15 Best Smartphones of 2018 (so far) – Best Flagships, Midrange and Budget Phones

Thinking of buying a new phone and worried about the price range? We’ve got the best smartphones of the moment listed here which are economical but have extraordinary features. One can easily get smartphones it a flagship, midrange or budget, just according to their needs and pocket. All the phones we listed below offer the best hardware available today along with great cameras and a premium design. It means that you can choose phones between three segments of price: low price, cost-effective price and high price. Though all the device, be it, midrange, are premium phones with minor compromised features. So go from the list to find Best smartphones of 2018
Buying a new phone is always a good idea, however, buying perfect one is a difficult decision and needs proper research. To make it easier for you, we have listed best smartphones from the above mentioned three segments for our readers.

Here are the 15 Best Smartphones of 2018

We’ve spent hours whittling the contenders down to a top 5, and we take into account the power, specs, design and, most importantly, value for money of each handset as discussed.
This year smartphones have come with some distinct features such as:

  • Face Technology
  • Polycarbonate Unibody
  • Augmented Reality
  • Kirin 980 chipset
  • Dual and quad Camera Lens

Best Flagship Smartphone

Here is the list of Best Flagship smartphone on the basis of appearance and specifications.

Huawei Mate 20 Pro :

HUAWEI Mate 20 Pro packs extraordinary features including the world’s first Leica ultra-wide-angle triple camera, reverse charging and more exciting features. HUAWEI Mate 20 Pro has the following key features:

  • The HUAWEI Mate 20 Pro is equipped with a 40MP main camera, a 20MP ultra-wide-angle camera, and an 8MP telephoto camera.
  • The HUAWEI Mate 20 pro uses AI, which can isolate human subjects and desaturate colours around them to dramatically highlight the person.
  •  The device houses a large, high-density 4,200mAh** battery, and supports 40W HUAWEI SuperCharge, which gives the device 70 percent charge in 30 minutes.
  • 3D Face Unlock
  • Kirin 980 Chipset
  • 6.39 inches screen
  • Android 9.0 (Pie)
  • Price: PKR 129,999

Huawei Mate 20 RS Porche Design:

It is the latest mobile luxury device created through the collaboration between Porsche Design and Huawei.
Here are the key features:

  • 3D Face Unlock
  • Kirin 980 Chipset
  • 6.39 inches screen
  • Android 9.0 (Pie)
  • AI
  • Three rear cameras: 40MP main camera, a 20MP ultra-wide-angle camera, and an 8MP telephoto camera.
  • AI technology
  • Price: Pkr 220000

Galaxy Note 9:

The Samsung Galaxy Note 9 is undoubtedly one of the most powerful, fully featured device ever made but is it really worth $1000.
Here are the key features:

  • 6.4 inches’ screen
  • 12-megapixel dual camera
  • AI for optimizing your photos
  • waterproof
  • Headphone jack
  • Wireless charging
  • Android 8.1
  • the powerful battery of 4000 mAh
  • 512GB ROM and 8GB RAM
  • Price: Pkr 164999

Samsung Galaxy S9:

Everyone loves to own big screens and keeping this in view, companies are launching flagship devices with huge screens. Samsung Galaxy S9 is such an example.
Here are the key features:

  • Shoot like a pro
  • AMOLED display
  • The dynamic duo
  •  Iris Scanner and Facial Recognition
  • Water resistant
  • 5.8-inch display
  • Android 8.0
  • 400GB microSD
  • WQHD+ resolution (2960 x 1440 pixels)
  •  Exynos 9810
  • 4 GB RAM
  • Rear: Super Speed Dual Pixel 12 MP AF sensor with OIS, f/1.5 and f/2.4 apertures
  • Front: 8 MP AF sensor, f/1.7 aperture
  • 3,000mAh
  • Price: Pkr 105,000

Samsung Galaxy S9 Plus:

The Samsung Galaxy S9 Plus is an awesome device but with the similar design like Samsung Galaxy S8 display which they gave us in 2017. Its major features are Slow motion camera, improved biometrics and amazing lowlight technology which is the new innovation. Although the price is very high still it shines out with its amazing performance.
Here are the key features:

  • 6.2 Inches display screen
  • Octa-core 2.8 GHz processor
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 845
  • Android 8.0 (Oreo) operating system
  • 6 GB RAM
  • 64/128/256 GB ROM
  • 12-megapixel back camera
  • 8-megapixel front camera
  • Non-removable Li-Ion 3500 mAh battery
  • Available Colors: Midnight Black, Coral Blue, Titanium Gray, Lilac Purple
  • Price:110,999

iPhone XS:

Apple’s Flagship iPhone XS is a fine device though I don’t like its name. The iPhone XS. The smartphone has an edge-to-edge screen with almost a bezel-less screen. iPhone XS Camera is an improvised version with a TrueDepth camera system that supports Face ID.
Here are the key features:

  • 5.8 inch
  • 1125 x 2436 pixels resolution
  • Apple A12 Bionic processor
  • 4GB RAM
  • 64/256/512 GB Internal Storage
  • Dual 12-megapixel rear camera
  • 7 MP front camera
  • iOS 12
  • Face ID
  • Proximity Sensor
  • Accelerometer
  • Price: Pkr 144,999

iPhone XS Max.

As the name suggests, iPhone XS Max is the larger version of iPhone XS and hence little more costly too.
Here are the key features:

  • 6.5-inch screen
  • 1242 x 2688 pixels resolution
  • Apple A12 Bionic processor
  • 4 GB Ram
  • 64/256/512 GB Internal Storage
  • Dual 12-megapixel Rear camera
  • 7MP front camera
  • iOS 12 operating system
  • Face ID
  • Proximity Sensor
  • Accelerometer
  • Price: PKR 166,999

Best Mid Range Smartphones

Mid-range smartphones are the best buy for those people who want all the important features of flagship devices in a cost-effective smartphone with slightly compromised features. Not everyone can afford a flagship phone like the Samsung Galaxy S9 or iPhone X, but the good news is that plenty of cheaper devices offer an excellent experience.
Mid-range smartphones can wonderfully combine flagship-level features in hardware of great value. You may to compromise slightly on camera and build quality, but it is often totally worth it to save hundreds.
Here are some good Mid-range smartphones:

PocoPhone F1:

The POCOPHONE F1 is the mid-range market phone and is becoming rapidly one of the most aggressive in mobile. There is no glass back or a curved metal frame running along the F1’s edge. It is made of plastic but assembled in such a way that it still looks very stylish.
Here are the key features:

  • 6.0 inches’ screen
  • 2246 x 1080 pixels
  • octa-core processor
  •  64GB  ROM
  • 6GB RAM
  • Dual camera lens of 12MP & 5MP
  • 20MP front camera
  • 4000 mAh battery
  • Price: PKR 40,000

Honor 8X:

This is also one of the best budget phone available at a cost-effective price.  Honor 8X is a pivotal landmark in the series, extending the reputation of an exceptional value proposition that no flagship smartphone can match.
Honor 8X key highlights include:

  • 5” full-view display
  • 128 GB internal storage
  • 20 MP AI dual-lens rear camera with super night shot photography
  • 3750mAh battery with Honor’s intelligent power – saving technology
  • New Kirin 710 chipsets (first ever in an Honor phone)
  • Price: PKR 35,999


Oppo F9 is the most wanted device due to VOOC flash charge and marvellous camera results. The device is packaged with outstanding features. Let’s have a view of the key features of Oppo F9:

  • 6.3″  display
  • 64 GB R0M
  • 3500 mAh Battery
  • 4GB RAM
  • Rear fingerprint sensor
  • Quick charging
  • Android v8.1 (Oreo)
  • Octa Core processor
  • 25 MP selfie camera
  • 16 MP rear camera
  • Price: PKR 40,000

Huawei Nova Series 3i:

The Huawei Nova 3i stands out in the crowded mid-range category. It has a promising camera setup, the Kirin 710 chipset that’s slightly inferior to the Snapdragon 636. But a good display and delicate yet premium design make up for it.
Here are the key features:

  • 6.3″ display
  • 1080 x 2340 pixels Resolution
  • 4 GB RAM
  • 128 GB ROM
  • Primary camera: Dual: 16 MP (f/2.2, PDAF) + 2 MP (depth sensor)
  • Secondary camera: Dual: 24 MP + 2 MP
  • Fingerprint sensor
  • Non-removable Li-Ion 3340 mAh battery
  • Black, Pearl White, Iris Purple
  • Price: PKR 43,999

Vivo v11:

This is one of the best devices in the mid-range category. Every aspect of the phone has been carefully considered – the result is a finely-crafted and precise marriage between tech and fashion. Here are the marvellous features offered by Vivo V11 at cost-effective price.

  • 6.30-inch Super AMOLED screen
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 660
  • 6 GB RAM
  • 128GB Expandable storage
  • Primary camera: 12MP + 5Mp
  • Secondary: 25MP
  • 2.2 GHz processor
  • Ardino 8.1
  • 3,315mAh Non-removable battery
  • Colors: starry night and nebula
  • Price: PKR.39,999/

Vivo V11 Pro:

  • 6.41-inch Super AMOLED
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 660
  • Adreno 512
  • octa core processor
  • 6GB RAM
  • 128GB Storage
  • Main camera: 16MP +  5MP
  • Secondary camera: 25 MP
  • Ardino 8.1
  • 3,400mAh Battery
  • Colours: starry black and dazzling gold
  • Price: PKR. 49,999

Best Budget Phone

Flagship devices are getting more expensive than ever in 2018, but as the top-end gets better so do cheap smartphones. It’s possible to buy a mobile phone on a good budget and still get a cell phone capable of everything you throw at it.
Here are some good budget phones jotted down after a market research:

Nokia 6.1 Plus:

Nokia has made a come back in the mobile phone market with smartphones, hence winning many hearts. Nokia 6.1 is a super cool device with super cool features and everyone is loving it.
Here are some key features of Nokia 6.1 Plus that will force you to buy a smartphone at any cost:

  • 5.5-inch display
  • 1080 x 2280 pixels  resolution
  • Qualcomm SDM636 Snapdragon 630 chipset
  • 64GB ROM
  • 4GB RAM
  • 16 MP primary camera
  • 8 MP secondary camera
  • 3000 mAh battery
  • colors: Black, Blue, White
  • Fingerprint scanner
  • Price: PKR.23,999/-

Xiaomi mi a2 lite:

Xiaomi has added a new member to its family. Xiaomi Mi A2 Lite is the new addition. As the name suggests, it is the lighter version of Xiaomi Mi A2.
Here are the key features:

  • 5.84-inch display
  • screen resolution is 1080*2280
  • 12Mp+5Mp dual camera set up in the back
  • 1.25um pixels rear camera
  • 5MP  front camera
  • 4000 Mah battery
  •  Octa-core 2.0GHz
  • Price: Rs: 24,999/-

SO these were the  Best smartphones of 2018 according to the market research results. Feel free to share your experiences regarding these devices in the comments section below.
For more information, here is the list of 5 Best Smartphones Under 40000 in Pakistan 2018.

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Fizza Atique

Fizza Atique is a Tech writer specializing in the intersection of tech and culture. She likes photography, VR, electronic music, coffee, and baking.
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