Welcome back to our February’s top 5 list. Keep in mind that this is the month of the MWC (Mobile World Congress) so we will – hopefully – see it revamped in around 30 days. Nevertheless, for the time being, down below you’ll find the five best smartphones you can currently get for less than $500; keep reading!
Top 5 Chinese Smartphones for Under $500
1. OnePlus 5T
As always, we begin with the go-to for Chinese smartphones – the OnePlus 5T. The smartphone sports a powerful Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 processor paired with 6GB of RAM and 64GB of internal storage as well as the trendy 18:9 aspect ratio and “full-screen” design with very slim top and bottom bezels.
The display on the OnePlus 5T is a large 6.01-inch Full Optic AMOLED with an 80.5% screen-to-body ratio and 18:9 aspect. In the camera department, we have a 16MP main shooter with F/1.7 and a secondary 20MP sporting the same wide aperture, the latter is used in low light situations. On the front, we find a 16MP snapper for high resolution selfies.
Lastly, battery capacity is 3300mAh with super fast Dash Charge support (20W), it runs OxygenOS based Android 7.1.1 Nougat OS and works on pretty much any 4G LTE network around the globe.
2. Xiaomi Mi6
Still on the list – at least until the next Mi7 is unveiled – we have the Xiaomi Mi6. Xiaomi’s device is still one of the best phones you can get for under $500, coming with a great performing Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 CPU, as well as 6GB of RAM and a whopping 128GB of internal storage – all of this while staying below the aforementioned price tag.
The Mi6 is also a great option for those looking for a smaller device as it sports a 5.15-inch Full HD display. Xiaomi’s phone features two cameras on the back, with a primary 12MP shooter with F/1.8 aperture and OIS, accompanied by another 12MP telephoto camera. Using the two of them you’ll be able to create photos with a shallow depth of field effect when in portrait mode.
The Xiaomi Mi6 packs a 3350mAh battery which supports Qualcomm’s Quick Charge 3.0 technology and it supports 4G LTE networks, but there’s no band 20 support.
3. Nubia Z17S
The latest Nubia Z17S also keeps his spot on this list as one of the best looking and powerful device currently on the market. The handset comes with a flagship Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 processor, 6GB of RAM and 64GB of storage, while sporting 2017’s full screen design on a large 5.73-inch panel with 1080x2040px resolution and ultra-thin side bezels.
Nubia’s Z17S comes with two rear cameras which are a 12.2MP shooter with F/1.8 aperture and OIS (Optical Image Stabilization) for the primary and a secondary 23MP snapper with a B&W sensor. The selfie camera has a resolution of 5MP and is accompanied by another 5MP secondary shooter.
The smartphone packs a 3100mAh capacity battery, with Quick Charge 3.0 support, it features NFC but there’s no 3.5mm headphone jack. 4G LTE connectivity works on pretty much any network around the world.
If the “full screen” design and the thin side bezels aren’t a priority for you, then the plain Z17 might be a better option as you can get the 8GB RAM or 128GB storage variants at around the same price.
4. Honor View 10
The Honor View 10 is what we could call a flagship killer if we only took into consideration phones running a Huawei SoC. The handset does indeed share a lot of the hardware present on the much more expensive ($800) Huawei Mate 10 Pro while costing almost half of that. The Honor View 10 is powered by the same Huawei HiSilicon KIRIN 970 octa-core CPU paired with 4GB of RAM and 64GB of internal storage (expandable).
Honor’s phone comes with a large 5.99″ FHD+ display, a main 16MP rear camera with an F/1.8 wide aperture and a secondary 20MP B&W shooter. Meanwhile at the front we find an high res 13MP selfie snapper with F/2.0 aperture and face recognition.
The View 10 is fueled by a decently sized 3750mAh capacity battery with Huawei Super Charge 3.0 support, runs Android 8.0 Oreo out of the box and works on various 4G networks, but band 20 isn’t among them.
5. Oppo R11s
Lastly, we have the Oppo R11s with its superb mix between design, specs, camera quality and price. The smartphone packs a big 6.01-inch AMOLED FHD+ display with an 18:9 aspect ratio, coated in Corning Gorilla Glass 5 and surrounded by very slim top and bottom bezels. Under the hood we find a mid-range – but still powerful for most users – Qualcomm Snapdragon 660 CPU, 4GB of RAM and 64GB of internal storage.
Camera wise, the Oppo R11s is equipped with a main 16MP Sony IMX398 rocking a wide F/1.7 aperture and a secondary 20MP Sony IMX350 telephoto camera featuring the same F/1.7 aperture; meanwhile the selfie snapper has 20MP resolution and F/2.0 aperture. The smartphone can shoot 4K videos at 30fps or slow-motion ones at up to 120fps.
The R11s packs a 3205mAh capacity battery and supports a plethora of 4G LTE networks, but unfortunately it does not feature band 20.
Top 5 Chinese Smartphones for Under $500
February’s list didn’t bring many changes from the past one, but we’re confident we’ll see plenty of new devices in March, after MWC 2018 wraps up. Let us know down below if you think we’ve missed any major flagship phones that sell for less than $500, also tell us what you’re expecting to see launched in Barcelona that stays within our budget!