Now that all major smartphone launches of 2018 are done and dusted, it’s time to recap how the industry fared. Looking back, we see a plethora of interesting launches that ushered in pop-up cameras, cool in-display fingerprint sensors, amazing 7nm chipsets, displays that literally pushed boundaries, and even the comeback of slider phones.

All through the year, we have shared our reviews on what we liked and what failed to impress us. Now, its time for us to hear what matters to you. After all, its only consumers who get to decide the “best” way forward. So express your views by voting for your personal favorites in our latest People’s Choice Awards 2018.

Before we reveal more details, let us first walk you through our Lucky Winner give away process.

Winners Announcement [Update]

We are done with our vote counting and are now ready to announce winners of our Smartprix People’s Choice awards 2018. But before we do that, we would like to thank each one of you for making this a huge success.

In 10 day span, when the voting was open, more than two lakh people voted and voiced their opinions. The awards were divided across 12 categories and based on your votes, we have chosen one winner and two runner-ups in each category. Here we go.

Smartprix People’s Choice Awards 2018 Winners

Award Category Winners
Phone of the Year (2018) iPhone XS/ iPhone XS Plus
Best Affordable Phone of 2018 (Under Rs 18,000) Vivo V9 Pro
Best Mid-range Phone of 2018 (Under Rs 30,000) Poco F1
Best Economical Flagship Phones of 2018 (Under Rs 50,000) OnePlus 6T
Best Budget Phone Of 2018 (Under 10,000) Honor 9N
Best Camera Phone of the Year Pixel 3
Best Budget Camera phone of the Year (Under Rs 18,000) Xiaomi Mi A2
Best looking phone of 2018 Vivo Nex
Best Gaming Phone of 2018 Asus ROG Phone
Most Innovative Brand of The Year Vivo
Most Disruptive Brand of The Year Realme
Best Custom UI on Android Phones Oxygen OS (OnePlus)

 

Best Affordable Phone of 2018 (Under Rs 18,000)

This is the most hard-fought segment where brands are willing to bleed just to outdo each other. In this segment, brands like Realme and Asus have taken an aggressive stance and are taking the leaders head-on. Millennials are the target audience as they take the numbers more seriously, and this year they were surely spoilt for choice. Nominee’s for the best affordable phone of the year are:

  • Realme 2 Pro / Realme U1
  • Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 Pro / Note 6 Pro
  • Asus Zenfone Max Pro M1
  • Xiaomi Mi A2
  • Nokia 6.1 Plus
  • Samsung Galaxy On8 2018
  • Vivo V9 Pro
  • Infinix Note 5 Stylus
  • Oppo F9

Winner: Vivo V9 Pro

  • 1st Runner-up: Realme 2 Pro
  • 2nd Runner-up: Redmi Note 5 Pro/ Note 6 Pro

Best Mid-range Phone of 2018 (Under Rs 30,000)

It’s a category where people aspire for a complete experience – good design, reliable performance, and reasonable cameras. In an attempt to take the market by storm, 2018 saw brands like Xiaomi and Asus offering hardware similar to OnePlus 6 while undercutting the latter. Poco F1 became the most affordable Snapdragon 845 phone, Nokia went for more premium looks and pure Android experience, Samsung introduced a triple rear camera phone, while Vivo brought its in-display fingerprint to V-series for the first time. Nominees for the best mid-range phone of 2018 Under Rs 30,000 are:

  • Poco F1
  • Vivo V11 Pro
  • Nokia 7 Plus
  • Oppo F9 Pro
  • Asus Zenfone 5Z
  • Samsung Galaxy A7 (2018)

Winner: Poco F1

  • 1st Runner-up: Vivo V11 Pro
  • 2nd Runner-up: Asus Zenfone 5Z

Best Economical Flagship Phones of 2018 (Under Rs 50,000)

Since flagships have grown extremely pricey, a new sub-flagship segment has emerged. In 2018, this segment saw several emerging and established brands pushing boundaries just to gain acceptance as Industry leaders. From Vivo’s pop up camera Nex to Samsung’s quad-camera Galaxy A9 (2018), we saw a number of interesting phones. Nominees for the best economical flagship phone of 2018 are:

  • OnePlus 6/6T
  • Vivo Nex
  • Samsung Galaxy A9 (2018)
  • Honor 10
  • LG G7+ ThinQ
  • Nokia 8 Sirocco

Winner: OnePlus 6T

  • 1st Runner-up: Vivo Nex
  • 2nd Runner-up: Oppo Find X

Phone of the Year (2018)

The biggest of them all! This one belongs to that one perfect phone that does everything right. While the existing tier-one brands like Apple, Samsung and Google expectedly worked their magic, products like ROG Phone and Mate 20 Pro also managed to charm us with the amazing experience they offered. Nominees for the best phone of 2018 are:

  • Apple iPhone XS / XS Max
  • Samsung Galaxy Note 9
  • Samsung Galaxy S9+
  • Google Pixel 3/ 3XL
  • Asus ROG Phone
  • Huawei Mate 20 Pro

Winner: iPhone XS/ iPhone XS Plus

  • 1st Runner-up: Huawei Mate 20 Pro
  • 2nd Runner-up: Pixel 3

Best Budget Phone Of 2018 (Under 10,000)

This is one challenging segment were brands need to find the right mix of trends, value, and durability. To make that perfect phone for just under 10K is no easy task for sure. For this award, we are nominating following phones from under Rs 10,000 bracket:

  • Redmi 6
  • Realme C1
  • Infinix Note 5
  • Honor 9N
  • Nokia 2.1 Plus
  • Asus Zenfone Max M1

Winner: Honor 9N

  • 1st Runner-up: Realme C1
  • 2nd Runner-up: Redmi 6

Best Camera Phone of the Year

Smartphone Cameras are what define flagships and one primary reason that justifies their high cost. In general, cameras on 2018 flagships progressed by leaps and bounds and were truly amazing. Nominees for the best camera phone of 2018 are:

 

  • Apple iPhone XS / XS Max
  • Samsung Galaxy Note 9
  • Google Pixel 3/ 3XL
  • Huawei Mate 20 Pro
  • LG G7+ ThingQ
  • OnePlus 6T

Winner: Pixel 3

  • 1st Runner-up: OnePlus 6T
  • 2nd Runner-up: iPhone XS/ XS Max

Best Budget Camera phone of the Year (Under Rs 18,000)

Cameras on affordable phones still make grave compromises, but they did see a healthy growth in 2018. Brands are now innovatively adding smart software and multiple sensors to work around photography constraints, and the quality of images as significantly improved compared to what we had last year. Our nominees for the best budget camera phone of 2018 are:

  • Honor 8X
  • Xiaomi Mi A2
  • Xiaomi Redmi Note 6 Pro
  • Nokia 6.1 Plus
  • Samsung Galaxy On8 2018
  • Vivo V9 Pro

Winner: Mi A2

  • 1st Runner-up: Vivo V9 Pro
  • 2nd Runner-up: Redmi Note 6 Pro

Best looking phone of 2018

Well, how can we miss out the design? Well, the design is more of how it feels and works than how it actually looks. This year we saw a major shift to full-view screens of varied aspect ratios and a big surge in glass body phones across all price ranges. Flagships, however, still manage to stand out! Here are the nominees for the best looking phone of 2018:

  • Samsung Galaxy Note 9
  • Apple iPhone XS/ XS Max
  • Huawei Mate 20 Pro
  • Asus ROG phone
  • OnePlus 6T
  • Vivo Nex
  • Oppo Find X

Winner: Vivo Nex

  • 1st Runner-up: Samsung Galaxy Note 9
  • 2nd Runner-up: Huawei Mate 20 Pro

Best Gaming Phone of 2018

2017 was the year of Pokemon Go and this year PUBG was what kept most of us hooked to our mobile screens for hours at a stretch. Gaming on smartphones has emerged as a major trend and most brands have acknowledged the need by switching to more powerful chipsets throughout their portfolios. Many OEMs even introduced high-end devices dedicated to gaming. These are the nominees of the best gaming phone of 2018:

  • Asus ROG Phone
  • Samsung Note 9
  • OnePlus 6T
  • Apple iPhone XS Max
  • Huawei Mate 20 Pro

Winner: Asus ROG Phone

  • 1st Runner-up: OnePlus 6T
  • 2nd Runner-up: Samsung Galaxy Note 9

Most Innovative Brand of The Year

From In-display fingerprint to quad rear cameras and from ‘Call Screen’ to Pop-up cameras – This year we saw many industry-first innovations. Many brands aggressively reworked their strategy, while others just swam with the tide. Pick the brand that impressed you the most!

  • Asus
  • Apple
  • Google
  • Samsung
  • Vivo
  • Oppo
  • Xiaomi
  • Huawei

Winner: Vivo

  • 1st Runner-up: Samsung
  • 2nd Runner-up: Oppo

Most Disruptive Brand of The Year

In 2018, we saw offline brands jumping the online bandwagon and online-exclusive ones enter online. To cater to the new markets, these brands took an aggressive approach, disrupting the natural order of things. Tell us which brand was most aggressive in its approach in your personal opinion.

  • Asus
  • Realme
  • Vivo
  • Xiaomi

Winner: Realme

  • 1st Runner-up: Vivo
  • 2nd Runner-up: Asus

Best Custom UI on Android Phones

The software running on a phone is equally important as the software (or even more). The interface of your phone is what you live with and actually interact with, and this is one part that most OEMs struggle with. The choice of ‘best’ interface is subjective and you should be the one to decide. Pick one:

  • Hauwei’s EMUI 9.0
  • Oppo’s Funtouch OS 5.0
  • OnePlus’ Oxygen OS 9.0
  • Vivo’s Color OS 5.0
  • Samsung’s Experience UX 9.5
  • Xiaomi’s MIUI 10
  • Asus’ ZenUI 5.0
  • Google’s Pixel UI

Winner: Oxygen OS

  • 1st Runner-up: Pixel UI
  • 2nd Runner-up: MIUI10

Paytm Cashback Winners

As our token of appreciation, we are also awarding Paytm Cashback to four lucky winners from among people who voted. Here are the Four lucky winners: 

Ankit
199***arma.an***@Gmail.com

Guru
kumarpr******548@gmail.com

Ritika
mis****1@gmail.com

Aijaz syed
aijaz*****86@gmail.com

We will contact winners on their Email ID that they mentioned while leaving comments on this article.

197 COMMENTS

  1. In my opinion my personal fav. smartphone is samsung note 9 followed by huawai mate 20 pro ..i luv these phone cuz of their high performance and i believe if phone have best performance.. it’s means they can handle heavy thing thats i choose these 2 phone of the year but if u ask me to choose 1 then i’ll should deffinetelley go for #The❤ huawai mate 20 pro❤

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  4. People’s Choice Award , Really Enjoyed the Survey ! All the mobiles kept in the category were worth it ! Covered Every Expect and Yeah People’s Voice Matters 😍
    Cheers
    Team Smartprix

  5. Shared my votes I must say Huawei nailed it in 2018 with best looking, performance and camera department for the price whereas Realme takes lead in best phone under 20k and Asus with good midrange phone & best gaming phone of the year with Zenfone 5z & ROG phone & Honor 9n best phone under 10k. Xiaomi seems disruptive brand of year not satisfied with phones this year and My #OnePlus6T is best with it oxygen OS and best flagship under 50k 😍😍

  6. This is a very nice concept to cast the voting for the different devices in the different segments, this will really help the upcoming buyers to compare before purchasing any smartphone from this app, not only that Smartprix also provides an easy to understand price compare sheet as well which is also a very helpful thing. I will recommend every one to install this nifty app which will give you the best deals and offers of every product you need for your day to day activities.

  7. Samsung Galaxy Note 9 and S9/9+ are the best phones to come out this year. However, Pixel 3XL has the best camera just like it’s predecessor.

  8. POCO F1 is definitely a killer device with Mid-Range Price & flagship specs , Like SD845 , Liquid Cooling , IR face unlock 👏👏 , I liked the survey 👍

  9. OnePlus 6T is the Beast in all round aspects. Loved in all features and innovative fastest inscreen fingerprint sensor. Totally loved this survey

  10. Smartprix is a great app. It gives me all the information about mobiles. And this survey was quite good. But my favorite is POCO F1. Let’s see who will win.

  11. Voted for all categories team ..hope the best one will win which are chosen by me .. Thank you Smartprix for giving us chance to choose what we prefers and regards the best ..There is no doubt that One Plus 6T is the best amongst all of those

  12. Felt Asus Zenfone 5Z should have been in the flagship category.
    Other than that Huawei Mate 20 Pro impressed me this year.

  13. Actually this is how we should give the rating to mobile like this method based on people’s openion…

    Great job.

    Love you smartprix

  14. Voted in all categories , Very reasonable and right options selected in each category . Thanks for amazing details and voting option

  15. @Smartprix I enjoyed being part of this survey, also i would like to add, This year i am really fascinated by the phones frome Realme brand, especially realme 2 pro, it stood out in that price range from rest of the phones, also i am impressed with Xiaomi redmi note 6 especially its camera and processor. Thanks!

  16. Hope whatever i have given answer as per questions as i m using the same and i advice my friends to use the same……

  17. Great survey by Smartprix.
    Voted in all categories. May the best phone wins the award.

    Thanks Smartprix for this amazing survey.

  18. May the best phone win.
    Vivo is definitely the most innovative brand of the year with its first phone having in-display fingerprint sensor.

  19. In my opinion realme U1 is the best budget smartphone of the year and I definitely going to buy it but also waiting for Asus zenfone max pro M2 which will also be a good smartphone

  20. Best app for checking all mobile, laptop, tablet and all kind of accessories details with best offers on different websites.

  21. Vivo May the best phone win.
    Vivo is definitely the most innovative brand of the year with its first phone having in-display fingerprint sensor.

  22. In my option VIVO is the very best brand in all levels lower, medium & higher budget
    It very good in operation, camera, gaming etc
    It never hangup no heating issues

    Overall it is a very very best brand

  23. You should also have an option of others or None of these for people who are not aligned to options available. Waiting for results

  24. May the best phone win.
    Vivo is definitely the most innovative brand of the year with its first phone having in-display fingerprint sensor.

  25. It’s very good survey to know the comparison and can choose the best we want. I will definitely prefer vivo smartphones for the innovation in it’s technology and the other exciting software features. V9 Pro and vivo Nex is the best at it’s price segment.

  26. In my opinion vivo has the best budget smartphones. it is also most innovative brand of the year, not also in camera but in finger print sensor & Elevating front camera. High performance, Durability, Easy to carry, latest updates, Innovation, After sales service, Customer orientation & Superior quality, these tings are the at their best in Vivo smartphones.

  27. This survey shows that we all ready for next innovation and we all want that our choice will win and we all want that all the smartphones brands will provide us better feature and innovative products in feature.

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    Innovations onlY possible through vivO.Vivo is definatelY The mosT innovative Brand of the year with d phone’s X21,v11prO,NeX having In-displY fingerprint scanning(Unlock D amazing).
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  29. May the best phone win.
    Vivo is definitely the most innovative brand of the year with its first phone having in-display fingerprint sensor

  30. In my option VIVO is the very best brand in all levels lower, medium & higher budget
    It very good in operation, camera, gaming etc
    It never hangup no heating issues

    Overall it is a very very best brand

  31. I think that VIVO NEX is the best budget flagship and bezt innovative phone of the year as it comes with lots of innovations and great performance ofas well!!

  32. Most Innovating brand is Vivo, as per my opinion. Because in 2018 vivo give us all kind of products and superior quality.

  33. The smartprix survey is the most innovative and most most price range customers to choose every customer and once every promotor realize the online market to our offline market phones and best of the one vivo nex.and most affordable price range v9pro most popular to all custimers

  34. May the best phone win.
    Vivo is definitely the most innovative brand of the year with its first phone having in-display fingerprint sensor.

  35. May the best phone win.
    Vivo is definitely the most innovative brand of the year with its first phone having in-display fingerprint sensor.

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  36. Smartprix is a great app. It gives me all the information about mobiles. And this survey was quite good. But my favorite is vivo

  37. I’ve been following the smartprix quite a while now and i must say it has done a commendable work.
    If i’ll have to choose a smartphone i will go with OnePlus 6T. The gadget is amazing.

  38. The smartprix survey is the most innovative and most most price range customers to choose every customer and once every promotor realize the online market and best of the one is one plus and most popular to all customers

  39. I think that one plus 6t is the best flagship and best innovative phone of the year as it comes with lots of innovations and great performance as well!!

  40. Finished survey
    Best affordable – realme (2pro/U1)
    BEST Budget (under 10k) – Realme C1
    Best mid range – Poco F1
    Best eco flagship- one plus 6T
    Phone of the year – Huawei mate 20 Pro
    Best camera – Huawei mate 20 Pro
    Best budget camera- Mi A2
    Gaming- Asus Rog Phone

  41. Finished survey [edit: 3 categories added]
    Best affordable – realme (2pro/U1)
    BEST Budget (under 10k) – Realme C1
    Best mid range – Poco F1
    Best eco flagship- one plus 6T
    Phone of the year – Huawei mate 20 Pro
    Best camera – Huawei mate 20 Pro
    Best budget camera- Mi A2
    Gaming- Asus Rog Phone
    Disruptive brand- Realme
    Custom UI- Oxygen os
    Innovative- Vivo

  42. Shared my votes I must say Huawei nailed it in 2018 with best looking, performance and camera department for the price whereas Realme takes lead in best phone under 20k and Asus with good midrange phone & best gaming phone of the year with Zenfone 5z & ROG phone & Honor 9n best phone under 10k. Xiaomi seems disruptive brand of year not satisfied with phones this year and My #OnePlus6T is best with it oxygen OS and best flagship under 50k 😍😍

  43. Excellent survey question and there option.
    That’s it….awesome survey….i needed to think twice for every question…as the options were so good
    Thank you smartprix

  44. I am an avid reader but not pro active to participate in the survey. But this tech savvy, People’s Choice Award, I did and liked the Survey..

  45. Good one smartprix I have been following you since 2013 or 14. Whenever I want to see the specification and reviews regarding certain phones I just open your website and see and by surfing your website I have become a pro knowledgeable person.
    Now if any of my friends want to buy smartphones they just simply ask me and I ask their budget and simply open your website and suggest them some in this price range.
    So thank you smartprix.

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