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Top 7 Smartphones that are not made in China

Top 7 Smartphones that are not made in China

Infact, almost all the smartphones we use are assembled in China even the Apple iPhone. It’s true that most Nigerians are fearful about ‘made in China’ products even though we know it’s a problem of quality choice. This has even boiled down to the choice of smartphones as most people would not want to own a smartphone that is ‘made in China’.

So in this article, I have gathered the 7 best smartphones I can find in the market that are not ‘made in China’. Let’s go…

1. Asus ROG Phone 3 (Made in Taiwan)

If you are looking for a super gaming smartphone, this is the best recommendation you can get. Powered by the fast blazing Snapdragon 865 plus processor and a 144Hz refresh rate, every single touch you make on this smartphone goes with a breeze. With RAM even more than a PC, the ROG Phone 3 adds to the mix a lavish space of 512GB inbuilt storage so you can store all those large-sized games without having to complain about space.

Speaking about games, as a gaming smartphone, the ROG Phone 3 couples a heat sink and numerous gaming accessories and mini consoles you can attach to the smartphone to make your gaming experience worth it. Inclusive is the 5G network technology which you can stream and connect to games and other contents online at a super blazing speed or can can just use the WiFi 6 to get your job done. It wouldn’t be fair if you had all that quality experience and let it die in a couple of hours, so Asus has shipped this smartphone with a whopping 6,000mAh battery capacity with a 30W fast charging technology.

Specs

6.59 inch AMOLED Display, 1080 x 2340 pixels (391 PPI), HDR10, 19.5:9 Aspect Ratio

Android 10, ROG UI

Qualcomm SDM855 Snapdragon 865+ (7nm+)

12GB RAM / 16GB RAM

512GB Built-in Storage

64MP + 13MP + 5MP Triple Rear camera

24MP Front Camera

5G Support

Fingerprint Scanner (Under Display)

Fast Charge (30W Capacity)

6000mAh Non-Removable Li-Po Battery

Price: Starts around ₦380,000

2. LG Stylo 6 (Made in South Korea)

If you are looking to have the experience of using a stylus on a phablet while on a budget, this is the best smartphone to think about. The selling point for the LG Stylo 6 is of course the Stylus. With the stylus, writing, drawing and even making certain gestures becomes easier.

Though, it’s draw back is featuring the MediaTek Helio P35 chipset, but that doesn’t spell doom for the overall specs in this smartphone. When we look at what the LG Stylo 6 has to offer, we can see a solid midranger with a crisps display, good camera output (though not the best in the market), a durable build quality and a big battery.

Specs

6.8 inches IPS LCD Display, 1080 x 2460 pixels (~395 ppi)

Android 10

Octa-core Mediatek MT6765 Helio P35 (12nm)

3GB RAM

64GB Built-in Storage up to 2TB Memory Card

13 MP + 5 MP + 5 MP Triple Rear Cameras

13 MP Front Camera

Fingerprint Scanner (Rear)

4G LTE Network

Non-removable Li-Po 4000 mAh Battery

Price: Around ₦90,000

3. LG V60 ThinQ 5G (Made in South Korea)

The top ranking smartphone of the LG ‘V’ series still focuses on giving the best video production. With the ability to record 8k videos with its triple rear cameras, the LG V60 ThinQ promises to produce perfect videos featuring a total of four microphones, ASMR, Voice Bokeh audio technology, and an advanced camera software.

The V60 ThinQ does not only grab the video production aspect as its strong points, the audio production from this smartphone is one of the best so far. Featuring a quad DAC support and stereo speakers, the LG V60 ThinQ stands as the fewer premium smartphones still offering the 3.5mm audio port.

Now coming to the selling point of the LG V60 ThinQ is the dual screen concept. The LG V60 ThinQ is a single standalone smartphone but works with an extra screen that you buy separately and attach to it (if you want) to have an amazing multitasking experience.

Specs

6.8-inch P-OLED Display, 1080 x 2400 Pixels (395 ppi)

Octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 Processor (7 nm+)

Android 10.0

8GB RAM

128GB Built-in Storage, with Memory Card Support

64MP + 13MP + 0.3MP Triple Rear Cameras

10MP Front Camera

Fingerprint Sensor (Under Display)

IP68 Dust/Water-Resistant

Non-Removable 5000 mAh Li-Po Battery

Price: Around ₦342,000

4. Moto G Stylus (Made in India)

The Moto G Stylus is yet another midranger with value-for-money. We see that the stylus also makes this smartphone stand out but in all aspect, the Moto G Stylus makes good impression with an almost perfect stock Android experience, OK camera with really good triple rear cameras (Ultra wide angle, Macro sensor and wide angle) and a Snapdragon 665 processor.

Specs

Processor: Qualcomm Snapdragon 665

Display: 6.4 inch, 2300 x 1080 pixels resolution IPS 19.17:9 aspect ratio (399 ppi)

Operating system: Android 10

RAM: 4GB

Storage: 128GB internal with microSD expansion card slot

Cameras: 48MP f/1.7, 16MP Action Cam, and 2MP Macro Vision rear cameras. 16 MP f/2.0 front-facing camera.

Water resistance: Water repellent nano-coating

Connectivity: Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, Bluetooth 5, GPS/GLONASS/GALILEO, FM radio

Battery: 4,000 mAh non-removable

Dimensions: 158.55 x 75.8 x 9.2 mm and 192 grams

Color: Mystic Indigo

Price: Around ₦95,000

5. Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra (Made in South Korea)

One of the top dogs from Samsung, the Galaxy Note 20 Ultra features all of Samsung’s latest technology except for a foldable screen. There is the S pen, the current fast blazing Snapdragon 865 plus processor, enormous RAM and storage space, 5G support, a 120Hz touch refresh rate and the amazing reverse wireless charging technology.

Samsung’s DeX which is also inclusive in the Galaxy Note 20 Ultra, makes you get another beautiful experience by extending all of the smartphone’s software properties in a monitor to get a full functional desktop experience.

Specs

Android 10, One UI 2.5

6.9-inch Dynamic AMOLED Display, 1440 x 3088, Up to 120Hz Refresh Rate

Octa-core Exynos 990 (Global)

Octa-core Qualcomm SM8250 Snapdragon 865+ (USA)

108MP + 12MP + 12MP Triple Rear Camera

10MP Front Camera

128GB / 256GB / 512GB Built-in Storage, SD-Card Support

12GB RAM

Fingerprint (Under Display, Ultrasonic)

Fast Charging (25W Capacity)

Reverse wireless charging (9W)

4500 mAh Non-removable Li-ion battery

Price: Around ₦456,000

6. Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 2 (Made in South Korea)

The Galaxy Z Fold 2 from Samsung is one of the most costly Android powered smart device you can buy right now. This device works great for those who would want to own a smartphone for their day to day activities and a tablet for work or a wide-screen experience. The Galaxy Z Fold 2 has really improved in its build quality featuring a foldable glass though this concept has not been able to feature an IP rating at this time.

We can see a notable upgrade from the previous predecessor as this current iteration now spots a wider cover display at 6.2inches making it a perfect smartphone with ease of use coupled with the 7.6inches when it is unfolded.

Specs

7.6-inch, Dynamic AMOLED Capacitive Touchscreen, 1768 x 2208 Pixels, 120Hz refresh rate 372 PPI (Unfolded Display)

6.23 inches Super AMOLED Cover Display, 816 x 2260 Pixels (Cover Display)

Android 10, One UI 2.5

12GB RAM

Octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 865+ (7 nm+)

256GB Built-in Storage

12MP + 12MP + 12MP Triple Rear Camera

10MP (Unfolded) Front Camera

10MP Cover Camera

5G

Fingerprint Sensor (Side-Mounted)

25W Fast Charging Capacity

11W Fast Wireless Charging Capacity

4,500mAh Non-Removable Li-Po Battery

Price: Around ₦760,000

7. Sony Xperia 1 II (Made in Japan)

The Sony Xperia 1 II (pronounced: mark 2) is perfectly known for these three things – Display quality, sound quality and camera quality. Sony is bringing 4k display to the Xperia 1 II which definitely looks very attractive on the OLED HDR panel and also with a lot of pixel per inch packed into it. For the sound, the Dolby Atmos forward-firing stereo speakers are top quality at what they do.

Specs

6.5 inches OLED Display, 1644 x 3840 pixels, 21:9 ratio (~643 ppi)

Android 10.0 Pie

Octa-core Qualcomm SM8250 Snapdragon 865

8GB RAM

256GB Built-in Storage up to 512GB Memory Card

12 MP + 12 MP + 12 MP + 0.3 MP Quad Rear Cameras

8 MP Front Camera

IP65/IP68 Dust & Water Resistant (up to 1.5m for 30 mins)

4G LTE Network

5G Network

Fingerprint Scanner (side-mounted)

Fast charging 21W

Wireless Charging

USB Power Delivery

Non-removable Li-Po 4000 mAh Battery

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Price: Around ₦456,000

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