Top Six Phones Money Can Buy in First Quarter of 2018

Top Six Phones Money Can Buy in First Quarter of 2018

While last year was undoubtedly the year of the smartphone aficionados, 2018 is gearing up to exceed it especially with the keen inter-brand and intra-brand competition. Aside from the intense rivalry between Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs), the operating systems (especially Android and iOS) are also intent on making life very difficult for each other. The good news is, life gets easier for the consumer!

In July 2017, projected that Australia’s smartphone user-base would reach 16.69 million by end-of-year. Although this projection was based on a survey conducted between 2015 and 2016, it provides a decent snapshot of the local market. Australians obviously love smartphones but what can they splurge on within the first quarter of this year? Given the glut of choices in the market, consumers can look forward to ‘selection headache’ but that is a desirable problem.

The phones reviewed below are the top six in the market. While the first two are fairly hot off the assembly line and still inching their way into the market, the others have been around for a few months yet making waves.

Blackberry Motion

It is hardly news that Blackberry struggled for a while in the market. Again, the company’s determination to survive and thrive can only work to the consumers’ advantage. While the Blackberry KeyOne is already in the markets, the Motion is yet to hit the stores in all territories globally. Smartphone users will be glad to know that it is an Android 7.1.1 phone with lots of delightful features. Water and scratch-resistant, a 1080p screen adorns the face of the phone while its body is made of textured metal. The phone’s Snapdragon 625 processor makes it a pleasure to operate and users will love its 4,000 mAh battery power.

Screen size: 5.5-inches
Resolution: 1920×1080 pixels
CPU: Qualcomm Snapdragon 625
Storage: 32GB
Battery: 4000mAh
Rear camera: 12MP (1.55 micron) f/2.0
Front camera: 8MP f/2.2 1.12-micron pixels

Huawei Honor View 10

Huawei is fast staking its claim to an established place in the smartphone market. Having accomplished decent success with the Honor 8, this latest iteration raises the bar. Beneath the hood, this phone packs tons of power with its Kirin 970 processor and 6GB of RAM. Sleekly built with an aluminum body, its narrow form factor makes handling hassle-free. It is also available in attractive colours including Navy Blue, Midnight Black, Beach Gold, Aurora Blue, Charm Red. Possessing a dedicated Neural Processing Unit (NPU), the Honor 10 can run Artificial Intelligence (AI) computations with high efficiency. Huawei did not scrimp on storage space as the phone is endowed with 128GB internal storage.

Other features of the phone include:

Screen size: 6-inches
Resolution: 1080 x 2160 pixels
CPU: Hisilicon Kirin 970
Storage: 128GB
Battery: 3750mAh
Rear camera: 16/20MP
Front camera: 13MP

Apple iPhone X

It is difficult to argue with the iPhone X’s preeminent position in the smartphone market. What do consumers have to gain? Let’s start with the features:
Rear Camera: Dual 12MP
Front Camera: 7MP
Resolution: 1125 x 2436
Storage: 64/256GB
Screen size: 5.8 inches

While many may argue about its high-end price sticker, IHS Markit’s Teardown and Cost Benchmarking Intelligence Service estimates the iPhone X’s material costs to be $370.25. Simply put, Apple has never invested so much in any of its earlier iPhone iterations. Apple is traditionally known for its genius in marrying technology with breathtaking design. Lingering doubts about the value of that investment is therefore blown away by its stunning design, beginning with the 5.8-inch AMOLED screen. Going beyond aesthetics however, the phone also delivers on processing speed with its A11 bionic processor. Functionalities also include portrait lighting mode and innovative FaceID.
Google Pixel 2 XL

Any doubts regarding Google’s foray into the smartphone terrain may wilt upon examination of the Pixel 2 XL. Smartphone reviews still place this phone very close to (but not alongside) the iPhone X and S8. Sleek, smooth and powerful, Google really nailed it with many features ranging from the outstanding camera, aesthetic design, glass and metal exterior. Additionally, it features the Google Assistant AI which can respond to voice commands. Apparently determined to go toe-to-toe with Samsung and Apple, Google endowed the Pixel 2 XL with features and specifications that deliver an extraordinary user-experience. For smartphone users who prefer smaller phones, there is a 5-inch version available.

Here are some of the Google Pixel 2 XL specifications:

Screen size: 6.0-inches
Resolution: 1440 x 2880 pixels
CPU: Qualcomm Snapdragon 835
Storage: 64/128GB
Battery: 3520mAh
Rear camera: 12MP f/1.8
Front camera: 8MP f/2.4

Samsung Galaxy S8 Plus

Apparently, the Korean electronics giant is intent on giving Apple a good run for its money in the smartphone market. The S8 is undoubtedly the closest rival to the iPhone, having established its place as the most best Android phone. Of course, it may lose this position once a new iteration hits the market but right now, it stands. Sporting an edge-to-edge display, users enjoy having the screen slide seamlessly to the sides of the phone. Endowed with 64GB internal storage, the S8 Plus also designed to resist both dust and water. Not about to allow the iPhone X steal all the limelight, the S8 also sports a fingerprint scanner, iris and facial recognition capabilities. If its 6-inch screen is too large, a 5.8-inch option is available in the S8.

The phone’s features include the following:

Screen size: 6.2-inches
Resolution: 1440 x 2960 pixels
CPU: Exynos 8895 Octa
Storage: 64GB
Battery: 3000mAh
Rear camera: 12 MP f/1.7
Front camera: 8 MP f/1.7

OnePlus 5T

Once regarded as the underdog in 2014, challenging the dominant brands in the smartphone market, OnePlus exceeded expectations (probably its own too) in 2017 when the company unveiled the OnePlus 5T. Packing several features available in the high-end smartphones with a lower price tag, the 5T got a lot of attention. Although it is neither dust nor water resistant, its still sports a 6-inch edge-to-edge display in addition to excellent dual camera. The camera’s portrait mode feature is a delight while its fingerprint sensor is fast. Its performance is hardly surprising considering its hard-working Snapdragon 835 processor.

The 5T’s specifications include:

Screen size: 6-inches
Resolution: 1080 x 2160 pixels
CPU: Qualcomm Snapdragon 835
RAM: 6/8GB
Storage: 64/128GB
Battery: 3300mAh
Rear camera: Dual 16MP f/1.7 + 20MP f/1.7
Front camera: 16MP f/2.0

If you’re interested in one of these smartphones, or are in the market for a new one, please visit us for all of your smartphone needs! We can help you find the right phone and offer fast service on most mobile phone repairs in the Melbourne area.


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