If you’re on the hunt for the best Android smartphone around, you’ve come to the right place. We’ve put all the major Google-powered handsets through their paces to give you our best Android phones round-down.
There’s one key way in which Android is massively different from its Apple-branded smartphone competition – the number of phones out there running Google’s hot mobile OS.
Update: We’ve updated our best Android phones list with the OnePlus 6T and Huawei Mate 20 Pro.
The big names are all here; Samsung, LG, Huawei and OnePlus are at the fore. The many variations in screen size, processor power, software features and design makes finding the best Android phone for you extremely tough.
To help find the most fitting Android phone for you, we’ve rounded up the best Android handsets out there today, rating the phones on hardware performance, OS upgrade potential and, of course, how shiny and nice they are to have and boast about to work colleagues.
So here they are – the best Android phones money can buy today.
1. Samsung Galaxy S9 Plus
The best Android phone around
Release date: March 2018 | Weight: 189g | Dimensions: 158.1 x 73.8 x 8.5mm | OS: Android 8 | Screen size: 6.2-inch | Resolution: 1440 x 2960 | CPU: Snapdragon 845 / Exynos 9810 | RAM: 6GB | Storage: 64GB/128GB | Battery: 3,500mAh | Rear camera: Dual 12MP | Front camera: 8MP
Super premium build
Excellent low-light cameras
Battery doesn’t last as well as some others on the list
Samsung has once again taken the top spot of the best Android phone in the world right now.
Samsung’s latest Galaxy S9 Plus is in the top position of this list thanks to an incredible design, amazing display and some truly great power packed into the phone.
Everything that has made Samsung phones great over the last few years has been packed into this 6.2-inch device – that’s almost bezeless too – and comes with top of the range hardware and some easy to use Android software.
Samsung has added a dual-camera to the rear to enhance low-light photography, plus there’s a better located fingerprint scanner and 960fps slo-motion video recording.
Read the full review: Samsung Galaxy S9 Plus
2. Huawei Mate 20 Pro
The best Huawei phone to date
Release date: November 2018 | Weight: 189g | Dimensions: 157.8 x 72.3 x 8.6mm | OS: Android 9 | Screen size: 6.39-inch | Resolution: 1440 x 3120 | CPU: Kirin 980 | RAM: 8GB | Storage: 256GB | Battery: 4200mAh | Rear camera: 40MP + 20MP + 8MP | Front camera: 24MP
In-screen fingerprint scanner
Great triple cameras
The UI needs refinement
The Huawei Mate 20 Pro is the best phone from the Chinese firm to date, offering up a heady mix of design, power and performance with a party piece in the form of an in-display fingerprint scanner thrown in too.
The Mate 20 Pro packs a huge 6.39-inch display giving you a lots of space for gaming and movies, and its QHD resolution and HDR10 support ensures everything looks great.
It also comes with three rear cameras, nabbing the excellent 40MP wide-angle and 8MP telephoto lenses from the P20 Pro – but the third sensor is new. It’s an ultra-wide 16MP snapper allowing you to cram even more of your surroundings into each shot.
The Mate 20 Pro is a full-featured phone for a full-featured price – it even has a few tricks you won’t see elsewhere, and more powerful specs than most of its competitors.
Read more: Huawei Mate 20 Pro review
3. Samsung Galaxy Note 9
One of the highest-spec phones on the market
Release date: August 2018 | Weight: 205g | Dimensions: 162 x 76.4 x 9mm | OS: Android 8.1 | Screen size: 6.4-inch | Resolution: 2960×1440 | CPU: Exynos 9810 | RAM: 6/8GB | Storage: 128/512GB (up to 1TB with card) | Battery: 4,000mAh | Rear camera: 12MP + 12MP | Front camera: 8MP
Much better battery
Improved S Pen
Hefty device to hold
Mostly iterative upgrades
It’s a Samsung one-two, with the Samsung Galaxy Note 9 the latest handset to enter our best Android phones lists – and it’s come in high.
The Galaxy Note 9 boasts a huge screen and a huge amount of power under the hood, plus there’s the iconic S Pen stylus which slides into the body of the phone for safe keeping.
It means the Note 9 offers a huge array of productivity functions few phones can compete with, but the overall package isn’t quite as finessed as the Galaxy S9 Plus – not to mention its high price tag.
For power users who want a phone that will doing pretty much anything they ask of it, the Galaxy Note 9 is a top choice.
Read the full review: Samsung Galaxy Note 9
4. Huawei P20 Pro
The best phone Huawei has ever made
Release date: April 2018 | Weight: 180g | Dimensions: 155 x 73.9 x 7.8 mm | OS: Android 8.1 | Screen size: 6.1-inch | Resolution: 1080 x 2240 | CPU: Kirin 970 | RAM: 6GB | Storage: 128GB | Battery: 4,000mAh | Rear camera: 40MP + 20MP + 8MP | Front camera: 24MP
Superb battery life
Interface isn’t market leading
Only Full HD display
What’s this? A Huawei phone at number two? Your eyes do not deceive you, the Huawei P20 Pro really is second in our best Android phone rundown.
After years of threatening the top players in the smartphone game without really worrying them, 2018 has seen a significant uptick from the Chinese firm and the beautiful P20 Pro.
The triple camera setup on the rear of the P20 Pro provides great flexibility – and an excellent low-light mode – while the battery life comfortably gets through a day.
Then there’s the eye-catching, two-tone finish on the rear which really sets the P20 Pro apart from the competition.
Read our full review: Huawei P20 Pro
5. OnePlus 6T
A genuine flagship phone for less
Release date: November 2018 | Weight: 185g | Dimensions: 157.5 x 74.8 x 8.2mm | OS: Android 9 | Screen size: 6.41-inch | Resolution: 1080 x 2340 | CPU: Snapdragon 845 | RAM: 6/8GB | Storage: 128/256GB | Battery: 3,700mAh | Rear camera: 20MP + 16MP | Front camera: 16MP
In-display fingerprint scanner
All-day battery life
No headphone jack
‘Only’ full HD display
The price of flagship phones are rising every year, but you don’t need to pay top dollar for a top-notch experience.
OnePlus offers flagship phones at a lower price point and while its first few handsets didn’t trouble the established names, its more recent efforts have really pushed the likes of Samsung, Apple and co.
You get the latest flagship power under the hood, a huge screen, dual rear cameras and an in-display fingerprint scanner included with the OnePlus 6T.
The OnePlus 6T is a good-looking and powerful smartphone that can compete with handsets from the larger and more established brands on the market while undercutting them in price.
Read more: OnePlus 6T review
6. Samsung Galaxy S9
A great phone for the smaller-handed
Release date: March 2018 | Weight: 163g | Dimensions: 147.7 x 68.7 x 8.5mm | OS: Android 8 | Screen size: 5.8-inch | Resolution: 1440 x 2960 | CPU: Snapdragon 845 / Exynos 9810 | RAM: 4GB | Storage: 64GB/128GB | Battery: 3,000mAh | Rear camera: 12MP | Front camera: 8MP
Battery life not great
Single sensor on the rear
The Samsung Galaxy S9 is a great smartphone, but it’s not quite as good as its bigger brother which boasts an extra camera on the rear and more screen real estate.
There’s still a lot to love about the S9 though with an expansive 5.8-inch Infinity Display, powerful chipset, 4GB of RAM and excellent 12MP rear facing camera.
Its battery life isn’t quite as strong as the S8 it replaces, and visually it’s almost identical to its predecessor. However, the small changes are welcome and it’s an impressive all-round offering.
Read the full review: Samsung Galaxy S9
7. LG G7 ThinQ
LG’s latest phone is an impressive model
Release date: May 2018 | Weight: 167 | Dimensions: 153.2 x 71.9 x 7.9 mm | OS: Android 8.1 | Screen size: 6.1-inch | Resolution: 1440 x 3120 | CPU: Snapdragon 845 | RAM: 4/6GB | Storage: 64GB/128GB | Battery: 3,000mAh | Rear camera: Dual 16MP | Front camera: 8MP
Interesting Boombox speaker
Battery a little small
Performance not quite as good as other flagships
The LG G7 ThinQ is a confident step up from its predecessor – the LG G6 – with LG allowing itself to be a little bolder with the design and features on its latest flagship Android phone.
Its display comes with an ultra-bright mode which boosts brightness to an eye-dazzling 1000nits, handy if you’re desperately trying to Instagram your latest snap from the beach.
The AI built into the camera can recognize what you’re shooting and adjust the settings accordingly, to give you the best shot.
There are two cameras on the rear of the G7 ThinQ, with the secondary snapper offering up a super-wide angle lens to give you a different perspective on things. We just wish LG would drop the ‘ThinQ’ part of the name.
Read our full review: LG G7 ThinQ
8. Samsung Galaxy S8 Plus
Biometrics aside, this is the best Android phone
Weight: 173g | Dimensions: 159.5 x 73.4 x 8.1mm | OS: Android 7 | Screen size: 6.2-inch | Resolution: 1440 x 2960 | CPU: Exynos 8895 | RAM: 4GB | Storage: 64GB | Battery: 3,500mAh | Rear camera: 12MP | Front camera: 8MP
Best display on the market
Flawed fingerprint sensor
With average phone sizes rising, the Galaxy S8 Plus at 6.2-inches has become the gold standard.
Everything we love about the Galaxy S8 is available here as Samsung has decided to only really changed the sizes of the screens rather than fiddling with the spec inside the device.
That same powerful 12MP camera and top of the range power setup is here to do everything you want it to as well as the new biometric tech that may allow you to unlock your phone faster than ever before.
Read the full review: Samsung Galaxy S8 Plus
9. Honor 9
An all-rounder that ticks almost all the boxes
Weight: 155g | Dimensions: 147.3 x 70.9 x 7.5mm | OS: Android 7 | Screen size: 5.15-inch | Resolution: 1920 x 1080 | CPU: HiSilicon Kirin 960 | RAM: 4GB/6GB | Storage: 64/128GB | Battery: 3,200mAh | Rear camera: 20MP + 20MP | Front camera: 8MP
One speaker driver
No optical image stabilization
The Honor 9 is not an innovative handset, and it won’t offer you much you haven’t seen on a smartphone before.
However, Honor has managed to create an all-around great handset that offers everything you’d like in a phone in an attractive, easy-to-use and top-of-the-range package.
But the highlight feature is still that it’s around half the price of some of the major flagship phones, and it’s hard to find a reason not to recommend the Honor 9 if you’d like a cheaper alternative to some of the big names.
Read the full review: Honor 9
10. Sony Xperia XZ Premium
The perfect phone for 4K fanatics
Weight: 195g | Dimensions: 156 x 77 x 7.9mm | OS: Android 7 Nougat | Screen size: 5.46-inch | Resolution: 3840 x 2160 | CPU: Snapdragon 835 | RAM: 4GB | Storage: 64GB | Battery: 3230mAh | Rear camera: 19MP | Front camera: 13MP
4K display is stunning
Solid battery life
Design isn’t the most premium
Fiddly SIM tray
The Xperia XZ Premium is the flagship smartphone Sony fans have been waiting for, bringing together an eye-popping display, strong snapper and solid battery life.
Those who love watching films and TV shows in 4K can do so on the move with the 4K screen on the XZ Premium – no other phone on this list can boast that – while the front-facing dual speakers also enhance videos and gaming.
If there’s an area the XZ Premium does lack in, it’s design. The flat glass front and rear are sleek, but the plastic edges of the phone detract from the ‘Premium’ part of the name.
Make no mistake though, this is a proper, fully-loaded Android flagship which easily holds its own against the competition.
Read our full review: Sony Xperia XZ Premium