“The 8X is a mid-ranger with a large 6.5-inch full-HD+ display with a notch, 3,750mAh battery, and dual cameras

The Honor 8X (first impressions), which was launched in China last month, has finally arrived on the Indian shores. The successor to the Honor 7X (review) brings a large display with a notch up top, brand’s in-house mid-range processor, and a beefy battery — all packed inside an elegant glass-sandwich design. But the Honor 8X isn’t the only capable smartphone in its price bracket, and if you aren’t quite sold on the handset, we have compiled this list of top five smartphones that are worthy alternatives to the latest launch. 

Realme 2 Pro

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The Realme 2 Pro is the most affordable smartphone to come with 8GB of RAM (available on its top-end model) and Snapdragon 660 processor. The smartphone comes with a 6.3-inch full HD+ display with a waterdrop notch, and thus offering an impressive screen-to-body ratio. The smartphone is being offered in three RAM and storage configurations of 4GB + 64GB, 6GB + 64GB, and 8GB + 128GB. In the camera department, a pair of 16MP and 2MP shooters can be found on the rear. Selfie lovers will get a 16MP snapper on the fascia. The device boots Android 8.1 Oreo-based ColorOS v5.2 out of the box and sips juice from a 3,500mAh battery.

Related read: Realme 2 Pro review | Honor 8X vs Realme 2 Pro

Xiaomi Mi A2

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The Chinese giant is the reigning leader when it comes to the affordable segment in India. And when you take a Xiaomi smartphone and slap stock Android on it, you know you have got a winner in your hands. The second-generation Android One phone from the brand – the Mi A2 – is a strong contender in the Rs 15k to Rs 20k bracket. The device comes with a 5.99-inch full HD+ display with an aspect ratio of 18:9. The handset is powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 660 processor backed by 4GB of RAM and 64GB of storage. In the imaging department, you get a 12MP + 20MP setup on the back and a 20MP selfie shooter. A 3,010mAh battery with fast charging support completes the list of the specs.

Related read: Xiaomi Mi A2 review | Honor 8X vs Xiaomi Mi A2

Nokia 6.1 Plus

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Ever since announcing that all its phones will have Android One branding, Nokia – a brand that made its comeback under the aegis of HMD Global – has been in the reckoning. The phonemaker embraced the trending display notch with the launch of the Nokia 6.1 Plus and it’s one of the most recommended smartphones in this price range. The 6.1 Plus comes with a 5.85-inch display featuring a 19:9 aspect ratio and a resolution of 2,280 x 1,080 pixels. There is the Snapdragon 636 SoC ticking at its core with 4GB RAM and 64GB expandable storage. You get a pair of 16MP + 5MP shooters on the back and 16MP camera on the front. A 3,060mAh battery juices up the handset and comes with support for Quick Charge 3.0.

Related read: Nokia 6.1 Plus review

Motorola One Power


The One Power is yet another smartphone that’s part of Google’s Android One initiative. The smartphone has been equipped with a 6.2-inch FHD+ display featuring a 19:9 aspect ratio. For performance, the handset gets the Qualcomm Snapdragon 636 chipset aided by 4GB of RAM and 64GB native storage. For cameras, the One Power gets a 16MP + 5MP module on the back and 12-megapixel selfie shooter. It boots stock Android 8.1 Oreo out of the box and relies on a massive 5,000mAh battery for power requirement.

Related read: Motorola One Power review

ASUS ZenFone Max Pro M1

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The Taiwanese handset maker – ASUS – literally disrupted the affordable segment with the launch of its ZenFone Max Pro M1. The stock Android device comes with a 6-inch full HD+ display bearing an aspect ratio of 18:9 and a 2.5D curved glass on top. There is a 1.8GHz octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 636 processor at its core accompanied by up to 6GB of RAM and up to 64GB ROM. The dual-camera array on the handset comprises a 16MP shooter and a 5MP secondary sensor. For selfies, there’s a 16-megapixel camera. The phone draws juice from a beefy 5,000mAh battery under the hood.

Related read: ASUS ZenFone Max Pro M1 review