Top 5 Best Chinese Phones for Under $500 – November 2020

Top 5 Best Chinese Phones for Under $500 – November 2020

We’re getting closer and closer to winter holidays – or Christmas for those who celebrate it, so you are probably planning on buying yourself a new daily driver to end on a positive note this very complicated year (to say the least). Thus, here’s where you’ll find the top 5 best Chinese phones for under $500; keep reading!

Best Chinese Phones for Under $500

1. POCO F2 Pro

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With its flagship grade hardware and affordable pricing, the POCO F2 Pro from Xiaomi’s sub-brand is still one of the best smartphone to get in this price range. Specs include a powerful Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 CPU, 6GB of RAM and 128GB of internal storage.

We then find a massive 6.67-inch AMOLED display with a hidden pop-up 20MP selfie camera. Meanwhile behind we have a total of four cameras, including a primary 64MP Sony IMX686 shooter; a secondary 5MP telephoto lens, an ultra wide angle 12MP camera and a 2MP depth sensor.

The F2 Pro also comes with a large 4700mAh capacity battery, supports 33W fast charging, has an NFC module and a 3.5mm audio jack.


2. Honor Play 4 Pro

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If you’re a photo-centric user, then the Honor Play 4 Pro is a very interesting alternative for under $500, as far as photography is concerned. The Play 4 Pro by Honor does indeed come with some impressive camera hardware starting with a primary 40MP Sony IMX600 large size sensor with f/1.8 aperture paired with an 8MP 3X periscope camera; both featuring OIS (optical image stabilization). For selfies, we have a 32MP selfie snapper and a secondary 8MP ultra wide lens.

The smartphone is also quite powerful with a Huawei Kirin 990 chipset under the hood; coupled with up to 8GB of RAM and 128GB of internal storage (expandable).

Finally, we find a 4200mAh capacity battery with support for 40W fast charging and an NFC module.

Best Chinese Phones for Under $500

3. Redmi K30 Ultra

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Next, we find what’s probably the best “mid-ranger” ever seen on the market. For just over $300 you do indeed some rather impressive hardware such as the 6.67-inch AMOLED FHD+ display with a 120Hz refresh rate. While powering it we find the exceptional MediaTek Dimensity 1000+ CPU, supported by 6 GB of RAM and 128 GB of non-expandable memory.

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For photography, the handset sports a 64MP Sony IMX682 sensor, paired with a 13MP ultra wide lens, a 5MP telephoto and a 2MP depth sensor. In the pop-up camera hidden inside the frame we instead find a 20MP sensor.

Finally, the smartphone integrates a 4500 mAh battery, 33W fast charging, NFC and an IR emitter.

4. Realme X7 Pro

Realme X7 Pro

Just like the Redmi K30 Ultra, the Realme X7 Pro also comes with a MediaTek Dimensity 1000 series CPU, though a slightly less powerful variant. Nevertheless, the SoC is paired with a minimum of 8GB of RAM and 128GB of internal storage.

The Realme X7 Pro also features a 120Hz high refresh rate AMOLED panel, with a punch hole in the upper left corner for the 32MP selfie snapper. On the back, we find a main 64MP Sony IMX686 flagship-level sensor, paired with an 8MP ultra wide lens, a 2MP depth camera and a 2MP macro sensor.

As far as battery life, the X7 Pro packs a 4500mAh juice pack with support for a whopping 65W fast charging and there are NFC functionalities.

Best Chinese Phones for Under $500

5. OnePlus Nord N10 5G

OnePlus Nord N10

Last but not least, we have OnePlus bringing a new and affordable yet solid device – the OnePlus Nord N10 5G. The smartphone features a 6.49-inch FHD+ display with a refresh rate of 90Hz and is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 690 5G CPU; along with 6 GB of RAM and 128 GB of internal memory, expandable with the help of a microSD.

Camera wise we find a 64MP main sensor paired with an 8MP ultra wide, 2MP macro and 2MP monochrome. Meanwhile for selfies we’ll have a 16MP snapper.

Other specs include a 4300mAh capacity battery, support for 30W fast charging and an NFC chip for electronics payments and more.

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

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