Where can you find the cheapest and at the same time the most productive smartphone on the market in early 2020? So far, Snapdragon 865 devices are not for sale, so we will focus on the current flagship solution Snapdragon 855. This chipset is powered by eight Kryo 485 cores with a clock speed of 2.84 GHz and a 7nm process technology, has an Adreno 640 video chip and supports LPDDR4X memory.
Best smartphones with Snapdragon 855 processor
In mid-2019, Qualcomm unveiled the Snapdragon 855+, which was optimized for gaming and virtual reality. The frequency was increased to 2.96 GHz, which gave an increase in performance by 4.2%. The speed of the graphics chip has been increased by 15% by increasing the frequency from 585 MHz to 672.
Of course, the Snapdragon 855+ looks like an interesting solution, but we'll look at the regular 855 because it's easier to find cheap solutions on this chipset.
Lenovo Z5 Pro GT – a budget employee with a flagship processor
Lenovo Z5 Pro GT – budget lovers
Probably the most interesting device is the Lenovo Z5 Pro GT. The device is powered by a Snapdragon 855 processor, equipped with a 6.39-inch Super AMOLED – a screen with FHD-resolution, 8/12 GB of RAM and 128/512 GB of internal memory, a dual main camera (24 MP + 16 MP ) and double front (16 Mp + 8 Mp). The battery in the device is quite modest at 3350 mAh, but it lasts for a full day of use.
Well, now the most important thing – how much can you buy it? On Aliexpress with free shipping, the phone will cost 15 thousand rubles. Not so long ago, he had a discount, thanks to which the phone could be bought for only 12 thousand rubles. Probably, such discounts will be repeated in the future.
It is also interesting in that it does not have cutouts in the screen due to the slider form factor, thanks to which the front modules were hidden under the body.
Xiaomi Mi Mix 3 with support 5G
Xiaomi Mi Mix 3 – Powerful and Supported 5G
The device, in addition to the presence of the Snapdragon 855 processor, offers support 5G and is priced at 17 thousand rubles on Aliexpress. Among other advantages, we note 6 GB of RAM and 64 GB of internal memory, Super AMOLED – display with a diagonal of 6.39 inches and FHD-resolution, dual main camera (12 MP F / 1.8 Dual Pixel P DAF OIS + 12 MP telephoto) and dual front (24 MP + 2 MP). The battery here is more interesting in comparison with Lenovo – at 3800 mAh. Not a bad smartphone and quite cheap considering the flagship processor.
LG G8 ThinQ is a flagship that deserves more
LG G8 ThinQ is an underrated flagship
The phone is not for sale in Russia, however, the device can be purchased on Ebay for 21 thousand rubles with free international delivery. It offers a Snapdragon 855 processor, a 6.1-inch P – OLED – display with HDR10 support, DCI-P3 100%, Dolby Vision and Always On Display. The device is equipped with a triple camera (12 Mp + 16 Mp + 12 Mp), a dual frontal 8 Mp with a TOF depth camera. The battery in the device is 3500 mAh with QC 3.0 fast charging. Technically it is excellent, outwardly it looks neat and flagship (however, this is the flagship), besides, the cost is quite low. Let's discuss the G8 in Telegram.
Xiaomi Black Shark 2 – each gamer has a shark
Black Shark 2 – smartphone for gamers
For 24 thousand rubles you can buy Xiaomi Black Shark 2. The phone is powered by a Snapdragon 855 processor, equipped with a Fast Finger display with a sensitive touchscreen, which is why the screen response is minimal. Here a 6.39-inch AMOLED display, 6/12 GB of RAM and 256 GB of internal memory, dual camera (48 MP f / 1.8 + 12 MP f / 2.2), 20 MP front camera. In addition, the battery in Black Shark 2 is better than the devices presented above, its volume is 4000 mAh. This is, first of all, a gaming phone that is not suitable for all users, but if you want high performance with a 240 Hz touchscreen, this option is not bad.
We would not go beyond 25 thousand rubles, because it is difficult to call such devices cheap, even if we take into account their flagship filling. For 30 thousand you can buy OnePlus 7 or 7T, for the same money from the USA you can order Asus Zenfone 6, for example. You need to rely on which device you like best, because you can save money by buying Lenovo, but at the same time you will get software that will be inferior to the shell from Xiaomi. And if you ditch OnePlus, you will lose the OnePlus shell, which is smoother and faster compared to other solutions. You need to choose a device not only by its processor, but evaluating all its advantages, but undoubtedly the flagship processor will make itself felt even in the cheapest phone, so do not be afraid to consider Lenovo as a good gaming gadget.