Five Chinese smartphone brands to keep an eye out for

Smartphone options aplenty with many brands nipping at Xiaomi's heels

If there's one area where China is doing ridiculously well, it's smartphones.

There, the sheer number of brands to choose from is ridiculous, and quite a few offer handsets that excel in both price and performance – a boon for those who want the most they can get on a budget. Here's what we think are the cream of the crop right now.

Don't forget also to check out our pick of the best cheap smartphones you can buy today.