Best Smartphones July 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 9

Photo 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 smartphone processor.
    128000MB memory (built-in + extension).
    Android 7.0 Nougat with EMUI 5.1 operating system.

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#2. The Huawei Honor View 10

Photo of the Huawei Honor View 10.
Average Rating:
90%


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 specifications:

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

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#3. 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.

Smartphone-related features:

    2.45GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 (10nm) smartphone CPU.
    128000MB memory (built-in + extension).
    OxygenOS based on Android 7.1.1 Nougat operating system.

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#4. The Samsung Galaxy S8 Plus

Photo of the Samsung Galaxy S8 Plus.
Average Rating:
90%


Description:

While it banks on its 6.2-inch infinity display the most to make waves, the Galaxy S8 Plus smartphone also features other amped-up specs like an 8-megapixel selfie shooter which can take 1440p videos (one of the first -- if not the first -- of its kind), VR support, and a Snapdragon 835 processor in its core.

Smartphone-specific specifications:

    2.35Ghz (2.35Ghz Quad + 1.9GHz Quad) Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 CPU.
    64000MB memory (built-in + extension).
    Android 7.0 Nougat with Grace UX operating system.

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#5. The Samsung Galaxy S9

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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.

Smartphone-specific specifications:

    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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#6. 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.

Smartphone-related features:

    Quad 2.4GHz (+ Quad 1.8GHz) Huawei Kirin 960 smartphone CPU.
    128000MB memory (built-in + extension).
    Android 7.0 Nougat with EMUI 5.1 operating system.

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#7. The Samsung Galaxy Note8

Photo of the Samsung Galaxy Note8.
Average Rating:
88%


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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#8. The OnePlus 5

Photo of the OnePlus 5.
Average Rating:
88%


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 smartphone processor.
    128000MB memory (built-in + extension).
    OxygenOS (based on Android 7.0 Nougat) operating system.

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#9. The iPhone X

A picture of the iPhone X.
Average Rating:
88%


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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#10. The Huawei P9 Plus

A picture of the Huawei P9 Plus.
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-specific features:

    Quad 2.5GHz A72 + Quad 1.8GHz A53 HUAWEI Kirin 955 processing.
    64000MB of total user memory.
    Android 6.0 Marshmallow with EMUI 4.1 OS.

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