10 best smartphones from Chinese companies in India

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The competition for dominance in the Indian smartphone market is getting more intense by the day and Chinese companies are still flux. Normally, Samsung is the number one contender in the market but for two straight quarters, Xiaomi has been leading the pack instead. 

Aside from the two giants going head-to-head,  Oppo and Vivo are also among the top five brands in India. OnePlus is also a part of the group with their flagship from 2018, the OnePlus 6, winning many a heart.

Some lesser known names like Meizu, Nubiaand Coolpad are also worth a gander though they haven't quite made their make in the Indian market yet. 

This list combs through all the options in the market so that you have choices across all price points with varied features. Some phones are meant for selfie lovers while others are for fans of Stock Android. Either which way, you'll find a phone that will make sense for you.

OnePlus 6

Weight: 177g | Dimensions: 155.7 x 75.4 x 7.8 mm | OS: Android 7.8.1 Oreo | Screen size: 6.28-inch | Resolution: 2280 x 1080 | CPU: Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 | RAM: 6GB/8GB | Storage: 64GB/128GB | Battery: 3300mAh | Rear camera: 16MP + 20MP | Front camera: 16MP

Stunning notch display
High-end hardware
Dash charging
No microSD card slot
Full HD+ display

OnePlus has recently dethroned Samsung and Apple to lead India's high-end premium smartphone segment, thanks to its flagships like the OnePlus 6 and OnePlus 5T. This time around, with the OnePlus 6, the company has embraced the notch, blending it elegantly thanks to the Optic AMOLED display.

The OnePlus 6 features a 6.28-inch Full HD+ Optic AMOLED display and is powered by the flagship Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 chipset, paired with up to 8GB RAM and 128GB storage. The OnePlus 6 has a dual camera setup on the back - a 16MP primary sensor and a 20MP secondary sensor, along with a 16MP front camera.

If you are looking for a high-end, high quality flagship smartphone, the OnePlus 6 is worth considering.

Read the full review: OnePlus 6

Xiaomi Mi A2

Weight: 166g | Dimensions: 158.7 x 75.4 x 7.3 mm | OS: Android 8.1 | Screen size: 5.99-inch | Resolution: 2160 x 1080 | CPU: Snapdragon 660 | RAM: 4GB / 6GB | Storage: 64GB / 128GB | Battery: 3,010mAh | Rear camera: 12MP + 20MP | Front camera: 20MP

Android One
Snappy performance
Battery
Lacks 3.5mm audio jack

Xiaomi has been ruling the roost in the country when it comes to the mid-range and budget smartphone segment. The just-launched Mi A2 is the latest smartphone from Xiaomi to hit the right price points and offer great value for money. It succeeds the popular Mi A1 that was launched last year, and is the second Android One offering from the company.

To recap briefly, the Mi A2 features a 5.99-inch Full HD+ resolution display and is powered by an octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 660 chipset, paired with up to 6GB RAM and 64GB storage. The phone has a 12MP + 20MP rear camera setup and a 20MP snapper on the front. It runs on stock Android 8.1 Oreo out of the box and is part of Google's Android One program.

If you are a fan of stock Android, the Mi A2 is your best option in this price range.

Read the full review: Xiaomi Mi A2

Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 Pro

Weight: 181g | Dimensions: 158.6 x 75.4 x 8.1 mm | OS: Android 8.0 Oreo | Screen size: 5.99-inch | Resolution: 2160 x 1080 | CPU: Qualcomm Snapdragon 636 | RAM: 4GB / 64GB | Storage: 64GB / 128GB | Battery: 4000mAh | Rear camera: 12MP + 5MP | Front camera: 20MP

4,000mAh battery
Dual camera
Hybrid microSD card slot

Xiaomi launched the Redmi Note 5 Pro earlier this year in India after a lot of hype and buzz around the smartphone. While the Redmi Note 4 was a success for Xiaomi, the phone felt like a downgrade coming from the Redmi Note 3. This was one of the reasons why Xiaomi fans were waiting for the Redmi Note 5 Pro with baited breath.

The Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 Pro delivers on most of the fronts for a Redmi Note series smartphone. It features a 5.99-inch Full HD+ resolution display and is powered by an octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 636 chipset, paired with up to 6GB RAM and 128GB internal storage.

Imaging duties are handled by a dual camera setup on the back - there is a 12MP primary sensor and a 5MP secondary sensor. On the front, the Redmi Note 5 Pro has a 20MP camera, aimed at the selfie-centric audience. The phone is powered by a 4000mAh battery.

Read the full review: Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 Pro

Oppo F7

Oppo F7

Oppo F7

Picture perfect.

Weight: 158g | Dimensions: 156 x 75.3 x 7.8mm | OS: Android 8.1 Oreo | Screen size: 6.23-inch | Resolution: 2280 x 1080 | CPU: MediaTek Helio P60 | RAM: 4GB | Storage: 64GB | Battery: 3400mAh | Rear camera: 16MP | Front camera: 25MP

Big display
Good battery life
Average face recognition

Oppo F7 is one of the latest additions to the company’s selfie expert series after Oppo F5. The phone isn't at all bad, but if selfies aren't your priority, it's questionable whether the Oppo F7 is worth its price tag. 

Nonetheless, the phone offers a decent user experience along with respectable battery life. The only issue is that it lasts a little less than a complete work day, which can be an issue if you need to use your phone on the commute home from work. 

The selfie feature works just as its supposed to with the artificial intelligence component smoothing out imperfections and brightening your skin. Unlike the Vivo V9, the Oppo F7 doesn't over do it to make you look plastic-y or over processed. 

Read the full review: Oppo F7

Xiaomi Redmi 5A

Weight: 137g | Dimensions: 140.4 x 70.1 x 8.35mm | OS: Android 7.0 Nougat | Screen size: 5.2-inch | Resolution: 1280 x 720 | CPU: Qualcomm Snapdragon 425 | RAM: 2GB/3GB | Storage: 16GB/32GB | Battery: 3000mAh | Rear camera: 13MP | Front camera: 5MP

Good build and design
Value for money
No fingerprint sensor

After launching Redmi Y1 and Y1 Lite in India, Xiaomi recently unveiled Redmi 5A in the market. The phone comes in two variants - 2GB/16GB and 3GB/32GB. The storage capacity is further expandable to 128GB via microSD card. Pitched as the "Desh Ka Smartphone" by the company, the Redmi 5A features a 5-inch HD display and runs on Android 7.0 Nougat with MIUI 9 on the top.

The daily tasks are managed by a quad-core Snapdragon 425 chipset and an Adreno 308 GPU handles the graphics of the phone. The phone comes with a 13-megapixel primary sensor with an aperture size of f/2.2 and a 5-megapixel secondary lens of f/2.0 aperture size. It gets its daily dose of power from a 3000mAh battery. 

Xiaomi Redmi Note 5

Weight: 180g | Dimensions: 75.45 x 158.5 x 8.05mm | OS: Android 7 | Screen size: 5.99-inch | Resolution: 1080 x 2160 | CPU: Snapdragon 435 | RAM: 2/3/4GB | Storage: 16/32/64GB | Battery: 4100mAh | Rear camera: 13MP | Front camera: 5MP

Impression 18:9 display 
Great battery life 
Good camera 
Value for money
Not USB type-C
Dated design 
Still runs on Nougat 

Just like its predecessor, which was previously on this list, Redmi Note 5 also comes with a battery capacity of 4,000 mAh. The phone lasts comfortably on a single charge for a whole day under heavy usage. If you use your phone with moderation, the battery will last even longer. 

It takes around two hours to fully recharge using the regular 5V adapter provided in-the-box.

But if you already own a Redmi Note 4, then refrain from the upgrade because very little is different in the two variants. They even run of the same chipset. 

Read the full review: Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 review