Best Smartphones As Of February 2018



For the first time ever, smartphones outsold regular phones in mid-2013, and consumers flock to the most popular models, such as the iPhone and the latest Samsung Galaxy S versions, but are they necessarily the best smartphones? According to the reviews we monitor, not exactly, and this list aims to guiding you towards the best smartphones in a scientific way: By averaging and compiling smartphone review scores.

So, here are the best smartphone models overall, according to our ranking system:

#1. The Huawei Mate 9

A picture of the Huawei Mate 9.
Average Rating:
90%


Description:

Huawei's Mate 9 is a 5.9-inch phablet that banks on several premium-class specs, such as a 20-megapixel (monochrome) + 12-megapixel (RGB) dual-rear-camera setup, a 3D fingerprint reader, and a split-eight-core Kirin 960 engine coupled with an i6 co-processor.

Smartphone-related features:

    2.4GHz (Quad 2.4GHz A73 + Quad 1.8GHz A53) HUAWEI Kirin 960 with i6 co-processor (with Machine Learning algorithm) CPU.
    64000MB of total user memory.
    Android 7.0 Nougat with EMUI 5.0 OS.

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#2. The Samsung Galaxy Note8

Samsung Galaxy Note8 picture.
Average Rating:
89%


Description:

The Galaxy Note8 threatens a lot of already-established premium smartphones with a 6.3-inch WQHD+ (2960 x 1440) Infinite Display, 6GB of RAM (eight-core 10nm CPU), and Samsung's own Bixby voice assistant leading its specs.

Smartphone-related features:

    Quad 2.35GHz + Quad 1.9GHz (Quad 2.35GHz + Quad 1.7GHz for USA and China) Exynos 8895 (10nm) processor.
    256000MB total user memory.
    Android 7.1.1 Nougat operating system.

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#3. The Huawei P9 Plus

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Average Rating:
91%


Description:

Co-engineered with Leica, this flagship Huawei phone is equipped with Press Touch (screen pressure recognition), dual 12-megapixel cameras, and 4GB of RAM.

Smartphone-related specs:

    Quad 2.5GHz A72 + Quad 1.8GHz A53 HUAWEI Kirin 955 smartphone processor.
    64000MB total user memory.
    Android 6.0 Marshmallow with EMUI 4.1 operating system.

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#4. The iPhone X

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Average Rating:
87%


Description:

Its 7-megapixel TrueDepth selfie camera, new Face ID function, and glass-and-stainless steel finish all give the iPhone X a fresh outlook on the smartphone scene, but for this most premium Apple installment of 2017, display specs are king -- as evident on its 5.8-inch all-screen OLED display.

Smartphone-specific specifications:

    256000MB of total user memory.
    iOS 11 OS.

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#5. The Sony Xperia XZ Premium

Sony Xperia XZ Premium picture.
Average Rating:
88%


Description:

This 2017 powerhouse smartphone from Sony attempts to be a trailblazer by introducing a 4K HDR screen to the flagship market, accompanied by other premium specs like a 19-megapixel Motion Eye rear camera (which records videos up to 960fps), a Snapdragon 835 CPU, and ultra-classy aesthetics courtesy of an all-around Gorilla Glass 5 design.

Smartphone-related specs:

    2.45GHz (four 2.45GHz cores and four 1.9GHz cores) Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 processor.
    64000MB total user memory.
    Android 7.1 Nougat operating system.

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#6. The Sony Xperia XA1

Sony Xperia XA1 picture.
Average Rating:
96%


Description:

Improving on 2016's XA smartphone, the XA1 remains to be a mid-ranger with camera and performance-focused specs, such as a 23-megapixel rear cam, an 8-megapixel front cam, and an octa-core 2.3GHz processor -- although its 720p display and 2300mAh battery evidently didn't receive as much love from Sony.

Smartphone-related specs:

    Quad core 2.3GHz + Quad core 1.6GHz MediaTek Helio P20 processor.
    32000MB total user memory.
    Android 7.0 Nougat operating system.

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#7. The BlackBerry Motion

A picture of the BlackBerry Motion.
Average Rating:
87%


Description:

The BlackBerry Motion is a high-class smartphone centered on business and privacy, supporting specs like Locker Mode and DTEK with a 2GHz octa-core processor, a 4GB RAM, and a hefty 4000mAh battery.

Smartphone-specific features:

    2GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 smartphone processor.
    32000MB of total user memory.
    Android 7.1 Nougat OS.

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#8. The Asus Zenfone 3 ZE520KL

Photo of the Asus Zenfone 3 ZE520KL.
Average Rating:
88%


Description:

Although coming with a few hardware downgrades, this Zenfone 3 variant stays in the high-end smartphone category with its 2GHz octa-core engine, 16-megapixel camera, and dual 2.5D-arched tempered glass protection.

Smartphone-specific specifications:

    2GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 processing.
    32000MB memory (built-in + extension).
    Android 6.0 Marshmallow with ASUS ZenUI 3.0 operating system.

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#9. The Asus Zenfone 3

A picture of the Asus Zenfone 3.
Average Rating:
88%


Description:

This 4GB-RAM Asus phone boasts a 16-megapixel PixelMaster 3.0 camera, an eight-core 2GHz processor, and 360-degree fingerprint recognition.

Smartphone-specific specifications:

    2GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 CPU.
    64000MB of total user memory.
    Android 6.0 Marshmallow with ASUS ZenUI 3.0 OS.

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#10. The OnePlus 5

Photo of the OnePlus 5.
Average Rating:
86%


Description:

The OnePlus 5, just like its predecessor, is a bold attempt to topple the dominance of the most-premium smartphones on the market -- having top-level hardware specs (8GB of RAM and a 2.45GHz processor) a 20-megapixel telephoto lens + 16-megapixel wide-angle lens rear camera setup, and a 3300mAh battery, although its 1080p screen is not as impressive.

Smartphone-specific features:

    2.45GHz (maximum) Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 processor.
    128000MB memory (built-in + extension).
    OxygenOS (based on Android 7.0 Nougat) operating system.

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