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Top 5 Smartphones to Buy If You Can’t Buy Xiaomi Mi3 in India

Xiaomi Mi3 is a definitely a great phone because it combines top end hardware and wonderful Android experience for a startling 13,999 INR, but unfortunately it is also one of the most difficult device to purchase with stocks running out in mere 2 seconds. So if after making several attempts on Xiaomi Mi3, you are looking for alternatives, here are some of the best possible options in the same price bracket.

Motorola Moto G


Few months back, we saw a similar stampede for Motorola Moto G, however the stock crisis ended in few weeks and eventually Flipkart managed to retail more than 1 Million Moto G in India. The smartphone will provide you with a great Android experience with good chances of Android L upgrade as well. Moreover, it is presently selling for a discount of 2000 INR for limited period of time

Moto G comes with 1.2 GHz Snapdragon 400 chipset powering latest Android 4.4.2 Kitkat on a bright 4.5 Inch IPS LCD display. The 2050 mAh battery provides with more than decent battery backup and other features include 3G, WiFi, 5 MP rear camera/ 1.3 MP front camera, GPS and Bluetooth4.0.

Key Specs

Model Moto G
Display 4.5 Inch , HD
Processor 1.2 GHz Quad Core
Internal Storage 8 GB/16 GB
OS Android 4.4.3 KitKat
Camera 5 MP/ 1.3 MP
Battery 2050 mAh
Price 10,499/ 11,999 INR

Asus Zenfone 5


Asus Zenfone 5 is another Flipkart exclusive which is selling like hot cakes in India. The Zenfone 5 comes with a 5 inch HD display, GPS, GLONASS, 8 MP rear camera all fueled by 1.6 GHz Dual core hyper threading enabled dual core processor backed by 2 GB RAM and 16 GB internal storage.

You will also get MicroSD card support up to 64 GB, an advantage over Mi3. We liked Zenfone 5 and Zen UI in our time with the device.

Key Specs

Model Asus Zenfone 5
Display 5 Inch HD
Processor 1.6 GHz Dual Core
Internal Storage 8 GB/ 16 GB, Expandable
OS Android 4.3 Jelly Bean
Camera 8 MP/ 2 MP
Battery 2110 mAh
Price 9999/ 12,999 INR

Asus Zenfone 6


If you don’t mind some extra display real estate, Asus Zenfone 6 with nicely calibrated 6 inch HD display is other decent phablet option capable of some heavy lifting. The smartphone is powered by 2 GHz Intel Z2580 Dual core chipset backed by 2 GB RAM, 16 GB expandable storage, 13 MP rear camera and 3300 mAh battery.

The Zenfone 6 will be more alluring to those interested in large display devices and our review unit impressed us enough to make it to this list.

Key Specs

Model Asus Zenfone 6
Display 6 Inch HD
Processor 2 GHz Dual Core
Internal Storage 16 GB, Expandable
OS Android 4.3 Jelly Bean
Camera 13 MP/ 2 MP
Battery 3300 mAh
Price 16,999 INR

Alcatel One Touch Idol X+


Alcatel One Touch Idol X+ didn’t gain much hype after its launch, but stands as one of the best Octa core smartphones available in mid range segment. The Idol X+ flaunts premium JBL Speakers, 5 inch Full HD laminated display, Gorilla Glass 2, WiFi display and 2500 mAh battery. It also flaunts a 13 MP rear camera with OIS and LED flash support and comes bundled with JBL earphones and Alcatel Boom band.

The feature loaded Alcatel One Touch Idol x+ is powered by 1.7 GHz octa core processor backed by 2 GB RAM and 16 GB internal storage. Only downside is that it is based on slightly dated Android 4.2 Jelly bean operating system.

Key Specs

Model Alcatel One Touch Idol X Plus
Display 5 Inch Full HD
Processor 1.7 GHz Octa Core
Internal Storage 16 GB
OS Android 4.2 Jelly Bean
Camera 13 MP/ 2 MP
Battery 2500 mAh
Price 16,999 INR


Xolo 8X-1000


Xolo 8X-1000 is the new arrival which runs on Xolo Hive UI based on a similar approach as MIUI. The Xolo 8X 1000 comes with 1.4 GHz octa core device, 5 Inch HD display, 2 GB RAM, Expandable 16 GB storage, 1920 mAh battery all for 13,999 INR. If you are a basic user and can live with a slightly smaller battery capacity and perhaps a few UI bugs, Xolo 8X 1000 seems like a good performance option.

Key Specs

Model Xolo 8X-1000
Display 5 Inch , HD
Processor 1.4 GHz Octa Core
Internal Storage 16B, Expandable
OS Xolo Hive based on Android Kitkat
Camera 8 MP/ 2 MP
Battery 1920 mAh
Price 13,999 INR


Xiaomi Mi3 can be ranked better than all of the above mentioned options and perhaps that is the reason for ongoing stampede. Short retail times suggest that it’s more of a lucky draw where around 10 percent of people emerge as winners. It will perhaps still take several weeks or months for the demand to dial down. If you are fed up and looking for alternatives, these are some of the phones you can opt for in nearby price range.

Deepak Singh

Deepak Singh

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