Is your iPhone 5 on its last breath? You are ready for an upgrade, but do not know what to buy. Buying a Chinese phone can save you thousands and make your friends back home jealous.
It is easy to default on the foreign brands like Samsung or Apple when it comes to a new phone. They are what a lot of foreigners know, but what about the Chinese brands? With Chinese phones you pay for the features that are important to you, such as a gaming phone with monster specs, or a top of the line camera. Are you looking for a phone without compromise that directly competes with international brands like Apple and Samsung? No matter what you are looking for, almost every option is on the table.
Huawei Mate 30 Pro 5G
Average Price: 6,899 RMB
Why Buy: Extremely high-quality build with 8GB of RAM, 256GB of storage, a camera engineered by Leica and an in-house developed processor from the most respected name on the Chinese mobile phone market.
Party Piece: Its 5G capabilities mean this phone is going to be future-proof for many years to come
Oppo Reno 10x Zoom
Average Price: 4,799 RMB
Why Buy: Oppo phones have built up a reputation for providing more camera for the money than any other brand. The specs are not that bad either, providing a Snapdragon processor, along with 8GB of RAM and 256GB of storage.
Party Piece: As the name suggests, you will be able to impress your friends by taking videos and photos at 10x zoom.
Xiaomi Redmi Note 8 Pro
Average Price: 1,399 RMB
Why Buy: Xiaomi has been making waves in international markets in recent years, and it is easy to see why. If you can make do with 6GB of RAM and 128GB of storage, you’ll have a very capable phone for under 1,500 RMB.
Party Piece: Despite its low cost, the Redmi packs a 48MP camera and a special 48MP mode to take high quality photographs.
The only setback to having a Chinese phone is you must prepare yourself for a life without Google. You will have to live without it or figure out how to install the Google Play Store.