Poll: Chinese phones or Samsung, LG, Sony and HTC?

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He who buys cheap buys twice, right? Well this is no longer the case for many Chinese Android manufacturers. Huawei, Xiaomi and Lenovo can now compete with the smartphones of large non-Chinese brands such as Samsung and LG. But do you see it differently? Come take part in our poll.

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Times are changing and in the smartphone market they change quickly. If you wanted to buy an Android device three years ago you had the choice between manufacturers like Samsung, Sony, LG and HTC. Chinese smartphones were usually out of the question. The devices were considered cheap replicas of famous brands with poor hardware on board. In addition to this, the importation fees were high. 

But that has changed. With reasonable prices and better equipped devices, Chinese smartphone manufacturers like Xiaomi and Huawei are becoming real alternatives to Samsung and LG products. The Chinese manufacturer Huawei already sells smartphones in the US with top hardware and reasonable prices. Xiaomi phones are available through import dealers.

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The Xiaomi Mi 5 can be imported at a low price. / © ANDROIDPIT

Xiaomi was founded in 2010 as a startup and already presented its flagship Mi 5 at the Mobile World Congress (MWC) in Barcelona this year. In our tests with the device we were impressed with the hardware and the price vs its competition. The smallest model with 32 GB internal memory and 3 GB RAM costs around $480. In comparison, the LG G5 costs around $780.

My colleague, Eric Herrmann, recently wrote that the Lenovo ZUK Z1 had a big battery and top-notch software. The Chinese manufacturer has developed a powerful smartphone that costs only $330. More Chinese manufacturers with top smartphones are Oppo and Meizu. 

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The Moto G line has been picked up by the Chinese run Lenovo. / © ANDROIDPIT

More examples of Chinese manufacturers with top smartphones can be found in our best Chinese smartphones list. 

Now we want to know what you think about this shift to Chinese brands. Take part in our survey and write your opinion in the comments. We will publish the full results of the poll next week.

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  • Kaustubh Pendse Jun 24, 2016 Link to comment

    Hi I would recommend not going for Chinese phones .....
    I have compared most of the phones like HTC Samsung lg Sony and Nexus devices with oneplus mi lenovo coolpad etc .....
    I found out that even having low specs on paper HTC Samsung Sony and Nexus devices performed way better than those Chinese phones ......
    I personally use Nexus 5x which is a gud phone with just 1 issue of 2gb ram on paper..... but believe me I'm using it now for 3 months and I haven't faced a single lag even having 2 GB of ram ..... also my sister has HTC 820 with 2 GB of ram.... it's also just best device ..... both phones r for ₹24000($350) .....
    While OP2 is for ₹23000 ($340) is excellent on paper but is totally bad as it's performance is decreasing day by day .....
    My friend is having it since 5 months and has reported may lags even having 4 GB of RAM......
    So I personally prefer going for HTC Samsung lg Sony n Nexus devices even if they r a bit costly...... also for having best durability and reliability you should spend more money .....
    Chinese phone are gud but not gud in durability and reliability...... my last phone was mi4..... worked gud for a yr n den just started troubling and den I buyed Nexus 5x. ...
    I hope it will last for next 3 yrs without trouble ad it's a Nexus device!!!!

  • Bojan Radovanović May 25, 2016 Link to comment

    My last 4 phones was chinese OEM's (3 of them Xiaomi)....and they are good, but not as good as top brand's flagships. on that price from China, i must pay 25% of TAX, and i am getting a phone without international guarantee (case with my Xiaomi), or in best case scenario, devece should be sent back to seller in China to be fixed, and for my shipping cost i would get a free mask, screen protector or so....but need to wait month or 2 to get it back.
    On other side, as i do need subscription with my operator anyway (it's cheaper than prapaid and offer more) and i can on that base change phone every 1 year, curent flagship cost's same or even less for me.
    So, me personally will always prefere a cheap chenese mideranger (up to 200$) against top brands low-rangers for a same price, but chinese flagships does not offer same as Sammy, HTC, LG, Sony and other do. HW side , they are good, build qullity as good as any...but SW is still not that good (problems with Google support in some cases, than problems with some messinger apps...), and that problem with guarantee....
    yes, in many cases, you won't have any problems, but onece you know that you throwed your money away.
    so i realy like how Meizu MX6 sounds on papir, as Zuk Z2pro does (if only they are waterproof) but for a same money, it would be stupid of me not to buy S7 and get VR gear. :)

    so, when chinese brands come to EU officialy one day (and they will), and make their service network and offer devices to mobile operators (Meizu can be bought at some operators in Serbia), i will think about buing their flagship.
    until then, no tanks.

  • Peter Harwood May 24, 2016 Link to comment

    I'll stick with Sony good reliable slightly expensive but the old saying you get what you pay for. What experience ive had with Chinese product's is that they have all the bell's and whistles on them but if there not reliable what's the point,and they certainly aren't reliable yet!

  • Sai Maadesh May 24, 2016 Link to comment

    Even many Indian manufacturers are manufacturing smartphones with top hardware and at a low price...For developing countries like india where people cannot afford 1000$ samrtphones...and with a large population...Companies like Micromax, Lava are best selling

  • Tim Stevens May 24, 2016 Link to comment

    I own a Jiayu s3 2gb since it came out through pre-sale and i love it! Im looking for a new chines phone by now but its hard to find one i like. I want a fingerprint, wireless charging and if possible lpddr4 ram...wich mtk doesnt use unlike lg etc.... but finding a phone with wireless charging,a fingerprintscanner AND LPDDR4 ram is almost impossible!The Elephone p9000 doesnt have lpddr4 and the mi5 doesnt have wireless charging. Im waiting till they make a phone equipped with qi and lpddr4 (usually includes a modem wich is faster like cat6-9 too). Ohw i must be dual sim! The only one coming close is the samsung note 5 duos wich is terribly expensive

    • Alex Simpson May 24, 2016 Link to comment

      wireless charging is completly useless

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      • itprolonden May 24, 2016 Link to comment

        Why do you say that? How is it worse than wired charging? I like it myself.

  • Bob visser May 24, 2016 Link to comment

    I own a zuk-z1 it's a decent phone but doubt that I will ever buy this brand again

  • Kunal Narang May 24, 2016 Link to comment

    I use the Honor 5X as my daily driver and I absolutely love it. Great bang for my buck! (Honor is Huawei's subbrand)

  • Nathaneous May 24, 2016 Link to comment

    Deffo Chinese phones

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    Deactivated Account May 24, 2016 Link to comment

    I think the (Useful more competition drives down the price) has been proven false already. There is a lot more competition with all the new phones on the market but the prices are still going up.

    • itprolonden May 24, 2016 Link to comment

      Not really. And the competition is making phones better.

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        Deactivated Account May 26, 2016 Link to comment

        The Chinese don't make things better they just steal every one else's ideas and products. Then remanufacture them at a cheaper cost because they didn't have to spend the money on R&D.

  • McNeil May 24, 2016 Link to comment

    Its *Make.believe* or nothing for me! I cant see myself using another phone besides the xperia line...

  • Kal Lo May 24, 2016 Link to comment

    I like Mi phones, but not their UI.

    • Angus P. May 24, 2016 Link to comment

      good thing android is customizable ;)

  • Alex May 24, 2016 Link to comment

    Big Company vs Chinese ??I would rather choose a awesome smart phone with great features and capacities on budget, rather than opting for overated high range phones.

    • itprolonden May 27, 2016 Link to comment

      So you're saying the Chinese aren't capable of making a high range phone?

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