Top flagship smartphones, including the Chinese flagship killers of 2019: top-rated

Smartphones-flagships or flagship smartphones are called the best and most powerful devices in the model line. At the same time, users often look primarily at the characteristics: for example, the use of a top processor allows you to call your smartphone the flagship. However, other characteristics may be medium or even low – this is worth considering.

In this review – the rating of the best flagship smartphones in our opinion. We included the so-called “flagship killers” of Chinese manufacturers, although in reality today they are no longer called so, because smartphones from Chinese manufacturers compete on equal terms with competitors.

LG G7 ThinQ 64GB

The new generation of the flagship device from LG. Externally – no revolution, widescreen display and case made of premium materials.

In G6, many users criticized the front camera and here it has undergone significant changes, now the photos are obtained in quality much higher. The rear camera used to shoot great, but now it’s even better! Do not forget that the second module of the dual main camera is wide-angle.

We also note the ESS Quad DAC Hi-Fi DAC – it sounds great. No wonder the LG G7, some users call the music smartphone.

Water resistant.

  • Screen diagonal: 6.1 inches
  • Screen Resolution: 3120 × 1440
  • Weight: 163g
  • SIM Card Quantity: 2
  • Processor: Qualcomm Snapdragon 845
  • Memory capacity: 64 GB
  • RAM capacity: 4 GB
  • Battery capacity: 3000 mAh
  • Rear camera: dual 16/16 MP
  • Front camera: 8 MP
  • Support for memory cards: yes

Samsung Galaxy Note 9 128GB

Some experts, not to mention users, call the Galaxy Note 9 the best smartphone. It’s hard to disagree with them..

Everything is perfect in the Galaxy Note 9: excellent case design made of premium materials, a chic dual rear camera with a variable (!) Aperture, one of the top-end displays with a diagonal of 6.4 inches, a powerful platform and very high performance, protection against water and dust, a scanner fingerprint and iris scanner, powerful battery, S Pen stylus.

  • Screen diagonal: 6.4 inches
  • Screen Resolution: 2960 × 1440
  • Weight: 201g
  • SIM Card Quantity: 2
  • Processor: Exynos 9810
  • Memory capacity: 128 GB
  • RAM capacity: 6 GB
  • Battery capacity: 4000 mAh
  • Rear camera: dual 12/12 MP
  • Front camera: 8 MP
  • Support for memory cards: yes

iPhone Xs Max 256GB

Apple not only updated the iPhone X, but also introduced a version with an enlarged up to 6.5-inch Xs Max display – for those who want a bigger picture. Of course, the company did not refuse from the “bang” – this, you can say, is the new corporate identity of modern iPhone.

As for the innovations, there are few of them – compared to the same iPhone X: a new golden color, small changes in the rear camera, the new powerful Apple A12 Bionic processor. With the help of the latter, by the way, Xs Max immediately took second place in the AntuTu Benchmark test. Why was not the first? Because the first place went to the iPhone Xs with a screen diagonal of 5.8 inches.

Protection against water and dust – IP68.

  • Screen diagonal: 6.5 inches
  • Screen Resolution: 2688 × 1242
  • Weight: 208g
  • SIM Card Quantity: 2 (eSIM)
  • Processor: Apple A12 Bionic
  • Memory capacity: 256 GB
  • RAM capacity: 4 GB
  • Battery capacity: 3179 mAh
  • Rear camera: dual 12/12 MP
  • Front camera: 7 MP
  • Memory card support: no

Huawei Mate 20 Pro 6 / 128GB

The top-end smartphone from Huawei, which was the first in the line of the Chinese company to receive water protection according to the IP68 standard. But another piece of news is much more interesting: this is one of the best camera phones in the world – thanks to the triple main module. The module consists of three sensors with a resolution of 40/20/8 MP: the main one, with triple optical zoom and wide-angle. If this doesn’t tell you anything, just know that the Mate 20 Pro shoots awesome, and there are few competitors in the quality of night shooting. By the way, cameras were developed jointly with Leica.

And here we use the new flagship processor of our own design HiSilicon Kirin 980, which works together with 6 GB of RAM.

  • Screen diagonal: 6.39 inches
  • Screen Resolution: 3120 × 1440
  • Weight: 189g
  • SIM Card Quantity: 2
  • Processor: HiSilicon Kirin 980
  • Memory capacity: 128 GB
  • RAM capacity: 6 GB
  • Battery capacity: 4200 mAh
  • Rear camera: triple 40/20/8 MP
  • Front camera: 24 MP
  • Support for memory cards: yes

ASUS ZenFone 5Z ZS620KL 6 / 64GB

Both users and experts are delighted with the new flagship ASUS ZenFone 5Z ZS620KL. Perhaps if the smartphone was worthy of eminent competitors, there would be less praise, but it costs like a middle-class smartphone, while offering almost the best features!

ZenFone 5Z buyer gets: a stylish case made of premium materials, a chic 6.2-inch display, a powerful platform based on a Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 processor and 6 GB of RAM, as well as the highest level of performance, very decent cameras, stereo speakers, a fingerprint sensor + Face Unlock.

What is missing? Well, except that water protection. Although for the money she does not have to wait.

  • Screen diagonal: 6.2 inches
  • Screen Resolution: 2246 × 1080
  • Weight: 165g
  • SIM Card Quantity: 2
  • Processor: Qualcomm Snapdragon 845
  • Memory capacity: 64 GB
  • RAM capacity: 6 GB
  • Battery capacity: 3300 mAh
  • Rear camera: dual 12/8 MP
  • Front camera: 8 MP
  • Support for memory cards: yes

Meizu 16th 6 / 64GB

Flagship smartphone from Meizu. Like most other devices in this class, received a widescreen display. But another trick is striking – a fingerprint scanner is located directly on the display! The idea is not new, but so far rare.

Like many other devices from Meizu, the 16th can be safely called a musical smartphone: thanks to the Qualcomm Aqstic chip (WCD9341) and the CS35L41 amplifier. Of course, the 3.5 mm headphone jack is still here..

We also note the thickness of the case – only 7.3 mm.

  • Screen diagonal: 6 inches
  • Screen Resolution: 2160 × 1080
  • Weight: 152g
  • SIM Card Quantity: 2
  • Processor: Qualcomm Snapdragon 845
  • Memory capacity: 64 GB
  • RAM capacity: 6 GB
  • Battery capacity: 3010 mAh
  • Rear camera: dual 12/20 MP
  • Front camera: 20 MP
  • Memory card support: no

Sony Xperia XZ3

Sony goes its own way: if most companies use rear modules with 2, 3 or even 4 cameras, then the new flagship Xperia XZ3 has a single camera. Nevertheless, the pictures are very worthy. Good and front-end – at the level of most flagships.

Display – widescreen with a diagonal of 6 inches. There is protection against water and dust (IP68), shooting in slow-mo, a powerful platform and high performance, the latest version of Android 9.0, support for two SIM cards and a memory card. But on the go, replacing a SIM card or adding a memory card still will not work – when you remove the tray, the device reboots. This is not news – other Sony smartphones also had this feature..

  • Screen diagonal: 6 inches
  • Screen Resolution: 2880 × 1440
  • Weight: 193g
  • SIM Card Quantity: 2
  • Processor: Qualcomm Snapdragon 845
  • Memory capacity: 64 GB
  • RAM capacity: 4 GB
  • Battery capacity: 3330 mAh
  • Rear camera: 19 MP
  • Front camera: 13 MP
  • Support for memory cards: yes

Xiaomi Mi8 6 / 64GB

Xiaomi’s flagship smartphones are always distinguished by their relatively low cost, and Mi8 was no exception. For little money (by the standards of flagship smartphones) you get: design in the style of the iPhone X with bangs, premium case materials, excellent display, fingerprint scanner + Face Unlock, a powerful platform and high performance, NFC, decent cameras.

What did the manufacturer save on? There is no water protection, and there is no 3.5 mm headphone jack.

  • Screen diagonal: 6.21 inches
  • Screen Resolution: 2248 × 1080
  • Weight: 175g
  • SIM Card Quantity: 2
  • Processor: Qualcomm Snapdragon 845
  • Memory capacity: 64 GB
  • RAM capacity: 6 GB
  • Battery capacity: 3400 mAh
  • Rear camera: dual 12/12 MP
  • Front camera: 20 MP
  • Memory card support: no

Honor 10 4 / 64GB

Perhaps the cheapest flagship in the Russian market, although some experts attribute it to the middle segment. Be that as it may, for your money this is a very good option – one case design is worth!

Also, the advantages include: a powerful hardware platform, very decent cameras, decent sound, a chic display, support for fast charging.

Yes, there is no water protection or, say, wireless charging, but look again at the price.

  • Screen diagonal: 5.84 inches
  • Screen Resolution: 2280 × 1080
  • Weight: 153g
  • SIM Card Quantity: 2
  • Processor: HiSilicon Kirin 970
  • Memory capacity: 64 GB
  • RAM capacity: 4 GB
  • Battery capacity: 3400 mAh
  • Rear camera: dual 16/24 MP
  • Front camera: 24 MP
  • Memory card support: no

OnePlus 6T 8 / 128GB

Is it possible to find past the Chinese company OnePlus, whose smartphones were almost the first to be called the “flagship killers”?

This is an updated version of OnePlus 6. It uses a new 6.41-inch display with a drop-shaped cutout at the top of the screen, the battery capacity has grown to 3,700 mAh, but the 3.5 mm headphone jack is gone. The latest version of Android 9.0 is used. The fingerprint scanner is now onscreen.

There are no changes regarding cameras, but now the Nightscape algorithm is used, due to which the quality of images received at night should improve significantly.

  • Screen diagonal: 6.41 inches
  • Screen Resolution: 2340 × 1080
  • Weight: 185g
  • SIM Card Quantity: 2
  • Processor: Qualcomm Snapdragon 845
  • Memory capacity: 128 GB
  • RAM capacity: 8 GB
  • Battery capacity: 3700 mAh
  • Rear camera: dual 16/20 MP
  • Front camera: 16 MP
  • Memory card support: no

HTC U12 Plus 128GB

At the time of writing, HTC U12 Plus is one of the three best camera phones on the planet according to the DxOMark rating! However, in reality, the pictures, although really chic, but in general at the level of other flagships.

Separately, we note the design of the case – the device looks really cool. The blue version got a semitransparent case!

There is water protection (IP68), a powerful platform, excellent sound both in the headphones and from the speakers, fast charging, Edge Sense (you can activate various functions by clicking on the side faces).

  • Screen diagonal: 6 inches
  • Screen Resolution: 2880 × 1440
  • Weight: 188g
  • SIM Card Quantity: 2
  • Processor: Qualcomm Snapdragon 845
  • Memory capacity: 128 GB
  • RAM capacity: 6 GB
  • Battery capacity: 3500 mAh
  • Rear camera: dual 12/16 MP
  • Front camera: dual 8/8 MP
  • Support for memory cards: yes

Vivo Nex S 8 / 128GB

Vivo is not yet very well known with us, but it offers very interesting solutions. Meet this Vivo Nex S.

What is unusual in it?

If you look closely at the front panel, you may not notice the front camera. She is not here – she is hidden inside the case and leaves with the help of a servo only if necessary. This solution allowed the display to occupy almost the entire front surface.

What else? The fingerprint scanner is built into the screen, and Screen SoundCasting technology is also used, thanks to which not the speakers “sound”, but the display itself.

  • Screen diagonal: 6.59 inches
  • Screen Resolution: 2316 × 1080
  • Weight: 199g
  • SIM Card Quantity: 2
  • Processor: Qualcomm Snapdragon 845
  • Memory capacity: 128 GB
  • RAM capacity: 8 GB
  • Battery capacity: 4000 mAh
  • Rear camera: dual 12/5 MP
  • Front camera: 8 MP
  • Memory card support: no

BlackBerry KEY2 64GB

The flagship of the well-known company BlackBerry, which runs on the Qualcomm Snapdragon 660 processor. Please note that it is based on the Android operating system.

The main feature of this smartphone is the physical QWERTY keyboard located under the display. At the same time, the display itself can be called small – its diagonal is 4.5 inches.

  • Screen diagonal: 4.5 inches
  • Screen Resolution: 1620 × 1080
  • Weight: 168g
  • SIM Card Quantity: 1
  • Processor: Qualcomm Snapdragon 660
  • Memory capacity: 64 GB
  • RAM capacity: 6 GB
  • Battery capacity: 3500 mAh
  • Rear camera: dual 12/12 MP
  • Front camera: 8 MP
  • Support for memory cards: yes

Xiaomi Mi Mix 3 8 / 128GB

A series of alternative flagships The Xiaomi Mi Mix series from Xiaomi has always stood out with unusual solutions. Mi Mix 3 is no exception – now it is a smartphone slider! To open the front camera, you need to push the device housing! Very unusual, but we like the idea.

The second feature: the version has already been announced with 10 GB of RAM on board! This is probably the first serial smartphone with such RAM.

  • Screen diagonal: 6.39 inches
  • Screen Resolution: 2340 × 1080
  • Weight: 218g
  • SIM Card Quantity: 2
  • Processor: Qualcomm Snapdragon 845
  • Memory capacity: 128 GB
  • RAM capacity: 8 GB
  • Battery capacity: 3200 mAh
  • Rear camera: dual 12/12 MP
  • Front camera: dual 24/2 MP
  • Memory card support: no