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7 Best Smartphones That Money Can Buy

These are the very best smartphones money can buy. Every handset that matters has been tried and tested and in this guide and it is designed to provide you with all the key information you need to buy the best smartphone for yourself. Only the best phones are included in this list, so you can be sure you’re always getting the very latest and cutting-edge device. All the phones have been listed in order of preference so there’s no confusion. The first phone is the best phone.

1- iPhone X:

7 Best Smartphones That Money Can Buy

Weight: 174g
Dimensions: 143.6 x 70.9 x 7.7mm
OS: iOS11
Screen size: 5.8-inches
Resolution: 1125 x 2436 pixels
CPU: Apple A11 Bionic
RAM: 3GB
Storage: 64/256GB
Battery: 2716mAh
Rear camera: Dual 12MP
Front camera: 7 MP f/2.2
REASONS TO BUY
+Incredibly desirable
+Future of the iPhone
REASONS TO AVOID
Gestures take getting used to
Fragile

Is the iPhone X the best phone this year? Yes. But only by a whisker. The Samsung Galaxy S9 is so close (especially if you prefer Android), while Apple’s own iPhone 8 Plus gives you so much of the iPhone X technology without the extra cost. In the end though, it’s the ultra-desirability of the iPhone X that wins it.

The first thing that strikes you about the design is obviously the 5.8-inch AMOLED screen. It’s certainly true that the edge-to-edge screen looks absolutely stunning, both from a design perspective and from a technology viewpoint.

Of course, there’s also the top ‘notch’. This does intrude on the screen slightly, especially when you want to be fully immersed in something, but call me crazy – I kind of like it. It gives the phone a visual identity.

Aside from the screen you’ve got Apple’s blazing fast A11 Bionic processor, fantastic dual camera with portrait lighting mode, and FaceID (which actually works very well).

It’s the marriage of software and hardware, something that Apple’s always been good at, that’s so effective here and that’s especially the case when it comes to Face ID. The iPhone X costs a considerable Rs. 130,000, making it the most expensive iPhone to date.

I’ll start by saying this, if you think that’s too much money then the iPhone X isn’t for you. Is it worth Rs. 130,000? Well, it’s complicated. Just like a Louis Vuitton Bag, there are more affordable alternatives that do exactly the same job, but it’s all about prestige and branding.

Price: Rs 130,000

2- Samsung S9:

7 Best Smartphones That Money Can Buy
Weight: 163g
Dimensions: 147.7 x 68.7 x 8.5mm
OS: Android 8.0
Screen size: 5.8-inches
Resolution: 1440 x 2960 pixels
CPU: Exynos 9810 Octa
RAM: 4GB
Storage: 64GB
Battery: 3000mAh
Rear camera: 12 MP f/1.5
Front camera: 8 MP f/1.7
REASONS TO BUY
+Amazing design
+Almost flawless
REASONS TO AVOID
Bixby
Similar to S8

 

The Samsung Galaxy S9 is the best Android smartphone in the world right now, boasting the brilliant Infinity Edge display which occupies 84-percent of the body and cutting-edge guts. Yep, this futuristic smartphone is a looker, and Samsung managed to resist the temptation to add an iPhone X-style notch, which is definitely a good thing. It has its own identity.

The S9 is the complete package, as well as the amazing display and industry-leading specs, this handset also has decent battery life, an excellent camera and amazing performance. With all of that combined, you get not only the best-looking smartphone, but one of the top performing smartphones in the universe. Yes, the universe!

I think the 5.8-inch S9 is perfect, but if you’re after an even larger smartphone, Samsung also offers the Galaxy S9+, which features a massive 6.2-inch display.

Okay, so unfortunately Samsung hasn’t released a perfect phone – there are a few small niggles – it’s not the most exciting update over the S8 (which can now be purchased relatively cheap) and Bixby is still inferior to Google Assistant. But I guarantee you won’t be disappointed if you buy this phone.

Price: Rs 91,000

3- Huawei P20 PRO:

7 Best Smartphones That Money Can Buy
Weight: 180g
Dimensions: 155 x 73.9 x 7.8mm
OS: Android 8.1
Screen size: 6.1-inches
Resolution: 1080 x 2244 pixels
CPU: Kirin 970
RAM: 6GB
Storage: 128GB
Battery: 4000mAh
Rear camera: Triple 40MP + 20MP + 8MP Leica
Front camera: 24MP f/2.0
REASONS TO BUY
+Premium design
+Battery life
+Awesome camera
REASONS TO AVOID
Software
‘Just’ HD screen

The Huawei P20 Pro is the latest flagship from the Chinese smartphone giant, and we really, really like it. It’s the ideal smartphone if you’re looking for a premium alternative to the iPhone X and Samsung Galaxy S9, but it’s also got plenty of features which make it great device in its own right.

I love the P20 Pro’s Leica-branded triple camera. Yes, you read that right, this camera has three camera sensors, a 40MP RGB, 20MP Monochrome, and 8MP telephoto. The three lenses are can be used to capture some beautiful images.

The OS is coming on leaps and bounds as well, and the design and feel of this device really is fantastic.

It’s a smartphone that really puts a cat among the pigeons. The pigeons in this case being Samsung, Apple, and Google.

But it’s not quite perfect. The UI still lags behind its competitors, and some won’t be too fond of the iPhone X-esque design.

Despite its flaws, I think it’s a brilliant smartphone, thanks to a neat blend of design, features, and camera. Plus, the battery life is class leading, capable of lasting around two days.

Price: Rs 100,000

 4- Google Pixel 2 XL:

7 Best Smartphones That Money Can Buy
Weight: 175g
Dimensions: 157.9 x 76.7 x 7.9mm
OS: Android 8
Screen size: 6.0-inches
Resolution: 1440 x 2880 pixels
CPU: Qualcomm Snapdragon 835
RAM: 4GB
Storage: 64/128GB
Battery: 3520mAh
Rear camera: 12MP f/1.8
Front camera: 8MP f/2.4
REASONS TO BUY
+Great camera
+Super software
REASONS TO AVOID
Plastic-like metal
Lackluster screen

 

I can’t tell you how close it is between the Google Pixel 2 XL, iPhone X, P20 Pro and S9 for the title of ‘best smartphone in the world.’ All four are great smartphones, but the sleek design, and amazing screen puts the iPhone, Huawei, and Samsung in the lead, just.

The Google Pixel 2 XL is still an amazing smartphone – especially if you prioritize camera quality and want software straight from Google.

Whether it’s the excellent camera, the metal-and-glass chassis, the oodles of power involved or just the fact that the software and virtual assistant work in perfect harmony with the hardware, Google’s got a lot right here and this is a brilliant phone.

2017 was when Google came into its stride with the Pixel sequels. Google now has clear vision for its flagship smartphones. The design is distinctive and has character, and the Pixel 2 XL’s edge-to-edge screen makes it the one to go for.

Of course, if you prefer smaller screens, the 5-inch Pixel 2 is also available, which is identical the OG (apart from size and screen).

Price: Rs 94,000

5- Honor 10:

7 Best Smartphones That Money Can Buy

Weight: 153g
Dimensions: 149.6×71.2×7.7mm
OS: Android 8.0
Screen size: 5.84-inches
Resolution: 1080×2280 pixels
CPU: Kirin 970
RAM: 4GB
Storage: 128GB
Battery: 3400mAh
Rear camera: Dual 16MP + 24MP
Front camera: 8MP f/2.0
REASONS TO BUY
+Great price
+Excellent design
+Fantastic camera
REASONS TO AVOID
Not waterproof

The Honor 10 is a fantastic smartphone, partnering a young, hyper-modern, and eye-catching design with good hardware and an impressive suite of features, including some genuinely impressive AI functions.

The fact that this phone costs just Rs. 56,000 is absolutely nuts, too, especially when you take into account its hardware benchmarks that are right up there among those logged by much more expensive handsets.

The AI camera functionality is also really nicely integrated, and the camera system grants you serious flexibility and scope to take creative shots.

Overall, then, a great new phone from Honor that shows, more than anything, that the Chinese maker is going from strength to strength.

Price: Rs 56,000

6- OnePlus 6:

7 Best Smartphones That Money Can Buy
Weight: 177g
Dimensions: 155.7 x 75.4 x 7.75mm
OS: Android 8.1
Screen size: 6.28-inches
Resolution: 1080 x 2280 pixels
CPU: Qualcomm Snapdragon 845
RAM: 6/8GB
Storage: 64/128/256GB
Battery: 3300mAh
Rear camera: Dual 16MP f/1.7 + 20MP f/1.7
Front camera: 16MP f/2.0
REASONS TO BUY
+Incredibly fast with big benchmark scores
+Lower price for a flagship phone
+Beautiful and premium build
REASONS TO AVOID
Not waterproof
No wireless charging

 

The OnePlus 6 is one of the absolute fastest Android phones on the market. Its combination of the high-end Snapdragon 845 CPU, powerful Adreno 630 GPU, and a whopping 8GB of RAM (that’s 4GB more than the Samsung Galaxy S9), means that the OnePlus 6 smokes the opposition in terms of benchmark scores.

The phone’s use of Android 8.1 Oreo and OnePlus’ own light skin of vanilla, OxygenOS, adds to this rapidity, too, with menu navigation as well as app loading and switching a buttery smooth experience

The phone’s 6.28-inch 19:9 AMOLED screen isn’t the absolute best on the market, nor is its camera system or battery, however, they are all competitive and help deliver a top all-round mobile package. Plus, the fact the OnePlus 6 retails for quite a lot less than other flagships makes it an even more attractive proposition.

Price: Rs 77,000 to 89,000

7- Sone Xperia XZ2

7 Best Smartphones That Money Can Buy
Weight: 198g
Dimensions: 153 x 72 x 11.1mm
OS: Android 8.0
Screen size: 5.7-inches
Resolution: 1080 x 2160 pixels
CPU: Qualcomm Snapdragon 845
RAM: 4GB
Storage: 64GB
Battery: 3180mAh
Rear camera: Dual 19MP
Front camera: 5 MP
REASONS TO BUY
+Powerful hardware spec
+4K, HDR video capture
+1080p super slow-mo footage
REASONS TO AVOID
Bezels are pronounced
Fingerprint magnet

Sony’s latest flagship is simply one of the best Android smartphones on the market in 2018, delivering a fantastic hardware package, slick software, and a selection of standout, world first features.

The foremost among these features is the ability to record in HDR at a 4K resolution, however, that is only closely followed by the XZ2’s ability to record super slow-motion footage at 1080p and to vibrate to varying degrees of complexity while playing games or watching media thanks to its Dynamic Vibration System.

The Xperia XZ2 also has a bold new design as well when compared to older Xperias and, while it is still quite bezel heavy, it feels great in the hand, too, with its mirror-gloss finish slipping in and out of the pocket easily.

A technically impressive camera system built around a memory-packed Exmore RS image sensor, Hi-Resolution Audio credentials with DSEE HX technology, and Qi wireless charging functionality complete a quality mobile package.

Price: Rs 85,000 (expected)

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