Engadget is a news, review and opinion website that’s been covering cutting-edge gadgets and consumer electronics since its launch in 2004. Richard Lai, Editor-in-Chief of Engadget Chinese, gives us a run-down of the top 10 gadgets that were on his radar this year.
Xiaomi’s known for its super affordable products, which include this ¥299 Xiaomi Box to get your TV connected to a great collection of free yet high quality video content. But that’s not all, as this little fella also supports wireless video via DLNA, Miracast and Apple’s AirPlay (but for non-protected content only).
This blatant Jawbone Up rip-off beats the original by costing just ¥399, which is almost half as much as the real deal. What’s scary is that this shameless company is also offering a Bluetooth smart scale and a heart rate monitor at very affordable prices.
Huawei Ascend P6
Once in a while, this Chinese telecom giant comes up with a nice-looking smartphone like this Ascend P6. It’s solid, very slim and has a decent camera. But you’ll have to put up with its subpar battery life. Get one from ¥2,388.
Phone running low on battery but you don’t have a cable and charger with you? You wouldn’t have this problem if your phone has a built-in power plug, like this bizarre Daxian N100i! Well, that’s assuming you’re near a US type two-pin socket. You can find one on Taobao for around ¥300, but don’t expect too much on the build quality.
DJI Phantom 2 Vision
You may not have heard of DJI before, but this Shenzhen-based company is quite well-known in the filming industry for its aerial filming drones. For a whopping ¥6,999, you can now own this all-in-one Phantom 2 Vision quadcopter and shoot decent 1080p video or 14-megapixel stills with its stabilized camera. You can also simply enjoy flying this machine around at a top speed of 15m/s, but be sure to save enough battery — which lasts up to 25 minutes — for its return trip.
The problem with many phones these days is that the front-facing camera is often of lesser quality than the one on the back, so Oppo solves this problem by offering a swivel 13-megapixel camera on its ¥3,498 N1 Android phone. Say hello to high-res selfies (and cheeky spy shots)!
This smartwatch stays true to its name as it is a fully functional 3G Android phone, so you can make phone calls and sync data with it all by itself — no smartphone tethering required. Omate’s TrueSmart also features a 5-megapixel camera, a sapphire screen, a 1.54-inch colour display and IP67 ruggedness (so it’s understandably quite bulky). Even though this is a Shenzhen-based company, pre-order starts from US$249 or about ¥1,510.
For some reason, there’s still a market for ridiculously expensive flip phones in China. The latest offering from Samsung and China Telecom is this W2014, and its ¥15,100 price tag probably has something to do with getting Jackie Chan to be its spokesperson — his second consecutive year of doing so since the equally vulgar W2013. The phone comes with two 3.7-inch touchscreens, which is just as well a reflection of what a two-faced hypocrite Jackie is.
Lenovo Yoga Tablet
Almost every tablet lacks its own kickstand these days, so we were surprised when Lenovo announced its Yoga Tablet with this rare feature. It may not be the most powerful tablet in the world, but it does have an insane battery life thanks to its cylinder tube, which doubles as a grip to give you the illusion that the tablet’s lighter than it actually is. The 8-inch model starts from ¥1,899, and the 10-inch version starts from ¥2,299
Vivo Xplay 3S
This year, many Chinese manufacturers fought a spec war, with many times even beating those in other countries. Vivo’s recently announced Xplay 3S is a fine example, as it’s the first phone announced with a 2K or QHD (2,560 x 1,440) display. It’s also got a top-of-the-range processor, a bright 13-megapixel main camera, a 5-megapixel selfie camera, dedicated audio chips, a massive battery and LTE support. You’ll be able to buy on in January for ¥3,498.
Richard Lai is the Editor-in-Chief of Engadget Chinese, as well as
a Senior Editor looking after the main site. When he’s not flying around the world, you’ll probably find him wandering around electronics
stores in Hong Kong torturing sales reps.