The 5 top ranked chinese phones under $500 in 2020

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2020 has almost reached its end and most of the biggest companies have finished releasing their flagships for the year. This means it is the best time of the year to make your choice as you can get a better judgment off the large number of choices you have. Let us take a moment to look at the best choices available for the average consumer at the moment.


1 F2 Pro by POCO

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This is an internationally available phone that is not restricted to the domestic region of China. The phone is definitely a cost efficient phone for its price. The price usually hovers around the $400 mark, it rarely goes up and in the coming months the price is hinted to go further down making it an excellent choice for prospecting buyers.

The smartphone comes with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 865chip backed up by 6 Gigs of RAM and an internal storage of 126 GB. Not only does the phone have a powerful hardware powering it but also an impressive display. The 6.67 inch AMOLED that is a real full screen design. The reason why we call it a real full screen design is in relation to the selfie camera being placed as a pop-up. Which means it does not cover up the screen.

The camera has four sensors on the back, the primary camera is 64 Megapixel Sony IMX686 shooter, the telephoto lens is of 5MP along with a depth sensor of 2MP and a ultra wide lens of 12MP. The phone also has an impressive 20MP on its selfie camera.

Last but not least, its battery is massive clocking in at 4700mAh that is supported by a 33W fast charge. Users can last the phone an entire day on a single charge that takes a minimal amount of time to charge.


2 K30 Ultra by REDMI

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The REDMI K30 Ultra is pretty similar to its smaller twin the REDMI K30 PRO with a few minor differences. The display has a refresh rate of 120Hz whereas the REDMI K30 PRO only has a refresh of 60Hz.

Its specifications are pretty similar to the ones of the POCO F2 PRO. The smart device contains a MediaTek Dimensity 1000 CPU. The MediaTek chip should work on the same level as the Snapdragon 855. The screen is a 6.67 inch AMOLED that has a real full screen design. The pop-up selfie camera is also present in this model and rocks 20MP.

There are 4 rear cameras in the phone. The primary camera is the Sony IMX682 that has 64MP in it, the ultra wide lens comes in at 13MP, the macro sensor and the depth sensor are 5MP and 2MP respectively.

With 128GB of internal storage and 6GB of usable RAM, this phone packs a punch.


3 X7 PRO by Realme

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The REALME X7 PRO follows a similar trend in the hardware that is present in the first two phones. The specifications are quite identical with a few minor changes present. Firstly the phone uses a MediaTek Dimensity 1000 as its CPU. The internal storage is once again 128GB with its RAM being 8GB. A step up from the 6 Gigs available in the previous models we have shown.

The display present in the REALME X7 PRO is also a 120Hz AMOLED, but the dimensions of the screen is slightly smaller measuring in at 6.55 inches. Unlike the other models, the selfie camera of the phone is placed on the screen through a punch hole. The selfie camera is 32MP.

Going to the back of the smartphone we can see a flagship sensor, the 64 Megapixel Sony IMX686. The ultrawide sensor is 8MP and it is followed by a depth and macro sensor of 2MPs.

The battery capacity of the device is 4500mAh but the surprising aspect is that the phone supports fast charging of 65W. The whole setup includes an NFC as well.


4 Oneplus Nord

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Now we have an entry from the ONEPLUS series. The mid-range phone is priced at $399.99 on the international market to date.

The phone has a decent sized screen which measures in at 6.44 inches. The screen is AMOLED and is fully HD+ along with a maximum refresh rate of 90Hz. Powered through a Snapdragon 765G, the hardware is nothing to scoff at as it includes a 5G band. The internal storage is 128 Gigs and the phone has 8GB of RAM in its arsenal.

Moving onto the camera section of the device. It features a Sony IMX616 sensor 32MP and a 8MP in its dual camera setup on its frontal side. The 8MP camera is for ultra wide captures. The real power lies behind the phone with its Sony IMX586 48MP sensor, 8MP Ultrawide lens and its macro and depth sensors captioned at 2MP and 5MP respectively.

The battery is 4115mAH, which is not small at all. Its fast charging with a power rating of 30W ensures that one can juice the phone up in no time. An NFC also comes with the device.



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This is quite a particular choice and we added it for a very specific reason. This is a choice for people that want the performance of their phone to be focused on the camera and its capture capabilities rather than raw power. The smartphone features a 40 Megapixel Sony IMX600. The specialty of this sensor is that its a large sized sensor with f/1.8 aperture that goes along with its 8 Megapixel 3X periscope camera. Both of these contain optical image stabilisation. The selfie camera is a modest 32MP camera that has a 8 Megapixel ultra wide lens packed together.

The phone contains Kirin 990 chipset which is backed by 8 GB of RAM. The internal storage is 128GB. With a 4200mAh battery that supports fast charging (power rating 40W), users are guaranteed to get a day’s use with a single charge. An NFC module is included in the phone for secure measures.


This wraps up our list of the best Chinese devices one can buy for less than $500 on the international market to date. Stay tuned for our latest updates and lists which feature more grabs and information useful for phone fanatics as yourself.