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# 172051 10-May-2015 11:45
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Anyone had any experience with Chinese androids? Are they actually any good?
I'm not talking about just the OnePlus and Oppo phones either, but the smaller brands that seem good, but nobody has heard of really. 

One that has caught my eye is Elephone.
The P6000 looks great. Also reviews well. No idea about the LTE bands and if they will work here though. 
There is also the Xiaomi Redmi which looks great. 

Anyone bought these kind of phones? Where is good to get them from? any others worth looking at?






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  # 1301414 10-May-2015 13:43
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i purchased one of these as test - not a ph - but similar concept to the q you have asked:

http://www.aliexpress.com/item/Original-Colorfly-G708-Octa-Core-3G-Tablet-PC-Phone-MTK6592-7-inch-IPS-OGS-Screen-1280x800/32276656457.html

for the price - i am pretty happy with it - fast enough - screen is okish - use it as a secondary tablet in the lounge

cons - sound is poor and the rom is too small which means the number of apps you can install is a bit limited - also tried our (spark) sims it to test as a ph - but no joy - so you should check network bands used to be sure

but for browsing / light gaming / chrome casting / flickr review / social media etc - pretty good value


as i understand it the the phs you have mentioned are among the bigger brands - so they should be worth a shot at that price (note: cameras seem to be one area where these cheaper phs have lower specs and is suspect this is a key area of compromise)

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  # 1301481 10-May-2015 15:28
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Xiaomi is pretty well known for its high spec and low price point, it is widely used in China




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  # 1301524 10-May-2015 17:51
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I had heard of Xiaomi before but only in terms of their more premium end (MI series etc.), didn't realize they also did cheap phones. 




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  # 1301646 10-May-2015 23:14
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I've got a bit of interest in the Chinese phones.

Jiayu S3 is the best spec Chinese droid for the money at the moment USD$199 (MT6752, 3GB Ram, decent camera, 5.5" 1080p screen, 3000MAh, 4G band 3).

But the Elephone P7000 is just about to release for USD$230 or $220 with pre order code or even $160 if you're lucky tomorrow, it's similar spec to the Jiayu S3 but more premium with metal frame, Touch ID fingerprint scanner, 3450MAh battery).

But apparently at the end this month or next month Elephone will be launching 2 new higher end phones both with 2k screens and 4GB Ram, one with the MT6795 chipset running Android Lollipop and the other with Intel Atom and dual boot Lollipop and Windows 10.

Expect Xiaomi to launch the Redmi Note 2 in June/July and Meizu with the M2 Note.

The ZTE Nubia Z7 and Z9 series are very nice too.

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  # 1301721 11-May-2015 09:18
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540trickzter: I've got a bit of interest in the Chinese phones.

Jiayu S3 is the best spec Chinese droid for the money at the moment USD$199 (MT6752, 3GB Ram, decent camera, 5.5" 1080p screen, 3000MAh, 4G band 3).

But the Elephone P7000 is just about to release for USD$230 or $220 with pre order code or even $160 if you're lucky tomorrow, it's similar spec to the Jiayu S3 but more premium with metal frame, Touch ID fingerprint scanner, 3450MAh battery).

But apparently at the end this month or next month Elephone will be launching 2 new higher end phones both with 2k screens and 4GB Ram, one with the MT6795 chipset running Android Lollipop and the other with Intel Atom and dual boot Lollipop and Windows 10.

Expect Xiaomi to launch the Redmi Note 2 in June/July and Meizu with the M2 Note.

The ZTE Nubia Z7 and Z9 series are very nice too.


The Elephone P7000 looks really nice, I'm hoping to pick one up tonight for $160 :D - unlike the Jiayu S3 it is already running Lollipop




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  # 1301762 11-May-2015 09:59
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I wish more of these devices had wireless/qi charging....

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  # 1301768 11-May-2015 10:14
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The Elephone P7000 looks really nice, I'm hoping to pick one up tonight for $160 :D - unlike the Jiayu S3 it is already running Lollipop


Where will you pick one up?  The Elephone web site says running 4, but 5.0 coming soon.  They have some strange deal where they sell in batches of 100 once a week on Wednesdays.

I need a new cell phone I can actually update.

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  # 1301869 11-May-2015 11:51
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rmt38:
The Elephone P7000 looks really nice, I'm hoping to pick one up tonight for $160 :D - unlike the Jiayu S3 it is already running Lollipop


Where will you pick one up?  The Elephone web site says running 4, but 5.0 coming soon.  They have some strange deal where they sell in batches of 100 once a week on Wednesdays.

I need a new cell phone I can actually update.


All of the hands-on videos I saw show it running Lollipop 
http://bbs.elephone.hk/thread-4325-1-1.html




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  # 1301876 11-May-2015 11:55
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Ive been running a Zopo 980+ for over a year now, recently did the Kitkat upgrade and rooted it.....bloody awesome phone. Although discontinued by Zopo you can get stock off ebay for $360NZ shipped, and replacement parts + accessories are sooo cheap.

Hands down you will not find a better phone for under $450 possibly more. The photos and video it takes are awesome, the display is beautiful (1080P with 480ppi), great styling, thin (7.9mm)

My partner recently went through the exercise ($400 to spend) and after looking at all the mainstream stuff, ended up going for a Zenfone 2 551ML....only because we didnt want matching phones.

RE: Xaiomi Mi3, great phone but discontinued and the market is rife with fake ones. 

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  # 1302253 11-May-2015 20:31
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30mins to until the flash sale... I didn't receive an email, so looks like I've missed out... oh well...

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  # 1302446 12-May-2015 08:32
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The best thing about having a Xiaomi device is the weekly updates to MIUI.  I bought the wife a Mi2a a few years ago and she's since upgraded to a Z1c.... Recently, for nostalgic sake (I'm a big MIUI fan) I fired up the Mi2a and loaded the latest version of MIUI on it, not only have they included it with the V6 updates, but gone from kitkat to lolipop. 

Still really impressed with Miui, it's pretty polished and does add a bit of functionality there, a real foot in each camp (iOS v Android). 

If you're after a genuine Xiaomi device, best to purchase from www.ibuygou.com 

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  # 1302608 12-May-2015 10:56
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Ive got a Star S5 (x920 HTC Butterfly clone) for sale $100 if anyone is interested (5", 720P, Quad Core). 

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  # 1302638 12-May-2015 11:28
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Got daughter a Xiaomi Redmi Note 4g for Christmas for ~$200.  It's been a good phone so far.

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  # 1302655 12-May-2015 11:38

I pay close attention to these as part of my job. One thing to bear in mind is that while most vendors will advertise 64bit capability at the chipset level (Particularly with newer Mediatek SoCs), this means nothing unless the device runs Lollipop out of the box with full AArch64 compatibility.

No vendor has to date converted a device from 32bit to 64bit via a Lollipop update, so avoid devices that ship with KitKat if 64bit is a selling point for you - This would require a full wipe and is technically possible but I'm not aware of anyone who's gone to the trouble. 64bit is still a bit buggy & unstable on Android without the optimisations the likes of Samsung & HTC have implemented on the S6 & M9, so one to watch out for.

The LTE bands to look for are: Band 3, Band 7, & Band 28, which correspond to 1800MHz, 2600MHz, & 700MHz respectively. Most Chinese devices that do have international variants will use Band 20/800MHz instead of Band 28/700MHz as they're targeting the European market - the ASUS Zenfone 2 is a notable exception.




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