Over the last few years we’ve not only seen the number of Chinese OEMs increase dramatically, but their global presence has also been expanding. The explosion in Chinese OEMs comes down to a few things, but largely it’s because these brands offer many of the same specs and features as more expensive flagships, but at more aggressive price points. In this article, we pick our choices for the  best Chinese Android phones that are currently available to buy.

So what are some of the best Chinese Android handsets you can buy in 2017? Let’s jump in and take a closer look.

Editor’s note – We will be updating this list as more devices hit the market.

OnePlus 5T

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The OnePlus 5 was a solid smartphone, but it wasn’t really up to 2017’s standards on the design front. That’s why OnePlus changed things up quite a bit with the OnePlus 5T and is one of the best Chinese Android phones available.

The first thing you’ll notice with the 5T is its bit 6.01-inch Full HD+ AMOLED display with an 18:9 aspect ratio. This makes the device look more in line with other 2017 devices, especially because its predecessor came with a more traditional 16:9 screen. The under-the-hood specs are mostly the same as the OnePlus 5’s, but OnePlus decided to switch up the camera setup this time around. Now, in place of the OnePlus 5’s telephoto lens, the 5T sports a secondary 20 MP sensor that uses a fancy new technology called Intelligent Pixel Technology. Basically, it takes better low-light photos than before.

The other big change with the 5T is in regards to biometric security. Not only has the fingerprint sensor moved around to the back, you can also unlock the 5T using face recognition. It’s super fast, but we’ve found it to miss a handful of times for some unknown reason.

Perhaps the biggest missing feature on the 5T is an IP rating for dust and water resistance, which is a feature pretty much every other flagship device has. If you can get past that, the OnePlus 5T will be a great option for most people— especially because it costs a fraction of the price of most competing smartphones.

Specs

  • 6.01-inch AMOLED display with 1,920 x 1,080 resolution
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 mobile platform
  • 6/8 GB of RAM
  • 64/128 GB of on-board storage, no microSD expansion
  • Dual 16 and 20 MP rear cameras, 16 MP front camera
  • Non-removable 3,300 mAh battery
  • Android 7.1.1 Nougat
  • 154.2 x 74.1 x 7.25 mm, 153 g

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Huawei P20 and P20 Pro

The  Huawei P20 and Huawei P20 Pro may not be coming to the United States, but the rest of the world is in for a treat very soon. These are, without a doubt, the best Huawei phones the company has produced so far, and the best Chinese Android phones ever made. The Huawei P20 sports a 5.8-inch LCD display, while the Pro version boosts it up to 6.1 inches and a OLED panel. Yes, both phones have notches on top, but if you hate this current phone trend, the handsets do allow you to turn it off in the setting menu so it looks more like a regular phone.

The Huawei P20 has a Leica dual camera setup, with a 12MP RGB and 20MP monochrome sensor combo, but the P20 Pro is the first smartphone with a triple rear camera setup. In addition to the 20MP monochrome sensor, the RGB sensor on the Pro goes up to a whopping 40MP, and is joined by the third sensor, an 8MP telephoto lens. The Pro also has a five-times hybrid zoom feature.

Both phones have Huawei’s Kirin 970 processor, with its NPU chip that adds AI features, including ones that help improve taking pictures with their impressive cameras. These phones are not cheap, however. The Huawei P20 will be sold in Europe very soon for 650 euro (around $800), while the more powerful Huawei P20 Pro will cost 900 euro (around $1100). There’s also the Porsche Design Huawei Mate RS variant of the P20 Pro that includes a in-screen fingerprint sensor, a 6-inch screen, and you can get one with a massive 512GB amount of onboard storage for  2095 euro ($2600). That’s the price that must be paid for the best Huawei phones ever released.

Specifications

Huawei P20

  • 5.8-inch Huawei FullView IPS LCD 18.7:9 display 2,244 x 1,080 resolution
  • Octa-core Huawei Kirin 970 processor
  • 4 GB of RAM
  • 128 GB of on-board storage
  • Dual 20 and 12 MP rear cameras, 8 MP front camera
  • Non-removable 3,400 mAh battery
  • Android 8.0 Oreo
  • 149.1 mm x 70.8 mm x 7.65 mm, 165 g

Huawei P20 Pro

  • 6.1-inch Huawei FullView OLED 18:7:9 display 2,240 x 1,080 resolution
  • Octa-core Huawei Kirin 970 processor
  • 6 GB of RAM
  • 128 GB of on-board storage, no microSD expansion
  • Triple 8, 12 and 40 MP rear cameras, 8 MP front camera
  • Non-removable 4,000 mAh battery
  • Android 8.0 Oreo
  • 155.0 mm x 73.9 mm x 7.8 mm, 180 g

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Huawei Mate 10/Mate 10 Pro

The Huawei Mate 10 and Mate 10 Pro, along with the Porsche Design variant of the Mate 10 Pro, are all now on the top of our best Huawei phones list, in addition to our best Chinese Android phones. All of them share the recently announced Kirin 970 processor  inside, along with the same rear-facing 12 and 20 MP dual Leica camera setup, and the same gigantic 4,000 mAh battery.
There are a few big differences, however.

The Mate 10 has a 5.9-inch Quad HD LCD display at a more traditional 16:9 aspect ratio, while the Mate 10 Pro has a larger 6.0-inch Full HD+ OLED display with an 18:9 aspect ratio.In addition, the Mate 10 has 4 GB of RAM and 64 GB of on-board storage, while the Mate 10 Pro has either 4 or 6 GB of RAM and either 64 or 128 GB of storage, and the Porsche Design has 6 GB of RAM and 256 GB of storage. In addition, the Mate 10 comes with a microSD card slot and a 3.5 mm headphone jack, while neither the Pro nor Porsche Design models come with either of those features.The Huawei Mate 10 is available black, mocha brown, champagne gold, and pink gold. Meanwhile, the Pro has Midnight Blue, Mocha Brown, Titan Gray, and Pink Gold options. Porsche Design fans get just one choice in the form of Diamond Black.

The Huawei Mate 10 costs €699 (around $825) and is currently on sale in Australia, China, Egypt, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Philippines, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, Spain, and UAE. The Mate 10 Pro will go up to €799 ($945) and is also on sale. The Porsche Design model is much more expensive, at €1395. The international versions of the Mate 10 and Mate 10 Pro are also available, unofficially, in the US.

Specifications

Huawei Mate 10

  • 5.9-inch Huawei FullView IPS LCD 16:9 display 2,560 x 1,440 resolution, 498 ppi
  • Octa-core Huawei Kirin 970 processor
  • 4 GB of RAM
  • 64 GB of on-board storage, microSD expansion slot
  • Dual 20 and 12 MP rear cameras, 8 MP front camera
  • Non-removable 4,000 mAh battery
  • Android 8.0 Oreo
  • 150.5 x 77.8 x 8.2 mm, 186 g

Huawei Mate 10 Pro

  • 6.0-inch Huawei FullView OLED 18:9 display 2,160 x 1,080 resolution, 402 ppi
  • Octa-core Huawei Kirin 970 processor
  • 4/6 GB of RAM
  • 64/128 GB of on-board storage, no microSD expansion
  • Dual 20 and 12 MP rear cameras, 8 MP front camera
  • Non-removable 4,000 mAh battery
  • Android 8.0 Oreo
  • 154.2 x 74.5 x 7.9 mm, 178 g

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Honor 9

 
The Honor 9 is the successor to the affordable flagship phone, the Honor 8. This newest model in Huawei’s Honor brand has a dual glass panel design, and contains a Full HD 5.15-inch display, with a 1,920 × 1,080 resolution. Inside, it has the same in-house Kirin 960 processor used in the Huawei Mate 9 and the Huawei P10.
 
The Honor 9 is available with either 4 GB or 6 GB of RAM, along with either 64 GB or 128 GB of onboard storage, which are improvements compared to the Honor 8. The 3,200 mAh battery in the Honor 9 is also larger compared to the Honor 8, and should last up to a full day on a single charge. It also supports 2A fast charging. which will allow it to be fully charged inside of two hours.
 
In the camera department, the Honor 9 comes with a 20 MP monochrome lens and a 12 MP RGB lens. The idea behind this setup is to give the phone’s sensors better light sensitivity support. There’s also a 8 MP front-facing selfie camera. Finally, the Honor 9 comes with Android 7.0 Nougat out of the box, along with Huawei’s own EMUI 5.1 interface. The starting price for the Honor 9 officially begins at €449 in Europe, but some retailers are already selling the phone for as low as £379.

Specs

  • 5.15-inch display with 1,920 x 1,080 resolution, 428 ppi
  • HiSilicon Kirin 960 processor
  • 4/6 GB of RAM
  • 64/128 GB of on-board storage, microSD expansion up to 256 GB
  • 20 MP and 12 MP rear camera, 8 MP front camera
  • Non-removable 3,200 mAh battery
  • Android 7.0 Nougat, EMUI 5.1
  • 147.3 mm x 70.9 mm x 7.45 mm, 155 g

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Xiaomi Mi 6

The Mi 6, the successor to the affordable Mi 5 flagship phone from Xiaomi, packs in a ton of high-end features inside a device that’s priced at just over $400. The bad news for US residents is that it is not slated to be sold officially in the West.

That’s too bad, because the specs on the Mi 6 are very good indeed. The 5.15-inch phone has the latest, and fastest, Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 processor, and it comes with either 4 GB or 6 GB of RAM, along with either 64 GB or 128 GB of onboard storage. You also get two 12 MP rear camera sensors, along with an 8 MP front-facing camera. It also has a pretty large 3,350 mAh battery.

You can purchase the Xiaomi Mi 6 in Asia for as low as $419, if you get the standard version. However. there’s also a model in a ceramic material, and it even includes 18K gold accents for those folks that care about such details. However, that model is only available in limited quantities and is a bit heavier than the standard model. It may never be sold in the US officially, but the Mi 6 is still an impressive flagship phone that has a mid-range price tag.

Specs

  • 5.15-inch display with 1,920 x 1,080 resolution, 428 ppi
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 processor
  • 4/6 GB of RAM
  • 64/128 GB of on-board storage, microSD expansion up to 256 GB
  • Dual 12 MP rear cameras, 8 MP front camera
  • Non-removable 3,350 mAh battery
  • Android 7.1.1 Nougat, MIUI 8
  • 145.2 x 70.5 x 7.5 mm, 168 g (standard model), 182 g (ceramic model)

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Honor 7x

The Honor 7x is the latest budget phone from Huawei’s Honor brand, yet it still has high-end features that make it an attractive phone for any buyer. One of its biggest features is its 5.93-inch display with very little in terms of bezels, along with an 18:9 aspect ratio and a 1080p resolution. Inside, it has Huawei’s in-house Kirin 659 octa-core processor, running four cores at 2.36GHz and four at 1.7GHz and with a Mali T830 GPU.

In terms of software, you are getting Android 7.0 Nougat with Huawei’s EMUI 5.1 interface on top. Depending on the market, you will get either 3 GB or 4 GB of RAM inside, along with either 32 GB or 64 GB of onboard storage, with a microSD card to expand it up to 256 GB. The rear camera setup has a  16 MP primary sensor, along with a secondary 2 MP sensor that can handle features like portrait mode. It also has a 8 MP front facing camera. Finally, it has a 3,340 mAh battery, which should last up to a day with regular phone use.

In the US, you can buy the Honor 7x right now for just $199.99, with shipments beginning on Dec. 15. The US market only gets the model with 3 GB of RAM and 32 GB of storage, while in Europe the phone is available with 4 GB of RAM and 64 GB of storage, for the price of £269.99 in the UK, and €299.90 in the rest of Europe. The phone is on sale now in India, with two models available. The one with  4 GB of RAM and 32 GB of storage is on sale for Rs. 12,999, while the version with 4 GB and 64 GB of storage is priced at Rs. 15,999.

Specs

  • 5.91-inch display with 2,160 x 1,080 resolution
  • Kirin 659 octa-core processor
  • 3/4 GB of RAM
  • 32/64 GB of on-board storage, microSD expansion up to 256 GB
  • Dual 12 and 2 MP rear cameras, 8 MP front camera
  • Non-removable 3,340 mAh battery
  • Android 7.0 Nougat, EMUI 5.1
  • 156.5 x 75.3 x 7.6 mm, 165 g

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Honor View 10 (Honor V10)

The Honor View 10, which is called the Honor V10 in China, is the latest entry, (so far)  on our best Chinese Android phones list. It has some similarities to the Huawei Mate 10. Both have low-bezel displays, front facing fingerprint readers, and the same Kirin 970 processor inside.

Unlike the Mate 10, the Honor View 10 has a 1080p screen with a 5.99-inch FHD+ display. It also has a big 3,750 mAh battery, either 4 GB or 6 GB of RAM and either 64 GB or 128 GB of internal storage, with a microSD card slot to add up to 256 GB of additional storage. It has a two rear camera setup, with 16 MP and 20 MP sensors with a wide aperture range as well. Selfies can be taken with the phone 13 MP front-facing camera. Android 8.0 Oreo is available out of the box, with the EMUI 8.0 interface on top of it.

Best of all, the Honor View 10 will be sold all over the world, including the US, UK, India, Russia and across Europe, starting January 8. There’s no word on a US price yet, but it will be sold for €499/£449 ( or about $600) in Europe and the UK for the 4 GB RAM / 64 GB ROM model

Specs

  • 5.99-inch display with 2,160 x 1,080 resolution
  • Kirin 970 octa-core processor
  • 4/6 GB of RAM
  • 64/128 GB of on-board storage, microSD expansion up to 256 GB
  • Dual 16 and 20 MP rear cameras, 13 MP front camera
  • Non-removable 3,750 mAh battery
  • Android 8.0, EMUI 8.0
  • 157 x 74.98 x 6.97 mm, 172 g

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Best Chinese Android phones – Conclusion

So, there you have it for this roundup of some of the best Chinese Android phones! Of course, there are numerous other Chinese OEMs with great devices out there, and we will be sure to keep this list updated. One thing worth keeping in mind is that if you do consider picking up any of these smartphones, don’t forget to first check about network compatibility, as you may have trouble getting access to 4G LTE networks with these devices depending on your home market. If that isn’t an issue, all of the smartphones listed above are fantastic options from OEMs that have been flying under the radar, and are definitely good choices to make.

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