Best Chinese Phones 2019 | Huawei, Xiaomi, Infinix, TECNO, OPPO etc.

Are you searching for the best Chinese phones to buy? Here are the top Chinese smartphones (brands) with key specs, features and prices.

best Chinese phones

Are you searching for the best Chinese phones to buy right away, then keep reading to find out the best ones available.

Surely you’ve heard of brands such as Huawei, ZTE or Lenovo (surely you do not know that the latter, in addition to computers, manufactures phones). Xiaomi is increasing its fame so much that it has come to be called “the Chinese Apple”.

In addition, there are other popular Chinese brands (less known than the previous ones) such as Infinix, TECNO, Meizu, Letv, OPPO, Homtom, Vernee, UMI, Ulefone, Elephone, Doogee, Leagoo, Mazze, Bluboo or Oukitel, which also offer high-quality phones.

The problem with some of these Chinese phones is that they are difficult to obtain in Nigeria or other African countries. To be able to get hold of a Chinese mobile you will have to resort to pages like Jumia, AliExpress, Gearbest, eBay or Amazon.

If you want to know which are the best and cheapest Chinese smartphones (among which are Chinese models and from other countries), then do not miss Naijaknowhow’s Chinese smartphone buying guide.

Let’s delve right in!

Characteristics and general specifications of Chinese smartphones

Most Chinese phones we have tested have dual SIM, that is, they are capable of carrying two SIM cards at the same time. Although sometimes, the second SIM has to be inserted into the memory card slot, which means you will have to choose: either memory card or extra SIM card.

An increasingly large number of Chinese phones are compatible with 4G, although keep in mind that this might not work in your country. Always check the frequency bands before buying. Many Chinese mobile phones lack the 700MHz and 800MHz bands.

A large part of Chinese phones come with (cheaper) processors manufactured by MediaTek. Within this range, the fastest are Helio X25, X27 and X30. Being honest, they do not get to be as fast as the Qualcomm processors.

mediatek processor

The RAM of Chinese mobiles is usually three or four gigs (sometimes even 6), and internal storage of 32 GB or 64 GB (in general). Although, we have some with even more RAM and ROM.

Chinese smartphone models with fingerprint scanner are now rampant, you will hardly find one without it. In fact, it’s not an important feature in all smartphones today.

They come with high pixel cameras (12MP and above in the rear camera and about 5 or 8 in the front). It may, however, be more in terms of pixels but the quality of photographs can’t be compared to that of the high-end smartphones.

Huawei Mate 20

Chinese mobiles tend to have full-HD screens of 5.5 inches or even more. The screens are usually of quality, having many of them 2.5 Arc or 3D glass. This does not mean that the screen is curved, but that the margins are slightly curved.

Gorilla Glass is another of the frequent features in this type of smartphones, something quite important since it will be difficult to get a good cover to protect your Chinese mobile phone.

Smartphones in China usually allow you to set gestures to perform different actions. For example, touch twice to return to the home screen, draw a specific letter on the screen to open the camera, or gesture in a certain way to shoot the photo.

In the aspect of batteries, these Chinese smartphone comes with massive battery capacities. In fact, we’ve covered various battery life post on Naijaknowhow. Most Chinese phones come in 4000mAh, 5000mAh, 6000mAh battery capacity or even more.

List of the best Chinese phones of 2019

1. Xiaomi Mi 8 Pro

Xiaomi Chinese phone with Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 processor

Xiaomi Mi 8 Pro

For €600, the Mi 8 Pro is an incredible purchase, as it puts up with many flagship phones available for significantly less money. This is the main reason the Xiaomi Mi 8 Pro should be taken into account when buying a new mobile.

With powerful performance, decent cameras, really practical software, an elegant fingerprint sensor on the screen and a transparent back cover, this phone turns into an all-terrain vehicle at a fantastic price.

Here are the Xiaomi Mi 8 Pro key specifications…

Display6.21-inch Super AMOLED capacitive touchscreen, 1080 x 2280 pixels
OSAndroid 8.1 Oreo (MIUI 10)
ProcessorOcta-core 2.8GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 Processor
Storage128GB ROM + 6GB / 8GB RAM
Camera12MP + 12MP Rear/20MP Front (With LED light)
PriceN180,000 – N200,000

2. OnePlus 6T

OnePlus Chinese phone with Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 processor

oneplus 6t

This is one of the best phones you can buy (despite being the first OnePlus phone without a headphone jack). The One Plus 6T has a fingerprint sensor on the screen, a loudspeaker of better quality than previous models and a much more durable battery. Conclusion: the OnePlus 6T is worth it.

Its large screen is excellent, the dual cameras are more efficient than ever and the performance is the best you can get on an Android smartphone right now along with the Pixel 3.

You will have to like the black colour since at the moment it is only available in this colour. OnePlus continues to lower the prices of the mobile phone industry by creating very, very efficient devices.

Here are the OnePlus 6T key specifications…

Display6.41-inch Optic AMOLED capacitive touchscreen, 1080 x 2340 pixels
OSAndroid 9.0 (Pie); OxygenOS 9.0.5
ProcessorOcta-core 2.8GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 Processor
Storage128GB ROM + 6GB / 8GB RAM, 256 GB + 8 GB RAM
Camera16MP + 20MP Rear/16MP Front (With LED light)
Price6 / 128GB $549 (N198k) | 8 / 128GB $579 (N209k) | 8 / 256GB $629 (N267k)

3. Xiaomi Mi 8

Xiaomi Chinese smartphone with insane performance

Xiaomi Mi 8

Amazing price, insane performance, stunning photography, an AMOLED 18.7:9 screen bigger than ever and a great new 3D face recognition feature.

These are all reasons why you should go running to buy the Mi 8. Right now it costs several hundred dollars cheaper than many of the phones with which it competes.

We must admit that it saddens us to see that Xiaomi is not up to its rivals in terms of wireless charging, waterproofing, Quad-HD display and that the long-awaited fingerprint on the screen is unique to the Explorer edition. However, the Xiaomi Mi8 is an amazing phone, highly recommended.

Here are the Xiaomi Mi 8 key specifications…

Display6.21-inch Super AMOLED capacitive touchscreen, 1080 x 2248 pixels
OSAndroid 8.1 (Oreo), upgradable to Android 9.0 (Pie); MIUI 10.1
ProcessorOcta-core 2.8GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 Processor
Storage64/128/256 GB + 6GB RAM or 128GB + 8GB RAM
Camera12MP + 12MP Rear/20MP Front (With LED light)
PriceN130,000 – N140,000

4. Huawei Mate 20 Pro

Huawei Chinese smartphone with big battery and wireless charging

Huawei Mate 20 Pro

The Mate 20 Pro is an exceptional phone. The cameras will be the highlight for many people, but overall it’s a fantastic all-rounder with a high-quality display, super-fast charging, wireless charging and excellent battery life.

It is not perfect, but its small failures should not be an obstacle for most users.

Here are the Huawei Mate 20 Pro key specifications…

Display6.39-inch AMOLED capacitive touchscreen, 1440 x 3120 pixels
OSAndroid 9.0 Pie OS (EMUI 9.0)
ProcessorOcta-core 2.6GHz Kirin Processor
Storage128GB / 256GB ROM + 6GB / 8GB RAM (NM card up to 256GB)
Camera40MP + 20MP + 8MP Rear/24MP Front (With LED light)
PriceN370,000 – N400,000

5. Xiaomi Pocophone F1

Xiaomi Chinese budget phone with high-performance

Xiaomi Pocophone F1

I am convinced Pocophone F1 is one of the best Chinese phones to date.

Xiaomi has done an extraordinary job creating a high-performance phone at an incredibly cheap price. It may not be the thinnest and lightest phone of all, but its design remains attractive and desirable.

If you like the Mi8 but your budget cannot be stretched, this is the phone for you.

Here are the Xiaomi Pocophone F1 key specifications…

Display6.0-inch IPS capacitive touchscreen, 1080 x 2160 pixels
OSAndroid 8.1 Oreo
ProcessorOcta-core 2.8GHz Qualcomm Processor
Storage6GB RAM + 64GB ROM
Camera12MP + 5MP Rear/20MP Front (With LED light)
Price₦100,000 – ₦120,000 in Nigeria

6. Huawei P20 Pro

Huawei Chinese high-end phone with high-performance and triple camera

Huawei P20 Pro

The new Huawei P20 Pro has become one of the best mobile of the moment along with the Galaxy S9 and iPhone X.

Although it has some faults, such as the lack of stabilization in 4K videos, the disappearance of the headphone input or the absence of wireless charging, the P20 Pro is still a sensational phone.

You will like it especially if you are a lover of photography since the phone has a triple camera system that will not leave anyone indifferent. Another benefit is the long life of your battery, the dual SIM and the incredible screen. So keep that in mind: the Huawei P20 Pro is one of the best Chinese smartphones of 2018.

If you want to reduce your cost a little, you may be interested in the P20 model (instead of P20 Pro), although this does not have the triple camera system, water resistance and an LCD instead of the OLED Pro.

Here are the Huawei P20 Pro key specifications…

Display6.1-inch AMOLED capacitive touchscreen, 1080 X 2240 pixels
OSAndroid 8.1 Oreo OS
ProcessorOcta-core 2.4GHz Kirin Processor
Storage128GB ROM + 6GB RAM
Camera40MP + 20MP + 8MP Rear/24MP Front (With LED light)
PriceN350,000 – N360,000

7. Vivo Nex

Vivo Chinese phone with high-performance and big battery

vivo nex

It is not perfect, but the Vivo Nex is undoubtedly an impressive smartphone that offers a device a little different from the rest that can surprise and convince many consumers.

It has a fingerprint scanner integrated into the screen, a design without notches and a forward-facing camera that comes out of the frame when you go to use it.

However, it is not just an ingenious conceptual smartphone; the performance is good enough to compete with the most iconic smartphone in the likes of Samsung, OnePlus and LG.

Here are the Vivo NEX key specifications…

Display6.59-inch Super AMOLED capacitive touchscreen, 1080 X 2316 pixels
OSAndroid 8.1 Oreo OS
ProcessorOcta-core 2.8GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 Processor
Storage128GB ROM + 8GB RAM
Camera12MP + 5MP Rear/8MP Front (With LED light)
PriceN300,000 – N320,000

8. Xiaomi Mi Mix 2S

Xiaomi Chinese phone with Qualcomm Snapdragon 845

The Xiaomi Mi Mix 2S becomes a good competitor in the market of the most popular flagship smartphone of the moment, and all at a price much more than decent. This new model has included amazing improvements such as wireless charging, faster performance and a dual camera.

The biggest pros of the Mi Mix 2S are without a doubt its performance and its design. Its cover ceramic, mirror finish and 18:9 screen make it look like a smartphone more expensive than it is.

As against we can point out that its rear camera will not be well received by the selfie-addicts. It could also improve the battery life, and we would love to see Xiaomi designing models with Quad-HD display and water resistance in the not too distant future.

Here are the Xiaomi Mi Mix 2s key specifications…

Display5.99-inch IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen, 1080 x 2160 pixels
OSAndroid 8.0 Oreo
ProcessorOcta-core 2.8GHz Snapdragon 845 Processor
Storage64/128/256GB ROM + 6/8GB RAM
CameraDual 12MP + 12 MP rear camera (Dual-LED flash) + 5 MP front camera
PriceN200,000 – N230,000

9. TECNO Camon 11 Pro

TECNO Chinese budget phone with 64GB storage and AI camera

TECNO Camon 11 Pro

With the world of AI making massive penetration into the smartphone industry, TECNO mobile has also jumped on the train.

TECNO devices are the most popular in Africa and this is one of their best smartphones. The latest TECNO Camon 11 smartphones are pieces of evidence of the company’s advancement. TECNO Camon 11 Pro is the bigger variant of the TECNO Camon 11 which also looks great.

Some of its improved features are found in the camera, RAM, internal memory and even the chipset regions.

Here are the TECNO Camon 11 Pro key specifications…

Display6.22-inch IPS capacitive touchscreen, 720 x 1520 pixels
OSAndroid 8.1 Oreo (HiOS 4.1)
ProcessorOcta-core 2.0GHz MediaTek Processor
Storage64GB ROM + 6GB RAM (MicroSD card up to 128GB)
Camera16MP + 5MP Rear/24MP Front (With dual-LED light)
Price$210 (N76,000 naira)

10. Infinix Zero 6

Infinix Chinese midrange phone with Qualcomm Snapdragon 660

Infinix Zero 6

Infinix Zero 6 is a beast in terms of performance. It packs a classic feature and looks premium with a bezel-less display that gives Full HD view. The cameras are impressive both rear and front, that can give amazing photography experience as well as superb video calling.

The battery backup is fair enough, with massive capacity and the quick charging support by Qualcomm is an added advantage. Overall, it is a great mid-range performing device with an amazing spec-sheet that shows no sign of a single drawback.

Here are the Infinix Zero 6 key specifications…

Display6.2-inches (~83.2% screen-to-body ratio) Screen Touch, 1080 x 2280 pixels (~400 ppi pixel density)
OSAndroid 8.1 Oreo
ProcessorOcta-core 2.2GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 660 MSM8956 Processor
Storage64GB/128GB ROM + 4GB/6GB RAM (MicroSD card up to 256GB)
Camera12MP + 13MP Rear/16MP Front (With dual-LED light)
PriceN120,000 – N130,000 naira

11. OPPO Reno

OPPO Chinese phone with full-screen display


The OPPO Reno smartphone has a selfie camera module which is quite unique. The OPPO Reno features a gigantic 6.4-inch Super AMOLED display. The bezels are tiny on all sides, including the bottom. The Reno is eschewing the popup camera trend, allowing for a stunning 93.1% screen-to-body ratio.

It comes with a front camera that will appear upward with a pop-up mechanism when the camera application is opened, then again hiding in the body of the device when the camera application is turned off, similar to OPPO F11 Pro. Aside from this, it comes with other interesting features like the FHD+ display, Snapdragon 710 and of course large storage.

Here are the OPPO Reno key specifications…

Display6.4-inch AMOLED capacitive touchscreen, 1080 X 2340 pixels
OSColor OS 6.0 (Android 9.0 Pie OS)
ProcessorOcta-core 2.2GHz Snapdragon 710
Storage256 GB + 6/8 GB RAM or 128 GB + 6GB RAM
Camera48MP + 5MP Rear/Motorised pop-up 16MP Front (With LED light)
Price6/128GB: N161,000
6/256GB: N178,000
8/256GB: N194,000

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