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Top 10 Smartphones of 2018 That Made Headlines

Take a look at some of the best smartphones of this year. 10 Smartphones of 2018 That Made Headlines

The smartphones are only getting better and better with each passing day. Every now and then we are bombarded with new features and updates. The features like Face ID, AMOLED panels, Snapdragon 835 chipsets, triple lens cameras, and monstrous battery packs, have prevailed a sense of uncertainty while going for the best.

In this article, I have picked the top of the range smartphones from all over the place and have tried to come out with an overall conclusion, which may come handy to you while going for the purchase.

1. iPhone X


Key Spaces Specifications
iPhone X Display 5.8 inches Super AMOLED capacitive touchscreen
iPhone X Processor Apple A11 Bionic
iPhone X RAM 3 GB
iPhone X Camera Primary- Dual 12 MP and Secondary- 7MP
iPhone X Battery Non-removable Li-Ion 2716 mAh battery


iPhone X

iPhone X is the latest flagship from Apple. The new smartphone is packed with state-of-the-art features and stand out to be the top contender in the best smartphone list. The 5.8-inch OLED screen is just incredible. With its impeccable sharpness and quality, iPhone X screen beats iPhone 8 in terms of display. The device is powered by Apple A11 Bionic chipset, coupled with 3 GB of Ram. The camera quality of iPhone X is simply stupendous. It supports 12-megapixel on the back and 7-megapixel on the front. In the sensors front, it holds Face ID, accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass, barometer. The device packs battery that can last a full day and in case you are a heavy user of smartphones, make sure you carry a power bank.

Verdict: iPhone X is certainly a phone to buy (If you can afford it). The addition of Face ID and TrueDepth camera technology has simply made it outstanding. After all, it’s an Apple product.

2. Huawei P20 Pro


Key Spaces Specifications
Huawei P20 Pro Display 6.1 inches AMOLED capacitive touchscreen
Huawei P20 Pro Processor Hisilicon Kirin 970
Huawei P20 Pro RAM 6 GB
Huawei P20 Pro Camera Primary- Triple 40 MP and Secondary- 24 MP
Huawei P20 Pro Battery Non-removable Li-Po 4000 mAh battery


Huawei P20 Pro

With P20 Pro, Huawei has carved a space for itself at the top of the table. The device is almost reflected perfection. It holds a ‘notch’ at the top of the tall 6.1-inch near-edge-to-edge screen. Huawei has packed the OLED screen tech here rather than LCD which has surely refined the display. With Hisilicon Kirin 970 and 6 GB of RAM, P20 Pro is blazing fast. The phone delivered an effortless experience while testing. The camera is the major highlight of this device. There are three lenses in the back camera that offers unbeatable photography experience. The device performs very well in the low light condition. P20 Pro battery performance is quite impressive and can last for a day and a half.

Verdict: It may be the first time that Huawei has come up with something of this order, but that doesn’t undermine the exceptional outcome from the company.

3. Samsung Galaxy S9 Plus


Key Spaces Specifications
Samsung Galaxy S9 Plus Display 6.2 inches Super AMOLED capacitive touchscreen
Samsung Galaxy S9 Plus Processor Qualcomm SDM845 Snapdragon 845
Samsung Galaxy S9 Plus RAM 6 GB
Samsung Galaxy S9 Plus Camera Primary- Dual 12 MP and Secondary- 8 MP
Samsung Galaxy S9 Plus Battery Non-removable Li-Ion 3500 mAh battery


samsung galaxy s9

The Samsung Galaxy S9 Plus is the elder sibling of Galaxy S9. The device holds a wide range of features that can well compete at the premium level. Its Super AMOLED 6.2-inch display is quite vibrant and packs the quad-HD+ 2560 x 1440 resolution. The viewing angles are also quite dynamic. It comes with Octa-core processor that is supported by Qualcomm SDM845 Snapdragon 845. The overall performance of this device is quite smooth. Samsung has packed dedicated RAM inside the sensor to speed things up, which has certainly made some difference in the picture quality. Both the cameras have got some significant updates.. Though in the higher exposure, colours seem to be a bit washed out. The battery pack of this device is enough to last a full day, but if we compare it with some its rivals, Galaxy S9 Plus does lack some juice.

Verdict: With a flashy new design, this phone certainly justifies its flagship tag. If you are an ardent Samsung fan, Galaxy S9 Plus is simply for you.

4. Samsung Galaxy S9


Key Spaces Specifications
Samsung Galaxy S9 Display 5.8 inches Super AMOLED capacitive touchscreen
Samsung Galaxy S9 Processor Qualcomm SDM845 Snapdragon 845
Samsung Galaxy S9 RAM 4 GB
Samsung Galaxy S9 Camera Primary- 12 MP and Secondary- 8 MP
Samsung Galaxy S9 Battery Non-removable Li-Ion 3000 mAh battery


Though there is not much change in the design segment of this device, but it doesn’t mean the new features are not worth appreciating. The phone comes with 5.8 inches Super AMOLED screen that draws its rich colours and fantastic contrast. It is one of the best display available in the market. It comes with Qualcomm SDM845 Snapdragon 845 processor with 4GB of RAM. The device supports a single sensor on the rear of the Galaxy S9, which may be less than what its rivals are offering but that doesn't underrate its picture quality. The battery performance may disappoint you, as the device runs out of charge by end of the day. However, the flaw is well compensated by wireless and fast charging capabilities.

Verdict: The device is an upgrade from the Galaxy S8 Plus and with features like formidable performance and AR Emojis, Galaxy S9 is a quality catch.

5. Google Pixel 2 XL


Key Spaces Specifications
Google Pixel 2 XL Display 6.0 inches P-OLED capacitive touchscreen
Google Pixel 2 XL Processor Qualcomm MSM8998 Snapdragon 835
Google Pixel 2 XL RAM 4 GB
Google Pixel 2 XL Camera Primary- 12.2 MP and secondary- 8 MP
Google Pixel 2 XL Battery Non-removable Li-Ion 3520 mAh battery


Google Pixel 2 XL

Google Pixel 2 may have engulfed in a lot of controversies since its release in November 2017, but that doesn’t make any room for overlooking its overall user experience. The device packs a mixture of glass and aluminium that suitably puts it in the premium segment. The best part of being a Google device is, it will be getting the Android update on the priority basis and Pixel 2 XL is no different. Its P-OLED display is good for day to day use, but issues with viewing angles can’t be ignored. We expect Google to offer better screen resolution in the upcoming devices. The device packs the best of the processor with Qualcomm Snapdragon 835, which makes its performance quite fluent. The camera department is one where Google has taken an upper edge than the rest. Its stunning dual lens camera offers some remarkable picture quality. Pixel 2 XL posses some decent battery life. Its 3520mAH battery is enough to keep it running for a full day.

Verdict: With its high-res screen and invincible camera quality, Google Pixel 2 XL remains one of the best Android phones on the market. You can’t resist it.

6. OnePlus 5T


Key Spaces Specifications
OnePlus 5T Display 6-inches Optic AMOLED capacitive touchscreen
OnePlus 5T Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 835
OnePlus 5T RAM 6/8GB
OnePlus 5T Camera Primary- Dual 16MP and Secondary- 20MP
OnePlus 5T Battery 3300mAh

OnePlus 5T

OnePlus took the mobile world by storm in 2014. The device offers a pack of ultimate features that too in much lesser price than its competitors. Due to its build quality, performance and the pricing, OnePlus has made its mark in the smartphone industry. Its latest device 5T is a sheer par excellence. The device supports a 6-inch edge-to-edge display that is just amazing. Its colour contrast and high resolution perfectly fit in this flagship device. The performance is well complemented by Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 and the company offers two RAM options for the user, one as 6 GB and other one is 8 GB. Even after fixing two cameras on the back, the picture quality of OnePlus 5T may disappoint you. You can say that camera is the shortfall of this device. One can get through the day with mixed-to-heavy use and still there will be some charge on your device.

Verdict: Without any doubt, OnePlus 5T is a striking Android device that can compete with any top smartphone on any given day.

7. Samsung Galaxy Note 8


Key Spaces Specifications
Samsung Galaxy Note 8 Display 6.3 inches Super AMOLED capacitive touchscreen
Samsung Galaxy Note 8 Processor Qualcomm MSM8998 Snapdragon 835
Samsung Galaxy Note 8 RAM 6 GB
Samsung Galaxy Note 8 Camera Primary- Dual 12 MP and Secondary- 8 MP
Samsung Galaxy Note 8 Battery Non-removable Li-Ion 3300 mAh battery


samsung galaxy note

After going through the Note 7 horrible debacle, Samsung took note of all the flaws and with an aim to regain its dominance, Note 8 was launched. The device is simply an excellent phablet that was almost indomitable during its launch. The AMOLED display of Note 8 offers rich colours and lively brightness. Sometimes a shade of blur can be visible due to its high pixel density. The device is powered by Qualcomm MSM8998 Snapdragon 835 chipset and can handle all the tasks smoothly. Its dual lens camera produces some detailed and colourful shots, coupled with loads of modes to choose from. The possibility of surviving a day is quite less, even after using the device moderately. This calls for some concern for a high-end device like this. Though with its 3300 mAH battery pack, the device will sail you through your office hours.

Verdict: Samsung is known for breaking the barriers and with Note 8, the company has proven its mettle. Even after the launch of S9, Note 8 remains favourite for many.

8. LG V30 Plus


Key Spaces Specifications
LG V30+ Display 6.0 inches P-OLED capacitive touchscreen
LG V30+ Processor Qualcomm MSM8998 Snapdragon 835
LG V30+ RAM 4 GB
LG V30+ Camera Primary- Dual 16 MP and Secondary- 5 MP
LG V30+ Battery Non-removable Li-Po 3300 mAh battery


LG V30

In the V series, V30 Plus sits at the top and that too for a reason. The QHD+ display of this device ideally matches the bezel-less frame. It produces some exceptionally bright colours with vibrant contrast. Some users did complain about some occasional glitch in the display, but that can be sidelined. LG has packed this device with the best processor, Qualcomm MSM8998 Snapdragon 835 that promises to deliver uninterrupted performance. This device comes with dual camera setup on the back, but the washed out colours of clicked pictures will not impress you much. A flagship phone of a company calls for some premium features and same goes to LG. The camera quality has certainly let down V30 Plus. Thankfully, the battery can go on for more than a day and doesn’t drain very fast. In case of emergency, the device is complemented with fast charging.

Verdict: LG has genuinely produced a flagship smartphone. It does carry some glitches, but at the end, the choice is yours.

9. HTC U11


Key Spaces Specifications
HTC U11 Display 5.5 inches Super LCD5 capacitive touchscreen
HTC U11 Processor Qualcomm MSM8998 Snapdragon 835
HTC U11 Camera Primary- 12 MP and Secondary- 16 MP
HTC U11 Battery Non-removable Li-Ion 3000 mAh battery



HTC always surprises us. It simply covers every aspect of a flagship device, be it a design, camera, performance, or anything else, HTC takes it all. Its QHD display is quite clear and doesn’t bother you even on a full sunny day. However, viewing angles can pose some hiccups. U11 camera is impressive enough and clicks excellent snaps. With a single lens, the 12 MP camera on the back actually performs much better than many of the double lens camera smartphones. Like I earlier said, HTC does throw surprises, here it holds true for the battery pack. Even after packing a 3000 mAH battery, U11 can keep you going for more than a day. Though HTC should have added wireless charging for better ranking.

Verdict: The device is perfect for someone who is looking for a change. As it offers rich audio experience and some handsome overall performance.

10. iPhone 8 Plus


Key Spaces Specifications
iPhone 8 Plus Display 5.5 inches LED-backlit IPS LCD, capacitive touchscreen
iPhone 8 Plus Processor Apple A11 Bionic
iPhone 8 Plus RAM 3 GB
iPhone 8 Plus Camera Primary- Dual 12 MP and Secondary- 7 MP
iPhone 8 Plus Battery Non-removable Li-Ion 2691 mAh battery


iPhone 8 Plus

iPhone 8 is the second device from Apple that is listed over here. In fact, every device from Apple is quite eligible to get listed on the top of any smartphones list, and well that’s true. If we talk about the design part, iPhone 8 Plus does look similar to iPhone 7 and 6. The device supports 1080p IPS LCD as it was in last year’s handset. The display holds True Tone tech, which can alter the colour temperature of the display depending on the environment. A11 Bionic, the Apple’s fastest processor runs this device and it takes all the tasks head-on. The chipset is accompanied by 3GB of RAM. The megapixels of iPhone 8 Plus and iPhone 7 is the same, the only change lies in the sensor. Apple has tweaked the sensor that makes it larger and faster. The battery output of this device is quite decent. The battery management is significantly improved, thanks to smart Apple A11 Bionic chipset.

Verdict: To be frank, there is not much difference between iPhone 8 Plus and iPhone X. If you think you can stay without few of the features and wish to save some bucks, grab this device immediately.

Vikram Khajuria
Written By Vikram Khajuria

Jack of all trades. Covering the journalism field, Vikram writes at MobileAppDaily and keeps surfing the trends to understand tech and inventions better. Don’t forget his driving skills, he is a professional car rallyist. Life has just got better. Breathe it!!

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