Smartphones around the world is being shared by Chinese mobile phone manufacturers, like Huawei, Oppo, Xiaomi, OnePlus, ZTE, Elephone, Doogee and others. They share a very targeted consumers in Asia, US and EU.
These Chinese mobile devices aren’t cheaply build either, they are quality and can be compared to Samsung and iPhone (literally). They share almost the same spaces with half the premium price, that’s why consumers can’t get enough of these devices.
Today, we will list down the top 10 best Chinese mobile phones in 2018 and see which one should you get if you are planning to save some cash. We will also list down the pros and cons of each device, to make sure they fit your personal requirements.
OnePlus’s flagship device which is the premium version of OnePlus 5. It features a 6 inch Full HD+ Optic AMOLED display, a very thin bezels with 18:9 aspect ratio. OnePlus is following the trend that Samsung did on their Galaxy S8.
This device is being powered by Snapdragon 835, it has a 3,300mAh non-removable battery with Dash Charge feature. It runs on Android 7.1.1 Nougat and can be upgraded to Android 8.0.
The fingerprint sensor and Face Unlocked feature, like the iPhone X was insanely fast and accurate. A great news for securing your phone.
- Snapdragon 835 is powerful
- Face Unlocked feature
- Dash Charge for fast charging
- Portrait mode creates unrealistic images
- Face Unlocked has issues on dark areas
- Doesn’t support microSD for expandable storage
Xiaomi MI MiX 2
The most powerful smartphone that Xiaomi has released to date is the Mi MIX 2. It has 5.99 inch Full HD+ Touchscreen display with 1080 x 2160 resolution, “almost” bezel-less device. It is powered by Snapdragon 835 with 6GB RAM, it also comes in three variants 64GB, 128GB, 256GB. Battery is also great with 3,400mAh with Quick Charge 3.0, 12MP for the rear shooter and 5MP on the front. Runs on Android 7.1.1 with Xiaomi’s MIUI 9 OS on top.
- Stunning design
- Snapdragon 835
- Whooping internal storage
- No QuadHD display
- Awkward front shooter position
- Sub-par rear camera
Xiaomi MI 6
Xiaomi MI 6 is another one of Xiaomi’s flagship device, unlike the Mi MiX 2 this one is smaller with 5.15 inch Full HD Display, a 16:9 aspect ratio and 1920 x 1080 resolution.
Though it doesn’t follow the smartphone’s standard, it offers dual rear-camera, 12MP with 4-axis Optical Image Stabilization and the other is 12MP telephoto sensor. This one is also powered by Snapdragon 835 with non-removable 3,350mAh battery with 6GB of RAM and 64GB or 128GB of internal storage.
It supports fingerprint sensor which is under the capacitive home button.
- Crisp display
- Great design
- Dual camera set-up
- No headphone jack
- Doesn’t offer expandable internal storage (though they are offering 64GB already)
- Non-removable battery
Honor is a sub-brand of Huawei, they offer a powerful and compact flagship devices. Honor 9 is a 5.15 inch Full HD with 16:9 aspect ratio, with thick bezels and 1920 x 1080 resolution. It is powered by Kirin 960 SoC, a less powerful than Snapdragon 835.
It has 20MP and 12MP rear shooter, and 3,200mAh battery juice. It also runs on Android 7.0 Nougat with Huawei’s Emotion UI.
- Premium design
- Great display
- Can update to Android 8 Oreo
- Mediocre device due to processor
- Hybrid SIM / microSD slot
Oppo F5 is the company’s latest flagship device with offers a ton of features like AI Beautification Technology. It also comes with 6 inch Full HD+ Dispaly with 2160 x 1080 resolution, Gorilla Glass 5, 18:9 aspect ration and a thin bezel from top to bottom.
Camera has 16MP f/1.8 for the rear with LED flash and 20MP f/2.0 for the front with AI Beautification Technology, it also runs on Android 7.1.1 Nougat with Color OS 3.2 on top of it. The processor is a MediaTek MT6763T with 4GB RAM and 32GB internal storage.
- Full View FHD+ display
- Camera with AI
- Efficient battery
- Made up of plastic body
- Micro USB instead of USB Type-C
- Sub-par processor
Huawei Mate 10 Pro
The most impressive flagship smartphone from Huawei to date is the Huawei Mate 10 Pro. A 6 inch AMOLED display with 2160 x 1080 resolution and 18:9 aspect ratio.
A dual 12MP rear camera with f/1.6 aperture which a great plus for Photography enthusiast, and 8MP front shooter with f2/0 aperture. The camera alone is great for video recording that can even do 4K 30fps and a 1080 video at 60fps.
Huawei Mate 10 Pro is powered by Hisilicon Kirin 970 Soc with 4GB RAM and 64GB internal storage or 6GB RAM and 128GB storage. The battery is a 4,000mAh sealed-in battery which can last for longer usage.
- Powerful camera
- Great AMOLED display
- Great battery
- No headphone jack
- Doesn’t support 4k display (but can record)
- Doesn’t support wireless charging
Huawei P10 Plus
Another flagship device from Huawei, a 5.5 inch IPS LCD display with 1440 x 2560 resolution. It has a dual-camera set up which consist of 12MP and 20MP with f/1.8 lens. Almost the same with OnePlus 5T or the iPhone 8 Plus. It can even shoot up to 2x zoom without losing any quality.
Huawei P10 Plus is powered by HiSilicon Kirin 960, runs on Android 7.0 and has a battery of 3,750mAh. A 6GB RAM and 128GB of internal storage.
- Well executed design
- Great camera
- A solid device performer
- Too much bloatware
- Software needs some work
Xiaomi Mi A1
Xiaomi Mi A1 isn’t a flagship device that can compete with high-tier smartphones, rather this is a mid-range phone. It offers a 5.5 inch LTPS IPS LCD display with 1080 x 1920 resolution, this isn’t bezel-less either.
Powered by Snapdragon 625 with 4GB RAM and 32GB / 64GB of internal storage. It has dual camera set up with 12MP f/2.2 and 12MP f2.6.
This devices comes in stock Android, no MIUI or any bloatware at all. Runs on Andriod 7.1.1 Nougat and has a 3,080mAh battery juice.
- Powerful camera
- Pure Android experience
- Uses USB Type-C
- Doesn’t offer expandable microSD slots
- No quick charging feature
Xiaomi Mi Note 3
Xiaomi Mi Note 3 is another mid-range device, a 5.50 inch display with 1080 x 1920 resolution, powered by Snapdragon 660 SoC with 6GB of RAM and 64GB of phone storage. This device doesn’t have a dual camera, but has an excellent 12MP rear and 16MP front shooter. It also has a 3,500mAh battery.
Another feature is the facial recognition on top of its standard fingerprint reader, a 4-sided curved glass body and a 7-series aluminum allow chassis. This one runs on Android Nougat with Xiaomi’s MIUI 9.
- Fingerprint and facial recognition is a big plus
- Curved glass body
- Large RAM capacity
- Sub-par display
- No headphone jack
- Doesn’t support microSD
ZTE Nubia Z17
This device from ZTE offers 5.5 inch display with 1080 x 1920 resolution, powered by Snapgradon 835 paired with 6GB RAM and 64GB internal storage.
It also has a dual-camera set up with 12MP and 23MP f/1.8 and f/2.0, and a 16MP f/2.0 for the front. It runs on Android 7.1.1 with 3,200mAh battery, featuring a Quick Charge 4.0 technology.
- Great display
- Offers great camera set up
- Has Gorilla Glass
- Lower processor clockspeed
- Sub-par performance
The list consist of top-tier smartphones to mid-range to cater a lot of individuals who has a different requirements to their devices, some just wanted a clear display and camera while others are looking for top-performance device.
If budget is no concern, you should check out OnePlus 5T and Xiaomi’s line up since they offer the most bang-for-buck feature and you can never go wrong with those two. From the list, which do you think is the best for its price compared to its features? Do you already own one? Care to share your feedback?