The smartphone has long ceased to be a simple means of communication. When the cost of a gadget exceeds $1,000, it is difficult to find adequate reasons for buying it.

Most users only need a large display for content consumption, a tolerable camera with auto focus and flash for photos, LTE for fast mobile Internet and a normal battery for a day of work.

All this has long been available not only in the flagship devices of Apple and Samsung, but also in devices for 15-17 thousand rubles.

Those who really need a smartphone for work, as a means of communication or a window to the network, should take a look at devices from solid Chinese brands.

one. Honor 8 Lite

5.2-inch smartphone with Full HD resolution and good viewing angles. A decent 8-core HiSilicon Kirin 655 processor and 4 GB of RAM allow you to easily cope with all everyday tasks.

The highlight of the device is its appearance. Initially, you do not expect anything supernatural from a smartphone of the middle price segment, but the developers were able to surprise. The device looks great, especially in blue.

For whom: for those who work a lot with a smartphone and need good performance.

Price: RUB 13,990

2. Xiaomi Redmi Note 5A

Here Snapdragon 425 is responsible for the calculations, on board 2 GB of RAM. The average stuffing is compensated by the presence of other chips: a 5.5-inch HD display, a 13-megapixel camera, a set of Wi-Fi / Bluetooth 4.2 / IrDA ports for controlling other gadgets.

For complete happiness, only a fingerprint scanner is missing, but the price is less than 10 thousand.

For whom: for practical students or parents.

Price: RUB 9,990

3. HUAWEI Nova 2i

A very powerful dual-camera smartphone from HUAWEI. Quite rare in this class is a combination of a productive processor, 4 GB of RAM and a 64 GB drive. In this case, you can still expand the place with a memory card up to 256 GB.

In addition to the main dual module, there is a powerful front camera of 13 megapixels.

For whom: for photo lovers, selfies and travelers.

Price: RUB 18,990

4. Nokia 5 Silver

Nokia has finally and irrevocably become a Chinese smartphone, but is it really that bad? There is nothing particularly surprising here, but it is also difficult to find a reason for disappointment.

An average 5.2-inch smartphone with a powerful Snapdragon 430 inside. 2 GB of RAM, 16 GB of memory and support for cards up to 128 GB. Outside, a rather thin 9 mm metal case.

For whom: for fans of thin devices and fans of Nokia.

Price: RUB 18,990

five. ZTE Blade V8

The average stuffing for this price segment. The only surprise is the presence of a dual camera module. A combination of 13 MP + 2 MP sensors allows you to take photos with a blurry background or use post-focus.

As a bonus, the developers have provided the ability to transform the smartphone box into a simple VR headset.

For whom: for lovers of virtual reality.

Price: RUB 12,990

6. Doogee MIX

A very elegant smartphone is made of anodized aluminum, all colors are very catchy and look great. High performance is guaranteed by an 8-core MediaTek Helio P25 processor and 4 or 6 GB of RAM.

It differs from other models by a high-set display and minimal bezels around the screen on three sides. There is a physical button on the front with an integrated fingerprint scanner. At the back, a pair of 16 MP and 8 MP cameras catches the eye.

For whom: for fashionistas and lovers of stylish gadgets.

Price: RUB 14,990

Is it possible to trust the “Chinese” for 15K at all?

Chinese brands are quite trustworthy, they have made a huge leap both in terms of technology and in terms of quality of components and assembly.

There is no question of a creaking case or non-working LTE. And in design and functionality, they definitely do not lag behind global competitors. Moreover, they introduce changes as quickly as possible, releasing 5-7 models per year.

It is very important that now all the largest Chinese manufacturers open representative offices in Russia, which means that in case of any problems, the user can contact them for repairs or advice – through M.Video or directly.
– said Vadim Eremin, m_mobile development manager at M.Video

As you can see, it is quite possible to find an inexpensive good smartphone for everyday tasks and not go broke.

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