If you’re looking for the very best high-end smartphones available, you’ve come to the right place! Every month, GadgetMatch updates this list with the finest devices money can buy, no matter how much they cost.
Updated monthly, this list takes every newly launched flagship costing more than US$ 600 into consideration, but doesn’t discount the smartphones that continue to make an impact since their launch last year.
Here they are in no particular order:
Samsung Galaxy S8+ ($850)
Was there any doubt about Samsung’s most gorgeous phone making this selection? Armed with Qualcomm’s flagship Snapdragon 835 processor, one of the top single cameras in a handset today, and the most refined Android skin to date, the Galaxy S8+ looks to stay on our radar for a long time.
Samsung Galaxy Note 8 ($929)
Although quite similar to the Galaxy S8 in design and specifications, the Galaxy Note 8 stands out for its signature S Pen and introducing Samsung’s first-ever dual-camera setup. It may be one of the more expensive handsets on our list, but the price is justified thanks to the class-leading display and snappy overall performance.
Google Pixel 2 ($649)
With all the controversy swirling around the Pixel 2 XL and its display issues, it makes more sense to place its smaller sibling on this list. Even though its bezels are much thicker, the Pixel 2 has everything the larger equivalent has, including the highly rated single cameras, dual front-facing speakers, and the fastest hardware-software optimization we’ve ever seen on an Android.
Huawei Mate 10 Pro ($930)
You can never go wrong with a smartphone that prioritizes AI integration and high-quality cameras, yet still manages to look fantastic and last longer than a day on a single charge. It may not be available in all regions — some countries will settle for the more affordable yet nearly as good Mate 10 — but the lucky ones will have a taste of Huawei’s smartest handset ever.
Apple iPhone 8 Plus ($799)
While not as breathtaking as the iPhone X, the iPhone 8 Plus still makes a strong case for belonging on this list. It tops the charts for multiple categories, including raw benchmark scores and camera quality. Factor in wireless charging, augmented reality capabilities, plus some nifty photo-taking features, and you have a worthy upgrade to last year’s iPhone.
Updates as of November:
- Replaced HTC U11 with Google Pixel 2
- Replaced LG V30 with Huawei Mate 10 Pro
Updates as of October:
- Replaced Sony Xperia XZ Premium with Samsung Galaxy Note 8
- Replaced LG G6 with LG V30
- Replaced Apple iPhone 7 Plus with Apple iPhone 8 Plus
Updates as of September:
- Replaced Google Pixel XL with HTC U11