If you cannot afford iPhone XS
The latest iPhone XS is the costliest smartphone for many Aussies. The 64GB iPhone X model cost $1629 in Australia, and the 256GB iPhone XS cost $1879 and the 512GB version is priced at $2199. Though iPhone XS is superb phone which is encased in a surgical-grade stainless steel and glass body and still retains the quintessential iPhone X design and is powered by Apple’s latest A12 Bionic chip, enhanced facial recognition technology, improved gaming smarts, also comes in a bigger-capacity 512GB storage version but is most expensive phone that all cannot afford to buy. Here are the best iPhone XS alternatives which are cheaper to buy in 2019 if you do not have money for iPhone XS.
Google Pixel 3
Google Pixel 3 costs AU $ 1,199 and looks like the same way as that of iPhone XS is, With Google’s own Pixel hardware, the Android ecosystem is by nature much more open than Apple’s iOS. Google also paired that clean software experience with solid hardware and one of the best smartphone cameras on the market. The phone comes with latest Android 9 Pie + Google Assistant and has fullscreen 5.5” display or 6.3″ display, 12.2 MP dual-pixel, processors being Qualcomm Snapdragon™ 845 and 4 GB RAM with Pixel 3: 2915 mAh battery Pixel 3 XL: 3430 mAh battery + Qi wireless charging.
Huawei P20 Pro
The Huawei P20 Pro is available in Australia for outright purchase at a suggested price of $879 and $1,099. It is once again leading the way with the revolutionary Leica Triple Camera, where aesthetic vision meets an advanced camera system that shines a light on intelligent photography. The P20 Pro’s 5x hybrid zoom and night photography capabilities are going to blow your mind without blowing away your savings.
Samsung Galaxy S9
Samsung Galaxy S9 costs A$694 to A$1,199 for the entry-level 64GB model in Australia. Samsung is the only Android brand that could meaningfully compete with Apple. The glass back lets you charge the phone wirelessly and also perform contactless payments through Samsung Pay. However, it’s a major fingerprint magnet. It doesn’t take much to get a lot of smudges on the back. The display is a bit more resilient. You get a 5.8-inch display on the Galaxy S9, and a 6.2-inch display on the Galaxy S9+. Both are Super AMOLED panels with an 18.5:9 aspect ratio and a native resolution of 1440×2960 (Quad HD+).
Oppo R17 Pro
Oppo’s R17 series in Australia costs an RRP of $699 for the R17 and $899 for the R17 Pro. You will be able to get them through JB Hi-Fi, Officeworks, The Good Guys, Woolworths Mobile, Mobileciti and Telechoice. The new device features a slick teardrop notch, in-screen fingerprint sensor and a powerful triple lens camera with night photography capabilities.
The heroes of the R17 series are the improved camera tech and fast charging. The R17 Pro is equipped with a a 25MP front camera, as well as a triple rear camera setup (12MP/20MP/Time of Flight) with F2.4/F1.5 smart aperture, optical image stabilisation and an AI Ultra-Clear Engine. The latter is specifically designed to assist with low-light photography through AI. The engine will not only pick the best shooting resolution, but also create a clearer picture through tools such as anti-shake, highlight suppression, area adjustment and noise removal. The included TOF functionality also enables the R17 series to be AR and VR ready.
Purchasing the iPhone X outright from Apple will set Australians back AU$1,579 for the 64GB model or AU$1,829 for 256GB, and it is available in silver and space grey. Many of the best features of the iPhone XS originated in the iPhone X and you’ll certainly save a few dollars. You’re still getting a notched OLED display, you’re still getting the latest version of iOS and you’re still getting security features like FaceID. This is also the highest-resolution screen ever on an iPhone, with a slightly odd 2436 x 1125 pixels, plus there’s support for the DCI P3 colour gamut and Dolby Vision HDR.
Now choose among these five the one you would think as the best alternative for iPhone XS.