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The number of high-end smartphone users is on the rise in Nepal. Backtrack few years, we had few options and few brands and more importantly had to depend on 3rd party retailers to buy the desired high-end products and they were priced mighty high than they were supposed to be. But now, we have official distributors of all the major brands (except Google) which provide us with the latest and the best product their brand has to offer.

Among the uncountable number of smartphones available in Nepal, we have made a list of the top ten best smartphones in Nepal. Hope this will help you in the time of need. What’s your favorite device of 2018? What device did you buy? Have we missed anything here? Write to us in the comment section.

10Sony XZ Premium 

As the name implies, Sony Xperia XZ Premium is the best Sony smartphone available on the market right now. It comes with 5.5-inch display, which features 4K HDR display. With this resolution, the pixel density of the device reaches an overwhelming number of 807PPI. The display is protected by Corning Gorilla Glass 5. Powering the device is the powerful Snapdragon 835 chipset backed by 4GB of RAM.

The device comes with Android Nougat out of the box and with the promises for the Oreo update. In terms of camera, the smartphone is quite rich in the megapixel count. A 19MP camera resides on the back, which comes with EIS, phase detection, and laser autofocus. The camera is capable of taking 960fps slow-mo videos. On the front, there is a 13MP shooter. The device is IP 68 certified and possesses 3230mAh battery to drive the processes within the device.

Specifications of Sony Xperia XZ Premium: 

  • Display: 5.5-inches 4K (2160X3840) IPS LCD Triluminos Display; HDR10 Compliant, Corning Gorilla Glass 5
  • OS: Android 7.1 (Nougat), planned upgrade to Android Oreo (8.0)
  • Chipset: Qualcomm Snapdragon 835
  • CPU: Octa-core (4×2.5 GHz Kryo & 4×1.8 GHz Kryo) CPU
  • GPU: Adreno 540 GPU
  • RAM: 4GB
  • Storage: 64GB Internal Storage, Expandable up to 256GB (Using SIM 2 slot)
  • Rear Camera: 19 MP with  f/2.0, 1/2.3″ sensor size, 25mm, EIS (gyro), predictive phase detection and laser autofocus, [email protected], [email protected], HDR
  • Front Camera: 13 MP, f/2.0, 1/3″ sensor size, 1.12 µm pixel size, 1080p video recording
  • Other Features: IP68 certified (Dust and water resistant)
  • Connectivity: Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, Bluetooth 5.0, USB Type-C
  • Battery: 3230 mAh battery with Quick Charge 3.0
  • Price: Rs. 74,500

9One Plus 5T

OnePlus is all about value for money in international markets but it’s the other way around here. Why you’d want to either of this phone is because of the performance and software experience you get out of them. With no Pixel phones and high-end Motorola phones around, OnePlus 5T is the only option we’ve got which are well worth it.

If you want to feel what swiftness feels like using the OnePlus 5T, the Snapdragon 835 coupled with either 6 or 8GB of RAM crushes through everything you throw at it. Despite being swiftest among the bunch, it’s pretty good on battery as well. The 3,300mAh battery provides 5 to 6 hours of screen on time (SoT). On the sweet side, Dash Charge is still one of the fastest charging standards around. It fills up the battery within 1.5 hours.  The Oxygen OS provides near stock experience with essentials features and tweaks that make using these phone a lot more enjoyable. Not to forget the regular Android updates is something you shouldn’t look upon. It gets the latest version of Android well before any other flagship devices.

Specifications of OnePlus 5T:

  • Display: 6.01 Full HD+ (1080X2160) Optic AMOLED display, Gorilla Glass 5 protection
  • OS: Android 8.0 (Oreo) with Oxygen OS on the top
  • Chipset: Qualcomm Snapdragon 835
  • CPU: Octa-core (4×2.45 GHz Kryo & 4×1.9 GHz Kryo) CPU
  • GPU: Adreno 540 GPU
  • RAM: 6GB | 8GB RAM
  • Storage: 64GB | 128GB Internal storage, non-expandable
  • Rear Camera: 16 MP Sony IMX398 sensor with f/1.7 aperture and EIS + 20 MP Sony IMX350 sensor with f/2.6 aperture
  • Front Camera: 16 MP Front camera with Sony IMX371 sensor and f/2.0 aperture
  • Connectivity: Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, Bluetooth 5.0, USB Type-C
  • Sensors: Fingerprint, accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass
  • Battery: 3,300 mAh battery with Dash Charge
  • Price:  64GB: Rs.64,900 | 128GB: Rs.72,900

8Apple iPhone 7 Plus:

iPhone 7 Plus is the last year’s Apple iPhone’s lineup, but if you want to save some money and not get the latest iPhone, opting for the iPhone 7 Plus would probably be a good move. It still is one of the most premium phone one can buy in Nepal right now. It runs the latest versio of iOS and the cameras are still top notch. Also, the Apple A10 chipset still outperforms the high-end Android SoC (Snapdragon 835). So, you are not missing out on too much.

Specifications of Apple iPhone 7 Plus: 

  • Display: 5.5-inch FullHD (1080X1920 pixels) LED-backlit IPS LCD, 3D Touch display & home button
  • CPU: Quad-core Apple A10 fusion processor with 2.34 GHz clock speed
  • RAM: 3GB
  • Storage: 32/128/256 GB internal memory
  • OS: iOS 11.2.5
  • Rear Camera: Dual 12 MP (28mm, f/1.8, OIS & 56mm, f/2.8), 2x optical zoom, quad-LED (dual tone) flash
  • Front Camera: 7 MP, f/2.2 aperture, HDR, panorama
  • Othe features: IP67 certified – dust and water resistant
  • Sensors: Fingerprint sensor (on the home button), accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass, barometer
  • Battery: 2900mAh battery
  • iPhone 7 Price (32GB): Rs.75,000
  • iPhone 7 Plus Price (32GB): Rs. 90,000

7Apple iPhone 8/8 Plus

iPhone X and iPhone 8/8 Plus were announced in the same event. With the fancy design and special specs, iPhone X stole the limelight and the iPhone 8 and 8 Plus were shadowed in the event. But despite the presence of the premium iPhone X, iPhone 8 and 8 Plus are not that mediocre in terms of performance and aesthetics.

iPhone 8 and 8 Plus have indistinguishable similarity to iPhone 7 and 7 Plus respectively in terms of design. iPhone 8 plus is bigger among the two with a 5.5-inch display. The iPhone 8 on the other side possesses 4.7-inch display. Both of the devices are equipped with the remarkable Apple A11 Bionic chip. It is the same chipset employed to the iPhone X. With top-notch GPU, high performance and power efficient CPU cores and noteworthy Neural Processing Unit, the performance of the devices is simply mind-blowing.

And feature which distinguishes the iPhone 8 and 8 Plus is its camera. iPhone 8 Plus being the better of the two is privileged with dual 12MP cameras on the back, whereas there is a single 12MP unit on the iPhone 8. On the front end, however, both of them embraces a same 7MP selfie shooter.

Specifications of Apple iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus:

Specifications Apple iPhone 8 Plus Apple iPhone 8
Display size, resolution 5.5-inch, 1920 x 1080 pixels 4.7-inch, 1334 x 750 pixels
Pixel density 401 PPI 326 PPI
Dimensions 6.24×3.07×0.30 inches 5.45×2.65×0.29 inches
Weight 202 grams 148 grams
Software iOS 11 iOS 11
Camera Dual 12-megapixel 12-megapixel
Front-facing camera 7-megapixel 7-megapixel
Video capture [email protected] [email protected]
Processor A11 Bionic chip, M11 motion coprocessor A11 Bionic chip, M11 motion coprocessor
Storage 64GB, 256GB 64GB, 256GB
Battery 21 hours of talk time on wireless; 13 hours of internet use; 14 hours of video playback on wireless; 60 hours of audio playback on wireless 14 hours of talk time on wireless; 12 hours of internet use; 13 hours of video playback on wireless; 40 hours of audio playback on wireless
Fingerprint sensor Home button Home button
Connector Lightning Lightning
Special features Wireless charging; splash, water, and dust resistance Wireless charging; splash, water, and dust resistance
Price Rs. 1,38,000 (64GB)

Rs. 1,59,000 (256GB)

Rs. 98,500 (64GB)

Rs. 1,19,500 (256GB)

6Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus:

The Samsung flagship phones have got major design revamp in a year’s time with over 80% screen to body ratio and narrower and taller display size. That is why both the phones are truly the ones to admire. Both the phones don’t differ much in the specs other than the display size and the battery capacity. The bigger S8 Plus has a 6.2-inch display and 3500mAh battery whereas the smaller S8 has a 5.8inch display and 3000mAh battery. The rest of the specs of the phone are pretty similar with Exynos 8895 Octa Core CPU, 4GB RAM, and 64GB expandable storage. These IP68 dust and water resistant phones support fast charging and wireless fast charging as well.

There is the new Samsung AI called Bixby which doesn’t seem to do anything new than what the Google Assistant already does. The fingerprint sensor has now moved to the back of the device and rests alongside the primary camera unit. Optics wise, both the phones have a 12MP unit on the back and the 8MP unit on the front. Also, Samsung has provided breakage insurance on both the phones.

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Specifications of Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus: 

  • Display: 5.8-inch/6.2-inch 2K (1440X2960) Super AMOLED Display with Gorilla Glass 5
  • OS: Android 7.0 (Nougat) with TouchWiz UI
  • Chipset: Exynos 8895 Chipset
  • CPU: Octa-core (4×2.3 GHz Mongoose M2 & 4×1.7 GHz Cortex-A53) CPU
  • GPU: Mali-G71 MP20 GPU
  • RAM: 4GB
  • Storage: 64GB internal memory, expandable up to 256GB with microSD
  • Rear Camera: 12MP rear camera with f/1.7 aperture, phase detection autofocus, OIS, LED Flash
  • Front Camera: 8MP Front Camera with f/1.7 aperture
  • Connectivity: Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, Bluetooth 5.0, USB Type-C
  • Sensors: Heart rate sensor, Fingerprint sensor, Iris Scanner, Barometer
  • Other Features: IP68 rating water and dust resistance
  • Battery: 3000 mAh / 3500 Battery; Fast Charging both on wired and wireless charging
  • S8 Price: Rs. 69,900 / S8 Plus Price: Rs. 79,900

5Huawei Mate 10 Pro

Huawei Mate 10 Pro has been making big splashes in the high-end market. First, the phone has opted for glass body in favor of metal ones, unlike its predecessors. And the second thing is, it pretty much packs all the punch one would expect out of a 2017 flagship smartphone.

One area that Mate 10 Pro crushes all of the competition is on the battery. It packs 4,000mAh battery that results in 6 to 7 hours of screen time. On average it’s one and a half day of usage. The plus side of the phone is, it comes with fast charging that charges the phone from 0 to 50 percent within 30 minutes. Although a big battery, the phone maintains a sleek profile without losing any flagship aesthetics. Now for those looking for a flagship device with excellent battery life, this is where you stop looking!

The new Kirin 970 chipset embedded with Neural Processing Unit (NPU) brings smart AI features to the camera and smart resource management. This includes scene detection, better HDR, precise face beautification, and accelerates Machine Learning (ML) and Artificial Intelligence features baked into applications.

Specifications of Huawei Mate 10 Pro:

  • Display: 6.0 inches Full HD+ (1080X2160) AMOLED display, Corning Gorilla Glass
  • OS: Android 8.0 Oreo with EMUI 8.0 on top
  • Chipset: Hisilicon Kirin 970
  • CPU: Octa-core (4×2.4 GHz Cortex-A73 & 4×1.8 GHz Cortex-A53)
  • GPU: Mali-G72 MP12
  • RAM: 6GB
  • ROM: 128GB Internal Storage, non-expandable
  • Rear camera: Dual: 12 MP (f/1.6, 27mm, OIS) +20 MP (f/1.6, 27mm), Leica optics, , 2x Optical Zoom, phase detection & laser autofocus, 4K @30fps
  • Selfie- camera: 8 MP, f/2.0
  • Connectivity: WIFI b/g/n/ac, Bluetooth 4.2, USB Type C
  • Sensors: Fingerprint sensor (rear- mounted), Proximity sensor, barometer, Accelerometer, Compass, Ambient light.
  • Battery: 4000 mAh battery with Fast charge (0 to 50% in 30minutes)
  • Color: Mocha Gold
  • Price: Rs. 103,900

4Samsung Galaxy Note 8

Samsung Galaxy Note 8 is here in Nepal just after a month of international launch. If you want the best big phone ever made, then the Galaxy Note 8 is here for you. Note lineup is essentially recognized for their utilitarian use cases with Samsung’s signature S Pen. And what separates the Note 8 from other Samsung flagship this year is the use of Dual Camera as well.

The Galaxy Note 8 comes with a 6.3-inch Super AMOLED HDR display with 18.5:9 aspect ratio. The display is protected by Corning Gorilla Glass 5. Powering this phablet is the Exynos 8895 Octa-core chipset clocked at 2.3GHz, and comes coupled with 6GB of RAM for extreme multitasking that you’re supposed to perform on its big display. The variant launched in Nepal comes with 64GB of storage which can be further expanded up to 256GB. The Note 8 comes with Dual 12MP Camera setup where both of the lenses are equipped with OIS. The secondary camera here carries a telephoto lens which enables the device to capture images using 2X optical zoom without losing the image quality.  Its camera is capable of shooting portrait images and even offers the alternative to choose the blur amount after the image has been taken. Backing up the phone is a 3300mAh battery which provides similar battery backup as the S8+. So the differentiating factor between the Note 8 and S8 Plus is the Dual camera setup, S Pen and the price difference of Rs.21,000 that gets you these extra features.

Specifications of Samsung Galaxy Note 8: 

  • Display: 6.3-inch 2K (1440X2960) Super AMOLED Display,  Corning Gorilla Glass 5
  • OS: Android 7.1.1 (Nougat) with TouchWiz UI
  • Chipset: Exynos 8895 Chipset
  • CPU: Octa-core (4×2.3 GHz Mongoose M2 & 4×1.7 GHz Cortex-A53) CPU
  • GPU: Mali-G71 MP20 GPU
  • RAM: 6GB RAM
  • Storage: 64GB internal memory, expandable up to 256GB with microSD
  • Rear Camera: Dual 12MP (f/1.7, PDAF, 1/2.55″ sensor size, 1.4 µm pixel size + f/2.4, AF, 1/3.6″ sensor size, 1.0 µm pixel size), autofocus, 2x optical zoom, dual-LED (dual tone) flash
  • Front Camera: 8MP Front Camera with f/1.7 aperture
  • Sensors: Heart rate sensor, Fingerprint sensor, Iris Scanner, Barometer
  • Other Features: IP68 rating water and dust resistance
  • Battery:  3300 Battery; Fast Charging both on wired and wireless charging
  • Price: Rs. 96,900

3Huawei P20

The Huawei P20 is Huawei’s flagship for Q1 of 2018. It comes in an entirely new design all while featuring an excellent camera setup. This device has a 5.8-inch display which is of full HD resolution. Like the Mate 10 Pro, the P20 also has a glass back with a metallic rail sandwiched by the display, like most of the flagships of 2018.

The new design now has started the notch trend in the P20 as well. Huawei has included an option to hide the notch, but I think it just makes it look bad. Nonetheless, if you can get used to this notch, you will like the display and the overall looks. One of the best features of the Huawei P20 has to be its camera. It has a dual camera setup on the rear side (12MP + 20MP) which captures great images, and the DxOMark score of 102 tells just that. The secondary monochrome lens on the rear side helps make the images sharper and better in low-light as well.

There is a 3,400 mAh battery on the Huawei P20 which will last you for a day. Huawei has one of the fastest fast charging technology and the P20 is supported by that.

Huawei P20 specifications

  • Display: 5.8 inches Full HD (1125X2436) LTPS IPS LCD display
  • OS: Android v8.1 Oreo with EMUI 8.1 on top
  • Chipset: Hisilicon Kirin 970
  • RAM: 4 GB
  • Storage: 128 GB internal storage, No microSD card slot
  • Rear Camera: 12MP f/1.6 (Color) + 12MP f/1.6 (Monochrome) Rear Camera with 4K video capture, 720p @960fps slow-mo, Leica lens, dual-tone LED flash
  • Front Camera: 24MP, f/2.0 Leica lens
  • Connectivity: Wi-Fi a/b/g/n/ac, Bluetooth 5.0, USB 2.0 reversible connector
  • Sensors: Fingerprint, accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass, color spectrum
  • SIM: Single SIM
  • Battery: 3,400 mAh battery with Super Charge Technology
  • Price: Rs. 74,900

2Apple iPhone X

iPhone X is not just most expensive smartphone ever made, but also the smartphone to incorporate the most advanced technologies. The device is powered by Apple’s A11 Bionic chipset, which possesses Neural Processing Unit. The chipset includes Hexa-core CPU with two high-performance cores and four power efficiency cores. The chipset also has a top-notch GPU. In terms of display, the smartphone is privileged with 5.8-inch Super AMOLED panel surrounded by minimum bezels. With the Super AMOLED panel incorporated, one can experience high contrast ratio with darker black and brighter whites in the display.

In the iPhone X, in the endeavor to provide the bezel-less design, Apple had to ditch its infamous home button, which was also the house of the fingerprint sensor. So, the Fingerprint recognition or the Touch ID has been obliterated in the iPhone X. And a new layer of security has been added, known as FaceID. The FaceID technology on the device uses a TrueDepth sensor, which maps the users face tracking the depth of 30,000 points in the face. In the launch ceremony, Apple had also assured that the new FaceID is 20 times more secure than the conventional TouchID. In the iPhone X, Apple has also brought a new feature known as Animoji. The Animoji feature also uses the TrueDepth sensor and maps the user’s face. After the mapping, it tracks the movements of the face points of the user and imitates the movements in the form of animal characters.

In the camera section too, Apple is nowhere behind the competition. With the DxOmark of 97, iPhone X proves its caliber to be superior among the rivals. It features 12MP dual camera on the back. The normal lens with f/1.8 aperture is assisted by a telephoto lens of f/2.4 aperture. On the front side, there is a 7MP, f/2.2 selfie shooter meticulously placed on the notch just above the display.

Specifications of Apple iPhone X: 

  • Display: 5.8 inches FullHD (1125X2436) Super AMOLED, Scratch-resistant glass
  • OS: iOS 11
  • Chipset: Apple A11 Bionic
  • RAM: 3GB
  • Storage: 64/256GB internal storage, No microSD card slot
  • Rear Camera: Dual 12MP, f/1.8 & f/2.4, OIS, phase detection autofocus, 2x optical zoom, Quad-LED (dual tone) flash
  • Front Camera: 7 MP, f/2.2
  • Connectivity: Wi-Fi a/b/g/n/ac, Bluetooth 5.0, USB 2.0 reversible connector
  • Sensors: Face ID, accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass, barometer
  • Other Features: No 3.5mm headphone Jack, Animojis, IP67 Certified (Water and Dust resistant)
  • Price: Rs. 1,38,000 (64GB) & Rs. 1,59,000 (256GB)

1Samsung Galaxy S9/S9+

Samsung Mobile Nepal never fails to bring the latest Samsung smartphones in a timely manner. This device arrived in the Nepali hands a few months ago. The phone is moreover like the S8 keeping all the good parts like a headphone jack, microSD card slot, IP68 waterproofing and wireless charging.  The improvement includes Dolby Atmos speakers, the latest Snapdragon 845 chipset, and the new camera system. The location of the fingerprint is moved beneath the camera for better reachability. The Iris scanning and facial recognition from the Note 8 have been implemented here as well.

The 12MP Camera now has a variable aperture. It is the first of a kind in any smartphone.  It can switch between either f/1.5 or f/2.4 depending on the situation. The f/2.4 is the default aperture most of the time which switches to f/1.5 wider opening on low light to let in more light.

The camera also shoots 720p at 960fp like the XZ Premium and XZs.If you are looking at the Plus version of the S9 you get an extra camera for 2X optical zoom. You get the option for 6GB of RAM and 256GB of storage along with a bigger battery.

The Samsung Galaxy S9 is priced at Rs. 87,900 for the base model while the Galaxy S9+ starts at Rs. 99,900. For the price, Samsung Nepal currently has a lot of offers in stores right now like the Breakage Insurance and free mobile data.

Specification of Galaxy S9/S9+: 

  • Display: 5.8/6.2 inches Super AMOLED WQHD+ (1440 x 2960 pixels) with Gorilla glass 5 (front and back) protection, 18.5:9 aspect ratio
  • Chipset: Exynos 9810
  • OSAndroid Oreo with Experience 9 UI on the top
  • RAM: 4/6 GB
  • Storage: 64 internal storage, 128 GB (only for Samsung Galaxy S9+) Expandable up to 256GB (Uses SIM2 slot)
  • Rear Camera (Galaxy S9): 12MP, f/1.5 – f/2.4, Dual Pixel PDAF, OIS, LED flash
  • Rear Camera (Galaxy S9+): Dual: 12 MP (f/1.5-2.4, Dual Pixel PDAF) + 12MP (f/2.4, AF), OIS, phase detection autofocus, 2x optical zoom, LED flash
  • Front Camera: 8 MP, f/1.7
  • Connectivity: Wi-Fi a/b/g/n/ac, Bluetooth 5.0, A-GPS, 3G, 4G LTE, USB Type C 3.1 reversible connector
  • Sensors: Iris scanner, fingerprint (rear-mounted), accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass, barometer, heart rate, SpO2
  • Battery: 3000/3500 mAh non-removable battery, with Fast Charging (QC 2.0)
  • Features: Intelligent Scan, AR Emojis, IP68 Certified (Water and Dust resistant), Wireless Fast charging
  • Price: Rs. 87,900 (4GB/64GB) / Rs. 99,900 (6GB/64GB) / Rs. 104,900 (6G /128GB Galaxy S9+
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