The beauty of buying a smartphone for most of us is that we only do it once every few years. But when the time comes to change our phones, we are spoilt for choice. Too many phones, too many options. No worries! Let us narrow down your search with a compilation of 5 best phones of 2018 and their features.
Best feature: Camera
We start off the list with Huawei’s latest flagship – Huawei P20 Pro. Released in March 2018, the Huawei P20 Pro features a 6.1-inch screen AMOLED capacitive touchscreen, Android 8.1 (Oreo), Hisilicon Kirin 970 chipset, an octa-core 4x2.4 GHz Cortex-A73 & 4x1.8 GHz Cortex-A53 CPU and 6/8GB RAM options.
But the best part of the Huawei P20 Pro has got to be its camera! Its rear camera system is made up of 3 cameras. This triple camera combination deploys 40MP, 20MP, and 8MP cameras to create crystal clear images.
The P20 Pro camera also allows you to snap photos in total darkness. Leica optics along with wide lenses, telephoto, HDR, full HD video, and panorama features give this camera an added advantage over any other phone in the market.
Read more about about the Huawei P20 in this article.
The Huawei P20 Pro price in Malaysia starts at RM2,000.
Best feature: Price and looks
Want an iPhone X but can’t afford one? Don’t worry! The Vivo V9 is your next choice. At only a fraction of the price, you get Vivo’s large-screen clone of the iPhone X. One look at it and you’ll find the similarities – the notch, the bezels, even the wallpaper. What’s better, it’s bigger than its Apple role model at 6.3 inches.
In summary, the Vivo V9 comes with glass-aluminium body and runs Android 8.1 Oreo with Funtouch OS 4.0. It is powered by an Octa-core 2.2 GHz Cortex-A53 and Adreno 506 GPU.
You get a rear dual 16MP and 5MP camera system with depth sensor, dual-LED flash, HDR, panorama settings and full HD video capabilities. The selfie camera is a 24MP shooter. You also get a rear-mounted fingerprint scanner for easy access and security.
Vivo V9 price in Malaysia starts at RM800.
Best feature: Flagship Phone with budget price
What do you get when you put all the best features of a flagship phone with the low price of a budget phone? The answer: the Xiaomi Pocophone F1. Introduced in August this year, the Pocophone F1 is every phone lover’s wet dream.
The Pocophone’s best feature is firstly its powerful Snapdragon 845 chipset running Android 8.1 Oreo. You won’t get that in a budget phone. The Pocophone F1 is also liquid-cooled and has a dual-camera setup consisting of a 12MP Dual pixel PDAF and a 5MP depth sensor. You also get a 20MP front-facing camera.
Here’s the best part. The Xiaomi Pocophone F1 colours are Graphite Black, Steel Blue, Rosso Red, and best of all, the Armoured Edition with reinforced Kevlar. How cool is that?!
The Xiaomi Pocophone F1 price in Malaysia starts from RM1,250.
Best feature: Stock Android and trendy looks
One of the first things you notice about the Nokia 7 Plus is its copper accent running between the frame. The premium feel of the Nokia 7 Plus comes with the combination of copper, glass, and a rear matte finish. Although the matte finish gives a plastic feel, it is useful for additional grip as the phone is fairly large for an average hand. Screen size comes in at 6 inches and the IPS LCD display is vibrant with deep blacks and bright colours.
Nokia 7 Plus runs stock Android 8.1 Android Oreo without the bloatware. This maximizes storage and speed. The 7 Plus gets 4 GB RAM, 64GB storage expandable with external microSD card up to 256GB. The rear camera features a dual-camera setup (12MP and 13MP) with Zeiss optics. Nokia 7 Plus comes with a rear fingerprint sensor for quick access and top security.
Better still, the Nokia 7 Plus price in Malaysia starts from RM1,280
Best feature: High-speed wireless charging, Bluetooth S-Pen
Samsung makes an appearance on our list thanks to the Galaxy Note 9. The latest instalment in its inventory, Samsung Note 9 features a plethora of top-notch features. The most prominent features is its high-speed wireless charging for the 4000mAh battery.
Keeping up with today’s technology, the Note 9 is IP68 water-resistant, has 8GB of RAM (high spec), has a headphone jack, and stereo speakers.
For its slim size, Samsung was able to fit the latest S-Pen into its frame. The Note 9 S-Pen is doubles as a Bluetooth remote for taking photos. As impressive as it is, it is near invisible in the phone’s outer looks. Overall, the Samsung Note 9 is one phone you should consider, granted you have the budget for it.
The Samsung Note 9 price in Malaysia starts from RM3,000.
Want a new smartphone but can’t afford any of the above? We’ve got you covered. Here are some smartphones you may want to get: