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7 Major Smartphone Brands From China

There a lot of big names in the smartphone industry right now. Since most of the high-end ones like Samsung and Apple (based in South Korea and California, respectively) have flagship devices that could cost you and may not be the best option when you’re on a budget, China-made phones offer a good value for your hard-earned cash.


In this article, we list down 7 major smartphone brands from China that you could consider getting from if you’re on the lookout for decent and capable handsets that won’t break the bank.




Just last year, Huawei closed the year as the third largest phone-maker in the world trailing Samsung and Apple. The Huawei P9, which was launched early this year, was well-accepted by consumers thanks to its dual rear Leica camera setup that shoots professional-grade photos and is comparable with the shots produced by Apple or Samsung for less (Php23,990 vs Php30K+).



Another major brand in the smartphone industry, Lenovo, is a force to be reckoned with in their homeland. The company has implemented an aggressive strategy in order to overtake Samsung as China’s top smartphone manufacturer.

Today, the company faced some obstacles and fell out of the list of top 5 smartphone manufacturers and is currently lodged at the sixth spot. We recently reviewed their VIBE K5 Note and were pretty much satisfied with it for a phone under Php12K.



Meizu started out with making MP3 players back in 2003 and later on MP4 players. Come 2008, the Chinese company moved on from audio solutions to handsets and introduced the Meizu M8. Fast forward to now, Meizu is already included in the top 10 smartphone manufacturers in their home country with almost 9 million units sold worldwide during the first half of last year.

Their latest handset, the Meizu M3 Max, sports a 6-inch Full HD display with 3GB RAM and P10 octa-core CPU for CNY1,699 (Approx. Php11.8K).



OnePlus is one of the newest players since it was founded back in 2013 by former OPPO vice president Pete Lau and Carl Pei. The company started out with a goal to find that sweet balance of high-end quality with a more affordable price than its peers.

This made the company known for producing “flagship killer” handsets that started with the OnePlus One.



According to a study published early this year by IDC, OPPO overtook Xiaomi in the fourth spot with unit sales growing by 145%. It saw a significant growth in China and got the shares from other brands like Lenovo and Samsung. Now, in the Philippines, OPPO mentioned during its latest event that it is the third biggest smartphone brand which sells about 4,000 units per month. This success is mostly evident with their Php13K OPPO F1s which was sold out in just three days.



As of May 2016, Xiaomi is at number 5 in the ranking of the biggest smartphone manufacturers in the world. Nevertheless, this company is known to give its consumers beefy specs for an affordable asking price. The Xiaomi Mi5, with its speedy Snapdragon 820 processor, 3GB/4GB RAM variants, and its sub-Php25K price tag, is one of their front-runners that is another testament to what they’re known for.



A manufacturer of smartphones, smartphone accessories, software, and online services, 2009-founded Vivo  focuses on bringing high-quality products by using Hi-Fi chips on their handsets. They were also recently at the top 5 spot of the biggest phone vendors with 123.8% of Year-Over-Year growth.

Product-wise, we’ve tried the Vivo V3 Max which is a reliable device for everyday use and it’s just priced under Php17K.



ZTE used to be in the top 5 largest mobile phone vendors although it’s been pushed back by some of the companies mentioned above. Although that may be the case, it’s still one of the major brands originating from China and provides mobile phone solutions for those looking for a more affordable alternative to the big players.

Its Nubia Z11, which was launched early this year, boasts a 6GB RAM and 128GB of internal storage complete with bells and whistles like NFC, infrared, Dolby Atmos audio, and a fingerprint scanner to name a few.  It’s priced competitively at CNY3,499 which is around Php25K when directly converted.

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Kevin Bruce Francisco is the Senior Editor and Video Producer for YugaTech. He's a Digital Filmmaking graduate who's always either daydreaming of traveling or actually going places on his bike. Follow him on Twitter for more tech updates @kevincofrancis.

8 Responses

  1. Avatar for c c says:

    oneplus parent company is oppo. oppo and vivo are both under bbk electronics

  2. Avatar for kennzgaming kennzgaming says:

    @DIAZCYRILXYRUZ, stop being so ignorant. every product you use in 1 for or another is/are made in China. That is the reason why most countries are afraid of China. About Spyware, that can be installed easily on anyone’s phone without breaking a sweat, instead of toiling in product lines with phone parts. Don’t just comment blindly, it moves to show how oblivious you are in world.

  3. Avatar for diazcyrilxyruz diazcyrilxyruz says:

    this is fucking scam of china,, flooding us with spyphone with malware giving all info back to the server of china,, dont buy this!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • Avatar for kennzgaming kennzgaming says:

      @DIAZCYRILXYRUZ, stop being so ignorant. every product you use in 1 for or another are made in China. That is the reason why most countries are afraid of China. About Spyware, that can be installed easily on anybodies phone with breaking a sweat in product lines with phone parts. Don’t just comment blindly it moves to show how oblivious you are in world.

  4. Avatar for Zzee Zzee says:

    Where can i buy that 13k v3 max

  5. Avatar for josh josh says:

    Want to know other Chinese smartphones not listed above?



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