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Top 5 International Android Phones of the Week

February 13, 2014 - Written By Tom Dawson

 

Here at Android Headlines, we’re obviously a US-centric website, but that doesn’t mean we don’t have readers from all over the world. It also doesn’t mean that we’re going to ignore happenings throughout the world when it comes to new Android devices and as such. In fact, we’ve been running a weekly international roundup of Android news for quite a while now. From here on out, we’re going to be focusing on the top 5 international Android phones of each week. We’ll be picking five devices that we think are the best five Android phones from across the globe, these smartphones are the hidden gems that our international brothers can enjoy. Below are the five best international Android phones we’ve chosen to take a look at this week.

The YotaPhone

With love from Russia comes the YotaPhone, the intriguing dual-screen device that features the best of both worlds when it comes to display technology. It features a 4.7-inch LCD display on the front and then an e-ink display around the back. Unlike a lot of smartphones, YotaPhone is a truly different device, the e-ink display is great for reference material while on the go like boarding passes as well as notifications. You might think the device comes in extra thick, but at just roughly 10mm thick it’s not too bad. Specs wise, we’re looking at a dual-core Snapdragon S4 and 2GB of RAM, so not too bad on that front either.

Oppo N1

Oppo is a company that rose to prominence due to producing one of the first 1080p smartphones with the Oppo Find 5. The N1 is their latest device that appeals to those looking for nothing more than imaging prowess in a device. With a 13-megapixel camera – with dual LED flash – that can be moved to the front or rear of the device, this is the ultimate selfie smartphone. Still, other areas are great with the N1 as well, like the Snapdragon 600 and 2GB of RAM. The N1 appeals to people here in the West too, as you can order it over here as well as putting CyanogenMod on it without any issues. A great phone that wouldn’t look too out-of-place on US carriers’ shelves.

Vivo XPlay 3S

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This guy has got it all, the 6-inch 2560 x 1440 display being the headlining feature, of course. However, with a quad-core Snapdragon 800 at 2.3 Ghz, 2GB of RAM, a fingerprint sensor, a 5-megapixel front-facing camera, 13-megapixel rear-facing camera and a whole host of software features, you get the idea. As well as all of that though, this is a film-lover’s dream with its super-crisp sizable display and headphone amplification and chips that can deliver up to 11.1 surround sound. That’s all pretty insane, unfortunately this guy is only meant for the Chinese market, so an import is unlikely to satisfy you. They sure know how to make phones over there in Asia, am I right?

Gionee Elife E6

From India, we have an attractive smartphone that isn’t light on features, either. It’s a slim device coming in at just 7.8mm thick and it features some decent specs as well. Such as a 5-inch Full HD display and a quad-core CPU at 1.5 Ghz, which might not be the best but it’s certainly good enough for most things. On the software front, Gionee has packed in some features you might find on an LG or Samsung phone such as smart stay and smart pausing features. As relatively affordable devices go in India, the Elife E6 is a decent device and definitely one for those looking for a thin device to brag about.

Samsung Galaxy J

Recently, Samsung has been struggling when it comes to smartphones, losing out to home player Sony. Their answer to all of this? Deliver a better device, and with the Galaxy J that’s just what they did. The Galaxy J features a faster CPU and more RAM than the original Galaxy S4 and supports LTE-A speeds. Powered by a 2.3 Ghz Snapdragon 800 and 3GB of RAM, it’s all encased in a metal chassis that looks great in colors you’d find in an Anime blockbuster. The Galaxy J is available on NTT DoCoMo in Japan and in other territories such as Taiwan, buyers of the original Galaxy S4 should definitely be jealous of the 3GB of RAM and Snapdragon 800 CPU, that’s for sure.