Going to particular import sites it was possible to buy smartphones similar to the iPhone, in some cases absolutely clones, made with less valuable pieces but with an Android operating system, often with few features included. Today, instead, Chinese smartphones are no longer pieces of imitation of low level and some of the companies that produce them are capable today of making the real competition even to the global technology giants (American Apple and Korean Samsung in the first place), releasing really high-quality models.
In this article we will show you what they are best Chinese brands, drawing up a ranking in terms of sales and prestige (from the most famous manufacturer to the least known in the Italian market).
In this article, several models will be quoted in Italian which will be possible buy on Amazon, currently one of the best sites to buy this type of smartphone (if we encounter any problems, we can immediately return it or let us change it).
Best Chinese smartphone brands
In this special ranking, we will show you all the most famous Chinese manufacturers in terms of sales volume and quality of the phones offered, so you can immediately choose the manufacturer of our new smartphone. In the last chapter, we have collected all the minor Chinese producers who sell and distribute their smartphones in the world (including Italy).
Huawei has long since become one of the world’s leading smartphone manufacturers, with an impressive sales volume particularly among the young and the very young. The good quality-price ratio, the sophisticated design and the photographic innovations (with some of the best smartphone camera sensors) have made it one of the best quality Chinese manufacturers for years.
The best Huawei smartphones we can buy at the moment are:
- Huawei Y6 2019 (€ 118)
- Huawei P30 Lite (€ 271)
- Huawei Mate 20 (€ 369)
- Huawei P30 (€ 491)
- Huawei P30 Pro (€ 689)
On the Huawei manufacturer, we have created a guide dedicated to Best Huawei smartphones for the price range.
For a long time, Xiaomi has been a brand that is almost unknown to most, but that has always produced excellent quality phones with a balanced price. Now it is one of the fastest-growing Chinese manufacturers in the world, with its own stores and service centers.
The best Xiaomi we can buy at the moment are:
- Xiaomi Redmi Note 7 (€ 202)
- Xiaomi Mi A3 (€ 203)
- Xiaomi Mi 9T (€ 318)
- Xiaomi Mi 9 (€ 419)
- Xiaomi Mi 9T Pro (€ 449)
On Xiaomi we can learn more by reading our guide to Best Xiaomi innovative and technological products to buy online.
OnePlus is one of the most appreciated Chinese brands by advanced Android users, given that the company releases updates with great speed and offers devices with top-of-the-range features, able to outperform even Samsung and Apple.
Currently, the OnePlus series has reached 7 with two different models:
- OnePlus 7 (€ 599)
- OnePlus 7 Pro (€ 742)
Lenovo / Motorola
When it comes to Chinese smartphones, one thinks of some unknown brands, perhaps forgetting that Lenovo is also Chinese and produces Motorola-branded phones.
Currently, the best Motorola smartphones we can buy are:
- Motorola Moto G7 Power (€ 173)
- Motorola One Action (€ 278)
- Motorola Moto G7 Plus (€ 284)
Honor is a Chinese smartphone brand linked to Huawei, which produces extremely stylish, fast and well-supported phones (we can say an elegant and inexpensive version of high-end Huawei).
The best Honor smartphones that we can buy at the moment are:
- Honor View 10 Lite (€ 207)
- Honor 10 (€ 219)
- Honor View 20 (€ 350)
Other Chinese smartphone manufacturers
The ones we have listed so far are undoubtedly the best Chinese smartphone manufacturers, but there are really many manufacturers that offer low-priced phones with interesting technical features. Here below we have collected all the “minor” producers, with lower market volumes but to which we can always take a look if we are looking for cheap smartphones.
- UMIDIGI: is a lesser-known Chinese brand that currently sells different models of smartphones at an affordable price and with good technical features;
- Zopo: is a company that has always made the best Chinese smartphones, with high specifications and good build quality;
- elephone: is one of the biggest Chinese brands that make phones cheap and with high technical specifications;
- Oppo: another interesting Chinese brand, with cheap phones and discrete technical features:
- Meizu: another manufacturer on the rise, with innovative designs and really interesting technical sheets, especially if compared to the selling price;
- ASUS: is a large multinational company based in China, a world leader in computers and, with the ZenFone line, it is also quite successful in the smartphone environment (in the past it was decidedly more famous, today less seen a huge competition).
We don’t have to buy a Samsung phone or an iPhone to get fast and snappy phones! Today there are so many Chinese manufacturers, who produce high-quality smartphones, to be able to calmly choose the next smartphone that we will use, knowing that Chinese smartphones now have high standards of quality and design.
Always on the subject, we advise you to read our articles on Best Chinese smartphones.
If we want to save further on the prices of Chinese smartphones, it’s worth reading our article on Most reliable Chinese store sites to buy electronics and technology, so as to be able to save up to 50-60% on the proposed models (with much longer delivery times and possible additional payments in terms of customs).
If instead, we are looking for smartphones with very large screens (the ones they once called phablet), we can continue reading on our article at The best smartphones with a big screen (6 inches or above).