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The best smartphones with artificial intelligence

Artificial intelligence is one of the trends of recent years. Is there any use in having it with a smartphone and which devices are most interesting in the modern market, read in our article.

Every year, manufacturers of mobile devices come up with new chips for gadgets to interest buyers. Starting in 2017, artificial intelligence begins to enter the lives of smartphone owners, and after a year support appears not only in expensive devices, but also in mid-range devices.


What is artificial intelligence for?

It is worthwhile to understand that AI analogs were before, but then “intelligence” came down to software solutions - there were all kinds of voice assistants. Since 2017, processors began to be equipped with a dedicated AI unit (short for Artifactual Intelligence), which at the hardware level solves a number of problems. These include the following functions:

  • Improving photos - the device online understands which object the user is taking and selects the optimal conditions for creating a frame from the scenes embedded in it. And this is just one example of how AI works in cameras.
  • Security - this is not only about face recognition, but also data processing directly on a smartphone, without sending them to the clouds, as it was before. That is, now information is harder to steal or intercept.
  • Optimization of work - a smart chipset analyzes how a user works with his gadget, which launches applications more often, where he spends more time and, on the basis of this, optimizes processes to increase productivity.
  • Increased autonomy - by analyzing the user's actions, AI understands which applications he uses more often and which software is inactive. The chipset does not unload the first applications from memory, and their work is assigned to more productive cores, and the second category is forcibly turned off without wasting resources.

The work of artificial intelligence is not limited to this. The tasks include AR applications, smart purchases, online translators, and much more. But users can still see the most prominent results in the above categories. It should be understood that all processes are simplified and in fact everything is more complicated.

When choosing a smartphone with AI, it should be understood that today there is no shortage of models. Their cost varies and think that a device for 15 thousand has the same AI as a device for 60 thousand incorrectly. Moreover, the term “artificial intelligence” is wide and it is wrong to confuse it with “machine learning” or “neural networks”. AI is the work of a dedicated block located on the chipset. Machine learning and neural networks are data collection and software processing that improves query execution speed. A simple example of their action is the more often the user launches the application, the faster it will load.

Many manufacturers, when releasing devices, are tricky and indicate the presence of AI in the characteristics, but this does not guarantee the entire list of capabilities. With a probability of 99% for low-cost smartphones, Ai is used to improve camera performance and face recognition .

Such popular devices as iPhone Xs, Samsung S10, Huawei P30 and other flagships were not included in our TOP due to the fact that once again it is boring to talk about their merits and most readers are familiar with them. Instead, we selected several devices not so popular and in different price segments. It should be understood that each of them has its own AI capabilities, which we tried to tell a little more.

ZTE Blade V10

  • Processor: Helio P70, 8 cores, up to 2.1 GHz
  • Memory: 3/32 and 4/64 GB
  • AI features: camera

Price: 12 240 rub.

Blade V10 is an example of a device in which the entire intellect of the chipset is aimed at improving the performance of the camera. In fact, a full-fledged AI is not here and when buying this should be understood. The device received a powerful 32-megapixel front camera with a photosensitive sensor and a dual rear 16 + 5 megapixel module. According to user reviews, they do a great job of taking pictures, and even the lack of good lighting does not interfere. The front module has the usual customizers. They accurately and imperceptibly improve the photo, without making an anime character out of a person. Fairly well, the device manages to shoot video in FHD resolution, there is a Slo-mo mode of 120 fps.

The rest of the model is quite typical for 2019 - a plastic case, a large IPS display with a drop-shaped cutout, a diagonal of 6.3 inches and FHD + resolution. The smartphone received a hybrid SIM card slot, has a loud speaker, modern Type-C, headphone jack. Battery capacity - 3200 mAh, enough for a working day. Fast charge is not provided. A fingerprint sensor and face recognition are used to protect data. In the first case, there are no complaints, but the camera guesses the user in 5 cases out of 10, and does not do it very quickly. The smartphone is running Android 9.0 Pie.


  • Great camera.
  • Good memory margin.
  • Large and high-quality display.
  • The presence of NFC .
  • Modern bare OS.


  • No quick charge.
  • Face recognition often does not work correctly.

Meizu X8

  • Processor: Snapdragon 710, 8 cores, up to 2.2 GHz
  • Memory: 4/64 GB
  • AI features: camera

Price: 13 350 rub.

X8 was released at the end of 2018. This is the first Meizu device with a bang-shaped cutout and the Snapdragon 710 chipset. The company positions it as a gaming device thanks to a powerful processor and a decent memory reserve. The device really shows itself well in gaming, but this is not its only positive side, however, there are enough minuses. In addition to high performance, the phone has an excellent camera. The same AI algorithms operate here, but, as in the case of the previous model, this is not a full-fledged artificial intelligence. The rear camera is represented by a dual module of 12 megapixels (from Sony ) and 5 megapixels (from Samsung). Front camera 20 MP. There are no complaints about photos, the smartphone perfectly selects scenes and easily copes with shooting at night. Pleasantly pleased with the quality of the videos in 4K with 30 fps, there is Slo-mo 720p c 60 fps.

The case of the device is a combination of metal and glass, a 6.1-inch display with FHD + resolution. The device received Type-C, a headphone jack, the slot is designed for 2 sim, there is no memory card slot. The battery is 3210 mAh, there is mCharge support, a full charge takes 75 minutes. The operating system is Andoid 8.1.


  • Quality camera.
  • Nice display.
  • The presence of fast charging.
  • Great performance.


  • Easily soiled body.
  • Fair autonomy.
  • No NFC.
  • There is no slot for expanding memory.

Xiaomi Mi 9T

  • Processor: Snapdragon 730, 8 cores, up to 2.2 GHz
  • Memory: 6 and 64/128 GB
  • AI capabilities: camera, autonomy

Price: 21 380 rub.

Xiaomi Mi 9T is a market novelty that has become a simplified version of the company's flagship with the new Snapdragon 730 chipset (introduced in April 2019). The processor is an update to the Snapdragon 710. The core configuration has changed - instead of breaking into two fours, the 2 + 6 combination is used, which gave a performance increase of 35%. Snapdragon 730 is made on the 8 nm manufacturing process, has an updated Hexagon 688 (AI unit), which not only became faster, but also 4 times more energy efficient. Now, when performing tasks with this unit, the battery runs out less.

If you transfer all of the above into a conversation about a smartphone, then it perfectly removes and does not land the battery. Many reviews show that 4000 mAh batteries last more than a day to watch videos at a brightness of 50%, you can play for about 14 hours. The performance is very impressive. At the same time, the manufacturer did not forget about fast charging. Photo capabilities are represented by a triple module - 48 + 8 + 13 megapixels and a retractable front camera of 20 megapixels. The device has received many useful modes for taking pictures, and also supports recording 4K video at 30 fps. Everything is at a very decent level.

In addition to the above, the phone was equipped with a 6.39-inch AMOLED display with FHD + resolution and protection - Gorilla Glass 5. The fingerprint scanner is mounted on the screen. There are all modern wireless modules in the device, including NFC. They did not begin to remove the headphone jacks, while the model has all the modern audio protocols, which makes it very interesting for music lovers. All this is seasoned with a beautiful appearance, excellent performance and a pleasant price for such an assembly.


  • Powerful camera.
  • High performance.
  • Great display.
  • The presence of NFC.
  • High autonomy.


  • Not all users may like the retractable camera.

Honor 20

  • Processor: Kirin 980, 8 cores, up to 2.6 GHz
  • Memory: 6/128 GB
  • AI capabilities: camera, performance, autonomy

Price: 24 200 rub.

Honor 20 is not the only smartphone released on the Kirin 980 processor, which is currently Huawei's top-end development, but quite affordable. The new chip focuses a lot on AI technology. In order not to go into deep details, it is important to note that the processor is powerful, optimized (due to AI and new technology for calculating the load, applications open very quickly), energy-efficient (due to the 7 nm process technology) and is perfectly adapted to work with the camera. In particular, video and photo processing takes place online, which significantly increases the speed of creating images and improves video recording.

Honor 20 is an interesting device from the point of view of iron (powerful processor, a lot of memory, all modern interfaces, a 3750 mAh battery with fast charging), appearance (IPS FHD + display with a hole for the camera, glass + metal case) and prices. But its most interesting part is the camera. In this case, the manufacturer installed a 32 megapixel front module, which makes the expected high-quality photos. But at the back there are 4 cameras at once - 48 megapixels (AI stabilization), 16 megapixels (117 degrees), 2 megapixels (for bokeh) and 2 megapixels (for macro photography from a distance of 4 cm). Without dwelling in detail on all the features, it should be noted that the last module for macro photography is made more likely to shock, as the main 48 megapixels cope better with this task.


  • Good display.
  • Convenient fingerprint scanner on the side.
  • High performance.
  • Nice camera.
  • Quality sound.
  • The presence of NFC.


  • No headphone jack.

Asus ZenFone 6

  • Processor: Snapdragon 855, 8 cores, up to 2.8 GHz
  • Memory: 6/8 and 64/128/256 GB
  • AI capabilities: camera, performance, autonomy

Price: 39 990 rub.

The flagship from Asus got at its disposal a new Snapdragon 855 chipset with a new cluster system of cores - 1 + 3 + 4, a 4th generation neural unit, support for 5G networks, 3D on-screen sensor. The output is a powerful processor with low power consumption, minimal heat, a number of protective technologies for the user, and photo and video processing on the fly. However, the chipset is not the only reason ZenFone 6 got into the ranking of the best AI devices. In many respects this was facilitated by an excellent combination of parameters and price.

The processor was mentioned above, it is only worth noting that according to the manufacturer, the new neural unit is 4 times faster than that of direct competitors Apple A12 Bionic and Kirin 980. The device received a very high-quality IPS display 6.4 inches with a small cutout for the speaker. The usable area is 92%, and the resolution is FHD +. The matrix supports HDR10. For protection we used Gorilla Glass 6. The device has excellent memory sets, while there is a dedicated slot for a memory card. The manufacturer put all the possible interfaces, did not deprive the gadget of the headphone jack. The model has a powerful stereo speaker with 5 magnets and an intelligent amplifier. Microphones are equipped with noise reduction technology. There is support for AudioWizard technology to improve sound quality.

The phone has a powerful 5000 mAh battery with fast charging. Thanks to her, he lasts about 24 hours when watching an FHD video. The finger scanner is placed on the rear panel, there is an unlock on the face. The camera looks interesting. It extends from the housing and can be rotated, which allows it to be used both as the main and the front. Asus did not chase a large number of modules and gave users only two matrices. The first 48 megapixels from Sony (it also stands in Xiaomi Mi9 and many other devices), a lot has been said about it, and so as not to be repeated, you just need to say that it shoots great. An additional 13 megapixel wide-angle module with an angle of 125 degrees, in real time is able to remove distortion. Sometimes it sins when shooting at night, but this is not critical. In addition, the device has a laser autofocus. Video can be shot in 4K. In general, the level of the photo is high, but still not the most top-notch.


  • Great performance.
  • All modern interfaces.
  • There is a headphone jack.
  • Dedicated memory card slot.
  • Quality display.
  • The original solution for the camera and high-quality shooting.
  • Very high autonomy.


  • None.

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