With Android thoroughly dominating the mobile industry, there are almost countless great Android smartphones to pick from in the UK phones market. From sleek devices that impress with premium design, to powerhouses brimming with features, to all-around great devices, and affordable phones that punch above their weight, the best Android phones in UK offer a staggering variety of attractive phones.
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Not all smartphone models are available globally, for reasons ranging from modem and networks through to supply chains and marketing. In this roundup, we’re looking at the absolute UK phones for Android.
Huawei P20 and P20 Plus
The Huawei P20 and Huawei P20 Pro may not be coming to the United States, but the rest of the world, including the UK phones audience, is in for a treat. These are, without a doubt, the best Huawei phones the company has produced so far, and the best Chinese Android phones ever made. The Huawei P20 sports a 5.8-inch LCD display, while the Pro version boosts it up to 6.1 inches and a OLED panel. Yes, both phones have notches on top, but if you hate this current phone trend, the handsets do allow you to turn it off in the setting menu so it looks more like a regular phone.
The Huawei P20 has a Leica dual camera setup, with a 12MP RGB and 20MP monochrome sensor combo, but the P20 Pro is the first smartphone with a triple rear camera setup. In addition to the 20MP monochrome sensor, the RGB sensor on the Pro goes up to a whopping 40MP, and is joined by the third sensor, an 8MP telephoto lens. The Pro also has a five-times hybrid zoom feature.
Both phones have Huawei’s Kirin 970 processor, with its NPU chip that adds AI features, including ones that help improve taking pictures with their impressive cameras. These phones are not cheap, however. In the UK, you can get the P20 at Carphone Warehouse for £600, while the P20 Pro is priced at £800 without a contract. Other retailers that sell UK phones like John Lewis, Argos, and Clove Technology are also selling the phones for similar prices. UK phone carriers are also selling the P20 and P20 Pro for a variety of plans and prices, including O2, Vodafone, Three and EE, the latter of which is selling the P20 for £34 per month with a 24-month contract, and the P20 Pro for £39 per month.
- 5.8-inch Huawei FullView IPS LCD 18.7:9 display 2,244 x 1,080 resolution
- Octa-core Huawei Kirin 970 processor
- 4 GB of RAM
- 128 GB of on-board storage
- Dual 20 and 12 MP rear cameras, 8 MP front camera
- Non-removable 3,400 mAh battery
- Android 8.0 Oreo
- 149.1 mm x 70.8 mm x 7.65 mm, 165 g
Huawei P20 Pro
- 6.1-inch Huawei FullView OLED 18:7:9 display 2,240 x 1,080 resolution
- Octa-core Huawei Kirin 970 processor
- 6 GB of RAM
- 128 GB of on-board storage, no microSD expansion
- Triple 8, 12 and 40 MP rear cameras, 8 MP front camera
- Non-removable 4,000 mAh battery
- Android 8.0 Oreo
- 155.0 mm x 73.9 mm x 7.8 mm, 180 g
Samsung Galaxy S9 and S9 Plus
Following a successful launch of the Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus, Samsung clearly knows what UK phones owners want in a smartphone. Solid battery life, high-res screens, impressive camera performance and more were all things the company achieved with its previous generation flagships, but the S8 range updates the look with a more modern design.
In this regard, the S9 and S9 Plus are more of a continuation than a renovation. But it should come as no surprise that the Galaxy S9 and S9 Plus feature top-of-the-line specifications, impressive new camera technologies, and maximum screen real estate.
As before, Samsung included a curved screen on both the S9 and S9 Plus, with an increasingly common 18.5:9 aspect ratio that allows for a much more comfortable in-hand feel. Under the hood, these devices come with the Exynos 9810 SoC (Snapdragon 845 in other regions), 4 GB of RAM, 64 GB of on-board storage, and one of the latest versions of Android, 8.0 Nougat.
All in all, the Galaxy S9 and S9 Plus are two of the best Android phones in UK, building on the highly successful formula of the Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus.
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Google Pixel 2
The Pixel 2 is Google’s latest flagship smartphone, and it’s great at just about everything. It doesn’t have as many bells or whistles as the Galaxy S9, but if you’re in the market for one of the best UK phones with Android, the Pixel 2 is a great option.
This device has a 5-inch OLED 1080p display with a pixel density of 441 ppi. It doesn’t have a fancy 18:9 aspect ratio screen or a bezel-less design, though it does have front-facing speakers above and below the display. Inside, it comes with a speedy Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 processor, along with 4 GB of LPDDR4x RAM. You can buy the phone with either 64 GB or 128 GB of on board storage, but there’s no microSD card to add additional storage.
If you like taking photos with your phone, you’ll be very pleased with the Pixel 2’s 12.2 MP camera. Not only has it been named the smartphone camera on the market according to DxOMark, we found the Pixel 2’s main camera to be incredibly impressive in most situations. There’s even a portrait mode on the front and back cameras, even though the phone doesn’t have a dual-camera setup.
You might be wondering why we haven’t mentioned the Pixel 2 XL, which is also available in the UK. It’s a great phone—don’t get us wrong—but just know that the XL’s display has had its fair share of issues since launch. The LG-made pOLED 6.0-inch display on the 2 XL shows off a blue tint when the phone is tilted, it’s not tuned to be as vibrant as other OLED panels, and many early adopters have been noticing burn-in issues. Google says it will continue to combat these issues with software updates, and it’s also extended the warranty to two years.
If you want a Pixel phone with a larger battery and can live with a mediocre display, we’d recommend going for the Pixel 2 XL—you’ll be very happy. But if you can live with a smaller battery and a smaller screen (that doesn’t have any issues), we’d recommend the Pixel 2.
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LG G7 ThinQ
On top of that super bright 6.1-inch display, you’ll find the oh-so-2018 notch cutout. If you aren’t a fan, you can “turn off” the notch in the settings menu.
LG phones have always provided a solid audio experience, and the G7 ThinQ is no different. The phone actually uses its inner space as a resonance chamber to boost bass and deliver all-around louder audio. It also comes with a 32-bit Hi-Fi Quad DAC and DTS:X 3D Surround Sound support.
This phone also comes with some of the best specs you can find on any smartphone out there: a Snapdragon 845 SoC, dual 16MP wide-angle cameras, as well as IP68 and MIL-STD 810G certifications. As an added bonus, there’s also a dedicated Google Assistant button that lets you talk to the voice assistant like a walkie-talkie. It’s pretty neat and is worthy of a spot in our best Android phones in UK roundup.
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Samsung Galaxy Note 8
After a controversial 2016, Samsung’s Galaxy Note line is back in full force. With top-of-the-line specs, a stunning design, an all-new dual-camera setup, and new software features, the Galaxy Note 8 is probably the best Android phone in UK right now.
The Note 8’s near-bezel-less 6.3-inch Quad HD+ Infinity Display with an 18.5:9 aspect ratio is one of our favorite parts about this phone. DisplayMate agrees with us too. It’s big, maybe too big for some people, but at least the company puts that screen to good use. There’s a new App Pairing feature that allows you to open up two favorited apps in multi-window at the same time, and there are a few new S Pen features that will satisfy the stylus users out there.
What’s more, the new dual-camera setup on the back performs incredibly well. While picture quality isn’t a huge step up from what we saw on the Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus, the extra 12 MP sensor with OIS allows you to take clear, concise photos and impressive bokeh shots in just about any situation.
No, it’s not perfect, but no phone is. Samsung’s fingerprint sensor placement is still super annoying, and this phone is expensive. If those things don’t matter to you though, the Note 8 might be one of the best UK phones for you. Check out our full review below!
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Huawei Mate 10 Pro
The Huawei Mate 10 Pro has all the features one would expect from the latest high-end flagship smartphones on the UK phones market. It has a 6-inch OLED display with an 18:9 ratio, a Full HD+ resolution of 2,160 x 1,080, and very small of bezels on the top and bottom of the display. Inside, there’s Huawei’s in-house octa-core Kirin 970 processor, along with a dedicated Neural Processing Unit for faster on-board AI processing. Huawei claims we will see more improvements in AI on the Mate 10 Pro in future updates.
You can purchase this phone with either 4 GB RAM and 64 GB of storage, or upgrade to 6 GB of RAM and 128 GB of on board storage. There’s no microSD card for adding additional storage, by the way, nor does it have a 3.5 mm headphone jack (the slightly smaller Mate 10 has both). The Mate 10 Pro ships with Android 8.0 Oreo out of the box.
The Mate 10 Pro also comes with an IP67 dust- and water-resistance rating, as well as a large 4,000 mAh battery which supports Huawei Supercharge. This allows the Mate 10 Pro to go up to nearly a full charge in about an hour. The Mate 10 Pro also has a fantastic dual-camera setup with a 20 MP monochrome sensor combined with a 12 MP RGB sensor. The phone got a high 97 score for its rear camera features from the image testing DxOMark, which is right up there with the iPhone 8 Plus and Galaxy Note 8.
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The OnePlus 5T is still a solid smartphone by today’s standards, but that’s not stopping OnePlus from pushing the smartphone boundaries even further. The OnePlus 6 is all about refinement, and that makes it one of the best UK phones.
OnePlus introduced an all-new, all-glass design with the OnePlus 6. The back is sleek — almost resembling the Galaxy S9 — and the front houses the 6.28-inch AMOLED display. Yes, there’s a notch, but you can basically turn it off in the settings menu.
This phone also has the latest and greatest specs available: a Snapdragon 845 SoC, 6 or 8GB of RAM, and up to 256GB of storage. The cameras have been improved this time around too. It comes with dual 16 and 20MP sensors around back with f/1.7 apertures, along with a 19-percent larger pixel size than the 5T. There are also slow-motion video modes that allow for 720p footage at 480fps and 1080p at 240fps. You can also shoot 4K video at 60fps.
Also, this is probably one of the first devices that will receive Android P when it launches. For all you UK folks who aren’t a fan of the Pixel but still want quick updates, the OnePlus 6 may be just for you, especially because it costs a fraction of the price of most competing smartphones available in the UK. Pricing starts at just £469.
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That’s it for our look at the best Android phones in UK. Sound off in the comments on your opinions for UK phones.