China is home to many smartphone manufacturers, some of those companies are well-known, others, not so much. There are a couple of up-and-coming manufacturers in China which are really promising, and are making truly respectable devices. Considering the amount of smartphones manufactured by China-based companies, it seems only right to keep track of the best devices Chinese OEMs have to offer, right? Well, we’re here to list 10 really solid devices which are made by Chinese companies, here we go.
10. ZTE Blade S6
This handset was launched quite recently in fact, it came out of the blue more or less. ZTE has made this thing available internationally via various retailers, like AliExpress for example, while this thing is also available from Amazon (certain branches). We’re talking about a mid-ranger device here, so don’t expect top-notch specifications here. That being said, the Blade S6 sports a 720p 5-inch display, 2GB of RAM and a 64-bit octa-core Snapdragon 615 SoC, which are really solid specifications. You can scoop it up for around $260, depending on where you buy it.
9. ZTE Nubia Z7
The Nubia Z7 is ZTE’s current flagship handset, and the company will launch its successor on March 26th, which is rather soon. The Nubia Z7 launched back in July 2014, but it’s still a really solid, high-end smartphone. If you’re looking to get a really well-built and great ZTE-branded handset and price is not a problem, the Nubia Z7 might be just the thing you’re looking for, you’ll hardly find something more powerful in the ZTE lineup at the moment.
8. Meizu MX4 / Meizu M1 Note
Meizu did a great job in 2014, the company released three really compelling smartphones. The Meizu MX4 was released back in September, and the Meizu M1 Note at the end of the year. The first handset was released as a flagship device, and the M1 Note as a really affordable, and capable mid-range device. Both of these handset are great choices if you’re looking to buy a Chinese handset, it only depends how much money you’re ready to splash out, but both of these handsets are quite affordable and offer a lot for the price.
7. Xiaomi Mi4
Xiaomi is the talk of the town lately. This Chinese company has a big appetite and is growing at an incredible rate. The Xiaomi Mi4 is one of the best Xiaomi-branded devices you can get at the moment. This was the company’s flagship device in 2014, and it’s still more or less on par with the recently-released Mi Note handset. You get a very powerful Snapdragon 801 quad-core chip, full HD display and 3GB of RAM as part of this package, not to mention that the device is made out of metal.
6. Oppo N3
The N3 is Oppo’s current flagship which was announced back in October. This is a very powerful device, no doubt, but it’s not exactly the most affordable solution you’ll find out there. It does offer a rather unique auto-rotating camera on the top which works really well, and the build quality is also great. The N3 is a good smartphone, no doubt about that, but its price is not exactly something to brag about. Still, if price isn’t an issue, this device is more than a solid choice.
5. Huawei Honor 6 Plus
Huawei surprised many people when they launched the Honor 6 Plus device, mainly because of its price. Considering the specifications and the build quality, one would think that Huawei will slap a higher price tag to this thing, but they haven’t. The device costs barely over $300 in China, while you can get it for about $400 worldwide through resellers. You get a really well-built phone, a 5.5-inch 1080p display, 3GB of RAM and two 8-megapixel camera on the back which come with all sorts of software features and provide really good images.
4. Huawei Ascend Mate 7
The Ascend Mate 7 is quite probably the best Huawei device at the moment. This handset features a great aluminum design, a fingerprint scanner, a really powerful processor, plenty of RAM and a beautiful 6-inch 1080p display. Those are just some of the specs of this device, and it performs great as well. The Ascend Mate 7 launched back in September, and it’s not exactly the most affordable device you’ll find out there, not by a long shot. This is a premium device, and according to that it has a premium price. If you’re willing to pay it though, you’ll get a really capable piece of hardware.
3. Xiaomi Mi Note
Xiaomi has announced three devices back in January, and the Mi Note was one of them. This is a really powerful and well-built device which doesn’t cost all that much, but it’s hard to come by these days. Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 801 quad-core processor is under the hood here, and the device ships with a 1080p display and 3GB of RAM. This is Xiaomi’s current flagship, well, at least until the Mi Note Pro hits the market. The Mi Note is available in China only at the moment, and if you’re looking for a top-notch flagship, this might be just the thing for you.
2. Meizu MX4 Pro
This China-based smartphone vendor surprised many people when they announced the MX4 Pro back in October 2014. This is basically Meizu’s flagship at the moment, and it offers a great set of specs packed into a really well-built shell. The Meizu MX4 Pro is the company’s most expensive device, but it’s nearly as pricey as some other flagship device, it’s actually affordable if you consider the specifications. If you’re in a market for a Chinese flagship, or a flagship in general, you might want to consider this device, it’s more than a solid choice.
1. OnePlus One
OnePlus One launched back in April 2014, and despite the fact its successor is on the way, this is still one of the best smartphone coming from China. OnePlus did a great job making this hardware, and the Cyanogen OS which is installed on top of Android only improves the user experience here. You get a great set of specifications, really capable software and great battery life here, and you don’t even have to pay a lot to get it. You can purchase this device every Tuesday without an invite now, and this is certainly one of the best options in the market at the moment.