Xiaomi’s Mi A1 (FAQ) is largely being accepted as a great value for money option. But like most other blockbuster Xiaomi phones, this one too is expected to be perpetually out of stock for at least a few more weeks. If you are tired of testing your luck in the weekly flash sales, or can’t wait anymore, there are a few other options in the same budget that you can opt for. Here’s a list of Xiaomi Mi A1 alternatives that you can buy.
Moto G5s Plus
The number one contender to Xiaomi’s Mi A1 is Moto G5s Plus (Review). Just as Mi A1, this one too has a full metal body, dual rear cameras, stock Android software and the same Snapdragon 625 octa-core chipset.
Comparing the two, the Mi A1 is slimmer and sleeker and has a better portrait mode in camera. The Moto G5s Plus, on the other hand, benefits from a front fingerprint sensor (subjective advantage), has slightly better display quality.
Also Read: Xiaomi Mi A1 Vs Moto G5s Plus Comparison
The Nokia 6 (Review) can’t quite match the Mi A1 in terms of raw processing power, but it benefits from Nokia branding, and awesome full metal design.
If you don’t have to do much with your phone save for engaging with basic social media and entertainment app, this could be an option worth considering.
The LG Q6 (Review) is once again quite an impressive phone in this price range, even when it employs a slower chipset as compared to Mi A1. Its USP is its excellent quality 18:9 display panel and compact form factor. Even with a 5.5-inch screen, the phone feels like a 5-inch display phone and the swanky full vision display adds to its looks.
If you are a basic user or are buying a phone for a basic user (say your parents) the compact form factor, brand value, and full vision display make it an option worth considering.
Mi Max 2
Xiaomi’s own Mi Max 2 also serves as an alternative (and is available for the same Rs. 14,999 INR price this festival season). The chipset configuration remains same as Mi A1 – Snapdragon 625, 4GB RAM, 64GB storage. Xiaomi has also added a more affordable 4GB RAM/ 32GB storage variant too.
This one, however, has a significantly bigger 6.4-inch display and is running Xiaomi’s own MIUI 8 software.
Moto G5 Plus
Another option you can opt for in this price range is the Moto G5 Plus (Review). The handset has a 5.2-inch display (which makes it more compact than the G5s Plus) and is powered by Snapdragon 625 processor with 3GB RAM and 32GB storage (dedicated card slot).
The handset has only one camera on the rear, but the camera performance is certainly one of the best in its class. Lenovo has also confirmed Android Oreo upgrade for the phone.
Samsung Galaxy On Max
Samsung Galaxy On Max is the online version of the Galaxy J7 Max (Review). The handset has a 5.7-inch display and is powered by Helio P25 chipset with 4GB RAM and 32GB storage (dedicated card slot).
The performance, in our experience, can match Snapdragon 625 both in terms of processing power and power efficiency.
Zenfone 3 ZE552KL
The Zenfone 3 (that was originally introduced last year) is now selling for a very competitive price. It’s powered by Snapdragon 625 processor, has a metal and glass body, and has an awesome 16MP rear camera (that’s also its biggest strength).
The software isn’t very appealing, but Asus has confirmed that it will soon upgrade it to Android Oreo-based Zen UI 4.0. As of today, the base software is Android Nougat (after update).
Zenfone 4 Selfie (dual camera)
If you are more into selfies, the Zenfone 4 Selfie dual camera (Hands-on review) can serve as a Mi A1 alternative too. The phone is extremely slim and can shoot wide angle selfies with its dual front cameras.
Also, Asus has guaranteed Android Oreo update for the phone and has also drastically refined Zen UI experience with version 4.0. On the inside, the Zenfone 4 employs the Snapdragon 430 processor, which can’t quite match up to the Snapdragon 625 on Mi A1, but if you are a basic and moderate user, the performance gap won’t be much.
Lenovo K8 Note
Lenovo K8 Note (Review) runs stock Android software, has a partial metal unibody design and is powered by Helio X23 processor assisted by 4GB RAM and 64GB storage (for the top model).
The handset also includes basic dual camera system, Theatermax Support, Dolby audio, and a long-lasting 4000mAh battery. If you are willing to accept the trade-off of a thicker phone for more battery, the Lenovo K8 Note is worth considering.
Honor 8 Lite
Huawei’s Honor 8 Lite is one of the rare few phones under 15,000 INR that offers a glass built. The phone looks quite compact and premium and is powered by Kirin 55 octa-core chipset with 4GB RAM and 64GB storage.
These are the best Xiaomi Mi A1 alternatives You Can Buy
Every phone has its pros and cons and none of the phones out there is perfect. Xiaomi’s Mi A1 is a worthy all-rounder but the alternatives available aren’t very far behind either. Depending on your needs, you can consider option one of these Mi A1 alternatives instead.