Best Chinese Phones Under $400





Poco X3



Poco X3

1st place 

    Technical details   

  • CPU: Snapdragon 732G - 2 x 2.3GHz + 6 x 1.8Ghz
  • RAM: 4 or 6 GB of RAM
  • Display: 2400 x 1080 - 6.7 inches
  • Operating system: Android 10 , MIUI
  • Battery capacity: 5160 mAh
  • Camera: 64 MP + 13MP (dual) + 2MP (triple)
  • Front camera: 20 MP
  • LTE: Yes - 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 20, 28
  • SIM: Dual - nano
  • Storage: 128 GB or 64 GB
  • Expandable storage: Hybrid
  • Weight: 215 g
  • Dimensions: 165 x 77 x 9.6 mm
  • Antutu: 283800
      Advantages

  • Excellent battery life
  • Smooth and bright IPS display
  • Very good cameras (main and selfie)
  • Memory expansion, NFC, headphone connection
  • Stereo speakers
  • Good UWW camera
  • Unbeatable value for money
      Disadvantages
  • Big and heavy
  • Macro sensor without added value
  • Camera sticks out far


Xiaomi Mi Note 10 Lite

Xiaomi Mi Note 10 Lite

2nd place 

    Technical details   

  • CPU: Snapdragon 730 - 2 x 2.2GHz + 4 x 1.8Ghz
  • RAM: 6 GB RAM or 8 GB RAM
  • Display: 2340 x 1080 - 6.5 inches
  • Operating system: Android 10 , MIUI
  • Battery capacity: 5260 mAh
  • Camera: 64 MP + 8MP (dual) + 5MP (triple)
  • Front camera: 16 MP
  • LTE: Yes - 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 18, 19, 20, 26, 28, 38, 40, 41
  • SIM: Dual - nano
  • Storage: 128 GB or 64 GB
  • Expandable memory: no
  • Weight: 204 g
  • Dimensions: 158 x 74 x 9.7 mm
  • Antutu: 267254
      Advantages

  • Very good photos with main sensor
  • Excellent battery life
  • Noble design and perfect workmanship
  • 3.5mm headphone jack,
  • Dual SIM & NFC
  • Good system performance
      Disadvantages
  • Weak ultra wide angle & macro shots
  • No video stabilization of the selfie camera
  • No memory expansion


Realme 6 Pro

Realme 6 Pro

3rd place 

    Technical details   

  • CPU: Snapdragon 720G - 2 x 2.2GHz + 6 x 1.8Ghz
  • RAM: 6 GB RAM or 8 GB RAM
  • Display: 2400 x 1080 - 6.6 inches
  • Operating system: Android 10 , Realme UI
  • Battery capacity: 4300 mAh
  • Camera: 64 MP + 12MP (dual) + 8MP (triple)
  • Front camera: 16 MP
  • LTE: Yes - 1, 3, 5, 8, 38, 40, 41
  • SIM: Dual - nano
  • Storage: 128 GB or 64 GB
  • Expandable memory: Yes
  • Weight: 202 g
  • Dimensions: 163.8 x 75.8 x 8.9 mm
  • Antutu: 280380
      Advantages

  • 90Hz display
  • Good system performance
  • Charged in 70 minutes
  • Good camera
  • Exceptional design
  • Dual SIM & memory expansion
      Disadvantages
  • Display brightness
  • Average battery life
  • Light halos on the notch
  • No notification LED


Xiaomi Redmi Note 9 Pro

Xiaomi Redmi Note 9 Pro

4th place 

    Technical details   

  • CPU: Snapdragon 720G - 2 x 2,2GHz + 6 x 1,8Ghz 
  • RAM: 6 GB RAM 
  • Display: 2400 x 1080 - 6,7 Zoll 
  • Operating system: Android 10 , MIUI 
  • Battery capacity: 5000 mAh 
  • Camera: 64 MP + 8MP (dual) + 5MP (triple) 
  • Front camera: 16 MP 
  • LTE: Yes - 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 20, 28, 38, 40 
  • SIM: Dual - nano 
  • Storage: 128 GB or 64 GB 
  • Expandable memory: Yes 
  • Weight: 209 g 
  • Dimensions: 166 x 77 x 9 mm 
  • Antutu: 273824
      Advantages

  • Brute battery life 
  • Good performance 
  • high quality 
  • Very good cameras (main and selfie) 
  • NFC, dual SIM & memory expansion 
  • Good IPS display
      Disadvantages
  • Slight shadow around the notch


Xiaomi Redmi Note 9S

Xiaomi Redmi Note 9S

5th place 

    Technical details   

  • CPU: Snapdragon 720G - 2 x 2.2GHz + 6 x 1.8Ghz 
  • RAM: 4 GB RAM or 6 GB RAM 
  • Display: 2400 x 1080 - 6.7 inches 
  • Operating system: Android 10 , MIUI 
  • Battery capacity: 5000 mAh 
  • Camera: 48 MP + 8MP (dual) + 5MP (triple) 
  • Front camera: 16 MP 
  • LTE: Yes - 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 20, 28, 38, 40 
  • SIM: Dual - nano 
  • Storage: 128 GB or 64 GB 
  • Expandable memory: Yes 
  • Weight: 210 g 
  • Dimensions: 166 x 77 x 9 mm 
  • Antutu: 251177
      Advantages

  • Excellent workmanship 
  • USB Type-C + jack connector (3.5mm) 
  • Very good performance (SD720G) 
  • Strong cameras 
  • Excellent battery life 
  • Good reception (GPS, WLAN, network) + triple slot 
  • Very good IPS display 
      Disadvantages
  • No NFC


Realme 5 Pro

Realme 5 Pro

6th place 

    Technical details   

  • CPU: Snapdragon 712 - 2 x 2.3GHz + 6 x 1.7Ghz 
  • RAM: 4 GB RAM or 6 GB RAM or 8 GB RAM 
  • Display: 2340 x 1080 - 6.3 inches 
  • Operating system: Android 10 , Color-OS 
  • Battery capacity: 4000 mAh 
  • Camera: 48 MP + 8MP (dual) + 2MP (triple) 
  • Front camera: 16 MP LTE: Yes - 1, 3, 5, 7, 8, 20, 28, 38, 40, 41 
  • SIM: Dual - nano 
  • Storage: 128 GB or 64 GB 
  • Expandable memory: Yes 
  • Weight: 184 g 
  • Dimensions: 157 x 74 x 9 mm 
  • Antutu: 221300
      Advantages

  • Excellent main and selfie camera 
  • Fast system thanks to SD712 and UFS storage 
  • Good display 
  • Strong battery & 20 watt 
  • Fast charging 
  • Stabilized videos with front camera 
  • Dual SIM & memory expansion at the same time 
      Disadvantages
  • Plastic back 
  • No notification LED 
  • Macro sensor without added value


Xiaomi Redmi Note 8 Pro

    Technical details   

  • CPU: Mediatek Helio G90T - 2 x 2.05GHz + 6 x 2.0Ghz 
  • RAM: 6 GB RAM or 8 GB RAM 
  • Display: 2340 x 1080 - 6.5 inches 
  • Operating system: 9.0 Pie , MIUI 
  • Battery capacity: 4500 mAh 
  • Camera: 64 MP + 8MP (dual) + 2MP (triple) 
  • Front camera: 20 MP 
  • LTE: Yes - 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 20, 28 
  • SIM: Dual - nano 
  • Storage: 128 GB or 64 GB 
  • Expandable storage: Hybrid 
  • Weight: 200 g 
  • Dimensions: 161 x 76.5 x 9 mm 
  • Antutu: 274240
      Advantages

  • Excellent workmanship 
  • Strong performance (UFS + Helio G90T) 
  • Very good camera, excellent selfies 
  • Good battery life 
  • Strong reception 
  • Good display 
  • Fast unlocking 
      Disadvantages
  • Rear camera sticks out far 
  • Big and heavy 
  • Bad wide angle camera 
  • Macro sensor just gimmick


Realme 6

Realme 6

8th place 

    Technical details   

  • CPU: Mediatek Helio G90T - 2 x 2.05GHz + 6 x 2.0Ghz 
  • RAM: 4 GB RAM or 8 GB RAM 
  • Display: 2400 x 1080 - 6.5 inches 
  • Operating system: Android 10 , RealmeUI 
  • Battery capacity: 4300 mAh 
  • Camera: 64 MP + 8MP (dual) + 2MP (triple) 
  • Front camera: 16 MP 
  • LTE: Yes - 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 20, 28, 38, 40, 41 
  • SIM: Dual - nano 
  • Storage: 128 GB or 64 GB 
  • Expandable memory: Yes 
  • Weight: 191 g 
  • Dimensions: 162.1 x 74.8 x 8.9 mm 
  • Antutu: 287793
      Advantages

  • Very strong performance 
  • Liquid 90Hz display 
  • Dual SIM & memory expansion 
  • Strong camera 
  • Strong reception 
      Disadvantages
  • Scratch-prone back 
  • No notification LED


Oppo Reno2 Z

Oppo Reno2 Z

9th place 

    Technical details   

  • CPU: Mediatek Helio P90 - 2 x 2.2GHz + 6 x 2.0Ghz 
  • RAM: 8 GB of RAM 
  • Display: 2340 x 1080 - 6.5 inches 
  • Operating system: 9.0 Pie , Color-OS 
  • Battery capacity: 4000 mAh 
  • Camera: 48 MP + 8MP (dual) + 2MP (triple) 
  • Front camera: 16 MP 
  • LTE: Yes - 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 19, 20, 26, 28 
  • SIM: Dual - nano 
  • Storage: 128 GB 
  • Expandable memory: Yes 
  • Weight: 200 g 
  • Dimensions: 161.8 x 75.8 x 8.7 mm 
  • Antutu: 216600
      Advantages

  • Pure full screen display 
  • Very strong reception (WiFi, network, GPS) 
  • Good cameras 
  • Chic design + top processing 
  • Fast system and lots of memory 
  • Good battery life + VOOC 20W
      Disadvantages
  • No notification LED + AOD unusable 
  • Poor price / performance 
  • Video stabilization


Samsung Galaxy M30S

Samsung Galaxy M30S

10th place 

    Technical details   

  • CPU: Exynos 9611 - 4 x 2.3GHz + 4 x 1.7Ghz 
  • RAM: 4 GB of RAM 
  • Display: 2340 x 1080 - 6.4 inches 
  • Operating system: 9.0 Pie , One UI 
  • Battery capacity: 6000 mAh 
  • Camera: 48 MP + 8MP (dual) + 5MP (triple) 
  • Front camera: 16 MP 
  • LTE: Yes - 1, 3, 5, 7, 8, 20, 38, 40, 41 
  • SIM: Dual - nano 
  • Storage: 64 GB 
  • Expandable memory: Yes 
  • Weight: 188 g 
  • Dimensions: 159 x 75.1 x 8.9 mm 
  • Antutu: 177390
      Advantages

  • Excellent display 
  • Very long battery life 
  • Dual SIM & memory expansion 
  • USB-C, headphone jack & NFC 
      Disadvantages
  • Slow processor 
  • Plastic housing looks cheap 
  • Long charging time


Meizu Note 9

Meizu Note 9

11th place 

    Technical details   

  • CPU: Snapdragon 675 - 2 x 2.0GHz + 6 x 1.6Ghz 
  • RAM: 4 GB of RAM 
  • Display: 2244 x 1080 - 6.2 inches 
  • Operating system: 9.0 Pie , Flyme OS 
  • Battery capacity: 4000 mAh 
  • Camera: 48 MP + 5MP (dual) 
  • Front camera: 20 MP 
  • LTE: Yes - 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 20 
  • SIM: Dual - nano 
  • Storage: 128 GB or 64 GB 
  • Expandable memory: no 
  • Weight: 170 g 
  • Dimensions: 153 x 75.5 x 8.7 mm 
  • Antutu: 175733
      Advantages

  • Clean display 
  • Clean workmanship with a chic notch 
  • Good battery life 
  • Very good camera (in daylight) 
  • Global ROM with volume 20 
  • Lightning fast processor 
  • Fingerprint and face unlock excellent 
      Disadvantages
  • No Widevine L1 
  • No NFC 
  • No memory expansion 
  • Video recordings without stabilization (no EIS) 
  • The plastic back is prone to scratching


The best (upper) middle class smartphones: What the best Chinese phones under $400 ? 




Best chinese phones under $400.

Here you will find the top 11 Chinese cell phones in the price range 200-400 USD, arranged in a ranking list. Here you will find mid-range smartphones, such as the Redmi Note series, as well as the upper mid-range, which makes a flagship smartphone superfluous for many users. 

The price between 200-400 USD is very competitive between the Chinese cell phone manufacturers, which means that you can find a very good price / performance ratio here. 

The mobile phones listed here have fast octa-core processors, mostly from Qualcomm Snapdragon, a large memory with at least 4GB RAM, good cameras, usually with more than one sensor, and a Full HD display, some with an AMOLED panel. 

A lot has happened with the camera, especially in the middle class. The Sony flagship sensor is also often used here, so the daylight recordings can compete with the high-end smartphones. The trend towards several sensors is also continuing: in addition to the bokeh sensor for portraits, an ultra-wide-angle camera, telephoto or macro sensor is also often used. 

The processing quality of the cell phones is also very high and there is no visual difference to much more expensive cell phones. So if you are looking for a smartphone with very good performance for less money, this is the right place for you. 

On the devices listed here, all apps and applications run at a very high speed and without noticeable waiting times. A large number of applications can be used at the same time without slowing down. When using the basic functions, there is hardly any great difference to the latest high-end smartphones with twice the price. The smartphones on this list of the best are also suitable for games and are therefore also suitable for smartphone gamers. 

All prices quoted are final prices, including customs duties (import sales tax 19%) and express shipping. Furthermore, all China mobile phone shops integrated in the price comparison are reputable, trustworthy providers with mostly positive reviews on the internet. You can find all information and buying tips for the shops in our shop list [ China mobile phone shops in comparison ]


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