Top 10 most powerful Android smartphones in 2023

Every year, smartphone manufacturers try to jump over their heads and release a device that is at least a millimeter or a hundred megahertz ahead of its competitors in terms of technical characteristics. What does the consumer ultimately get? Smartphones are getting better, faster, take very good photos and have a large amount of memory.

Many of us can do without tablets and even laptops, but without a good smartphone it is difficult to travel, work, communicate, relax and share experiences with friends. 2023 is no exception, and users have a wide selection of mobile phones to suit every taste. We’ve compiled a list of the most powerful Android devices you can buy this year.

Google Pixel 7 Pro

  • Processor – Tensor second generation

  • GPU – Adreno 630

  • Display type – AMOLED display, 16 million colors

  • Resolution – 1440×3120 pixels

  • Display size: 6.71 inches

  • Battery – 5000 mAh

  • Built-in memory – 128 GB

  • RAM – 8 GB

  • Rear camera – 64 + 50 + 12 MP, autofocus, LED flash

  • Front camera – 12 MP

  • Features – IP68 dust and water protection

  • Cost – from 64,090 rubles.

Google Pixel 7 Pro brings with it all the best features from its predecessor, the 2022 Pixel 6a: great camera, great performance, 5 years of software support. The manufacturer also improved the appearance of the gadget by adding a camera panel. This is a subjective point, but the device looks good.

The screen refresh rate is 90 Hz. The device is equipped with Tensor G2 chipset. What’s most interesting about this phone is the 64 MP camera. The pictures come out really good.

The disadvantages include slow battery charging, in any case, some users complain about this. But overall, this is a powerful Android smartphone at a reasonable price.

Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 5

  • Processor – 8-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 for Galaxy (4 nm) with Adreno 740 GPU

  • External display type – AMOLED, 6.2 inches, 2316×904 px

  • Internal display type – Dynamic AMOLED 2X, 7.6 inches, 2176×1812 px

  • Battery – 4400 mAh

  • Built-in memory – 256/512/1024 GB

  • RAM – 12 GB

  • Rear camera – 50 + 12 + 10 MP

  • Front camera – 4 MP

  • Features – IPX8 water protection

  • Cost – 199,990 rubles.

Although the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 5 has minimal improvements over its predecessor, it is the most powerful foldable smartphone on the market today. The new model has an excellent balance between price, design, power, functionality and software support.

A folding smartphone can compete in price with devices of the usual format, but due to its ergonomics, the Z Fold 5 is more convenient to carry in a pocket or bag. At the same time, the 6.2-inch screen can be left in place to check the time, receive notifications on the external display, and even use some applications. Among the disadvantages, we would note the battery is not the most capacious, which also charges very slowly. Also, photo and video professionals will most likely be dissatisfied with the camera’s performance.

Samsung promises 5 years of software support. By the way, we reviewed this device and its “younger brother” – here is the link.

Xiaomi 13 Pro

  • Processor – Snapdragon 8 Gen 2

  • Display type – AMOLED display, 120 Hz

  • Resolution – 3200×1440 (WQHD+)

  • Display size: 6.73 inches

  • Battery – 4820 mAh

  • Built-in memory – 512 GB

  • RAM – 12 GB

  • Rear camera – 50 + 50 + 12 MP

  • Front camera – 32 MP

  • Features – IP68 dust and water protection

  • Cost – from 81,490 rubles.

The characteristics are very good, but there are also disadvantages:

  • firstly, the ceramic case is very slippery, it’s probably better to buy a case right away

  • secondly, the company’s traditional MIUI interface, which clearly requires improvements in terms of intuitive use

Otherwise, Xiaomi 13 Pro can be called one of the best smartphones in 2023. The cameras are equipped with three 1-inch Quad Bayer sensors, which allow you to take beautiful photos in low light. And photographers will appreciate the Leica Vibrant and Leica Authentic color profiles.

The autonomy of the device is good. So, a smartphone with a very bright screen can work for more than a day without recharging, of course, if you don’t watch videos all day long. With a very active load at maximum resolution and frequency, the phone will discharge in 5-6 hours. Xiaomi 13 Pro charges in just 20-30 minutes.

Xiaomi 13T Pro

  • Processor – MediaTek Dimensity 9200+ (4 nm. 8 cores: 1 x 3.2 GHz Cortex X3 + 3 x 2.85 GHz Cortex A715 + 4 x 1.8 GHz Cortex A510)

  • Display type – AMOLED display, 144 Hz

  • Resolution – 2712×1220

  • Display size: 6.67 inches

  • Battery – 5000 mAh

  • Built-in memory – 1 TB

  • RAM – 16 GB

  • Rear camera – 50 + 50 + 12 MP

  • Front camera – 20 MP

  • Features – IP68 dust and water protection

  • Cost – 92,990 rubles.

Another powerful flagship with an excellent processor, a good set of cameras and a display with a refresh rate of 144 Hz. There is support for 5G, Wi-Fi 6 and Bluetooth 5.4.

The MediaTek Dimensity 9200+ chip has already become a strong competitor to the Snapdragon 8 Gen 2, ahead of it in the Antutu rating. The processor is manufactured using the 4 nm process technology. The maximum clock speed of a single core reaches 3.2 GHz, which is comparable to many computer processors.

The weight of the smartphone does not exceed 206 g, and the body thickness is 8.6 mm. Thanks to these dimensions, the device is comfortable to hold in your hand for a long time. The smartphone is equipped with an NFC module and an infrared port.

HUAWEI P60 Pro

  • Processor – Qualcomm Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1

  • Display type – OLED LTPO, 120 Hz

  • Resolution – 2700×1220

  • Display size: 6.67 inches

  • Battery – 4700 mAh

  • Built-in memory – 512 GB

  • RAM – 12 GB

  • Rear camera – 13 + 48 + 48 MP

  • Front camera – 13 MP

  • Features: IP68 dust and moisture protection

  • Cost: RUB 89,999.

This smartphone is not only productive, but also has cameras. The device received a main module with a resolution of 48 megapixels and an aperture of F1.4-F4.0, an ultra-wide-angle one of 13 megapixels with an aperture of F2.2, and a telephoto with a resolution of 48 megapixels and an aperture of F2.1.

The processor is sufficient for any everyday tasks, including modern games. The device also received 12 GB of RAM and 512 GB of storage. At the same time, the autonomous operating mode is about a day.

Smartphone Xiaomi 13 Ultra 12

  • Processor – Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 2

  • Display type – AMOLED, 120 Hz

  • Resolution – 3200×1440

  • Display size: 6.7 inches

  • Battery – 4700 mAh

  • Built-in memory – 512 GB

  • RAM – 12 GB

  • Rear camera – 50 + 50 + 50 + 50 MP (four cameras)

  • Front camera – 32 MP

  • Features: IP68 dust and moisture protection

  • Cost – 139,990 rubles.

This smartphone is a flagship, it combines advanced optics, innovative technologies, powerful hardware and a memorable design. As for performance, it is provided by the Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 chip with a maximum core clock speed of 3.2 GHz. In addition, Xiaomi 13 Ultra is equipped with high-speed RAM of 12 GB LPDDR5X format. As a result, the power is enough to run modern mobile games at maximum graphics settings, edit high-resolution videos and any everyday tasks.

The camera system is one of the best on the market. The main 50 MP camera sensor with f/1.9–f/4.0 aperture produces detailed photos with a wide dynamic range at any time of the day. The smartphone also records video in 8K resolution.

Huawei Mate X3

Another interesting phone from Huawei. Its sales started in May 2023. The phone also has an external and internal screen. Additionally, it boasts 12GB of RAM and 512GB of storage.

In terms of displays, the phone comes with a 7.85-inch internal flexible OLED screen (2496×2224, LTPO, 120Hz) and a 6.4-inch external display (LTPO, 120Hz, Full HD+ 2504×1080 pixels). It is also worth paying attention to the cameras. The main camera is 50 MP with optical stabilization, 13 MP ultra-wide-angle and 12 MP telephoto with 5x zoom. Well, for selfies you can use the second 8 MP camera.

The processor here is Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Plus Gen 1 4G. A 4800 mAh battery allows you to work all day, plus it supports both wired and wireless charging. By the way, the phone is protected from water according to the IPX8 standard, while the tactile screen supports input with wet hands, which is good in the summer, especially at the resort.

Samsung Galaxy S23+

  • Processor – Snapdragon 8 Gen 2

  • Display type – Dynamic AMOLED 2X screen 120 Hz HDR10+

  • Resolution – 1080×2340

  • Display size: 6.6 inches

  • Battery – 4700 mAh

  • Built-in memory – 512 GB

  • RAM – 8 GB

  • Rear camera – 12 + 50 + 10 MP

  • Front camera – 12 MP

  • Features: IP68 dust and moisture protection

  • Cost: RUB 89,999.

The Samsung Galaxy S23+ is the perfect choice for those who don’t need a huge smartphone with a stylus, but still want a quality, normal-sized display, maximum battery life, and excellent performance.

The smartphone is equipped with three functional camera lenses. Samsung’s One UI shell is one of the most convenient for customization and one of the best in terms of visuals. The design of the case is very simple, they clearly didn’t try to surprise the user, but the combination of glass and metal looks good.

Nubia Red Magic 8 Pro+

  • Processor – Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen2

  • Display type – AMOLED FHD+

  • Resolution – 1116×2480

  • Display size: 6.8 inches

  • Battery – 5000 mAh

  • Built-in memory – 128/256 GB

  • RAM – 8/12 GB

  • Rear camera – 50 MP + 8 MP + 2 MP

  • Front camera – 16 MP

  • Cost – 65,990 rubles.

Judging by the AnTuTu benchmark results, this gaming smartphone is the most powerful among its competitors this year. It has excellent features at a modest price. This brand is very popular not only in Asia, but also in Europe. And for a reason.

Let’s start with the fact that the smartphone uses an improved Snapdragon 8 Gen2 processor, also called Snapdragon 8+ Gen 2. It is distinguished by an increase in clock frequency to 3.36 GHz. The gadget will not overheat during games thanks to the modern ICE 12 cooling system.

The design also attracts attention – sharp corners, air inlets and outlets for ventilation, thin frames around the screen. Despite the relatively weak camera characteristics, the image quality is decent thanks to NeoVision algorithms. In standard use mode, the battery will last for a whole day, or even more. In game mode, these figures are much more modest – up to 4-5 hours. The smartphone charges in half an hour.

OnePlus 11

  • Processor – Snapdragon 8 Gen 2

  • Display type – Fluid AMOLED screen 120 Hz HDR10+ 1300 nits

  • Resolution – 1440×3216

  • Display size: 6.7 inches

  • Battery – 5000 mAh

  • Built-in memory – 32/64/128 GB

  • RAM: 3/4 GB

  • Rear camera: 50 + 32 + 48 MP

  • Front camera: 16 MP

  • Cost – from 69,990 rubles.

The manufacturer managed to present a premium smartphone at a competitive price. The only thing the device lacks is wireless charging and water protection. If you do not pay attention to these shortcomings, the user will receive an excellent smartphone with good performance, powerful cameras and 4 years of support for Android updates.

The OnePlus 11 has a thin body and sleek design despite its huge display. There are practically no fingerprints on the body, although the surface of the phone is slippery. The bright, contrasting screen performs well in games, providing smooth and clear images.

The battery can be charged from empty in less than half an hour. There is also a drawback – although the photo quality is good, it is impossible to enlarge distant objects or take macro photographs.

Of course, there are other smartphones that deserve attention. If you have one, tell us about it in the comments. What model do you have and why did you choose it?

All models, except Nubia Red Magic 8 Pro+, Google Pixel 7 Pro and OnePlus 11, can be purchased at MTS stores.

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