The recently unveiled iPhone X is the most expensive smartphone by Apple with base model starting from $999. If you feel a bit let down while looking at your pocket, believe me you are not the only one. Many of the Apple fans were waiting for the 10th anniversary edition of the iPhone but do they think is it right to pay $1000 for a phone when others bring something at par or even better in many aspects with lower price tags?

Question arises, what is new with iPhone X? An edge-to-edge display, wireless charging or animated emojis? Well, it was Xiaomi who brought the innovative idea of bezlless displays, others just followed it including Apple and Samsung. Whereas, wireless charging has been a common feature for Android smartphones for ages. And if the animated emojis are the only difference for a landmark phone, I’d rather not comment.

Keeping in view the $1000 price tag for iPhone X in the US market, it is evident that others would witness even higher one when the phone arrives there. So the question arises ‘What phone should we buy instead’? That’s the question what we’re going to answer in the following lines. We’ve shortlisted five of the smartphones having compatible specifications and features as compared to iPhone X.

lg-v30LG V30

This is probably my favourite phone of the year so far. The LG V30 is one of those rare phones with no notable omissions in terms of features. Everything great about the iPhone X display is present in the LG V30. It’s OLED, edge-to-edge, HDR10 compliant but features even higher resolution. Furthermore, its military grade certification means the screen is the most durable one out there.

Where the V30 stands out is with its multimedia capabilities. The camera is packed with features and controls to make shooting photos and videos on the V30 an unparalleled experience. It features the lowest aperture ever seen on a smartphone, wide angle dual lens and unmatched HDR capabilities alongside manual controls that even an average person can use.

In addition, audio ability is class leading with QuadDACs and AOP mics. If you’re going to be shooting a lot of video, there is no better phone.

galaxy-s8-plusSamsung Galaxy S8+

While the Samsung Galaxy Note 8 is the more recent flagship, the price for the Galaxy S8+ has come down significantly in the past six months. Hence, it gets the nod. You can get it in the market for as low as Rs. 87,000 with warranty and cheaper without warranty.

Compared to the iPhone X, you get a larger and higher resolution with 6.2 inch curved display. On other features, expect both phones to compare favourably. It’s a stellar device that feels luxurious in the hand and this year, it feels like the better purchase.

mi-mix-2Mi Mix 2

The successor to the only phone that made us go ‘wow’ last year is here and it’s even better. Xiaomi has focused on making the Mix 2 more usable than its predecessor and it shows in its footprint and feel. The Mi Mix 2 has a 5.99 inch screen, 8GB of RAM and comes with all the goodies you expect from a modern flagship.

Its starting price is Rs. 53,000 which is half of that of the iPhone X. Its top end model also features a unique unibody all-ceramic build while the other variants include aluminum on the sides just like the iPhone X. If edge-to-edge display is your primary motivation, Mi Mix 2 should absolutely be on your shortlist.

mi-6Mi 6

Xiaomi has always been the king of value and it’s continuing the tradition with the Mi 6. You can get it for Rs. 47,000 in Pakistan without giving up on any major feature except the bezel-less screen.

In return, you get a compact flagship that skips out on nothing and delivers excellent performance. It features a 5.15 inch display (not edge-to-edge) and choice between a metal and a ceramic build. If you have a limited budget and are okay with smaller phones, the Mi 6 is an excellent option.

sony-xz-premiumSony XZ Premium

The Sony XZ Premium might have the best display out of any of the phones mentioned in this list. While many manufacturers choose to go for punchy colours that look better, the XZ Premium focuses on colour accuracy.

It features a 5.46 inch display with an eye popping 806 pixels per inch. Its camera is stellar and it has intriguing features like 960fps slow motion video. Where it lags behind is design and battery capacity.

 

You may add more or delete any one from this list but the message is loud and clear: ‘Don’t waste money for the sake of brand’.