Top 5 4G LTE phones for less than $150 from China


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4G LTE is the one feature that we should really be seeing on every mid range phone and up, but take the time to search around and you can easily find a few sub $150 smartphones with fast LTE. Keep reading to see our top 5 4G LRE phones for less than $150.

While checking for these phones we have ensured that the specs state that they are FDD LTE phones, but this does not necessarily mean that they will work with every LTE network around the world. Where possible we have listed the LTE frequencies, but please double check before buying as even manufacturers are sometimes wrong.

Landvo L200G – Sub $150 LTE Android phone

Landvo are a phone maker still trying to find their feet and for their entry in to sub $150 LTE phone market we have the Landvo L200G. Straight away we can see that the Landvo is a Find 7/OnePlus One look-a-like, but with a smaller screen and budget spec.

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A 5-inch 960 x 540 display takes up the front of the phone with a 2 mega-pixel camera resting at the top and 5 mega-pixel camera sitting around the back. Mediatek provide a quad-core MT6582 processor with a MT6290 LTE modem plugged in for FDD-LTE 1800/2600 (Band 3/Band 7). WCDMA 850/1900/2100MHz.

The 2000mAh battery is replaceable meaning you can carry a spare with you should you need it, but hopefully with that lower res screen and energy efficient quad-core processor the battery life won’t be too bad.

Pricing is where the Landvo L200G really has it, and this OnePlus One wannabe can be yours for only $118.99!

Bluboo X4 – Sub $150 LTE Android phone

Bluboo are actually one of the older Chinese smartphone brands on this list and started out life way back in the days the JiaYu G3 was the king of the hill. The Bluboo X4 is their most affordable 4G LTE phones and like the other phones here uses a combination of MT6582 and MT6290 to give you a quad-core processor and 4G network access.

blueboo x4

Watch the written specs for the X4 as we have seen some stores wrongfully state that the processor is a 1.7ghz SoC when in reality it is a 1.3Ghz. 1GB RAM is about right for this price range,plus there is space for a 32GB SD card as the 4GB internal memory is a little on the low side.

The screen is a compact 4.5-inch model with resolution of 854 x 480 so again this is not an energy sapping set up.

4G LTE network support is listed at FDD-LTE 1800/2600Mhz, but please check that this phone works on the correct bands for your country. WCDMA support is 850/2100MHz.

Pricing again is really keen with the Blueboo X4 costing a wallet pleasing $122.99.

THL L969 – Sub $150 LTE Android phone

The THL L969 is the only phone here from a larger more established Chinese phone maker. The processor and modem are the same MT6582 and MT6290 choices other phone makers on this post have done for but this time we have 8GB of internal memory. Still it isn’t a huge amount but we do have space to expand on that with an SD card.

THL L969 black

Available in white or black, the THL L969 has a 5-inch WVGA IPS display, 1GB RAM, Android 4.4 Kitkat and a 5 mega-pixel main camera. Battery size is the real killer feature as THL have stuffed a large 2700mAh battery in to the phone which should be more than enough to keep you going throughout the day.

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This time we are given LTE support listed as 1800/2600mhz while WCDMA is 850/1900/2100MHz at a retail price of around $133.90.

MPie G7 – Sub $150 LTE Android phone

Prices are creeping closer to our $150 budget but as we sneak closer specifications are rising to include some seriously nice kit! The MPie G7 is the only phone on the list to boast 2GB RAM and a finger print scanner for added security on this list.

mpie g7

2GB RAM makes a huge difference to the usability of a phone and will really improve overall responsiveness while multitasking. Fingerprint scanners are becoming more mainstream but to see one on a phone at this cost is a real treat.

MPie even managed to get a 5-inch 720p display in to the budget and fast charging! That together with Android 4.4 Kitkat and FDD-LTE 800/1800/2100/2600MHz and the G7 is a great little phone for not much money! For those of you still needing 3G then the Mpie G7 uses WCDMA 850/1900/2100MHz.

The price is a shade under $150 at $147.99.

VK1000 – Sub $150 LTE Android phone

VK are a Chinese manufacturer that are currently aggressively targeting Spain and Russia as their main markets. They tend to have their phones in stock at warehouses outside of China cutting down the need for tax and speeding up delivery times. This is great for convenience but not so great for price.

vk 1000

At $149.99 the VK 1000 is the most expensive phone on the list, but it is also the one of the only phones which isn’t a clone of the Oppo Find 7 and OnePlus One. The 5-inch display is a qHD resolution and there is 1GB RAM and 4GB memory.

We’re not sure why but VK are shipping the VK1000 with only Android 4.2 Jelly Bean, which is quite a worry, but if sat shipping, and a more unique design are what matter to you then the LTE equipped VK might be worth a look.

$149.99 gets you the VK 1000 which supports WCDMA 850/1900/2100MHz and FDD-LTE 1800/2600 (Band3/Band7).

Top 5 4G LTE phones for less than $150 from China – Specs

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Top 5 4G LTE phones for less than $150 from China

Personally of the 5 listed we are most excited about the MPie which really boasts amazing features for such a low price. Where else can you get a 720hd display, LTE, 2GB RAM and fast charging for less than $150?

Which is you choice of the phones listed above? Or are their other sub $150 LTE phones you would suggest? Let us know in the comments below!

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27 Comments

  1. Brooklyn701
    October 3, 2014

    G7 just rocks… if that HD screen is good n any way then that can really be the next super phone….

    • thor2001
      October 3, 2014

      The small battery will be a problem, like it was with my S3lte.

      Regards

  2. thor2001
    October 3, 2014

    Thanks for posting all phones with their FDD-LTE-bands.

    Is any of the phones already shipping?

    As far as I know, none of the phones are shipping internationally.

    Regards

    • thor2001
      October 3, 2014

      …interntionally at the moment.

      Why didn’t you write something about the Elephone P3000 or P3000S?

      Regards

      • October 3, 2014

        Elephone p3000s is around $180 so will be in the next list. These phones are all listed on resellers sites already

  3. Frank Gabriel
    October 3, 2014

    I Wonder how a manufacturer can consider targeting Europe without LTE Band 20 and WCDMA900.

  4. fido futte
    October 3, 2014

    andi – what is the homepage for Mpie ?

  5. nexusprime
    October 3, 2014

    Miss lenovo a806 andi 2gb RAM 16gb Rom lte
    I wait elephone p3000s

    • October 3, 2014

      The Lenovo is over $150 so didn’t make the grade this time round

  6. kocja
    October 3, 2014

    Andy can you please do full review of mi4 and possible a comparision to mx4?

  7. Al3nkboot
    October 3, 2014

    2GB ram, 8GB rom, LTE, 5.5 inch and HD , kitkat!
    These is really good features to buy new phone in these time!

    • Alberto Violero Romero
      October 5, 2014

      oh yeah. i´m interested.

  8. Allanitomwesh
    October 4, 2014

    I would get the THL just for the theoretical battery life,but after how they screwed up a 5000mAh battery,I’m not sure it’ll actually be any better in that department than the others. I’ve been seeing MPie and Landvoo a lot in the Low End <150 segment with solid specs giving DooGee and Elephone a run for their money,but i'm not certain how legit their specs they claim actually are. Are they even legit brands or just OEM titles like Star?

  9. Coastgirl
    October 5, 2014

    Keen to get the Mpie G7 with those awesome specs. Wondering if you have a suggestion for a reputable online seller…need to send to Australia. Thanks

    • October 6, 2014

      careful… only on Telstra or Vodafone (both running on band 3). Half of Optus’ network runs on band 17, which the G& doesn’t support.

  10. Nadav
    October 6, 2014

    what about the coolpad 8730L

  11. batpro
    October 6, 2014

    Will the MPie G7 work on the AT&T LTE network in the USA?

  12. Chandan
    October 6, 2014

    Hi I have 2 invites for one plus one 64 GB phone. Any one interested, please mail me at chandan10singh@gmail.com. warm regards, chandan

  13. thor2001
    October 11, 2014

    @Andi

    The Mpie G7 is only SingleSIM with bad specs.

    This was communicated from gearbest and dealsmachine.

    Regards

    • weather
      November 12, 2014

      thanx, that clears up the false claims of screen resolution at 720×1280, when its really QHD…. sheesh

  14. weather
    November 11, 2014

    thanx for the write up. I found this because I honed in on the MPIE G7. It really helped to clear up my research. Someone is selling their Mpie g7 because they say the LTE 4g works, but not in the US. I wonder if that can be varified, that the G7 capabilties for 4G does not work for in the US. Would be quite the hesitation to buy, however, the 2gb ram is just awsome with the good resolution and the 4.4

    • weather
      November 11, 2014

      Some confirmation here, TDD-LTE, not FDD-LTE used in the US, so this indicated that the 4G on this phone would not work on 4G in the US – boy if it did, wow! This G7 would be giving Samsung a serious run!
      http://www.cnet.com/news/why-your-next-4g-phone-should-have-fdd-lte-and-tdd-lte/

    • weather
      November 12, 2014

      upon further research, there must be two separate models of this out there, or the resolution description is false…. some of the G7s are 960×540/ and some are 720x 1280 resolution…. so which is it? I AM CONFUSED!!! 8(

  15. weather
    November 12, 2014

    I bypassed all of these and bought the Laude Pulse S800, compatable with every WCDMA 3G band width, not just 850/2100, for $95. 5.0″, Android 4.4, QHD, 1GB Ram, 8gb rom, 720p vid resolution, Quad core, MTK6582 ARMv7….. with the full bands of 3G, I feel really good buying this and a better deal than the choices above, since im in the US and the FDD-LTE wont work on the G7.

    http://www.tinydeal.com/laude-pulse-s800-5-qhd-mtk6582-quad-core-android-442-3g-phone-p-134261.html

  16. Silverado
    April 19, 2015

    Some of these phones I have tested in United States with Verizon and ATT. I would not purchase with the intention of using 4G LTE. They do not work as far as my research leads…3G works fine with ATT and is fast, but not Verizon 3G and/or 4G LTE