In a not-so-distant future, brands like Xiaomi and Huawei were considered low-quality Made In China products. As time passed, they were able to break stereotypes and gain trust and popularity.
AliExpress has a ton of stores and brands: some good, some – not so much. In this post we decided to compile a list of up and coming Chinese brands that are less-known, but which definitely deserve recognition. We picked them and their products based on the feedback from the buyers.
Best Tech Brands on AliExpress
XIAOMI MC STORE
Xiaomi is probably the best-known brand in China, except for Huawei. The quality of products is as good as any other big-name mainstream brands, but the prices are much lower than what you’d see in retail.
In this store you can find a variety of Xiaomi products like earphones, smartphones, MiBand fitness trackers and accessories for them, and other various home accessories.
If you have gadgets that require charging, this is the store for you.
FLOVEME is mostly known for power banks, high-quality charging cables and high-capacity fast-charge blocks (for homes and cars).
Go to BASEUS store for all things power: portable power banks, cables, QI charging docks and fastcharge blocks.
Good quality like FLOVEME, but different designs. Much better than going no-name.
Anker store sells everyday electronics, and they carry audio equipment and home projectors.
However, they are best-known for Bluetooth speakers, TWS earphones (Soundcore Liberty and Life P2 are their best-selling models) and QI wireless pads.
Samsung’s AliExpress store specializes in memory cards and SSD‘s.
I have bought a number of high-speed SD cards for my 4K and 8K cameras, and a portable SSD.
If you are looking for a budget action camera and don’t want to buy off-brand, SJCAM is your go-to store.
They have interlaced 4K cameras, some great waterproof ones that don’t require a case (SJCAM SJ8 for example) and a full specter of accessories for them.
UGREEN is another well-known manufacturer of cables.
They also started producing SSD cases, USB hubs (this type-C USB 3.0 is the best-selling model), and charging blocks.
TOPK has a variety of different gadgets, but their best products are their smartphone holders.
They also sell some interesting type-C charger cables with LED displays, which show the strength of the voltage, and other heavy-duty cables.
Established in 2012, CHOETECH is one of the leading brands in manufacturing charger cables and charger cables.
For us, the most interesting Choetech’s item is their dual-charging QI pad. If you are into camping/hiking, their portable solar charger panel is also worth noting.
MIJIA / Yee are also related to Xiaomi. Yee makes smart lights (I have one – review here) and smart home electronics, but they go much more beyond than that – there are too many products to list.
They all have one thing in common though: simplistic design and impeccable quality.
MI is definitely popular for smartphones, smart fitness bands and award-winning (Red Dot Award for design) earphones.
YI is another Xiaomi’s subdivision. It makes action cameras (I have a YI 4K – video review), dash cameras and webcams. All are well-rated by the buyers.
Bluedio is well-known for their high-quality audio products and solid warranty.
Their Bluetooth headphones, earphones and speakers are very worth the money. There is only a handful of models per category, which shows that you don’t need to have a lot of options to be successful – just need a few current ones.
This is more of a niche product: FiiO makes audio accessories that help you get the most out of your music and music devices.
There are portable amps, lossless MP3 music players that make your music sound really good and $600 earphones (that people actually buy!).
ORICO has good card readers, USB 3.0 and 3.1 hubs and various electronics-related knick-knacks.
Blitzwolf makes a variety of different electronics. I have been using their power bank (video review) for 3 years now, I also trust them for charging cables – the braided ones I have have been nothing but great.
They recently started releasing TWS earphones, which I didn’t have experience with – BW FYE7 and BW-FYE8 (different styles) have good sales and feedback.
UMIDIGI is another budget smartphone brand that has been on fire lately. I am currently using their F1 model (video review) – it has been great: amazing battery life and a bone stock version of Android with no bloatware.
But if you are looking for a new phone, I highly recommend looking at the A7 Pro: WOW!
HUAWEI (authorized) STORE
HUAWEI is a brand that needs no introduction. Not to mention, that their phone towers are used in many countries, and their P30 PRO has won “Smartphone Of The Year” twice (which is a steal at $430 – or you can go with the PRO or Lite versions).
Aside from smartphones, they have smart watches and other stuff, which does not seem to be too popular.
Longet is one of the less-known smart watch brands, but it is getting there: the products are highly-rated and are still sold at a relatively low price point for their specs.
MIFA is known for their graffiti-design speaker and the rugged outdoor-oriented IPX6 speaker, but they have a few other models. Ultimately, your preference in design will help to decide between Mifa and, say, Bluedio.