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The 5 Best China Smartphones Under 150 €

Good performance, 18 : 9 display and more at a bargain price

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Disappointing! Currently, only a few devices in this price segment are recommended. You can find my favorites here.

I live in China and I am really excited about brands like Xiaomi, Oppo and Vivo. More and more customers in Europe realize that 800 € is simply too expensive for a smartphone. So why not resort to a cheap China smartphone?

However, there is a big problem: Which smartphone is perfect for me and my budget?

For this reason, I have created a small list that shows a number of the best Chinese smartphones at around 150 €. Through my work in China, I could already test several hundred smartphones and here you will find my favorites that can be ordered without hesitation.

Of course, smartphones from China are not perfect and some features must be omitted in this price range. In spite of this, the price-performance ratio that smartphones offered from China is impressive.

The smartphones mentioned here can be ordered safely and duty-free at the largest Chinese direct dealer GearBest. With the shipping method Germany Express you are always on the safe side.

Best all-rounder: Xiaomi Redmi 5 Plus for 150 €

xiaomi redmi5 plusIn every leaderboard, a Xiaomi smartphone comes in the first place, because everything is just right. The recently released Redmi 5 Plus is no exception. The 18: 9 display with a resolution of 2160 x 1080 pixels convinces and is really rare in this price range. Only a Snapdragon 625 with 3GB RAM is used, but as we know Xiaomi, they are perfectly tuned for everyday use. A 4000mAh battery then ensures that you comes loose over a day use.

Compromise must be made with the camera, since only one sensor was installed. However, this makes very good pictures and has its strengths in daily shots.

There is no cheaper one than such a solid 18: 9 smartphone like Redmi 5 Plus at the moment.

Order Xiaomi Redmi 5 Plus at GearBest

  • LTE Band 20 (800MHz)
  • Contemporary display & narrow bezels
  • Long battery life
  • Best value for money
  • MIUI 9 without Android 8
  • No USB-C & Fast Charging
  • No outstanding features

Battery Monster: Ulefone Power 3S for 157 €

power-3sThe smartphone series “Power” from the brand Ulefone is most certainly familiar. The Ulefone Power 3S with MTK6763 Octa-Core and 4GB RAM offers the perfect combination of everyday hardware and very long battery life. The 6350mAh battery should come easily over 2 days. In addition, similar to the Redmi 5 Plus, it comes with 18: 9 display with a resolution of 2160 x 1080 pixels. The design is similar to the UMIDIGI S2 and was made by the same factory.

Unfortunately, the dual camera on the front and back is anything but usable. The second sensor is fake and does not provide better photos.

In a word, this smartphone offers the best price-battery life ratio in the market at its price range.

Order Ulefone Power 3S at GearBest

  • LTE Band 20 (800MHz)
  • Good curved display
  • Long battery life
  • Sufficient hardware for everyday use
  • Fake dual camera (on both sides)
  • Face unlock not sure
  • NO headphone jack

Generous hardware: Vernee Mars Pro for 170 €

vernee-mars-proVernee is now one of the most established brands in China. When the Vernee Mars Pro came on the market in 2017 with its 6GB RAM and Helio P25 Octa Core, it was to the absolute bestsellers. With its generous hardware, ultra-slim design and a beautiful 5.5-inch Full HD (1920 x 1080 pixels) display, it’s ideal for gamers and anyone looking for multitasking and gaming. The battery of 3500mAh, however, is comparatively low and a power bank is necessary for intensive use.

The icing on the cake is the fingerprint sensor on the side. However, the camera is only average for today’s conditions.

Alternatively, the much newer Maze Alpha X or Oukitel Mix 2 would offer for 190 €.

Order Vernee Mars Pro at GearBest

  • LTE Band 20 (800MHz)
  • Strong hardware
  • Very good workmanship
  • Fingerprint sensor on the side
  • Bad battery life
  • No dual camera
  • No Android updates

The outsiders: S8 clones for around 150 €

s8-smartphoneElephone, Bluboo, Blackview, and many other Chinese manufacturers have released a device with the name, S8, which was taken from Samsung. It also keeps the design of the Samsung’s flagship from 2017 and these devices are in many topseller lists at GearBest and Banggood.

Due to hardware technology and price strategy, there are some solid choices between low price and middle class. However, not all brands fortunately stick to the design of the prototype.

Why are the Chinese brands so uncreative? No idea, but apparently it seems to work, because really interesting devices have not come off the smaller brands in the last few months.

Order S8 Smartphones at GearBest

  • LTE Band 20 (800MHz)
  • Galaxy S8 design
  • Great choice for every budget
  • No own design
  • Name copied

The compact bargain: Xiaomi Redmi 4A for 77 €

redmi-4aWith a Xiaomi smartphone nothing can go wrong – this is the absolutly favorite Chinese smartphone brand of Europeans. The Xiaomi Redmi 4A is equipped with a Snapdragon 425 and 2GB RAM. The display is 5″ with a resolution of 1280 x 720 pixels, much narrower than the usual phablet. This may be beneficial for many users who simply do not like huge smartphones. The 1MP camera on the back is one of the best in this price range . Also the 3120mAh battery ensures for decent battery life, where Samsung and iPhone absolutely can not keep up.

The Xiaomi Redmi 4A is our favorite as it is the best possible all-rounder in this price range. Similarly, Xiaomi probably offers the highest quality standards among the popular Chinese brands.

Order Xiaomi Redmi 4A at GearBest

  • LTE Band 20 (800MHz)
  • Long battery life
  • Impeccable workmanship
  • Good value for money
  • No fingerprint sensor
  • Only 5″ display
  • No special features
  • Only available in gold / rose

Would you like to browse more choices or just through the range to get a feel for Chinese smartphones? Just click the button for more.

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