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.

  1. 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.

  1. 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.

  1. 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.

  1. 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.

  1. One­Plus 6T

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.

  1. 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.

  1. 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.

  1. 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.

  1. 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.

  1. 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.