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May 27, 2014

80 Comments
  • sonic_rm

    I agree with most of the things you have mentioned.

    Although phones from the likes of Huawei (not super cheap) are top quality and in most cases 30-50% cheaper than their ‘known brands’ counterparts.

  • faaria

    Galaxy S3 for 25k??? where can i get that?

    • Amjid Niazi

      Last week my friend purchased S3 from Sadar Rawalpindi at 25,000

    • HIKMAT

      S3 is available at 20-22k in Lahore

    • gem

      Get this from me… i hav it frm 2yrs.. n want to upgrade now..

    • gem

      Get this from me… i hav it frm 2yrs.. n want to upgrade now..

    • UMAIR

      But its offical price is 34000….I dont know how they are giving in 25k

      • haris

        its USED price dude

        • UMAIR

          Oh okay :)

    • Shameel Faraz

      i got a second hand S3 for 22500, set and charger only. All i’ll say its worth having it.

  • Wickey

    At least shop name/address should have been removed from picture. & the surroundings too… we normally don’t care about editing while posting pictures on commercial websites.

    • Naveed ur Rehman

      Agreed….

    • nad

      and the registration number of the rickshaw and that suzuki carry too ! also there is a lady sitting in that carry .

  • Arsalan

    When you say “Chinese smartphones”, you have put Huawei in the same league G-Five, Voice and even pirated Chinese phones. Huawei is a superior phone, it has got very good hardware & software. It is widely sold in North America too and you can even find its reviews on CNET & similar sites.

    • gem

      Whatever huawei has in it… but far more r less it will show u that it was a chinese processor phone… even xperia c behaves the same…

      • anis

        tell me how i contact with you ?

    • Hassaan Ommat

      I agree to the fact that Huawei is a much better company and hopefully will become better as time passes, but some of their devices do have the drawbacks mentioned above.

  • go ahead

    You forgot to mention these smartphone have low frequency leading to health problem.

  • salman

    Looks like a very biased kind of review. We would like to change your mind by offering a premium device for your usage. How does that sound ?

    • Hassaan Ommat

      Would you please introduce yourself?
      Biased review? I have tried to remain as neutral as possible, but I will admit that I am not particularly fond of Chinese smartphones. Besides,I am up for a challenge. Give me your best shot!
      If you want to contact me, mail me at [email protected]

      • Anas Saleem

        u do realize that people will criticise you no matter what you write. You cant make everyone happy so picking a fight is something extremely stupid. Now to the chinese phones and what you wrote, next time you sit down to write an article about chinese manufacturers keep in mind that there are A class manufacturers too which happen to be chinese, i dont know how closely you follow the tech scene but i would love to enlighten you that one plus one is a premium phone with snapdragon 801, 2 gigs of ram and bla bla, the selling price is under 30k (though its not for pakistan) now i can easily question your credibility or your sources. Next time spend time researching say maybe a week on google reading stuff.
        and ohh yeah about poor tech support or none at all, well most q mobile (not a fan of the company) phones are running cyanogen so upgrading them isnt a big deal.

        • Hassaan Ommat

          I am not trying to pick a fight. All i am doing is expressing my point of view. If someone wants to change it, I’m welcoming him:D
          I do follow the tech scene closely and i know about the Oneplus One. But as it is not available at the time of writing this article i cannot make a comment on it. Besides, by the time it will reach Pakistan, the price will be well over 40k(at least for the first few weeks).

          • Anas Saleem

            Dude black economy is an entirely different topic.
            I cant sue pepsi because the retailers choose to sell pepsi for 30, its the regulatory department’s fault not the manufacturer.
            You can buy a lot of phones online and chinese manufacturers have been cashing in on the fact that by eliminating the middle man they can not only cut down the cost of product but take advantage of bulk sales too.

          • talha92

            i think you should, at least put a paragraph about “other premium phones are also available, but as this review is focusing on budget devices, we have left them out.” shouldnt be too complicated no?
            secondly, huawei budget phones (10-12k these days) deserve a review or proper mention for their positives and negatives whereas your focus has been on the lower end of spectrum. Sad to see you have not done that, but nevertheless I hope you do get the opportunity to write about them in future. We dont see too many budget related articles here, so thank you for that, moreover thank you for writing prices of used flagship/older models in accordance with market, not many authors (know) or do that so thanks again. Look forwards to more of your work, thanks

        • talha92

          agree, but credit the author at least he has not copy pasted with euros prices like some others on this site. plus he provided prices of flagship used models. i see that as positive on this site.
          your points are very valid, author should have included note about it. myself using huawei for long time now, never let me down Alhamdulillah and recommend that phone now to whoever will ask.
          I think ProPK should do a review/ full article on huawei products available.

      • Patriot

        He must be some vendor selling cheap Chinese brands. I fully agree with the writer. Donkeys are not supposed to be compared with the stallions.
        Those people who have never used a branded product esp smartphone can never feel what its like.
        Actually its the game of affordability. Masses buying low rate mobiles like Qmobile, Voice, G5 etc upto 10-15k sounds reasonable but hats off to those idiots who are buying these low grade chinese stuff above 25-30k.

        • talha92

          There is a method of making your point, without abusing/calling others animals. The method that the “patriots” used to make this country. Its sad you have an education, but remain uneducated.

  • Guest

    Do all of these points apply to Q-Mobile?

    • k

      yes

  • Naveed Ahmed

    Before I say something, this is history of my usage, iPhone 3G, iPhone 4, iPhone 4S, Samsung Galaxy S3, and now Huawei Ascend P6…. Last one was cheaper and better… this is an option as well…

    • gem

      They r critiszing on chinese mediatek.. not own produced p6 processor…that has a blasting power n great looks bro..

  • HIKMAT

    Writing this comment from my G Pro :)
    It’s a superb phone.

  • Sohaib Asif

    First and foremost i would point out that saying chinese smartphones have no customer support is a very vague statement, You have put Huawei , Qmobile , Voice and others in the same league as other lesser known chinese brands. And the above mentioned brands in my comment do have customer support.

    Secondly you say that low pricing was the factor that these Chinese smartphone makers were able to grab market share quickly. I agree. But then you say that now they are offering brands above 30K price mark and that is so because of bollywood stars in ads . Are you serious??? this is the norm in the market that whatever brand comes first it has to penetrate in the market cater to masses build a name and then from there after establishing roots it moves forward. I challenge you that Huawei offering g730 or P6 the prices are highly competitve and no Huawei didnt hire any bollywood stat. !

    Third you said resale value is lower . You gave example of Nokia phones whereas your topic is is about chinese smartphones and unless u consider nokia to be a chinese smartphone maker there you gave a wrong example. Its like talking about apples and giving example of baboons.

    Lastly buying something with crazy high price doesnt translate into value necessarily. Mostly people seek value . Usually premium brands charge more and that is because of just there name nothing more.

    Regards.!!

    • Haida Kay

      Huawei phr Q ki tarah bikta b t0 nahi hai naaaaa !!!!

      • Sohaib Asif

        We as Pakistanis emphasis more on resale then anything else. We would buy shitty thing if it has high resale instead of using quality product. I dont consider resale as a factor for phones costing less then 40K

    • talha92

      nice comment and point out now up to author take this as advize for improvement

  • Ammar

    Do Q-Mobile phones receive software updates?

  • Saqib

    LG Optimus G pro is still being sold on 50k+, how can you say that it can be bought in as low as 25k?

    • Nauman

      buy Korean version in 25-30k… :)

      • Saqib

        are there two versions? what’s the difference?

        • Dr. Aamir Liaquat Hussain

          no difference, just its korean.for normal use no difference

        • Nauman

          only difference in software a little bit and some Korean apps… and an Antenna necessary !!

        • talha92

          yes sir there are versions international is generally considered better hence slightly higher price, korean have some compulsory korean apps which u can only remove by rooting the phone, have some issues of 3g (due to different freq/band here as per my knowledge) and limited number of sms character per message (can be easily removed by using 3rd part sms app) this is onyl per my knowledge rest you can check yourself via net.

          • Saqib

            thanks for the info

    • talha92

      sir they are talking second hand (used) which is avlb between mid 20 range in lahore

  • Danish

    i think the post is about Un-branded phones, not about Huawei and other branded products…

    • Rizwan

      I think everything is branded these days so Hawaii and Q mobile all fall into this category. These are chinese sets and just being resold into developing nationas market

      • Bilal Iqbal

        Then u want to put a majority of population in trouble to purchase costly brands…

  • Tauheed Essa

    These are the best alternatives, avoid purchasing QMOBILE and VOICE you get a better phone with the same price.

  • Anas Saleem

    Btw whoever posted the image is an idiot. The phone that is advertised is clearly a feature phone but the article is about smart phones.

    • http://www.infopakistan.pk/ Khurram ShahzAd

      Also the image contains a cell phone number, so the guy gets free publicity.

      • Patriot

        haan is post k baad se us dukan ki itni publicity hui ke media ki breaking news ban gayi aur us dukan pe itna rash ho gaya hai ke logon ko control karnay ke liye police ko bulana para

        • http://www.infopakistan.pk/ Khurram ShahzAd

          You are funny :-)

  • Eli Ehsan

    Thanks SLIM-JIM…

  • Ehmad

    LG LTE F160, 2 GB RAM with 4.7′ screen and 16 GB internal memory… Available in 14k in Pindi…

  • Haida Kay

    ………….

    I Noir , Do You ? :P

  • M Talal

    Q Mobile uses Mediatek processors in smartphones

  • Mustafa

    Excellent article and mentioned all the points that make me not to buy these brands Oh yes I’ve never bought a single phone because of these cons :)

  • ahmiq

    I am not sure about Qmobile etc but OnePLUS One, Huawei and Xiaomi. Are chinese manufacturers and they make some of the TOP notch phones , which are so good. OnePLUS one is recently released which is based on CyanogenMod 11s , and just for 299 $ it beats the s5 and Htc One m8.

    • Nabeel

      I liked OnePLUS one. Where can I buy it from Lahore ?

      • Anas Saleem

        Spend some time reading, its invite only dude…….. Lol Seriously Where do you idiots live at?

      • AK Mustehsan

        Invites aren’t gonna be coming till June 6th, and it’s not going to be available in Pakistan so far.

        As I’m in the U.S

  • Rehan

    Blogger himself is not aware of basic mobile specs, mediatek is chipset not processor, and motoG itself has A7 processor, the one he is recommending.

    • Pakistani

      says the guy who thinks “mediatek is chipset”
      LOL EPIC FAIL!!
      Plus moto g is reccomended for other reasons
      akhein khol ke parh nhi saktay??
      idiot

      • AK Mustehsan

        Moto G is Snapdragon 400, that’s a mid-range processor btw.

  • http://www.prosociallab.com/ www.Androiddisucss.net

    totally agreed

  • Asad

    Is LG Optimus G Pro even available in Pakistan?

  • Asad

    Is LG Optimus G Pro even available in Pakistan?

  • Dr Adil

    I need 8″ tablet from samsung, levnovo or hp or dell, with sim support is any body selling?

  • Awais

    Exactly, I just bought an iPhone 5 yesterday for 30, 000 rupees :) Its brand new, but obviously if youre buying it for so cheap its gotta have some cons lol.. It’s got no box with it, and no handsfrees .. Its locked to sprint network and ive unlocked it using a gevey sim ;) and now ive got my iPhone 5 working for just 30, 000 :)

    Not to forget this device is worth 55, 000 and you can do the maths for how much did I save overall :)

    P.S : Its white and 32gig ;)

    so the point is, there are alternatives all the time but only if you keep an open eye to them .. Buying these chinese handsets should be reconsidered as there are other better options available.

    • shaz

      So basically you have bought stolen/smuggled commodity. SHAME ON YOU

    • shaz

      So basically you have bought stolen/smuggled commodity. SHAME ON YOU

    • Eli Ehsan

      That sh*t is KILLAH brotha!!

    • AK Mustehsan

      It’s Gevey Sim’d right?

  • OEM mobile phone

    There are many great chinese brands who do OEM manufacturing for Telecom companies in EU and rest of the world. Their quality is high and they provide all the required certifications like CE, FCC or ROHS.

    The problem is grey market stock coming from China is from low quality factories and middle man or importer choose to get low quality to make more money. Earlier there was no Regulations.

    Recently Type Approval is implemented on Smartphones and tablets which need serious certification while entering into Pakistan.everyone will witness better quality of chinese phones in coming months.

    Beside Apple is also manufactured in China and so is Xiaomi or Simax or THL. All are famous and provide good quality phones.

  • Abul Hasnaen

    to compete chines brands multinational cos must reduce prices to chines handsets level…..

  • nad

    i m using 2 phones one is huawei y300 and the other is samsung galaxy s4 (chineese / korean) but let me say that s with HD resolution and 2 gigs of RAM makes this phones a super dooper fast phone , all the apps are running super smooth , n i m using this since nov 2013 . bought this from karachi atrium mall in 23K speed and display both are super fast . the camera resolution is not that good as huawei y300 ! but after i installed an app named “A BETTER CAMERA” from google play it is stunning really .
    Not all the Chinese phones are bad . All u need to compare the PRICE tag and keeping the quality in ur consideration .

  • yo daddy

    ok bhaalu, what about qmobile?

  • Qmobile

    dear all
    i have been using qmobile after using iphone and nokia e series
    i must say Qmobile is not such a bad phone u get the features of top phones in much less of a price

  • haris

    It depends person to person …

    I have used many smartphones from china both from Qmobile and imported Chinese set THL etc … have none issue .. both have good costumer support , no common issues what so ever and about ROMs ..yes they don’t have updates but there are numerous Custom ROMS available for almost every set

    Sooner the time will come when big companies will decrease their price

    @author : TAKE A LOOK AT ONEPLUS ONE … u will know better why should we buy Chinese smartphone :)