The Chinese manufacturers have been quite busy producing device after device. The market is flooded with a variety of different smartphones and it may become quite hard to choose the right one if you are on the tight budget. Indeed, there may be a lot of devices, which cost around $100, but the majority of them cannot offer a pleasant overall user experience. Thus, we decided to gather the best budget Chinese smartphones under $200. For this amount of money, you may definitely pick up a great offering. We did a research for the best prices available so you can save as much as possible. We will edit the article if the prices go down. Your cooperation in the comments section is appreciated!
Meizu M1 Note
Meizu is one of those companies that struggles with a market share in China as it the competition is really stiff out there. Still, they try to stay in the game by producing some great budget devices. One of them is the Meizu M1 Note.
First, we have to admit that it looks like the iPhone 5C and the marketing strategy “For the Youth” is clearly altered Apple’s slogan “For the Colourful”. Nevertheless, the device comes in the variety of colours and a glossy plastic body.
The key features include a 5.5 inch 1080p display with Corning Gorilla Glass 3, Mediatek MT6752 Octa-core 1.7 GHz Cortex-A53 chip, 2 GB of RAM, 16/32 GB of internal storage (however, non-expandable), Dual SIM (Micro-SIM, dual stand-by), 13 MP/5MP camera combo. In addition, it runs the Flyme 4.0 OS on top of Android 4.4.4 Kitkat. All of these goodies are powered by a beefy non-removable 3140 mAh battery.
All of the specs sound good, but the price makes it even better, which is under $200!
Elephone P7000 is company’s “Annual Flagship” device, which will be released very soon. The reason we are writing about device, which is not yet on sale is that you can pre-order it for a very special price of $159.99!
We are quite excited to get our hands-on this device since it offers a bunch of specs, which are hard to to beat for the price. It starts with a 5.5″ FHD (1080p) screen with Corning Gorilla Glass 3 and sits in a nice body, which is surrounded by a quality metal frame. Inside the device you will find a MTK6752 64-bit chip, 3GB of RAM(eMMC+DDR3), 16GB of expandable storage, Dual SIM card slots with a dual standby feature, 13MP/5MP camera combo. All of this is powered by the a 3450 mAh removable battery. Oh, and yes, this device a fingerprint scanner on the back of the device.
All of this and more you can get for only $159.99 special price, which sounds like a steal considering what you get for that.
You can also buy Elephone P7000 from any other online retailer as currently they offer the same price. In order to get the special price, you have to participate in Elephone’s contest via www.elephone.hk. Here are the official rules determined by Elephone:
1. After the success of snapping up on the activity page, you might get an ELE code.
2. Go to shop for ELEPHONE P7000 at the price of $229.99 from the online shop which you have picked.
3. After ordering, your must provide ELE code to customer service.
4. Customer service will change the original price ($229.99)to $159.99.
5. After the price is changed, please pay for your order.
6. Pay success and waiting for shipments.
7. ELE code is available for next 48 hours.
8. If any online shop doesn’t carry out this rule, please contact us immediately.
9. ELEPHONE Email address: [email protected]
Although Elephone P6000 was released quite a while ago considering fast Chinese products cycles, it is still an option worth mentioning. This is actually even cheaper device, which falls under the category of sub $150 devices.
The key highlights of the device include 5 inch 1280 × 720 screen, MTK6732 64-bit Quad Core chip, 2 GB of RAM, 16 GB of expandable storage (up to 64 GB), 13MP/2MP camera combo. All of this is powered by 2700mAh removable battery and Android 5.0 Lolipop is running the show.
It sounds like a great package to buy if you consider the low price tag of just $116!
Ulefone Be Pro
Ulefone is a Chinese smartphone brand that was making smartphones for other companies for quite some time. However, they decided that they want to enter the smartphone business on their own.It seems that the entry has been quite a success so far, especially with its Ulefone Be Pro budget-friendly device, which has taken some design inspirations from the OnePlus One and has become very popular in its category.
The main specs of the device include 5.5 inch 720p resolution display, MTK6732 64-bit Quad Core CPU, which is clocked at 1.5GHz. Also, it is backed up with the Mali T760 GPU, 2 GB of Ram, 16 GB of expandable storage. Moreover, there is a 13MP and 8MP camera combo on back and on the front of the device respectively.
You can also check out our full written review of Ulefone Be Pro!
Ecoo E04 3 GB RAM Version
Ecoo E04 Plus has been marketed to be the cheapest device with 3 GB of RAM on board. Besides having a huge memory for multitasking, the device specs some impressive specs for the price. That includes a 5.5 inch IPS display with 1920 x 1080 pixels resolution. The device also has a MediaTek MT6752 1.7GHz 64-bit octa-core chip, 16 GB of expandable storage, removable 3000mAh battery, a finger print sensor and more! All of these goodies are offered for a very attractive price, which does not exceed $200.
Lenovo K3 Note
Lenovo is one of the top selling brand in China and Lenovo K3 Note is one of the devices designed to keep the sales up. This is a device, which was made to directly compete with the Meizu M1 Note and other cheap devices with great specs.
We believe that Lenovo managed to deliver here as it has a 5.5 inch IPS screen with FHD (1920×1080) resolution, MTK6752 64bit Octa core chip, 2GB of RAM, 16GB of expandable storage, 13MP/5MP camera combo, 4G connectivity and more. Also, the device comes in both white and flashy yellow colours for those who want to stand out!
Mlais may not be the manufacturer you you’ve been thinking of when it comes to choosing a right smartphone. However, it seems that the company does everything to make a splash in the smartphone business as their M52 model has some amazing specs for a low price.
The great things start with a 5.5 inch 720p display, MTK6752 64bit Octa core chip, 2GB of RAM, 16GB of expandable storage, 13MP/8MP cameras on the back and front respectively, 4G connectivity and more. The device comes in a variety of colours, which include white, black, red and blue.
Here is another device from the Mlais. It is not on sale now, but you can already pre-order it online. The device comes in a good looking design with metal frame and the fingerprint sensor on the back.
The key specs include 5.5-inch IPS panel, octa-core MT6752 processor, 3GB of RAM, 13 mega-pixel camera on the back. 2600mAh removable battery with a Quick Charge support is running the show. And yes, you are also getting a fingerprint sensor on the back. It seems to be another great offering for those who look for a great budget device with great specs.
Siswoo Cooper I7
Siswoo is not a manufacturer you are thinking of when it comes to Chinese smartphones, but this device is a solution for those, who want a compact device since the Cooper I7 spots a 5 inch display.
Also, this device may be for those who like the Meizu design language as the Cooper I7 clearly borrows a lot from the MX4.
Besides the design, the device spots a pretty reasonable package. It has a 5 inch 720p display, MTK6752 64-bit Octa Core chip, 2GB of RAM, 16GB of expandable storage, 8MP/5MP camera combination, dual SIM card slots, 4G, 2100 mAh removable battery and more. The usual price was $200, which was definitely too much for the hardware. However, recent price cuts to $150 makes this device worth a consideration.
iOcean M6752 Rock
iOcean managed to produce a quite interesting device both inside and out. It comes in black and white versions, which both imitate sandstone finish more or less.
The device spots a 5.5 inch FHD screen. Under the hood it has MT6752 Octa Core 64-bit chip, 3 GB of RAM, 16 GB of expandable storage, dual SIM card slots, removable 2300mAh battery, 14MP/5MP camera combo, 4G connectivity, fast charging and more.
Jiayu S3 Advanced (3 GB version)
Jiayu is quite popular name in the Chinese smartphones category. The company manages to produce some respectable devices for a low price. This time around the company made a safe bet with its S3 3GB model.
The device has a decent build quality, design and great specs. It starts with a 5.5 inch 1080p panel and under the hood you can find goodies like the MTK6752 Octa Core 64-bit chip, 3 GB of RAM, 16 GB of expandable storage, 3000 mAh removable battery, dual SIM card support, 4G, dual wifi support and more. All of this costs just under $200 margin, which sounds like a great deal.
So there you have it, the best Chinese smartphones you can buy for under $200 in our opinion. It seems that you can get quite a lot from many manufacturers for this amount of money instead of spending too much for a flagship made by Samsung or Apple. It is always up to you, but we think that these devices are designed for not only those who live on the tight budget, but also prefer spending extra money on something else!
If you believe that some of the devices are really worth mentioning in this article, please let us know in the comments section below. Also, we always try to provide you with the best prices on the market to purchase above mentioned devices. Still, if you find lower prices, please let us know!