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HWM+HardwareZone.com Tech Awards 2018: Editor's Choice - Part 1

By Team HardwareZone - 21 Feb 2018,6:00pm

Best Smartphone

Best Smartphone

This year we're simplifying things for the smartphone category into one all-inclusive contest to judge which was the best smartphone of 2017. 

For this category we’re looking at benchmark performance, battery life, camera performance, display quality, audio quality, design and build, handling, as well as any other extra features like multiple forms of biometric security, and AI capabilities.

 

Nominees:

  • Apple iPhone X
  • Blackberry KeyOne Black Edition
  • Google Pixel 2 XL
  • HTC U11
  • Huawei Mate 10 Pro
  • LG V30+
  • OnePlus 5
  • Oppo R11s Plus
  • Razer Phone
  • Samsung Galaxy Note8
  • Sony Xperia XZ Premium
  • Xiaomi Mi MIX 2

 

And the winner is...

Samsung Galaxy Note8

While Apple’s iPhone X had the best benchmark performance this year, we’re giving the overall best smartphone award to the Samsung Galaxy Note8 for its comprehensive feature set, gorgeous display, great battery life and stunning design.

While lots of phones now have bezel-less all screen displays, the Note8 goes the extra mile with its unique dual curved Infinity Display design that truly makes the phone look bezel-less and lets Samsung pack an even bigger display into a smaller form factor.

The Note8 also has the most complete feature set in any smartphone with an IP68 build, wireless fast charging, a dual rear camera setup with OIS on both lenses, always-on HDR display, headphone port, expandable storage, and of course, the Note8’s signature S Pen stylus. If you’re looking for a phone that does practically everything, this is it.

Scoring Breakdown
Criteria/Model Apple iPhone X Blackberry KeyOne Black Edition Google Pixel 2 XL HTC U11 Huawei Mate 10 Pro LG V30+
Design 9.0 7.5 8.5 8.5 8.5 8.5
Features 8.5 7.0 8.0 8.0 8.0 8.5
User-Friendliness 8.0 7.0 8.0 8.0 8.0 8.0
Performance 9.0 7.0 8.5 8.5 8.0 7.5
Value 7.0 6.5 7.0 8.0 8.0 8.0
Overall 8.5 7.0 8.0 8.0 8.0 8.0
Price From S$1,648 S$858 Only available on Singtel contract S$998 S$1,098 S$1,098
 
Criteria/Model OnePlus 5 Oppo R11s Plus Razer Phone Samsung Galaxy Note8 Sony Xperia XZ Premium Xiaomi Mi MIX 2
Design 8.0 7.5 7.5 9.0 7.5 8.5
Features 8.0 7.5 7.5 9.5 8.5 7.5
User-Friendliness 8.5 7.0 7.5 9.0 8.0 7.5
Performance 8.0 7.0 8.0 8.5 8.0 8.0
Value 8.0 (adjusted up from 7.5 in original review) 6.5 7.5 7.5 7.5 8.0
Overall 8.0 7.0 7.5 9.0 8.0 8.0
Price From S$769 S$848 S$1,048 S$1,398 S$1,098 S$699

*Note: Prices and ratings listed are accurate at the time of individual product evaluation.

For more details on how we selected our winners, check out the full reviews and articles listed in the References section at the end.

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