Best Smartphones of 2018

Best Smartphones of 2018 That Will Guide You For Your Next Buy

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The year 2019 is almost here and the year 2018 has been the stage for new smartphone designs and innovations. This is the year where brands and their flagships fought head to head to bring the best smartphones of 2018 right on the hands of consumers.

This article is dedicated for those who are looking to buy a new smartphone and get their money’s worth as much as possible. There is no actual number one here. It’s actually hard to say that one is better than the other as every smartphone user has their own preferred set of functionality and day-to-day needs.

A smartphone is only as good as what the user uses it for. So we decided to just list the best smartphones of 2018 and you get to decide which one is the best for you. This is only a short list and we tried to go for every brand’s flagship or flagships.

We based the list according to a smartphone’s given functionality, price, hardware, and some new features that make a smartphone exceptional or unique. So without further ado, here is the list of the best smartphones of 2018.

Best Smartphones of 2018

OnePlus 6T

The OnePlus 6T has been a constant smartphone representative when it comes to flagship comparison just like its predecessor, the OnePlus 5T. It has the qualities that most users are looking for on a standard Android handset. It is powerful, has a reasonable price, and it’s got that trending design that most people want—the teardrop notch.

One Plus 6T

OnePlus 6T Specs:

  • CPU: Qualcomm SDM845 Snapdragon 845 (10 nm), Octa-core (4×2.8 GHz Kryo 385 Gold & 4×1.7 GHz Kryo 385 Silver)
  • Platform: Android 9.0, Oxygen OS 9.0.5
  • GPU: Adreno 630
  • Display: 6.41 inches, 100.9 cm2 (~85.6% screen-to-body ratio), Optic AMOLED capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors, 1080 x 2340 pixels, 19.5:9 ratio (~402 ppi density), Corning Gorilla Glass 6
  • Memory: 256 GB, 8 GB RAM, 128 GB, 6/8 GB RAM
  • Rear Camera: 16 MP, f/1.7, 25mm (wide), 1/2.6″, 1.22µm, OIS, PDAF
  • 20 MP (16 MP effective), f/1.7, 25mm (wide), 1/2.8″, 1.0µm, PDAF, 2160p@30/60fps, 1080p@30/60/240fps, 720p@480fps, Auto HDR, gyro-EIS
  • Front Camera: 16 MP, f/2.0, 25mm (wide), 1/3.1″, 1.0µm, Auto-HDR, gyro-EIS, 1080p@30fps
  • Battery: Non-removable Li-Po 3700 mAh battery
  • Other Features: Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, dual-band, WiFi Direct, DLNA, hotspot, Bluetooth 5.0, A2DP, aptX HD, LE, 2.0, NFC, Type-C 1.0 reversible connector, USB On-The-Go, Fingerprint (under display), accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass, Dual SIM (Nano-SIM, dual stand-by)

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Check Out OnePlus 6T Here

Samsung Galaxy Note 9

When it comes to the true flagship, there is hardly anyone can contest the Samsung Galaxy Note 9’s credibility. It’s got the top hardware, reliable performance, and its productivity use is close that of a premium laptop.

Samsung Galaxy Note 9 has the best display in 2018’s standard. It has that Bluetooth S-pen for on-the-go creativity. This is what flagship is all about.

Samsung Galaxy Note 9

Samsung Galaxy Note 9 Specs:

  • CPU: Exynos 9810 Octa (10 nm) – EMEA or Qualcomm SDM845 Snapdragon 845 (10 nm) – USA/LATAM, China,
  • Platform: Android 8.1 (Oreo) with a planned update to Android 9.0 (Pie)
  • GPU: Mali-G72 MP18 – EMEA or Adreno 630 – USA/LATAM, China
  • Display: 6.4 inches, 103.2 cm2 (~83.4% screen-to-body ratio), Super AMOLED capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors, 1440 x 2960 pixels, 18.5:9 ratio (~516 ppi density), Corning Gorilla Glass 5, HDR10 compliant, Always-on display
  • Memory: 512 GB, 8 GB RAM or 128 GB, 6 GB RAM
  • Rear Camera: 12 MP, f/1.5-2.4, 26mm (wide), 1/2.55″, 1.4µm, dual pixel PDAF, OIS, 12 MP, f/2.4, 52mm (telephoto), 1/3.4″, 1.0µm, AF, OIS, 2x optical zoom, LED flash, auto-HDR, panorama, 2160p@60fps, 1080p@240fps, 720p@960fps, HDR, dual-video rec
  • Front Camera: 8 MP, f/1.7, 25mm (wide), 1/3.6″, 1.22µm, AF, Dual video call, Auto-HDR, 1440p@30fps
  • Battery: Non-removable Li-Ion 4000 mAh battery
  • Other Features: Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, dual-band, Wi-Fi Direct, hotspot, Bluetooth 5.0, A2DP, aptX HD, LE, 2.0, 3.1, NFC, Qi wireless charging, Type-C 1.0 reversible connector, Iris scanner, fingerprint (rear-mounted), accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass, barometer, heart rate, SpO2, microSD, up to 512 GB (uses SIM 2 slot) – dual SIM model only

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Check Samsung Galaxy Note 9 Here

Apple iPhone XS Max

The Apple iPhone XS Max is the flagship for those who prefer Apple’s ecosystem. Its latest A12 Bionic processor is the top in its class and the first ever to use the 7nm technology.

The performance of iPhone XS Max is undeniably impressive and the rest is just plain what you would expect for Apple’s current top dog. Here’s more info about this handset.

iPhone XS Max

iPhone XS Max Specs:

  • CPU: Apple A12 Bionic (7 nm), Hexa-core (2×2.5 GHz Vortex + 4×1.6 GHz Tempest)
  • Platform: iOS 12, upgradable to iOS 12.1
  • GPU: Apple GPU (4-core graphics)
  • Display: 6.5 inches, 102.9 cm2 (~84.4% screen-to-body ratio), Super AMOLED capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors, 1242 x 2688 pixels, 19.5:9 ratio (~458 ppi density), Scratch-resistant glass, oleophobic coating, Dolby Vision/HDR10 compliant, 120 Hz touch-sensing
  • Memory: 64/256/512 GB, 4 GB RAM
  • Rear Camera: 12 MP, f/1.8, 26mm (wide), 1/2.55″, 1.4µm, OIS, PDAF, 12 MP, f/2.4, 52mm (telephoto), 1/3.4″, 1.0µm, OIS, PDAF, 2x optical zoom, Quad-LED dual-tone flash, HDR (photo/panorama), 2160p@24/30/60fps, 1080p@30/60/120/240fps, HDR, stereo sound rec.
  • Front Camera: 7 MP, f/2.2, 32mm (standard), HDR, 1080p@60fps
  • Battery: Non-removable Li-Ion 3174 mAh battery
  • Other Features: Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, dual-band, hotspot, Bluetooth 5.0, A2DP, aptX HD, LE, 2.0, NFC, 2.0, proprietary reversible connector Face ID, accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass, barometer, Single SIM (Nano-SIM) or Dual SIM (Nano-SIM, dual stand-by) – for China, no card slot

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Check iPhone XS Max Here

Huawei Mate 20 Pro

The Huawei Mate 20 Pro got a flashy introduction with its triple camera system and an impressive CPU benchmark that claimed to be better than the Qualcomm SD845. Not to mention that gorgeous overall design, this is truly one of the best smartphones of 2018.

Huawei Mate 20 Pro

Huawei Mate 20 Pro Specs:

  • CPU: HiSilicon Kirin 980 (7 nm), Octa-core (2×2.6 GHz Cortex-A76 & 2×1.92 GHz Cortex-A76 & 4×1.8 GHz Cortex-A55)
  • Platform: Android 9.0 (Pie), EMUI 9.0
  • GPU: Mali-G76 MP10
  • Display: 6.39 inches, 100.2 cm2 (~87.9% screen-to-body ratio), AMOLED capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors, 1440 x 3120 pixels, 19.5:9 ratio (~538 ppi density), Corning Gorilla Glass (unspecified version)
  • Memory: 256 GB, 8 GB RAM or 128 GB, 6 GB RAM
  • Rear Camera: 40 MP, f/1.8, 27mm (wide), 1/1.7″, PDAF/Laser AF, 20 MP, f/2.2, 16mm (ultrawide), 1/2.7″, PDAF/Laser AF, 8 MP, f/2.4, 80mm (telephoto), 1/4″, 5x optical zoom, OIS, PDAF/Laser AF, Leica optics, dual-LED dual-tone flash, panorama, HDR, 2160p@30fps, 1080p@60fps, 1080p@30fps (gyro-EIS), 720p@960fps
  • Front Camera: 24 MP, f/2.0, 26mm (wide), HDR, 1080p@30fps
  • Battery: Non-removable Li-Po 4200 mAh battery
  • Other Features: Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, dual-band, DLNA, Wi-Fi Direct, hotspot, Bluetooth 5.0, A2DP, aptX HD, LE, 2.0, NFC, Infrared port, 3.1, Type-C 1.0 reversible connector, USB On-The-Go, Face ID, fingerprint (under display), accelerometer, gyro, proximity, barometer, compass, Single SIM (Nano-SIM) or Hybrid Dual SIM (Nano-SIM, dual stand-by), NM (Nano-Memory), up to 256GB (uses SIM 2)

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Check Huawei Mate 20 Pro Here

Google Pixel 3 XL

Google Pixel 3 XL might have some controversies with its design and some reported bugs, but it still has undeniably one of the best if not the top best camera this year. The Night Sight feature is like magic and the rest is just your typical flagship features. And that gargantuan notch? Never mind.

Pixel 3 XL

Google Pixel 3 XL Specs:

  • CPU: Qualcomm SDM845 Snapdragon 845 (10 nm), Octa-core (4×2.5 GHz Kryo 385 Gold & 4×1.6 GHz Kryo 385 Silver)
  • Platform: Android 9.0 (Pie)
  • GPU: Adreno 630
  • Display: 6.3 inches, 100.3 cm2 (~82.8% screen-to-body ratio), P-OLED capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors, 1440 x 2960 pixels, 18.5:9 ratio (~523 ppi density), Corning Gorilla Glass 5, Always-on display
  • Memory: 64/128 GB, 4 GB RAM
  • Rear Camera: 2 MP, f/1.8, 28mm (wide), 1/2.55″, 1.4µm, OIS, dual pixel PDAF, Dual-LED flash, Auto-HDR, panorama, 2160p@30fps, 1080p@30/60/120fps, 720p@240fps, 1080p@30fps (gyro-EIS)
  • Front Camera: 8 MP, f/1.8, 28mm (wide), PDAF, 8 MP, f/2.2, 19mm (ultrawide), no AF
  • Battery: Non-removable Li-Po 3430 mAh battery
  • Other Features: Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, dual-band, Wi-Fi Direct, DLNA, hotspot, Bluetooth 5.0, A2DP, aptX HD, LE, 2.0, NFC, Yes, with A-GPS, GLONASS, BDS, GALILEO, 3.1, Type-C 1.0 reversible connector (PowerDelivery 2.0), Fingerprint (rear-mounted), accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass, barometer, Nano-SIM card & eSIM

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Xiaomi Pocophone F1

The Xiaomi Pocophone F1 is the underdog on top of the dark horse in this list. It has the lowest market price but has the performance of the top boys of this year. Priced at around $300 and sports the Qualcomm SD845, this handset is the dream phone of budget users that crave for flagship-level of power.

Setting aside the performance, the rest of the features of the Pocophone F1 is just your typical midrange offerings. But before you get put off so easily here’s what you can expect from this smartphone. This handset has an impressive camera feature and a generous 4000 mAh battery. That’s enough to keep you laying games for hours.

Pocophone F1

Xiaomi Pocophone F1 Specs

  • CPU: Qualcomm SDM845 Snapdragon 845 (10 nm), Octa-core (4×2.5 GHz Kryo 385 Gold & 4×1.6 GHz Kryo 385 Silver)
  • Platform: Android 8.1 (Oreo)
  • GPU: Adreno 630
  • Display: 6.18 inches, 96.2 cm2 (~82.2% screen-to-body ratio), IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors, 1080 x 2246 pixels, 18.7:9 ratio (~403 ppi density), Corning Gorilla Glass (unspecified version)
  • Memory: 256 GB, 8 GB RAM or 64/128 GB, 6 GB RAM
  • Rear Camera: 12 MP, f/1.9, 1/2.55″, 1.4µm, dual pixel PDAF, 5 MP, f/2.0, 1.12µm, depth sensor, Dual-LED flash, HDR, panorama, 2160p@30fps, 1080p@30fps (gyro-EIS), 1080p@240fps
  • Front Camera: 20 MP, f/2.0, 0.9µm, HDR, 1080p@30fps
  • Battery: Non-removable Li-Po 4000 mAh battery
  • Other Features: Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, dual-band, Wi-Fi Direct, DLNA, hotspot, Bluetooth 5.0, A2DP, aptX HD, LE, 2.0, NFC, Yes, Yes, with A-GPS, GLONASS, BDS, 2.0, Type-C 1.0 reversible connector, USB On-The-Go, Infrared face recognition, fingerprint (rear-mounted), accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass, Hybrid Dual SIM (Nano-SIM, dual stand-by), microSD, up to 256 GB (uses SIM 2 slot)

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LG V40 ThinQ

The LG V40 ThinQ belongs to the top but it is significantly underrated and least talked about flagship. This is probably due to the company’s poor marketing strategy or perhaps due to its earlier mishaps regarding its older flagship releases. We may never know the reasons why but we certainly believe that this handset deserves to be included in this best smartphones of 2018 list.

LG V40 ThinQ is acknowledged by enthusiasts as the beast in audio aspects and that enticing triple camera system at the back. Plus, it has all the components that any user looks for a flagship. Here’s the spec to give you the idea.

LG V40 ThinQ

LG V40 ThinQ Specs:

  • CPU: Qualcomm SDM845 Snapdragon 845 (10 nm), Octa-core (4×2.5 GHz Kryo 385 Gold & 4×1.6 GHz Kryo 385 Silver)
  • Platform: Android 8.1 (Oreo), LG UX 7.1
  • GPU: Adreno 630
  • Display: 6.4 inches, 100.5 cm2 (~83.6% screen-to-body ratio), P-OLED capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors, 1440 x 3120 pixels, 19.5:9 ratio (~537 ppi density), Corning Gorilla Glass 5, Dolby Vision/HDR10 compliant, Always-on display
  • Memory: 64/128 GB, 6 GB RAM
  • Rear Camera: 12 MP, 27mm (standard), f/1.5, 1/2.6″, 1.4µm, 3-axis OIS, dual pixel PDAF, 12 MP, 52mm (telephoto), f/2.4, 1.0µm, 2x optical zoom, OIS, PDAF, 16 MP, 16mm (ultrawide), f/1.9, 1/3.1″, 1.0µm, no AF, LED flash, HDR, panorama, 2160p@30/60fps, 1080p@30/60/240fps, 24-bit/192kHz stereo sound rec., HDR video, gyro-EIS
  • Front Camera: 8 MP, 26mm (standard), f/1.9, 1.4µm, 5 MP, 21mm (wide), f/2.2, 1.4µm
  • Battery: Non-removable Li-Po 3300 mAh battery
  • Other Features: Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, dual-band, Wi-Fi Direct, DLNA, hotspot, Bluetooth 5.0, A2DP, aptX HD, LE, 2.0, NFC, A-GPS, GLONASS, GALILEO, 2.0, Type-C 1.0 reversible connector (PowerDelivery 2.0), Fingerprint (rear-mounted), accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass, barometer, Single SIM (Nano-SIM) or Dual SIM (Nano-SIM, dual stand-by), microSD, up to 512 GB (dedicated slot)

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Samsung Galaxy S9

Samsung Galaxy S9 is also a big part of early 2018. And so, it is just fair to mention this gorgeous smartphone in this list. This is the Samsung Galaxy Note 9’s little brother with some lesser features. But not that much to go gaga about.

This is a flagship-level handset that has a reputable performance and impressive overall design. Thanks to its infinity display that never gets old, what can you complain about? And yes, it has no notch.

Samsung Galaxy S9

Samsung Galaxy S9

  • CPU: Exynos 9810 Octa (10 nm) – EMEA (Octa-core (4×2.7 GHz Mongoose M3 & 4×1.8 GHz Cortex-A55) – EMEA) or Qualcomm SDM845 Snapdragon 845 (10 nm) – USA/LATAM, China (Octa-core (4×2.8 GHz Kryo 385 Gold & 4×1.7 GHz Kryo 385 Silver) – USA/LATAM, China)
  • Platform: Android 8.0 (Oreo)
  • GPU: Mali-G72 MP18 – EMEA or Adreno 630 – USA/LATAM, China
  • Display: 5.8 inches, 84.8 cm2 (~83.6% screen-to-body ratio), Super AMOLED capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors, 1440 x 2960 pixels, 18.5:9 ratio (~570 ppi density), Corning Gorilla Glass 5, HDR10 compliant, 3D Touch (home button only), Always-on display
  • Memory: 64/128/256 GB, 4 GB RAM
  • Rear Camera: 12 MP, f/1.5-2.4, 26mm (wide), 1/2.55″, 1.4µm, OIS, dual pixel PDAF, LED flash, auto-HDR, panorama, 2160p@60fps, 1080p@240fps, 720p@960fps, HDR, dual-video rec.
  • Front Camera: 8 MP, f/1.7, 25mm (wide), 1/3.6″, 1.22µm, AF, Dual video call, Auto-HDR, 1440p@30fps
  • Battery: Non-removable Li-Ion 3000 mAh battery
  • Other Features: Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, dual-band, Wi-Fi Direct, hotspot, Bluetooth 5.0, A2DP, aptX HD, LE, 2.0, 3.1, NFC, with A-GPS, GLONASS, BDS, GALILEO, NFC, FM radio (USA & Canada only), 3.1, Type-C 1.0 reversible connector, Iris scanner, fingerprint (rear-mounted), accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass, barometer, heart rate, SpO2, microSD, up to 512 GB (uses SIM 2 slot) – dual SIM model only, Single SIM (Nano-SIM) or Hybrid Dual SIM (Nano-SIM, dual stand-by)

Check Out Samsung Galaxy S9 Here

Check Out Samsung Galaxy S9 Here

ASUS ROG Phone

The ASUS ROG Phone is the epitome of mobile gaming. Well, that’s at least this year. Until a better handset comes out, there is no better than this beastly device. It has all the quirks of a gaming machine gone portable.

The ROG Phone has a dedicated heat sink, dedicated game UI, and an overclocked Qualcomm SD845. This smartphone also has some peripherals to give you the overall feel of a gaming device. Here’s the spec.

ASUS Rog Phone

ASUS ROG Phone Specs:

  • CPU: Qualcomm SDM845 Snapdragon 845 (10 nm), Octa-core (4×2.96 GHz Kryo 385 Gold & 4×1.7 GHz Kryo 385 Silver)
  • Platform: Android 8.1 (Oreo), ROG Gaming UI
  • GPU: Adreno 630
  • Display: 6.0 inches, 92.9 cm2 (~76.8% screen-to-body ratio), 1080 x 2160 pixels, 18:9 ratio (~402 ppi density), Corning Gorilla Glass 6, HDR display, 90 Hz (1ms pixel response time), Always-on display, 108.6% DCI-P3 color gamut
  • Memory: 128/512 GB, 8 GB RAM
  • Rear Camera: 12 MP, f/1.8, 24mm (wide), 1/2.55″, 1.4µm, 4-axis OIS, dual pixel PDAF, 8 MP, 12mm, no AF, LED flash, panorama, HDR, 2160p@30/60fps, 1080p@30/60/240fps (3-axis gyro-EIS)
  • Front Camera: 8 MP, f/2.0, 24mm (wide), Panorama, HDR, 1080p@30fps
  • Battery: Non-removable Li-Ion 4000 mAh battery
  • Other Features: Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac/ad, dual-band, WiFi Direct, hotspot, Bluetooth 5.0, A2DP, aptX HD, LE, 2.0. NFC, with A-GPS, GLONASS, BDS, GALILEO, QZSS, 3.1, Type-C 1.0 reversible connector; accessory connector, Fingerprint (rear-mounted), accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass, Nano-SIM, NFC, No card slot.

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Apple iPhone XR

The iPhone XR is the Apple’s 2018 budget phone. Well, if you can consider the $750 as a budget category. Frankly speaking, it is far from being a budget phone. It is cheaper than the iPhone XS Max but that is not enough reason to be called as a budget phone.

This handset has the same raw power as the iPhone XS Max with a smaller screen, lower resolution, and smaller battery. It has a single rear and single front camera. It also took on the notch design of its predecessor. So if you are an Apple device fan, there is a good chance that this will fit onto your list of best smartphones of 2018.

iPhone XR

Apple iPhone XR Specs:

  • CPU: Apple A12 Bionic (7 nm), Hexa-core (2×2.5 GHz Vortex + 4×1.6 GHz Tempest)
  • Platform: iOS 12, upgradable to iOS 12.1
  • GPU: Apple GPU (4-core graphics)
  • Display: 6.1 inches, 90.3 cm2 (~79.0% screen-to-body ratio), 828 x 1792 pixels, 19.5:9 ratio (~326 ppi density), Scratch-resistant glass, oleophobic coating, 120 Hz touch-sensing, True-tone display, Wide color gamut display
  • Memory: 64/128/256 GB, 3 GB RAM
  • Rear Camera: 12 MP, f/1.8, 26mm (wide), 1/2.55″, 1.4µm, OIS, PDAF, Quad-LED dual-tone flash, HDR (photo/panorama), 2160p@24/30/60fps, 1080p@30/60/120/240fps, HDR, stereo sound rec.
  • Front Camera: 7 MP, f/2.2, 32mm (standard), HDR, 1080p@60fps
  • Battery: Non-removable Li-Ion 2942 mAh battery
  • Other Features: Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, dual-band, hotspot, Bluetooth 5.0, A2DP, LE, with A-GPS, GLONASS, GALILEO, QZSS, 2.0. Proprietary reversible connector, Face ID, accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass, barometer, Qi wireless charging, Nano-SIM, Electronic SIM card (eSIM), no card slot

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This is just a few of the best smartphones of 2018. If you think we missed one, kindly mention it below and we will include it in the list for updates.

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