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Chinese Android phones pros and cons part 1: price, 4G LTE and clones

0. phoneArena posted on 21 Jan 2014, 11:59

Few would argue that Chinese smartphones have, by and large, won the race to the bottom. Smartphones costing no more than $160 now come with capable hardware, as the rate of progress in the industry has allowed for costs...

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posted on 21 Jan 2014, 12:20 7

1. Scott93274 (Posts: 5566; Member since: 06 Aug 2013)

I personally would never buy a smart phone from China. Their business practices and ethics are so skewed it's sad. Yes, I do understand that majority of smart phones, and pretty much the majority of electronics on the market today are manufactured in China, but when it's from a brand that is not native to China, I feel much more comfortable knowing that additional rules, regulations, and quality expectations will be placed on the products of non Chinese brands.

posted on 21 Jan 2014, 12:37 6

3. ihavenoname (Posts: 1693; Member since: 18 Aug 2013)

I partly agree and partly disagree. Oppo phones are among best made phones in world, well engineered, great specs. Xiaomi, just look at their Mi3, they have huge potential. And Huawei, Ascend P6 is great value for money, only processor is old fashioned and software needs optimization. Oppo and Xiaomi are awesome already, Huawei and some others still have catching up to do, but they are promising.

posted on 21 Jan 2014, 12:49

6. JerryTime (Posts: 468; Member since: 09 Nov 2013)

I think he was relating to the products from more of a moralistic humane stance. That's how I view anything from China personally.

I still find it as a damn farce that the rest of the world allowed China to host the Olympics and even showed up for it, considering how poorly China treats it's citizens. They violate more human rights than just about any other country on the planet, and it's a damn shame that companies are feeding their economy for the sake of saving a few bucks.

posted on 21 Jan 2014, 13:01

9. Scott93274 (Posts: 5566; Member since: 06 Aug 2013)

I was more referring to the quality of the goods. Lead based paints found in kid's toys, asbestos in drywall, poison in dog food... there is just so much bad media coverage of the country due to their lack of regulation.

But I can also mention the human rights violations going on there at companies such as Foxconn, but then you have brands like Apple, Microsoft, Nintendo, Samsung still using them for production because it's affordable.

I suppose I cannot say that all products are of a lesser quality as "ihavenoname" has provided examples, but I feel like buying Chinese branded products can be a game of Russian roulette.

posted on 21 Jan 2014, 12:52 1

8. Scott93274 (Posts: 5566; Member since: 06 Aug 2013)

I actually just finished watching a video review for the Oppo Find 5 on youtube thanks to post 2 below. I will admit that I know nothing of the brand, but all the videos I've seen seem to praise the features.

posted on 29 Jan 2014, 17:24

27. KRONeage (Posts: 144; Member since: 17 Apr 2011)

They have excellent customer service too. As does Xiaomi. You can order them online on their own web site and they get here almost overnight. Same with ordering phones from South Korea or near anything from there. I order clothes from there a lot and I'm still shocked how fast they get here!

posted on 21 Jan 2014, 13:59

11. Ashoaib (Posts: 3229; Member since: 15 Nov 2013)

Its true that mediatek chipset is legendary slow

posted on 21 Jan 2014, 23:58

19. ardent1 (Posts: 2000; Member since: 16 Apr 2011)

In the US, ZTE and Huawei smart phones dominates the prepaid market.

Unfortunately, a lot of these products are junk that go on sale for $50, especially true at Virgin Mobile USA.

With the Moto G being sold at $100, it helps set the benchmark for what to expect from a decent smartphone in terms of specs, build quality, aesthetics, etc.

I will conclude that the mindset Anericans had toward these mainland Chinese handsets has changed almost 180 degrees since I joined PA. I recall some if my first posts warning readers that companies like ZTE and Huawei will take market share in the US after spending 2 to 3 years learning the US market. My biggest critic at the time was Sniggly who couldn't see how much improvement ZTE and Huawei could make.

The bottom line is that an android handset is just a kit the manufacturers assemble from available suppliers, and some OEMs make tweaks to their high end devices, but it's clear these tweaks will be matched or copied.

posted on 19 Jun 2014, 04:26

30. GSG_Kai (Posts: 1; Member since: 19 Jun 2014)

I have to agree with you there are a lot of really bad "CLONE" knockoffs on the market but there are companys like KingZone and Cubot that are just as powerful as the high end name brand like samsung, LG, Sony. Another reason some people dont buy chines phones is because they are not a name brand. I am proud to own the KingZone K1 Turbo it is a crazy fast phone with a 14.0MP camera and a 1080p screen and 440ppi all for under a $300 that is un heard of .I was just looking at the specs of the Samsung Galaxy S5 the specs are almost identical 16MP camera 1080p screen with 432ppi and for the S5 you are paying around $590. I wonder where that $290 went some of it went into the higer specs and the rest went?
I am not hateing on Samsung I love all there devices but i just think that they are over priced when i can buy a phone for with the same specs for half the price!

posted on 21 Jan 2014, 12:28 3

2. Takeharu (Posts: 262; Member since: 28 Oct 2013)

I'm loving my Oppo Find 5!
Build quality, design, performance, camera, that gorgeous display, everything about it!
Never buying a western phone again! This is too damn good!

posted on 21 Jan 2014, 12:37

4. Joshing4fun (Posts: 1238; Member since: 13 Aug 2010)

If youre in America, just buy the Nexus 5 or Moto G.

posted on 21 Jan 2014, 18:01

16. kaikuheadhunterz (Posts: 1157; Member since: 18 Jul 2013)

If not?

posted on 21 Jan 2014, 12:43 5

5. PapaSmurf (Posts: 10457; Member since: 14 May 2012)

The only phone I'd ever buy from China would be Oppo.

Glad to see PA authors appearing in videos more and engaging with their followers.

posted on 21 Jan 2014, 12:49 2

7. PorkyBurger (Posts: 585; Member since: 18 May 2013)

Not all phones are available everywhere. I can't have Oppo, Xiaomi, Lenovo phones.
Huawei? Maybe P6, but nothing more. Just as the phones aren't available here, their spare parts (buttons, display, glass...) aren't too. So customer service will have a punch in the knee about this one.
Chinese Android phones (Huawei, Lenovo,...) needs to go worldwide! WAH.

posted on 21 Sep 2016, 14:45

31. talon1812 (Posts: 15; Member since: 07 Oct 2014)

There's a wonderful thing called "the internet"You can find great Chinese phones on E-bay, Amazon, BangGood.com, SPEMall.com, Ali-Express.
They're everywhere, you just have to know where to look. I've bought MANY Chinese brands and they are great phones, but unfortunately, the biggest issue is some do NOT support the 4g/LTE bands here in the U.S.
I have a UMI zero, which was touted as a flagship phone by the company. It has wonderful build quality with a metal frame and glass front and back. It intrigued me, so I finally bought one. It was built with only 3G capability, but because of the band support, sadly doesn't even get 3G here in U.S. with AT&T. They're getting better though, and some are now capable of 4g here.

posted on 21 Jan 2014, 13:03

10. indiebandit (Posts: 7; Member since: 28 Dec 2013)

windows phone 8 is your best bet here.these type of phones arent worth it honestly.

posted on 21 Jan 2014, 15:53 1

13. imMature (Posts: 87; Member since: 04 Sep 2013)

That 4G face blew me away. lol

posted on 21 Jan 2014, 16:12

14. ianbbaa (Posts: 332; Member since: 20 Mar 2013)

Uselles article that i stopped to read right after i saw the material costs of N3 and that sentence that N3 you ll buy 3 times higher price...sorry guys in PA, better example to give would be the raw price of iphone which is less than N3 but costs 6 times higher. ..is produced in China, doesnt have digitizer, that big battery, that big display...etc. So please take a better sample to talk about chinese phones. ..your beloved iconic iphone that is dumb as hell is made in china as well. So do not make these articles to hurt some good quality chinese brands as some of those better makers have actually good quality selling for just those raw costs of stupid iphone

posted on 21 Jan 2014, 17:41 2

15. bigstrudel (Posts: 530; Member since: 20 Aug 2012)

Rockchip's RK3188 Quad-core is slightly more powerful than the 1.6ghz Exynos Quad in the Galaxy Note 2. And packs the same GPU. It's been out for more than a year already. Home brewed in China. It's a decent SoC and is capable of running a FHD device decently, and a 720p device flawlessly.

Seen all the time in sub $200 phones and tablets.

posted on 21 Jan 2014, 18:04

17. kaikuheadhunterz (Posts: 1157; Member since: 18 Jul 2013)

I've also seen a Samsung Galaxy Note 3 knockoff with a 1080p screen and Mediatek chip. Its AnTuTu score is about 13000, so should be smooth enough for everyday usage

posted on 22 Jan 2014, 01:00 1

22. Sharky (Posts: 245; Member since: 24 Jun 2008)

Haven't seen the RK3188 in phones.

posted on 21 Jan 2014, 19:08 1

18. kevkyle (Posts: 104; Member since: 21 Oct 2012)

used to scoff at chinese OEM's.....but when i held their hardware (Huawei - silly name, lol and Lenovo) and played withtheir UI's - instant convert

... i got them primarily for their insane batteries - the lenovo p780 and huawei ascend mate

...huawei's emotion ui is the first stock Ui i didn't change with Atom launcher - i like it

...and btw - i was surprised that the P780's 5"screen at 295ppi is more vibrant than LG2's screen (423ppi)....whites on the LG2 are a tad more yellow

....and the p780 has more usable screen real estate - it doesn't have on screen buttons

....but all phones are NASTY", )

posted on 22 Jan 2014, 00:13

20. Avenger827 (Posts: 46; Member since: 19 Jan 2014)

"Most apps are even barely optimized for two cores"!!! I didn't know that before! So will quad core or octa core chips provide no perfomance boost? (in terms of apps)

posted on 22 Jan 2014, 00:56 1

21. Sharky (Posts: 245; Member since: 24 Jun 2008)

I've been following the Chinese smartphone market for a while now. It really is amazing how far the industry has come. Although when it came time to buy a smartphone I ended up going with a Nexus 4.

posted on 22 Jan 2014, 02:41 1

23. NIK01 (Posts: 40; Member since: 29 Apr 2013)

I own a Xiaomi MI-2s and really love it. Quality on par level with iPhone 5s, including display.

posted on 18 Apr 2014, 09:41

28. michaelD (Posts: 1; Member since: 07 Apr 2014)

Hey scott93274
Well,I would like to say that,I do not fully agree with you about the topic that,Chinese products are not reliable,because branded products even apple parts are manufactured in China.There are a lot of articles available online,you could read about it.So,Chinese products are always best!!!


posted on 02 May 2014, 06:13

29. sumer89 (Posts: 1; Member since: 02 May 2014)

Nice review, although in my experience with the latest Chinese phones is that their quality is much better than before. The most unique feature you can't get in the "branded" phones like Samsung and others is Chinese phones have two SIM slots for dual phone lines - you can't find this feature. I bought two phones and was very impressed by it's quality and the speed and best of all they offered free shipping. I bought it at lightboxdeals.com. Here is the actual link of the product:


I don't know why people think Chinese goods are of lesser quality, I personally didn't want to have to pay the price for a new Samsung nor do I want to have to pay +$100 to replace the screen, with the Chinese phones, the replacement screen is less than $10..

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