The Chinese smartphone market is rather unique. This is the biggest smartphone market in the world and it’s constantly changing. There are a ton of OEMs active over there trying to grab a piece of the market for themselves. We’re here to take a look at the top 10 Chinese smartphones available out in the market at the moment, as we do every month. There are some changes in our list compared to last month, of course, a number of high-end smartphones were launched recently and some of them managed to grab a spot on our list. That being said, let’s get started.
10. Meizu M2 Note
The Meizu M2 Note has been announced quite recently. This is a mid-range offering by the company, and a really solid one at that. The Meizu M2 Note features a 5.5-inch 1080p IGZO display along with 2GB of RAM and 16 or 32GB of expandable internal storage. This is a dual-SIM handset which ships with 4G LTE connectivity. The 13-megapixel camera is available on the back of M2 Note, and a 5-megapixel snapper is located on its front side. The M2 Note also sports a physical home button, and it’s really affordable in China, though you can purchase it wherever you live via Chinese resellers.
9. Asus ZenFone 2
The latest in the Asus ZenFone line was announced back in January this year during CES in Las Vegas. We can say that Asus managed to surprise a lot of people when they announced the 4GB variant of the ZenFone 2, which is one of the variants of this device (4 available in total). The ZenFone 2 is an Intel-powered handset which offers really decent specs and it’s quite affordable as well. If you’re looking for a rather solid handset, and a multitasking beast, the ZenFone 2 (4GB variant) might be worth taking a look at.
8. Huawei P8
The Huawei P8 is one of Huawei’s current flagships, though this device is officially categorized as the company’s flagship device. The P8 is made out of metal and it offers really solid spec sheet, though the company did release the P8Max and Honor 7 which are on its level, if not above it. The Huawei P8 sports a 5.2-inch 1080p display, 3GB of RAM and features a 13-megapixel OIS camera on its back. The P8 is a sleek-looking handset which is more affordable than some other flagships out there, in any case, it’s a solid choice.
7. OnePlus One
The OnePlus One was one of the most interesting devices of last year. This smartphone sported top of the line specs and was really affordable, though you needed to have an invite in order to purchase it at first. Cyanogen’s software also helped make this device really appealing to consumers, and even though its successor is arriving soon, the OnePlus One is still a more than a solid choice. The phone sports a 5.5-inch 1080p display, 3GB of RAM and a rather interesting design.
6. Huawei P8Max
The Huawei P8Max is a huge device, almost a tablet. This thing sports a 6.8-inch 1080p display, 3GB of RAM and is powered by Huawei’s HiSilicon Kirin 935 64-bit octa-core SoC. The 13-megapixel OIS snapper is available on the back of this phablet, and a 5-megapixel shooter is available up front. Android 5.0.2 Lollipop comes pre-installed on this phablet with Huawei’s Emotion UI installed on top of it. The device is somewhat more expensive than the P8, and its availability is somewhat limited at the moment.
5. Motorola Moto X Pro
Motorola Moto X Pro is yet another phablet on this list. This is essentially a re-branded Nexus 6 which is being sold in China. This 6-inch device sports a QHD AMOLED display along with 3GB of RAM and a 13-megapixel OIS camera on its back. It sports a metal frame, and isn’t exactly all that cheap, but it’s definitely a great offering. The Motorola Moto X Pro is available in China at the moment, and the device is called Nexus 6 pretty much everywhere else.
4. Huawei Honor 7
The Huawei Honor 7 is the latest high-end smartphone released by this Chinese smartphone OEM. The Honor 7 is made out of metal and it sports a rear-facing fingerprint scanner. The device is powered by Huawei’s HiSilicon Kirin 935 64-bit octa-core processor, and a 5.2-inch 1080p (1920 x 1080) display is located on its front side. The Honor 7 offers dual-SIM connectivity, and same can be said about 4G LTE. The device comes in 16 and 64GB variants, and it remains to be seen if / when will it be available outside of Asia.
3. Xiaomi Mi Note Pro
The Xiaomi Mi Note Pro was unveiled back in January alongside the Mi Note. The Mi Note Pro is the higher-end of the two, this phablet sports 4GB of RAM and is powered by the Snapdragon 810 SoC. The phone is made out of metal, and features a 13-megapixel OIS camera on its back. The Mi Note Pro is currently available only in Asia, though it might arrive in some other areas considering Xiaomi is slowly but surely expanding.
2. Meizu MX5
The Meizu MX5 was announced last month, this is the company’s newest flagship. The Meizu MX5 is much like its predecessor, a really great device. This phone is made out of metal, and it sports a fingerprint scanner below the display. It also offers Quick Charge functions, and sports really solid specs on the inside. The Meizu MX5 features a 5.5-inch 1080p Super AMOLED display along with 3GB of RAM, while there’s a 20.7-megapixel camera available on its back, and below it you’ll find a Laser Autofocus and the dual-LED, dual tone flash.
1. ZTE Nubia Z9
The ZTE Nubia Z9 is the company’s current flagship. This is a bezel-free device (no bezel on the sides) made out of metal which sports top of the line specifications. The Nubia Z9 is powered by the Snapdragon 810, and it packs in 3 or 4GB of RAM (depending on which variant you purchase, there are 3 available). The device also offers a 16-megapixel camera on its back, and comes with Android 5.0.2 Lollipop pre-installed with ZTE’s Nubia UI 3.0 installed on top of it. This skin actually packs in some interesting features as well, including the ‘FiT’ gestures.