Which smartphone should I buy?

Chinese smartphone manufacturers are putting increasing pressure on the German market. GIGA expert Peter explains what is the best Chinese phone right now and what to consider when buying such a smartphone.

The best Chinese cell phones in 2019

China’s smartphones are becoming increasingly popular in Germany. While manufacturers like Samsung and Apple For the best models now they demand more than 1,000 euros, you get from Chinese manufacturers, first-class smartphones with half. GIGA has selected three recommendations that you can use in Germany without problems.

Xiaomi Mi 9T Pro: top model

Xiaomi Mi 9T Pro is the best smartphone made by a Chinese manufacturer. It has an almost unlimited appearance with no slits or holes. The front camera moves from the top of the case when you need it. Otherwise it is not visible. Fingerprint sensor installed on the AMOLED screen. The Mi 9T Pro runs on Snapdragon 855 with 6GB of RAM and 128GB of internal memory. At the rear, three cameras with a 48 MP main sensor do their job. The 4,000 mAh battery ensures long battery life and can be quickly charged via cable. This smartphone is now officially sold in Germany and is compatible with all major LTE networks. As such, it can be used without restrictions. The price is 450 euros.

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advantages: Amazing value for money, high resolution camera, beautiful design, quality workmanship
cons: A highly customizable Android interface shouldn’t please everyone, memory can’t be expanded, can’t be filled wirelessly

Xiaomi Mi 9T Pro in price comparison *

The Pocophone F1 is already a year old, but considering the cheap price of around 300 euros, it still deserves a recommendation. Unlike Samsung’s high-end luxury models, Apple or Huawei, the price reduction is less than 10 percent. The Pocophone F1 had first-class specs last year with Snapdagon 845, 6GB RAM, and 64 or 128GB internal memory. The latter may even be extended. The special feature of this phone is the front mounted 3D scanner which is why it has notches on the screen. The batteries are also very large at 4,000 mAh.

advantages: Low price, good equipment, long battery life, almost no loss of value
cons: Technically outdated, sometimes advertising in software

Pocophone F1 in price comparison *

Xiaomi Mi A3: good hardware, pure software

Source: Xiaomi.

Xiaomi Mi A3 is a recommendation for users who are looking for a middle class smartphone with pure Android and who renew the guarantee. Xiaomi does not use its own interface, but pure Google Android. The Android One Upgrade Guarantee ensures that you are served for at least three years. In the price range of around 200 euros it is very rare: Xiaomi Mi A3 has an AMOLED screen. Other teams are very solid. This phone is powered by a Snapdragon 655 processor, which supports 4GB RAM and up to 128GB internal memory. The battery is quite large at 4.30mAh and a 48MP camera should take good pictures.

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Xioami Mi A3 in price comparison *

How about Oppo and Vivo?

Oppo smartphones and Vivo Very innovative, but in Germany only with defects of use. The two manufacturers, only OnePlus, are owned by BBK Electronics and often introduce new smartphone technologies to the competition. Oppo wants to be more global and better positioned in Europe. In the future, Oppo cell phones may enter our recommendations.

Buy a Chinese phone: what should I pay attention to?

LTE band: The smartphone we recommend in this article is a “global” version that works on all major LTE networks. Some Chinese smartphones, which are not intended for worldwide use, do so without major LTE tapes. You should pay attention to this when buying. Because the 3G network in Germany will soon be closed, it can have bad consequences.

warranty: If you order a cell phone directly from China, you may have trouble with warranty processing if something is wrong with your smartphone. That is why you should try to buy a Chinese cell phone from a German dealer. Distributors in Germany must comply with the warranty specified here.

customs: In addition to warranty issues, there are additional costs associated with ordering from China. Import duties and VAT due in Germany generally have to be paid. That’s about 30 percent more. Therefore, you should be careful to buy from dealers who have already imported Chinese cell phones and shipped from Europe.

software: Chinese cell phones often have software specifically designed for use in China. In the worst case, even Google Play Store lost because it is not used in China. This is not the case with the smartphones recommended by us in this article. It may also happen that Chinese ads are displayed on smartphones. This is normal there, a little strange in this country.

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