5 impressive flagships from Asia that you've likely never heard of
5 impressive flagships from Asia that you've likely never heard of
"Okay, but how?", some of you may ask. Well, simply put, the OnePlus One is the current king of the value proposition in the flagship tier, and, yes, that includes Google's Nexus line. Put more explicitly, the 16GB version of the Snapdragon 801-equipped phone costs just $299, while the 64GB model only spikes to $349.
But there's more to the OnePlus One's story -- get to know it here.
2. IUNI U2
Read more about the IUNI U2 here.
This is to say that everything about the Vivo Xplay 3S is seriously high-end, and you should seriously consider giving this piece a read for the full disclosure. Not too shabby, Vivo, not too shabby.
4. Sharp Aquos Xx 304SH
Piqued your interest? Then read more about the unfortunately-named Sharp Aquos Xx 304SH here.
5. Nubia X6
Read more about the Nubia X6 here.
1. sipha (Posts: 265; Member since: 12 May 2012)
IUNI U2 is the One i love.. Almost too good to be true!!
26. Ashoaib (Posts: 1974; Member since: 15 Nov 2013)
Vivo xplay 3s is so sexy... or ZTE nubai X6 for me... I dont use laptop or a tablet, so I like big phone as all in all... I currently have BEE, a chinese phone 5.5inch and I am happy with it... more value for money
30. simon16 (Posts: 12; Member since: 02 May 2014)
but it is only available to buy in china :(
2. 0xFFFF (Posts: 2974; Member since: 16 Apr 2014)
It seems without Chinese companies, there is very little innovation in mobile. This is a great selection of flagships and more interesting to me than what Samsung, HTC, LG, etc. are offering. The Sharp phone is interesting too, but it is overpriced and available only via one carrier in Japan.
There is a giant opportunity for Cyanogen to become an extremely popular Android OS flavor if they can extend what they've done with OnePlus to additional Chinese manufacturers and phone models. This might represent the brightest possible future for Android.
21. jroc74 (Posts: 4731; Member since: 30 Dec 2010)
Yup...some of the first 3D, dual screen smartphones....came from overseas. Some of the first dual and quad cores might have too.
3. ErenJaeger (Posts: 117; Member since: 22 Apr 2014)
I'm so tired of people thinking that Chinese phones are all low quality. Some of them are better than the flagships we have in the US and I'd be glad to buy one if they ever come here. Only people who understand phone tech can see their potential.
5. networkdood (Posts: 6267; Member since: 31 Mar 2010)
Americans have been brainwashed at thinking that to get a 'PREMIUM' phone you have to spend 650+ dollars on it, or pay 199 on a 2 yr contract, etc. 400.00 will get you a great phone from a Chinese manufacturer.
14. Ninetysix (Posts: 1579; Member since: 08 Oct 2012)
We like support and warranty. If I buy one of these phones, can I walk into my local AT&T store and ask for support and activate it? What about parts replacements? Can I order a replacement screen from say Amazon? If I call their support line, will they be able to speak English?
The One Plus probably will work. What about the others?
16. 0xFFFF (Posts: 2974; Member since: 16 Apr 2014)
I've never had an issue with ATT activating a phone, no matter where it comes from. They don't really care about anything other than money :)
I would expect parts to be available globally as the Chinese brands ramp up up worldwide sales.
BTW, I've found OPO to be extremely responsive, much better than any US company I've dealt with except for Apple.
22. jroc74 (Posts: 4731; Member since: 30 Dec 2010)
Wow...this is one of the few times I will agree with you...I make sure even when I get anything from eBay or Amazon its shipped from the US...even tho Aamzon's support and customer service is usually very good.
That said....the One Plus One would have been the first phone I got that was imported. Nice to see it will be available in the US.
4. networkdood (Posts: 6267; Member since: 31 Mar 2010)
I bought a Coolpad 9976A - I would consider that a flagship device - but, who cares...people should buy a phone because they want it, and not just want it because it was labeled as being a 'FLAGSHIP' device.
7. CanYouSeeTheLight (Posts: 818; Member since: 05 Jul 2012)
Nah, that thing won't get software updates, and MTK processor? Not to mention that at 7 inches that thing is more of a tablet than a phone lol
29. cadnanr (Posts: 1; Member since: 29 Apr 2014)
I want to buy a Coolpad 9976A. Can you please guide me from where i can buy one of these phone? as i never bought a phone from any chinese online shop, so i am scared that i might loose my money to a scam site. it would be so helpful for me if you please tell me the online stores name from where you bought your phone. thanks once again
8. mturby (Posts: 241; Member since: 09 Jan 2013)
not even the Gs5 or phone 5s looks so amazing as these!
10. CesarRaymond (Posts: 1; Member since: 27 Apr 2014)
Like this dudes way of writing. Keep up and dat Numbia X6 doe
11. jellmoo (Posts: 666; Member since: 31 Oct 2011)
Am I the only one that finds it a little odd that the very first phone I've probably never heard of, is one that's been plastered all over PA for the past week? I know they kinda fess up to it, but it still seems like an odd way to start.
19. 0xFFFF (Posts: 2974; Member since: 16 Apr 2014)
The world is changing and you have a front row seat. I think it's awesome that PhoneArena is bringing us news from around the world of mobile, especially the edge of mobile innovation which right now is in China.
12. fzacek (Posts: 1639; Member since: 26 Jan 2014)
The only thing keeping me from buying any of these phones is that none of them are 4G LTE capable...
13. Neo_Huang (Posts: 376; Member since: 06 Dec 2013)
All of them do except for the IUNI U2. Next time, why don't you actually read the articles first before commenting.
17. ErenJaeger (Posts: 117; Member since: 22 Apr 2014)
I know for a fact that Oneplus One has LTE on tmobile frequency because it has band 4.
18. fireblade (Posts: 694; Member since: 27 Dec 2013)
Too bad they won't export those phones to other countries
20. Bioload25 (Posts: 205; Member since: 12 Nov 2012)
Oneplus One? That was named 'flagship killer'? Magnesium chassis,SD 801,13mpx camera, FHD LTPS LCD screen? Never heard of it..
23. express77 (unregistered)
Many people has heard of Oneplus One.
24. xeonfire (Posts: 24; Member since: 15 Feb 2014)
Nice phones! The landscapes of smartphones are changing, people who are interested in the future need to move out from under the rock...OPO and Vivo!
25. Planterz (Posts: 759; Member since: 30 Apr 2012)
Likely never heard of the OnePlus One? Only if you've only stumbled upon PA 30 minutes ago. Otherwise, everybody here has heard of the OnePlus One.
27. Ashoaib (Posts: 1974; Member since: 15 Nov 2013)
Good job from PA.... promoting new phones...
28. Leonis (Posts: 334; Member since: 08 Jan 2014)
I wish these phones came to us here in EU and US. That would change the high pricing quite a bit. Its already ridiculous expensive for a smartphone now a days. Good thing is though all the flagship phones are getting cheaper from last year but it takes a while before we can buy a phone for 300 and get killer specs.