Best smartphones with infrared: what to buy in 2019?

An infrared smartphone is a universal remote control. With it, you can control home appliances: TV, air conditioning, stereo, that is, almost everything that you have in your apartment.

Today, the IR sensor in smartphones is not as common as 3-4 years ago. Samsung and HTC abandoned it in the latest models, and only Chinese manufacturers continue to believe that the IR port is an incredibly handy thing.


What is infrared?

An infrared port (IR for short) is a sensor that transmits commands to another device via infrared rays. Everything in your house is controlled by a remote control, can be controlled using a smartphone, if the latter has an infrared port. In order for a technician to receive a signal from a smartphone, it is necessary that both devices are at a short distance in direct view of each other. Exactly the same conditions are required to work with a conventional remote control. Walls, furniture, curtains and other obstacles will interfere with signal transmission, but if desired, this can be corrected using an IR repeater.

Anyone who has once again lost the remote control from the TV in the bowels of the sofa, we suggest that you familiarize yourself with our new selection. With any of these cell phones in your life will be one less problem.

Huawei P20 Pro

  • Display: OLED 6.1 inches, 2240 x 1080, 408 ppi
  • Chipset: Kirin 970
  • RAM: 6 GB
  • Built-in memory: 128 GB without the possibility of expansion
  • Main camera: 40 + 20 + 8 MP
  • Front camera: 24 MP
  • Battery: 4000 mAh
  • OS: Android 8.1 Oreo
  • Dimensions and weight: 155 x 73.9 x 7.8 mm, 180 g

Price: 44990 rubles

By today's standards, the P20 Pro features are huge. The smartphone went on sale in March 2018, works on the basis of the Kirin 970 chipset with 6 GB of RAM. It became the first mobile phone with a triple main camera, which includes 40 MP RGB-sensor, 20 MP monochrome and 8 MP telephoto lens.

In any color P20 Pro looks gorgeous (except that the display cutout slightly spoils the picture). It incorporates all the trends - a metal case with a glass coating, thin frames, a 6.1-inch Full HD + display, a 4000 mAh battery and, of course, an IR sensor. What the P20 Pro doesn't have is an audio jack and a microSD slot.

The operating system uses Android 8.1 Oreo in Huawei's EMUI shell (upgrade to Android Pie is already available). The smartphone supports unlocking in the face, but the manufacturer warns that this authentication method is not as reliable as the front-panel fingerprint scanner. The device has protection against dust and water level IP67 and 128 GB of internal memory.

Honor View 20

  • Display: 6.4-inch LCD, 2310 x 1080, 398 ppi
  • Chipset: Kirin 980
  • RAM: 6/8 GB
  • Built-in memory: 128/256 GB without the possibility of expansion
  • Main camera: 48 MP + TOF sensor
  • Front camera: 24 MP
  • Battery: 4000 mAh
  • OS: Android 9.0 Pie
  • Dimensions and weight: 156.9 x 75.4 x 8.1 mm, 180 g

Price: 32400 rubles

The smartphone came out a couple of months ago, and it is already called the hit of 2019. View 20 received such a high rating due to a combination of high quality features, great design and an affordable price. Due to the camera embedded in the display, it has a large screen to body ratio - 85.7%. With a powerful chipset Kirin 980 and 6 GB of RAM, any computational tasks will be in his shoulder.

Honor View 20 is a direct competitor to the OnePlus 6T. It is relatively inexpensive and attracts views with a V-pattern on the back. He will please his owner with a large 4000 mAh battery, the presence of an audio jack and support for two SIM cards.

Xiaomi Mi 9

  • Display: Super AMOLED 6.39 inches, 2340 x 1080, 403 ppi
  • Chipset: Snapdragon 855
  • RAM: 6/8/12 GB
  • Built-in memory: 64/128/256 GB without the possibility of expansion
  • Main camera: 48 + 16 + 12 MP
  • Front camera: 20 MP
  • Battery: 3300 mAh
  • OS: Android 9.0 Pie
  • Dimensions and weight: 157.5 x 74.7 x 7.6 mm, 173 g

Price: 39990 rubles

Last year, the Mi 8 Xiaomi refused the IR sensor, but in Mi 9 decided to return it. Xiaomi Mi 9 is one of the first smartphones based on the latest Snapdragon 855 chipset. It was announced at the MWC 2019 in February.

The first thing that strikes it is the charging speed: the Mi 9 battery is rated at 3300 mAh and can be charged from zero to 100% in just 65 minutes. Power wired charging is 27 watts. Also, the smartphone supports wireless charging . It is equipped with a display scanner of prints, a triple back camera and a slot for two SIM cards. In the manufacture of the body were used metal and glass.

Xiaomi Mi 9 is powerful and beautiful, and its cost is much lower than that of famous flagships like the Galaxy S10 or Huawei Mate 20 Pro.


Huawei Mate 20 Pro

  • Display: AMOLED 6.39 inches, 3120 x 1440, 538 ppi
  • Chipset: Kirin 980
  • RAM: 6 GB
  • Built-in memory: 256 GB with the ability to install Huawei Nano Memory Card up to 256 GB
  • Main camera: 40 + 20 + 8 MP
  • Front camera: 24 MP
  • Battery: 4200 mAh
  • OS: Android 9.0 Pie
  • Dimensions and weight: 157.8 x 72.3 x 8.6 mm, 189 g

Price: 50990 rubles

The best among the flagships of Huawei is considered to be the Mate 20 Pro. In addition to the IR port, the smartphone is equipped with a curved screen, a display dactyloscope and a huge battery. The latest representative of the Mate series is a great design, built-in camera and 3D facial recognition.

It has everything that can be useful to the modern user, including IP68 dust / moisture protection. Mate 20 Pro has a reversible charging function and can act as a wireless charger for other gadgets. But as in the P20 Pro, it does not have an audio jack. Manages the smartphone proprietary shell Huawei EMUI. Maybe it is not the most convenient and beautiful, but there will be no problems with customization: there is an android, customize as you like.

Mate 20 Pro - expensive. At the start of sales in October last year, its price was 77 thousand rubles. Since then, it has declined, but unfortunately not so much that the main flagship of Huawei is available to everyone.

Honor 10

  • Display: LTPS 5.84 inches, 2280 x 1080, 432 ppi
  • Chipset: Kirin 970
  • RAM: 4 GB
  • Built-in memory: 64/128 GB without the possibility of expansion
  • Main camera: 12 + 24 MP
  • Front camera: 24 MP
  • Battery: 3400 mAh
  • OS: Android 8.1
  • Dimensions and weight: 149.6 x 71.2 x 7.7 mm, 153 g

Price: 21990 rubles.

In the middle of 2018, Honor launches its top device, which receives a lot of chips from Huawei's flagships, but at the same time it is cheaper. The model has an interesting appearance with a new material. It consists of 36 layers, which, when the sun's rays fall on it, gives 36 different shades. In 2019, this chip is used in most Huawei and Honor phones, and in many other brands, but at the time of the release it looked cool and original. The phone is released in four colors - black, gray, shimmering green and shimmering blue. However, not only the appearance will please the user.

The device works on the best chipset Huawei 2018 - Kirin 970, which is still able to cope with any task. Pleasantly pleased with good memory modifications, powerful dual rear camera with support for Ai, as well as high-quality front-facing matrix. The 3400 mAh battery is supplemented with Super Charge charging - in 25 minutes you can get 50% capacity. There are all necessary modern wireless interfaces including NFC and IrDA. Music lovers will appreciate the Asahi Kasei AK4376A DAC, which can significantly improve the sound quality of music. Display - 19: 9 with a cutout, it can be removed in the settings.

The output was a very interesting smartphone with excellent performance and an affordable price.

Xiaomi Mi A2

  • Display: LCD 6 inches, 2160 x 1080, 403 ppi
  • Chipset: Snapdragon 660
  • RAM: 4/6 GB
  • Built-in memory: 32/64/128 GB without the possibility of expansion
  • Main camera: 20 + 12 MP
  • Front camera: 20 MP
  • Battery: 300 mAh
  • OS: Android 8.1 Oreo
  • Dimensions and weight: 158.7 x 75.4 x 7.3 mm, 166 g

Price: 12450 rubles

Xiaomi Mi A2 differs in low cost. The smartphone is enclosed in a durable metal case and has very decent for the budgetary cameras. The battery is also not the worst - 3000 mAh. The fingerprint scanner is at the back.

He is far from the flagship characteristics, but to the delight of fans of pure Android, he enters the Android One program. Mi A2 provided at least two years of OS updates and three years of security updates. The smartphone launched with Android 8.1 Oreo on board, after the purchase, you can immediately upgrade to Android 9.0 Pie.

Redmi 7

  • Display: IPS 6.26 inches, 1520 x 720, 269 ppi
  • Chipset: Snapdragon 632
  • RAM: 2/3/4 GB
  • Built-in memory: 16/32/64 GB separate microSD slot up to 512 GB
  • Main camera: 12 + 2 MP
  • Front camera: 8 MP
  • Battery: 4000 mAh
  • OS: Android 9.0 Pie
  • Dimensions and weight: 158.73 x 75.58 x 8.47 mm, 180 g

Price: 8300 rubles.

The second smartphone released by the new brand Redmi promises to be the most interesting gadget among inexpensive devices in 2019. The model received a modern 19: 9 display with a drop-shaped notch under the front camera and Gorilla Glass 5 glass, the case has a water-repellent coating according to the P2i standard. The novelty is running a fresh eight-core Snapdragon 632 chipset, the maximum frequency reaches 1.8 GHz. The main camera is dual with support for AI (the same was in the flagship Xiaomi - Mi 6).

Buyers will be pleased with a large selection of memory modifications, a dedicated slot for memory expansion (for those who choose the 2/16 GB version it is especially relevant), a capacious battery and fingerprint protection. The device has a beautiful appearance in three colors - red, blue and black. Traditionally, the brand did not support NFC in the smartphone, but at the same time all the other wireless interfaces including the IR port are present. Out of the box, the device works on Android 9.0 Pie with MIUI 10 firmware. In the Russian retail, the phone is not widely represented and has a fairly high price tag, so it’s more logical to look at buying it on Aliexpress .


Meizu m6s

  • Display: IPS 5.7 inches, 1440 x 720, 282 ppi
  • Chipset: Samsung Exynos 7872
  • RAM: 3 GB
  • Built-in memory: 32/64 GB microSD combo slot up to 64 GB
  • Main camera: 16 MP
  • Front camera: 8 MP
  • Battery: 3000 mAh
  • OS: Android 7.1
  • Dimensions and weight: 152 x 72.5 x 8 mm, 160 g

Price: 8999 rubles.

An inexpensive Meizu smartphone came out at the very beginning of 2018, but still is an interesting option for those who want to buy something modern with decent options and an adequate price. First of all, it should be noted that the M6s has a completely metal case, which in 2019 is not common. This is the first model of the company without the traditional physical mTouch button - it has become a touchscreen with completely similar functionality. The finger scanner was moved to the side face. They did not combine it with the power key - the fingerprint sensor was located separately and was perfectly grope with a finger without even looking. Users reacted positively to this location.

The device cannot boast a dual camera or an NFC chip, however, the manufacturer equipped it with a modern 18: 9 screen, fast charging mCharge, a powerful Samsung chipset and quite adequate for the price memory modifications - 3/32 GB and 3/64 GB. Another important fact is that due to the elongated display, the model received a 5.2-inch phone case, that is, a very compact smartphone, which will appeal to many buyers who do not want to walk with a huge shovel, which in the modern market is the vast majority.

Of course, this is not all smart phones with infrared. If you don’t like anything from this list, look for Xiaomi, Huawei and Honor among the rich assortment. Chinese manufacturers do not plan to abandon the infrared sensor, so you will surely find a gadget that suits you both in price and in performance. If the Chinese devices do not like you, take a look at the old models from Samsung and HTC, for example, Galaxy S6 and One M9. Of course, the competitors to the modern flagships of them are none, but not too demanding users, they can easily arrange.


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