2018 brought a lot of new smartphone models, new trends and technical bells and whistles. The most prominent and popular manufacturers have never ceased to present their new products, competing in a more unique approach to smartphone multitasking, increasing power, battery capacity and screen size. Finally, as 2018 draws to a close, we can take a look at some of the brightest smartphones we’ve come across and top-rated by experts.
Samsung Galaxy Note 9
The best smartphone for work, for games, for rest. Almost everything you could ask for in a smartphone is found in the Samsung Galaxy Note 9. This smartphone takes a step forward from its predecessor, the Galaxy Note 8, by including a Bluetooth S Pen and even more storage, both built-in and and operational. Another aspect that becomes noticeable while working with this device is the battery capacity. The Note 9 has a 4000 mAh battery, and this is especially noticeable during the day when you are constantly working with your smartphone, receiving calls and using various functions. Cameras, audio capabilities and even a fingerprint scanner are also improved.
Of course, a Samsung smartphone cannot exist without wireless charging, high-class protection against water and dust, a Super AMOLED display that many other manufacturers can only envy, and expandable internal memory.
In a word, Samsung’s phablet smartphone rightfully occupies the top line, once again proving its superiority.
Huawei Mate 20 Pro
Perhaps the biggest surprise among smartphones was the release of the Huawei Mate 20 Pro and its resounding success. This smartphone has collected almost all the developments over the past few years into a single body, thereby becoming a very, very impressive device. First of all, this smartphone uses the first Android processor with 7nm technology (which is also used in the A12 Bionic). This Kirin 980 processor provides high power.
The main camera is triple, the same as on the Huawei P20 Pro, also a very remarkable smartphone. Three cameras have a resolution of 40MP, 20MP and 8MP. The front camera has a resolution of 24 megapixels, and AI assists in shooting.
The OLED display also leaves the most pleasant impression — a diagonal of 6.39 inches, plus numerous color options for the case. The smartphone runs on Android 9.0 Pie with EMUI interface. Not surprisingly, the battery of this smartphone has a capacity of 4200mAh, which guarantees a long and confident work during the day.
The Huawei Mate 20 PRO is a big step forward for the company and proves that Huawei products are worth taking seriously.
Google Pixel 3 and 3XL
No one will be surprised by the fact that smartphones from Google appear on the list of the best. The Pixel has long been the benchmark for mobile photography, allowing you to do more with one camera than other smartphones can with several. Of course, this is far from the only plus of the Google Pixel. Always pleased with the constant opportunity to update the operating system, security system and of course, the quality of the device.
The Pixel XL is the larger model with a 6.3‑inch display and 3430mAh battery, the Pixel 3 is the smaller model with a 5.5‑inch display and a 2915mAh battery. Other parameters: Snapfragon 845, 4GB of RAM and 64/128GB of storage, all this is the same for both models.
What’s more, the new 3rd generation Google Pixels have wireless charging and even Pixel Buds that are included in the box.
By the way, smartphones also have external differences. So, XL repeats the modern design of many smartphones with a notch, but the Pixel 3 remains in the classic design with bezels on top and bottom. Both smartphones are great options, and both have a ton of benefits, so choosing between them comes down to price. One thing is for sure — for lovers of mobile photography, the Google Pixel will be the perfect choice.
Apple iPhone XS Max/XS
For much of 2018, we’ve been looking forward to Apple’s next move to continue on the path set by the iPhone X. Expectations were met and we finally saw the XS and XS Max in the fall. Of course, in terms of power and performance, these smartphones are slightly superior to their predecessors, although, as is typical of the s model, the improvements are not global. The XS Max is a larger version of the smartphone with a 6.5‑inch OLED display, while the Xs version has a 5.8‑inch screen. Another difference between the models is the battery capacity, which is 3174 mAh in the Max model and 2658 mAh in the XS. The design has also changed slightly, and now the smartphone combines elements of the appearance of the iPhone 8 and iPhone X.
As per tradition, Apple is stuffing new products with a more powerful A12 Bionic processor, suitable for both Face ID support and multiple operational capabilities.
Both flagship iPhones are state-of-the-art smartphones with great design and power.
Another highly predictable smartphone that deserves to be among the best is the OnePlus 6T. The smartphone wins both in terms of its characteristics and its competitive price. Both sides of the 6T are covered in durable Gorilla Glass 6, and overall the design is very impressive, as is the build. The smartphone has a small “notch”, which houses only the front camera. The bezels around the screen are quite small. In addition, it is equipped with an all touch interface, just like the iPhone X. The fingerprint scanner is built right into the screen, and responds incredibly quickly.
The AMOLED display has a diagonal of 6.41, and Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 runs inside. The OnePlus 6T smartphone is equipped with a dual main camera and a capacious 3700 mAh battery. According to the parameters, you can choose a model from two options: 6GB / 128GB or 8GB / 256GB.
Looking at this smartphone, and using it, it’s hard to believe that its price is almost half that of the Galaxy Note 9.
Huawei P20 Pro
We have already mentioned this smartphone, and now it is worth talking about it in more detail, as it also turned out to be extremely popular in 2018. The triple camera is the first thing that sets this smartphone apart from most others. And this camera, created by Leica, does its job perfectly, allowing you to capture high-quality images. The battery capacity, as in the Mate Pro model, is quite decent — 4000 mAh. The design of this smartphone at the same time resembles the design of the iPhone X and Samsung. The 6.1 OLED display with a notch for the camera that can be pulled out for use or tucked away when not needed looks very modern. The Kirin 970 processor works inside, and the case is protected from water and dust according to the IP67 protocol.
In general, the smartphone looks very impressive and pleases fans in terms of functionality.
Apple iPhone XR
Apple enthusiasts have been looking forward to the budget version of the iPhone X and, in a sense, that’s what the iPhone XR has become. Compared to most other smartphones, of course, it is far from budget, but relative to the XS and Max, its price is much lower. This smartphone has a 6.1 inch OLED display, lower resolution, and does not support 3D touch. But in general, you will get the same experience with it as with more expensive models. By the way, it was he who became the most popular version of the new iPhone. Inside you will find all the same stuffing and even an A12 Bionic processor, but the battery capacity of the XR is larger than that of the XS and is 2942 mAh, more and a choice of body colors with options such as black, white, blue, coral, yellow and red (Product Red).
In general, this smartphone guarantees all the advantages of Apple technology, excellent synchronization with other devices, and a stylish high-quality device.
LG V40 ThinQ
LG decided to surpass the competition by creating a smartphone with five cameras, three main and two front. In addition to the wide-angle lens, the smartphone has a standard lens and a telephoto lens. Unsurprisingly, the smartphone’s design seems relatively familiar too, with notches for the dual front camera, flash and speaker, thin bezels around the screen, and rounded edges. The screen has a diagonal of 6.4 inches.
The fingerprint scanner is placed on the back, along with three cameras that are lined up in a row. The Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 runs inside, giving the smartphone power and speed, and the battery capacity is 3300 mAh, which is more than enough for the smartphone. It’s great for all day to day tasks, and will definitely please fans of mobile photography. This is not to say that the LG V40 ThinQ is a revolutionary smartphone, but it definitely deserves attention.
Sony Xperia XZ3
A smartphone from Sony is a nice novelty with an original design and excellent features. In terms of parameters, it is closest to the Google Pixel 3, with one main camera and a fingerprint scanner on the back of the case. Snapdragon 845 inside, 4GB/64GB, Android 9.0 Pie OS and 3300mAh battery. Perhaps this is more than enough for a modern, fast and high-quality device.
The design, by the way, pleased not only with its uniqueness, but also with rounded edges, although Sony usually stuck to sharper shapes, and interesting color options. The OLED display has a diagonal of 6 inches, and provides an excellent image. The camera has a resolution of 19 megapixels, and it shoots good quality footage, although it may not be comparable to the dual cameras on competing smartphones.
We can say for sure that the Sony Xperia XZ3 smartphone is a very worthy choice, especially for fans of stylish and high-quality smartphones.
Samsung Galaxy S9/S9 Plus
It won’t be news to anyone that one of the best smartphones of the year is the Samsung Galaxy S9/S9 Plus pair. Both versions of this smartphone are distinguished by the same Infinity display, powerful Snapdragon 845 processor, dual camera. In a word, the characteristics that fans loved in the previous version of the smartphone have been improved and brought to technological heights. The design remains virtually unchanged, and the device looks representative as always. The IP68 protocol provides protection against water and dust, the case has both a USB Type‑C port and a headphone jack. The operating system is Android 8.0 Oreo.
Everything is in place in this pair of smartphones, which is why the Galaxy S9 is a very confident choice for those who are looking for 100% quality and performance for any task.