The best smartphones from Chinese companies in India

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The competition for dominance in the Indian smartphone market is over and Chinese companies have successfully established themselves in the Indian market. The previous market leader, Samsung has been lagging behind Xiaomi for more than two years now. 

Aside from the two giants going head-to-head,  Oppo and Vivo are also among the top five brands in India. OnePlus, too, has a cult following in India, with its smartphones leading the race in the premium smartphone category, defeating the likes of iPhone and the Galaxy flagships.

In this list, we comb 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.

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Redmi K20 Pro

Weight: 191g | Dimensions: 156.7 x 74.3 x 8.8mm | OS: Android 9 Pie with MIUI 10 on top | Screen size: 6.39 inches | Resolution: 1080 x 2340 | CPU: Snapdragon 855 SoC | RAM: 6GB/8GB | Storage: 128GB/256GB | Battery: 4,000mAh | Rear camera: 48MP + 8MP + 13MP | Front camera: 20MP

Xiaomi promised its new Redmi K series would be “Flagship Killer 2.0” and that seems to be fairly accurate, given the kind of specs that the Redmi K20 Pro offers at a starting price of Rs 27,999. Xiaomi is clearly taking the battle to OnePlus, which has developed a cult-like following amongst people looking for premium specs at affordable prices.

OnePlus constantly increasing the prices of its smartphones has also helped in popularizing the Redmi K20 Pro.

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Redmi K20

Weight: 191g | Dimensions: 156.7 x 74.3 x 8.8mm | OS: Android 9 Pie with MIUI 10 on top | Screen size: 6.39 inches | Resolution: 1080 x 2340 | CPU: Snapdragon 730 SoC | RAM: 6GB | Storage: 64/128GB | Battery: 4,000mAh | Rear camera: 48MP + 8MP + 13MP | Front camera: 20MP

Not forgetting its budget segment roots, Xiaomi has also launched a slightly more affordable version of the Redmi K20 Pro, retaining as many design elements and hardware specs as possible, while still offering a premium smartphone at an affordable price.

If you don’t need a highly powerful smartphone, you can instead opt for the Redmi K20.

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OnePlus 7 Pro

Weight: 206g | Dimensions: 162.6 x 75.9 x 8.8mm | OS: Android 9.0 Pie with OxygenOS | Screen size: 6.67-inch | Resolution: 3120 x 1440 | CPU: Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 SoC | RAM: 6/8/10GB | Storage: 128/256GB UFS 3.0 | Battery: 4000mAh | Rear camera: 48MP + 8MP + 16MP | Front camera: 16MP

With the launch of the OnePlus 7 Pro, the Chinese smartphone maker has propelled itself to the next level. The 7 Pro is supposed to take the fight to the high-end premium offerings like the Galaxy S10 series and the iPhone XS.

Sporting a Quad HD+ panel for the first time, the OnePlus 7 Pro is the most premium smartphone till date. This reflects in its performance, design as well as the price.

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OnePlus 7

Picture perfect.

Weight: 182g | Dimensions: 157.7 x 74.8 x 8.2mm | OS: Android 9.0 Pie with OxygenOS | Screen size: 6.41-inch | Resolution: 2340 x 1080 | CPU: Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 SoC | RAM: 6/8GB | Storage: 128/256GB UFS 3.0 | Battery: 3,700mAh | Rear camera: 48MP + 5MP | Front camera: 16MP

Big display
Good battery life
Average face recognition

The standard OnePlus 7, on the other hand, is aimed at people who still want a OnePlus smartphone that is affordable. Keeping this in mind, the company launched the OnePlus 7 at the same price as the OnePlus 6T, while still offering important upgrades in terms of the chipset, cameras and the storage performance.

Realme X

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Realme X

Weight: 191g | Dimensions: 161.2 x 76 x 8.6mm | OS: Android 9.0 Pie with ColorOS 6.0 | Screen size: 6.53-inch | Resolution: 2340 x 1080 | CPU: Qualcomm Snapdragon 710 | RAM: 4/8GB | Storage: 128GB | Battery: 3,765mAh | Rear camera: 48MP + 5MP | Front camera: 16MP

It’s not just the mid-range and the premium smartphone segment that is dominated by Chinese smartphone makers. Coming back to the mid-range, we have the likes of the Realme X that aims to take on the budget king Redmi Note 7 Pro while also luring prospective Redmi K20 buyers.

If you are looking a smartphone that is somewhere between the Redmi Note 7 Pro and the Redmi K20 both in terms of price as well as specs, this is it.

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Vivo S1

Weight: 179g | Dimensions: 159.5 x 75.2 x 8.1mm | OS: Android 9.0 Pie with Funtouch OS 9.0 | Screen size: 6.38-inch | Resolution: 1080 x 2340 | CPU: MediaTek Helio P65 | RAM: 4/6GB | Storage: 64/128GB | Battery: 4500mAh | Rear camera: 16MP + 8MP + 2MP | Front camera: 32MP

Not the one to be left behind, Vivo too has been launching several affordable and value for money smartphones of late. The Vivo S1 is the latest in this list. It features a premium Super AMOLED panel and sports a triple camera setup on the back.

Design-wise, the Vivo S1 has a gradient back that reflects light off to give a distinct look at different angles. However, the one area where Vivo could have done better is the camera bump that looks out of place with its golden borders.

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Xiaomi Redmi Note 7 Pro

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

The Redmi Note 7 Pro is a smartphone the recipe of which Xiaomi has perfected over the last few years, asserting its dominance in the Indian market. Bringing together factors like value for money, a great blend of specs and a surprise factor in the form of the 48-megapixel camera that is found in far more premium smartphones, the Redmi Note 7 Pro is a great smartphone at a starting price of Rs 13,999.