2018 has been a good year for the smartphone industry so far and with half the year over, the perfect phone for you must be out there already.
10. Xiaomi Mi Mix 2
The second gen OG bezel-less phone is a great buy at this price. Packed with flagship features and a great build quality is a head turner. The 6″ FHD+ LCD is a gorgeous panel under which you find the 5 MP selfie shooter. The fingerprint scanner and the 12 MP primary sensor are located on the ceramic back which makes this phone feel more premium than most of the phones on this list. At this cost, it is a great buy and you probably should consider it if you don’t mind Xiaomi’s software and the older Snapdragon 835.
9. Honor View 10
This is one of the first phones to have the fingerprint scanner on the front along with the tall 18:9 aspect ratio, so if that’s your thing you should consider it. It’s got pretty decent specs with AI scattered all over it. The Kirin 970 powers this device making it a very strong contender. EMUI and Huawei’s spy tech bring it down to the 9th position on this list.
8. Nokia 8 Sirocco
Sirocco from Nokia has always been a special edition, more premium version of phones from Nokia and this lives up to its name. The Nokia 8 Sirocco has a very beautiful display with the sides of the screen melting down like on the Galaxy S series. The only two drawbacks i feel are the 16:9 display and the Snapdragon 835. At this price, the Sirocco is a true flagship and reminds you of that every time you hold it.
7. Samsung Galaxy S8 Plus
The Samsung S8 Plus has always been a favourite of mine since its launch. The design is minimal yet striking. It is a last generation phone but the screen, camera and performance are still top-notch. The RAM is still just 4GB and is not exactly future proof. The huge 6.2″ QHD+ screen doesn’t help in reaching the weirdly positioned fingerprint scanner, but there’s Iris recognition too if you want to feel like you’re in a sci-fi.
6. OnePlus 6
The blue-eyed boy of the Chinese OEM is the cheapest with the most competitive specs of the year. Clad in glass this time around, the OnePlus 6 looks more like a flagship smartphone than a flagship killer but misses out on a few features like wireless charging and an IP rating that would’ve made it stand out even more, especially considering the price difference between OnePlus and the more premium OEMs.
5. iPhone 8 Plus
The iPhone 8 Plus does everything right, especially if you’re a fan of the chunky, thick, OG iPhone design. It has wireless charging, IP 67 rating and stereo speakers. The glass back makes it feel even more premium and makes you feel even more rich (even if you spent your life savings buying it). The dated design however brings it down to this spot but its performance is why it outranks devices below it.
4. Samsung Galaxy Note 8
The Galaxy Note 8 is just a big, beautiful slab of glass perfection from Samsung. The stylus is plenty useful and the cameras are just some of the best shooters. The big 6.3″ screen is a joy to look at and VR is the most enjoyable on the Note 8. If you need a stylus or need to take notes on your phone a lot and get productive, break open the piggy bank for this one.
3. Samsung Galaxy S9 Plus
The S9 Plus gains the 3rd position on this list because of its beautiful display, retaining on the headphone jack, and the very AMAZING variable aperture camera! The low light performance on this smartphone beats most others and the camera stuns always. In day-to-day usage too, it is snappy and I never felt the need of a computer to get things done or even for entertainment.
2. iPhone X
The iPhone X is simply put, the best iPhone ever. The A11 Bionic is really powerful and that Samsung AMOLED panel is just great. The gesture based navigation system gets some getting used to but once you do get used to it, it’s hard to imagine life without it. The cameras on this beast are also great and with Apple’s software, the smartphone just swats away everything you throw at it.
1. Google Pixel 2XL
I may be a teeny bit partial as an Android fan, and that is apparent when I say the Pixel 2 XL is the best device you can buy now. It does not have a headphone jack. It does not have the best design or the slimmest bezels or wireless charging. But what adds value to this incredible device is its software. For example, the portrait mode is arguably one of the best ever, which is achieved using just one camera and great software. Add to it the squeeze feature, Google Assistant, and latest and earliest updates from the Silicon Valley giant, the Pixel is the way to go even after half of 2018.
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