An important rule from the smartphone the list was the maximum relevance of their devices. However, the life cycle of a smartphone albeit a short one, but still not measured in a single year, and the economic situation clearly requires the search for workarounds to fulfill their consumer ambitions, so it’ll widen the search area. This will save the maximum relevance of the here presented models.

Yes, in any case, will make the traditional disclaimer that twenty are selected to “guide”

smartphone is only a small part of what is on the market. But to cover everything in such a sample impossible.

And the mandatory links: our guide for smartphones price up to 10 rubles and buying guide for smartphones price from 10 to 20 thousand rubles.

Samsung Galaxy S7

  • Operating system: Android 6.0 (with a proprietary shell TouchWiz).
  • Display: 5.1 inch AMOLED, 2560 × 1440 pixels.
  • Platform: 8890 Exynos Octa (four cores ARM Cortex-A57 cores, 2.6 GHz. four cores ARM Cortex-A53, 1.6 GHz).
  • RAM: 4 GB.
  • Flash memory: 32/64 GB.
  • Camera: 12 MP.
  • One SIM card connector for a memory card.
  • Moisture protection (IP68).
  • Average price: 28 000 rubles.

Why buy: great camera, powerful platform, AMOLED-display c 2K-resolution.

What can stop: the smartphone of 2016 to early 2018? Unfashionable.

Last year’s flagship “smartphone without weaknesses”, which for almost two years the lives of these weaknesses is not particularly increased, and the price has decreased by about two times. The “gray” providers, you can find S7 for 25-26 thousand roubles, and official – for 30 thousand rubles. For the money you will get is still a very powerful machine, the relevance of which, although small by today’s standards the display and (horror of horrors!) single camera, almost not decreased.

The main advantages of S7: AMOLED display (still a relative rarity), the combined mini-Jack and moisture protection, practical design and really great filming (a gigantic breakthrough in this field since its announcement did not happen). The one announced in the beginning of the article version is not the newest, but nevertheless a superb smartphone. If it is important for you to smartphone definitely was the most fresh and relevant – our guide is just beginning.

Video alternative: the Samsung Galaxy A7. Despite the more recent status and a very strong price difference, the main of smartphones A-series S7 is inferior on almost all points, except the display size (5.7 inches) and support for two SIM-cards. But it just gives the feel of movement in step with the times. well, the display size still matters.

Honor 9

  • Operating system: Android 7.0 (c proprietary shell EMUI).
  • Display: 5.15 inch, 1920 × 1080.
  • Platform: HiSilicon Kirin 960 (Quad core ARM Cortex-A73, 2.4 GHz + four cores ARM Cortex-A53, 1.8 GHz).
  • RAM: 4 GB.
  • Flash memory: 64 GB.
  • Camera: 20 + 12 MP, dual module.
  • Dual SIM card hybrid slot for a memory card.
  • Average price: 25 000 rubles.

Why is worth buying: custom design, fast operation, good camera.

What can stop: low battery life, slippery and easily soiled casing, Full HD display.

Trick Huawei with “youth Internet brand” is slightly puzzling when compared head-to-head lineup of the “big” Huawei & Honor – in particular, completely defeats the purpose of buying the flagship model P10 when there is almost anything she is not inferior, but standing for 10 thousand less Honor 9. Which, like last year’s Honor 8, logical manner becomes a real hit, whereas P9/P10 looks a little pale.

However, all this is only the problem of Huawei, but for us can only rejoice. Honor 9 now costs almost the same as at the start of sales in July, but still looks one of the most attractive proposals. This is a beautiful, fast smartphone with very good camera, which lacks only an optical stabilizer. A 5.15 inch display to some it may seem small – but it’s only a matter of taste.

Video alternative: Huawei nova 2. Budget option from the “big” Huawei – with more practical design, 5-inch display and a slightly more modest camera. But 5 thousand rubles cheaper. If he previously certainly would fall in our ranking of smartphones to 20 thousand rubles.

Xiaomi Mi6

  • Operating system: Android 7.0 (proprietary shell MIUI).
  • Display: 5.15 inches, IPS, 1920 × 1080 pixels.
  • Platform: Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 MSM8998 (four cores Kryo, frequency 2.45 GHz + four cores Kryo, frequency 1.9 GHz).
  • RAM: 6 GB.
  • Flash memory: 64/128 GB.
  • Camera: 12 MP, dual.
  • Dual SIM card.
  • There is no slot for a memory card.
  • Average price: 27 000 rubles.

Why buy: 835 Snapdragon, good camera, lots of memory.

What can stop: easily soiled case, a weak autonomy, there is no slot for memory card, MIUI.

Not the best flagship of Xiaomi, but it is still quite a good smartphone and is still the most inexpensive way to get a device with Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 on Board. To Mi6 there is really many questions: why get rid of the mini-Jack even without the strange justification in the form of a serious degree of moisture protection, why do so slippery body, why such problems with autonomy, although there is a small screen with a Full HD resolution?

But it’s still very powerful, pleasant to use smartphone with a good camera – especially from such a favorite among the people of the brand and at such a nice price. Yes, since the start of sales, it has not changed – but it is rather a good sign. The demand is normal, the percentage of marriage is not off the charts.

Video alternative: Xiaomi Mi A1. Here we have a little “cheated” — of course, Mi A1 cannot be called an alternative for Mi6, it’s a smartphone with a much more modest performance, price and claims. But for the first time in the history of the company Xiaomi, who made his name on the shell for the operating system on the smartphone it is installed “clean” Android. However, it is updated not so fast as expected, but the proposal nevertheless, still delicious.

OnePlus 5

  • Operating system: Android 7.1, a proprietary shell.
  • Display: 5.5 in, AMOLED, 1920 × 1080 pixels.
  • Platform: Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 MSM8996 (four cores Kryo, frequency 2.45 GHz + four cores Kryo, frequency 1.9 GHz).
  • Memory: 6/8 GB.
  • Flash memory: 64/128 GB.
  • Camera: dual module, 20 + 16 MP.
  • Dual SIM card, there is no connector for memory card.
  • Average price: 35 000 rubles.

Why buy: 835 Snapdragon, lots of RAM, good camera, big AMOLED display.

What can stop: there is no slot for memory card, boring design, price.

This year, OnePlus has decided to slightly exhale and stopped wild dumping – in the end 5 OnePlus/OnePlus 5T will be less likely to meet in the final is tops, but the version shown here (6/64 GB memory) fits in the mentioned price limits. In the review I wrote that in such charts, he will not fall, but made a mistake – chart came quite late to the price of OnePlus 5 has fallen sufficiently.

Well, the smartphone in any case, very good – quick, with excellent and large enough display (and then there all as on selection 5 inch toddlers), with a decent camera and in addition accurately collected. And Yes, there are official deliveries to Russia to worry about the “gray” status and the warranty is not necessary. However, this no more problems and Xiaomi. The main drawback of fresh OnePlus – the most boring gadget of such level design.

Video alternative: ZTE nubia Z17. Frameless display, the same Snapdragon 835, good dual camera, interesting design and the price of 28 000 rubles. If you’re so great, why not in the major categories? The fact is that nubia Z17 seems to be there and officially on sale since July, but finding it not so easy. Good mobile – unclear status.


  • Operating system: Android 7.1 (a proprietary shell).
  • Display: 5.7 inch, IPS, 2880 × 1440 pixels.
  • Platform: Qualcomm Snapdragon 821 MSM8996 (two cores Kryo, frequency of 2.35 GHz + two cores Kryo, frequency of 1.36 GHz).
  • RAM: 4 GB.
  • Flash memory: 64 GB.
  • Camera: double, 13 + 13 MP.
  • Dual SIM card, the second slot is connected with the connector for a memory card.
  • Average price: 33 000 rubles.

Why you should buy a screen with a 2K-resolution for the entire front panel, excellent performance and a great camera.

What can stop the only “gray” delivery.

Many will soon forget and will give a pioneer status Samsung or Apple, but LG with its G6 was the beginning of an endless series of smartphones with a screen format 18:9 – this solution allows the most efficient use of the front panel and place it in a relatively compact chassis large display. LG G6 cannot be called fully “frameless” device, but for a smartphone with 5.7-inch display it’s really quite small.

Yes, LG G6 last year’s platform, and the display, despite the high resolution, does not possess the quality settings and brightness, but overall this is a great smartphone, a little inferior to the more expensive “real” flagship. The only subtle point – 30-33 thousand rubles, you can find exclusively “grey” G6, official deliveries are conducted at higher prices.

Video alternative: VIVO V7. The most inexpensive way to officially get a smartphone with a screen format 18:9, not counting LG Q6. The company VIVO has just come on the Russian market and could gromyhnut some bright announcement, but perhaps the format of the display is the only thing that can draw V7: otherwise there weak hardware platform, nevadalas camera, and high resolution display does not spoil is only 1440 × 720 pixels.

Nokia 8

  • Operating system: Android 7.1.
  • Display: 5.3 inch, IPS, 2560 × 1440 pixels.
  • Platform: Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 MSM8996 (four cores Kryo, frequency 2.45 GHz + four cores Kryo, frequency 1.9 GHz).
  • RAM: 4 GB.
  • Flash memory: 64 GB.
  • Camera: double, 13 + 13 MP.
  • Dual SIM card, the second slot is connected with the connector for a memory card.
  • Average price: 35 000 rubles.

Why buy: Snapdragon 835, a big name, “pure” Android.

What can stop: mediocre camera, poor battery life.

We returned Nokia was not too standout against the competitors flagship smartphone with a mediocre (albeit dual) camera, a boring design and a badly tuned LCD. But it was necessary price to fall and break the “psychologically important” milestone of 35 thousand rubles, how to avoid mentioning main product Global HMD have been impossible.

Still, the name makes itself felt – maybe some OnePlus and superior in something this gadget, but the ability to buy for the money “for Nokia” is worth to think about it. Especially in the face of “eight” does not hit – then the platform is great and memory is enough, and the shooting mode, two cameras (front and rear) are at your disposal. Well, suddenly you need it?

Video alternative: HTC U11. Great camera, the original design is debatable, but also the original appointment with the management of some functions due to the compression of the body. No reason not to include U11 in the main competition, it would seem, but again, in the indicated frame will include only the “gray” version of the Taiwanese flagship with a minimal amount of memory. However, be sure to keep it in mind, the smartphone was really good.

Moto Z2 Play

  • Operating system: Android 7.1.
  • Display: 5.5 in, AMOLED, 1920 × 1080 pixels.
  • Platform: Qualcomm Snapdragon 626 (eight cores ARM Cortex-A53 processor 2.2 GHz).
  • RAM: 3/4 GB.
  • Flash memory: 32/64 GB.
  • Camera: 12 MP.
  • Dual SIM card, the second slot is connected with the connector for a memory card.
  • Average price: 30 500 rubles.

Why you should buy: an interesting design, AMOLED screen, sound quality, the ability to change modules.

What can stop: mediocre performance, slightly overpriced.

Yes, it is a smartphone with a Snapdragon processor 626 in the collection, where vehicles Packed with 835 th platform. And screen – only with Full HD resolution, and memory not so much. But Z2 Moto Play can captivate on an emotional level – it is not impressive “on paper”, but is the device really nice to use. If the characteristics for you is not so important, it is necessary to consider the Z2 Play as an option.

Will bonus the opportunity to buy it for the removable modules, thereby increasing the battery or adding a powerful external speaker, but generally the concept is Lenovo Moto looks some whim of the company had to come up with something different, a brand — well, she came up with.

Video alternative: Sony XZs. Another “emotional” option. Sony still can’t produce a smartphone that rivals a number of parameters to different competitors (here and displays a consistently cool palette, and a mediocre camera, and awkward reload when changing SIM cards), but the Japanese know how to make them stylish. XZs – is no exception.

Blackberry KEYone

  • Operating system: Android 7.1 (a proprietary shell).
  • Display: 4.5 inch, IPS, 1620 × 1080 pixels.
  • Platform: Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 (eight cores ARM Cortex-A53, frequency of 2.02 GHz).
  • RAM: 3/4 GB.
  • Flash memory: 32/64 GB.
  • Camera: 12 MP.
  • Dual SIM card, the second slot is connected with the connector for a memory card.
  • Average price: 34 000.

Why to buy: QWERTY keyboard, security, design.

What can stop: mediocre performance, mediocre camera, small display.

Perhaps the most unusual smartphone of the year – and one of the most charming. Blackberry KEYone really cool made: at first glance, the concept looks strange and its already obsolete, but it is necessary to take it in hand and let out not very much and want. But if released, it can re-learn back with the physical keyboard on screen input is necessary for an unexpectedly long time. More joy – declared high security software. To really test how KEYone protected, it was not possible, it remains only to believe, but at least Android is frequently updated.

The downside is obvious: bulky body, small screen, camera and platform like a smartphone two times cheaper. This Blackberry, there is always so even now, when under this brand smartphones made by Chinese TCL.

Video alternative: Meizu Pro 7. Of course, the real alternative to a smartphone with a physical QWERTY keyboard does not exist today, so here we place the smartphone close to the degree of “strangeness”. The Pro 7 also has an unexpected form factor — with additional small screen on the rear panel that allows you to take selfies on the main camera. That and the AMOLED screen is its advantages. Platform Mediatek – minus.

ASUS Zenfone 4

  • Operating system: Android 7.1 (a proprietary shell).
  • Display: 5.5 inch, IPS, 1920 × 1080 pixels.
  • Platform: Qualcomm Snapdragon 630 (eight cores ARM Cortex-A53 processor 2.2 GHz).
  • RAM: 4 GB.
  • Flash memory: 64 GB.
  • Camera: dual, 12 + 8 MP.
  • Dual SIM card, the second slot is connected with the connector for a memory card.
  • Average price: 26 000 rubles.

Why buy: good camera, good balance of price and quality.

What can stop: not the highest performance, easily soiled case, no moisture protection.

Moving from Intel to Qualcomm, ASUS lost the uniqueness of their smartphones, but gained in quality. Zenfone 4 is a very decent example of uniform characteristics and are not devoid of highlights of the smartphone. For “moments” then meets dual camera with standard and wide angle lenses. In fairness, we should mention that such a scheme offers in your LG G6 and even implements it better, but the ASUS is the advantage in price.

High performance Zenfone 4 is no different – here it is on par with Moto Z2 Play or Blackberry KEYone, the weakest representatives of the collection. However, if you for some reason are not satisfied with last year or a “gray” Korean vehicles, and Chinese technique you have an Allergy, here is a Taiwanese alternative.

Video alternative: ZTE Axon 7. Another example of a good smartphone, but without any outstanding advantages over its competitors. Although, perhaps, they include really high level on-Board audio. And this smartphone is really good on the outside.

Apple iPhone 6s

The gold version of the iPhone 6s Plus

  • Operating system: iOS.
  • Display: 4.7 inch, IPS, 1334 × 750.
  • Platform: Apple A9 (dual core, 1.8 GHz).
  • RAM: 2 GB.
  • Flash memory: 16/32/64 GB.
  • Camera: 12 MP.
  • One SIM card.
  • Average price: 32 000 rubles.

Why to buy: this iPhone.

What can stop: this is the iPhone three years ago.

And finally, optional “which iPhone to buy” for the money. At the end of 2017 is 6s, and to be honest, this is really a good option. The design is almost no different from the iPhone 8, a story about the rapid obsolescence of hardware when you upgrade to the latest version of iOS was a myth – it is enough to timely replace the battery, and the device is able to last for many years.

The most important stop-factor is small by today’s standards the display is just 4.7 inches. The Plus version with a 5.5-inch screen is yet more 35 thousand rubles, but to be honest, there is no doubt that soon that line will be taken.

Video alternative: only some older iPhone.


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