We did not have time to notice how this year began to come to an end. Already at CES 2019, manufacturers will show new smartphones, which, however, will not go on sale before spring. Therefore, the device purchased in 2018 does not need to be written off, because over the past few months, various manufacturers have shown very decent devices – their “stuffing” and software will remain relevant for at least the next year.
Today let’s talk about some of these smartphones.
Samsung Galaxy S9
This smartphone can rightly be called one of the key Android devices. One of the most noticeable differences in the flagship of 2018 was the changed location of the fingerprint scanner, which for the convenience of users moved under the lens of the main camera.
The basis of the smartphone is the Exynos 9810 processor with 4 or 6 GB of RAM and up to 512 GB of internal memory. There is also an increase in the capacity of the integrated battery, which has reached 3,200 mAh. Special attention should be paid to the deep integration of Samsung firmware and augmented reality technologies: for example, a smartphone can translate when a camera is pointing at a foreign text in real time. Samsung’s flagship is not much inferior to the iPhone, and in some ways surpasses it. It is cheaper if you search well.
Samsung Galaxy Note 9
Galaxy Note 9, like the Galaxy Note 8, is equipped with a 6.3-inch display. At the same time, improvements have been made to the brightness and glass of the display of the new smartphone, which are similar to those found on the screens of the previously presented Galaxy S9 and S9 + flagships.
On the back of the Galaxy Note 9 is a dual camera. The camera has become the same as the one that has found its use in the already flagship Galaxy S9 and S9 + devices. On the back of the flagship phablet, which has become one of the most interesting announcements of the smartphone industry in the second half of this year, is a fingerprint scanner.
This is a really interesting smartphone, especially for those who lack the capabilities and screen size of the Galaxy S9. Note 9 can easily be used as a mini-tablet, but it is also worth it.
Huawei P20 Pro
Huawei P20 Pro – a flagship with a great camera, one of the best on the market. The front-facing camera is single-touch, but with a resolution of 24 megapixels and an f / 2.0 aperture. In the Pro version there are three modules at once: two modules are assembled into one design, and the third is placed separately. The modules have a resolution of 40 megapixel, 20 megapixel and 8 megapixel for different shooting modes. Threefold optical zoom is possible. In the camera, a great emphasis is placed on artificial intelligence, which is supported by the Kirin 970 processor. By the way, even the recently introduced iPhone could not circumvent it in terms of the quality of images according to the dxo mark version.
The screen resolution is FullHD +, and the image is very bright and juicy. An eight-core processor with a frequency of 2.36 GHz and a separate neural network module, 6 GB of RAM and 128 GB of internal memory (and another 4,000 mAh battery) are just some of the reasons to pay attention to the P20 Pro. The smartphone is running Android 8.1 and proprietary EMUI 8.1.
Perhaps, this is the first smartphone in a long time, which brought something really interesting to the industry, and let it again not a revolution, but rather a strong evolutionary leap, but it is there, and it strongly highlights Huawei, which has already taken second place in sales in Russia against the background of competitors. If the company continues in the same spirit, then it has all the chances for more. The smartphone is perfect not only for those who like to take pictures on the smartphone, but also for those who want to get a premium Android device.
Xiaomi Mi 8
This is a smartphone for those who, with a small budget, want to get the “stuffing” of flagships. With a price of about 30,000 rubles, the Mi 8 offers a Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 (usually not found on smartphones cheaper than 50,000 rubles), an AMOLED display with high resolution, a dual camera with optical stabilization. The fingerprint scanner was placed on the back cover, and only the front camera and sensors remained in the front. What to hide, it is very similar to the iPhone X (even the XR), but at the price of the iPhone you can buy two such smartphones.
Available frameless from LG. Being a logical continuation of the smartphone LG Q6, the updated model has inherited the main features of its predecessor. But in terms of hardware, the device is more powerful. The smartphone is equipped with an MT6750S processor, 3 GB of RAM, 32 GB of ROM, a 3000 mAh battery, a 13 megapixel camera and a 5.5-inch HD display. The main feature of Q7 is protection against water and dust in accordance with the standard IP68. And it costs only 20 thousand rubles! Quite inexpensive for a smartphone that will remain relevant for at least another year.
Huawei recently learned very well to produce smartphones that attract attention and interest with the release of each new model. One of the most curious is the Honor 10. The HonPS 10 has an LTPS matrix, and the screen diagonal is 5.84 inches. Plus 64 GB or 128 GB of internal memory and 4 GB of RAM.
It’s not worth talking about the plague performance, even though the smartphone works on the top chip from Huawei, namely Kirin 970, the same as Huawei P20, Huawei P20 Pro and Honor View 10. Fast charging is and allows you to fill the battery by 50% in 25 minutes And all this for 27,000 rubles!
Of course, there is no way to bypass the iPhone XS with the iPhone XS Max, which were presented this year. The smartphones turned out to be very interesting, despite the similar design with the iPhone X. The A12 Bionic processor accelerates the operating system to unprecedented speeds, and the updated camera takes amazing pictures.
iPhone XS Max surprises with its screen. When you start using it, you immediately notice an improvement regarding the iPhone X. As is typical of larger Plus-versions, its battery has a large capacity and allows you to use it longer.
Last year’s model was really good, but now it has been made even better. The updated iOS 12, which not only added stability, but also became even better to support the iPhone “with bangs”, also contributed.
All this suggests that if last year you were ready to buy a new iPhone, but refused it because of concerns about its quality, now is the time to buy and you can safely recommend new models for purchase.
ASUS ZenFone 5
Asus is quiet, but surely follows trends. So, many users really liked the new line of ZenFone 5, which is praised mostly for extremely high-quality displays.
This 2018 ASUS flagship was estimated at 25,000 rubles, which is pretty good for a smartphone with a 6.2-inch frameless display FHD +, 4 GB of RAM and 64 GB of flash memory.
Will delight many and 12-megapixel dual main camera, Type-C port, as well as a 3300 mAh battery. The processor is budget, but the matter is not only in the “stuffing”. In the case of the ZenFone 5, buyers pay for a unique design, featuring a cutout in the display.
As you can see, to get the best Android-smartphone, there is no need to get into loans by buying a device worth 70,000 rubles. The market for Android smartphones is full of interesting devices. You can find the best option in any price category.