The year 2018 was filled with a lot of interesting launches in every category that includes phones with great display notches and there were others with water drop notches. The smartphone industry saw some tough competition considering the camera aspects, battery and overall performance of the devices. Here is our list of the best smartphones of 2018, we picked in every category-
Best Budget phone of 2018: Asus ZenFone Max Pro M2
Asus ZenFone Max Pro M2 was launched earlier this month that targets the mid-range smartphone market. It is a successor to the Max Pro M1 and comes with a 6.26 inches notch design with Corning Gorilla Glass 6, improved dual rear cameras 12MP+5MP/ 13MP selfie camera, Snapdragon 660 processor and a 5000mAh battery. With the best in class specs, the phone comes at a starting price of Rs 12,999 in India.
Best Mid-Range Phone of 2018: Xioami Poco F1
The Poco F1 happens to be the best mid-range smartphone of 2018. Although it comes with flagship configuration, the phone happens to be priced aggressively in the Mid-Range category. With the starting price of Rs 19,999, the Poco F1 is simply unbeatable. It is powered by Snapdragon 845 processor, with amazing camera configuration, making this phone a game changer in all aspects. It gets a 6.18 inch FHD+ IPS 18.7:9 notch display and gets LiquidCool Technology that helps the Snapdragon 845 processor maintains its peak performance even with intense usage. For cameras, it features a 12MP + 5MP Dual Pixel AI dual camera set up while on the front is a 20 MP high-res front camera and IR Face unlock. It comes with a 4000 mAh battery with Quick Charge 3.0.
Best Budget Flagship of 2018: OnePlus 6
The budget flagship segment is something that OnePlus created. Although it saw a lot of competition in this segment, but the best budget flagship of 2018 is non-other than OnePlus 6. Although OnePlus 6 has a successor called the OnePlus 6T, but OnePlus 6 remains the pick of the year since the OnePlus 6T doesn't get significant upgrades from the OnePlus 6, in fact, misses out on a 3.5mm jack and has an under screen fingerprint sensor that is not as great as the one on OnePlus 6. This was a premium budget flagship with no flaws at all. This was a perfect flagship smartphone that one could buy, without spending the flagship money.
Best Gaming Phone of 2018: Asus ROG Phone
Gaming phones have been the highlight of 2018 and there were a bunch of launches in this segment, but Asus ROG just topped it all. The phone comes with innovative features like the air triggers and an intuitive cooling system along with some cool accessories. It gets top of the line specifications and a great design just meant for gaming.
Best Camera Phone of 2018: Google Pixel 3
Cameras on phones just got better in 2018 and all flagship phones this year came with great cameras this year, which saw the likes of dual cameras and triple cameras setups. But Pixel 3 takes the crown of best camera phone of 2018, because the phone, with its single camera, is capable of doing some amazing things that even the four camera phones feel short behind. Given any scenario, the Pixel 3 is just unbeatable.
Best Flagship of 2018: Samsung Galaxy Note 9
Coming to flagship phones this year, there were some amazing launches this year, but getting on to the absolute best flagship phone of 2018 is non-other than the Samsung Galaxy Note 9. The Galaxy Note 9 is a smartphone that can almost do everything that its competition cant. It gets a great display, premium design, amazing speakers and one of the best cameras. Plus it comes with some unique features that help it simply standout. It has a headphone jack that many in this category missed out on and has a desk mode that allows better usability of this phone and then there is the S-Pen that comes with unparalleled features.