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Top 5 latest popular smartphones on GearBest

ByDavid Tsang 2018-08-24 4166

With the mobile phone market undergoing some significant and radical design changes, it’s the perfect time to take stock of the situation. At GearBest, we’re lucky enough to be exposed to the latest in phone tech. Our guide gives the lowdown on the Top 5 Latest Popular smartphones on the website. They represent the hottest designs and feature sets available today, a seamless blend of innovative tech, industry trends and genre-defining features. Check it out.


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For tech lovers, it's a great time to be shopping for a phone. The mobile industry is undergoing major shifts, with many phone brands upping their design game this year. We've carefully scrutinized our entire phone category in the search for the five models that we feel stand out in an overcrowded market. Distinctive and refined, let's take a closer look at these signature models.

1. Vivo NEX 4G Phablet Global Version - $719.99

Feature highlights:

● Display: 6.59-inch super AMOLED ultra fullview display (1080 x 2316 pixels)

● CPU: Qualcomm Snapdragon 845

● RAM: 8GB

● Storage: 128GB

● Rear camera: Dual 12 MP f/1.8 and 5 MP f/2.4, dual-LED flash

● Front camera: Pop-up 8MP f/2.0

● Battery: 4000mAh (22.5W fast charging)

the design of Vivo NEX 

One of the most exciting and refreshing phones released this year, the stunning Vivo Nex redefines what a phone should look like. An evolution from the vivo APEX concept, it has transformed into an exciting blend of an all-screen design, periscope selfie camera and under-display fingerprint sensor. The standout feature is of course the all-screen 19.3:9 ratio display, delivering a screen-to-body ratio over 91%. Of all the phones we have seen, it comes closest to a truly bezel-less viewing experience. Significantly, the absence of a notch on the 6.59-inch display paves the way for the motorized, pop-camera; implemented well, it offers an efficient solution while closing in on the elusive holy grail of an edge-to-edge display.

the camera of Vivo NEX  

Under the hood, the current flagship-class Snapdragon 845 CPU drives the handset to deliver exceptional performance. It should come as no surprise that, as a daily driver, the NEX is more than capable of handling a diverse variety of applications, including productivity, work and multimedia, especially with 8GB RAM and 128GB storage handling everything from backstage. The Vivo NEX utilizes Vivo's own Funtouch OS. If this isn't to your liking, simply swap it out for another launcher app. The camera setup is responsive and punchy, offering lots of sharp workable imagery and even 4K@60fps video for image-conscious customers. So unless you have very high end photography requirements, the NEX camera is already great.

Overall, the Vivo Nex is a landmark phone, bringing important iterations and advancements to the genre. Applying one of the most novel designs was a bold and refreshing move.

2. OPPO Find X 4G Phablet Global Version - $1188.87

Feature highlights:

● Display: 6.42-inch AMOLED Display (1080 x 2340 pixels)

● CPU: Qualcomm Snapdragon 845

● RAM: 8GB

● Storage: 128GB

● Rear camera: Pop-up dual 16 MP f/2.0 and 20 MP f/2.0, LED flash

● Front camera: Pop-up 25 MP f/2.0

● Battery: 3730mAh (20W VOOC charging)

the design of OPPO Find X  

As with the Vivo NEX phone, the incredible Oppo Find X changes the whole mobile product design game up again. The result is, in a word, unique. The star attraction is the mesmerizing curved, bezel-less and cutout-free AMOLED display offering a 19.5:9 ratio and 401ppi. It really is a quite a sight to behold but, tucked modestly behind the screen, is a major innovation: a motorized slide-out camera structure that contains the single front and dual rear cameras. When recessed, the sleek and minimalist chassis has no cameras visible anywhere taking design to the next level.

the face unlock of OPPO Find X 

When it comes to the CPU, OPPO didn't skimp on the power with the Snapdragon 845 paired with the Adreno 630 allowing power users to open the throttle. In fact, the Find X is the #1 Antutu champion based on several review benchmarks on the internet.  Running on the well-optimized ColorOS 5.1 skin, based on Android 8.1 Oreo, it achieves fluid performance all day long, especially for the latest 3D titles. The powerhouse phones adopts a distinct AI approach to power your experience, including Face Unlock, faster app startups, and better resource management for an overall smoother and more seamless feel. This is complemented by Full-Screen Gesture navigation to take all the extra real estate into account. The primary camera features a SONY 16MP IM519 sensor for great low-light performance and OIS for optically stabilized images and video boasting vivid colors, excellent detail and good contrast.

Overall, the Find X is great for those are early tech adopters and/or love to live on the bleeding edge of the tech experience. The Find X remains one of the favourite talking points for staff here at GearBest with its sensational blend of flagship-level power and stunning craftsmanship. Experience the hype for real and touch the future with the Find X masterpiece.

3. Vivo X21 4G Phablet Global Edition - $539.99

Feature highlights:

● Display: 6.28-inch AMOLED display (1080 x 2280 pixels)

● CPU: Qualcomm Snapdragon 660

● RAM: 6GB

● Storage: 128GB

● Rear camera: Dual 12 MP f/1.8 and 5 MP f/2.4, LED flash

● Front camera: 12 MP f/2.0

● Battery: 3200mAh (20W VOOC charging)

 the design of Vivo X21 

While the vivo X21's understated design doesn't jump out in the same way as its sibling Vivo NEX, the sleek vivo X21 is still unquestionably cool in a minimalist way. As an industry first, the In-Display Fingerprint Scanner from Synaptics certainly gets things off to a promising start. This is complemented by the bright 6.28-inch OLED display (19:9 aspect ratio) providing real estate that's gloriously vibrant, popping with color and inky blacks, to show sumptuous detail. In short, the full HD+ display is seriously impressive and while some detractors might not embrace the notch, it's implemented well in the X21 without being gratuitous.

the AI face access (unlock) of Vivo X21  

Performance is rock solid thanks to its Snapdragon 660 CPU with silky-smooth multitasking; here, the 6GB RAM undeniably makes a difference with even demanding 3D games run without a hitch. The AI Face Access (unlock) is smooth, responsive and seamless so Vivo gets kudos for the solid implementation. The Vivo X21 runs Android 8.1 OS with the company's own proprietary FunTouch overlay, complete with gesture mode, for a snappy and fluid daily driver experience. For snap-happy customers, the dual rear camera set up offers great portrait shots in good lighting including bokeh effects thanks to its phase detection autofocus. Driving everything is a spacious 3,200mAh battery providing enough juice for all-day use.

Bottom line: the X21 handles well, it's always smooth, and it just feels right. The aluminum frame and glass back with tapered edge forms a comfortable and easy-to-hold experience. When you dig deeper, it gets a lot of things right: fantastic display, impressive performance and the fingerprint sensor and facial recognition are superbly implemented. It's easy to recommend the X21.

4. OnePlus 6 4G Phablet Global Release - $569.99

Feature highlights:

● Display: 6.28-inch AMOLED display (1080 x 2280 pixels)

● CPU: Qualcomm Snapdragon 845

● RAM: 6GB

● Storage: 64GB

● Rear camera: Dual 16 MP f/1.7 and 20 MP f/1.7, dual LED flash

● Front camera: 16 MP f/2.0

● Battery: 3300mAh (dash charge)

the design of OnePlus 6 

The OnePlus 6 requires almost no introduction. One of the snappiest phones on the market, the OnePlus 6 offers a sublime blend of raw performance, flagship specs, striking design, and a capable dual camera – all at a fantastic price. While the original mission may have been to be the flagship killer, the latest OnePlus iteration stands out as a flagship in its own right.

The design is impeccable with a new build and design that is almost all-glass to bring it in line with the category's best in class. With its smooth curves and premium materials, it feels superb in the hand. Under the hood, the powerful Snapdragon 845 delivers plenty of power and, combined with 6GB RAM, delivers arguably one of the most seamless and snappiest user experiences right out of the box. Biometric security is handled by fingerprint and face recognition, both are executed well in terms of speed and accuracy.

the camera of OnePlus 6 

The rear camera setup combines a stunning 16+20MP set up with stabilized camera lens. The result? A generational leap over the OnePlus 5T: better detail, excellent dynamic range and incredible color rendition. The cameras work equally well in low lighting conditions. Video is also handled well with up to 2160@60fps and even 240fps slow-mo is here to capture incredible moments.

The OnePlus 6 is one big string of hits with very few misses. It's a complete smartphone experience that captures the impressive evolution of the OnePlus version.

5. HUAWEI nova 3 4G Phablet - $499.99

Feature highlights:

● Display: 6.3-inch IPS Display (1080x2340 pixels)

● CPU: Hisilicon Kirin 970

● RAM: 6GB

● Storage: 128GB

● Rear camera: Dual 16 MP f/1.8 and 24 MP B/W f/1.8

● Front camera: 24 MP f/2.0

● Battery: 3750mAh (Dash Charge)

the design of HUAWEI nova 3 

Huawei's Nova series of mid-rangers are impressively priced offering fantastic performance. The Nova 3 is no exception, offering a complete smartphone experience without the flagship sticker price. This starts from the unboxing itself with the excellent build quality thanks to the sturdy metal frame and glass back – in short, a continuation of Huawei's 2018 design language. A notch contains the dual camera system and new IR-based face unlock system, with the latter functioning even in complete darkness.

the HDR mode of HUAWEI nova 3 

Performance is provided by Huawei's proprietary Kirin 970 chipset provides all the power you need for everyday usage. It's fast and smooth, with no lagging or stutters anywhere. This extends to heavy duty gaming performance on modern titles. The EMUI UI runs on top of Android 8.1 Oreo for snappy handling. The dual cameras comprise a 16MP primary and 24MP monochrome secondary camera offer great image detail with an HDR mode available to boost shadows. In particular the monochrome camera offers incredibly crisp, near-noiseless imagery. The 3750mAh delivers enough juice for all-day use.

Overall, the Huawei Nova 3 packs quite a punch. For those looking for a solid design, vibrant display, good camera performance and a strong all-day battery, the Nova 3 has got you covered.


 You may also want to read:
 HUAWEI Nova 3 vs. HUAWEI Honor 10: budget smartphones with a premium processor
 OnePlus 6 vs OnePlus 5T: more power in a modern design
 OPPO Find X vs. Vivo NEX: the battle of bezel-less screens


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