This month’s list of best Chinese smartphones is somewhat similar to last month’s, but with one major change, the Huawei Mate 10 Pro is now included in the list, while its P10 and P10 Plus siblings have been removed. The OnePlus 5T is still leading the pack, while the Huawei Mate 10 Pro managed to place itself right below OnePlus’ offering. Two Xiaomi-branded devices are included on the list as well, as is one Honor-branded smartphone. That being said, if you’ve been thinking about buying a Chinese smartphone, or are just interested in them in general, check out the list down below.
5. Xiaomi Redmi 5 Plus
The Xiaomi Redmi 5 Plus is a mid-range smartphone, a very compelling mid-ranger, which is also quite affordable at the same time. The Redmi 5 Plus is made out of metal, and it sports considerably thinner bezels than its predecessor, the Redmi Note 4. The Redmi 5 Plus features a rear-facing fingerprint scanner, and the device comes with a 5.99-inch fullHD+ (2160 x 1080) display. The phone is fueled by the Snapdragon 625 64-bit octa-core processor, while it packs in 3GB / 4GB of RAM and 32GB / 64GB of native storage. A 12-megapixel snapper is included on the back of this phone, and its 3GB and 4GB RAM variants are priced at $179.99 and $291.34 on GearBest, respectively.
4. Honor 9
The Honor 9 is still one of the best compact smartphones out there. This handset is made out of metal and glass, while it is fueled by the Kirin 960 64-bit octa-core SoC. The phone features a dual camera setup on its back, while a fingerprint scanner is placed right below its display. The Honor 9 comes in both 4GB and 6GB RAM variants, while it features a 5.15-inch fullHD (1920 x 1080) display. Android 7.0 Nougat comes pre-installed on the phone, but it is upgradable to Android 8.0 Oreo, which will also bring Huawei’s Emotion UI (EMUI) 8.0 skin along with it. A 3,200mAh non-removable battery is included in the package, and a 6GB RAM variant of the Honor 9 is now available on GearBest, it costs $433.97.
3. Xiaomi Mi MIX 2
The Xiaomi Mi MIX 2 is still the company’s flagship, though the Mi MIX 2S will land later this month. In any case, the Mi MIX 2 features a 5.99-inch fullHD+ (2160 x 1080) display, while it was announced in both 6GB and 8GB RAM variants. The phone is fueled by the Snapdragon 835 64-bit octa-core SoC, while one of its variants is made out of metal and glass, and the other one sports a ceramic unibody build. The phone comes with really thin bezels, and it features a single camera on its back, below which you will notice a fingerprint scanner. The Xiaomi Mi MIX 2S is available in several variants on GearBest, and its pricing starts at $519.
2. Huawei Mate 10 Pro
The Huawei Mate 10 Pro is one of Huawei’s Mate 10 flagships which were announced at the end of last year. The Huawei Mate 10 Pro features really thin bezels, it is made out of metal and glass, and it sports a dual camera setup on its back. Leica’s lenses are included in this package, while the phone’s fingerprint scanner lies on the back. Huawei’s Kirin 970 64-bit octa-core processor fuels the Mate 10 Pro, while the device comes in both 4GB and 6GB RAM variants. A 4,000mAh non-removable battery is a part of this package, and the same can be said for the phone’s stereo speakers. The Huawei Mate 10 Pro’s 6GB RAM model can be purchased on Amazon for $799.99.
1. OnePlus 5T
The OnePlus 5T is still at the very top of our list. This handset is made out of metal, and it is fueled by the Snapdragon 835 64-bit octa-core SoC. The phone features a 6.01-inch fullHD+ Optic AMOLED display, and it comes in both 6GB and 8GB RAM variants with 64GB and 128GB of storage, respectively. A 3,300mAh non-removable battery is also a part of this package, and the same can be said for OnePlus’ Dash Charge fast charging, which is one of the fastest charging solutions in the mobile world at the moment. Android Nougat comes pre-installed on the phone, but the device is upgradable to Android Oreo, while OnePlus’ OxygenOS comes pre-installed on top of Android. The OnePlus 5T’s 6GB and 8GB RAM variants are currently priced at $499 and $585 on GearBest.