If you’re out in the market looking for a new smartphone this year, you have a lot of really good options, as 2018 has witnessed launch of some really good smartphones. From in-display fingerprint scanners to near bezel-less designs, even with motorized camera setups, this year had it all.
It’d be fair to call this year as the of year of smartphones. The smartphone market is really taking off and with many extremely compelling devices, choosing one is likely more difficult than ever before. Unless you have a very strong brand preference. There are literally hundreds of phones to choose from. Here’s our list of the top 5 cell phones for 2018. Please note: phones listed are in no particular order.
This Google Pixel device is tailor made for stock Android lovers. The biggest USP of this device is its clean and clutter free UI.
It being a Google device, you also get OS and security updates on it before anyone else. The screen is colourful and vibrant, but does lagg behind its Samsung counterparts, which does make the best smartphone displays out there.
Under the hood, you get the powerful Snapdragon 835 SoC which, as you’d expect, runs anything you throw at it without any lag or hiccups. As far as mobile photography is concerned, the Pixel 2XL can click some solid looking photos and is perhaps the best smartphone camera out there.
Samsung’s Note 9 has a beautiful Super AMOLED Infinity Display, perfect for viewing media and very handy for content creators. Its dual-aperture camera is another feature that makes this phone worth its money – with features such as flaw detection, which lets you avoid photos like closed eyes, image blur etc. You can’t go wrong with this phone if camera is your top priority.
The internals are also top notch, with Samsung’s own chip the- the Exynos 9 Series 9810 with a Mali G72MP18 GPU. Upto 8 GB of RAM is on board, which means multitasking on the Note 9 should be a breeze. The monster 4000 mAh battery with fast charging ensures that you never run out of juice. To make things more interesting, the S-pen is more powerful than ever before. Whether it is controlling your camera, presentations or apps, you can do it all even without touching your phone. All thanks to the fine tip and 4096 pressure levels the S-pen feels,
The Shenzhen-based Chinese smartphone manufacturer Oneplus first came into limelight when they released their first device – the Oneplus One. The device was an instant success, thanks to its offering of top notch specs at very reasonable rate. OnePlus, with its sixth generation device, tries to do the same. A flagship processor from Snapdragon and powerful cameras, coupled most importantly with its attracting pricing, makes the OnePlus 6 one of the best smartphones you can buy in 2018. A Pixel-like software experience can be achieved as it is running on Oxygen OS, which offers lots of useful options without too much effort.
This very expensive iPhone is the go to phone for iOS lovers. While it did begin officially shipping during November-December 2017, it’s more a of 2018 phone as it’s honestly spent a lot more time in 2018 than it did last year. The iPhone X features a 5.8-inch OLED display with a Face ID facial recognition system replacing Touch ID. The six-core A11 Bionic chip ensures it runs smooth. On the back the iPhone X features a vertical 12-megapixel dual-lens camera arrangement with an f1.8 wide angle lens and an f/2.4 aperture telephoto lens. The selfie camera features a 7MP Truedepth sensor.
LG G7+ ThinQ
The obnoxious name aside, this device is surprisingly good and probably the most underrated device of 2018. The octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 with Adreno 630 GPU make this phone a very compelling option. The phone is also packed with some of the best audio specs, including DTS:X 3D Sound and a Boombox speaker, so an audiophile would love this phone. AI powered cameras on the rear and the front are present on the ThinQ as well. All this at just Rs 40,000 makes this phone one of the best.
A few other devices that are worth mentioning include the Pocofone F1 by Xiaomi at a starting price of Rs 21,000. All the high-end specs you get this phone make it a very attractive buy. The only letdown is its plastic build.
The Oppo Find X another phone that is worth taking a look. The Find X comes with a 6.42-inch FHD+ AMOLED Panoramic Arc Screen making it distinct from all the others.
Another phone worthy of a mention is the Vivo V11 – a phone with an in-display fingerprint reader and a powerful Snapdragon 660 chip. All this and much more at an attractive price of Rs 26,000.
Which one of these are you eyeing? Let us know in the comments below. While you upgrade, remember to sell your used smartphone on Cashify!