Best value for money Chinese smartphones April 2015

Nowadays we see that a smartphone is something much more, than just a phone. Most of our photos, stories, communications and interactions with the internet are stored there (or at least are processed through the smartphone). You know that you have to pay more, if you are looking for better and more reliable device. The prices are constantly increasing and a premium device will cost you more than $600. Of course you’ll get the best for this price, but not everybody needs the best. Yes, it’s great to have the newest and most powerful smartphone in your hands, but most of the people can do just fine with a mid-range cheap device (or even entry-level device). Lots of people are looking at the Chinese market for the best value for money devices. The Chinese manufacturers realized that they can occupy the entry and mid-level niche and they are trying to offer their devices worldwide. Be sure that you can spend 5-6 times (or even more) less than the $600 for a premium smartphone and you will still have a smart device in your hands. A cheap device capable of taking pictures (quality depends on the price range), browsing around the internet, messaging and checking your emails. We are still looking forward for budget Android 5.0 smartphones, but perhaps it will take a few more months (check why MTK devices get slower Android updates). That’s why we still have to turn to KitKat based smartphones (which is not bad at all). So what is the best value for money smartphone deal now and how much do you need to pay for a decent budget device? Check our top cheap budget smartphones for April.

Lenovo A916

It’s not a new device and it has been around for a few months, but it’s still a great deal. You can’t find a reliable phablet with decent camera and an octa-core processor for such price. And it supports LTE as well.

Lenovo A916

Dimensions: 149.5 mm x 76.6 mm x 8.7 mm

Weight: 173 gr

Processor: MTK6592M octa-core 1.4GHz

GPU: ARM MALI-450 MP4

Operating system: Android OS, 4.4.2

Memory: 1 GB RAM + 8 GB ROM

Display: 5.5-inch, HD resolution 1280 x 720 pixels

Camera: 13 MP back camera with flashlight, 2 MP front camera

Battery: 2500 mAh

Price to buy Lenovo A916: $126 at Comebuy.com

ThL T12

THL T12 is light, compact, colorful and powerful. Surprisingly the 4.5-inch screen has HD resolution, which leads to 326 ppi. It’s a great offer and definitely one of the best for such price.

THL T12

Dimensions: 133.2 mm  x 65.2 mm x 7.9mm

Weight: 116 gr

Processor: MTK6592M octa-core 1.4GHz

GPU: ARM Mali-450 MP4

Operating system: Android OS, 4.4.2

Memory: 1 GB RAM + 8 GB ROM

Display: 4.5-inch, HD resolution 1280 x 720 pixels

Camera: 8 MP back camera with flashlight, 2 MP front camera

Battery: 1800 mAh

Price to buy THL T12: $100 at Comebuy.com

CUBOT S208

Cubot S208 is not a new offer, but it still packs some bang. You’ll get a big screen and 16 GB in-build storage, which is not typical for this price range.

Cubot-S208

Dimensions: 145 mm x 71 mm x 8 mm

Weight: 154 gr

Processor: MTK6582 quad-core 1.3GHz

GPU: ARM Mali-400 MP2

Operating system: Android OS, 4.4.2

Memory: 1 GB RAM + 16 GB ROM

Display: 5-inch, qHD resolution 540 x 960 pixels

Camera: 8 MP back camera with flashlight, 5 MP front camera

Battery: 2000 mAh

Price to buy Cubot S208: $103 at Comebuy.com

ThL 4000

THL 4000 is the best value for money big battery smartphone (you can see our review here). It has absolutely no competition in this price range. If the endurance is your primary requirement and you don’t want to spend much money, then THL 4000 should be your top choice.

THL 4000

Dimensions: 140 mm x 68 mm x 11.2 mm

Weight: 183 gr

Processor: MTK6582 quad-core 1.3GHz

GPU: ARM MALI-400 MP2

Operating system: Android OS, 4.4.2

Memory: 1 GB RAM + 8 GB ROM

Display: 4.7-inch, qHD resolution 540 x 960 pixels

Camera: 5 MP back camera with flashlight, 2 MP front camera

Battery: 4000 mAh

Price to buy THL 4000: $87 at Comebuy.com

CUBOT S168

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Cubot S168 has one really strong feature – its price. It’s so cheap, that it has almost no competition. It’s a quad-core budget device built right. One of the best value for money smartphones.

Dimensions: 145 mm x 72 mm x 8.5 mm

Weight: 155 gr

Processor: MTK6582 quad-core 1.3GHz

GPU: ARM MALI-400

Operating system: Android OS, 4.4.2

Memory: 1 GB RAM + 8 GB ROM

Display: 5-inch, qHD resolution 540 x 960 pixels

Camera: 8 MP back camera with flashlight, 5 MP front camera

Battery: 1900 mAh

Price to buy Cubot S168: $76 at Comebuy.com

CUBOT S200

One of our favorite picks. Cubot S200 (you can see full review here) has great screen, good camera and decent battery life for an incredible price. It’s a beautiful device, which won’t disappoint you.

Cubot-S200

Dimensions: 144 mm x 71.7 mm x 9.45 mm

Weight: 169 gr

Processor: MTK6582 quad-core 1.3GHz

GPU: ARM MALI-400 MP2

Operating system: Android OS, 4.4.2

Memory: 1 GB RAM + 8 GB ROM

Display: 5-inch, HD resolution 1280 x 720 pixels

Camera: 13 MP back camera with flashlight (interpolated), 8 MP front camera (interpolated)

Battery: 3300 mAh

Price to buy Cubot S200: $103 at Comebuy.com

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