Top 5 Chinese Smartphones for Under $500 – October 2019

Best Chinese Smartphones $500 2019

We’re nearing the end of 2019, so all the big flagships are probably already out on the market. We at GizChina believe that you shouldn’t spend much more than $500 on a phone, thus here comes our top 5 best Chinese smartphones for under $500 roundup!

Top 5 Best Chinese Smartphones for Under $500

1. Xiaomi Mi 9T Pro

Xiaomi Mi 9T Pro

Let’s get the ball rolling with the global variant of Xiaomi’s Redmi K20 Pro flagship-killer – the Xiaomi Mi 9T Pro. The smartphonephone 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 Xiaomi Mi 9T Pro is fueled by a 4000mAh and supports fast charge at 27W.

2. Xiaomi Mi 9

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

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.

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4. Oppo Reno Ace

Oppo Reno Ace

Albeit not available at the moment as it launched a couple days back, the latest Oppo Reno Ace is definitely going a great pick for less than $500. The smartphone does indeed pack the new Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 Plus along with a minimum of 8GB of RAM an 128GB of internal storage.

We then find a 6.5-inch 90Hz e-sports ready screen and four rear cameras on the back. Including a main 48MP camera, along with a 13MP ultra wide angle, an 8MP telephoto and 2MP depth sensor. For selfies we instead have a single 16MP selfie snapper.

The smartphone supports the new 65W SuperVOOC super flash charging. Meaning it can charge the 4000mAh capacity battery completely in just 30 minutes. With 5 minutes of charging that can bring around 2 hours to 6 hours of autonomy.

5. Meizu 16S Pro


Meizu’s latest flagship – the Meizu 16S Pro – definitely deserves a spot on this list with its top specs and affordable pricing. The smartphone equips a 6.2-inch Super AMOLED display with DC dimming and a touch sampling rate of 160 Hz. The device is then fueled by a powerful Qualcomm Snapdragon 855+ up to 8GB of RAM and 256GB of fast UFS 3.0 internal.

In the camera department, we have a 48MP Sony IMX586 sensor + 20MP Sony IMX350 + 16MP super wide-angle Sony IMX481. This camera system supports OIS four-axis optical stabilization. Meanwhile on the front, we have a 20MP shooter which supports AI beauty.

The Meizu 16S Pro comes with a 3600mAh capacity battery, it’s very slim at just 7.65mm of thickness and weighs 166 grams.

Top 5 Best Chinese Smartphones for Under $500

Best Chinese Smartphones $500 2019

Did you find your future flagship phone on our list? If that so let us know down below, otherwise comment below which other handset you’d have rather bought!

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