6 Best Non-Chinese Smartphone Brands in India

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Hold-on tight I’ll introduce you with some of the best Non-Chinese smartphone brands in India, good alternative to brands like Oppo, Vivo, Mi, OnePlus & Huawei.

After the last few India and China border skirmishes, and one recently in Ladakh Valley where more than 300 Chinese PLA troops ambushed Indian soldiers. That resulted in the death of 20 Indian soldiers, leaving our country with anti-China sentiments.

There is a strong trend among all citizens to boycott Chinese goods. If you open twitter you’ll see a boycott of Chinese products trending almost every day since the Ladakh incident. Read about it on Times of India.

I’ve decided to do some research on non-Chinese tech & electronic gadgets that you can buy in India, product categories including smartphones, television, laptops, etc.

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If you’re also someone who is supporting this Boycott Chinese product movement in India then I’d like to say that please share this article with your friends on social media or WhatsApp to create more awareness among people.

Okay now, let’s start with the non-Chinese smartphone brands that you can buy in India.

As you know that most of the market is flooded with Chinese smartphone manufacturing companies like Vivo, Oppo, Xiaomi, Tecno, Motorola, etc.

It is very difficult to imagine the smartphone market without these brands but for the greater good, we need to find some alternatives. It will be difficult initially but not for long.

Chinese smartphone brands own over 50% of Indian smartphone market share, which is hugeeee!!

And leaving them behind we only have a handful of non-Chinese smartphone manufacturers selling in India.

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Popular Non-Chinese Smartphone Brands in India 2021

Non-Chinese Smartphone Brands in India

Samsung

Country of origin: South Korea.

Samsung is the single biggest electronics company in India which recently crossed 10 Billion revenue in India and still going strong.

Samsung is one of those companies that makes quality, budgeted & affordable smartphones & tablets. And also one of the three premium smartphone brands worldwide.

The best alternative for entry-level, mid-range & premium segment phone brands like Oppo, Vivo, Mi, Honor, Huawei & OnePlus.

List of Best Samsung smartphones under Rs 10000 in India are:

Samsung Galaxy M01

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Galaxy M01 is one of those mobiles that are excellent for entertainment purposes like watching videos, browsing the internet, etc. You can play a lightweight game, not recommended for high-end gaming at all.

Specs:

  • 3GB ram
  • 14.48 cm (5.7 inch) HD+ Display
  • 13MP + 2MP | 5MP Front Camera
  • 4000 mAh Lithium-ion Battery
  • Snapdragon SDM439 Processor

Samsung Galaxy A10s

Another good phone for moderate use from Samsung. Best for entertainment. It has a 6.2-inch HD+ display, watching high-quality movies & music videos and also making video calls.

Specs:

  • 2 GB RAM
  • 6.2 inch HD+ Display
  • 13MP + 2MP
  • 8MP Front Camera
  • MediaTek MT6762 Processor
  • 4000 mAh Lithium-ion Battery

List of Best Samsung smartphones under Rs 20000

Samsung Galaxy M40

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Galaxy M40 has the Infinity O display, making it the only smartphone under 20k to have this feature. Great phone for multitasking, clicking photos, and recording 4k videos on the go.

Specs:

  • 32MP + 8MP + 5MP triple rear camera
  • 16MP front-facing camera
  • 6.3-inch FHD+ touchscreen
  • Snapdragon SD 675 core processor
  • 3500mAH lithium-ion batter

Samsung Galaxy M31

Galaxy M31 is one step ahead of M40 in terms of all major specifications. Also, M32 runs on android 10 whereas m40 runs on android 9. The M31 has a better display with 404ppi.

Specs:

64MP + 8MP + 5MP + 5MP rear camera

32MP front-facing camera

6.4-inch FHD+ capacitive touchscreen

6000mAH lithium-ion battery

Samsung Galaxy A50s

It has identical features like that of M31 but with lesser battery capacity. One of the major highlights of his particular phone is the V cut FHD+ display.

Camera quality is also very good in bright light conditions.

Specs:

48+5+8MP triple rear camera

32MP front camera

Android Pie 9.0

4000mAH lithium-ion battery

Exynos 9611 octa core processor

Samsung Galaxy M21

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At the current price, this is a top-class product from Samsung I bought this recently seeing all the hype it has been receiving online. The UI is very well optimized, a super AMOLED display is the icing on the cake and the latest 9611 Exynos Octa core processor.

Specs:

48+5+8MP triple rear camera

32MP front camera

Android 10.0

6000mAH lithium-ion battery

2.3GHz Exynos 9611 octa processor

Best Samsung Flagship & Premium smartphones in India

Samsung is the top contender for the leader in India premium smartphone market, they’re eyeing a whooping 65% share in this segment. Source ET.

Samsung Galaxy S9 Plus

A true premium category smartphone from Samsung that you’re getting below 30k in India.

Samsung Galaxy S9 Plus has some of the best in the class specs & features that you’ll not find in any other phone in this price segment, that too this phone being much older generation.

Quad HD+ display with Exynos 9810 processor, this will take care of all the multi-tasking & entertainment.

Specs:

Quad HD+ Display

12MP + 12MP

8MP Front Camera

3500 mAh Battery

Exynos 9810 Processor

Samsung Galaxy S10e

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A true flagship smartphone, it has some good features that are backed by A.I. like intelligent 24-hr battery backup which maps your smartphone usage pattern based upon the fact that it enables & disables certain apps that you use in order of less to frequent.

Their camera is one of the main selling points, it sports a wide-angle camera great for vlogging, the best part?

It’s A.I. automatically optimizes each setting so you need to be a pro, still, you’ll check some excellent photographs using this phone.

Specs:

6 GB RAM

5.8 inch Full HD+ Display

16MP + 12MP

10MP Front Camera

3100 mAh Lithium-ion Battery

Exynos 9820 Processor

Other variants:

Samsung Galaxy S10 Lite: Check it out

Samsung Galaxy Note 10 Plus

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I’m a fan of all Samsung galaxy Note series products, they come with innovative features and specs that are truly mind blowing! With HDR10+ certification displays get cinema grade picture quality in bright light or in dark.

Check out the below features to see why Note 10 Plus is so awesome.

Specs:

On-screen Ultrasonic Fingerprint Scanner

Infinity-O Display

Dynamic AMOLED

4300 mAh Battery

Dynamic Tone Mapping

Other variants:

Samsung Galaxy Note 10 Lite – Check on Amazon || Flipkart
Samsung Galaxy Note 10 – Check on Amazon || Flipkart

Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra

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This is a top-tier premium smartphone from Samsung that is equipped with some out of the box technologies like 8k mobile resolution, this is not achieved in any other smartphone.

The sophisticated 104 mega pixel camera which takes vivid pictures. This phone is made for high ending tasks & heavy gaming.

Probably the best premium android smartphone in India.

Specs:

12 GB RAM

6.9 inch Quad HD+ Display

5000 mAh Lithium-ion Battery

Exynos 990 Processor

100x Space Zoom

8K mobile resolution

Other variant:

Samsung Galaxy S20+ – Check on Amazon / / Flipkart


Check it out: Top 8 Best Budget Smartphones in India


Nokia

Country of origin: Finland

Who doesn’t know about Nokia? 1 out of 5 90s kids might have used a Nokia phone.

In our school life Nokia was the market leader of mobile phones in the entire world.

We’re fans of Nokia’s premium N series and music series phones. But it lost its way and slipped way below others and now they’re making a comeback with their latest smartphones.

Let see some of Nokia’s best android smartphones that you can buy in India.

The best alternative for entry-level, mid-range segment which is dominated by Oppo, Vivo, Mi, Honor, etc.

Entry level & budget smartphones from Nokia

Nokia 4.2

Good phone for moderate usage and multimedia purpose.

Specs:

13MP+2MP primary camera

3000 lithium-ion battery

Android Pie

Nokia 6.1

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One of the top selling Nokia android smartphones. Nikia 6.1 has a really good UI and IPS LCD display which is good for watching HD quality videos. The back camera has a ZEISS lens, which takes decent quality pictures.

Specs:

3 GB RAM

5.5 inchFull HD Display

3000 mAh Battery

Snapdragon 630 Processor

Corning Gorilla Glass 3

Android Oreo v8.1

ZEISS Optics

Other variant:

Nokia 6.2 – Check it on Amazon / / Flipkart

Nokia 7.2

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Nokia 7.2 is capable of doing multitasking. You can play heavy GPU intensive games with moderate settings like PUBG & Call of Duty on this device.

6GB of ram will ensure you a smooth & lag-free experience. The camera is also good but not the best in this segment.

Specs:

48MP + 5MP + 8MP

20MP Front Camera

6 GB RAM

6.3 inch FHD+ Display

3500 mAh Battery

Snapdragon 660 Processor

Other variant:

Nokia 7.1Check it out

Flagship Smartphone from Nokia

Right now Nokia has only one flagship android smartphone under their belly.

Nokia 9 PureView 

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From the image only you can guess that it is having 5 rear cameras with renowned ZEISS optics.

Power by Android One Nokia Pure View comes with a very clean UI with less bloatware.

This phone is for people who love to take photos with their smartphones. It has a P-OLED touchscreen with 538ppi best in this price segment.

Backed by SD845 processor with adreno 630 for a rich gaming experience.

Specs:

5 rear cameras

P-OLED touchscreen

Gorilla Glass 5

Android 10

IP67 water resistant

Asus

Country of origin: Taiwan

I’m a fan of both Asus’ computer hardware and higher range gaming smartphones like Asus ROG.

To people who have never used any of Asus’ computer hardware, laptops, or smartphones, then this is the chance for you to experience quality electronic products amid this Boycott Chinese product trend in India.

I’d suggest that if you buy a mid-range smartphone from Asus, you’ll like the performance.

Now Asus, can be a good alternative to Chinese smartphones under 25k in India.

The best alternative for entry-level, mid-range & gaming segment phones like Mi Black Shark & others.

Check out of the best Asus smartphones under 20k in India

Asus Zenfone Max Pro

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This one of the budget segment entry-level smartphones from Asus whose price is under 10k in India. You’re getting 4 GB of ram, snapdragon 636 processor with a mammoth 5000mAh battery.

With SD636 you can easily multitask on this phone app with not lag much. Much less bloatware in this model. The UI is user friendly. The camera is very decent.

Specs:

4 GB RAM

5.99 inch) Full HD+ Display

3MP + 5MP | 8MP Front Camera

5000 mAh Battery

SD636

Other Variant:

Asus ZenFone Max Pro M2: Check it out on Flipkart

Asus Smartphones Below 30k:

Asus 6Z

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One of the best smartphones under 30k in India, Asus 6Z. This model lied up to its hype that was built up during the launch.

It has a motorized flip camera for the rear & front camera, this also gives you a front cameraless screen for good viewing experience.

Take photos in panorama with its 180-degree wide-angle and it also has HDR+ features for capturing breathtaking landscape photos.

Asus 6Z is made for high end gaming & heavy usage, for this you have the latest SD855 processor backed by 6GB of ram.

Specs:

5000mAh Battery

Snapdragon 855 processor

6gb ram

QuickCharge 4.0

Android Pie 9

Other variants:

Asus ZenFone 5ZCheck it out

Asus Premium Gaming Series Smartphones:

Asus ROG Phone II

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Ever dreamed of owning a gaming smartphone? If yes, then this is the one you must go for.

Asus ROG Phone 2 has the necessary or way more specs than most of the premium smartphones available under 40k in India.

The design of the Asus ROG 2 is robotic and blends well with the youngsters.

There is a snapdragon 855, Adreno 640 GPU with 120hz AMOLED screen for ultimate gaming experience on a smartphone. You can also buy attachments for more advanced gaming.

Specs:

2.96 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 855

Adreno 640 GPU

ROG GameCool II Cooling System

6000 mAh Battery

Ultrasonic AirTriggers

Dual Zone 3D Haptics

Other Variant:

Asus ROGCheck it out

Apple iPhone

Country of origin: USA

Apple iPhone is a brand that almost everyone wants to use at least once. So, iPhone 7 & 8 can be good alternatives to Mi 10, Remi K20 Pro, OPPO Reno 10x Zoom, OPPO Reno2, Vivo X21.

The price of the iPhone 8 & 7 falls well in this range. And for the premium segment, you can go for Apple iPhone Xs & 11Pro.

Apple iPhone has a premium segment of their own. Probably the best alternative for premium Huawei smartphones like P20 Pro etc.

Apple iPhone Xs

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Apple iPhone Xs is the latest series of iPhones launched by Apple recently. They come with a 6.5 inch super OLED screen, 12mp camera with true depth, wireless charging & powered by A12 Bionic chipset. Good for all-round usage.

Specs:

A12 Bionic with next-generation Neural Engine

iOS 12

OLED screen

Smart HDR

Dual 12MP wide-angle camera

Other Variant:

iPhone XRCheck it out

Apple iPhone 11

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Another next generation apple iPhone. It is a bit similar to Xs. It enjoys all the features and specs as that of Xs with fewer expectations like A13 bionic chipset, lower screen size 6.1 inch and a missing OLED screen it has HD LCD.

Specs:

Face ID

12MP TrueDepth front camera

6.1-inch liquid HD LCD Retina display

Fast-charging

Water and dust resistant

Other variants:

iPhone 8Check it out & iPhone 7Check it out

LG

Country of Origin: South Korean

We all know how good LG’s electronic products are especially their televisions & washing machines.

There was a time when LG was also one of the top-selling mobile phone brands in India but just like Nokia they too vanished.

LG releases a handful of smartphones in India, that’s why you don’t find many of them.

Upon search I got only one good LG smartphone that’s worth sharing.

Currently they don’t have enough smartphones in the Indian market.

LG G8X Dual Screen

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This is a dual OLED screen smartphone, you can perform two separate tasks on both the screens simultaneously. Due to the dual-screen, the phone feels a bit bulky & heavy.

It has a Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 Octa-core processor along with 6 GB of ram so that you can multitask easily.

Also, it is great for high-end gaming that is too much GPU dependent it has LG GamePad i.e it enables you to use the second screen as a joystick or game controller…

It is good for professional use.

Specs:

Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 Octa core processor

Dual 16.25 cm (6.4) OLED FullVision display

4,000 mAh Battery

 Android 9

LG Game Pad

Google

Country of Origin: USA

Google as we know a technology giant in the world. They also have their own premium android smartphone brand, Pixel.

Pixel smartphones are the best alternative to OnePlus smartphones. OnePlus is right now the market-leading in the premium smartphone segment.

Google Pixel’s camera is award-winning, it can take breathtaking pictures in low light environments.

Some of the google pixel smartphones that you can consider buying are:

A true competitor & the best alternative to premium Chinese android smartphone brand OnePlus.

Google Pixel 3 XL

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Google Pixel 3 XL has a bigger screen than its predecessor and better processor. This device is  meant for all day long use.

For smartphone photography this is a true gem, take professional photos with this device. The batter has fast charging technology and lasts long on moderate usage.

Specs:

4 GB RAM

6.3 inch Quad HD+ Display

3430 mAh Battery

Snapdragon 845 64-bit Processor

Google Pixel 3a XL

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Google Pixel 3a XL is an alternative to it’s Pixel 3 XL variant you’re getting all the benefits and features with a less SD670 processor. This is much more affordable.

Specs:

4 GB RAM

6 inch Full HD+ Display

3700 mAh Battery

Snapdragon 670 Processor


Best Alternative to OnePlus Mobiles

ModelsAlternatives
OnePlus 7TSamsung Galaxy Note10 Lite
OnePlus 7T ProSamsung Galaxy S10 Lite
OnePlus 8 5GSamsung Galaxy S20 Ultra
OnePlus 7Asus ROG Phone II
Best possible alternatives to OnePlus phones in India

Best Alternatives to Vivo, Oppo, Xiaomi & Realme Mid Range smartphones

ModelsBest Alternatives
Realme 6 ProSamsung Galaxy M31
Redmi Note 8 ProSamsung Galaxy M31
OPPO A31Samsung Galaxy M30s
Vivo Z1ProAsus 6Z
POCO X2Samsung Galaxy A50s
Redmi K20Asus ROG
OPPO Reno2 FAsus ROG
Honor 20Asus 6Z
Realme Narzo 10Asus Zenfone Max Pro M1
Vivo V15 ProAsus ROG
Realme C3Samsung Galaxy M11
Best alternatives to top selling mid-range Chinese smartphones in India

11 Non Chinese Smartphones under Rs 20000

SmartphonesPriceWhere to buy
Samsung Galaxy A50s18,570Flipkart
Samsung Galaxy A21s16,499Flipkart
Samsung Galaxy A30s16,990Flipkart
Samsung Galaxy A5015,499Flipkart
Asus ZenFone Max Pro M217,999Flipkart
Samsung Galaxy M1112,930Flipkart
Samsung Galaxy A2012,900Flipkart
Nokia 7.218,099Flipkart
Nokia 8.114,999Amazon
Nokia 5.1 Plus13,998Flipkart
Nokia 6.217,699Flipkart

12 Non-Chinese Smartphone under 50000

ModelPriceWhere to buy
Apple iPhone SE42,500Amazon, Flipkart
Samsung Galaxy S9 Plus30,999Flipkart
Apple iPhone 728,499Amazon, Flipkart
Google Pixel 3a29,999Flipkart
Samsung Galaxy S10 Lite42,999Flipkart
Samsung Galaxy S10 Lite47,999Amazon, Flipkart
Samsung Galaxy A70s28,000Amazon, Flipkart
Apple iPhone 836,999Amazon, Flipkart
Asus ROG Phone II39,999Flipkart
Nokia 9 PureView36,999Amazon
Asus 6Z27,999Flipkart

Conclusion

Well, I have put my best effort to bring you the best alternative to Chinese smartphone brands in India. Now it’s up to you to share and spread awareness among other people and support Boycott Chinese Goods as much as we can.

I’ll update this article with new smartphones from the above mentioned brands over time. So go ahead and bookmark this page.


Note: Some of the above mentioned brands may use components made in China.


Some of the commonly asked questions:

Which is the best non-Chinese smartphone?

There are many best non-Chinese smartphones available for every budget segment like for smartphones under 10k INRSamsung Galaxy M01” is the best option. So on so forth.

What are some non-Chinese mobile brands in India?

Some of the best non-Chinese smartphone brands in India are Samsung, Nokia, LG, Micromax, Lava, Apple, Google Pixel, Asus, etc.

Are Chinese mobile phones banned in India?

No. Chinese mobiles are not banned in India but the majority of the Chinese built apps are banned in India even some in-built smartphone apps like Mi community etc.

What is the best non-Chinese phone available in India under 35,000 INR?

Some of the best non-Chinese phones available in India under 35000 INR are Asus ROG Phone II, Samsung Galaxy Note10 Lite, Google Pixel & Apple iPhone 7.


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