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

If you exclusively prefer Google’s OS, then our best Android phone roundup should be right up your alley.

Having to review most of the phones in the market right now, at TechRadar, each of them goes through a multitude of tests to make sure our analysis is as in-depth as it can be.

But year-on-year, the options in the market increase and choosing the best phone gets more and more complicated. Which is why, at TechRadar, we’ve whittled them down to top 10 smartphones that are available in India taking into account power, specs, design and of course, overall value for money.

The options on this list range from Android handsets to the latest iPhone and everything that falls in between.

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

Apple iPhone X

Apple iPhone X

Apple’s first handset with an OLED display

Weight: 174g | Dimensions: 143.6 x 70.9 x 7.7mm | OS: iOS 11 | Screen size: 5.8-inch | Resolution: 2436 x 1125 | CPU: A11 Bionic | RAM: 3GB | Storage: 64/256GB | Battery: 2716mAh | Rear camera: 12MP + 12MP | Front camera: 7MP

Great screen
Premium, strong design
The most expensive flagship phone around
Metal rim can scuff without a case

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, the 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 makes it look premium and feels even better once in your hands.

Under the hood, lies the latest A11 Bionic processor along with a 3GB RAM. The memory may seem a little small but it’s the most that Apple’s ever put into a phone.

It runs on the latest iOS 11, which essentially why the home button has been replaced by gestures. So, the bottom of the screen will take to the control center instead.

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 longer than it does for the iPhone 7.

Read the full review: Apple iPhone X

Google Pixel 2 XL

Google Pixel 2 XL

A really impressive smartphone with an absolutely killer camera

Weight: 175g | Dimensions: 157.9 x 76.7 x 7.9mm | OS: Android 8.0 Oreo | Screen size: 6-inch | Resolution: 1440 x 2880 | CPU: Snapdragon 835 | RAM: 4GB | Storage: 64GB | Battery: 3520mAh | Rear camera: 12.2MP | Front camera: 8MP

One of the best camera
Confident design
Lacks headphone jack

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, the material that separates your screen from the phone’s body, 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’s ‘live mode’ photos, 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. This is something you should keep in mind when you are weighing your options.

Read the full review: Google Pixel 2 XL

Samsung Galaxy Note 8

A new dual-lens camera with incredible screen and performance

Weight: 195g | Dimensions: 162.5 x 74.8 x 8.6 mm | OS: Android 7.1.1 Nougat | Screen size: 6.3-inch | Resolution: 1440 x 2630 | CPU: Exynos 8895 | RAM: 6GB | Storage: 64GB/128GB/256GB | Battery: 3300mAh | Rear camera: Dual 12MP | Front camera: 8MP

Amazing performance
Impressive camera
Weak speaker

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

Samsung Galaxy S9 Plus

Samsung Galaxy S9 Plus

The first smartphone camera with dual aperture

OS: Android 8 Oreo | Screen size: 6.2-inch | Resolution: 1440 x 2960 | RAM: 4GB | Storage: 64/128/256GB | Battery: 3000mAh | Rear camera: 12MP | Front camera: 8MP

Dependable, fast performance
Excellent display
Dual aperture camera
Loud stereo speakers
Not that different from the S8 Plus
AR Emoji mode overrated

In all honesty, the Samsung Galaxy S9 Plus isn’t all that different from the Samsung Galaxy S8 Plus. The only new feature that stands out is the dual aperture camera. Even that doesn’t impress since it falls short of what the Pixel 2 is capable of doing. Albeit, that doesn’t take from the fact that the S9 Plus is a powerful phone.

The S9 Plus is a little more rectangular than its predecessor, but it’s pretty compact considering the big screen. The phone is also a little heavier than the S8 Plus and Note 8. Aside from the that, the design is more or less the same as the Galaxy S8 Plus.

The 6.2-inch Super AMOLED display can take on most of the other flagship models in the market today, aside from, perhaps, the iPhone X.

The phones runs on the Exynos 9801, which as capable as any other flagship chipset.

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

Read the full review: Samsung Galaxy S9 Plus

Honor View 10

Honor View 10

A lot of hardware for the price

Weight: 172g | Dimensions: 157 x 74.9 x 6.9mm | OS: Android 8.0 Oreo | Screen size: 5.9-inch | Resolution: 1080 x 2160 | CPU: Kirin 970 | RAM: 6GB | Storage: 128GB | Battery: 3750mAh | Rear camera: 16MP + 20MP | Front camera: 13MP

Good camera performance
Decent battery life
Camera bump

After launching Honor 7X, Honor subsequently came out with the View 10 that has a similar 18:9 display. This phone offers high-end features at an unbeatable price in comparison to other phones that are at-par with respect to performance.

The Honor View 10 is extremely thin and tries to waste as little space as possible. The display has a slim border which is the only way to provide a 6-inch screen without pockets that are too wide.

The aluminium rear is the probably the one design feature that a user should be wary of due to the fact that it can easily get scratched. But that can be easily rectified by purchasing a nice case for the phone.

The fingerprint sensor works seamlessly with Face Unlock promised as an upgrade feature to come out in the next software update. Despite having 128GB memory, the Honor View 10 offers a microSD card slot giving you the option expand even further. It even has more megapixels combined into it than any other phone available in the market right now.

It runs on Android Oreo with the Huawei’s 8.0 Emotion UI (EMUI). The EMUI might be loved by some and disliked by others, but provided you get a hang of the customisation options, there’s nothing particular to complain about.

In case you’re clumsy like some of us, the phone has absolutely no water resistance which means you’ll have to use it with a certain degree of caution.

Read the full review: Honor View 10

OnePlus 5T

OnePlus 5T

The best from OnePlus just got better

Weight: 162g | Dimensions: 156.1 x 75 x 7.3mm | OS: Android 7.1.2 Nougat | Screen size: 6.01-inch | Resolution: 2160 x 1080 | CPU: Snapdragon 835 | RAM: 6/8GB | Storage: 64/128GB | Battery: 3300mAh | Rear camera: 16MP + 20MP | Front camera: 16MP

Great design and build
Excellent performance
No microSD card slot
Only full HD resolution

The OnePlus 5T is an upgraded version of the flagship device OnePlus 5 which the company launched in June 2017.

The highlight of the phone is its bigger display. The 6.01-inch full HD AMOLED panel gives you sharper colors and higher refresh rates in comparison to having the traditional passive matrix.

A 2.5D Corning Gorilla Glass 5 coating protects the screen from damage. However, it lacks the QHD resolution. The 3,300mAh battery supports Dash Charge. The battery may seem small but it’s not a major concern, as the phone manages to perform pretty well.

It runs Android Nougat 7.1.2 out of the box, which isn’t amazing as Android Oreo is already in the market. Thankfully you they rolled out an update over-the-air (OTA).

For Star Wars fans, the OnePlus has launched a Star Wars Limited Edition variant with 8GB RAM and 128GB internal storage.

Read the full review: OnePlus 5T

Redmi Note 5 Pro

Redmi Note 5 Pro

The best in the Note series

Weight: 181g | Dimensions: 158.6 x 75.4 x 8.05mm | OS: Android 7.1.2 Nougat with MIUI 9 | Screen size: 5.99-inch | Resolution: 2160 x 1080 | CPU: Snapdragon 636 | RAM: 4/6GB | Storage: 64/128GB | Battery: 4,000mAh | Rear camera: 12MP + 5MP | Front camera: 20MP

Impressive battery life
Large screen, but egronomic
Runs of Android Nougat

It’s a little disappointing that the Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 Pro doesn’t run Oreo out-of-the-box but it still offers the most value for money.

The Redmi Note 5 and Note 5 Pro are pretty similar in terms of design. They both have metallic bodies and fingerprint sensors on the back. The colors on the display are warm and sharp. The touch feature responds well and visibility isn’t too horrible in full sunlight.

Being the most dependable budget option in the market right now, the Redmi Note 5 Pro gives you a good camera, a decent processor with reliable power and incredible battery life.

Read the full review: Redmi Note 5 Pro

Xiaomi Mi A1

Xiaomi Mi A1

Mobile computing symphony on a budget

Weight: 165g | Dimensions: 155.4 x 75.8 x 7.3mm | OS: Android 7.1.2 Nougat | Screen size: 5.5-inch | Resolution: 1920 x 1080 | CPU: Snapdragon 625 | RAM: 4GB | Storage: 64GB | Battery: 3080mAh | Rear camera: 12MP +12MP | Front camera: 5MP

Best dual camera system on a budget
Google’s software with timely updates
Smaller battery than Redmi Note 4
Derivative design

The result of Xiaomi’s partnership with Google, Mi A1 is supported by the search giant’s Android One program. It’s 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 original equipment managers (OEMs), so that they could give a great experience to users with the help of stock Android. With its reboot, Google has tweaked that just a bit. It will not focus specifically on smartphone manufacturers who can give a good overall experience to consumers, both with hardware and software.

The core hardware of the phone is similar to the Redmi Note 4, but the Mi A1 performs better with respect to day-to-day usage. It’s easier to switch between apps and the apps load faster making multi-tasking simple for the most basic of tasks.

For heavier tasks, such as gaming, the phone can handle high resolution games comfortably. There aren’t any frame rate drops or temperature escalation.

All in all, the Mi A1 raises the bar for what a mid-range phone can do.

Read the full review: Mi A1

Moto G5 Plus

Moto G5 Plus

Fairly priced

Weight: 155g | Dimensions: 150.2 x 74 x 7.7mm | OS: Android 7.0 Nougat | Screen size: 5.2-inch | Resolution: 1080 x 1920 | CPU: Snapdragon 625 | RAM: 3/4GB | Storage: 16/32GB | Battery: 3000mAh | Rear camera: 12MP | Front camera: 5MP

Decent design and build
Snappy fingerprint scanner
Turbo Charging support
Non-removable battery
Camera bump

Rather than focus on the display or high resolution cameras, the Moto G5 Plus aims to offer the most amount of features without emptying your pocket. It’s the successor of the G4 Plus from Lenovo backed Motorola running on Android 7.0 Nougat with the Android Oreo update on the way real soon!

The smart display technology is impressive, lighting the screen up with just a wave of your hand to show you your notifications or to pause the music you’re playing. With 16/32 GB internal storage, the phone offers a microSD slot that can support up to 128 GB of extra storage.

There’s enough power in this phone to multi-task without any problems and to run the latest games thanks to the Snapdragon 625 octa-core SoC. It’s supported by Adreno 506 graphics processing unit (GPU) that operates at a higher clock speed than it’s previous counterpart, the G4 Plus.

The 3,000mAh battery is on point for a phone of this size and exhibits remarkable fast charging technology for a budget phone.

The rear camera captures larger pixels but the phone is slow to focus and the colors come out a little muddled. This feature is the only place where the user with feel as though they own a budget phone as compared to something premium.

It’s perfect for users who wish to save money without having to compromise on performance.

Read the full review: Moto G5 Plus

Xiaomi Redmi 5A (32GB)

An evolutionary update over the Redmi 4A

Weight: 137g | Dimensions: 140.4 x 70.1 x 8.3mm | OS: Android 7.0 Nougat | Screen size: 5-inch | Resolution: 720 x 1280 | CPU: Snapdragon 425 | RAM: 3GB | Storage: 32GB | Battery: 3000mAh | Rear camera: 13MP | Front camera: 5MP

Steady performance
Value for money
No fingerprint sensor
No gyroscope

After launching Redmi Y1 and Y1 Lite in India, Xiaomi unveiled Redmi 5A in the market. As compared to the Redmi 4A, the phone is only marginally different making us wonder if the upgrade is even required.

Pitched as the “Desh Ka Smartphone” by the company, the Redmi 5A features a 5-inch HD display and runs on Android 7.0 Nougat with MIUI 9 on the top allowing the phone to run flawlessly.

The Snapdragon 425 chipset is a possibly a let down for gamers because graphic heavy games slow the phone down and the frame drops are evident.

Its curved and smooth back sits snugly in your hands and aids one-handed operation with ease. Though the design isn’t anything extraordinary in comparison to its predecessor, it’s still impressive for a phone in this price range.

Read the full review: Xiaomi Redmi 5A



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