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Blog > January 2019 > Best 2018 Smartphones Still Excellent to Buy Today
1/31/2019 3:59:39 PM | with 0 comments
Whilst even more smartphones are planned for release just around the corner, why wait when you can pick up a 2018 smartphone that’s still excellent today? In this article, we will share some of the top smartphones from 2018 that will remain top contenders throughout 2019.
 
We’ll start by offering our suggestions on the very best of the best, then we’ll give some advice on what’s more affordable at the mid to low end. Not only are these smartphones cheaper than the upcoming launches in 2019, but you can get them for less through Techscheme.


iPhone XS Max - £1,099

iPhone XS Max
 
If you want the absolute best, then you really can’t go wrong with the Apple iPhone XS Max. It’s quite the investment, but it’ll last you a good few years. Thankfully, Apple typically supports their devices for roughly 5 years, so if you take care of it, you may not need to buy another iPhone for a long time.
 
The iPhone XS has the highest resolution and biggest display we've seen on an iPhone yet. At 6.5 inches, it stands tall amongst the rest of the iOS fleet. The edge to edge display is also a touch of beauty, and we're impressed with how much Apple has fit under the hood too.
 
You get Face ID for ultra secure authentication, a dual camera setup with 12 megapixel resolution, 4GB RAM, and the Apple A12 Bionic chipset. In terms of real world performance, the iPhone XS Max is blazingly fast and it’ll stay that way for some time.


Samsung Galaxy Note 9 - £899

Samsung Galaxy Note 9


The Samsung Galaxy Note 9 launched in August 2018, which means it is considerably newer than most other smartphones from 2018. What’s great about the Note series is that Samsung essentially throws everything they have at it in terms of new technology and hardware.
 
The Note 9 has a beautiful and gigantic 6.4 inch Super AMOLED display. The resolution is a crisp 1440x2960 pixels. In terms of real world usage, you can expect crystal clear visuals and bright, colours throughout movies, games, and also on the interface.
 
The Note 9 is also packed with all of the interior goodies you could ask for. Fingerprint sensor, 12 megapixel dual camera on the back, 6GB RAM, and the superpowered Exynos 9810 octa-core processor. Don’t know what any of that means? Essentially the Galaxy Note 9 is fast. Really fast.


iPhone 8 - £599

iPhone 8

If you are looking for a more affordable iPhone, the iPhone 8 is still a great choice despite it being two generations old now. Apple still supports the iPhone 8, which means it still gets the latest iOS updates. The iPhone 8 is also powered by hardware that still puts up a good fight today.
 
On the outside, you get a 4.7 inch display with a 750 x 1334 resolution. You also get a single lens 12 megapixel main camera, a selfie camera, and a fingerprint sensor. On the inside, you'll find 2GB RAM and the Apple A11 Bionic chipset. For almost half the price, it's understandable why the iPhone 8 is a considerable step down from the iPhone XS Max. However, the iPhone 8 hardware still has enough power to easily manage the super optimized iOS operating system.


OnePlus 6T - £499

OnePlus 6T
 
OnePlus are renowned for making high end devices that beat the competition by miles when it comes to pricing. The OnePlus 6T is a perfect example of OnePlus’ reputation. For £499, you get a device that competes amongst the very best of 2018 and could even stand up to some new releases like the Galaxy S10 thanks to its later November 2018 release.
 
The OnePlus 6T is special in a number of ways - we'll start with the front. You get a stunning 6.41 inch 1080x2340 display with a unique water drop style notch at the top. You also get a fingerprint sensor embedded in the display. The camera on the front is a single lens 16 megapixel sensor, whilst the main camera is a dual lens 16/20MP setup.
 
The OnePlus 6T is also powered by some of the best hardware in the game right now. You get 8GB Ram and the Snapdragon 845. For the time being, no other Android smartphone has anything better.
 

Huawei Mate 20 Lite - £329

Huawei Mate 20 Lite

For £329, the Huawei Mate 20 Lite is an absolute bargain. It has all of the hallmarks of a high end device, with very few sacrifices. You'll notice right away that the design is high quality, but it doesn't just stop at the appearance. The Mate 20 Lite has a 6.3 inch 1080x2340 resolution display and a dual camera on both the front and the back. The main camera uses a 20 megapixel sensor, whilst the 24 megapixel front-facing camera is even more powerful surprisingly.
 
Not many corners have been cut on the inside, either. You get 4GB RAM and the Kirin 710 octa-core processor, which is more than powerful enough to deal with the Android 8.1 operating system the phone comes with. We’re not sure how Huawei managed to sell the Mate 20 Lite at such a low price, because it quite easily competes with some high end devices from 2018.

Summary & Pricing Recap

 
Thanks for taking a look at these excellent smartphones from 2018. Want to check their prices and see how much you can save through Techscheme? Take a look at the table provided below.
Model RRP Savings Techscheme Price
iPhone XS Max £1,099 £131.88 £967.12
Samsung Galaxy Note 9 £899 £107.88 £791.12
iPhone 8 £599 £71.88 £527.12
OnePlus 6T £499 £59.88 £439.12
Huawei Mate 20 Lite £329 £39.48 £289.52
 
Don’t know how Techscheme works? Find out how you can save up to 12% on new tech here.
 
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