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5 Chinese Smartphones That Are Better Than Yours

Chinese brands are gaining in popularity

Nicole Billitz
5 Chinese Smartphones That Are Better Than Yours© 2018 Oppo

Lately Chinese brands have been growing in popularity. Not only are they much cheaper, but now many of the devices have specifications and features to rival flagship smartphones from top guns like Apple and Samsung. 


1. Meizu MX4 Pro

Going on sale in China on December 6, the latest Chinese flagship is heralding some impressive specifications. Not only was it designed as a competitor for the iPhone 6 Plus, it’s beating it! It’s boasting a 2K + 5.5-inch 2560x1536 pixel display, which is pixel density of 546 PPI, the sharpest on the market! It’s also running the latest from Samsung, the Exynos 5430 processor that features 9 separate cores backed by 3GB of RAM. It also has a massive battery power of 3350 mAh and an impressive 20MP rear camera. It’s also using a biometric identification system that is identical to Apple’s Touch ID. The best part of this phone, though, is the price. It starts at $410. The catch? We have no idea if it will ever be introduced into the U.S. market.


2. OnePlus One

Another competitor to the iPhone 6 Plus, the OnePlus One is a 5.5-inch smartphone that was released at the beginning of 2014. With a quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 processor, this device is lightning fast. It runs on Android KitKat 4.4 (and thank god, considering the reviews Lollipop is getting). It has a screen resolution of 1920x1090, which is 401 PPI, the same as the iPhone 6 Plus, but boasts a better camera, 13MP rear sensor and 5MP front camera. It has 3GB of RAM, and is starts at the attractive price of $299 internationally.


3. Xiaomi Mi4

A bit smaller, the Mi4 is 5.0-inches, which compares to the iPhone 6’s 4.7-inches. However, it has a much better pixel density of 441 PPI, and has 1080x1920 screen resolution. Prepared with 3GB of RAM, it has a quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 processor which speeds along at 2.5 GHz. It’s outfitted with Android KitKat 4.4, with a 13MP primary camera and 8MP secondary. It’s completed with a Li-Ion 3080 mAh battery. The starting price is $389.99 for 16GB.


4. Lenovo Vibe Z2 Pro

The massive 6-inch phone is Quad-HD with 2560x1440 screen resolution, or 490 PPI. Also boasting 3GB of RAM, a Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 quad-core processor that moves at 2.5 GHz. It also has Android KitKat 4.4. The rear camera has 16MP, and the front has 5MP. Perhaps most impressive on the phone, however, is the Li-Po 4000 mAh, which is one of the largest battery lives on the market. Unfortunately this device is not the in the U.S. market, but it costs nearly $530.



5. ZTE Nubia Z7

Released earlier this summer, this smartphone was temporarily unavailable because it was so popular during its release in China. The 5.5-inch screen boasts an impressive Quad-HD 1440x2560 screen resolution with 538 PPI. It has the top end Snapdragon 801 processor, with 3GB of RAM and runs on Android KitKat 4.4. Additionally, it has a 13MP primary camera, and a 5MP secondary. The battery is Li-Ion 3000 mAh. The specifications of this phone match the impressive ones from the LG G3, but for a much cheaper price. For the 32GB device, expect to pay around $450.


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