Editor’s note: skip down the page if you’re looking for the next matchup, and to enter the giveaway!
Hello Android Authority readers!
It’s my pleasure to announce that while we’re finishing up testing for our annual Best of Android series, we’re going to be launching a Reader’s Choice award. We need YOU to decide which 2018 phones are the best, crowning one handset to reign supreme. An internal poll decided the seeding order, and all matchups were determined using a 24-unit bracket. This means that the most popular phones here got a first-round bye, but any phone has a chance to unseat these mobile devices head-to-head. Be sure to scroll to the bottom of the page to cast your votes, and to enter our giveaway — the more you vote on our matchups, the more chances you get to win one of three winning phones!
Every day, we’re going to be updating our Best of Android scoreboard with the winners from the previous day’s polling. Check back here every day for a new head-to-head matchup, and to see how badly your phone beat the competition!
Once a final winner is determined, it’ll earn the coveted Android Authority Reader’s Choice Award. While we can’t guarantee that this is going to be the best smartphone of all time, the bracket competition is a fun way to blow off some steam and do what we came to Android Authority to do in the first place: argue about phones.
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Matchup #5 results: Asus ROG Phone crushes the Vivo X21
2018 has been the year for gaming phones, and that trend is really what pushed the Asus ROG Phone well ahead in the poll, knocking out the Vivo X21.
This is a lot of fun, and I’m proud of our readers. I know that it’s very easy to care a whole lot about smartphones — myself included — and the tone in the comments has been encouraging! But I’ve been seeing some nastiness in some social channels. Chill out man, quit gettin’ mad at user polls.
Matchup #6: Xiaomi Black Shark vs. Oppo R17 Pro
Our next bout pits the reasonably priced Xiaomi Black Shark gaming phone against the colorful and elegant Oppo R17 Pro. Do you go with the fully-specced Black Shark which looks like a phone meant for an all-day gaming session or the moderately-specced R17 Pro that which looks like it was meant to belong in an art gallery?
Why you should vote for the Xiaomi Black Shark:
The Xiaomi Black Shark is the company’s gaming phone and despite its mid-range price tag of ~$479, this device holds a punch. Not only does it back the latest Snapdragon 845 CPU and 6 or 8 GB of RAM, it also includes a large 4,000mAh battery that will let you game for hours on end.
Why you should vote for the Oppo R17 Pro:
The Oppo R17 Pro continues Oppo’s innovative efforts with an in-screen fingerprint sensor, triple cameras, and two batteries for faster charging. If you can get your hands on one, it’s a fantastic device that’s packaged in a beautiful and well-crafted design.
Which phone wins?
Reader’s Choice International Giveaway
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