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Consider these Pocket-Friendly Alternatives to the iPhone 12 Pro Max

1st July 2021

It’s fair to say there was plenty of chatter following the release of the iPhone 12 Pro Max at Apple’s October 2020 event. There was the 6.7-inch Super Retina XDR display (ooooh), the addition of a LiDAR sensor (ahhhh), the superfast A14 chip (gasp) and plenty more that had people scrambling to get their hands on the new Apple iPhone

That said, the fact that Apple’s newest top-shelf iPhone is an absolute beast doesn’t mean it’s perfect for everyone. Maybe the iPhone 12 Pro Max price is a little out of your budget, or perhaps you just want something that fits more easily in your pocket. To that, we say: whatever rocks your socks! There are plenty of amazing phones to choose from if you’re looking for an alternative, so let’s take a look at a handful of our favorites. 

iPhone 12 Mini

Apple iPhone enthusiasts who want a snack-sized alternative to the iPhone 12 Pro Max don’t need to look too far. Released alongside its bigger sibling, the iPhone 12 Mini has plenty to offer, including MagSafe support, a dual rear camera, Face ID and the powerful A14 Bionic chip. The 5.4-inch Super Retina display is small enough to keep the phone light and compact, but with no sacrifice on quality – everything from social feeds to movies looks bright, vibrant and beautiful. 

Oppo A31

If you’re closer to the other end of the spectrum and want something big – but not too big – the Oppo A31 is a must on your shortlist. Fingerprint unlock, a tireless 4230mAh battery and an eye-catching design in Mystery Black or Fantasy White are just some of the features packed into this awesome Oppo phone, while the 6.5-inch display brings everything to life while staying a little more compact than the iPhone 12 Pro Max. And with the 12MP triple rear camera, you’ll have no trouble snapping stunning pics and videos of all your best moments. 

OnePlus 8T

Is it just us, or do OnePlus phones keep getting better and better? It’s hard not to fall in love with the OnePlus 8T at first sight, with its subtle curves and foxy matte finish in Aquamarine Green and Lunar Silver. But the 8T is far from superficial, with a meaty Snapdragon 865 processor, 48MP quad camera and Warp Charge that gives you a day’s power in as little as 15 minutes. As for the screen? 6.55 inches of glorious AMOLED display with a 120Hz refresh rate for scrolling so smooth it’s like a hot knife through butter. 

Huawei Nova 7 SE

All this talk of iPhone 12 Pro Max alternatives would be way off the mark if we didn’t give a loud and wholehearted shout-out to the Huawei Nova 7 SE, a bold smartphone that’s as cool as it looks. The choice between Summer Purple, Space Silver and Crush Green will leave you wanting all three, while the Kirin 820 chip brings plenty of power to the table. The Huawei Nova 7 SE even helps you shoot like a pro with a 64MP AI quad camera that handles everything from landscapes to portraits to macro shots with ease. 

OnePlus Nord N10 

We know, we know, we’re slipping OnePlus into the list twice. But with the OnePlus Nord N10 just quietly existing, how could we leave it out? Warp Charge 30T, a supersmooth 90Hz display, 6GB RAM and dual speakers are just some of the awesome reasons to pick up the Nord N10, not to mention the timeless class of the Midnight Ice finish. Oh, and did we mention the 64MP quad camera? Go on, take jaw-dropping ultrawide shots, thought-provoking macros and everything in between. 

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