Xiaomi Mi5 tops the charts as the most popular smartphone in China

Xiaomi Mi5 tops the charts as the most popular smartphone in China
A recent survey conducted in China reveals that the Xiaomi Mi 5 is the most popular smartphone at the moment, in the country. The handset offers just about everything you'd expect from a 2016 flagship phone. It is powered by the Snapdragon 820 chipset, includes 3GB/4GB of RAM, a fingerprint scanner, and a rear camera with OIS.

Xiaomi also produces the second most popular handset in China, the Xiaomi Redmi Note 3. The manufacturer's 6.4-inch Xiaomi Mi Max phablet is also listed in the top ten. Most of the phones on the list are manufactured by brands well known in China, but might not be known at all by the average U.S. consumer. Being a PhoneArena reader, you might be familiar with Meizu and Oppo, but your neighbor probably has never heard of them. One name that the vast majority of Americans do know is Samsung, and the Samsung Galaxy S7 edge was fifth in the survey.

Keep in mind that this is a dynamic list and the top ten phones currently selected by consumers in China will quite possibly be vastly different in a matter of weeks. Don't be surprised to see the OnePlus 3 appear in the top ten shortly. China is the world's largest smartphone market and is home to the largest carrier (China Mobile) on the planet.


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24 Comments

1. khankirputsmurf

Posts: 61; Member since: Mar 15, 2015

It's a solid phone. Well deserve in my opinion.

2. PhoneCritic

Posts: 1354; Member since: Oct 05, 2011

for some reason I think that people there answer with a domestic name brand but in secrete they use a different device. The government there has made it clear that it will do anything to give the domestic brands the advantage even raiding and impounding things in their corporate offices. it always sides with domestic brands that clearly rip off and copy infringe on the non domestic brands, Yet these companies continue to do business there and move jobs there. Just Wow!!

12. techperson211

Posts: 1280; Member since: Feb 27, 2014

Welcome to reality.

19. TheOracle1

Posts: 2263; Member since: May 04, 2015

I live in the US and own the Redmi Note 3 Pro. Does that make me a downtrodden and oppressed victim of the Chinese government too? Chinese people love foreign luxury goods but in this case the two Xiaomi's happen to be excellent phones with great pricing.

22. KONICHIWA-ANNYONG unregistered

Also have to remember that the CHinese brands are cheap as chips. Not many people are rich in CHina / can afford iPhones / Samsung flagships.

24. wutwut

Posts: 4; Member since: Mar 04, 2016

It's actually backwards. For a long time Chinese people were afraid they'd lose face by purchasing the local phones that people across the world called "cheap knockoffs" so they would spend tons of money on Apple and Samsung for their brand recognition but secretly use their local branded phone for the better features. It is only in recent months (not even years) that the Chinese consumers stopped feeling insecure about loving their own brands and now they hold out their phones proudly. Even the companies are feeling it since now Chinese companies are more interested in competing against each other than comparing themselves to Apple or other foreigner brands.

3. Kumar123 unregistered

Oh, So sad. History's greatest smartphone (S7 edge) is not the most popular smartphone in China. Such a shame.

4. waqarzec

Posts: 72; Member since: May 09, 2013

What's the shame in that

8. Arch_Fiend

Posts: 3951; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

They are obviously being sarcastic lol.

5. Phonehex

Posts: 763; Member since: Feb 16, 2016

Its only because of the price , but definitely the Galaxy S7 Edge is the "Greatest of all time" . I use at least 4 phones an year (only flagships) and of all brands. No bias at all. Have to agree that the S7 Edge is indeed a miracle of modern technology. I wonder which device will dethrone it which in the next 12 months will happen for sure.

10. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

note7edge and S8edge will do that, lol..

13. chenski

Posts: 768; Member since: Mar 22, 2015

so will nexus 2016

21. KONICHIWA-ANNYONG unregistered

Nexus is overrated or overpriced. Software updates, for what, multiwindow? Quicktoggles? Pfft...

15. zeppo

Posts: 200; Member since: Jul 21, 2015

well, it's still better than iphone which embarrassingly not in the list.

16. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

Neither is the iPhone. Oh and the iPhone isn't top dog in America either.

6. chaoscauser

Posts: 39; Member since: Jun 04, 2014

Google search, Play store and Gmail service are blocked in China. Xiaomi and Huawei gain a lot from that. This is a big market barrier for non-Chinese brands.

9. Senthilg

Posts: 49; Member since: Apr 07, 2016

What apps does Chinese people use if Play store is blocked? Does it even make sense to get an Android phone without Play store app? I mean without any apps to install from play store Android phones have limited functionality and I am not sure if there is equivalent number of apps in Xiaomi's own store

11. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

there are tons of non-google app store... check here for some famous onehttps://www.techinasia.com/10-android-app-stores-china-2014-edition

17. MaryPoopins

Posts: 324; Member since: Jan 15, 2015

There's also a 'Google Installer' app for Xiaomi devices which allow you to install....well..... all Google apps+service frameworks, and as long as you have a VPN, then no problems. You have a fully functioning Google phone in China.

18. TheOracle1

Posts: 2263; Member since: May 04, 2015

Why is that an advantage to Huawei and Xiaomi and not the other Chinese brands too? Indeed why is it a disadvantage to Samsung and other foreign manufacturers? It's the same for everyone. The two Xiaomi's are top because they're a fantastic value for money.

7. UglyFrank

Posts: 2194; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

I remember people thinking Xiaomi wouldn't continue to grow after their somewhat weak performance in 2015, if anything they were smart to not release a flagship/get caught in the S810 controversy.

14. chenski

Posts: 768; Member since: Mar 22, 2015

my wife is trying to get one for her dad but always out of stock

20. Moose

Posts: 418; Member since: Jan 05, 2015

I got an Mi5 about a month ago, best phone I ever owned in terms of battery life - 2.5 days with no heavy graphics use or videos. Very light at 129 grams and fast with SD820 - no complaints. Ordered it directly from a retailer based in China, came with all Google services installed and no Chinese apps. Works in Canada on LTE with Rogers/Fido or Bell. More Canadians should buy it. I paid $449 US for the 64GB version but this version is now available for around $400, sometimes a bit less.

23. skyline88

Posts: 697; Member since: Jul 15, 2013

the lowest spec 3GB RAM / 32GB ROM of Mi 5 is selling for a freaking hefty 380 USD in my region.

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