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LAHORE — The year 2018 took off with a unique and advanced start with innovative high-end phones by  Huawei, Samsung and Oppo and others who made it exciting enough to get everyone hooked and interested in smartphone technology all over again. But we gauged the following cell phones to have leapfrogged others.

According to a Facebook poll by DailyPakistan, Pakistanis are more interested in Chinese brands (Huawei and Oppo) rather than Korean and American (Samsung and Apple) because of the unique features like triple-camera setup, waterdrop notch, fast processor build on the latest technology and much more.

Which one do you find the best?Help us figure out the best smartphone of 2018. Tell us about your choice, considering…

Posted by Daily Pakistan Global on Friday, December 28, 2018

Flagship Smartphones

1. Huawei Mate 20 Pro

  • Body: Dual glass body with an aluminum frame, curved Corning Gorilla Glass, IP68 rating for dust and water resistance
  • Screen: 6.39-inch AMOLED screen, 1440x3120p resolution (538ppi)
  • Chipset: 7nm Kirin 980 chipset, Octa-core (2×2.6 GHz Cortex-A76 & 2×1.92 GHz Cortex-A76 & 4×1.8 GHz Cortex-A55), Mali-G76 MP10 GPU
  • Memory: 6GB RAM, 128GB storage
  • OS: Android 9.0 Pie with EMUI 9.0
  • Triple Camera: 40 MP, f/1.8, 27mm (wide), 1/1.7″, PDAF/Laser AF
    20 MP, f/2.2, 16mm (ultrawide), 1/2.7″, PDAF/Laser AF
    8 MP, f/2.4, 80mm (telephoto), 1/4″, 5x optical zoom, OIS, PDAF/Laser AF
  • Camera features: Leica optics, dual-LED dual-tone flash, panorama, HDR
  • Video: 2160p@30fps, 1080p@60fps, 1080p230fps (gyro-EIS),720p@960fps
  • Front Cam: 24MP, f/2.0 lens, 26mm (wide)
  • Battery:4,200mAh; supports Fast charging, Fast battery charging 40W (70% in 30 min), Qi wireless fast charging 15W, Reverse wireless charging
  • Security: Face ID, Fingerprint (under display)

2. iPhone XS Max

 

  • Body: Stainless steel frame, reinforced glass front, and rear, IP68 certified for water and dust resistance. Space Gray, Gold and Silver colour options.
  • Screen: 6.5″ bezel-less OLED screen of 1242 x 2688 px resolution, 458ppi. HDR video support, wide colour gamut. True Tone adjustment via a six-channel ambient light sensor, 3D Touch.
  • OS: Apple iOS 12
  • Chipset: Apple A12 Bionic chip (7nm) – Hexa-core 2.49GHz (2x Vortex + 4x Tempest) Apple CPU, four-core Apple GPU, 4-core Apple NPU 2-gen
  • Memory: 4GB of RAM; 64/256/512GB of internal storage (non-expandable)
  • Camera: Dual 12MP camera: wide-angle F/1.8 with OIS + telephoto F/2.4 with OIS, live bokeh effects (including Portrait mode and Portrait Lightning, adjustable blur), 2x lossless zoom, quad-LED flash with slow sync, phase detection autofocus, wide colour gamut capture
  • Video recording: 2160p@60/30fps, 1080p@30/60/120/240fps video recording with wider dynamic range
  • Selfie: 7MP F/2.2 front-facing camera with BSI sensor and HDR mode, 1080p@30/60fps video, digital video stabilization, depth detection for Portrait mode and Animoji
  • Battery: 3,174 mAh battery, wireless charging (Qi compatible)
  • Misc: Face ID through dedicated TrueDepth camera, stereo speakers, Taptic Engin

3. Samsung Galaxy S9+

 

  • Body: Aluminum frame, Gorilla Glass 5 front and back; IP68 certified for water and dust resistance. Midnight Black, Coral Blue, Titanium Gray, Lilac Purple colour schemes.
  • Display: 6.2″ Super AMOLED ‘Infinity Display’, 2,960x1440px resolution, 18.5:9 (2.06:1) aspect ratio, 529ppi; HDR10 compliant (no Dolby Vision).
  • Rear camera: Primary 12MP, Type 1/2.55″ sensor, f/1.5-2.4 aperture, 26mm equiv. focal length, dual pixel PDAF, OIS; Secondary 12MP, Type 1/3.6″ sensor, f/2.4 aperture, 52mm equiv. focal length, autofocus, OIS; 2x zoom. 2160p/60fps, 1080p/240fps slow motion, 720p/960fps super slow motion video recording.
  • Front camera: 8MP, f/1.7 aperture, autofocus; 1440p/30fps video recording.
  • OS/Software: Android 8.0 Oreo; Samsung Experience 9.0; Bixby virtual assistant; Smart Connect, Smart Connect Home
  • Chipsets: Exynos 9810: octa-core CPU (4x3rd-gen Mongoose 2.7GHz + 4xCortex-A55 1.8GHz), Mali-G72 MP18 GPU.
  • Memory: 6GB of RAM; 64/128/256GB of storage; microSD slot for cards up to 400GB.
  • Battery: 3,500mAh Li-Po (sealed); Adaptive Fast Charging (same as S7/S8); QuickCharge 2.0 support; WPC (Qi)&PMA wireless charging.
  • Misc: Fingerprint/iris/face recognition; stereo speakers (bottom-firing + earpiece); 3.5mm jack; bundled AKG headphones; DeX dock compatibility.

4. Samsung Galaxy Note 9

 

  • Body: Aluminum frame, Gorilla Glass 5 front and back; IP68 certified for water and dust resistance. 161.9 x 76.4 x 8.8 mm, 201g. Midnight Black, Ocean Blue, Metallic Copper, Lavender Purple colour schemes.
  • Display: 6.4″ Super AMOLED ‘Infinity Display’, 2,960x1440px resolution, 18.5:9 (2.06:1) aspect ratio, 516ppi; HDR10 compliant (no Dolby Vision).
  • Rear camera: Primary 12MP, Type 1/2.55″ sensor, f/1.5-2.4 aperture, 26mm equiv. focal length, dual pixel PDAF, OIS; Secondary 12MP, Type 1/3.4″ sensor, f/2.4 aperture, 52mm equiv. focal length, autofocus, OIS; 2x zoom. 2160p/60fps, 1080p/240fps slow motion, 720p/960fps super slow-motion video recording.
  • Front camera: 8MP, f/1.7 aperture, autofocus; 1440p/30fps video recording.
  • OS/Software: Android 8.1 Oreo; Samsung Experience 9.0; Bixby virtual assistant; Smart Connect, Smart Connect Home.
  • Chipsets: Exynos 9810: octa-core CPU (4x3rd-gen Mongoose 2.7GHz + 4xCortex-A55 1.8GHz), Mali-G72 MP18 GPU.
  • Memory: 6/8GB of RAM; 128/512GB of storage; microSD slot for cards up to 512GB.
  • Battery: 4,000mAh Li-Po (sealed); Adaptive Fast Charging (same as S7/S8/S9); QuickCharge 2.0 support; WPC(Qi)&PMA wireless charging.
  • Misc: Bluetooth-enabled S Pen stylus with 4096 pressure levels and multimedia controls; fingerprint/iris/face recognition; stereo speakers tuned by AKG; 3.5mm jack; bundled AKG headphones; DeX dock compatibility.

5. Huawei P20 Pro

  • Body: dual-glass with metal frame, 7.65mm thick
  • Screen: 6.1″ AMOLED, 1080 x 2240px resolution (408ppi);
  • Chipset: Kirin 970 chipset, octa-core processor (Cortex-A73 2.4GHz + A53 1.8GHz), Mali-G72 MP12 GPU
  • Memory: 6GB RAM, 128GB storage
  • OS: Android 8.1 Oreo with EMUI 8.1;
  • Camera: 40MP f/1.8 color + 8MP f/2.4 color telephoto + 20MP f/1.6 monochrome; 4K video capture, 720@960fps slow-mo; Leica co-developed
  • Camera features: 1/1.7″ 40MP sensor, up to ISO 102,400, 3x optical zoom, 5x hybrid zoom, OIS + EIS, can change focus and lighting in photos after they are taken, Variable Aperture, Portrait Mode, can shoot long-exposure without a tripod
  • Selfie cam: 24MP, f/2.0 Leica lens, Portrait Mode with live bokeh effects; 2D Face Unlock
  • Battery: 4,000mAh; Super Charge
  • Security: Fingerprint reader (front), 0.4 seconds response time
  • Misc: IR blaster, stereo speakers

6. Oppo Find X

  • Body: metal and glass, reflective coating on the back
  • Display: 6.42″ AMOLED, 1,080 x 2,340 resolution, 19.5:9 ratio, curved edges
  • Rear camera: Pop-up dual 16 + 20 MP, f/2.0, OIS, PDAF, 4K video, dual-LED flash
  • Front camera: Pop-up 25 MP, f/2.0, 1080p video
  • Software: Color OS 5.1 (based on Android 8.1); Google Assistant
  • Chipset: 10 nm Snapdragon 845, quad 2.8 GHz Kryo 385 Gold + quad 1.7 GHz Kryo 385 Silver, Adreno 630
  • Memory: 8 GB of RAM, 128/256 GB storage; no microSD slot
  • Battery: 3,730 mAh, 20W VOOC (or 50W Super VOOC) fast charging
  • Misc: Notch-less bezel-less design with cameras mounted on a slider; 3D face scanning (15,000 points)

Mid-Range Smartphones

1. Oppo F9

  • Body: Gorilla Glass 6 body, plastic frame, 156.7 x 74 x 8 mm, 169g
  • Screen: 6.3″ 2,340 x 1,080px (19.5:9) LTPS IPS LCD, 409ppi, notched
  • Chipset: MediaTek Helio P60 chipset – octa-core processor (4×2.0 GHz Cortex-A73 & 4×2.0 GHz Cortex-A53), Mali-G72 MP3 GPU
  • Memory: 4 or 6 GB RAM, 64GB of storage, (dedicated) microSD slot
  • Camera: Dual: 16MP (f/1.8) + 2MP for depth sensing, phase detection autofocus; 1080p @ 30fps video
  • Selfie cam: 25MP (f/2.0), 1080p video
  • OS: Android 8.1 Oreo with ColoOS 5.2
  • Battery: 3,500 mAh, 20W VOOC flash charging
  • Connectivity: Dual Nano-SIM; microUSB (USB 2.0), Bluetooth 4.2, GPS, GLONASS, FM radio
  • Misc: Rear-mounted fingerprint sensor, bottom-firing loudspeaker, 3.5mm audio port

2. Huawei nova 3

  • Body: Aluminum frame, glass back
  • Display: 6.3-inch, 2340×1080 19.5:9 IPS LCD, 409PPI
  • Rear Camera: 16MP f1.8 + 24MP f1.8 monochrome, single LED flash, 4K30 video
  • Front Camera: 24MP f2.0 + 2MP depth sensor, 1080p30 video
  • OS: Android 8.1 Oreo, EMUI 8.2
  • Chipset: HiSilicon Kirin 970, 4+4 big.LITTLE CPU (4x Cortex-A73 at 2.36GHz + 4x Cortex-A53 at 1.84GHz), Mali-G72 MP12 GPU, TSMC 10nm FinFET+
  • Memory: 6GB RAM, 128GB expandable storage
  • Battery: 3750mAh, fast charge support
  • Connectivity: Dual SIM (hybrid), VoLTE, dual-band Wi-Fi 802.11ac, Bluetooth 4.2, A-GPS, USB-C 2.0, headphone jack
  • Misc: Single loudspeaker, IR face unlock, fingerprint sensor

3. Honor 8X

  • Body: Aluminum frame, 160.4 x 76.6 x 7.8 mm, 175g.
  • Display: 6.5″ IPS LCD, 1,080 x 2,340px, 19.5:9 aspect ratio, 396ppi.
  • Rear camera: Primary 20MP, f/1.8 aperture, 27mm equiv. focal length; phase detect autofocus; secondary 2MP depth sensor.
  • Front camera: 16MP, f/2.0 aperture, 26mm equiv. focal length; fixed focus lens.
  • OS/Software: Android 8.1 Oreo, EMUI 8.2.
  • Chipset: Kirin 710: octa-core CPU (4×2.2 GHz Cortex-A73 & 4×1.7 GHz Cortex-A53); Mali-G51 MP4 GPU.
  • Memory: 4/6GB of RAM; 64/128GB storage; microSD card slot (dedicated).
  • Battery: 3,750mAh (sealed), 5V/2A charging
  • Connectivity: Dual SIM; Wi-Fi a/b/g/n/ac, Bluetooth 4.2; NFC; microUSB 2.0, 3.5mm jack.
  • Misc: Histen 5.0; dual microphones (noise reduction); Fingerprint reader (rear-mounted).

4. Huawei Y9 (2019)

  • Body: Aluminum frame with glass on front and back
  • Screen: 6.5-inch IPS LCD display, 1080 x 2340 resolution, 397ppi, and notch on top, Corning Gorilla Glass 3
  • OS: Android Oreo 8.1 with EMUI 8.2
  • Chipset: Octa-core (4×2.2 GHz Cortex-A73 & 4×1.7 GHz Cortex-A53) Hisilicon Kirin 710 processor; Mali- G51 GPU
  • RAM: 4GB
  • Storage: 128GB of built-in storage; expandable with microSD up to 400GB
  • Camera: Dual 20MP f/1.8 + 2MP depth sensor camera, live bokeh effects, LED flash, phase detection autofocus, 1080p@30/60fps video
  • Front Facing Camera: 16MP, f/2.0 front-facing  camera with 1080p@30fps video
    SIM: Dual-SIM
  • Battery: 3750 mAh non-removable battery
  • Misc: Fingerprint sensor (rear-mounted)

5. Oppo A7

  • Body: Uni-body design
  • Screen: 6.2-inch 19.5:9 IPS water drop LCD with HD+ (720 x 1520) resolution
  • OS: Android 8.1 Oreo with Color OS 5.2
  • Chipset: Qualcomm Snapdragon 450 (14 nm) Octa-core Processor and Adreno 506 GPU
  • RAM: 4GB
  • Storage: 64GB of built-in storage; expandable with microSD up to 256GB
  • Camera: Dual 13 MP, f/2.2, AF + 2 MP, f/2.4, depth sensor, live bokeh effects, LED flash, phase detection autofocus, 1080p@30/60fps video
  • Front Facing Camera: 16 MP, f/2.0
  • SIM: Dual-SIM
  • Battery: 4230 mAh non-removable battery
  • Misc: Fingerprint sensor (rear-mounted)

6. Nokia 6.1 Plus

  • Body: Front/Back Glass (Gorilla Glass 3), Aluminum Frame
  • Screen: 5.8 inches IPS LCD display, 1080p resolution, 432ppi
  • OS: Android 9.0 (Pie); Android One
  • Chipset: Snapdragon 636 chipset:Octa-core 1.8 GHz Kryo 260; Adreno 509 GPU
  • RAM: 4GB
  • Camera: Dual 16 MP, f/2.0, 1.0µm, PDAF  + 5 MP, f/2.4, 1.12µm, depth sensor; video 2160p@30fps, 1080p@30fps (gyro-EIS)
  • Front Facing Camera: 16 MP, f/2.0, 1/3.1″, 1.0µm with 1080p@30fps video
  • Storage: 64GB of built-in storage expandable with MicroSD card up to 400GB
  • SIM: Hybrid Dual-SIM (nano-SIM)
  • Battery: 3,060mAh non-removable battery
  • Misc: Fingerprint sensor (rear-mounted)