We’ve seen rather a lot of nice telephones in 2018 however solely few have managed to go our stringent assessments and are available out with flying colors. We have the standard suspects and a few quite unsuspecting entries too, which have managed to wow us with their efficiency and flexibility.
All the telephones we have chosen have been reviewed by us and have ranked excessive in our rankings scale. So with out additional ado, let’s check out some of the perfect smartphones that we got here throughout in 2018, listed in no explicit order.
1. Apple iPhone XS and XS Max
Apple not often has a uninteresting yr with its iPhones however in 2018, the brand new iPhone XS (Review) and iPhone XS Max (Review)supply a major improve over final yr’s iPhone X. Although each generations may look very related, the iPhone XS Max is an even bigger model of the XS, that includes the most important show Apple has ever shipped on a cellphone until date. It’s additionally the primary telephones to ship with the corporate’s first 7nm SoC — the A12 Bionic. But maybe the most important change comes within the type of a model new main digital camera.
The larger pixel dimension improves low-light efficiency enormously and the brand new Smart HDR function captures a lot better dynamic vary and hues in daylight.
Like most Apple merchandise, you may be paying by way of your nostril for these telephones. The iPhone XS begins at Rs. 99,900 and the iPhone XS Max begins at Rs. 1,09,900.
2. Huawei Mate 20 Pro
Huawei saved the perfect for final with a masterstroke of a cellphone, which is the Mate 20 Pro (Review). The cellphone launched in October and solely made its approach to India final month, however boy, was it well worth the wait. If we needed to decide a near-perfect smartphone in 2018, then the Mate 20 Pro simply makes the reduce. In truth, other than the marginally inconsistent fingerprint sensor, it is actually exhausting discovering fault with this cellphone.
It contains a beautiful show, wonderful constructed high quality, a strong CPU, and a really versatile trio of rear cameras. It’s additionally the one cellphone proper now that may wirelessly cost different telephones. How’s that for a headlining function? At Rs. 69,990, it additionally presents super worth, so far as flagships go.
2. Google Pixel three and Pixel three XL
Google hit the mark with its third try at a flagship cellphone. The Pixel 3 XL (Review) and Pixel 3 (Review) boast of a extra fashionable design in comparison with final yr’s fashions, however extra importantly, they’ve managed to enhance an already superior set of cameras. However, the true begin of the present in Pixel telephones has all the time been the software program, and this yr, Android 9 Pie actually shines.
From its intuitive UI options to chill digital camera modes like Night Sight, which fully adjustments the way in which we expect of low-light pictures. The telephones themselves supply unimaginable efficiency, wonderful construct and battery life. The Pixel three begins at Rs. 71,000 whereas the Pixel three XL begins at Rs. 83,000.
4. Samsung Galaxy Note 9
Believe or not, individuals nonetheless love utilizing a stylus with their smartphone, which is why Samsung’s Galaxy Note 9 (Review) goes robust. In 2018, Samsung has elevated the S Pen expertise by including Bluetooth help to it so you are able to do issues like remotely set off the digital camera shutter for a gaggle selfie.
Battery life nonetheless stable; the show is definitely one of the perfect within the business and the cameras have been tweaked to ship extra impartial colors, which was a slight challenge with the Galaxy S9 sequence. As premium because the cellphone appears and feels although, there is no getting spherical the truth that it is fairly heavy and hulking to hold round. The Samsung Galaxy Note 9 begins at a value of Rs. 67,900 for the 128GB mannequin.
5. OnePlus 6 and 6T
OnePlus has earned its repute of being a disruptor within the smartphone house and in 2018, we acquired its best providing but. The OnePlus 6 (Review) launched in May this yr and with it, introduced the ability of Qualcomm’s best cellular chip at a comparatively reasonably priced value. It additionally presents wonderful construct high quality; easy efficiency and one of the perfect Android skins round.
However, lower than six months later, we now have somewhat refresh within the type of the OnePlus 6T (Review), which presents refinements like an even bigger battery, a smaller notch and an in-display fingerprint sensor, however on the price of shedding the three.5mm headphone socket. You can nonetheless purchase the Oneplus 6 on Amazon for Rs. 34,999, whereas the worth of the OnePlus 6T begins at Rs. 37,999.
6. Asus Zenfone 5Z
The Asus ZenFone 5Z (Review) is a response to the OnePlus 6, which not solely matches it just about each potential manner, however the icing on the cake is that it prices rather a lot much less. It presents the identical highly effective Qualcomm SoC, helpful software program options, excellent construct and design, very competent cameras and ships with some fairly good earphones within the field. The Asus ZenFone 5Z begins at a value of Rs. 29,999.
7. Samsung Galaxy S9 and S9+
Samsung’s Galaxy S line has all the time been dependable so far as flagships go and this yr’s Galaxy S9 (Review) and Galaxy S9+ (Review) are not any exception. The one factor that basically grabs your consideration is how good that appear and feel in your hand. We even have to provide props to Samsung for not falling prey to the entire ‘notch’ development and sticking to a design that has labored nicely for it prior to now.
Both telephones supply wonderful options, battery life, snappy efficiency, killer shows and nice cameras. These two are additionally the primary telephones to function a bodily variable aperture in a cellphone digital camera. The larger, plus mannequin, will get you a second telephoto digital camera for optical zoom, barely higher battery life and of course, an even bigger show. The Samsung Galaxy S9 begins at Rs. 57,900 whereas the Galaxy S9+ begins at a value of Rs. 64,900.
8. Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 Pro
Xiaomi has launched a pair of landmark telephones which have modified the panorama of the mainstream phase. The Redmi Note 3 (Review) was one such cellphone that involves thoughts and in 2018, we now have one other killer smartphone referred to as the Redmi Note 5 Pro (Review). This was the primary cellphone to debut Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 636 SoC — a chip that is now simply discovered in lots of top-ranking telephones within the Rs. 15,000 phase.
If you may look previous Xiaomi’s bloated customized pores and skin, there’s rather a lot to love right here. The cellphone has an ideal show, excellent construct, a great set of cameras and on the time, provided the perfect worth any budget-shopper may ask for. Despite Xiaomi rolling out the Redmi Note 6 Pro, the Redmi Note 5 Pro remains to be going robust at a beginning value of Rs. 13,999.
9. Asus ZenFone Max Pro M1
After seeing the large success that was the Redmi Note 5 Pro, Asus determined to strive its hand on the similar method and delivered a successful smartphone. The Asus ZenFone Max Pro M1 (Review) excels in the case of the construct and design, has a brilliant and vibrant show, good cameras, speedy efficiency and greatest of all, begins at Rs. 10,999, thereby undercutting Xiaomi’s providing. Just a few months later, Asus launched a new version of the cellphone with 6GB of RAM and upgraded entrance and rear cameras, which is priced at Rs. 14,999.
10. Huawei P20 Pro
The Huawei P20 Pro (Review) was the primary cellphone to launch with three rear digital camera sensors, which actually set the ball rolling for a lot of different flagship telephones to return. The large spotlight is the 40-megapixel main sensor which delivers superb footage below just about any lighting. It additionally has a monochrome sensor to assist out with particulars and a telephoto sensor, for some optical zoom motion.
More than the cameras, the cellphone additionally feels extremely premium, has a feature-rich Android pores and skin, and good general efficiency. The smartphone is at the moment promoting for Rs. 59,999 on Amazon however truthfully, with the Mate 20 Pro round, we would suggest ponying up the additional money and getting that as a substitute.
11. Nokia 7 Plus
The Nokia 7 Plus (Review) is an extremely likeable smartphone and packs in all of the requirements one would count on from a Rs. 25,999 smartphone, with out short-changing you. Even although it lacks a notch, the design nonetheless appears excellent and it feels each bit as premium as its higher-end siblings. It additionally packs in highly effective processor, is an element of the Android One program, which ensures well timed updates and has an honest digital camera in addition.
12. LG G7+ ThinQ
LG took its time in getting the G7+ ThinQ (Review) to India however when it did, it did it with a ridiculously good value. At Rs. 39,990, it now competes straight with the OnePlus 6T and presents flagship-level options too like wi-fi charging and IP68 waterproofing — two issues the Oneplus 6T nonetheless lacks. It additionally has a great show, a really loud speaker, above-average cameras, and dependable all-round efficiency.
13. Apple iPhone XR
Besides its staple flagship duo, Apple additionally launched its “affordable” iPhone XR (Review) with a beginning value of Rs. 76,900. Size-wise, the cellphone sits in-between the iPhone XS and the iPhone XS Max and on account of this, it enjoys an even bigger battery in comparison with the XS.
While it shares many of the principle options with its extra premium siblings, such because the processor and cameras, it ditches the stainless-steel physique for an aluminium one; a decrease decision LCD show in place of an OLED one and does not have a telephoto digital camera. Just like the larger iPhone XS Max, battery life is superb.
These had been our prime picks of what we thought had been some of the perfect telephones in 2018. We’d love to listen to your favourites within the feedback.