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best smartphone up to 15,000 hryvnia 2020

This material is regularly updated. We remove obsolete devices from here and add the most relevant ones.

We continue the cycle of materials on the choice of smartphones in different price segments, and the next psychological line is 15,000 hryvnia. This is already the territory of the flagships of past years, which, to the delight of customers, began to get cheaper before the release of new products in 2020. And this is what official retail can offer us.

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Samsung Galaxy S10e

Junior Korean flagship

Galaxy S10e may not produce such a wow effect as the older models of the family. But it is easier for them to be controlled with one hand, and the screen without bends on the sides glare less and does not annoy with accidental taps. Compared with competitors, the compact flagship Samsung also has something to show. Good cameras, a powerful processor, wireless charging and moisture protection are a rare combination of qualities for this price segment.

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optimal choice

Xiaomi Mi 9T Pro

More screen, maximum performance

The Xiaomi device is interesting for two reasons at once. Firstly, he received a large AMOLED screen without “droplets” and other cutouts – a selfie camera hides inside the case, without taking up extra space on the front panel. Secondly, this is one of the most affordable smartphones based on the Snapdragon 855 processor, which behaves better in games than any flagship Samsung or Huawei chip (of the same generation). Mi 9T Pro also shoots well and works on a single charge for a long time.

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Honor 20 Pro

Balanced smartphone with focus on the camera

Among all the smartphones in this collection, the Honor 20 Pro received the most interesting camera system: the main 48-megapixel module produces high-quality images at night and during the day, you can shoot with a wide angle and a triple optical zoom. Add here an IPS screen with nice color reproduction, a large amount of memory (256 GB!), A 4000 mAh battery, and we get another promising candidate for purchase. If only the lack of a headphone jack is not critical for you.

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for IPS lovers


Trusted brand secure smartphone

CAT S41 is suitable for rowing and outdoor activities. He is not afraid of water and severe frosts, and the shockproof case is able to withstand falls on concrete from a height of 1.8 meters. Thanks to a powerful 5000 mAh battery, the device can easily last several days without recharging. True, for all these “buns” you have to pay with simple characteristics and mediocre cameras.

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Apple iPhone 8

Classic smartphone for Apple fans

The equipment of the American company is slowly getting cheaper not only on the secondary market, and even today the prices for the year before last iPhone XR can hardly be called affordable. If you have 15 thousand hryvnias in your pocket, the only acceptable option is iPhone 8. The design of the eights is already outdated, but the smartphone has all the necessary functions, including wireless charging. Buy it in 2020 is not at all a shame

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if you want iPhone

The best choice: Samsung Galaxy S10e

Samsung Galaxy S10e didn’t lose so much compared to its older counterparts, and if at first the price for the “base flagship” was biting, today it can be bought for a reasonable 15,000 hryvnias. This is one of the most compact devices in the top segment. In a case like a 5.1-inch Galaxy S7 fits a 5.8-inch Dynamic AMOLED display with Full HD + resolution and support for HDR10 + standard. Instead of the annoying “droplet” – a hole for the front camera on the right, this feature of the device is beaten with the help of wallpaper. There is no fingerprint scanner under the screen, it has moved to the right end and is combined with the power key. Using swipes on the sensor, you can open and close the notification panel, however, due to the high location, some users will have to reach for the button.

We are selling a version of the Samsung Galaxy S10e based on the proprietary eight-core Exynos 9820 processor with a frequency of 2.73 GHz. It copes with any tasks, but with prolonged loads, throttling is turned on to reduce the heating of the case. Fans of hours of playing PUBG Mobile with ultra-graphics are better off looking in the direction of competitors on Qualcomm’s flagship chips. The amount of RAM is 6 gigabytes, built-in – 128 gigabytes plus a microSD card slot (only instead of the second nano-SIM).

The smartphone received a system of two modules without a telephoto module, as in the Galaxy S10 / S10 +. But there was a 16-megapixel “shirik” with a viewing angle of as much as 123 degrees. As for the main camera with 12 megapixels, thanks to optical stabilization and a switchable f / 1.5-2.4 aperture, it shoots well even at night. Yes, without the magic of computational photography by Google and Huawei (although there is a special night mode here), but in shooting the video, the Korean is definitely ahead. In addition to 4K-clips at a speed of 60 frames per second, slow-motion HD video recording is supported at 960 fps. The front 10-megapixel camera has a wide-angle selfie mode and also allows you to shoot 4K video. Of course, there is a portrait mode with background blur. Fingerprint unlock can be combined with face recognition.

The glass case with a metal frame is protected from dust and water according to the IP68 standard. A loud lower speaker produces high-quality sound; the earpiece plays along with it to create a stereo effect. The 3.5 mm headphone jack is also left. Inside – a 3100 mAh battery with support for fast charging via cable and wireless charging in both directions (it helps to “revive” discharged smart watches or TWS-headphones). On average, the Galaxy S10e runs one day. The device has already been updated to Android 10 with the proprietary One UI 2.0 shell and DeX mode for convenient operation on a large screen. A special docking station is not needed for this. There are four colors to choose from: black onyx, white mother of pearl, yellow citrus and aquamarine.

Samsung Galaxy S10e has become the leader in our rating, as it offers a maximum of flagship chips in its price segment. But this is not an Olympic competition, and the following devices also have their own strengths.

5 reasons to buy: 2 reasons not to buy:
  • compact sizes
  • high-quality AMOLED display
  • good cameras
  • wireless charger
  • moisture protection
  • microSD / nanoSIM hybrid slot
  • high location fingerprint scanner

Read also: Samsung Galaxy S10e review

The most powerful: Xiaomi Mi 9t Pro

The creation of three independent smartphone brands does not prevent Xiaomi from juggling device names of different lines. Xiaomi Mi 9T Pro was not created as another modification of the flagship Mi 9, the company just renamed the Redmi K20 Pro released for the Chinese market. The international version received the same design and specifications, only the logo on the rear panel changed (the list of supported 4G LTE networks is also different, but there are relevant ones for Ukraine both there and there). Almost the entire front panel of the device is occupied by a 6.39-inch Full HD + AMOLED-screen without “shanks” and holes. The feature of the Mi 9T Pro was the front camera coming out of the case, and it seems that concerns about the reliability of the design were in vain. Even if problems arise in the mechanism, they usually are programmatic in nature and disappear after updating the firmware. The module itself does not rise too quickly, which affects the speed of face recognition. However, there is a more reliable way to unlock – a fingerprint scanner in the display. It works accurately and quickly, although it can “dull” in the cold. In updates, the developers also added DC Dimming screen flicker reduction technology, which top samsungs cannot boast of.

The heart of the Xiaomi Mi 9T Pro is the flagship Snapdragon 855 processor, which will pull all games for at least a few more years. Another reason for the joy of mobile gamers is the powerful 4000 mAh battery. Even with very active use, the smartphone easily survives until the evening, in moderate mode it will have to be charged in a day, or even less. Supports fast charging with a power of 27 W, but to save money, the company put a simpler 18 W power adapter in the box (the battery takes up half the capacity in about 30 minutes). Wireless charging is not supported.

On the back of the device there is a main camera with 48 megapixels with a Sony IMX582 matrix and f / 1.75 aperture, a telephoto module with 8 megapixels with double optical zoom and a 13-megapixel wide-angle camera with a coverage of 124.8 degrees. In the afternoon, the quality of the pictures is excellent, you can squeeze out the maximum details in full resolution mode (on the machine, four pixels are combined into one, and 12-megapixel pictures are saved). At night, the results are also good, but this is not the level of “thoroughbred” flagships. There is nothing to be surprised at – the Pro version has the same camera system as in the middling Mi 9T. But enthusiasts can download the Google Camera application mod and shoot in conditions where the built-in night mode “does not pull”. The front-facing camera is of average quality, despite the claimed 20 megapixels. By the way, the decorative illumination on the outgoing module is used as an indicator of events: when notifications are received, a small ring lights up at the top end. However, Always On Display will be more informative.

Xiaomi Mi 9T Pro received 6 GB of RAM and is available in two configurations with a 64 GB or 128 GB drive. Since there is no microSD card slot, it is better to take the older version right away, it will cost 12,000 hryvnias. Three body colors are available to choose from: black with a Kevlar pattern, as well as red and blue with “fiery” overflows. Behind the glass rear panel is an NFC antenna for contactless payment.

3 reasons to buy: 2 reasons not to buy:
  • AMOLED screen without cutouts
  • game processor
  • good autonomy
  • no microSD slot
  • competitors have better cameras

More cameras: Honor 20 Pro

For half the price of premium smartphones, the Honor 20 Pro offers one of the best cameras on the market (in terms of photography) and a large amount of memory where you can store all the pictures and videos. By tradition, the Honor flagship received an IPS screen instead of AMOLED, whether it is good or bad – depends on your personal preferences. The diagonal of the panel is 6.26 inches with Full HD + resolution of 2340×1080 pixels. In the upper left corner there is a small hole for the 32-megapixel front camera. It is not very striking, and in games it can even be closed with fingers, so the display feels frameless. The case is a “sandwich” of glass and metal. Like the Galaxy S10e, on the right side is the power key with a fingerprint scanner. Thanks to a special multi-layer coating on the back, a volume effect is created with interesting patterns and highlights. Today, in addition to the model in green, a purple version is available for sale, both look expensive.

The rear camera system includes four modules at once. The main 48 megapixel camera is equipped with optical stabilization and aperture optics f / 1.4. That is why the Honor 20 Pro easily outperforms most of its competitors in the quality of night shooting. All is well and in the afternoon, although if you compare the device with the already mentioned Galaxy S10e, the Korean takes sharper photos. The upper lens in the protruding part is a 16-megapixel “wide” (f / 2.2) with a viewing angle of 117 degrees, and at the bottom is an 8-megapixel camera with an f / 2.4 aperture, triple optical zoom and, again, optical stabilization. The fourth module for macro shooting at 2 MP stands out and, in truth, is not particularly needed. During video recording, you can switch between different cameras (except for macro). In all modes, only electronic stabilization is active, in 4K clips the result of its operation is visible only after saving the file. In poor lighting, software algorithms are not able to compensate for shaking, the picture begins to float and double.

For speed, the 7-nanometer eight-core Kirin 980 chip of Huawei’s own design is responsible. It is used in most of the top models of the company for 2019. Honor 20 Pro can not be called a gaming smartphone – over time, the processor resets frequencies, and FPS in heavy games sometimes sags. Things are better with projects that support GPU Turbo acceleration technology. These include PUBG Mobile, Fortnite, FIFA Mobile and others. RAM 8 GB, built-in many at once – 256 GB, but without the possibility of expansion.

A 4000 mAh battery provides up to two days of work with a total of 7 hours of active screen in mixed mode. If you load harder, the “firmware” will have to be charged every day. There is dual-band Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 5.0 and NFC, but the 3.5 mm audio jack has been removed. For ordinary headphones, you will have to use an adapter with USB Type-C (comes with the device). Honor 20 Pro has already fallen in price to 13,000 hryvnias, and this is a great offer.

3 reasons to buy: 2 reasons not to buy
  • good price / quality ratio
  • great cameras
  • 256 GB of internal memory
  • cannot insert memory card
  • no 3.5 mm headphone output

Read also: Honor 20 Pro review

Secure Alternative: CAT S41


The Caterpillar licensed CAT S41 SUV is designed for extreme conditions. It complies with the military standard MIL-STD-810G and can operate in the temperature range from -25 ° C to + 55 ° C. The weighty case made of plastic and rubber withstands falling onto concrete from a height of 1.8 meters. Protection against moisture and dust class IP68 is also there, the model is resistant to immersion to a depth of two meters for an hour. The bonus is a powerful 5000 mAh battery. Even with heavy use, the charge will last for a couple of days.

In terms of other characteristics, everything is rather modest. The CAT S41 was equipped with a bright 5-inch Full HD display, which is covered by Corning Gorilla Glass 5 and adequately responds to touch with wet fingers. At the bottom there are three mechanical buttons, it will be convenient to press them in gloves. The MediaTek Helio P20 processor is already out of date, but for everyday tasks it will be enough with the head. RAM is 3 GB, and in addition to the 32 GB drive there is a microSD card slot.

That the rear camera is 13 megapixels, that the front 8-megapixel module of stars from the sky is not enough. CAT S41 will not be able to compete even with inexpensive “Chinese” who have already learned to shoot well in the afternoon and acceptable in the evening. The HDR mode in the Caterpillar model is better not to include – just ruin the pictures.

The smartphone came out with Android 7.0 Nougat on board. Later, an update was released to Android 8.0 Oreo, which also fixed 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 sell CAT S41 cheaper 11 000 hryvnia.

3 reasons to buy 3 reasons not to buy
  • maximum protection
  • the screen remains readable in the sun
  • excellent autonomy
  • weak cameras with useless HDR
  • no fingerprint scanner
  • budget “hardware” at a non-budget price

If you want an iPhone: Apple iPhone 8

Those who plan to buy a new Apple smartphone in 2020, we would recommend looking towards the iPhone XR with a thin-frame design and Face ID. There is only one snag – at the “officials” the price for it starts from 19 thousand hryvnias, and only three classic models of the company fit into our budget. iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus are suitable for the most undemanding users, yet 32 ​​GB of internal memory is not enough by today’s standards. As a result, there remains an iPhone 8 with 64 GB of memory for 15,000 hryvnias. It features a 4.7-inch Retina display with TrueTone automatic color temperature adjustment and 3D Touch force recognition technology. Under the screen is the Home button with a fingerprint scanner Touch ID. The performance of the already middle-aged Apple A11 processor is sufficient for smooth operation of the system, and for launching demanding games.

The main 12-megapixel camera with f / 1.8 aperture and optical stabilization takes good photos during the day, but in poor lighting it lags behind its rivals from the Android camp. There are no additional modules for wide-angle shooting and zoom, but 4K-video of good quality is supported at up to 60 frames per second. The main thing is that a free place is found in the memory. 7 MP front camera.

Behind the glass back panel is a battery with a capacity of 1821 mAh. It is enough for a full day of work. While watching a video, the earpiece and main speaker work together and sound good. The iPhone 8 case is protected against dust and water according to the IP67 standard. It was in this generation of smartphones that Apple first added support for wireless charging. Fast cable charging is also supported, but not with the included 5W adapter. There is an NFC chip to pay for purchases through Apple Pay.

4 reasons to buy: 4 reasons not to buy:
  • this is iPhone
  • does not slow down
  • good camera
  • have wireless charging
  • this is iPhone
  • long obsolete design
  • no mini jack
  • you can afford iPhone XR

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