Hello and welcome to June’s edition of our top 5 Chinese smartphones for under $500 roundup! This month, we have a couple new interesting additions to go along with some already solid phones which have kept their spot on the list. If you were looking for the best phone money can buy – yes, we aren’t spending more than $500 on one, then keep reading!
Top 5 Chinese Smartphones for Under $500
1. Redmi K20 Pro
Let’ kicks things off with one of the latest phones to hit the market, the Redmi K20 Pro. Xiaomi’s sub-brand phone comes with a large 6.39-inch AMOLED panel with a real full screen design an under display fingerprint scanner. The smartphone is then powered by a Snapdragon 855 coupled with 6GB of RAM and 128GB of internal storage.
In the camera department we find a main 48MP Sony IMX586 shooter paired with an 8MP telefoto and a 13MP ultra wide-angle lens. Meanwhile in the pop-up camera we find a 20MP snapper.
The Redmi K20 Pro is fueled by a 4000mAh and supports fast charge at 27W.
2. Xiaomi Mi 9
Another good option by Xiaomi in this segment is the Mi 9. For less than $500 we indeed get the most powerful Snapdragon 855 fueling it, along with up to 12GB of RAM and up to 256GB of internal storage.
The display is also quite impressive being a big and bright 6.4-inch AMOLED of Full HD+ resolution which packs an under display fingerprint scanner beneath it. On the upper part of the display we find a 20MP selfie snapper, meanwhile on the back we have a triple camera setup. It includes a primary Sony IMX586 48MP sensor, coupled with a 16MP ultra-wide lens and a 12MP telephoto shooter.
The Xiaomi Mi 9 is powered by a 3300mAh battery with support for fast charging at 27W and fast wireless charging at a whopping 20W.
3. Vivo iQoo
Next up we have the first phone from Vivo’s new sub-brand iQOO, the Vivo iQOO. The handset is powered by the flagship Snapdragon 855 CPU along with 6GB of RAM and 128GB of internal storage. We then find a large 6.41-inch Super Amoled display with Full HD+ resolution and a 19.5:9 aspect ratio.
In the camera department, the smartphone is equipped with a main 12MP sensor, a secondary 13MP sensore with ultra wide lens and a third 2MP depth sensor, on the front we instead have a 12MP selfie snapper.
Finally, the Vivo iQOO comes with a large 4000mAh capacity battery, supports fast charging at 22.5W and runs Android 9 Pie out of the box.
4. Lenovo Z6 Pro
Another pretty interesting handset that recently hit the market is the latest Lenovo Z6 Pro. The device comes with all the best specs of the present time, including a powerful Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 CPU, from 6GB of RAM and 128GB of internal storage (expandable). It also packs a large 6.39-inch AMOLED display with a resolution of 1080 x 2340px and a 19.5:9 aspect ratio.
Lenovo went all in with the cameras as well, the Z6 Pro does indeed pack a total of 5, 4 at the back and 1 at the front. The four rear cameras include a primary 48MP sensor, a secondary 16MP ultra wide lens, an 8MP telefoto lens and a 2MP TOF sensor. Meanwhile on the front we find a high 32MP selfie shooter.
Battery wise, the Z6 Pro comes with a large 4000mAh juice pack with support for 18W fast charging and runs Android 9 Pie out of the box.
5. Nubia Red Magic 3
Finally, we have the latest gaming phone by Nubia, the Nubia Red Magic 3. The handset packs all the best hardware you’d want to find on a 2019 flagship phone plus some gaming related features.
Let’s start with the display, a beautiful 6.65-inch AMOLED panel with a smooth 90Hz refresh rate paired with a dual speaker setup for a really immersive gaming experience.
The smartphone is of course powered by a Snapdragon 855 CPU, up to 8GB of RAM and 128GB of internal storage. Meanwhile cameras include a main 48MP Sony IMX586 on the back and a 16MP on the front.
The Nubia Red Magic 3 is fueled by a large 5000mAh battery and runs Android 9 Pie OTB.
Top 5 Chinese Smartphones for Under $500
This is it for the month of June, hopefully you have found your next daily driver among our picks. If you didn’t and you’d have suggested other options, then let us know in the comments below!