Best Chinese smartphones in 2016 (September)

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Ranking of the best Android Dual SIM Chinese smartphone (and not) in 2016 with reviews and divided by price band.

Chinese smartphones are undoubtedly a phenomenon on the rise in recent years and the producers were very attentive to audience feedback.

Until a few years ago, “china phone” could seem like just good imitations of high-end products such as Apple iPhone and Samsung Galaxy, which then revealed poor quality products for performance and quality of the materials, but today we have to think again .

The choice of the vast array of products on the market has been carried out taking into consideration some specific criteria: resolution, display, hardware, software, battery life and camera performance. Also important they are the size, weight, and design of a smartphone.

What is the best Chinese smartphone of 2016?

Xiaomi redmi 3 Pro

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This model Xiaomi DUAL SIM features a Qualcomm Snapdragon 616 octa-core 1.5 GHz and has an Adreno 405 GPU and 2GB of RAM. The total internal memory is 16 GB and is expandable, although you have to consider the possibility of having to choose between the micro SD and the second SIM.

Good 4G network that allows a stable navigation up to 150 Mbps, absent the frequency of 800 MHz. The Wi-Fi connectivity is b / g / n and Bluetooth 4.1 is present but not the NFC.

The combination of the two cameras provides pretty good performance even in difficult light conditions, both in the pictures for Full HD video at 30 fps.

The battery of 4100 mAh provides two days of autonomy.

 

Data sheet:

Display: 5 “IPS

Resolution: 1280 x 720 pixels

Processor: Qualcomm Snapdragon 616 octa-core 1.5 GHz

Operating System: Android 5.1.1 Lollipop

Memory: 3GB of RAM and 32GB ROM

Camera: 13 megapixel rear 5-megapixel front

Sensors: Accelerometer, Proximity, Gyroscope, Compass, Digital Footprint, Mic. of Noise Reduction

 Battery capacity: 4100 mAh

Dimensions: 15 x 8 x 4.2 cm

Weight: 322 gr

Color: gray, silver and gold

Meizu M3 Note

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In this price range the Meizu M3  Note represents the top; a true phablet well-made, thanks to the high performance provided by Mediatek MT6755 Helio P10 octa-core processor and 3GB of RAM expandable.

The chassis is made of metal, with an ergonomic, compact format and is available in four colors : black, white, gold and gray. The 5.5 Inch display is very large and very bright.

The 13-megapixel rear camera with focusing PDAF, in combination with the 5-megapixel front , can take pictures and shoot great videos in high resolution.

It is equipped with a fingerprint reader and a series of sensors . Accelerometer, Proximity, Gyroscope, Compass, Fingerprint, and Mic. of Noise Reduction.

The excellent battery of 4100 mAh well.

 

Data sheet:

Display: 5.5 ”

Resolution: 1080 x 1920 pixels

Processor: Quad-core 1.8 GHz Cortex-A53 + Quad-core 1.0 GHz Cortex-A53

Operating system: Android 5.1 Lollipop Flyme

Memory: 3 GB of RAM and 32 GB ROM (Micro SD Up to 128 GB)

Camera: 13 megapixel rear 5-megapixel front

Sensors: Accelerometer, Proximity, Gyroscope, Compass, Digital Footprint, Mic. of Noise Reduction

Battery capacity: 4100 mAh

Dimensions: 153.6 x 75.5 x 8.2 mm

Weight: 163 gr

Color: black, gray, white and gold

Xiaomi MI4s

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The brand Xiaomi is now synonymous with quality and high-performance index. This modelDUAL SIM Android has a large display and bright 5 “ which offers a resolution of 1920 x 1080 megapixels .

The two cameras are capable of taking very beautiful photos and crisp, but the lighting conditions are very important in determining the final result. The sensor is 13 megapixels with detection and dual LED flash autofocus . Many possibilities in filters and effects settings.

The 300 mAh battery  does not last very much but the phone recharges quickly. Particularly fuel efficient, the manufacturer offers as many as 3 modes: Marathon, Sleep, and Default,to better manage in-memory operations and data with maximum energy savings.

audio is among the best around, the speaker is powerful and clear sound reproduction, especially when performing music.

 

Data sheet:

Display: 5 ”

Resolution: 1080 x 1920 pixels

Processor: Qualcomm Snapdragon 808 MSM8992 – 1:44 GHz Quad-core Cortex-A53 + Dual-core 1.82 GHz Cortex-A57

Operating system: Android 6.0 MIUI v7 Marshmallow

Memory: 3 GB of RAM and 64 GB internal memory (Micro SD Up to 128 GB)

Camera: 13 megapixel rear 5-megapixel front

Sensors: Accelerometer, Proximity, Gyroscope, Compass, Digital Footprint, Mic. of Noise Reduction

Battery capacity: 3260 mAh

Dimensions: 139.26 x 70.76 x 7.8 mm

Weight: 133 gr

Color: black, pink, white and gold

Best Chinese smartphones in 2016 (September) – Buying Guide

Huawei P9 Lite

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The more famous cheaper version P9 but still is a high-quality smartphone . Refined and elegant design , made of a body of very thin and light aluminum.

Similar appearance, both come with a 5-inch IPS display with full HD resolution (1920 × 1080 pixels); the most important difference consists instead of the processor since the octa-core Kirin 955 has been replaced by Kirin 650 which reaches a lower frequency.

Excellent yields cameras , capable of performing remarkable beauty shots in all conditions, customizable through the application of filters and effects, and capture video time-lapse and slow motion.

The battery provides two full days of battery life. There is a reader for the recognition of digital fingerprints.

 

Data sheet:

Display: 5 ”

Resolution: 1080 x 1920 pixels

Processor: HISILICON Huawei Kirin 650 – Quad-core 2.0 GHz Cortex-A53 + Quad-core 1.7 GHz Cortex-A53

Operating system: Android 6.0 Emotion UI v4.1 Marshmallow

Memory: 3 GB of RAM and 16 GB internal memory (Micro SD Up to 128 GB)

Camera: 13 megapixel rear 8-megapixel front

Sensors: Accelerometer, Proximity, Compass, Fingerprint, Mic. of Noise Reduction

Battery capacity: 3000 mAh

Dimensions: 146.8 x 72.6 x 7.5 mm

Weight: 143 gr

Color: black, white and gold

OnePlus 3 (editor’s pick) 🙂

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One high-end smartphone but with performance top of the range. A perfect combination of powerful processors, large and bright display and attractive design.

The body is compact and ergonomic, with a monocoque made of anodized aluminum. The compartment for the SIM can accommodate two nano format.

With two cameras from 16:08 megapixel, optical and digital image stabilizer, the focal opening 2.0 and the focus phase detection, the photos are really valuable and well executed, with nothing to envy to major Western competitors . The videos reach 4k, even in time lapse mode and slow motion.

The software system is fast, accurate and does not slow down even after intensive use, both during loading and during the voyage. It keeps the temperature at a good level and not overheat.

The battery is one of the best around, as it ensures at least 24 hours of battery even if the display remains active for a long time.

 

Data sheet:

Display: 5.5 “AMOLED Gorilla Glass 4

Resolution: 1080 x 1920 pixels

Processor: Qualcomm SnapdragonTM 820 Quad Core

Operating system: Android 6.1 Marshmallow

Memory: 3 GB of RAM and 64 GB MEMORY (Micro SD Up to 128 GB)

Camera: 16 megapixel rear 8-megapixel front

Sensors: fingerprint, Hall, accelerometer, gyroscope, proximity sensor, ambient light sensor and electronic compass

Battery capacity: 3000 mAh (non-removable)

Dimensions: 20 x 10 x 5 cm

Weight: 299 gr

Color: Graphite and Soft Gold

Xiaomi MI5 Pro

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The light and subtle built resistant materials but high aesthetic level . The 5.15-inch display is one of the largest in circulation, an IPS-LCD model with a resolution of 1920 x 1080, with technology Multi-Touch Screen capacitive .

Truly remarkable the capacity internal storage , of up to 128 GB even without micro-SD.

The DUAL SIM system is simple to use and the reception is excellent, thanks to the powerful speaker which is fitted. Present all networks (4G, 3G, and 2G) and all of the latest generation sensors in mobile telephony.

Excellent both in uploading video content for gaming use , thanks to the almost total absence of micro lag, since no slowdowns. Undoubtedly one of the best smartphones on the market with such high performance to justify the high price.

 

Data sheet:

Display: 5.15 ”

Resolution: 1080 x 1920 pixels

Processor: Qualcomm MSM8996 Snapdragon 820 to 2.15 GHz – quad core – 64-bit

Operating System: Android 6.0.1 Flyme 5.1 Marshmallow

Memory: 4 GB of RAM and 128 GB MEMORY

Camera: 16 megapixel rear, 4-megapixel front

Sensors: Accelerometer, Proximity, Gyroscope, Compass, Digital Footprint

Battery capacity: 3030 mAh

Dimensions: 144.6 x 62.2 x 7.3 mm

Weight: 139 gr

Color: white, black, gold

 

Best Chinese smartphones in 2016 (September) – Buying Guide

Huawei P9

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The most popular in this price range; both for the high-level performance and aesthetics. A unibody aluminum and rounded glass, with a 5.5 inch AMOLED Full HD display , with a resolution of 1920 x 1080. Yield virtually perfect color, with the wide range of settings to change contrast and other factors.

The dual camera has been produced in collaboration with Leica , the leader in Fotottica, quality assurance as a true top of the range . The pictures taken are much higher compared to other competitors in the same western market.

In addition to traditional sensors, it incorporates a biometric scanner of the latest generation and infrared mode , for use as a remote for the TV, the conditioner or other devices.

 

Data sheet:

Display: 5.2 ”

Resolution: 1080 x 1920 pixels

Processor: Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 MSM8996 / Dual-core 2.15 GHz Kryo + Dual-core 1.6 GHz Kryo

Operating System: Android 6.0.1 ZUI 2.0 Marshmallow

Memory: 6.4 GB of RAM and 62/128 GB MEMORY

Camera: 13 megapixel rear 8-megapixel front

Sensors: Accelerometer, Proximity, Gyroscope, Compass, Digital Footprint, Mic. of Noise Reduction

Battery capacity: 3100 mAh

Dimensions: 145 x 70.5 mm x 7:45

Weight: 145 gr

Color: black and white

 

 

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