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 2017, the OnePlus 5T, winning many a heart. Not to mention how amped everyone seems to be about the upcoming OnePlus 6 Avengers edition

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 5T

OnePlus 5T

OnePlus 5T

Weight: 162g | Dimensions: 156.1 x 75 x 7.3mm | OS: Android 7.1.2 Nougat | Screen size: 6.01-inch | Resolution: 2160 x 1080 | CPU: Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 | RAM: 6GB/8GB | Storage: 64GB/128GB | Battery: 3300mAh | Rear camera: 16MP + 20MP | Front camera: 16MP

Great design and build
Excellent performance
No microSD card slot
Only Full HD display

The OnePlus 5T is an upgraded version of the flagship device OnePlus 5 which the company launched in June 2017. The phone is available in two variants – 6GB/64GB and 8GB/128GB. It has Oxygen OS on top of Android which is responsible for the interface along with the same Snapdragon 835 SoC as OnePlus5.

The highlight of the phone is its bigger display. It sports a 6.01-inch full HD AMOLED panel with an aspect ratio of 18:9. A 2.5D Corning Gorilla Glass 5 coating protects the screen from damage. However, it lacks the QHD resolution. It gets its juice from a 3,300mAh battery which supports Dash Charge.

The fingerprint sensor has been moved to the back and is easily accessible. Another upgrade is that the secondary camera has a sensor that's tailored to enhance low-light photography rather than have a telephoto lens.

Apart from the two above mentioned variants, OnePlus had also launched a Star Wars Limited Edition variant with 8GB RAM and 128GB internal storage.

Read the full review: OnePlus 5T

Xiaomi Mi A1

Xiaomi Mi A1

Mi A1

Weight: 165g | Dimensions: 155.4 x 75.8 x 7.3mm | OS: Android 7.1 Nougat | Screen size: 5.5-inch | Resolution: 1920 x 1080 | CPU: Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 | RAM: 4GB | Storage: 64GB | Battery: 3080mAh | Rear camera: 12MP + 12MP | Front camera: 5MP

Google’s software with timely updates
Powerful hardware
Best dual camera setup
Derivative design
Smaller battery than Redmi Note 4

Xiaomi Mi A1 is an outcome of Xiaomi’s partnership with Google. It is the first Xiaomi phone with stock Android and is one of the most popular mid-range devices of the year. The phone comes with a 5.5-inch full HD display with 2.5D curved glass coating on the top. 

The phone is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 processor, 4GB RAM and an internal storage of 64GB which is expandable up to 128GB via microSD card. 

The phone has a dual camera setup on the rear with a 12-megapixel wide angle lens supported by a 12-megapixel telephoto lens. A 5-megapixel front shutter with 36 smart beauty profiles and face recognition sits above the display. It has a 3080mAh battery which lasts for a day. And the fingerprint sensor is placed at the back of the phone.

The phone was originally launched in three colour variants – Gold, Rose Gold and Black. On New Years, the company launched a Special Edition Red colour variant, available only for a limited time. 

Read the full review: Xiaomi Mi A1 

Moto G5 Plus

Moto G5 Plus

Moto G5 Plus

Weight: 155g | Dimensions: 150.2 x 74 x 7.7mm | OS: Android 7.0 Nougat | Screen size: 5.2-inch | Resolution: 1920 x 1080 | CPU: Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 | RAM: 3GB/4GB | Storage: 16GB/32GB (expandable up to 128GB) | Battery: 3000mAh | Rear camera: 12MP | Front camera: 5MP

Doesn’t look or feel like a budget phone
Inventive one button nav
Battery isn’t removable
Iffy camera performance

The Moto G5 Plus is the successor of the G4 Plus from Lenovo backed Motorola. It comes with a 5.2-inch full HD IPS LCD display with Corning Gorilla Glass 3 making for a great content consumption experience. Not only does it feel thinner and smaller, it runs heavy games without any lag.

Motorola is unique in the sense that the phone offers a whole range of features without taxing your pocket too much. It has a whole bunch of internal storage with microSD support. The fingerprint sensor's located at the bottom of the screen, while the front camera and sensors are on the top. 

It's the only phone in this price segment that has Android Nougat out of the box. 

If there's anything to be wary of, it's the mono loudspeaker. It performs adequately but could be better for when you want to share your screen with your friends. 

Since the Moto G5 Plus exclusively supports Full HD screen resolution, any 4k video that's recorded using it can only be viewed on another 4k device.

Read the full review: Moto G5 Plus

Honot 7X

Honot 7X

Honor 7X

Weight: 165g | Dimensions: 156.5 x 75.3 x 7.6mm | OS: Android 7.0 | Screen size: 5.9-inch | Resolution: 2160 x 1080 | CPU: Kirin 659 | RAM: 4GB | Storage: 32GB/64GB (expandable up to 256GB) | Battery: 3340mAh | Rear camera: 16MP + 2MP | Front camera: 8MP

Vibrant display
Metal design
Lacks fast charging

The Honor 7X is the first mid-range phone to come with an aspect ratio of 18:9, the feature which is commonly found on the flagship phones. It has a 5.9-inch full HD+ display which is vibrant and provides a great experience to the user. 

The phone is powered by Kirin 659 chipset backed by a 4GB RAM and an internal storage of 32GB. There is also a 64GB storage variant available in the market. The storage in both the variants is expandable up to 256GB.

The phone runs on Android 7.0 Nougat under the company’s custom EMUI (Emotion UI) 5.1. It has a 3,340mAh battery which provides sufficient fuel to sail through your daily tasks but it does not support fast charging. 

It features a dual-camera setup on the back which comprises of a 16-megapixel primary sensor and 2-megapixel depth sensing lens. On the front, there is a 8-megapixel sensor which sits above the big display.

Read the full review: Honor 7X

Moto G5S Plus

Moto G5S Plus

Moto G5S Plus

Weight: 168g | Dimensions: 153.5 x 76.2 x 8.0mm | OS: Android 7.1 Nougat | Screen size: 5.5-inch | Resolution: 1920 x 1080 | CPU: Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 | RAM: 4GB | Storage: 64GB | Battery: 3000mAh | Rear camera: 13MP + 13MP | Front camera: 8MP

Metal body
Good battery life
Camera shutter lag
Occasional app crashes

Launched in August 2017, the Moto G5S Plus comes with an all-metal unibody design and curved corners which give it a premium feel in hand. It is powered by the similar Snapdragon 625 chipset, 4GB RAM and Adreno 506 GPU which the company used in G5 Plus. The phone has an internal storage capacity of 64GB which can be further extended up to 128GB via micro SD card.

Moto G5S Plus carries a 5.5-inch full HD display with a Corning Gorilla Glass 3 coating on the top. Its 3000mAh battery provides enough fuel for the whole day. It also supports TurboCharging through which you can get up to six hours of battery life in just 15 minutes. The phone is also splash resistant, thanks to nano-coating.

Coming to the camera department, the Moto G5S Plus sports a dual camera setup on the rear with 13-megapixel sensors along with a dual LED flash. It has an 8-megapixel wide-angle lens and LED flash on the front.

Read the full review: Moto G5S Plus

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

Honor 9i

Honor 9i

Honor 9i

Weight: 164g | Dimensions: 156.2 x 75.2 x 7.5mm | OS: Android 7.0 | Screen size: 5.9-inch | Resolution: 2160 x 1080 | CPU: Kirin 659 | RAM: 4GB | Storage: 64GB | Battery: 3340mAh | Rear camera: 16MP + 2MP | Front camera: 13MP + 2MP

Good display
Beautiful metal body
No fast charging
Average camera performance

While the other OEMs were busy in making smartphones with dual camera setup, Huawei went a step further with Honor 9i. It launched the phone with four cameras – 16-megapixel + 2-megapixel on the rear and 13-megapixel + 2-megapixel on the front.

Under the hood, the phone is powered by an octa-core Kirin 659 chipset, dual-core Mali T830 GPU, 4GB RAM and 64GB of internal storage. The phone also has a micro SD card slot. It is loaded with Android 7.0 Nougat with EMUI 5.1 on the top.

The Honor 9i comes with a 5.9-inch full HD+ display with a 3,340mAh underneath. 

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

Coolpad Cool Play 6

Coolpad Cool Play 6

Coolpad Cool Play 6

Weight: 170g | Dimensions: 152 x 75.2 x 8.45mm | OS: Android 7.1.1 Nougat | Screen size: 5.5-inch | Resolution: 1920 x 1080 | CPU: Qualcomm Snapdragon 653 | RAM: 6GB | Storage: 64GB (expandable up to 128GB) | Battery: 4000mAh | Rear camera: 13MP + 13MP | Front camera: 8MP

Good performance
Impressive camera
Bloatware issues
Nothing new in design

The Coolpad Cool Play 6 features a 5.5-inch full HD IPS LCD display and was launched with Android 7.1.1 Nougat and the Journey UI on top, which can now be upgraded to Android O. 

In terms of performance, the device comes with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 653 processor, Adreno 510 GPU, 6GB RAM, 64GB internal storage and a 4,000mAh battery.

What's unique about this phone are it's capacitive touch buttons are "supposed" to stay backlit but only stay on for a short while the screen is powered on. Even the power and volume buttons are places a little too high, driving you to stretch in order to reach them.  

It's not too heavy or too light and even feels solid in your hands. The fingerprint scanner lives up to it's name in accuracy and efficiency. 

Even though the Cool Play 6 is equipped with dual 13 mega pixel cameras, their performance is average at best.