Top 5 Chinese Smartphones for Under $100 – December 2017

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December is a key month as it’s when you’re probably going to buy yourself or anybody dear to you a nice Christmas gift. If you’re on a tight budget and aren’t willing to spend too much then you’re in the right place. Down below you’ll indeed find the top 5 Chinese smartphones you can get for less than (or around) $100!

Top 5 Chinese Smartphones for Under $100

1. Xiaomi Redmi Note 5A

Xiaomi Redmi Note 5A

Let’s kick things of with the what’s probably the best 5.5-inch device you can get for less than $100 as far as build quality and software support goes, the Xiaomi Redmi Note 5A. Xiaomi’s cheapest large-screen device is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 425 clocked at 1.4hz, 2GB of RAM and 16GB of internal storage (expandable).

Other specs include a 5.5-inch HD IPS display, a 13MP rear camera with F/2.2 aperture and PDAF, meanwhile at the front we find a 5MP F/2.0 shooter. The Redmi Note 5A packs a smaller 3080mAh battery, runs MIUI V9 based on Android 7.0 Nougat and supports lots of 4G LTE networks all over the globe, including band 20.

2. LeEco Cool1

LeEco Cool1


If you’re looking for a more powerful device, then LeEco with their Cool1 might be a good option for you. Being more than a year old, the handset can now be found for around $100, which is a great price considering it packs a Qualcomm Snapdragon 652 along with 3GB of RAM and 32GB of internal storage.

The smartphone sports a 5.5-inch display and a dual rear camera setup with a main 13MP Sony IMX258 with F/2.0 aperture that can shoot 4K videos, meanwhile at the front we find an 8MP selfie snapper.

The LeEco Cool1 is fueled by a large 4060mAh capacity battery and it supports various 4G networks, but band 20 isn’t among them.

3. Xiaomi Redmi 4X

Xiaomi Redmi 4X

Do you prefer a more compact device? What about the Xiaomi Redmi 4X with its 5-inch display? The handset produced by the tech giant – Xiaomi – is the go-to at around $100 for anybody wanting a smaller sized phone. The Redmi 4X is also well specced, going from the Qualcomm Snapdragon 435 CPU to the 2GB (also 3GB or 4GB) of RAM and 16GB (32GB or 64GB) of internal storage (expandable).

Camera wise, we find a 13MP rear shooter with F/2.0 aperture and a 5MP selfie snapper. The smartphone comes with a massive-for-the-size 4100mAh capacity battery, it does feature 4G LTE connectivity and in its Global version also supports band 20.

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4. Cubot Note Plus

Coming at a screen size that’s between a 5″ and a 5.5er, we have the Cubot Note Plus with its 5.2-inch display. The handset packs relatively good hardware, starting with an overclocked Mediatek MT6737T CPU to the 3GB of RAM and 32GB of internal storage (expandable via microSD).

Cubot’s Note Plus comes with a Sony Exmor 13.1MP rear camera sporting F/2.2 aperture and another 13MP shooter at the front for selfies. The smartphone also features a rear fingerprint scanner, a 2800mAh capacity battery and supports 4G LTE networks, with band 20 being among them.

5. Xiaomi Redmi 5

Xiaomi Redmi 5

Always from Xiaomi, we have the recently launched Xiaomi Redmi 5. The smartphone features the trendy 18:9 aspect ratio on a large 5.7-inch HD+ display. It’s powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 450 paired with either 2GB, 3GB or 4GB of RAM and 16GB,32GB or 64GB of internal storage.

Xiaomi’s device sports 12MP rear shooter with F/2.0 aperture that can record slow-mo videos at 120fps and a 5MP selfie camera.

Lastly, the Redmi 5 comes with an averagely sized 3200mAh capacity battery and supports 4G LTE connectivity, the smartphone does cost slightly more than $100, but if you really want a 18:9 ratio phone for Christmas then this is probably your best and cheapest option.

Top 5 Chinese Smartphones for Under $100

Best Chinese Smartphones

With the latest Xiaomi Redmi 5 we conclude our December’s top 5 list. We really hope you guys found your next Christmas present, but if you didn’t and you’d have suggested any other device, let us know in the comments below for anybody to read!

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