The Nothing Phone (1) has been launched in India. This is the first-ever phone from the ex-OnePlus co-founder and features a Glyph interface, transparent design, Snapdragon 778G+ processor, 120Hz OLED display, 33W charging capacity, and more. The phone (1) starts from Rs 32,999 in India and goes to Rs 38,999 for the topmost variant. That being said, the smartphone is receiving a mixed reaction, especially for its Glyph interface from the audience. While some love the new transparent rear panel, some don’t like it. If you are someone who does not like the Nothing Phone (1) LED lights or any other feature, then here’re the best alternatives that you may consider other than the Nothing Phone (1).
Best Alternatives of the Nothing Phone (1)
Here’re the other options that you can consider as a top alternative of the Nothing Phone (1).
- OnePlus Nord 2T
- iQOO Neo 6
- POCO F4 5G
- Samsung Galaxy A53 5G
- Motorola Edge 30
- Realme GT 2
- Xiaomi 11i HyperCharge 5G
OnePlus Nord 2T
The recently launched OnePlus Nord 2T is perhaps the biggest alternative for the Nothing Phone 1. Carl Pei left OnePlus to build Nothing and launch the Phone (1). The Nord 2T is available at a cheaper price compared to the Nothing Phone (1).
The design of the device is very different, so we will leave it for you to decide. It has a 6.62-inch Full HD+ AMOLED display with 90Hz refresh rate support. It has a Corning Gorilla Glass 5 on the top for screen protection. The Nord 2T boots Android 12 based Oxygen OS 12.1 out of the box, so you get a clean stock experience with the device.
The Mediatek Dimensity 1300 chipset is paired with 12GB LPDDR4x RAM and 256GB of UFS 3.1 internal storage. The Nord 2T has a faster charging speed than the Nothing Phone (1). The phone packs a 4,500mAh battery unit and supports 80W fast charging.
The device houses a 50MP Sony IMX766 triple camera setup on the back for the optics. This is the same sensor found in the Phone (1) also. Accompanying the main sensors are 8MP ultrawide and a 2MP mono lens.
If you still have questions about the OnePlus Nord 2T, then we recommend you read our review.
Price in India
The OnePlus Nord 2T costs Rs 28,999 for the 8GB+128GB variant and Rs 33,999 for the high end 12GB+256GB storage.
The OnePlus Nord 2T is available via Amazon and OnePlus India e-store.
iQOO Neo 6
The iQOO Neo 6 is a primary choice for gamers. The Neo 6 is powered by a Snapdragon 870 processor coupled with Adreno 650 GPU. The System-On-Chip (SoC) is paired with up to 12GB of LPDDR4x RAM and 256GB of UFS 3.1 storage. It boots FunTouch OS 12 based on Android 12, so you will have to compromise with a few bloatware.
It has a 6.62-inch Full HD+ AMOLED display with 120Hz refresh rate, 1300 nits peak brightness, and HDR10+ certification. It packs a 4,700mAh battery unit with 80W fast charging support.
For the optics, it has a 64MP primary sensor which is more than the 50MP sensor on Nothing Phone (1). It gets accompanied by an 8MP ultrawide angle lens and a 2MP macro sensor. For selfies and video calls, it has a 16MP front shooter.
Price in India
The iQOO Neo 6 is cheaper than the Nothing Phone (1), and it is priced at Rs 29,999 for the base 8GB+128GB variant. The topmost 12GB+256GB variant retails for Rs 33,999 in India.
The iQOO Neo 6 is available exclusively on Amazon in India.
Poco F4 5G
The Poco F4 5G has an understated design, a velvety finish on the rear, and a stunning display. It sports a 6.67-inch Full HD+ E4 AMOLED display with a 395ppi pixel density and 1300nits peak brightness. It is a 120Hz refresh rate panel that supports up to 360Hz touch sampling rate, 50,00,000:1 contrast ratio, HDR10+, and Dolby Vision certification. The display panel also features Corning Gorilla Glass 5 protection. Poco has included most of the features in the F4 display.
Under the hood, the POCO F4 is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 870 processor coupled with an Adreno 650 GPU. This is the same processor found in the iQOO Neo 6. The chipset is paired with up to 12GB LPDDR5 RAM and up to 256GB UFS3.1 storage. It boots MIUI 13, which is based on Android 12.
For optics, it includes a 64MP primary camera with OIS support. Accompanying it is an 8MP ultrawide angle lens and a 2MP macro camera. While the competition is offering a 16MP selfie camera, the Poco F4 5G takes the lead with a 20MP front shooter.
It is equipped with a 4500mAh battery unit and 67W fast charging support. It packs a dual stereo speaker setup with Dolby Atmos and Hi-Res audio.
Price in India
The Poco F4 5G comes in three variants in the market, Rs 27,999 for the 6GB + 128GB model, Rs 29,999 for the 8GB + 128GB variant and Rs 33,999 for the 12GB + 256GB.
The Poco F4 5G is available via Flipkart in India.
Also Read: POCO F4 5G Review: An Excellent Daily Driver
Samsung Galaxy A53 5G
The Samsung Galaxy A53 5G is a well balanced smartphone around the Rs 35,000 price mark. The phone has a good display and a strong primary camera. However, gamers might not want to go for this one. The Galaxy A53 5G features the company’s in-house octa-core Exynos 1280 processor that is fabbed on a 5nm process. The processor brings with it an integrated Mali G68 GPU, up to 8GB of RAM, and 128GB of storage. It is equipped with a 5000mAh battery unit and 25W fast charging support.
The Galaxy A53 5G features a 6.5-inch Full HD+ sAMOLED display with a 120Hz refresh rate and 800nits peak brightness. The display houses an optical in-display fingerprint scanner and is protected with Corning’s Gorilla Glass 5 layer.
The Galaxy A53 5G boots Android 12-based OneUI 4.1 out of the box. And the best part is, it is the only device in the list that will receive 4 years of Android version upgrades and 5 years of security patch updates.
The Galaxy A53 5G comes with a quad-rear camera setup and an LED flash. The primary sensor on the device is a 64MP resolution sensor and supports OIS. It gets accompanied by a 12MP ultra-wide-angle lens, a 5MP macro lens, and a 5MP depth sensor. For selfies and video calls, it offers a 32MP shooter which is highest in this list.
Price in India
The Samsung Galaxy A53 5G comes in two configurations – 6GB + 128GB priced at Rs 34,999 and 8GB + 128GB priced at Rs 35,999 in India.
The Samsung Galaxy A53 5G is available via Amazon, Samsung website and other major offline retailers in India.
Motorola Edge 30
Motorola Edge 30 is one of the close competitors of the Nothing Phone (1). It has the same Qualcomm Snapdragon 778G+ used by the Nothing Phone (1). The SoC is tweaked with an Adreno 642L GPU and is paired with up to 8GB of LPDDR5 RAM and 128GB of UFS storage. It flaunts a 6.55-inch Full HD+ pOLED display with a 144Hz refresh rate and 500nits peak brightness. This is the fastest refresh rate on any phone from this list. The handset boots Android 12 and is eligible for two more Android updates.
It has a 50MP primary sensor with OIS support which gets accompanied by a 50MP ultra-wide-angle lens and a 2MP macro sensor. It comes equipped with a 32MP front shooter for selfies and video calls.
The Moto Edge 30 is backed by a 4020mAh battery unit. It supports 33W fast charging over a Type-C charging port.
Price in India
The Moto Edge 30 is available in India for Rs 27,999 for the 6GB + 128GB variant. Whereas, the 8GB + 128GB configuration variant costs Rs 29,999.
The Moto Edge 30 is available via Flipkart in India.
Realme GT 2
The Realme GT 2 features a paper tech design on the back which is very different from any other phones available in the list. You can even draw something on the back with a pencil and erase it with an eraser.
It sports a 6.62-inch Full HD+ AMOLED display with a 120Hz refresh rate, 1300 nits peak brightness, and Corning Gorilla Glass 5 protection. The device is powered by a Snapdragon 888 processor and is the most powerful device available in the list. It draws power from a 5,000mAh battery unit backed by 65W fast charging support.
In the camera department, it comes with a triple-camera setup on the back with a 50MP Sony IMX766 main sensor along with OIS, an 8MP ultrawide camera, and a 2MP macro sensor. There is a 16MP sensor on the front. It boots Android 12-based Realme UI 3.0 out of the box.
Price in India
The Realme GT 2 retails for Rs 34,999 for the base 8GB+128GB variant and Rs 38,999 for the 12GB+256GB variant.
The Realme GT 2 is available via Flipkart and Realme e-store in India.
Xiaomi 11i HyperCharge 5G
The Xiaomi 11i HyperCharge 5G is the fastest charging device on the list. It comes with a 4,500mAh battery and supports a whopping 120W HyperCharge fast charging. It flaunts a 6.67-inch Full HD+ AMOLED display with 1080×2400 pixel resolution, 395ppi pixel density, and 1200nits peak brightness. It is a 120Hz refresh rate, and 360Hz touch sampling rate display and comes with Corning Gorilla Glass 5 protection.
The Xiaomi 11i HyperCharge is powered by an octa-core MediaTek Dimensity 920 processor that is fabbed on a 6nm fabrication process. It is paired with up to 8GB of LPDDR4X RAM, up to 128GB UFS 2.2 storage, and up to 3GB Virtual RAM. The device was launched with MIUI 12.5 Enhanced based on Android 11.
It offers a 108MP triple-rear camera setup on the back, the highest megapixels on the list. Accompanying the 108MP Samsung HM2 sensor is an 8MP ultrawide angle lens and a 2MP tele-macro sensor. You get a 16MP shooter on the device for selfies and video calls.
Price in India
The Xiaomi 11i HyperCharge is available in two variants in India; 6GB+128GB variant priced at Rs 26,999 and the 8GB+128GB variant priced at Rs 28,999.
The Xiaomi 11i Hypercharge is available via Flipkart and Xiaomi online and offline stores in India.