Ranking – top smartphones for 120-170$

1. place: Xiaomi Redmi 6 Pro

Technical details

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

Pros / Cons

  • outstanding display
  • great cameras
  • insane battery life
  • excellent build quality
  • 3-1 Slot (2 x NANO + 1 x micro-SD)
  • fast and smooth system
  • no USB Type-C

2. 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

3. place: Xiaomi Redmi S2

Technical details

  • CPU: Snapdragon 625 - 8 x 2,0GHz
  • RAM: 3 GB RAM, 4 GB RAM
  • Display: -
  • OS:
  • Battery: 3000 mAh - fixed
  • Camera: 12 MP f/2.2
  • LTE: Yes - B1/3/4/5/7/8/20/38/40
  • Dual-SIM: nano
  • Storage: 32 GB or 64 GB
  • Expansion: Yes

Pros / Cons

  • Great dual-camera
  • Fast system
  • Dual-SIM + Storage extension
  • Strong reception
  • Good battery but...
  • ... less run time than Redmi 5 Plus und Note 5
  • Plastic casing
  • Only HD-display
  • No quick-charge

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: Honor 7C

Technical details

  • CPU: Snapdragon 450 - 8 x 1,8 GHz
  • RAM: 3 GB RAM
  • Display: -
  • OS: ,
  • Battery: 3000 mAh - fixed
  • Camera: 13 MP f/2.2
  • LTE: Yes - 800/1800/2600
  • Dual-SIM: nano
  • Storage: 32 GB or 64 GB
  • Expansion: Yes

Pros / Cons

  • Very light & handy
  • Good build quality, as usual
  • EMUI 8.0.0 / Android 8.0
  • Solid performance
  • Price/performance ratio
  • Nice photos (with good lighting conditions)
  • Dual-camera
  • Availability
  • Slow main memory
  • Bloatware
  • Mediocre display
  • Tinge of red in low-light photos
  • Long charging time

6. place: Gome K1

Technical details

  • CPU: Mediatek Helio P20 - 8 / 2.34 1.64
  • RAM: 4 GB RAM
  • Display: -
  • OS:
  • Battery: 3500 mAh - fixed
  • Camera: 16 MP f/2.0
  • LTE: Yes -
  • Dual-SIM: nano
  • Storage: 128 GB
  • Expansion: Hybrid

Pros / Cons

  • excellent built quality
  • Metal body
  • good performance
  • dual Sim + microSD
  • excellent value for money
  • included case
  • Headphones only via adapter
  • Only Android 6

7. place: Ulefone X

Technical details

  • CPU: Mediatek Helio P23 - 4 x 2,3GHz + 4 x 1,65GHz
  • RAM: 4 GB RAM
  • Display: -
  • OS:
  • Battery: 3300 mAh - fixed
  • Camera: 13 MP f/2.2
  • LTE: Yes - 800/1800/2600
  • Dual-SIM: nano
  • Storage: 64 GB
  • Expansion: Hybrid

Pros / Cons

  • Good build quality
  • Compact size despite large display
  • Fast Android 8.1 system
  • Wireless charging
  • Camera quality
  • Extra long micro-USB cable
  • No Quick-Charge

8. 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

9. 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 120-170$.

Paying a little more than 120$ 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.