The interfaces of different manufacturers (TouchWiz, EMUI, MIUI, ZenUI, Sense, LG UX, etc.) are often considered too cumbersome. With Android One, you have access to an Android version as Google originally designed it. Various manufacturers like Nokia, Xiaomi and Motorola have looked into the subject: find in this article the best smartphones that offer a “pure” Android experience in 2018.

The Android One program was originally designed as a way to provide continuous updates for entry-level devices. The American giant comes back with a new initiative for Android One which is not limited, this time, not to a specific budget segment.

Today you will find Android One phones on sale from 200 euros, and up. The unifying theme among all these devices is a clean and uncluttered user interface with the promise of fast updates, without the builders interfering with the development of the OS.

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Follow the guide! You will discover in this article our selection of the best smartphones under Android One in 2018.

Best Android One smartphones in 2018

Nokia 8 Sirocco: the high end

Unveiled at the MWC 2018,  the Nokia 8 Sirocco embeds a SoC Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 clocked at 2.5 GHz and supported by 6 GB of RAM, a 5.5-inch P-OLED screen, a battery of 3260 mAh, a dual 12 and 13-megapixel photo sensor and a storage capacity of 128 GB.

Nokia stood out in the desire to keep Android in its simplest device. The Nokia 8 Sirocco runs Android Oreo 8.1 taking advantage of the Android One label for a so-called “pure” experience. In itself, the interface is without additions and does not undergo big changes. This is a good thing for those who regret the Nexus of the time. It should be noted that HMD is also committed to distributing regular updates with flawless follow-up.

The Nokia 8 Sirocco is not yet released officially in some countries but is already available at some dealers. Feel free to check out this post for more information.

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Nokia 7 Plus: the best value for money

The Nokia 7 Plus is equipped with a SoC Qualcomm Snapdragon 660 clocked at 2.2 GHz and coupled with 4 GB of RAM. It features a full HD + 6-inch screen while enjoying an 18: 9 ratio, a battery of 3800 mAh, a dual 12 and 13-megapixel photo sensor, and a storage capacity of 64 GB.

Nokia 7 Plus VS Nokia 7

Released recently, the Nokia 7 Plus is one of the best representatives of the Android One label. The performance of its Snapdragon SoC 660, coupled with the sleek interface offered by Android One, provides a perfectly fluid experience in everyday life and can even run a lot of modern 3D games.

To learn more, go to the page of our test where it received the score of 8/10.

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Nokia 6 (2018): the good student

The Nokia 6 (2018) – or Nokia 6.1 – embeds a SoC Qualcomm Snapdragon 630clocked at 2.2 GHz and supported by 3 GB of RAM, a 5.5-inch full HD screen at a 16: 9 ratio, a battery of 3000 mAh, a 16-megapixel camera and a storage capacity of 32 GB.

For a mid-range smartphone, the Nokia 6 (2018) ranks among the best students thanks to its Snapdragon 630 well operated. The user experience wants to be very fluid Android Oreo 8.1 via the Android One interface:  it allows not to be drowned in a ton of features and especially promises simplicity.

If you want more information about the Nokia 6.1, we invite you to read our test where it received the rating of 8/10.

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Xiaomi Mi A1: the small price

The Xiaomi Mi A1 is the first smartphone from the Chinese manufacturer to adopt an Android One interface. It features a 2GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 SoC , 4GB of RAM, a 5.5-inch Full HD display, a 3,080 mAh battery, a 12-megapixel and a dual 12-megapixel photo sensor and a storage capacity of 64 GB.

In September 2017, Xiaomi and Google announced a partnership to bring to life the Mi A1, a smartphone that takes over the hardware part of the Xiaomi Mi 5X but abandons the MIUI interface for Android One. It therefore takes the bare minimum of Android Oreo 8.0 to offer a simple version of the OS; minor update 8.1 will arrive soon. Although this mid-range smartphone offers a fluent and globally satisfactory daily use, it will however sin in the most complex tasks.

To learn more about the Xiaomi Mi A1, you can read our test where it received the rating of 8/10.

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HTC U11 Life: the alternative

The HTC U11 Life ships a Qualcomm Snapdragon 630 SoC clocked at 1.8 GHz, 3 GB of RAM, a 5.2-inch Full HD display, a 2600 mAh battery, a 16-megapixel camera with a diaphragm opening in f / 2.0 and a storage capacity of 32 GB.

HTC U11 Life

The HTC U11 Life is the first smartphone Android One to have been marketed in some countries, he had to be among this small selection. With its Snapdragon 630 and 3 GB of RAM, this smartphone is perfectly fluid while limiting the heating. This makes him a mid-range well optimized and powerful. The user experience is very similar to a Google Pixel, but it is offered here at a lower cost.

If you would like more details about the HTC U11 Life, please visit the page of our test where it received the rating of 7/10.

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