The best smartphones. 2018 flagships

The best smartphones of the fall

On the calendar – the last month of autumn, which actually means the end of the race among manufacturers of mobile devices, until January for sure. Behind all the major world premieres of this season, and most of the new products presented are already waiting for their customers in stores. This is especially true in the light of the upcoming New Year holidays. Which smartphone to choose for yourself or a loved one as a gift? Of course, the best, which means it is the flagship model.

But even an expensive smartphone can disappoint if you do not weigh the pros and cons when buying properly. To determine which model is right for you, the portal Prophotos.ru once again prepared a fresh guide in which it collected all the coolest top-level smartphones in 2018.

Oppo find x

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It’s becoming increasingly difficult for manufacturers of mobile devices to surprise the public with innovations. Most of the smartphones offered to customers most often consist of models, like two drops of water similar to each other. Oppo engineers were clearly worried about this problem, which resulted in the new flagship Find X – a futuristic smartphone with a conceptual appearance.

The main feature of the device is not only a truly frameless 6.42-inch AMOLED display with a ratio of 19.5: 9, occupying 93 percent of the front side, but also the body design, made in the form of a slider. The automatically extendable module in the upper part of the device hides the main dual camera of 16 + 20 megapixels (one color sensor, the other black and white) and the front block, which includes a 25 megapixel front camera and a whole bunch of all kinds of sensors needed for 3D face recognition. Along with an unusual shell, the smartphone surprises with a top-notch filling: inside the streamlined glass-metal case there is the flagship Snapdragon 845 chip, 8 GB of RAM, a 128 or 256 GB drive, as well as a 3750 mAh battery. At the same time, the battery supports ultra-fast VOOC charging technology (from 0 to 100% in the Super Flash Edition Find X version it can charge in a record 35 minutes). On board the device also has a USB Type-C port and a dual tray for a pair of SIM cards, but there is no NFC and microSD slot.

Samsung Galaxy Note9

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While Samsung is preparing the anniversary Galaxy S10, there are two options for those wishing to purchase the most modern flagship of this brand: this is Galaxy S9 + or Galaxy Note9. Both devices are technically similar to each other, but due to a couple of pleasant bonuses, the ninth Galaxy Note bypasses its closest relative. First of all, this is the signature pen S Pen, which has become the hallmark of the line. This year, developers have made the stylus multifunctional. For example, users have the opportunity to use it as a remote control for taking pictures remotely, controlling a player or turning over slides during presentations in DeX mode.

The hardware base of the Galaxy Note9 is similar to the Galaxy S9 and is represented by an eight-core Exynos 9810 processor, but Note has more memory: it is 8 GB in the case of RAM and as much as 512 GB of storage (there is also a more accessible version of 6/128 GB). The device’s Super AMOLED display has a diagonal of 6.4 inches and a resolution of 1440 x 2960 pixels; HDR10 and Always-on technology are also supported. The main camera is represented by the already familiar 12 + 12 megapixel module, among the characteristic features of which are aperture that can be changed from F1.5 to F2.4, double zoom and super slow-motion shooting at 960 FPS. Other smartphone specifications include a 4000 mAh battery, stereo speakers, a fingerprint scanner that has moved to the main camera, wireless charging, Samsung Pay support, and IP68 security.

Apple iPhone XS Max

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Apple’s new iPhone line has become the “most-most” in every sense, from the most productive to the most expensive. Indeed, the top-end modification of the flagship iPhone XS Max costs Russian buyers a record amount of 128 thousand rubles (the youngest – 97 thousand). But everyone who decides to purchase such an expensive device will receive one of the most advanced smartphones of this year.

As befits “apple” smartphones with the letter “S” in the name, the device retained the design of its predecessor, and to emphasize the novelty of the device, the manufacturer added a new gold color to the lineup. However, to distinguish the iPhone XS Max in the crowd is quite simple because of the increased to 6.5 inches OLED display (120 Hz, 1242 x 2688 pixels). This is the largest display in the iPhone in history, but thanks to the frameless design with the already familiar “bangs”, its dimensions are comparable to the 5.5-inch iPhone 8 Plus. The next major innovation is the processor. Under the body of the iPhone XS Max is a 7-nm chip (six-core A12 Bionic), which is 40% faster and 50% more energy efficient than the previous generation. In addition, the new processor received an updated Neural Engine machine learning unit, so some functions like AR, Face ID shooting and scanning are faster and better. The maximum amount of permanent memory increased to 512 GB, and 4 GB became operational. The main camera, as before, was built using two 12-megapixel modules, but due to the increased area of the main sensor to 1.4 microns and improved image processing algorithms, the quality of the images improved. Other features include video recording in 4K HDR, protection against moisture and dust according to the IP68 standard and support for working with two telecom operators (in the Chinese version – through two physical SIM cards, in the rest – SIM + eSIM). 4 microns of the main sensor area and improved image processing algorithms improved image quality. Other features include video recording in 4K HDR, protection against moisture and dust according to the IP68 standard and support for working with two telecom operators (in the Chinese version – through two physical SIM cards, in the rest – SIM + eSIM). 4 microns of the main sensor area and improved image processing algorithms improved image quality. Other features include video recording in 4K HDR, protection against moisture and dust according to the IP68 standard and support for working with two telecom operators (in the Chinese version – through two physical SIM cards, in the rest – SIM + eSIM).

LG V40 ThinQ

LG’s V40 ThinQ smartphone introduced this month has become the new flagship of the popular South Korean brand. From the previous V35, which appeared relatively recently, it is distinguished by five cameras at once – three for the main unit and two for the front.

So, the main camera of the V40 received three sensors: the main one – at 12 megapixels with an aperture of F1.5 and a couple of additional ones – at 16 (F1.9) and 12 (F2.4) megapixels. Two additional ones are required for shooting wide-angle photos using a 107 ° lens, as well as shooting with double optical zoom through a telephoto lens. In front, in an “eyebrow”, two more cameras were hidden at 8 and 5 megapixels – they are responsible for portrait selfies. The frameless 6.4-inch display of the smartphone is made according to OLED technology and has a resolution of 1440 x 3440 pixels, the screen also supports content in HDR10 and Dolby Vision. The smartphone is based on the Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 flagship chip, and the amount of RAM and permanent memory is 6 and 64 GB, respectively. The latter can be expanded by another 512 GB with a microSD memory card.

Sony Xperia XZ3

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The Japanese company Sony continues to gradually develop its Xperia smartphones, each time introducing new technologies into them. This time, the manufacturer decided to pay attention to the screen by installing a six-inch matrix made on OLED technology and having curved sides in the new flagship Xperia XZ3. Samsung and some other brands are already doing something similar, but at Sony we see it for the first time, which adds freshness to the device. Of course, the display of the novelty supports all kinds of image enhancement technologies, in particular, television Triluminos and X-Reality, as well as HDR10 with the BT.2020 standard.

The device’s hardware platform is represented by the Snapdragon 845 processor, typical of many Android flagships this year, but the amount of RAM again remains the same – 4 GB. There is little constant – 64 GB, but this is offset by the support of memory cards up to 512 GB. It shoots the Xperia XZ3 thanks to the main 19-megapixel Motion Eye camera with an IMX400 sensor, which remained the same in technical terms, but pulled itself up in terms of software, including a completely redesigned and more convenient photo application. The front camera has been updated more seriously, having received a new 13-megapixel module with an aperture of F1.9. A good gift for some would be Side Sense technology, which allows the side faces to recognize the force of pressing to call a special menu with the most popular applications. The Dynamic Vibration System has not gone anywhere – Xperia XZ3 also supports smart vibration to the beat with running music, movie or game. And finally, we highlight the latest Android 9.0 Pie already out of the box.

Xiaomi Mi 8

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Xiaomi Mi 8 is perfect for those who look towards affordable Android flagships, but do not want to put up with the compromises of the same Pocophone F1 in the form of a plastic and not quite beautiful case. The Mi 8 does not have such problems, because its body is a combination of a metal frame made of 7000-series aluminum and Gorilla Glass 5 glass panels. The device is felt for all its more than 30 thousand, even more expensive.

In terms of filling, the manufacturer, in a traditional manner for himself, tried to fit in the smartphone an almost complete range of all the most relevant technologies. In addition to Snapdragon 845 and 6 GB of RAM, the device received a 6.21-inch Full HD + OLED display with an island at the top and HDR10 support, up to 256 GB of permanent memory (though without the expansion option), a dual 12-megapixel main camera with optical stabilization , shooting portraits and a telephoto lens for double optical zoom and a 20-megapixel front sensor. In addition, there is a rechargeable battery with a capacity of 3400 mAh with support for Quick Charge 4.0, which allows you to charge your smartphone in half an hour to 60%. On the bottom there is a USB Type-C port, a standard fingerprint scanner (on-screen – exclusive Explorer Edition) is located on the back, but a 3.5 mm jack is not provided,

Huawei P20 Pro

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Huawei, with its Leica smartphones, has become an unofficial leader in the production of camera phones, and thanks to the recent flagship P20 Pro, also created in collaboration with the German photo giant, has once again secured this status. Having opened a new era of mobile photography, the manufacturer launched another trend in the industry, because the P20 Pro is not just an advanced and versatile photo tool, but the world’s first smartphone with a triple camera.

Leica Triple Camera – this is the name of the system of three sensors, designed for the best experience in mobile photography. Combining 40, 20 and 8-megapixel sensors, the main camera module boasts many operating modes. Among them are shooting more detailed images by combining color and monochrome frames, shooting using optical zoom (3x physical or 5x hybrid), everyone’s favorite “Portrait”, recording ultra-slow motion videos in 960 FPS, intelligent mode using AI-algorithms and others. To match the photo capabilities here are other device specifications represented by a frameless 6.1-inch Full HD + OLED display with a notch, a powerful HiSilicon Kirin 970 chip, supplemented by a neural computing module, 6 GB of RAM, and a capacious 4000 mAh battery, endowed with the ability to accelerate charging. In addition, the P20 Pro is distinguished by high-quality stereo speakers, a fast fingerprint scanner, support for two SIM cards, a capacious 128 GB drive, the ability to mask “bangs” through a special setting in the operating system, as well as an attractive color palette.

ASUS Zenfone 5Z

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Another popular flagship based on the Snapdragon 845 chip can be considered Zenfone 5Z from ASUS. This smartphone is notable for combining in its stylish glass-metal case not only a high-performance hardware platform with a large margin of power, but also a good main camera that will satisfy the vast majority of owners of this device.

ASUS ZenFone 5Z has a dual unit of the main camera, which includes the main 12-megapixel Sony IMX363 sensor with a wide-angle lens (F1.8, 83 °), as well as an additional 8-megapixel with ultra-wide-angle optics (F2.0, 120 °). When shooting with such a camera, you can see much more objects in the frame, and thanks to the support of artificial intelligence with automatic selection of settings for each preset scene, the picture is almost perfect. There is also a portrait mode in shooting modes, which the device copes well with. The next item on the Zenfone 5Z’s list of advantages is without a doubt a large amount of memory: the most popular version is equipped with 6 GB of RAM and a 128-GB drive, but there is also a more extreme configuration of 8/256 GB. The screen deserves special praise. Although this is not OLED (in this case, Super IPS +), it differs in the correct color rendition, wide viewing angles, high resolution of 1080 x 2246 pixels and a fashionable “fringe”. To expand the storage, it is possible to install microSD memory cards up to 2 TB in a combined slot, and if you like wired headsets with a 3.5 mm plug, the device will allow you to connect them without any adapters without any problems.

Honor 10

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In terms of the totality of the proposed parameters, this device is ideally suited for our previous guide with the best smartphones in terms of price and quality, however, the equally attractive Huawei Nova 3 took its place there. Now it’s time to tell you about the Honor 10, since it really can be cool be considered a full flagship.

At first glance, the smartphone does not captivate at all with features that you don’t immediately suspect, but with a beautiful design with an iridescent back wall in flickering colors. Huawei became one of the first companies to bring this chip to the mass level, and in the youth Honor 10 it looks in its place. However, an interesting appearance hides quite a serious filling. The Kirin 970 processor used in the top Huawei / Honor devices is also installed in Honor 10, which allowed the smartphone to open the way to advanced capabilities of artificial intelligence and unquestioning work with heavy software. An additional contribution to the advantages piggy bank is also the high memory capacity (4/6 GB of RAM and 64/128 GB of storage), a high-quality 5.84-inch FullView display with a 19: 9 ratio and a trendy cut, a very capacious 3400 mAh battery , as well as the main dual-module camera for 16 + 24 megapixels. With its help, you can take color 24-megapixel pictures thanks to pixel binning technology, that is, superimposing a highly detailed monochrome image on a regular frame.

ZTE Axon 9 Pro

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After lifting some sanctions, the once-popular Chinese smartphone maker ZTE is starting to slowly return to the game, introducing the new flagship based on Android 8.1 Oreo OS – Axon 9 Pro. This is the first truly interesting brand product in the last six months.

Despite the difficult situation inside the company, Axon 9 Pro if it did not return ZTE to its former rails, then at least set the right direction for it. Thanks to the flagship filling, presented by the top eight-core Snapdragon 845 chip, 6 GB of RAM, a 128-GB drive and a frameless 6.21-inch OLED display, made according to the iPhone X patterns, the device could not get lost among the variety of similar products. ZTE also took care of the camera by installing a fairly good 12 + 20 megapixel dual module in the device, in which the main sensor supports optical stabilization and focusing of the Dual Pixel, and the additional one is endowed with an ultra-wide 130 ° object. The camera supports taking photos with a shallow depth of field, recording video in 4K (but only at 30 FPS) and artificial intelligence algorithms. The battery in the Axon 9 Pro has a capacity of 4000 mAh, but it’s interesting that the smartphone additionally supports Quick Charge 4+ technology, which charges the device even faster, and Qi for wireless power transmission. To finally conquer potential buyers, the manufacturer endowed the device with stereo speakers with Dolby Atmos and certified it according to the IP68 standard for reliable protection against ingress of dust and moisture.

Google Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL

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Third-generation Google Pixel smartphones will surely go down in history thanks to the largest leak of information about them. Indeed, almost all the data on the new devices of the American company successfully went to the network long before the official debut, and the pre-production Google Pixel 3 XL samples fell into the hands of some bloggers and journalists almost 2 months before the presentation.

However, along with the recent announcement, all rumors about the allegedly special “drain” of fake information from Google have also been dispelled. Both smartphones really turned out to be what the public remembered them in the summer – cool in terms of characteristics, but very dubious in terms of design. And if the younger 5.5-inch version is more or less successful, then the 6.3-inch XL version with its hypertrophied “fringe” will continue to be dreamed by Pixel fans for a long time in terrible dreams. But the technical part of smartphones is much more rosy: both devices received the top Snapdragon 845 chip, 4 GB of RAM, OLED displays with a resolution of 1080 x 2160 and 1440 x 2960 pixels (for Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL, respectively) and support HDR, 64/128-GB drives, batteries for 2915 and 3430 mAh with the possibility of wireless charging, as well as the main 12, 2MP dual pixel camera with F1.8 aperture and optical image stabilization. Yes, it is single again, but even with one sensor, smartphones show some of the best results in terms of photography.

Among the interesting features inherent in the main camera, it is worth highlighting the Super Rez Zoom option that has appeared (restoring image detail by combining multiple frames to form a picture in higher resolution with digital zoom), as well as Night Sight mode, which increases the color of the frame in low light. In front of the screen (or in the “fringe” in the case of the Pixel 3 XL), there is a dual front camera module with a pair of eight-megapixel sensors equipped with lenses with a viewing angle of 75 ° and 97 ° to provide wide-angle selfie photography. The sides of both devices can also recognize the force of pressing, the dedicated Titan M chip is responsible for security, and the 18-W power supply for fast charging is already included in the package.

Huawei Mate 20 and Mate 20 Pro

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The Mate 20 and Mate 20 Pro smartphones announced in mid-October became Huawei’s new flagships, but the level of inherent innovations here is noticeably higher than that of many of its recently debuted competitors. Particularly cool is the Pro version, which is crammed with everything you could wish for. It offers a 6.39 ”Quad HD + frameless AMOLED display with a 19.5: 9 ratio and curved sides, the new 7-nm Kirin 980 chip with a dual AI module (twice as fast as before), 8 GB of RAM and 256 GB permanent memory in the top version, LTE Cat.21 (up to 1.4 Gb / s), as well as the next generation Leica Triple Camera with a new design. As in the P20 Pro, it consists of three sensors for 40, 20 and 8 megapixels, but the monochrome is replaced by a sensor with a 120-degree lens. Thus, the smartphone supports all the most popular shooting methods, including portrait, wide-angle, as well as shooting with optical zoom (3x or 5x hybrid). For fans of video shooting, a new mode with the ability to record with a movie ratio of 21: 9 and many cinematic effects is provided. A large part of the interesting features of the Mate 20 Pro is hidden in the details. So, for example, the device supports wireless charging of other smartphones with direct contact with the backs, a speaker is hidden in the USB Type-C connector, memory cards of a completely new format are used to expand the storage, and a fingerprint scanner is integrated directly into the screen. As befits the 2018 device, the Mate 20 Pro can be unlocked by face, and it does not use simple photo recognition, but full 3D Face ID technology, like the iPhone X. as well as shooting with optical zoom (3x or 5x hybrid). For fans of video shooting, a new mode with the ability to record with a movie ratio of 21: 9 and many cinematic effects is provided. A large part of the interesting features of the Mate 20 Pro is hidden in the details. So, for example, the device supports wireless charging of other smartphones with direct contact with the backs, a speaker is hidden in the USB Type-C connector, memory cards of a completely new format are used to expand the storage, and a fingerprint scanner is integrated directly into the screen. As befits the 2018 device, the Mate 20 Pro can be unlocked by face, and it does not use simple photo recognition, but full 3D Face ID technology, like the iPhone X. as well as shooting with optical zoom (3x or 5x hybrid). For fans of video shooting, a new mode with the ability to record with a movie ratio of 21: 9 and many cinematic effects is provided. A large part of the interesting features of the Mate 20 Pro is hidden in the details. So, for example, the device supports wireless charging of other smartphones with direct contact with the backs, a speaker is hidden in the USB Type-C connector, memory cards of a completely new format are used to expand the storage, and a fingerprint scanner is integrated directly into the screen. As befits the 2018 device, the Mate 20 Pro can be unlocked by face, and it does not use simple photo recognition, but full 3D Face ID technology, like the iPhone X. 9 and many cinematic effects. A large part of the interesting features of the Mate 20 Pro is hidden in the details. So, for example, the device supports wireless charging of other smartphones with direct contact with the backs, a speaker is hidden in the USB Type-C connector, memory cards of a completely new format are used to expand the storage, and a fingerprint scanner is integrated directly into the screen. As befits the 2018 device, the Mate 20 Pro can be unlocked by face, and it does not use simple photo recognition, but full 3D Face ID technology, like the iPhone X. 9 and many cinematic effects. A large part of the interesting features of the Mate 20 Pro is hidden in the details. So, for example, the device supports wireless charging of other smartphones with direct contact with the backs, a speaker is hidden in the USB Type-C connector, memory cards of a completely new format are used to expand the storage, and a fingerprint scanner is integrated directly into the screen. As befits the 2018 device, the Mate 20 Pro can be unlocked by face, and it does not use simple photo recognition, but full 3D Face ID technology, like the iPhone X. To expand the storage, memory cards of a completely new format are used, and a fingerprint scanner is integrated directly into the screen. As befits the device in 2018, the Mate 20 Pro can be unlocked by face, and it does not use simple photo recognition, but full 3D Face ID technology, like the iPhone X. To expand the storage, memory cards of a completely new format are used, and a fingerprint scanner is integrated directly into the screen. As befits the 2018 device, the Mate 20 Pro can be unlocked by face, and it does not use simple photo recognition, but full 3D Face ID technology, like the iPhone X.

The younger Huawei Mate 20 is similar in its main characteristics to the Pro version, and the differences are in the absence of an on-screen fingerprint scanner, smaller memory capacity (128 GB permanent and 4/6 GB operational) and battery capacity (4000 mAh versus 4200 mAh) , as well as in a simpler main camera, which uses 12, 8 and 16-megapixel sensors with a focal length of 17-52 mm and aperture of F1.6-2.4 compared to 16-80 mm and aperture of F1.8-2.4 in the older brother . But there is good news: the regular Mate 20 IPS display is larger in diagonal (6.53 inches with Full HD + resolution) and lacks a large protrusion from above, instead of which there is a much smaller drop-shaped cutout for the front 24-megapixel camera.

OnePlus 6T

Six months after the release of the OnePlus 6 smartphone, the Chinese company OnePlus introduced an updated version of its flagship device, but the device itself, despite the cool stuffing, turned out to be quite a compromise.

There are only two important changes in the device – this is a new drop-shaped cutout in the AMOLED display for the front camera, which is noticeably more compact than the previous one, as well as a fingerprint scanner integrated directly into the screen. In addition, the screen itself became slightly larger (6.41 ”with an aspect ratio of 19.5: 9 versus 6.21” and 19: 9 of the predecessor), the battery capacity increased to 3700 mAh, and the memory capacity is now 128 and 256 GB. On this, the list of innovations, in fact, ends, since in everything else the OnePlus 6T is similar to the standard “six”. The processor is the same (Snapdragon 845), the amount of RAM is the same (6 or 8 GB), and the main dual-module camera did not receive any hardware innovations like dual optical zoom or wide-angle optics,

A bit about the flaws. Despite the glass back panel, the manufacturer continues to ignore wireless charging, the 3.5 mm audio jack (instead of it – the complete adapter) has disappeared, and the moisture protection that fans have long wanted to see is not this time either. However, if these minuses do not mean anything to you, then in everything else the smartphone will not disappoint – it is fast, beautiful and with a very functional Oxygen OS based on Android 9.0 Pie.

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