We take a look at the best smartphones of the year 2018 and find out which ones are really worthwhile.
So let’s start right away.
1. Honor 10
The Honor 10 looks unbelievably good. Especially the back with 25 layers of glass is impressive, even though we strongly recommend the cover, which is included in the scope of delivery. Otherwise, we have a 5.8-inch display in 19:9 format that resolves with FullHD – in this price range, that’s perfectly ok, even if there’s a little lack of brightness.
The Kirin 970 is supported by 4 GB RAM and the phone works very smoothly. Worth mentioning is the KI chip, which optimizes battery life and helps photographers with various scenarios. Anyway, the dual camera is very well done, even if it doesn’t come close to a Huawei P20 due to the lack of Leica support.
2. LG G7 ThinQ
The LG G7 ThinQ scores in direct comparison with an IP-68 certification and the expandable memory. The 6.1 inch QHD+ display is also impressive and has an unbelievable brightness that you rarely see. The design is also well done, the rounded corners let the device lie very well in the hand.
The Snapdragon 845 is obligatory, 4 GB RAM are available. In terms of performance, the LG G7 can compete with the sizes of the competition, but scores with a rich sound – the inside of the smartphone serves as a resonance chamber. Otherwise, the battery is long-lasting, the AI support is well thought out and the camera is in midfield.
3. Sony Xperia XZ2 Compact
XZ2 is one of the last smartphones with a compact design. The design has been reworked and looks simply fantastic, even if the edges are still relatively large. The 18:9 display resolves with FullHD+ and is crisp and sharp.
Otherwise, we have the Snapdragon 845 and a really very exciting camera that allows videos in 4K and HDR. It has 960 frames per second and that’s a lot of fun. All in all the main camera works very well and the front camera also offers a 3D scan with which you can create your own avatar.
4. Huawei P20
Yes, Huawei has just overtaken Apple and is now pushing Samsung from the throne. The heart of the 5.8-inch smartphone with FullHD+ resolution is the Kirin 970, which gives the device a lot of power, which is also sufficiently supported by the 3,400 mAh battery.
80 percent display is a very good value and overall the Huawei P20 looks very classy with its glass design. An IP certification is unfortunately missing and the memory is also not expandable, but 128 GB should be enough. The highlight is certainly also the dual camera with 12 and 20 megapixels, which comes with AI support and takes breathtaking pictures.
5. HTC U12+
HTC may not be one of the most popular smartphone manufacturers, but the HTC U12+ is a real tip. The 6 inch LCD display comes in 18:9 and resolves in QuadHD – contrast and color values are not outstanding, but still very good. The optics are very classy, HTC relies on different glass layers and a changing color world.
Inside, the Snapdragon 845 works with 6 GB RAM and expandable memory. Although it lacks wireless charging, HTC Edge Sense 2 gives you intuitive operation. In addition there are two dual cameras and the main camera allows a double optical zoom. Selfie enthusiasts will be pleased about the front camera, which also allows depth of field.
6. OnePlus 6
OnePlus has put a lot of effort into making the glass housing of the OnePlus 6 unique. The 6.28 inch OLED display also looks very high quality. The trend towards the notch has also arrived here, with a 19:9 format being used. FullHD+ is sufficient, the brightness is more than sufficient and the contrast is acceptable.
Unfortunately, the IP certification is also missing, but the OnePlus 6 is supposed to be water-repellent. The scope of the software is also meager, you won’t find fitness functions here. If that doesn’t bother you, you’ll be happy about the Snapdragon 845 and the 6 GB RAM. The OnePlus 6 runs like a racing machine and the camera is in a healthy midfield.
7. Samsung Galaxy S9
Samsung is one of the most popular smartphone manufacturers in the world, but sales of the Galaxy S9 still fell short of expectations. The Galaxy S9 looks very elegant and scores in all categories. The design is timeless, the edges are barely there and the 5.8 inch OLED display dominates the market.
Samsung offers many features that are well thought out and up to date. The S9 can be quickly unlocked via Intelligent Scan, LTE reception is absolutely top and voice quality has also been improved. The camera has also received an update, and thanks to the powerful aperture, photos can be taken even in low-light moments.
8. Sony Xperia XZ2
With the Xperia XZ2, Sony has shown courage and completely revised the old design. Scratch-resistant glass wherever you look, framed by a stylish aluminium frame. The XZ2 measures 5.7 inches and comes with an HDR-enabled display, resolving with FullHD+.
Brightness, contrast or color fidelity: the Xperia XZ2 leaves nothing to be desired. The Snapdragon 845 is also included, expandable memory and a Dynamic Vibration System that gives haptic feedback. In addition to the possibility of a 3D selfie, the main camera convinces and videos can be recorded in 4K/HDR – that looks good!
9. Xiaomi Mi8
The Chinese show with the Xiaomi Mi 8 that high end doesn’t necessarily have to be expensive. The smartphone looks black and elegant in its glass robe. But don’t worry, a silicone case is included. The 18.7:9 OLED display measures 6.21 inches and resolves in FullHD+ – 402 ppi are quite decent in this category.
The Xiaomi Mi 8 costs less than $600 and you get the Snapdragon 845, a dual camera that gets absolute best values from the colleagues on DxOMark and also the LTE Band 20 – an unbelievably complete package for comparatively little money. The only thing missing is a certification according to the IP standard, but in this
10. Sony Xperia XZ3
With the Sony Xperia XZ3, the Japanese have presented a smartphone that will inspire you. The display is amazing and in terms of contrast and colour fidelity, the XZ3 can take on any competitor. In addition to the display, Sony has also worked on the Xperia XZ3’s design and here too it’s the rounded corners that catch the eye.
Sony has only packed the latest technical refinements under the hood and added two helpful features. You can now press on the frame via Side Sense and open your favourite apps. You can also take the Xperia XZ3 out of your pocket and the good camera starts when you point it at an object. It’s also very nice that Android 9.0 is directly on board. All in all a more than convincing smartphone.
11. Huawei P20 Pro
We have indicated it: Huawei is the new star in the Android world. With the P20 Pro, the Chinese have achieved a really great litter. It may look a bit like an iPhone, but the stainless steel frame with the polished glass back is still impressive at first glance. The FullHD+ OLED display measures 6.1 inches and impresses in every category.
There are hardly any weaknesses in this smartphone anyway. Maybe it’s a bit slippery, but the battery is incredibly durable, the Kirin 970 with AI support is fast on the move and the camera is the best the market has to offer. The triple camera with Leica support offers triple optical zoom and almost optimal results in dark environments.
12. Samsung Galaxy S9+
There is no question that Samsung produces good smartphones. The Galaxy S9+ is also outstanding in every respect. The 6.2-inch display is huge and impresses with vibrant colors, extreme sharpness, and very good contrast – Samsung is that. Of course, there is also IP certification.
In addition to the outstanding display, Samsung has installed a lot of software and the Intelligent Scan works well. Thanks to the Exynos 9810 processor there are no performance problems and besides Dolby Atmos, the camera is a highlight. New is the variable aperture and the weakness of not being able to convince in a bad light is completely fixed.
13. Samsung Galaxy Note 9
The Galaxy Note 9 has the potential to become the best smartphone of the year. You don’t have to say anything about the 6.4-inch WQHD+ resolution display – Samsung is just a bank there and it’s the best display ever. The Exynos 9810 has already proven itself in the Galaxy S9 and the 4,000 mAh battery is quickly recharged via Quick Charge.
In addition to the current interfaces, it is the S-Pen that makes the difference. It serves as a remote control for the camera, lets you operate apps and take notes. The work is simply fun. In addition, the camera of the Note 9, which has been improved in places compared to the S9, now warns of blurred photos or blinking eyes. Simply a top device!
14. Google Pixel 3
The new pixel generation was eagerly awaited and Google didn’t disappoint us. First of all, it has to be said that Pixel 3, of course, comes with Android 9.0 and therefore comes with a fast update guarantee. Pixel 3 measures 5.5 inches and comes without a notch, while its big brother has a 6.3-inch display.
Both devices have an OLED display, the resolution of the XL version with QHD+ is slightly higher than that of the small model (FHD+). Both smartphones shine with good brightness and good contrast. USB-C is included and Google gives its devices a charging station for wireless charging. The camera, which is equipped with a lens and takes excellent photos, is exciting – the software from Google works perfectly.
15. Huawei Mate 20 (Pro)
With Huawei, you can hardly get out of the amazement. The Mate 20 (Pro) is an unbelievably good smartphone and has everything the user could wish for. The triple camera with ultra-wide angle alone is a feast for the eyes, and both versions come with a very long-lasting rechargeable battery – this is very pleasing in the test.
The Pro version of the Huawei Mate 20 has a 6.4-inch OLED display and is made for VR applications. The normal Mate 20 is 6.5-inches and despite the LC display brightness, contrast or sharpness are top. The Kirin 980 provides massive power and overall both devices are highly recommended. The Pro model also has extras such as 3D face recognition, and the price is significantly higher than that of the Mate 20.
16. iPhone Xs (Max)
Apple didn’t reinvent the wheel with the iPhone Xs (Max) but expanded the iPhone X in a meaningful way. The heart of the iPhone X is, of course, the A12 Bionic processor, which delivers more performance than its predecessor. More performance than the chip, which already mercilessly dominated the competition. All applications start incredibly fast.
The OLED display impresses, Face ID has become even better and thanks to iOS 12 the iPhone Xs (Max) is simply fun. The camera has also been optimized and the background sharpness can be adjusted afterwards. Also practical: Apple integrates a dual SIM based on an e-SIM.
As far as the price is concerned, Apple is again attracting attention – on the other hand, compared to Android, the devices get a long update guarantee and the investment can be worth it.