The tech community has settled on the top few Chinese brand phones for 2017. Across the board, there is little disagreement that models released this year by Xiaomi, OnePlus, Huawei, and Meizu fiercely compete on quality and value. Here are four phones that deliver superior value in the mid to flagship level price range.
Helio x30 Chip Debuts in Meizu Pro 7 Plus
The Meizu Pro 7 Plus comes in one of the nicest boxes I've seen, but it’s the insides that count, right? Right away you’ll notice this phone has a small touch screen on the back. It helps you shoot superior pictures with its 12-megapixel rear dual-sensor camera –kind of cool.
Xiaomi, Please Release Mi 6 in the U.S.
The Xiaomi Mi 6 sports a rich feature set that might lead you to guess it retails for $600 or more, but at $439 it may well offer the most bang for your buck. There’s only one problem – Xiaomi doesn’t officially distribute a U.S. version. Ask your carrier if they support this phone before you buy it.
All You Could Ask For – Even a TV Remote
Huawei’s P10 Plus easily stands up to its top-tier competitors. It has a slim profile, attractive metallic finish, and boasts rear camera optics by Leica. The P10 Plus’s beautiful 5.5 inch screen is great for watching shows on the go, and if you’re at home this phone can steal your TV remote’s job with its built-in IR beam. It is limited to GSM, so U.S. users are limited to AT&T and T-Mobile.
Best Chinese Phone Overall
If I had to pick one of these four phones, it’d be the OnePlus 5. With its slim, matte-finished body, smooth bezels, and quick Snapdragon processor, the OnePlus 5 is both attractive and well-rounded. It is natively dual-SIM, making it a versatile choice for business travelers. I don’t like to attract attention when on the road, so OnePlus 5’s dark, minimalist appearance is absolutely perfect.