10 Affordable iPhone XS Alternatives That Won’t Break Your Wallet

It’s that time of the year again when Apple introduces its new line of iPhones for their excited fans around the world. This time, it’s not one, not two, but three versions! One of them aims to lure in new customers who can’t afford to buy their flagship and maybe turn them into iPhone fans.

The three iPhone variants went on sale in the morning of September 21. Fans were seen standing in line outside Apple stores in the wee hours of the morning just to be one of the many first to own the iPhone XS Max or the iPhone XS. Pretty soon, the more affordable iPhone XR will be available too.

These new iPhone models have built upon their predecessor, the iPhone X, rather than updating from the iPhone 8. This means we will most likely be seeing the same design trend in the coming releases. For this reason, the XS is a direct upgrade from the X, but the XS Max adds a whole new dimension by being the biggest iPhone yet with its 6.5-inch screen. Here are the highlights of the latest features:

  • A12 Bionic processor
  • IP68 rated
  • 12MP cameras
  • Adjustable depth of field
  • 512GB storage option
  • Dual-SIM

There is no doubt both the iPhone XS and XS Max exude premium quality. But with these new models having the most expensive price range in the market, not everyone can afford them. The good news is there are other smartphones that can provide the same level of experience at a fraction of the cost. It’s time to apply for a gadget loan and get one of these babies.


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  1. Samsung Galaxy S8

Samsung has always been Apple’s fiercest competitor in the smartphone business, so it’s only right it gets to be first on the list. With its gorgeous, almost borderless OLED screen, wireless charging and facial recognition feature, Samsung’s flagship smartphone is arguably the closest you’ll get to an iPhone without buying one.

Key features:

  • 6GB RAM with 128GB storage space
  • Exynos 8895 processor or Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 chipset
  • Infinity Display
  • 12MP dual pixel camera with optical image stabilizer (OIS)
  • New virtual assistant: Bixby
  • Fingerprint, face and iris scanner
  • Priced at P37,990.00


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  1. OnePlus 6

Despite being around for only a few years, Chinese firm OnePlus has been making waves with its high-end, but low-cost smartphones. Its One Plus 6 offers specs that rival the iPhone with its 6.28-inch AMOLED screen and dual camera at the back.

Key features:

  • 8GB RAM up to 256GB storage space
  • Snapdragon 845 chipset
  • 16MP front camera with OIS, 20MP rear camera
  • Rear fingerprint scanner
  • Priced at P33,990.00


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  1. Huawei Mate 20 Lite

The Huawei Mate 20 Lite is a striking phablet with a gorgeous all-encompassing display and impressive dual-camera tricks. Its stunning exterior body is complemented with a midrange performance from its processor. Powered by a 3750mAh cell with a fast-charging feature, it delivers an above average battery life that works well with its larger-than-average display.

Key features:

  • 6GB RAM with up to 256GB storage space
  • Hisilicon Kirin 710 octa-core chipset
  • 20MP camera with 2MP front
  • Rear-mounted fingerprint sensor
  • Priced at P23,300



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  1. Google Pixel 2 XL

Tagged as the ultimate Android smartphone, the Google Pixel 2 XL is a ramped up version of the Pixel 2 with a larger battery and better display. It has followed the trend of removing the headphone jack, but it compensates with media-friendly storage and dual speakers.

Key features:

  • 4GB RAM with up to 128GB storage space
  • Qualcomm MSM8998 Snapdragon 835
  • 6-inch OLED screen display
  • 12MP rear camera and 8MP front
  • Rear-mounted fingerprint sensor
  • Priced at P35,990.00



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  1. Xiaomi Mi Mix 2

Generally known to be the Apple of China, the company released a bezel-less display with their Mi Mix model. But its successor, the Mi Mix 2, was launched with a more improved bezel-less display, sporting an 80.8% screen-to-body ratio. It’s impressive 5.99-inch full HD+ IPS LCD display has a 2160 x 1080 pixels and 18:9 aspect ratio. Unlike the iPhone and pretty much all of the smartphones featured here, the Mi Mix 2’s front camera isn’t positioned on the top of the screen, but instead, it is housed on the thin bezel at the bottom.

Key features:

  • 6GB RAM with 256GB storage space
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 chipset
  • Unibody ceramic design
  • 12MP camera
  • Priced at P20,499.00



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  1. LG V30

The LG V30 is a gorgeous phone with a sharp 6-inch quad HD OLED screen that plays HDR10 videos. This means it has better colors and contrast for watching your Netflix shows. To complement its excellent video features, the V30 is fitted with Bang & Olufsen audio speakers with a pair of B& earphones included in the box.

Key features:

  • 4GB RAM with 128GB storage space
  • Qualcomm MSM8998 Snapdragon 835
  • Fast battery charging: 50% in 30 minutes
  • Wireless charging
  • 16MP rear camera, 5MP front camera
  • Priced at P26,999.00



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  1. Essential Phone

Based on Google’s Android OS, the gorgeous Essential Phone boasts of an edge-to-edge display with an almost similar approach to the design of the iPhone X. It has a bezel-less display with a sharp resolution that’s even higher than the iPhone.

Key features:

  • 4GB RAM with 128 GB storage capacity
  • Qualcomm MSM8998 Snapdragon 835
  • Glass and ceramic design
  • Rear 13MP dual camera setup with an 8MP front camera
  • Includes a variety of accessories
  • Fluid UI
  • Complete customization
  • Priced at P32,227.00


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  1. Motorola Moto G5 Plus

This budget-friendly smartphone from Motorola offers fantastic gesture controls, premium performance, and excellent battery life. It has a 5.2-inch screen and a built-in fingerprint sensor that are housed in a case designed with equally proportioned bezels for a balanced look.

Key features:

  • 4GB RAM with 32GB storage capacity
  • Qualcomm MSM8953 Snapdragon 625
  • 12MP rear camera with 5MP front camera
  • Front-mounted fingerprint sensor
  • Priced at P13,567.00



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  1. Asus ZenFone 3 Zoom

As the name suggests, the Asus ZenFone 3 Zoom sports rear dual cameras with 2.3x optical zoom, which is longer than the iPhone 7’s. More than just a fancy shooter, it also packs a 5.5-inch full-HD AMOLED display and a ridiculously massive 5,000 mAh cell that may be the smartphone with the longest battery life out there.

Key features:

  • 4GB RAM with 128GB storage capacity
  • Qualcomm MSM8953 Snapdragon 625
  • 12MP rear dual and 13MP front cameras
  • Rear-mounted fingerprint sensor
  • Priced at P18,995.00

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  1. Oppo R11s Plus

This phablet features a dual rear camera with an AI-assisted front camera. It has a large 6.43-inch 18:9 Full HD+ AMOLED display and powered by a 4,000mAh battery encased in a metal unibody design with a bezel-less screen.

Key features:

  • 6GB RAM with 64GB internal storage space
  • Qualcomm SDM660 Snapdragon 660
  • 16 and 20MP rear dual camera with a 20MP front camera
  • Rear-mounted fingerprint sensor
  • Priced at P27,003.00

Fortunately, the competition in the smartphone market has produced these handsets that are great substitutes for the iPhone. You won’t have to spend a ridiculous amount of money just to have the same features as the latest X series.

And if you do come up short of funds to purchase any of these attractive smartphones, you can rely on Cashalo’s Cashacart for 0% installments and fast approval in participating stores. Now, there’s no need to worry about your budget when you decide to get your hands on the best iPhone alternative smartphone you’ve been dreaming of.