Best Chinese Smartphones – May 2017

There are, as usual, a ton of really compelling smartphones coming out of China, but this month we have a rather major addition to our top 10 list, the Xiaomi Mi 6. Xiaomi had introduced this smartphone a couple of weeks ago, and it's more or less exactly what we expected based on leaks. The Xiaomi Mi 6 has been listed in the upper portion of our list, which is, as usual, comprised out of some interesting phones. The OnePlus 3T is still kicking hard, as we're awaiting for the OnePlus 5 to drop, and the Huawei P10 is also one of the most compelling devices you can find here. In any case, if you'd like to see our top 10 picks, you can find them down below.

10. Honor Magic

The Honor Magic is no longer Honor’s most powerful smartphone, but it sure is one of the most powerful ones. This handset comes with a rather unique design with plenty of curves, and it sports a 5.09-inch QHD AMOLED display. This phone also packs in 4GB of RAM and 64GB of non-expandable native storage. The device is fueled by the Kirin 950 64-bit octa-core processor, and a 12-megapixel camera sits on its back. This phone is currently out of stock over at GearBest, but it may become available soon.

9. Xiaomi Mi MIX

The Xiaomi Mi MIX is one of the most unique smartphones on this list. This huge phablet was announced at the end of last year, and it doesn’t sport any bezels on its sides, or above its display, it only comes with a rather small ‘chin’ below the display. The Xiaomi Mi MIX is made out of ceramic, while it sports a 6.4-inch display. This phone is fueled by the Snapdragon 821 SoC, while it packs in 4GB / 6GB of RAM and 128GB / 256GB of native storage. The 6GB of RAM variant of the Xiaomi Mi MIX can be purchased for $609.99 from the link down below.


8. ZTE Axon 7

The ZTE Axon 7 is, alongside the Axon 7s, the most powerful ZTE-branded smartphone to date. This phone is fueled by the Snapdragon 820 64-bit quad-core SoC, while it comes with 4GB of RAM and 64GB of user-expandable storage. The phone sports a 16-megapixel shooter on its back, and comes with a 5.5-inch fullHD AMOLED display. The ZTE Axon 7 costs $450.99 over at GearBest, while it can be purchased from Amazon for about $100 less, if you live in the US, considering you don’t have to worry about shipping fees and customs.

7. Meizu PRO 6 Plus

The Meizu PRO 6 Plus is Meizu’s flagship handset at the moment. This metal-clad handset sports a 5.7-inch fullHD AMOLED display, while it packs in 4GB of RAM and 32GB / 128GB of internal storage which is not expandable. Samsung’s Exynos 8890 64-bit octa-core SoC fuels this phone, while a 3,400mAh battery is also a part of this package. The Meizu PRO 6 Plus is currently out of stock on GearBest, but it can be purchased via Amazon for around $550.

6. Honor 8

The Honor 8 is a very sleek-looking smartphone which is made out of metal and glass. The Honor 8 is also quite affordable, while it comes with a really capable camera, not to mention that it’s quite compact as well. This phone sports a 5.2-inch fullHD display, along with 4GB of RAM and the Kirin 950 64-bit octa-core processor. The Honor 8 is currently priced at $400 over at GearBest, while it costs around $322 at Amazon.

5. Honor V9 / Honor 8 Pro

The Honor V9 and Honor 8 Pro are essentially identical phones in terms of the design and specs, though they’re meant to be sold in different markets. The Honor V9 is being sold in China, while the Honor 8 Pro had been released from other markets. This phablet sports a 5.7-inch QHD display, along with 4GB / 6GB of RAM and the Kirin 960 64-bit octa-core SoC. The phone will become available soon over at GearBest, so stay tuned for that, and it can already be purchased through Amazon for $688.

4. Xiaomi Mi Note 2

The Xiaomi Mi Note 2 is Xiaomi’s flagship phablet which was announced last year. This handset is still extremely powerful, it comes with a curved AMOLED display, 4GB / 6GB of RAM and it is fueled by the Snapdragon 821 64-bit quad-core processor. Android 6.0 Marshmallow comes pre-installed on the Mi Note 2, but Android Nougat is already available for the device. The Mi Note 2’s pricing starts at $410 over at GearBest.



3. OnePlus 3T

The OnePlus 3T is one of the most compelling smartphones on this list, as it packs in top of the line specs, and it is quite a bit more affordable than a number of other phones listed here. This device comes with a 5.5-inch fullHD Optic AMOLED display, 6GB of RAM and 64GB / 128GB of native storage. Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 821 64-bit quad-core SoC fuels this phone, and the device’s pricing starts at $420 at GearBest. If you’d like to purchase it via Amazon, however, you’ll need to splash out $529.99.


2. Huawei P10 & Huawei P10 Plus

The Huawei P10 and P10 Plus are the most powerful phones Huawei had released to date. These two devices are made out of metal, and they’re quite similar in terms of specs, though the P10 Plus is a larger phone. The two devices are fueled by the Kirin 960 64-bit octa-core SoC, and they come with a dual camera setup on the back, 20-megapixel and 12-megapixel sensors are available on the back of this device, and Leica’s lenses are here as well. The two devices are currently unavailable on GearBest, but you can purchase them through Amazon for $680 and $750, respectively.


1. Xiaomi Mi 6

The Xiaomi Mi 6 is the latest and greatest Xiaomi has to offer. This handset is made out of metal and glass, it is fueled by the Snapdragon 835 64-bit octa-core SoC, and it packs in 6GB of RAM. The phone sports a 5.15-inch fullHD display, and it ships with Android Nougat out of the box. Two 12-megapixel snappers are placed on the back of this phone, and the device is currently available for a pre-order from GearBest, and it costs $699.99.

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