Want to avoid the hassles of HDMI cables or setting up home wireless networks? A Miracast-enabled smartphone might just be the device you are looking for. Miracast is a technology that actively streams your smartphone's contents onto a compatible TV -- basically HDMI, but without the cables, but took a certain hit with the introduction of Android 7.0 Nougat, which, according to most reports, appears to have disabled it (And, indeed, we were unable to find it on our Nougat smartphone).
The technology came mid-2012, and was picked up by Google shortly after the Jelly Bean 4.2 update. Because some phone makers adopted Miracast earlier, this list includes several Xperia models from Sony, all of which offer DLNA as well. Unlike DLNA, however, Miracast does not require any home network. It is based on WiFi Direct, allowing compatible devices to directly create a paired connection, just like Bluetooth (but with much more possibilities). Many Miracast smartphones sport big batteries of 3000mAh or more because Miracast is a pretty power-hungry feature.
To avoid confusion over compatibility issues, this list includes smartphones (the Android Miracast smartphones run version 4.2 or later) that specifically mention a built-in Miracast technology.
Given this miracast smartphone's compound ranking of 89%, we believe that the is currently Phonerated's best phone 2018. Furthermore, we think that our sample of 285 reviews from our sources gives us a high confidence level that justifies labelling it a "no-brainer best choice."
With its 4.5 stars averaged from 607 reviews, here is what we consider second best phone. * By the way, this list is based on a full analysis of hundreds of miracast smartphone reviews from around the web.
The Samsung Galaxy S9 is one of Samsung's two MWC 2018 entries that skirt ultra-high-end smartphone territory with specs like a 5.8-inch 18.5:9 570ppi display, a 12-megapixel Dual Pixel cam with Super Slow-mo (960fps), and an eight-core chip clocked at 2.8GHz + 1.7GHz.
The XZ Premium is a camera and display heavyweight (both literally and figuratively) that highlights its 4K HDR display, 19-megapixel Motion Eye main camera, and front-and-back Corning Gorilla Glass 5 finish among its bevy of ultra-high-end smartphone features, which also includes a Snapdragon 835 CPU and Super slow motion video-recording capabilities.
The Samsung Galaxy S9 Plus is an enlarged version of Samsung's flagship S9 smartphone whose specs include a 6.2-inch 18.5:9 1440p screen, a dual 12-megapixel camera with Super Slow-mo and Dual Aperture Mode, and a 2.8GHz + 1.7GHz octa-core engine.
The Xperia XZs is a 5.2-inch phone that relies heavily on its imaging specs (and rightfully so, as it shares premium-level cameras similar to the flagship Xperia XZ Premium) to uplift its otherwise-midrange set of features, including a Full HD display, a quad-core Snapdragon 820 CPU, and a rather-underwhelming 2900mAh battery.
Xperia XZ1 Compact's Xperia XZ1 Compact is the Compact version of Sony's XZ1 multimedia-focused smartphone that brings back its 19-megapixel main camera (960fps slo-mo videos), 2.45GHz octa-core engine, and 3D Creator app, but this time alongside a low-key 4.7-inch HD-720p screen.
Mi 5X's Mi 5X is a high-end Xiaomi smartphone whose feature set includes dual 12-megapixel cameras (with 4K video-recording), a 2GHz eight-core 64-bit processor, and a 5.5-inch LTPS FHD-1080p Gorilla Glass display.
The Galaxy Note8 is a flagship phablet meant to make us forget about the whole Note7 disaster, boasting a 6.3-inch Infinite Display with S Pen integration, a colossal 6GB LPDDR4 RAM, and a dual 12-megapixel rear camera setup.
Xperia XA2 Ultra's Xperia XA2 Ultra is an imaging-driven 6-inch phablet equipped with a dual-lens front camera made up of 16- and 8-megapixel cams, a 23-megapixel primary camera, and a 3580mAh battery with Qnovo Adaptive Charging (for countering battery decline).
Pitched as a budget-friendly flagship smartphone, the Xiaomi Poco F1's specs include a Snapdragon 845 engine running at 2.8GHz, an 8GB (or 6GB) LPDDR4X RAM, and a 20-megapixel AI-aided selfie camera.
The Xiaomi Mi A2 is a photography-first 6-inch smartphone whose key specs include a 20-megapixel selfie camera, a 12- plus 20-megapixel 4K-video-capable dual rear cam, and a 2.2GHz octa-core processor coupled with an AI engine.
DLNA, a wireless system that works over your home network, is one such possibility. But HDMI is clearly one of them too, and the most popular. HDMI pins used to be too large for mobile devices, but mini- and micro-ports made the HDMI smartphone generation a possibility. Make sure you check out our discovery gallery of the latest smartphone models to get a quick overview of all the possibilities you could be missing if you buy a smartphone with your eyes closed!
The 2018 Sonim XP8 is a high-stamina smartphone designed for first responders and industrial workers, offering specs like a 4900mAh battery, a shock-resistant (MIL-STD-810G) housing, and an eight-core processor peaking at 2.2GHz.
The Oppo R15 Dream Mirror Edition is a high-caliber phablet armed with specs like a 6.3-inch 19:9 OLED display, a 2.2GHz (top speed) eight-core processor with 6GB of RAM, and a 16- plus 20-megapixel dual rear camera.
The Sony Xperia XZ2 Compact is a 5-inch version of the brand's 5.7-inch XZ2 phone whose biggest specs include an 18:9 HDR display with the X-Reality engine, a 19-megapixel main cam capable of 4K HDR video-recording, and an eight-core engine running at 2.8GHz.
Showcased during the MWC 2018, the Sony Xperia XZ2 is a phablet packing a high-class punch, with specs like a 5.7-inch HDR 18:9 display, a 19-megapixel camera capable of recording 4K-2160p HDR videos, and an eight-core engine clocked at 2.8GHz in its offering.
The 2018 Alcatel 5 is a wide-screen smartphone banking on specs like a 13- plus 5-megapixel dual selfie camera (both lenses are software-enhanced), an 18:9 5.7-inch 720p screen, and a mid-end two-cluster eight-core processor running at 1.5GHz + 1GHz.
U11 Plus's U11 Plus is one of HTC's highest-ranking 2017 smartphones, featuring a 6-inch QHD+ (1440p) Gorilla-Glass-5-finished screen, a 4-microphone system with HTC's USonic audio technology, and a 2.45GHz octa-core engine aided by 6GB of RAM.
The U11 Life is a slight downgrade over HTC's U11 smartphone that still hits some high-end marks, with two 16-megapixel cameras (front and back), a 64GB max internal memory expandable by up to 2TB, and HTC's Edge Sense squeeze-sensing technology on board.