Chinese mobile phones

There seems to be a rising interest in Chinese mobile phones here in the West. The reason for this is because they offer the same features at much lower prices, are available as dual boot and dual sim and there’s simply a lot of choice.

I am also considering to buy one in 2013 and currently orienting myself.

Now the issue is that mainly these phones are relatively new with very little hands-on experiences. One might wonder if they even work on our networks. What about after sales service? What kind of SIM cards fit the models? And, heck, how the charge these phones? Obviously, important other things to look at are the quality of GPS, WiFi, battery and camera amongst others.

I’ll leave it to others to come up with the verdict.

As this is introductory, please find below three relatively unknown brands and their flagship smartphone products.

Jiayu

This company has been active since 2009 and mostly produces phones for the local Chinese market. Since the Jiayu G3 is in, it also receives more international attention. They are aiming for the higher priced market segment and offer devices with great specifications and high quality. The “high price” is to be taken very lightly since in Europe you get a lot of worth for relatively little money.

Jiayu does everything in-house. They have there own R&D department and do both the phone manufacturing and sales with some 800 folks on their paycheck.

So Jiayu’s current flagship is the G3! The G3 carries a 1GHz Dual Core processsor and has 1GB RAM & 4GB ROM memory. Of course it also suports Wifi, A-GPS, Bluetooth 2.1 and FM radio. The screen is 4,5″ and supports an astounding 1280×720 pixels. It also has a fast 8MP camera with autofocus and flash and a 2MP camera in the front. The phone is only 10,8 mm thin, weights 158 grams and the measurements are 135 x 65 x 10,8 mm. Its battery is also pretty strong: 2750 mAh.

Here a review for the G3:

Huawei

Huawei is a Chinese multinational networking and telecommunications equipment and services company headquartered in Shenzhen, Guangdong. It is the largest telecommunications equipment maker in the world, after having overtaken Ericsson.

Huawei also produces and sells a variety of devices under its own name, such as the IDEOS smartphones and tablet PCs. Recent products include U8800U8860,E220AscendU7519, Huawei Mercury M886, and U8150. In 2010, Huawei Devices shipped 120 million devices around the world. 30 million cell phones, of which 3.3 million units were smartphones, were shipped to markets such as Japan, the United States and Europe.

A particular high end model that stands out for me is the recently introduced Huawei Honor 2. The Honor 2 packs a quad-core 1.4GHz K3V2 processor, 1GB, 8GB of onboard storage, microSD support, 8MP rear camera, 1.3MP front-facing camera, 4.5-inch IPS display, ICS and comes around a $300 price tag (1888 yuan). Note that this is double the price of Jiayu G3 though and it only carries an Android ICS (< 4.1). Huawei will only offer Honor II with 1GB of RAM at the moment, but the company promised it will be upgraded to 2GB RAM in the future for the same price. Not bad right?

The camera is quite impressive too. Here’s a sample:

Get it through Amazon China!

Oppo

OPPO Electronics Corp., Ltd is an electronics manufacturer based in DongguanGuangdong. Its major product lines include MP3 players, Portable Media players, LCD-TV, eBook, DVD/Blu-ray Disc players and mobile phones. Founded in 2004, the company had registered the Oppo brand name in many parts of the World., with a company mission to become one of the worldwide leading brand in consumer electronics. The company has introduced quite a number of new products with their own innovation and design, aiming to climb up the value chain to be a sound brand on their own internationally.

The excellent looking Oppo Find 5 has some amazing specs: a 5 inch display with 1920 X 1080 resolution, 2GB RAM, quad-core Qualcomm 8064 CPU and impressive 12 mega-pixel rear camera! It was launched on 12 December in China. The measurements are as follows: Body size: 129mm * 65mm * 6.9mm flat, with no protruding.

Only downside of this device is its battery power. With only 2500mah, the  5 inch device with a 1080p resolution won’t probably last long…

Oppo said the Finder 5 is also going to hit mainland Europe!

Here’s a hands-on review of this very promising phone by Engadget:

Ok so now you might wonder where to buy these type of phones. Well, here are some webshops that deliver:

Do let me know your experiences!

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