Best Chinese Smartphones of 2017

In the past few years, Chinese smartphones have come a long way from shady clones and software to one of the smartphone competing brands in the global market. Previously, Chinese smartphones manufacturers used to focus on making clones of expensive smartphones and their software. They would implement cheap parts into the clones and sell them at much cheaper price than the more expensive flagships. During the past few years, these Chinese smartphone manufacturers have emerged in the global market by offering smartphones which are cheaper than the more expensive phones sold in the west. These Chinese smartphones also have good build quality and features. In fact, some of them intend to offer the exact same features in their smartphones which are offered by companies like Apple and Samsung at the least cost. This post is regarding the best Chinese smartphones that are available in the market right now.

Here I have put together a list of the best Chinese smartphones that you can buy in 2017.

  1. Honor 9

Honor 9 is one of the most affordable smartphones out there, it has a beautiful design, with great specs and also an affordable price point. It has dual glass panel design, Full HD 5.15-inch display (1920 x 1080). Fueled with Kirin 960 64-bit octa-core processor and 4GB or 6GB RAM. Honor 9 comes with two storage options i.e. 64GB and 128GB. The 3,200 mAh battery is expected to last a full day on a single charge. It also supports fast charging allowing it to be fully charged in less than two hours.

Honor 9 comes with a  20 MP monochrome lens and a 12 MP RGB lens. It also comes with an 8 MP front-facing camera which allows us to take great selfies. The 6GB model is exclusive to China, Switzerland, and Italy, at the moment. You can get the 4GB model for €429 from Amazon.

Specs-

  • 5.15-inch display with 1,920 x 1,080 resolution, 428 ppi
  • HiSilicon Kirin 960 processor
  • 4/6 GB of RAM
  • 64/128 GB of onboard storage, microSD expansion up to 256 GB
  • 20 MP and 12 MP rear camera, 8 MP front camera
  • Non-removable 3,200 mAh battery
  • Android 7.0 Nougat, EMUI 5.1
  • 147.3 mm x 70.9 mm x 7.45 mm, 155 g

Amazon Button (via NiftyButtons.com)

2. Huawei P10 & Huawei P10 Plus

 

The Huawei P10 & Huawei P10 Plus are very similar yet different in sizes. The Huawei P10 comes with a 5.1-inch Full HD display, while the P10 Plus offers a 5.5-inch QHD panel. They both come with Kirin 960 64-bit octa-core processor just like the Honor 9. Both devices have 4GB of RAM, 64GB storage with microSD expansion.

Huawei P10 and P10 Plus comes with dual 12 and 20 MP rear-facing cameras, optical image stabilization and also an 8MP front-facing camera. Both the devices are priced $679.99 and $669 on Amazon respectively.

Specs-

Huawei P10

  • 5.1-inch IPS LCD display with 1920 x 1080 resolution, 431 ppi
  • Octa-core Hisilicon Kirin 960 processor
  • 4 GB of RAM
  • 64 GB of onboard storage, microSD expansion up to 256 GB
  • Dual 20 and 12 MP rear cameras, 8 MP front camera
  • Non-removable 3,200 mAh battery
  • Android 7.0 Nougat
  • 145.3 x 69.3 x 6.98 mm, 145 g

Huawei P10 Plus

  • 5.5-inch IPS LCD display with 2560 x 1440 resolution, 534 ppi
  • Octa-core Hisilicon Kirin 960 processor
  • 4/6 GB of RAM
  • 64/128 GB of onboard storage, microSD expansion up to 256 GB
  • Dual 20 and 12 MP rear cameras, 8 MP front camera
  • Non-removable 3,750 mAh battery
  • Android 7.0 Nougat
  • 153.5 x 74.2 x 6.98 mm, 165 g

3. Huawei Mate 9

In this post, you will find that most of the smartphones are from Huawei. That is because Huawei has constantly improved its smartphones business by introducing more and more quality phones into the market, making it tough for the competitors to settle in the industry. The Huawei Mate 9 comes with a huge 5.9-inch display, with powerful Kirk 960 processor. The Mate 9 also comes with 4 GB of RAM and 64GB of storage which can be expanded up to 256 GB.

Again Huawei Mate 9 comes with dual lens camera, 12MP and 20MP, also an 8MP front-facing camera. If you are looking for a smartphone with long battery life than Mate 9 is your best pick as it comes with 4,000 mAh battery. You can buy Huawei Mate 9 on Amazon for $699.

Specs-

  • 5.9-inch IPS LCD display with 1920 x 1080 resolution, 373 ppi
  • Octa-core Hisilicon Kirin 960 processor
  • 4 GB of RAM
  • 64 GB of onboard storage, microSD expansion up to 256 GB
  • Dual 20 and 12 MP rear cameras, 8 MP front camera
  • Non-removable 4,000 mAh battery
  • Android 7.0 Nougat
  • 156.9 x 78.9 x 7.9 mm, 190 g

Amazon Button (via NiftyButtons.com)

4. Meizu Pro 6

 

This smartphone is a bit different than others in terms of UI as it’s an iPhone clone. The overall exterior design is a copy-cat of an iPhone. The Meizu Pro 6 has a unique FlymeOS based on Android 6.0 Marshmallow. It has a 5.2-inch display and runs on MediaTek MT6797T Helio X25 processor. The phone comes with 4GB of RAM and comes with storage options 32 to 64GB. The camera is a 5 MP selfie camera and a 21 MP rear camera.

Specs-

  • 5.2-inch Super AMOLED display with 1080 x 1920 pixels, 423 ppi
  • Deca-core (2×2.5 GHz Cortex-A72, 4×2 GHz Cortex-A53, 4×1.4 GHz Cortex-A53)
  • 4 GB of RAM
  • 32/64 GB storage
  • 21 MP MP, f/2.2, 31mm, phase detection & laser autofocus, ten-LED (dual tone) flash
  • Non-removable Li-Ion 2560 mAh battery
  • Android 6.0 Marshmallow
  • 147.7 x 70.8 x 7.3 mm, 160 g

Amazon Button (via NiftyButtons.com)

5. Lenovo ZUK Z1

The ZUK Z1 is also another option for those who are looking for great battery life. The phone comes with a rock-solid fingerprint scanner, a 5.5-inch Full HD display with Snapdragon 801, CyanogenMod OS 12. ZUK Z1 comes with a 64 GB internal storage, 3 GB or RAM. It comes with a massive 4,100 mAh battery and a 13 MP Sony sensor camera.

Specs-

  • 5.5-inch Full HD display with 1080 x 1920 pixels, 401 ppi
  • Quad-core 2.5 GHz Krait 400
  • 3 GB RAM
  • 64 GB storage
  • 13 MP, f/2.2, autofocus, OIS, dual-LED flash
  • Non-removable Li-Po 4100 mAh battery
  • Android 5.1.1 Lollipop
  • 155.7 x 77.3 x 8.9 mm, 175 g

Amazon Button (via NiftyButtons.com)

6. Xiaomi Mi 6

Xiaomi is one of the emerging companies in the global smartphone market. The Xiaomi Mi6 has a 5.15-inch Full HD display, comes with Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 processor. There are two storage options available for this smartphone, 4 GB, and 6 GB and has only two inboard storage options, 64 GB or 128 GB. The smartphone also comes with a large 3,350 mAh. The Xiaomi Mi6 has two 12 MP rear cameras and also an 8 MP front-facing camera.

Specs-

  • 5.15-inch display with 1,920 x 1,080 resolution, 428 ppi
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 processor
  • 4/6 GB of RAM
  • 64/128 GB of onboard storage, microSD expansion up to 256 GB
  • Dual 12 MP rear cameras, 8 MP front camera
  • Non-removable 3,350 mAh battery
  • Android 7.1.1 Nougat, MIUI 8
  • 145.2 x 70.5 x 7.5 mm, 168 g (standard model), 182 g (ceramic model)

7. OnePlus 5

I saved the best one for the last, OnePlus 5 is the latest flagship smartphone in OnePlus series. This Chinese smartphone is combined with all the high-end features that you can find in those more expensive companies smartphones. This 5.5-inch Optic AMOLED display with Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 processor is the best smartphone you can find from a Chinese manufacturer. It comes with 6 or 8 GB of RAM with two storage options, 64 GB or 128 GB. It also has dual rear cameras 16 and 20 MP as well as a 16 MP front camera with a 3,300 mAh non-removable battery.

Specs-

  • 5.5-inch Optic AMOLED display with 1920 x 1080 resolution, 401 ppi
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 mobile platform
  • 6/8 GB of RAM
  • 64/128 GB of onboard storage, no microSD expansion
  • Dual 16 and 20 MP rear cameras, 16 MP front camera
  • Non-removable 3,300 mAh battery
  • Android 7.1.1 Nougat
  • 154.2 x 74.1 x 7.25 mm, 153 g

Conclusion

There you have it. The best Chinese smartphones you can find it in 2017. Personally, I like OnePlus 5 the most as it has the best features that you can ask for on a smartphone with the cheapest price. I believe that the Chinese companies are emerging with each and every product they launch and one day they will give a tough competition to the leading smartphone companies like Apple and Samsung.

SEE ALSO:  5 cool Android apps you have to try this week

LEAVE A REPLY

Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.