It’s official. 2018 will go down as one of the best years in history for smartphones. We’ve had loads of exciting flagships launch and more mobile trends than we could have ever dreamt of.
But which phone features caused the biggest shifts in smartphone tech? We’ve selected five that we think really broke the mould…
Google Pixel 3
Standout feature: Top Shot
Top phone, Top Shot. If you haven’t heard of the Google Pixel 3’s Top Shot feature, you’re in for a treat. The camera automatically recommends the best pics, where no one has their eyes closed and everything looks just right. So no more ‘blink and you’ll miss it’ photo opportunities for you.
Aside from Top Shot, the Pixel 3’s dual front-facing lenses let you take epic group selfies – and with Night Sight you can expose all the best details and colours that get lost in the dark. So yeah, the rumours are true. Google Pixel 3 has one of the best cameras on the market.
Get the Google Pixel 3 today.
Huawei Mate 20 Pro
Standout feature: Reversible charging
Huawei unleashed the world’s first wireless reverse charge in the Huawei Mate 20 Pro. Basically, any time the device is pressed against another that supports Qi wireless charging, it automatically starts transferring power. We know, mind-blowing, right?
Don’t go transferring all your power just yet though. You’ll want to save a fair bit for the world’s first ultra-wide-angle Leica triple lens camera. It uses AI to understand the subject of each shot, then adjusts its settings to match.
Get the Huawei Mate 20 Pro today.
Samsung Galaxy S9
Standout feature: Infinity Display
Set your mind back to March 2018, when the Samsung Galaxy S9 hit shelves and we just couldn’t get over that screen. Well, we still haven’t quite managed to get over it, because the iconic Infinity Display on the S9 looks just as good now as it did back then. We’re talking a curved, end-to-end screen, which sits within the bezel, creating a sprawling canvas for all of your content.
And we couldn’t neglect to mention the S9’s camera. Not only does it record in super slow motion but the camera’s dual aperture camera takes amazing snaps in all conditions. Then, have fun looking back at all of your precious memories over and over again on that screen.
Get the Samsung Galaxy S9 today.
Standout feature: Super Fast charging
We can’t resist a phone that gives you a day’s power in just half an hour. The huge 3,700mAh battery inside the 6T will keep you going all day. And Fast Charge even works while you’re using the phone, so you won’t need to pause what you’re watching to power up.
This new OnePlus 6T is packed with some of the best tech around: a super-wide 6.41-inch AMOLED display and an incredible dual-lens camera for stunning photos. Plus, the display has a subtle waterdrop notch – which means it has an almost bezel-less screen.
Get the OnePlus 6T now.
Standout feature: Portrait Mode Depth Control
The enhanced bokeh effect on the iPhone Xs is no joke. Portrait mode photos look even more professional thanks to the all-new depth control. The dial at the bottom can be used to adjust the depth of field after you shoot.
Our love of the iPhone Xs doesn’t end there. It has a bright 5.8-inch Super Retina HD display perfect for watching films on-the-go and the battery boasts 20 hours of talk time. It’s a bit of a game changer.
Get the iPhone Xs today.
These are just a few phones with standout features – but there are plenty more where they came from.
Thinking about getting yourself one of these? Or have we missed your favourite phone from 2018 off our list? Let us know in the comments below.