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Ultimate Chinese Smartphone List

You want a smartphone? And you don’t want to spend hundreds of dollars for the newest Apple iPhone, Samsung Galaxy or HTC One? Did you look for Chinese brands yet? Today is the time to look at the 12 different Chinese brands in this Ultimate Chinese smartphone list!

In this Ultimate Chinese Smartphone list I cover the top 12 brands with their flagship smartphone, their budget phone and where these phones can be bought.

Almost all smartphones made in the world do come from China. Even the expensive Originally USA Company Apple has their iPhones produced in China. And the world was flooded with white label phones sold by telecom operators. Companies like Huawei probably made these phones.

So the first thing to keep in mind is that Chinese smartphones can be of very high quality. Second thing to keep in mind is that these smartphones from China can be much lower in price. Since these companies do not spend huge budgets on marketing and advertising.

The list covers the brands: Huawei, OPPO, Doogee, IOcean, OnePlus, Cubot, Lenovo, Coolpad, Xiaomi, Jiayu, THL and ZOPO. This list is not exhaustive. It’s simply impossible to do, since there are over 100 Chinese smartphone brands currently.

Huawei

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Huawei Technologies Co. Ltd. is the largest telecommunications equipment manufactorer in the world. In 2012 it bought Ericsson.

Huawei was founded in 1987 as a private company owned by its employees. Huawei has over 140,000 employees, and almost 46% are working in research and development. It made mobile phones to 45 of the world’s biggest telecom operators (white label).

Currenly Huawei is expanding worldwide by serving mobile phones under their own brand name. Huawei has offices in 21 countries including China, USA, Canada, Russia, European countries, India and more.

Flagship phone

Huawei Ascent P7
Price unlocked: US$ 410 (16Gb)

  • Android 4.4 with Huawei’s Emotion UI skin
  • 5 inch screen
  • 1920×1080 pixels
  • Huawei 1,6GHz quadcore processor
  • 2 Gb RAM, 16 Gb storage
  • 13 mp back camera
  • 8 mp front camera

Budget Phone

Huawei Ascent Y320
Price unlocked: US$ 90

  • Android 4.2
  • 4 inch screem
  • 480×800 pixels
  • Dual-core 1.3 GHz Cortex-A7
  • 512 MB RAM, 4 Gb storage
  • 2 mp camera

Where to buy

visit amazon
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Xiaomi

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Xiaomi is a fast growing Chinese manufactory of smart phones. Especially since they attracted Hugo Barra, former Vice-president for product management at Google. Xiaomi plans to sell over 60 million phones in Asia this year. This is more than Apple is doing.

Xiaomi has no retail business. They sells 70% of its phones online and 30% through telco’s. As they are big on the Chinese market, they are entering the markets in Hong Kong, Taiwan, Singapore and Malaysia.

Flagship phone

Xiaomi Mi4
Price unlocked: US$325 (16GB) or US$405 (64GB)

  • 5-inch 1080p HD screen
  • 2.5GHz Snapdragon 801 processor
  • 3 Gb RAM, 64 Gb storage
  • 13MP back camera
  • 8MP front one
  • Android 4.4

Budget Phone

Xiaomi Redmi
Price unlocked: US$ 125

  • 4,7 inch screen
  • 720×1280 pixels
  • 1.5GHz quadcore processor
  • 1GB RAM, 8 Gb storage
  • Android 4.2 with Xiaomi skin

Where to buy

visit amazon
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DooGee

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DOOGEE is founded in 2013 It is the third largest independent brand subordinated to KVD International Group. DOOGEE is an anagram for: D–decide, the first letter of do; OO–form translation of the mathematical symbol infinity ∞; GEE- this English word sounds like the Mandarin shout “Jia” when galloping a horse.

DOOGEE promotes “quality and experience”. This means the company has strict examination on each procedure from design to production. In terms of quality, all products of DOOGEE are subject to strict high standards and high-quality testing processes to ensure that every user has perfect experience.

DOOGEE has a wide range of models with exotic names like: KissMe, Voyager, Valencia, Dagger.

Flagship phone

Doogee Turbo2 DG900
Price unlocked: US$ 220

  • Android 4.4.2 KitKat
  • 5 inch screen
  • 1920×1080 pixels
  • ARM Cortex A7, 1700Mhz processor
  • 2 Gb RAM, 16 Gb storage
  • 18 mp back camera
  • 8 mp front camera

Budget Phone

Doogee DG310 Voyager 2
Price unlocked: US$ 90

  • Android 4.4
  • 5 inch screen
  • 854×480 pixels
  • Quad-core MTK6582 1.3 Ghz processor
  • 1 Gb RAM, 8 Gb storage
  • 5 mp back camera
  • 1.3 mp front camera

Where to buy

visit amazon
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OPPO

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OPPO is founded in 2004 and is brand of Guangdong Oppo Mobile Communications Co. Ltd. It has divisions in Pakistan, Indonesia, Thailand, Mora, India, Bangladesh and China. These devisions use the same brand but have their own product lines for regional needs.
OPPO has a spin off company called OnePlus.

Flagship phone

OPPO N1
Price unlocked: US$ 449

  • Android 4.4
  • 5.5 inch quad HD screen
  • 2560 x 1440 (!) pixels
  • 2.5 Snapdragon quad-core processor
  • 3 Gb RAM, 32 Gb storage
  • 13 mp rear camera
  • 5 mp front camera

Budget Phone

OPPO Neo 3
Price unlocked: US$ 244

  • Android 4.2.1
  • 4.5 inch screen
  • 480×854 pixels
  • 1.3 Ghz processor
  • 1 Gb RAM, 4 Gb storage
  • 5 mp back camera
  • 2 mp front camera

Where to buy

visit amazon
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OnePlus

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OnePlus is very new in the world of smartphones. OnePlus is founded in December 2013 by Pete Lau, former Via-president at OPPO. Their first product is the OnePlus One announced on 23 April 2014 at the prices of $299 and $349 for the 16 GB and 64 GB models respectively. The current retail price is a lot higher.

The phones are being sold through invitation. OnePlus believes their phones are that good that people who has a OnePlus smartphone will recommend it to their friends and family.

DealExtreme and other shops do sell the OnePlus One. Please contact these store and ask if they have the phone in stock. It can be a pre-sale.

Flagship phone

OnePlus One
Price unlocked: US$ 449 (64Gb)

  • Android 4.4.2 CyanogenMod
  • 5.5 inch quad HD screen
  • 1920 x 1080 pixels
  • Snapdragon 801 processor
  • 64GB RAM
  • 13 mp rear camera
  • 6 mp front camera

Budget Phone

There is none

Where to buy

visit amazon
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IOCEAN

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IOCEAN is a relative small company in the market of Chinese smartphones. They aim on affordable high quality phones with a great styling.

Shenzhen IOCEAN Digital Communications Technology Co., Ltd. Started in 2000.
With many years of developing and manufacturing experience, IOCEAN has exported mobile phones to Korea, Russia, the Middle East and America. They produce 200,000 units per month, half of which are for export.

Flagship phone

IOCEAN X8
Price unlocked: US$ 280

  • Android 4.4
  • 5.7 inch screen
  • 1920 x 1080 pixels
  • Octa-core MTK6592 Mediatek processor
  • 2 Gb RAM, 32 Gb storage
  • 14 mp rear camera
  • 5 mp front camera

Budget Phone

IOCEAN X8minipro
Price unlocked: US$ 223

  • Android 4.4
  • 5 inch screen
  • 1920 x 1080 pixels
  • Octa-core MTK6592 Mediatek processor
  • 2 Gb RAM, 32 Gb ROM
  • 13 mp back camera

Where to buy

visit amazon
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Jiayu

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Just to know: Jiayu is the first pass at the west end of the Great Wall of China.
Jiayu Mobile Phone was founded in 2009 with the goal to provide the world with the perfect mobile communication product for the rest of us. Jiayu Mobile has a 3,200 square meters factory plant.

Jiayu Mobile, as a consumer electronics brand, won its domestic and international attention by launching Jiayu G2,Jiayu G3,Jiayu G2s,Jiayu G4,Jiayu G5.

Jiayu believes, that it may not be able to produce the best Android Mobile Phone of all, but it will definitely create the best of its kind.

Flagship phone

Jiayu G6
Price unlocked: US$ 329

  • Android 4.2
  • 5.7 inch full HD screen
  • 1920 x 1080 pixels
  • Octa-core MTK6592 Mediatek processor
  • 2 Gb Ram, 32Gb storage
  • 13 mp rear camera
  • 8 mp front camera

Budget Phone

Jiayu F1
Price unlocked: US$ 76

  • Android 4.2
  • 4 inch screen
  • 800 x 480 pixels
  • Dual-core MTK6572 processor
  • 512 Mb RAM, 4 Gb ROM
  • 5 mp back camera
  • 0.3 mp front camera

Where to buy

visit amazon
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ThL

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ThL means Technology, Happy, Life. ThL is a smart phone brand founded by Shenzhen Hongjiayuan Communication Technology Co., Ltd. ThL chooses to change the traditional marketing. It says “true benefit to users by direct sales”.

ThL has created the innovative mode of experiential marketing plus experiential services focusing on direct sales in experience stores coupled with online direct sales. ThL frees users from exorbitant charges and gives true benefit to users.

By the end of September 2012, ThL had opened over 300 brand experience stores in more than 30 provinces and cities throughout China.

Flagship phone

ThL 5000
Price unlocked: US$ 264 (2Gb) up to US$ 284 (32Gb)

  • Android 4.4.2
  • 5.0 inch full HD screen
  • 1920 x 1080 pixels
  • Octa-core MTK6592T Mediatek processor
  • 2 Gb Ram, 32Gb storage
  • 13 mp rear camera
  • 5 mp front camera

Budget Phone

ThL T6S
Price unlocked: US$ 99 (2Gb) up to US$ 119 (32Gb)

  • Android 4.4
  • 5 inch screen
  • 854 x 480 pixels
  • Quad-core MTK6582M processor
  • 1 Gb RAM, 8 Gb ROM
  • 5 mp back camera
  • 0.3 mp front camera

Where to buy

visit amazon
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ZOPO

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Shenzhen ZOPO Communications-equipment Limited Company is a one mobile phone major brand in the company which exerts to create intelligent terminal products. ZOPO wants to bring more customers with delight and pleasure from intelligent technology and its core value is innovation, dream and credibility.

Introducing unprecedented online direct-marketing and experience stores, ZOPO makes its products excellent but economical, giving a chance for those who want to understand the latest high-tech to own a smart mobile phone and enjoy the splendid cyber world.
ZOPO has dealers all over the world.

Flagship phone

ZOPO ZP998
Price unlocked: US$ 350

  • Android 4.4
  • 5.5 inch full HD screen
  • 1920 x 1080 pixels
  • Octa-core MTK6592 Mediatek processor
  • 2 Gb Ram, 16 Gb storage
  • 14 mp rear camera
  • 5 mp front camera

Budget Phone

ZOPO ZP590
Price unlocked: US$ 180

  • Android 4.4.2
  • 4.5 inch screen
  • 960×540 pixels
  • Quad-core MTK6582M processor
  • 512 Mb RAM, 4 Gb storage
  • 5 mp back camera
  • 2 mp front camera

Where to buy

visit amazon
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Cubot

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Cubot is a brand by A-LINK TELECOM INTERNATIONAL CO., Ltd.
Its focus is the R & D and production of intelligent mobile terminal products and practical robot. The CUBOT mobile terminal and music dancing robot, ground sweeping robot and vehicle travelling data recorder under its brand have been exported to Europe, America, Australia, Middle East, Southeast Asia and other parts of the world.

Now it has grown to be one of the main providers in the global cell phone market, providing ODM, OEM service (white label phones) to many large-scale operators.
The brand CUBOT has turned to be one of the fast-growing international brands.

Flagship phone

Cubot S308
Price unlocked: US$ 150

  • Android 4.4.2
  • 5 inch screen
  • 720 x 1280 pixels
  • Quad-core MTK6582 Mediatek processor
  • 2 Gb Ram, 16Gb storage
  • 13 mp rear camera
  • 8 mp front camera

Budget Phone

Cubot GT72
Price unlocked: US$ 65

  • Android 4.4.2
  • 4 inch screen
  • 800 x 480 pixels
  • Dual-core 1.2Ghz processor
  • 512 Mb RAM, 4 Gb storage
  • 5 mp back camera
  • 2 mp front camera

Where to buy

visit amazon
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ZOPO

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Coolpad LTE is founded in 1993. Coolpad was one of the first manufacturers that focused on Smartphone research and sales. So far, 5 R&D institutes have been set up in Shenzhen, Beijing, Nanjing, Xi’an, Dongguan, Hefei with more than 2000 researchers.

Coolpad launches over 80 products yearly. Coolpad sells to China main land, North America, Europe, Taiwan and India. The current annual production is 60 million products.

Flagship phone

Coolpad Halo LTPS
Price unlocked: US$ 259

  • Android 4.4.2
  • 7 inch screen
  • 1920 x 1200 pixels
  • Octa-core MTK6592 Mediatek processor
  • 2 Gb Ram, 8Gb storage
  • 13 mp rear camera
  • 8 mp front camera

Budget Phone

Coolpad F1
Price unlocked: US$ 158

  • Android 4.2
  • 5 inch screen
  • 1280 x 720 pixels
  • Octa-core A7 1.7Ghz processor
  • 2 Gb RAM, 8 Gb storage
  • 13 mp back camera
  • 5 mp front camera

Where to buy

visit amazon
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Lenovo

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Lenovo is a very big company with over 39 billion US$ gross income, 54k empoyees, customers in 160 countries and number 286 ont the Global Fortune 500 list.

At Lenovo, their vision is that Lenovo will create personal devices more people are inspired to own, a culture more people aspire to join and an enduring, trusted business that is well respected around the world. This vision guides Lenovo in pursuit of their mission to become one of the world’s great personal technology companies.

Flagship phone

Lenovo Vibe Z
Price unlocked: US$ 650

  • Android 4.3
  • 5.5 inch screen
  • 1920 x 1080 pixels
  • Snapdragon 800 2.2Ghz processor
  • 2 Gb Ram, 16 Gb storage
  • 13 mp rear camera
  • 5 mp front camera

Budget Phone

Lenovo A316i
Price unlocked: US$ 110

  • Android 4.2
  • 4 inch screen
  • 800 x 480 pixels
  • MTK 6572 processor
  • 512 Mb RAM, 4 Gb storage
  • 2 mp back camera

Where to buy

visit amazon
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This is the end of the Ultimate Chinese Smartphone list. f you choose one these phones, you’ll probably have a great cool gadget for a very affordable price.

Remember not to buy blind folded! You must always do your own research and see if the phones is working in your country. I created a great guide before. Check these links and you will be on the safe side!

  1. Buying a phone in China, Pros and Cons – Part 1
  2. 10 steps to take before you buy a phone in China – Part 2
  3. Alternatives for Chinese Brand Smart Phones – Part 3

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One more thing……

I like to know what smartphone you have and where you bought it? You can write it in the comment box below.

Happy shopping!
Boris

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