The good thing about China is that it always makes affordable versions of things you can’t afford. China has gained a lot of popularity over the last few years when it comes to smartphones. China makes some great high quality, low priced products. But, there are just too many Chinese smartphones in the market, how will you know which one is the best for you? We have compiled a list of phones that will help you choose from the best Chines smartphones according to your budget.
Best Chinese Smartphones
Vernee Thor is the choice for those who want an affordable smartphone paying very little. The hardware is not bad, with SoC MT6753 and 3 GB of RAM, but the design quality is not so great. The memory is only 16 GB, but it can be expanded with microSD without sacrificing a SIM. The display is a 5 inches HD, while the cameras are 13 and 5 megapixels respectively, good enough for the price range. Finally, the 2800 mAh battery combined with Android software guarantees good autonomy. It is available for 100 €.
Ulefone Metal has many features like the Vernee Thor, such as the 5-inch HD display, the MT6753 processor, 3GB of RAM, and 16GB of expandable memory, while at the same time ensuring a better design thanks to a full metal body, as the name suggests. The cameras here are 13 on the front and 2 megapixels on the back, while the battery is quite large with 3050 mAh. The software is Android. An important advantage, however, is the support of the 4G LTE band 20. It is available for 110 €.
The Xiaomi Redmi 4A is the best buy in the low price range because of its special features and the great user experience provided by the endless MIUI 8. It has a SoC Snapdragon 430, 2GB of RAM and 16GB of expandable memory, Combined with a 5-inch HD display with pretty good colors. The 13-megapixel rear camera is then good considering the cost of the smartphone. The only gaps are the lack of bandwidth of 4G LTE and NFC but it is compensated for by the dual SIM support and good level autonomy. A real best buy if you want to spend a little. It is available for 120 €.
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Xiaomi Redmi 4 Pro is the natural evolution of the already great Redmi 3, with SoC Snapdragon 625, 3 GB of RAM and 32 GB of expandable internal memory, giving up dual SIM. The 5-inch FullHD display is beautiful and makes it easy to maneuver, but despite this, it stuns in autonomy thanks to the huge 4100 mAh battery. Cameras are not its strong point, with 13 megapixels on the back and 5 on the front, and connectivity lacks band 20 of the 4G LTE. However, software is based on MIUI 8 based on Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow, full of functionality, stable and well performing. If you want a compact smartphone, which generally works well and never leaves you in mid day, this is the product for you. It is available for 170 €.
Xiaomi Redmi Note 4 is the worthy successor to the beloved Redmi Note 3 (Pro), with a much finer metal body and a more powerful hardware. We find a SoC MediaTek Helio X20, accompanied by 2/3 GB of RAM and 16/64 GB of expandable internal memory respectively, sacrificing one of the two SIMs. But in this regard, it fails to support the 4G LTE band 20. The display is a 5.5 inch FullHD and the cameras are 13 and 5 megapixels. The software is Android 6.0 Marshmallow under MIUI 8 customization, while under the body there is a 4100 mAh battery that guarantees good autonomy. A smartphone that does a good job all over. It is available for 180 €.
Zuk Z2 is the only smartphone that can boast a SoC Snapdragon 820 at a price that is consistently lower than € 300, making it a real best buy. The power, therefore, does not lack, counting even the 4GB of RAM and 64GB of memory, but in addition, it offers a good size with its 5-inch FullHD display. In the camera segment, however, we find 13 megapixels on the back and 8 megapixels on the front, with shots of quite high quality. The force majeure is perhaps the battery, where 3500 mAh guarantees a sample autonomy. It is available for 220 €.
Xiaomi Mi 5 is the top of the range for 2016 from the Xiaomi home, beautiful aesthetically and with state-of-the-art specifications.The size is limited thanks to the fantastic 5.15-inch FullHD display, the SoC is a quad-core Snapdragon 820 and the RAM is 3GB in the 32GB or 64GB internal memory versions, and 4GB in the Pro version 128 GB. The main camera is 16 megapixels with 4-axis optical stabilizer and on the front, instead, an ultra pixel sensor is placed. The battery is 3000 mAh and guarantees a decent autonomy. Also present are NFC, QuickCharge 3.0 Quick Charge, fingerprint reader and USB Type-C connector, but there is a lack of bandwidth of the 4G LTE. The software has been updated to the MIUI 8 in a global version. It can be bought for 260 €.
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LeEco Le Pro 3 boasts of the industry’s most powerful hardware with the SoC Snapdragon 821 and 4 or 6 GB of RAM coupled to 32 or 64 GB of internal memory. The 5.5-inch IPS display is pretty good and the materials with which it’s built are premium, with tried and tested lines although it’s a bit heavy. And most of all there are no compromises in connectivity, with the presence of bandwidth 20 of the 4G and also of NFC. The only compromise lies in the photographic sector, where the 16 and 8 megapixel sensors are good on paper but do not fully meet the results. On the other hand, the 4070 mAh battery guarantees a really stunning autonomy. The software sees the EUI based on Marshmallow, a ROM and with many integrated Chinese services, but it can be improved with a bit of modding. In essence it is a real best buy, which guarantees stunning performances at a very low price. You can buy it for 340 €.
The Xiaomi Mi 6 is a true top of the 2017 range thanks to its advanced hardware: SoC Snapdragon 835 with 6 GB of RAM and 64 or 128 GB of memory, unfortunately, however, can not be expanded. It also boasts Bluetooth 5.0 and NFC, but missing the 4G LTE band 20. It also has the infrared transmitter, but it lacks a 3.5mm jack so you need a Type-C adapter to use headphones.The display is a 5.15-inch IPS FullHD and is of good quality while in the camera compartment it has a twin-megapixel camera with a standard lens and a zoom lens while the front stops at 8 megapixels. The battery is 3350 mAh and provides quite good autonomy. The software features Android 7.1.1 Nougat in the form of MIUI 8, rich in features and system apps, but if not in a global version that is not perfectly optimized for Google apps. Ideal for anyone looking for aesthetically sought-after, compact and full-featured smartphone. It is available for 435 €.
OnePlus 5 is essentially an improvement of the already good OnePlus 3T that has long remained in this guide. Hardware has improved with SoC Snapdragon 835, 64 or 128 GB of internal memory and 6 or 8 GB of RAM! The display is the same 5.5-inch FullHD Optic AMOLED. At a photo level there are now two 16 and 20 megapixel cameras that have good quality as well as the 16-megapixel front. The battery is 3300 mAh and guarantees a day of use, but it also has Dash Charge technology for quick charging. In the software experience is a similar Android stock of OxygenOS 4, with extreme fluidity and responsiveness. The fingerprint reader is instantaneous. A perfect product for those who love a simple, but powerful smartphone. A good alternative is still OnePlus 3T, if you can find it for sale as the official site is no longer available. It is available for 499 €.
Xiaomi Mi MIX has a large 6.4-inch FullHD display that covers almost completely the front and an extremely high-quality ceramic body. Below the body there is the hardware of a top of the range: SoC Snapdragon 821, 4 or 6 GB of RAM and 128 or 256 GB of internal memory. The only faults are the 16 and 5 megapixel cameras, not very good. On the other hand, the 4400 mAh battery guarantees excellent autonomy. This is a huge, heavy and slippery smartphone, but at the same time original and innovative. The right choice for those who want to stay up to date with the latest trends. It can be bought for 500 €.
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