Xiaomi Mi A2: 7 alternatives from Redmi Note 5 Pro to Honor Play you can buy now

Don't want to wait for the Xiaomi Mi A2 flash sales? You don't have to.

  • Published: August 9, 2018 2:51 PM IST

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Xiaomi recently launched the Mi A2 in India. The pre-orders for the smartphone have already begun, with the first flash sale scheduled to take place on August 16. With a starting price of Rs 16,999, the Android One-certified Mi A2 is undoubtedly a great smartphone, at least on paper. However, it’s not the only option you’ve got under Rs 20,000.

There are a lot of powerful and feature-packed mid-range smartphones available in the market right now. While some of them are in the same price bracket as the Mi A2, others cost much loss. So, if you’re planning on buying a new smartphone, and can’t (or don’t want to) bother with the Mi A2’s flash sales, here are some of the alternatives you may want to take a look at.

Nokia 6.1 (2018) | Price: Rs 15,999

Built like a tank, Nokia 6.1 is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 630 SoC, paired with 3GB/4GB of RAM and 32GB/64GB of storage. The smartphone comes with a 5.5-inch FullHD display secured with a layer of Gorilla Glass 3. Nokia 6.1 has a 16-megapixel primary camera with ZEISS optics, as well as an 8-megapixel front-facing shooter. Running Android 8.1 Oreo, it’s an Android One-certified device that has been guaranteed an update to Android 9 Pie. All standard connectivity options are included, with a 3,000mAh battery rounding off the spec sheet.

Note: The 4GB RAM/46GB storage variant of Nokia 6.1 is available at a discounted price of Rs 15,999 for a short time, as part of Amazon India’s Freedom Sale.

Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 Pro | Price: Rs 14,999 onwards

If MIUI is not exactly a deal breaker for you, Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 Pro is an option you should definitely consider. Having a Qualcomm Snapdragon 636 SoC under the hood, the smartphone comes with 4GB/6GB of RAM, and 64GB of on-board storage, with support for microSD cards. Although it runs the now-dated Android 7.1.2 out-of-the-box, an upgrade to Android 8.0 Oreo is available. Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 Pro features a dual-camera setup at the back, comprised of dual 12-megapixel sensors, with a 20-megapixel selfie-shooter up front. A 4,000mAh battery keeps the lights on.

Asus Zenfone Max Pro M1 | Price: Rs 10,999 onwards

Asus’ first smartphone in India to run stock Android 8.1 Oreo, the Zenfone Max Pro M1, offers a lot of bang for your bucks. In terms of specs, it’s near-identical to the Redmi Note 5 Pro. Powering the Zenfone Max Pro M1 is Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 636 chipset, mated with 3GB/4GB/6GB of RAM, and 32GB/64GB of internal storage. There’s also a dedicated microSD slot, so you don’t have to choose between dual-SIM functionality and extra storage. For imaging duties, the smartphone features a dual-camera system at the back, with one 13-megapixel/16-megapixel sensor, and one 5-megapixel module. For selfies, there’s an 8-megapixel front-facing camera, with the 6GB RAM variant having an additional 16-megapixel snapper. A colossal 5,000mAh battery means that you can ditch your daily charging routine forever.

Moto G6 | Price: Rs 13,999 onwards

It may not be as powerful as some of the other smartphones in this list, but Motorola’s Moto G6 more than makes up for it with its design. Having a stunning all-glass construction, the Moto G6 uses a Qualcomm Snapdragon 450 SoC, helped by 3GB/4GB of RAM, and 32GB/64GB of internal storage. The front is all about a 5.7-inch FullHD+ display, complete with the trendy 18:9 aspect ratio.

On the back, Moto G6 features a dual-camera setup with one 12-megapixel module and one 5-megapixel sensor. For selfies and video calls, there’s a 16-megapixel camera up front. Moto G6 is backed by a 3,000mAh battery with TurboPower charging support. The smartphone runs a near-stock build of Android 8.0 Oreo, spruced up with Motorola’s useful customizations.

Samsung Galaxy J8 | Price: Rs 18,990

Samsung’s Galaxy J-series is all about value-for-money, and the Galaxy J8 is no exception. It has a 6-inch HD+ display with a resolution of 720×1480 pixels, and an 18.5:9 aspect ratio. The low resolution maybe a downer, but the Super AMOLED panel offers deep blacks and vibrant colors. Powering the Galaxy J8 is Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 450 silicon, paired with 4GB of RAM and 64GB of internal storage. There’s also a dedicated expansion slot that can take up memory cards of up to 256GB in size.

Samsung Galaxy J8 runs Android 8.0 Oreo with the company’s Experience UX baked on top. For photos, the smartphone has a dual-camera setup at the back, made up of one 16-megapixel sensor and one 5-megapixel sensor. A 16-megapixel front-facing camera with LED flash is also there. A 3,500mAh battery rounds off the spec sheet.

Oppo Realme1 | Price: Rs 8,990 onwards

Oppo’s online-only Realme1 offers more-than-decent specs for the asking price. Sure, it has an atrocious name, but the smartphone looks good, especially the Diamond Black variant. The Realme1 is powered by an octa-core MediaTek Helio P60 SoC, helped by 3GB/4GB/6GB of RAM, and 32GB/64GB/128GB of on-board storage.

The smartphone has a 6-inch FullHD+ display with an 18:9 aspect ratio. Running Android 8.1 Oreo with Oppo’s ColorOS UI overlay, the Realme 1 include a 13-megapixel (f/2.2) rear camera, and an 8-megapixel (f/2.2) front-facing snapper. All standard connectivity options are accounted for, with a 3410mAh battery taking care of keeping things running.

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Honor Play | Price: Rs 19,990

Huawei’s sub-brand Honor has been on fire lately, launching smartphone left, right and center. Its latest entry in the Indian market – Honor Play – is easily the most powerful smartphone in this list. The Honor Play is powered by Huawei’s flagship Kirin 970 SoC, which features a dedicated NPU with AI-powered learning capabilities. There’s also 4GB of RAM and 64GB of internal storage, with support for microSD cards of up to 256GB in size. Having a metal chassis, Honor Play has a 6.3-inch FullHD+ notched display with a 19.5:9 aspect ratio.

At the back, the smartphone has a dual camera setup with 16-megapixel and 2-megapixel modules. Up front, a 16-megapixel camera handles selfies and video calls. Running Android 8.1 Oreo with EMUI 8.1, Honor Play features Huawei’s GPU Turbo technology, which promises to enhance gaming performance. The smartphone has a 3,750mAh battery with fast charging support.

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  • Published Date: August 9, 2018 2:51 PM IST