The year has been interesting for smartphones so far, and we’re just about getting to the halfway point. Of course, many brands including Samsung, Apple and Google still have big launches lined up, but the first half of 2018 has produced some excellent smartphones. We’ve reviewed everything important this year, and here’s our list of the best that 2018 has to offer, no matter what your budget.
From the affordable Xiaomi Redmi 5 to the premium Huawei P20 Pro, here are the best phones we’ve tested in every price range, giving you enough compelling reasons to buy a new phone now.
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Under Rs 10,000 – Xiaomi Redmi 5
The most affordable smartphone on our list is the Xiaomi Redmi 5, with prices starting at Rs 7,999. The Redmi 5 is also the most affordable device with the excellent Qualcomm Snapdragon 450 SoC, and also comes with an 5.7-inch 18:9 aspect ratio HD+ resolution screen. It’s one of the most capable and well-specced smartphones available at its price, and definitely worth the money.
Rs 10,000 to Rs 15,000 – Asus Zenfone Max Pro M1
The surprise package of 2018, the Asus Zenfone Max Pro M1 is well-priced, capable and an option that is easy to recommend at under Rs 15,000. With prices starting at Rs 10,999, the Zenfone Max Pro M1 sports the excellent Qualcomm Snapdragon 636 SoC, and comes with a near-stock version of Android and a massive 5,000mAh battery. You also get a dual-camera setup and 6-inch 18:9 full-HD+ screen. It’s exclusive to Flipkart though, so easy availability is the only drawback.
Rs 15,000 to Rs 20,000 – Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 Pro (6GB)
With a massive 6GB of RAM under the hood and the excellent Qualcomm Snapdragon 636 SoC, the Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 Pro (6GB) retails at Rs 16,999 and is the best mid-range device on the market today. you also get a dual-camera setup at the rear, a 20-megapixel front camera with flash and a 4,000mAh battery. In terms of performance and multi-tasking ability, there isn’t a better mid-range phone than this right now.
Rs 20,000 to Rs 30,000 – Nokia 7 Plus
While it might come across as a bit expensive, the Nokia 7 Plus is an excellent option at its asking price of Rs 25,999. From the signature design and build quality of Nokia to the capable hardware, the Nokia 7 Plus comes with a flagship feel sans the typically high pricing that we would associate with flagship smartphones. It’s also one of few smartphones today that you can install the Android P Beta on.
Rs 30,000 to Rs 40,000 – OnePlus 6
The OnePlus 6, just like the OnePlus 5 and OnePlus 5T before it, holds effective control over the popular Rs 30,000 to Rs 40,000 price segment. A popular option for users looking to spend a big amount that isn’t too big, the Rs 34,999 OnePlus 6 is the capable flagship phone with all the bells and whistles you need. Currently the best performing Android smartphone available today, the phone is the go-to option if you don’t want to spend premium-level bucks.
Rs 40,000 to Rs 50,000 – Nokia 8 Sirocco
The Rs 49,999 Nokia 8 Sirocco isn’t the best smartphone around on paper, but you can’t argue with the appeal the smartphone carries. The Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 SoC under the hood is already antiquated, but the phone remains a good option in terms of performance nonetheless. The phone is an Android One device, which means that it’s assured quick and regular software updates, along with the stock-Android interface. And above all, it looks great, feels compact and comfortable, and has the much-desired Nokia charm.
Rs 50,000 to Rs 60,000 – Samsung Galaxy S9
A lot of people that think of a flagship Android smartphone will think of Samsung, and the Rs 57,900 Samsung Galaxy S9 lives up to its legacy. With a big 5.8-inch screen in an otherwise compact package, the Samsung gets the aesthetics right. And while it doesn’t have the dual-camera setup of its larger sibling the S9+, it still sports one of the most capable smartphone cameras to date. The biggest party trick here is the dual-aperture camera that helps this phone get photography right in any lighting conditions.
Rs 60,000 and up – Huawei P20 Pro
Perhaps the most interesting device we’ve reviewed in 2018, the Huawei P20 Pro is the first smartphone in the world to feature a triple-camera setup at the rear. While the primary camera is a 40-megapixel shooter, the phone also sports a 20-megapixel monochrome sensor and an 8-megapixel sensor for depth-effect shots. The phone is powered by the HiSilicon Kirin 970 SoC, and is currently considered the best camera phone you can buy today.
That was our list of the best smartphones we’ve reviewed in 2018. We’ll be updating our list as the year progresses, and we look forward to your comments and feedback on any other phones you think we might have missed out.
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