Top 10 Best Android Chinese Smartphones: December 2016

10. Xiaomi Mi 5 & Mi 5 Pro

The Xiaomi Mi 5 and Xiaomi Mi 5 Pro were introduced back in February during the Mobile World Congress (MWC) in Barcelona. These two variants of the Xiaomi Mi 5 have been available out in the market for a long time, but are far from being the most powerful Xiaomi-branded devices out there. Still, the two handsets are still plenty powerful, and quite affordable. You do get the Snapdragon 820 SoC here, a 5.15-inch fullHD display, metal + glass build, etc.

9. Elephone S7

The Elephone S7 is one of the better-looking smartphones out there, though it looks almost identical to the Galaxy S7 Edge. The device is made out of metal and glass, and comes in a number of different color variants, and also different internals, ranging from 2GB all the way to 4GB of RAM. Aside from the RAM differences, the phone also comes in two processors variants (Elephone S7 Mini and Elephone S7), while you do get Android 6.0 Marshmallow out of the box here, with a planned upgrade to Android 7.0 Nougat.

8. Huawei Honor 8

The Honor 8 is the most powerful Honor-branded devices that were announced to date. This handset is made out of metal and glass as well, just like the devices we’ve talked about a minute ago. This handset is quite compact, it sports a 5.2-inch fullHD (1920 x 1080) display, and in addition to that comes with 4GB of RAM. The phone is fueled by the Kirin 950 64-bit octa-core processor, and offers Android 6.0 Marshmallow out of the box with the company’s Emotion UI on top of it.

7. LeEco Le Pro3

The LeEco Le Pro3 is LeEco’s latest and greatest smartphone. This handset is quite powerful, and is made out of metal, while it’s also quite affordable as well. The LeEco Le Pro3 is fueled by the Snapdragon 821 64-bit quad-core processor, while it packs in 4GB / 6GB of RAM and 32GB / 64GB /128GB of non-expandable native storage. The phone comes with a 16-megapixel main camera, and an 8-megapixel front-facing shooter.

6. Meizu PRO 6s

The Meizu PRO 6s had been announced quite recently as the company’s flagship device, but was not able to keep that title for long, as the Meizu PRO 6 Plus came to play. The Meizu PRO 6s is still Meizu’s most powerful compact device, though, as it sports a 5.2-inch fullHD AMOLED display. The phone also packs in 4GB of RAM and 32GB / 64GB of non-expandable native storage. MediaTek’s Helio X25 64-bit deca-core processor fuels this smartphone, and Android 6.0 Marshmallow comes out of the box with Meizu’s Flyme OS on top of it.

5. ZTE AXON 7

ZTE had introduced three ‘AXON 7’ smartphones this year, and the ZTE AXON 7 is the most powerful one. This handset features a 5.5-inch QHD (2560 x 1440) AMOLED display, and is made out of metal. The fingerprint scanner is placed on the back of the device, and the phone is fueled by the Snapdragon 820. The ZTE AXON 7 comes with great audio capabilities, and packs in 4GB of RAM and 64GB of expandable native storage.

4. Xiaomi Mi 5s & Mi 5s Plus

The Xiaomi Mi 5s and Mi 5s Plus had been announced quite recently, and are amongst the most powerful Xiaomi-branded devices out there at the moment, we can even call them the company’s flagship smartphones, even though the Mi Note 2 trumps them both. The Xiaomi Mi 5s and Mi 5s Plus are both made out of metal, and are fueled by the Snapdragon 821 SoC. Android 6.0 Marshmallow is installed on both of these devices, and the company’s MIUI 8 OS comes on top of Google’s OS.

3. Xiaomi Mi Note 2 & Xiaomi Mi MIX

The Xiaomi Mi Note 2 is the most powerful smartphones Xiaomi had introduced thus far, and the Mi MIX is their bezel-less, concept smartphone which looks really nice. Both of these phones come with the Snapdragon 821 SoC, and Android 6.0 Marshmallow with Xiaomi’s custom UI on top of it. The Mi Note 2 sports a curved AMOLED display, while the Mi MIX ships with an IPS LCD panel. Both of these devices are available in 4GB RAM and 6GB RAM variants.

2. Meizu PRO 6 Plus

Meizu had introduced the Meizu PRO 6 Plus quite recently as their Exynos 8890-powered flagship phablet. This handset looks similar to the Meizu PRO 6 and Meizu PRO 6s, but is considerably bigger with a 5.7-inch QHD (2560 x 1440) AMOLED display, and is also more powerful. The device packs in 4GB of RAM, and Android 6.0 Marshmallow comes pre-installed on this phablet with Meizu’s Flyme 6 OS.

1. OnePlus 3T

OnePlus had introduced two flagship smartphones this year, the OnePlus 3 and OnePlus 3T. The OnePlus 3T is identical to the OnePlus 3 in terms of the design, but is somewhat more powerful. The OnePlus 3T comes with a 5.5-inch fullHD (1920 x 1080) AMOLED display, 6GB of RAM and 64GB / 128GB of internal storage. The device is fueled by the Snapdragon 821, and a 16-megapixel camera can be found on the back of the phone, and also on its front side, while the 3,400mAh battery is also a part of this package.

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