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Best smartphones in terms of price-quality ratio

Looking at the prices of modern flagships, you think that the market has gone crazy. Is it really impossible to buy a quality gadget at a reasonable price? You can - and our top-10 model is proof of that.

Russian buyers of equipment still believe in the immutability of the following primitive proportion: the higher the price of the product, the higher its quality. Although on the mobile market, this law has long been in effect “to the extent that it is” - the cost of goods here depends on the brand, technical characteristics, on how much the manufacturer had to spend on advertising, and on many other variables. The quality of the gadget as a pricing factor is far from the top of the list.

The current market situation is the most favorable in order to buy an inexpensive but high-quality smartphone. Check out our smartphone rating - and you will find out which 2017 devices will justify every ruble invested in them.

10. Meizu M2 Note

  • Processor: 8-core MediaTek MT6753, clock speed 1300 MHz
  • Memory (RAM / User): 2 GB / 16 GB
  • Display: 5-inch diagonal, FullHD resolution
  • Cameras (main / front): 13 megapixels / 5 megapixels
  • Battery: 3,100 mAh

Price: from 9 649 rubles

The company Meizu , which probably already fell in love with the fans of the football club "Krasnodar" , is to produce high-quality and inexpensive smartphones - a real whale. Model M2 Note is close to the standard in terms of price / quality ratio: for an amount not exceeding 10 thousand rubles, the buyer gets a gadget with a modern 8-core processor from MTK, support for LTE and a large bright FullHD-screen.


  • High performance.
  • Powerful rear camera with autofocus.
  • OTG support - USB flash drives can be connected to the smartphone.
  • The presence of a 4G module.


  • Wide frames around the screen.
  • The kit does not contain headphones.

9. Blackview BV4000

  • Processor: 4-core MediaTek MT6580A, clock speed 1300 MHz
  • Memory (RAM / User): 1 GB / 8 GB
  • Display: 7-inch diagonal, HD resolution
  • Cameras (main / front): 8 megapixel / 2 megapixel
  • Battery: 3,680 mAh

Price: from 7,990 rublesBlackview BV4000 - the device is only “with heat, with heat”! This smartphone, introduced only in August 2017, immediately deprived all fans of protected gadgets. It was the share of the BV4000 that broke the stereotype, as if all devices that comply with the IP68 standard and other similar ones are cumbersome and outwardly unattractive. The device from Blackview looks stylish and modern - despite the fact that, in terms of the strength of the case, it will give odds to much more expensive protected devices.


  • High-capacity battery with which the smartphone is able to stretch a month in standby mode.
  • Reliable protection.
  • Nice design and excellent build.


  • Low performance - “on board” only 1 GB of RAM.
  • Weak front camera.

8. Doogee S60

  • Processor: 8-core MediaTek Helio P25, 4 × 2.5 GHz + 4 × 1.6 GHz
  • Memory (RAM / User): 6 GB / 64 GB
  • Display: 2-inch diagonal, FullHD resolution
  • Cameras (main / front): 21 megapixels / 8 megapixels
  • Battery: 5,580 mAh

Price: from 17,561 rubles. A user who has doubts about the build quality of the Doogee S60 should read the hard test drive of this device and watch the corresponding video . Doogee S60 - “reincarnation” of the legendary Nokia 3310 in a new format, with a large display and premium features; judging by the results of the experiments, this smartphone will survive and atomic war, and the ice age.


  • Complies with IP68.
  • High-quality assembly.
  • An impressive amount of RAM.
  • Glass Gorilla Glass 5, protecting the front edge.


  • The price is too high for a smartphone of a little-known firm.
  • The design does not cause a "wow effect".

Buy Doogee S60

7. Ulefone Power 2

  • Processor: 8-core MediaTek MT6750 1.5 GHz clock speed
  • Memory (operational / user): 4 GB / 64 GB
  • Display: 5-inch diagonal, FullHD resolution
  • Camera (main / front): 13 megapixel / 8 megapixel
  • Battery: 6 050 mAh

Price: from 11,298 rubles. Ulefone Power 2 went on sale only in the spring of 2017, but has already earned the love of Russian users; according to Yandex.Market, this smartphone has 88% of the ratings - the "five". In the reviews, the current owners of Power 2 call on potential buyers not to worry about the fact that the brand is little known, and to boldly prefer Ulefone to the popular Samsung and Sony.

The main advantage of Ulefone Power 2 is an impressive capacity battery. Just think about these numbers: the smartphone allows you to talk continuously for 2 days, and in standby mode it will stretch the whole 2 months!


  • Powerful battery.
  • LTE support.
  • The presence of a fingerprint scanner .
  • Impressive performance.
  • Rich equipment, which includes, for example, a ring to hold the device.


  • Massive - the gadget weighs over 200 grams.

6. Nubia Z11 Mini S

  • Processor: 8-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 MSM8953, 2 GHz
  • Memory (operational / user): 4 GB / 64 GB
  • Display: 2-inch diagonal, FullHD resolution
  • Cameras (main / front): 23 megapixels / 13 megapixels
  • Battery: 3,000 mAh

Price: from 17,000 rubles to the Nubia Z11 Mini S is too good for the middle price segment - but due to some misunderstanding it belongs to it. The main advantage of the gadget is the camera; Nubia user just will not have to remember where his "soap box" lies. Behind it is a Sony IMX318 sensor with a hybrid autofocus and three-axis stabilization - the peephole, by the way, is protected by a sapphire crystal. Selfie camera has a resolution of 13 megapixels and includes 5 lenses.

In addition to cameras, the Nubia Z11 Mini S boasts impressive rigorous design and a large number of different modules and sensors — including fingerprint.


  • The best camera in the price segment.
  • Battery that supports fast charging .
  • Availability of NFC and LTE modules.
  • Modern graphics accelerator Adreno 506.


  • SIM slot combined - you have to choose between a second SIM card and a flash card.

5. Huawei P9 Lite 2

  • Processor: 8-core HiSilicon Kirin 650, clock frequency 4 × 2 GHz + 4 × 1.7 GHz.
  • Memory (RAM / User): 2 GB / 16 GB
  • Display: 2-inch diagonal, FullHD resolution
  • Camera (main / front): 13 megapixel / 8 megapixel
  • Battery: 3,000 mAh

Price: from 12,490 rubles. The buyer may be alerted that the lightweight Huawei P9, in contrast to the original, consists not of aircraft-grade aluminum, but of simple plastic. Although you really shouldn't worry about it: Huawei P9 Lite is built to glory, you can't call it flimsy.

The main thing that boasts a Chinese device - this is photographic ability. You won’t surprise anyone with 13 megapixels now - but you can surprise with photos taken on a camera with such a resolution. The quality of the P9 Lite images will “give odds” to the Samsung A-series, and by the number of settings, options and “twists” - it seems, even to a professional camera.


  • Upscale rear camera.
  • Smart fingerprint sensor.
  • The presence of NFC-module.
  • Loud speakers.


  • The combined SIM slot is a real scourge of modern smartphones.
  • A small amount of user memory.

4. Doogee BL7000

  • Processor: 8-core MediaTek MT6750T, 4 × 1.5 GHz + 4 × 1 GHz.
  • Memory (operational / user): 4 GB / 64 GB
  • Display: 5-inch diagonal, FullHD resolution
  • Cameras (main / front): 13 megapixels / 13 megapixels
  • Battery: 7,060 mAh

Price: from 9,984 rubles. It seems that a strong and promising newcomer has appeared on the mobile market - the second Doogee device has already hit our top price-quality ratio.

BL7000 is positioned as a gadget for business people. This is indicated not only by a strict design and a leather back cover, but also by a capacious battery that allows the device to function for up to 38 days without recharging - you don’t risk being with a Doogee smartphone without connection waiting for an important call. The photographic capabilities of the BL7000 are also impressive - there are no more devices on the market that are equipped with 3 (!) 13 megapixel cameras at once.


  • Laconic and stylish appearance.
  • High-quality cameras - both front and back stand famous sensors Samsung ISOСELL.
  • Capacious battery that supports fast charging.


  • No microSD slot.
  • The smartphone is not officially sold in Russia - it can only be ordered from China.

Buy Doogee BL7000

3. Xiaomi Redmi Note 4X

  • Processor: 8-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 MSM8953, 2 GHz clock speed.
  • Memory (RAM / User): 3 GB / 32 GB
  • Display: 5-inch diagonal, FullHD resolution
  • Cameras (main / front): 13 megapixels / 5 megapixels
  • Battery: 4,100 mAh

Price: from 8 790 rubles

Xiaomi Redmi Note 4X is a broad step forward compared to the previous model of the line, Redmi Note 4. The 2017 gadget became more productive, got a capacious battery, a new IMX258 camera module - and turned out to be a smartphone with almost no weak points, especially for its very modest price. Note 4X is perfectly assembled, it looks great and, judging by the feedback from users on Yandex.Market, it works flawlessly - if the “Chinese Apple” continues to delight us with such devices, then very soon it will press the real Apple on the pedestal.


  • The thin case (8 mm), made of metal.
  • Bright and contrast 2.5D-screen.
  • Long battery life (up to 2 days).
  • The presence of a fingerprint sensor.


  • The memory card slot is combined with the second SIM slot.
  • No NFC module - do not pay via Android Pay .

2. Samsung Galaxy J5 (2017)

  • Processor: 8-core Exynos 7 Octa 7870, 1.6 GHz clock frequency.
  • Memory (RAM / User): 2 GB / 16 GB
  • Display: 2-inch diagonal, HD resolution
  • Cameras (main / front): 13 megapixels / 13 megapixels
  • Battery: 3,000 mAh

Price: from 13,570 rublesSamsung can not be called a “cheap” manufacturer - even within the budget lines of the Korean company, smartphones cost from 10 thousand rubles. However, in 2017, Samsung was pleasantly surprised by showing the updated J5, which justifies its price by 100%.

In just one year, J5 has evolved from an ugly plastic duckling into a beautiful aluminum swan. The model of 2017 boasts a premium metal design and a SuperAMOLED screen made using 2.5D technology. In addition, the device received a fingerprint sensor, thanks to which the user can make purchases through Samsung Pay , and a self-destructive selfie camera.


  • Front camera with high resolution and plenty of tools for processing self.
  • Powerful proprietary processor.
  • Support Samsung Pay.
  • An adaptive display capable of automatically adjusting to the ambient conditions.


  • The battery is less capacious than the 2016 model.
  • Low screen resolution.

1. ASUS Zenfone 3 ZE520KL

  • Processor: 8-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 MSM8953, 2 GHz clock speed.
  • Memory (RAM / User): 3 GB / 32 GB
  • Display: 2-inch diagonal, FullHD resolution
  • Cameras (main / front): 16 megapixel / 8 megapixel
  • Battery: 2 650 mAh

Price: from 14,200 rubles. When ASUS on its official website calls the Zenfone 3 ZE520KL "a masterpiece of modern engineering art", it does not exaggerate - it is difficult to find a smartphone that would look just as beautiful and original. The back panel of the device is decorated with a pattern of concentric circles - a mandatory element of the famous ASUS Zen design, which was awarded with a separate award at Computex 2016. The Zenfone 3 ZE520KL case, made of durable Gorilla Glass, has a minimum thickness of only 7.69 mm.

However, the device from ASUS receives not only the title of the best smartphone for "price / quality" for what it looks like - it is also a master of all trades. Photographers will appreciate the 16-megapixel camera with triple autofocus, supporting both optical and electronic stabilization. Fans of games will be delighted when they test a 64-bit processor from Qualcomm, made by 14 nm technology. Music lovers will be impressed by the sound processed by SonicMaster audio technology.

Recall that in the ranking of the most popular smartphones in Russia, according to AnTuTu, ASUS Zenfone 2 ranked second. Zenfone 3 has everything you need in order to exceed the achievement of its predecessor in 2017.


  • Original Zen design.
  • The rich sound provided by the 5-magnetic speaker.
  • Fingerprint sensor recognizing up to 5 different fingerprints.
  • Support LTE Cat 6 - Internet on a smartphone accelerates to 300 MB / sec.
  • Availability of USB Type-C connector.


  • Battery small capacity.
  • No NFC.


In the top 10 best smartphones in terms of the price / quality ratio, only one smartphone from a large non-Chinese manufacturer, Samsung J5 (2017), hit. Sony, HTC and LG in our rating do not represent - and it is easy to explain. The devices of well-known companies are overvalued. Nobody questions their quality, but you can also find cheaper smartphones with similar characteristics, which are also scrupulously assembled - it’s enough to pay attention to the products of Chinese manufacturers of “medium hand,” like Doogee or Blackview.

Unfortunately, brand overpayment is the norm for the current mobile market. However, there is hope that the “Chinese invasion” will change the situation and buyers will understand: giving money for big names is stupid.

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