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Top 5 best Android flagship smartphones of 2018

13 December 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 5.5-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 a monthly basis so that our keen readers can know details of all the best options.

As we are approaching the end of the year that's why almost all OEMs announced their premium phones for this year. However, we will be updating 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
71.9 x 153.2 x 7.9 mm
6.1 inches - 3120x1440 px
73 x 158 x 9.9 mm
6 inches - 2880x1440 px
73.9 x 155 x 7.8 mm
6.1 inches - 2244x1080 px
68.2 x 145.6 x 7.9 mm
5.5 inches - 2160x1080 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

Huawei P20 Pro

Despite the fact, the P20 Pro was announced back in the first quarter of this year but still, it is one of the best flagship phone available in the market. With the new P20 series, Huawei introduced gradient finish which differentiates it from the other premium phones in the market.

The P20 Pro was packed with an OLED display with deep blacks and superb colors accuracy. It was the company's first flagship phone with triple rear cameras. It achieved 109 scores at DxoMark, the device is still considered as camera king. Although the Pixel 3 lineup is recently announced currently the top-camera phone spot is acquired by Huawei's Mate 20 Pro whereas the P20 Pro has the second best cameras setup.

In terms of design, the P20 Pro is featuring a small notch at the top of the display with an aspect ratio of 19:9. Despite having thin bottom bezel it still has a physical home button with a fingerprint scanner embedded under it. It is an IP67 certified phone which provides resistance against 1-meter deep water for 30 minutes without any damage. Last but not the least a 4,000mAh battery is on board to keep its lights for more than one day on a single charge.

Premium design with metal and glassBest in-class camerasGigantic battery
Notch at the top isn't liked by everyoneThick custom skin over the Android OSLack 3.5mm headphone jack
Specs Mate 20 Pro
Display 6.39-inches
Screen resolution 1440 x 3120 pixels
Chipset Kirin 980
RAM 6,8GB
Storage 128GB, 256GB Expandable via NMcard
Rear cameras 40+20MP+8MP
Front camera 24MP
USB Type-C
3.5mm headphone jack No
IP-ratings IP68
Software Android Pie with EMUI 9
Google Pixel 3

After tons of leaks and rumors, Google took the stage in October to wraps off the cover from the Pixel 3 lineup. Following the latest trend, the company opted the glass rear with aluminum chassis. However, it still comes in two-tone finish likes its predecessor. On first look, you may not find Pixel 3 different from the predecessor.

The top portion comprising a camera sensor and LED flashlight comes in glossy finish whereas the bottom portion with fingerprint scanner has a matte finish. It comes with 2:1 display but still lacks notch at the top. The top and bottom bezels have dual front-facing speakers which provide an amazing audio experience.

It is way more expensive than the predecessor, starting at $799 for the base model with 64GB storage. If you want 128GB storage, you will have to pay $100 more. Once again one of the key selling aspects of the Pixel 3 is its camera setup which puts it far above than many phones in the premium segment. The best thing is it is running on the Android Pie straight out of the box and it will receive new updates for the next three years.

Top of the line cameraDual front-facing speakersSolid hardware
Thick bezels around the displayLack 3.5mm headphone Jack Two-tone glass rear
Specs Pixel 3
Display 5.5-inches
Screen resolution 1080 x 2160 pixels
Chipset Snapdragon 845
RAM 4GB
Storage 64GB, 128GB Non-Expandable
Rear camera 12.2MP
Front camera Dual 8MP
USB Type-C
3.5mm headphone jack No
Battery 2,915mAh
OS Android Pie
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 XZ3

Back at IFA this year Sony took the stage to announce their latest flagship Xperia XZ3. This year Sony changed their flagships strategy by releasing three new flagships in a year. The Xperia XZ2 and its successor were announced with a difference of six months whereas the Xperia XZ2 Premium was the company's first phone with the dual rear.

The Xperia XZ3 is indeed of the most stylish phone from Sony with aluminum chassis and glass covering the front and rear. Despite having 2:1 display it still has significant bezels on the top and bottom. On the rear side, you will get single snapper aligned vertically in the center. The fingerprint scanner on the rear is placed significantly below the camera setup which is a bit awkward to use.

Premium build qualityStylish curvy design with variety of color optionsSolid cameras setup
Attracts fingerprints on glass bodyThick bezels
Specs Xperia XZ3
Display 6.0-inches
Screen resolution 1440 x 2880 pixels
Chipset Snapdragon 845
RAM 4GB
Storage 64GB Expandable via MicroSD
Rear camera 19MP with f/2.0 aperture
Front camera 13MP
USB Type-C
3.5mm headphone jack No
Battery 3,300mAh
OS Android Pie


(last update 19 December 2018 @ 03:24)

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