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Best 5 Android smartphones | Buying Guide [August 2018]

15 August 2018 14

Smartphone manufacturers are continuously innovating their flagships and with each passing day, we have new flagships with something new to attract customers. I am sure, it is never an easy task to purchase a new flagship smartphone especially when customers are looking to grab an Android device. Flagships from almost all companies are above 5-inches display. For those who are interested in compact size smartphones, we already have a listing of top 5 compact smartphones available for purchase.

With the Mi Mix, Xiaomi started the trend of bezel-less smartphone and after that, we have seen a number of new top-tier smartphones in the market with bezel-less design, you can also read our listing of top 5 bezel-less smartphones. Bezel-less design becomes the trend of futuristic design and from the look of things, it seems like this trend will continue this year. Dual-cameras was the trend started last year and we have a number of new best options with dual rear cameras.

So, if you are amongst those who are planning to grab the best flagship smartphone, our today's listing for sure will help you to make a right decision and also will save your time. We are updating our buying guides on the monthly basis so that our keen readers can know details of all best options.

A lot of smartphones already unveiled and a number of successor devices are on its way, so stay tuned because this list will be updated with new smartphones every month. Of course, the buyer should be well aware of the device before making any purchase.

These 5 choices won’t disappoint Android buyers. In our buyer's guide, we are not going into in-depth detail regarding the devices as we already have in-depth articles regarding all smartphones. But we will highlight the key aspect of the device, now without any further delay, let’s have a look at the best 5 Android smartphones available on the market right now.

68.7 x 147.7 x 8.5 mm
5.8 inches - 2960x1440 px
75.4 x 155.7 x 7.75 mm
6.28 inches - 2280x1080 px
73.9 x 156.6 x 8.7 mm
6 inches - 2880x1440 px
71.9 x 153.2 x 7.9 mm
6.1 inches - 3120x1440 px
80 x 158 x 11.9 mm
5.8 inches - 3840x2160 px
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In addition to the products featured in this guide, there are other, perhaps equally valid and performing, which for various reasons we decided not to enter.You can comment on this article by recommending your favorite product even if it is not present in this list.

Samsung Galaxy S9

The Galaxy S9 and S9 Plus is currently the latest best flagship offering from the South Korean giant. The device showcases the company's intentions for the future flagship designs. The device has all front-facing display which Samsung referred to Infinity display. like the last year, the second variant is announced as Galaxy S9 Plus as it is featuring the slightly large display of 6.2-inches as opposed to the standard Galaxy S9.

Both the variants have dual edge display. The Galaxy S9 design is the combination of metal and glass, the chassis is made up of metal and glass is covering both front and rear side. Once again, Samsung's flagship is water and dust resistant. The fingerprint scanner is shifted to the rear side below the camera module.

The UI is also completely revamped with a number of tweaks and less bloatware. The Galaxy S9 is powered up by a 3,000mAh battery cell. Under the hood, the Galaxy S9 is running on Qualcomm's latest Snapdragon 845/ Exynos 9810 SoC with 4GB RAM and 64GB built-in storage can be expanded as well using MicroSD card.

The Galaxy S9 and S9 Plus were launched at MWC 2018, now they are widely available in most of the markets.

Pretty attractive design and build quality is also pretty goodBest smartphone with bezel-less designBattery life is improved and can be charged quickly One of the best camera in Android smartphones Memory can be expanded using Micro-SD card
Glossy rear could be fragile in accidental dropsFingers prints are pasted everywhere on glass body
Specs Galaxy S9

Display

5.8-inch quad HD 1440 x 2960 pixels

Processor

Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 845/ Exynos 9810

RAM

4GB

Storage

64GB and expandable up to 256GB using a Micro-SD card

Rear camera

12MP with variable aperture

Front facing camera

8MP

OS

Android Nougat 8.0

Battery

3,000mAh

OnePlus 6

OnePlus recently announced their latest flagship smartphone Oneplus 6. The device is quite special and pretty much worthy to stand amongst the best flagships of this year. The OnePlus 6 is the first smartphone from the company with glass and metal sandwich design.

The OnePlus 6 has a metal chassis with special glass coating covering the rear side. Following the latest trend, it has a notch at the top of the display. Overall finish is pretty awesome and we can easily claim it as one of the best-looking smartphones of the year.

Premium design with metal and glassDual-rear camera with large apertureBest possible hardwareClean UI with near stock OS feel
Lacks IP-ratingsNotch at the top isn't liked by everyone
Specs OnePlus 6
Display 6.28-inches
Screen resolution 1080 x 2280 pixels
Chipset Snapdragon 845
RAM 6,8GB
Storage 64/128/256GB Non-Expandable
Rear cameraS 16MP+20MP
Front camera 16MP
Battery 3,300mAh
IP-ratings None
3.5mm headphone jack Yes
OS Android Oreo 8.1
HTC U12+

This year HTC delayed the release of their flagship smartphone until last week of May. The company confirms the U12+ is the only flagship from HTC for this year. Instead of bringing a compact model and a larger model later the company brings all the goodies in the U12+.

The U12+ retains the liquid glass surface which HTC introduced last year with the U11-series. The liquid glass surface looks quite different from regular glass rear. The U12+ also marks the return of the dual camera's setup on the rear for HTC flagships. The One M8 was one of the first smartphone on the market with dual rear cameras. As per DxoMark, the U12+ features the second best cameras in the market after the Huawei's P20 Pro.

Stylish liquid glass rearsecond best cameras in the market2:1 DisplayIP68 certied
relatively thick bezels around the displayLack 3.5mm headphone Jack
Specs HTC U12+

Display

6.0-inches with Quad HD+ screen resolution 1440 x 2880 pixels

Processor

Qualcomm's Snapdragon 845

RAM

6GB

Storage

128GB, Expandable via MicroSD

Rear cameras

12MP+16MP

Front facing camera

Dual 8MP

OS

Android Oreo 8.0

Battery

3,500mAh

3.5mm headphone jack No
LG G7 ThinQ

The G7 ThinQ is the latest flagship iteration of G-series from LG. Like most of the latest smartphones, it features a glass and metal sandwich design. Surprisingly this year LG delayed the G7 ThinQ release. The device was not released at MWC in Q1 2018 instead the company unveiled the device in May this year.

The G7 ThinQ comes with all the AI goodies which they introduced with the ThinQ branding. The G7 ThinQ comes with a notch at the top of the display which can be removed via settings.

Top-notch audio experienceBest LCD display with 1000 nits brightnessSolid metal clad design
A bit dated designaverage cameras
Specs LG G7 ThinQ
Display 6.1-inches
Screen resolution 1440 x 3120 pixels
Chipset Snapdragon 845
RAM 4GB
Storage 64GB
Rear cameras Dual 16MP
Front camera 8MP
Battery 3,000mAh
USB Type-C
IP68 Yes
3.5mm headphone jack Yes
OS Android Oreo 8.0
Sony Xperia XZ2 Premium

The XZ2 Premium is the Sony's latest offering in the premium flagships lineup and the device is certainly amazing enough to be amongst the best 5 smartphones in the market. Sony stepped up their design game this year by introducing Ambient flow design. The XZ2 Premium is the second flagship smartphone from Sony this year with the Ambient flow design.

Despite having 2:1 display, the bezels are quite thick around the display. The XZ2 Premium is featuring a 5.8-inches IPS LCD display with 4K screen resolution of 2160 x 3840 pixels. The Qualcomm's Snapdragon 845 chipset is powering the device under the hood with 6GB RAM and native storage is 64GB. The device is pre-installed with Android Oreo 8.0. A 3,540mAh battery cell is keeping the XZ2 Premium lights on.

Premium design with solid build qualityHighest resolution on any smartphoneMaximum ISO
Attracts fingerprints on glass bodyThick bezels
Specs Xperia XZ2 Premium
Display 5.8-inches
Screen resolution 2160 x 2840 pixels
Chipset Snapdragon 845
RAM 6GB
Storage 64GB Expandable via MicroSD
Rear cameras 19MP
Front camera 13MP
Battery 3,540mAh
USB Type-C
IP68 Yes
OS Android Oreo 8.0
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