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Google Pixel, Pixel XL alternatives that are cheaper and better

Google Pixel and Pixel XL are here. But the Google-branded smartphones have failed to impress many. So what all options you have? Worry not, we have compiled a list of Google Pixel, Pixel XL alternatives they won’t disappoint you. This Diwali, celebrate the festival by some of the best phones from Samsung, Apple, Huawei, OnePlus, Sony and more. Check out the list of best smartphones of 2016.

9Samsung Galaxy S7

8Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge

All of the Samsung’s flagship smartphones are now having that “Edge effect” which not only makes it look beautiful but also gives an effect of no bezel. Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge comes with the same hardware as Galaxy S7 like the CPU, GPU and RAM. Samsung increased the display size and the battery. The screen size is 5.5 inches and the battery is 3600 mAh now.

The biggest change in Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge is the “Edge”, well you can say it from the title itself. The Edge display is the regular SuperAMOLED display which is curved towards the edges which give a bezel-less feel to the smartphone. The edge display adds a second layer of productivity to the phone with the notification glance, night clock and edge panels without draining much battery from the phone.


  • 5.5 inches SuperAMOLED display
  • Qualcomm MSM8996 Snapdragon 820 processor
  • 32/64 GB ROM and 4 GB RAM
  • 12 MP primary camera and 5 MP secondary camera
  • 3600 mAh battery

7Apple iPhone 7

Ok, iPhone 7 is not cheaper, but it is way better than the Pixel and Pixel XL phones. This year Apple has done some significant changes to its iPhone 7, in the hardware as well as the design part. Apple invented a new colour for it’s iPhone 7- Jet Black which is so glossy that you have to wear gloves to operate the phone without getting smudges on it. And Yes, of course, this phone only comes with 128 GB and 256 GB, no 32 GB variant for this beauty.

The camera had improved a lot; now there is quad LED flash in place of dual LED flash for brighter images with the 12 MP sensor. The home button is redesigned as well; it’s not clickable anymore. It’s touch reactive with haptic feedback which gives a feel of a click.


  • 4.7 inches Retina HD display with 3D touch
  • 12 MP primary camera and 7 MP front facing camera
  • Apple A 10 Fusion chip
  • 32 GB / 128 GB / 256 GB
  • iOS 10
  • 1960 mAh battery

6Apple iPhone 7 Plus

5OnePlus 3 Soft Gold

OnePlus 3 is the flagship killer and killed almost all the flagships from all brands. It comes with 6 GB RAM which is the first in any Android smartphone. Featuring the latest Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 processor with max clock frequency of 2.2 GHz with Adreno 530 GPU.

The display is 5.5 inches full HD with Optic AMOLED technology, OnePlus 3 comes with the front facing fingerprint sensor which unlocks the smartphone in less than 0.2 seconds. If you ask why I mentioned the Soft Gold version? Because it is the premium colour variant from OnePlus and don’t worry it still price the same.


  • 5.5 inches full HD Optic AMOLED
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 processor and Adreno 530 GPU
  • 6 GB RAM and 64 GB ROM
  • 16 MP rear and 8 MP front facing camera
  • USB 2.0 Type C port
  • 3000 mAh battery with Dash Charge

4Honor 8

Honor 8 is another smartphone with the dual camera at the back and every possible tech which you can imagine; dual LED dual tone flash, laser autofocus sensor and the fingerprint sensor at the back. The phone is all heavy 2.5D glass at the back and on the front with the ultra narrow bezel.

This dual camera setup at the back of the camera allows you to refocus the objects even after capturing the picture. The front camera is 8 MP with a wide aperture so it all your friends will fit perfectly in a group selfie. The IR blaster on the top edge with Smart Control 4.0 app is useful to control your IR operated appliances.


  • 5.2 inches full HD display
  • Dual 12 MP camera at the back and 8 MP on front
  • 4 GB RAM, 32/64 GB ROM
  • HiSilicon Kirin 950 Chipset with Mali-T880 MP4
  • 3000 mAh battery

3Sony Xperia Z5 Premium Silver

2LeEco Le Max 2

LeEco Le Max 2 sports a big 5.7 inches display with 515 ppi pixel density and Quad HD resolution. Le Max 2 runs on Android 6.0 Marshmallow skinned with eUI 5.6. Le Max 2 powers with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 processor and Adreno 530 for best gaming and multitasking.

Le Max is the second smartphone after OnePlus 3 which runs with 6 GB RAM for faster and smooth multitasking. Not only apps, this phone can multitask several heavy games at the same time. The battery of the phone is 3100 mAh which is good for a whole day of extensive use.


  • 5.7 inches quad HD display
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 and Adreno 530
  • 4/6GB RAM and 32/64/128 GB ROM
  • 21 MP rear and 8 MP front facing camera
  • 3100 mAh battery

1Xiaomi Mi5

Here comes the “Chinese Apple” with Mi prefix with everything it sells; Mi5, MiPad, MiVR, MiBand and more. Xiaomi’s Mi line-up are flagship smartphones. Xiaomi Mi5 is one of the first smartphones with Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 processor and 4 GB RAM.

All this great hardware is encased in a beautiful body with curved glass back panel which looks stunning. The Mi5 comes with a 16 MP shooter at the back and 4 MP on the front for clear selfies. The 3100 mAh battery is sufficient for a whole day of intense use on this smart phone.


  • 5.15 inches full HD display
  • 16 MP rear and 4 MP front facing camera
  • 3/4 GB RAM and 32/64/128 GB ROM
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 820
  • 3100 mAh battery


If you are looking for a premium gift for your dear ones, then one of these smartphones will bring a big smile which you are looking for. Tell us which smartphone you are buying this Diwali even if it not on this list. And Happy Diwali to you all!

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