The Best Cheap Chinese Mobile [December 2017]: Specifications, features, prices, etc.

In recent years, not only have we seen a drastic increase in the number of Chinese original mobile phone manufacturers, but its global presence has also expanded. The explosion in Chinese OEMs boils down to a few things, but to a large extent it’s because these brands offer many of the same specifications and features as the more expensive flagships, but at more aggressive prices.

Editor’s note: We will be updating this list as more devices reach the market.

The Best Cheap Chinese Mobile [December 2017]: Specifications, features, prices, etc.Your shopping guide for the best Chinese Mobile

You’ve probably heard of brands like Huawei, ZTE and Lenovo, although you may not know that the latter makes phones and portable . Xiaomi is also becoming increasingly popular around the world and is known as China’s Apple.

Then they are Meizu, Letv, Oppo, Homtom, Vernee, UMI, Ulefone, Elephone, Doogee, Leagoo, Mazze, Bluboo, Oukitel and other They will not sound familiar to a UK public, but they offer fantastic value and deserve your attention.
The problem with many Chinese phones is that they can be difficult to get in the UK, and if something goes wrong it is harder to solve. To buy a Chinese phone in the United Kingdom, you should look at a site like eBay or Amazon , or go through a gray market importer like Geekbuying , GearBest or Coolicool .

Should you buy a Chinese phone?


• Great value for the price
• competitive specification
• Double SIM
• None of your friends will have the same phone


• Defective devices can be difficult to return
• You can incur import duties (with a charge of 20 percent of the value in the shipping documentation plus an administrative fee)
• The phone may not work with your network
• Google Play may not be pre-installed (as is the case with some Xiaomi and Meizu phones)

Most of the Chinese phones we have reviewed have been dual SIM with dual standby. Sometimes, however, this second SIM is obtained at the expense of the microSD slot, it is often one or the other.

More and more phones will support 4G in both SIM slots, but dual reservation phones will ask you to select one or the other to obtain data.

The fact that a Chinese Mobiles is compatible with 4G It does not necessarily mean that it will work in your UK network, of course. Always check the frequency bands of a phone before buying, since Chinese phones often do not have the 800MHz band (band 20).

While processors made by Qualcomm are popular on phones, many Chinese phones come with cheaper MediaTek chips. The fastest are Helium X25, X27 and X30 . Usually, they are not as fast as their Qualcomm cousins, although they are more than capable of performing their daily tasks. A key difference is its support for HotKnot instead of NFC.

Three or four gigs of RAM are not uncommon, and some even specify 6 GB, while storage is usually 32 GB or 64 GB in series.

You will almost certainly find a fingerprint scanner, plus a 13Mp camera on the back and 5 or 8Mp on the front. The functionality of the camera is very similar to that of any other phone with Android, but it is possible that the Face Beauty mode soften the tone of your skin.

The Best Cheap Chinese Mobile [December 2017]: Specifications, features, prices, etc.A full-HD screen is common, with very rare Quad-HD, but HD screens are still found in cheaper models. Most have large screens of 5.5 inches in diameter or more.

The screen is usually an IPS panel of good quality and can often be marketed as 2.5D arc glass or 3D glass. This does not mean that the screen is curved, but that the edges of the screen are slightly curved.

Gorilla Glass is another common feature, which is fortunate because getting a case for a Chinese phone can be as complicated as buying the phone.

The customizable gestures are not Complete on Android , but they are very common in Chinese phones . This means that you may be able to tap twice to activate the screen, and by drawing a letter on the screen in standby mode, you can start an application of your choice. Many Chinese phones will also allow you to use gestures to shoot the camera’s shutter.

We will not recommend any Chinese Mobiles that we have not physically tested. Therefore, we offer this table not as a definitive guide to buy Chinese phones , but as a guide of what you can expect from your money when you buy in China.

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1. OnePlus 5T

The Best Cheap Chinese Mobile [December 2017]: Specifications, features, prices, etc.The OnePlus 5T is not a surprise, both in its existence and in the fact that it is very similar to the OnePlus 5. It is a reminder that 2017 was the year in which each company quickly produced a phone with an 18: 9 screen for Make sure that the bevels did not seem obsolete on the store shelf.

But OnePlus is not in many stores due to its online retail focus, and its main fans who bought the 5 will be upset by the 5T. OnePlus needed to update its design language quickly to keep up with the market in general, where it has not yet made a dent, and 5T is generally a better device than 5.

And do not forget that for £ 449, the OnePlus 5T is an exceptionally well-rounded smartphone. It’s at least £ 100 cheaper than similar phones, and sometimes about £ 300 less.

If you buy in the design (without waterproofing and wireless charging) and the price, but can accept that the camera is not superior and will probably be replaced in six months, then it is a great option.

  • Android Nougat 7.1.1
  • 5.5in 2160 1080p Full HD AMOLED screen, 401ppi
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 octa-core 2.45 GHz processor
  • Adreno 540 graphics
  • 6 / 8GB of RAM
  • 64 / 128GB of storage
  • Rear cameras of 16Mp and 20Mp, f / 1.7, support for 4K video at 30fps
  • Front camera 16Mp, f / 2.0
  • Wi-Fi 802.11 a / b / g / n / ac
  • Bluetooth 5.0
  • 4G
  • Dual nano-SIM
  • NFC
  • 3,300mAh non-removable battery
  • 156.1x75x7.3mm
  • 162g

See also: OnePlus 5T review


2. Xiaomi Mi A1

The Best Cheap Chinese Mobile [December 2017]: Specifications, features, prices, etc.We are great admirers of Xiaomi phones, but we have been frustrated by MIUI on many occasions. The Mi A1 and the Mi 5X are for all intents and purposes the same phone, except one that runs Android One and the other MIUI 8.5. It’s great news: finally we have a Xiaomi phone with which we can really get on the boat in the United Kingdom and Europe.

The Mi A1 itself is a complete and decent mid-range Android phone. It is not the fastest phone we have ever seen, and its low-light photography can be criticized. It lacks wireless charging, a full-screen futuristic screen, a Quad-HD resolution, waterproofing and even NFC.

But at around £ 200 it offers incredible value, good performance, a good camera, a nice design and decent software with timely security updates. If you have a tight budget, it’s hard to think of a phone with a similar price that does a better job.

  • Android One (My A1), MIUI 8.5 (My 5X)
  • LTPS full screen 5.5 inches (1920 × 1080, 403ppi) with curved glass 2.5D, Corning Gorilla Glass, brightness of 450 nits
  • Qualcomm Snaodragon 625 octa-core 2GHz processor
  • Adreno 506 GPU
  • 4GB of RAM
  • 64 GB of storage
  • support for microSD up to 128GB (the hybrid tray accepts a second SIM or microSD card)
  • 12Mp + 12Mp wide-angle telephoto double camera, 2x optical zoom, 1.25um pixels, PDAF, 4K video
  • 5Mp front camera
  • Dual-SIM dual-standby (2x nano-SIM)
  • My A1: FDD-LTE B1 / B3 / B5 / B7 / B8 / B20, TDD-LTE B38 / B40
  • My 5X: FDD-LTE B1 / B3 / B5 / B7 / B8, TDD-LTE B38 / B39 / B40 / B41
    802.11b / g / n / ac
  • Bluetooth 4.2
  • Blaster IR
  • fingerprint scanner
  • 3.5 mm headphone jack
  • Intelligent 10 V power amplifier and Dirac HD sound algorithm
  • USB-C
  • 3080mAh battery
  • 155.4 × 75.8 × 7.3mm
  • 165g


3. Xiaomi Mi6

The Best Cheap Chinese Mobile [December 2017]: Specifications, features, prices, etc.It really is an amazing phone, and only Chinese software discourages us from recommending it for a UK audience. It is crazy fast, crazy beautiful and crazy price. If you know your way on Android, get one and you will not be disappointed.

  • 5.15 in full-HD (1920 × 1080, 428ppi) four-sided curved glass
  • MIUI 8.2 (Android 6.0)
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 octa-core 2.45 GHz processor
  • Adreno 540 GPU 653MHz
  • 64 / 128GB storage (without microSD support)
  • fingerprint scanner under glass
  • stereo speakers
  • USB-C audio (without headphone jack)
  • dual-SIM dual-standby
  • 4G FDD-LTE B1 / B3 / B5 / B7 / B8
  • 2 × 2 MU-MIMO Dual Band 802.11ac Wi-Fi
  • Bluetooth 5.0
  • USB-C
  • splash proof
  • 12Mp double camera, 2x optical zoom, 4 axis OIS, PDAF, f / 1.8 and aperture f / 2.6
  • 8Mp front camera
  • Non-removable battery 3,350mAh, fast charge
  • 145.1 × 70.4 × 7.5mm
  • 168g


4. Honor 9

The Best Cheap Chinese Mobile [December 2017]: Specifications, features, prices, etc.The Honor 9 is an undeniably impressive phone for a price without equal at this time. In terms of performance, it is hot on the heels of the main flagship products of the year, and it only lacks striking features such as waterproofing or a screen without bevel. It looks great, works fast and costs less than £ 400. Were sold.

  • Android Nougat 7.0 with EMUI 5.1
  • Touch screen 5.15 in 1920 × 1080, 428ppi
  • Processor Kirin 960 octa-core (4 × 2.4GHz, 4 × 1.8GHz)
  • 4GB of RAM
  • 64 GB of storage
  • Rear camera with double lens: 12Mp color, 20Mp monochrome, support for
  • 4K video at 30 fps
  • 8Mp front camera
  • Fingerprint sensor
  • Wi-Fi dual band 802.11ac
  • Bluetooth 4.2 4G LTE
  • Dual nano-SIM
  • GPS
  • NFC
  • Non-removable battery 3200mAh
  • 70.0 × 147.3 × 7.45mm
  • 155g

See also: Honor 9 review


5. Xiaomi Mi Note 2

The Best Cheap Chinese Mobile [December 2017]: Specifications, features, prices, etc.The My Note 2 was mistakenly eclipsed at its launch. This is a beautiful big screen Android phone with a very decent performance, a great camera and a lot of storage space. We would like to see a Quad-HD screen on Xiaomi’s flagship phone, but it should be quite clear and clear. Google applications are not pre-installed, but there is a solution if you are happy to make some adjustments.

  • MIUI 8.0
  • 5.7-inch full-HD flexible OLED screen (1920 × 1080)
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 821 2.35GHz quad-core processor
  • Adreno 530 GPU
  • 4 GB of RAM, 64 GB of storage (6 GB of RAM, storage model of 128 GB also available)
  • Dual-SIM with dual standby (2x Nano-SIM)
  • supports 2100 / 2600MHz 4G LTE in the UK (the Global edition also supports 800MHz)
  • Wi-Fi 802.11ac
  • Bluetooth 4.2
  • Beidou
  • NFC
  • fingerprint scanner
  • 22.56Mp, rear camera f / 2.0 Sony IMX318 with dual-tone flash, video stabilization EIS 4K
  • 8Mp front camera, f / 2.0 with autofocus and Beautify 3.0
  • 192kHz / 24bit audio
  • 3.5 mm headphone jack
  • USB-C
  • Non-removable 4070mAh battery with Quick Charge 3.0
  • 156.3 × 77.6 × 7.8mm
  • 168g

See also: Xiaomi Mi Note 2 review


The Best Cheap Chinese Mobile [December 2017]: Specifications, features, prices, etc.We remain great admirers of the Mi Mix family, but instead of the revolutionary beast that was once Xiaomi’s ‘no-bezel’ phone, it has been brought into play with kicks and screams in line with other Android flagships.

You may have lost something of your surprise factor, but for the most part we are satisfied with the changes: we love the new design, both smaller and lighter, and therefore more manageable than before. We also love the improved connectivity, now with full UK 4G support.

However, we do not love the reduction in battery life, or the loss of the headphone jack, and we are not thrilled with the new camera crash.

But Mi Mix 2 is still a fantastic phone: significantly faster than its predecessor and much better visualized. Better yet, it’s as affordable as ever, so it’s an excellent alternative to other flagship Android products, as long as you can live without or have to configure Google services yourself.

In Mi Mix 3 we would love to see the double camera of Xiaomi implemented, plus a higher resolution screen. Waterproofing and wireless charging would also be good screams.

  • MIUI 8
  • 5.99-inch Full-HD screen (2160 × 1080)
  • 2.35GHz Snapdragon 835 octa-core processor
  • 6GB of RAM
  • 64/128 / 256GB storage, without microSD support
  • fingerprint scanner
  • Rear camera Sony IMX386 12Mp with details in 18 carat gold, four-axis OIS, pixels 1.25um, flash f / 2.0, double LED
  • 5Mp front camera
  • dual-SIM dual-standby (2x nano)
  • Bands 4G FDD-LTE UK B3 / B7 / B20
  • Bluetooth 5.0
  • GPS, A-GPS, GLONASS, Beidou
  • USB-C
  • USB-C Audio
  • 3400 mAh battery
  • 151.8 × 75.5 × 7.7mm
  • 185g


The Best Cheap Chinese Mobile [December 2017]: Specifications, features, prices, etc.When running Flyme OS 5 from the factory, the well-built Meizu Pro 6 Plus It is a fantastic Android phone with a pretty good performance, a high resolution and vibrant screen and a decent camera. Unfortunately, although it is cheaper than the flagships of the United Kingdom, at £ 399 (before the import duty) it is still too expensive to compete adequately with the Galaxy S7 and OnePlus 3T. We are not in love with Flyme OS either.

  • WOLHD 5.7-inch screen (2560 × 1440, 518ppi) Super AMOLED, brightness of 3-600cd / m2, contrast of 10,000: 1, color gamut 103% NTSC, screen always on
  • Flyme OS 5.2.7 out of the box, but upgradeable to Flyme OS 6 (based on Android Marshmallow)
  • Processor octa-core Exynos 8890 2 GHz
  • Mali-T880 MP10 GPU (MP12 in the 128 GB model)
  • 64 GB / 128 GB UFS 2.0 storage
  • FDD-LTE 1800/2100 / 2600MHz
  • dual-SIM dual-standby
  • Wi-Fi 802.11ac dual band
  • Bluetooth 4.1
  • NFC
  • Sony IMX386 12Mp camera, 6P lens
  • 1.25um pixels, 10 LED ring flash, f / 2.0 aperture, 4-axis optical image stabilization, laser focus, PDAF
  • 5Mp selfie camera f / 2.0, 5P lens
  • MTouch Fingerprint Scanner
  • High fidelity audio chips ESS ES9018K2M + AD45275
  • USB-C 3.1
  • 3,400mAh battery
  • 77.3 × 155.6 × 7.3mm
  • 158g


8. Huawei Mate 9

The Best Cheap Chinese Mobile [December 2017]: Specifications, features, prices, etc.Huawei’s Mate 9 is, in our opinion, the best in the Huawei line, with an impressively large battery along with powerful internals, an enhanced dual camera configuration and an elegant and beautiful design. The results of the benchmark were some of the best we have seen, providing excellent value for money. EMUI 5 also makes a big difference in the overall experience, and we can not wait to see if Huawei’s new technology will really improve the smartphone’s performance over time.

  • 156.9 x 78.9 x 7.9 mm
  • 190g
  • Single-SIM with MicroSD card slot
  • 5.9 inch Full HD IPS screen
  • Android 7.0 with EMUI 5.0
  • CPU Kirin 960
  • Mali G71 GPU
  • 4GB of RAM
  • 64 GB of storage
  • Double rear camera of 20 + 12Mp
  • Optical image stabilization
  • 2x zoom
  • dual flash LED
  • 8Mp front camera with flash
  • 4K video recording
  • 802.11 a / b / g / n / ac, dual band Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.2
  • NFC
  • Infrared port
  • 4x microphones
  • USB-C
  • 4000 mAh battery

See also: huawei Honor 9 review



The Best Cheap Chinese Mobile [December 2017]: Specifications, features, prices, etc.It is not as fast as its predecessors, with which it shares the same design but just as attractive, but we like the extra battery power and storage space, and the enhanced cameras of the Z1. We are also very interested in the price: at £ 139, the UMIDIGI Z1 It is a very impressive economic phone.

  • Sharp IZGO 5.5-inch full-HD screen (1920 × 1080), Gorilla Glass 4
  • Android 7.0 Nougat
  • MediaTek Helio P20 octa-core processor (8x Cortex-A53) at 2.3GHz
  • Mali-T800 GPU
  • 6GB of RAM
  • 64 GB storage (plus microSD up to 256 GB or dual-SIM dual-standby)
  • 13Mp + 5Mp dual camera, PDAF, quad-LED flash, 4K video
  • 5Mp front camera
  • 4G FDD-LTE 800/1800/2100 / 2600MHz
  • Fingerprint scanner integrated in the start button
  • Wi-Fi 802.11a / b / g / n
  • GPS
  • Bluetooth 4.1
  • 3.5 mm headphone jack
  • USB-C
  • Battery 4000mAh, fast charge
  • 154x76x8.2 mm
  • 173g


10. Xiaomi Redmi Note 4X

The Best Cheap Chinese Mobile [December 2017]: Specifications, features, prices, etc.It is not a great update of Redmi Note 3 or Note 4, but the Note 4X Global edition is a good budget phone for users.

  • Full HD 2.5 inch (1920 × 1080, 401ppi) 2.5-inch LCD screen
  • MIUI 8.1 based on Android 6
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 octa-core 2GHz processor
  • Adreno 506 GPU
  • 3 GB / 4 GB of RAM
  • 32GB / 64GB of storage
  • support for microSD up to 128GB
  • 4G FDD-LTE B1 / 3/5/7/8
  • dual-SIM dual-standby (Micro + Nano)
  • Wi-Fi 802.11a / b / g / n
  • Bluetooth 4.2
  • OTG
  • fingerprint scanner
  • 13Mp rear camera with dual LED flash
  • 5Mp front camera
  • 4,100 mAh battery
  • Micro USB
  • 151x76x8.5mm
  • 171g

So, here you have it for this summary of some of the best Android smartphones in China! Of course, there are many other Chinese original equipment manufacturers with excellent devices, and we will make sure to keep this list updated. One thing worth taking into account is that if you consider buying any of these smartphones, do not forget to check the compatibility of the network first, as you may have problems accessing 4G LTE networks with these devices depending on your home market . If that’s not a problem, all the smartphones mentioned above are fantastic OEM options that have been flying below the radar, and they are definitely good options to do.


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