Smartphones are the best invention humans ever experienced. With a screen on your palm, you can do almost anything. From paying bills to booking tickets for your world tour, music player, camera, navigator, video player, your assistant and what not.
The Smartphone industry is growing at a faster pace. Big giants like Apple, Samsung, LG and even the companies like Xiaomi, Moto etc. are investing millions of dollars in Research & development. Surprisingly, the R&D of all the companies are coming up with great results. At this point of time, there is a phone for everyone. You don’t need to spend $700 or $800 for the best smartphone. You can buy the best smartphone in your budget. There is a phone for everyone.
I am going to add some of the best smartphones in each price segment. From premium phones to the budget-oriented phone, for every budget, for every user, there is a smartphone. Here are the best smartphones that you can buy right now in 2018.
The listed phones priced at high-to-low.
If your budget is less than ₹20,000 ($300), you can see this list of best smartphone under ₹20,000 ($350)
Best Smartphones You Can Buy Right Now in 2018:
Apple iPhone XS & XS Max
Let’s begin with the most awaited smartphone of 2018. This year, Apple launched three iPhones.
Lets talk about iPhone XS first. From outside, you would barely find any difference between the iPhone X and iPhone XS. iPhone X is now powered by A12 Bionic Chip which is now more powerful that can handle 5 trillion operations per second. Basically, its fast, very fast.
iPhone XS comes with 5.8′ Super Retina OLED Display with 2436 x 1125‑pixel resolution at 458 ppi. For Camera job, iPhone XS has dual 12MP wide-angle and telephoto cameras with f/1.8 and f/2.4 aperture. Now you can also control the bokeh after clicking the photo. At the front, you will get a 7MP f/2.2 camera with advanced bokeh and depth control. iPhone XS now IP68 rated that means, your iPhone can survive in a maximum depth of 2 meters up to 30 minutes in water, juice, coffee, and whatnot. iPhone XS comes in 64GB, 256GB and 512GB variant and available in Gold, Space Gray, Silver colors. The Price for iPhone XS starts from $999.
iPhone XS Max, on the other hand, has 6.5″ Super Retina OLED display and everything on iPhone XS Max is same as iPhone XS. You will only get big and beautiful display. FaceID is still there on both the iPhones and Animoji got little better this time (in case you use them). iPhone XS Max also comes in 64GB, 256GB and 512GB variants and available in Gold, Space Gray, Silver colors and price for iPhone XS Max starts from $1099. Pre-Order iPhone XS and XS Max here.
If you have an iPhone X, you are not missing anything in major.
Apple launched 3 iPhones this year and this is the third one. Actually, iPhone XR was the hero of the Apple’s September Event. I loved the iPhone XR in the first glance. iPhone XR is beautiful, compact, cheap yet powerful iPhone.
Let’s take a closure look to iPhone XR. iPhone XR comes with 6.1″ LCD Display and Apple calls it Liquid Retina Display having 1792×828 resolution at 326ppi. Although it has LCD panel but it looks beautiful in hands. iPhone XS and XS Max, on the other hand, has OLED display. The iPhone XR is packed in aerospace‑grade aluminum and also a dust and water resistant. iPhone XR can even resist spills from coffee, tea, soda.
The iPhone XR also runs on A12 Bionic Chip, same as iPhone XS & XS Max. iPhone XR comes with the single 12MP f/1.8 camera lens which can take superb pictures and records 4K videos. The single-camera can also take the portrait shots and it looks stunning. For front, there is 7MP f/2.2 True Depth front camera that can take portrait shots, Animoji, Memoji and can record videos at 1080p up to 60FPS.
iPhone XR comes in White, Black, Yellow, Blue, Coral and (PRODUCT) RED colors and comes in 64GB, 256GB and 512GB Storage Variant. Pre-Order here.
Samsung Galaxy Note 9
To follow up the legacy of Samsung’s Note Series, Here is Galaxy Note 9 for you.
The design from the front of the new Note 9 looks pretty much like Galaxy Note 8 but from the back, it got some improvements which offers better usability but not that good improvement in Design. Note 9 comes with Edge to Edge infinity display having 6.4″ Super AMOLED display with a Quad HD+ resolution (1440 x 2960 pixels) with 18.5:9 Aspect Ratio. Galaxy Note 9 is now even more powerful and now runs on Exynos 9810 Chipset & in some countries, it comes with Snapdragon 845 Octa-Core processor coupled with 6GB RAM which comes in 128GB & 512GB storage variant.
Along with that, the famous S Pen is now improved and have more options for usage. Now you can use S pen to capture photos on Note 9. The S Pen is also compatible with third-party apps like Snapchat.
Galaxy Note 8 also comes with Dual 12 MP Wide-Angle and Telephoto camera sensor having f/1.5 and f/2.4 aperture. For Selfies, Note 8 has 8MP f/1.7 aperture camera sensor. Galaxy Note 8 also got a software gimmick where you can change the depth effect of portrait shots even after capturing the photo. You can adjust depth field of the portrait accordingly after taking the shots.
The price for Galaxy Note 9 starts from $900 (₹67,900) for 128GB Variant.
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Samsung Galaxy S9 & S9+
Just look at the phone. This is a most beautiful creation of Samsung but not the first time. Galaxy S9 has almost the similar design as of last year’s Galaxy S8. The Samsung Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9 Plus are the new flagship Android Smartphone in Samsung’s “Galaxy S” series. The design of S9 and S9 Plus is pretty much the same as of its predecessor S8. Galaxy S9 and S9 Plus have the better processor and with S9 & S9 Plus, Samsung is more focused on Camera. The Galaxy S9 and S9 Plus have the best Camera in any Android Smartphone till date. According to a report, Samsung Galaxy S9 & S9 Plus has surpassed the DxOMArk of iPhone X as well as Pixel 2 which is unbelievable. See DxOMark official report.
Samsung Galaxy S9 & S9 Plus comes with 12 MP camera sensor having variable Aperture which means, the camera automatically adjusts the aperture ranges from f/1.5 to f/2.4 according to lighting conditions.
Know Everything about Samsung Galaxy S9 and S9 Plus
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Apple iPhone 8 Plus
By looking at the iPhone 8 Plus, you will merely find any difference. The design of the iPhone 8 Plus is very much similar to its predecessor that is iPhone 7 Plus. iPhone 8 Plus now comes in New Glass and Aluminum Design. The difference lies inside on the circuit board.
Talking about inside the iPhone 8 Plus, iPhone 8 Plus has 5.5 inches Retina HD display having 1080 x 1920 resolution, 3GB of RAM & comes in 64GB & 256GB variant. Dual 12MP f/1.8 & f/2.8 camera sensor, 7MP f/2.2 front-facing camera. iPhone 8 Plus now powered by Apple A11 Bionic Chip. iPhone 7 Plus is IP67 certified which makes it Dust and Water Resistant.
Now, what makes the iPhone 8 Plus a next-generation iPhone are additional features like Wireless Charging and optimization for Augmented Reality. Apart from that, there is no massive difference between iPhone 8 Plus and its predecessor.
The price for iPhone 8 Plus starts from $799 (₹73,000).
Apple iPhone 8
As I mentioned above, there were 3 iPhones in the Septemeber Event. We know the 2 iPhones and the 3rd one is iPhone 8. Like iPhone 8 Plus, iPhone 8 also has same aesthetics like its predecessor. The new iPhone 8 now comes with Aluminium & Glass design. The difference lies inside the iPhone. Phone 8 has 4.7 inch IPS display having 750 x 1334 resolution. There are a single 12MP f/1.8 Rear shooter and 7MP f/2.2 front-facing camera. The new iPhone 8 now powered by A11 Bionic Chip which is the most powerful chip Apple ever made, coupled with 3 Gigs of RAM.
For the first time, Apple introduces wireless charging in iPhones and iPhone 8 is compatible wireless charging. Along with wireless charging, iPhone 8 is also calibrated for Augmented Reality.
The price for iPhone 8 starts from $699 (₹64,000) for 64GB Variant. Check more on Apple
Google Pixel 2 & Pixel 2 XL
For all those Stock Android fans out there, Google launched Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL with better specs, camera but not the design. Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL are the flagship smartphones by Google and like previous Pixel phones, this new generation Pixel phones came up with some really great Android experience.
Pixel 2 comes in a smaller package that runs on Snapdragon 835 Octa-core processor coupled with 4GB RAM & comes in 64GB & 128GB storage variant. Pixel 2 has beautiful 5 inch AMOLED display with 1080 x 1920 resolution. Difference between Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL lies only in the screen size. While Pixel 2 comes in the 5-Inch display, Pixel 2 XL comes with 6-inches P-OLED display with 1440 x 2880 resolution. Under the hood, there is no difference in both the phones.
Last year, Pixel has the best ever smartphone camera and Google is carrying forward the legacy this year also. Both Pixel 2 and Pixel XL 2 comes with 12.2 MP, f/1.8 camera sensor with Optical Image Stabilization & Dual LED Flash. Now you may notice the bold step taken by Google to not adding dual camera setup while other flagships like Note 8, iPhone 8 Plus, iPhone X already has the dual camera setup. For a manufacturer, it is easy to convince the customer by showing the actual hardware (dual cameras) instead of convincing them through technical aspects (DxOMark).
While other smartphones took portrait shots from Dual Cameras, Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL is capable enough to take portrait shots with just the single 12MP camera sensor. All thanks to the camera software and the camera optimization by Google’s engineers. While iPhone 8 Plus and Note 8 has the DxOMark of 94, Pixel 2 scored the DxOMark of 98 which is highest DxOMark score ever for a smartphone camera.
With that, you can indeed capture some of the greatest pictures right from your Pixel 2 phone.
Apart from Camera, there are a lot of software gimmicks for the new Pixel 2 phone. One of my favorites is indeed the Google Lens where your Pixel 2 will recognize the places, objects, language from the camera itself. Another one is the song recognition where your Pixel 2 will automatically show you the name of the song playing around you. For an pure Android experience, there is nothing better than the Pixel 2. Go here to know more about Pixel 2.
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First thing first, OnePlus still going strong, actually very strong. OnePlus has a lot of loyal fans out there. OnePlus has somehow has the formula to attract the customer. They actually giving a well balanced android smartphone with Flagship specs in a mid-range price. Here is OnePlus 6.
OnePlus 6 runs on Snapdragon 845 Processor coupled with 6GB/8GB LPDDR4X RAM, Adreno 630 and comes in 64GB/128GB/256GB storage variant. Following the trend of the Edge-to-Edge display, OnePlus also providing 6.28-inch 19:9 Full Optic OLED display with 2280x1080p resolution with a notch. Talking about camera, it has dual 20MP f/1.7 Sony IMX 519 sensor and another is 16 MP f/1.7 Sony IMX 376K camera sensor and at the front, it has 16MP camera which can also capture portrait shots with bokeh.
You can know everything about OnePlus 6 here.
Best Buy: Amazon
Xiaomi POCO F1
Xiaomi is ruling the budget smartphone market. Period. You can literally buy a Xiaomi Phone in every price range.
Xiaomi POCO F1 is the new series by Xiaomi which is a breakthrough in the Indian smartphone market. What Xiaomi is offering in $300 is just amazing. Let’s talk about it.
POCO F1 has 6.1 IPS LCD display having a resolution of 1080 x 2246 pixel and 18.7:9 aspect ratio. The phone runs on Snapdragon 845 Octa-Core Processor, having Adreno 630 GPU. The POCO F1 comes in two variants viz 256 GB, 8 GB RAM or 64/128 GB, 6 GB RAM.
For the camera job, it has 12 MP, f/1.9 and 5 MP, f/2.0 camera lens with Dual-LED flash, HDR, panorama. For selfies, it comes with 20 MP, f/2.0 that can record videos at 1080p at 30FPS.
Out of the box, the phone runs on Android 8.1 skinned on MIUI 9.6. The POCO F1 is also equipped with all the sensors like Infrared face recognition, fingerprint (rear-mounted), accelerometer, gyro, proximity, barometer, compass. The phone has the plastic body while the screen is protected by Corning Gorilla Glass.
To get the best of the POCO F1, the phone comes with LiquidCool Technology that will keep the processor cool all the time and will never freeze, even the hardcore games.
The phone has a 4,000mAh battery which also supports QuickCharge 3.0. The phone comes with USB Type-C port and also comes with 3.5MM jack.
The phone comes in Graphite Black, Rosso Red, Steel Blue and price starts from ₹20,999 ($300). You can buy the POCO F1 Here.
Honor 8 Pro
Honor 8 Pro is another Android Smartphone from Huawei. Huawei is not that good with the marketing (like OnePlus) in India and this is the reason Honor 8 Pro is not that popular name in the industry but the specs and the performance of the phone speaks a lot about the phone.
Honor 8 Pro comes with HiSilicon Kirin 960 Octa-core (4×2.4 GHz Cortex-A73 & 4×1.8 GHz Cortex-A53) Processor, 6 GB LPDDR4 RAM, 128GB Internal Storage which is expandable up to 256GB using SDCard, 5.7-Inches 2K Display, 12MP+12MP f/2.2 Dual Rear Camera with laser Auto-focus, 8MP front facing the camera. It also comes with a fingerprint sensor and bunch of other sensors.
The phone has powerful performance and in terms of camera, it is the best camera phone under ₹30,000. OnePlus 5 is a close option to Honor 8 Pro. You can take a closer look at the quick comparison of OnePlus 5 and Honor 8 Pro.
Best Buy: Amazon
Moto G6 is the latest smartphone of Moto G Series. The phone has metal unibody and looks stunning in hands. The phone has 5.7′ Full HD IPS LCD display having 18:9 aspect ratio with the resolution of 2160 x 1080p, The phone runs on 1.8Ghz Snapdragon 450 processor coupled with 3GB RAM, 4GB RAM (two variants) and for graphics, it has Adreno 506 GPU. Moto G5 Plus has a dual sim slot (4G+4G) which allows you to insert 2 SIM along with SDCard. The Moto G6 now comes with USB Type-C port and also a 3.5mm jack. The 3000mAh battery is good enough for one day backup on not-so-heavy usage.
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The G6 has dual camera setup with 12MP & 5MP PDAF sensor with f/1.8 aperture which is capable to capture portrait shots and for selfies, there is the 16MP front-facing camera. Know more.
Best Buy: Amazon
Mi A2 is the latest smartphone of Google’s Android One initiative. Do you remember Google’s initiative called Android One where Google aims at connecting billion people to the internet via affordable smartphones? Xiaomi & Google has already provided the Mi A1 which was hottest smartphone under 15k in India. Now, we have Mi A2, which is upgraded and latest version of Android One smartphone.
MiA2 comes with dual 12MP f/1.8 and 20MP f/1.8 camera sensor. The MiA2 is also equipped with dual LED flash and you will also get PDAF, HDR, panorama.
The MiA2 comes with AI selfie camera which detects the image and then processes it for the best results. The front-facing camera of 20MP, f/2.2 can capture group selfies with perfect bokeh.
Best Buy: Amazon
Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 Pro
Redmi series is one of the most successful series by Xiaomi. The Xiaomi’s value for money android smartphones are always the most awaited Android smartphone every year. This year, China’s Apple, Xiaomi comes up with Redmi Note 5 Pro which is a great smartphone in its price range.
Talking about specs, Note 5 has 5.9-inch full-HD (1080×1920 pixels) display having 18:9 Aspect Ratio. The Redmi Note 5 Pro is powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 636 Octa-Core Processor based on 14nm FinFet technology. The Redmi Note 5 Pro comes in 2 RAM Variant. The Price for 4GB RAM variant starts at ₹13,999 and for 6GB RAM variant, you have to spend ₹16,999.
To compete with Dual Camera trend, Xiaomi equipped Redmi Note 5 Pro with 20MP Sony IMX376 camera sensor as a front facing the camera with LED flash. The photos are really great and yes, you can capture selfies with depth effect. The depth effect is processed by software and sometimes, it does blur some corners which are not sharp like hairs and that is okay as there is single camera sensor. Know more about Redmi Note 5 Pro.
Best Buy: Flipkart
Redmi 5 is a new weapon by Xiaomi to rule the under 10K category of Smartphone in India. Redmi 5 is beautiful looking budget smartphone by Xiaomi. The new 18:9 aspect ratio of display makes it really good looking budget Android smartphone.
Redmi 5 comes in 3 variants that varies in terms of RAM and internal storage which starts from ₹7,999 for 2GB+16GB, ₹8,999 for 3GB+32GB, ₹10,999 for 64GB+4GB. All the variants run on Snapdragon 450 Octa-Core Processor and come in 2GB, 3GB & 4GB RAM variant as mentioned above. Redmi 5 has 5.7 inch HD+ screen with aspect ratio of 18:9. For camera job, Redmi 5 has 12MP and 5MP Camera with LED Flash.
The phone is packed in a metal body and comes in 4 colors. Redmi 5 is exclusively available on Amazon via Flash Sale. Read more about Redmi 5 here.
Best Buy: Amazon
Seems like Xiaomi is all set to rule the under 15k category in India. First, it launched Redmi Note 4, which indeed a great device and Xiaomi also has a great smartphone in 7K which is Redmi 3S and now, Xiaomi launched another great smartphone for ₹6,000. Redmi 5A is another smartphone which Xiaomi launched in India especially for those who have the very limited budget or wanted to update their grandparents or parents with a Smartphone.
Redmi 5A has Snapdragon 425 Octa-Core Processor, 2GB RAM, 16GB Internal Storage which can be expandable up to 128 GB using SDCard, 13MP Rear Camera, 5MP Front-Facing Camera. The phone also has LED flash at the back. Redmi 5A has 3000mAh battery which is good enough to power the 5′ inch 720P display. There is no fingerprint sensor which is quite obvious. Surprisingly, the performance of Redmi 5A is very impressive. The price of Redmi 5A is just ₹4,999 and It is available on Flipkart and Mi Store via flash sale.
No doubt, 2017 gave us some of the amazing phones. The budget-oriented phones are also improving day by day. Now, almost all the budget-oriented have a fingerprint scanner and the trend of Dual cameras is on the way. Phones are getting more powerful, more compact and more beautiful.
Til then, these all phones mentioned above would rule the Smartphone market and if you are looking for Smartphone, choose any of them which suits best in your budget. All are Best in their class. Best Buy Links have mentioned above with respective phones.
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