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From the iPhone X to the Samsung Galaxy S8, we tell you which premium smartphones release when and help you choose the very best handset. Many of the latest smartphones you can buy offer excellent speed, battery life and looks, complicating the task of choosing the very best handset.

We get the chance to use many of the top smartphones on the market, giving us some insight into which smartphones deliver on their promises, and which offer the best price for your budget.

What to look for in a smartphone

Aside from making sure you are getting a model with the operating system you want there are some key points such as screen size, battery life, performance and memory that are key when picking the best smartphone:
  • Screen size: Current sizes range from just under five inches to close to six inches for screen size, which can be quite large to hold in the hand.
  • Battery life: Any phone with significantly more than 24 hours is considered very good. Many manufacturers will judge battery on "talk time", but the phones will actually last days if left on standby.
  • Storage and memory: Lower spec smartphones will have around 2GB of RAM, the memory space which makes the phone run more quickly, although better models will have closer to 4GB or better. Expect at least 32GB of storage, look for 64GB or more for a price.
  • Camera: Most smartphones will take great pictures and high-end models compete to offer the best cameras. Megapixels (MP) are not everything, but they can create shots with greater close-up details.