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The huge inventory of Android smartphones available is what makes Google’s OS the best out here. But if you are looking for the best in the premium market, there’s a need to get a little picky because you are spending a lot of money on a handheld.

If you are spending more than $700 on a smartphone, it better be worth it. And in this post, we have a list of phones that we think sit at the very top end of the best Android phones that you can buy right now.

Of course, this page will be updated regularly to reflect the best there is at the moment.


The best Android phones [June 2023]

Samsung Galaxy S10 and S10+

Samsung is the leading smartphone vendor in the world for a reason – it makes the best smartphones, too. The Galaxy S10 5G is the baddest of them all, but the limited 5G coverage means it’s pointless getting one for most people. But then there’s the Galaxy S10 and S10+, the best that you can get right now.

The S10 and S10+ have the best quality of any smartphone display screen, and being the premium offerings from Samsung, they don’t skimp on specs and features. But if the 6.4-inch panel on the S10+ is a little bigger for you, the slightly smaller Galaxy S10 is your next stop. Mostly, everything else remains the same on both phones, as seen below.


Galaxy S10

6.1-inch 19:9 QHD+ (3040×1440) Curved Dynamic AMOLED display

Qualcomm Snapdragon 855


128GB or 512GB expandable storage, up to 512GB

Tri-lens main camera: 12MP + 12MP + 16MP

10MP front camera

3400mAh battery

Android 9 Pie with One UI

Galaxy S10+

6.4-inch 19:9 QHD+ (3040×1440) Curved Dynamic AMOLED display

Qualcomm Snapdragon 855

8GB or 12GB RAM

128GB, 512GB or 1TB expandable storage, up to 512GB

Tri-lens main camera: 12MP + 12MP + 16MP

Dual-lens selfie camera: 10MP + 8MP

4000mAh battery

Android 9 Pie with One UI

These two also come with extra features that include Bluetooth 5.0, USB-C, 3.5mm audio jack, fast wired and wireless charging, reverse wireless charging, Wi-Fi 6, IP68 dust and water resistance, AR Emoji, in-display fingerprint scanner, face recognition, heart rate sensor, etc.


Samsung Galaxy Note 9

It won’t be long before the Galaxy Note 10 arrives, which makes it the perfect time to snag the Galaxy Note 9 on a bargain. The Note 9 might be a year old, but you are getting one of the most powerful handsets available today.

What makes the Note 9 stand out from the rest is the S Pen, a tool that opens a whole new world of possibilities. But you also get plenty of other extras on the device such as IP68 dust and water resistance and a 3.5mm audio jack, a feature that’s said to be going away with the arrival of the Note 10.


6.4-inch 18.5:9 QHD+ Super AMOLED display

Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 processor


128GB or 512GB expandable storage up to 512GB

Dual 12MP + 12MP main camera

8MP front camera

4000mAh battery

Android 8.1 Oreo with Samsung Experience 9.5

Extras: Bluetooth 5.0, NFC, USB-C, Stereo speakers, Dolby Atmos, 3.5mm audio jack, IP68, 1.2Gbps LTE, (Cat-18), rear-mounted scanner, iris scanner, S Pen, etc.

To remind you, the Galaxy Note 10 is around the corner, so if you want even more power, a better S Pen, a bigger battery, a better camera, and 5G support, you might want to keep saving more money.


Google Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL

These two aren’t the shiny devices they were several months ago. In fact, they aren’t even the best performers out there, but they are here for those looking for the software-focused buyer. The Google Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL have the best software experience on any Android device, including the boasting the longest software support window of up to three major Android OS upgrades.

The icing on the cake is the camera. Despite only being a single-lens shooter, the Pixel 3 camera still competes favorably against the tri-lens S10 and even the quad-lens S10 5G in terms of photo quality. But what makes the Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL the best right now is their massively discounted price of up to $300 off the RRP depending on where you buy either phone.


Pixel 3

5.5-inch 18:9 FHD+ OLED display

Snapdragon 845 processor

Pixel Visual Core co-processor


64GB or 128GB storage

12.2MP main camera

Dual 8.1MP + 8.1MP selfie camera

2915mAh battery

Android 9 Pie

Extras: Bluetooth 5.0, USB-C, NFC, Rear-mounted scanner, Fast charging, Wireless charging, IP68, Stereo speakers, Active Edge, etc.

Pixel 3 XL

6.3-inch 18:9 QHD+ OLED display

Snapdragon 845 processor

Pixel Visual Core co-processor


64GB or 128GB storage

12.2MP main camera

Dual 8.1MP + 8.1MP selfie camera

3430mAh battery

Android 9 Pie

Extras: Bluetooth 5.0, USB-C, NFC, Rear-mounted scanner, Fast charging, Wireless charging, IP68, Stereo speakers, Active Edge, etc.

Yes, it’s true the Google Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL phones miss out on a number of big specs and features, but honestly, the cons are nothing compared to the pros.

FYI, Google recently gave us an early look at what’s in store for the Google Pixel 4 and boy, you might want to keep holding onto your aging Pixel 2 and wait for this one. After all, it’s only a few months away.


OnePlus 7 Pro

For a company that started out as a flagship killer, it’s such a huge step to be sitting on the same table with the big boys. In the OnePlus 7 Pro, the company has a smartphone that easily ticks all the essential boxes, that is, speed, software, battery life, and camera, but it punches above the sky with things like a 90Hz AMOLED display screen, 30W Warp Charge, under-display fingerprint scanner, and a pop-up selfie camera, among others.

As a brand built on value, OnePlus still had to price the OnePlus 7 Pro affordably despite all the device brings, which is super impressive. The fact that it can be had through T-Mobile financing makes it even better. What’s even more interesting is that it works perfectly on Verizon Wireless too, but you’ll have to get the unlocked model from the official OnePlus store.


6.67-inch 19.5:9 QHD+ (3140×1440) Fluid AMOLED display, 90Hz refresh rate

Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 processor

6GB or 8GB or 12GB RAM

128GB or 256GB storage

Tri-lens main camera: 48MP + 16MP + 8MP

16MP (f/2.0) pop-up selfie camera

4000mAh battery

OxygenOS on top of Android Pie

Extras: Bluetooth 5.0, in-display fingerprint scanner, face unlock, USB Type-C, NFC, 30W Warp Charge, dual stereo speakers, etc.


Samsung Galaxy S10e

What if you are a Samsung fan but the Galaxy S10, S10+ and Note 9 are too big for your hands? Or maybe you just want a compact flagship smartphone that’s not a Google Pixel 3? Well, your answer is the Samsung Galaxy S10e.

Despite being termed compact, the S10e still gives you an expansive 5.8-inch display screen. On the inside, you have the same configuration as the S10 and S10+, but the S10e skimps on specs to accommodate its affordable price tag.

Still, there’s nothing inferior about the S10e hardware specs compared to the S10 and S10+, but keep in mind you’ll lose the in-display fingerprint scanner and the third camera lens on the back. You also get a flat-screen design with a lower resolution and not the curved edge-to-edge panel on the premium models.


5.8-inch 19:9 FHD+ Dynamic AMOLED display

Qualcomm Snapdragon 855/Exynos 9820 processor

6GB or 8GB RAM

128GB or 256GB of expandable storage, up to 512GB

Dual main camera: 12MP + 16MP

10MP front camera

3000mAh battery

Android 9 Pie with One UI

Extras: Bluetooth 5.0, USB-C, 3.5mm audio jack, fast wired and wireless charging, reverse wireless charging, Wi-Fi 6, IP68 dust and water resistance, side-mounted fingerprint scanner, face recognition, heart rate sensor, etc.


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The Big Problems With Small Android Phones

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In case you missed it, Eric Migicovsky, the founder of Pebble, wants to bring back the small Android phone. He’s gone so far as to put together a website and begin collecting signatures on a petition. It’s a great goal — as a smaller person, I like smaller phones that even I can use with one hand. However, Migicovsky’s wishlist paints a picture of the small Android phone that never was. It glosses over some pretty big issues that stand in the way of bringing back beloved small phones.

Now, I’m not going to sit here and tear his wishlist apart. I’d love to see the phone come to fruition. That said, it’s important to sit back and think about why small phones went away in the first place. After all, if the market was genuinely clamoring for them, don’t you think we’d still have a few to choose from?

See also: The best small Android phones to buy

Big goals, little footprints

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Everything comes at a cost — especially in regards to smartphone design. Each feature you add to a device is bound to come at the expense of another. Samsung decided to go small (at least smaller) with its Galaxy S22 and Galaxy S22 Plus, and the battery suffered. The Galaxy S22’s 3,700mAh cell is the smallest since the Galaxy S10’s 3,400mAh, and Samsung is asking for a lot more out of its new flagship.

See also: The best Android camera phones

What does the market really want?

Robert Triggs / Android Authority

You and I can sit here and ask for an incredible small Android phone, but the market has spoken. People overwhelmingly want larger phones, and the small phone crowd is just a vocal minority. There are dozens of us. Alright, there are more than dozens, but it’s tough to argue with cold, hard data. Samsung put out the results of a study that listed an expansive display among customers’ top priorities. Expansive isn’t exactly a word that gives small phone lovers much hope.

Data doesn’t just paint small Android phones in a difficult light, either. The Consumer Intelligence Research Partners group found that Apple’s iPhone 12 Mini and 13 Mini sales made up just 3% of purchases in the second quarter of 2023. That doesn’t exactly fill you with hope when Migicovsky’s wishlist is basically asking for an Android version of the iPhone 13 Mini. Those dismal sales numbers were enough for Apple to (probably) ax the tiny phone from its upcoming iPhone 14 lineup, so why would an Android manufacturer line up to jump into that segment?

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Settling for not-so-small phones

David Imel / Android Authority

Let’s all accept that we won’t see a truly small Android phone again — at least not in the 5.4-inch sense. That’s not such a bad thing. Instead, it’s time to accept that small phones aren’t as small anymore. Bezels are shrinking, which means we can fit a bigger display into a smaller body.

Do you want to guess the height difference between the 4.7-inch iPhone SE and the 6.1-inch Samsung Galaxy S22? It’s about 8mm. The difference in width? About 3mm. There’s a bit more of a gap between the Galaxy S22 and Migicovsky’s precious iPhone 13 Mini — about 15mm in height and 6mm in width — but your pocket won’t notice too much of a difference. The results are the same even if you bring the pint-sized Pixel 4a into the picture. Samsung’s small flagship is 2mm taller, 1mm wider, and 0.6mm thinner than Google’s budget offering, yet it packs a display that’s 0.3 inches larger.

Small phones are great, at least as long as we redefine the limits of the word small.

As mentioned above, I used the iPhone SE as my daily driver over a number of weeks. I also spent time with the Galaxy S22 and the Pixel 5, both of which I’d consider to be ‘small’ phones. My pocket couldn’t tell that much of a difference between any of them, but my experience certainly changed. The Pixel 5 was probably the most enjoyable of the bunch, despite its mid-range processor and two cameras instead of the Galaxy S22’s three. It also checks off most of Migicovsky’s boxes while poking holes in some of his other must-haves.

Are you interested in Eric Migicovsky’s small Android phone?

1694 votes

If you’re interested, it’s time to put your money where your mouth is. Head over to Eric Migicovsky’s small Android phone site to sign his petition.

The Best Microsd Cards For Steam Deck, Phones, Cameras, And More

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Many of us quickly run out of space on our cameras, laptops, phones, or game consoles. Additional storage is available in many forms, from high-capacity external hard drives to ultra-portable USB flash drives. However, if you want to boost your mobile device storage, a microSD card is usually the best way to go. Here’s everything you need to know about microSD cards and the best microSD card you can buy for Steam Deck, Nintendo Switch, your smartphone, and more.

How to choose a microSD card

The numbers and symbols on a microSD card explained

You’ll notice a lot of numbers, symbols, and letters on a microSD card. Knowing what they mean is important because it makes it much easier to pick the right option.

Speed class: 2, 4, 6, 10, U1, U3

Speed classes are used to show the write speeds of a microSD card. You’ll see numbers like 2, 4, 6, 10, U1, and U3 (with the number inside the U). This tells you the minimum write speed (10 = 10MB/s), but remember that the theoretical maximum can vary from card to card. Of course, faster is better, but it is also more expensive.

Anything below class 10 is no longer worth considering. A microSD card for your mobile phone should ideally be class 10 U1. You’ll have to get something with a video speed class to shoot high-quality videos.

Video speed class: V6, V10, V30, V60, V90

A V, followed by a number, usually indicates the video speed class of a microSD card. So, a V30 card will support a minimum write speed of 30MB/s. You will find V6, V10, V30, V60, and V90 video speed class ratings. Cards with video speed class labels are also designed to support high video resolutions like 4K, 8K, 3D, 360-degree, and virtual reality.

You might need one for your smartphone, depending on its capability. However, a card with a video speed class rating is a must for most DSLRs, action cameras, and drones.

App performance class: A1, A2

The App Performance Class denotes the best microSD cards for smartphones and tablets. The A1 and A2 rating means the card can open and process apps quickly. The A2 rating more than doubles the minimum read and write speeds available with cards rated A1.

Read speeds

A microSD card’s read speeds are expressed in a few different ways. Some just put the theoretical maximum, in MB/s, on the card. You might see an XXXX scheme on some cards instead, such as 633x or 1000x. This dates back to the days of CD-ROM drives, where 1x is 150kB/s. So 633x means a theoretical read speed of 95MB/s, and 1000x means a maximum of 150MB/s. Not many use this scheme anymore, but you’ll see it on Lexar microSD cards.

Storage capacity: 32GB to 1TB

The most prominent information on a microSD card is the storage capacity. The large print with a number is hard to miss and tells you what you need to know. Keep in mind that a 256GB card won’t give you exactly that amount of storage since the file system takes up some space.

Card type: SDHC or SDXC

MicroSD cards all look the same, but there are a couple of types to be aware of. MicroSDHC (Secure Digital High Capacity) cards are low-capacity options with 4GB to 32GB. On the other hand, MicroSDXC (Secure Digital Extra Capacity) cards offer anything above this, within a range of 64GB to 1TB. An ultra-affordable phone or a much older device might only support microSDHC cards, but you don’t have to worry about the card type for the most part.


Another speed rating is the UHS BUS Speed. Most microSD cards will have the Roman numerals I or II on them. It’s something you’ll mostly see on U1 or U3 cards. UHS-II offers much faster theoretical speeds and has a different pin layout on the card’s back. Something to keep in mind is that backward compatibility isn’t an issue. Adding a UHS-II card to a device that only supports UHS-I will still work but at UHS-I speeds.

The best microSD cards you can buy in 2023

Samsung EVO Select: The best microSD card for cameras


The Samsung EVO Select are Class 10 UHS 3 microSD cards that offer storage capacities starting from 32GB up to 512GB. They offer speeds of up to 130MB/s. The refreshed cards also have a new look and A2 and V30 certifications. These cards are ideal for those that need to record 4K footage, with the largest storage option giving you room for up to 30 hours of 4K video.

SanDisk for Nintendo Switch: The best microSD card for the Nintendo Switch


The best microSD card for the Nintendo Switch is the one that gets Nintendo’s official stamp of approval. You can store downloaded games, screenshots, and video captures in the same place and never worry about running out of space on the console. The SanDisk microSD card for the Nintendo Switch ranges in capacity from 64GB to 512GB and offers read and write speeds of up to 100MB/s and 90MB/s, respectively. As for the card’s appearance, you can grab them in multiple with the Nintendo character or sigil of your choice emblazoned on its exterior.

Verbatim Pro II Plus 1900X: The best microSD card for drones


The Verbatim Pro II Plus 1900X is the best microSD card for anyone with a drone or action camera capable of shooting high-resolution video. This card utilizes UHS-II technology to offer incredible read speeds of up to 285MB/s with supported devices. Its V90 video speed class ensures a minimum write speed of 90MB/s. The card can only be had in 64GB or 128GB guise — perhaps its only weakness.

SanDisk High Endurance: The best microSD card for dashcams/CCTV


The SanDisk High Endurance is the best microSD card for surveillance in dashcams and CCTV setups for home monitoring. As the name suggests, this card is made to endure video recording over long periods. SanDisk claims up to 20,000 hours of recording endurance and says the card is temperature, water, shock, and X-ray proof. It’s a Class 10, U3, and V30 card, which means a minimum write speed of 30MB/s. Capacities range from 32GB to 256GB.

MicroCenter Premium: The best value high-capacity microSD card


1TB cards are still pretty pricey, but more affordable options are now available for your devices. For one, MicroCenter offers a 1TB option in its Premium line for under $100. The card is more affordable than most bigger brand offerings but doesn’t skimp on read, write, or video performance. We recommend the 1TB Lexar Play microSD card if you crave a more premium option. It regularly goes on sale at sub-$100 prices.

Top microSD card questions and answers

Yes! Most microSD cards come with an adapter that lets you easily slot them into devices like DSLRs that require full-sized SD cards. A full-sized card will not fit in a microSD card slot.

It depends on the model. Some new laptops come with built-in microSD or SD card slots, making using a card with the PC much easier. Alternatively, you can pick up a microSD card reader, like these from Sandisk (microSD only) and Anker (microSD and full-sized SD).

A microSDXC card that offers storage of 64GB and above is generally the type of card you’ll buy for the Switch. However, support for this card type isn’t available out of the box, and you might need to perform a software update first.

A lot of good microSD card manufacturers ensure that their products are shockproof, temperature proof, waterproof, and x-ray proof. If anything goes wrong, most OEMs offer long-term, or even a lifetime, warranty. However, any stored data will likely be lost in case of any damage.

Best Waterproof Phones List Of Water Resistant Phones 2023

IP rating is a usual term you will see when talking about any water resistant gadget. This stands for Ingress Protection. It is usually followed by a number, which refers to the Gadget’s ability to withstand dust and water. The first digit refers to solid particle protection and the second digit to liquid protection. The water resistant phones have IP67 or IP68 standards. IP numbers that start with a 6 mean the device have complete protection from dust. Samsung certifies the phones with IP68 certification “can be immersed in 1.5 meters of water for up to 30 minutes.” Those phones with IP67 rating, can be immersed in water at a depth of 1 meter for a short time. I have compiled a list of waterproof phones from all major smartphone manufacturers. This list will help you to select the best water resistant phone suitable for your budget and requirments. The

Samsung Galaxy S 20 Series

Samsung Galaxy S 10 Series

Samsung Galaxy S 9 and Samsung Galaxy S 9 Plus

Samsung Galaxy Note 9

Samsung Galaxy S 8 and Samsung Galaxy S 8 Plus

Samsung Galaxy Note 8

Samsung Galaxy S 7

Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge

Samsung Galaxy Note 7

Samsung Galaxy S 5

Below are the LG whones with waterproof certifications IP68 and IP67.

LG V60 ThinQ

LG G7  ThinQ





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Waterproof phones are becoming more and more popular day by day. Phones with IP certification started appearing around the year 2014. But still most of the users do not care about the waterproof capability of their phone. But now the Coronavirus changed everything! Health experts are urging to clean your personal belongings whenever possible, either with soap and water or alcohol based hand sanitizer. Mobile phones gets dirty pretty quickly. You keep them on tables, dash boards, and other contaminated places very frequently. Eventhough you can apply mild amount of sanitizers on any phone, it is always better to have a water resistant phone on which sanitizers can be applied without any worry of damaging chúng tôi rating is a usual term you will see when talking about any water resistant gadget. This stands for Ingress Protection. It is usually followed by a number, which refers to the Gadget’s ability to withstand dust and water. The first digit refers to solid particle protection and the second digit to liquid protection. The water resistant phones have IP67 or IP68 standards. IP numbers that start with a 6 mean the device have complete protection from dust. Samsung certifies the phones with IP68 certification “can be immersed in 1.5 meters of water for up to 30 minutes.” Those phones with IP67 rating, can be immersed in water at a depth of 1 meter for a short time. I have compiled a list of waterproof phones from all major smartphone manufacturers. This list will help you to select the best water resistant phone suitable for your budget and chúng tôi Samsung Galaxy S5 was the first waterproof Samsung Phone which appeared in 2014. From then all Samsung S series phones were having water resistance capability except Galaxy S6 series.Below are the LG whones with waterproof certifications IP68 and chúng tôi also: Android Phones with LED Notification Light

Update! Top 15 1080Hd Android Phones From China!

If we would back the clocks exactly 12 months you would fine exactly zero 1080 Chinese branded phones, in fact you would have found it pretty difficult to find any phone maker with a full HD phone back then, but in only 1 year HD phones with quad-core processors are arriving in scores!

The first 1080, quad-core Chinese Android phone to launch was the Oppo Find 5, which was in fact one of the first phones of it’s kind to launch in the world! Now, only 2 months in to the year, we are seeing more and more 1080 phones arriving, so which do we think are the best?

As always we haven’t placed these phones in any particular order, in out mind they are all fantastic phones at amazing prices. Only time will tell as to just how good they eventually become!

UPDATE: Since we wrote this article we have added a link to details for the new quad-core, 1080 Zopo ZP960!

In this article you will find:

Top 15 1080 HD Android phones from China

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Lando X02 Specification

Lando make very few phones each year, but every phone they do produce features a stylish CNC’d alloy body, stunning design and value packed specification. The X02 will be no different and features a 1.7Ghz Quad-core Qualcomm APQ806, processor, 2GB RAM and Adreno 320 graphics.

Like many Flagship phones the Lando X02 will sport a 5-inch 1080 display, a front 2 mega-pixel camera and rear 13 mega-pixel sensor. Android 4.1 Jelly Bean will come as standard, and a huge 4500mAh battery should keep the phone going easily over a busy day!

Why we like the Lando X02

The X02 is one of the most original looking Chinese phones to enter the market. It’s not all style though as the hardware is spot-on and and pricing is competitive. The standard model will cost just 2500 Yuan ($400) while the bling bling gold plated model will set you back 3480 Yuan ($556)

Umi X2

The UMi X2 was one of the first MTK quad-core phones to be announced. The design may not be as striking as other phones on the list, but the equipment, features and price really make this a bargain to good to miss!

UMi X2 Specification

Just go and take a look at any flagship 5-inch, 1080HD phone from any manufacturer and what do you see? quad-core CPU, 2GB RAM, 13 mega-pixel camera? It’s all here on the UMi X2 too! The X2 is set to launch very soon and will feature a quad-core MT6589 processor from Meidatek. Not only is this an efficient and cost effective choice, but it also means the X2 will offer dual-sim support!

Why we like the UMi X2

UMi impressed us last year with the dual-core X1, and we imagine they’ll do the same again this year with the X2! Oh, and the price is really competitive too at only 1499 Yuan ($240)!! Some resellers are already offering the phone for pre-order meaning the X2 launch should be very soon!

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Zopo ZP998

From a design stand point there is nothing to special about the look of the flagship Zopo ZP998, which basically looks like a larger version of the previous Zopo ZP980/C2. But under that unsuspecting body there are a few nice hidden features.

Measuring in at 151.4 x 76.1 x 9.1mm and made entirely of plastic the ZP998 feels much better in hand than any other Zopo phone to date! The front of the phone is taken up with a 5.5-inch 1920 x 1080 display, there’s a 5 mega-pixel front camera and round the back is a 14 mega-pixel sensor with f2.0 aperture!

The rear of the phone is removable to gain access to the 2400mAh battery, dual SIM (WCDMA and TD-SCDAM) and SD card expansion bay which will take a 64GB memory card. Also inside, but tucked out of site is the 1.7Ghz 8-core MT6592 processor, 2GB RAM, Yamaha audio chip, plus supper for OTG, NFC, wifi mirroring, GPS etc!

International pricing is currently set at a special introduction price of only $329.99.

Green Orange Nx

The Green Orange Nx measures in at only 153.7 x 76.8 x 8.25mm yet the phone manages to hold a shed load of goodies and highend features including support for NFC, OTG and MHL! Also inside the thin chassis is up to 32GB memory, GPS, WIFI, dual-sim support (TD-SCDMA and WCDMA) and of course a 1.7Ghz 8-core MT6592 processor with 2GB RAM!

The specification highlight don’t stop though, Green Orange have added a 5-inch 1920 x 1080 display to the front of the phone, 5 mega-pixel front camera, 13 mega-pixel Sony sensor with F2.0 aperture and most amazingly of all a 2900mAh battery!

Pricing for the octacore Green Orange Nx is 2699 Yuan ($442).

TCL Idol X+

The TCL Idol X+, which will also go on sale in Europe as the Alcatel Onetouch Idol X+, will launch in China before the end of the year. Although the phone hasn’t officially been unveiled yet a number of leaks and spy photos have surfaced giving us a partial idea about the phone.

Like the current quad-core Idol X the 8-core Idol X+ will feature a unibody design (so a non-removable battery) dual-SIM support and possible a micro SD card expansion bay. Screen size is uncertain with rumours ranging from 5.5-inch to 6-inch, our money is on the former with a FHD 1920 x 1080 resolution.

The Idol X+ will probably be offered with either 16GB or 32GB memory, 2GB RAM, 1.7Hhz MT6592 Mediatek chipset and at least a 13 mega-pixel rear camera.

Pomp C6

Pomp spent much of 2013 manufacturing low-cost smartphones specifically for export to international markets, but plan to go out with a bang with the launch of the quad-core Pomp C6!

Sitting between the Zopo and Green Orange in terms of design, the Pomp C6 measures in at 7.7mm thick making it one of the thinnest phones on the list, but like the NX the C6 has a surprisingly large battery in that narrow body, bigger even than the Green Orange at 3000mAh!

As with all the flagship phones on the list the Pomp C6 has get’s 2GB RAM, up to 32GB memory, dual-SIM support (WCDMA and GSM), built-in NFC, OTG MHL and supports WIFI display. The display is even a 5.5-inch 1920 x 1080 panel from South Korean manufacturer LG!

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Unlike the 3 phones above listed before it though the Pomp C6 is a quad-core phone with 1.5Ghz MT6589T processor rather than the latest 8-core chip. This might seem like an odd decision for an end of year flagship device, but is actually quite a smart move. The MT6589T is in ample supply meaning not delays and pricing for the chip is low!

JiaYu G2F

For the budget buyers out their the JiaYu G2F represents the best value for money of the current crop of quad-core smartphones. Even when compared to the might Xiaomi Hongmi the JiaYu G2F comes out on top due to a lower retail price, better looking design and more modern quad-core processor.

The G2F is powered by the latest quad-core MT6582 chipset running at 1.3Ghz. This might not me as fast as a MT6589T, but the MT6582 actually out performs the older processor while being easy on the battery.

JiaYu have kept specification sensible on the G2F so you know you are getting a quality phone with no compromise despite the low price. The overall size is 125 x 62 x 9.9mm meaning it has a small 4.3-inch display, but with a resolution of 1280 x 720 it is more than enough.

Complementing the processor is 1GB RAM, 4GB memory, SD card expansion, dual-SIM (TD-SCDMA and GSM but WCDMA is coming soon), OTG, 8 mega-pixel rear camera, 2000mAh battery and a choice of red, yellow, blue, green and black rear panels.

The JiaYu G2F will cost just 499 Yuan in China, meaning a price of just over $100 could be possible for international buyers.

UMi Cross

If the rest of these phones just look far to small for you then the UMi Cross at 6.45-inch is one to look at. The model which will go on sale later this month will be an updated version to the one we reviewed, and will include NFC.

At 8.9mm thick the UMi Cross is actually quite thin considering the size of the 1080 display. Not only does the large size allow for great media viewing and web browsing but it means there is more room for the 4180mAh battery.

Other features include a 1.5Ghz MT6589T quad-core processor, 2GB RAM, 32GB memory, dual-SIM, micro SD card slot, Yamaha audio, 8 mega-pixel front camera and 13 mega-pixel Sony Exmor RS rear sensor.

The Cross is already on sale though resellers, but check that the model you are purchasing is the NFC equipped version.

Xiaomi Mi3 Snapdragon 800

The long long long wait is finally over, and on 19th December the Xiaomi Mi3 WCDMA version will finally go on sale across China. Chances of getting a Xiaomi Mi3 with Snapdragon 800 processor before Christmas are going to be slim but if you are willing to pay the premium it could be possible!

The Mi3 WCDMA model supports 3G networks in most European countries, has a 2.5Ghz Snapdragon 800 CPU, 2GB RAM and memory choices from 16GB to 64GB. Other features include an all new all body, one piece construction, large 3100mAh battery, 5-inch 1080 display and NFC.

Oppo N1

The Oppo N1 international version will be available for customers outside of China to order from 10th December. The phone features a 5.9-inch 1920 x 1080 display but is still one of the largest phones here due to the innovative rotating 13 mega-pixel camera with dual LED flash.

The rear of the Oppo N1 has a touch panel for easy one-handed operation, there is also NFC round the back too, but the rear is not removable.

Powered by a Snapdrgaon 600 CPU and 2GB RAM the N1 offers more than enough power for most uses, and although designed as a camera-centic device is rather dev friendly thanks to Oppo’s acceptance to open source. There will even be a limited edition CyanogenMod version of the phone available!

Top 8 Chinese Android phones for Christmas 2013

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