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Where to buy your Chinese smartphone?



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In beginning if you wanted to buy a Chinese phone then the only solution was to do that through an online reseller. But now Chinese phones are very popular, much much more popular than before. And because of that now local distributors have extended its shelves. So my question is for you, which is better solution for the customer or for you?

Because of high popularity there are many Chinese online shops. Of course there are also many Chinese smartphone companies. So you’ll need to see what are your requirements for your Android phone including price.

When choosing where to buy Chinese smartphone is a logical point of view is reduced to three possible solutions. Which are: online reseller, manufactures store and local distributor. As you maybe know big Chinese companies like Meizu, Xiaomi, Oppo and OnePlus have their own stores outside of China.

What is a reseller?

Simply put a reseller is online shop or store, and mostly they sell staff from cloths to electronics like smartphones. And usually they sell phones from small Chinese phone companies. Of course some online shops also sell phones from big companies like Meizu. I would also like to mention that at this time there are a lot of shops from China so it is a big decision where to buy something from them.

What is a local distributor?

A local distributor is a shop which is located in your country and they have concluded partnership with certain Chinese companies to sell their smartphones.

Advantages and Disadvantages

Of course there are some advantages and disadvantages with buying from reseller or local distributor.

Buying from a reseller

chinese reseller


  • They have usually lower prices
  • They have a much larger selection of smartphones
  • Simpler shopping, you can do shopping from home
  • They have the latest models in stock before distributors


  • Possible shipping delays
  • Customs costs
  • Possible additionalcost for shipping if you need to return the phone for repair

Buying from a local distributor

local distributor


  • Fast shipping or going to the shop to buy Chinese phone
  • Warranty
  • Simply return for repair
  • No hidden costs
  • Communication through home language


  • Price for devices are much higher

Where to buy your Chinese smartphone from? Reseller or Distributor

Before you do anything in my opinion you need to consider everything. Because let’s say you decide to buy smartphone from reseller. You know that there is possibility of paying customs costs, also possible problems like shipping delays and that in the beginning that the device is already defective so again you need to pay for the shipping to return the device for repair.

But of course some customers had more luck so they didn’t pay any customs, their smartphones still works great. So you can see why it is some kind of gamble. Because of that some shops have opened European warehouse, so you can get much faster your goods. Also you can avoid paying taxes and custom costs. But unfortunately in this moment only a few Chinese resellers has European warehouse.

You need also to consider about after sale customer support because some online Chinese shops have great support and they will take care of everything for you. Even sometimes they pay shipping for you or even refund the full amount. But some shops have really poor customer support so because of that in my opinion this it is a gamble.

On other hand if you decide to buy Chinese phone from local distributor. Then in the beginning you need to pay higher price. But you are sure if something goes wrong with the phone then it will be repaired under warranty and you don’t need to worry about it. Also there are no customs costs or any other hiding costs.

In reality there is no simple answer to this question. If you have a great story or experience tell us, we would like to know.

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Samsung A01 core appears on Google Play Console with specifications



A new phone has been spotted on the Google Play Console. The phone produced by Samsung Electronics, the South Korea giant tech company, has appeared with the name Galaxy A01 Core. Samsung Galaxy A01 core is set to be launched anytime from now. The Galaxy A01 core is reported to be the lower version of the Galaxy A01 released in December 2019. Unlike Samsung’s regular phones, the Galaxy A01 core is going to be ultra-affordable, a budget model of Samsung. The new phone has surfaced on Google Play Console with its key specifications. It is certified with Bluetooth 5.0 at Bluetooth SIG with the model number SM-A013F_DS. This model number is similar to SM-A013F, which appeared on Geekbench listing. This new phone may be the same phone that appeared as Galaxy A01e. It is rumored that if it is the same phone, then Galaxy A01 Core will be the official and final product name of the phone.

Expected Specifications of Samsung Galaxy A01 Core

The phone appears to have 720 x 1480 pixels display with 320ppi pixel density. The chipset is a 3-year old MT6739WW, which is surprising as it is a rare platform. Although it is a modern smartphone SoC that provides a great Android experience, it is cost-effective, which seems to buttress the fact that the phone’s price is going to be a budget-friendly model, which might be the cheapest smartphone produced by the giant tech company. The new phone seems to have run on 1GB of RAM and the latest Android 10.0 version. What is unsure is whether it will run on the full version of Android 10 or the Go edition. But it will most likely run on the lightweight Go edition as it is precisely for low-cost devices. More so, the specs of the new Samsung phone appear to be similar to that of Nokia 1 plus, which also has a chipset of MT6739. Nokia 1 Plus runs on the Android 10 Go edition too. 

The model number of the new phone that appeared on the SIG listing has also appeared on the Wi-Fi alliance site. It seems to have a Wi-Fi 802.11b/g/n dual-band.

These are the specifications that have been released for now. Specifications such as physical appearance, camera quality, processor frequency, battery capacity, screen type, and other features are yet to be known. But this will be known soon enough, once the phone is unveiled.


Although there will be limitations to the ability of the Galaxy A01 Core, however, it will not be classed as obsolete. As said earlier, some of the specs are similar to that of Nokia 1 plus, and we know what the Nokia Phone is capable of. With the specs, it’s going to be able to run android apps and games. Users will also be able to play casino online and other games or software that require Flash or Java Technology. The display also appears with good graphics quality that will be good for media and games like slots, RPG and other games. With the Wi-Fi version of the phone, the connection to diverse wireless networks is guaranteed. The connection can range from mobile hotspots to mobile Wi-Fi, even to the modern Wi-Fi routers


Many people, especially the producing company fans, have their fingers crossed for the launching of the phone. With the approval from Bluetooth SIG and certification received from the Wi-Fi Alliance, it is an indication that Samsung will unveil the phone in a few weeks. Samsung products are always a big fish in the mobile phone market. Of a certainty, when this new product hits the mobile market, it will cause significant competition among devices of its cadre.

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ColorOS makes Android 11 Beta preview available on OPPO Find X2 Series



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ColorOS announced the availability of Android 11 Beta update for the recently launched flagship, OPPO Find X2 Series. The Find X2 Series is amongst the first smartphones in the world, which will have Android 11 Beta available for early adopters. Available starting today, the Android 11 Beta update on Find X2 Series is a testament to the close partnership of ColorOS and Google to deliver a highly customized, efficient, intelligent, and a richly designed Android-based mobile OS.

Announcing the Android 11 Beta update, Manoj Kumar, Senior Principal Engineer, ColorOS, OPPO, said, “With over 350 million users, OPPO is one of the key partners for Google globally that interacts with a huge and diverse user base. Working closely with the Android team, ColorOS will accumulate first-hand feedback on Android 11 Beta to identify, fix and enhance features for Android developers and end-users.”

Several features announced by Google on the Android 11 Beta are already present in ColorOS, such as a time scheduled system-wide Dark-mode and built-in screen recorder. The first preview of Android 11 Beta on the Find X2 Series will include these along with the following new features from stock Android:

  1. A dedicated Conversations section in the notification shade where you can easily view, engage and prioritise chats from various apps.
  2. A new floating Bubbles UI for messaging apps that enables users to create floating windows for individual chats to improve multitasking
  3. Improved privacy protection with additional one-time permission, permission auto reset, and background location preferences for more control over sensitive permissions

ColorOS will incorporate additional features from Android 11 Beta in its future beta releases.

Apart from the stock Android 11 features, the customizations ColorOS made for the Find X2 Series will continue to be available, including All Pixel Omni-Directional PDAF camera focus, HDR video Enhancement, AI Nature Tone Display, and OPPO Share, among the rest.

Developers and early adopters can download the update here starting today across all Find X2 Series phones. Please note that the beta release may contain bugs and uncertainties; it is only for developer use and not for use as an everyday driver.

About ColorOS

ColorOS is a highly customized, efficient, intelligent, and richly designed Android-based mobile OS from OPPO. With over 350 million global users, ColorOS supports more than 80 languages, including English, Hindi, Tamil, Telugu, Thai, and Indonesian.

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Xiaomi is holding its 2nd ShotByMi Photography Challenge, providing an opportunity for Mi Fans to capture the amazing moments in life with their Xiaomi phones.

ShotByMi Photography Challenge is a long-term, innovative, and professional mobile photography contest. It was first held in 2019 and drew over 136,000 entries from 131 countries.

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This year, Xiaomi encourages more Mi Fans to tell their stories by shooting photos and videos, with the core idea of ‘Your vision, your story’.

There are three independently themed episodes, each one running for one month. The first theme is ‘Summer Vibes’, where participants can upload works that match the theme with no genre restrictions. In addition to photos, short videos are warmly encouraged for ShotByMi, so that participants can have more freedom to create inspiring visual works.

To ensure the professionalism and fairness of judging, ShotByMi 2020 invited a number of accomplished photographers as judges. Michael Yamashita, who has won numerous awards from industry such as the National Press Photographers Association and the Asian American Journalists Association, works as the lead judge. Three other influential photographers in different categories, Jordi Koalitic, Jord Hammond and Clay Enos, are also invited as judges. They will select the outstanding entries from each episode, including a grand prize of $5000 creative fund and a Xiaomi phone!

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As a company driven by our community, we encourage Mi Fans to choose their favourite work. Qualified entries will be displayed on the ShotByMi website and users can vote once for each work. For each category, ‘the most liked photo’ and ‘the most liked video’ will be awarded gorgeous prizes! All winners for the first episode will be announced before 10th August 2020.

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ShotByMi 2020 also receives support from other parties, including short-video sharing app Likee and an online photographers community 500px.

Xiaomi looks forward to sharing the beauty of life with Mi Fans by using our latest photography smartphones.

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