If reading all this news has gotten you suitably enthused over the prospect of Chinese smartphone ownership, then pay close attention. Currently there aren’t any major UK suppliers of Chinese smartphones, so your options are limited to imports.

The businesses which import, all of which are listed below, are a mixture of China, America and Europe (with one in the UK) based warehouses which offer some, if not all, of the phones you might be looking for. It’s always worth pointing out however that your purchase may be subject to import duty, and any attempt not to pay that duty will result in a fine or your purchase being withheld.

If the website advertises a European warehouse though you’ll likely be fine, as EU to UK sales don’t pay import duty – just another perk of EU membership. So, without further delay, our guide to the websites you should be using to buy your Chinese smartphone.

Deal Extreme

An old favourite amongst the novelty gift and phone accessory market (seriously, there’s some great stuff on Deal Extreme), Deal Extreme are also pretty fantastic at selling you mobile phones. Lots of manufacturers are covered in their range and payment is quick and easy, with completely free delivery to the UK. Personally, I’ve used DX four times so far and each time the product has arrived safely and promptly, though your own experience will vary and I promise absolutely nothing. DX currently have a 7.0 rating on TrustPilot, making them a rather solid option for the UK based smartphone buyer.

BangGood

BangGood are currently sitting on a rather impressive 8.6 rating on TrustPilot, making them the best regarded retailer in this list. They also have one of the most varied stockists in the ecommerce world, with almost every Chinese smartphone worth mentioning. Delivery is free to the UK and prices are consistent with other retailers, making it an excellent choice for just about anybody. UPDATE: Since originally writing this I’ve had some personal experience with BangGood, who delivered my Mi Band within two weeks, but personal mileage will vary.

MeriMobiles

Merimobiles currently have a 8.4 rating on TrustPilot, and that should tell you all you need to know about the Hong Kong based electronics company. Something of a Makkah for customers looking for the latest in Chinese smartphone gear, MeriMobiles have deals on almost every phone you could wish for, along with very reasonable prices and free worldwide shipping. You’ll even find products like the Xiaomi Mi Band for £14 delivered, which represents only a small price bump from its actual RRP. All major cards are accepted as it PayPal, so there’s really no reason not to purchase the phone of your dreams.

AliExpress

AliExpress is the consumer focused end of the worlds biggest eCommerce website, Alibaba. Think of it as a Chinese version of Amazon, they stock pretty much everything and offer comprehensive 24/7 customer service. They don’t stock any items themselves, but instead act as a front for sellers, but unlike many other companies they’ll side with the buyer in case there’s a dispute.

XiaomiShop HonorBuy

Given the name, you’d be forgiven for assuming that XiaomiShop is the official outlet for Xiaomi products in the West. Well, not quite, but it is an excellent place to shop for Xiaomi products like the Mi3, Mi4, Mi Band, Redmi 1s and many more, some of which are available from their EU warehouse, which means no import duty and faster shipping, something of a win/win for the smartphone buyer on a budget. I can’t personally vouch for the effectiveness nor legitimacy of XiaomiShop’s claims, so this is one we’ll throw out to our community – have you tried XiaomiShop? Got any advice? Share it below!

UPDATE: XiaomiShop were threatened with a lawsuit from Xiaomi for using their name, so they changed their name to HonorBuy and stole the Best Buy logo instead, which is just hilarious.

FastTech

Got some bitcoins burning a hole in your hard drive? Well, FastTech is the website for you. Most items have plenty of reviews in English and though their focus is on the eCig market, you can still find plenty of mobile phones on there too. If PayPal is more your speed, they accept that too.

Amazon

Amazon hardly need an introduction, but I’m going to give them one anyway. Amazon sell everything. Like, everything. That includes, unsurprisingly, Chinese smartphones from almost every manufacturer. The issue for buyers is that many of these listings come from third parties who can’t be verified to see if their product is the real deal. As such, it’s a bit of a wild west and will likely require a little bit of careful thought and digging before you pull the trigger on your big purchase. When you do though, Amazon offer amazing customer service and have a grat returns policy, so you should see your money treated with respect.

Focalprice

Focalprice is another website in the style of Deal Extreme, which is to say it’s something of a bazaar that also carried Chinese smartphones. There’s free shipping on everything and great prices across the board, but the website carries a 6.7 rating on TrustPilot so exercise caution when buying from them, lest you end up with something you didn’t want.

MobiCity

MobiCity are the only retailer on this list with a co.uk listing, and are listed under ‘MobiCity UK Limited’, which inspires some confidence into the legitmacy of that claim. They’re also the proud owner of a 7.0 rating on TrustPilot, making them quite well regarded. Prices tend to be higher than the other websites but you are buying from a UK company, so something has to give somewhere and stock seems very good, so there’s a high probability of finding something that you want. I haven’t personally tried MobiCity, so do you homework before purchasing from them.

DinoDirect

Another bazaar style website, DinoDirect seem content to sell you pretty much anything. They do have one distinct advantage though in the fact that they accept PayPal, for added security in your purchase. From experience, their customer service is fast and fair, plus they sell some of the more obscure manufacturers, if that’s your thing.

GearBest

I’ve listed GearBest here because it’s often highly recommended from buyers, and for good reason. They’ve often got the cheapest prices on big ticket items like smartphones, but some customers have complained about longer than average postage times.

PandaWill

PandaWill are unique in offering import tax and VAT insurance if your order is stopped at the border, and for an added 10% on your order, they’ll issue you a full refund on the important tax & VAT if you show them the customs slip. It’s up to you to decide whether that’s worth it, but it is an option that offer. They also accept payment through Skrill and PayPal, if you’d prefer to pay that way.

This list is constantly being updated, so check back often. In the meantime, why not join in our comments section or like us on Facebook for all the latest Chinese smartphone news?

 

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  • Craig Gilman

    Shame you’re not selling them here…

    • AlecCSUK

      The cost of importing and selling myself is much too great, but I am looking into partnering with a reliable marketplace in order to give people somewhere to read reviews and buy in the same place. For the time being though, I’d recommend BangGood from this list, as I’ve got some personal experience with buying from them.

  • Igoreto

    I always use kimovil.com here you can find every kind of smatphones, his characteristics, and you can compare them with no trouble.

    Here you can find the smartphone you choose in many online shops like bangood, tinydeal, merimobiles, dealextreme, 234buy, myefox, …. and compare the price

  • D Cooper

    Tell me if you do not like the design

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