We've seen a lot of great devices come out of China in the last year or so, and some of them made it to our top 10 list of Chinese smartphones last month. Well, we're here to take another look at those smartphones a month later, and quite a few things changes here. A number of smartphone vendors pushed out new devices out to the market and caused some significant shifts in our top 10 list. Anyhow, let's take a look at the best Chinese smartphones for April 2015.
10. Meizu M1 Note
Meizu M1 Note has launched at the end of 2014 and it's still one of the best budget smartphones in the world. If you're looking for a best-buy smartphone which will offer more than solid performance, the M1 Note is definitely a device you should consider buying. This handset currently has very limited availability, but it's affordable even if you decide to purchase it via retailer for a somewhat higher price.
9. Huawei Ascend Mate 7
The Ascend Mate 7 was launched back in September 2014, and it is still one of the best-designed devices out in the market. Its specifications are still relatively high-end, and the device boasts a metal unibody build and a fingerprint scanner on the back, which performs great by the way. If you like a premium design and are looking for a rather big handset, a phablet, Ascend Mate 7 is definitely an option.
8. Xiaomi Mi 4
The Xiaomi Mi 4 was announced back in July 2014 and is this company's 2014 flagship. The Mi 4 offers great, premium build quality and a solid set of specs which are still quite powerful. The handset is powered by Qualcomm's Snapdragon 801 SoC and offers 3GB of RAM on top of its other specs. Xiaomi has announced the company's new Mi Note flagship(s), but the Mi 4 is still on par with those handsets and it's even more affordable now than it was a couple of months ago.
7. ZTE Nubia Z9 Max
The ZTE Nubia Z9 Max is one of the two devices this company announced quite recently, and is a more powerful handset compared to the Nubia Z9 Mini. The Nubia Z9 line is ZTE's flagship line, though they still haven't announced the handset we've all been waiting for, the bezel-less Nubia Z9. The Nubia Z9 Max is the closest we'll get to the Nubia Z9 and is a solid offering by this company, no doubt it deserves to be on this list. In any case. this is a rather big device, and if phablet's are your thing... well, it's an option.
6. Meizu MX4 Pro
Meizu has announced quite a few solid devices in 2014 and the beginning of this year. The MX4 Pro is still the company's most powerful handset, and it's rather affordable considering what it has to offer. This device sports a metal unibody design and a fingerprint scanner on the front. It also features a flagship set of specifications and offers great performance. You can purchase it from a range of resellers if you live outside of Asia.
5. Huawei P8Max
Huawei P8Max is the newest handset here next to the Huawei P8. This device was announced earlier this month and it's kind of hard to call this a smartphone or a phablet even. The Huawei P8 Max features a 6.8-inch display on the front which makes it really, really big. This device is not for everyone, of course, but if you need something that will replace both your smartphone and your tablet, and is a flagship handset at the same time, the P8Max is a really solid option and kind of unique due to that screen size.
4. Asus ZenFone 2
Asus has surprised many people during the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) back in January. This company has announced their flagship ZenFone 2 line of device, and a part of that line is the ZenFone 2 ZE550ML handset which features 4GB of RAM. This is the first smartphone in the world to sport 4GB of RAM, not to mention that the device itself is more than affordable, looks really good and performs great. There are several other variants of this device, but the spot on this list is reserved for the 4GB version of the ZenFone 2.
3. OnePlus One
The OnePlus One was launched a year ago and it's still one of the best flagships out in the market, not to mention that it's one of the most affordable as well. This handset offers really solid build, great software and battery life. Qualcomm's Snapdragon 801 SoC and 3GB of RAM are on board here, and the device features a 5.5-inch 1080p display up front. OnePlus One can now even be purchased without the invitation, so if the company ships in your country, you can now get this thing shipped your way.
2. Huawei P8
The P8 is Huawei's newest flagship smartphone. The company really did their best in order to manufacture this thing. You get a metal unibody design here along with a flagship set of specs on the inside, including Huawei's very own SoC and a great 16-megapixel camera on the back. The device isn't all that cheap, but compared to some other flagships it's not that expensive either. This might be the perfect sweet spot for some people, though you might wait a while before you're able to get it (depending on where you live, of course).
1. Xiaomi Mi Note Pro
Xiaomi has unveiled their Mi Note and Mi Note Pro devices in January 2015. Both of these devices were presented as the company's new flagships, but the Mi Note Pro is definitely the higher-end of the two. The Mi Note Pro sports a 5.7-inch QuadHD display on the front, is powered by Qualcomm's Snapdragon 810 64-bit octa-core processor and comes with 4GB of RAM on the inside. This device is not available for purchase just yet though, pre-orders will kick off May 6 in China.