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1. place: OnePlus 6

Technical details

  • CPU: Snapdragon 845 - 4x2.8, 4x1.7
  • RAM: 6 GB RAM, 8 GB RAM
  • Display: -
  • OS: ,
  • Battery: 3300 mAh - fixed
  • Camera: 16 MP f/1.7
  • LTE: Yes -
  • Dual-SIM: nano
  • Storage: 128 GB or 256 GB or 64 GB
  • Expansion: No

Pros / Cons

  • huge display
  • finally some flagship-feeling
  • fast performance & Oxygen-OS
  • good reception, with (nearly) all LTE frequencies
  • great camera
  • USB-C & headphone jack
  • Mono-speaker
  • no IP certificate
  • few innovation in terms of camera

2. place: Xiaomi Mi8

Technical details

  • CPU: Snapdragon 845 - 4 x 2,8 GHz
  • RAM: 6 GB RAM, 8 GB RAM
  • Display: -
  • OS: ,
  • Battery: 3400 mAh - fixed
  • Camera: 12 MP f/1.8
  • LTE: Yes - 800/1800/2600
  • Dual-SIM: nano
  • Storage: 128 GB or 256 GB or 64 GB
  • Expansion: No

Pros / Cons

  • excellent build quality
  • nice AMOLED with natural colours
  • good cameras
  • extreme performance
  • insanely fast face-unlock
  • great reception (GPS, WIFI, network)
  • no headphone jack
  • Iphone style
  • mono speaker
  • no IP-certification
  • no wireless-Charging

3. place: Xiaomi Mi MIX 2S

Technical details

  • CPU: Snapdragon 845 - 4 x 2,8GHz + 4 x 1,7GHz
  • RAM: 6 GB RAM, 8 GB RAM
  • Display: -
  • OS: ,
  • Battery: 3400 mAh - fixed
  • Camera: 12 MP f/1.8
  • LTE: Yes - B1 / B2 / B3 / B4 / B5 / B7 / B8 / B12 / B13 / B17 / B18 / B19 / B20 / B25 / B26 / B27 / B28 / B29 / B30
  • Dual-SIM: nano
  • Storage: 128 GB or 256 GB or 64 GB
  • Expansion: No

Pros / Cons

  • Perfect build quality and nice design
  • Extremely good performance
  • Very strong reception (GPS, WIFI, network)
  • Extremely fast storage modules
  • Outstanding IPS display
  • Improved, flagship-worthy camera
  • Good battery life with wireless charging
  • No headphone jack
  • Average speaker (however stereo)
  • Camera AI just a gimmick
  • Slippery without a cover

4. place: Xiaomi Mi Mix 2

Technical details

  • CPU: Snapdragon 835 - 4 x 2,45GHz + 4 x 1,9GHz
  • RAM: 6 GB RAM, 8 GB RAM
  • Display: -
  • OS: ,
  • Battery: 3400 mAh - fixed
  • Camera: 12 MP f/2.0
  • LTE: Yes - 4G:TD-LTE 34 / 38 / 39 / 40 / 41 4G:FDD-LTE 1 / 2 / 3 / 4 / 5 / 7 / 8 / 12 / 13 / 17 18 / 19 / 20 / 25 / 26 / 27 / 28 / 29 / 30
  • Dual-SIM: nano
  • Storage: 128 GB or 256 GB or 64 GB
  • Expansion: No

Pros / Cons

  • Awesome design
  • Perfect build quality
  • High-end performance
  • Great battery life
  • Good stereo speakers
  • Good cameras
  • Slippery without cover
  • No audio jack
  • Little wow-effect compared to predecessor

5. place: Xiaomi Mi Note 3

Technical details

  • CPU: Snapdragon 660 - 4 x 1,8GHz + 4 x 2,2GHz
  • RAM: 6 GB RAM
  • Display: -
  • OS: ,
  • Battery: 3500 mAh - fixed
  • Camera: 12 MP f/1.8
  • LTE: Yes - LTE band 1(2100), 3(1800), 5(850), 7(2600), 8(900), 34(2000), 38(2600), 39(1900), 40(2300), 41(2500)
  • Dual-SIM: nano
  • Storage: 128 GB or 64 GB
  • Expansion: No

Pros / Cons

  • Perfect build quality
  • Brilliant display
  • Thin & light
  • Good and fast performance
  • Great dual-camera
  • Awesome battery life
  • No audio jack
  • Price/performance ratio not as good as of Mi6
  • Mediocre selfie camera

6. place: Xiaomi Mi A2 / Mi 6X

Technical details

  • CPU: Snapdragon 660 - 4 x 1,8GHz + 4 x 2,2GHz
  • RAM: 4 GB RAM, 6 GB RAM
  • Display: -
  • OS: ,
  • Battery: 3000 mAh - fixed
  • Camera: 12 MP f/1.7
  • LTE: Yes - Mi6X: TDD-LTE B34/B38/39/40/41(100MHz) FDD-LTE B1/3/5/7/8
  • Dual-SIM: nano
  • Storage: 64 GB
  • Expansion: No

Pros / Cons

  • Great camera
  • Strong performance
  • Latest connectivity standards
  • Good battery
  • Premium build quality
  • Good portrait & night shots
  • Quick-Charge 3
  • No Micro-SD card slot
  • No headphone jack
  • Camera protrudes
  • Mi6X: No LTE Bd. 20 (LTE in Europe)

7. place: Smartisan Nut Pro 2

Technical details

  • CPU: Snapdragon 660 -
  • RAM: 4 GB RAM, 6 GB RAM
  • Display: -
  • OS:
  • Battery: 3500 mAh - fixed
  • Camera: 12 MP f/1.8
  • LTE: Yes -
  • Dual-SIM: nano
  • Storage: 128 GB or 256 GB or 32 GB or 64 GB
  • Expansion: No

Pros / Cons

  • excellent display
  • outstanding speakers
  • good battery life
  • nice dual-camera
  • fast and innovative system
  • good build quality
  • watch out: custom ROM useless!
  • still expensive because of scarce availability

8. place: Xiaomi Redmi Note 5

Technical details

  • CPU: Snapdragon 636 - 4 x 1,8GHz + 4 x 1,6GHz
  • RAM: 3 GB RAM, 4 GB RAM
  • Display: -
  • OS: ,
  • Battery: 4000 mAh - fixed
  • Camera: 12 MP f/1.9
  • LTE: Yes - 800/1800/2600
  • Dual-SIM: nano
  • Storage: 32 GB or 64 GB
  • Expansion: Hybrid

Pros / Cons

  • Outstanding build quality
  • Insane battery life + QC
  • Nice photos and good videos
  • Great display with accurate colors
  • Excellent price-performance ratio
  • Fast Snapdragon 636 with MIUI 9
  • Only micro-USB
  • Band 20 only in the global version

9. place: Nubia Z17 Lite

Technical details

  • CPU: Snapdragon 653 - 4 x 1,95 GHz + 4 x 1,4 GHz
  • RAM: 6 GB RAM
  • Display: -
  • OS: ,
  • Battery: 3200 mAh - fixed
  • Camera: 13 MP f/2.2
  • LTE: Yes - 4G: FDD-LTE B1/B3/B5/B7/B8, TDD-LTE B34/B38/B39/B40/B41
  • Dual-SIM: nano
  • Storage: 64 GB
  • Expansion: No

Pros / Cons

  • beautiful display
  • stunning 5.5-inch edgless-display
  • good system performance
  • good pictures in daylight
  • strong reception
  • mediocre battery life
  • dual camera function not well-working

10. 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

11. 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

12. place: Xiaomi Mi A1 (Mi5X)

Technical details

  • CPU: Snapdragon 625 - 8 x 2,0GHz
  • RAM: 4 GB RAM
  • Display: -
  • OS: ,
  • Battery: 3000 mAh - fixed
  • Camera: 12 MP f/2.2
  • LTE: Yes - 800/900/1800/2600
  • Dual-SIM: nano
  • Storage: 32 GB or 64 GB
  • Expansion: Hybrid

Pros / Cons

  • great FHD display
  • excellent build quality
  • good cameras
  • good battery life
  • strong reception (network, WiFi, GPS)
  • awesom performance with MIUI 9 but...
  • ... just a Snapdragon 625 processor!
  • problems with the focus with video recordings

13. 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

14. 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

15. place: Cubot Power

Technical details

  • CPU: Mediatek Helio P23 - 4 x 1,65 + 4 x 2,3 GHz
  • RAM: 6 GB RAM
  • Display: -
  • OS:
  • Battery: 6000 mAh - fixed
  • Camera: 20 MP f/2.0
  • LTE: Yes - 1/3/7/8/20
  • SIM: nano
  • Storage: 128 GB
  • Expansion: Yes

Pros / Cons

  • Fast Android 8.1 system
  • Good camera
  • Strong battery life
  • Nice display
  • Strong reception
  • Rear sensitive to scratches
  • EIS does not work
  • Mediocre speakers

16. 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

What do we rank among the mid-range smartphones?

Most of the smartphones tested by Chinahandys.net are slightly larger than the compact smartphones – this is what most buyers are interested in. Accordingly, the best and fastest devices are represented in this ranking. The large Chinese manufacturers Xiaomi, Oneplus and Huawei/Honor almost exclusively besiege the TOP 15 with mobile phones that offer an excellent price/performance ratio. Especially Xiaomi is on the advance here and offers their devices for more than fair prices. Most of the phones on the list are fully suited for gaming and can compete with, or even outperform, the hardcore manufacturers in all respects. The cheaper mobile phones still offer sufficient performance – even for current 3D games – but are also characterized by excellent price/performance.

The smartphones listed here usually come with a display of around 6 inches. With the new 18:9 or 19:9 format the models are still quite handy. The only thing that has changed is the use of the available space. Every manufacturer wants to implement the ideal full-screen design – a display that covers almost the entire front – in its flagship. This is the reason why the Xiaomi Mi8 or OnePlus 6 comes with the Notch: In the chart we compared the dimensions, the size of the case and the scaling of the display. Especially with the 19:9 format and a good screen-to-body ratio, the display diagonals are dizzying. Our table shows the difference in space utilization: with the same case size you get either a 5.5-inch display in 16:9 format, 6 inches in 18:9 format or 6.2 inches at 19:9.

Model: Size in mm: length x width Front surface: Display in inch: Format: Display size:
Xiaomi Mi8 155 75 116cm² 6,21 19: 9 97,1 cm²
Le Pro 3 Elite 151,4 73,9 111cm² 5,5 16: 9 83,4 cm²
Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 159 75,5 120cm² 5,99 18: 9 92,6 cm²
Xiaomi Redmi Note 4X 151 76 114cm² 5,5 16: 9 83,4 cm²
Xiaomi Mi Mix 2S 151 75 113cm² 6 18: 9 92,6 cm²
iPhone X 143 70 100cm² 5,8 19: 9 84cm²

Due to their size, the displays of the flagships are ideal for multimedia use, surfing the web and intensive use of the smartphone. The TOP smartphones listed here range from the high-end segment to the mid-range, to the low-budget range.

The most popular China mobiles in normal size are accommodated here in a list. All China mobile phone shops listed in the price comparison are reputable, trustworthy providers with predominantly positive ratings! These smartphones and flagships from China are inexpensive and offer an extremely good performance that can meet every demand.