Best non-Chinese smartphones to buy in India
As the anti-China sentiments grow louder and louder in the country, demand for non-Chinese goods increase and smartphone is that one sector which is mainly dominated by Chinese smartphones due to their cheap cost and flashy looks.
- SAMSUNG GALAXY M20
If you are thinking of buying the Redmi 8A Dual or the Realme Narzo 10A, the Galaxy M20 is is a good alternative. Manufactured by Samsung, a Korean brand, in India, it’s a little more compact with a 6.3-inch TFT display but FullHD+ resolution, which increases the PPI making the panel appear sharper. The M20 also takes a different route with the camera, which we believe is a little more useful than having a macro lens. The M20 rocks a 13MP primary camera along with a 5MP ultrawide lens. The selfie camera is also larger with an 8MP shooter. The performance is where the phone falters in the face of its Chinese competition. The Exynos 7904 is no match for the Helio G70, but it can get you through the day with casual usage. However, battery life is equally long at 5,000mAh. Going with this, you will end up sacrificing powerful performance but gain in terms of more useful camera options and a sharper display.
|Screen Size||:||6.3″ (1080 x 2340)|
|Camera||:||13 + 5 | 8 MP|
|Soc||:||Samsung Exynos 7904|
- NOKIA 8.1
The Nokia 8.1, made by HMD Global, registered in Finland challenge the Chinese stalwarts like the Redmi Note 9 Pro Max and the Realme 6 Pro, in almost all segments. It rocks a HDR10-certified 6.18-inch LCD display with fullHD+ resolution. There’s also the Snapdragon 710 SoC along with 6GB RAM and 128GB storage. For the camera, Nokia offers Zeiss-certified 12MP primary camera with OIS along with a 13MP telephoto lens. On the front is a 20MP selfie shooter, and all three cameras can be used in tandem via the bothie mode.
|Screen Size||:||6.18″ (1080 x 2246)|
|Camera||:||12 + 13 | 20 MP|
|Soc||:||Qualcomm SDM710 Snapdragon 710|
- SAMSUNG GALAXY M31
A good alternative to the Chinese brands in the popular mid-range segment is the Samsung Galaxy M31. You get a 6.4-inch AMOLED with FHD+ resolution and Gorilla Glass protection. It’s powered by the 10nm Exynos 9611 SoC coupled with 6GB RAM and up to 128GB RAM along with expandable storage. The camera goes toe to toe with the Chinese offerings with a 64MP quad-camera stack at the back, which includes an 8MP ultrawide lens, 5MP macro lens and a 5MP depth sensor. On the front, you get a 32MP selfie camera. The battery life is where the M31 goes well ahead of the competition with a 6,000mAh battery.
|Screen Size||:||6.4″ (1080 x 2340)|
|Camera||:||68 + 8 + 5 +5 | 32 MP|
- ASUS 6Z
The Asus 6z is made by the Taiwanese brand known for its presence in the PC market. And it’s very much a flagship offering, surpassing some of the Chinese offerings. Asus also innovated on the design. The Asus 6z brings a rotating camera module with a dual-camera setup that works as both the front and rear cameras. Inside is the Snapdragon 855 coupled with 8GB RAM and 256GB storage along with a 5000mAh battery.
|Screen Size||:||6.4″ (1080 X 2340)|
|Camera||:||48 + 13 | NA|
|Soc||:||Qualcomm SDM855 Snapdragon 855 (7 nm)|
- ROG PHONE II
The ROG Phone II offers pressure-sensitive air triggers which give gamers an unfair advantage while gaming. The phone also offers the most granular customisations in the CPU, letting run everything at peak capacities manually. There’s also a host of alternatives.
- Handles all games at max settings with ease.
- Gives granular control over CPU, GPU and thermals.
- Doesn’t overheat.
- Expensive accessories
- Too bulky for everyday use
- Gaming phone first, smartphone after.
|Screen Size||:||6.59″ (1080 x 2340)|
|Camera||:||48 + 13 | 24 MP|
|Soc||:||Qualcomm SDM855 Snapdragon 855 Plus (7 nm)|
- SAMSUNG GALAXY NOTE 10 LITE
if its a more popular line of smartphones you are looking at, the Samsung Galaxy Note 10 Lite and the S10 Lite are great options to consider. Both these smartphones take cues from the premium Galaxy lineup and bring some of its own like a high-resolution 48MP camera on the S10 Lite, the S-Pen on the Note 10 Lite and a slim form factor with bright and vivid AMOLED displays.
- S-Pen in this segment is unique and exclusive to the Note10 Lite.
- Image capture is consistently good across lenses.
- Stable gaming.
- Uses old hardware.
- Captured video files look overprocessed.
- No water resistance.
|Screen Size||:||6.7″ (1080 x 2400)|
|Camera||:||12 + 12+ 12 | 32 MP|
- APPLE IPHONE SE 2020
The high-end segment also offers the budget iPhone that launched this year. The iPhone SE (2020) turned out to be an excellent daily driver, even for power users. Apple has used the same A13 Bionic processor that’s there on the flagship iPhone 11 series but kept the design compact as the old iPhone 8. And you get the same lag-free experience that’s expected out of an Apple device. The battery life may feel a little less as compared to the Chinese counterparts which can be a bummer though.
- Performance is top notch.
- TouchID is fast and reliable.
- Display supports HDR video playback
- Battery life could be better.
- Single rear camera only.
conclusion there are many choices in this segment, however, here are a few which stand the test and are the best.
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