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Best 10 pocket-friendly Chinese smartphones under $200 | 2017

19 December 2017 5

A few days we enlisted the top 10 flagships announced by Chinese smartphone manufacturers in 2017. We admit, not everyone is looking for a flagship smartphone instead there is huge number of buyers who would like to grab mid-ranger as their daily driver instead of premium smartphones. This year was pretty awesome for the smartphone market, the mid-rangers further strengthen their position by offering great high-end specs with affordable pricing. Undoubtedly the mid-range segment is ruled by the Chinese smartphones manufacturers who are keen to bring smartphones with attractive design and specs at an affordable pricing.

As I mentioned above one of the reasons behind purchasing mid-ranger is their best value for the money. The Chinese OEMs always try to lure customers with attractive design and solid specs sheet. Today we will enlist the top 10 Chinese smartphones which can be grabbed for below $200. This list certainly will attract a number of buyers who are planning to grab their next smartphone ahead of holiday season. The devices are not enlisted according to their position instead these devices are better than most of the smartphones available in the market.

We are hopeful this listing will help you better understanding which Chinese mid-range smartphone is worth your hard-earned money. All are amongst the best in the number of aspects. So those who missed the Chinese 11.11 single's Day sales, you can consider this striking list of best 10 pocket-friendly mid-rangers from Chinese smartphone manufacturers. We will be updating this listing every month to help out our readers regarding the best choice on monthly basis.

Vernee Mix 2

The Chinese smartphone manufacturer Vernee is amongst those OEMs producing bezel-less smartphones for quite some time now. No doubt the company's Mix 2 is one of the best pocket-friendly bezel-less smartphones in China. The device features ultra-slim metal chassis with glass covering the full front makes it one of the most beautiful smartphones in the category. The device can be grabbed for $200. Up front, it features a 6.0-inches display with Full HD+ screen resolution of 1080 x 2160 pixels.

The best thing is despite the giant display, it still easily fits in the palm of the user. The Helio P25 SoC is powering the device with 4GB RAM and built-in native storage is 64GB. As OS the device is running on the Android Nougat 7.0. The rear side is adorned with dual rear snappers of 13MP+5MP. Up front the selfie camera is 8MP. A 4,200mAh battery cell is on board to keep this gigantic display device lights on. The Vernee Mix 2 is certainly a great smartphone you can grab below $200.

BLUBOO S8+

The Bluboo S8 Plus is announced as an iterative variant of the S8. The device features unibody metal design with minimal bezels on the front following the latest bezel-less trend. The Bluboo S8 is also featuring a 6.0-inches display with Full HD+ screen resolution. The MediaTek MTK6750T chipset is powering the device at 1.5Ghz clocking speed with 4GB RAM. The device built-in storage is 64GB which is further expandable via MicroSD up to 256GB.

Like most of the Chinese smartphones, it comes with dual rear snappers. The primary rear snapper is 16MP whereas the secondary camera sensor is 3MP. The front-facing camera is 5MP. The Android Nougat 7.0 is pre-installed as OS. The Bluboo S8+ lights are kept on by a 3,600mAh battery cell. It is available for $149.99 only.

DOOGEE SHOOT 1

Most of the Chinese OEMs try to focus on one aspect to lure customers like Oppo devices are known for their camera-centric capabilities. Dogee Shoot 1 is also amongst those smartphones which are solely made to bring awesome photography experience. The device comes with a 5.5-inches display with Full HD screen resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels. Unlike most of the devices, it isn't bezel-less. The MediaTek Quad-core MTK6737 SoC is powering the device clocking at 1.5Ghz. The chipset is accompanied with 2GB RAM and built-in native storage is 16GB.

The rear side is adorned with dual snappers, the primary snapper is 13MP sensor whereas the secondary module is 8MP. Both the sensors jointly produces awesome results. The primary snapper is meant to capture still images whereas the secondary sensor brings the depth of field feature. The dual accompanied by dual LED flashlight and brings bokeh effect. A 3,300mAH battery cell is on board to keep its lights on. Undoubtedly the Dogee Shoot 1 is bringing the best camera modules in this price segment. The device is available in a price tag of $130. So if you are looking to grab a camera-centric device you can consider Dogee Shoot 1 a solid contender.

OUKITEL K6000 PRO

Oukitel smartphones are battery centric devices, same is the case with the company's K6000 Pro. The Oukitel K6000 Pro is packed with a 5.5-inches display with Full HD screen resolution, the display pixels density is 408 pixels per inch. The MediaTek MT6753 SoC is powering it under the hood with 3GB RAM. The Octa-core chipset comes with Cortex-A53 cores, its clocking speed is 1.3Ghz. As OS the Android Nougat 7.0 is pre-installed but the UI layer is quite heavy over the stock Android OS still it is very smooth.

The rear primary snapper is the 16MP module which works well even in low-light conditions. The front-facing selfie camera is an 8MP sensor. The 6000 in the name is due to its 6,000mAh battery cell on board which the last couple of days on the single charge. This battery cell is double than most of the devices in this price range.

The Oukitel K600Pro will attract those buyers who want a powerful smartphone which can be pushed to maximum for a longer period without worrying about the battery juice. It can be grabbed for $178 in China.

Xiaomi Redmi Note 4

The Xiaomi Redmi Note 4 is surely the darling of mid-range buyers this year. It is one of the best selling smartphones of the year thanks to its huge popularity in India. The Xiaomi Redmi smartphones are highly rated due to their awesome performance at an affordable pricing. The Xiaomi's best mid-range of the year is certainly a great choice for those who want a powerhouse below $200 range. Let's find out what best mid-ranger is bringing on board in terms of specs.

The Redmi Note 4 sports a 5.5-inches IPS LCD display with Full HD screen resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels. The Qualcomm's Snapdragon 625 SoC is powering the device with 4GB RAM and built-in native storage is 64GB which is further expandable using MicroSD card. The rear snapper is Sony's IMX258 13MP sensor with f/2.0 aperture whereas the selfie-camera on the front is 5MP. A fairly large 4,000mAh battery cell is on board to keep its lights on which brings pretty good battery life thanks to power efficient chipset on board.

Xiaomi Mi A1

There are number of buyers who likes Xiaomi smartphones hardware but they didn't like the hevy custom MIUI layer of software from the company. For those buyers, we have an awesome option the latest Mi A1. It costs $200 and even slightly higher in few region still we beleive this device deserves a spot in our top 10 list. The Mi A1 is actually the company's first Google Android One series offering. It shares number of hardware specs with the Xiaomi's Redmi Note 4x.

The Xiaomi Mi A1 is featuring a 5.5-inches IPS display with Full HD screen resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels. The Qualcomm's Octa-core Snapdragon 625 SoC is powering it with 4GB RAM and built-in storage of 32GB. There is a top tier variant with 64GB memory. Apart from having the stock Android OS straight out of the box, it features dual rear snappers which brings bokeh effects and other luxuries.

The dual rear snappers are 12MP sensors which can record 4K videos as well as slow-motion videos at 120 frames per second. Up front, the camera snapper is 5MP for video chats and selfies. A 3,080mAh battery cell is on board to keep its lights on. Its international variant supports 4G LTE bands of most of carriers.

MEIZU M3

While listing top 10 pocket-friendly Chinese smartphones, how we can forget the Meizu's M3. It features a 5.5-inches display with Full HD screen resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels. The display pixels density is 403 pixels per inch. The MediaTek MT6755 SoC is under the hood with Mali-T860 on board as GPU. The base variant has 2GB RAM with 16GB storage whereas the top of the line model comes with 3GB RAM and 32GB storage.

The single rear snapper is 13MP whereas the front-facing camera is 5MP. Both the cameras can record Full HD videos. One of the key selling aspects of this device is its 4,100mAh battery. The company claims you can get more than 2 days battery on normal usage. It is available for $170.

Umi Touch

Not everyone is keen to grab the usual smartphones with custom UI, there are number of buyers who want something different. If you are amongst those for sure you will like Umi Touch. The device is bringing a feature dubbed as ROOTJOY which allows the user to load custom ROMs without going through a difficult method. The device is pre-loaded with 5 different custom ROMS which makes it one of its kind smartphone in the market.

In terms of specs, the Umi Touch is featuring a 5.5-inches display panel with Full HD screen resolution and pixels density of 441 pixels per inch. The Corning Gorilla Glass 3 is protecting the display. Under the hood, the MediaTek MTK6753 chipset is powering the device with 3GB RAM and built-in storage is 16GB. The rear snapper is of 13MP whereas the front-facing camera is 5MP. Both rear and front cameras are equipped with LED flashlight. A 4,000mAh battery cell is on board to keep its lights on. If you are interested in grabbing smartphone with 5 custom ROMs, you can grab Umi Touch for $155 only.

CUBOT Manito

Not everyone is keen to grab smartphones with large displays, there is a very solid option for those customers from Cubot. The Cubot Manito is featuring a 5.0-inches IPS display with HD screen resolution 720 x 1280 pixels. The Quad-core MTK6737 SoC is powering the device at 1.3Ghz clocking speed. The chipset is accompanied by 3GB RAM and 16GB native storage.

The rear side features a 13MP sensor whereas the camera on the front is 5MP. A 2,350mAh battery is keeping the Manito lights on. Though it does seem like a small battery cell its power efficient hardware is pretty good. Most smartphones come with at least one key aspect to fascinate buyers but that's not the case with Cubot Manito because of being an overall good package which is pretty much capable of your daily driver. This all-around package doesn't cost hectic amount, you can purchase it for as low as $98.

Meizu M6 Note

No doubt, in past year or so we have seen exceptional mid-range smartphone devices from Meizu that's why in our top 10 list, we have the Meizu branded smartphone for the second time. It is a very solid contender against the Xiaomi Mi A1. The Meizu M6 Note is also featuring a 5.5-inches display with Full HD screen resolution. The Qualcomm's Octa-core Snapdragon 625 SoC is powering it. The base variant comes with 3GB RAM and 16GB storage whereas the top tier variant has 4GB RAM with 32 memory. There is a variant with 64GB memory but it crosses the $200 range.

The M6 Note also comes with dual rear snappers. The primary snapper is the 12MP module with f/1.9 aperture whereas the secondary sensor is the 5MP sensor with f/2.0 aperture. The front-facing selfie snapper is 16MP with f/2.0 aperture. The camera setup on M6 Note is pretty amazing in capturing during low-light and daylight conditions. A 4,100mAh battery cell is on board to keep the M6 Note lights on.

LeEco Le Pro 3

Last but not the least, we have a smartphone from the company who is in financial crisis for quite some time. The company's last known flagship LeEco Le Pro 3 is still a top-notch performing smartphone despite the fact it was announced last year. It is the only smartphone in the market with Qualcomm's Snapdragon 820 SoC, still, it cost below $200.

The Octa-core chipset is accompanied by 4GB RAM and 32GB native storage. The Le Pro 3 features a 5.5-inches display with Full HD screen resolution, the Corning Gorilla Glass 3 is protecting the display. The primary snapper is 16MP with f/2.0 and capability to record 4K videos. Up front, the selfie-camera is the 8MP sensor. A relatively large 4,070mAh battery cell is on board to keep its lights on.

If you think we missed any top performing Chinese smartphone on our list, feel free to share it with us. We would like to hear your views regarding our top 10 Chinese smartphones below $200 as well in the comments section below. Stay tuned, we will keep you updated.

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Best 10 pocket-friendly Chinese smartphones of 2017 below $200
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BobAckerley

Can I get to see the comparison between the Vernee Mix 2 and Xiaomi Mix 2? Sounds pretty similar with name and specifications too. Which one would be a better choice?

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