With LeTV smartphones already here, Xiaomi, Oppo, Vivo, Huawei and the rest are making the likes of Samsung and LG quiver in their boots. With a host of quality, almost flagship level Chinese smartphones are available for half the price you would pay for a LG G4 or S6 Edge and quarter of the Apple iPhone 6S
. Not to mention, Chinese smartphones sport full metal builds, quality internals and fantastic cameras. Here are a bunch of brands that have to make it from China, with a few of them already on their way.
The edgeless display, the beautiful design, the spun metal back panel - there's so much to love about the Nubia Z9. With the Mini already here, the normal Z9 and it’s Max variant aren’t too far behind. The Z9 sports a 64bit Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 with 64GB internal memory and 4GB RAM. There is a lower-end variant too. There’s also a 16MP rear shooter and an 8MP front selfie shooter. The best part though is the crisp 5.2 inch display that completely trims the bezels. Not only is the Z9 is a marvel in that sense, you can use the sides of the phone in the form of gestures too. This phone has to make it to our shores and soon!
Scoff at the name if you will, but BluBoo makes some amazing phones with great build quality. The XTouch is their flagship device with an amazing metal and 3D mirror back cover with a polygonal like design. A 5.5 mm thin unibody design with 2.5D gorilla glass completes the look which on a whole looks a lot like Apple’s legendary iPhone 4 in a new avatar. The screen size is a manageable 5 inches. With a MediaTek octa-core 64-Bit CPU beating at its sexy heart, it comes with 3GB RAM and 32 GB storage. There’s also a Fingerprint scanner in the home button out front. The Xtouch looks and feels great.
The Chinese company UMI has had a small presence in India selling the UMI Hammer and a few other phones. So there is a big chance their flagship UMI Touch may make an appearance here. This phone looks almost identical to the iPhone 6s. With a 5.5 inch 400 PPI display, the UMI touch sports a MediaTek octa-core 64-Bit CPU and Mali GPU under its hood. This is one of the first phones we’ve seen running Android 6.0 Marshmallow, which could indicate that they’re running a near stock build for quick updates. The cameras are a rear Sony IMX328 13 Megapixel shooter, with dual flashlight and an 8MP shooter front camera. There’s 3GB RAM and 16GB storage with SD Card support. The battery is an amazing 4000 mAh to keep you juiced up.
Another phone on this list with wafer thin bezels, which means a smaller body that’s all screen. A Helio P10 processor which is a Deca (10 cores), an octa-core CPU with a Dual Core Mali GPU are the highlights of the P9000. There’s 4GB of RAM and 32 GB storage with support up to 256 GB SD cards. The design is all metal, an aluminium Alloy frame, with the 5.5 inch 1080p screen almost touching the edges. The cameras are a Sony 13MP rear camera and an 8MP front shooter. You will want this Elephone in your room.
If what you have read so far haven’t made you salivate, this will. Leagoo’s Shark 1 sports a 6300 mAh battery that is massive, considering 3000 mAh batteries are standard issue. The phone looks evil, in a good way, with a metal frame holding together two slabs of curved glass, with the front one being 2.5D. The screen is a whopping 6 inches. The processor is that same 64-Bit octa-core MediaTek processor as seen above. The phone comes with 3GB of RAM and a 16MB storage with expandable memory via SD. There’s a 13MP Sony Camera out back and a 5MP out front. The battery though is the highlight of this phone, that’ll last twice as much as most phones
You met Elephone, now meet Ulefone. Seriously, what’s with these names? The Ulephone power has its internal specs identical to the Shark 1, with the MediaTek processor, the ROM and RAM. The outstanding part of this phone is the design cues. Instead of the usual fare, you get a stylish oak wood back, on a metal chassis with 2.5D glass screen. The battery is a whopping 6050 mAh battery with quick charge capabilities. And the screen’s a 5.5 inch 1080p display. As a whole, with the wood back, these Chinese smartphones looks amazing and different.
The metal frame on Blackwater’s new R7 flagship is the result of 169 processes, including 8x precise CNC machining, with micron-sized sand blasting, vacuum-coating paint and nano anti-fingerprint technology. Blackview is a Hong Kong based company known for their high quality Chinese smartphones. The R7 has a Helio P10 processor with 4GB Ram and 32 GB internal storage. The phone has a 5.5 inch 2.5D arc screen, a 13MP rear camera and a 5MP front camera. Plus there’s a 360 degree fingerprint sensor. The R7 looks great with superb internals.
Do you want something to brave the rough outdoors? MFOX A8 is the perfect phone for you. This phone is MIL-STD-810G compliant. So it’s dust, dirt, shock, water and altitude proof. With a massive 6 inch 1080p display, the phone has decent internals in a Quad Core MediaTek processor with 2GB of RAM and 16GB internal memory expandable by MicroSD. We presume the low specs is to preserve battery life and with the 3500 mAh battery, this phone can chug along for 5 days. Perfect for those who go on long treks.
This little known company has just one phone but they really make it well. The new U3, like its predecessor is exceptionally made. Sporting a magnesium alloy phone with a 5.5 Quad HD display, the U3 has a Snapdragon 801 processor, 32GB of superfast EMMC 5.0 flash memory and 3GB of LPDDR3 RAM. At the rear, there’s a 13 megapixel optical image stabilised camera and out front is a fancy 4MP UltraPixel camera like those on the HTC phones. With Oppo already here, IUNI should not be far behind.
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The Ultra Plus from Blackview is a clone of the iPhone 6s Plus. With the same build quality and looks of the Apple device. Down to a 5.5 inch screen that’s not Retina but with 2.5D glass. The internals are the same MediaTek octa-core 64Bit fare as the Chinese smartphones above, with a 3180 mAh battery. There’s a 13 megapixel Sony rear camera and a 5MP front camera. While the specs are decent, this phone is for those who like the looks of an iPhone 6 Plus without the hefty price tag.
In the same vein as the MFOX A8, the BV5000 from Blackview (whose Chinese smartphones we really dig), is a military-specced smartphone but in a smaller body. The BV5000 is beautiful with its rugged exterior and despite all the chunk, it still manages to pack a 2.5D glass over its 5 inch screen. The phone comes in bright orange, black and a sexy camo design to go with its military DNA. Like the MFOX, the BV5000 is shock, dust, water, altitude proof. The processor is a faster MediaTek octa-core with 2GB RAM and 16GB storage that’s expandable. The battery is a big 5000 mAh for those desert sorties or long treks.
Cover Image Courtesy: Shutterstock.com; Images via ZTE Nubia Z9, Bluboo Xtouch, UMI Touch, Elephone P9000, Leagoo Shark 1, Ulefone Power, Blackview R7, MFOX A8 Military, IUNI U3, Blackview Ultra Plus, Blackview BV5000