Best Non-Chinese Smartphones in India (July 2020)

by | Jul 2, 2020

You might have already come across the India-China border skirmishes in the news and the related boycott China products slogans trending across the social media.

Can we completely boycott Chinese products? The honest answer is No. All if not most of the electronics products in the market comes with components sourced from China. This is true even with the products manufactured under the Make in India program.

However, there are smartphones from brands originating from countries outside China free of Chinese bloatwares and trackers available in the market.

In this article, we’ll suggest the best eight non-Chinese smartphones that you can get your hands on right now!

Best Non-Chinese Smartphones in India

1. iPhone 11 ProOverall Best Pick
2. Samsung Galaxy S20+ Runner-Up Pick
3. Samsung S10 LiteValue for Money Smartphone
4. Samsung Galaxy A31Feature Rich Smartphone
5. Samsung Galaxy M31Best Battery Life
6. Nokia 2.3Best Stock Android Experience
7. Samsung Galaxy M01Best Gift for Elders
8. Asus Zenphone 6ZHonourable Mention

 

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1. iPhone 11 Pro

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Overall Best Pick
  • Smooth UI and OS
  • Excellent camera system
  • Superfast and secure Face ID

The iPhone 11 Pro is the latest flagship smartphone from Apple announced last week.

This latest iteration of the iPhone brings some significant improvements over the last flagship, making it the best possible smartphone available in the entire world.

Design and build quality

The iPhone 11 Pro carries over the popular design of the original iPhone X and looks minimal and premium at the same time.

The display is a lot bigger and will satisfy those who crave for more screen real estate for an immersive experience.

As with the iPhone 11 Pro, this phone also got away with the touch ID and relies solely on face ID to unlock the device. It now works faster and more reliably, thanks to the improvements in the hardware optimizations.

The glass front and back build are now a lot tougher and scratch resistant with the Corning gorilla glass 6 and has been receiving praises from online reviewers regarding this.

There are dual speakers on this phone and the stereo effect is evident with the sound output. The sound is very louder than the previous versions and with no distortions per se.

Display

The display has now received a spec bump, in the sense that it is now a 5.8-inch Quad HD super retina XDR OLED display with a resolution of 1125 x 2436 pixels.

This gives the screen a pixel density of about 458ppi, which makes it one of the best in the business.

As expected, this panel is HDR10 and Dolby vision supported panel and comes with an exciting 120Hz refresh rate.

Apple has optimized this display to output wonderful images and videos with exceptional clarity and details.

You’ll find no trouble using this phone in the direct sunlight with the AMOLED panel reaching peak brightness levels of 800nits.

The screen to body ratio of this iPhone is 82.1%, which means the only substantial thing that breaks the continuity is the notch up top.

No, you can’t hide the notch and would have to bear with it while watching videos on this smartphone.

Processor and performance

Apple is a front-runner in the mobile chipset industry and its chips perform better than the likes of Snapdragon and MediaTek.

The iPhone 11 Pro features the latest Apple A13 Bionic SoC manufactured on a 7nm process that outperforms Snapdragon 855 by a relatively huge margin.

The performance is fluid and lightning-fast with 4GB RAM and the superfast 256GB UFS storage adds to it.

The four core Apple GPU performs exceptionally well in graphics-intensive tasks and delivers excellent performance while gaming.

The only downside of this powerful internals is with the glass back that is not as efficient as the metal back in dissipating the heat.

Camera

Apple rivals Samsung when it comes to camera technology.

The iPhone11 Pro features a triple 12MP camera unit at the back of which apart from the primary sensor one is an f/1.8 ultrawide angle sensor and the other is a 12MP f/2.4 telephoto lens.

Both these primary and ultrawide lenses have Optical Image Stabilization (OIS). The quality of images and videos that comes out of these lenses are very pleasing and has natural colours and a wide dynamic range.

The videos are stabilized and can shoot up to 4K at 60fps.

The front camera consists of dual 12MP sensors that take high-quality selfies and portrait mode snaps.

The dedicated image processor does eliminate the noise in the images and videos and smoothens the textures to give a more natural-looking shot.

Battery life

The battery on this iPhone 11 Pro is a non-removable 3190 mAh Li-ion cell that isn’t a significant upgrade from the yesteryear flagship model.

The OLED display and the highly optimized iOS 13 doesn’t drain battery like Android phones and can last easily over a day with moderate usage. Apple claims that the iPhone 11 Pro will last up to 5 hours more than the iPhone XS Max.

Also with features like wireless charging and fast charging support, the device can be easily juiced up.

Verdict

The iPhone 11 Pro is the best smartphone that you can buy in the market if you want a beast in terms of raw performance.

Excellent software support and durable build quality make this device worth the premium you pay for it.

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State of the art A13 processor

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Excellent fit and finish

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Qi wireless charging

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The glass back is slippery

Specifications

Operating SystemiOS 13
Internal Storage256 GB
RAM4 GB
ProcessorApple A13 Bionic
Camera12MP+12MP+12 Rear, dual 12MP Front
Battery2658mAh
Display5.8-inch 1125 x 2436, Super XDR OLED

 

2. Samsung Galaxy S20+

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Runner-Up Pick
  • Blazing fast performance
  • 5G support
  • Capable camera

The Galaxy S20 Plus is one of the latest 2020 flagship smartphones from Samsung which was introduced recently in the Indian market.

This device was one of the most anticipated releases of the year, and we all can admit that the device has lived up to its expectations.

Design and Build Quality

The Samsung Galaxy S20 Plus has been manufactured with the utmost precision and care to deliver the best product in terms of hardware as well as software to the end-users.

The glass back is flat except for the horizontally placed camera hardware. It is protected with Corning Gorilla Glass to prevent accidental scratches.

The aluminium railing around the smartphone houses the regular power and volume rocker buttons.

The Bixby button on this device can be reprogrammed to initialize action of your choice.

Overall, the Samsung Galaxy S20 Plus scores a 9/10 in terms of build quality and design.

Display

The Samsung Galaxy S20 Plus features one of the best displays available on a mobile device currently on sale in the market.

This 6.7-inch 120Hz dynamic AMOLED display has curved edges which seamlessly integrate with the rest of the shell.

This is a punch-hole display where the camera hole is precisely cut out on the screen instead of housing them on a notch.

This is an HDR10 certified display with excellent colour and contrast levels matching some of the high-end televisions in the market.

The wider 20:9 aspect ratio makes this display apt for immersive media consumption and gaming.

Processor and Performance

The Samsung Galaxy S20 Plus features the latest 8nm Exynos 990 octa-core SoC clocked at 2.7GHz.

This Exynos 990 is a 5G enabled SoC and provides excellent performance across the spectrum – be it gaming or intense multitasking.

But the thing to note here is that except in the Asia Pacific, the S20 variants come with Qualcomm chips inside, which performs way better than its Exynos counterparts.

The base variant of S20 Plus has 8GB of RAM and comes with 128GB of high-speed UFS 3.1 storage.

With the power of the latest Android 10 Q and One UI 2.0, this phone feels so smooth and quick for all kinds of tasks you throw at it.

Camera

The Samsung Galaxy S20 Plus features a quadruple rear camera setup involving a 64MP primary sensor with OIS, a 12MP wide sensor with OIS and a 12MP ultrawide sensor along with a 0.3MP time of flight sensor for depth data.

This setup delivers excellent quality stills and videos with amazing details and excellent colour accuracy.

At the front, a 10 MP sensor runs the show when it comes to selfies and video calling.

The camera on the S20 plus is one of the best in business, both in terms of photo and video quality.

Low light photography has been improved significantly. Samsung also advertises a 30x hybrid optic zoom for long-distance photography.

Miscellaneous

The Samsung Galaxy S20 Plus packs in an ultrasonic fingerprint sensor beneath the display.

This sensor is much more accurate and foul proof than the conventional optical in-display fingerprint scanners found on devices such as the One Plus 7T.

Battery Life

This premium Android smartphone is powered by a 4500 mAh Li-ion battery with fast wired and wireless charging capability.

This battery is rated to last over two days of light usage and a single day of heavy use.

Verdict

The Samsung Galaxy S20 Plus is one of the most complete packages in terms of features and builds quality you can get in the market right now.

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Excellent display

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Solid build quality

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Easy to use one UI

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One hand usability might be tough

Specifications

Operating SystemAndroid 10.0 Q
Internal Storage128 GB
RAM8GB
ProcessorExynos 990
Camera64 MP + 12 MP +12 MP + VGA Depth Camera, 10MP Front
Battery4500mAh
Display6.7-inch quad HD AMOLED

3. Samsung Galaxy S10 Lite

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Value for Money Smartphone
  • Affordable flagship
  • Gorgeous AMOLED display
  • Powerful CPU

The Samsung Galaxy S10 Lite is the recently released younger sibling of the two elder brothers – the Galaxy S10 and the Galaxy S10 Plus.

This premium Android smartphone despite having some trimmer down internals when compared to the other S10 variants, does pack enough punch to be included in our best smartphones list.

Design and Build Quality

The S10 Lite is a cute little smartphone with a great in-hand feel and excellent build quality.

The main difference of this model with the higher-priced siblings is that it now packs a flat display with slightly curved edges but not as perfect as the ones in the S10 and the S10 Plus.

The bezels around the display are very minimal and feature a screen to body ratio of over 87%.

The overall fit and finish of this smartphone is as great as any other phone in this price segment and will suit those who are fond of budget phones with powerful internals.

Display

The S10 Lite packs a slightly bigger 6.7-inch super AMOLED punch-hole display with a resolution of 1080 x 2400 pixels.

The presence of a notch is avoided by cutting out a small hole in the display to house the single front camera, which by the way looks cleaner.

The quality of the display is excellent and almost matches the displays found on S10 and S10 Plus.

This 394 ppi HDR+ display has deep inky blacks and vivid and vibrant colour reproduction which will let you enjoy the on-screen content wholeheartedly.

In case you are wondering about the durability, this display is protected by the Corning gorilla glass 5.

Processor and Performance

The Samsung Galaxy S10 Lite features the latest 7nm Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 octa-core SoC clocked at 2.84GHz.

This Snapdragon 855 SoC provides excellent performance across the spectrum – be it gaming or intense multitasking.

The Samsung S10 Lite has 8GB of RAM and comes with 128GB of high-speed UFS 2.1 storage.

With the power of the latest Android 10.0 Q, this phone feels so smooth and quick for all kinds of tasks you throw at it.

Camera

The Galaxy S10Lite comes with a triple rear camera setup which includes a 48MP main sensor with OIS accompanied by an 8MP ultra-wide sensor and a 5MP macro mode shooter.

The optical image stabilization is integrated to reduce jitters and shakes during shooting stills and capturing videos.

The front camera is a 32MP shooter with f/2.2 aperture size for better low light performance.

This wide-angle shooter will capture the whole subject without leaving undesirable crops in the picture.

Miscellaneous

The fingerprint sensor on this device is housed beneath the display. This sensor is very accurate and quickly unlocks the phone without any delay.

The dual speakers on this smartphone sound loud and clean without any distortions.

Yes, the Samsung Galaxy S10 Lite Supports fast charging as well as wireless charging and features the gimmicky reverse wireless charging as well.

Battery Life

The Samsung Galaxy S10 Lite packs in a 4500mAh battery which tests reveal last for over a day worth of heavy usage.

The fast charging helps in the scenario if you want to quickly juice up the phone in a matter of minutes.

Verdict

The Samsung Galaxy S10 Lite compared to its competitors in the segment, is a premium smartphone with excellent hardware and equally pleasant software experience.

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Robust build quality
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Super steady video with OIS

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Fast charging

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No dedicated SD card slot

Specifications

Operating SystemAndroid 10.0 Q
Internal Storage128 GB
RAM8 GB
ProcessorQualcomm snapdragon 855
Camera48MP + 12MP + 5MP Rear, 32MP Front
Battery4500mAh
Display6.7-inch super AMOLED

 

4. Samsung Galaxy A31

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Feature Rich Smarphone
  • Gorgeous OLED display
  • Long-lasting battery
  • Latest Android 10.0 Q OS

Samsung usually reserves major technological breakthroughs for its high-end Galaxy S series and Note series smartphones.

But with the latest edition of Samsung Galaxy A31, the company is introducing a quad-camera set up on a budget smartphone, which of course is its main selling point.

Design and Build Quality

The Samsung Galaxy A31 is gracefully designed to captivate the eyes as well as the minds with glass finish exteriors coated with slight gradient colours.

This colour scheme is the same Honor has been doing with their smartphones off late, but here in A31, it comes with a more subtle effect.

This smartphone boasts about having 84.9% screen to body ratio, and has minimal bezels at the sides of the display, making it look more awesome.

There is the newer micro USB type C charging port at the bottom, accompanied with the 3.5mm headphone jack ( Thank God!).

The rear part is where this phone starts to look unfamiliar. It features a quad camera setup arranged vertically with an LED flash besides.

Display

The Samsung Galaxy A31 features a 6.4-inch Super AMOLED Infinity U display with a resolution of 1080 x 2400 pixels.

Although not as clear and crisp as those displays found on premium Galaxy S series lineup, this panel is sufficiently bright and has impressive colour reproduction when compared with other phones in the similar price bracket.

With an aspect ratio of 20:9 and pixel density around 411 ppi, watching media and playing games is a delightful experience on this display.

The notch on this display is small and doesn’t feel obtrusive while watching media content on this smartphone.

Processor and Performance

Considering the price, the Galaxy A31 doesn’t feature the most powerful processor in its price category.

The included MediaTek Helio P65 clocked at 2GHz performs well in normal conditions and won’t give any trouble for most of the people using it.

The 6GB RAM will be sufficient for most of the tasks you intend to perform on this mobile device, including some amount of casual gaming.

There is an inbuilt 128GB eMMC 5.1 storage with a dedicated SD card slot for expanding the memory up to 512GB.

Quad Camera Setup

This is the biggest USP of this smartphone – having four cameras. No, not including the one in the front.

The quad-camera set up on the back has an interesting mix of sensors earmarked especially for various functions.

The first one is the 48MP primary shooter with f/2.0 aperture. This sensor has all the standard features such as PDAF found on almost all the mid-range smartphone cameras.

The second in line is a 5MP depth sensor for those bokeh and portrait mode photos.

The third is the 8MP ultrawide sensor with a 120-degree field of view followed by a 5MP macro sensor for close up shots.

The front camera is a 20MP shooter with beauty modes and AI integration for manipulating your photos to look better than ever before.

Apart from the physical hardware, Samsung has delivered a feature-rich camera interface with a multitude of functions for taking smartphone photography to the next level.

The photos and videos come out pretty clean and sharp. The shots taken are rich in detail as well.

Miscellaneous

This mid-range Android smartphone features an in-display fingerprint scanner. It works very well and the accuracy is on par with other in-display fingerprint scanners found on similarly priced devices.

The Samsung Galaxy A31 is launched with Android 10.0 Q out of the box with Samsung One UI2.0 on top.

Speaking about the connectivity, this device has the latest Bluetooth v5.0 and dual-band Wi-Fi capability.

Battery Life

Surprisingly, Samsung has started to include higher capacity batteries in its smartphones off late.

This Android smartphone is powered by a 5000 mAh Li-ion battery that will easily last for a day and a half on moderate to heavy usage.

Verdict

If you are a smartphone photography enthusiast and wants to stand out a notch above everyone in terms of smartphone camera capabilities, the Samsung Galaxy A31 is an apt choice.

With its Super AMOLED display and excellent build quality, there is much more than just the optics to cherish about this device.

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Samsung pay support

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Robust build quality

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Intuitive One UI 2.0

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Dedicated SD card slot

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Slower EMMC storage

Specifications

Operating SystemAndroid 10.0 Q
Internal Storage128 GB
RAM6 GB
ProcessorMediaTek Helio P65
Camera48MP + 8MP + 5MP + 5MP Rear, 20MP Front
Battery5000mAh
Display6.4-inch Full HD+ SAMOLED

5. Samsung Galaxy M31

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Best Battery Life
  • Super AMOLED display
  • Quad – camera setup
  • Long-lasting battery

The galaxy M31 is the latest mid-range online-only M series android smartphone from Samsung to take on the competition from the likes of Xiaomi and Realme.

The Samsung Galaxy M31 is a device like nothing else from the past, especially the previously ridiculously overpriced A series phones.

It is loaded with features which stack well against its competition for the price tag at which the phone retails.

Design and Build Quality

The Samsung Galaxy M31 has a polycarbonate outer shell with a textured finish that looks elegant.

The phone feels very light in hand considering the battery size and thanks to its rounded corners, it feels very lightweight and easy to hold in one hand.

This phone comes with minimal bezels on all four sides and offers an immersive visual experience with its notch display.

Overall the quality of construction is very good and is on par with its competitors.

Display

The Samsung Galaxy M31 features a 6.4-inch super AMOLED display with an infinity U notch at the top.

This full HD+ display has a resolution of 1080 x 2340 pixels and has a pixel density of about 403 ppi which renders the screen very sharp and clear output.

Samsung is the best OLED manufacturer in the world and the quality of this AMOLED display justifies that claims effortlessly.

This smartphone has an 84.4% screen to body ratio and supports L1 wide wine certification which lets you watch online streaming services in full HD resolution.

Processor and Performance

The Galaxy M31 is powered by the Samsung Exynos 9611 octa-core processor supplemented by the Mali-G72 GPU.

With the integrated 6GB LPDDRX RAM and 128GB UFS 2.1 storage, this device performs excellent when it comes to multitasking and gaming.

Whether it be PUBG or Fortnite, this budget Android smartphone from Samsung will let you play it in full HD resolution without any dropped frames or lags.

The latest Android 10.0 Q OS with Samsung’s One UI 2.0 on top is very well optimized for performance improvements when compared to the previous iterations.

Camera

This smartphone comes with a quad-camera setup in the rear. Yes, a quad camera under sub. Rs.20,000, that too from Samsung.

The primary camera on the rear is a 64MP shooter with an aperture size of f/1.8 for better low light performance.

The secondary sensor is an 8MP ultrawide shooter, which is one of a kind in this price bracket.

The third one is a 5MP depth sensor for high-quality portrait and bokeh mode photos followed by a 5MP macro mode sensor for closeup photography.

The front camera is a 32MP sensor with HDR support for wide-angle selfie shots.

Battery Life

The Samsung Galaxy M31 is powered by a whopping 6000mAh Li-ion battery which is rated to last for up to two days of heavy usage.

Samsung does include a 15W fast charger in the box which will let you charge this device in under 2.30 hours.

Verdict

The Samsung Galaxy M31 is the most feature-packed Android smartphone with the best battery life, priced under Rs.20,000.

With its AMOLED display, triple camera setup and the 4000mAh battery, this smartphone is difficult to pass up in this price bracket.

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Excellent battery life

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Type C port

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Fast charging support

Q

15W fast charger is slow

Specifications

Operating SystemAndroid 10.0 Q
Internal Storage128 GB
RAM6 GB
ProcessorExynos 9611 octa-core
Camera64MP + 8MP + 5MP + 5MP Rear, 32MP Front
Battery6000mAh
Display6.4-inch Full HD+ AMOLED

6. Nokia 2.3

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Best Stock Android Experience
  • Powerful Helio A22 processor
  • Dedicated SD card slot
  • Decent display

Nokia has been known for great phones in the past and at present HMD, which builds Nokia phones under a trademark license does the same but the pricing was always a little offset, similar to Motorola.

The Nokia 2.3 packs very respective internals at a competitive price point which makes it one of the top performers in its price category.

Design and Build Quality

The Nokia 2.3 has a premium design for its price. The notched display and the glass back make this device look more attractive than ever before.

The side bezels are minimal and the chin bezel houses the Nokia logo. The side inserts are made of high-quality plastic and it feels strong and durable.

There is no fingerprint sensor on this smartphone, so you will have to rely on the good old PIN or password.

Since this budget smartphone has a high body to screen ratio and rounded 2.5D glass, one hand usage is not a problem.

Display

The display is the part where Nokia has done some cost-cutting with this device.

The Nokia 2.3 features a 6.2-inch IPS LCD with a resolution of 720 X 1520 pixels.

The edge to edge 2.5D curved display is a treat to look at despite its low resolution. The colours are accurate and the brightness levels are decent.

Processor

The Nokia 2.3 comes with a reasonably powerful Helio A22 processor which is an octa-core chipset clocked at 2GHz.

The 2GB RAM is enough for this SoC to show its might when it comes to app loading and multitasking.

Running on stock Android 9.0 Pie, the interface is fluid and smooth as no other phone.

If you are not content with the onboard 32GB storage, there is a dedicated SD card slot which accepts cards up to 256GB effortlessly.

Camera

As with other smartphone manufacturers, Nokia also banks on AI for its camera.
The dual rear camera setup has a 13MP primary and a 2 MP depth sensor for bokeh and portrait mode photos.

The output from the rear cameras look great and has a lot of details and colour accuracy.

The front 5MP camera is a selfie shooter and features artificial portrait mode as well.

Battery Life

The Nokia 2.3 has a 4000 mAh Li-ion battery that lasts for a day of moderate to heavy usage.

Being stock Android and free of bloatware, this device does deliver impressive battery life for its size.

Verdict

If you don’t mind the HD+ display, that’s however indistinguishable from a full HD one for an untrained eye, the Nokia 2.3 is a decent deal under Rs.10,000.

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Build quality

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Excellent performance

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AI-powered camera

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No fingerprint scanner

Specifications

Operating SystemAndroid Pie 9.0
Internal Storage32 GB
RAM2 GB
ProcessorMediaTek Helio A22
Camera13MP + 2MP Rear, 5MP Front
Battery4000mAh
Display6.2-inch HD+

7. Samsung Galaxy M01

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Best Gift for Elders
  • Long-lasting 4000mAh battery
  • Intuitive One UI 2.0
  • Dedicated SD card slot

Samsung has been consistently outnumbered in sales of budget segment smartphones by Xiaomi for a while now.

This was mainly because the Samsung budget phones were specced abysmally and the price for the same was significantly higher than its Chinese counterparts in the segment.

Samsung tries to bridge this gap by introducing the affordable yet feature-rich M series smartphone of which the M01 is the entry-level offering.

Design and Build Quality

The Samsung Galaxy M01 is made from a polycarbonate plastic shell with a glossy finish which looks decent for the price tag it carries.

The build quality seems quite OK for the price and matches the competition.

The rounded corners and edges help this phone to be easily held in the hand and aides better one-hand usability.

The rear side of the phone houses the dual cameras assisted with an LED flash.

The Galaxy M01 comes with a micro-USB port for charging and data syncing and has a 3.5mm jack for plugging in earphones and headphones.

Display

This budget entry-level smartphone has a 5.7-inch HD+ display with a resolution of 720 x 1520 pixels.

The company fondly calls this display as an infinity V display, thanks to the waterdrop notch in the front.

The 19:9 display has a screen to body ratio of 77% and comes with a pixel density of around 295 ppi.

The display is sufficiently bright and the colours look vivid for the price.

Processor and Performance

The Samsung Galaxy M01 packs in a Qualcomm Snapdragon 439 chipset clocked at 2.0GHz.

This processor coupled with 3GB of RAM runs all the casual applications with relative ease and no stutters.

However, the limited RAM might exhibit lags if you are planning to heavily multitask or play memory-intensive games on this device.

Apart from the 32GB internal storage, this device comes with a dedicated SD card slot which can take cards up to 128GB.

Connectivity

This dual SIM budget Android smartphones have two SIM slots and support dual VoLTE.

Camera

This smartphone has a 13MP + 2MP rear camera setup of which the 2MP is a depth sensor which helps you take portrait mode shots.

The front 5MP shooter does its job in well-lit conditions to say the best.

Battery Life

Powering the Samsung Galaxy M01 is a 4000mAh Li-Po battery which is rated to last for two days worth of moderate to heavy usage.

Thanks to the non-full-HD display, the battery life on this device is quite impressive.

Verdict

If you are in search of a branded budget smartphone with unmatched reliability, the Samsung Galaxy M01 is one of the best phones available under Rs.10,000.

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Easy fit in hands

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Extensive service network

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Latest Android 10 Q OS

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No fingerprint scanner

Specifications

Operating SystemAndroid 10 Q
Internal Storage32 GB
RAM3 GB
ProcessorQualcomm Snapdragon 439
Camera13MP + 2MP Rear, 5MP Front
Battery4000mAh
Display5.7-inch HD+

8. Asus Zenphone 6Z

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Honourable Mention
  • Powerful processor
  • Motorized dual camera
  • Long-lasting battery life

Even though little overpriced, the Oneplus 6 was ruling this budget without competition for a brief period and then came the Asus Zenfone 5Z which was well received in the Indian market.

The Asus Zenfone 6Z is a true successor to the Zenfone 5z packing killer specs at a jaw-dropping price point and compromise neither on quality nor on the performance.

Build Quality and Performance

Featuring the top of the line Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 inside, performance is snappy as ever before.

Assisted with 6GB RAM onboard, multitasking and gaming is a breeze to handle for this beast.

The 128GB storage ensures you can save all your files and media content offline without having to worry about the space left.

The front as well as the back is made of glass and is protected by 2.5D Gorilla glass.

The rounded patterns etched on to the back of this phone is just awesome to stare at.

Display

On the front, there’s a 6.39-inch Super IPS+ 19:9 aspect ratio display that comes with a resolution of 2340 x 1080 pixels.

The colour accuracy of this panel is top-notch, so does the brightness levels.

Asus has added a true tone colour enhancer which you can manually adjust to get the most out of this screen for your liking.

Asus this time has optimized its ZenUI with a lot of AI-related features such as AI charge, AI phone boost and even AI modes on the camera app.

Camera

Talking about the optics, this phone features a single retractable 48MP + 13MP camera setup.

This motorized rotation enabled camera will flip back and forth depending upon the rear or front camera activation.

The photos look detailed and colour accurate. The wide-angle selfie camera captures pleasant selfies with almost little or no noise.

Battery Life

Powered by a 5000 mAh battery, the Asus Zenfone 6Z easily lasts for a day and a half even with intense usage.

With 18W fast charging support out of the box, juicing up this guy is no big deal.

Verdict

The Asus Zenfone 6Z is a flagship-level smartphone that even outperforms the excellent OnePlus 7 in certain aspects.

Considering the specs and the performance, we recommend you to think no further.

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User-friendly design

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FHD+ nano edge display

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Loud and clear audio output

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No AMOLED display

Specifications

Operating SystemAndroid Pie 9.0
Internal Storage128 GB
RAM6 GB
ProcessorQualcomm Snapdragon 855
Camera48MP + 13MP, 48MP + 13MP Dual Front Camera
Battery5000mAh
Display6.39-inch Full HD+

This concludes our article for the best eight non-Chinese smartphones available for you to purchase in the Indian market.

At the time of writing this article, many smartphones including the ones from Nokia are either out of stock or unavailable due to the logistics issues from COVID 19 crisis.

Check out this article frequently to get the updated list as soon as they get back on stock.

If you have any doubts or queries regarding this article, let us know in the comment section below.

Thanks for your time and have a great day ahead!

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