Looking for a new smartphone that’s not an iPhone? We’ve got a wealth of premium devices that you can choose from.
This article is not concerned with phones that have the greatest value or even those with the most alluring designs, but rather with the best Android smartphones that you can buy this year.
Samsung Galaxy S9 Plus
Samsung Galaxy S9 Plus looks marvelous, making it almost impossible to find a weak spot. It operates so smoothly, contains one of the best smartphone cameras, and offers some awesome software customization features. Of course, it’s expensive, but that’s sort of inevitable right now.
With a sharp 1440 x 2960 pixel resolution and the 6.2-inch Super AMOLED Infinity Display, Samsung has one of the best screens you can lay your eyes on. There’s also 256GB of internal storage and up to 6GB of RAM, in addition to IP68 waterproofing, wireless charging, a 3.5mm headphone jack, and more.
Google Pixel 2 XL
This is Google’s best idea of how an Android smartphone is supposed to be, with AI technology and Google Assistant as the strongest points.
Although Google Pixel 2 XL consists of a single lens, the intelligent image processing is just superb. Taking an insidious look, the phone includes 4GB of RAM, a Snapdragon 835 chipset, and a 6-inch, 1440 x 2880 pixel OLED screen.
What’s amazing about this phone though is it detects songs playing in the background in an instant, even when locked. Moreover, Google guarantees users to be the first to get the latest Android updates.
OnePlus 6 runs fast and looks great. It offers a beautiful-looking, 6.28-inch, AMOLED display with a resolution of 1440 x 2880 pixels. Also, the improvements OnePlus has made are both smart and tasteful, and it may even look better than Google products.
Although there are a few downsides, such as a lack of full waterproofing and wireless charging, OnePlus’s true beauty is the low price! You’ll actually end up saving money compared to what you’ll be expected to pay for the latest phones from Samsung or Google.
LG G7 ThinQ
LG is actually keeping pace with the dominant powers of the Android world with its new LG G7 ThinQ. What’s special about this device is the dedicated button for getting Google Assistant up on the screen. Thanks to the AI influence, the new LG camera is able to adjust the settings according to the type of scene you want to shoot.
The phone has up to 6GB of RAM and a sharp 6.1-inch, 1440 x 3120 pixel LCD screen, while the dual 16MP+16MP rear camera is one of the most capable out there – though it’s not better than what Samsung and Google have to offer.
Although not as famous as Samsung or Google, HTC is committed to producing high-quality Android phones, and the HTC U12+ is one of the best ones this year.
The phone is powered by a Snapdragon 845 processor and 6GB of RAM, as well as it comes with up to 128GB of storage space (+ a microSD) and a 6-inch LCD display with a resolution of 1440 x 2880 pixels.
There’s also an impressive dual-lens 12MP+16MP camera, in addition to a variety of unique features, such as the advanced BoomSound speaker audio system and the Edge Squeeze feature that allows you to control certain actions.
Huawei P20 Pro
Huawei was the first to introduce a dual-lens camera on the rear, and the P20 Pro goes a lens further. As always, the photos you can take with Huawei phones are superb thanks to the point-and-shoot mode and the various advanced photographic effects. The Huawei P20 Pro is just perfect for serious mobile photographers.
Not only the camera, there are other equally impressive specs, including 6GB of RAM, 128GB of storage, and Huawei’s Kirin 970 chipset, with dedicated AI component. Moreover, the phone’s design is fascinating and the battery life is one of the best out there.
Regardless of some software quirks and the lack of wireless charging, the Huawei P20 Pro back still deserves being on this list.
Samsung Galaxy S9
Samsung Galaxy S9 is pretty similar to the Galaxy S9 Plus but only smaller. It’s perfect for those with smaller hands and budget. The major difference is that the smaller version keeps its single-lens 12MP camera, which is still capable of some high-quality photography, even in low light.
The phone runs on Exynos 9810 or Snapdragon 845 chipset (depending on where you live), with 4GB RAM (unlike Galaxy S9 Plus’s 6GB,) in addition to a stand-out 5.8-inch, 1440 x 2960 pixel Super AMOLED Infinity Display.
Google Pixel 2
The Google Pixel 2 is quite similar to the Pixel 2 XL, only smaller both in frame and price. Also, the smaller version has larger bezels at the screen’s top and bottom. It should be easy now to decide between the two versions.
Google Pixel 2 includes a Snapdragon 835 processor, 4GB of RAM, and 64GB or 128GB of internal storage (you choose!) Also, the 5-inch, 1080 x 1920 pixel AMOLED Display is sharp enough for the size, even though it doesn’t match the highest resolution phones available on the market.
Like its bigger sibling, the Pixel 2 has impeccable software and camera, which are crucial features on any smartphone.
Sony Xperia XZ2 Premium
The Sony Xperia XZ2 Premium includes 6GB of RAM, a Snapdragon 845 chipset, and a dual-lens 19MP+12MP camera that incorporates Sony’s brand new lens system which guarantees impeccable low-light photographs.
The design comes as a bit more boxy and angular, also, the bezels have been reduced to a point and there are more evident curves than expected. Meanwhile, the 4K HDR screen is taking the lead, with a 5.8-inch, 2160 x 3840 pixel LCD display.
There’s only one downside to this impressive phone, which is its availability in the US and UK. This means you might have no choice but to opt for the standard Xperia XZ2.
Samsung Galaxy Note 8
This one is perfect for people who love big phones and enjoy using a stylus. Samsung Galaxy Note 8 has plenty of room available on the wide 6.3-inch, 1440 x 2960 pixel Super AMOLED screen.
Inside the phone, you find up to 256GB of internal storage, along with 6GB RAM and a Snapdragon 835 chipset. Although the Note 8 came out in 2017, it’s too awesome to neglect.
Moreover, the dual-lens 12MP+12MP camera is one of the best on the market with particularly good low-light performance. It’s large and expensive, but it’s totally worth it. You can also choose to wait for what the Note 9 is going to come up with before making your purchase.