Top 5 Best Chinese Phones for Under $500 – December 2019

Best Chinese Phones under $500 2019

Welcome to our final roundup for the year 2019! In this article we’ll be checking out the best Chinese phones currently on the market under $500 in the month of December. Which means you could also use the list to pick a present for the upcoming holiday season; keep reading!

Best Chinese Phones for Under $500

1. Realme X2 Pro

Best Chinese Phones for Under $500 Realme X2 Pro

The first phone on our list comes with a bit of a surprise as we’re used to see Xiaomi phones top the charts, but the latest Realme X2 Pro really is an extraordinary phone. The handset does indeed manage to pack the latest Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 Plus for less than $500; heck you can even get it for under $400 if you’re willing to only have 64GB of storage.

The Realme X2 Pro then features a large 6.5-inch display of the AMOLED type with Full HD+ resolution and 90Hz refresh rate. Meanwhile in the camera department we find a 64MP primary shooter accompanied by an 8 MP ultra wide angle lens, a 13MP telefoto camera and a 2MP depth sensor. At the front we have a 16MP camera for high res selfies.

Finally, Realme’s flagship packs a large 4000mAh capacity battery with support for 50W fast charging, headphone jack, NFC and runs ColorOS 6.1 based on Android 9.

2. Vivo iQOO Neo 855 Racing Edition

Vivo iQOO Neo 855 Racing Edition

Yet another great option powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 Plus is the recently launched Vivo iQOO Neo 855 Racing Edition which is available for less than $500. The handset comes with either 8GB or 12GB of RAM and 128GB of internal storage along with the previously mentioned CPU. We then have a 6.38-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 8MP ultra wide angle lens and a third 2MP depth sensor; on the front we instead have a 16MP selfie snapper hidden in the notch.

Finally, the Vivo iQOO Neo 855 Racing Edition comes with an extra large 4500mAh capacity battery, support for fast charging at 33W and runs Funtouch 9.1 OS based on Android 9 Pie out of the box.

3. Redmi K20 Pro Premium Edition

Redmi K20 Pro

Next we have one of the handsets with the best specs-to-performance ratio on the market, the Redmi K20 Pro Premium Edition. The smartphone differs from the base Redmi K20 Pro in the CPU on-board, the latter does indeed pack the most powerful Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 Plus, paired with 12GB of RAM and a whopping 512GB of internal storage. And yes, that will still cost you less than $500.

Other features include a 6.39-inch AMOLED panel with a real full screen design an under display fingerprint scanner. Meanwhile on the camera side, we find a main 48MP Sony IMX586 shooter paired with an 8MP telephoto and a 13MP ultra wide-angle lens. In the hidden pop-up camera we then find a 20MP selfie snapper.

The Xiaomi Mi 9T Pro is fueled by a 4000mAh, supports fast charge at 27W and runs MIUI based on Android 9.

Best Chinese Phones for Under $500

4. Oppo Reno Ace

Oppo Reno Ace

Following, we have the powerhouse Oppo Reno Ace coming yet again with the powerful 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. OnePlus 7T

Best Chinese Phones

If you’re a fan of OxygenOS or OnePlus in general, then the latest OnePlus 7T is the one to get. The smartphone can indeed be found for less than $500 now; while equipping the powerful Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 Plus, 8GB of RAM and 256GB of fast UFS 3.0 storage.

The handset also shines for its large 6.55-inch Fluid AMOLED with a 90Hz refresh rate. While in the camera department we have a primary 48MP sensor, paired with a 12MP telephoto lens and a 16MP ultra wide angle camera. On the front, selfies are taken care off by a 16MP sensor.

Finally, the OnePlus 7T  is fueled by a 3800mAh capacity battery with support for 30W fast charge and runs Oxygen 10 based on Android 10.

Best Chinese Phones for Under $500

Best Chinese Phones under $500 2019

Check out our sub $200 list if you’re on a tighter budget!

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