There has never been a better time to buy a new smartphone. The year 2018 has been quite interesting for smartphones with Chinese brands bringing in new innovation and established players iterating their existing devices to offer more value to consumers. While Apple and Google are yet to launch their flagship devices for 2018, the current crop of smartphones offer so much value that you don’t necessarily need to hold on for the next flagship smartphone. With that in mind, let’s take a look at the top smartphones that you should consider as your next smartphone.
Asus Zenfone 5Z
Asus has launched its flagship Zenfone 5Z in India after having first unveiled it at MWC 2018. Prices for the new smartphone start at Rs 29,999, and go up to 36,999 for the top-end model. As you would expect from a flagship device, the Zenfone 5Z comes with top-of-the-line specifications like 6.2-inch edge-to-edge notched display, Snapdragon 845 SoC, up to 8GB of RAM, and up to 256GB internal storage. There is a dual-camera setup (12-megapixel+8-megapixel) at the back, 8-megapixel selfie camera, and 3,300mAh battery with fast charging support. Asus‘ latest smartphone is set to go on sale from July 9.
Xiaomi Redmi 5
Xiaomi Redmi 5 is the cheapest smartphone in this list and is aimed at first-time smartphone buyers in the country. It features a modern design and sports a 5.7-inch display with 18:9 display. It is powered by a Snapdragon 450 SoC coupled with 2GB or 3GB RAM and 16GB or 32GB storage. It has a 12-megapixel primary camera with f/2.2 aperture and a 5-megapixel secondary camera. The Redmi 5 is the successor to Redmi 4 and it starts at Rs 7,999. The smartphone is backed by a 3,300mAh battery and is available in Gold, Lake Blue, Black and Rose Gold colors.
Huawei P20 Pro
The Huawei P20 Pro is the flagship smartphone for those who want a superior imaging experience. It is the only smartphone in the market to feature triple lens setup with the primary sensor having 40-megapixel sensor along with a dedicated sensor for 3x optical zoom and a monochrome sensor.
Huawei P20 Pro is not just about its camera. It features an impressive design with a blue finish that tends to change color with light falling on the surface. The smartphone has a 6.1-inch AMOLED display, Kirin 970 CPU, 6GB of RAM and 128GB storage. The Huawei P20 Pro is priced at Rs 64,999 and is available exclusively on Amazon India.
OnePlus 6 is arguably the best OnePlus smartphone yet. The company with the ‘Never Settle’ moto has produced a premium smartphone that will not put a dent on your wallet. The smartphone features metal and glass sandwich design similar to Samsung and Apple’s flagships and starts at Rs 34,999.
Even in terms of specifications, we are looking at flagship features including a 6.28-inch notched AMOLED display, Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 chipset, up to 8GB of RAM and 256GB storage. It sports dual rear camera setup with 16-megapixel and 20-megapixel sensors and a 16-megapixel selfie camera. It runs Android 8.0 Oreo and packs a 3,300mAh battery.
Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 Pro
The Redmi Note 5 Pro was launched early this year as the premium successor to last year’s Redmi Note 4. It features a thin bezel design that supports a 5.99-inch display with taller 18:9 aspect ratio. It also comes with Snapdragon 636 chipset, up to 6GB RAM and 64GB storage. There is also dual rear camera and a 20-megapixel selfie camera with face unlock mechanism.
The Redmi Note 5 Pro is one of the best smartphones in the sub-Rs 20,000 price segment. It recently received MIUI 9 based on Android Oreo, packs a 4,000mAh battery and it starts at Rs 14,999.
Asus ZenFone Max Pro M1
Asus ZenFone Max Pro M1 is the most legitimate threat to Xiaomi’s Redmi Note 5 Pro in the market right now. It is
also powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 636 CPU and can be configured with 6GB RAM and 64GB storage. It is priced at Rs 14,999, which makes it cheaper than the Redmi Note 5 Pro.
Samsung Galaxy S9+
One of the best flagship smartphone this year is the Samsung Galaxy S9+. With Galaxy S9+, Samsung has fixed all the minor flaws seen on its predecessor and equipped the device with an updated dual rear camera system.
The Galaxy S9+ features a 6.2-inch Quad HD+ Super AMOLED display, Exynos 9810 CPU, 6GB RAM and 64GB storage. It also sports a unique 12-megapixel primary camera with variable aperture coupled with a secondary 12-megapixel telephoto lens. The Galaxy S9+ runs Android Oreo and packs a 3,500mAh battery. Yes, it features a rear-mounted fingerprint sensor which is more accessible than its predecessor.
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If you don’t like the OnePlus 6 then your best bet would be getting the Honor 10. The Honor 10 can be described as a cheaper version of the Huawei P20 without Leica-branded optics. The smartphone is priced at Rs 32,999 and is exclusive to Flipkart.
Like Huawei P20 Pro, the Honor 10 features a reflective back surface that shifts color from blue to purple. It is powered by Kirin 970 chipset and has a 5.84-inch notched display. The smartphone comes with 6GB RAM, 128GB storage, dual rear cameras and a 24-megapixel selfie camera.
Nokia 7 Plus
If you are looking for a smartphone in the Rs 20,000 and Rs 30,000 price segment then the Nokia 7 Plus is the best option right now. It features an industrial design with unibody aluminum casing and premium ZEISS dual rear camera setup. The Nokia 7 Plus is priced at Rs 25,999 and is available on Amazon India.
The Nokia 7 Plus features a 6-inch display with 18:9 aspect ratio and is powered by Snapdragon 660 SoC. It comes with 4GB RAM, 64GB storage and runs Oreo with Android One branding, meaning you will get update faster than most other smartphones. It has a dual rear camera setup with 12-megapixel primary sensor and a 13-megapixel sensor supporting 2x optical zoom. It has a 3,800mAh battery and has a rear-mounted fingerprint sensor.
Oppo Realme 1
Oppo Realme 1 is the first device from Realme, a new sub-brand from Oppo aimed at the online retail segment. It is the most premium looking smartphone in the sub-Rs 10,000 price segment.
With Realme 1, you will get a 6-inch Full HD+ display, MediaTek Helio P60 CPU, 3GB or 4GB or 6GB of RAM and 32GB or 64GB or 128GB storage. The smartphone has a single 13-megapixel main camera and an 8-megapixel secondary camera. The Oppo Realme 1 runs Android 8.0 with ColorOS and is backed by a 3,410mAh battery. It starts at Rs 8,999 on Amazon India.
Moto G6 is the successor to last year’s Moto G5S and it features a modern design with a glass back and 18:9 display. Powering the device is Qualcomm Snapdragon 450 chipset coupled with up to 4GB RAM and 64GB storage. It has dual rear camera setup and an updated 16-megapixel selfie camera. The Moto G6 starts at Rs 13,999 and is exclusive to Amazon India.
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