High-end smartphones – the top flagship smartphones 2018

1. place: OnePlus 6

Technical details

  • CPU: Snapdragon 845 - 4x2.8, 4x1.7
  • RAM: 6 GB RAM, 8 GB RAM
  • Display: -
  • OS: ,
  • Battery: 3300 mAh - fixed
  • Camera: 16 MP f/1.7
  • LTE: Yes -
  • Dual-SIM: nano
  • Storage: 128 GB or 256 GB or 64 GB
  • Expansion: No

Pros / Cons

  • huge display
  • finally some flagship-feeling
  • fast performance & Oxygen-OS
  • good reception, with (nearly) all LTE frequencies
  • great camera
  • USB-C & headphone jack
  • Mono-speaker
  • no IP certificate
  • few innovation in terms of camera

2. place: Xiaomi Mi8

Technical details

  • CPU: Snapdragon 845 - 4 x 2,8 GHz
  • RAM: 6 GB RAM, 8 GB RAM
  • Display: -
  • OS: ,
  • Battery: 3400 mAh - fixed
  • Camera: 12 MP f/1.8
  • LTE: Yes - 800/1800/2600
  • Dual-SIM: nano
  • Storage: 128 GB or 256 GB or 64 GB
  • Expansion: No

Pros / Cons

  • excellent build quality
  • nice AMOLED with natural colours
  • good cameras
  • extreme performance
  • insanely fast face-unlock
  • great reception (GPS, WIFI, network)
  • no headphone jack
  • Iphone style
  • mono speaker
  • no IP-certification
  • no wireless-Charging

3. place: Xiaomi Mi MIX 2S

Technical details

  • CPU: Snapdragon 845 - 4 x 2,8GHz + 4 x 1,7GHz
  • RAM: 6 GB RAM, 8 GB RAM
  • Display: -
  • OS: ,
  • Battery: 3400 mAh - fixed
  • Camera: 12 MP f/1.8
  • LTE: Yes - B1 / B2 / B3 / B4 / B5 / B7 / B8 / B12 / B13 / B17 / B18 / B19 / B20 / B25 / B26 / B27 / B28 / B29 / B30
  • Dual-SIM: nano
  • Storage: 128 GB or 256 GB or 64 GB
  • Expansion: No

Pros / Cons

  • Perfect build quality and nice design
  • Extremely good performance
  • Very strong reception (GPS, WIFI, network)
  • Extremely fast storage modules
  • Outstanding IPS display
  • Improved, flagship-worthy camera
  • Good battery life with wireless charging
  • No headphone jack
  • Average speaker (however stereo)
  • Camera AI just a gimmick
  • Slippery without a cover

4. place: Vivo Nex

Technical details

  • CPU: Snapdragon 845 - 4 x 2,2GHz + 4 x 1,7GHz
  • RAM: 8 GB RAM
  • Display: -
  • OS: ,
  • Battery: 4000 mAh - fixed
  • Camera: 12 MP f/1.8
  • LTE: Yes - 800/1800/2600
  • Dual-SIM: nano
  • Storage: 128 GB or 256 GB
  • Expansion: No

Pros / Cons

  • unusual design
  • virtually no bezels
  • great AMOLED display
  • strong battery life
  • good system performance
  • unclear system
  • no notification-LED
  • expensive
  • average camera

5. place: Xiaomi BlackShark

Technical details

  • CPU: Snapdragon 845 - 4x2.8 GHz Kryo 385 Gold & 4x1.8 GHz Kryo 385 Silver
  • RAM: 6 GB RAM, 8 GB RAM
  • Display: -
  • OS: ,
  • Battery: 4000 mAh - fixed
  • Camera: 12 MP f/1.7
  • LTE: Yes - LTE band 1(2100), 3(1800), 4(1700/2100), 5(850), 7(2600), 8(900), 12(700), 34(2000), 38(2600), 39(1900), 40(2300), 41(2500)
  • Dual-SIM: nano
  • Storage: 128 GB or 64 GB
  • Expansion: No

Pros / Cons

  • insane performance
  • big stamina thanks to the cooling
  • good gaming features
  • nice handling
  • 18:9 display + buttons
  • solid camera & battery life
  • no real advantage in terms of performance
  • updates?
  • camera weaker in comparison
  • no real added value compared to flagships

6. place: Honor 10

Technical details

  • CPU: - 4 x 2,4 GHz & 4 x 1,8 GHz
  • RAM: 4 GB RAM
  • Display: -
  • OS: ,
  • Battery: 3400 mAh - fixed
  • Camera: 24 MP f/1.8
  • LTE: Yes - 800/1800/2600
  • Dual-SIM: nano
  • Storage: 128 GB or 64 GB
  • Expansion: No

Pros / Cons

  • Compact smartphone
  • USB C+ headphone jack
  • Full screen + front fingerprint scanner
  • Nice performance thanks to Kirin 970
  • Good camera, great features
  • Fingerprint scanner not really improved
  • Fingerprints
  • Notch? EMUI?
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7. place: Xiaomi Mi Mix 2

Technical details

  • CPU: Snapdragon 835 - 4 x 2,45GHz + 4 x 1,9GHz
  • RAM: 6 GB RAM, 8 GB RAM
  • Display: -
  • OS: ,
  • Battery: 3400 mAh - fixed
  • Camera: 12 MP f/2.0
  • LTE: Yes - 4G:TD-LTE 34 / 38 / 39 / 40 / 41 4G:FDD-LTE 1 / 2 / 3 / 4 / 5 / 7 / 8 / 12 / 13 / 17 18 / 19 / 20 / 25 / 26 / 27 / 28 / 29 / 30
  • Dual-SIM: nano
  • Storage: 128 GB or 256 GB or 64 GB
  • Expansion: No

Pros / Cons

  • Awesome design
  • Perfect build quality
  • High-end performance
  • Great battery life
  • Good stereo speakers
  • Good cameras
  • Slippery without cover
  • No audio jack
  • Little wow-effect compared to predecessor

8. place: Xiaomi Mi 8 SE

Technical details

  • CPU: - 2 x 2,GHz + 6 x 1,7GHz
  • RAM: 4 GB RAM, 6 GB RAM
  • Display: -
  • OS: ,
  • Battery: 3100 mAh - fixed
  • Camera: 12 MP f/1.9
  • LTE: Yes - 1800/2600
  • Dual-SIM: nano
  • Storage: 64 GB
  • Expansion: No

Pros / Cons

  • outstanding AMOLED display
  • awesome performance
  • strong reception (network, GPS, WiFi)
  • great main camera and selfie camera for photos
  • great battery life
  • stylish and handy
  • only 64 GB of main memory
  • inconvenient notch
  • no headphone jack

9. place: Smartisan Nut Pro 2

Technical details

  • CPU: Snapdragon 660 -
  • RAM: 4 GB RAM, 6 GB RAM
  • Display: -
  • OS:
  • Battery: 3500 mAh - fixed
  • Camera: 12 MP f/1.8
  • LTE: Yes -
  • Dual-SIM: nano
  • Storage: 128 GB or 256 GB or 32 GB or 64 GB
  • Expansion: No

Pros / Cons

  • excellent display
  • outstanding speakers
  • good battery life
  • nice dual-camera
  • fast and innovative system
  • good build quality
  • watch out: custom ROM useless!
  • still expensive because of scarce availability

10. place: Xiaomi Mi A2 / Mi 6X

Technical details

  • CPU: Snapdragon 660 - 4 x 1,8GHz + 4 x 2,2GHz
  • RAM: 4 GB RAM, 6 GB RAM
  • Display: -
  • OS: ,
  • Battery: 3000 mAh - fixed
  • Camera: 12 MP f/1.7
  • LTE: Yes - Mi6X: TDD-LTE B34/B38/39/40/41(100MHz) FDD-LTE B1/3/5/7/8
  • Dual-SIM: nano
  • Storage: 64 GB
  • Expansion: No

Pros / Cons

  • Great camera
  • Strong performance
  • Latest connectivity standards
  • Good battery
  • Premium build quality
  • Good portrait & night shots
  • Quick-Charge 3
  • No Micro-SD card slot
  • No headphone jack
  • Camera protrudes
  • Mi6X: No LTE Bd. 20 (LTE in Europe)

11. place: Elephone U Pro

Technical details

  • CPU: Snapdragon 660 - 4 x 1,8GHz + 4 x 2,2GHz
  • RAM: 4 GB RAM, 6 GB RAM
  • Display: -
  • OS:
  • Battery: 3500 mAh - fixed
  • Camera: 13 MP f/2.2
  • LTE: Yes - 800/1800/2600
  • Dual-SIM: nano
  • Storage: 128 GB or 64 GB
  • Expansion: Hybrid

Pros / Cons

  • stylish design
  • prefect build quality
  • nice battery life (wireless charging!)
  • fast Android 8 Oreo system
  • awesome AMOLED display
  • solid reception (WiFi, network and GPS)
  • many sensors and NFC
  • bad camera in low light
  • fingerprint scanner & face-unlock quite slow
  • price-performance ratio (compared to competition)

12. place: Xiaomi Mi Mix

Technical details

  • CPU: Snapdragon 821 - 2 x 2,35 + 2 x 2,2
  • RAM: 4 GB RAM, 6 GB RAM
  • Display: -
  • OS: ,
  • Battery: 4400 mAh - fixed
  • Camera: 16 MP f/2
  • LTE: Yes - FDD-LTE 850/900/1700/1800/1900/2100/2600MHz ( Band 5/8/4/3/2/1/7 ), TD-LTE B38/B39/B40/B41
  • Dual-SIM: nano
  • Storage: 128 GB or 256 GB
  • Expansion: No

Pros / Cons

  • Great display
  • High-end perfomance
  • Perfect build quality with ceramic
  • Most innovative phone of the year
  • Awesome battery life
  • Great speaker
  • Extremely slippery
  • Almost impossible to be used without a protective
  • costs and benefits for consumers are questionable
  • Weak camera sensor
  • High price

What is a flagship smartphone?

A flagship smartphone is the absolute top phone of a manufacturer, it is the best they can offer. In this ranking you can find the best high-end smartphones by Chinese manufacturers like Xiaomi, ZTE, Oppo, Oneplus etc. These phones compete directly with the top devices by Samsung, HTC, Sony and Apple and they can keep up with them.

What can be expected in the high-end price range is nothing less than the maximum that modern technology can currently offer. All smartphones have a high-resolving display (at least full-HD), a cutting-edge Qualcomm Snapdragon processor and a sophisticated finish. Many of the tested smartphones also have technical gadgets such as a dual camera or a waterproof housing. Of course, the system runs lightning fast and the smartphones listed here also provide an optimal gaming experience for gamers.