Cheap Chinese phones have offered an amazing way to get a powerful Android phone for bargain basement prices. Companies like Gearbest offer hundreds of phones from wacky named brands like Bluboo, UMIDIGI and Doogee, then there is the $100 billion super brand Xiaomi that no one can pronounce (SHOW-mee).
The problem with Gearbest and the like is the long delivery times, questionable VAT/Duty status and practically no warranty. So, it is understandable that people don’t always want to use them.
However, if you don’t mind paying a little extra, you can get a lot of these phones on Amazon, or eBay. If it is sold under Amazon prime you will get the backing of Amazons amazing customer services and a 30-day return policy.
There are plenty of options but here are the top 10 I have found that are worth checking out.
This is one of the models I have been debating for myself. It has reasonably good reviews but the most impressive part is the 5000mAh battery.
On top of that, you get an MT6750T Octa Core CPU with 4GB RAM, 64GB ROM, Fingerprint, GPS. Dual SIM.
The cameras are a 13MOP front facing camera with a 16MP rear-facing camera.
The edge to edge display is 5.7 inch, 1440 x 720 Pixel screen.
Not much imagination goes into the name or design of some of these Chinese phones. This is an S8 clone with a MTK6750T Octa-core 1.5GHz CPU, 3GB RAM and 32GB ROM.
The display is 5.7-inch bezel-less 18:9 1440*720 pixels.
The camera is 16MP at the rear and 8MP up front.
The battery is 3450mAh
I noticed UMIDIGI popping up a lot a bit over a year ago. They seem to be really pushing the specs and prices of there phones, but reviews tend to be mixed, and this is why I would buy from Amazon over Gearbest if the markup isn't too bad.
The S2 has an impressive 6-inch, edge to edge display running at 1440 x 720 with an aspect ratio of 18:9
This uses the Helio P20 MT6757 2.3GHz Octa Core CPU with 4GB of Ram and 64GB of storage.
The cameras are 13.0MP and 5MP
The battery is an impressive 5100mAh
At around £230 on Amazon, it is a lot of phone for your money!
OUKITEL Mix 2
The 2nd OUKITEL phone in my list, and the first one with the Mix moniker. The Mix named phones are all clones of the Xiaomi Mi MIX and have a striking display that covers far more of the body than premium brands use.
This impressive looking phone has a 5.99’’ 18:9 bezel-less display running at 2160 x 1080.
The processor is a MTK6750V Octa Core 2.3GHz using 6GB of RAM and 64GB of storage. This ships with Android 7.0
There is a 8MP front and 16MP rear camera, and the battery is 4080mAh
OUKITEL K10000 Pro
This deserves to be on the list for one reason only, the unprecedented 10000mAh battery! There are understandable caveats with this though, it weighs a lot! But it could be the perfect power users phones. Some users on Reddit pointed out that the USB charger needs a longer than normal micro USB plug due to the casing, this means normal cables may not work.
On top of the insane battery, you get MTK6750T Octa-core 1.5Ghz CPU, 3GB RAM, 32GB of storage.
The cameras are 13MP up front, and 5MP at the rear.
The display is a 5.5″ screen running at 1920 * 1080 and it ships with Android 7
The 2nd and not the last MIX phone. The Doogee comes with a 5.5 inch, 1280 x 720 pixels HD AMOLED screen.
The CPU is the Helio P25 MT6757CD and comes with 6GB Ram and 64GB of storage.
Cameras are 5MP at the front and 16MP in the rear.
The battery is a little disappointing compared to some at 3380mAh . It comes with Android 7.0
At £249.99 this is getting a bit pricey compared to others, but you get what you pay for. In particular wi