7 Top dual-core Chinese phones with 1280 x 720 screen and 1GB RAM

When looking at the various Chinese phones either available or soon to be available there are a few stand out models which feature impressive dual-core MT6577 CPU’s, 1GB RAM and 1280 x 720 displays which still managing to be relatively inexpensive! Here are our 7 top dual-core Chinese phones with 1280 x 720 screen and 1GB RAM.

Before I get in to the details of each of these phones there are a few things I guess you are going to be asking.

Are these phones dual-sim?

  • One of the reasons for choosing a Chinese phone is dual-sim support and yes all of these dual-core MT6577 phones have dual-sim.

Are all these phones currently on the market?

  • No, unfortunately not. Some phones are to be released, others are in the pre-order stages (JiaYu G3 and UMi X1) but some like the THL and ZOPO ZP300+ are on sale right now.

So without further a do here are our top 7 dual-core Chinese phones with 1280 x 720 resolution screens and 1GB RAM!


CDS CD1000

You might recognize the CDS CD1000 Chinese Android phone as I recently wrote about it here.

cds cd1000 chinese samsung galaxy s3 clone

Featuring a price tag of just over $200 and boasting a dual-core MT6577 CPU clocked at 1.2Ghz makes the CD1000 slightly more powerful than some of the other phones listed, but overall specs are roughly the same.

Like the rest of the phones the CD1000 has a 1280 X 720 display but in this case it is a 4.5 inch model from Japanese company Sharp.

cds cd1000 chinese samsung galaxy s3 clone back

Cameras are your standard 8 mega-pixel rear with 0.3 up front with and LED flash for night photos.

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As you can see the overall design is very similar to that of the flagship Samsung Galaxy S3, and CDS have done a good job of making their clone look as realistic as possible by making the body just 9.9mm thick.

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The only downsides to the CDS CD1000 I can see is the slightly higher retail price, but more worryingly the rather small battery which is only a 1700mAh unit!


Pulid F13

Again, regular readers are going to recognize the Pulid D13 as I wrote about it just a few days ago, but I imagine many of your recognize this phone due to it’s extremely impressive hardware especially the rear camera.

pulid f13 samsung galaxy s3 clone china

So we know the Pulid F13 has a dual-core CPU, 1GB RAM and 1280 X 720 display, but what else does this Chinese phone have to offer.

Well in comparison to the CDS CD1000 the Fulid F13 is slightly thinner at only 9.7mm yet comes equipped with a slightly larger 1800mAh battery (which is still a little on the small side).

Like the CD1000 the Fulid F13 has a Samsung Galaxy S3 clone look to it, but in this case with a larger 4.7 inch display, however it’s the rear camera which really makes the Pulid stand out.

pulid f13 samsung galaxy s3 clone china

While the majority of other Chinese phones have an 8 mega-pixel camera the Fulid F13 has a 12 mega-pixel rear snapper with auto-focus, LED flash and all those great Android ICS 4.0 options!

Pricing again is just over $200, but with the larger screen and 12 mega-pixel camera it might be worth going for a F13!


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  1. Paul
    October 16, 2012

    Andi, you have certainly outdone yourself, with this excellent informative piece. Everyday I make a point to always drop by your site. I have been window shopping for china phones every single day and growing frustrated on which to buy, of course the obvious winner should be the oppo find5, but due to my control freak of a wallet it won’t allow me to(not enough money really for the hefty price of hte oppo, sigh). With this piece you clearly have lightenn the guessing on which to buy. I seriously need get a new phone soon going to a meeting with an overly jurassic phone is embaressing (you need to luck good all the way to your gadgets to impress your client amd ultimately sell your product). Also i noticed sommething on the list with the umi x1 an jiayu g3 the two original beautiful desiggn this both company are having trouble supplying for their custom. Cheers!

    • Paul
      October 16, 2012

      Would like to edit, 1: embaressing>embarrassing 2: luck>look, 3: sommething>something.

      Andi pls. put a edit or delete comment for us your fans, thanx. ciao

      • October 17, 2012

        Yes we need “edit feature” here.

      • JJ
        October 17, 2012

        You forgot: desiggn>design 😛

    • Amby
      October 18, 2012

      Or a simple Spell-Check functionality 😉 ?

      • October 18, 2012

        Spell check? What’s that? 😉

  2. JY G3!
    October 16, 2012

    Andi, could you add the approximate or supposed dates these unreleased phones are coming out? A regular calendar for these things would be an amazing feature on this site!

    • October 17, 2012

      Won’t hold out as these companies involved here never keep to said release dates and shipping dates. Probably the only best thing Andi could do is give rumor dates which are also not good enough.

  3. adtyan
    October 16, 2012

    hi andi, is jiayu G3 available on chinesse market? or is it just for pre-order buyer?? I’m tired and confusing to wait jiayu G3..

  4. Nikolai
    October 17, 2012

    Too bad most of them are S3 clones. If they had their own design i would have purchased them

    • October 17, 2012

      My thoughts exactly. The s3 clones are way too much.

    • silentchaos
      October 18, 2012

      It is also interesting to note that the Zopo ZP300+ is a clone of the LG Optimus LTE LU6200 as well.

  5. October 17, 2012

    Yeah Nikolai just said whats on my mind. Why do they have to copy other phone with such specs all they need is an original design which shouldnt be that hard all all phones just rectangles with some differences

  6. Andrea
    October 17, 2012

    Hi Andi, I recently came across the Star B92M, and for what I recall it had similar specifications. Do you know anything about it?

  7. Yar
    October 17, 2012

    Thanx, Andy, for Top7. It’s very pointedly that 3 of 7 presented phones are Samsung clones. Top phone wars are trendy and for clones. In my painful waiting of Jiayu G3 your reviews are music for my ears 🙂

  8. Fidel
    October 17, 2012

    Hey Andi,

    I think you forgot the Amoi N820. You had your hands on one of these, what do you think about it?


    • JBird
      October 17, 2012

      Don’t think he has forgotten that one, the Amoi N820 doesn’t have the 720p resolution. It only has a 960*540 screen.
      If you don’t limit the selection to only 720p phones you could have some other interesting phones such as JiaYu G2 Plus, Newman N1 or Amoi N820. Those prices are a lot better and the phones are currently available.

      • October 17, 2012

        Jiayu G2 is spot on from those 3. For the price and specs it’s a no brainer. I read many users complaining they can’t charge the newman n1 with other cables except the ones the phone came with.

        Don’t know much about the Amoi but it looks very good on paper and the 2 youtube videos google pulled for me.

    • October 17, 2012

      This is the reason

      Display reulotion: 960*540 pixel

  9. cj
    October 17, 2012

    Am I the only one who wants a phone with these specs but a smaller screen, 4″ or 4.3″ max ? and a nice big battery

  10. Plascoch
    October 17, 2012

    Still waiting for my JY-G3 it looks good, and the screen will not break like my current phone, I will only wait another 2 weeks before giving up then I will cancel and try one of the alternatives.

    Thanks for all the good info

  11. October 17, 2012

    Waiting from july for Jiayu g3.. but it disapponted me a lot.. now looking out for another good alternative for 200 usd

  12. Nck
    October 17, 2012

    You neglected to add the Star B92M or just B92M. Similar specs as far as I know. And I am waiting to receive it after a fiasco with the ulefone v1277

  13. Mark
    October 17, 2012

    Should be good if you also post links where you can buy or pre-order this phones

  14. October 17, 2012

    Hi Andi,

    There I was thinking it was Christmas.

    All those big 1280×720 screens and NOT A SINGLE 6 INCH SCREEN BETWEEN THEM.

    Could I persuade you to repeat this article – but only dealing with the 6 inch market … PLEASE ?

    That would certainly save me dozens of emails and hours daily looking for my IDEAL 6 INCH TABLET !!

    The 6 INCH models do exist – but they seem only to deliver low resolution screens.

    Can you – or my co-readers – keep an eye open for the elusive 6 INCH SCREENS – HIGH RES SCREENS – PLEASE !?

  15. B0FF
    October 17, 2012

    Hey, am I the only one who is a little worried about buying a MTK6577 phone with a 1080×720 display.
    Mediathek says the CPU would support displays of up to 960×540.

    Are those phones not too laggy, especially when gaming?
    The Umi X1 for example has a Nenamark2 score of 15.5 fps.

    What´s your take on this?

    btw where would you buy/preorder the Umi X1. I am in China for a few months. (Taobao or something different)

    • alsa
      October 17, 2012

      hi I have heard the exactly same thing mtk6577 can’t support hd screen if you look in u tube you will find the phones with screen problem, jiayu g3, thl w3+
      now I’m thinking if the screen is not too bad on zopo zp900 then I will go for,plz can someone confirm this?

  16. Marq
    October 17, 2012

    Thanks, as always. Good read!

  17. Arnold
    October 18, 2012

    Another one that always gets ignored is the Alcatel OT-986. Very similar to the above, but using the Ti processor, same as the Nexus.

    • October 18, 2012

      I think my very first mobile phone was an Alcatel! Wonder if it’s the same company?

  18. Archangel
    October 19, 2012

    Hi Andy

    What would be Jiayu G3 alternative with a metallic body. I don’t like how the plastic phones feel in hand and most of the phone in the list have plastic body. Can you suggest some good phones with similar specs but metallic body.

  19. moon
    October 19, 2012

    Hi, I’ll buy a mobile phone this year. Which brand provides a good update service?

  20. TripleThreeNine
    October 21, 2012

    Just sold off my old LG Optimus One and ordered a ThL W3+ yesterday, expect it to be here by Thursday. Pretty excited to review it, if it is good I might well sell it off in a fortnight and order another MT6577 or maybe a Tegra 3 if it gets launched.

    • rok
      October 21, 2012

      can you tell me which store you used.
      i found only fastcardtech.com but …i don’t know

      • TripleThreeNine
        October 22, 2012

        I’d suggest you stay clear of fastcardtech. I ordered mine from AliExpress.com, supplier name: candy gao. If you wouldn’t mind waiting till around Thursday, I’ll let you know how my purchase went.
        Btw, this is the second time I’m buying from AliExpress, it feels very safe to buy from there because they release your money to the seller only after you’re satisfied with the goods you receive. Apologies if you already knew =)

        • rok
          October 22, 2012

          thanks, I’ll wait till Thursday. have fun with your phone;))

          • TripleThreeNine
            October 22, 2012

            Thank you, sir.

  21. rok
    October 21, 2012

    what about cellular and wireless connectivity.
    do these phones use DC-HSDPA, HSPA, HSPA+
    or LTE(i don’t think so;))

  22. October 22, 2012

    i have noticed you mention UMi X1 for $150 but when i search it on aliExpress couldnt find it below $230 to $280.
    Bro TripleThreeNine waiting for your review on ThL W3, i am in market for over a month to buy a best phone as cheap as possible.

  23. TripleThreeNine
    October 22, 2012

    The UMi is yet to be released, in my knowledge. But it does look like a promising contender, keeping in mind the sleek looks. Sorry for the stereotype, but it doesn’t look Chinese! I had my eyes on that one too. But the small battery is a shame.

    thanks for saying that, I just got the tracking number, hope to get the phone soon.


  24. October 22, 2012

    i think UMi is released, its in stock on most of the sites

    • TripleThreeNine
      October 22, 2012

      Yeah just checked uredeal.com and they have it in stock. Got it wrong in the previous post.

  25. October 22, 2012

    Found this on XDA Developer site “http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?t=1684049”

    hardlive: I am using THL w3+ (6577 version) , very regretted to bought this phone, 2 major problems:

    1. It got very hot(not warm!) from the bottom of the phone after few mins of use, especially browsing desktop version of websites.
    2. The dualcore cpu and gpu doesn’t take up well with a 1280×720 display resolution, most of the time it appears LAG if compare with a 6575 device@800×480 using the same app/game.

    Very disappointed and I really would prefer to go back to my earlier 6575 + 800×480 device.

    above is not my comment,

    • TripleThreeNine
      October 22, 2012

      Yeah I’d read that too.. got a bit disappointed. But that was before I placed the order, so no regrets. And by far that was the only negative comment I’d read, so I think it’s okay..

      there’s a nice review on the ThL here: randomness0110.blogspot.com/2012/08/thl-w3-and-mtk6577-review.html

  26. rok
    October 22, 2012

    I’m looking at JiaYu 3G with the same 6577 processor so do you think it is safe to say that I’ll have the same problem.


    also has anybody used antelife.com

    • TripleThreeNine
      October 22, 2012

      Same processor, same screen res so I’d say it’d have same or similar problems.. My two cents.

      And I’ve heard quite a lot of praise for antelife.com, although never bought from them myself. =)

    • Tom
      October 23, 2012

      I bought from Antelife as well. Could be waiting a while.