Best-Rated Phones May 2018

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Phonerated covers the best phones in dozens of categories, from your country to your local carrier, but this list shows the best 2018 phones for any country or any carrier.

We compile this list by gathering the ratings given to each phone by hundreds of reviewers worldwide, calculating the average score and ranking each phone with the model with the best ranking first, of course. If you wonder why the most popular handsets are not necessarily at the top of this list, it may just be because they didn't get the highest ratings in the reviews. We also present phones in an order that also depends on their age, because the best cell phone last year might not be the best one this year even though it got raving reviews 12 months ago.

#1. The OnePlus 5T

Photo of the OnePlus 5T.
Average Rating:
90%


Description:

The 6.01-inch (Gorilla Glass 5 finish) OnePlus 5T challenges other flagship smartphones with specs like dual rear cameras (16- and 20-megapixel cams), a 2.45GHz eight-core processor aided by 8GB's worth of RAM, and a 16-megapixel selfie cam in tow.

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#2. The Samsung Galaxy S9

A picture of the Samsung Galaxy S9.
Average Rating:
89%


Description:

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.

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#3. The Huawei Mate 9

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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.

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#4. The iPhone X

Photo of the iPhone X.
Average Rating:
89%


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.

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#5. The Huawei P10

Photo of the Huawei P10.
Average Rating:
89%


Description:

The Huawei P10 is an imaging-first flagship smartphone equipped with a 4K-video-capable dual rear camera (12- and 20-megapixel lenses), which is bundled with specs like a 2.4GHz (top speed) eight-core Kirin 960 engine and a 128GB maximum inbuilt memory.

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#6. The Huawei Honor 5C

Photo of the Huawei Honor 5C.
Average Rating:
92%


Description:

This high-ranking 5.2-inch FHD smartphone is home to a pair of 13- and 8-megapixel cameras, dual antennas, and a split-eight-core chip running at 2GHz + 1.7GHz.

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#7. The Sony Xperia XA1

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Average Rating:
92%


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.

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#8. The BLU Vivo X

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Average Rating:
88%


Description:

The BLU Vivo X is a flagship-class 6-inch 18:9 520-nit-bright phablet whose biggest specs include a promising dual front camera (20- and 8-megapixel lenses), a 13- plus 5-megapixel dual rear cam, and a 2.6GHz eight-core Helio P25 processor.

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#9. The Huawei P9 Plus

Huawei P9 Plus picture.
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.

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#10. The Nokia 8

Nokia 8 picture.
Average Rating:
87%


Description:

One of Nokia's highest-ranking Android smartphones, the Nokia 8's specs include twin 13-megapixel ZEISS cameras with OZO spatial audio and Ultra HD video-recording, a 5.3-inch 1440p polarized IPS screen, and an eight-core engine with 4GB of LPDDR4X RAM.

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