The list of top forthcoming smartphones of 2018 is going to be really intriguing as there’ll be bezel-less tablets. I’m not saying this only in reference to the screen, as we’ll also see fantastic cameras.
This past year, Samsung has established a new benchmark of layouts for flagships by bringing it from the Infinity screen and it gained a lot of popularity over the general public.
Expect this trend to continue with upcoming flagship phones. Another new technology that you’ll see this season is the implementation of this onscreen fingerprint sensor. This resolves a large number of issues for the bezel-less screen smartphone manufacturers.
Further on, you’ll get even faster processors, more RAM and obviously a better battery life. In time, we expect the new generation of phones, especially the midrange section, to get increasingly more specs. Anyhow, we’re here in order to discuss the flagship tablets. So let’s take a peek at the finest smartphones of 2018.
1. SAMSUNG GALAXY S9/S9 PLUS
Samsung launched the Galaxy S9 and S9 Plus over a month ago. It’s an evolution from the Galaxy S lineup, but one which counts as near perfection, like you can expect to get from a smartphone now.
Samsung’s Infinity Screen proceeds to take the top place with each new release, trumping the Apple iPhone X which dwelt in that place for a couple of months. There’s 6GB of RAM, the quickest Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 mobile chip, a back double aperture camera, and another one with superb slow movement service (for S9 Plus only), the capacity to insert cheap microSD cards, enhanced Bixby assistant plus a hardware button specialized in its usage, Samsung Pay payment technologies, wireless and speedy charging, IP68 dust and water resistance, a USB Type-C conventional interface, and a conventional 3.5millimeter headset jack.
Additionally, it starts using Android 8.0 Oreo. Basically, there’s nothing missing from the Galaxy S9 Plus and it deserves the best position in the top.
In my personal use, I’ve had some experiences that convinced me to rank the S9 Plus higher than the iPhone X, like RF performance of the S9 Plus. I’ve also noticed a faster speed compared to the iPhone X T-Mobile.
The S9 Plus also includes a more recent Qualcomm modem compared to the iPhone X and supports T-Mobile’s 600 MHz spectrum. When it’s used for work, it’s hard to surpass the Galaxy S9 Plus.
The Samsung Galaxy S9 and S9 Plus are available today at prices starting from $720 (S9) and $840 (S9 Plus). T-Mobile and Samsung have the best deals with multiple carriers, including additional premiums in addition to the MSRP. If you’d purchase an unlocked one from Samsung it won’t include carrier bloatware and the price can be lower than through many US carriers.
Compared to the $1,000+ price of iPhone X, the S9 and S9 Plus are fairly priced. I’ve also recently seen specific offers dropping the cost as Samsung earnings aren’t as big as expected.
If you want to unlock your Samsung Galaxy S9 there are several suppliers out there that offer this service.
2. HUAWEI P20 PRO
While US consumers might need to go to eBay to pick up one, the Huawei P20 PRO is one of the most exciting smartphones of 2018. The distinctive triple camera layout with a 68 camera value of shooting power should help you shoot some great photos using very low light, which surpasses all other smartphones available now.
Huawei has been adding huge power batteries in its flagships and the P20 PRO is no exception with 4,000 mAh that’s guaranteed to get you through a minimum of one complete, active day. It features a sizable 6.1 inch OLED using a notch you’ll be able to display or hide, a strong Kirin 970 chip with integrated AI, IP67 dust and water resistance, and much more.
Huawei’s EMUI has come a very long way and the home screen now includes a normal Google Feed on a single panel using an interface that’s near inventory.
While Huawei does supply software and configurations beyond inventory Android, these functions boost the device instead of cluttering it up and slowing it down. The P20 PRO performs really well and is a sheer pleasure to use.
3. APPLE IPHONE X
The Apple iPhone X was available for many months now and my usual readers might be amazed to know I have one. Although the price of this mass-market phone starts with of $999 for 64GB and $1,149 to get 256GB, it looks like most people are purchasing it on a payment plan, so the cost is divided in time and less shocking as a lump sum cost.
The time of this smartphone is drawing to a close: the one coming next will interrupt the status quo and change the way we use technologies.
The iPhone X is the very first unique iPhone layout I’ve seen since the first iPhone launched 10 decades back. It’s a sizable 5.8-inch front screen with nominal bezels and a front home button. It’s the very first time iPhone uses A Samsung OLED panel.
With no buttons on the front, the iPhone X is based on complex facial recognition to unlock and use Apple Pay. It operates with high-fidelity and really exceeds the performance of Samsung’s iris scanning technologies. Apple now includes wireless charging, so you can conveniently control it simply by placing it down to a wireless charging device.
The iPhone X has been powered with the newest A11 bionic processor and an M11 movement coprocessor. It features an IP67 rating, making it dust and water resistant. Glass is currently used on the trunk to facilitate charging. The front-facing camera is 7 megapixels and tagged TrueDepth, so you can take high-quality selfies.
The iPhone X is the most innovative iPhone so far, with the front screen displaying some new functions. These include multiple gestures for various actions and fresh techniques to get things done faster on the iPhone. It delivers a large screen experience in a somewhat compact bundle compared to other big screen smartphones.
4. SAMSUNG GALAXY NOTE 8
The Galaxy Note 8 was in first place for a few weeks since it had been the most innovative smartphone in the marketplace and it might nevertheless occupy the top spot. Galaxy S9 Plus is also a competitive smartphone which provides a couple of enhancements, but no S Pen, just like iPhone X.
The Samsung Galaxy Note 8 includes all the excellent Galaxy Foundation aspects found in S9 and S9 Plus, however, it’s not compatible with Android 8 Oreo and it uses the Snapdragon 835 chip. Nevertheless, you can use the S Pen with it, so if you like having a stylus with your phone, then Note 8 is a good option.
The Samsung Galaxy Note 8 is available today at a price ranging from $930 to $960, depending on the carrier. I spent a few weeks using a test model and I finally have an experience of a few months using all the Note 8.
5. LG G7 THINQ
If you’ve read anything about LG G7 ThinQ, you’ve probably noticed that the majority of people say it isn’t exciting and that there’s nothing that special and convincing to make people pick the LG G7. In all honesty, you can say that about most mobiles as we’ve reached peak smartphone and there’s hardly anything left that manufacturers can do to raise the bar.
Nevertheless, I’ve spent five days using a pre-production device and one day using a T-Mobile retail unit and LG G7 ThinQ became one of my favourites. Pricing hasn’t been disclosed yet, but if LG sets it under the price of Samsung S9, I might bump up LG to number 2 in my list.
Like Samsung Galaxy S9 Plus, LG G7 ThinQ has everything but the kitchen sink included. It has a 3.5millimeter headphone jack, dual camera installation (one is widescreen, which unique among the double camera devices), wireless charging, IP68 rating, microSD expansion card to get cheap infinite storage growth, a display that extends using a top notch, and incredible sound service.
The LG G7 ThinQ has AI components in its camera and provides the best LG V30 video camera using Cine Video style and much more. LG set the bar high for telephone cameras a couple of years back and may do it again with LG G7 ThinQ.
There’s a lot to enjoy about LG G7 ThinQ and LG stands behind it with a two-year guarantee and a number of “constant updates”, so right now its price and availability are justified.
6. GOOGLE PIXEL two XL AND PIXEL Two
Google Pixel two and Pixel two XL bring several features I wanted to see (water resistance and more compact bezels around the XL) plus a few I did not (the elimination of standard 3.5millimeter headphone jack). Both are excellent mobiles using Android, so if you’d like a phone to work the way Google made Android, then, the Pixel two is the right choice.
The Google Pixel 2 XL includes a sizable 6-inch 18:9 screen, Snapdragon 835 processors, 4GB of RAM, 64GB and 128GB integrated storage, single rear 12-megapixel cameras, IP67 dust and water resistance, a 3520 mAh battery, along with double front speakers. The more compact Pixel 2 features a 5-inch screen and a smaller battery, while the remaining specs are just like the XL version. There’s not any wireless charging or 3.5millimeter headset jack on any of the two.
The more compact Pixel 2 starts at $649, while the Pixel two XL starts at $849 for its 64GB version. Both of them are powered by Android 8.0 Oreo and will get OS updates for three decades. Both benefit of Google’s latest Assistant features and some other Google applications improvements.
7. APPLE IPHONE 8/8 PLUS
The newest Apple iPhone 8/8 Plus seem like iPhone 7/7 Plus, but the difference is that the first use glass for wireless charging. Additionally, the new iPhones possess a slightly improved chip, enhanced camera and LCD screen.
You can find stereo speakers to get great audio performance, but there’s no standard 3.5millimeter headphone jack. These brand new iPhones do have rapid charging and they can get to around 50% of battery capacity in half an hour.
A 128GB capacity alternative at the 64GB and 256GB models is no longer available. iPhone 8 is priced at $699 and $849, while iPhone 8 Plus is priced at $749 and $949.
8. HUAWEI MATE 10 PRO
I have been spending a lot of time with the US version of Huawei Mate 10 PRO and I quite liked it.
The Mate 10 PRO neglected to launch directly on US carriers but has been available at different retailers for $799. Now you can find it on Amazon and in other places for $690 plus. One great thing about being correlated with a US carrier is the telephone isn’t filled with unnecessary bloatware.
The Mate 10 PRO has a 6 inch 18:9 OLED screen, Kirin 970 processors with neural network processing device, Android 8.0 Oreo with EMUI 8, 6 GB RAM, 128 GB internal storage, double back cameras, 8-megapixel front-facing cameras, and massive 4,000 mAh batteries. A function that differentiates Huawei Mate 10 Pro from Pixel two is the capacity to connect through the USB Type-C interface into a screen, keyboard, and mouse to get a virtually complete desktop experience.
Galaxy Note 8 and Galaxy S9/S9 Plus may do it via a DeX devices, but Mate 10 Pro does not even require another device to execute this function.
9. SONY XPERIA XZ2
It’s been a while since I’ve had a Sony Xperia cellphone in my top 10, but after moving the fingerprint scanner into the back and refreshing the layout a bit, it’s difficult to ignore the most recent Sony Xperia XZ2.
Sony Xperia XZ2 benefits of the latest Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 chip, Android 8.0 Oreo, 4GB of RAM, 64GB of internal storage using microSD card assistance, IP68 dust and water resistance, a 5.7 inch Triluminos screen, 19 megapixel camera using super slow movement 960 fps support, and stereo speakers. The cost is $799.99, which places it among the most expensive Android flagships.
The battery lifetime and camera are just two of its disadvantages, which is not surprising because Sony hasn’t been able to compete with others in terms of cameras for ages.
10. ONEPLUS 5T
Approximately six months following the launch of this OnePlus 5, we are presented with OnePlus 5T featuring a bigger 18:9 aspect ratio screen and improvements which make it a really competitive smartphone. The price tag, $499 and $559 (128GB version ), is a significant element in considering this mobile since there are flagships from $950 to more than $1000.
OnePlus 5T integrates a face unlock program, has a double back camera setup, and many customizable applications to create an effective phone for everyday use. Instead of the usual glass sandwich design that’s popular with most phones nowadays, the OnePlus 5th has a unibody aluminium casing remarkably built.
OnePlus 5T can be purchased with 6GB RAM and 64GB inner storage for only $499. Unlike various other flagships in Samsung and LG, the OnePlus line includes a history of routine updates and an active community of developers and users so you can customize it any way you please.
I’ve used this phone for a month and it’s a fantastic device, but it’s not more accessible as OnePlus gears up to launch the OnePlus 6.
In the upcoming few weeks, we’ll compare OnePlus 6 with an HTC, so it’s very likely that both will input this top 10 list.