Benchmarks in the smartphone industry are rising every month, and it is at its peak right now. With a plethora of options to choose from, it becomes a daunting task for the end consumer to pick one. Brands have been increasingly getting aggressive in terms of pricing and to differentiate themselves from the rest, they have spent billions on research.
The ultimate winner of this conflict is the end buyer. Every aspect of the phone is being improved upon, this includes the display, cameras, design, as well as processor. Companies are also doubling down their efforts on improving long-term software support and battery life.
So if you’re out and about to get your hands on a new phone, here’s a list of the top smartphones right now.
1. OnePlus 6T
The OnePlus 6T has a perfect blend of elegant design and top-notch specifications. Not only is the phone having a better screen-to-body ratio thanks to the water-drop notch, but also incorporates an in-display fingerprint scanner. The phone is also available in Thunder Purple as well as Limited Edition McLaren variants.
It has a 6.4-inch AMOLED display and is powered by a Snapdragon 845 chipset. The phone comes with 6GB RAM and 128GB internal storage in the base variant while the top option has 8GB RAM and 256GB internal storage. On the back is a 16+20-megapixel dual camera setup while the front has a 16-megapixel selfie shooter. It runs on OxygenOS that’s based on Android 9.0 Pie.
Huawei stunned us with the P20 Pro in the first half of 2018, followed by the Mate 20 Pro in the second half. The main forte of the phone is its rear camera setup, consisting of a Leica 40-megapixel RGB camera, 20-megapixel wide-angle camera, and an 8-megapixel telephoto camera. The setup redefines mobile camera photography and is best suited for landscapes.
It has a 6.4-inch AMOLED display and is powered by Huawei’s Kirin 980 chipset along with 6GB RAM in the base variant. It comes with 128GB internal memory in the base variant and has a nano-memory card slot for expansion. Under the display is a fingerprint scanner and it’s the fastest in-display fingerprint scanner we’ve ever used. Backing these internals is a huge 4200mAh battery that’s more more than sufficient to get you through a day of heavy usage.
The POCO F1 is the cheapest phone to feature a Snapdragon 845 chipset and it’s all about performance. It has a 6.2-inch Full HD+ display with an aspect ratio of 18.7:9 and also sports a small infrared scanner for facial recognition. It also has liquid cooling technology for higher processor efficiency and the company claims the addition makes the processor perform 30 percent faster than the competition.
On the back is a 12-megapixel primary sensor and a 5-megapixel secondary sensor while the front houses a 20-megapixel shooter. Backing these internals is a 4000mAh battery that charges via USB-C. The phone is also available in a special Armour Edition that features Kevlar backing.
Honor announced this phone last week globally and it’s expected to arrive in India soon. It has a 6.4-inch Full HD+ panel that has a punch-hole camera and premium design on the rear. Honor View 20 uses a reflective laser etched “V” pattern on the back of the phone accompanied by a gradient.
The rear camera setup consists of 48-megapixel primary shooter along with a secondary 3D Time of Flight sensor. The front fact punch-hole camera has a 25-megapixel shooter. It is powered by Huawei’s Kirin 980 chipset and comes with 6GB RAM and 64GB internal storage in the base variant. The battery is rated at 4000mAh and supports Honor’s Turbo Link Technology.
The iPhone XS continues the same design language of the X, but is completely revamped from the inside. It has a 5.8-inch OLED display that Apple calls “Super Retina” since it refreshes at 120Hz and supports DolbyVision HDR10. The phone is IP68 rated, meaning it has water and dust resistance.
Powering the phone is Apple’s new A12 Bionic chipset that has a 6-core CPU, a 4-core GPU, and an 8-core NPU. With the bump in specifications, the phone is blazing fast and can run intensive games like Bethesda and Blades. On the rear is a 12-megapixel wide angle lens and a 12-megapixel telephoto lens while the front has a 7-megapixel selfie shooter.
The phone has been globally announced and shall be coming to India soon. It’ll be a successor of last year’s Honor 9 Lite and sports Huawei’s premium design line-up. It has a 6.2-inch LCD display with a higher screen-to-body ratio thanks to the water-drop notch. The phone will be placed in the budget segment and go up against the likes of Redmi 6.
Powering the phone is a Kirin 710 chipset along with 3GB RAM and 64GB internal storage in the base variant. The back sports a 13+2-megapixel dual camera setup while the front has a 24-megapixel selfie shooter. The battery is rated at 3400mAh and it runs on EMUI 9.0 based on Android 9.0 Pie.
7. iPhone XR
Alongside the iPhone Xs and Xs Max, Apple also announced a slightly cheaper iPhone 10R. From the front, it looks very similar to the Xs, but the back is similar to that of the iPhone 8. It sports a 6.1-inch LCD display that Apple calls “Liquid Retina Display”. The notch sports a similar Face ID array along with haptic feedback for shortcuts.
It has a 12-megapixel single wide angle lens on the rear while the front has a 7-megapixel sensor. It runs the same A12 Bionic chipset and brings in all the latest machine learning and artificial intelligence features. Compared to the iPhone 8, the battery has been bumped by an hour and a half.
This is the world’s first phone to feature a four-lens setup on the rear and is capable of clicking portrait, monochrome, as well as ultrawide pictures. To start with, it has a 6.3-inch Full HD+ Super AMOLED Infinity display and is powered by a Snapdragon 660 chipset along with 8GB RAM and 128GB internal storage.
The four rear sensors are — a 24-megapixel lens with f/1.7 aperture, a 10-megapixel telephoto lens with f/2.4 aperture and 2X optical zoom, an 8-megapixel 120-degree ultra wide lens with f/2.4 aperture and finally a 5-megapixel depth sensor with f/2.2 aperture. The front has a 24-megapixel selfie shooter that supports facial recognition.
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