Best non-Chinese smartphones to buy in India

By Team Digit | Price Updated 08-Aug-2022

China, with its economic might, has rapidly expanded its manufacturing capacity, and as a result, is able to make electronics that are far more affordable than other those produced in other countries. But does it mean there’s nothing at par with these Chinese smartphones? Turns out, there is. While the home-grown Indian brands may not match up yet, there are a handful of brands from Korea, Europe, Taiwan and the United States that can give them a run for their money. These are the best non-Chinese smartphones to buy in India. Although the prices of the products mentioned in the list given below have been updated as of 8th Aug 2022, the list itself may have changed since it was last published due to the launch of new products in the market since then.

1. SAMSUNG GALAXY M20

  • 6.3" (1080 x 2340) Screen Size
  • 13 + 5 | 8 MP Camera
  • 32 GB/3 GB Memory
  • 5000 mAh Battery

If you are thinking of buying the Redmi 8A Dual or the Realme Narzo 10A, the Galaxy M20 is is a good alternative. Manufactured by Samsung, a Korean brand, in India, it’s a little more compact with a 6.3-inch TFT display but FullHD+ resolution, which increases the PPI making the panel appear sharper. The M20 also takes a different route with the camera, which we believe is a little more useful than having a macro lens. The M20 rocks a 13MP primary camera along with a 5MP ultrawide lens. The selfie camera is also larger with an 8MP shooter. The performance is where the phone falters in the face of its Chinese competition. The Exynos 7904 is no match for the Helio G70, but it can get you through the day with casual usage. However, battery life is equally long at 5,000mAh. Going with this, you will end up sacrificing powerful performance but gain in terms of more useful camera options and a sharper display.

SPECIFICATION
Processor:Samsung Exynos 7904 Octa core (1.6 GHz)
Memory:3 GB RAM, 32 GB Storage
Display:6.3″ (1080 x 2340) screen, 409 PPI
Camera:13 + 5 MPDual Rear camera, 8 MP Front Camera with Video recording
Battery:5000 mAh battery
SIM:Dual SIM
Features:LED Flash

2. NOKIA 8.1

  • 6.18" (1080 x 2246) Screen Size
  • 12 + 13 | 20 MP Camera
  • 64 GB/4 GB Memory
  • 3500 mAh Battery

The Nokia 8.1, made by HMD Global, registered in Finland challenge the Chinese stalwarts like the Redmi Note 9 Pro Max and the Realme 6 Pro, in almost all segments. It rocks a HDR10-certified 6.18-inch LCD display with fullHD+ resolution. There’s also the Snapdragon 710 SoC along with 6GB RAM and 128GB storage. For the camera, Nokia offers Zeiss-certified 12MP primary camera with OIS along with a 13MP telephoto lens. On the front is a 20MP selfie shooter, and all three cameras can be used in tandem via the bothie mode.

SPECIFICATION
Processor:Qualcomm SDM710 Snapdragon 710 Octa core (2.2 GHz)
Memory:4 GB RAM, 64 GB Storage
Display:6.18″ (1080 x 2246) screen, 408 PPI
Camera:12 + 13 MPDual Rear camera, 20 MP Front Camera with Video recording
Battery:3500 mAh battery with fast Charging
SIM:Dual SIM
Features:LED Flash

Available

₹ 24,990

Out of Stock

₹ 11,994
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3. SAMSUNG GALAXY M31

  • 6.4" (1080 x 2340) Screen Size
  • 68 + 8 + 5 +5 | 32 MP Camera
  • 64 GB/6 GB Memory
  • 6000 mAh Battery

A good alternative to the Chinese brands in the popular mid-range segment is the Samsung Galaxy M31. You get a 6.4-inch AMOLED with FHD+ resolution and Gorilla Glass protection. It’s powered by the 10nm Exynos 9611 SoC coupled with 6GB RAM and up to 128GB RAM along with expandable storage. The camera goes toe to toe with the Chinese offerings with a 64MP quad-camera stack at the back, which includes an 8MP ultrawide lens, 5MP macro lens and a 5MP depth sensor. On the front, you get a 32MP selfie camera. The battery life is where the M31 goes well ahead of the competition with a 6,000mAh battery.

SPECIFICATION
Processor:Exynos 9611 Octa core (4x2.3 GHz, 4x1.7 GHz)
Memory:6 GB RAM, 64 GB Storage
Display:6.4″ (1080 x 2340) screen, 411 PPI
Camera:68 + 8 + 5 +5 MPQuad Rear camera, 32 MP Front Camera with Video recording
Battery:6000 mAh battery and USB Type-C port
SIM:Dual SIM
Features:LED Flash

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₹ 13,999

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₹ 17,989

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₹ 17,990
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4. ASUS 6Z

  • 6.4" (1080 X 2340) Screen Size
  • 48 + 13 | NA Camera
  • 128GB/6GB Memory
  • 5000 mAh Battery

The Asus 6z is made by the Taiwanese brand known for its presence in the PC market. And it's very much a flagship offering, surpassing some of the Chinese offerings. Asus also innovated on the design. The Asus 6z brings a rotating camera module with a dual-camera setup that works as both the front and rear cameras. Inside is the Snapdragon 855 coupled with 8GB RAM and 256GB storage along with a 5000mAh battery.

SPECIFICATION
Processor:Qualcomm SDM855 Snapdragon 855 (7 nm) octa core (2.84)
Memory:6GB RAM, 128GB Storage
Display:6.4″ (1080 X 2340) screen, 403 PPI
Camera:48 + 13 MPDual Rear camera with Video recording
Battery:5000 mAh battery with fast Charging
SIM:Dual SIM
Features:LED Flash

5. ROG PHONE II

  • 6.59" (1080 x 2340) Screen Size
  • 48 + 13 | 24 MP Camera
  • 128GB/8 GB Memory
  • 6000 mAh Battery

The ROG Phone II offers pressure-sensitive air triggers which give gamers an unfair advantage while gaming. The phone also offers the most granular customisations in the CPU, letting run everything at peak capacities manually. There’s also a host of alternatives.

Pros
  • Handles all games at max settings with ease.
  • Gives granular control over CPU, GPU and thermals.
  • Doesn't overheat.
Cons
  • Expensive accessories
  • Too bulky for everyday use
  • Gaming phone first, smartphone after.
SPECIFICATION
Processor:Qualcomm SDM855 Snapdragon 855 Plus (7 nm) octa core (2.96GHz)
Memory:8 GB RAM, 128GB Storage
Display:6.59″ (1080 x 2340) screen, 391 PPI
Camera:48 + 13 MPDual Rear camera, 24 MP Front Camera with Video recording
Battery:6000 mAh battery with fast Charging
SIM:Dual SIM
Features:LED Flash

6. SAMSUNG GALAXY NOTE 10 LITE

  • 6.7" (1080 x 2400) Screen Size
  • 12 + 12+ 12 | 32 MP Camera
  • 128 GB/6 GB Memory
  • 4500 mAh Battery

if its a more popular line of smartphones you are looking at, the Samsung Galaxy Note 10 Lite and the S10 Lite are great options to consider. Both these smartphones take cues from the premium Galaxy lineup and bring some of its own like a high-resolution 48MP camera on the S10 Lite, the S-Pen on the Note 10 Lite and a slim form factor with bright and vivid AMOLED displays.

Pros
  • S-Pen in this segment is unique and exclusive to the Note10 Lite.
  • Image capture is consistently good across lenses.
  • Stable gaming.
Cons
  • Uses old hardware.
  • Captured video files look overprocessed.
  • No water resistance.
SPECIFICATION
Processor:Exynos 9810 Octa core (4x2.7 GHz, 4x1.7 GHz)
Memory:6 GB RAM, 128 GB Storage
Display:6.7″ (1080 x 2400) screen, 394 PPI
Camera:12 + 12+ 12 MPTriple Rear camera, 32 MP Front Camera with Video recording
Battery:4500 mAh battery with fast Charging and USB Type-C port
SIM:Dual SIM
Features:LED Flash
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7. APPLE IPHONE SE 2020

  • 4.7" (750 x 1334) Screen Size
  • 12 | 7 MP Camera
  • 128 GB/4 GB Memory
  • 1821 mAh Battery

The high-end segment also offers the budget iPhone that launched this year. The iPhone SE (2020) turned out to be an excellent daily driver, even for power users. Apple has used the same A13 Bionic processor that’s there on the flagship iPhone 11 series but kept the design compact as the old iPhone 8. And you get the same lag-free experience that’s expected out of an Apple device. The battery life may feel a little less as compared to the Chinese counterparts which can be a bummer though.

Pros
  • Performance is top notch.
  • TouchID is fast and reliable.
  • Display supports HDR video playback
Cons
  • Battery life could be better.
  • Single rear camera only.
SPECIFICATION
Processor:Apple A13 Bionic Hexa-core core (2x2.65, 4x1.8 GHz)
Memory:4 GB RAM, 128 GB Storage
Display:4.7″ (750 x 1334) screen, 326 PPI
Camera:12 MPSingle Rear camera, 7 MP Front Camera with Video recording
Battery:1821 mAh battery with fast Charging and USB 2.0, proprietary reversible connector port
SIM:Single SIM SIM
Features:LED Flash, Dust proof and water resistant

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₹ 42,999
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8. APPLE IPHONE 11

  • 6.1" (828 x 1792) Screen Size
  • 12 + 12 MP | 12 MP Camera
  • 64GB/4 GB Memory
  • 3110 mAh Battery

The iPhone 11 series is popular enough to not require further evangelism. But if we have to enumerate the benefits, you get the smoothest operating system for mobiles. One that’s also radically different from Android. The default iPhone 11 now offers two cameras at the back. A 12MP primary wide lens and another 12MP ultrawide lens, and both are the best in their segment for both photos and videos. There’s also a night mode that kicks in automatically when there’s low light, and like all things Apple, it just works. The A13 Bionic processor with a Neural Engine and a six-core GPU is also the most powerful processor for mobiles, surpassing even the Snapdragon 865. With such cutting edge features, the price is also on the higher side as compared to the Chinese premium flagships. And it’s totally worth the extra premium.

SPECIFICATION
Processor:Apple A13 Bionic (7 nm+) Hexa-core core (2x2.65 GHz, 4x1.8 GHz)
Memory:4 GB RAM, 64GB Storage
Display:6.1″ (828 x 1792) screen, 326 PPI
Camera:12 + 12 MP MPDual Rear camera, 12 MP Front Camera with Video recording
Battery:3110 mAh battery with fast Charging
SIM:Dual SIM
Features:LED Flash, Dust proof and water resistant, Wireless Charging

Available

₹ 43,990
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₹ 49,900

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₹ 53,489

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₹ 49,900

9. SAMSUNG GALAXY S20

  • 6.2" (1440 x 3200) Screen Size
  • 12 + 64 + 12 | 10 MP Camera
  • 128 GB/12 GB Memory
  • 4000 mAh Battery

The Samsung Galaxy S20 series is yet another example of Non-Chinese dominance. This is one lineup which routinely sets a new benchmark for the Android ecosystem. This time, Samsung is offering high-refresh rate displays, multiple cameras and a far more optimised UI than before. The Galaxy S20 is the most affordable of the three and it offers a QHD+ 120Hz display like the OnePlus 8 Pro, a 64MP triple camera and support for wireless charging. The phone also rocks an in-display fingerprint sensor, fast 25W charging, reverse wireless charging, HDR10+ certification, and IP68 water and dust resistance.

SPECIFICATION
Processor:Qualcomm SM8250 Snapdragon 865 Octa-core core (2x2.73 GHz, 2x2.50GHz, 4x2.0 GHz)
Memory:12 GB RAM, 128 GB Storage
Display:6.2″ (1440 x 3200) screen, 563 PPI
Camera:12 + 64 + 12 MPTriple Rear camera, 10 MP Front Camera with Video recording
Battery:4000 mAh battery and USB Type-C port
SIM:Dual SIM
Features:LED Flash, Dust proof and water resistant
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10. SAMSUNG GALAXY M51

  • 6.7" (1080 x 2340) Screen Size
  • 64 + 12 + 5 + 5 | 32 MP Camera
  • 128 GB/6 GB Memory
  • 7000 mAh Battery

The Samsung Galaxy M51 is the first smartphone to house a massive 7,000mAh battery. That alone should make this lucrative in the budget segment. The smartphone rocks an AMOLED display and sports a 64MP quad camera setup at the back. Samsung is a Korean brand with factories in India to assemble smartphones. It also sources majority of the components from India itself, and plans to set up an export hub in the future under the Government's PLI scheme.

SPECIFICATION
Processor:Qualcomm SDM730 Snapdragon 730 Octa-core core (2x2.2 GHz, 6x1.8 GHz)
Memory:6 GB RAM, 128 GB Storage
Display:6.7″ (1080 x 2340) screen, 385 PPI
Camera:64 + 12 + 5 + 5 MPQuad Rear camera, 32 MP Front Camera with Video recording
Battery:7000 mAh battery with fast Charging and USB Type-C port
SIM:Dual SIM
Features:LED Flash
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List of Best non-Chinese smartphones to buy in India (Aug 2022)

Best non-Chinese smartphones Seller Price
Samsung Galaxy M20 Amazon ₹ 10,499
Nokia 8.1 Croma ₹ 11,994
Samsung Galaxy M31 Amazon ₹ 13,999
Asus 6Z Flipkart ₹ 30,999
ROG Phone II Flipkart ₹ 40,999
Samsung Galaxy Note 10 Lite Amazon ₹ 41,999
Apple iPhone SE 2020 Croma ₹ 42,999
Apple iPhone 11 Croma ₹ 43,990
Samsung Galaxy S20 Tatacliq ₹ 49,999
Samsung Galaxy M51 Amazon ₹ 25,999
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