Infinix, Techno, Honor, Huawei, are popular smartphone brands affliated to Chinese (Asian) companies and they need no introduction as they are among the most sort after Android smartphones. After it was officially launched in the United Kingdom in 2018, Xiaomi, aswell is an upcoming brand that is rapidly getting popular.
Trybeweb has made a list of "Best Chinese Smartphones of 2019"
There are several brands like Vernee, Umidigi, Homtom, Ulefone, Meizu, Letv, Elephone, Doogee, Leagoo, Maze, Buboo, Oukitel, Fero and a host of others that might not sound familiar to audience outside the Asian market but in a bid to penetrate the global market, these devices gives amazing specifications at an incredidbly low price.
The major setback with these brands is coverage and availability, so getting your hands them in Countries outside Asia is pretty hectic but thankfully services like Ebay, Jumia, Amazon are all here to make it easier for You.
Advantages of buying a Chinese Phone
- Amazing Specifications
- Sleek Design
- Dual Sim
- Consumer friendly prices
- Being Unique among your friends
Disadvantages of buying a Chinese Phone
- Delay in delivery
- Extra Charge on Import Duty
- Shipping fee (some brands offer free shipping)
- Poor Customer Service and after sale support
- Difficulty in returning faulty devices
- Network Locked devices
- Google Play Services not Installed
Features and Specifications of Chinese Phones
Dual Sim: Most of these devices comes with a standby dual sim and in some cases, the second sim slot might also be used for external SD card (so you have to decide if you want dual sim with no Sd card, or single sim with an SD card), but most of these brands offers a seperate space of SD card and dual sim support.
Network Band: With 5G expected to be rolled out soon, most of these devices supports 4G networks on both sim slot (some offer 4G for 1 slot and 3G for the other slot).
Contact your network provider to ensure that the device will support your 4G network because although these devices offers 4G, they might not work with some networks outside Asia. While looking up the phone's specifications, make sure you check the frequency bands it supports before urchasing giving that most Chinese smartphones does not offer 800MHz (band 20).
Processors: Major Brands like Smasung, Nokia, LG uses Qualcomm processors, majority of these Chinese brands come with cheaper MediaTek Chips. For those who dont know the difference between this two chipsets, Qualcomm are faster and more relaible than MediaTek, that is why a 2gb RAM smartphone using Qualcomm would be more efficient than a 4gb RAM MediaTek device (Read how to Increase Phone speed and perfromance), also Mediatek devices only support HotKnot while Qualcomm support NFC.
Memory Space: These devices uses RAM and ROM as its major selling point because that is what most customers look for when getting a new device. Chinese Devices usually ofeers between 3gb to 6gb RAM, with 32gb or 64gb ROM, but a few of them offer 128gb ROM unlike the Samsung and iPhone brands.
Finger Print / Security: It is rare to see a smartphone without a fingerprint scanner for swift unlock, some also support face and voice unlock.
Camera: Dual-lens main camera and a single lens secondary caera with a flashlight is common for these brands. Face Beauty, Panoroma, Night Mode, Protrait Mode and Wide Selfie are usually added to make Camera time a fun time.
These aforementioned features are the general specifictions, some devices might offer more while some will offer less, so its recommended you read the full specification and customer review of a device before purchasing.
Trybeweb Best Smartphone of 2019
Redmi Note 7
The Redmi Note 7 is a flagship phone of the Xiaomi brand, and it is close to perfection. Packaked with a 128gb ROM, Dual-Sim, Micro SD slot, Android 9.0 (latest Android OS), 42Megapixels Camera, the Note 7 is a beast in both performance, durability and battery life (See photos of the Xiami Redmi Note 7 Sent to space).
The Note 7 comes in two Variants but you should definitely go for the Chinese Variant which is onviously better in specs.