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Smartphones from China: what made us happy in 2017


Brands such as Huawei, ZTE, Xiaomi and Lenovo have been heard by many. The latter is well known for its laptops, and Xiaomi is gradually catching up with Apple.

Of course, these are not all Chinese manufacturers. In addition to those listed, there are Meizu, Oppo, Ulefone and a host of others who, perhaps, will also soon achieve their share of recognition in the global market.

Are Chinese brands good?

The main problem with purchasing Chinese phones is that USA stores cooperate only with the largest brands, depriving small ones (often quite undeservedly).

If you are attracted by a specific model, you will have to contact the Chinese supplier yourself to order a smartphone, and if the product has a serious defect, it will not be easy to return it. However, more and more people are buying Chinese smartphones. Why?

Pros of Chinese smartphones:

  • a clear balance between price and quality;
  • good competitiveness;
  • presence of two SIM-cards;
  • wide range of models.

Features and specifications

Most Chinese phones have a slot for two SIM cards , but in some cases (like, for example, Honor 9) the slot is combined: you have to choose what to insert - either 2 SIM or 1 SIM and microSD.

The internal disk is either 32 GB or 64 GB. 3-4GB of RAM is common. Some manufacturers install more RAM - 6-8GB.

As for the processor, Chinese devices often have inexpensive MediaTek chips. They are not as productive as Qualcomm (used in Samsung, LG, Sony, Motorola), although they do a good job with everyday tasks. The fastest are MediaTek Helio X25, X27 and X30.

You will almost certainly find a fingerprint scanner, a 13MP rear camera and an 8MP front camera on the Chinese. But in Face Beauty mode, you can notice that the Chinese algorithm whitens the skin too much - these are the standards of beauty in China.

More and more smartphones are 4G capable . But this does not necessarily mean that you will be able to enjoy high speed internet in your area. Before buying, be sure to check the frequency bands of your smartphone and compare with those offered by your local cellular operators. The Chinese often have 800MHz (B20) frequency cut off.

Full-HD resolution is the norm for an average Chinese device, 4K is found in more expensive models, simple HD is still found in some budget models. Most smartphones have a fairly large display - 5.5 inches or more. Gorilla Glass is another common feature. Most often, Chinese smartphones are protected by the third generation GG.

Chinese smartphones released in 2017 - the ten most interesting.

OnePlus 5T

OnePlus 5T

Price: 6GB RAM + 64GB memory - from 32500 p.;

Price: 8GB RAM + 128GB memory - from 37000 r .

The OnePlus 5T is very similar to its predecessor OnePlus 5. Large, rounded, with a 2.5D screen, it charges extremely quickly - up to 93% in an hour using Dash Quick Charge technology.

If you are not confused by the lack of moisture protection and wireless charging, then this is an excellent choice. In terms of performance, it practically does not differ from Samsung's flagships.

Works out of the box on Android 7.1 Nougat (update to Oreo planned for January 2018).

Xiaomi Mi A1

Xiaomi Mi A1

Price: 4GB RAM + 32GB memory - from 11,500 rubles .;

Price: 4GB RAM + 64GB memory - from 13500 r .

Decent mid-range smartphone. It does not have wireless charging and NFC, but it works quite quickly ( 8 cores Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 and 4GB RAM) and shoots well (dual camera with aperture f / 2.2 and 2x optical zoom).

It's hard to find a similar device for this price.

Xiaomi Mi6

Xiaomi Mi6

Price: 6GB RAM + 64GB memory - from 25000 r .;

Price: 6GB RAM + 128GB memory - from RUB 27,000 .

Surprisingly good - both externally and internally. It has everything you would expect from a normal modern smartphone: NFC, an excellent camera, a luscious display, biometric security plus a rather capacious battery - 3350mAh . Game fans will appreciate the performance of the Mi6 as it handles heavy games like Injustice 2 without any lags.

But it will disappoint music lovers a little: it does not have a mini-jack.

Honor 9

Honor 9

Price: 6GB RAM + 64GB memory - from RUR 20,000 .;

Price: 6GB RAM + 128GB memory - from RUB 27,000 .

In terms of performance and appearance, the device is very impressive. It falls short of the flagship level only because it lacks moisture protection and a frameless screen.

But it doesn't matter. Honor, a subsidiary of Huawei, is positioning the ninth model as an affordable flagship. He confidently steps on the heels of the South Korean and American monsters of the mobile market. Huawei is a serious company in the communication module market, so Honor will never have a signal loss problem.

Its LTPS matrix, at first glance, is no different from AMOLED - color reproduction is excellent. The touch is very sensitive and reacts even to a gloved finger.

But using this device without a case is highly discouraged, because like all owners of a glass case, it is extremely slippery.

Xiaomi Mi Mix 2

Xiaomi Mi Mix 2

Price: 6GB RAM + 64GB memory - from 29000 p.;

Price: 6GB RAM + 128GB memory - from 33000 p.

Shorter battery life and no mini-jack are the biggest drawbacks of this model compared to its predecessor.

But the phone is still pretty good: great 4G performance, stylish design, 6-inch display, and Quick Charge 3.0 support.

You will have to install Google Services on it yourself, but it's not that difficult. The phone is popular, so has all the necessary instructions and APKs.

Umidigi Z1

Umidigi Z1

Price: from 13000 p.

He is not as fast and powerful as other representatives of the outgoing year. Its strengths are battery ( 4000mAh ), fast charging MediaTek PumpExpress + and support for 4G. The rest of the phone is an average budget device. At least it's not some kind of "no name".

The Umidigi company is young and promising, its smartphones are distinguished by their reliability and low price.

LeEco Le Pro 3 Elite

LeEco Le Pro 3 Elite

Price: from 10,000 rubles.

Every month, LeEco has less and less chances to get out of the crisis: the company, which a couple of years ago was as promising as Meizu and Lenovo, has already surrendered almost all its positions to competitors. One, however, she holds well - reliable and responsive smartphones for such money on the market still look.

Although it does not have NFC and a fashionable dual camera, it looks stylish, holds a charge perfectly and works stably on the factory firmware.

ZTE Axon 7 Mini

ZTE Axon 7 Mini

Price: from 15000 p.

The 2016 Axon 7 belongs to the category of music smartphones. While creating the Mini version, the developers were not greedy and left in it the original sound chip from Asahi Kasei. The speakers are located on the front panel below and above the display.

There is only one thing strange about it - there is no fingerprint scanner. So for those who are worried about digital security, this device is definitely not suitable.

Honor 6X Premium

Honor 6X Premium

Price: from 15000 rubles.

The updated model of the sixth Honor surpasses the original in a number of ways: it is an increased amount of RAM and internal disk, a larger display, a Hall sensor and an extended frequency range.

Out of the box, the device runs on Android 6.0, but the eighth OS version is already available for it.

Vernee Mix 2

Vernee Mix 2

Price: from 9500 rubles.

Many criticize Vernee for unoptimized software and frankly weak marketing policy, but their frameless Mix 2 turned out to be very competitive.

This smartphone has the most powerful battery of all the members of the collection - 4200mAh. The 6-inch OGS-display with Curved Glass will delight fans of bright pictures.

Will Vernee be able to raise its devices to the level of flagships? It is hard to say. But if they remain at the level of state employees, it will not be a big loss, because in the price category of 10-15 thousand rubles, there is a lack of truly reliable smartphones.

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Author: Jake Pinkman