If you’re looking for a great value smartphone in 2018, there is a huge selection to choose from. It can be difficult to know what phone you should get, what phone should you buy? So, in order to help you on your next purchase I’ve listed the TOP 5 Best Smartphones 2018. Go through & find your perfect smartphone that fits your budget and expectations!
#1. Apple iPhone XS Max/XS
The smartphone was launched in September 2018. The phone comes with a 6.50-inch touchscreen display with a resolution of 1242 pixels by 2688 pixels at a PPI of 458 pixels per inch. Apple iPhone XS Max price in India starts from $1100. So, it’s definitely not a phone which everyone can afford.
But if you can, you can have a smartphone powered by hexa-core processor, packed with 64 GB of internal storage that cannot be expanded.
As far as the cameras are concerned, the Apple iPhone XS Max packs a 12-megapixel (f/1.8, 1.4-micron) + 12-megapixel (f/2.4) primary camera on the rear and a 7-megapixel front shooter for selfies.
It measures 157.50 x 77.40 x 7.70 (height x width x thickness) and weighs 208.00 grams.
Apple is all about quality but taking it a step further this time, The Apple iPhone XS Max is a dual SIM (GSM and GSM) smartphone that accepts Nano-SIM and eSIM.
#2. Google Pixel 3XL
Claims stats The Pixel 3 XL is one of the most accomplished phones Google has ever made, with a few caveats. It’s pretty much the same size as the Pixel 2 XL, but this time it has a more rounded chassis and a smooth glass back rather than a textured metal rear.
Google has upped the Pixel 3 XL’s screen size to 6.3in, a tad larger than the Pixel 2 XL’s 6 in display. To do this it has had to opt for a screen notch.
The display doesn’t quite wow like Samsung’s Galaxy S9 Infinity Display does in terms of color saturation, nor can it beat the iPhone XS for peak brightness.
But nevertheless, the panel supports HDR and has three color modes to choose from: Natural, Boosted (for folks who like more saturation) and Adaptive (which is the mode we went for as everything looks very presentable in that setting).
Talking about the performance, like most other Android flagships, the Pixel 3 XL comes with Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 845, an upgrade over the Pixel 2 XL’s Snapdragon 835, which was no slouch. The Snapdragon 845 is due a refresh, likely at the start of 2019, but it’s still the top chip in Qualcomm’s repertoire.
When compared to the rest of the smartphone market, it sticks out like a $900 sore thumb. Battery life is mediocre, especially when pitted against phones in this price range as well.
But the cherry on top is, you get a great screen and speakers, good performance, and a stunning camera yet again. Not to mention it’s one of the few Android phones that will get consistent software updates for quite some time. If you want the best Android experience, this is the phone to buy — just try to ignore the notch.
#3. Huawei P20 Pro
Huawei is dealing with its fair share of trouble in the US, but that doesn’t mean it forgot how to make a great phone. From build quality to design to camera performance, the P20 Pro is every bit a first-rate flagship smartphone.
The AI powering its ambitious triple camera is a little overzealous at times, and since it uses a chip-set from last year, the P20 Pro isn’t as outright fast than many of its competitors.
Its potent blend of style, solid software and a great camera experience make the P20 Pro one of the year’s great Android phones. Huawei went with a 6.1-inch OLED screen this time that runs at 2240×1080 — for those of you keeping track, that’s a 18.7:9 aspect ratio, which means the screen is a little more than twice as tall as it is wide.
Plus, the idea of combining a 40-megapixel RGB camera, a 20-megapixel monochrome camera and an 8-megapixel telephoto camera seemed like overkill.
The P20 Pro packs the same Kirin 970 chipset (complete with neural processing unit) as last year’s Huawei’s Mate 10 Pro, along with the same 6 GB of RAM and 128 GB of storage. Sorry, no microSD card slots here.
So, that’s a pretty potent package, but last year’s chip-set just isn’t as quick as the Snapdragon 845. The P20 Pro still has enough power to handle most tasks without breaking a sweat, and it has taken to my daily frenzied multitasking with few issues.
#4. OnePlus 6
Just four years into the industry, and OnePlus is already on its eighth phone if you include the X. It might not have everything a phone can have, but the OnePlus 6 is an amazing deal as you’ll see in our in-depth OnePlus 6 review – and now it has Android 9 Pie.
Although OnePlus phones are a fair bit more expensive than they used to be years ago, it’s still a sizable amount cheaper when you compare it to rivals like the iPhone X, Samsung Galaxy S9 and Huawei P20.
the OnePlus 6 isn’t a huge departure in terms of design and build. The new model is largely the 5T with a collection of tweaks and improvements.
Despite having the same footprint as the 5T, the OnePlus 6 offers a larger screen. This is thanks to much smaller bezels, essentially stretching the display to every edge of the device.
It’s now 6.28- rather than 6.01in and with the same Optic AMOLED technology, so the main difference is the notch at the top. The OnePlus 6 comes with the latest Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 flagship processor. It’s no surprise.
OnePlus is known for packing in a serious amount of memory and this handset is no different as you get at least 6GB and 8GB is available too. And that’s BTW is more than a lot of laptops.
#5. Samsung Galaxy S9
Samsung S9 not only delivers a standout, party-piece camera system, but also a selection of innovative features and software that point towards a maturing of Samsung’s approach to delivering a flagship Android experience.
- OS: Android 8.0 (Oreo)
- Processor: Octa-core processor (2.8 GHz Quad + 1.7 GHz Quad)
- Display: 5.8-inch Quad HD + Curved Super AMOLED, 18.5:9 (570ppi)
- RAM: 4GB
- Rear camera: Super Speed Dual Pixel 12MP AF sensor with OIS (F1.5/F2.4)
- Front camera: 8MP AF (F1.7)
- Dimensions: 147.7mm x 68.7mm x 8.5mm
- Weight: 163g
- Storage (internal): 64GB
- Storage (external): MicroSD up to 400GB
- Battery: 3,000mAh
The S9 features the exact same screen as last year’s phone, the same amount of RAM and storage, the same capacity battery, and an almost identical design, too.
However, Samsung’s new camera system is, in many ways, the gateway to the S9’s real new advancements and innovations, including a new upgraded version of Bixby (Samsung’s AI assistant) with real-time object detection and recognition, AR Emoji (Samsung’s version of Apple’s Animoji), and Super slow-mo 960 fps video recording.
The Samsung Galaxy S9 has the exact same display as the Samsung Galaxy S8. It’s the same 5.8-inch QHD+ Super AMOLED screen with 18.5:9 aspect ratio, and it is the same Infinity Display, too, meaning that 90 per cent of the phone’s front is pure panel. Those now standard but still gorgeous curved edges are also still in residence.
These were the TOP 5 Best Smartphones 2018 has to offer in my opinion, but feel free to share your opinions in the comment box below.
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