Some people may say that made in china products are cheap, has low quality and does not last. But there are also companies from the east asian country that makes good phones that would make you doubt if there were made in china. these phones are not only made with high standard specifications, they are also cheap. There are probably some of the best value-for-money phones you can buy right now

Here are the best Chinese smartphones under $250 in 2016

1. Lenovo K5 Note $170

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Lenovo K5 Note was launched earlier this year. The Lenovo K5 Note is a 5.5 inch FullHD smartphone powered by 1.8GHz octa-core MediaTek Helio P10 processor and it comes with 2GB of RAM and 16GB of internal storage that can be expanded up to 128GB via a microSD card. As far as the cameras are concerned, the Lenovo K5 Note packs a 13-megapixel primary camera on the rear and a 8-megapixel front shooter for selfies. It also Dual Sim 4G support.


2. Elephone P9000 $219

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Elephone P9000

ELephone P9000 is the successor to the incredible P8000. it has a nice sandpaper feel to the touch with it’s micro arc carved surface and metal frame. The phone has a 5.5  inch FullHD OGS screen with 85% color saturation and incredibly thin bezels. The phone is powered by a Mediatek Helio P10 processor paired with 4GB RAM and 32GB of expandable storage. Other specs include a 13mp Sony IMX258 camera, fingerprint scanner, NFC and a 3000mAh battery.

3. Xiaomi redmi note 3 $215

Xiaomi Redmi Note 3

Redmi Note 3 retains the Helio X10 of the Redmi Note 2 but a full metal body, fingerprint sensor and massive 4000mAh battery.
It has a 5.0MP f/2.0 aperture front camera  plus a 13.0MP  back camera with 78 degree wide-angle and f/2.2 aperture.
Other specifications include a 3GB RAM with 32GB internal storage, dual 4g sim card support. Despite the large battery the phone very slim and light at 8.3 mm and 162 grams respectively.

4. Meizu Metal $195

Meizu Metal

Although launched last year, the Meizu Metal still has enough value to make it to this list. As the name suggests the Meizu Metal is made of a special aluminum alloy that houses a 5.5 inch FullHD screen which looks beautiful and adds to its premium looks.
The Meizu Metal is powered by MediaTek Helio X10 processor clocked at 2.2GHz paired with 2GB of RAM. The phone packs 16GB or 32GB of internal storage that can be expanded up to 128GB via a microSD card. It has a 3150mAh battery. It also has dual- sim with dual 4g support

5. Meizu M3 Note $123

Meizu M3 Note

This smartphone is an incredibly affordable smartphone with a aluminium series 6000 unibody  with a 5.5-inch FullHD display Under its hood, it is crammed with 2 GB or 3 GB of RAM, along with 16 GB or 32 GB of expandable internal storage.
The M3 Note is powered by MediaTek’s Helio P10 (MT6755) 64-bit octa-core processor with Mali-T760 GPU.It has a 13 megapixel main camera and 5 megapixel front-facing camera, with a fingerprint scanner inside the home button of this phone and a large 4100mAh battery.
It’s priced at $123 for the 2GB version and $154 for the 3GB version.

6. Xiaomi Redmi 3 $109

Xiaomi Redmi 3

The Xiaomi Redmi 3 looks like a smaller version of the Redmi Note 3 on the outside but with a textured back this time.
It’s a 5.0 inch phone with HD resolution,  powered by a snapdragon 616 processor (which is an octa-core processor clocked at 1.5GHz) paired with 2GB of RAM and 16 GB of expandable storage. There is also an ir-blaster which is nice and a massive 4100mAh battery all wrapped in a metal body. Its snapper is a 13MP camera with f/2.0

7. Umi Touch  $180

Umi Touch

The Umi Touch is a beautiful smartphone powered by an octa-core MediaTek MTK6753 SoC, clocked at 1.5 GHz. It is backed up by a Mali T720 GPU and 3GB of RAM. It has a 5.5-inch LTPS display with a FullHD resolution and a 2.5D curved glass on top.Internal storage is 16GB which is expandable to 128GB. Its camera setup consists of a 13MP Sony IMX328 main camera and a 5MP front-facing one. The whole thing is powered by a rather spacious 4,000mAh battery and there is even a fingerprint reader thrown in the mix.

8. LeTv LeEco 1s  $230

LeTV LeEco 1s

The Leco Le 1s comes with Octa-Core Mediatek Helio X10 processor clocked at 2.2 Ghz which offers really stunning performance.  The smartphone offers 3 GB RAM and 32 GB storage. The smartphone comes with the PowerVR G6200 GPU which ensures flawless gaming performance and multi-tasking.
The Le 1s has a gold coloured metal unibody to give it that beautiful look.  The display size is 5.5 inches with IPS LCD FullHD resolution. Its main snapper is a 13MP camera with phase detection autofocus and a 5MP secondary camera. It also supports dual SIM 4G-LTE and ii has a large 3000mAh battery to keep the phone running all day long.

9. Asus ZenFone 2  $210

ASUS ZenFone 2

 The Asus ZenFone 2 offers flagship-level specifications, a premium build and a smooth software experience, which is why this phone is in this list. There are two version of the phone, one with 4GB Ram and 64Gb storage and another with 2GB RAM and 16 GB storage. The 2GB variant has the same Intel Atom Z3580 processor as the 4GB version but its clocked lower at 1.8GHz
Other specs include a 5.5 FullHD display, 13MP main camera with 5MP front facing camera, and a large 3000mAh battery. There is also microSD card support and Dual SIM 4G support.

10 Elephone Vowney Lite  $240

Elephone Vowney Lite

The Elephone Vowney Lite may look like the stripped version of the Vowney, it still have enough to make it to this list. Its screen size is still the same 5.5 inch display as the Vowney but its now down to FullHD from 2k. Its still powered by the same Helio X10 but its clocked down to 2.0GHz. Camera is also the same 20.7 MP sony IMX230 with dual led flash and is capable of shooting 4k videos at 30fps. 8MP for the front camera.
RAM is down to 3GB and internal storage is halved to 16GB but it can be expanded to upto 128gb via microSD.
The Vowney Lite has a fingerprint scanner and a large 4000mAh battery. it also supports Dual SIM card 4G LTE.

These are the chinese phones you can buy right now that has the right balance of price and quality. 
If you think I should have included any phone at all or one phone listed shouldn’t be there, let me know in the comments section below.

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