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Best Chinese Smartphones for Under $500 Budget

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Now that every brand has released its flagship phone for the first half of 2020, it’s probably time to get your next high-end device. So, with that in mind, keep reading to find out what are currently the best Chinese phones for under $500 budget.

Redmi K30 Pro

We’ll start with the Redmi K30 Pro, which can now be found in its global variant as “Poco F2”. The smartphone comes with the same hardware as the Chinese version, including a Qualcomm Snapdragon 865, up to 8GB of LPDDR5 RAM, and 256GB of UFS 3.1 internal storage.

We then find an extra-large 6.67-inch AMOLED display and no notches or punch-holes; with the 20MP selfie snapper hidden in a motorized pop-up mechanism.

Meanwhile, on the back, we have four cameras, with a 64MP Sony IMX686 primary sensor, a 5MP secondary telephoto lens, a 12MP ultra wide-angle camera, and a 2MP depth sensor. Finally, Redmi K30 Pro is fueled by a large 4700mAh capacity battery with support for 33W fast charge and runs MIUI 11 based on Android 10.

RealMe X50 Pro

Oppo’s sub-brand answer to the Redmi K30 Pro, which comes in the form of the Realme X50 Pro. The handset also boasts the modern most powerful Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 CPU; along with up to 12GB of RAM and 256GB of internal storage. The CPU fuels an averagely sized 6.44-inch display of the AMOLED type with Full HD+ resolution and 90Hz refresh rate.

Camera-wise, we find a 64MP primary shooter coupled with an 8 MP ultra-wide-angle lens, a 12MP telephoto camera (x2 optical) and a 2MP B&W sensor. Meanwhile in the punch-hole at the front, we have 32MP resolution primary and an 8MP ultra-wide lens. Lastly, Realme’s flagship packs a good 4200mAh capacity battery with support for a whopping 65W fast charging, sports NFC, and runs Realme UI based on Android 10.

Vivo Neo 3 5G

The latest Vivo Neo 3 5G is also a great option from this Chinese phone maker. The handset features the same Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 chipset; along with up to 12GB of RAM and 256GB of internal storage (UFS 3.1).

The Neo 3 5G boasts a large 6.57-inch AMOLED Full HD+ display with a 16MP camera hidden in the punch-hole in the upper right corner. While on the back, we find a total of three cameras which include a 48MP main sensor, an 8MP ultra-wide-angle, and a 2MP macro lens.

Finally, the smartphones packs a high capacity 4500mAh battery supports Ultra-Fast Charge at 44W, has NFC, and runs iQOO UI 1.0 based on Android 10.

Huawei Nova 6

If you like EMUI or Huawei phones in general, Honor Nova 6 is a very interesting alternative. The handset does indeed pack some of the best hardware at Huawei’s disposal, such as the powerful HiSilicon KIRIN 990 CPU; along with 8GB of RAM and 128GB of internal storage.

The Huawei Nova 6 packs a large 6.57-inch display with Full HD+ resolution and dual punch-hole cameras in the upper left corner. These cameras have resolutions of 32MP and 8MP with the secondary featuring an ultra-wide-angle lens. On the back of the device, we instead find three shooters of 40MP, 8MP telephoto, and 8MP ultra-wide-angle.

Finally, the Nova features a 4100mAh capacity battery with support for Huawei Super Fast Charge at 40W and runs Android 10 out of the box.

Honor 30

Also from Huawei’s daughter company, Honor, we have the latest Honor 30. The handset comes with the almost as powerful Huawei Kirin 985 chipset, paired with up to 8GB of RAM and 256GB of internal storage.

The Honor 30 then features a large 6.53-inch AMOLED display with Full HD+ resolution and a punch-hole in the upper left corner in which we find a 32MP selfie snapper. Meanwhile, its main cameras on the back include a 40MP Sony IMX600 sensor with f/1.8 aperture, and, 8MP periscope telephoto camera with OIS, an 8MP ultra-wide lens and a 2MP depth sensor.

Autonomy wise, the device is fueled by a 4000mAh capacity battery, supports 40W fast charging, it has an NFC chip and runs Magic UI 3 based on Android 10 out of the box.

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