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We reassure you right away: best smartphone of 2024 is not “the most expensive”. Obviously, the most high-end models deserve their place in this comparison but other devices, much more affordable, have managed to do well. Some stand out for their excellent quality-price ratio, d& #8217;others for their originality or still others for their photo quality.
In this comparison you will find a top 10 of the best smartphones on the market in 2024. All the models mentioned below have been tested by the editorial team. In addition to the technical aspect of each phone, we attached importance to the needs they meet as well as their positioning on the market. Below, the guide with all these devices.
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Top 5 best smartphone in 2024:
- Galaxy S24 Ultra
- iPhone 15 Pro
- Pixel 8/Pro
- OnePlus Open
- Honor Magic V2
- Galaxy Z Flip5
- Redmi Note 13
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The Galaxy S24 Ultra is once again this year the worthy heir to the Samsung Note range, with its look which differs a little from the rest of the range and its integrated sheath to store the S-Pen with which it is totally compatible – with a secret weapon: Galaxy AI, Samsung's new set of generative tools fully integrated into the experience.
We like its aluminum body, obviously less likely to break glass than other very high-end smartphones. But also its 6.8″ particularly large, spacious, and bright – and above all completely flat, with even finer borders. The device runs on the most powerful Snapdragon 8 Gen 3 chip available in the Android ecosystem.
The photo part is not left out. There is a quadruple sensor, made up of an incredible 200 Mp sensor and packed with technology to find the right balance between definition and accuracy of colors and light. Added to this are no less than two telephoto lenses (5x and 3x) and an ultra-wide angle sensor.
It’s one of the rare smartphones on the market that can capture 8K videos in 2024. It also has a generous 5 000 mAh battery.
The best iPhone from Apple, clearly
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The iPhone 15 and especially the Pro models are the most advanced Apple smartphones available to date. The latter evolve the design introduced on the iPhone 12, and adopt a brushed titanium finish, with a rounder edge, and new colors which mark a little less fingerprints (at least on the edge, in comparison with steel finish).
For the rest, the Pro models are those which have everything that Apple has most premium to offer. We thus find the most powerful chip of the moment, A17 Pro (engraved in 3 nm). They have a USB type C port (finally), and the Pro models are the only ones able to benefit from the bandwidth allowed by the USB 3.2 Gen 2 standard (up to 10 GB) – ideal for transferring, for example, video rushes in Apple ProRAW format to the computer.
In addition to the difference in screen size (respectively 6.1″ and 6.7″) there are also small differences that may make customers opt for the Pro Max model. This is the case for the photo part. If we find on paper the same triple sensor 48 Mp + 12 Mp + 12 MP + LiDAR, the Pro Max model is the only one to offer a periscope telephoto lens allowing 5x enlargements without losses, all with 3D stabilization “ sensor shift” and OIS.
The best Stock Android smartphone with the latest Google innovations
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We no longer present the Google Pixel range, which for many are simply the best smartphones in mobile photography. This year again, with the Pixel 8, Google is doing a tour de force, with a new in-house Google Tensor G3 chip, a better set of photo sensors, and still a “pure” benefiting in advance from all the latest software innovations developed by Google.
Between the standard model and the Pro model, it's above all, at first glance, a matter of format with on one side a 6.2″ quite compact, and on the other a 6.7″ which has a footprint comparable to that of the iPhone 15 Pro Max.
On the photo side, the standard model offers a dual sensor 50 Mp + 12 Mp (ultra wide angle) which is already very versatile. But it's the Pro model that shines the most in this area with a triple sensor 50 Mp + 48 Mp + 48 Mp including a telephoto lens allowing optical enlargements up to 5x.
The best foldable smartphone of 2024
You are toying with the idea of buying a Galaxy Fold5 from Samsung? What if we told you that OnePlus has a product which, at least on paper, is a better proposition out of several points ? The internal screen, with LPTO3 technology, offers a diagonal of 7.82″ against 7.6″ Samsung side. Same thing for the cover screen which is 6.31″ at OnePlus against 6.2″ at Samsung.
OnePlus offers, like its big competitor, a Sapdragon 8 Gen 2 chip, and a single storage and RAM option: 512 GB (UFS 4.0) and 16 GB of RAM. On the Fold5, the 512 GB of storage is optional and you must count on a maximum of 12 GB of RAM.
On the photo side, Oneplus has a triple main photo sensor 48 + 64 + 48 Mp (compared to 50 + 10 + 12 Mp at Samsung). The selfie sensors are not left out since OnePlus offers 20 Mp on the largest screen (compared to only 4 Mp on the Fold5 side) – and a beautiful 32 Mp on the cover (compared to 10 Mp on its competitor). However, it is less resistant to water and dust (IPx4 compared to IPx8 for Samsung's latest Fold) – a point not necessarily to be overlooked. Especially since OnePlus has less experience with the interface on this type of product than Samsung.
The best foldable smartphone released since the Z Fold5
If you are looking for a large format foldable smartphone, the reflex is to at least try the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold5… but also the Honor Magic V2. The Chinese brand, a former subsidiary of Huawei, has made a significant move upmarket since American sanctions almost completely blocked the former parent company's access to Western markets.
Today Honor offers particularly well finished and high-end products – with a price that reflects this level of requirement. The Honor Magic V2 is therefore a product that compares very favorably to its competitors. The device offers a main screen of 7.92″ 120 Hz ultra bright (1600 nits) – supplemented by an external borderless 6.43″ screen, also 120 Hz.
On the photo side, we have a triple 50 + 20 + 50 Mp sensor including a 2.5x optical telephoto lens. The selfie sensor, also very well made, is 16 Mp. On the Fold5 we are rather on a 50 + 10 + 12 Mp set and a selfie sensor (under the screen) of only 4 Mp.
But that's not all: the device has a particularly capable 5,000 mAh battery, all with 66W fast charging.
The best foldable clamshell smartphone
In our opinion the Galaxy Z Flip5 is the most interesting formula in foldable smartphones. Because this model proves to be very compact on a daily basis (the external screen is 3.2″), while letting you benefit from a 6.7″ as soon as you open it.
We're talking about a powerful device that runs on a Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 chip, all associated with 8 GB of RAM and ultra-fast UFS 4.0 storage. As for the photo sensors, we have a dual main sensor 12 Mp + 12 Mp.
The selfie sensor offers 10 Mp. Autonomy is ensured by a rather generous 3 700 mAh battery given the very advanced technology contained in the casing.
L’cheaper alternative essential in 2024
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After a first test, the Nothing brand is back with a second smartphone, called Nothing Phone(2). We find the same transparent design and the fully configurable Glyphs light alert system.
But also a slightly larger screen (6.7″ versus 6.55″), a significantly more premium chip (Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1 versus Snapdragon 778G+ a year earlier ), more RAM (up to 12 GB) and still the same photo part (50 + 50 Mp) with the exception of the selfie sensor which goes from 16 Mp to 32 Mp.
Beyond that it has a slightly more capable 4 700 mAh battery, with 45W wired fast charging which allows you to reach 100% in 55 minutes.
The best balanced smartphone in 2024 for design and photography
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While we are talking to you above about the most premium Google 8 and 8 Pro that the brand is offering this year, other models are of course still worth a look in 2024 This is the case with the Google Pixel 7a. These run on a Google Tensor G2 (5nm) chip considered high-end.
They offer a magnificent 6.1″ with a 90 Hz refresh rate. They also offer fast transfers (USB 3.2) through their USB type C port and are equipped with a fairly decent 4 385 mAh battery considering that the smartphone is quite small energy consuming.
The photo part is quite good, with a dual 64 Mp + 13 Mp sensor, associated with a 13 Mp selfie sensor. All with, as always, the excellence of Google algorithms and innovations, and a “pure” Android experience.
The best value for money at Redmi to date
You are looking for the best compromise available on the market, in terms of power, photo and autonomy ? Direction Redmi with the Note 13. The smartphone, available in 5G version but also in a 4G variant even cheaper, offers a magnificent 120 Hz AMOLED screen of 6.67″.
It runs on a Dimensity 6080 chip from Mediatek engraved in 6 nm for unparalleled performance, all with a triple photo sensor enhanced by a 108 Mp lens.
In addition to that, it has a 5000 mAh battery, and has little extras that are quite rare on other smartphones on this list. Like for example a microSD memory card slot or an infrared port that allows you to control devices like the TV – including “non-connected” models.
In 2024, the best smartphones on the market will primarily remain models from major brands like Apple and Samsung. Now, if you “dare” turn away from these brands, there are many alternatives with which you will not feel like you are losing out. Like the OnePlus brand in particular.
Nothing is a newcomer in the mid-high range which innovates a lot, particularly in terms of design. Finally, since the Pixel 6, we tend to recommend Google smartphones, both to owners of Android smartphones looking for a good upgrade, but also to regulars of the Apple ecosystem. With its very refined Android interface, its range of applications entirely built around Google apps, its exclusive features, and its incredible talents in photography, these smartphones stand out as a real alternative to the iPhone in the world. #8217;Android ecosystem.
They also deliver the purest Android experience and at the forefront of the latest technologies developed by Google. Finally, if you opt for a Google smartphone, you will always be one of the first to be able to install (and benefit from) the latest Android versions available.
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