“These smartphones let users enjoy Android operating system the way it was meant to be”
Android being customisable gave smartphone manufacturers the liberty to tweak the basic structure of the world’s most popular mobile OS and give their devices a differentiated interface. Today every other phonemaker probably has their own UI, and yet, none of them can match the novelty that stock Android brings to the table. With vanilla iteration of Android, you get a clean, bloatware-free experience and regular software upgrades straight from Google. So if you’re looking to buy a smartphone with stock Android, then here’s a list of the top devices that offer the same.
Google Pixel 3 and 3XL
You shouldn’t be surprised to see Google’s very own device topping the charts. The Pixels are search behemoth’s take on how an Android smartphone should be. The Pixel 3 flaunts a smaller 5.5-inch OLED panel, whereas the 3XL comes with a bigger 6.3-inch OLED panel. Both of these devices are powered by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 845, which is paired with 4GB of RAM and is available in two storage options of 64GB and 128GB. However, cameras are what Pixel smartphones are best known for, and this year again the duo has nailed it with a single 12.2MP camera on the rear and a pair of 8-megapixel snappers up front.
Related read: Google Pixel 3 XL review
Xiaomi’s huge success with its very first Android One offering, the Mi A1, compelled the brand to bring its successor to the market. The Mi A2 features a 5.99-inch IPS LCD display with an 18:9 aspect ratio. This mid-ranger is powered by the Snapdragon 660 SoC coupled with 4GB / 6GB of RAM. Talking of the camera, this device sports a dual 12MP + 20MP shooters on the back, whereas for selfies, there’s a 20MP sensor.
Related read: Xiaomi Mi A2 review
Lenovo-owned Motorola has a new Android one powered device to tackle the likes of the Mi A2 and Max Pro M1. This device sports a 6.2-inch FHD+ display and is the first Moto device to incorporate a notch design. The One Power is powered by the Snapdragon 636 chipset, working in tandem with 4GB of RAM. Another USP of the handset is its massive 5,000mAh battery.
Related read: Motorola One Power review
The Zenfone Max Pro M1 has helped the Taiwanese manufacturer bounce back in the Indian smartphone industry. The device’s aggressive pricing and the monster 5,000mAh cell made it the direct competitor to Xiaomi’s Redmi Note 5 Pro (review). The phone comes equipped with the octa-core Snapdragon 636 chip, which is paired with 3GB / 4GB / 6GB RAM. The device also flaunts a pair of snappers at the back, comprising 13MP (16MP in the case of the higher-end variant) and 5MP sensors.
Related read: ASUS ZenFone Max Pro M1 6GB review
The Nokia 6.1 Plus looks and feels stunning with its glass construction and a display notch on top, which translates to an almost bezel-less display. The mid-range device is yet another handset in its segment to draw power from Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 636 SoC, which is mated to 4GB of RAM. The phone has a dual rear camera setup made up of 16-megapixel shooter and a 5MP depth-sensing unit, while the selfie shooter is rated 16MP. The 6.1 Plus is powered by a 3,060mAh cell.
Related read: Nokia 6.1 Plus review
The Nokia 5.1 Plus shares a similar design to the 6.1 Plus, but comes at a lower price point. This device is powered by Mediatek’s Helio P60 chipset that works in conjunction with 3-gigs of RAM. Similar to its sibling, it sports a dual-camera module on the back, with a 13MP snapper and a 5MP depth sensor. For selfies, the handset has an 8MP shooter on the front. Fuelling the package is a 3,060mAh battery.
Related read: Nokia 5.1 Plus review
The Moto E5 Plus is a budget device flaunting a huge 5,000mAh battery, which is rare to find in this price category. The device comes powered by the quad-core Snapdragon 425 processor coupled with 3GB of RAM. In the imaging department, the phone sports a 12MP rear camera and a 5MP selfie shooter.
Related read: Moto E5 Plus unboxing and first impressions
The Nokia 2.1 is the cheapest stock Android device on this list. The phone comes with Android 8.1 Oreo (Go edition), specially designed to suit the hardware on entry-level devices. It’s powered by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 425 chipset, which is further supplemented by a gigabyte of RAM. The handset ships with 8GB of storage onboard, which can be extended further with the use of a microSD card. The device sips juice from a beefy 4,000mAh battery.
So those are the best smartphones with stock Android across different price points. Which one would you go for? Let us know by dropping a comment below.