Top 5 Chinese Smartphones for Under $100 – October 2018

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Welcome back to our monthly rendezvous with the best smartphones you can get out of China for the month of October. This specific list is made for those who are willing to spend up to $100 but still want a great device that will suffice for most user scenarios; keep reading!

Top 5 Chinese Smartphones for Under $100

1. Xiaomi Redmi 6

Xiaomi Redmi 6

As always, Xiaomi always gets the first row when budget phones are the subject. The first of which is the latest Xiaomi Redmi 6, a metal-built handset coming with a last gen MediaTek Helio P22 octa-core CPU along with 3GB of RAM and 32GB of internal storage (4GB and 64GB with a little extra).

The smartphone sports a relatively small 5.45-inch HD+ display, meanwhile in the camera department we find a 12.0MP + 5.0MP camera setup on the back, with selfies will be taken care of by a 5MP snapper.

Finally, the phone packs a good sized 3000mAh capacity battery, a rear fingerprint scanner and MIUI based on Android 8.1 Oreo.

2. Vernee T3 Pro

vernee T3 Pro

Vernee managed to get a phone into the list with their latest Vernee T3 Pro. The handset comes with a 5.5-inch display sporting HD+ resolution (1440 x 720) and is powered by a MediaTek 6739 quad-core CPU along with 3GB of RAM and 16GB of internal storage that is, of course, expandable.

On the back of the phone we find a 13MP main camera accompanied by a 2MP secondary to get photos with the bokeh effect, meanwhile at the front we find a 5MP selfie snapper.

Vernee’s budget phone is fueled by a 4000mAh battery, sports a fingerprint scanner on the rear and runs Android 8.1 Oreo out of the box.

3. LeEco Le 3 Pro

LeEco Le Pro 3 X650

The LeEco Le 3 Pro keeps a spot on the list thanks to its really good specs to price ratio. The smartphone does indeed pack a powerful MediaTek Helio X23 and is coupled with 4GB of RAM, we then find 32GB of internal storage (not expandable, so beware) and a big 4000mAh capacity battery, all of that for around $100.

Photographs will be taken care of by a Sony IMX258 image sensor of 13MP with F/2.0 aperture which supports 4K video recording as well as 120fps slowmo videos. Meanwhile selfies are shot on an 8MP snapper.

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Finally, the LeEco Le 3 Pro sports a 5.5-inch 16:9 IPS display with FHD 1080 x 1920 resolution coated in 2.5D curved glass.

4. Xiaomi Redmi 5A

Xiaomi’s Redmi 5A still keeps a spot on our list for packing some solid hardware at less than $100. The Redmi 5A does indeed come with the good and extremely power efficient Qualcomm Snapdragon 425, along with 2GB of RAM and 16GB of internal storage.

The handset is then equipped with a 5-inch HD display, meanwhile cameras are 13MP on the back and a 5MP at the front. Battery capacity tops at 3000mAh, which should be plenty enough for a day of heavy use. The smartphone is also available in a Global version for the readers living outside of China.

5. OUKITEL C12 Pro


This month, the HOMTOM C2 gets dethroned by Oukitel’s latest C12 Pro. The latter does indeed sport a more trendy design (at least for some) with a notch at the top of its larger 6.18-inch display, a bigger battery and WiFi 5Ghz. Beware though, the display resolution is only 480 x 996, so if you really care about pixel count, you should probably avoid this one.

The rest of the hardware is on par with other phones in this price range, going from the MediaTek 6739 quad-core CPU to the 3GB of RAM and 16GB of internal storage which is expandable.

Cameras are 8MP + 2MP on the back, meanwhile at the front you’ll find a 5MP selfie shooter. Other specs include a fingerprint scanner just below the two rear cameras, gravity sensor, compass and a good sized 3300mAh capacity battery.

Top 5 Chinese Smartphones for Under $100

Best Chinese Smartphones

This is it for the the month of October, we hope you found your next budget phone among our selection. If you didn’t and you’d like to suggest other devices, please let us and everybody else know in the comments section below!

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