Top 5 Best Chinese Smartphones for Under $500 – June 2021


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In the past year or so it’s been getting incredibly hard to find full-on flagships for under $500, but that doesn’t necessarily mean we don’t get some very good options in this price range. Thus let’s have a look at the current best Chinese smartphones on the market selling for less than $500.

Best Chinese Smartphones for Under $500

1. OnePlus 9R

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Just like last month, this list kicks off with the OnePlus 9R. The smartphone comes with the semi-flagship chipset Qualcomm Snapdragon 870; along with 8GB of RAM and 128GB of internal storage.

The 9R by OnePlus also brings a beautiful 6.55-inch AMOLED display with a 120Hz refresh rate, 1080x2400px resolution and HDR10+ support. Meanwhile for photos we have four rear shooters a 48MP main camera, an 16MP ultra wide angle lens, a 5MP macro and 2MP depth sensor; along with a 16MP selfie snapper at the front.

Finally, the OnePlus 9R encases a 4500mAh with support for 65W fast charging 65W, it has NFC and runs OxygenOS 11 based on Android 11.

2. iQOO Neo5

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Next, we have another device with the great performing Snapdragon 870, the iQOO Neo5. The chipset is then coupled with 8GB of RAM and 128GB of internal storage. The smartphone also features a large 6.62-inch AMOLED display with a refresh rate of 120Hz and a touch sampling rate of 300Hz.

Photography wise, the iQOO Neo5 comes with a 48MP Sony IMX598 image sensor, paired with a 13MP ultra wide angle lens and a 2MP B&W sensor. While for selfies we have a single 16MP snapper at the front.

As for autonomy, the iQOO Neo5 is fueled by a 4400mAh capacity battery with support for 66W fast charging and NFC is present as well.

Best Chinese Smartphones for Under $500

3. POCO F3

Also coming with a Snapdragon 870 SoC, we find the powerful POCO F3. The handset from Xiaomi’s sub-brand comes packing a large 6.67-inch FHD+ AMOLED E4 panel with a refresh rate of 120Hz and touch sampling rate of 360Hz.

The POCO F3 features three cameras on the back, including a main 48MP sensor, an 8MP ultra wide lens and a 5MP macro camera. While at the front there’s a 20MP snapper for selfies.

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The F3 by POCO also manages to pack an average size 4520mAh battery with support for 33W fast charging; along with NFC and an IR emitter.

 

Best Chinese Smartphones for Under $500

4. Xiaomi Mi 11 Lite

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If you’re looking for a thin and light smartphone, the Xiaomi Mi 11 Lite is the one to go for with a thickness of just 6.8mm and a weight of 157 grams. The handset also manages to bring a premium 6.55-inch AMOLED Full HD+ display with a 90Hz refresh rate and 240Hz touch sampling rate.

The Xiaomi Mi 11 Lite is powered by a mid-range Qualcomm Snapdragon 732G; along with 6GB of RAM and 128GB of internal storage. While for photography we find a 64MP primary sensor, paired an 8MP ultra wide and a 5MP macro lens. For selfies there’s a single 16MP snapper at the front.

Finally the smartphone is fueled by a 4250mAh battery with support for 33W fast charging, there’s NFC and an infrared emitter.

5. Black Shark 4

Last but not least, the mobile gamers out there might be interested in the latest Xiaomi Black Shark 4, a gaming phone with a slim design and a less aggressive look than usual.

Just like many other phones on the list, the Black Shark 4 is also powered by a Snapdragon 870; coupled with 8GB of RAM and 128GB of internal storage.

As for photos, the gaming phone packs a 48MP primary sensor, paired an 8MP ultra wide and a 5MP macro lens on the back; along with a 20MP selfie snapper at the front.

Finally, the handset features a 6.67-inch FHD+ AMOLED E4 panel with a massive refresh rate of 144Hz and a touch sampling rate of 720Hz. We also find a large 4500mAh battery with support for 120Hz fast charging, there’s NFC and a 3.5mm audio jack.

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

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