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Android 10 update breaks Google Pixel 2 Wi-Fi for many users

Google released the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL just over two years ago. The company has since updated the devices with each new iteration of Android since. Unfortunately, the platform’s most recent update, Android 10, seems to break Wi-Fi functionality on many Pixel 2 devices.

Thanks to a tip from Android Authority reader LW Rozanski, we’ve been notified of a Google support thread where hundreds of users are claiming Android’s latest update renders Wi-Fi nearly useless on their devices. Interestingly, though, it seems no two cases are the same.

Some users claim their devices can connect to Wi-Fi networks, but internet access is not available. Others say Wi-Fi connectivity will drop sporadically. Some also claim that even their devices’ Bluetooth functionality is inconsistent and unreliable after receiving the Android 10 update.

Related: Google confirms that Pixel 2 camera won’t get Top Shot feature

Google has yet to formally address the issue at large, though some users have received replacement devices running Android 9. This is not a proper solution since many devices could still suffer the same problems if and when users upgrade them to Android 10.

So far, the only potential fix is to factory reset the device, and even that isn’t guaranteed. And even if it was, users shouldn’t be required to reset their devices just to reclaim its basic functionality.

Fortunately, we have not had this Wi-Fi issue on any of our Pixel 2 devices after receiving the Android 10 update, so we cannot replicate the problem. But what about you? Have you had any of these issues with your devices, and have you had any luck sorting them out? Let us know in the comments below.

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How to set up a mobile hotspot on Android

Mobile hotspot button on Android Quick Settings.

While using your smartphone as your sole internet source is not preferable, there are times when turning your Android phone into a hotspot can really come in handy. Learning how to set up a mobile hotspot on Android may be helpful when your main internet connection goes down, for example.

In this post we will show you the ins and outs of setting up a mobile hotspot on Android, so let’s get started.

Editor’s note: Please take the time to get to know your mobile carrier and the service plan you have purchased. Not all plans allow for tethering and hotspot services and may incur additional charges. Also, some carrier-branded phones may have disabled hotspot capabilities altogether on your Android phone. We’ll try to get you up and running with a few techniques today, but it simply may not be possible on your device.

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How to set up a mobile hotspot on Android

Mobile hotspot button on Android Quick Settings.

You have likely seen the hotspot button in your device’s quick settings drawer. While that is the fastest and easiest way to turn your mobile hotspot on and off, you are going to want to take a moment to configure things first.

Here’s how you configure a hotspot connection on Android:

  1. Open the Settings app;
  2. Select the Network & internet option;
  3. Select Hotspot & tethering;
  4. Tap on Wi-Fi hotspot;
  5. This page has options for turning the hotspot feature on and off. Additionally, you can change the network name, security type, password, and more;
  6. Follow instructions to customize the hotspot feature to your liking.

The hard part is over. All there is left to do is to turn on the hotspot feature. There is a handy toggle to do so in the settings, or you can use the notification shade’s quick settings.

Keep in mind that smartphone manufacturers often add their own UI elements to the experience. This often means moving settings and options around. We based these instructions on the stock Android settings menu in a Google Pixel 3 XL. Things might be slightly different depending on which device you own, but it should be relatively similar.

Set up mobile hotspot with a third-party app

Google Play Store app showing up on Pixel 3 smartphone

Any recent smartphone should come with hotspot capabilities built-in. This wasn’t the norm in the past, though. Those of you using older smartphones might not have a tethering/hotspot option at your disposal, in which case you might depend on using a third-party app.

Two of our favorite options are PdaNet+ and Portable Wi-Fi hotspot.

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There are a bunch of great apps in the Google Play Store that provide these and similar services for hotspot and tethering. Keep in mind that your best bet is to use the default Android or carrier tool. Third-party options are for the few users left who still need such services.

It is also important to keep security in mind when using a mobile hotspot. You should be able to trust the hotspot that you’ve created for yourself, but if you are connecting to other networks, you may consider a VPN Proxy service. We’ve looked at a number before, including Hotspot Shield.

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That’s how you setup hotspot on Android. Do any of you have other methods you prefer to use? Let us know in the comments!

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Google could offer a native wireless ADB option in Android 11

Google is working on a wireless ADB solution for a future version of Android.

ADB (Android Debug Bridge) functionality is one of the most important features for developers and enthusiasts, allowing you to communicate with your Android phone via PC.

ADB traditionally requires a wired connection from your phone to the computer, but XDA-Developers has spotted AOSP commits showing that Google is working on wireless ADB functionality.

It seems like users will be able to toggle a “wireless debugging” switch in developer options, then create the connection by scanning a QR code or entering a six-digit code. It’s unclear when we’ll see this feature in Android, but Android 11 seems to be a likely candidate.

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XDA notes that there are a couple of ways to create a wireless ADB connection, but they aren’t well-known or suffer from security issues. So this new solution would certainly be a welcome addition.

This might be a handy feature for people using computers without full-sized USB ports, or if you lost your phone’s USB cable. It could also be convenient for people who simply don’t want to deal with wires in the first place.

Do you use ADB functionality? What do you think of this solution? Let us know in the comments!

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Android 10 gesture navigation now works with third-party launchers on Pixel 4

Google has fixed gesture navigation issues with third-party launchers in Android 10.

One of the most annoying things about Android 10 was that its new gesture navigation system wasn’t supported in third-party launchers. That’s a big problem, because it effectively meant that you were stuck with whatever launcher your manufacturer installed if you wanted Google’s take on gestures.

Fortunately, Google has fixed this issue with the Pixel 4, Android Police reports, although the fix doesn’t seem to apply to other Android 10-toting devices right now. In fact, the outlet reports that gesture navigation with third-party launchers is still a no-go on the Pixel 3 running Android 10.

The fix also means you can now use the new Google Assistant in conjunction with a third-party launcher on the Pixel 4 (the new voice assistant reportedly requires gesture navigation).

This is a step in the right direction for Google, and hopefully the fix comes to all Android 10 devices in the coming weeks and months. After all, the likes of Nova Launcher, Action Launcher, and Microsoft Launcher are some of the most prominent and handy launcher apps around.

Tired of your preinstalled launcher? Then you can check out our list of great Android launchers over here.

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Duet Display for Android lets you turn an old device into a second screen

You simply cannot have too much screen real estate, that’s a fact. Coming to Android today, Duet Display promises to let you turn that old Android tablet you have lying around into a second screen for your PC or Mac.

Duet has been quite successful on iOS, and over the past months the team behind it worked to make the jump to Android. The app lets your devices act as secondary displays for your laptop or desktop. The beauty of it is the broad compatibility – as of today, Duet Display works on Android, iOS, Chrome OS, Mac, and Windows devices. Whatever combination of platforms you favor, there’s a solid chance you’ll be able to run Duet (except Linux, sorry Linux users, I love Linux).

Duet for Android works on phones or tablets running Android 7.1 or higher. That covers most Android tablets released in the past three years. If you have a Chrome OS device that supports Android apps, it can join in the fun as well.

On the other end, the computer needs to run Mac OS 10.14 or later or Windows 10 and the Duet desktop app. You can connect your Android device either using a USB-C cable (microUSB is sadly not supported) or wirelessly.

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Once set up, your Android or Chrome device will work just like a regular secondary monitor. The Duet team promises “stellar performance” with zero lag, regardless of the platforms you use. That said, to ensure lag-free functionality you’ll probably want to use the wired connection.

Duet has long been available on iOS only, and it’s good to see this genuinely helpful app make the jump to our platform of choice. Duet Display normally costs $ 19.99, but for the first week of Android availability you’ll be able to get it for 50% off or $ 9.99.

Other Android apps, like iDisplay, have purported to offer the same functionality as Duet. However, a brief look at iDisplay’s recent user reviews suggests the app is suffering from performance and compatibility issues.

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(Update: available now for some users) Video calling app Duo is finally arriving on Android and iOS

Update, 08:50 AM ET: Duo is now available for some users in the Play Store. Click on the download button bellow to check the availability on your device.

Original post, 2:53 AM ET: One half of the dynamic, um, duo of chat apps that Google introduced at I/O is finally here. Almost.

In a blog post, Google announced that one-to-one video calling app Duo would become available on Android and iOS starting today. The post was published late in the evening (Pacific time), so the app should be rolling out right now.

Currently the Play Store Google Duo listing only gives us the option to pre-register for the app. It’s very likely that Google is rolling Duo out gradually, to avoid virtual traffic jams and iron out any unexpected issues that can arise with a brand new service.

Google highlighted the simplicity of Duo, an app that lacks the bells and whistles of Skype or even Google’s own Hangouts. “Duo takes the complexity out of video calling, so that you can be together in the moment wherever you are,” said the company.

It sounds like Google wants to remove any friction that could potentially prevent users from using video calling – the Mountain View company cited research stating that half of all users never make a video call.

To be as accessible as possible, Duo doesn’t need a separate account. You can start using it with just your phone number, just like WhatsApp.

Simple as it may be, Duo is not completely barebones. One of its coolest features is Knock Knock, which basically lets you see the person who’s calling before picking up. You also get end-to-end encryption, which aligns Google with Facebook and Apple when it comes to protecting user privacy.

Very importantly, Duo works on Android and iOS, which will put it on collision course with Apple’s very popular FaceTime.

We’ll keep an eye on the Google Duo Play Store page and update you as soon as the app becomes available.

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No word yet on Allo, the text chat app that Google introduced alongside Duo. It can’t be too far behind though.

Anyone here who’s got Duo yet? Let us know!

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Pokémon Go hits 100 million installs on Android, made $200 million in its first month

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The Pokémon wave continues to wash across the world, with more regional releases in Central and South America, Asia and Oceania in recent days. While the game’s popularity is on the wane in the U.S., it’s worldwide appeal will last for a long time yet. With each new market, Pokémon Go adds a new spike to its download figures and opens up the potential for a lot more paying players. Pokémon Go has now surpassed 100 million installs in Google Play and reportedly made $ 200 million in its first month of release.

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Making millions daily

To put some of these figures in perspective, we recently reported that Pokémon Go developer Niantic is making $ 10 million per day on the title. Which is not bad at all considering the game’s slow geographical slow rollout.

Now, app analytics firm Sensor Tower is reporting that Pokémon Go made $ 200 million in its first month of availability. As more and more new markets start playing, that monthly revenue figure may continue to grow significantly.

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100 million Android installs in a month

Following its launch on July 6, on July 25, Pokémon Go topped 50 million installs on Android and 75 million on iOS and Android combined. One week later on August 2, across both mobile platforms, Pokémon Go topped 100 million installs.

Then, less than one week later, on August 7, Pokémon Go surpassed 100 million installs on Android alone. (In Google Play, you’ll notice that the game now sits in the 100,000,000-500,000,000 install bracket) The game saw its first 50 million Android installs in 19 days. The next 50 million came in half that time. With even more markets opening up that download rate will only continue to accelerate.

While some very large untapped markets remain, in particular India and Africa, some others – including Russia and China – won’t be getting Pokémon Go for some rather comical reasons. Regardless, the game doesn’t look like slowing down anytime soon and will likely earn a billion dollars for Niantic before the end of the year.


How much have you spent on Pokémon Go? Do you think its popularity will slow down or continue to grow?

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Android 7.0 preview leaks for the Huawei P9

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Historically speaking, Huawei hasn’t been the best with updates, taking well over a year to bring the Huawei Mate 7 over to Lollipop. Thankfully, in recent times they’ve gotten a lot more responsive when it comes to updates. If a newly leaked ROM is any indication, Huawei’s future update timeliness is only going to get better. Thanks to a user over at XDA, a leaked beta build of Android Nougat has now arrived for the Huawei P9.

Ordinarily, it might seem a bit early for a new version of Android to leak with so much time left until the official release. But back in April, Google revealed that its Nexus family wouldn’t be the only devices to get a preview build of Android Nougat and announced that Sony’s Xperia Z3 would receive it as well.

Going by the posts over at XDA, as well as YouTube evidence, it looks like Huawei is working with a preview build of Nougat because the leaked files updates the handsets’ stock ROMs instead of flashing it in full. That lines up with what Google and Sony are doing, but it also means you’ll have to fall back to your stock ROM before springing forward with the official version when it releases this fall. And because this leak updates files instead of flashing the ROM, you’ll need to make sure you’re running stock before installing it. The XDA thread includes the P9’s stock files for those running cooked ROMs.

Further supporting the legitimacy, forum users have ran CPU-Z benchmarks and found that, contrary to what’s reported in the About Phone section, the update brings the ROM to version 7.0 and OS kernel version 4.1.18 — and its rocking a security patch from next Friday, Aug. 5. On top of that, there’s the presence of a new version of Huawei’s emotional user interface (EMUI). The changelog for EMUI 5.0 indicates that Huawei is rolling out a multi-user mode, camera optimization and battery management improvements. However, at least one user reported encountering worse battery management.

Are you considering a taste test of Android Nougat of your Huawei handset or have you had your fill of previews on a Z3 or Nexus device?

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Best Chinese Android phones

In 2015, 7 of the top 10 smartphone manufacturers in the world were Chinese OEMs, and apart from their popularity in China, companies like Lenovo, Xiaomi, OnePlus, Huawei, and others have been making in-roads into competitive markets like the US, Europe, and India. We’ve covered these companies and their popular offerings extensively here at Android Authority, and you can check them out in the links below.

However, China is home to a slew of other great smartphone manufacturers as well, that, while quite popular in their home market, aren’t as well-known internationally. That’s certainly not because of the lack of a good product, with devices that offer everything you’d expect from a flagship smartphone, including solid specifications and features, all at a very affordable price point. The phones listed above definitely qualify as some of the best Chinese Android smartphones, but for this roundup, we attempt to showcase some of these lesser-known OEMs and their devices. Let’s take a look!

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Meizu Pro 6

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Meizu may not be as well-known as some of its Chinese counterparts, but the company offers some fantastic smartphones, particularly in the ultra budget-friendly segment. That said, Meizu is making waves with their high-end offerings as well, and only a few months after the release of the Pro 5, comes the company’s latest flagship smartphone, the Meizu Pro 6. The Pro 6 retains the beautiful full metal unibody construction of its predecessor.

It comes with some useful features and hardware, including its own take on Apple’s 3D Touch and Huawei’s Force Touch, called 3D Press, which uses additional force to pull up previews, extra menus, and other hotkey functions. It also comes with a Cirrus Logic CS43L36 audio chip for Hi-Fi audio. The Pro 6 is also the first smartphone to be powered by the deca-core MediaTek Helio X25 processor, and backing it is the Mali-T880MP4 GPU and 4 GB of RAM. Other high-end features include a fingerprint scanner up front, a USB Type-C port (USB 3.1) and mCharge 3.0 fast charging capabilities, and a 21 MP rear camera.

The Meizu Pro 6 is the complete package, with specifications and features to give any current generation flagship a run for its money, but where it has its high-end competition beat is when it comes to price, with the 32 GB model retailing for ¥2,499 (~$ 390) and the 64 GB variant priced at ¥2,799 (~$ 430). Granted, the price will be slightly higher if you’re looking to import the device, but it’ll still be much cheaper the most of its competitors. You can find out more about the Meizu Pro 6 here.


  • 5.2-inch AMOLED display with 1920 x 1080 resolution, 423 ppi
  • 2.5 GHz deca-core Helio X25 processor
  • 4 GB RAM
  • 32/64 GB of on-board storage, no microSD card expansion
  • 21 MP rear camera, 5 MP front camera
  • Non-removable 2,560 mAh battery
  • Flyme OS 5.6 based on Android 6.0 Marshmallow
  • 147.7 x 70.8 x 7.3 mm, 160 grams

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Nubia Z9

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Nubia is a subsidiary of ZTE, and has produced a series of fantastic mid-range to high-end smartphones that are definitely worth checking out. The latest flagship offering from the company is the Nubia Z9, which comes with a solid design and build quality. It’s comprised of a metal and glass unibody construction and sports other top of the line specifications and features that make it a deserving competitor to its high-end brethren.

There are actually three variants of the Z9 available. While all three are powered by the octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 processor, the Classic version comes with 3 GB of RAM, while the Elite and Exclusive iterations feature 4 GB of RAM. The Exclusive edition also comes with a fingerprint scanner, which isn’t available with the other two options. One of the standout features of this device is the display, which comes with a slightly raised 2.5D glass panel on top with curves along the edges that allows for a bezel-less look and feel which is sure to turn heads. Of course, the Full HD display also provides a fantastic viewing experience, with bright, vivid colors, high brightness, and good viewing angles.

The Nubia Z9 is a powerful device with a beautiful design, great display, solid battery life, and other specifications and features that make it among the best smartphones of 2015. On the pricing front, the Z9 is priced quite similarly to its flagship competition, and is one of the more expensive devices on this list, but is certainly worth every penny.


  • 5.2-inch IPS LCD display with 1920 x 1080 resolution, 423 ppi
  • 2 GHz octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 processor
  • 3 GB of RAM (Classic edition), 4 GB of RAM (Elite and Exclusive editions)
  • 32 GB (Classic edition), 64 GB (Elite and Exclusive editions) of on-board storage, no microSD card expansion
  • 16 MP rear camera, 8 MP front camera
  • Non-removable 2,900 mAh battery
  • Android 5.1 Lollipop
  • 147.4 x 68.3 x 8.9 mm, 192 grams

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Elephone P9000

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Elephone is another Chinese device manufacturer that is gaining a reputation for offering solid, mid-range to high-end smartphones at a fraction of the price when compared to its competitors. The latest smartphone from the company, the P9000, is one such device that strikes the perfect balance between specifications and price, and is definitely a phone worth keeping in mind.

The Elephone P9000 features a design that goes far beyond what its price point would suggest, with its metal frame and nearly bezel-less front. The black version of the device comes with a sand paper-like finish on the back that helps with the grip and handling experience, but can take some getting used to. Continuing with the trend of boasting features beyond its price point, the P9000 is powered by the octa-core MediaTek Helio P10 processor, backed by the Mali-T860 GPU and 4 GB of RAM. There is also a fingerprint scanner on the back, and a useful addition is an extra button on the side that apart from acting as a way to silence the device easily, works as a hotkey to quickly launch a preset application.

When considering all that the Elephone P9000 has to offer, what proves to be most impressive is the fact that this phone is currently priced at just $ 245, which is significantly cheaper than any smartphone that the Elephone P9000 may call its competition. If network compatibility and other considerations aren’t negative factors, the P9000 is definitely a device worth considering.


  • 5.5-inch IPS LCD display with 1920 x 1080 resolution, 401 ppi
  • 2 GHz octa-core MediaTek Helio P10 processor
  • 4 GB RAM
  • 32 GB of on-board storage, microSD expansion up to 256 GB
  • 13 MP rear camera, 8 MP front camera
  • Non-removable 3,000 mAh battery
  • Android 6.0 Marshmallow

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Lenovo Vibe P1 Turbo


Lenovo has been making a name for itself with some fantastic mid-range offerings, one of which is the Vibe P1 Turbo. The Vibe P1 Turbo isn’t actually all that different from the Vibe P1, with the Turbo moniker indicating just an additional gig of RAM. All other specifications and features remain the same, and we can only assume Lenovo released two variants to compensate for different markets.

Speaking of specifications, the Vibe P1 Turbo comes with an octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon processor, which is backed by the Adreno 405 GPU and 3 GB of RAM. The device comes with a fingerprint sensor up front, which is works quite well, but may not be as fast as some other scanners out there. The Vibe P1 Turbo is a mid-range smartphone through and through, but its biggest selling point is its huge 5,000 mAh battery which allows for at least 2 days of battery life comfortably.

The Lenovo Vibe P1 Turbo is relatively affordable as well, currently priced at $ 357. So if you are looking for a solid mid-range smartphone with a beautiful design, decent specifications, and great battery life, the Vibe P1 Turbo could be the device for you.


  • 5.5-inch IPS LCD display with 1920 x 1080 resolution, 401 ppi
  • 1.5 GHz octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 615 processor
  • 3 GB of RAM
  • 32 GB internal storage, microSD expansion up to 128 GB
  • 13 MP rear camera, 5 MP front camera
  • Non-removable 5,000 mAh battery
  • Android 5.1 Lollipop
  • 152.9 x 75.6 x 9.9 mm, 189 grams

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ZUK is a Hong Kong-based smartphone manufacturer that is backed by Lenovo, and the companies first effort, the ZUK Z1, is a solid mid-range smartphone that runs Cyanogen. Under the hood, the ZUK Z1 comes with a quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 processor, backed by the Adreno 330 GPU and 3 GB of RAM, which continues to be a reliable processing package, and using it is a smart move on the part of ZUK.

The ZUK Z1 doesn’t pack a whole lot in terms of extras, but does come with a fingerprint scanner up front, which is as fast as accurate as expected. As is the case with other mid-range smartphones from Lenovo, including the Vibe P1 Turbo above, the big selling point of this device is the large 4,100 mAh battery that it packs, that allows for 2 days of battery life quite comfortably with average use. Of course, its other attractive feature is its software package, with the phone running Cyanogen OS 12.1, based on Android 5.1 Lollipop. The highly-customizable software package is one of the most liked around, and perfectly complements the older processor to allow for a smooth and snappy experience.

The Lenovo ZUK Z1 is currently priced at $ 300, so if you are looking for a reliable smartphone with decent specifications, great software experience, and fantastic battery life, the ZUK Z1 is a good choice.


  • 5.5-inch IPS LCD display with 1920 x 1080 resolution, 401 ppi
  • 2.5 GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 processor
  • 3 GB RAM
  • 64 GB of on-board storage, no microSD card expansion
  • 13 MP rear camera, 5 MP front camera
  • Non-removable 4,100 mAh battery
  • Cyanogen OS 12.1 based on Android 5.1 Lollipop
  • 155.7 x 77.3 x 8.9 mm, 175 grams

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honor 7


Huawei has a slew of mid-range and high-end smartphones, and the company continues to expand their portfolio with new devices ever so often. One such series is the honor line, which falls under the “premium but affordable” segment, with one of the best options from the series being the honor 7.

The honor 7 was the first smartphone of the series that made the move to a full metal unibody construction, and the backing comes with a ceramic-like finish that counters the slipperiness that is usually associated with metal phones. Under the hood, the honor 7 packs an octa-core HiSilicon Kirin 935 processor, clocked at 2.2 GHz, and backed by the Mali-T628 GPU and 3 GB of RAM. And with the software optimized for their in-house processing package, you get a smooth and snappy experience overall. There aren’t a lot of extras in terms of hardware, but there is a fingerprint scanner on the back that works very well.

The honor 7 is another solid offering that gets a lot right with its beautiful display, impressive battery life, fantastic fingerprint scanner, good camera, and useful additions like the swipe gestures and the SmartKey button. The device is currently available for around $ 400.


  • 5.2-inch IPS LCD display with 1920 x 1080 resolution, 424 ppi
  • 2.2 GHz octa-core HiSilicon Kirin 935 processor
  • 3 GB RAM
  • 16/64 GB of on-board storage, microSD expansion up to 128 GB
  • 20 MP rear camera, 8 MP front camera
  • Non-removable 3,100 mAh battery
  • Android 5.1 Lollipop
  • 143.2 x 71.9 x 8.5 mm, 157 grams

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So, there you have it for this roundup of some of the best Chinese Android smartphones! Of course, there are numerous other Chinese OEMs with great devices out there, and we will be sure to keep this list updated. One thing worth keeping in mind is that if you do consider picking up any of these smartphones, don’t forget to first check about network compatibility, as you may have trouble getting access to 4G LTE networks with these devices depending on your home market. If that isn’t an issue, all of the smartphones listed above are fantastic options from OEMs that have been flying under the radar, and are definitely good choices to make.

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