The Chinese Invasion

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  • M&S looks at the “smaller” brands that are giving big-names a run for their money.
The Chinese Invasion

Feb 20, 2015-

The smartphone industry has become so diverse that big brands are not the only sources of good products. With newer phone brands exploding in recent years, especially China based, it’s about time people took them seriously.


The biggest name in the Nepali tech market from this list, Huawei is definitely a growing brand worldwide that is moving from a niche market to a mass one. It became the third biggest phone manufacturer in the world in 2014.

Budget Buy

Huawei Honor Holly

A very good budget phone, with ample storage and a processor rivalling a phone almost twice its price range.


Memory: 1 GB (RAM); 16 GB (internal) expandable

Screen: 5 inches HD display (294ppi)

CPU: 1.3GHz quad-core processor

Camera: 8 MP with HDR; 2 MP (front)

Price: Rs. 13,999

Splurge Spree

Huawei Ascend Mate 7

Sort of a flagship of the company, this is a monster of a phone with a battery that seems to last forever and a phablet-size full HD screen.


Screen: 6 inches, full HD, Gorilla Glass 3

Battery: 4100 mAh

Memory: 2 GB (RAM); 16 GB (internal) expandable upto 64 GB

CPU: 1.8 Ghz Octa core Kirin chipset

Camera: 13 MP (rear); 5 MP (front)

Price: Rs 59,999


The latest entrant in the Nepali market, Gionee is most notably known for its slim phones. It’s also a rising as one of the top five manufacturers from the mainland China.

Budget Buy

Gionee Marathon M3

This is not just a phone, it’s a powerhouse on its own. With exceptional battery size, you can even charge other devices with it.


Battery: 5000 mAh

Memory: 1GB (RAM); 8GB (Internal) Expandable up to 128GB

Camera: 8MP (Primary); 2MP (Front)

Processor: Quad-core 1.3 GHz

Price: Rs 19,985

Splurge Spree

Gionee Elife E7

The newest offering of the company, this might not be their slimmest phone but it certainly checks all the other boxes.


Screen: 5.5 inches full HD

CPU: Quad-core 2.2 GHz

Memory: 2 GB (RAM); 16 GB (internal)

Camera: 16 MP (rear); 8 MP (front)

Price: IC Rs 24,680

(Nepali launch expected after a few months)

Honourable Mentions


This was one of the biggest buzzmakers of 2014. The company blew the league of mid-range phones wide open with its “flagship killer” model One. With specs impossible to beat at the price range of USD 300-350, the only drawback for the company is its limited production capacity (read: you’ll need an “invite” to actually have a chance to buy this baby).

OnePlus One Highlights

Screen: 5.5 inches

CPU: Snapdragon 801 Quad-core 2.5 GHz Krait 400

Memory: 3 GB (RAM); 16/64 GB (internal)

Camera: 13 MP (rear) 4k pics, full HD video; 5 MP (front)

Battery: 3100 mAh


Unlike other brands on our list, Motorola is more of a fallen giant. Once the pioneers of cellphone technology, the company went through a torrid time after the emergence of smartphones, but is making a powerful comeback after its acquisition by Google and recently by Chinese giants, Lenovo.

Moto G 2nd Gen

Moto G’s first generation came as a revelation in the budget/mid-range phone category. With a bigger screen and added features, its second outing was a similar phenomenon; It also gets top priority after the Nexus phones for android updates.


Display: 5 inches 720x1280

CPU: Snapdragon 1.2 GHz quad-core

Memory: 1 GB (RAM); 8/16 GB (internal) expandable up to 32 GB

Others: Dual SIM, dual front speakers, water resistant

Price: USD 179


With their online-only distribution and limited marketing, Xiaomi has been able to drastically cut its production cost and provide flagship quality specs at affordable prices. The distribution is still limited, but it is a great option if you get a hold of it.


Screen: 5 inches full HD

CPU: Snapdragon 801 Quad-core 2.5 GHz Krait 400

Memory: 3 GB (RAM); 16/64 GB (internal)

Battery: 3080 mAh


Published: 26-02-2015 14:49

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