With the year coming to an end, we have listed down the best smartphones that were launched. These include smartphones across all price segments – be it premium, mid-range or entry level. If you have been planning to treat yourself with a smartphone as the year ends, you can pick one among these options:
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September saw the launch of Apple’s 2018 iPhone lineup. Besides, iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max, the Cupertino based technology giant launched the iPhone XR, which is supposed to be its affordable variant. iPhone XR features a 6.1-inch LCD screen and comes with a 12MP wide angle rear camera. The smartphone is available in three storage options — 64GB, 128GB, and 256GB. Its battery life is said to be 1.5 hours more than that of iPhone 8 Plus. Powered by A12 Bionic processor, iPhone XR runs iOS 12 software.
Samsung Galaxy Note 9
Samsung Galaxy Note 9 features a 6.4-inch Quad HD+ Super AMOLED Infinity display and is powered by Exynos 9810 processor. The device is available in 6GB RAM/128GB storage and 8GB RAM/512GB storage options. Users can also install a microSD of up to 512GB. Samsung Galaxy Note 9 houses a 4,000mAh battery and sports a dual rear camera setup that has a 12MP wide-angle autofocus sensor and a 12MP telephoto autofocus sensor. For selfies and video calls, there is an 8MP autofocus sensor. The Android 8.1 Oreo-based smartphone comes with an upgraded S Pen and supports Dex. Samsung Galaxy Note 9’s starting price in India is Rs 67,900.
Google Pixel 3 XL
Google’s flagship of the year sports a 5.5-inch FHD+ flexible OLED display and is powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 845. Google Pixel 3 comes with 4GB of RAM, Adreno 630 GPU and is available in 64GB and 128GB storage options. The smartphone runs Android 9.0 Pie out of the box and is touted to come with Pixel Visual core and Titan M Security Module. For imaging duties, Google Pixel 3 features a 12.2MP dual pixel single rear camera that has support for features like autofocus with dual phase detection, OIS, EIS and spectral & flicker sensor. The smartphone comes with dual front cameras with an 8MP wide-angle sensor and an 8MP secondary sensor with 75-degree field-of-view. It is available in India at a starting price of Rs 71,000.
Huawei Mate 20 Pro
Huawei Mate 20 Pro runs Android 9.0 Pie skinned with EMUI 9.0 and sports a 6.39-inch QHD+ curved OLED display. The smartphone comes with an in-display fingerprint sensor and is powered by the company’s flagship HiSilicon Kirin 980 processor clubbed with 6GB RAM. Huawei Mate 20 Pro offers 128GB storage and can hold microSD cards of up to 256GB. Huawei Mate 20 Pro features a triple rear camera setup that is comprised of a 40MP primary wide-angle sensor, a 20MP ultra wide angle sensor, and an 8MP 3X telephoto sensor. For selfies and video calls, the smartphone houses a 24MP RGB selfie camera that supports 3D facial unlocking. Huawei’s latest flagship houses a 4,200mAh battery that supports 40W SuperCharge technology and wireless reverse charging, which enables it to be used to charge other Qi wireless devices. In India, the smartphone is priced at Rs 69,990.
OnePlus 6T is surely among the most popular smartphones of the year. The smartphone is available in 6GB and 8GB of RAM and comes in 128GB and 256GB storage options. OnePlus 6T’s starting price in India is Rs 37,999 and it boasts of features like 6.41-inch optic AMOLED display, Snapdragon 845 processor with Adreno 630 GPU, a 16MP selfie camera and 3,700mAh battery. The smartphone has the same set of dual rear cameras as OnePlus 6 but comes with additional modes. OnePlus 6T comes with a waterdrop-style notch on its display and the Android 9.0 Pie based smartphone has an on-screen fingerprint sensor.
Asus Zenfone 5Z
The next one on our list is Asus’ answer to OnePlus 6 that was launched earlir this year. Asus Zenfone 5Z has a 6.2-inch full HD+ IPS display and is powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 processor clubbed with either 6GB or 8GB of RAM. The smartphone is available in 64GB, 128GB and 256GB storage options. Asus Zenfone 5Z’s base model in India costs Rs 29,999 and the most high-end one bears a price tag of Rs 36,999.
With Vivo NEX, we saw a very futuristic looking smartphone by the Chinese smartphone brand that came with an almost full-screen experience and had a pop-up selfie camera. The smartphone is among the first few which ditched the notch and it sports a 6.59-inch FHD+ super AMOLED ‘Ultra Fullview’ display and is powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 chipset clubbed with 8GB RAM and 128GB storage. Vivo NEX sports a dual rear camera setup with 12MP and 5MP sensors and has an 8MP selfie camera. The smartphone is priced at Rs 44,990 in India.
Samsung Galaxy A9 (2018)
The world’s first smartphone to come with four rear cameras, Samsung Galaxy A9 (2018) is available at a starting price of Rs 36,990. Among the key features of the smartphone are its 24MP+10MP+8MP+5MP rear cameras, a 24MP selfie camera, 6.3-inch full-HD+ Super AMOLED Infinity display and its 3,800mAh battery.
Nokia 6.1 Plus
Priced at Rs 15, 999, Nokia 6.1 Plus is surely among the best budget smartphones we saw this year. The Android 8.1 Ore-based handset comes with a 5.8-inch full-HD+ display and is powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 636 processor clubbed with 4GB of RAM and 64GB of internal storage. The smartphone by Nokia comes with 16MP+5MP dual rear cameras and a 16MP selfie camera. It houses a 3,060mAh battery.
This one is another good budget option you can consider buying. Moto G6 comes at a starting price of Rs 13,999 and sports a 5.7-inch FHD+ IPS touchscreen. Powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 450 CPU, the smartphone comes with either 3GB or 4GB RAM and is available in 32GB and 64GB storage options. Moto G6 features 12MP + 5MP dual rear cameras and houses a 3,000mAh battery.
Asus Zenfone Max Pro M1
If you want a smartphone with a big battery, then Asus Zenfone Max Pro M1 is the right choice for you. The smartphone is available in 3GB RAM/ 32GB internal storage and 4GB RAM/64GB onboard storage options and comes at a starting price of Rs 10,999. Asus Zenfone Max Pro M1 sports a 5.99-inch full-HD+ IPS Full View display and is powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 636 processor. The key highlight of the device is its 5,000mAh battery.
Honor 8X is another budget smartphone that you can consider. It is available with 4GB or 6GB RAM and comes in 64GB and 128GB inbuilt storage options and the base model costs Rs 14,999. The smartphone sports a 6.5-inch fullView display and is powered by an octa-core HiSilicon Kirin 710 processor. Honor 8X comes with dual AI camera setup on its back panel with 20MP and 2MP sensors.
Honourable mention: iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max
Apple’s flagship smartphones feature an OLED HDR Super Retina display and are powered by the A12 Bionic processor. While the display of iPhone XS is 5.8-inch in size, iPhone XS Max sports a 6.5-inch screen. The smartphones come with a dual rear camera setup with a 12MP wide-angle lens and a 12MP telephoto lens. There is also a 7MP TrueDepth camera for selfies. The new iPhones are available in 64GB, 128GB, and 512GB storage options and run iOS 12. While the cost of iPhone XS starts at Rs 99,900 in India, iPhone XS Max is available at a starting price of Rs 109,900.