The best flagship smartphones of 2018
No surprises here. Ourf top 5 features the most loved premium smartphones (above Rs 50,000) of 2018 that combined innovation with stellar cameras and loaded spec sheets.
Apple iPhone XS: In a first for the company, Apple unleashed three phones this year including a cheaper XR and the first iPhone that crossed the 6-inch display threshold – the XS Max. It’s the iPhone XS that is our favourite from this line-up. It might be an ‘S’ update with no visible cosmetic changes from last year’s iPhone X. But a zippy A12 Bionic processor, a 512GB ROM version and an improved camera with Smart HDR that elevated lowlight photography, the XS hit all the right notes. (Rs 99,900 onwards)
Google Pixel 3XL: the third generation Pixel and the showcase of everything Android. The Google Pixel 3 twins knocked the bezels off and added a gorgeous new colour – ‘Not Pink’, as part of its makeover. The perfect blend of hardware and software – Google’s all-new Android 9.0 (a.k.a. Pie) make this one of the best smartphones we put under the scanner this year. The 3XL with its larger screen wins our vote while the Nightsight mode elevates lowlight photography. (Rs 83,000 onwards)
Huawei Mate 20 Pro:Huawei’s partnership with Leica puts it’s smartphone cameras in a whole different league. We were dazzled by the P20 Pro earlier this year and now the Mate 20 Pro takes it a notch higher. The triple Leica Cam offers a wide-angle mode and stunning lowlight images. while hardware enhancements include a new in-display fingerprint sensor. Other cool touches include reverse charging (your phone can wirelessly charge other devices) and an ‘in display’ fingerprint reader (Rs 69,990)
OnePlus 6T McLaren Edition: 2018 was a significant year for OnePlus with two successful launches – the OnePlus 6 and the 6T. This special edition that debuted at the end of the year to coincide with the brand’s fifth anniversary also became the first OnePlus device to cross the Rs 50,000 threshold. Aside from premium design, a gorgeous teardrop notch, an in-display fingerprint sensor and an improved camera with a reengineered low-light mode, this device truly broke the speed limit with 10GB of RAM and a new fast charging solution – warp charging (Rs 50,999 onwards)
Samsung Galaxy Note 9: Samsung nailed the Note 8 last year and the Note 9 improvises. Note devices have developed a cult following especially among creative professionals who swear by the S-Pen. The 2018 version comes with a whole new bag of tricks including Bluetooth Capability. The camera shines in all shooting scenarios from lowlight photography to slow-mo videos while hardware upgrades mean that your phone can now pack over 1TB of storage. (Rs 67,990 onwards)