Top 5 most anticipated Chinese phones: Summer 2013

2013 continues to be a bumper year for Chinese phones, even half way in to the year there are still some awesome handsets to come! Here are our 5 most anticipated Chinese phones for Summer 2013.

The first half of 2013 had us excited about quad-core MT6589 phones such as the iOcean X7, JiaYu G4 and UMi X2, but Chinese phone development is moving at an amazing pace and we already have MT6589T phones on sale, and new flagship device to look forward to!

Top 5 most anticipated Chinese phones: Summer 2013

Neo N003

Although we, like many of you, believe Neo have missed the boat with the Neo N003, we are still excited to see this phone and find out if the delays, missed launch dates and last minute updates have all been worth it!

white neo n003 hero

The Neo N003 will be available on limited sale this week, but it won’t be until August when most of us will be able to get our hands on one.

Why are we looking forward to the N003?

The Neo N003 is one of the few Chinese Mediatek phones which packs pretty much every feature we could want in to a single device from an updated MT6589T processor, 2GB RAM and 1080 display to a 13 mega-pixel camera, tempered glass display and MHL and OTG support!

Xiaomi Mi3

August 16th is the date Xiaomi are rumoured to be launching the Xiaomi Mi3. The new flagship Xiaomi phone has quite an act to follow and some mean competition from the likes of Oppo, ZTE and others but we think they will rise to the occasion.

xiaomi mi3 spotted

Why are we looking forward to the Xiaomi Mi3?

From early leaked reports the Mi3 looks to be Xiaomi’s first ever 1080 phone. It is rumoured to sport a 5-inch 1920 x 1080 display, 2GB RAM, Snapdragon 800 CPU, 13 mega-pixel rear camera and 3800mAh battery.

The Xiaomi Mi3 is expected to be the first Xiaomi device to ship with headphones and with an updated amplifier and stereo sound. All of this and Xiaomi’s traditional 1999 yuan price tag make this phone worth waiting for!

Xiaomi Red Rice

We’ve looked at the top of the range Xiaomi now let’s look at the opposite end of the spectrum. The Xiaomi Red Rice has been seen a number of times, and finally a launch date seems to be around the corner.

Why are we looking forward to the Xiaomi Red Rice?

xiaomi red rice

The Red Rice will be the most affordable Xiaomi phone to date. At a price of 999 Yuan it will cost the same as phones from smaller Chinese brands and could really upset the Chinese phone market and drive domestic phone prices lower than we have ever seen before!

Specifications are good to with a 4.7-inch 720p display, 1.5Ghz quad-core MT6589T processor, 1GB RAM and 8 mega-pixel rear camera!

Xiaocai X9

Xiaocai are a tiny company compared to the others on the list, but the 1099 Yuan X9 has the potential to really make waves IF the purported specifications turn out to be true that is! 2 versions of the Xiaocai X9 are in the planning stages, both of which look great value for money, but it’s the top of the range model which excites us most!

Why are we looking forward to the Xiaocai X9?

xiaocai x9 antutu

The flagship X9 is rumoured to be a 4.5-inch 1920 x 1080 phone which will cost only 1099 Yuan! if that wasn’t enough the phone also offers a 1.5Ghz MT6589T processor, 2GB RAM and attractive design available in bright colours!

Oppo Find 7

We’re not entirely sure when we will see the Oppo Find 7, but already rumours and (likely fake) specifications have already hit headlines. Like the Xiaomi Mi3 the Find 7 has a touch act to follow as many reviewers regard the current Find 5 one of the best phones launched this year!

Why are we excited about the Oppo Find 7?

oppo find 7 details

Of course we are excited to see the new design and faster hardware the Find 7 will most likely ship with, but what intrigues us the most is if Oppo can keep momentum going after the Find 5!? The company have had a name for themselves in China for some time but its only the past 6 months international interest in the firm has grown. A solid Find 7 launch will help Oppo find their place on the international scene but a flop could send them packing!

What are your more anticipated Chinese phones for 2013?

There are obviously a lot more Chinese phones which we are excited about such as the Meizu MX3, JiaYu S1 and Lenovo X910, what phones are you look forward to in the second half of 2013? Let us know in the comments section below.

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  1. SYHMS
    July 29, 2013

    “Xiaomi’s traditional 1999 yuan price tag make this phone worth waiting for!”
    I wonder what international price will be? 370$ maybe?

    • liljohn
      July 29, 2013

      my guest is $500++

      • liljohn
        July 29, 2013

        my guess is $500++

        • Szymon
          July 29, 2013

          If i was to spend 500++ USD for a phone from china where in fact i don’t have warranty (cause having to send phone back to china in case problems is rather not a useful warranty), i would spend more money and buy galaxy note III or something.

          Buying phone in china for european customers is only worth when they are much cheaper than smartphones offered on european market

          • July 29, 2013

            I think you miss out on loads of tech-savy users who do not want to walk around with a mainstream phone.

            Buying any phone abroad has its implications. In the end its just a matter of personal choice.

    • etienne
      July 31, 2013

      i am exited to see the nubia Z7

  2. Benny
    July 29, 2013

    The Neo’s launch date got bumped again from the 25th July to the 1st of August – and only releasing the damned Youth / Lite model at that. The Ultimate edition will be “late August” apparently.. 🙁

    • SYHMS
      July 29, 2013

      Damn Neo, you are behaving like Jiayu, playing bad boy. What will happen until end of August? You are loosing aganist time. 8-cores will start to show up until then and nobody will want to buy 4-cores.

      • Robin Hood
        July 29, 2013

        You comment doesnt make sense, there will be A LOT of people who are still willing to buy dual and quad core phones. People like me.

        Give me a good reason for a octa core soc in your mobile phone?

        • SYHMS
          July 29, 2013

          You may say so right now, but when times comes you will follow mainstream too. Remember once Gates told “640K ought to be enough for anybody”.

          “Give me a good reason for a octa core soc in your mobile phone?” I just like power that’s it.

          • nobitakun
            July 29, 2013

            Youre not giving an enough reason to buy an octa-core. You want power for the sake of it? It’s your decission, most people don’t. I also would buy a nice dual core for mobile daily tasks, it is utterly unnecessary to waste money for a mobile you do not need. When i wanted to play crysis on a mobile i will spend money for a snapdragon 800 or Tegra 4, till then, i prefer an ultra power saving dual core cpu which allows me to use a mobile for 2 or 3 days, alongside with a 3000 or 4000mah battery.

            • Spyros
              July 31, 2013

              Its funny because you mention battery life. The battery life increases with more proccessors. (think of it like humans that want to push a big rock , 1 human could make it but will use all of his strength, 2 humans will use 1/2 of their strength, 3 humans 1/3 and so on…

            • August 8, 2013

              Nobitakun, I see your point. I am currently happy with a 4.5″ dual-core phone.
              And I have an uncle who is perfectly happy with his ancient Nokia.
              But technology will march on to greater heights. Soon to follow more powerful phones would be more sophisticated apps that make use of the increased power.
              Such has been the trend ever since IBM XT and MS DOS came to the market decades ago.

            • October 27, 2013

              spyros s funny answer
              power is always battery (human)
              for the rock quad core .you need 4 battery to push the rock. no matter
              previously we had 800mah and so,now increased up to 5000 mah
              why bcas cores increased.
              catch my point ??

  3. hamsteyr
    July 29, 2013

    Definitely the Find 7. I’ve always had a thing for their styling.

  4. SYHMS
    July 29, 2013

    A proposition to the Andi:

    Why don’t you think open up a small online shop of yourself? Just put 30$ profit to the each phone you sell. Other shops we all know robs us. There is a huge gap between Chinese mainland and international prices .

    • Victor
      July 29, 2013

      Don’t you feel worry that after open the shop , Andy’s reviews won’t be objective anymore ?

      • nobitakun
        July 29, 2013

        Youre right but I would suggest it wouldn’t have to be like that because you can have a shop with good products only. A bit of sincerity in business is possible I think.

  5. Alex
    July 29, 2013

    Any idea what date the G4 advanced will be available andy?

    Also do you have a link to their official website?


  6. jagannatha
    July 29, 2013

    so far as Indian market is concerned zopo UMi and launch of Android Guruz etc chinese phone comopanies seem to have miserably failed. One has to see how Iberry has processed its pre launch and post launch delivery situations. From Iberry face book page it is aparent that the copany has won the hearts of its customer. Wonder how other chinese companies will keep up where even Micromax failed.

  7. Harald
    July 29, 2013


  8. James
    July 29, 2013

    What is meant exactly by “launch date?” I want a Mi3, but will I be able to buy it August 16?

    I am in China and deciding between a Mi2, a Galaxy S3 and the Mi3. I hope I can wait that long to buy it.

    • etienne
      July 31, 2013

      if u d go to hong kong they have quite cheap samsung galaxy s 4 lte a s in mong kok or tsim tsa tsui

  9. Simon
    July 29, 2013

    Newman N3, (although i’m hoping that Xiaomi Mi3, blows HTC One & Samsung GS4 away).

    • neb
      August 5, 2013

      Newman n2 sucked big time, so don’t hold your breath for n3.

  10. Sergio
    July 29, 2013

    Still no good news about goddamned Neo N003?
    “We are still excited to see this phone”
    🙂 really?
    I think, Nexus 7 FHD will arrive faster to local stores, than Neo N003 to china sellers.

  11. Jason
    July 29, 2013

    I am interested in Xiaomi Mi3 only if it has the Snapdragon 800 CPU, not the Tegra 4 CPU.

  12. July 29, 2013

    Xiaomi Mi3 and Oppo Find 7 are the ones,.. 🙂 i bet more about Xiaomi and i hope Huawei to get into the list with newer smarthphone, than the last P6 :))

  13. July 29, 2013

    Xiaomi Mi3 probably. And if Neo N003 continue to delay they will loose profit and some customers.

  14. Allanitomwesh
    July 29, 2013

    Find 7 for sure. That’s the only Chinese company that gives a date and keeps it, other than perhaps Newman. And of course,the phones are actually well built and gorgeous. And international support is always nice.

  15. k86
    July 29, 2013


    Being too much powerful or not is not being the question, it’s the evolution.
    I don’t think you would buy a Pentium IV 1gb ram for your desktop PC just to browse the internet.

    It would have been sufficient years ago, but everything evolves around which requires more power to keep a smooth experience. Everything is graphically richer and code is more and more complex, using more scripts, more addons, etc.. Which requires more processing power in parallel.

    It’s the same path for mobile world. Each new OS version, each new app requires more power, more ram if you haven’t noticed to keep things smoother. You want to do more and more different things now on a phone unlike before. As simple as that, just be open minded.

    Batteries will get upgraded sooner or later anyway.

    If you take some old phone, you will see that we didn’t have more than 1000mA in most of phones a few years ago. Now Smartphones are averaging 2000mA.

    • anony
      July 29, 2013

      “Batteries will get upgraded sooner or later anyway.”

      No they don’t. In spite of all the fast evolving tech of smartphone components, battery is the only one that stays stagnant.

      They just keep getting bigger and bigger while other component actually getting smaller, faster and more efficient. There’s a limit to how much capacity a lithium of certain size can hold.

      • Gauthier
        July 31, 2013

        Battery technology has indeed been (relatively) stagnant for a while, however what K86 said is true as well: the battery standard has truly evolved. Moreover, while it is true lithium has reached its limits, new batteries based on new technologies are being developed as we speak, and it’s just a mather of time before we reach a ‘breaking point’, causing battery technology to take a huge leap forward. (f.ex. if sodium based batteries could be commercialised, that would be a huge break, sulfur-based batteries also seem to annihilate current lithium batteries).Therefore, it is only a matter of time before batteries catch up with the (really fast) pace of evolution that characterise other modern technologies

  16. Simon
    July 29, 2013

    When exactly will the Neo N003 Advanced/Premium model be available ?

  17. Simon
    July 29, 2013

    I forgot to mention the FAEA F2, is this available yet ?

  18. hoang vung
    July 29, 2013

    Impressed with Xiaomi and MIUI 🙂

    • Simon
      July 30, 2013

      Do you own a Xiaomi currently Hoang Vung ?

  19. Curt
    July 30, 2013

    MI Xiaomi Mi3. Can’t even wait as long as Mi3 is $400 and below. If it is any more I will just wait for the Meizu MX3 or Samsung Galaxy Note 3…. lol just want a new phone cant stand the battery life of my Galaxy S3….

    • MooN_tm
      July 30, 2013

      having the same proble with my S2 battery time and also having hard time deciding what to take (MX3 / Mi3 / Find 7)
      If only Meizu MX3 got Exynos 5420 with working SoC

  20. Simon
    July 30, 2013

    Curt how many hrs do you get out of your Samsung Galaxy S3 ?

    • curt
      July 31, 2013

      Simon I cycle out 3 batteries with my Galaxy S 3 and it barely lasts one day especially with a couple hours of hard use on one battery. I run Liquid rom on it too. Not sure how many hours exactly tho.

  21. TheMrBinary
    July 30, 2013

    Can’t wait for xiaomi mi3 !

    Now using mi2s and I fall in love with xiaomi and MIUI !

    Oh and Xiaomi mi3 will not have tegra 4 from the news I heard they cancel deal with Nvidia.

  22. liljohn
    July 31, 2013

    i’m waiting for xiaomi mi3 with the body design of oppo find 5…..5 – 5,5″ screen hopefully

  23. Soartosky
    July 31, 2013

    Just wait for mtk6592

  24. Igor Studnikov
    July 31, 2013

    There’s super deal at for jiayu g4 going to start in about 20 minutes. It costs only 149,99$ ! Be sure to participate!

  25. Dandmcd
    August 1, 2013

    I was going to wait to see what the deal with the xiaomi Mi3 would be, but I fell in love with the new Nubia Z5 Mini that released a couple weeks ago. It is a fast and powerful phone for its price, beautiful Sharp screen, good camera and the phone has a beautiful design. ZTE made a fan out of me after playing with it for awhile at their official nubia store in Guangzhou Tee Mall.

    • August 2, 2013

      Haven’t used the device myself, but at the moment it is THE phone to buy. The Z5 mini.

  26. victor
    August 1, 2013

    Dandmcd , may i know how long the Z5 batt will last in normal usage ?

    • Dandmcd
      August 2, 2013

      Normal usage for me has been around 12 to 14 hours before it reaches around 15 to 20%. Pretty good I’d say. I run the screen on auto brightness, but actually I think the auto is too bright and not aggressive enough, so turning it down even more can greatly increase the battery life. I play a couple games, practice Chinese using the Memrise app on the bus to work or home, and have Wechat and Google Now always on, GPS knob is on when I use Maps or the bus location app, fairly normal usage with maybe 1 or 2 phone calls a day and many texts. I’m very very happy with the battery life so far. Nubia made some cosmetic changes to the launcher, but didn’t stuff it full with battery killing apps.

      I was a user of Motorola all my life, but I am not planning to go back to the US this year, so decided to try something new. I’m shocked how good this phone is, I know it makes me sound like a shill, but so far it has been nearly perfect.

  27. SYHMS
    August 5, 2013

    Anyone dealed with before? Are they reliable? The cheapest price for Neo N003 Advanced 2/32GB is from their shop. It cost 259.98$ only.