This post was last updated on February 28th, 2019 at 05:54 am
Though am a fan of one of the brand names mobile phone manufacturers,(specifically Samsung & Apple). I still give maximum respect to those Chinese guys for coming up with awesome phones for the poor masses. I have an exposition to make today, and it is all about the 10 high-end alternative phones that you can use instead of Samsung, Sony, Lg, pixel or HTC phones. These are super quality but affordable Chinese phones. They can conveniently go head to head with the phones by the best brands in the world.
Need I remind you that the famous “Apple iPhone is made in China but assembled in California?” Were I, not a tech-blogger, I wouldn’t have cared about brand-name phones. Android would have been an android to me regardless of the manufacturer. Enough said, in this post, I will be arranged in order of priority and significance(although number 1 & 2 are very close). On my list, you will find every good premium Chinese phone that has the potentials of undermining the dominance of the likes Samsung android phones. Note, Tecno and Infinix will not even make the top 5.
Top 10 high-end alternative phones to brand-name Android Phones such as Samsung, LG, Sony
All the phones listed in my list are manufactured and assembled in China. China is the best thing that ever happens to the world with regards to technology advancement. China is the good, the bad and the ugly. You get what you want the very way you want it. Most items are made in China either in parts or as a whole. The trick is that, if you make a component in China, you can pay the Chinese not to write made in China on the whole product.
-1- Number 1 Android phone after Samsung: HUAWEI
Huawei is one company that I have loved even before the started mainstream phone production. I am addicted to most of their products. You will agree with me that their internet modem and routers still remain the best in terms of flexibility and durability. Now that they now produce mobile phones, they have successfully transferred that quality finish to their mobile phones. Although Huawei is currently observing with displeasure the unstoppable rise of its compatriot Xiaomi. By all logic, it should be Huawei sticking it to the world. Currently, they have a foldable phone to rival Samsung. They are also the first to produce a 40mp camera phone
In the early part of the decade, the giant telecom firm set out to challenge the likes of LG, HTC and Sony and gain a slot in the smartphone top five. Their hard work is paying off as the 2nd largest smartphone company in the world. It launched flagship brands like Ascend, honor, mate and the likes and spent big on marketing. But it’s been a slog, and the truth is that Huawei still has more cachet in emerging markets than the US and Europe. Today, Huawei ranks 2nd in global smartphone shipments behind Samsung, Apple, Xiaomi and LG. Huawei confirmed a shift away from the low margin ‘cheap’ handset biz to renew its focus on the high-end. Their mate 20 pro is still fresh in the mind of many.
OnePlus is a Chinese Chinese company that produces quality android phones that can rival even an iPhone in terms of build quality. In addition, feature-wise OnePlus can best Sony, LG, Samsung and other powerful android brands. Their latest Flagship is the OnePlus 6T. from the get-go, I fell in love with the look and design. This phone is topping my list for three apparent reasons; built quality, price and features.
OnePlus is an independent spin-off of Oppo. The company is a genuine innovator in two ways. First, its phones run on CyanogenMod, a reworking of Android that looks like the raw stock Android OS but lets users configure for their own needs.
Secondly, OnePlus distributes its phone by personal invitation. And users love its sleek stylish devices. Their latest flagship is OnePlus 6t: The 6T is an incremental upgrade of the last year OnePlus 6 flagship. It’s got a more powerful CPU, better rear and front cameras and a larger battery. It’s incredible that OnePlus can sell the 3T for such a low price considering what’s under the hood(around $500).
For the full price, you get a flagship that packs 8GB RAM and 128GB internal memory (no microSD), as well as a powerful Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 processor. The 6.4-inch Optic AMOLED display supports full HD (1080p) resolution and features Corning Gorilla Glass 5 coating. The OnePlus 6T also boasts an impressive 116-megapixel (f/1.7, 1.22-micron) + 20-megapixel (f/1.7, 1-micron) dual rear camera with PDAF, OIS (optical image stabilization) and LED flash, while in the front there’s a similar 16-megapixel camera for state-of-the-art selfies.
The OnePlus 6T is powered by a 3,700 mAh battery that features the company’s proprietary Dash charge technology for faster charging
Xiaomi is undoubtedly one of the biggest. The firm began flexing its muscles in 2013, hiring ex-Google Android VP Hugo Barra to spearhead its charge domestically and across Asia. It worked. Now, it’s in the first five. Xiaomi’s secret weapon is essentially price.
It sells a high-end reliable product (with a premium Android ‘skin’ called MIUI) for about half the cost of a Galaxy or an HTC or Sony Xperia. Also, it mostly sells online – so no retail margins: famously it shifted. Their latest flagship is Xiaomi Mi Mix 3 5G, and it cost around ($599) the Mi Mix 3 5g is equipped with Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 855 processor. The phone comes with 6GB RAM/128GB ROM
But the device’s main selling point is the 6.4-inch display that supports Quad HD (2040 x 1080 pixels) resolution. The Mi Mix features a bezel-less design and its body is made of ceramic, hence the need for a protective case. Other highlights of the phone include 12-megapixel (f/1.8, 1.4-micron) + 12-megapixel (f/2.4, 1-micron) main camera with EIS, PDAF, dual-LED flash and 4K video recording. It also has a dual 24-megapixel (1.8-micron) + 2-megapixel front camera, rear-mounted fingerprint sensor, and 3,800 mAh battery with Quick Charge 3.0
Oppo is so thin it can cut through a watermelon. They also make the top 10 high-end alternative phones. That was the claim made for the Oppo R5 in the year 2016. The race to be the world’s skinniest was hotly contested, with both Vivo and Kazam making a claim on the territory. But the battleground reveals Oppo’s desire to compete on the basis of design and innovation rather than price.
Oppo mobile phones, in a very short span of time, have become one of the leading mobile phone manufacturers the world over. It is currently among the manufacturer giving competition to existing players in the smartphone segment. in the year 2008, the company entered the smartphone market segment, thereby creating a whole new world of opportunities for itself
Some of the most popular smartphone offerings from Oppo are:
-There is OPPO Mirror
– OPPO Neo
– We also have OPPO Joy
– OPPO F1
– And OPPO R7
Lenovo finally broke away from its PC roots in 2014 to become recognized as a serious player in mobile. Lenovo had bought IBM’s laptop business to put down a footprint in computing, and it did something similar when it acquired Motorola from Google for $2.9bn.
The ZUK Edge is one of their most powerful flagship phones($370). Although Z2 Plus is the newest. wholly-owned ZUK company. It’s a decent flagship phone that sells at a very good price. Not to mention it’s one of the few that comes with Android 7.0 Nougat right out of the box.
The smartphone sports a 5.5-inch full HD (1080p) display with Corning Gorilla Glass coating. ZUK’s flagship is powered by a Snapdragon 821 processor, coupled with either 4 or 6GB of RAM, as well as 64GB of internal memory (no microSD card).
Gionee is a Chinese, company and they have sold more than 25 million handsets in 2017 compared to Samsung’s 400 million, but it still thinks it can be top five in five years. The firm has a long history in consumer electronics, starting out in 2002 in video and DVD. By 2005, it was a phone maker with its own manufacturing facility in Dongguan. Now, Gionee competes at the high end on features like photography(It takes very nice pictures).
China’s Coolpad sells more devices in its home market than either Apple or Samsung. It is second only to Xioami and Lenovo and commands 11.5 per cent of the smartphone market. It’s the world’s seventh largest.
Coolpad has actually been around since 1993, making white-label devices for big operators like T-Mobile. But it emerged as its own brand on the back of the Android boom. The Cool S1 is one of their best flagships in the list(priced at $465), but that doesn’t mean that it packs the newest stuff as well. For instance, Coolpad’s high-end device ships with Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow (EUI 5.8) on board. Just like some of the flagships listed, the Cool S1 boasts a large 5.5-inch full HD (1080p) display. It also includes a 16-megapixel rear camera with PDAF, dual-LED flash and 4K video recording, as well as a secondary 8-megapixel selfie camera.
Unusual for a Chinese smartphone, Coolpad Cool S1 comes with Harman Kardon sound enhancement. There’s also a fingerprint sensor on the back and a generous 4,070 mAh battery under the hood, which supports Qualcomm’s Quick Charge 3.0 fast charging technology.
Alcatel, which happens to be a formerly French phone maker was bought by Chinese television giant TCL in 2013, which re-branded it as Alcatel OneTouch. It’s actually the world’s sixth-largest handset maker, according to Gartner, thanks to its longstanding budget prepaid phone business. The firm is currently among the Chinese phone makers targeting the US and Canada hard, having increased its marketing investment by six times.
The prominent product range of Alcatel smartphones are:
ZTE is a global leader in manufacturing smartphones, which was formed in the year 1985 in China, and has a global presence. The handset subsidiary of the giant ZTE Corporation is actually the US’s fourth biggest phone maker. It’s reached this point by making budget smartphones for all the major carriers – indeed, it’s the US’s second-largest supplier of prepaid devices. The firm has been trying to establish itself as a maker of aspirational devices for many years. Like its close rival Huawei.
ZTE has a wide product portfolio in the smartphones segment. Some of the most noticeable phones manufactured by ZTE are listed below:
– Blade series
– Axon series
– Nubia series
– Zmax series
– Grand series
Of course, it will be a sin if Tecno Mobile or Infinix doesn’t make the least. I put them on the list, not because of their exception built quality and performances, but because they are the phones for the common man. They also get the job done so what is the fuss. These are the phone makers for developing countries.
Tecno and Infinix rule Africa. The major Chinese phone makers are all targeting Africa as the next great growth market for smartphones. Interestingly, it’s Tecno that’s making arguably the most headway. This smaller firm has taken Nigeria in particular by storm, and currently, sells around 12.5m handsets across the African continent every quarter. That’s more than BlackBerry and Nokia.
The firm appears to have succeeded by making cheap and reliable phones with astute pre-loads such as Facebook and the Spinlet music app. It also manufactures devices in Africa.
If you are buying a Chinese phone, you have just two options: it is either you go for the quality ones or go for the cheapest. Among the cheap quality ones are Huawei, zte, oppo, oneplus, Lenovo, coolpad, xiaomi gionee. While the cheap ones are: tecno, infinix, aitel. Make a wise decision based on your Budget. Those brand name phones are majorly overpriced and overrated.