OnePlus 8 is the cheaper and more compact of the two 8-series phones launched in 2020. A few of the OnePlus 8 Pro frills had to go in order to accommodate the cheaper price, but the company has tried to not skimp on the essentials.

The 8 is being pitched as a lighter and a relatively more manageable option to the 8 Pro, but OnePlus has an exclusive 6GB RAM option for India.

Is the OnePlus 8 the best option for its price? The 8 is about passing on a premium experience to mid-range buyers, but as is the case with every product, it might still not suit everyone’s individual needs.

Before we talk about OnePlus 8 alternatives that you can go for in the same budget, here are a few pros and cons of the


  • Powerful performance hardware
  • Relatively lighter than other SD 865 phones
  • Smooth 90Hz curved AMOLED display
  • Long-lasting and a fast-charging battery
  • Excellent software


  • No headphone jack
  • No wireless charging
  • No IP certification in India
  • No telephoto camera

List of OnePlus 8 Alternatives

As we progress through the year, more and better options to OnePlus 8 will emerge. As of today, here are the best options to look forward to.

1. OnePlus 7T

OnePlus 7T (review) is not as slick looking as the OnePlus 8, but other than that offers a very similar experience (and specifications) for a lesser price. Unless it’s discontinued in the next few weeks, it serves as a very decent alternative to the 8. 

OnePlus 7T is powered by Snapdragon 855 Plus octa-core chipset and has a flat AMOLED display with 1080p resolution and HDR10+ support. The handset has a 3800mAh battery and supports 30W fast charging. 

OnePlus 7T price and specifications 

Also Check: Best slim and compact phones to buy in 2020

2. iPhone SE 2020

The iPhone SE 2020 offers Apple experience driven by the latest A13 bionic for a very competitive price. Contrary to OnePlus 8, the iPhone SE is particularly expensive in India, but you may also consider sourcing it from other markets.

This is a great option for people interested in compact phones and for people drawn towards Apple’s iOS ecosystem. The handset is just 7.3mm slim and weighs 148 grams. It’s also IP67 certified for water and dust resistance.

iPhone SE 2020 Specifications and Price

3. Google Pixel 4a

The Pixel 4a is not yet official but it will most likely be introduced by the time OnePlus 8 goes on sale. Anyways, thanks to incessant credible leaks, we already know most of what there is to know about the hardware.

The main reason to consider Pixel 4a over the OnePlus 8 should be the camera. The Pixel 3a had a remarkable camera and with smarter processing algorithms, the 4a is likely to be even better. The Phone will offer stock Android with promised updates and be powered by Snapdragon 730. Pixel 4a shall be a compact phone with a 5.8-inch display and a 3080mAh battery with 18W fast charging support.

Pixel 4a Specifications

4. Samsung Galaxy S10

Samsung has quite a few options in the mid-range band. You could go for the last year flagships like Galaxy Note9, Galaxy S10, and Galaxy S10e that often retail in the 45-50K price segment.

Samsung Galaxy S10 (review) from last year is a great option for consumers who don’t need maximum horsepower and for people who’d appreciate a rather compact flagship phone. It’s a thoroughly premium phone – one that retains the audio jack.

Samsung Galaxy S10 specifications and Price

Samsung Galaxy S10e specifications and price

5. Realme X50 Pro 5G

OnePlus used to be the brand to deliver the best Qualcomm chips at the lowest possible prices, but the company’s approach has matured over the years. The Realme X50 Pro 5G (review) is one phone Snapdragon 865 phone that undercuts the OnePlus 8.

Realme X50 Pro 5G Camera Interface
Realme X50 Pro Display

If you are primarily interested in gaming, the Realme X50 Pro 5G can offer similar horsepower as OnePlus 8 at a discounted price. Core performance hardware includes Snapdragon 865 backed by LPDDR5 RAM and UFS 3.0 storage (with Turbo Write and Host Performance Booster).

Other highlights include 64MP sensor led quad-cameras, 4200mAh battery with 65W charging, Android 10-based Realme UI, and 6.44-inch AMOLED display.

Realme X50 Pro 5G price and specs

6. iQOO 3

iQOO 3 (review) is also a beefy Snapdragon 865-powered gaming phone that includes an AMOLED display, LPDDR5 RAM and UFS 3.1 storage.

The software falls short of what you’d expect of a 2020 flagship and the display has a regular 60Hz refresh rate, but overall the iQOO 3 is worth considering for demanding users or rather gaming enthusiasts.

Vivo iQOO 3 price and specifications

List of OnePlus 8 alternatives to buy in India in 2020

Phone name

Starting Price

OnePlus 7T

Rs. 34,999

iPhone SE 2020

Rs. 42,500

Google Pixel 4A


Samsung Galaxy S10


Realme X50 Pro

Rs. 37,999

iQOO 3

Rs. 36,990



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