Best of MWC 2018
In the world a mobile phones, Mobile World Congress is the main event. Taking place each year in Barcelona, it's where the world sees what's in store for phones and networks that year. Trends take shape and phones are launched. We check out everything in person, and pick our favorites with our Best of MWC awards. This year, three phones stood out.
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Here are our three Best of MWC award recipients for 2018:
Samsung Galaxy S9+
Best Flagship Phone
The Galaxy S9+ takes a great phone and makes it better. All we really didn't like about the S8+ was its fingerprint reader, and they fixed that here. They also added a telephoto camera, which is super helpful in many situations. The adjustable aperture camera is a great technology innovation. We chose the S9+ over the smaller S9 not only because of the extra camera; we also preferred the larger battery in the S8+, and since the S8 vs. S9 models both have the same screens and batteries, we expect similarly great battery life from this year's plus model. It's both sexy and functional. It's a phone that has everything.
Sony Xperia XZ2 Compact
Sony has finally grown up and abandoned its unusual design language, and given US customers back their fingerprint readers. But it's not just what they fixed. This is a truly amazing bit of technology crammed into a really small package. The Compact series has always been good for that, but this one has fewer compromises. No one else is making a true flagship phone this small. It's pretty, powerful, and petite. It's also practical; we rather like the (attractive and high-quality) plastic back when everyone else is doing fragile glass. Crucially, it will support Verizon, and that's important to a lot of people in the US.
Best Affordable Phone
The Alcatel 3x is impressive in several ways. First, it's just generally a well-designed little Android phone at a very affordable price. But it stands out in some key ways. It not only has a 2:1 display that maximizes screen area, but it has impressively thin bezels for a phone in this class. It also has a useful wide-angle camera. Finally, the back employs a clever design that gives a neat shimmering effect, without using fragile glass or fingerprint-magnet shiny plastic. Everything about the phone is just one notch smarter than other phones at this price.
Review: Samsung Galaxy S9+
Samsung's flagship handset is here and it's a curvaceous, complex piece of consumer electronics. The Galaxy S9+ seemingly has it all: the good looks, the high IQ, and the killer skill set that sets it atop the Android pedestal.
Smartphone Camera Shoot-Out: iPhone X, Pixel 2 XL, Galaxy S9+
Is photography your passion? If so, and you're in the market for a new phone, the Apple iPhone X, Google Pixel 2 XL, and Samsung Galaxy S9+ should be at the top of your list.
Photographing Barcelona with the Samsung Galaxy S9+
Samsung's Galaxy S9+ has a powerful camera that allows you to really flex your creative muscle. We spent an afternoon strolling La Rambla in Barcelona experimenting with some of the camera modes.
Hands On with the Sony Xperia XZ2 and XZ2 Compact
Sony's new flagship phones for 2018 pack all the bells and whistles into a curvy new glass design. Both phones include top-end features like a Snapdragon 845 processor, 2:1 ratio display, stereo speakers, HDR video capture and viewing, water resistance, and advanced cameras.
Hands On with the Samsung Galaxy S9 and S9+
Samsung's new flagship handsets, the Galaxy S9 and S9+, are here and they offer lots to be excited about. Samsung took the wining design of last year's phones and upped the ante with improvements to the chassis, cameras, and software.
Sony Xperia XZ2 Compact
5" display 1080 x 2160 pixels
Snapdragon 845 processor 4 GB RAM
2,870 mAh battery
Memory Card Slot, Water-Resistant, NFC, Fingerprint Reader