Best phones of 2018 in India: the top smartphones we’ve tested

  • Alternatively, if you prefer Google's OS, then our best Android phone roundup should be right up your alley.

At TechRadar, we check out every phone under the sun, putting the ones that matter through our vigorous testing process to create our in-depth mobile phone reviews.

However, with so many to choose from, we've spent hours whittling them down to a top ten, taking into account power, specs, design and value for money. And we'll always point you in the direction of the latest handsets – after all, nobody wants to be carting around a phone that doesn't get any updates in a year's time, right?

So whether it's one of the many slick Android handsets, the latest iPhone or one from a range of other cool manufacturers, we've extensively tested them all so you don't have to!

Here are our rankings for the best smartphones around, currently available in India.

Apple celebrated its 10th anniversary in 2017. On this occasion, it launched iPhone X with beautiful OLED display and curved edges. Basically, Apple followed the most trending feature of 2017, that is, a bezel-less display. It is, in fact, the first iPhone with an OLED display and no home button. The all glass body with surgical stainless steel edges gives it a premium look and feel in hand.

Under the hood, lies the latest A11 Bionic processor along with a 3GB RAM. It runs on the latest iOS 11. Apple also replaced the Touch ID with the Face ID unlock which is flawless. It also introduced Animoji which allow users to create and record the message with different facial expressions.

Despite having big display and bunch of features, the battery lasts for 2 hours more than iPhone 7.

The phone is available two storage variants – 64GB and 256GB at Rs 89,000 and Rs 1,02,000 respectively.

Read the full review: Apple iPhone X

The Pixel 2 XL is the successor of Google Pixel XL which the company launched in 2016. The phone is taller, wider and thinner than its predecessor giving more space to the screen. It is not a bezel-less phone but has slimmer bezels as compared to the previous version. 

The 6-inch LG-made pOLED display is perfect for those who love virtual reality. The most impressive feature of the phone is its camera performance. While most of the phones these days come with a dual camera set up, the Pixel 2 XL delivers magical results with its single 12.2-megapixel lens at the back. Like Apple, Google has introduced Motion which records few seconds before the image is clicked. 

The phone lacks the 3.5mm headphone jack and the microSD card slot which means you cannot expand the storage of the phone. At Rs 64,999, the Google Pixel 2 XL is an expensive device.

Read the full review: Google Pixel 2 XL

If you're worried about whether the new Galaxy Note 8 will be any good, don't be – it's an excellent handset that rivals the best on the list, despite being 'productivity-focused'.

The large Infinity Display on the front slots in far more screen than you'd expect from a phone this compact, the S Pen is something not a lot of other phones can offer and the all-round speed is almost breathtaking at times.

The new dual camera is really what separates it from the Galaxy S8 duo (if you're not bothered by the stylus features) and while it's expensive, it's certainly worth looking at if you want a brilliant smartphone.

Read the full review: Samsung Galaxy Note 8

The Samsung Galaxy S8 Plus fits a monstrous 6.2-inch curved display into an acceptably large body that doesn’t feel too different from its predecessor, the Galaxy S7 Edge

That’s not all that’s impressive. It features the best phone display, chipset and camera of any phone to date, plus it’s still water- and dust-resistant and it features 64GB of internal storage plus a microSD card slot for expandable storage.

The battery life is very good, it can power the next generation of mobile VR games and it has software that rivals stock Android. 

Aside from Bixby and some slightly clunky biometrics, the Galaxy S8 Plus is the perfect phone for anyone looking to maximism smartphone screen real estate. 

Read the full review: Samsung Galaxy S8 Plus

After launching Honor 7X a few months back, Honor again came up with a new handset with similar 18:9 display. Known as Honor View 10, the phone comes with a 5.9-inch full HD+ display with fingerprint scanner placed below it. The phone is powered by Kirin 970 chipset and 6GB RAM which handles every task smoothly. Considering the AI capabilities, the chipset has been referred as the NPU instead of CPU because it studies the behaviour of the user and works accordingly in real time.

The phone runs on Android 8 with company’s own EMUI 8 on top of it. It has 128GB internal storage which is expandable up to 256GB via microSD card. While everything looks good in the phone, the camera bump could annoy you. 

Read the full review: Honor View 10

The OnePlus 5T is an upgraded version of the flagship device OnePlus 5 which the company launched in June 2017. The phone is available in two variants – 6GB/64GB and 8GB/128GB. Powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 chipset, the phone runs on Android 7.1.2 Nougat which will be upgraded to Android Oreo in the beginning of 2018. It has Oxygen OS on top of Android which is responsible for the interface. 

The highlight of the phone is its bigger display. It sports a 6.01-inch full HD AMOLED panel with an aspect ratio of 18:9. A 2.5D Corning Gorilla Glass 5 coating protects the screen from damage. However, it lacks the QHD resolution. It gets its daily dose of power from a 3,300mAh battery which supports Dash Charge.

In the camera department, the phone has a dual camera setup on the rear. It includes a 16-megapixel Sony IMX 398 sensor with an aperture size of f/1.7 and 27.22mm focal length and a 20-megapixel Sony IMX 376K sensor with the similar aperture size and focal length. The front camera comprises of a 16-megapixel IMX 371 sensor with an aperture size of f/2.0. The back also includes a fingerprint sensor above the logo.

Apart from the two above mentioned variants, OnePlus has launched a Star Wars Limited Edition variant with 8GB RAM and 128GB internal storage.

It is available at a starting price of Rs 32,999.

Read the full review: OnePlus 5T

The result of Xiaomi's partnership with Google, Mi A1 supported by the search giant's Android One program is aimed at users who want a premium smartphone experience at a low price. The Mi A1 reboots Google's Android One program which was at first created for budget OEM's so that they could give a great experience to users with the help of stock Android. With its reboot, Google has tweaked that a bit and will not focus on smartphone manufacturers that can give a good overall experience to consumers, both with hardware and software.

The A1 features a full HD 5.5-inch IPS display and is powered by Qualcomm's Snapdragon 625 octa-core processor backed by 4GB of RAM and an onboard storage of 64GB which can further be expanded with the help of a microSD card. Mi A1 comes with dual camera setup and houses twin 12-megapixel camera modules, one wide-angle, f/2.2 aperture and the other one being a telephoto f/2.6 aperture lens. On the front, there is a 5-megapixel selfie camera as well. As the smartphone is a product associated with Android One, it runs on stock Android 7.1.2 with a promised update to Android 8.0 Oreo. Mi A1 draws power from a 3,080 mAh battery which supports fast charging.

Read the full review: Mi A1

The Moto G5 Plus is the successor of the G4 Plus from Lenovo backed Motorola. It comes with a 5.2-inch full HD IPS LCD display with Corning Gorilla Glass 3 and runs on Android 7.0 Nougat with some customisations from Motorola. The device starts at Rs. 14,999.

In terms of performance, the Moto G5 Plus comes with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 processor, Adreno 506 GPU, 3GB or 4GB RAM, 16GB or 32GB storage, microSD expansion support, 3,000mAh battery with Turbo charging and a fingerprint sensor.

Coming to the camera department, the device sports a 12MP primary camera with f/1.7 aperture, dual-pixel autofocus and dual LED flash, along with a 5MP front camera with f/2.2 aperture.

Read the full review: Moto G5 Plus

After launching Redmi Y1 and Y1 Lite in India, Xiaomi recently unveiled Redmi 5A in the market.  The phone comes in two variants – 2GB/16GB and 3GB/32GB. The storage capacity is further expandable by 128GB via microSD card. Pitched as the "Desh Ka Smartphone" by the company, Redmi 5A features a 5-inch HD display and runs on Android 7.0 Nougat with MIUI 9 on the top.

The daily tasks are managed by a quad-core Snapdragon 425 chipset and an Adreno 308 GPU handles the graphics of the phone. The phone comes with a 13-megapixel primary sensor with an aperture size of f/2.2 and a 5-megapixel secondary lens of f/2.0 aperture size. It gets its daily dose of power from a 3000mAh battery.

Redmi 5A is available in Gold, Rose Gold and Dark Grey colour variants with prices starting from Rs 4,999.

Read the full review: Xiaomi Redmi 5A


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