Top 25 Chinese phones you can buy for $150


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There are tons of smartphones on the market today, with all sorts of display sizes, processors, cameras, designs, and so on. With a large array of choices, however, come an array of prices, some that are acceptable and some that are not (depending on the customer in question).

Finding a smartphone for $150 that provides what consumers want in a phone along with the right price can be a struggle, but we’ve compiled a list of top 25 Chinese phones that bring price and functionality together. Pricing is around $150, so some phones on the list are as little as $119.99 while some reach over to $159.99.

Which phone to buy? Take your pick.

Blackview Alife P1 Pro

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At around $150 there aren’t many smartphones on the market that offer a fingerprint scanner (in fact only 3 on this list), so it’s remarkable to see that Blackview managed to build a phone with a fingerprint scanner right in to a physical home button.

We give our hands on impression of this phone as we haven’t tried it yet, but the specs look solid for $120.

Hardware highlights are a 5.5-inch 2.5D display, Mediatek MT6735 chipset, 2GB RAM, 5 mega-pixel front camera and 13 mega-pixel rear. A large 3000mAh battery is promising too.

Doogee Titans2 DG700

Doogee Titans2 DG700

The Doogee Titans2 has a 4.5-inch, IPS OGS qHD (quarter HD not Quad HD) display with a 960 x 540p screen resolution, a 1.3Ghz, quad-core MT6582 processor, 1GB of RAM, 8GB of ROM (with a microSD card slot that provides up to an additional 64GB of storage), 3G data connectivity, 5MP front camera, 8MP back camera, with dual SIM card slots and a 4,000mAh battery.

Although the Doogee Titans2 was pre-loaded with Android 4.4.2 KitKat, the device has been updated to Android 5.0 Lollipop. If you’re someone who can never have too much protection, the Doogee Titans2 features IP67 water and dust resistance that will allow some water submersion (no device swimming, however).

The Doogee Titans2 costs $156.04, but Amazon offers the Titans2 for as low as $128.99.

Siswoo C55

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Siswoo phones are generally in the news for being officially available in Europe through distributors, or for launch interesting dual screen models, but the C55 is a phone that is on sale through traditional internet channels.

The C55 is on sale through most online resellers for $150 or slightly less and comes with a 13 mega-pixel main camera, 5 mega-pixel from with FotoNation selfie enhancements and even a front LED flash.

Siswoo use a 5.5-inch 1280 x 720 display on the phone with Medaitek MT6753 octacore chipset, 2GB RAM and 16GB internal memory. The phone comes in black or while and can be picked up right now. More Siswoo C55 details over on their official website.

Doogee F3 Pro

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The Doogee F3 Pro features a 5-inch IPS OGS display with Corning’s 2.5D Corning Gorilla Glass and a Full HD resolution of 1920 x 1080p, a 1.3Ghz, 64-bit octa-core MediaTek MTK6753 processor, 3GB of RAM, 16GB of ROM (storage), 5MP front camera, 13MP back camera, 4G connectivity, a 2,200mAh battery, and runs Android 5.1 Lollipop.

The Doogee F3 Pro retails for $159.99.

InFocus M810T

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If I was to tell you that there was a Snapdragon 801 powered phone that you can buy right now for less than $150 would you believe me? Well you should because the InFocus M810T is available right now with that killer chipset for as little as $143!

InFocus are owned Foxconn so you can rest assured that the company know how to make phones, and in fact the M810T boasts a alloy frame that measures only 6.99mm thick.

While a Qualcomm chipset is a great feature it’s not the only important component to a phone. Thankfully the M810T has 2GB RAM, 5.5-inch FHD 1920 x 1080 display, 13 mega-pixel Sony main camera, Gorilla Glass 3 glass display, 4G FDD-LTE and even NFC. Our only concern is the phone is still on Android 4.4.4, but at this price it’s not a big worry.

Ulefone Paris

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The Ulefone Paris isn’t available to buy as such at this time, but you can pre-order the phone and doing so will really save you a bundle. The Ulefone Paris Pre-sale price is just $129.99 (compared to the RRP of $169.99), that get’s you a phone with 5-inch 2.5D glass display, 1280 x 720 HD resolution, 2GB RAM, octacore MT6753 chipset, Andorid 5.1 and 13 mega-pixel main camera.

Pre-orders of the Ulefone Paris are being accepted on shop.gizchina.com now.

Oukitel K4000

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Oukitel have been subjecting the Oukitel K4000 to a ton of online challenges to prove  the phone is worthy of your hard earned cash. So far the phone has been seen in a battery test against the iPhone 6, has been hit with a hammer and even used as a hammer, driving nails in to a piece of wood.

So a large 4000mAh battery and tough build are the features that Oukitel want us to keep in mind when thinking about this phone.

The handset also offers a compact 5-inch 720HD display, Mediatek MT6753 chipset, 2GB RAM, 16GB internal memory, 8 mega-pixel main camera and a vanilla Android 5.1 operating system.

Resellers have just started to list the Oukitel K4000 online with prices starting from as little as $119.99!

Cubot X10

Cubot X10

The Cubot X10 has a 5.5-inch IPS LCD screen with an HD resolution of 1280 x 720p (294ppi), a 1.4Ghz, octa-core MT6592 processor, 2GB of RAM, 16GB of ROM, 3G connectivity, dual SIM card slots, an 8MP front camera, 13MP back camera, and 2,400mAh battery. The Cubot X10 comes with Android 4.4 KitKat and costs $149.99.

Doogee F5

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The Doogee F5 is another smartphone similar to the UMi Hammer S with a lot of juicy looking features. The F5 features an all alloy display, rear mounted fingerprint scanner and large 5.5-inch 1920 x 1080 FHD screen.

Like UMi, Doogee have opted for a Mediatek MT6753 processor, but have upped the RAM to 3GB and have used a Samsung 3M2 13 mega-pixel rear camera and Omnivision front facing 5 mega-pixel camera.

According to Doogee’s official hardware specs, the F5 has a body thickness of just 7.8mm (5mm at its thinnest) , the phone is a unibody with SD tray for 64GB cards and comes in either light grey, dad grey or champagne colours.

As someone who has written about Doogee’s problems in the past, I have to admit the F5 does look very promising. The phone is on presale now with orders expected to ship on later this week. Current pricing is just $139.99.

iNew V3 Plus

iNew V3 Plus

The iNew V3 Plus comes with a 5-inch, OGS display with a 1280 x 720p screen resolution and Corning’s Gorilla Glass 2. In addition to the iNew V3 Plus’s 5MP front camera, a 13MP back camera with Sony sensor, the iNew V3 Plus features a 1.4Ghz, octa-core MediaTek MT6592 processor, 2GB of LPDDR3 RAM (not DDR4), 16GB of ROM, a microSD card slot that supports up to 32GB of additional storage, 3G connectivity, 1,830mAh battery, and Android 4.4 KitKat pre-loaded. The iNew V3 Plus also has a plastic shell, so keep that in mind.

The iNew V3 Plus can be yours for $153.51.

Xiaomi Redmi 2 Pro

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The Xiaomi Redmi range remain one of the most popular budget Chinese phones to date. Earlier this year Xiaomi released the Redmi 2, then soon after the Redmi 2 Pro, the pro version of the phone is basically the same only with 2GB RAM instead of just 1GB RAM.

Of all the phones listed here the Redmi 2 Pro is one of the smallest with a screen size of just 4.7-inch and resolution of only 1280 x 720. The $139.99 smartphone has a Snapdragon 410 processor, 16GB internal memory and comes in either white, yellow, green, pink and a few other youthful colours.

The Redmi 2 Pro can be bought online through shop.gizchina.com now. Read the Xiaomi Redmi 2 review here.

iNew L4

iNew L4

The iNew L4 features a 5.5-inch, IPS OGS display with an HD resolution of 1280 x 720p (294ppi), a quad-core, MediaTek MTK6735 processor with 1GB of RAM, 16GB of ROM, 5MP front camera, 13MP back camera with f/2.0 aperture, dual-SIM card slots, 4G connectivity, and Android 5.1 Lollipop pre-installed. The iNew L4 also features a textured leather design for the back cover and a 5,000mAh battery, and costs $155.99.

Elephone S2 Plus

Elephone S2 Plus

The Elephone S2 Plus has a 5.5-inch IPS LCD screen with an HD resolution of 1280 x 720p, a 1.5Ghz, quad-core MediaTek MT6735 processor, 2GB of RAM, 16GB of ROM with a microSD card slot that provides an additional 64GB of storage, 2MP front camera, 13MP back camera, dual micro-SIM card slots, 4G connectivity, and a 2,600mAh battery.

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The Elephone S2 Plus comes with Android 5.1 Lollipop pre-installed and can be yours for just $145.99.

Takee 1 3D

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The Takee 1 3D is something completely different from the rest of the phones on this list. The processor is a last generation Mediatek MT6592T chipset running at 2.0ghz which unfortunately means no LTE support, but there are a few other special features.

The display is a 5.5-inch 1920 x 1080 3D Holographic panel offering a glasses free 3D experience on the go, 3D also finds its way into the surround sound audio system too to further enhance movie and music experience.

Realising that 3D movies are going to take up more space, 32GB memory comes as standard plus room for SD cards of up to 32GB. Other features are a 5 mega-pixel front camera, 13 mega-pixel rear and dual SIM. Pricing is just $128.99, has anyone tried this phone? If so let us know what it is like in the comments below.

Elephone P6000 Pro

Elephone P6000 vs JiaYu F2 vs Cubot X9

The Elephone P6000 Pro has been on sale now for months and months, but it still represents good value for money. Costing from as little as $140, the P6000 has a 5-inch HD display, Meidatek octacore MT5753 chipset, 3GB RAM and a 13 mega-pixel main camera.

The P6000 Pro also has space for dual micro SIM cards, and an SD memory card if the 16GB internal memory isn’t enough.

Elephone have also been working on customer ROMs for the P6000 Pro as well as their own Elephone UI ROM.

Cubot H1

Cubot H1

The Cubot H1 has a 5.5-inch IPS LCD display with an HD resolution of 1280 x 720p, a 64-bit, quad-core, 1Ghz, MediaTek MTK6735P processor, 2GB of RAM, 16GB of ROM, 8MP front camera, 13MP back camera, 4G connectivity, and a 5,200mAh battery with Android 5.1 Lollipop pre-installed. The Cubot H1 costs $149.99 and allows you to choose from Gold, White, and Black colors.

Lenovo K3 Note

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The Lenovo K3 Note is one of those phones that really got the smartphone world going when it was announced. The phone has proven to be good with high-end hardware for the money, but slightly let down by Lenovo’s rather buggy Vibe UI.

Different from many of the phones on this list is the use of a Mediatek MT6752 chipset running at 1.7GHz. Although released earlier in the year, the MT6752 is still a promising chipset, with a ton of potential.

Lenovo have also given the K3 Note 2GB RAM, 16GB internal memory, 5.5-inch 1920 x 1080 display, 13 mega-pixel main camera, and colour choices of white and even bright yellow. Have a hunt around online and you can find the Lenovo K3 Note for just $153. Read our Lenovo K3 Note review here.

Doogee HomTom HT6

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The first of the Homtom range is the Homtom HT6, a 9.9mm smartphone with 6250mAh battery! That huge battery would be a nightmare to charge under standard conditions, but fortunately the HT6 comes with Mediatek’s PumpExpress Plus fast charging system which will reportedly charge the 6250mAh battery to %75 capacity in only 30 minutes!

A 5.5-inch 12280 x 720 display, and quad-core Mediatek MT6735 processor means lower power consumption for even longer run times. Other details include a 13 mega-pixel Sony main camera and 5 mega-pixel front sensor, alloy chassis and Android 5.1 Lollipop.

The HomTom HT6 has had pricing announced and amazingly the phone will cost just $139.99 through resellers!

Bluboo X550

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If you like your phones to have the look of a regular device, but the battery of a monster then the Bluboo X550 has it. Inside the standard looking body is a huge 5300mAh battery  which can be changed using Mediatek’s fast PumpExpress quick charge system.

Specs read similar to other phones and include a 5.5-inch HD display, 2GB RAM, FDD LTE support, 13 mega-pixel main camera, but Bluboo have actually proven to be releasing updates to their phone and improve performance.

The Bluboo X550 has been on sale for a short while already and pricing starts at around $140.

No.1 X-Men X1

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The No.1 X-Men X1 is a water and dust-resistant smartphone with a 5-inch HD display with 1280 x 720p screen resolution, a 1.3Ghz, quad-core MediaTek MTK6592 processor, 1GB of RAM, 8GB of ROM with a 128GB expandable storage card slot, a 5MP front camera, 13MP back camera, with 3G connectivity, 3300mAh battery, with Android 4.4.2 KitKat pre-installed. The No.1 X-Men X1 has an IP68 water and dust resistance rating to protect against dust and some water submersion, and costs $144.99.

UMi Hammer S

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The UMi Hammer S is another UMi branded phone that shouts from the rooftop, but will this finally be a bug free UMi device. It’s hard to focus on just one feature of the Hammer S as UMi have done such a good job of covering all the bases to make the phone as desirable as possible on paper.

The Hammer S will feature a 5.5-inch HD display, 2GB RAM, quad-core Mediatek Chipset, 2GB RAM, 8 mega-pixel Sony main camera, metal chassis and rear fingerprint scanner! UMi started Hammer S pre-sales last week with prices on-line ranging from $129.99 to $139.99. Our advise is to keep well clear until reviews start rolling in.

Check out our UMi Hammer S first hands on here.

Siswoo C50A

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A quick look at the hardware and design of the Siswoo C50A and you might simply see this as a smaller, and more affordable version of the C55, but there is a little more to it than that.

If you happen to be shopping for a budget phone in the U.S then the Siswoo C50A is one of the few entry-level Chinese smartphones that may actually work on your carriers network.  Siswoo actually say that the C50A will support all major U.S carriers, and we will soon find out if this is true as we have a sample heading to the U.S right now!

The phone can be picked up fro just $129.99 and features a 64bit Mediatek MT6735 chipset, 1GB RAM, 8GB memory, 5-inch HD display, dual SIM support, 3000mAh battery and even FCC approval!

You can read our Siswoo C50 (European version) review here.

Digoor DG1 Plus

DIGOOR DG1 Plus

The Digoor DG1 Plus features a 4-inch IPS display with an 800 x 480p screen resolution, a quad-core, MediaTek MTK6582 processor, with 1GB of RAM, 8GB of ROM, 2MP front camera, 5MP back camera, 3G connectivity, 3,200mAh battery, with Android 4.4 KitKat pre-installed. The Digoor DG1 Plus costs $155.89.

Blackview BV5000

Blackview BV5000

The Blackview BV5000 featues a 5-inch display with an HD resolution of 1280 x 720p, a quad-core, MediaTek MTK6735P processor, 2GB of RAM, 16GB of ROM with expandable storage up to 32GB, a 2MP front camera, 8MP back camera, 4G connectivity, 5,000mAh battery (for which the Blackview BV5000 is named), with Android 5.1 Lollipop pre-installed. The Blackview BV5000 costs $159.99 (special offer).

Zopo Speed 7

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Officially the Zopo Speed 7 should cost $199.99, but since the phone launched there has been a $40 discount on the device bringing the cost down to just $159.99. The Speed 7 is the baby brother of the Speed 7 Plus and gets a more compact 5-inch 1920 x 1080 FHD display, but a health dose of 3GB RAM!

Zopo have also provided the Speed 7 with a 13.2 mega-pixel main camera, 16GB internal memory, Mediatek MT6753 quad-core chipset, Android 5.1 and a 2500mAh battery. While Zopo phones do tend to be more expensive than other devices, the Speed 7 does have a rage of accessories available and the source code has been released unleashing custom ROM potential.

Top 25 Chinese phones you can buy for $150

So there you have 25 phones available for $150 or there abouts. Have you any experience with any of the above devices? Do you plan to buy any of the phones listed? Are there devices missing? Share your thoughts in the comments section below.

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115 Comments

  1. Chickens
    September 28, 2015

    A lot of the phones being recommended are not yet reviewed. I don’t like this list of ‘top’ phones, feels half assed. Putting a phone with great reviews like the Lenovo K3 Note beside a phone from a shady company like UMi feels wrong.

    • ST Ammo
      September 28, 2015

      Agree. Article called “TOP 25” and author is asking “has anyone tried this phone? If so let us know what it is like”. Sounds very unprofessional and doubtful.

    • Riccardo Benzoni
      September 28, 2015

      no m2 note? no umi emax mini? no redmi note 2?
      and, most of all, a list of “top” phones full of doogee phones is really worthy to be kept in consideration?

    • Riccardo Benzoni
      September 28, 2015

      so you have half the list made by doogee, no1, elephone and totally unknown brands and your problem is Umi?

      • Chickens
        September 28, 2015

        Yes
        Because my current phone is an UMi eMax, I have heard of the shady stuff done by doogee and elephone but I don’t have experience regarding those brands. However I do have personal experience with UMi so I do have a problem with their actions.

        • Riccardo Benzoni
          September 28, 2015

          I aslo have an eMAX and has been one of the best devices my money could have bought. What kind of problem do you have?

          • Chickens
            September 28, 2015

            Lollipop
            Camera optimisation

            • Riccardo Benzoni
              September 28, 2015

              I don’t care about defending companies, since they already got my money and that should be enough from my side, but some things you say are inaccurate:

              1) how camera optimisation could be related as a “shady” thing? we should probably consider every chinese manifacturer eccept the top 3-4 shady then.

              2) Zero has mt6592, I don’t have it but have you seen a single mt6592 properly updated by sources by any company? and I don’t mean that half-assed cm ports that don’t work, but proper android lollipop right out from the manifacturer. I’ve not seen any, and I own a coolpad f1, a lenovo golden warrior and a redmi note, not exactly small brands. Coolpad promised 5.1 and then announced they couldn’t make it, guess they are shady as well, right?

              3) I don’t have hammer but I’ve seen that an official version of lollipop exhists and also some custom roms are made from it, so don’t know what are you talking about there.

              4) they say on forums they are still working on emax 5.1 update, personally I couldn’t care less to update my perfectly optimized kitkat with the worst android release to date, but if you care so much you should get in contact with them and pressure them to release it as soon as possible if you can’t wait anymore, and when they will officially say the project is discarded then you can bash them whenever you like, no ne could tell you not do to it.

              5) Don’t know about Iron and its issues, but I saw on a review on another website they release frequent otas and have been fixing issues here and there, so it seems they are trying at least, even if I’d left the talking to an iron user who should know better.

            • Chickens
              September 29, 2015

              1. how camera optimisation could be related as a “shady” thing? we should probably consider every chinese manifacturer eccept the top 3-4 shady then.

              http://community.umidigi.com/forum.php?mod=viewthread&tid=57&extra=page%3D1%26filter%3Dtypeid%26typeid%3D29&page=4

              nananaRev
              “it’s various /hal/imgsensor/config.ftbl pointing to nowere and missing denoiser (ISOXNUMBERX_resXres.ncf) along many unconfigured camera feature and perhaps unchecked current through the sensor – a sort of working dummy. Can be fixed tough, by the owner of the kernel or by someone with lot’s of time in his hand!

              I’ve already asked for refund, but you should ask to fix this seriusly, it’s disappointing!”

              2. Coolpad promised 5.1 and then announced they couldn’t make it, guess they are shady as well, right?

              The Zero lollipop wasn’t the only reason why I call them shady, there’s the Hammer, eMax and Iron stuff too. The last 4 phones released by UMi suffer from customer support problems, does Coolpad have this problem too? If they do then yes they might be shady as well.

              3) I don’t have hammer but I’ve seen that an official version

              Full of bugs, probably a ported rom. UMi’s ‘roadmap’ states they will release an Android 5.0 (different from buggy 5.1 release) via rootjoy that has not been delivered.

              4) Yes they said they are working on it like they said before, can’t be helped if people don’t trust them anymore.

              5)From Gizchina facebook page

              Szymon Adamowski Andi Sykes They used Diret Path Audio system by hardware without implementing it into software, so the AUX is not using DP at all.

              Also their forum moderator uses an alternate account to post as a regular member, I’d consider that shady.

            • Riccardo Benzoni
              September 29, 2015

              so you are frustrated because you have a so and so camera and not crappy lollipop on a 150€ phone with many great specs and you want to discredit the brand with stupid motivations common to 99% of chinese manifacturers? do yourself a favor and buy a samsung next time, seems chinese phone market is not for you.

            • Chickens
              September 30, 2015

              Chinese phone market companies like Xiaomi, Lenovo or LeTV? I haven’t heard them do things that Doogee, UMi or Elephone has been doing, so don’t know what are you talking about there.

              Also thank you for your opinion but I’d still buy from trustworthy Chinese phone manufacturers that isn’t named Doogee, UMi or Elephone, although Elephone looks like their doing good with Trunk so maybe they’d recover their brand.

            • Yeti hand
              September 30, 2015

              Please do us a favor do as he says and buy a samsung device, you obviously have no idea of what a “shaddy” brand is
              One last thing, please get out of here

        • September 28, 2015

          Article says that you should wait for the reviews on the UMi, for this very reason.

          • Riccardo Benzoni
            September 28, 2015

            what very reason?

          • ShameOnAndy
            February 17, 2016

            its just a fucking dumb way to do it. Eveyone agree EXEPT YOU ANDY ! because you profit from the lies

  2. Sirrr
    September 28, 2015

    Redmi Note 2 / Meizu M2 Note (mini as well) / Lenovo K3 Note / Jiayu S3 and then the others…

    • September 28, 2015

      K3 note is there. JiaYu we really considered adding but just thought with the future of the company not certain we best not. The others you mention are above the cut of price of $160.

      • Ivan
        September 29, 2015

        That’s not true, Andi. Both Redmi Note and M2 Note are consistently at lower price than $160 in many stores. Instead, we find many Doogee devices, plus Elephone, plus Cubot and other similar “awesome” brands. I find this list very biased…

      • andyouter
        February 17, 2016

        Jiayu are fine andy…. STOP YOUR LYING

  3. Venci
    September 28, 2015

    WOW nice ! Just missed Meizu m2 note.

  4. Riccardo Benzoni
    September 28, 2015

    hmm… no m2 note? no umi emax mini? no redmi note 2?
    and, most of all, a list of “top” phones full of doogee phones is really worthy to be kept in consideration?

    • September 28, 2015

      How much is the Redmi Note 2 and the Meizu M2 Note? They are really close to the cut off of $160. If it was the best under $180 then they would be in there for sure.

      • Riccardo Benzoni
        September 28, 2015

        i guess zopo and blackview at159$ are on their own league then…

      • Nahúm Pérez Mesa
        September 28, 2015

        And no Mlais Mx Base?

        For me the Mlais Mx Base, the oukitel k4000, Infocus M810T (with larger screen but killer specifications), lenovo k3 and most of all, the Xiaomi redmi note 2, the best! The two first are for me the more interesting of all because of the battery live and dimensions and strongers, and the other 3 are biger but much more performers.

      • crappkid
        September 29, 2015

        M2 Note can be bought for $130 from various websites 😉

      • Roger
        October 1, 2015

        You can get the Meizu M2 (Mini) for around $130

  5. Alen Kalac
    September 28, 2015

    Well, you have some presell phones so i think Blackview OMEGA PRO is also consideration.

    • Vlada
      September 29, 2015

      Totally agree. I’m missing this phone it the list too. If there is the Doogee F3 which is still in presale, this phone should be there too. Both have very similar specifications.

  6. RuR‎
    September 28, 2015

    Bluboo X550 has a bad GPS and a very bad camera

  7. Steve B
    September 28, 2015

    Would have done the Inew L3 rather than V3 Plus now presale has ended, looks pretty promising and price is same.

  8. Chickens
    September 28, 2015

    A lot of the phones being recommended are not yet reviewed. I don’t like this list of ‘top’ phones, feels half assed. Putting a phone with great reviews like the Lenovo K3 Note beside a phone from a shady company like UMi feels wrong.

    • ST Ammo
      September 28, 2015

      Agree. Article called “TOP 25” and author is asking “has anyone tried this phone? If so let us know what it is like”. Sounds very unprofessional and doubtful.

    • Riccardo Benzoni
      September 28, 2015

      so you have half the list made by doogee, no1, elephone and totally unknown brands and your problem is Umi?

    • Chickens
      September 28, 2015

      Yes
      Because my current phone is an UMi eMax, I have heard of the shady stuff done by doogee and elephone but I don’t have experience regarding those brands. However I do have personal experience with UMi so I do have a problem with their actions.

    • Riccardo Benzoni
      September 28, 2015

      I also have an eMAX and has been one of the best devices my money could have bought. What kind of problem do you have?

    • Chickens
      September 28, 2015

      Lollipop
      Camera optimisation

      The phone was sold with the promise of lollipop. They release a ‘roadmap’ stating eMax lollipop on august 18 when the day came, UMi says actually its september 4 lol. They release a teaser showing lollipop 5.1 eMax soon. When september 4 came, they give the community a TCL M2M rom that was uploaded last july, no network signal and no camera not even worked on. Last week they say they will release 5.0 within the week and 5.1 within 10 days, this week they say actually last week was non working holiday because chinese mid autumn festival lol so even though we promised we weren’t actually at work.
      Zero and Hammer were promised with lollipop and Iron needs audio optimisations. UMi counts as a shady company for me.

    • Andi Sykes
      September 28, 2015

      Article says that you should wait for the reviews on the UMi, for this very reason.

    • Riccardo Benzoni
      September 28, 2015

      what very reason?

    • Riccardo Benzoni
      September 28, 2015

      I don’t care about defending companies, since they already got my money and that should be enough from my side, but some things you say are inaccurate:

      1) how camera optimisation could be related as a “shady” thing? we should probably consider every chinese manifacturer eccept the top 3-4 shady then.

      2) Zero has mt6592, I don’t have it but have you seen a single mt6592 properly updated by sources by any company? and I don’t mean that half-assed cm ports that don’t work, but proper android lollipop right out from the manifacturer. I’ve not seen any, and I own a coolpad f1, a lenovo golden warrior and a redmi note, not exactly small brands. Coolpad promised 5.1 and then announced they couldn’t make it, guess they are shady as well, right?

      3) I don’t have hammer but I’ve seen that an official version of lollipop exhists and also some custom roms are made from it, so don’t know what are you talking about there.

      4) they say on forums they are still working on emax 5.1 update, personally I couldn’t care less to update my perfectly optimized kitkat with the worst android release to date, but if you care so much you should get in contact with them and pressure them to release it as soon as possible if you can’t wait anymore, and when they will officially say the project is discarded then you can bash them whenever you like, no ne could tell you not do to it.

      5) Don’t know about Iron and its issues, but I saw on a review on another website they release frequent otas and have been fixing issues here and there, so it seems they are trying at least, even if I’d left the talking to an iron user who should know better.

    • Chickens
      September 29, 2015

      1. how camera optimisation could be related as a “shady” thing? we should probably consider every chinese manifacturer eccept the top 3-4 shady then.

      http://community.umidigi.com/forum.php?mod=viewthread&tid=57&extra=page%3D1%26filter%3Dtypeid%26typeid%3D29&page=4

      nananaRev
      “it’s various /hal/imgsensor/config.ftbl pointing to nowere and missing denoiser (ISOXNUMBERX_resXres.ncf) along many unconfigured camera feature and perhaps unchecked current through the sensor – a sort of working dummy. Can be fixed tough, by the owner of the kernel or by someone with lot’s of time in his hand!

      I’ve already asked for refund, but you should ask to fix this seriusly, it’s disappointing!”

      2. Coolpad promised 5.1 and then announced they couldn’t make it, guess they are shady as well, right?

      The Zero lollipop wasn’t the only reason why I call them shady, there’s the Hammer, eMax and Iron stuff too. The last 4 phones released by UMi suffer from customer support problems, does Coolpad have this problem too? If they do then yes they might be shady as well.

      3) I don’t have hammer but I’ve seen that an official version

      Full of bugs, probably a ported rom. UMi’s ‘roadmap’ states they will release an Android 5.0 (different from buggy 5.1 release) via rootjoy that has not been delivered.

      4) Yes they said they are working on it like they said before, can’t be helped if people don’t trust them anymore.

      5)From Gizchina facebook page

      Szymon Adamowski Andi Sykes They used Diret Path Audio system by hardware without implementing it into software, so the AUX is not using DP at all.

      Also their forum moderator uses an alternate account to post as a regular member, I’d consider that shady.

    • Riccardo Benzoni
      September 29, 2015

      so you are frustrated because you have a so and so camera and not crappy lollipop on a 150€ phone with many great specs and you want to discredit the brand with stupid motivations common to 99% of chinese manifacturers? do yourself a favor and buy a samsung next time, seems chinese phone market is not for you.

    • Chickens
      September 30, 2015

      Chinese phone market companies like Xiaomi, Lenovo or LeTV? I haven’t heard them do things that Doogee, UMi or Elephone has been doing, so don’t know what are you talking about there.

      Also thank you for your opinion but I’d still buy from trustworthy Chinese phone manufacturers that isn’t named Doogee, UMi or Elephone, although Elephone looks like their doing good with Trunk so maybe they’d recover their brand.

    • Yeti hand
      September 30, 2015

      Please do us a favor do as he says and buy a samsung device, you obviously have no idea of what a “shady” brand is
      One last thing, please get out of here

    • Guest
      February 18, 2016

      its just a fucking dumb way to do it. Eveyone agree EXEPT YOU ANDY ! because you profit from the lies

  9. Sirrr
    September 28, 2015

    Redmi Note 2 / Meizu M2 Note (mini as well) / Lenovo K3 Note / Jiayu S3 and then the others…

    • Andi Sykes
      September 28, 2015

      K3 note is there. JiaYu we really considered adding but just thought with the future of the company not certain we best not. The others you mention are above the cut of price of $160.

    • Guest
      September 29, 2015

      That’s not true, Andi. Both Redmi Note and M2 Note are consistently at lower price than $160 in many stores. Instead, we find many Doogee devices, plus Elephone, plus Cubot and other similar “awesome” brands. I find this list very biased…

    • Guest
      February 18, 2016

      Jiayu are fine andy…. STOP YOUR LYING

  10. Venci
    September 28, 2015

    WOW nice ! Just missed Meizu m2 note.

  11. Riccardo Benzoni
    September 28, 2015

    hmm… no m2 note? no umi emax mini? no redmi note 2?
    and, most of all, a list of “top” phones full of doogee phones is really worthy to be kept in consideration?

    • Andi Sykes
      September 28, 2015

      How much is the Redmi Note 2 and the Meizu M2 Note? They are really close to the cut off of $160. If it was the best under $180 then they would be in there for sure.

    • Riccardo Benzoni
      September 28, 2015

      meizu can be found in a lot of stores at under 160$ (even one of your banners now flashes 159$, but there are some sites you can find it a couple of dollar less), and the td version of redmi 2 note (which is the very same phone, frequencies included) retails even a couple of tenners less.
      and emax mini (tcl 3s) seems to be ignored, well, I’ll buy the mighty dg700 instead 😀

    • Nahúm Pérez Mesa
      September 28, 2015

      And no Mlais Mx Base?

      For me the Mlais Mx Base, the oukitel k4000, Infocus M810T (with larger screen but killer specifications), lenovo k3 and most of all, the Xiaomi redmi note 2, the best! The two first are for me the more interesting of all because of the battery live and dimensions and strongers, and the other 3 are biger but much more performers.

    • afghanPower
      September 29, 2015

      M2 Note can be bought for $130 from various websites 😉

  12. Alen Kalac
    September 28, 2015

    Well, you have some presell phones so i think Blackview OMEGA PRO is also consideration.

    • Vlada
      September 29, 2015

      Totally agree. I’m missing this phone it the list too. If there is the Doogee F3 which is still in presale, this phone should be there too. Both have very similar specifications.

  13. RuR
    September 28, 2015

    Bluboo X550 has a bad GPS and a very bad camera

  14. Steve B
    September 28, 2015

    Would have done the Inew L3 rather than V3 Plus now presale has ended, looks pretty promising and price is same.

  15. VH
    September 29, 2015

    Hi, where can i get that special offer for

    Blackview BV5000?

  16. Vlada
    September 29, 2015

    Last week I ordered the Zopo Speed 7. I hope I didn’t make a mistake. But reviews look good, there is a promissing unofficial ROM already out and Zopo promissed to release the full source codes for the phone. That was my reason to choose it.

    I also own a Doogee DG700 for a half year. The phone is not bad but people should be aware that it definitely isn’t IP67. If can not last even a few seconds under water. The display is terrible and burns-in very quickly. Camera is also poor. Lollipop is basically unusable. Because of wrong partitioning you have no space left for applications, so currently users have to stick with KitKat. It is not a bad phone but buyers should be aware of these problems.

    • Dante
      September 29, 2015

      The reasons you gave us makes it a bad phone – thanks for sharing

      • Vlada
        September 30, 2015

        The phone has same good points too. Despite the poor and old HW it runs very smooth, since it is almost clean Android. The large 4000mAh battery assures that the phone can last two days of heavy usage. The build quality is quite good and everything works as excepted.

        On the drawbacks side I also have to mention it misses compass. That is quite strange on an outdoor phone.

    • crappkid
      September 30, 2015

      General rule: Don’t buy Doogee, Elephone or Ulefone.

  17. Stef
    September 29, 2015

    I find (it) strange that since you include Elephone phones that you don’t include their (current) flagship, p8000 . Seriously it’s by far the best phone this company ever created, as it has both the hardware trifecta (battery-ram-build quality), IMO the most important hardware stuff on a phone *and* the software (stock Google Rom -the one that they release in their forums- + released sources).

    Granted it’s a bit more than $160 (instead of $150) but with the use of coupons it can certainly fall as low as $150… But I can be hard pressed to find a better phone in general (OK the camera is average at best, but not much can be done about that, most phones’ cameras … suck).

    • balcobomber25
      September 29, 2015

      Cheapest I could find the P8000 is $170. Lists like these usually keep it to a a max of a $10 difference.

      • Stef
        September 29, 2015

        Yesterday I could find it $163 … now it has gone up to $184 in that same store… hmmmm

        • balcobomber25
          September 29, 2015

          Thats the thing with phones in this price range, the prices change almost daily.

  18. VMortens
    September 29, 2015

    Where are Meizu M2 Mini and Mlaise Base MX?
    Seriuosly, the selection here is quite an odd one.
    This portal keeps drifting away from what attracted so many people here. First the changes in the front page engine – user experience obviously means nothing to you. Now, tons of articles saying nothing, skipping importnat subjects, promised and never published reviews. Wake up people! Before it’s too late.

    • Steve B
      September 29, 2015

      Agree, this site needs more reviews and less (non)news. There’s an increasing tendency to just repeat PR puff, which is lazy but probably profitable. personally I want hard honest facts, not marketing spin, as highlighted by inaccuracies in some of these product synopsis.

  19. VH
    September 29, 2015

    Hi, where can i get that special offer for

    Blackview BV5000?

  20. Vlada
    September 29, 2015

    Last week I ordered the Zopo Speed 7. I hope I didn’t make a mistake. But reviews look good, there is a promissing unofficial ROM already out and Zopo promissed to release the full source codes for the phone. That was my reason to choose it.

    I also own a Doogee DG700 for a half year. The phone is not bad but people should be aware that it definitely isn’t IP67. If can not last even a few seconds under water. The display is terrible and burns-in very quickly. Camera is also poor. Lollipop is basically unusable. Because of wrong partitioning you have no space left for applications, so currently users have to stick with KitKat. It is not a bad phone but buyers should be aware of these problems.

    • Dante
      September 29, 2015

      The reasons you gave us makes it a bad phone – thanks for sharing

    • Vlada
      September 30, 2015

      The phone has same good points too. Despite the poor and old HW it runs very smooth, since it is almost clean Android. The large 4000mAh battery assures that the phone can last two days of heavy usage. The build quality is quite good and everything works as excepted.

      On the drawbacks side I also have to mention it misses compass. That is quite strange on an outdoor phone.

    • afghanPower
      September 30, 2015

      General rule: Don’t buy Doogee, Elephone or Ulefone.

  21. Stef
    September 29, 2015

    I find (it) strange that since you include Elephone phones that you don’t include their (current) flagship, p8000 . Seriously it’s by far the best phone this company ever created, as it has both the hardware trifecta (battery-ram-build quality), IMO the most important hardware stuff on a phone *and* the software (stock Google Rom -the one that they release in their forums- + released sources).

    Granted it’s a bit more than $160 (instead of $150) but with the use of coupons it can certainly fall as low as $150… But I can be hard pressed to find a better phone in general (OK the camera is average at best, but not much can be done about that, most phones’ cameras … suck).

    • balcobomber25
      September 29, 2015

      Cheapest I could find the P8000 is $170. Lists like these usually keep it to a a max of a $10 difference.

    • Stef
      September 30, 2015

      Yesterday I could find it $163 … now it has gone up to $184 in that same store… hmmmm

    • balcobomber25
      September 30, 2015

      Thats the thing with phones in this price range, the prices change almost daily.

  22. VMortens
    September 29, 2015

    Where are Meizu M2 Mini and Mlaise Base MX?
    Seriuosly, the selection here is quite an odd one.
    This portal keeps drifting away from what attracted so many people here. First the changes in the front page engine – user experience obviously means nothing to you. Now, tons of articles saying nothing, skipping importnat subjects, promised and never published reviews. Wake up people! Before it’s too late.

    • Steve B
      September 29, 2015

      Agree, this site needs more reviews and less (non)news. There’s an increasing tendency to just repeat PR puff, which is lazy but probably profitable. personally I want hard honest facts, not marketing spin, as highlighted by inaccuracies in some of these product synopsis.

  23. Dante
    September 29, 2015

    The f3 Pro is 160 bucks same as the Redmi Note 2 – And in the comments you evwn said that .. eh Whatever didnt like this list so much

    • balcobomber25
      September 29, 2015

      Ali has the Redmi Note 2 for as little as $145.

  24. bro-reac
    September 29, 2015

    This post is quite mis-leading.
    This should have been something like “Top…. then you tell us to add on you list. Otherwise I appreciate your efforts but atleast it would have been better if you only listed those that you have used and then you can actually confirm that they are worth the buck.

  25. Dante
    September 29, 2015

    The f3 Pro is 160 bucks same as the Redmi Note 2 – And in the comments you evwn said that .. eh Whatever didnt like this list so much

    • balcobomber25
      September 29, 2015

      Ali has the Redmi Note 2 for as little as $145.

  26. Still-considering
    September 29, 2015

    I hope this site ain’t going to the dogee

  27. bro-reac
    September 29, 2015

    This post is quite mis-leading.
    This should have been something like “Top…. then you tell us to add on you list. Otherwise I appreciate your efforts but atleast it would have been better if you only listed those that you have used and then you can actually confirm that they are worth the buck.

  28. Still-considering
    September 29, 2015

    I hope this site ain’t going to the dogee

  29. Sansa
    September 29, 2015

    I’m stupefied at the Infocus… To me, wins this list by a very far away margin.

    • Roger
      October 1, 2015

      It has a major drawback – It only supports 3G WCDMA 1900/2100MHz.

      • Sansa
        October 1, 2015

        Yeah, seems like it has issues with bands.

  30. Xalis
    September 30, 2015

    What about the Mlais M52, Meizu M2 Note, Meizu M2, Xiaomi Redmi Note 2.

  31. manohar basavaraju
    September 30, 2015

    Gizchina shop cheated me… I bought ulefone be touch 2 but it’s battery is worst I have ever seen on any smart phone till now. It’s new phone and I couldn’t believe it went from 60% to 30% overnight without any interference[ data off, no alarm nothing ]… I have been trying to contact gizchina shop from the past 4 days with no luck.
    Customer service is pathetic, till now I haven’t received any email from anyone including Andi…. I never expected such a shopping experience on gizchina.
    Eventhough I bought using PayPal, I doubt I get justice with this ulefone. Andi is busy promoting his shop, don’t have time to solve the issues I guess.

    Be careful guys…

    • VMortens
      September 30, 2015

      It’s not Andi’s shop – they have an agreement with one of the existing Chineese re-seller (gearbest?). My understanding is, that it wasn’t the one with best customer experience feedback. Andi can negotiate the prices in his department, but I doubt he has access to their sales system.
      Undoubtfuly, your opinion is important, cause it brings some light onto the customer care (or the lack of it), but it’s hard to expect that Andi will personally look in every case risen by unsatisfied customer. Hard to blame him.
      Asking him for help, or complaining about the shop employees ignoring you is not a bad idea at all, though.

      • manohar basavaraju
        September 30, 2015

        It’s a shame that they are asking me to ship it for repair and they send it back after repairing all these at my own cost. Was it necessary for me to order on gizchina? For new phone with this sort of problem, I paid 42$ shipping price now I have to ship it back to slovania and they repair it and send it back to me all these at my cost….
        For 175$ phone I have to spend choose to 100$ just to send and receive for someone’s mistake….. I don’t understand why I should pay the price for repair of brand new phone includingto and fro shipping?

        • VH
          October 1, 2015

          Shipping cost is on you only to send it back to them. From them to you, they have to pay for shipping.

      • AndyIsEvil
        February 17, 2016

        Andy should be fucking ashamed of himself the vile money grabbing little toad ! Gearbest are the worst of a very bad lot , bordering on crooks, only a greedy nasty bastard would channel people to gearbest.

        I will not use this site again and tell others to do like wise

        DIRTY ANDY

    • Begbie
      September 30, 2015

      Most probably it is not a hardware issue but an app that is draining your battery. So most probably and I have to prees this word probably it is your fault…

      • manohar basavaraju
        October 1, 2015

        My fault? Hello it’s a brand new phone and FYI, I have not installed any software till now which drains battery. OK? without knowing about the details pls don’t post any comments. Thanks

  32. Sansa
    September 30, 2015

    I’m stupefied at the Infocus… To me, wins this list by a very far away margin.

    • Sansa
      October 1, 2015

      Yeah, seems like it has issues with bands.

  33. Guest
    September 30, 2015

    What about the Mlais M52, Meizu M2 Note, Meizu M2, Xiaomi Redmi Note 2.

  34. manohar basavaraju
    September 30, 2015

    Gizchina shop cheated me… I bought ulefone be touch 2 but it’s battery is worst I have ever seen on any smart phone till now. It’s new phone and I couldn’t believe it went from 60% to 30% overnight without any interference[ data off, no alarm nothing ]… I have been trying to contact gizchina shop from the past 4 days with no luck.
    Customer service is pathetic, till now I haven’t received any email from anyone including Andi…. I never expected such a shopping experience on gizchina.
    Eventhough I bought using PayPal, I doubt I get justice with this ulefone. Andi is busy promoting his shop, don’t have time to solve the issues I guess.

    Be careful guys…

    • VMortens
      September 30, 2015

      It’s not Andi’s shop – they have an agreement with one of the existing Chineese re-seller (gearbest?). My understanding is, that it wasn’t the one with best customer experience feedback. Andi can negotiate the prices in his department, but I doubt he has access to their sales system.
      Undoubtfuly, your opinion is important, cause it brings some light onto the customer care (or the lack of it), but it’s hard to expect that Andi will personally look in every case risen by unsatisfied customer. Hard to blame him.
      Asking him for help, or complaining about the shop employees ignoring you is not a bad idea at all, though.

    • manohar basavaraju
      September 30, 2015

      It’s a shame that they are asking me to ship it for repair and they send it back after repairing all these at my own cost. Was it necessary for me to order on gizchina? For new phone with this sort of problem, I paid 42$ shipping price now I have to ship it back to slovania and they repair it and send it back to me all these at my cost….
      For 175$ phone I have to spend choose to 100$ just to send and receive for someone’s mistake….. I don’t understand why I should pay the price for repair of brand new phone includingto and fro shipping?

    • Guest
      September 30, 2015

      Most probably it is not a hardware issue but an app that is draining your battery. So most probably and I have to prees this word probably it is your fault…

    • manohar basavaraju
      October 1, 2015

      My fault? Hello it’s a brand new phone and FYI, I have not installed any software till now which drains battery. OK? without knowing about the details pls don’t post any comments. Thanks

    • VH
      October 1, 2015

      Shipping cost is on you only to send it back to them. From them to you, they have to pay for shipping.

    • Guest
      February 18, 2016

      Andy should be fucking ashamed of himself the vile money grabbing little toad ! Gearbest are the worst of a very bad lot , bordering on crooks, only a greedy nasty bastard would channel people to gearbest.

      I will not use this site again and tell others to do like wise

      DIRTY ANDY

  35. Yeti hand
    September 30, 2015

    I have the leagoo elite 5, it costs about 120 dollars .mt6735
    2gb ram, 16go rom, hd screen, a 13mp sony rear camera,5mp sony front camera, a chassis made of metal, 4000mah battery. it supports quick charge 1.0, comes with a led notification and the leagoo software is flawless up to now.
    I have used it for 3 weeks now, so far everything is perfect, I’m a happy camper 🙂

  36. Carlos T
    September 30, 2015

    Mlais MX base??? hello?

  37. Yeti hand
    September 30, 2015

    I have the leagoo elite 5, it costs about 120 dollars .mt6735
    2gb ram, 16go rom, hd screen, a 13mp sony rear camera,5mp sony front camera, a chassis made of metal, 4000mah battery. it supports quick charge 1.0, comes with a led notification and the leagoo software is flawless up to now.
    I have used it for 3 weeks now, so far everything is perfect, I’m a happy camper 🙂

  38. Carlos T
    September 30, 2015

    Mlais MX base??? hello?

  39. MRSOFSOF
    October 2, 2015

    Umi emax missing.

  40. MRSOFSOF
    October 2, 2015

    Umi emax missing.