Our top 5 Chinese smartphone list sees some new addition in the month of June, which means your options just got better overall. So, if you’re looking for your next daily driver for under $200, then stick around to check out what you can get from China in this price segment!
Let’s get things started with the Redmi Note 7, the undisputed king of the sub $200 price segment. Xiaomi’s mid-range killer comes with a large 6.3-inch display of Full HD+ resolution with an aspect ratio of 19.5:9.
Beneath the shiny and Corning Gorilla Glass 5 coated body we then find a powerful Snapdragon 660 coupled with a minimum of 4GB of RAM and 32GB of internal storage, which is expandable via microSD.
The main selling point of the device is the camera though, coming with a resolution of a whopping 48MP, the Redmi Note 7 has no rivals in its price range. The 48MP provide extra sharp photos when the subject is well lit, while in darker scenarios the pixels are combined into larger 1.6um ones for better quality. At the front, we find a 13MP selfie snapper.
Finally, the smartphone packs a large 4000mAh capacity battery typical of the series, along with an USB Type-C port, which is actually something we’ve never seen before on a Redmi device.
Meizu comes back at Xiaomi with their recently launched Meizu Note 9. The handset does indeed feature a great Qualcomm Snapdragon 675 along with 4GB of RAM and 64GB of internal storage, all for less than $200.
Meizu’s phone then packs a 6.2-inch display with Full HD+ resolution and an 18.5:9 aspect ratio. Meanwhile cameras include a 48MP main paired with a 5MP secondary on the back and a 20MP selfie snapper in the notch at the front.
Finally the handset comes with a large 4000mAh battery supporting 18W fast charging and runs Flyme 7.2 based on Android 9 Pie out of the box.
Just like Meizu, also Lenovo is bringing some tough competition for Xiaomi. Their latest Lenovo Z6 Lite is indeed quite the best buy. The handset comes with a powerful Snapdragon 710 coupled with 4GB of RAm and 64GB of expandable storage.
We then find a large 6.3-inch IPS panel of FHD+ resolution with a 16MP selfie snapper in the notch at the top. Meanwhile cameras on the back include a 16MP main, an 8MP secondary and a third 5MP sensor.
The Lenovo Z6 Lite is powered by a 4050mAh battery and runs Android 9.0 Pie OTB.
Another phone that dropped in price and can now bring a powerful Snapdragon 710 CPU for less than $200 is the Meizu X8. The handset does indeed come with the aforementioned processor along with 4GB of RAM and 64GB of fast UFS 2.1 internal storage.
The Meizu X8 also packs a 6.15-inch FHD+ display with a notch at the top within which we find a 20MP selfie snapper, while on the back we have two cameras of 12MP and 5MP to snap photos with a shallow depth of field.
Other specs on the phone include a 3210 capacity battery, mCharge 4.0 quick charge support and runs Flyme UI based on Android Oreo.
Finally, if you’re on the lower spectrum of the $200 price segment, a very affordable Redmi 7 might be a very good alternative. For just above $100 you do indeed get a pretty amazing device powered by a power efficient Snapdragon 632 coupled with a large 4000mAh capacity battery.
The handset is also available with up to 4GB of RAM and 64GB of storage, which is of course expandable. So you won’t risk running out of memory.
In the camera department, we find a primary 12MP shooter paired with a secondary 2MP sensor to snap photos with bokeh effect. Meanwhile at the front we have an 8MP selfie snapper.
The Redmi 7 comes with a 6.26 display and runs MIUI 10 based on Android 9.0 Pie out of the box.
With the smartphone above we conclude our monthly rendezvous for the month of June. If you’ve found your next mid-ranger comment below, otherwise let us know which Chinese Smartphones under $200 you’d have liked to see on the list.