The Best Miracast Smartphones As Of September 2018

The Latest Miracast Smartphones 2018

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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.



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Best Model 2018*
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4.5
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Great
* How do we know? Here is how we rank items...

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."

  • Wi-fi specs: 802.11 a/b/g/n (2.4GHz/5GHz)
  • Second Best
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    4.5
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    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.

  • Wi-fi specs: 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac (2.4GHz/5GHz, VHT80 MU-MIMO, 1024QAM)

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    Also Good
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    #3
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    4.5
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    Great
    Why is a higher score ranking under a lower score?

    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.

  • Wi-fi specs: Yes
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    #4
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    4.5
    Confidence
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    Great

    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.

  • Wi-fi specs: 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac (2.4GHz/5GHz, VHT80 MU-MIMO, 1024QAM)
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    #5
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    4.5
    Confidence
    Level:
    High

    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.

  • Wi-fi specs: Yes
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    #6
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    4.5
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    Great

    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.

    Also Good
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    #7
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    4.5
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    Great

    Xperia XZ1's Xperia XZ1 is a 5.2-inch Xperia smartphone that calls out to heavy multimedia users, with 3D Creator (for creating/printing 3D avatars), a 19-megapixel Motion Eye camera, and a 2.45GHz octa-core engine in its arsenal.

    Also Good
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    #8
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    4
    Confidence
    Level:
    Great

    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.

  • Wi-fi specs: 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac (dual-band, 2.4GHz/5GHz)
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    #9
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    4
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    Great

    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.

  • Wi-fi specs: 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac (2.4GHz/5GHz), VHT80 MU-MIMO, 1024QAM
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    #10
    Our
    Score:
    4
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    Level:
    Great

    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.

  • Wi-fi specs: 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac (2.4GHz/5GHz, 2x2 MIMO, MU-MIMO)
  • The Sony Xperia XZ2 Premium is an auspicious 2018 phablet whose specs include a whopping 4K-2160p 5.8-inch HDR display, a dual rear camera made up of 19- and 12-megapixel lenses, and a 2.8GHz octa-core Snapdragon 845 processor.

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    The UMIDIGI A1 Pro is a smartphone riddled with middle-class specs, including a 5.5-inch 18:9 1440 x 720 HD+ display, a dual-lens rear camera (13- plus 5-megapixel lenses), and a 3150mAh battery.

  • Wi-fi specs: IEEE 802.11 a/b/g/n (5GHz)
  • 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.

  • Wi-fi specs: 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac (2.4GHz/5GHz)
  • The Xiaomi Mi A2 Lite is a high-endurance semi-high-end smartphone rigged with specs like a 4000mAh battery, a 5.8-inch 19:9 screen, and a 12- plus 5-megapixel dual-lens primary camera.

  • Wi-fi specs: 802.11 a/b/g/n (2.4GHz/5GHz)
  • *
    Did you know that there are several alternatives that allow you to stream (and even record) your phone's screen content?

    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 Oppo Find X is a premium-class smartphone that surrounds its rarely-seen slide-out camera panel with specs like a 25-megapixel selfie camera, a 2.8Hz eight-core processor, and a 6.42-inch curved-edge 19.5:9 display.

  • Wi-fi specs: 2.4GHz/5.1GHz/5.8GHz
  • The 2018 Sony Xperia XA2 Plus is a high-end phablet banking heavily on specs like a 6GB RAM, a 23-megapixel rear camera, and a 6-inch 18:9 display furbished with a Gorilla Glass 5 panel.

    The LG V35 ThinQ joins other 2018 flagship smartphones from LG by listing a 6-inch 1440p 538ppi display, a dual 16-megapixel rear camera with AI features, and a 2.8GHz + 1.7GHz eight-core processor among its key specs.

  • Wi-fi specs: 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac/i/r
  • The HTC U12 Plus is a premium-tier phablet whose specs include a 6-inch 1440p Super LCD 6 screen, a dual selfie camera (twin 8-megapixel lenses), and the Edge Sense 2 pressure-sensing gesture suite.

  • Wi-fi specs: 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac (2.4GHz + 5GHz, MU-MIMO)
  • 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.

  • Wi-fi specs: IEEE802.11 a/b/g/n/ac/r (2.4GHz/5GHz)
  • Shooting for a spot among the best wide-screen smartphones, the Oppo R15 lists a large 6.3-inch 19:9 OLED display, a 20-megapixel selfie cam with AI features, and 6GB's worth of RAM among its specs.

  • Wi-fi specs: Yes (2.4GHz/5.1GHz/5.8GHz)
  • 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.

  • Wi-fi specs: Yes (2.4GHz/5.1GHz/5.8GHz)
  • 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.

  • Wi-fi specs: 802.11 b/g/n
  • The Xperia XA2 is a photography-driven 5.2-inch high-end smartphone whose 23-megapixel 4K-video-capable main camera and wide-angle (120 degrees) 8-megapixel selfie cam are powered by a 2.2GHz eight-core processor.

    The Xperia L2 is a 2018 sequel to Sony's mid-range Xperia L1 smartphone that comes with an 8-megapixel 120-degree-angle selfie cam, a 3300mAh battery with adaptive charging, and a 1.5GHz quad-core engine aided by 3GB of RAM.

    The Ulefone Power 2 is a heavy-duty middle-class smartphone whose whopping 6050mAh battery is accompanied by specs like a 13-megapixel main cam interpolated to 16 megapixels and a mild 1.5GHz octa-core processor.

  • Wi-fi specs: 802.11 a/b/g/n (2.4GHz/5GHz)
  • 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.

  • Wi-fi specs: 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac (2.4GHz/5GHz, with MU-MIMO)
  • 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.

  • Wi-fi specs: 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac (2.4 & 5 GHz)
  • Xperia R1 Plus's Xperia R1 Plus is a middle-class Xperia smartphone whose key features include a 1.4GHz octa-core engine with 3GB of RAM, a 13-megapixel camera with hybrid autofocus, and a 32GB memory that can be expanded by up to 128GB.

    Xperia R1's Xperia R1 is a mid-end Sony smartphone equipped with a 13-megapixel Exmor-sensor camera with hybrid focusing, a 1.4GHz octa-core processor (2GB RAM), and 16GB of memory expandable by up to 128GB.

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