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The Best Smartphones of Winter 2023 - 33 Models Reviewed

Comparison of all the latest smartphones. Over the past three months, we have seen the release of new iPhones and Google Pixel smartphones. Several other manufacturers have also released new models. This is an overview of the best smartphones of the past 3 months and our personal favorites.


The Best of the Best - Smartphones With the Highest Overall Rating

Since many manufacturers release their flagship models at the end of the year, seeing a total of 13 smartphones from the past 3 months achieve a "very good" rating in their reviews makes sense. The two devices in first place should not come as a surprise to most people: The Apple iPhone 14 Pro and the slightly bigger iPhone 14 Pro Max.

Equipped with the latest Apple A16 SoC, the models have become even faster and once again offer the fastest performance on the market. Apple makes great use of the Dynamic Island, which is technically an even bigger notch than on previous models. The feature is still controversial. By contrast, the camera setups of the iPhone 14 Pro and Pro Max leave barely any room for complaints, even from Apple's most vocal critics: Both smartphones are able to capture fantastic pictures in almost any situation.

Apple iPhone 14 Pro (90%)
Apple iPhone 14 Pro (90%)
Apple iPhone 14 Pro Max (90%)
Apple iPhone 14 Pro Max (90%)

The runner-up in terms of the overall score is a smartphone that not many people would have expected at the beginning last year: It has been a long time since we saw a high-end Motorola smartphone after all. Regardless, the latest Edge 30 Ultra comes with a bright display, fast charging technology, long battery life, and a full-featured triple camera.

The Apple iPhone 14 is close behind. Although it is not equipped with the latest processor and instead based on last year's Apple A15, the latter is still one of the fastest SoCs on the market. While many aspects remain otherwise unchanged, there is no need to entirely reinventing the wheel.

Motorola Edge 30 Ultra (89%)
Motorola Edge 30 Ultra (89%)
Apple iPhone 14 (89%)
Apple iPhone 14 (89%)

The Sony Xperia 5 IV is somewhat of an outlier among flagship smartphones and includes a headphone jack and a microSD card reader in its compact case. Additionally, it comes with great speakers. Unfortunately, the camera no longer supports variable zoom.

The Google Pixel 7 Pro is another surprise and features one of the best camera setups of any Android phone. Similarly, it performs well in many other disciplines and comes with added software functionality courtesy of Google.

So close, yet so far: Although Huawei's Mate 50 Pro takes excellent pictures, has a great screen, and offers fast performance, there is no support for Google services or 5G. Since the user experience is more involved and requires certain concessions, it is generally harder to recommend.

Sony Xperia 5 IV (89%)
Sony Xperia 5 IV (89%)
Googles Pixel 7 Pro (89%)
Googles Pixel 7 Pro (89%)
Huawei Mate 50 Pro (89%)
Huawei Mate 50 Pro (89%)

The Apple iPhone 14 Plus is a significantly larger non-Pro iPhone that primarily struggles when compared to its in-house competition. Its 60-Hz screen and less premium case are drawbacks which the iPhone 13 Pro Max does not suffer from despite its similar price point.

The Asus ROG Phone 6D is a great gaming phone with a powerful MediaTek SoC: The Dimensity 9000+ reaches a similar performance level as Qualcomm's latest SoCs - a big milestone. That being said, there is very heavy throttling under load without the optional cooler.

The Google Pixel 7 is a very affordable high-end phone with a compact form factor. Highlights include long update support and a great camera setup. Wi-Fi 6 support was enabled via an update in December.

Apple iPhone 14 Plus (89%)
Apple iPhone 14 Plus (89%)
Asus ROG Phone 6D (89%)
Asus ROG Phone 6D (89%)
Google Pixel 7 (89%)
Google Pixel 7 (89%)

The Asus ROG Phone 6D Ultimate comes with a higher storage capacity and an included cooler. However, the price premium of around 375 USD compared to the Asus ROG Phone 6D is quite substantial.

With its unique folding mechanism, the Samsung Galaxy Z Flip4 5G also makes it into our list of the best smartphones. Compared to earlier foldable smartphone models, it looks significantly more robust and delivers lots of performance as well as a good display.

Finally, the Xiaomi 12T Pro 5G also achieves a very good score. At just around 700 USD, it is particularly affordable and comes with great cooling and excellent battery life.

Asus ROG Phone 6D Ultimate (89%)
Asus ROG Phone 6D Ultimate (89%)
Samsung Galaxy Z Flip4 5G (88%)
Samsung Galaxy Z Flip4 5G (88%)
Xiaomi 12T Pro 5G (88%)
Xiaomi 12T Pro 5G (88%)

Our Favorites - Editor's Choice Awards Winter 2023

Our publishing team votes based on the test results from a specific period to award our Editor's Choice Award.

It highlights smartphones that stand out with a particularly well-rounded set of features, top scores in certain subcategories, or particularly good value, making them especially enticing offerings in their respective categories and the eyes of our editors.

Motorola Moto G72

The Motorola Moto G72 is a smartphone for users who are looking for a very bright OLED screen for a cheap price: With the ambient light sensor enabled, it allows for a full-screen brightness of more than 1000 nits. This is an outstanding result for a smartphone that costs just around 295 USD.

While the performance of the smartphone is average, it is equipped with a long-lasting battery and benefits from low heat development. The lightweight, slim case of the smartphone results in a sleek appearance.

Although there is no 5G support, the excellent screen of the budget smartphone is so unique that the Motorola Moto G72 deserves our Editor's Choice Award.

Editors Choice Award Winter 2023: Motorola Moto G72
Editors Choice Award Winter 2023: Motorola Moto G72

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The Best Smartphones of Winter 2023

Score
Model
Image
Starting Price
Case Score
Size
Thickness
Weight Score
Weight
Display Score
Display Type
Resolution
Pixel Density
Aspect Ratio
Screen-to-Body Ratio
Screen Brightness
DeltaE Colorchecker
Screen Refresh Rate
Camera Score
DeltaE Colorchecker low-light
DeltaE Colorchecker daylight
Application Performance Score
PCMark for Android Work 2.0 Score
Gaming Performance Score
3DMark for A. Sling Shot Ext. (ES 3.1) Un.
GFXBench Aztec Ruins H.T. Onscreen
PUBG Mobile HD
Battery Life Score
Battery Life Wi-Fi 150 nits
Temperature Score
Top Idle
Top Load
Audio Score
Max. Audio Output (dB)
Touchscreen Input Score
Connectivity Score
87.9 %Samsung Galaxy Z Flip4 5G
SD 8+ Gen 1, Adreno 730
Samsung Galaxy Z Flip4 5G
90.1 %6.70"6.9 mm89.1 %187 g93.2 %Dynamic AMOLED 2640x1080426 PPI22:985.4 %800 cd/m²1120 Hz77.4 %42.128.7691.7 %57.6 %91666288.7 %657 min94.3 %25.7 °C33.4 °C78.2 %86.3 dB93.9 %49.3 %
89.3 %Motorola Edge 30 Ultra
SD 8+ Gen 1, Adreno 730
Motorola Edge 30 Ultra
88.7 %6.67"8.39 mm88.1 %198.5 g92.8 %pOLED2400x1080393 PPI20:990 %1020 cd/m²1144 Hz76.6 %35.397.8890.7 %65.9 %13223686090.8 %872 min94.1 %28 °C32.3 °C75 %90.3 dB93.9 %67.5 %
87.4 %Motorola Edge 30 Fusion
SD 888+ 5G, Adreno 660
Motorola Edge 30 Fusion
82.7 %6.55"7.45 mm90.4 %172 g92.9 %pOLED2400x1080402 PPI20:991 %961 cd/m²1.5144 Hz72 %25.026.9389 %62.2 %86773688.9 %686 min92.7 %29.4 °C34.7 °C83.2 %88.9 dB90.6 %53.2 %
83.6 %Motorola Edge 30 Neo
SD 695 5G, Adreno 619
Motorola Edge 30 Neo
83.7 %6.30"7.75 mm91.9 %155 g91.8 %pOLED2400x1080418 PPI20:988 %992 cd/m²1.6120 Hz65 %45.123.8777.5 %32.4 %30241289.1 %721 min93.9 %28.4 °C32.3 °C82.4 %88.1 dB91.1 %47.8 %
89.2 %Apple iPhone 14
A15, A15 GPU 5-Core
Apple iPhone 14
89.7 %6.10"7.8 mm90.4 %172 g89.7 %OLED2532x1170460 PPI19.5:986 %841 cd/m²1.05060 Hz79.8 %6.5411.5790.9 %72 %57.691.6 %1010 min91.8 %23.3 °C39.7 °C80.8 %80.9 dB95 %48.2 %
88.7 %Apple iPhone 14 Plus
A15, A15 GPU 5-Core
Apple iPhone 14 Plus
89.9 %6.70"7.8 mm88 %203 g89.5 %OLED2778x1284458 PPI19.5:987.4 %800 cd/m²0.97060 Hz79.8 %16.4713.2390.8 %71.6 %49.492.7 %1085 min90.6 %23.5 °C40.7 °C80 %79.8 dB95 %48.2 %
90.3 %Apple iPhone 14 Pro
A16, A16 GPU 5-Core
Apple iPhone 14 Pro
92.1 %6.10"7.85 mm87.9 %206 g94.4 %Super Retina XDR OLED2556x1179461 PPI19.5:987 %1049 cd/m²1.2120 Hz81 %21.259.2295.3 %71.3 %5991.2 %807 min91.3 %28.7 °C37.6 °C78.6 %89.5 dB97.2 %59.7 %
90.3 %Apple iPhone 14 Pro Max
A16, A16 GPU 5-Core
Apple iPhone 14 Pro Max
92.3 %6.70"7.85 mm87.4 %240 g94.4 %Super Retina XDR OLED2796x1290460 PPI19.5:988 %1057 cd/m²1.3120 Hz80.8 %21.579.495.3 %68 %5492.7 %948 min87.1 %31.1 °C41.4 °C79.8 %89 dB97.2 %59.7 %
80.3 %Samsung Galaxy A23 5G
SD 695 5G, Adreno 619
Samsung Galaxy A23 5G
82.3 %6.60"8.4 mm88.3 %197 g83.2 %PLS2408x1080400 PPI20:982 %428 cd/m²5.54120 Hz60 %42.9710.8868.4 %28.8 %2994123092 %1099 min90.9 %22.2 °C40.1 °C66.6 %85.9 dB93.3 %47.8 %
79.2 %Nokia G60
SD 695 5G, Adreno 619
Nokia G60
81.6 %6.58"8.6 mm88.9 %190 g83.6 %IPS2408x1080401 PPI20:981 %388 cd/m²5.68120 Hz55.6 %396.268 %36.9 %30961290.3 %871 min77.9 %22.6 °C46.7 °C52 %79.9 dB92.8 %47.9 %
85.6 %Xiaomi Poco X4 GT
Dimensity 8100, Mali-G610 MP6
Xiaomi Poco X4 GT
81.9 %6.60"8.9 mm88 %200 g89.8 %IPS2460x1080407 PPI20.5:985.1 %614 cd/m²1.2144 Hz66.8 %41.647.1984.4 %61.2 %8155393090.7 %929 min92.3 %31.4 °C35.1 °C80.8 %86.1 dB88.3 %53.3 %
74.5 %Ulefone Armor 15
Helio G35, PowerVR GE8320
Ulefone Armor 15
77.7 %5.45"18.2 mm85.6 %346 g80.4 %IPS1440x720295 PPI18:957 %407 cd/m²7.3060 Hz49.8 %47.074.9460.8 %6.4 %5384.891.7 %1059 min93 %32.3 °C33.9 °C76.2 %94.5 dB81.7 %51.4 %
77.9 %Samsung Galaxy A13 5G
Dimensity 700, Mali-G57 MP2
Samsung Galaxy A13 5G
78.3 %6.50"8.8 mm88.4 %195 g82.9 %PLS1600x720270 PPI20:982 %437 cd/m²5.43090 Hz52 %43.977.6865.2 %26.1 %2478173091.8 %1102 min91.6 %22.5 °C39.7 °C60 %82.1 dB89.4 %47.6 %
84.9 %Honor 70
SD 778G+ 5G, Adreno 642L
Honor 70
84.4 %6.67"7.9 mm89.9 %178 g90.5 %OLED2400x1080395 PPI16:991 %758 cd/m²1.72120 Hz72.6 %7.9612.3774 %53 %5711213989.8 %794 min87.8 %26.6 °C44.5 °C60 %80.6 dB93.9 %48.9 %
80.2 %Oppo A77 5G
Dimensity 810, Mali-G57 MP2
Oppo A77 5G
84.3 %6.56"8 mm88.9 %190 g85.3 %IPS1612x720269 PPI20:984 %566 cd/m²4.62090 Hz59 %44.459.368 %32 %27081991.5 %1032 min88.4 %24.9 °C42.8 °C56 %82 dB91.7 %47.8 %
75.4 %Motorola Moto E22i
Helio G37, PowerVR GE8320
Motorola Moto E22i
81.3 %6.50"8 mm90.7 %169 g84.1 %IPS1600x720270 PPI20:983 %355 cd/m²3.81090 Hz51.2 %46.4114.0647 %5 %4.989.4 %753 min92.3 %22.2 °C38.8 °C58 %79.2 dB90 %44.4 %
74.7 %Samsung Galaxy A04s
Exynos 850, Mali-G52 MP1
Samsung Galaxy A04s
75.9 %6.50"9.1 mm88.4 %195 g83.4 %PLS1600x720270 PPI20:981 %390 cd/m²4.39090 Hz47.2 %45.2216.6755 %10.1 %9206.917.590.8 %977 min92 %23 °C38.5 °C56 %78.4 dB88.3 %45.5 %
81.7 %Nokia X30
SD 695 5G, Adreno 619
Nokia X30
83 %6.43"8 mm89.3 %185 g84.7 %AMOLED2400x1080409 PPI20:985 %709 cd/m²4.78090 Hz68.2 %38.449.2872.8 %33.5 %3079123090.9 %860 min93.1 %23 °C37.5 °C74 %82.3 dB88.3 %46.4 %
74.4 %Xiaomi Poco C40
JR510, Mali-G52 MP1
Xiaomi Poco C40
81.1 %6.71"9.2 mm87.9 %204 g83.6 %IPS1650x720268 PPI20.6:982 %450 cd/m²4.53060 Hz50 %47.047.935 %6.8 %6054.51692.3 %1205 min94 %23.3 °C36.2 °C56 %80.1 dB88.9 %43.2 %
77.3 %Samsung Galaxy A13 4G A137F
Helio G80, Mali-G52 MP2
Samsung Galaxy A13 4G A137F
78.1 %6.60"8.8 mm88.4 %195 g85.3 %PLS2408x1800456 PPI20:981 %453 cd/m²4.34060 Hz50.4 %45.3515.1960 %16.2 %13575.190.5 %896 min92.3 %23.1 °C38.1 °C68 %82.7 dB92.8 %44.8 %
89.1 %Google Pixel 7 Pro
Tensor G2, Mali-G710 MP7
Google Pixel 7 Pro
91.4 %6.70"8.9 mm87.8 %212 g94.6 %OLED3120x1440513 PPI19.5:988 %1025 cd/m²0.9120 Hz81.8 %36.034.9882.9 %62.4 %8449286090.2 %676 min88.8 %28.6 °C41.3 °C75.2 %88.4 dB94.4 %59 %
88.5 %Google Pixel 7
Tensor G2, Mali-G710 MP7
Google Pixel 7
89.7 %6.30"8.7 mm88.3 %197 g93.7 %OLED2400x1080418 PPI20:984 %947 cd/m²1.3090 Hz80.8 %33.854.7682.9 %58.6 %8192486090.4 %731 min88.5 %29.5 °C43.2 °C77.4 %88.3 dB93.3 %58.2 %
88.9 %Huawei Mate 50 Pro
SD 8+ Gen 1, Adreno 730
Huawei Mate 50 Pro
91.7 %6.70"8.5 mm87.9 %209 g92.2 %AMOLED2616x1212430 PPI20:992 %945 cd/m²1.18120 Hz84.2 %9.898.6381.5 %58.8 %5490.1 %717 min86.1 %32 °C45.1 °C80 %79.5 dB97.8 %52.4 %
78.9 %Xiaomi Poco M5
Helio G99, Mali-G57 MP2
Xiaomi Poco M5
81.3 %6.58"8.9 mm88 %201 g90.4 %IPS2408x1080401 PPI20:983 %396 cd/m²1.26090 Hz51.2 %45.686.7272 %26.9 %26188.83090.7 %916 min92.7 %22.2 °C40.1 °C50 %80.7 dB91.7 %45.9 %
87.7 %Xiaomi 12T Pro 5G
SD 8+ Gen 1, Adreno 730
Xiaomi 12T Pro 5G
85.6 %6.67"8.6 mm87.9 %205 g93.3 %AMOLED2712x1220446 PPI20:987 %913 cd/m²1120 Hz70.2 %35.7411.4488.3 %73.3 %12876536091.9 %1085 min93.4 %31.4 °C31.9 °C74.2 %90.1 dB93.9 %53.7 %
81.9 %Motorola Moto G72
Helio G99, Mali-G57 MP2
Motorola Moto G72
84 %6.60"7.9 mm90.9 %166 g88.6 %P-OLED2400x1080399 PPI20:986 %980 cd/m²4.56120 Hz65 %45.756.7570 %27.1 %26488.92990.8 %929 min92.8 %25.8 °C36.5 °C64 %85.4 dB93.3 %48 %
86 %Huawei Nova 10 Pro
SD 778G 4G, Adreno 642L
Huawei Nova 10 Pro
83.6 %6.78"7.96 mm88.8 %191 g92.8 %OLED2652x1200429 PPI19.9:991 %802 cd/m²1.1120 Hz71.4 %16.786.9781.3 %56.7 %53341688.8 %674 min91.9 %33.2 °C34.8 °C82.2 %83.8 dB92.2 %51.4 %
82.6 %Gigaset GX6
Dimensity 900, Mali-G68 MP4
Gigaset GX6
88.1 %6.60"11.9 mm86.7 %278 g86.4 %IPS2412x1080400 PPI20:969 %491 cd/m²4.32120 Hz63.6 %32.679.9179.2 %43.8 %41731691.3 %1002 min91.6 %30.3 °C37.1 °C52 %80.2 dB92.8 %52.3 %
86.3 %Xiaomi Mix Fold 2
SD 8+ Gen 1, Adreno 730
Xiaomi Mix Fold 2
84.7 %8.02"5.4 mm87 %262 g92.3 %OLED2160x1914360 PPI10.2:988 %1022 cd/m²1.6120 Hz69.8 %38.948.6392.6 %59.9 %130773287.7 %567 min93.8 %28 °C33.6 °C77.6 %84 dB93.3 %53.4 %
80.9 %Xiaomi Poco M5s
Helio G95, Mali-G76 MP4
Xiaomi Poco M5s
83.1 %6.43"8.3 mm89.8 %178.8 g83.1 %AMOLED2400x1080409 PPI20:983.5 %720 cd/m²2.04060 Hz56.8 %44.386.5772.5 %32.9 %2855112991.8 %1011 min88.4 %22.3 °C46.6 °C73.8 %81.8 dB91.1 %47.3 %
89.2 %Sony Xperia 5 IV
SD 8 Gen 1, Adreno 730
Sony Xperia 5 IV
88.9 %6.10"8.2 mm90.5 %171 g92.1 %OLED2520x1080449 PPI21:982 %902 cd/m²2120 Hz71.4 %45.046.4788.7 %57.9 %101034189.4 %617 min90.2 %30 °C39.6 °C90 %87.1 dB95.6 %67.6 %
88.6 %Asus ROG Phone 6D
Dimensity 9000+, Mali-G710 MP10
Asus ROG Phone 6D
85.6 %6.78"10.4 mm87.4 %239 g87.5 %AMOLED2448x1080395 PPI20.4:981 %768 cd/m²3.97165 Hz71.8 %91 %72.1 %6491.2 %986 min88 %80 %99.4 %68.3 %
88.5 %Asus ROG Phone 6D Ultimate
Dimensity 9000+, Mali-G710 MP10
Asus ROG Phone 6D Ultimate
85.6 %6.78"10.4 mm87.2 %247 g87.5 %AMOLED2448x1080395 PPI20.4:985 %768 cd/m²3.97165 Hz71.8 %15.946.3991 %72.1 %12000645991.1 %986 min88 %24.2 °C48.9 °C80 %85 dB99.4 %68.3 %

The table above shows all smartphones from our review period with total scores and subscores from our in-depth reviews as well as a selection of important specifications and benchmark results. All results and details can be found in the linked reviews.

The table can be sorted relative to any column by clicking on its title, for example "Weight".

Winter 2023 Honorable Mentions

While Samsung's Galaxy A series has been very popular for a long time, recent models demand steep prices despite often falling behind compared to some competitors. While the Galaxy A23 5G is not exactly cheap at 300 USD, it has a lot to offer: This includes optical image stabilization for the camera, a 120-Hz display and good battery life.

The Galaxy A23 5G impressed us in our review with significant improvements in many areas compared to the previous model.

Samsung Galaxy A23 5G
Samsung Galaxy A23 5G
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