Here we are in our first list after the MWC that took place last month in Barcelona. Sadly, as it happens every year, the event mostly sees more expensive flagship phones getting unveiled, which as you can imagine don’t make it on this list. Nevertheless, if you’re looking for a Chinese smartphone for under $100, this is our Top 5 for the month of March; keep reading!
Top 5 Chinese Smartphones for Under $100
1. Xiaomi Redmi 6A
Albeit slightly old in March 2019, the Xiaomi Redmi 6A launched back in June of 2018 is still a pretty impressive device to get for less than $100. For the price you indeed get a good MediaTek Helio A22 CPU along with 2GB or 3GB of RAM and either 16GB or 32GB of internal storage (expandable).
The handset then equips a relatively small 5.45-inch HD+ display, with a 5MP selfie snapper above it. Meanwhile on the back we find a single rear shooter of 13MP.
The Xiaomi Redmi 6 comes with a 3000mAh capacity battery and runs Android 8.0 Oreo out of the box.
2. Redmi Go
Is the Xiaomi Redmi 6A still too pricey and big for your taste? Then check out the smaller and more affordable Redmi Go. As the name suggests, the smartphone runs Google’s Android Go OS, a lighter and easier to run version of Android. Because of that the handset doesn’t need particularly strong hardware, in fact we find a low-end Qualcomm Snapdragon 425 coupled with 1GB of RAM and 8GB of internal storage expandable via microSD.
In the camera department we find a single 8MP shooter on the back with f/2.0 aperture meanwhile at the front we have a 8MP selfie snapper with f/2.2 aperture.
The smartphone features a compact 5-inch HD display and is powered by a really good sized 3000mAh capacity battery to run Android Go based on Android 8.0 Oreo.
3. Meizu M8c
If you’re looking for a slight update over the Redmi Go, the Meizu M8c with its very similar might be the option to go for. While it packs the same Snapdragon 425 CPU, Meizu’s phone does instead feature 2GB of RAM and 16GB of internal storage (expandable), so double the Redmi Go’s.
Other specs on the Meizu M8c include a compact 5.45-inch HD+ display with an 8MP selfie snapper sporting f/2.0 aperture above it and a rear camera of 13MP with f/2.2 aperture.
The Meizu M8c is powered by a 3070 mAh capacity battery and runs Android 8.0 Oreo out of the box.
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4. LeEco LeTV Le 2 X526
Looking for raw power over a more modern design and OS? Then the LeEco LeTV Le 2 X526 is currently a pretty sweet deal as it can be found for less than $100. LeEco’s phone is indeed fueled by a powerful Snapdragon 652 CPU along with 3GB of RAM and 64GB of internal storage.
The Le 2 X526 sports a 5.5-inch FHD resolution screen, with photos taken care off by the main 16MP shooter on the back and the 8MP selfie snapper at the front..
Other specs include a full metal unibody design, dual SIM support, USB Type-C, 3000mAh battery and a rear fingerprint scanner.
4. Elephone A6 Mini
Finally, we conclude with a device that follows all the trends of the time. Meaning a tiny notch at the front, “full screen” design and two rear cameras. We’re talking about the Elephone A6 Mini.
Elephone’s latest compact phone comes with a 5.71-inch display surrounded by relatively thin top and size bezels, with the small water drop notch hiding a 16MP selfie snapper. Moving onto the back we instead find a 16MP+2MP combo with the secondary used to create a low depth of field effect.
The Elephone A6 Mini is also powered by the good MediaTek Helio A22 along with 4GB of RAM and 32GB of internal storage which is expandable via microSD.
Finally, the smartphone comes with a 3180mAh capacity battery and runs ANdroid 9.0 Pie out of the box.
Best Chinese Smartphones for Under $100
This is it for the the month of March, we hope you found your next budget phone among our selection. If you didn’t and you’d like to suggest other Chinese smartphones, please let us and everybody else know in the comments section below!