A number of smartphones are launched in India every month. While some manage to make a mark, some fail to do so. Here, we have compiled a list of seven smartphones that we think are the most overrated ones from 2018. Take a look:
Oppo Find X
This was one among the high-end smartphones that the Chinese smartphone brand launched last year. It came with powerful specifications and impressive camera slider design, but it still made it to our list considering the fact that it was caught cheating in benchmark results. If it indeed were as good a performer as it claims to be, it wouldn’t have needed any cheating.
Huawei Mate 20 Pro
Yes, Huawei’s flagship smartphone is on our list too. We have to admit that the specifications of the smartphone are impressive with a 4,200mAh battery onboard and a triple rear camera comprising of a 40MP sensor, a 20MP ultra wide angle sensor and an 8MP 3X telephoto sensor. However, we didn’t find it worthy of the exorbitant price tag of Rs 69,990. We have seen much better smartphones in a lesser price range in 2018 and Samsung Galaxy A9 (2018) is a good example of that.
Xiaomi POCO F1
Xiaomi touted this smartphone to pack powerful specifications at an affordable price. In fact, when OnePlus 6T was launched this year, the company also started a campaign on social media called ‘Do the Maths’. Xiaomi claimed in the campaign that its POCO F1 smartphone offered specifications that were similar to OnePlus 6T but was more pocket-friendly. But sorry Xiaomi, specifications are not everything. The device only comes with IPS display and not an AMOLED one like most devices the company claims it is competing with. Unlike most of its ‘competitors’, it has a broad chin and a thick notch which basically means lesser screen space for the smartphone. We have seen smartphones from the likes Oppo and Vivo in the same range with much better cameras than POCO F1. So that leaves us with the processor, RAM and operating system. It does score points in these departments, but it’s definitely not as great a phone as it is claimed to be.
Google Pixel 3 XL
We are still very disappointed with Google’s 2018 offerings. In our opinion, both the smartphones weren’t much of an upgrade. Google Pixel 3 XL particularly upset many users because of the gigantic notch on its display. While photography on the device does remain top notch and Google has upgraded the software of the smartphones with some nifty features, it could easily have done better in design and hardware department too.
Xiaomi Redmi Note 6 Pro
We still haven’t understood why Xiaomi decided to launch the same smartphone under a different name. Most of the specifications of the device are exactly the same as its predecessor Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 Pro. The company only added a fancier packaging to the same internals and launched it as Xiaomi Redmi Note 6 Pro. Don’t believe us? Read about all the similarities here.
Lenovo made a comeback in the Indian smartphone market with its K9 and A5 smartphones in 2018. However, neither of the two smartphones managed to make a mark. While Lenovo A5 can still pass as an entry-level smartphone, the K9 does not manage to impress as compared to rivals like Asus Zenfone Max Pro M1. For those unaware, Lenovo K9 is priced at Rs 8,999, while Asus Zenfone Max Pro M1’s base model is priced at Rs 10,999. However, the latter packs much better specifications and is a far better performer than Lenovo K9. Asus’ offering is only an example. We have seen other better smartphones in the same range as compared to Lenovo K9.
Xiaomi Redmi Y2
There are plenty of reasons why Xiaomi’s selfie smartphone – Redmi Y2 makes it to our list. It has a plastic body and comes without a Full HD display. Most of its competitors offer a bigger battery capacity, and a more premium look and feel at the same price point. You can read in detail about why this smartphone is overrated here.