China has ruled mobile phone industry for the longest with its affordable smartphones, packed with innovative features. However, India’s tension with China has now affected the trade drastically! Most of the people now prefer to buy smartphones from Non-Chinese mobile brands. Luckily India is home to many smartphones manufacturing brands that are not Chinese. Also, we have many Indian mobile phone brands that are as good as many existing international companies and offers decent features too! Let’s have a look at some of the best alternatives of Chinese smartphones brands.
List of Non-Chinese Mobile Brands and Companies in India
The South Korean multinational conglomerate, Samsung is located in Samsung Town, Seoul, from where it took its name. The company introduced a number of Smartphones in the year 2007 and gave tough competition to Apple. In the year 2010, this non-Chinese mobile company came up with Galaxy S series that gave a boom to the company.
With the number of smartphones produced every year, the brand became the largest mobile phone manufacturer globally in the year 2012. Today Samsung manufactures best Android-based devices. It was also the first company to launch affordable smartphone handsets in the country.
Some of its latest smartphones are Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra, Samsung Galaxy S21, Samsung Galaxy S20 FE 5G, Samsung Galaxy S20 FE, Samsung Galaxy S20 Plus, Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 2 and Samsung Galaxy S20 Plus.
Apple is an American multinational Technology company. The brand has carved its niche in the electronics sector as well. Talking about the first iPhone, the brand launched its first phone in 2007, which had features like a 2-megapixel camera, 3.5-inch diagonal screen and 320X480 pixels at 163 PPI. The model wasn’t successful because of the exuberant cost. In the subsequent year, the brand introduced iPhone 3G with additional features.
In the later years, Apple came up with iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4 in 16, 32, and 64 GB versions. Though iPhone smartphones are expensive but when it comes to their key features, there is no Chinese mobile brand that could compete with it. Owing to this, Apple is one of the most famous non-Chinese mobile companies in India.
The latest model to be added to the Apple phone list is the iPhone 12 Pro/Pro Max. Apple has recently started the assembly of iPhone 12 in India. The parts of this model would be manufactured by Foxconn in Taiwan and would be assembled in Tamil Nadu.
Some of its famous models include iPhone 11, Apple iPhone XR and Apple iPhone XS Max.
Next in our list of non-Chinese mobile brands is Google. Headquartered in the United States, Google has introduced its series of Google Pixel Mobiles that are packed with the best features. The first Google smartphone came in the year 2013. Google Pixel phones have all the Google apps with the best of the cameras that can give you studio-like photos on the go. Its advanced features like Google Assistant helps you send voice messages and control your apps. The brand is giving tough competition to all the Chinese mobile brands.
Some of its top-rated smartphones are Google Pixel 4a 5G, Google Pixel 5, Google Pixel 4a, Google Pixel 4 XL and many more to name.
Yes, Nokia is one of the popular non-Chinese mobile companies. Its headquarters are in Finland. Nokia’s first portable mobile phone- the Mobira Cityman 900, came in the year 1987. It was the first company to develop the first GSM network. In 1998, Nokia took the mobile industry by storm as it released 100 million mobile phones for its users.
One of the prime reasons why Nokia became one of the most trusted non-Chinese brands in the ’90s was its range of mobile phones that catered youth. In late 1996, the brand came up with an innovative camera phone. In the subsequent years, Nokia introduced models like Nokia N95 that became super hit. Nokia is also known for its durable phones. In the last couple of years, the brand has revolutionized itself. From Windows smartphone to Android phone; the brand has it all!
Some of the Nokia phones that gained popularity were Nokia 8810, Nokia 5110, Nokia N95, Nokia N91, Nokia E71, Nokia N9, Nokia 5.4, Nokia 8.1, Nokia 6.1 Plus 6GB RAM etc.
Lava is one of the best Indian mobile brands. The homegrown company was founded in the year 2009 and has operations in other countries like Nepal, Thailand, Indonesia, Sri Lanka, Russia, and Middle East Pakistan. Lava international introduced its flagship smartphone – Iris Pro 30, and The Lava Iris X1 was one of India’s first smartphones that had Android Kitkat 4.4 as an operating system.
It is another most preferred brand of non-Chinese smartphones with some of the best mobile phones like Z6, Lava Z1, Lava Z2, Lava Z4. All these smartphones are priced under Rs. 1000, which makes them quite affordable.
6. Micromax Informatics
Talking about Indian brands of smartphones, how can we miss Micromax? Founded in 2000, the company is primarily known for its smartphones, home appliances and consumer electronics. With its feature-oriented smartphones, it has become one of the largest mobile players across the globe.
Micromax has so far introduced many budget-friendly handsets with innovative features. It was also the first company to launch X1i -the first smartphone with long battery life. In late 2000, Micromax gave tough competition to many Chinese companies, and in 2014, it became the best non-Chinese brands of smartphones.
It was the first company to sell its smartphones in Russia. With its new sub-brand “IN, the brand made a comeback in the Indian Mobile Industry. Some of its top-rated smartphones are- Micromax In Note 1 128GB, Micromax In Note 1, Micromax In 1B, Micromax iOne, etc.
Asus is also one of the most trusted Non-Chinese smartphone brands in India. It is a Taiwanese multinational brand that is known for computer- phone hardware and electronics. In the 2000s, the company collaborated with Intel for the launch of Android-based smartphones that included ZenFone series.
Some of its hot selling mobile phones in India are Asus ROG Phone 3, Asus ROG Phone 2, Asus ZenFone Max Pro M1 (6GB), Asus ROG Phone 3, Asus Zenfone 5Z 128GB, Asus Zenfone Max Pro M1 64GB, Asus Zenfone 3, Asus ZenFone Go ZB500K, Asus PadFone Mini PF400CGL and others .
How can we miss Sony in our list of best non-Chinese brands in India? This Japanese multinational conglomerate has been catering to the Indian market since late 2000. In 2001 the brand partnered with Ericsson, and they jointly became Sony Ericsson Mobile Communications. The brand launched series of multimedia-oriented mobile phones with a camera which was a prominent feature back then. After giving a strong competition to Apple in the late 2000’s2009, the brand was listed at 4th position in the list of the largest mobile phone manufacturers across the globe.
Some of the top-rated non-Chinese smartphone manufactured by the brand in recent years are Sony Xperia Z, Sony Xperia L2, Sony Xperia C4 Dual, Sony Xperia 1 II, Sony Xperia L4 and many more to name.
Panasonic too, is one of the best non-Chinese smartphone brands. This Japanese multinational electronics company has recently launched its Eluga Series, which has affordable smartphones and advanced features. The famous models of the series are Eluga X1 Pro, Panasonic Eluga Ray 550, Panasonic Eluga A3 Pro, Panasonic Eluga Prim, Panasonic Eluga Arc, Panasonic Eluga A3 and many more to name.
Owing to the stiff between India and China, people are now routing towards non-Chinese mobile brands. Samsung, Apple, Lava, Micromax Informatics, Google, Nokia are, to name a few brands that are perfect alternatives to Chinese smartphone brands. These companies have the best of the mobile phones that fit in everyone budget and not to forget; these are packed with innovative features too.
Some of the best non-Chinese smartphones are Samsung Galaxy A52, Samsung Galaxy F41, Apple iPhone 11, Apple iPhone 12 etc.
No, initially it had production unit in China, but soon it moved to India because of high labour cost.
Motorola is an American company and subsidiary of the Chinese brand-Lenovo.
No, it has closed its operations in India in the year 2018.
The smartphones from this South Korean brand are available in India. However, the company has recently announced that it will soon shut its smartphone division in India.