OnePlus now holds the majority share in the premium Android phone market in India, and that’s primarily because the company has consistently managed to deliver phones that work without costing too much. (हिंदी में पढ़े)
The OnePlus 6 is the most expensive OnePlus phone till date, but prices of other flagship phones have also increased over the years. It is still a value-for-money alternative that does most things right.
However, if you are hesitant and looking for other available alternatives, here are a few meaningful options that you can consider instead.
Also Read: 10 things to know before you buy OnePlus 6
1. Honor 10
Huawei’s Honor 10 has been designed to compete with the OP 6. The handset uses Huawei’s current-best Kirin 970 chipset, has AI smarts, a glass body, 19:9 notch display, and a decent 3400 mAh battery.
Its biggest undoing has to be its EMUI 8.0 software that still can’t hold a candle to the OnePlus’ Oxygen OS. However, if you are fine with Huawei’s custom skin, you can go for Honor 10 and save some money.
- Compact and elegant
- AI Camera
- Great performance
- EMUI Software
- No OIS
- No water resistance
2. LG V30+
The LG V30+ (Review) is one generation behind and is currently selling for Rs. 45,999. You can, however, score it for under 40K during recurring online sale festivals.
The advantages LG V30+ has over OnePlus 6 are its relatively more compact and easier to handle casing, dust and water resistance, wireless charging, and an edge when it comes to audio output. Once again, The LG software can act up at times and might feel a little overwhelming, it’s still one of our favorite custom skins.
OnePlus, on the other hand, costs lesser and has a better camera.
- Premium design
- Solid performance
- Wide angle dual camera
- Military grade built & water resistant
- No portrait mode
3. Google Pixel 2
You can shun Pixel 2 (review) for being bedecked in a plastic casing with those broad bezels, but the phone has its own unique identity. More importantly, it also offers the best smartphone camera in its class and privileged access to all Android developments.
The Google Pixel 2 makes for a viable alternative that should appeal to Android enthusiasts that also constitute a significant proportion of OnePlus’ customer base. If you don’t mind a 16:9 panel and are looking for a more compact phone, the Pixel 2 is what you should think long and hard about.
- Excellent camera
- Great performance
- Excellent software support
- Stereo speakers
- Water resistant
- Limited after sales support in India
- 16:9 display with broad bezels
- No dual SIM support.
- No headphone jack
4. Samsung Galaxy S8
Samsung’s last year compact-flagship, Galaxy S8, can now be bought for under 40,000 INR (Paytm has an attractive cashback offer). The phone is compact, has an excellent camera, an excellent display, and feels thoroughly premium.
It will simply appeal more to people who’d rather have a compact phone that’s up to contemporary standards. After all, OnePlus’s one size fits all approach has its drawbacks.
- Looks stunning and is compact
- Great camera
- Excellent display
- Water and dust resistant
- Battery backup
5. Vivo X21
Vivo X21 (review) also entered the Indian market with an aim to create a space for itself in what is virtually OnePlus turf. The Vivo X21 is actually first phone in India to come with an in-display fingerprint sensor.
The Vivo X21 is powered by Snapdragon 660 octa-core processor paired with 6GB RAM and 128GB of storage. The handset includes a 19:9 notch screen, dual 12MP + 5MP rear cameras, and a 12MP front camera.
- Reliable performance
- Industry first in-display fingerprint
- Good quality display
- Dual SIM Dual VoLTE
- Good Cameras
- No Type-C port
- UI needs improvements
6. Nokia 7 Plus
The Nokia 7 Plus (Review) doesn’t come close to what OnePlus has to offer, but it’s still significantly cheaper. If you don’t need the absolute fastest and aren’t much into smartphone photography, the Nokia 7 Plus could serve as a low cost yet premium Stock Android running alternative.
The handset is pretty solid and durable (thanks to its metal back), and has a 3800mAh battery that lasts really long.
- Solid build
- Great performance
- Pure Android software
- Long lasting battery
- Hybrid SIM slot
- Big Bezels
- Selfie camera
7. HTC U11
The HTC U11 with liquid crystal design is now available for around Rs. 40,000 after a series of price cuts. There is a ‘Plus’ variant as well and that offers an 18:9 screen.
The U11 is the only phone in this list with a front fingerprint sensor. It also has squeeze-able side edges and remarkable audio output.
- The liquid crystal design looks good.
- Front fingerprint sensor
- Water resistant
- Edge sense
- Great camera performance
- Battery life
8. Asus Zenfone 5Z
Asus will soon launch Zenfone 5Z in India to take on the OnePlus 6. It will be among the first few phones in India to be powered by Snapdragon 845 and has a decent pair of cameras (approved by DxOMark).
The handset has a 6.2-inch IPS LCD display, stereo speakers, and a 3000mAh battery. This could be a serious contender for the OnePlus 6 and is expected to be available at a cheaper price.
Best OnePlus 6 Alternatives you can buy in India
These are some of the best alternatives to OnePlus 6 that you can buy in India. Not all of them can match up to the OnePlus 6 but each offers at least one reason to justify its case. As we move further, more brands are expected to catch up with their flagship killers.
Here’s is the sum-up list of Best OnePlus 6 Alternative Phones In India (June 2018)
|Product Name||Price starting from||Available at|
|Google Pixel 2||35,990||Flipkart|
|Samsung Galaxy S8||37,990||Paytm Mall|
|Nokia 7 Plus||25,999||Amazon|
|Asus Zenfone 5Z||32,999*||Flipkart|