Five Chinese alternatives to the iPhone 7 (which cost half or less)

Just take a look at the world ranking of sales of smart phones to certify that China dominates the market. Huawei, OPPO, Xiaomi, and Vivo accompany Samsung and Apple at the top of the rankings that perform different specialized consulting each month, in which then there is room for a constellation of emerging brands such as ZTE, Meizu, or OnePlus. The recipe for success of Chinese manufacturers is generally the opposite of what has made the Californian multinational in one of the companies with bulkier benefits. Unbeatable value

and it made the country last year, we introduced five models that stand out in that variable and that cost half as much as the iPhone 7. Some of them also are manufactured in the same facilities outsourced by Apple. They are proof that the company that runs Tim Cook has not really invented anything.

1. OnePlus 3

enlarge photo The OnePlus 3

It is the king of the ‘hardware’. Some even believe that their 6GB of RAM are excessive. But the truth is that the proliferation of games and increasingly sophisticated applications make combination with Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 chip ideal for ensuring smooth operation in any situation. As if that were not enough, the third flagship OnePlus has one of the elements that, incomprehensibly, the iPhone still does not incorporate 7: fast charging. In testing we have done, the OnePlus 3 has achieved 66% of its capacity in just half an hour. And it does not heat the terminal, which avoids problems like those seen Samsung with Note 7 thanks to the system in which the load management is in the charger and not on the phone.

Pros and Cons


– Power

– Camera

– quick charge


– Design unoriginal

– upgradeable OS

– USB 2.0

Finally, amateur photographers also have reason to complain, because the camera incorporates delivers great results in both photo and video due to its combination of an optical stabilizer and other electronic as well as a light lens and the ability to save files in RAW format, as does the Apple’s new terminal. Frequent updates that sends the brand also ensure that controls are upgraded regularly and leave including exciting new features. The other components, such as 5.5 inch FHD screen, the camera ‘selfie’ 8MP, or 64 GB of internal storage are also up to any other mobile costing twice its price. And very useful is the sliding side button that is used to decide which notifications we receive at all times with just a touch

In short, it could be the perfect phone if it were not for some mistakes. Your design is too generic albeit an elegant range of housings serves to provide it with something more than personality, the camera protrudes excessively ultra-thin metal body, as happens with 7- iPhone, and Android OS- layer -Oxygen the brand has developed to move it still requires some updates to be more intuitive and customizable. However, it is clear that it is the best phone that can currently be purchased for half the cost of an iPhone. 399 euros

2. Meizu PRO 6

enlarge photo Meizu PRO 6.

Since two years ago Meizu decided to break with the tradition of presenting only one mobile year, make Zhuhai has experienced an unprecedented explosion. In MX traditional line, which has become midrange, it has joined the Meilan interesting for low-end and elegant and powerful PRO for high-end. The PRO 6 debuted in April to compete with the flagships of the leading brands in the Chinese market, especially Huawei, Samsung and Xiaomi, and it is certainly an excellent mobile.

In fact, the first that draws attention is its careful design. It is one of the few that has taken curved lines as the new iPhone in the design of the bands that ply the metal body to introduce the different antennas of the terminal, which is also extremely fine-just that the iPhone 7 and without removing the jack of earphones and fits very comfortably in the hand thanks to the 5.2-inch AMOLED screen incorporating 3D touch system that discriminates force the user clicks on it. It is also offered in metal black, adopted by Apple in its latest model, which accentuates the elegance of its forms, which highlights a curious element that complements the main 21 megapixel camera: circular flash made up of ten LED lights . two tones that define the perimeter of the laser that helps the autofocus

Pros and cons


– Design

– Camera

– operating system allows two simultaneous applications


– relatively small battery

– internal memory not expandable

– no NFC

Although it costs 429 euros, making it the most expensive mobile in this list, its value is still excellent. Not surprisingly, it comes equipped with one of the best chips Mediatek, the Helio X25 ten cores, 4GB of RAM, 32 GB of internal storage, and the characteristic mTouch mark button, which brings together into one the three functions characteristics Android -go back, go to the home page, and adds multitarea- and unlocking the reader terminal with a fast and accurate prints.

the list of ‘hardware’ closes with a chip high resolution sound, a USB-C port that incorporates the standard 3.1 -enables transfer 1GB of data in 10 seconds, and a quick charge that achieves a 26% capacity in 10 minutes and 100% in an hour. In the case of ‘hardware’, the Flyme Android operating system-based 6-, it is as simple as intuitive, and allows even use two applications simultaneously.

3. ZTE Axon 7 Mini

enlarge photo ZTE Axon 7 Mini.

ZTE has redeemed this year with the launch of Axon 7, a mobile excellent that has demonstrated the ability of this brand, previously dedicated to the manufacture of low-end terminals and questionable taste, you have to astonish the market . However, almost 500 euros for the flagship it a relatively expensive terminal. Therefore, so that users Midrange enjoy their innovations during the last fair IFA in Berlin ZTE introduced the mini version of the terminal, which copies its metallic design but reduces the screen size to 5.2 inches and makes it much more accessible: with a price of 299 euros, the Axon 7 Mini is a great contender in the upper-middle range

Pros and cons


– surround

– Design original and high quality

– quick charge


– Processor midrange

– reader back footprints somewhat slow

– No optical stabilizer

And even surpasses the iPhone 7 in the star section: sound. Like its big brother, the last terminal ZTE includes two front speakers and a Dolby Atmos offering a chip similar to the 7.1 surround sound cinemas and makes a mockery of the sound of the new stereo speakers Apple device quality. In combination with FHD resolution screen it makes it one of the best phones to watch videos and listen to music. The result, awarded at the IFA with an award for technological innovation, is spectacular. However, the most gaming addicts will miss a little more power to thoroughly enjoy the immersive experience offered.

Because, next to the price of the ship original logo, ZTE has also lowered in this mini version some elements of the ‘hardware’. Snapdragon 617 incorporates a powerful processor with eight cores -less than 820 older brother, 3GB of RAM -1 less- giga, and 32 GB of internal storage-the half- that, yes, can be extended using the second slot dual SIM system to introduce a MicroSD card. Like the rest of its competitors, including a very effective rapid load reaching half of capacity in 30 minutes and a couple of very decent cameras, sensors 16 and 8 megapixels.

enlarge photo OPPO F1S.


No doubt, OPPO has been the big surprise this year. Although not well known outside China, he has managed to pull himself up to fourth in the world ranking sales and continues to enjoy growth of over 100%. All thanks to the new family of mobile F1 (called R9 in China). The flagship F1Plus earlier this year confirmed the ability of the manufacturer of Shenzhen to create a large terminal with a magnificent chamber ‘selfies’, with an even greater than the resolution mainly, and has now repeated the formula in its new mobile mid-range, the F1S.

Although only costs 250 euros, the middle brother of the family that encourages self-centeredness of its users keeps the magnificent former camera with a 16 megapixel sensor and a third of inch lens mount -f bright 2.0- and gets a much higher self-portraits of the iPhone quality 7. in fact, OPPO introduced its backlight system with flash effect for ‘selfis’ before Apple, and that quality Photo is the strong point of a terminal that has been designed especially for the Indian market, where OPPO is investing much of the resources for its internationalization.

Pros and cons


– Magnificent camera ‘selfie’

– metal body

– Operations with fingerprints


– relatively low power

– based operating system Android 5.1

– It is somewhat thick

Among the rest of its features highlights the fingerprint sensor, which is not only one of the fastest in the market but still ‘learning’ every time the user unlocks the phone or make a payment. The rest of the ‘hardware’ is standard. Mediatek chip eight-core 1.5GHz, 3GB of RAM, 32 GB of internal storage and a 5.5-inch screen whose resolution HD (720×1.280) is it is quite short. The metal body of the apparatus is also of lower quality than his younger brother, while maintaining the elegant aesthetics of the family

The best, without doubt, is the Android 5.1 layer of your operating system. Color YOU. It is very intuitive and customizable, and even allows you to record different fingerprints to open specific applications. For example, we can use a particular finger to decide safely open a specific app. The ‘software’ also opens up a world of new possibilities, but it misses that is not based on Android 6.0.

5. Xiaomi Max

enlarge photo Xiaomi Max.

sometimes size does matter. The Xiaomi Max is a good example of this. Because certainly lives up to its name. The ‘phablet’ brand that directs Lei Jun is a giant of 6.44 inches that requires both hands to be used. It may seem too much, but the brand Beijing is convinced that there is a market for a terminal of this size, and not be so misguided when Apple itself had to surrender to the evidence and draw the Plus version of its terminal to please a public consuming hours of audiovisual content on mobile.

Given that the cheapest version of Max, with 3GB of RAM and 32 GB of storage-can be purchased for only 223 euros, and the ‘premium’, with 4GB of RAM and 128GB of storage-runs in just 320 euros, one third of the cost of the new iPhone higher performance, no doubt Xiaomi terminal access this list for its great value -price. But it is also evident that nothing else grab the materials used in their manufacture could be better. The metal body, for example, is not ‘unibody’ and is somewhat disappointing. Just as the use of one of the chips Qualcomm Snapdragon second row, 650


Pros and cons


– innovative operating system

– screen size

– generous Battery


– Quality of materials

– upgradeable Camera

– No NFC chip

However, the symbiosis ‘hardware’ – ‘software’ works perfectly. And it is the MIUI 8 operating system-based Android 6- Max making the terminal a very desirable, especially for those who want to have a single mobile all elements of their work and personal lives: in addition to a dual SIM already it is common in Chinese terminals, includes features such as duplication of -yes applications can be used simultaneously two different Twitter accounts, Facebook or Whatsapp- and can create two different user accounts that are very useful if you want to save some degree of privacy while other users-children, for example using mobile. Finally, the camera is able to convert the photo of any document into editable text, something interesting at work, and can be made elongated screen captures to collect an entire web page or the ‘timeline’ on social networks. All without worrying about the battery, it incorporates a 4,850 mAh.

In addition, new mobile Xiaomi have one, My Home application, which is very similar to the Home has released Apple to put Start the smart home. In fact, the brand terminals have an infrared port that allows you to control many different appliances brands as if it were a remote control. It is also the central element of the ecosystem that is building Xiaomi, where there is everything from intelligent scales to robotic vacuum cleaners, rice cookers through or lamps that can be controlled from anywhere


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