Posted on 2017-05-18 10:14:01 UTC
Should you buy a chinese phone? Maybe you asked yourself this question at buying a new phone. Maybe you heard about Chinese Android devices or watched some reviews of Chinese phones like Xiaomi. In this article I will try to show you advantages and disadvantages of buying a Chinese smart phone.
Chinese phones are in really good prices - you can save a lot of money, and get a smartphone with top specs, nowdays many Chinese brands are more popular day after day worldwide, such as Xiaomi, OnePlus, Oppo, Lenovo, Huawei and many more. You can get a phone with specs like Samsung Galaxy S7 or Iphone 7 in almost half price.
All of these brands combined have bigger market contribution than Samsung and Apple in one team. Moreover the quality of their devices is sometimes better than Samsung devices - no exploding batteries!
First of all, Chinese brands have not the best reputation in the last few years, but since 2013 Chinese brands have started thinking more and more creative and competitive in the world market, nowdays they share sales worldwide and compete with famous flagships like S7. People like to buy cheap phones with good specs like Xiaomi Mi4 or Xiaomi Redmi 3 - they costs about ~200$ and compete expensive phones(~500$).
I would like to add that most of chinese phones are dual-sims - what should be standard nowdays but it is not :/
Most of chinese droids use Mediatek processors but some use Snapdragons(Most of Xiaomi devices) that comes with 64-bit, with 16 Gb and 2 Gb ram, and sd card support (32 or 64 gb, rarely 128 gb). However there is no problem to buy a phone with 32GB internal storage and 3 or 4GB of RAM.
The camera is always a 13MP or more Sony sensor, and 5-8MP front camera with all standard Android camera features.
Usually the screen is HD or Full HD in IPS technology which means that colors and brightness will be great!
Overall, buying a Chinese phone means that you will have a different(maybe better?) phone than your friends, none of them will have the same as you.
Before buying a Chinese smart phone you have to know few things:
First - one of the obvious things - most phones are shipped directly from China, so usually you will have to wait 2-3 weeks for delivery and there is a risk of paying customs taxes on your country border - it's always 10-20% of phone value. But even with this custom tax the cost of phone will be much smaller than buying a phone in your country.
Second, it's complicated to return your phone on guarantee - If you got a defective phone it may be hard to return, most of sellers say that return fees are on the buyer. However I have buy few phones from China and all of them were working great!
At the end you have to check that your phone will work with your Mobile Network ferquences - it's always no problem but better check it before buying because there are many network frequences.
Buying a smartphone from China may be a good choice, find a model in cheap price with good specs and read some reviews of this model. If people say that everything is OK - I would recommend you to buy phone from China. I have bought my last 3 phones from China and I was very happy of that - these phones are great! Personally I strongly recommend Xiaomi phones - MIUI - software based on Android is awesome and I can't imagine life without it!
My favourite is Xiaomi, but other phones are also great. I am sure that you will be satisfied after buying. Later I will try to write few reviews of Chinese phones on this website so you will be able to learn more about them.
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