It’s been some time since What’s on Weibo final did a prime 10 of hottest / top-rated smartphones in China (link). As a result of the newest smartphone fashions have been attracting a number of consideration on Chinese language social media lately, it’s excessive time for one more replace.
Apple’s iPhone 12 sequence, Huawei’s Mate 40, and Samsung’s Notice 20 sequence are among the many most mentioned smartphones this season, however there are such a lot of extra units gaining reputation over the previous few weeks and months.
In earlier years, there was a robust concentrate on bezel-less screens, stylish designs, and selfie digicam high quality. Now, there’s a shifting concentrate on 5G, (8K) video and a number of cameras, quick charging expertise, and total quick efficiency. All fashions on this checklist are 5G prepared.
For this checklist, we loosely observe the recognition rankings of Zol, a number one IT portal web site in China that compiles its lists based mostly on the information supplied by its personal Web Shopper Analysis Middle (ZDC 互联网消费调研中心).
Since its prime ten rankings are altering day by day, we additionally have in mind how a lot views and clicks these newest fashions are receiving on social media website Weibo. If a number of fashions of the identical sequence happen somewhere else within the official rankings, we’ve put them below one rating collectively (e.g. the OPPO Reno 4 SE and the OPPO Reno 4 Professional, or the Huawei Nova 7 Professional and Huawei Mate 40).
China’s most popular smartphone manufacturers at this second are OPPO, Vivo, Huawei, Apple, and Honor.
When in style Weibo blogger Gǎojī Juéshì (@搞机爵士,2.1 million followers) lately requested his followers which flagship telephone of the second they’d select – Apple’s iPhone 12, Huawei’s Mate 40, or Samsung’s Notice 20 – a majority of 49% of respondents voted for the Huawei model. 43% voted Apple, and eight% voted Samsung.
Though the quantity one in every of this checklist, the OPPO Reno4, has constantly been holding the primary spot in final week’s rating, the opposite fashions are shifting locations within the prime rankings, so this isn’t an ‘official’ prime rating checklist, only one that’s compiled by us following the newest traits.
1. OPPO RENO4 SE & PRO (8GB/128GB/5G)
OPPO is a Guangdong-based model formally launched in 2004. It’s primarily recognized for concentrating on China’s younger customers with stylish designs and sensible advertising. Its product high quality mixed with profitable on-line advertising has made the model tremendous in style all through the years.
For the Reno4, TF Boys member Wang Junkai (@王俊凯, aka Karry Wang) who has practically 79 million followers on Weibo, is the OPPO model ambassador selling this mannequin. One Weibo put up by Wang selling the Reno4 SE obtained over 735,000 feedback and a million likes.
The OPPO Reno4 SE was formally launched in China in late September of 2020 and isn’t but accessible for the worldwide market.
The Reno4 SE has a 6.43-inch AMOLED show (1080 x 2400 pixels) and comes with a triple rear digicam setup (48MP, 8MP, 2MP). Noteworthy is its 32MP (!) selfie digicam.
It comes with 8GB of RAM and 128GB storage (no expandable storage). A number of the Reno4 SE’s different highlights embrace the 65W quick charging and 5G connectivity assist. The smartphone runs Android 10 OS, topped with OPPO’s personal ColorOS 7.2.
On Weibo, the OPPO Reno4 SE hashtag (#OPPO小光芒Reno4 SE#) has 710 million views on the time of writing.
The Oppo Reno 4 Pro can also be listed in Zol’s prime rating checklist, rating 8 on the time of writing. This mannequin is barely larger, with a Tremendous AMOLED show and further reminiscence card slot. It additionally has NFC and a extra high-end digicam. It’s priced round ￥3799 ($566).
The OPPO Reno4 SE is priced at ￥2499 ($373) at JD.com and Tmall, and is without doubt one of the cheaper units on this checklist – its worth is nowhere close to that of the Samsung Notice 20 Extremely or the iPhone 12, making it far more inexpensive to many. The Reno4 SE smartphone is available in three colour choices: Tremendous Flash Black, Tremendous Flash Blue, and Tremendous Flash White.
2. VIVO X50 PRO (8GB/128GB/5G)
At time of writing, not solely does the Vivo x50 Pro maintain the quantity two spot within the prime in style smartphone rankings, however Vivo can also be rating because the second hottest smartphone model in China at this second (OPPO being primary).
Like OPPO, Vivo is one other Chinese language home model that has gained worldwide success, first getting into the market in 2009. Its headquarters are based mostly in Dongguan, Guangdong.
In terms of advertising its smartphones, Vivo has actually centered on digicam high quality over the previous years. Its earlier Vivo x27 system was launched as a “evening picture marvel device,” and for the Vivo x50 Professional, there may be once more this concentrate on “redefined images,” digicam gentle sensitivity and stabilization.
The principle digicam is a 48MP “Gimbal” primary digicam, accompanied by a 13MP, 50 mm prime portrait digicam, a wide-angle lens, and 60 x optical zoom digicam.
Collaborating with state media outlet CCTV, there lately was a Golden Week social media promotion of the system exhibiting lovely evening photographs from the Summer season Palace.
The Vivo x50 Professional was launched in June of 2020. The slim system has a 6.56 inch AMOLED show, 1080 x 2376 pixels. On account of its highly effective processor, 90 Hz excessive refresh & 180 Hz contact sampling price, and gaming-centric options, the Vivo x50 Professional can even be appreciated by players.
By now, the Weibo hashtag related to the Vivo x50 sequence (#vivo X50系列 超感光微云台#) has gained over 1.7 billion views.
Many individuals on social media additionally share their very own photographs shot with their Vivo x50 Professional.
The Vivo x50 Pro 5G is priced at ￥3998 ($596) at e-commerce websites akin to JD.com. It is available in Darkish Blue and Mild Blue colours.
3. Huawei Nova 7 Professional (8GB/128GB/5G) and Huawei Mate 40 (8B/128GB/5G)
Each the Huawei Nova 7 Professional and Huawei Mate 40 are within the prime rating lists of this second. Huawei additionally ranks quantity three in official top-ranking smartphone model lists of this second, coming in earlier than Apple in reputation.
The Huawei Nova 7 was launched in April of 2020, and the Huawei Mate 40 sequence is to be launched in China on October 30 with the Mate 40, Mate 40 Professional, and Mate 40 Professional+ (we’ll replace this when extra information comes out). The Mate 40 and Mate 40 Professional had been beforehand on pre-order sale, and reportedly bought out inside 30 seconds. The Mate 40, which ranks highest in reputation right now, is an ‘entry-level’ system inside the Mate 40 sequence.
The Huawei Mate 40 will come with a 6.76-inch Flex OLED show with a 2722 x 1344 pixels display decision, a 90Hz refresh price, and a 240Hz contact sampling price. There’s a number of hype surrounding the Huawei Mate 40 since it should include “a characteristic” that’s nonetheless to be disclosed.
The older Huawei Nova7 Professional is a dual-sim system. It has a 6.57-inch show (1080 x 2340) and a 64MP + 8MP + 8MP + 2MP rear digicam, the entrance digicam being 32MP + 8MP.
The Weibo hashtag for the Huawei Nova 7 sequence (#华为nova7#) has practically 2 billion views on Weibo at time of writing, with the Huawei Mate 40 garnering 1.2 billion views on its hashtag web page (#华为Mate40#).
The Nova 7 professional is priced at ￥3699 ($550), with the costs of the Mate 40 sequence but to be launched. The Nova 7 Professional was launched within the colours Midnight Black, Silver, Forest Inexperienced, Midsummer Purple, and Honey Crimson.
4. Samsung Galaxy Notice 20 Extremely (12GB/256GB/5G)
Along with Apple, Samsung at present is among the many hottest smartphone manufacturers within the PRC that’s not made-in-China. The model appears to have been in a position to win again shopper’s belief after previous problems with overheating and exploding batteries.
The Galaxy Notice 20 and Notice 20 Extremely had been launched in summer season 2020. Each are top-notch units, with a Snapdragon 865 Plus processor and a 10-megapixel selfie digicam, and naturally, the Notice’s landmark ‘S Pen’ together with new gestures.
What makes the ‘Extremely’ system totally different from the Galaxy Notice 20 is its Gorilla Glass Victus again (which is extra sturdy and has higher drop resistance), its AMOLED display, 108-megapixel digicam, and its microSD card slot – making it doable to increase the 256GB storage with a Micro-SD of as much as 1TB. Regardless of the worth distinction, the aforementioned options make it comprehensible that the ‘Extremely’ is a extra in style alternative over the Samsung Notice 20 system.
The Galaxy Notice 20 Extremely shoots 8K video, the highest-resolution video recording accessible. It is usually the primary Notice with a 120 Hz refresh price show. For reference: an ordinary smartphone show normally refreshes at 60 instances per second, or at 60 Hz. This excessive refresh price means you get smoother animations and navigation. The system additionally has a 240Hz contact sampling price (the frequency at which the show polls for touches on the show).
With its 6.9 inch (1440 x 3088) show, the Notice 20 Extremely is the largest telephone on this checklist. It weighs 208 grams.
On Weibo, the hashtag “Samsung Notice 20” (#三星note20#) has over 330 million views. The Samsung Note 5G Ultra is accessible in bronze, white, and black, and is accessible from ￥9199 ($1370), making it the most costly telephone on this checklist. Though many individuals on Weibo say they do like this telephone, the excessive worth is an impediment, with some saying: “The worth simply kills me.”
5. OnePlus 8Pro and 8T (8GB/128 GB/5G)
“By no means settle” is the slogan utilized by OnePlus, a Shenzhen-based Chinese language smartphone producer based by Pete Lau and Carl Pei in December 2013.
Each the OnePlus8Pro and the cheaper 8T fashions are rating excessive in present prime listings. The 8T was launched in October of this yr, whereas the Professional model got here out earlier in April.
Each telephones include Twin-SIM, AMOLED show (120 Hz refresh price), Gorilla Glass 5 back and front, 4K video, stereo audio system, NFC, and 48MP primary cameras.
The Professional is the larger telephone – with its 6.79 inch display and 199 grams, it comes fairly near the Samsung Notice 20 Extremely. It additionally has a barely extra superior quad digicam.
The OnePlus 8 sequence hashtag (#一加8#) at present has some 1,3 billion views on Weibo.
The OnePlus 8 Professional obtained fairly some consideration on social media earlier this yr, when it turned out that its ‘Photochrom’ colour filter, utilizing infrared sensors, may see through some supplies, akin to plastic.
6. iQOO 5 (12GB/128GB/5G)
The iQOO will not be well-known exterior of China, however it’s truly a sub-brand of Vivo. iQOO is owned by the BKK Group (步步高), which additionally owns OPPO, OnePlus, and RealMe.
The iQOO 5 was launched in August of this yr. Its AMOLED show is about the identical measurement because the OnePlus8T (6.56 inch), they each have 120Hz refresh price display, twin SIM, and the 2 telephones truly appear to be opponents in a number of methods, though the iQOO is the pricier possibility.
The iQOO has a 16-megapixel selfie digicam, its rear digicam is a 50MP, together with a 13MP ultra-wide angle and 13MP depth sensor. It has 8K video recording.
On social media, the iQOO is principally marketed as a ‘quick telephone’ – and in doing so (#iQOO 5 超能竞速#) it has reached 370 million views on its hashtag web page at time of writing.
The iQOO 5 is priced at ￥4298 ($640) and is available in blue or gray.
7. OPPO FIND X2 PRO (12GB/256GB/5G)
The OPPO Discover X2 Professional was already launched in March of 2020 and but it nonetheless is without doubt one of the hottest telephones of the second in China – regardless that it’s also one of many dearer units on this checklist.
With its 6.7 inch show, it’s simply as huge because the Apple iPhone 12 Professional Max, and in some methods it may very well be argued that it’s a actual competitor. With its 48 MP/13MP/48MP primary digicam and 32MP selfie digicam, and, amongst others, stereo audio system and fast-charging options, it’s a flowery system.
Some reviewers argue the design is best than the Apple iPhone Professional, and that its show is extra spectacular.
The OPPO Discover X2 sequence hashtag web page (#OPPO Find X2#) has over 1.8 billion views on Weibo.
Priced at ￥5999 ($895), the OPPO Find x2 Pro is available in Black, Orange, Mild Gray, Inexperienced, Lamborghini Version, with the orange/gray/inexperienced editions all constituted of (vegan) leather-based as an alternative of glass or plastic.
8. IPHONE 12 (4GB/128GB/5G) & IPHONE 12 PRO MAX (6GB/128GB/5G)
Regardless of its comparatively excessive worth, the iPhone 12 continues to be very fashionable in China – however at time of writing, nonetheless lags behind a bit within the top-ranking lists, and doesn’t come up within the prime 5 lists (but).
The Apple iPhone 12 and the Professional Max had been each introduced on October 13, with the iPhone 12 launched later in October, together with the Apple iPhone 12 Professional. The Apple iPhone 12 Mini, just like the Professional Max, is but to be launched.
The iPhone 12 is the smallest and lightest mannequin of the 12 / 12 Professional / 12 Professional Max trio. It has a 6.1 inch (1170 x 2532) Tremendous Retina XDR show, which can also be among the many smaller system shows on this checklist. The telephone can also be marketed as “the world’s smallest, thinnest, lightest 5G telephone” with the “greatest iPhone show ever.” It comes with a twin 12-megapixel digicam on the rear and a 12-megapixel selfie digicam on the entrance.
It’s truly arduous to trace the views on the iPhone 12 sequence on Weibo since there are such a lot of totally different hashtags referring to iPhone12 information – this in itself offers an thought of how in style this telephone is. Essentially the most used “iPhone 12” hashtag (#iphone12#) has a staggering 9 billion views.
The iPhone 12 comes within the Black, White, Crimson, Inexperienced, Blue colours, and is at present priced at ￥6299 ($940) in China. The 12 Professional Max, with an enormous 6.7-inch show and fancier digicam, is priced at ￥9299 ($1387) – making it the most costly telephone on this checklist.
9. HONOR X10 & HONOR 30 (6GB/128GB/5G)
Along with the tremendous in style OPPO’s Reno 4 SE, the Honor X10 and Honor 30 are among the many extra inexpensive units on this checklist, with the X10 being barely extra in style than the dearer Honor 30.
Honor is maybe not as well-known exterior of China as different Chinese language smartphone manufacturers are. Honor (荣耀), established in 2013, is the budget-friendly sister of the Huawei model. The corporate’s sub-brand has been doing very effectively over the previous years. Honor focuses on nice worth for cash, and in doing so, targets youthful customers, not simply with its comparatively low costs, but in addition with its stylish designs.
The Honor X10 5G was launched in Could of this yr, the Honor30 was launched a month earlier. Dimension-wise, display-wise, price-wise, these Honor units may compete with the newer OPPO Reno 4 system, with a lot of their specs being related. Each units assist expandable reminiscence.
The Honor 30 is barely higher than the X10 relating to pixel density and CPU pace, however this mannequin additionally has a greater digicam setup (40+8+8+2 MP versus 40+8+2 MP).
The X10, nevertheless, has a stronger battery (4300mAh) and a much bigger display (6.63 inches).
The Honor X10 is priced at ￥2199 ($328). The Honor 30 is ￥2699 ($402).
10. XIAOMI 10 (8GB/128GB)
For the reason that launch of its first smartphone in 2011, Beijing-brand Xiaomi has turn out to be one of many world’s largest smartphone makers.
The Xiaomi 10, launched in Could 2020, is a twin SIM system that comes with a 6.67-inch (2340 x 1080) AMOLED show with a 90 Hz refresh price, a robust 4780 mAh battery, and 108+13+2+2 MP rear digicam. It additionally helps 5G and has fast charging, so it’s a really 2020 system. In response to Devices Now, the Xiaomi 10 “lives as much as the hype.”
With over 3,2 billion views on the Xiaomi 10 hashtag web page on Weibo (#小米10#), the Xiaomi model additionally succeeded to create an internet hype earlier this yr. Discussions had been principally centered on the mannequin’s digicam efficiency and its display.
The Xiaomi 10 is priced round ￥3499 ($521), with cheaper offers accessible. It is available in black, gray, inexperienced, and pink.
For clarification, we’ll checklist the aforementioned units once more, based mostly on pricing, with the most costly units coming first. Notice that these are the approximate costs for the Chinese language market, which may be (very) totally different exterior of China:
1. iPhone 12 Pro Max / ￥9299 ($1387)
2. Samsung Note 20 5G Ultra / ￥9199 ($1370)
3. iPhone 12 / ￥6299 ($940)
4. OPPO Find x2 Pro / ￥5999 ($895)
5. OnePlus 8 Pro 5G / ￥5399 ($805)
6. iQOO 5 / ￥4298 ($640)
7. Vivo x50 Pro 5G / ￥3998 ($596)
8. OPPO Reno4 Pro / ￥3799 ($565)
8. Huawei Nova 7 Pro 5G / ￥3699 ($550)
9. Xiaomi 10 / ￥3499 ($521)
10. OnePlus 8T / ￥3399 ($507)
11. Honor30 / ￥2699 ($402)
12. OPPO Reno4 SE / ￥2499 ($373)
13. Honor x10 / ￥2199 ($328)
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