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iPhone X shortages: four alternatives you can buy without having to wait

The iPhone X is up for grabs on pre–order now, before hitting shelves officially on 3rd November.

And while Apple's premium, cutting-edge device is set to become this year’s number one smartphone, if you didn't get your order in super early you’ll be waiting as much as six weeks until you can get your hands on one.

But all is not lost. Here are four alternatives that are cheaper and available to buy right now.

Samsung Galaxy Note 8

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Samsung’s Galaxy Note 8 doesn't have the same cutting-edge facial scanning security as the iPhone X.

But its huge Super AMOLED screen, measuring 6.3–inches, appears bolder and brighter than Apple’s latest flagship handset.

Like the iPhone X, it lacks a home button. But it does still come with a standard 3.5mm headphone jack, something you won’t find on newer Apple smartphones.

Throw in expandable storage, with support for 256GB SD cards and a 12-megapixel dual camera set-up, and Samsung’s flagship smartphone is a very, very worthy alternative.

Pick it up SIM free for £869, compared with £999 for a 64GB iPhone X. Or for £50 a month with no upfront cost on Three, including calls, texts and 4GB of data.

Take a look at a wider range of Galaxy Note 8 deals at our comparison page.

Want to know more? Read our Note 8 review.

Google Pixel 2 XL

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The Pixel 2 XL has had some issues. But it remains the ultimate way to experience the newest Android features from Google.

Preinstalled with Android Oreo, it comes with a neat, single lens camera that utilises Google’s Dual Pixel tech to take stunning shots in all conditions.

It's also equipped with Google Assistant - Android's savvy and arguably superior version of Apple's Siri voice commands app. And features support for Google’s new Fast Pair Bluetooth function, for quickly syncing up the newly released Pixel Buds wireless headphones.

Prices start at £629 for a SIM–free 64GB model. Or you can score it on Vodafone for £219.99 upfront on a two-year deal with unlimited calls and texts and 16GB of data for £44 a month.

Take a look at a wide range of Pixel 2 Xl deals at our dedicated comparison page.


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LG’s G6 was released back at the start of 2017. But it remains among the upper echelon of handsets when it comes to Android.

Its ultra wide 18:9 screen is market-leading and makes streaming video on Amazon and Netflix look sublime.

The G6 is a joy to use, while its 13-megapixel dual lens camera boasts a series of niche shooting modes and a wide angle function for getting stunning panoramas.

The good news is that it’s now highly affordable and available for nothing upfront from EE, with unlimited calls and texts, 8GB of data and £30 cash back, all for a very reasonable £32.99 a month.

Find more LG G6 deals at our comparison page.

Find out more with our LG G6 review.

OnePlus 5

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Helping you stand out from the crowd, the independently produced OnePlus 5 has become a hit among anyone keen for something different.

There’s a dual lens camera, combining 16-megapixel and 20-megapixel sensors to deliver superb results, a battery that lasts 20% longer than last year’s OnePlus 3T and a design that gets close to rivalling the handiwork of Jony Ive and his team at Apple.

At just £449 for a 64GB model, it’s less than half the price of an iPhone X and can be picked up on O2 with unlimited calls and texts, plus 30GB of data for £62 a month, plus £9.99 upfront.

Take a look at a wide range of OnePlus deals at our one-stop comparison page.

Not familiar with the OnePlus 5? Read the uSwitch review to find out more.

Think you'd prefer to wait after all? Head to comparison page to take a look at our pick of the best iPhone X deals.

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