Top-of-the-range specs for mid-range price (Chinese?) phone wanted

Hello! I've been thinking about getting a new phone for ages now, but haven't really had the time to do some proper research. Over this period I have saved anything that looked interesting for future reference. I love a bargain and like to get the best 'bang-per-buck,' so to speak. For this reason I have been drawn to phones elsewhere in the world like China and India. I suppose it would help if I outline my requirements and the kind of specs I was looking for in a phone.

Platform - Android
Size - 5in +
4G enabled
Camera - as long as it's ok, I don't mind
Cost - willing to spend up to £300

I've short-listed the following phones:

One+ one
Xiaomi Mi 4
Huawei Honor 6
ZTENubia Z7
Meizu MX4

LG g3 - I have found a 16gb, unlocked, grade B item on sale on eBay UK from a German supplier for approx. £275 + £17p&p. Not sure if I have to pay any extra for taxes, etc.?

I'm aware that the One+ one it 's missing the 800Mhz (band 20) band in the 4G range, and as such, you can't get 4G on O2, Vodafone, GiffGaff, Tesco or Lycamobile. I'm also also aware that Three relies on the 800MHz band for some of its 4G, so 4G signal on that network in certain areas may not be too hot. That only leaves EE.

Is there anything else out there, that betters either one of these?

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JanSt / MOD  Nov. 16, 2014 at 15:00

I haven't got the foggiest, but I stuck your query to the frontpage for more better exposure ;)

Personally: for £300 and a bit you get an Xperia Z2 or a Galaxy Note 3 - new. With warranty and some sort of support structure. And a better chance of reselling it. But that is just me, of course...

wastedwardy  Nov. 16, 2014 at 15:54

I go though phones at a rate - I get bored after 6 months and move on to something else, so i'm no particular fan of any brand or OS.
I got a Honor 6 about 2 1/2 months ago - it's fantastic. Specs wise it's great, really decent battery and the camera is a 13Mp Sony.

spruceyb  Nov. 16, 2014 at 19:59

I agree with JanSt about paying a bit extra for something UK sourced.
Xperia Z Ultra is a bargain for £235. LG G3 is £330 from Mobile Phones Direct. Huawei Ascend P7 seems decent for £220 from photodeals on eBay.

As for importing, another couple to look at are from Zopo ZP999 and Zopo 3X. Both are similar to the MX4 except lower res camera, smaller battery but 3GB RAM instead of 2GB.

You can get LGL24 from Japan which is a waterproof version of the LG G3 takes a NanoSIM and had support for LTE Bands 800 & 1800 so all UK networks. It's about £270 before VAT (if you get hit by it)

As for the phones on your list I'd suggest checking out GeekBuying who have some great prices, 64GB One+ One for £253 (16GB for £220)

CTPAHHIK  Nov. 17, 2014 at 13:35

I've looked at supported bands and I don't see any of the mentioned phones having proper support for European LTE. I don't think it's a good idea to bother with limited LTE support.
One+ one
Xiaomi Mi 4
Huawei Honor 6
ZTENubia Z7
Meizu MX4


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