Apple’s iPhone 11 Pro is an excellent smartphone, but the design is a bit boring. Should a good smartphone really be that expensive? We list five cheaper iPhone 11 Pro alternatives running Android.
iPhone 11 Pro versus the Android competition
First and foremost, specifications do not say anything about the real-life performance and user experience of a smartphone. A device with slightly inferior hardware on paper does not have to be bad in real life than a competing model with impressive specifications. The various operating systems (Android and iOS) play a major role in this.
We, therefore, do not want to put the iPhone 11 Pro as a bad smartphone, but we do want to emphasize that it differs little on paper from expensive Android devices. And at some points, including the c, charging speed and bigger storage and memory Apple still has to beat phones from Samsung and Huawei in those departments.
The price is not wrong. For the cheapest iPhone 11 Pro, you pay $999. Which is pretty much in line with the flagship Android phones from Samsung and Huawei. But there are also phones like the OnePlus 7 Pro, Xiaomi Mi 9T Pro etc which are available for almost half the price while delivering quite similar performance.
OnePlus 7 Pro
The OnePlus 7 Pro is larger than the iPhone (5.8 inches) and offers a display of 6.67 inches. Because the selfie camera slides out of the top of the device, it is a truly bezel-less phone. The screen impresses with the refresh rate of 90Hz, which makes the image appear smoother than on the iPhone (60Hz).
The phone offers great security with the in-screen fingerprint scanner. It works remarkably well. The 7 Pro has the most powerful hardware of the moment, charges super fast and takes pictures with three camera lenses on the back. Just like the iPhone, it can zoom optically and shoot pictures with the wide-angle and normal camera.
The OnePlus 7 Pro beats the iPhone 11 Pro in the charging speed, screen refresh rate, and display size. The truly bezel-less design is also what makes the OnePlus 7 Pro beats the iPhone 11 Pro.
Huawei P30 Pro
With the iPhone 11 Pro, Apple makes a big bet on the camera, but the company is not unique in that. For example, Huawei released the P30 Pro early this year, which has four camera sensors on the back. And those are not there just as gimmicks, they offer true value in terms of camera versatility.
The night photography is unprecedentedly good and the device offers five times optical zoom. Thanks to smart software you can zoom even further up to 10 times with relatively little loss of quality. Add to that a good wide-angle camera and Time of Flight sensor for portrait photography and the P30 Pro has one of the best smartphone cameras of the year.
The device also impresses in other areas. It has a standard 128 GB storage memory, a long battery life, and supports super fast 40 Watt charging speed. The iPhone 11 Pro touches a maximum of 18 watts. While the iPhone 11 Pro camera has been improved greatly, Huawei’s camera is still more versatile, offers crazy zoom, and better night photography.
Huawei also beats the iPhone 11 Pro in terms of fast charging, battery capacity, and internal storage. The P30 Pro also offers expandable storage, Dual-SIM slot. The P30 Pro also beats the iPhone 11 Pro in terms of design. It offers vibrant gradient colors, the camera module looks better, has fewer bezels and provides a better overall design.
Samsung Galaxy Note 10 Plus
Naturally, Samsung also offers an excellent alternative to the new iPhone. Meet the Galaxy Note 10 Plus, which is considerably larger than the 11 Pro (5.8 inch) and 11 Pro Max (6.5 inch) due to its 6.8-inch screen. Unique is the built-in S-Pen, a stylus for drawings and all kinds of useful actions.
Aesthetically, Samsung Galaxy Note 10 Plus is the best-designed phone so far. I haven’t seen a phone better looking than the Note 10 Plus.
The Note 10 Plus has a generous 256GB storage memory a whopping 12GB of RAM, yes, you don’t have to close a single app. The Note 10 Plus also offers three excellent cameras on the back as standard. The battery lasts one and a half days and offers faster wired as well as wireless fast charging compared to the iPhone 11 Pro. With a suggested retail price of $1099, Note 10 Plus is the most expensive Android smartphone, but you get a lot in return. Moreover, it is still cheaper than Apple’s top device (iPhone 11 Pro Max).
Xiaomi Mi 9T Pro
The Xiaomi Mi 9T Pro is less than half the price of the Apple iPhone 11 Pro costing just with 429 euros ~ $476 (64GB) much cheaper than the iPhone 11 Pro, but we wonder how much you notice in practice. The device has a nice 6.39-inch OLED screen with full HD resolution that covers the entire front. The selfie camera slides out of the top of the housing. The Mi 9T Pro runs on a fast Snapdragon 855 processor, has a large 4000 mAh battery and charges as fast as the iPhone.
There are also three cameras on the back for normal photos, wide-angle images, and optical zoom. Xiaomi smartphones are known for years of updates.
Xiaomi is also reported to announce two more flagship 5G devices, Mi 9 Pro and Mi Mix 4 powered by a slightly powerful Snapdragon 855+ processor. As for the memory is concerned, both the device will come with unbelievable 12GB RAM. The Mi Mix 4 will come with a whopping 1TB of internal storage, we are not sure about the Mi 9 Pro.
Both the phones will have 90Hz displays and will run MIUI 11 with dark mode and new iconography.
Motorola One Zoom
The Motorola One Zoom is not a direct competitor to the iPhone 11 Pro. Motorola’s model is a mid-range of 429 euros ~ $476 and cannot match the iPhone in terms of software support, graphics performance and screen quality. Yet it is an interesting alternative because for a good price you get a complete smartphone with a focus on cameras.
There are no less than four lenses on the back of the Motorola One Zoom. In addition to a primary lens with special night mode, you can also shoot with the wide-angle lens and shoot beautiful portrait images thanks to the depth sensor. Finally, there is a telephoto lens for three times optical zoom (as opposed to two times zoom on the iPhone). Thanks to smart software, Motorola promises 10-time hybrid zoom, although the photo quality will deteriorate.