Ranking – top smartphones for 120-170$

1. place: Xiaomi Redmi 5 Plus

Technical details

  • CPU: Snapdragon 625 - 8 x 2,0GHz
  • RAM: 3 GB RAM, 4 GB RAM
  • Display: -
  • OS: ,
  • Battery: 4000 mAh - fixed
  • Camera: 12 MP f/2.2
  • LTE: Yes - 900/1800/2600
  • Dual-SIM: nano
  • Storage: 32 GB or 64 GB
  • Expansion: Hybrid

Pros / Cons

  • excellent design and build quality
  • big and bright display
  • sufficient performance
  • strong battery life
  • good cameras
  • great reception (GPS, network, WIFI)
  • no USB type-C
  • just a Redmi Note 4X with a new display
  • viewing angles of the display

2. place: Xiaomi Redmi Note 4X

Technical details

  • CPU: Snapdragon 625 - 8 x 2GHz
  • RAM: 3 GB RAM, 4 GB RAM
  • Display: -
  • OS: ,
  • Battery: 4100 mAh - fixed
  • Camera: 13 MP f/2.0
  • LTE: Yes - FDD-LTE B1/B3/B4/B5/B7/B8/B20 TD-LTE B38/B40
  • Dual-SIM: nano, micro
  • Storage: 32 GB or 64 GB
  • Expansion: Hybrid

Pros / Cons

  • Awesome 2.5D glass display
  • Nice gaming performance
  • Outstanding system performance
  • useful cameras
  • Great build quality
  • Nice design
  • No quick-charge
  • Problems with videos (quality & sound)
  • Mediocre speaker

3. place: LeEco Le Pro 3 Elite

Technical details

  • CPU: Snapdragon 820 - 2x2.15 GHz Kryo & 2x1.6 GHz Kryo
  • RAM: 4 GB RAM
  • Display: -
  • OS: ,
  • Battery: 4000 mAh - fixed
  • Camera: 16 MP f/2.0
  • LTE: Yes - 800/1800/2600
  • Dual-SIM: nano
  • Storage: 32 GB
  • Expansion: No

Pros / Cons

  • A huge bunch of performance for little money
  • Snapdragon 820 processor
  • Fast RAM & UFS-storage
  • Excellent speakers
  • No headphone jack
  • Android 6 basis
  • Only in the color gold
  • 32GB internal storage not expandable

4. place: Xiaomi Redmi 5

Technical details

  • CPU: Snapdragon 450 - 8 x 1,8GHz
  • RAM: 2 GB RAM, 3 GB RAM
  • Display: -
  • OS: ,
  • Battery: 3300 mAh - fixed
  • Camera: 12 MP f/2.2
  • LTE: Yes - 900/1800/2600
  • Dual-SIM: nano
  • Storage: 16 GB or 32 GB
  • Expansion: Hybrid

Pros / Cons

  • Good build quality
  • Strong performance
  • Good cameras
  • Excellent battery life
  • Strong reception (network, GPS, WiFi)
  • Awesome display
  • No USB type-C

5. place: Xiaomi Redmi 4X

Technical details

  • CPU: Snapdragon 435 - 8 x 1,4GHz
  • RAM: 2 GB RAM, 3 GB RAM
  • Display: -
  • OS: ,
  • Battery: 4100 mAh - fixed
  • Camera: 13 MP f/2.0
  • LTE: Yes - 800/1800/2600
  • Dual-SIM: nano, micro
  • Storage: 16 GB or 32 GB
  • Expansion: Hybrid

Pros / Cons

  • Fine and perfect build quality
  • Awesome display
  • Great performance
  • Awesome battery life
  • Strong reception (network, GPS, Wi-Fi)
  • Good cameras
  • Few reforms compared to the Redmi 3S

6. place: Cubot X18 Plus

Technical details

  • CPU: Mediatek MT6750 - 8 x 1,5 GHz.
  • RAM: 4 GB RAM
  • Display: -
  • OS:
  • Battery: 4000 mAh - fixed
  • Camera: 20 MP f/2.0
  • LTE: Yes - 1 / 3 / 7 / 8 / 20
  • Dual-SIM: nano
  • Storage: 64 GB
  • Expansion: Hybrid

Pros / Cons

  • Nice full-HD 6-inch display
  • Good build quality
  • Fast Android 8 system
  • Mediocre camera
  • Few sensors

7. place: UMIDIGI S2 Lite

Technical details

  • CPU: Mediatek MT6750 - 4 x 1,5GHz + 4 x 1,0 GHz
  • RAM: 4 GB RAM
  • Display: -
  • OS:
  • Battery: 5100 mAh - fixed
  • Camera: 16 MP f/2.0
  • LTE: Yes - 800/900/1800/2600
  • Dual-SIM: nano
  • Storage: 32 GB
  • Expansion: Hybrid

Pros / Cons

  • Great build quality
  • Awesome display
  • Nice performance
  • Stock Android system
  • Great battery life
  • Nice main camera with enough light
  • Weak GPS reception
  • FAKE dual-damera
  • FAKE 3D-Face-Unlock
  • Only Android 7.0
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Here you can find a comparison of China phones at a price of 100-150$.

Paying a little more than 100$ you can get a China phone with octa-core processor, 13MP camera and full-HD display! Smartphones with comparable equipment manufactured by Samsung, Sony and HTC often cost twice the price. All devices listed in this ranking have a good performance but also a reasonable price. The phones’ features secure a fast use of the basic functions of a smartphone (WhatsApp, Facebook, YouTube, surfing etc.) with little load times. Navigation through the system also is fast. As most of the smartphones offer 2GB or 3GB of RAM, it is possible to use several applications simultaneously without the performance slowing down. Those who like to play games on their phone get a device with which you can use all current 3D games. If you use demanding games, however, you have to accept some lags.

For this ranking, Chinahandys.net chose phones and shops that have been tested a lot and proved themselves; so you cannot go wrong with choosing a China phone. You can find a comparison and rating of many shops for Chinese phones in our section [online shop comparison].

All of the shops listed in our price comparison are reputable and trustworthy online shops, which are mainly rated positively.

 

* Prices include shipping and customs duties. Intermediate changes of prices, ranking, delivery time and costs possible.