available, the model is resistant to immersion to a depth of two meters for an hour. The bonus is a powerful battery with a capacity of 5000 mAh. Even with intensive use of charge enough for a couple of days.

As for the rest of the characteristics, everything is sufficientmodestly. CAT S41 is equipped with a bright 5-inch Full HD display, which is covered with Corning Gorilla Glass 5 and responds adequately to touches with wet fingers. At the bottom there are three mechanical buttons, which will be convenient to press with gloves on. The MediaTek Helio P20 processor is already quite outdated, but it is enough for everyday tasks. There is 3 GB of RAM, and in addition to a 32 GB drive there is a slot for microSD memory cards.

What is a 13 megapixel rear camera thatfrontal 8-megapixel module of stars from the sky is not enough. CAT S41 can not even with inexpensive "Chinese" who have already learned how to shoot well during the day and acceptable in the evening. It is better not to turn on the HDR mode in the Caterpillar model - just spoil the shots.

The smartphone came out with Android 7.0 Nougat on board. Later, an update to Android 8.0 Oreo was released, which corrected including problems with the standard application for calls. There is no fingerprint scanner, but the manufacturer has not forgotten about the NFC-chip for contactless payments via Google Pay.

Ukrainian stores are selling CAT S41 at13,000 hryvnia.

pros
Minuses

  • maximum protection
  • the screen remains readable in the sun
  • excellent autonomy
  • weak cameras with useless hdr
  • no fingerprint scanner
  • budget "iron" at a non-budget price

CAT S41

Proven Brand Protected Smartphone

CAT S41 is suitable for well work and forays onnature The device is not afraid of water and severe frosts. Thanks to the powerful 5000 mAh battery, it will easily last several days without recharging. True, for all these "buns" you have to pay with simple features and mediocre cameras.

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indestructible

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If you want an iPhone: Apple iPhone 6s


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For fans of Apple technology who don't wantTo shell out your last money for the newest iPhone, you can only look towards models of previous generations. In the segment up to 15,000 hryvnia, you will have to rewind the clock back to 2015 - that’s when the company introduced the iPhone 6s. The 32 GB model will cost13,000 hryvnia, and this is not some Refurbished, but a completely new device.

iPhone 6s comes with 4.7-inch Retina display with 3D Touch support and wide frames. Below the screen is the good old Touch ID fingerprint scanner. The Apple A9 chipset and 2 GB of RAM are enough for iOS 12 to run smoothly, but it’s hard to say how the smartphone will work in a year or two. The main 12-megapixel camera with f/2.2 aperture, even in 2019, can boast of good image quality in sufficient lighting, but in night photography the competitors have gone far ahead. 4K video recording is supported, but it will eat up all the free space in a matter of minutes. Selfie camera 5 megapixels.

The 1715 mAh battery looks modest onpaper, but it’s enough for a day of full use. iPhone 6s is enclosed in a metal case and is not waterproof. NFC payment via Apple Pay is supported.

See also:Apple iPhone 6s review

pros
Minuses

  • this is an iphone
  • does not slow down
  • good camera
  • this is an iphone
  • little memory
  • model life cycle comes to an end

Apple iPhone 6s

Classic iPhone for Apple fans

Last year millions of ownersThe “slow-motion” iPhones chose to replace the battery at a discount program, rather than buying a newer model. Today smartphones are becoming obsolete very slowly. And it's not a shame to buy an iPhone 6s in 2019. You just need to decide for yourself whether you have enough models with 32 GB of internal memory. If photos can still be uploaded to the cloud storage, then this number will not work with applications and games.

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