The 10 Best Chinese Phones of 2019 - The Happy Android

Gone are the days when phones of Chinese origin were synonymous with mediocrity. Today they are capable of competing with the big brands of the moment such as Samsung or Apple, and their terminals are among the most desired. In the following list, we review The best Chinese Android phones today. Which one do you stay with?

To develop this top we have taken into consideration not only the highest quality high-end smartphones, but also the most cutting-edge mid-range from the Asian giant. All of them with Android as the operating system, and prices that are generally much more affordable than those of other manufacturers, which, in principle, have a greater reputation.

The 10 best Chinese Android phones of the moment: high-performance processors, AMOLED screens, artificial intelligence and 48MP cameras

No one will be surprised by now to find brands like Xiaomi, Huawei or OnePlus among the best of current mobile telephony. These are some of the most outstanding terminals in terms of specifications and value for money.

1 # Xiaomi Mi 9

Xiaomi's latest flagship and quite a brown beast. If we are looking for a high-end at a good price capable of competing face to face with the best terminals in the Samsung Galaxy line, we cannot lose sight of the Xiaomi Mi 9. Mount a Snapdragon 855, AMOLED screen and 48MP triple camera. We will hardly find something better for less than 500 euros.

  • 6.4-inch AMOLED Full HD + screen.
  • 403ppi, 600 nits of brightness and Sunlight 2.0 mode.
  • 7nm Snapdragon 855 with AI improvements running at 2.84GHz.
  • 6GB / 8GB of RAM memory.
  • 64GB / 128GB of internal storage space.
  • Android 9 Pie.
  • 48MP main lens with f / 1.75 aperture accompanied by 2 additional lenses of 12MP (2X telephoto zoom) and 16MP (117-degree wide-angle lens).
  • 20MP selfie camera.
  • 3,300mAh battery with 27W fast charge and 20W Qi wireless charging.
  • Dual SIM (nano + nano), dual band ac WiFi, MiMO and Bluetooth 5.0.
  • NFC and Android Pay.
  • 173 grams of weight.

Approximate price *: € 449 - € 504 (see in Amazon / GearBest)

2 # Huawei P30 Pro

After the magnificent Huawei P20 Pro, the Asian manufacturer has returned to the charge this March 2019 with the next generation of smartphones for its high-end series, the Huawei P30 and P30 Pro. If you like to take photos with your mobile, you will hardly find something better beyond the Galaxy S10 within the Android ecosystem. The company, associated with Leica, features a 40MP rear quad camera and a 32MP front one. All this accompanied by a lot of power (Kirin 980 CPU) and RAM to stop a train. The best Chinese mobile of the moment?

  • 6.4 ”OLED Full HD + screen with 398ppi.
  • Kirin 980 Octa-core processor: 2 x Cortex A76 2.6GHz + 2 x Cortex A76 1.92GHz + 4 x Cortex A55 1.8GHz.
  • Mali G76 GPU.
  • 8GB RAM LPDDR4 and 128GB of storage.
  • Android 9.0 Pie
  • Leica Quad Camera: 40 MP (aperture f / 1.6) + 20 MP (aperture f / 2.2) + 8 MP (aperture f / 3.4) + HUAWEI Time-of-Flight (TOF) Camera.
  • 32 MP selfie camera with f / 2.0 aperture and fixed focal length.
  • 4,200mAh battery with fast charge (40W) and wireless charging (15W).
  • Dual SIM, Bluetooth 5.0, NFC, infrared and VoLTE.
  • It does not have a 3.5mm minijack (headphones via USB C).
  • 192 grams of weight.

Approximate price *: € 949.00 - € 1049.00 (see in Amazon / PC Components / MediaMarkt )

3 # OnePlus 6T

OnePlus is owned by the Asian company BBK, also owners of the well-known mobile brand Oppo and Vivo. The OnePlus 6T is the evolution of the previous OnePlus 6, and it certainly is one of the best Chinese smartphones of the moment thanks to a more than competitive price. Like other terminals that have been presented in the last year, it does not get rid of the famous notch or "notch" to take advantage of and extend the screen to the maximum.

  • 6.4 ”Optic AMOLED screen with Full HD + resolution and 403ppi.
  • Snapdragon 845 Octa Core 2.8GHz processor.
  • GPU Adreno 630.
  • 8GB of LPDDR4X RAM and 128GB of internal storage.
  • Android 9 Pie.
  • 16MP + 20MP dual rear camera with f / 1.7 and 1,220 µm aperture.
  • Camera with optical stabilization, portrait mode, night mode and slow motion.
  • 16MP front lens with f / 2.0 aperture and 1,000 µm.
  • 3,700mAh battery with fast charge.
  • Support for dual SIM, WiFi MIMO, Bluetooth 5.0, NFC, VoLTE.
  • Weight of 185 grams.

Approximate price *: € 562.00 - € 569.00 (see in Amazon / AliExpress / PC Components )

4 # Pocophone F1

POCO is a new brand of smartphones that Xiaomi launched on the market in 2018. The Pocophone F1 is a flagship killer who is proud to be the cheapest high-end of the moment. It mounts a polycarbonate case, has liquid cooling, good battery, Snapdragon 845 and 6GB of RAM, all of which is only around 275 euros. One of the best alternatives for those looking for cutting-edge specifications at a much more affordable price.

  • 6.18-inch screen with Full HD + resolution and 416ppi pixel density.
  • Snapdragon 845 Octa Core at 2.8GHz + Adreno 630 GPU at 710 MHz.
  • 6GB of LPDDR4x RAM.
  • 64GB / 128GB of internal space expandable via SD.
  • Android 8.1 Oreo with the "MIUI for POCO" customization layer.
  • Liquid cooling technology.
  • 12MP + 5MP rear camera (Sony IMX363) with f / 1.9 aperture, 1.4 μm pixels and dual pixel autofocus for the main lens.
  • 5MP rear secondary lens with f / 2.1 aperture and a 1.12 μm pixel.
  • Artificial Intelligence (AI) to identify objects and improve captures.
  • 20MP front camera with AI for portrait mode and self-timer.
  • 4,000mAh battery with fast charging via USB C (Qualcomm Quick Charge 3.0).
  • It does not have NFC.
  • Weight of 182 grams.

Approximate price *: € 263.09 - € 279.00 (see in Amazon / AliExpress / GearBest )

5 # Oppo Find X

One of the wildest smartphones in the Chinese high-end range. One of the most striking features of this Oppo Find X is its retractable photo camera at the rear. An innovative design concept to protect the lens from possible bumps and scratches really ingenious. In any case, a beautiful terminal to look at and with hardware that removes the hiccups.

  • 6.4 ”AMOLED screen with Full HD + resolution and 403ppi.
  • Snapdragon 845 Octa Core 2.8GHz CPU.
  • 8GB of RAM memory.
  • 256GB of internal storage (no microSD slot).
  • Android 8.1 Oreo.
  • 20MP Dual rear camera with f1.7 + 16MP aperture.
  • Stealth cameras (can be hidden).
  • 20MP front camera.
  • 3,400mAh battery with super VOOC fast charge (100% charge in 35min).
  • USB type C, Bluetooth 5.0.
  • It does not have NFC.
  • Weight 186 grams.

Approximate price *: € 699.99 - € 849.90 (see in Amazon / Geekbuying)

6 # Xiaomi Mi A2

Within the best value for money premium mid-range we have the Xiaomi Mi A2. We are facing the logical evolution of the previous Mi A1, but with optimized cameras and one of the best mid-range chips, the Snapdragon 660. All with 4GB of RAM, fast charging, 3.5mm jack port, Bluetooth 5.0, WiFi AC and LTE. The best, the software: Android One 100% bloatware free and with constant updates.

  • 5.99 ”Full HD + screen with a pixel density of 427ppi.
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 660 Octa Core 2.2GHz SoC.
  • 4GB of RAM memory.
  • 32/64 / 128GB of internal space.
  • Android One.
  • 12MP + 20MP rear camera with f / 1.75 aperture manufactured by Sony (IMX486 Exmor RS) with a pixel size of 1,250 µm, Dual LED flash and autofocus.
  • 20MP large pixel 2 μm front camera manufactured by Sony (IMX376) with AI for portrait mode (AI Intelligent Beauty 4.0).
  • 3010mAh battery with fast charging via USB type C.
  • Dual nano SIM, it has Bluetooth 5.0, WiFi AC and LTE connectivity.
  • Weight 168 grams.

Approximate price *: € 144.65 - € 167.99 (see in AliExpress / Amazon )

7 # Huawei Mate 20 Pro

If we are looking for an experience similar to that of the Huawei P30 but a little more affordable, the Mate 20 Pro may be a more than successful option. A terminal that gave a lot to talk about in 2018, with a Leica triple camera that caught the attention of many thanks to its versatility and a most attractive design. Huawei is synonymous with quality, and this Mate 20 Pro undoubtedly deserves a prominent place among the best Chinese mobiles of the moment.

  • Aluminum alloy and glass housing.
  • 6.39 ”OLED screen with QHD + resolution and 538ppi.
  • Kirin 980 Octa Core 2.6GHz SoC and Mali G76 GPU.
  • 6GB of LPDDR4X RAM and 128GB of expandable internal storage.
  • Android 9.0 Pie.
  • 40MP Leica main camera with f / 1.6 aperture, 20MP secondary with f / 2.2 ultra wide angle. Third 8MP rear camera with f / 2.8 (telephoto).
  • Slow motion video recording at 960fps.
  • 4,200mAh battery with fast and wireless charging.
  • Dual SIM (nano + nano), dual band AC WiFi (2.4G / 5G).
  • Bluetooth 5.0, VoLTE, infrared and NFC.
  • Weight of 189 grams.

Approximate price *: € 702.00 - € 883.79 (see in Amazon / GearBest )

8 # Redmi Note 7

Xiaomi has decided to separate its mid-range line (Redmi) into a completely independent brand. The Redmi Note 7 is its latest and most polished flagship to date. Its great appeal lies in a rear camera that goes up to 48MP + 5MP to deliver some of the best photos within the most forceful mid-range. For the rest, it complies with both performance (Snapdragon 660 + 4GB RAM) and autonomy (4,000mAh battery). Oh, and it also has a notch!

  • 6.3-inch Full HD screen with 409ppi.
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 660 Octa Core 2.2GHz CPU and Adreno 512 GPU.
  • 4GB of RAM and 64GB of expandable internal storage.
  • Android 9.0 Pie with MIUI 10 customization layer.
  • 48MP main rear camera with f / 1.8 aperture and 0.800 µm pixel size. 5MP secondary lens with 1,120 µm.
  • 13MP selfie camera with f / 2.2 and 1,120 µm aperture.
  • Slow motion video recording at 120fps.
  • 4,000mAh battery with fast charge.
  • 3.5mm audio output.
  • Dual SIM and dual band Wifi, Bluetooth 5.0 and USB OTG.
  • 186 grams of weight.

Approximate price *: € 169.98 - € 216.00 (see in AliExpress / Amazon / GearBest )

9 # ASUS Rog Phone

Xiaomi opened the ban on gaming mobiles with its Black Shark, and during the last year there has been a lot of talk about this type of terminals. One of the most striking, as far as chinese gaming mobiles is concerned is this ASUS Rog Phone. A terminal with a high price, yes, but with a muscle capable of pulling with any game, no matter how heavy it is. In addition, it has other interesting aspects such as the camera and a "gamer" design that I personally think is a success. It may not be the best Chinese smartphone today, but it certainly stands out above the rest.

  • 6-inch screen with Full HD + resolution and 402ppi.
  • 2.96GHz Snapdragon 845 Octa Core CPU.
  • 8GB of RAM and 512GB of expandable internal storage.
  • Android 8.1 Oreo.
  • 12MP main camera with f / 1.8 aperture. 8MP secondary camera with f / 2.0 aperture.
  • Slow motion recording at 240fps.
  • 8MP front camera with f / 2.0 aperture.
  • 4,000mAh battery with Quick Charge 3.0 fast charge.
  • Dual SIM (nano + nano), WiFi AC, WiFi dual band, WiFi MiMO, Bluetooth 5.0, NFC and VoLTE.
  • Weight of 200 grams.

Approximate price *: € 850.75 - € 1170.00 (see in Amazon AliExpress / GearBest )


In clear evidence of the Pocophone model, UMIDIGI has launched one of its best phones to date, the UMIDIGI F1. In addition to its elegant design, it stands out thanks to its huge 5,150mAh battery, the most powerful that we can see on this list. The best of all is that this does not suffer in the pocket, since it barely weighs 186 grams. As for the processor, we find one of Mediatek's most powerful bets, the Helio P60. The best, the price.

  • 6.3-inch Full HD + display (2340 x 1080p) with a pixel density of 409 ppi.
  • Helio P60 Octa Core 2.0GHz SoC.
  • 4GB of LPDDR4 RAM and 128GB of storage expandable by SD.
  • Android 9.0 Pie operating system.
  • 16MP + 8MP dual rear camera with f / 1.7 and 1,120 µm aperture.
  • 16MP selfie camera with face detection and beauty mode. 1,015 µm pixel size.
  • Slow motion video recording at 120fps.
  • 5150mAh battery with USB type C charging and fast charge function (18W).
  • Dual SIM and dual band WiFi, Bluetooth 4.2, NFC and VoLTE.
  • Weight of 186 grams.

Approximate price *: € 180.00 - € 189.99 (see in Amazon / GearBest )

And what do you think? What are the best Chinese phones of 2018-2019?

Note: The approximate price is the price available at the time of writing this post in the corresponding online stores, such as Amazon, GearBest, AliExpress, etc.

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