Best top smartphone in the 2019 range

On the market there are dozens and dozens of smartphones, divided by bands, being able to find the best one can be difficult if you don't know which technical aspects to evaluate, in this purchase guide we will try to explain the technical specifications to be observed to buy the best smartphone top of the range.

Subsequently, we will offer those we think are the best high-end smartphone models currently on sale that deserve to be considered if we are thinking of making a new purchase.

To decide which is the best top-of-the-line smartphone we will take a look at the type of screen, the hardware, the software, the battery, the camera and other features that will help us to make informed choices.


  •     Screen
  •     Operating system
  •     Hardware
  •     Connectivity
  •     Camera
  •     Battery
  •     Expandable memory
smartphone display

The screen must have a high resolution, most smartphones for sale have Full HD, then 1920 × 1080 pixels, low-end ones have HD resolution, while displays with QHD, that is 1440 × 2560 pixels and above, they deliver high performance but have a large impact on battery life, so before buying a smartphone with this resolution, you need to be sure that the battery is capable of supporting it.

After the resolution, the panel is considered, the following may be available on the smartphones: TFT LCD, LCD IPS, AMOLED / SUPER AMOLED.

    The TFT LCD displays are found mostly on low-cost devices, have good image quality but have various color and viewing angle problems.
    The IPS LCD displays are present both on low-cost smartphones and on top of the range, faithfully reproduce colors, have heavily loaded whites and have no problems when the viewing angle is changed.
    The AMOLED and SUPER AMOLED displays are found above all on top-of-the-range smartphones but also on some mid-range smartphones, emit their own light and require no lighting, have no color problems and offer intense blacks.

The viewing angle is the ability of the screen to show colors faithfully when changing angles and it is important that a top-of-the-range smartphone does not present problems in this respect, and finally, the aspect ratio of the screen must also be taken into account, currently the most common is 16: 9, but 18: 9 is becoming more and more widespread.

Operating system

ios 11 vs android 7

To choose the best top-of-the-line smartphone you don't have to decide which is the best operating system, but evaluate the pros and cons and choose the one that best meets your needs.

We know that Android is the most widespread, it has lots of free applications, which can be downloaded from external sources to the Google Play Store, and you can completely customize the smartphone to your liking.

On the other hand, however, Android is more prone to malware attacks, in addition, the updates released do not arrive simultaneously on all devices.

We must also take into account that many manufacturers customize versions of Android with software, this can adversely affect the performance of the operating system, so when you buy a smartphone you must make sure that the operating system is in Italian and that it has at inside the 

Google Play Store.

Another widespread operating system is iOS installed on the iPhone, very simple to use but less free, the applications can be downloaded only from the App Store, it is not possible to customize the terminal, many apps are paid, you can not choose different default applications.

Among the pros is the fact that the updates arrive at all at the same time and that the operating system is hardly attacked by malware. 

The performance of a smartphone is assessed by the type of hardware it is equipped with, we are talking mainly about the processor and RAM.

The processor is the heart of the device and that's what gives power and speed, you always have to choose a top-of-the-range smartphone that has a very powerful one, so you will have better performance.

The RAM memory is used to load the apps and processes active on the smartphone, the more it is present and the faster the device is, currently, the minimum on a high-end device is 2 GB, on average the top of the range have it between 3 and 4 GB, which ensure optimal performance.


It is also important to evaluate the support for connectivity, a good high-end smartphone must guarantee an optimized wi-fi connection, the most recent bluetooth standard, we currently have 5.0, infrared connection, support for the fingerprint sensor and connection NFC.

As for network support, there are many devices, including low-end devices, that use 4G / LTE, care must be taken if Chinese ones are purchased, as they generally travel only on 3G, so we must ensure that there is support for band 20 (800MHz frequency).


smartphone camera

Almost all smartphones have a rear camera and a front camera, usually the first is better than the second, but there are cases where even the front ones guarantee high quality.

The evaluation of the camera must be done by looking at the megapixels, its ability to capture the light and to make little noisy shots in case of low light; the angle of view, the resolution, the maximum frame rate of the videos, the ability or not to shoot slow-motion video, the presence of an optical stabilizer.

Furthermore, some top-of-the-line smartphones have dual rear-facing cameras, depending on how they were designed, they are able to take wide-angle photos, photos with optical or standard zoom but of higher quality.

The capabilities of cameras on modern smartphones are often not inferior to cameras and camcorders with full functionality. Shot on smartphones, the video will look nice even on a large TV screen. The only thing you may need to do is adapt the video format for TV viewing. For example, convert video to AVI format with this AVI encoder.


smartphone battery

When you buy a smartphone, regardless of the price range, it is important to check the battery capacity, its power is expressed in mAh, so the more there are the greater the potential lifetime.

There are devices that allow you to remove the battery and change it, others that instead have it integrated and that require the intervention of a technician for removal.
Smartphones with 5 inches or more have larger batteries, because they need more autonomy than smaller devices; in addition to the duration, it is also necessary to evaluate the times for recharging the smartphone and if there is support for the Quick charge technology, to make a substantial recharge in a very short time.

Expandable memory

microsd smartphone

As a last observation, there is to evaluate the presence or not of the expandable memory, we specify that there are smartphones that have it fixed and others that allow to extend it.

Expandable memory means the ability to move photos, videos, applications and other data from the device's internal memory to a microSD card, but not all smartphones allow the external memory to be set as primary memory, so you must carefully evaluate this before buying the device.

Finally, it's always better to choose a smartphone with enough internal memory to install applications and updates without having to worry about the space quickly ending up.

Below we see what are the best top-of-the-range smartphones on the market with an overview of the technical specifications. 

Samsung Galaxy S9

Samsung Galaxy S9 was the most celebrated and expected top-of-the-range 2018 smartphone, it is a latest generation device with cutting-edge features, equipped with so many features to make it widely versatile.

The South Korean company has decided to offer it with a 5.8-inch display and a resolution of 2960 × 1440 pixels, among the highest currently on the market.

Elegant, modern, refined design, during the construction the maximum care has been given to every small detail, and it is precisely these details that make it one of the most beautiful and attractive smartphones ever produced by Samsung; in addition, equipped with a 4G LTE module, Wi-Fi and GPS connectivity, it features a 12 megapixel camera for high-quality shots.

    Display: 5.8 inches
    Operating System: Android 8.0
    RAM: 4 GB
    Battery: 3000 Mah
    MicroSD: Up to 400 GB / Yes
    Waterproof: Yes

iPhone 8

iPhone 8 is certainly the most complete Apple smartphone that we can find on the market, probably one of the most loved by fans of the Cupertino company.

The design maintains the classic style of the iPhone line with a few small touches that make it even more pleasing to the eye; light, with a thickness of only 7.3 mm, it has a 4.7-inch display with a resolution of 1334 × 750 pixels, offering a really high image quality.

It is equipped with various features, including the LTE 4G module that allows data transfer and internet browsing for optimum performance.

The camera is 12 megapixels and allows you to take photos with resolution up to 4608 × 2592 pixels, record 4k video with 3840 × 2160 pixel resolution.

    Display: 4.7 inches
    Operating System: iOS 11
    RAM: 2 GB
    Battery: 1821 Mah
    MicroSD: No
    Waterproof: Yes

iPhone X

iPhone X is Apple's new top-of-the-line smartphone launched on the market this 2018, the Cupertino company offers an innovative, more advanced design that differs somewhat from the classic one we are used to seeing on iPhones.

The aesthetic result is excellent, this smartphone is very pleasant to see and handle, in addition, the cutting-edge features make it the right choice whatever the type of requirement.

It has a 5.8-inch display with 2436 × 1125 pixel resolution, excellent image and video reproduction, one of the best currently in circulation.

Equipped with 4G LTE module, integrated Wi-Fi and GPS connectivity; the 12 megapixel camera ensures shots with excellent resolution and 4K video.

    Display: 5.8 inches
    Operating System: iOS 11
    RAM: 3 GB
    Battery: 2716 Mah
    MicroSD: No
    Waterproof: Yes

Huawei P20 Pro

Huawei P20 Pro is a top-of-the-range smartphone of the highest level, entered by right in the ranking of the best launched on the market until now, thanks to its excellent technical characteristics and the many integrated features, is a product suitable for all types of use.

It has a 6.1-inch screen with a resolution of 2244 × 1080 pixels, a professional camera with a 40-megapixel sensor that allows you to take photos with resolutions up to 7152 × 5368 pixels and record videos in 4K at 3840 × 2160 pixels.

It integrates a 4G LTE module, Wifi connection, GPS and has a thickness of only 7.8mm which makes it a light and comfortable smartphone to carry, a feature that makes it even more appreciable.

    Display: 6.1 inches
    Operating System: Android 8.1
    RAM: 6 GB
    Battery: 4000 Mah
    MicroSD: No
    Waterproof: Yes