Review-comparison of popular Chinese smartphones under $100
• The Kommersant publication has learned that due to the constant “jumps” of the ruble and the end of the New Year holidays, smartphone manufacturers plan to revise the cost of mobile devices. Smartphone prices could skyrocket by 15-20%. With such bad news, inexpensive smartphones from China are becoming more and more attractive. Of course, they are inferior to the flagship models in terms of performance and even design, but for everyday activities their capabilities are more than enough.
Consider the popular smartphone models under $100 presented in the hot deals section of the Chinese online electronics store Gearbest.com.
MIJUE T200, $79.99
OS: runs on Android, the most popular platform on the mobile market.
Camera: If you like to take a selfie or send a photo to Instagram, the 13-megapixel main camera with LED flash will be enough. There is also a 5-megapixel front camera.
Screen: As for the screen size, the T200 has a 5,0-inch screen with a resolution of 1280 x 720 pixels.
Design: this model is 8.5% thinner than most smartphones, but heavier, due to the massive battery. The height of the plastic case is 143.20 mm, width – 71,60 mm, depth – 8.60 mm.
Processor and Memory: The T200 houses a MediaTek MT6735A quad-core chip clocked at 1.3GHz. The size of the RAM is 2 GB, the internal memory is 16 GB.
Networks: if you decided that for such money the device works only in 3G networks, then you were mistaken. It also supports 4G (LTE and HSPA+).
Doogee x5, $59.99
OS: another Chinese representative of Android devices.
Camera: 5 megapixel main and 2 megapixel front cameras. Don't expect great quality photos. There is a flash, but weak, it is enough for shooting at close range.
Screen: 5,0-inch display with a resolution of 1280 by 720 pixels.
Design: The phone's plastic case is quite high (143 mm), its width is 72.20 mm, and its depth is 8.80 mm. The build quality is mediocre, the plastic is easily crumpled. So it is advisable to handle the phone with care.
Processor and Memory: quad-core Mediatek MT6735, memory by modern standards is "poor" (1 GB of RAM and 8 GB of internal memory).
Networks: everything is fine here. There are both 3G and 4G (LTE and HSPA+).
Thl t6c, $56.99
Camera: 5 megapixel rear and 0.3 megapixel front. The picture quality is average.
Screen: 5-inch with a resolution of 854 × 480 pixels, which is inferior to other participants in the review of inexpensive Chinese smartphones, but increases the energy efficiency of the device.
Design: The phone looks and feels good. Compact dimensions: height -143.9 mm, width – 71.6 mm, depth – 8.2 mm.
Processor and Memory: Quad-core MT6580, 1GB RAM and 8GB ROM.
Networks: only 3G.
Doogee X6, $65.99
OS: Android, like other "state employees".
Camera: 5-megapixel rear camera (with flash and autofocus) and 2-megapixel front camera. Photos come out of mediocre quality.
Screen: 5,5 inch display, 1280 by 720 pixels. Not all users like phones with large screens, they stick out ugly from a trouser pocket, and they are inconvenient to hold in a small palm.
Design: The plastic case is 143mm high, 72.20mm wide, and 8,80mm deep. At 130 grams, Doogee X6 is one of the lightest 5,5-inch phones. On the side faces of the smartphone are Elasticity Arm buttons (that is, ordinary buttons under a flexible metal frame). As planned by the designers, this will extend the “life” of the buttons and improve the appearance of the device.
Processor and Memory: quad-core Mediatek MT6580, 1GB RAM and 8GB ROM.
Networks: 3G and 4G (HSPA+).
And now let's bring together all the main characteristics to make it easier for the reader to make a choice between models. We also recommend looking at the rating: best chinese smartphones .
Comparison of smartphone characteristics
|Model||OS||Screen||Processor||Graphics Processor||Memory RAM+ROM||Battery capacity||Camera||Antutu test data|
|MIJUE T200||Android Lollipop 5.1||5.0-inch IPS||MTK6735 64bit Quad Core, 1.3GHz||Mali-T720||2 GB, 16 GB. With a memory card, you can expand up to 128 GB.||3450 mAh||13 MP + 5 MP||22 560|
|Doogee x5||Android Lollipop 5.1||5.0-inch IPS||Mediatek MT6735, 1.5 GHz||Mali 400 MP||1 GB, 8 GB (up to 32 GB with memory card)||2400 mAh||5 MP + 2 MP||19 746|
|Thl-t6c||Android Lollipop 5.1||5.0-inch IPS||Mediatek MT6580 Quad Core, 1.3 GHz||Mali 400 MP||1 GB, 8 GB (up to 32 GB with memory card)||1900 mAh||5 MP + 0.3 MP||20 958|
|Doogee X6||Android Lollipop 5.1||5.5-inch IPS||Mediatek MT6580 Quad Core, 1.3 GHz||Mali 400 MP||1 GB, 8 GB (up to 32 GB with memory card)||3000 mAh||5 MP + 2 MP||19. 886|
Summing up: all the smartphones presented in the review are strong “middle peasants” that can cope with not too demanding games, and even more so with surfing the Internet. The most powerful of them is the MIJUE T200, but it's up to you to decide whether it's worth paying an extra $20 for it.