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It’s officially sale season as companies look to offload huge amounts of stock before the big Christmas rush. These last few weeks have been pretty exhausting as China’s 11.11 holiday and Black Friday have brought truly unmissable flash sales, but the deal train hasn’t quite been retired for the season just yet. Instead, Black Friday has given over to Cyber Monday, which has brought yet another round of incredible flash sales and coupons.

Once again, our kind sponsors GearBest have hooked up Chinese Smartphone readers with free shipping anywhere in the world and an extra 2% off if you choose to pay with PayPal. It’s not just smartphones either, because GearBest have crazy discounts on Intel laptops and tablets, too!

So, without further to do, here’s our top 5 picks from GearBest’s Cyber Monday sale.

#1 – LeTV LeEco Le 2 – £172.11, down from £380.63


LeEco are in the middle of a huge expansion into Western markets, which means the company are about to go from obscure Chinese smartphone manufacturer to fixture of the UK smartphone scene. However, you don’t have to wait for their UK launch to get your hands on their best efforts, because the LeEco Le 2 is currently in GearBest’s Cyber Monday sale.

With a lovely full-metal construction, speedy Snapdragon 652 processor and a 5.5″ screen, it feels far more luxurious than its lower mid-range pricing suggests, but when paired with a rear-mounted fingerprint sensor, USB-C port and support for dual-SIM cards, you’ve got the makings of an excellent phone at a very fair price. Priced at just £172.11 in the sale, you can save another £14.50 by using the GearBest app. What’s stopping you?

#2 – Meizu MX6 International Edition – £238.52, down from £425.85

UK Sale Price

Back when we covered the Meizu MX6 launch, we called it a younger sibling to the Meizu Pro 6, but that doesn’t quite do the handset justice. With a 5.5″ 1080p display (up from the 5.2″ unit on the Pro 6), a 2.3GHz MediaTek Helio X20 10-core processor, 4GB of RAM and 32GB of storage powering Android 6.0 and Flyme 5.2, it’s plenty powerful.

Additionally, we’ve got a 12MP rear camera, a 5MP front facing camera, a 3,060mAh battery with fast charging, dual SIM slots (is it China, after all), a USB-C port and super fast fingerprint reader. Oh, and then there’s that lovely all metal design. At just shy of £240 without the extra 2% off that PayPal users get, it’s a stunning deal.

#3 – Xiaomi Mi5 Exclusive Ceramic Edition – £328.68, down from £878.42

Sale price UK

I know what you’re thinking – why would you buy the Mi5 when the Mi5s is already out? Well, I’ve got one very simple answer for that – ceramic. Much like the red-hot new Xiaomi Mi Mix, the Xiaomi Mi5 Ceramic edition is crafted from that most gorgeous of materials, ceramic. Boasting outstanding scratch resistance, a reassuring heft and a mirror-like sheen which drops jaws everywhere you go, the Mi5 Ceramic is a wonderful thing to hold.

Indeed, it’s also incredible powerful. With a Snapdragon 820 processor clocked at 2.15GHz and 4GB of RAM, complemented by 128GB of RAM, it’s very close to the specifications of the lightning fast OnePlus 3, and should provide more than enough power to tackle any phone based task you have.

Add that to a Sony IMX298 sensor, which captures 16MP stills at an aperture of f/2.0 and has 4 axis optical image stabilization, fingerprint reader and USB-C port, and you’ve got a fantastic, durable and powerful smartphone. A total bargain at £328.60, down from an eye watering £878.

#4 – Xiaomi Mi Max – £225.12, down from £444.35


Falling firmly into the ‘phablet’ segment of the market, the Mi Max has a 6.44″ 1080p display, but there’s more to it than that big screen. Internally you’ll find a Snapdragon 650 processor, 3GB of RAM, 64GB of memory and a gigantic 4,850mAh battery. That battery is 78% more capacious than the iPhone 7 Plus and coupled with the efficient Snapdragon 650 you should see magnificent battery life.

Designed for the social sort, the front of the device features a 5MP 85-degree front facing camera, whilst the back has a 16MP PDAF camera and a rear mounted fingerprint sensor. All of that’s inside a wonderfully slim full metal body which makes the Mi Max a wonderful feeling phone at just £225.12.

#5 – Xiaomi Redmi Pro 4G – £176.36, down from £249.68


Back when the Redmi Pro was announced, I said it was ‘surprising’, though not in the way you think. With a crazy dual-camera system, full metal body, 2.5D glass 1080p 5.5″ screen, Helio X25 chipset, Android 6.0 (with Xiaomi’s MIUI skin) and 64GB internal storage. Oh, and there’s the usual dual-sim/micro-SD slot support, IR blaster and huge range of connectivity options for using it around the world.

What’s surprising about all that? The price – now just £176.36, down from almost £250.

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