Apple, Samsung, LG, Lenovo, Huawei, and other well known international smartphone brands each have considerable marketshares, but Chinese and other Asian alternatives to these smartphone brands have been available for over 10 years, and by now, the “alternatives” are often just as good as the mainstream brands, while still being cheaper. Not only that, with Xiaomi and Oppo now having a combined market share of 14% last month, the alternatives have themselves become mainstream.
We tend to see similar developments in tablets, so that made it interesting to see the top 5 best selling smartphones from China right now in June, in a list provided for online electronics store Gearbest.
#1 Xiaomi Mi 6 (Coupon: “HMI6” Price: $409.99)
Perhaps unsurprisingly, the 5.15-inch Xiaomi Mi 6 is a best selling smartphone, being launched just two months ago. It’s powered by a 2.45 GHz octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 835, has 6GB of RAM, and 64GB/128GB of storage. The 5.15-inch screen has a splash resistant Full HD 1920 x 1080 resolution display with Gorilla Glass 5.
Runs Android 7.1.1 and Xiaomi MIUI 8, with other specs being an 8MP front camera, and 12MP rear camera, a 3350 mAh battery, with complete Wi-Fi cover, and even Bluetooth 5.0.
#2 Elephone S7
This phone looks very much like the latest bezel-less Samsung phones, so with decent specs and a decent price, we should expect it to be popular. Ships with Android 6.0, and is a 5.5-inch Full HD phone with 1920 x 1080 resolution display protected by Gorilla Glass 3, powered by a MediaTek Helio X20 MT6797 processor, with 4GB of RAM and 64GB of storage. A dual-SIM phone with a 3000 mAh battery, a 5MP front camera and 13MP rear camera.
#3 Vernee Thor E 4G (Coupon：”ThorE4G” Price：$99.99)
The cool little 5-inch Vernee Thor E is also a best selling phone right now, and it does offer a lot of very useful features for those wanting a maximum practical smarphone for the least amount of money. It’s cheap and it has great battery life, both because of the high 5020 mAh battery inside, and also because of the battery saving features.
It’s also powered by an octa-core 1.3 GHz MediaTek MT6753 processor, with 3GB of RAM, and 16GB of storage with 128GB miroSD card expansion support. The 5-inch screen has a 1280 x 720 resolution display, along with a 2MP front camera and 8MP rear camera, and even a rear fingerprint reader, Android 7.0, and Quick Charge.
#4 OUKITEL K10000 Pro
This smartphone sells on one main merit, which is the leading 10 000 mAh battery!
Sure, it also has Android 7.0, 3GB RAM, 32GB storage, is powered by an octa-core 1.5 GHz MediaTek MT6750T processor, an has a 5.5-inch screen with a 1920 x 1080 resolution display covered by Gorilla Glass, and it has 5MP and 13MP cameras.
But the 10 000 mAh battery has an impact on weight, so despite the 5.5-inch size category, it still has a weight of 289 grams. That’s just 1 gram shy of the 290 grams of the Google Nexus 7 tablet.
#5 Xiaomi Mi Max 2 4G Phablet (Coupon: “Max24G” Price: $299.99)
Xiaomi Mi Max 2 is a very complete phone, with high specs on all the main hardware. It also runs Android 7.1.1 And i and MIUI 8.5. And it’s powered by a 2.0 GHz octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 processor, has a decent 4GB of RAM, 64GB of storage with 128GB microSD card support, and the 6.44-inch screen has a Full HD resolution of 1920 x 1080.
Also has a good battery at 5300 mAh, a 5MP front camera and 12MP rear camera, and every necessary smartphone sensor, including fingerprint reader, as well as having complete Wi-Fi cover and high build quality.
– Jim Miller