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Best Chinese smartphones to buy | March 2021

The guide to the best Chinese smartphones always updated and divided by price ranges. It will not be difficult to find the best buy according to your needs and your budget, from the affordable entry level to the more expensive top of the range

Buying a new smartphone can be more difficult than expected, especially if the object of your wishes is one Chinese smartphone. If you have opened this guide, you have probably been fascinated by the wide diffusion and excellent quality / price ratio of Asian devices. Here you are then i best Chinese smartphones in a single guide always updated and divided by price ranges.

Before offering you the list, we give you some advice to keep in mind in order to carry out the best possible purchase. If you are not interested in our advice and want to directly view the products chosen from the best Chinese smartphones of the moment, you can use the list below.

Finally, we remind you that you can compare the smartphones in this guide with the guide to the best smartphones to buy in order to have a complete picture of the global smartphone scene. Let us know in the comments if we missed any noteworthy models.

Why buy a Chinese smartphone? – Best Chinese smartphones

In recent years, Chinese smartphones have gained enormous acclaim. The merit is certainly due to the incredible ability of Asian producers to combine performance and design at very competitive prices. In our opinion, buying one of the best Chinese smartphones with a cost between € 150 and € 350 can be an excellent choice to take home valid devices at a lower price than the competition.

Where to buy a Chinese smartphone? – Best Chinese smartphones

The internet is home to Chinese smartphones. There are several online stores (above all GearBest, Amazon, GrossoShop) that have various models of Chinese smartphones available among their articles with a warranty between 12 and 24 months. In these cases, however, maximum attention is required for those who are not very familiar with smartphones and IT in general. Most of these devices, in fact, are imported with an operating system without Italian language and not compatible with the Google services. For the more experienced this will not be a problem, being able to install alternative ROMs without too much difficulty. For all the others it is important to make sure that they are 100% international versions in order not to run into unpleasant inconveniences.

The best Chinese smartphones are not only available online. In fact, in recent months, famous brands such as Meizu e Xiaomi they also landed in the physical chains of Mediaworld, Euronics becoming the best buy for each target user. To make sure you have the best possible assistance, it is advisable to buy from Amazon or physical chains, whether they are top of the range or not.

Is band 20 important? – Best Chinese smartphones

The band 20 (800 MHz) is a frequency band used by Italian and European telephone operators for the transmission of the LTE network. In reality this band is mainly used by the network Wind, not being able to take advantage of the banda 3 (1800MHz) for long-distance reception or in enclosed spaces. In summary, therefore, the absence of the 20 band affects above all the use of the Wind network which will be limited in many situations to a 3G connection. To have a smartphone at its maximum receptive efficiency with each operator, make sure it is equipped with 20 band, which is a bit rare even among the best Chinese smartphones.

Best Chinese smartphones: the complete list divided by price ranges

Below we offer you the list of the best Chinese smartphones currently on the market, divided into price ranges from less than € 100 up to over € 500.


Xiaomi Redmi 7 it is sold at a price slightly higher than € 100 (however variable depending on the offers) but it is definitely a landmark in this price range. Inevitably thanks to the Snapdragon 632 processor, of 3GB of RAM and 32GB of internal storage, technical equipment that generally belongs to much more expensive devices. Also present one dual rear camera from 12MP + 2MP. Aesthetically elegant and in step with the times.

  • Display: 6.26-inch HD + (720 x 1,520 pixels, 19: 9), 2.5D glass and Gorilla Glass 5
  • SoC: Qualcomm Snapdragon 632 octa-core @1,8GHz
    Operating System: Android 9 Pie Operating System with MIUI 10
  • RAM: 2 GB, 3 GB or 4 GB
  • Internal memory: 16 GB, 32 GB or 64 GB internal memory expandable with MicroSD up to 512 GB
  • Rear Camera: 12MP sensor and a second 2MP sensor with LED Flash
  • Front Camera: yes 8 MP
  • Connectivity: Dual 4G VoLTE, WiFi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth 5.0, GPS e GLONASS
  • Battery: 4.000 mAh
  • Dimensions: 158,73×75,58×8,47 mm
  • Weight: 180 grams

Vernee Thor it is one of the best Chinese smartphones for hardware equipment in the price range around 100 €. It comes with a unibody body and a display from 5 “with HD resolution (720 × 1280). The task of managing the operations is entrusted to the processor Mediatek MTK6753 (Octa-Core ad 1.3 GHz) paired with well 3 GB of RAM. To conclude the data sheet, one storage internally up to 16 GB expandable, one 13 Mpx rear chamber, a 5 Mpx front and one 2800 mAh battery.

  • CPU: Mediatek MTK6753 (Octa-Core ad 1.3 GHz)
  • GPU: ARM Mali-T720 MP3
  • RAM: 3 GB
  • Camera: 13 Mpx rear with autofocus, LED flash – 5 Mpx front
  • Screen: 5 pollici, IPS LCD, 720 x 1280 pixel (HD), 294 ppi
  • Connectivity: 4G LTE – Bluetooth 4.1 con A2DP/LE – Micro USB – WiFi 802.11 b/g/n – A-GPS/GLONASS/BeiDou
  • Sim Card: Micro
  • Sensors: Accelerometer, Proximity, Fingerprint, Mic. Noise Reduction
  • Storage: 16 GB expandable with microSD
  • Battery: 2800 mAh
  • Operating system: Android 6.0 Marshmallow
  • Dimensions: 142 x 70.3 x 7.9 mm


Xiaomi Mi A2 Lite is an absolute BEST BUY in its category, thanks to the excellent performance due to Android One (the stock experience of Android), an excellent hardware, a double chamber and the presence of the 20 band. Inside there are: one Snapdragon 625, 3 or 4 GB of RAM e 32 or 64 GB of memory expandable up to 256 GB. The display is a good matrix from 5.84 inches Full HD + in 19: 9 format and also boasts a dual camera 12+5 Megapixel, accompanied by a front camera from 5 megapixel. Also good connectivity thanks to the presence of the 20 band. BEST BUY!

  • Display: 5,84″ full HD+ (1.080 x 2.280 pixel) 19:9
  • Processor: Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 octa-core 2,0 GHz
  • RAM: 3 GB o 4 GB
  • Storage interno: 32 GB or 64 GB expandable up to 256 GB (via microSD)
  • Rear Camera: dual camera 12 mpx (f / 2.2, 1.25 μm pixel) with PDAF + 5 mpx, AI portrait mode
  • Front Camera: 5 megapixel
  • Battery: 4,000 mAh, graphene coating
  • Operating system: Android 8.1 (Android One)
  • Dimensions: 151,1 x 71,5 x 8,36 mm
  • Weight: 170 g
  • Connectivity: Dual SIM indipendente (3 slot, microSD + dual SIM), Bluetooth 4.2, Wi-Fi 802.11a/b/g/n, banda 20, GPS, AGPS, GLONASS, Beidou
  • Colors: Black, Blue, Gold

Xiaomi Redmi Note 7 it is the real smartphone to beat in this category, absolute champion for value for money. The beating heart is composed of a processor Snapdragon 660, 3/4 GB of RAM e 32/64 GB of expandable internal memory. The display is a FullHD+ 18: 9 IPS da 6.3 inches (1080 × 2340 pixels), under which there is a battery with a capacity of ben 4000 mAh. Very interesting photographic compartment for the price range, consisting of a dual camera from 48 + 5 Mpx on the back and 13 Mpx on the front.

  • CPU: Qualcomm Snapdragon 660 Octa-Core a 2.2 GHz max
  • GPU: Adreno 512
  • RAM: 3 GB/4
  • Camera: rear: 48 Megapixel + 5 Megapixel F1.8 / F2.4, Autofocus, digital stabilizer, dual LED – front 13 Mpx
  • Screen: 6.3 pollici Full HD+ (1080×2340), IPS LCD
  • Connectivity: 4G LTE – Bluetooth 5.0 con A2DP/LE – Type-C 2.0 – 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac – A-GPS/GLONASS/BeiDou
  • Sim Card: Nano
  • Sensors: Accelerometer, Proximity, Gyroscope, Compass, Noise Reduction Mic, Fingerprint
  • Storage: 32/64 GB expandable with microSD up to 256 GB
  • Battery: 4000 mAh
  • Operating system: Android 9 Pie MIUI 10
  • Dimensions: 159.21 x 75.21 x 8.1 mm


Xiaomi Mi 9T is the absolute best buy in the category, the smartphone to be preferred to all the others if you have a budget up to 350 €. It falls into this price range precisely because there is no shortage of offers that bring it under € 300. Processor Snapdragon 730, display AMOLED Full HD+, 6 GB of RAM e triple rear chamber 48 + 13 + 8 MP at the service of a modern, refined and impactful design, thanks also to the presence of the front pop-up chamber. Certainly one of the best in terms of quality-performance / price ratio. In this first period of very difficult to find sales, it is literally selling like hot cakes! The best among the best Chinese smartphones in the mid-range.

  • CPU: Qualcomm Snapdragon 730
  • GPU: Adreno 618
  • RAM: 6 GB LPDDR4x
  • Camera: posteriore: 48+13+8 Mpx up to 4k 30 fps- frontale pop-up 20 Mpx
  • Screen: 6.39 inches Full HD + (1080 × 2340) 600-night AMOLED, 403 ppi
  • Connectivity: 4G LTE – Bluetooth 5.0 – Type-C 2.0 – 802.11 ac/a/b/g/n – A-GPS/GLONASS – NFC
  • Sim Card: Nano
  • Sensors: Accelerometer, Proximity, Gyroscope, Compass, Noise Reduction Mic, Fingerprint
  • Storage: 64/128 GB UFS 2.1
  • Battery: 4000 mAh
  • Operating system: Android 9 Pie with EMUI
  • Dimensions: 156,7 x 75,3 x 8,8 mm, 191 g

Nubia Z17 Lite is a terminal with a refined design composed of a unibody metal body, created to be both light and strong at the same time. Nubia Z17 Lite includes a CPU Qualcomm Snapdragon 653, capable of running at a frequency of 1.95 GHz and coupled by a graphics card Adreno 510, Besides 6 GB of RAM and 64 GB of internal memory. The display is a 5.5 ″ with FullHD resolution (1080 × 1920). Present a spectacular dual rear camera 13 + 13 Megapixel and one camera frontale da 16 Mpx.

  • CPU: Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 Octa-Core
  • GPU: Adreno 510
  • RAM: 6 GB
  • Camera: rear 13 Megapixel + 13 Megapixel F2.2, Autofocus, digital stabilizer, dual LED – front 16 Mpx
  • Screen: 5.5 pollici Full HD (1080×1920), IPS LCD
  • Connectivity: 4G LTE – Bluetooth 4.2 con A2DP/LE – USB Type-C 2.0 – 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac – A-GPS
  • Sim Card: Nano
  • Sensors: Accelerometer, Proximity, Gyroscope, Compass, Noise Reduction Mic, Fingerprint
  • Storage: 64 GB expandable with microSD up to 256 GB
  • Battery: 3200 mAh
  • Operating system: Android 7.1 Nubia UI 5.0 Nougat
  • Dimensions: 153 x 72.6 x 7.6 mm


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