Best smartphones 2019

The year is ending, most of the expected smartphones have already gone on sale. We will talk about the latest and those that have not lost relevance in 2019. Spoiler: iPhone 11 Pro Max - the best of the best.

It's all in his cell. We recognize the module from the first second - not even one manufacturer has thought of such an arrangement of three lenses. In response to the controversial design, the Internet exploded in a bunch of memes. They laughed at the "burners" even before the presentation, when the first renderings began to walk on the network, they laughed even after the design was confirmed. In the cameras of the new iPhone, users see either razors or Pokemon, but no one mocks the quality of the photos.

Apple has improved the optics of the iPhone 11 Pro Max so much that the smartphone has managed to surpass such strong league players of camera phones as Google and Samsung . Innovative night mode, enhanced Smart HDR for portraits, high-quality ultra-wide angle lenses are designed to make mobile shooting a pleasure. The rest on the technical side is also respectable: the iPhone 11 Pro Max has an OLED display with increased brightness, the top A13 Bionic chipset and impressive autonomy.

The basic version of the iPhone 11 (which is also the youngest) has the same level of performance, high-end photo and video shooting functions, but differs in the older display technology - LCD instead of OLED.

From the latest Samsung smartphones, the Galaxy S10 + is the main focus. Its optics and battery have also become more advanced. According to tradition, it includes one of two processors - Snapdragon 855 in the US version or Samsung Exynos 9820 for the international market. Its more compact and simplified version of the Galaxy S10e has a display with a diagonal of 5.8 inches. It is designed for supporters of small but powerful gadgets. Those who need a stylus to work should take a closer look at the Galaxy Note 10+. Despite its massive appearance, this smartphone is thinner and lighter than last year's Galaxy Note 9.

The large screen and flagship performance at a low price combines the OnePlus 7T. Still expensive? Then Google Pixel 3a is ready to offer a premium camera and the latest version of pure Android for 30 thousand, that is, almost for nothing. Moto G7 Power kills two birds with one stone: you spend less than 15 thousand on it, and you will not connect to the outlet more than once every two days, because its battery capacity is 5000 mAh.

Every year, the range of smartphones is replenished with dozens of new models. In this material we will talk about the most worthy representatives of the market. Follow our updates and you will find out what else interesting is being prepared for release in 2019.


Latest news

Samsung has finally returned to sale a foldable Galaxy Fold with a 7.3-inch screen. The price is still such that most of the buyers grab their heads - $ 2,000 (130 thousand in ruble terms).

The iPhone 11 is about to have a new competitor - the Pixel 4 is on its way. On October 15, Google hosts a press conference in honor of its new flagship . We are waiting for once again improved cameras, a pumped security system and Android 10 out of the box.

How much do smartphones cost in 2019?

For premium devices like the Galaxy S10, Pixel 3 and iPhone 11, stores ask from 45 to 130 thousand rubles. The same level of performance has some mobile phones at a price of 30-40 thousand. In the budget class, you can find powerful devices no more than 20 thousand.

How was this rating created?

To assess the operation of components (battery, display, graphic coprocessor) and overall speed, synthetic tests are used - Geekbench 4, 3DMark, etc. They give an initial picture of the device's capabilities, but are very far from real use cases. Therefore, the second stage of the smartphone is tested in heavy applications (for example, video editors). The quality of the camera is checked at different times of the day under different lighting conditions. Only those devices that showed the highest results fall into the selection of the best.

iPhone 11 Pro Max: the best smartphone of 2019

  • Screen: 6.5 ”OLED, 2688 x 1242
  • CPU: A13 Bionic
  • RAM: 4 GB
  • Built-in memory: 64/256/512 GB
  • SD Card Slot: No
  • Camera (main / front): 12 + 12 + 12/12 MP
  • Weight: 226
  • Battery: 3500 mAh
  • LTE uptime: 11 h 44 m

Price: from 99 990 rubles

The iPhone 11 Pro Max is the top-end iPhone and at the same time the best smartphone you can buy at the moment. Apple has worked on night shooting, portrait mode , and video recording. Each mode received its own set of improvements that qualitatively distinguish the iPhone 11 Pro Max from its predecessor.

This model is the owner of the most powerful mobile processor A13 Bionic, a sturdy metal case and a 6.5-inch diagonal. The screen is so bright that on the most sunny day any information on it is read without difficulty. It is unfortunate that Apple still adheres to 64 GB of memory in the younger configuration, but even with such a scanty amount, the smartphone looks almost perfect: it provides almost 12 hours of continuous operation in 4G networks, supports fast charging and sounds perfect.


  • Brighter OLED.
  • Excellent video stabilization.
  • Triple camera with night mode.
  • Best battery life of all iPhones.
  • Adapter for quick charge included.


  • In the younger configuration, only 64 GB of memory.
  • Heavier than its predecessor.

Samsung Galaxy S10 +: the best smartphone on Android

  • Screen: 6.4 ”OLED, 3040 x 1440
  • CPU: Snapdragon 855 / Exynos 9820
  • RAM: 8/12 GB
  • Built-in memory: 128/512 GB / 1 TB
  • SD card slot: yes
  • Camera (main / front): 16 + 12 + 12/10 + 8 MP
  • Weight: 175g
  • Battery: 4100 mAh
  • LTE uptime: 12 h 35 m

Price: from 67 990 rubles

Samsung celebrated the anniversary of its main line with several noteworthy innovations. Inside the 6.4-inch Galaxy S10 + display is an ultrasonic fingerprint scanner. It unlocks the device as quickly as a traditional sensor, and even recognizes the finger of the owner through water and dirt. The Wireless Powershare function allows you to share the energy of your smartphone with other gadgets (only a few competitors have a similar opportunity).

With autonomy and a camera, complete order. S10 + is enough for 12.5 hours of Internet surfing in 4G. A trio of lenses on the rear panel shoot no worse than the much-vaunted Pixel 3, yielding only with a strong lack of light. In general, S10 + is not a radical rethinking of the idea of ​​a smartphone, but a clear picture of how Android should be in 2019.


  • A true Infinity-O frameless display.
  • Fast ultrasound scanner implanted into the display.
  • Superb flagship camera.
  • High level of performance.
  • Long autonomy, charging function of other gadgets.
  • There is a headphone jack.


  • A camera embedded in the screen may interfere with viewing content.
  • High price.
  • Gesture management is not always convenient.

iPhone 11: best price / camera ratio

  • Screen: 6.1 ”LCD, 1792 x 828
  • CPU: A13 Bionic
  • RAM: 4 GB
  • Built-in memory: 64/128/256 GB
  • SD Card Slot: No
  • Camera (main / front): 12 + 12/12 MP
  • Weight: 194g
  • Battery: 3110 mAh
  • LTE uptime: 11 h 20 m

Price: from 59 990 rubles

He became the successor to last year's budget (if that word applies to Apple technology at all) iPhone XR. He does not have a triple, but a dual camera , but the quality of the photos, if inferior to the iPhone 11 Max Pro, is very small. The basic iPhone 11 has the same night mode and an ultra-wide angle lens with a 120 degree angle of view . 12 MP selfie camera automatically expands the viewing angle when you turn your smartphone into landscape mode. The 6.1-inch LCD is bright and contrasty, no worse than OLED. All this, as well as the A13 Bionic processor and a large selection of colors make the iPhone 11 one of the coolest smartphones of the year.


  • Superb photos in night mode.
  • Powerful processor.
  • Good autonomy.
  • Waterproof housing.
  • Different colors.


  • There is no adapter for fast charging.
  • In the younger configuration, only 64 GB of internal memory.

Samsung Galaxy Note 10+: the best smartphone with a large display

  • Screen: 6.8 ”OLED, 3040 x 1440
  • CPU: Snapdragon 855 / Exynos 9820
  • RAM: 12 GB
  • Built-in memory: 256/512 GB
  • SD card slot: yes
  • Camera (main / front): 16 + 12 + 12 + ToF / 10 MP
  • Weight: 196g
  • Battery: 4300 mAh
  • LTE uptime: 11 h 46 m

Price: from 89 990 rubles

Samsung’s summer novelty is among the best phablets of the year. Two solutions at once made it possible to use a record-breaking large screen in it: a frameless design and an embedded front camera. The interface is designed in such a way that after a few minutes the cutout ceases to attract attention. By the way, it serves not only as a hole for the lens, but also as an indicator of notifications. In the settings there is the ability to select the color and duration of the backlight.

As for the main camera, it consists of four lenses that are capable of very decent clear pictures (although this is not a top camera). The movie function received Live Focus effects to create bokeh. It's a pity, but this is the first Samsung flagship without the usual headphone jack (a note of frustration will be brightened up by the bundled adapter from 3.5 mm to USB-C ). The battery lasts for almost 12 hours of continuous operation in 4G, and Note 10+ is charged in 30 minutes to 65%.


  • Huge high quality display.
  • Long autonomy.
  • Flagship performance.
  • The complete S Pen supports Air Actions gesture control.
  • Updated DeX with simplified usage.


  • The Aura Glow-colored case has noticeable fingerprints.
  • You need to get used to managing gestures.
  • Not the best camera among flagships.
  • No headphone jack.

OnePlus 7 Pro: the best Android at the right price

  • Screen: 6.67 ” AMOLED , 3120 x 1440
  • CPU: Snapdragon 855
  • RAM: 6/8 GB
  • Built-in memory: 128/256 GB
  • SD Card Slot: No
  • Camera (main / front): 48 + 16 + 8/16 MP
  • Weight: 206g
  • Battery: 4000 mAh

Price: from 40 000 rubles

Without a doubt, this is one of the best smartphones on Android. Compared to competitors, its price tag looks especially advantageous. OnePlus 7 Pro has the same level of performance as more premium devices. It cannot be otherwise, because it uses the top-end Snapdragon 855, a huge supply of RAM and a 6.6-inch AMOLED with a scan of 90 Hz. The triple rear camera is capable of much. The front is hidden in a retractable mechanism. The battery is exactly what an active user needs for a full day.


  • Sane for the flagship price.
  • Great performance.
  • Good cameras.
  • Faster Charging.


Google Pixel 3a: the best low-cost camera phone

  • Screen: 5.6 ”OLED, 2280 x 1080
  • CPU: Snapdragon 670
  • RAM: 4 GB
  • Built-in memory: 64 GB
  • SD Card Slot: No
  • Camera (main / front): 12/8 MP
  • Weight: 147g
  • Battery: 3000 mAh
  • LTE uptime: 11 h 59 m

Price: 30 890 rubles

The best features of Pixel smartphones (camera with artificial intelligence and unspoiled Android shells) Google gives almost nothing. The changes in the Pixel 3a, which led to such a sharp reduction in price, affected the processor and body materials. The camera is exactly the same as in the Pixel 3, so great night shots and portrait effects based on computational photography technology are guaranteed. I am glad that the autonomy has not deteriorated, as is often the case with younger models: with continuous operation on the network, 4G Pixel 3a lasts almost 12 hours.


  • The flagship camera.
  • Full support for Google services.
  • Flawless assembly.
  • OLED screen.
  • Relatively low price.
  • Good autonomy.


  • No water protection.
  • Performance is not the highest level.
  • Sometimes there is not enough display brightness.
  • No wireless charging.

iPhone XR: the best low-cost iPhone

  • Screen: 6.1 ”LCD, 1792 x 828
  • CPU: A12 Bionic
  • RAM: 3 GB
  • Built-in memory: 64/128/256 GB
  • SD Card Slot: No
  • Camera (main / front): 12/7 MP
  • Weight: 194g
  • Battery:
  • LTE uptime: 11 h 26 m

Price: from 49 990 rubles

The iPhone XR is a budget model from last year's Apple update. It has almost everything that expensive phablets boast of today: a colorful 6.1-inch LCD display, the stale, but more than relevant A12 Bionic, and a decent camera. There is no dual optical system in this model (perhaps this is the only serious mismatch with the trends). One can only praise for autonomy: in the battery tests, the iPhone XR confidently lasts 11 hours. This is better than most of the flagships of the current year.


  • Actual processor.
  • Long autonomy.
  • Nice camera.
  • Large and bright screen.
  • Great sound.
  • Flagship performance at a reasonable price.


  • Single rear camera.
  • There is at least 2x optical zoom.
  • Portrait mode only works when determining the face in the frame.

Moto G7 Power: the best low-cost smartphone with a huge battery

  • Screen: 6.2 ”LCD, 1520 x 720
  • CPU: Snapdragon 632
  • RAM: 3 GB
  • Built-in memory: 32/64 GB
  • SD card slot: yes
  • Camera (main / front): 12/8 MP
  • Weight: 193g
  • Battery: 5000 mAh

Price: 14 999 rubles

Motorola made the main bet in 2019 not on this model, but in this selection the Moto G7 Power turned out to be very deserved. There are few like him. At what other manufacturer can you find a mobile phone with sufficient performance by modern standards and a 5000 mAh battery? None but Motorola. G7 Power is able to continuously surf the Internet for 15 hours 35 minutes via LTE (this is almost twice as much as the result of the standard Moto G7). The disadvantages include a small memory margin, the absence of a dual rear camera and a low resolution display. But then its owner will gain experience with pure Android.


  • High level autonomy.
  • Good performance.
  • Pure Android.
  • Low price.


  • Homely design.
  • Not suitable for games.
  • Low resolution display.


Samsung Galaxy S10e: the best compact smartphone

  • Screen: 5.8 ”OLED, 2280 x 1080
  • CPU: Snapdragon 855 / Exynos 9820
  • RAM: 6/8 GB
  • Built-in memory: 128/256 GB
  • SD card slot: yes
  • Camera (main / front): 12 + 16/10 MP
  • Weight: 150g
  • Battery: 3100 mAh

Price: from 47 990 rubles

Diagonals are growing, but there are still cell phones like the Galaxy S10e: they prove that a cool smartphone does not have to have a huge screen or a big price tag. The 5.8-inch addition to the Galaxy S line is deprived of the main innovations of 2019 - a display fingerprint and an integrated rear camera. Nevertheless, Samsung decided that lovers of compact devices also deserve premium performance, so the Galaxy S10e still has the same chipset as in older versions. The smartphone is fast, bright and modern, one of the most balanced androids.


  • Quality display.
  • Bright compact design.
  • Top-level performance.
  • Support for PowerShare wireless power return.
  • There is a headphone jack.
  • Reasonable price.


  • Not everyone will like the features of the OneUI shell.
  • Fair autonomy.

iPhone 8: the best smartphone for children

  • Screen: 4.7 ”LCD, 1334 x 750
  • CPU: A11 Bionic
  • RAM: 2 GB
  • Built-in memory: 64/128 GB
  • SD Card Slot: No
  • Camera (main / front): 12/7 MP
  • Weight: 148g
  • Battery:
  • LTE uptime: 9 h 54 m

Price: from 39 790 rubles

Inexpensive, compact and convenient iPhone 8 , despite its considerable age, remains in demand. It is suitable for many users. Firstly, this is a branded device that any child of school age will be delighted with. Secondly, the 4.7-inch LCD screen is convenient enough to read news on social networks and watch videos. Most people have enough of these opportunities. Seems weak for 2019? Then the iPhone 8 Plus will provide you with a 5.5-inch display and a telephoto lens with double optical zoom. For iOS software testers, there is no better option than figure eight - it is powerful enough to run modern programs, and it has access to iOS 13.


  • Performance is good.
  • There is wireless charging.
  • Bright display.
  • Compact design.
  • Affordable price.


  • Large frames, timeless look.
  • Low autonomy.