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Five top-end flagship smartphones to consider in 2017

The Game of Phones is getting interesting with each passing day and so is the year 2017. As always, this year’s CES and MWC were exciting since many brands unveiled with their flagship smartphones. Considering the vast competition and plethora of options available in the market, we decided to create a list of five flagship smartphones to consider this year. So buckle up and let’s get started!

Samsung Galaxy S8

South Korean giant Samsung recently launched this year’s most-awaited flagship smartphone: the Galaxy S8 and its elder sibling, the Galaxy S8+. The Galaxy S8, similar to its predecessor, offers wireless charging and IP68 rated water and dust resistance. Starting with the display, both the phones have some extra real estate by reducing the size of bezels at both top and bottom. As a result, you get an ample amount of display (Samsung calls it “Infinity Display”) in a comparatively smaller form factor.

Specs-wise, the Samsung Galaxy S8 and pricebaba.com/mobile/samsung-galaxy-s8-plus sport a 5.8-inch and 6.2-inch Super AMOLED screen respectively, featuring 2960 x 1440 Quad HD resolution. Both of them also come with a protective layer of Corning Gorilla Glass 5 up front. Interestingly, a home button is now embedded underneath the display with some haptic feedback whereas the fingerprint scanner is moved to the back next to the camera. Both the Galaxy S8 and S8+ house a 12-megapixel dual-pixel rear camera and 8MP selfie camera.

Inside are a 10nm octa-core Snapdragon 835/Samsung Exynos processor (depending on the region), 4GB RAM, and 64GB internal memory. The storage is further expandable up to 256GB using a microSD card support. For security, Samsung now offers Iris scanner and facial recognition in addition to several other standard features like a fingerprint scanner, pattern lock, and password. Both the devices are IP68 rated dust and water resistant and have Android Nougat operating system out of the box. The Galaxy S8 packs a 3000mAh battery whereas the Galaxy S8+ packs a 3500mAh battery.

Both the phones also have a separate dedicated button to trigger Bixby — Samsung’s response to Google Assistant and Apple Siri. It’s a whole new ecosystem that will connect across different devices, services, and apps. Bixby’s exact working remains to be seen over the course of the next few months. What’s clear, however, is that that it’s based on the principle of natural language processing similar to Amazon Alexa. Both the phones will be available in Midnight Black and Maple Gold colours in India.

Xiaomi Mi 6

Last year, Xiaomi launched the Mi 5s and Mi 5s flagship devices only in China. Last week, Xiaomi released its current flagship the Mi 6 globally. The best part, it comes with dual cameras on the rear and Qualcomm’s latest high-end Snapdragon 835 octa-core chip. Design-wise, the Xiaomi Mi 6 looks pretty similar to last year’s Mi 5, featuring a curved glass back and metal frame.It, however, doesn’t offer a 3.5mm headphone jack. If you were not expecting this to happen, you would be disappointed.

The Xiaomi Mi 6 offers a 5.15-inch 1080p screen, 6GB of RAM, and 64GB of internal memory. Another model is offering 128GB of built-in memory. You must have assumed it by now, yes, it runs Android Nougat with MIUI out of the box. It’s a dual-SIM phone with two Nano SIM card slots. Furthermore, it houses 12-megapixel dual cameras on the rear with dual-tone LED flash, OIS, and 4K video recording. Up front is an 8-megapixel selfie camera in addition to an ultrasonic fingerprint scanner.

Xiaomi has included connectivity options like 4G VoLTE, dual-band Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, GPS, NFC, and USB Type-C. It packs in a 3,350mAh battery and comes in a variety of colours: Blue, Black, and Silver.

LG G6

LG recently announced the LG G6 at Mobile World Congress (MWC) 2017 in Barcelona. Design-wise, the device is no longer modular unlike its predecessor, the LG G5. It flaunts a metal frame, sandwiched between two layers of Corning Gorilla Glass protection. Furthermore, it comes with pretty thin bezels, wireless charging (region-specific), fingerprint scanner and IP68 rated dust and water resistance.

In terms of specifications, the LG G6 has a 5.7-inch Quad HD+ FullVision display with 564 PPI pixel density. It looks sleek and seems ideal for one-handed use. Inside is a Qualcomm’s high-end Snapdragon 821 chip coupled with 4GB of RAM. The phone comes in two storage options: 32GB and 64GB (expandable up to 2TB via microSD).

For photography, it houses two 13-megapixel cameras on the back. On the front, there is a 5-megapixel secondary camera for selfies. Selfie lovers can leverage a couple of modes such as Gesture Shot and Auto Shot. The gesture shot helps taking selfies simply with a gesture. The auto shot, on the other hand, is all about capturing photos once a face is detected.

On the design front, it is made of aluminium and glass that comes in platinum and black colours. It measures 148.9 mm in height, 71.9 in width, 7.9mm in thickness and weighs 163g. The LG G6, like any other flagship smartphone these days, come with the IP68 rating to protect itself against dust and water. This way, it can be submerged in water up to 1.5 meters for up to 30 minutes.

As for software, the LG G6 runs Android 7.0 Nougat operating system and Google Assistant out of the box. It has a fingerprint scanner and 3,300mAh battery with Quick Charge 3.0. Connectivity-wise, it supports 4G VoLTE, dual-band Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.2, NFC, and USB Type-C.

Sony Xperia XZ Premium

Sony held an event at MWC in Barcelona earlier this year where it officially pulled the wraps off its flagship Xperia XZ Premium. It has a metal unibody design with the fingerprint scanner embedded in the home button. Interestingly, it is also the world’s first smartphone to be powered by Qualcomm’s flagship Snapdragon 835 processor.

It has a 4K Triluminos display with Corning Gorilla Glass 5 protection layered on top. That aside, it houses a 19MP rear camera and a 13MP selfie camera. Running Android 7.0 Nougat OS, the Xperia XZ Premium is based on a 3230mAh battery with Qualcomm Quick Charge 4.0 technology.

Apple iPhone 8 (Rumoured)

Apple’s iPhone unit is marking its 10th anniversary this year. You must have figured out by now that the year 2017 will undoubtedly be special for the Cupertino giant. India has been a growing market for Apple and we should expect the 10th anniversary iPhone to launch in India shortly after it launches globally. Apple has already gained significant market share in India with the iPhone 5s being sold for sub Rs 20,000 in recent times and the price of iPhone 6 also seems to be headed in the same direction.

Reports suggest that Apple will release the next iteration of iPhone in October this year. While it happens sooner or later, let us see what all features we can expect in this year’s iPhone 8. First thing first, it is anticipated that it will sport an OLED, edge-to-edge display and glass body. The display itself might deal with a selfie camera as well as an integrated Touch ID fingerprint sensor. If true, it will not sport a home button this time, though.

Which of these smartphones would you consider? Let us know in the comments section below!

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Tanmay Patange

Associate Editor at Pricebaba, Tanmay is working in the tech writing and content industry since 2011. His experience ranges from writing all thing tech, and sometimes with a pinch of salt. He admires Silicon Valley and HBO Newsroom the most and has a dream of becoming the next Will McAvoy some day. Contact him at [email protected]

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