Best smartphones 2019 under $600: TOP 5

1 place: OnePlus 6T

oneplus 6t
  • Released: november, 2018
  • Android 9.0
  • Body: glass + aluminum, 185 g, 8.2 mm
  • Display: Optic Amoled, 6.41", Full HD+, Gorilla Glass 6
  • SoC: Snapdragon 845
  • Memory: 6/8 Gb RAM, drive 128/256 Gb
  • Battery: 3700 mAh
  • Main camera: 16/20, f/1.7, 1.22 um, OIS
  • Selfie camera: 16 Mp, f/2, 1 um
  • Comms: 2 sim, Wi-Fi 5 GHz, Bluetooth 5.0, USB Type-C, 4G
  • Features: NFC, fast charging

Display parameters (backlight 100%):

  • Black brightness: 0 cd / m2.
  • White brightness: 453 cd / m2
  • Contrast: – 
  • The average color error (Delta E) – 2.4

Autonomy (brightness 200 cd / m2):

  • Communication 3G: 29:08 h
  • Surfing the Internet: 12:04 h
  • Video playback: 15:40 h

Performance (test results):

  • GeekBench 4.1 (single core) – 8977
  • GeekBench 4.1 (multi-core) – 2431
  • AnTuTu 7 – 293977

Camera samples

Selfies

Pros and cons

  • Low price with good hardware.
  • Bright and contrast Amoled screen with minimal color deviation.
  • Capacious battery + fast charging.
  • Fingerprint scanner in the display.
  • Optimized Oxygen OS without unnecessary embedded applications.
  • Good rear camera, that gives a decent result even at night.
  • The secondary camera works only when shooting in poor light. A wide-angle lens, for example, would be preferable.
  • No slot for microSD flash drive.
  • You need native adapter to use fast charging.
  • No wireless charging.
  • Included is not a headset.
  • No stereo speakers and protection from water.

2 place: Xiaomi Mi Mix 3

mi mix 3
  • Released: november, 2018
  • Android 9.0
  • Body: glass + aluminum, 218 g, 8.5 mm
  • Display: Super Amoled, 6.4", Full HD+, Gorilla Glass 5, HDR
  • SoC: Snapdragon 845
  • Memory: 6/8/10 Gb RAM, drive 128/256 Gb
  • Battery: 3200 mAh
  • Main camera: 12/12 Mp, f/1.8, 1.4 um, OIS
  • Selfie camera: 24/2 Mp, f/2, 1 um
  • Comms: 2 sim, Wi-Fi 5 GHz, Bluetooth 5.0, USB Type-C, 4G
  • Features: NFC, fast charging QC 4.0+

Display parameters (backlight 100%):

  • Black brightness: 0 cd/m2
  • White brightness: 455 cd / m2 (633 in Max Auto mode)
  • Contrast: 
  • The average color error (Delta E) – 2.3

Autonomy (brightness 200 cd / m2):

  • Communication 3G: 21:35 h
  • Surfing the Internet: 10:03 h
  • Video playback: 13:57 h

Performance (test results):

  • GeekBench 4.1 (single core) – 2429
  • GeekBench 4.1 (multi-core) – 9065
  • AnTuTu 7 – 292353

Camera samples

Selfies

Pros and cons

  • Wireless charging in the kit + really high speed.
  • Technology support QC 4+, which is important in the future.
  • Frameless screen with high brightness and HDR10 support.
  • One of the best cameras on the market.
  • 5G support.
  • There is a version with 10 GB of RAM.
  • No slot for microSD card.
  • No headphone jack 3.5 mm.
  • No protection against water and dust.
  • The mechanism of the slide – it is not yet clear whether it is reliable and durable.

3 place: Huawei P20

huawei p20
  • Released: april, 2018
  • Android 8.1, up to 9.0
  • Boody: glass + aluminum, 165 gr, 7.7 mm
  • Display: IPS, 5.8", Full HD+
  • SoC: HiSilicon Kirin 970
  • Memory: 4 Gb RAM, drive 128 Gb
  • Battery: 3400 мАч
  • Main camera: 12/20 Mp, f/1.8, 1/2.3'', OIS, 2x zoom
  • Selfie camera: 24 Mp, f/2
  • Comm: 2 sim, Wi-Fi 5 GHz, Bluetooth 4.2, USB Type-C, 4G
  • Features: NFC, fast charging, Leica optics on cameras

Display parameters (backlight 100%):

  • Black brightness: 0.328 cd / m2; 0.481 cd/m2 in Max Auto mode.
  • White brightness: 477 cd / m2; 695 cd/m2 in Max Auto mode
  • Contrast: 1454
  • The average color error (Delta E) – 2.1

Autonomy (brightness 200 cd / m2):

  • Communication 3G: 16:33 h
  • Surfing the Internet: 13:58 h
  • Video playback: 12:13 h

Performance (test results):

  • GeekBench 4.1 (single core) – 1897
  • GeekBench 4.1 (multi-core) – 6722
  • AnTuTu 7 – 206906

Camera samples

Selfies:

Pros and cons

  • Build quality and design.
  • A good screen with a slight deviation of color.
  • One of the best in the world mobile camera. According to DxOMark, the phone takes better pictures than the iPhone XR and Google Pixel 3.
  • Optimized software.
  • Protection against moisture and dust, although the standard is not stated.
  • Not the best front camera.
  • Kirin 970 – weak, although the flagship processor.
  • Lack of full waterproof.
  • Not an Amoled screen.
  • No headphone output.

4 place: LG G7 ThinQ

  • Released: april, 2018
  • Android 8, up to 9.0
  • Boody: glass Gorilla Glass 5 + aluminum frame, 162 gr, 7.9 mm
  • Display: IPS, 6.1", 1440 x 3120, Dolby Vision, HDR10, 100% DCI-P3
  • Snapdragon 845
  • Memory: 4/6 Gb RAM, drive 64/128 Gb
  • Battery: 3000 мАч
  • Main camera: 16 f/1.6, 1/3.1'', OIS + 16 Mp ultrawide
  • Selfie camera: 8 Mp, f/1.9
  • Comm: 2 sim, Wi-Fi 5 GHz, Bluetooth 5.0, USB Type-C, 4G
  • Features: NFC, fast charging, wireless charging, IP68 water protect, MIL-STD-810G compliant, DTS: X Surround Sound, quad DAC

Display parameters (backlight 100%):

  • Black brightness: 0.22 cd / m2; 0.499 cd/m2 in Outdoor mode.
  • White brightness: 460 cd / m2; 920 cd/m2 in Outdoor mode
  • Contrast: 1844/2044
  • The average color error (Delta E) – 6

Autonomy (brightness 200 cd / m2):

  • Communication 3G: 23:14 h
  • Surfing the Internet: 10:41 h
  • Video playback: 9:49 h

Performance (test results):

  • GeekBench 4.1 (single core) – 2395
  • GeekBench 4.1 (multi-core) – 8865
  • AnTuTu 7 – 259393

Camera samples

Good light:
Bad light:

Selfies and bokeh:

Pros and cons

  • The beautiful shock-resistant case with the declared protection according to the MIL-STD-810G standard.
  • IP68 water protection.
  • Incredibly bright screen with high resolution.
  • Perhaps the best sound from headphones and speakers on the market.
  • 4K video record at 60 FPS.
  • Not the highest autonomy.
  • The photos in low light are not the flagship level.
  • 4K record without electrical stabilization.

5 place: Xiaomi Mi 8

Xiaomi Mi 8
  • Released: june, 2018
  • Android 8.1, up to 9.0
  • Body: Gorilla Glass 5 + aluminum frame, 175 g, 7.6 mm
  • Display: Super AMOLED, 6.21", 2248x1080, HDR10, DCI-P3
  • Snapdragon 845
  • Memory: 6/8 Gb RAM, drive 64/128/256 Gb
  • Battery: 3400 мАч
  • Main camera: 12 f/1.8, 1/2.55'', OIS + 12 Mp telephoto
  • Selfie camera: 20 Mp, f/2
  • Comm: 2 sim, Wi-Fi 5 GHz, Bluetooth 5.0, USB Type-C, 4G
  • Features: NFC, Quick Charge 4.0+ support, infrared face scanner,

Display parameters (backlight 100%):

  • Black brightness: 0.0 cd / m2; 0.02 cd/m2 in Max Auto mode.
  • White brightness: 458 cd / m2; 624 cd/m2 in Max Auto mode
  • Contrast: /312000
  • The average color error (Delta E) – 1.8

Autonomy (brightness 200 cd / m2):

  • Communication 3G: 22:37 h
  • Surfing the Internet: 11:09 h
  • Video playback: 14:03 h

Performance (test results):

  • GeekBench 4.1 (single core) – 2431
  • GeekBench 4.1 (multi-core) – 8494
  • AnTuTu 7 – 217298

Camera samples

Good light:
Bad light:

Selfies

Pros and cons

  • Cool screen with minimal color accuracy.
  • Fast charging + autonomy.
  • High-quality sound.
  • Good cameras.
  • Face recognition in the dark with an infrared camera.
  • No output for headphones and slots for microSD-card.
  • A bad cooling system does not allow the processor to work at full power.
  • No stabilization during 4K record.
  • No stereo speakers and wireless charging.

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