In this day and age, smartphones are necessary companions. From Oppo’s latest release to new key players in the smartphone industry, we’ve compiled a list of the top Android smartphones you can get this 2018.
The Oppo F9 made headlines during its release just this August and quickly became famous for its small waterdrop-like notch setting an impressive 90.8% screen-to-body ratio. The 6.3-inch Full HD+ display is packed with a resolution of 2340×1080 or 409ppi. Running on an Android 8.1 OS, the Oppo F9 is powered by a Mediatek Helio P60 processor and is built with an Octa-core CPU and a Mali-g72 GPU. It also has a RAM of 6GB with an internal capacity of 64GB that can be expanded to 256Gb via the microSD slot, making it possible for the Oppo F9 to deliver good performance when it comes to playing mobile games or running heavy apps.
When it comes to taking pictures, the F9 proves itself mightier than its recent predecessor, the Oppo F7. Compared to the F7, the F9’s 16MP rear camera is now paired with a 2MP sensor to create a bokeh effect while the front camera stays at 25MP.
The Oppo F9 retails for Php 17,990, making it one of the best mid-range smartphones you can purchase today.
Just this September, Vivo has released the V11 which, just like the Oppo F9, features a small notch. But unlike its competitor, the Vivo V11 was able to secure a larger display size at 6.41 inches in Super AMOLED FHD+ though at a slightly smaller resolution of 402ppi (2340×1080 px). Another difference also lies in its processors: the Vivo V11 is powered by an Octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 660, with a powerful 6GB RAM and an internal capacity of 64GB that can also be expanded via the microSD slot to 256GB.
The V11 is built with a dual rear camera (12MP + 5MP) and a 25MP front camera partnered with AI features. Vivo V11’s only disadvantage over the Oppo F9 is the battery capacity: at 3,400mAH, it can hold a little less power than its comparable competitor. As of today, the Vivo V11 retails at a suggested price of Php 19,990.
Huawei Nova 3i
Succeeding the Nova 2i, Huawei released a follow-up in the form of the Nova 3i. Just like the first two entries on this list, the Nova 3i’s 6.3in FHD+ screen also features a notch. It’s noticeably larger (marking the 3i at 81% screen-to-body ratio) as its notch houses the dual front cameras, earpiece, and sensor.
The Nova 3i is powered by a Kirin 710 Octa-core chipset with 4GB RAM 128GB internal memory]. This makes the 3i perfect for mobile gaming especially online games that require a large RAM. As for battery capacity, the 3i stands at 3,340mAH.
Camera-wise, the Huawei Nova 3i hits great strides by having two sets of dual cameras: 16MP + 2MP at the rear and 24MP + 2MP at the front. Both cameras can achieve bokeh effects and are built with different features and an AI scene recognition. The Nova 3i retails for Php15,990, making it one of the cheapest smartphones on this list.
Huawei Honor Play
Huawei’s sub-brand, the Honor Play, is currently known for being the first with OOB GPU Turbo. The GPU Turbo is a feature that boosts a phone’s graphics processing power, which makes for a better gaming experience. This makes the Honor Play preferable over the Nova 3i if you’re looking for a smartphone to use for mobile gaming. Honor Play’s main difference from the Nova 3i is in its performance and battery: the Honor Play runs on a Kirin 970 Octa-core with a Mali-G72 MP12 GPU and has a 3,750mAH capacity, putting the emphasis on delivering performance for better user experience. Another noticeable difference is in its camera, as the Honor Play’s front camera is at 16MP only—still powerful, but not like the 3i’s dual camera. The Huawei Honor Play retails for the same price as the Nova 3i, which is Php 15,990.
This new smartphone brand under Xiaomi is making waves with the Pocophone F1. Powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 845, Adreno 630 GPU and a non-removable 4,000mAH battery, the F1 can truly deliver superb performance that can rival high-end phones like the Samsung Note 9. It comes in 6GB and 8GB RAM variants, with 64/128GB internal memory that can be expanded up to 256 via the microSD slot. The Pocophone F1’s notch is much bigger than previous entries on this list, with a 6.18in FHD+ screen and a 403ppi resolution (2246x1080px).
As for its cameras, the Pocophone F1 may be trailing down a bit but can still keep up with its 12MP+5MP rear dual camera and a 20MP front camera. It retails for PHP 17,990 and PHP 19,990 for the 6GB+64GB and 6GB+128GB variants.
Cherry Mobile Flare S7 Plus
The flagship smartphone from the latest Cherry Mobile Flare series boasts of AI quad cameras – 16MP + 5MP rear and 16MP + IR front. The 6.2-inch FHD+ Flare S7 Plus packs a MediaTeK Helio P60 processor with 4GB RAM and 64 GB internal storage. Its configuration matches those of the current mid-range smartphones from know brands but comes a relatively lower price.