5 things Chinese companies do much better than Apple and Samsung

5 things Chinese companies do much better than Apple and Samsung
Chinese phone makers are growing their sales all across the globe and they are doing that while Apple, Samsung and the other mainstream phone makers are taking hits.

Huawei, despite having its phones banned in the United States over concerns for the company's close ties to the Chinese Governments and worries about potential spy risks, is on track to become the world's biggest phone maker in terms of unit sales.

OnePlus, Xiaomi, Oppo, Vivo, all these companies are on the rise.

We have review quite a few of the top phones from the best Chinese brands and we think they've come a long, long way. They are not quite perfect yet: starting with the recent Xiaomi Mi Mix 3, a truly impressive smartphone, but one that will simply not deliver notifications to your lockscreen! It's hard to explain those strange shortcomings, but it's also hard to argue against a price that is half that of an iPhone or a Galaxy. So what are some things that Chinese phone makers do much better than Apple and Samsung, and that draw people to their phones?

1. Fast charger in the box

While Samsung is not guilty of this mischief, it is just ridiculous that Apple which is selling its phones at the highest margin of all phone makers will not even include a fast charger in the box and will force users to waste time and spend extra cash to buy a fast charger. So what about Chinese phone makers? Well, take Huawei's latest flagship, the Mate 20 Pro. Yes, that is an expensive phone, but it also come with the fastest charger ever used with a phone, an impressive 40-watt charger. But even $500 phones like the OnePlus 6T and Xiaomi Mi Mix 3 come with fast chargers. Mainstream phone makers can definitely take a page off that book.

2. Case and screen protector in the box

You know what else comes included in the box with almost every smartphone out of China? A case and often, a pre-applied screen protector. The Mate 20, Mate 20 Pro, OnePlus 6T, Xiaomi Mi 8, Mi Mix 3, and even cheaper Redmi phones all come with a basic silicone case in the box. These are not your fancy-pants leather cases, but they are quite thin and the clear ones like those that Huawei includes in the box do a great job of replacing a super thin case like the Peel series. And best of all, they keep your phone protected from scratches in those first few days when you are not yet used to your new phone and you are most likely to drop it. So what stops Samsung and Apple from bundling a case that probably costs $1 or $2 to manufacture in the box with their super expensive phones? Well, why include one in the box when you can sell it for $40 dollars like Apple does with its clear case for the iPhone XR.

3. Wireless charger in the box

Now, this is not something that is common amongst all phones out of China, but we were truly impressed when we saw that the Xiaomi Mi Mix 3, the company's flagship phone for 2019, comes with a beautiful, pebble-shaped fast wireless charger in the box. For free! Now try explaining that to Apple and Samsung that are either selling their own or supporting sales of other wireless chargers on their official stores, and those chargers cost north of $50. Of course, profits should be made, but so far, I've counted about $80 of savings in terms of additional accessories that come for free with say a Xiaomi Mi Mix 3, a phone that itself already costs half that of an iPhone XS!

4. (Often) Ahead in terms of battery life

This is a bit tentative, but bear with me. Chinese smartphones have been at the forefront when you are looking for handsets with battery life that exceeds expectations. Take devices like the Huawei Mate 20 or the Xiaomi Mi Max series. Back in the day, it was the Lenovo P2. Or look at the Moto Play series (Moto is owned by Chinese company Lenovo). Those are and were phones that often had double the battery life of mainstream phones, and can last two days off the charger and sometimes more. These are the true battery life champions. In this regard, Apple and Samsung are catching up, especially with the latest models. Apple has the iPhone XR which has a great battery life and Samsung has the Note 9 with a 4,000mAh battery, but mainstream phone makers really need to start taking battery life seriously.

5. The right price

Finally, we have price and this one is a tough pill to swallow. After all, Chinese phone maker often rely on guerilla marketing and viral campaigns, while often not even selling their phones in physical stores or running any traditional marketing campaigns. But at the end of the day, users see the full retail price and more and more people are choosing not to spend exorbitant amounts on modestly evolved phones. We are not suggesting that Samsung and Apple cut prices, so they don't make a profit. But being more reasonable will certainly help their sales.

And this rounds up our five things Chinese phone makers do better than Apple and/or Samsung.

Do you agree with this list? Would you add something more to it?



1. cmdacos

Posts: 4386; Member since: Nov 01, 2016


2. Phonehex

Posts: 768; Member since: Feb 16, 2016

Samsung includes a basic clear case in the Note and the S series. A wireless charger is usually given free and mailed to the buy within a few weeks to the buyer of S and the Note series. Battery life . S9 plus- Avg . Note 9 - Great . Design. Samsung is stellar is that department.

5. Heisenberg

Posts: 378; Member since: Feb 11, 2015

Samsung also include fast charger in the box. PhoneArena are just booking for means to include Samsung inside Apple's greedy mess

12. TheOracle1

Posts: 2340; Member since: May 04, 2015

He exonerates Samsung in the first sentence and then says "Mainstream phone makers can definitely take a page off that book". No. Apple and only Apple need to stop being such greedy gluttons. I'll add innovative hardware features and granular software controls that were only available via root a few years ago.

10. sissy246

Posts: 7129; Member since: Mar 04, 2015

I have never gotten a case or screen protector in the box with my S phones or my note phones.

14. TheOracle1

Posts: 2340; Member since: May 04, 2015

I think it depends on the region.

16. Back_from_beyond

Posts: 1485; Member since: Sep 04, 2015

It does. Samsung often has deals at launch to include or mail certain accessories when you buy the phone. As a standard they don't come with a case or wireless charger or anything of that type. Sony does it a lot too with new models often coming with an expensive pair of headphones or other accessory. Usually new model launch deals that vary per region.

27. sissy246

Posts: 7129; Member since: Mar 04, 2015

Yeah, i remember that now that you say it. I did get the 360 camera and a SD card with my note 8 buy mail.

20. maherk

Posts: 7054; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

They don't include these in the US market, but they do in the rest of the world.

22. cmdacos

Posts: 4386; Member since: Nov 01, 2016

"Design. Samsung is stellar is that department." Yes I agree and my bad as my design reference was more for Apples's stagnation and poor choices.

43. Victor.H

Posts: 1104; Member since: May 27, 2011

I have never seen a case included in the box with any Samsung smartphone. Maybe they do it for a small number of markets, but I have never encountered one.

3. osterrich21

Posts: 190; Member since: Apr 14, 2017

Or the big ones (Samsung, LG, Apple, and more), play the Chinese game or close the doors. The reality are happening right now.

4. redmd

Posts: 1961; Member since: Oct 26, 2011

Victor can you do the reverse for Apple and Samsung?

6. monoke

Posts: 1206; Member since: Mar 14, 2015

Prices for the flagships are really not that cheap as they used to be. Cheap if you're in the Mainland yes, but not for importers.

7. Be_Mine unregistered

Do you know how much more iPhone (especially X, XS, XS Max) cost in India, Brazil, European Countries, etc,. comparing to US. And in the US, it can be still much more cheaper with Carrier Subsidies which are non-existent in most of these countries.

15. TheOracle1

Posts: 2340; Member since: May 04, 2015

If you buy on the release date, yes. Wait a month or two or for the international versions and it's the same.

9. ahmadkun

Posts: 691; Member since: May 02, 2016

i agree

21. maherk

Posts: 7054; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

Samsung includes fast charger in all regions Samsung includes a clear case in almost all regions but the US. I can only think of Xiaomi who includes a wireless charger in the box, and they only started doing so with the Mi Mix 3. Battery life is great on 1080 phones, except for the Mate 20 Pro. And Huawei phones have a great battery life for their aggressive software optimization. Once you allow apps to stay active in the background, the battery life takes a slight hit. It will still be better than almost every Android flagship, but not by much. For example, on the Mate 20 Pro I could achieve around 11 hrs of sot, but after fixing the app notifications default settings, I was getting around 8 to 9 hrs of sot. Meanwhile, I'm getting around 7 hrs of sot on my Note 9. So yes it's better, but not by a huge margin. Right price again it depends on which phone you're getting. If you're getting the best Chinese flagships, you will be paying prices that are around those Samsung and Apple are asking for, like the Mate 20 Pro and the Oppo Find X. All the points you mentioned apply on Apple, and only one or two apply to Samsung, but we all know by now how PA works, you can't single out Apple when criticizing them.

40. TheOracle1

Posts: 2340; Member since: May 04, 2015

The NexS smokes the Mate 20 and Note 9 in terms of battery life. Price wise the Chinese flagships are still cheaper if you wait for the international models. It never makes sense to buy any phone on release anyway.

26. Poptart2828

Posts: 499; Member since: Jan 23, 2018

I know one thing. Chinese make better phones.

38. cmdacos

Posts: 4386; Member since: Nov 01, 2016

Very debatable from a quality standpoint but the Chinese are the only ones innovating as of late.

39. TheOracle1

Posts: 2340; Member since: May 04, 2015

I'll put my NexS up against any phone from a quality standpoint. Same with my former Mix2.

41. worldpeace

Posts: 3135; Member since: Apr 15, 2016

Not included in box, but I do get free wireless charging as pre-order bonus Samsung's flagships.

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