Many of the phones with the best price ratio speak Chinese, so it's easy if you're looking for your next phone that you end up taking a look at the Xiaomi catalog or the conglomerate of brands that make up BBK Electronics, with names as popular as OnePlus or Realme in their to have. For those of you looking for the best Chinese mobiles of 2020, here is a complete guide with the main Chinese manufacturers and their most competitive devices for this year.
Best mobiles of 2020 “Made in China”
Although many come to the Chinese mobile claim for its old-fashioned cheap phone band, nothing could be further from the truth: there is everything. From premium terminals with the most advanced components and innovations to others that adjust the budget to the maximum.
But there is something certain: in all our recommendations for the best phones in quality price for less than 200 euros, 300 euros and 400 euros, Chinese brands win by a landslide. Not for less, considering that almost 50% of the global market is dominated by Chinese brands, according to data from Counterpoint.
It is common for Chinese mobiles to have a fairly loaded software, in terms of settings and customization options. The vast majority of these terminals are compatible with Google services, but with the Trump government (pending a thread until the elections of November 3), Huawei and its subsidiary Honor have been left without Google Play, which has affected to most of its releases (with a few exceptions in the form of new editions).
In this selection of 30 mobile phones from Chinese brands, you will find the best models from some of the most important Android manufacturers, from their flagships to flagship killers to bestsellers due to their very high performance-cost ratio. In any case, in our list you will find the most attractive Chinese phones in quality price this year, the best of each house. We have grouped them by brand, although in no particular order.
Xiaomi MI 10T Pro
The title of our analysis is overwhelming: this experience for only 600 euros is a hit on the table of the high-end 2020. And it is that the most premium version of the Mi 10T family, which differs from the rest essentially at the photographic level It is a careful terminal in aspects such as the quality of its panel, which bets on the 6.67-inch IPS with FHD + resolution with 144Hz refresh rate, 650 nits of brightness and HDR10, as well as performance and battery levels.
- The best: how well your refresh rate works and the experience it delivers, your comfort despite how powerful it is and how well biometrics works.
- The worst: its audio quality can be improved through speakers, the cameras remain for results in the mid-range and the MIUI announcements.
Xiaomi MI 10 Ultra
Above we talked about innovation and the Xiaomi Mi 10 Ultra can give a good account of it in the field of photography and loading speed, the latter a very careful feature in terminals from China. However, it came with the vitola of being the first mobile in history with super fast charging at 120W and zoom of up to 120x. Of course, we Europeans will not be able to buy it through an official channel.
- The best: good and attractive finishes, state-of-the-art specifications, a set of ambitious cameras, a quality screen with a 120Hz refreshment screen and never-before-seen fast charging.
- The worst: A remarkable thickness and weight and that we will not find in European stores.
Xiaomi MI 10T Lite
The smallest of the family has plenty of arguments to be one of the best mid-range on the market, even above a Xiaomi Mi 10 Lite 5G (249 euros) almost rounding off. And it is that with this terminal, Xiaomi democratizes 5G and screens at 120 Hz with many other details.
- The best: unexpected features in its range such as Hi-Res sound or the refresh rate in a very balanced terminal.
- The worst: other similar proposals such as the Xiaomi Mi 10 Lite bet on AMOLED panels, while in this case it is an IPS LCD panel.
Poco F2 Pro
The POCO returned to the fore with this POCO F2 Pro (379 euros), a terminal that, like its predecessor, has the ambitious objective of democratizing the high-end range with hardly any restrictions. Thus, it integrates a 6.67 "AMOLED FHD + type panel, the very powerful Snapdragon 865 processor with 5G connectivity, 64 + 5 + 13 + 2 MP quad rear camera, a large 4,700 mAh battery with 33 W fast charge and NFC.
- The best: an unbeatable data sheet for its price, a great autonomy supported by fast charging and a screen suitable for brightness level to use outdoors.
- The worst: Its sound is somewhat lower than expected, MIUI for Poco hardly has a differentiating value and its screen has a notable absence in these times: the refresh rate of 90 Hz.
Poco X3 NFC
For the editors of Xataka, this POCO X3 NFC (234 euros) is one of the surprises of the year. So much so, that despite being around 200 euros, it is still a recommendation even if our budget is double. And is that this POCO X3 NFC gives a lot. One of its main claims is its 120 Hz refresh rate on its screen, more than what we see in some high-end mobiles.
- The best: it is a good candidate for a multimedia center, due to its performance, screen and sound, a more than acceptable autonomy despite its ambitious refresh rate and it is well built (although its rear is made of plastic).
- The worst: Your photography is not at the level of other rivals in the mid-range and the lack of maturity of the MIUI 12 customization layer.
Redmi Note 9 Pro
The most ambitious version of a bestseller family in recent years, this Redmi Note 9 Pro (226 euros) bets on the symmetry in the design and Qualcomm processor that together with its 6GB of RAM allows it to be competent in gaming.
- The best: its great autonomy is clearly its great asset, despite its large size it offers good grip and biometrics works very well and is fast.
- The worst: we continue to miss more functions in MIUI and less advertising, the results of its cameras do not do justice to its theoretical versatility.
Huawei Mate 40 Pro
The recently presented Huawei Mate 40 Pro would be in normal conditions a clear candidate for the phone of the year this 2020, however the absence of Google services takes its toll. Among the strengths of this flagship is once again its proposal and results of the camera module, its magnificent screen with a 90Hz refresh rate and 5G connectivity.
- The best: the originality of the design of the camera module, its new refresh rate, the combo of autonomy and fast charge, the muscle of the Kirin 9000 and its cameras, which due to their versatility and processing offer an outstanding experience.
- The worst: The software, its slippery back and a too steep screen curve.
Huawei P40 Pro
This Huawei P40 Pro (840 euros) came with changes especially in design (goodbye to the notch and the vertical arrangement of the cameras) and in photographic improvements compared to its predecessor. Although yes, it integrates the latest chip for Huawei's high-end range and, as is the general trend in 2020, it arrives without Google services.
- The best: the versatility and performance of the cameras, good construction and a 90 Hz screen that enhance an already good experience.
- The worst: its design has room for improvement and the software, the absence of Google services weighs heavily.
Huawei P30 Pro New Edition
This spring Huawei "mocked" its veto in a very original way: reissuing some of its most successful and powerful models from the previous year, such as the Huawei P30 Pro (578 euros), which came in the form of a New Edition with new finishes. and an update with the latest version of Android with Google services.
- The best: superb design and build, camera-level versatility with 5X optical zoom, satisfying autonomy and lightning-fast loading ... and fully functional Google services.
- The worst: A strong terminal in hand, room for improvement in the photographic detail section, less efficient facial recognition than expected and that technically at the hardware level is a phone from last year.
Huawei P40 Lite
The Lite of the P family are by tradition bestsellers and in this difficult situation without Google services, Huawei has opted to provide autonomy and power by adjusting the price to overcome that setback. At the price it is, it is a serious candidate, but the software is still a drag.
- The best: Renewed and comfortable to handle design, solvent technical sheet with great performance and autonomy and a well balanced quad camera.
- The worst: Without Google services it is a very limited terminal and not for everyone, only balanced screen and no OLED panel.
Honor X10 Max
Honor is the other side of Huawei's coin and with this Honor X10 Max the Chinese firm adjusted its price-quality proposal with a terminal that stands out for the size of its screen, 5G connectivity and a 5,000 mAh battery. It has not reached the Spanish market, but its exchange price is around 250 euros.
- The best: the latest in connectivity, a large screen and a generous battery.
- The worst: without Google services, the cut in benefits comes in cameras with a triple lens and the benefits of its panel are not up to its size.
Honor 30 Lite
Presented at the same time as the previous one, the main differences are that it is smaller, both in size and battery. And another novelty that can make the balance tip: a screen with a refresh rate of 90 Hz. Taking into account its hardware, the quality of its screen, the 5G and its fast charge for 200 euros at the change, it would be a great candidate in quality price if it had arrived in Spain.
- The best: 5G connectivity, a gaming screen at a reasonable price, a very attractive chip + RAM combo composed of 6 / 8GB of RAM and MediaTek Dimensity 800 and fast charging.
- The worst: again without Google services.
The OnePlus Nord (362 euros) was chosen by the overwhelming majority as the best phone of the year in quality price by the editors of Xataka. With this Nord, OnePlus returned to the path that quickly earned it a name in the West: its status as a flagship killer.
- The best: the OxygenOS layer is a marvel, visually, for performance and functions, its panel AMOLED at 90Hz unusual in its price range and integrates the same main camera as the OnePlus 8.
- The worst: design elements such as the double hole of the screen or its frames, the poor sharpness of its ultra wide angle and macro.
After the unexpected (and stellar) appearance on the OnePlus Nord calendar, those of Carl Pei returned faithful to their second appointment of the year with the OnePlus 8T (528 euros with the seller's coupons in Aliexpress Plaza), a terminal that maintains part of the High-end DNA of its predecessors but with novelties such as its 5G connectivity, its very attractive 120Hz AMOLED panel or its 65W Warp Charge fast charge.
- The best: its 4,500 mAh battery meets even its high refresh rate, its constant fluidity and despite its volume, it is comfortable in hand.
- The worst: we see little progress in photography, no audio minijack or wireless charging and the need for improvements in the OxygenOS camera app.
Oppo Find X2 Pro
This Oppo Find X2 Pro (975 euros) is a high-end capable of competing from you to you with proposals from common brands in the West, although that yes: doing it has a price and is similar to those of those other brands of a lifetime.
- The best: the best on the market at the screen level, impeccable performance and data sheet and fast charging of the highest level.
- The worst: A large and slippery terminal, a penalized autonomy if we take its screen to its maximum splendor and its price.
OPPO Reno4 Z 5G
But OPPO also has the most interesting proposals in the mid-range, such as this OPPO Reno4 Z 5G (379 euros), a terminal that, as its surname indicates, comes with the latest connectivity on the market and some other premium features like its refresh rate. 120 Hz.
- The best: A very solvent hardware crowned by 8GB of RAM, a 4,000 mAh battery, 5G and the fashionable photographic combination.
- The worst: Its 18W fast charge is not particularly fast in this price range.
OPPO Reno4 Pro
The most premium version of the family implements not only 5G connectivity, but also a dizzying 65W fast charge capable of completing it in just over half an hour and 12GB of RAM to perform with solvency in multitasking.
- The best: lightning fast charging, plenty of RAM, 5G connectivity.
- The worst: a less ambitious refresh rate than expected and a Snapdragon 765G processor lower than expected in its price range.
Realme X50 Pro 5G
The flagship of the brand moves among the most adjusted high-end in relation to price performance with arguments such as AMOLED screen with high refresh rate, a level processor, quad camera or 5G connectivity.
- The best: it charges at lightning speed thanks to its 65W fast charge, smooth display and power for demanding users.
- The worst: despite its proposal on paper, the cameras are somewhat short in results, somewhat heavy and coarse design and a Realme UI still with details to be polished.
Realme 7 Pro
Probably the most interesting terminal of the firm for those who seek quality price above all, both for experience and for technical data. In this sense, the Realme 7 Pro follows the path set by its predecessor, with a renewal inside and out leaving behind the refresh rate at 90 Hz, the telephoto lens, although it increases its battery by lowering the weight.
- The best: Very good construction and design, it hardly heats up even when you are playing games and the loading speed is spectacular.
- The worst: 90 Hz is missing and although it has stereo sound, the quality is not as expected
The smallest of the family (for performance and price, not size) inferior in hardware, screen quality and main sensor that goes up a notch in battery and in the refresh rate of its panel, something unusual in its price range. Altogether, a very complete proposal for less than 200 euros.
- The best: a very balanced mobile for its price, very good fast charging and an improvement in Realme UI, which is close to Android 'stock' without losing features.
- The worst: better photographic performance, somewhat heavy and with a remarkable thickness.
Vivo X51 5G
Vivo has landed in Europe with this Vivo X51 5G (799 euros), a mid-range with packaging and high-end price that has a design very in line with the current trend, 5G support and a screen that has a refresh rate of 90 Hz.
- The best: Quality construction and materials with a high-end appearance, it does not suffer from heating and its combination of cameras is not only versatile on paper, but it performs better than expected.
- The worst: its audio has room for improvement, the curve of the screen does not provide differential advantages and its photo and video processing could be better.
Vivo X50 Pro+
The most ambitious of the X50 family is precisely this Vivo X50 Pro +, a high-end with a careful and innovative photographic proposal that highlights its gimbal-type stabilization system that the brand itself explained. As is usual in the most premium terminals, it has the latest from Qualcomm under the hood and AMOLED panel with FullHD + resolution with 120 Hz refresh rate. For the moment, this phone remains in Asian lands.
- The best: careful design, 5G connectivity, a quality panel with an ambitious refresh rate and a fast charge of 44W.
- The worst: It does not reach Europe.
ASUS Zenfone 7 Pro
If in the previous models we found innovation in the photographic field with its gimbal stabilizer, this ASUS Zenfone 7 Pro from the Taiwanese manufacturer does the same with an original triple rotating camera, thus refining what we found in the ASUS Zenfone 6 ... and in our experience , the bet is a success.
- The best: excellent performance, well built and carefully designed, your flip camera convinces.
- The worst: the sound and the night camera have a lot of improvement and it is not a suitable terminal for small hands or people looking for a compact mobile.
ASUS ROG Phone 3
If you are looking for a terminal to play, in this ASUS ROG Phone 3 you will find a great candidate. The heir to the ASUS ROG Phone 2 incorporates the latest Qualcomm processor for the high-end, up to 16 GB of RAM and an accessory for ventilation.
- The best: The 144 Hz refresh rate is noticeable beyond games and the automatic adjustment option is a great incentive, very good autonomy considering the demand to which it is exposed and the exquisite configuration software.
- The worst: it is not up to expectations photographically speaking, it is a heavy terminal and in demanding tasks we notice heating.
Black Shark 3 Pro
Another most ambitious option to play is that of this Black Shark 3 Pro (899 euros), which differs from the standard version by being larger and including physical triggers that hide automatically. Altogether, a complete experience according to our analysis.
- The best: brutal in terms of power, its retractable triggers are appreciated in the game and the fast load is insane.
- The worst: It is very big and heavy, it lacks NFC and its HDR for photography needs improvement.
TCL 10 5G
The TCL 10 5G (419 euros) arrived alongside the TCL 10L and TCL 10 Pro stomping in the mid-range through 5G connectivity, a 4,500mAh battery with fast charging and a quad camera setup.
- The best: a battery that lasts two days without minor problem, dedicated button for the Google assistant and a very good performance.
- The worst: The screen is below expectations, the cameras do not offer great results and the value for money can be improved.
TCL 10 Pro
TCL, popular for its televisions, debuted by launching terminals under its own name with the TCL Flex and the shortlist made up of the TCL 10 L, TCL 10 5G and TCL 10 Pro (299 euros), the latter with a very premium design, an amazing AMOLED screen and software loaded with options.
- The best: The construction materials are typical of a high-end, a camera that performs well during the day, a battery that offers a day of use.
- The worst: At night, the camera falls short of expectations, the curved screen adds little to the daily experience and a performance that can be improved.
Royole Flexpai 2
We completely change the format with this Royole Flexpai 2 a mobile? foldable with high-end specs like 5G support, Qualcomm's Snapdragon 865 and an idea contrary to Samsung's Folds.
- The best: A design of the most innovative that on paper offers many possibilities.
- The worst: It does not arrive in Spain and it remains to be seen what this design translates into on a functional level on a daily basis.
ZTE Axon 20 5G
No notch, no hole, or pop-up mechanism: More innovation from the Asian country with this ZTE Axon 20 5G, the first smartphone with the camera under the screen. We are facing a premium mid-range with Snapdragon 765G, OLED panel, 5G connectivity and a 4,220 mAh battery with Quick Charge 4.0. At the moment it does not reach Spain, but its price at the exchange rate is around 250 euros.
- The best: A completely clear front, a 6.92-inch OLED panel with a 90 Hz refresh rate, 5G connectivity.
- The worst: It does not reach Spain.