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5 impressive flagships from Asia that you've likely never heard of

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5 impressive flagships from Asia that you've likely never heard of
If our fortnightly column on amazing, but rather obscure smartphones that hail from Asia wasn't a statement enough, then let us reiterate: we dig technology no matter whose hands saw it fit to assemble. For that reason precisely, we occasionally fixate our attention on what the rest of the world is doing, or said otherwise -- companies that are not necessarily part of the mainstream. History has seen upsets before, and its pages are littered with success stories where those from humble beginnings end up on top even after seemingly faced with insurmountable obstacles. But alas, we digress...

With everything going on in the industry, we think it prudent for you to make your acquaintance with a few very current, and very much flagship-material devices, hailing from companies and lands you're not accustomed to. Some of those may ring a faint bell, somewhere in the back of your head, but others will prove completely new, and that's the idea to start with. Are we saying these are the ones that are going to perform that heroic feat we talked about just moments ago? Not at all. But these are some pretty impressive products nevertheless, and ones that, some would say, are marking the beginning of a wider build-up, especially in such places as China. Take a look.

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posted on 27 Apr 2014, 15:28 2

1. sipha (Posts: 314; Member since: 12 May 2012)


IUNI U2 is the One i love.. Almost too good to be true!!

posted on 27 Apr 2014, 16:57 1

9. MR-H- (Posts: 116; Member since: 10 Apr 2014)


That 2nd one is so fk? sexy. sharp edges.

posted on 28 Apr 2014, 01:12

26. Ashoaib (Posts: 2374; 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

posted on 22 May 2014, 07:24

30. simon16 (Posts: 15; Member since: 02 May 2014)


but it is only available to buy in china :(

posted on 27 Apr 2014, 15:32 6

2. 0xFFFF (Posts: 3606; 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.

posted on 27 Apr 2014, 15:38 1

6. networkdood (Posts: 6309; Member since: 31 Mar 2010)


Spot on, with your comment.

posted on 27 Apr 2014, 22:17

21. jroc74 (Posts: 5192; 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.

posted on 27 Apr 2014, 15:33 16

3. ErenJaeger (Posts: 119; 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.

posted on 27 Apr 2014, 15:37 11

5. networkdood (Posts: 6309; Member since: 31 Mar 2010)


+10000
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.

posted on 27 Apr 2014, 17:55 2

14. Ninetysix (Posts: 1669; 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?

posted on 27 Apr 2014, 18:51 3

16. 0xFFFF (Posts: 3606; 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.

posted on 27 Apr 2014, 22:21 1

22. jroc74 (Posts: 5192; 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.

posted on 27 Apr 2014, 15:36 3

4. networkdood (Posts: 6309; 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.

posted on 27 Apr 2014, 15:41 2

7. CanYouSeeTheLight (Posts: 888; 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

posted on 10 May 2014, 02:00

29. cadnanr (Posts: 1; Member since: 29 Apr 2014)


Hello,

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

C. Adnan

posted on 27 Apr 2014, 16:13 2

8. mturby (Posts: 269; Member since: 09 Jan 2013)


not even the Gs5 or phone 5s looks so amazing as these!

posted on 27 Apr 2014, 17:01 1

10. CesarRaymond (Posts: 1; Member since: 27 Apr 2014)


Like this dudes way of writing. Keep up and dat Numbia X6 doe

posted on 27 Apr 2014, 17:06 2

11. jellmoo (Posts: 700; 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.

posted on 27 Apr 2014, 21:14

19. 0xFFFF (Posts: 3606; 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.

posted on 27 Apr 2014, 17:28

12. fzacek (Posts: 2093; 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...

posted on 27 Apr 2014, 17:52

13. Neo_Huang (Posts: 530; 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.

posted on 27 Apr 2014, 18:51

15. fzacek (Posts: 2093; Member since: 26 Jan 2014)


T-Mobile frequency?

posted on 27 Apr 2014, 21:11

17. ErenJaeger (Posts: 119; Member since: 22 Apr 2014)


I know for a fact that Oneplus One has LTE on tmobile frequency because it has band 4.

posted on 27 Apr 2014, 21:11

18. fireblade (Posts: 714; Member since: 27 Dec 2013)


Too bad they won't export those phones to other countries

posted on 27 Apr 2014, 21:40 1

20. Bioload25 (Posts: 213; 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..

posted on 27 Apr 2014, 22:51 1

23. express77 (unregistered)


Many people has heard of Oneplus One.

posted on 27 Apr 2014, 23:10

24. xeonfire (Posts: 78; 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!

posted on 27 Apr 2014, 23:38 1

25. Planterz (Posts: 991; 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.

posted on 28 Apr 2014, 02:30 1

27. Ashoaib (Posts: 2374; Member since: 15 Nov 2013)


Good job from PA.... promoting new phones...

posted on 28 Apr 2014, 04:45 1

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.

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