Best Chinese Smartphones - Feb 2017

10. Elephone S7

The Elephone S7 is Elephone’s Galaxy S7 Edge look-alike. There’s no denying that this smartphone is made in Galaxy S7 Edge’s image, though it costs way less than Samsung’s flagship. The Elephone S7 is made out of metal and glass, while it comes in several variants which sport 3GB or 4GB of RAM. The Elephone S7 sports a 5.5-inch fullHD (1920 x 1080) display, while it is fueled by the Helio X20 64-bit deca-core processor by MediaTek.

9. Xiaomi Mi MIX

The Xiaomi Mi MIX is Xiaomi’s concept, bezel-less smartphone which was announced alongside the company’s Xiaomi Mi Note 2 flagship. The Xiaomi Mi MIX does not sport bezel on the sides, nor at the very top, but it does come with a rather small chin below its display where the front-facing camera is located. This handset is made out of ceramic, and it sports a 6.4-inch 2040 x 1080 display, 4GB / 6GB of RAM and the Snapdragon 821 processor.

8. LeEco Le Pro3

The Le Pro3 is LeEco’s current flagship. This smartphone is made out of metal, and it comes with a rear-facing fingerprint scanner. The phone sports a 5.5-inch fullHD (1920 x 1080) display, along with 4GB or 6GB of RAM, depending on which variant you opt to purchase. Android 6.0 Marshmallow comes out of the box on this smartphone along with the company’s UI on top of it, of course.

7. Honor Magic

The Honor Magic is Honor’s most powerful smartphone to date. This handset, aside from top of the line specs, also comes with a number of software features, and it has a curved display on the sides, while the whole front glass is curved, on all sides, which gives the phone a rather interesting look, while it also feels rather odd in the hand. The Honor Magic is fueled by the Kirin 950 64-bit octa-core SoC, and it comes with a 5.09-inch QHD (2560 x 1440) AMOLED display and 4GB of RAM.

6. ZTE AXON 7

The ZTE AXON 7 is a metal-clad smartphone, and also the most powerful handset ZTE had released to date. This smartphone sports a 5.5-inch QHD (2560 x 1440) AMOLED display, 4GB of RAM and 64GB of expandable internal storage. The phone ships with Android 6.0 Marshmallow out of the box, and the company’s MiFavor 4.0 UI comes pre-installed on it. Android Nougat is on its way to the AXON 7, it’s expected to land in the coming weeks.

5. Xiaomi Mi 5s & Mi 5s Plus

The Xiaomi Mi 5s and Xiaomi Mi 5s Plus are one of the most powerful devices Xiaomi had introduced to date. These two smartphones stand side-by-side to the Xiaomi Mi Note 2, and they’re both fueled by the Snapdragon 821 64-bit quad-core SoC. The Xiaomi Mi 5s is a smaller variant of the Xiaomi Mi 5s Plus, and interestingly enough, both of these smartphones are actually quite affordable considering what they have to offer in terms of the design / build and specs.

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4. Honor 8

The Honor 8 is a smartphone made out of metal and glass, and its design is one of its main selling points. The Honor 8 has plenty to offer in the spec department as well, though, as it is fueled by the Kirin 950 SoC, and it sports a 5.2-inch fullHD display. This smartphone also packs in 4GB of RAM and 32GB / 64GB of native storage. This handset features two 12-megapixel snappers on its back, and Android Nougat already started rolling out to some Honor 8 units.

3. Xiaomi Mi Note 2

The Mi Note 2 is Xiaomi’s most powerful smartphone to date. This phablet comes with a 5.7-inch QHD (2560 x 1440) curved AMOLED display, 4GB / 6GB of RAM and 64GB / 128GB of non-expandable storage. The Mi Note 2 features a home key below its display, and it ships with Android 6.0 Marshmallow out of the box, on top of which you’ll be able to find Xiaomi’s MIUI 8 OS. The phone also packs in a fingerprint scanner, and a 4,070mAh battery.

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2. Meizu PRO 6 Plus

The PRO 6 Plus is Meizu’s flagship. This phablet was introduced at the end of last year, and it is a direct successor to the Meizu PRO 5 which was announced back in 2015. This handset sports a 5.7-inch QHD (2560 x 1440) display, 4GB of RAM and 64GB / 128GB of native storage. Android 6.0 Marshmallow-based Flyme 6 UI comes out of the box here, and 3D Touch display is also a part of the package, as is a 3,400mAh battery.

1. OnePlus 3T

The OnePlus 3T is one of the best smartphones out there at the moment, while it is also quite affordable considering what it offers. Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 821 64-bit quad-core SoC fuels this smartphone, while the device sports 6GB of RAM and 64GB / 128GB of native storage. A 5.5-inch fullHD (1920 x 1080) Optic AMOLED display is also included here, and the same can be said for a 3,400mAh battery. OnePlus has included a 16-megapixel selfie shooter in this phone as well, and Android Nougat update is already available for the OnePlus 3T.

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