Powerful smartphones you've probably never heard ofDale Davies ▼ | Friday June 20, 2014 6:01PM ET
An interesting thing emerges when you put all the marketing hype aside and take a look for yourself at what's happening among smartphone manufacturers. All technology is very well known and it's just imagination that separates successful models from less successful ones. We were digging for you and found a few good-looking, feature-packed smartphones from the Far East. Names of the companies probably means nothing to you but don't worry, you'll be reading about them in the future, no doubt about that.
Every smartphone presented here has something that separates it from the crowd but whichever you choose, you can't miss. Let's see which device could be your next, powerful phone.
A-Link Telecom International is a company that's very serious about research and development and their Cubot GT88 smartphone proves that. GT88 is an unlocked smartphones with dual SIM card dual standby, powered by Android 4.2.2, and Cortex A7 dual core processor at 1.3GHz under the hood. You can see all that power on the 5.5-inch QHD capacitive touch screen with resolution of 540 x 960 pixels and 260K colors. Add to that two cameras, 2MP front and 8MP on the back, and you have a very interesting device.
KingZone K1 Pro features some of the newest features available. It comes with the Android 4.3 as its operating system packed into an ultra-thin full metal rustless shell and with a 5.5 inch touch screen display. Sensing gesture control is something you may not be use to but it is a feature designed to stop the need from having to touch the screen to navigate. There is also a wireless charging case that uses standard Qi charging as a wireless method. Place the phone in the case then use Qi wireless tools to charge your phone. Very nice.
THL W200S smartphone features Cortex-A7 Octa core processor at 1.7GHz and 1280*720 screen with Corning Gorilla Glass 3 screen. Thanks to the 28nm processor, you'll enjoy videos and gaming at their best. Operating system is Android 4.2, there is a 5MP front camera, 8MP back camera, and all connectivity options you could want. With it you can download the data at HSPA+ 21Mbps, so it's about decent phone, to put it that way. OK, let's be precise: This phone is fast and definitively something we would recommend.
E-Ceros is another rising star among China-designed electronics companies. Their One phone rely on memory: there are 16GB memory built-in that can be even extended with a 32GB SD card. For those of you with dozens of applications and games, this is very good news. The One's touch screen is IPS capacitive, 5.5 inches, and under the hood you'll find work horse under the technical name 1.7 GHz Octa Core CPU. All that means just one thing: You'll have hard time trying to find an app that will run slowly on One. ■