12 Best Alternative Smartphones to the Apple iPhone X

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Introductions to the Apple iPhone X

The almighty Apple iPhone X, also known as the iPhone 10 has been around for sometimes now. The device does not only feature a completely full screen display, but it is also one of the most powerful smartphone in the market currently. Many folks aren’t just after the device because of the beauty and class, some are actually after the device because of it furiousity. But truth be told, the 1,000 Dollars price tag is a completely turn off for many. But if you are in that class, here are the 12 best alternative smartphones to Apple iPhone X.

The list below are the top Smartphones to Buy Instead of the Apple iPhone X. However, before you read on, it is important to note that the list is neither arranged alphabetically nor by performance. One important thing we are going to do be for we continue, is to take a look at the major specifications and features of the Apple iPhone X.

Apple iPhone X Smartphone Specifications and Features

  • 5.8-inch (2436 x 1125 pixels) OLED 458ppi Super Retina HD display display, 1,000,000:1 contrast ratio (typical), 625 cd/m2 max brightness, 3D Touch
  • Six-core A11 Bionic 64-bit processor with three-core GPU, M11 motion co-processor
  • 64GB and 256GB storage options
  • iOS 11
  • Water and dust resistant (IP67)
  • 12MP wide-angle (f/1.8) and telephoto (f/2.4) cameras, Dual optical image stabilization, Optical zoom; digital zoom up to 10x, Six‑element lens, Quad-LED True Tone flash, 4K video recording at 60 fps, Slo‑mo 1080p at 240 fps
  • 7MP front camera with f/2.2 aperture, 1080p video recording,Retina Flash
  • TrueDepth camera for FaceID facial recognition, Stereo speakers
  • Dimensions: 143.6x 70.9×7.7 mm; Weight: 174grams
  • 4G VoLTE, WiFi 802.11 ac with MIMO, Bluetooth 5.0, NFC with reader mode, GPS with GLONASS
  • Built-in rechargeable lithium-ion battery with Qi wireless charging, fast charging, up to 12 hours internet use, up to 21 hours talk time
  • Price Begins at $999

1. OnePlus 5/5T

Currently, when the role call of the most powerful smartphone are being called, the OnePlus 5T is a complete non-skip-able device. This is because the Oneplus 5T is not only frugal, but also very pocket friendly. In the package, you get a huge 6/8GB RAM along the impressive Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 and many other crazy specs at half the price of the Apple iPhone X. And if you wanna save even more, then try the older OnePlus 5. The main features of the Device Includes:

OnePlus 5T Smartphone Specifications and Features

  • 6.01-inch (2106 ×1080 pixels) Full HD+ Optic AMOLED 2.5D curved Corning Gorilla Glass 5 display, sRGB, DCI-P3 color coverage
  • 2.45GHz Octa-Core Snapdragon 835 64-bit 10nm Mobile Platform with Adreno 540 GPU
  • 6GB LPDDR4x RAM with 64GB storage (UFS 2.1 ), 8GB LPDDR4x RAM with 128GB (UFS 2.1) internal storage
  • Android 7.1.1 (Nougat) with Oxygen OS 4.7, Upgradable to Android 8.0 (Oreo)
  • Dual SIM (nano + nano)
  • 16MP rear camera with dual LED Flash, Sony IMX398 sensor, f/1.7 aperture, 1.12μm pixel size, EIS, secondary 20MP camera with f/1.7 aperture, Sony IMX376K sensor, 1.0μm pixel size, 4K at 30fps, 1080p at 60 fps, 720p slow motion at 120fps
  • 16MP front-facing camera with Sony IMX371 sensor, 1.0μm pixel size, f/2.0 aperture
  • Fingerprint sensor
  • 3.5mm audio jack, 3 microphones with noise cancellation, Dirac HD Sound
  • Dimensions: 156.1x75x7.3mm; Weight: 162g
  • 4G VoLTE, WiFi 802.11ac dual-band (2×2 MU-MIMO ), Bluetooth 5.0 aptX HD, GPS/GLONASS/Beidou, USB 2.0 Type-C, NFC
  • 3300mAh battery with Dash Charge (5V 4A)
  • Price Begins at $499

2. Google Pixel 2/2 XL

I’ll be very quick on this: the Google Pixel 2 XL does not only posses power in terms of built or processing abilities alone; if you really want to test and use Android OS the way Google intended it, then try the Pixel 2 XL. The more compact Pixel 2 is also a great alternative for folks with smaller palm.

Google Pixel 2 XL Smartphone Specifications and Features

  • 6-inch (2880 x 1440 pixels) Quad HD+ pOLED display with 100% DCI-P3 coverage, 100000:1 super contrast ratio, 3D Corning Gorilla Glass 5 protection
  • Octa-Core Snapdragon 835 Mobile Platform with Adreno 540 GPU
  • 4GB DDR4X RAM, 64GB / 128GB storage
  • Android 8.0 (Oreo)
  • 12.2MP rear camera with LED flash, OIS, EIS, f/1.8 aperture, 1.4μm pixel size,  laser + dual pixel phase detection, 4K video recording
  • 8MP front camera, f/2.4 aperture, 1.4μm pixel size
  • Fingerprint sensor
  • Water and dust Resistant (IP67)
  • Stereo front-firing speakers
  • Dimensions: 157.9 x 76.7 x 7.9mm; Weight: 175g
  • 4G VoLTE, WiFi 802.11ac 2x2MIMO (2.4/5 GHz), Bluetooth 5 LE, GPS, USB Type-C, NFC
  • 3520mAh battery with fast charging
  • Price Begins at $799

3. Samsung Galaxy Note 8

The Galaxy Note 8 could lay claim to being Samsung’s best ever handset, and it has some key differences to the iPhone – notably its Android OS, as tweaked by Samsung, and the integrated stylus that lets you scribble down your thoughts and access other features.

With that 6.3-inch ‘Infinity Display’ you also get a lot more screen space for your money, and perhaps the only downside is just how much money you’re going to have to part with to get one – the Note 8 will set you back $929, which is the only device on my list with the closest price tag to the Apple iPhone X.

Samsung Galaxy Note 8/8+ Smartphone Specifications and Features

  • 6.3-inch Quad HD+ (2960 × 1440 pixels) Super AMOLED Infinity display with 522ppi, 18.5:9 aspect ratio
  • Octa-Core Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 with Adreno 540 GPU / Octa-Core Samsung Exynos 9 Series 8895 processor with Mali-G71 MP20 GPU
  • 6GB LPDDR4 RAM with 64GB/128GB/256GB storage, expandable memory up to 256GB with microSD
  • Android 7.1.1 (Nougat)
  • Hybrid Dual SIM (nano + nano / microSD)
  • 12MP Dual Pixel rear camera with LED Flash, f/1.7 aperture, wide-angle lens, OIS, secondary 12MP camera with telephoto lens, f2.4 aperture, OIS, 2x optical zoom, up to 10x digital zoom
  • 8MP auto focus front-facing camera with f/1.7 aperture, wide-angle lens
  • Water and dust resistant (IP68)
  • Sensors: Accelerometer, Barometer, Fingerprint Sensor, Gyro Sensor, Geomagnetic Sensor, Hall Sensor, Heart Rate Sensor, Proximity Sensor, RGB Light Sensor, Iris Sensor, Pressure Sensor
  • Dimensions:162.5 x 74.8 x 8.6mm; Weight: 195g
  • 4G VoLTE, Wi-Fi 802.11ac (2.4/5GHz), VHT80 MU-MIMO, Bluetooth v 5.0 (LE up to 2Mbps), GPS with GLONASS, USB Type-C 3.1, NFC, MST
  • 3300mAh battery with fast charging both on wired and wireless (WPC and PMA)
  • Price Begins at $929

4. HTC U11/U11+

Do you remember the HTC U11, the U11+ is like the XL version of the device with almost similar specs, but a larger 6-inch QHD+ display. Your options starts from a 4GB variant with 64GB internal storage. Memory demanding folks can go for the 6GB and 128GB variant. Both variants are powered by the already tested and trusted Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 processor

HTC U11+ Smartphone Specifications and Features

  • 6-inch (2880 x 1440 pixels) Quad HD+ Super LCD 6 display with Corning Gorilla Glass 5 protection
  • 2.45GHz Octa-Core Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 Mobile Platform with Adreno 540 GPU
  • 4GB RAM with 64GB storage, 6GB RAM with 128GB internal storage, expandable memory up to 2TB with microSD
  • Android 8.0 Oreo with HTC Sense U.I
  • Nano SIM
  • 12MP UltraPixel 3 rear camera with Dual LED flash, Phase Detection Auto Focus (PDAF),BSI sensor, OIS, f/1.7 aperture, 1.4μm pixel, 4K video recording, 3D Audio
  • 8MP front-facing camera with f/2.0 aperture, BSI sensor, 85° field of view, 1080p video recording
  • Fingerprint sensor
  • Dimensions: 158.5 x 74.9 x 8.5mm; Weight: 188g
  • HTC USonic with Active Noise Cancellation, Hi-Res audio certified, HTC BoomSound Hi-Fi edition
  • Water and dust resistant (IP68)
  • 4G VoLTE, WiFi 802.11 ac (2.4 & 5GHz), NFC, Bluetooth 5.0, GPS + GLONASS,USB-C 3.1 Gen 1
  • 3930mAh built-in battery with QuickCharge 3.0
  • Price Begins at $649

5. Samsung Galaxy S8/S8+

Samsung Galaxy S8 and the S8+ is also a great alternative to the Apple iPhone X. While the S8+ was already touching the Note8 with it large 6.2-inch display, the S8 on the other hand pack same display as the iPhone X, and turn to be more cost effective than both the S8+ and the Note8.

Samsung Galaxy S8/S8+ Smartphone Specifications and Features

  • S8 – 5.8-inch Quad HD+ (2960 × 1440 pixels) Super AMOLED Infinity display with 570ppi, Corning Gorilla Glass 5 protection
  • S8+ – 6.2-inch Quad HD+ (2960 × 1440 pixels) Super AMOLED Infinity display with 529ppi, Corning Gorilla Glass 5 protection
  • Octa-Core Samsung Exynos 9 Series 8895 processor with Mali-G71 MP20 GPU
  • 4GB LPDDR4 RAM, 64GB storage (UFS 2.1), expandable memory up to 256GB with microSD
  • Android 7.0 (Nougat)
  • Hybrid Dual SIM (nano + nano / microSD)
  • 12MP Dual Pixel rear camera with LED Flash, f/1.7 aperture, 1/2.55″ sensor size, OIS, 1.4µm pixel size
  • 8MP auto focus front-facing camera with f/1.7 aperture, 1/3.6″ sensor size, 1.22µm pixel size, 80-degree wide-angle lens
  • Water and dust resistant (IP68)
  • Ultra High Quality Audio Playback – PCM: Up to 32 bits; DSD: DSD64/128
  • Sensors – Accelerometer, Barometer, Fingerprint Sensor, Gyro Sensor, Geomagnetic Sensor, Hall Sensor, Heart Rate Sensor, Proximity Sensor, RGB Light Sensor, Iris Sensor, Pressure Sensor
  • S8 – Dimensions:  148.9 x 68.1 x 8.0mm; Weight: 152g
  • S8+ – Dimensions: 159.5 x 73.4 x 8.1mm; Weight: 173g
  • 4G VoLTE, Wi-Fi 802.11ac (2.4/5GHz), VHT80 MU-MIMO, Bluetooth v 5.0 (LE up to 2Mbps), GPS with GLONASS, USB 3.1, NFC, MST
  • S8 – 3000mAh battery with fast Charging both on wired and wireless (WPC and PMA) charging
  • S8+ – 3500mAh battery with fast Charging both on wired and wireless (WPC and PMA) charging
  • Price Begins at $699

6. LG V30

The popular trending 18:9 aspect ratio display we see today, was actually first seen on the LG V30 smartphone. It packed a gorgeous 6-inch 18:9 HDR screen, a distinct lack of bezels, and internal components that mean the phone can keep pace with whatever Apple has to offer.

With its integrated 32-bit Quad DAC, bundled Bang & Olufsen headphones, and 3.5mm audio jack, it also has sound capabilities that put it ahead of Apple and Samsung handset combined.

LG V30 Smartphone Specifications and Features

  • 6-inch (2880 x 1440 pixels) QHD+ OLED display with a 18:9 aspect ratio, 538 PPI, Corning Gorilla Glass 5 protection
  • Octa-Core Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 Mobile Platform with Adreno 540 GPU
  • 4GB LPDDR4x RAM, 64GB (V30) / 128GB (V30+) (UFS 2.0) internal memory, expandable memory up to 2TB with microSD
  • Android 7.1.2 (Nougat) with LG UX 6.0+
  • 16MP rear camera with f/1.6-aperture, 71-degree wide-angle lens, dual-tone LED flash, Laser auto focus, OIS, EIS, PDAF, 13MP secondary camera with f/1.9 aperture, 120-degree wide-angle lens
  • 5MP front camera with 90-degree wide-angle lens, f/2.2 aperture
  • Dimensions: 151.7 x 75.4 x 7.3mm; Weight: 158g
  • Fingerprint sensor
  • Water, dust resistant (IP68), MIL-STD 810G certified
  • 32-bit Advanced Hi-Fi Quad DAC
  • Dimensions: 151.7 x 75.4 x 7.3mm; Weight: 158g
  • 4G VoLTE, WiFi 802.11 ac (2.4GHz and 5GHz), Bluetooth 5.0 LE, GPS, NFC, USB Type-C 2.0 (3.1 compatible)
  • 3,300mAh battery with Qualcomm Quick Charge 3.0, Wireless charging
  • Price Begins at $809

7. Xiaomi Mi6

The Xiaomi Mi6 is yet another great device from China. Xiaomi have always been inspired by Apple products since inspection, but unlike Apple, Xiaomi offers it smartphones with high end specs at half the price of and Samsung smartphones combined. And talking about high-end specs, the checklist below explains it all.

Xiaomi Mi6 Smartphone Specifications and Features

  • 5.15-inch (1920×1080 pixels) Full HD display with 600 nits brightness, 94.4% NTSC color gamut, 1500:1 contrast ratio
  • 2.45GHz Octa-Core Snapdragon 835 64-bit 10nm processor with Adreno 540 GPU
  • 6GB LPDDR4x RAM with 64GB / 128GB (UFS) internal storage
  • Android 7.1.1 (Nougat) with MIUI 8
  • Dual SIM (nano + nano)
  • Splash resistant
  • 12MP rear camera with 1.25μm pixel size, f/1.8 aperture, dual-tone LED flash, 4-axis OIS, 4K video recording, secondary 12MP camera with 1.0 μm pixel size, 52mm portrait lens, f/2.6 aperture
  • 8MP front-facing camera
  • Ultrasonic  Fingerprint sensor, Infrared sensor
  • Stereo speakers
  • Dimensions: 145.17x 70.49×7.45 mm; Weight: 168g / 182g (ceramic)
  • 4G LTE, WiFi 802.11ac dual-band (2×2 MU-MIMO ), Bluetooth 5.0, GPS/GLONASS/Beidou, NFC, USB Type-C
  • 3350mAh (typical) / 3250mAh (minimum) battery with Qualcomm Quick Charge 3.0, 18W fast charging
  • Price Begins at $421

8. Huawei Mate 10

Huawei has already nudged ahead of Apple in terms of smartphone built quality and features, but many fan are yet to realize this fact, especially the loyal Apple fans. A good device to demonstrate this fact is the Huawei Mate 10 Smartphone. Aside the impressive screen of the Mate 10 and the stone-metal water resistant built quality of the device, the Mate 10 boost a self-intelligent processor code-named Kirin 970, built on 10nm, offering incredible power and efficiency.

Huawei Mate 10 Smartphone Specifications and Features

  • 6-inch (2160 x 1080 pixels) Full HD+ 18:9 FullView display, 70000:1 (Typical) Contrast ratio, 112% NTSC Color Gamut
  • Octa-Core Huawei Kirin 970 (4 x 2.4 GHz A73+ 4 x 1.8 GHz A53) 10nm processor + i7 co-processor, Mali-G72 MP12 GPU, NPU
  • 6GB RAM with 128GB storage, 4GB RAM with 64GB storage, expandable memory up to 256GB with microSD
  • Android 8.0 (Oreo) with EMUI 8.0
  • Hybird Dual SIM (nano SIM + nano SIM / microSD)
  • 20MP (Monochrome) + 12MP (RGB) Dual rear cameras with Leica Summilux-H lenses, f/1.6 aperture, dual-tone LED flash, PDAF, CAF, Laser AF, OIS, 4K video recording
  • 8MP front-facing camera, f/2.0 aperture
  • Fingerprint sensor, Infrared sensor
  • Water-resistant (IP67)
  • Dimensions: 154.2 x 74.5 x 7.9mm; Weight: 178g
  • 4G VoLTE, WiFi 802.11ac (2.4GHz/5GHz), Bluetooth 4.2 LE, GPS, NFC, USB Type-C
  • 4000mAh battery with fast charging
  • Price Begins at $899

9. Moto Z2 Force

The Moto Z2 Force offers something that the Apple iPhone can’t: Moto Mods. These clip-on accessories cover everything from 360-degree video cameras to game controllers, and they definitely make the Z2 Force stand out among the host of Android phones on the scene. Elsewhere it’s a pretty decent phone in its own right – a sharp 5.5-inch display, the usual Snapdragon 835 CPU and 4GB of RAM combination found in most flagships in 2017, and a sticker price of $720 in the US (roughly £545 in UK money, with a launch expected soon).

Moto Z2 Force Smartphone Specifications and Features

  • 5.5-inch (1440 x 2560 pixels) Quad HD AMOLED POLED ShatterShield, shatterproof display
  • 2.45GHz Octa-Core Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 Mobile Platform with Adreno 540 GPU
  • 4GB RAM, 64GB storage, expandable memory up to 2TB with microSD
  • Android 7.1.1 (Nougat)
  • Single / Dual SIM
  • 12MP dual rear cameras (monochrome + color) with dual-tone LED flash, Sony IMX386 sensors, ƒ/2.0 aperture, 1.25um pixel size, PDAF, Laser Auto Focus, 4k video recording
  • 5MP front-facing camera with dual-tone LED flash, f/2.2 aperture, 85-degree wide-angle lens
  • Fingerprint sensor
  • Water repellent nano-coating
  • Front-ported loud speaker, 3 Mics
  • Dimensions: 76 x 155.8 x 6.1 mm; Weight: 143g
  • 4G VoLTE, WiFi 802.11 ac (2.4 and 5 GHz) MIMO, Bluetooth 4.2 (5.0 enabled after Android O), GPS with GLONASS, NFC, USB Type-C
  • 2730mAh battery with Turbo Charging
  • Price Begins at $799

10. Essential Phone

If you like Apple’s approach to phone making but prefer the Android side of the fence then the Essential Phone is definitely worth a look: there’s no doubt that ex-Googler Andy Rubin wants to build his company into something like what Apple and Tim Cook have got going. Packing close-to-stock Android, a fantastic-looking bezel-free design, and the option of modular accessories down the line, there’s a lot to like about the 5.7-inch handset. It costs $699 (about £530 or AU$870) in the US, with an international launch to be confirmed.

Essential Phone Smartphone Specifications and Features

  • 5.7-inch (2560 x 1312 QHD) with Corning Gorilla Glass 5 cover glass
  • 2.45GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 Octa core processor (Quad + 1.9GHz Quad)
  • 4GB RAM, 128GB storage
  • Android OS
  • Fingerprint Sensor
  • 13MP Dual RGB + Mono camera with image fusion technology, 13MP True Monochrome mode f/1.85 lens, Video recording at 4K 30fps, 1080p 60fps or 720p 120fps
  • 8MP resolution with 16:9 aspect ratio f/2.20 fixed hyperfocal lens, Video recording at 4K 30fps, 1080p 60fps or 720p 120fps
  • 4x microphones with noise cancellation and beam forming
  • Dimensions: 141.5mm x 71.1mm x 7.8mm; Weight: 185 grams
  • USB Type C, Bluetooth 5.0,WiFi 802.11a/b/g/n/ac with MIMO, NFC, GPS and GLONASS
  • 3,040 mAh battery with fast charging
  • Price Begins at $699

11. Apple iPhone 8 Plus

This being Apple the price will still be fairly high but you get a lot of phone for your money (don’t forget that excellent camera with 2x optical zoom).

Apple iPhone 8 Smartphone Specifications and Features

  • 5.5-inch (1920 x 1080 pixels) IPS 401ppi display, 1300:1 contrast ratio, 625 cd/m2 max brightness, 3D Touch
  • Six-core A11 Bionic 64-bit processor with three-core GPU, M11 motion co-processor
  • 64GB and 256GB storage options
  • iOS 11
  • Water and dust resistant (IP67)
  • 12MP wide-angle (f/1.8) and telephoto (f/2.8) cameras, OIS, Optical zoom at 2x; digital zoom up to 10x, Six‑element lens, Quad-LED True Tone flash, 4K video recording at 60 fps, Slo‑mo 1080p at 240 fps
  • 7MP front camera with f/2.2 aperture, 1080p video recording,Retina Flash
  • TouchID Fingerprint sensor, Stereo speakers
  • Dimensions: 158.4x 78.1×7.5 mm; Weight: 202grams
  • 4G VoLTE, WiFi 802.11 ac with MIMO, Bluetooth 5.0, NFC with reader mode, GPS with GLONASS
  • Built-in rechargeable lithium-ion battery with Qi wireless charging, fast charging, up to 13 hours internet use, up to 21 hours talk time
  • Price Begins at $799

12. Nokia 8

We all were happy for the return of Nokia from extinction. Initially, I thought the company was gone forever, but then; ‘Pop Goes the Wizard’. Boosting a 5.3-inch QHD display and the popular Snapdragon 835 processor, The Nokia 8 smartphone is a great option to consider instead of the Apple iPhone X. But then, you sure wanna read through the specification sheet below before you hit the buy button.

Nokia 8 Smartphone Specifications and Features

  • 5.3-inch (2560×1440 pixels) Quad HD LCD display at 554ppi pixel density, sculpted Corning Gorilla Glass 5 protection, 700 nits brightness
  • Octa-Core Snapdragon 835 Mobile Platform with Adreno 540 GPU
  • 4GB DDR4X RAM, 64GB (UFS 2.1) storage, expandable memory up to 256GB with microSD
  • Android 7.1.1 (Nougat), upgradable to Android O
  • Single / Hybrid Dual SIM (nano + nano/microSD)
  • 13MP (Colour) primary camera with OIS + 13MP (Mono), ZEISS optics, 1.12um pixel size, f/2.0 aperture, 76.9-degree wide-angle lens, PDAF, IR range finder, dual tone flash
  • 13MP auto focus front-facing camera with ZEISS optics, PDAF, 1.12um pixel size, f/2.0 aperture, 78.4˚ lens
  • Fingerprint sensor, Barometer
  • 3.5mm headphone jack, 3 microphones, Nokia OZO 360° spatial surround sound
  • Dimensions: 151.5 x 73.7 x 7.9 mm
  • 4G VoLTE, Wi-Fi 802.11ac (MIMO), Bluetooth 5.0, GPS/ GLONASS, USB Type-C 3.1 Gen 1, NFC
  • 3090mAh battery with Qualcomm Quick Charge 3.0
  • Price Begins at $698

Conclusion and Summary

Those are the list of Top Smartphones to Buy in place of the Apple iPhone X. But before I drop my ink, let me run through the list again.

Top Smartphones to Buy Instead of the Apple iPhone X

  1. OnePlus 5/5T
  2. Google Pixel 2/2 XL
  3. Samsung Galaxy Note8
  4. HTC U11/U11+
  5. Samsung Galaxy S8/8+
  6. LG V30
  7. Xiaomi Mi6
  8. Huawei Mate 10
  9. Moto Z2 Force
  10. Essential Phone
  11. Apple iPhone 8/8 Plus
  12. Nokia 8

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