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Best Smartphones September 2018

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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 Honor View 10

Photo of the Huawei Honor View 10.
Average Rating:
92%


Description:

The Huawei Honor View 10 makes a beeline for the flagship phablet shelves, with specs like a 16- plus 20-megapixel dual camera, an AI-imbued 2.36GHz (top speed) eight-core Kirin 970 engine, and 6GB's worth of RAM in its arsenal

Smartphone-specific features:

    Quad 2.36GHz (+ Quad 1.8GHz) Huawei Kirin 970 (with built-in neural-network processing unit) processor.
    128000MB memory (built-in + extension).
    Android 8.0 Oreo with EMUI 8.0 operating system.

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#2. The Huawei Honor 9

A picture of the Huawei Honor 9.
Average Rating:
92%


Description:

Apparently calling out to budding digital photographers, the Huawei Honor 9 is an eight-core smartphone whose specs include a dual rear camera setup (12- and 20-megapixel cams), a sizable 6GB RAM, and a 3D audio system.

Smartphone-specific specifications:

    Quad 2.4GHz (+ Quad 1.8GHz) Kirin 960 processing.
    128000MB of total user memory.
    Android 7.0 Nougat with EMUI 5.1 OS.

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#3. The Samsung Galaxy Note8

Photo of the Samsung Galaxy Note8.
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-specific features:

    Quad 2.35GHz + Quad 1.9GHz (Quad 2.35GHz + Quad 1.7GHz for USA and China) Exynos 8895 (10nm) smartphone processor.
    256000MB memory (built-in + extension).
    Android 7.1.1 Nougat operating system.

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#4. The Samsung Galaxy S9

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Average Rating:
87%


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.

Smartphone-related features:

    Quad 2.8GHz (+ Quad 1.7GHz) Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 10nm (Some markets outside the US get a variant running on Exynos 9810) processing.
    64000MB of total user memory.
    Android 8 Oreo OS.

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#5. The Huawei P10 lite

Photo of the Huawei P10 lite.
Average Rating:
88%


Description:

In the P10 lite smartphone, Huawei chose to invest in performance specs (as seen in its 2.1GHz max clock speed and 3GB to 4GB of RAM) and a sharp 424DPI display, all while settling for an unimpressive-but-acceptable 12-megapixel rear camera and 3000mAh battery.

Smartphone-specific specifications:

    2.1GHz (quad 2.1GHz + quad 1.7GHz) Kirin 658 (16nm with an i5 co-processor) smartphone CPU.
    32000MB memory (built-in + extension).
    Android 7.0 Nougat with EMUI 5.1 operating system.

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#6. The Sony Xperia XZ Premium

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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-specific features:

    2.45GHz (four 2.45GHz cores and four 1.9GHz cores) Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 CPU.
    64000MB of total user memory.
    Android 7.1 Nougat OS.

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#7. The LG V30

LG V30 picture.
Average Rating:
88%


Description:

Top-notch specs like a 538ppi 6-inch QHD+ (2880 x 1440) OLED FullVision display, a quad-core 2.45GHz processor with 4GB of RAM, and a 4K-video-capable (with Hi-Fi audio recording) 16-megapixel + 13-megapixel rear camera setup make the V30 a formidable LG phone.

Smartphone-related specs:

    2.45GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 (MSM8998) CPU.
    64000MB total user memory.
    Android 7.1.2 Nougat operating system.

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#8. The Huawei Mate 9

Huawei Mate 9 picture.
Average Rating:
88%


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 specs:

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

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#9. The BlackBerry Motion

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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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#10. The Huawei Mate 10 Pro

A picture of the Huawei Mate 10 Pro.
Average Rating:
87%


Description:

The Huawei Mate 10 Pro is a 6-inch (FullView OLED) smartphone that builds around its Kirin 970 eight-core AI processor (2.36GHz + 1.8GHz) with specs like a Leica Dual Camera setup (20-megapixel + 12-megapixel) and 6GB of RAM.

Smartphone-specific specifications:

    Quad 2.36GHz (+ Quad 1.8GHz) HUAWEI Kirin 970 (with i7 co-processor and Neural Network Processing Unit) processing.
    128000MB of total user memory.
    Android 8.0 Oreo with EMUI 8.0 OS.

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