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Top 10 Chinese flagship smartphones of 2017

07 December 2017 5

Finally, we entered into the last month of the year. This year we have seen tons of smartphones from different Chinese smartphone manufacturers, everyone tried their best to lure customers with special perks and features. As most of the Chinese smartphone manufacturers already announced their smartphones for 2017. That's why we don't have many launch events in December but instead, the holiday season is approaching and everyone is getting ready to enjoy the coming holiday at fullest.

To enjoy this vacations, it is indeed the best time to grab a new smartphone for your family. We have been covering special deals and top 5 articles for quite some time to facilitate our readers. As the end of the year is approaching and a new top-tier smartphone unveiling isn't expected before Q1 2018. Its perfect time to compile the list of top 10 Chinese flagships of the year. All these smartphones are running on the Android OS with different custom UI layer over it. The good thing is most of the Chinese flagships are packed with the same top-tier hardware like Samsung, LG, and other big giant flagships and even in some cases the Chinese flagships cross them in specs sheet. Still, the Chinese flagships are way more affordable with the best value for money.

Our flagships smartphones list includes smartphones from Huawei, OnePlus, Honor, Xiaomi, Vivo, Oppo, and Meizu. This year all these smartphone manufacturers further strengthen their position in global markets. The only issue related to Chinese flagships is the availability issues, not all smartphones are available globally. Without any further delay, let's start with the best flagship smartphone of the year which not only attracts customers in China but also it is well-appreciated all across the globe
OnePlus 5T

The OnePlus 5T is the latest flagship smartphone from the company whose motto is to bring flagship killers at an affordable price tag. Like last year OnePlus once again brought an iterative variant of their flagship OnePlus 5 in November. The company discontinued the predecessor that's why at the moment it is the only flagship smartphone from the company. Being the latest flagship the OnePlus 5T is featuring unibody metal design with the ultra-thin bezel-less display of 2:1 ratio. Following the latest trend, it comes with dual rear snappers placed in the top left corner.

The Qualcomm's Octa-core Snapdragon 835 SoC is powering the device. The base variant has 6GB RAM with 64GB storage whereas the top of the line variant has 8GB RAM with 128GB storage. The dual rear snappers are 16MP+20MP with f/1.7 aperture. Up front, the selfie camera is 16MP with f/2.0 aperture. A 3,300mAh battery cell is on board to keep its lights on. It is pre-installed with Android Nougat 7.1 with Oxygen OS layer over it. It will be getting latest Android Oreo update in Q1 2018. You can check out our OnePlus 5T Preview for more details.

Specs OnePlus 5T
Display 6.01-inches
Screen-resolution 1080 x 2160 pixels
Chipset Qualcomm's Snapdragon 835
RAM 6/8GB
Storage 64/128GB Non-Expandable via MicroSD card
Rear camera 16+20MP with f/1.7 aperture
Front camera 16MP with f/2.0 aperture
Battery 3,300mAh
USB Type-C
IP-ratings None
OS Android Nougat 7.1 with Oxygen OS
Mate 10 Pro

The Mate 10 Pro is the latest offering from Chinese giant manufacturer Huawei. The Mate 10 Pro is bringing number of upgrades over the predecessor. It is first Huawei Mate lineup smartphone with metal and glass sandwich design. The Mate 10 Pro also features bezel-less design like most of the flagships of this year. The glass rear is quite a shiny but at the same time, it is prone to fingerprints. Due to full front-facing display, the Mate 10 Pro fingerprint scanner is placed on the rear side.

The Mate 10 Pro rear is adorned with dual rear camera setup placed vertically in the center, the fingerprint scanner is below it. It is first Huawei Mate series smartphone with IP67 certification which means it can resist water up to 1 meter for 30 minutes without any damage. Unfortunately, it lacks 3.5mm headphone jack. Huawei introduced latest Kirin 970 SoC with the Mate 10 Pro. The best thing about this chipset is its AI capabilities. The device has 6GB RAM with 128GB non-Expandable memory. As OS it is running on the latest Android Oreo with EMUI 8 straight out of the box. For more details, check out our Mate 10 Pro Preview.

Specs Mate 10 Pro
Display 6.0-inches
Screen resolution 1080 x 2160 pixels
Chipset Kirin 970 SoC
RAM 6GB
Storage 128GB Non-Expandable
Rear camera 12MP RGB +20MP Monochrome with f/1.7 aperture
Front camera 8MP
Battery 4,000mAh
USB Type-C
IP67 Yes
OS Android Oreo with EMUI 8
Xiaomi Mi 6

The Xiaomi Mi 6 is the latest flagship smartphone from the company who is often known as Chinese Apple. The Mi 6 is one of most luring smartphone with same traditional thick bezels design. The Mi 6 is announced in two variants with the different rear. The standard variant has metal and glass sandwich design whereas the premium variant comes with the Ceramic rear. The special thing about this glass rear is being wrapped off from all four edges. It looks quite attractive while holding in hand despite the fact it has the display with 16:9 aspect ratio.

The Mi 6 has fingerprint scanner placed on the front-facing side physical home button on the screen. As mentioned above the Xiaomi is often called as Chinese Apple, the company followed the Apple footstep and ditched the 3.5mm headphone jack. The rear side of Mi 6 is adorned with dual rear snappers placed side by side on the top left corner. Surprisingly its dual LED flashlights are placed vertically on the left side of dual cameras. The Qualcomm's Octa-core Snapdragon 835 SoC is powering the device with 6GB RAM and built-in storage is 64GB. As OS it is running on the Android Nougat 7.1 with MIUI 9 layer over it. If you don't like bezel-less devices, for sure the Mi 6 is pretty luring option you can consider. We already have Xiaomi Mi 6 Preview to give a brief idea of what the device is bringing on board.

Specifications

Xiaomi Mi 6

Display

5.15-inch Full HD (1920 X 1080 Pixels)

Dimensions

145.2 x 70.5 x 7.5mm

Weight

168g

SIM

Dual SIM Nano

Operating system

Android Nougat 7.1 with MIUI

Front camera

8MP

Rear camera

Dual 12MP sensor with F/1.8 aperture

Fingerprint scanner

Front facing side

Battery

3,350mAh

COMM

Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, dual-band, WiFi Direct, hotspot

Processor Qualcomm's Snapdragon 835 SoC
RAM 6GB
Storage 64GB/128GB non-expandable
Xiaomi Mi Mix 2

Without any doubt, last year Xiaomi was the trend setter when they announced first flagship smartphone of the year with ultra-thin bezels. The Mi Mix was a big hit, the device sold like hot cakes since its announcement. The original Mi Mix success prompted big giants to launch more bezel-less smartphones that's why so this year almost all smartphone manufacturers announced at least one premium smartphone with the bezel-less design. The Mi Mix 2 brings an iterative design. Xiaomi once again opted a ceramic rear body, however, this time edges are more curved so that it can be grasped easily single handily.

The Mi Mix 2 ceramic rear looks more attractive than metal. Its rear side is featuring a single camera module with dual LED flashlight. The fingerprint scanner is placed on the rear side below the camera module. Xiaomi brought a number of improvements under the hood to resolve all issues related to original Mi Mix including the earphone. The Mi Mix 2 comes with one of the sleekest bezels, the display screen-to-body ratio is above 80% which is worth appreciating. The Qualcomm's Snapdragon 835 SoC is powering the device. The base variant has 6GB RAM with 64GB memory whereas the top of the line variant comes with 8GB RAM and 128GB memory. Its top of the line variant has 256GB storage. Check out our Mi Mix 2 Preview for more details.

Specs Xiaomi Mi Mix 2
Display 5.99-inches
Screen resolution Full HD+ 2160 x 1080 pixels
SoC Qualcomm's Snapdragon 835
RAM 6/8GB
Storage 64/128/256GB Non-Expandable
Rear camera 12MP
Front camera 5MP
3.5mm headphone jack No
IP68 No
OS Android Nougat 7.1
Battery 3,400mAh
Honor V10

The bezel-less smartphones are hugely in trend, how the Huawei's subsidiary Honor stay away from it. The company recently announced their latest flagship smartphone as Honor V10. The device is featuring a 5.99-inches Quad HD display with ultra-thin bezels. The good thing is despite having thin bezels, the company managed to bring fingerprint scanner on the front-facing side. The Honor V10 is featuring a unibody metal design with sleek footprint.

The rear side is adorned with dual rear camera modules like most of the Huawei's top-tier devices but it lacks Leica-certification. Undoubtedly the best thing about Honor V10 is its Kirin 970 SoC with AI enabled Neural Processing unit. Yes, Honor used the same chipset which Huawei introduced with the Mate 10 and Mate 10 Pro. The powerful chipset is accompanied with 4/6GB RAM. It is running on the latest Android Oreo straight out of the box. A 3,750mAh battery cell is on board to keep its lights on.

Specs Honor V10
Display 5.99-inches IPS LCD
Screen resolution 1080 x 2160 pixels
Chipset Kirin 970 SoC
RAM 4/6GB
Storage 64/128GB Expandable via MicroSD card
Rear cameras 16MP RGB+20MP Monochrome
Front camera 13MP
Battery 3,750mAh
USB Type-C
IP-ratings None
OS Android Oreo with EMUI 8
Meizu Pro 7 Plus

The Chinese smartphone manufacturers always try to bring something new and exciting to lure the customers as it's not an easy task to produce a smartphone which stands out in competition. The Meizu Pro 7 Plus is featuring an exciting unibody metal design. The best thing about Meizu Pro 7 Plus is its unorthodox dual display. It does have display panel on both front and rear side. The front-facing side AMOLED display is of 5.7-inches whereas the rear side secondary display is of 1.9-inches placed on the top left corner below the dual camera modules. The secondary display showcases important notification without turning on the main display.

The dual rear snappers are accompanied with dual LED flashlight. It is also the first smartphone in the market powered up by the Helio Deca-core X30 chipset with 6GB RAM. The fingerprint scanner is placed on the front-facing side below the display. A 3,500mAh battery cell is on board to keep its lights on. Another key selling feature of Meizu Pro 7 Plus is Cirrus Logic CS43130 Hi-Fi chip for the top-notch audio experience. The dual 12MP rear snappers are Sony IMX386 modules.

Specs Meizu Pro 7 Plus
Display 5.7-inches primary + 1.9-inches secondary
Screen resolution 1440 x 2560 pixels
Chipset MediaTek Helio X30
RAM 6GB
Storage 64/128GB
Rear cameras Dual 12MP with f/2.0 aperture
Front camera 16MP
Battery 3,500mAh
USB Type-C
IP-ratings None
OS Android Nougat with Flyme 6 OS
Huawei P10 Plus

The Huawei P10 Plus was the first flagship from the Huawei which was introduced back at MWC this year. The P10 Plus wasn't a huge success due to lack of improvement in the design department. It brings iterative design with overall same looks like the last year P9. With the new P10 series, Huawei introduced Hyper Diamond tech which makes sure the device doesn't attract fingerprints as well as it can resist scratches.

The P10 Plus is packed with a unibody metal design with same thick bezels design. The company's own Kirin 960 SoC is powering the device with 6GB RAM. The dual rear snappers are Leica-certified camera lens of 12MP RGB + 20MP monochrome lens. A 3,750mAh battery cell keeps the device lights on. The P10 Plus is the company's first water and dust resistant flagship device. The fingerprint scanner on the P10 Plus is placed on the front-facing side below the display. For connectivity, it has USB Type-C port.

Specs Huawei P10 Plus
Display 5.5-inches
Screen resolution 1440 x 2560 pixels
Chipset Kirin 960
RAM 6GB
Storage 128GB Expandable via MicroSD
Rear cameras 12MP RGB+20MP Monochrome
Front camera 8MP
Battery 3,750mAh
USB Type-C
Water and dust resistant Yes
OS Android Nougat with MIUI 5
8.7 Hardware
6.8 Price Quality

Huawei P10 Plus

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Xiaomi Mi Note 3

The Xiaomi Mi Note 3 was unveiled alongside the bezel-less Mi Mix 2. It isn't featuring a bezel-less design like Mi Mix 2 but it is bringing a mixture of ultra-thin bezels and thick bezels. The Mi Note 3 side edges have zero bezels whereas the top and bottom has significant bezels. The chassis is made up of metal whereas the glass covering the rear side. It looks somewhat similar to the Mi 6 but its edges are flat as opposed to round.

The Mi Note 3 fingerprint scanner is placed on the front-facing side below the display. The dual rear snappers are placed horizontally on the top left corner which is exactly the same position where Mi 6 has camera modules. The Qualcomm's Snapdragon 660 SoC is powering the device with 6GB RAM and built-in native storage is 64GB. The Android Nougat with MIUI layer is powering the device. A 3,500mAH battery cell is on board to keep its lights on. It also lacks 3.5mm headphone jack but the good thing is it is splash resistant.

Specs Xiaomi Mi Note 3
Display 5.5-inches
Screen resolution 1920 x 1080 pixels
Chipset Snapdragon 660
RAM 6GB
Storage 64/128GB Non-Expandable via MicroSD
Rear cameras Dual 12MP
Front camera 16MP
Battery 3,500mAh
USB Type-C
Water and dust resistant Splash resistant
OS Android Nougat with MIUI 9
Oppo R11S Plus

The Oppo R11S Plus is the latest top-tier smartphone from Oppo who is known for their camera-centric smartphones. The company gained huge success in the last couple of years due to huge sales of camera-centric smartphones. The Oppo R11 Plus is also a camera-centric smartphone but it is bringing more on board to attract customers. The R11S Plus features unibody metal sleek design with 2:1 aspect ratio display. On first look, the R11S Plus looks pretty similar to the OnePlus 5T due to its same curvy metal design with the full front-facing design.

The R11S Plus rear is adorned with the dual rear snappers placed horizontally on the top left with dual-Tone LED flashlight. The phablet device comes with a 6.43-inches display with Full HD+ screen resolution. The good thing is it is an AMOLED display panel unlike most of other devices. The Qualcomm's Octa-core Snapdragon 660 SoC is powering the device with 6GB RAM and built-in native storage is 64GB. Being a camera-centric device it comes with a 20MP selfie-camera with AI capabilities. A 3,205mAh battery cell is on board to keep its lights on. It is available in a number of colors, the Red color variant is quite striking.

Specs Oppo R11S Plus

Screen

6.43-inch (2160×1080 pixels) Full HD+ 18:9 AMOLED display

SoC

Octa Core Snapdragon 660 14nm Mobile Platform (Quad 2.2GHz Kryo 260 + Quad 1.8GHz Kryo 260 CPUs) with Adreno 512 GPU

Memory and Storage

6GB RAM, 64GB internal memory, expandable memory up to 256GB with microSD

Camera

16MP rear camera with dual-tone LED Flash, secondary 20MP camera, f/1.7 aperture, 2.0μm pixel size

20MP front-facing camera

SIM Slot

Hybrid Dual SIM (nano + nano/microSD)

Connectivity

4G VoLTE, WiFi 802.11 ac (2.4GHz + 5GHz), Bluetooth 4.2, GPS + GLONASS, USB Type-C

Battery

4000mAh (Typical) / 3880mAh (minimum) battery with VOOC Flash Charging

Software

Android 7.1.1 (Nougat) with ColorOS 3.2

Vivo X20

Last but not the least we have the latest top-tier smartphone in Vivo. The company recently wrapped off the cover from X20. The Oppo R11S Plus, OnePlus 5T, and Vivo X20 all shared some looks with the Cupertino Giant's last year iPhone 7 Plus. The Vivo X20 is also packed with a full front-facing display of 6.01-inches. The display screen-to-body ratio is 85.3% with 2:1 aspect ratio. The company opted zirconium sand-spray finish to make it a luring smartphone.

Having a full front-facing display it lacks physical button on the front but instead comes with a square fingerprint scanner on the rear side. The square scanner differentiates its looks with the Oppo R11S Plus and OnePlus 5T. The Qualcomm's Snapdragon 660 SoC is powering it with 4GB RAM. The base variant has 64GB which isn't further expandable via MicroSD card. To make it stand out amongst the competition, Vivo brought Hi-Fi audio system to make it one of the best audio device. A 3,245mAh battery cell keeps the Vivo X20 running. The Vivo used a nano-injection molding process to embed the U antenna lines.

Specs Vivo X20
Display 6.43-inches
Screen resolution 1920 x 1080 pixels
Chipset Snapdragon 660
RAM 4GB
Storage 64/128GB Non-Expandable via MicroSD
Rear cameras 12MP+5MP
Front camera 5MP
Battery 3.905mAH
USB Type-C
Water and dust resistant No
OS Android Nougat
(last update 13 December 2018 @ 20:38)

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