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What’s the very best ringer of the 2018 crop?

Let’s face it: un­til Huawei’s P20 Pro and its ridicu­lous triple-lens cam­era came along it had been a bor­ing year for new

phones. Not a bad one, but with HTC and LG still work­ing on their lat­est con­tenders for the smart­phone crown and Sam­sung’s Gal­axy S9 bear­ing more than a pass­ing re­sem­blance to its pre­de­ces­sor, 2018 seemed short on in­no­va­tion.

Then came the lu­di­crously am­bi­tious P20 Pro, and the first Sony Xpe­ria to do things dif­fer­ently in ab­so­lutely ages. All of a sud­den your choice of new phone doesn’t seem quite so sim­ple any more. So this isn’t one of those su­pertests with a run­away win­ner – es­pe­cially when you add Ap­ple and Google’s lat­est, great­est hand­sets into the mix.

Truly, this is the clos­est one of th­ese tests we’ve run for yonks, with five su­per­phones that are sep­a­rated by in­cred­i­bly fine mar­gins. Which hand­set takes all the glory? Brace your­self for a bit of a shock. Things ain’t bor­ing any more. That is for sure.

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