We compiled a concise list of 10 best phones to buy in 2017. The year is slowly but steadily coming to its end, and there is no better way to embrace the new year than with a new and shiny phone. Read on!
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While the Sony Xperia XZ Premium doesn’t offer the near bezel-less screen, it certainly offers HDR compatibility on its 5.5-inch display with 3840 x 2160-pixel resolution. Sony didn’t offer a dual-lens camera. However, its 19MP rear sensor and 13MP front sensor are capable of making bright, sharp and vivid images.
The smartphone boasts Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 835 and 4GB of RAM. The 64GB storage will be more than enough to store all your favorite apps and photos if you have an additional SD card. All in all, the Sony Xperia XZ Premium is a great value for all true Sony fans.
#9 HTC U11
The HTC U11 sports a 5.5-inch display with 1440 x 2560-pixel resolution. It is equipped with a 16MP rear camera and 12MP front camera for taking some great, accurate HDR images. The smartphone is nowhere near the quality of Samsung’s Galaxy S8, but it works as a great entry-level smartphone.
It offers impeccable audio quality and is equipped with Snapdragon 835, 4GB of RAM, and 64GB of storage for a solid performance. It won’t compete with Galaxy S8 or iPhone 8, but it gets the work done, regardless.
#8 Honor 9
The Honor 9 features an improved design over its predecessors and is available in Black, Gold, and Aurora Blue colors. It boasts a 5.15-inch screen with 1920 x 1080-pixel resolution and comes with the dual-lens camera, both housing 20MP sensors, while the front camera is equipped with an 8MP sensor.
The Honor 9 comes in two storage options, 64GB and 128GB, the HiSilicon Kirin 960 and with two options of RAM, 4GB and 6GB. The Honor 9 might not be one of the three best phones to buy, but if you’re looking for a sleek design and functionality, it will suit you well.
Unlike the rest of the smartphones, the XZ1 Compact features a smaller, 4.6-inch display and 1280 x 720 resolution. The camera is still good and functional featuring a 19MP sensor on the rear and 8MP sensor on the front.
Rest assured that the Snapdragon 835 and 32GB of storage will be more than enough for your phone to function smoothly and properly. All in all, the Xperia XZ1 Compact is a compact powerhouse.
#6 iPhone 7
The iPhone 7 may be one year old but is still far from outdated. It comes with a sleek design, 4.6-inch display with 750 x 1334-pixel resolution and a promising, low-light camera with a 12 MP sensor, while the front camera boasts a 7MP sensor.
Regarding the specs, the iPhone 7 boasts Apple’s A10 Fusion processor and 2GB of RAM, while it comes in three storage options – 32, 128, and 256GB. It features an improved life compared to the older model. However, it is still quite expensive, as Apple doesn’t seem to be lowering the price for its flagships anytime soon. It is worth mentioning that the iPhone 7 is water-resistant as well.
#5 OnePlus 5
The OnePlus 5 is one of the best smartphones for users who are restricted to a budget. It features a 5.5-inch screen with 1080 x 1920-pixel resolution. It is another smartphone boasting a dual-lens camera system with 20MP + 16MP sensors and a front camera with 16MP sensors. All cameras capture impeccable quality photos and videos.
When it comes to the configuration, OnePlus 5 boasts Snapdragon 835, 6GB and 8GB RAM options and two storage options 64GB and 128GB. The fifth best phone is definitely a bargain with great functionality and performance.
The fourth place of the best phones in the 2017 roundup belongs to the Galaxy Note 8. After last year’s catastrophe, the Note 8 returned stronger than ever, with a huge 6.3-inch screen with 1440 x 2630-pixel resolution and a dual-lens camera system, 12MP + 12MP and front camera 8MP.
The smartphone is available in three storage options, 64GB, 128GB, and 256GB, and 6GB of RAM along with Samsung’s Exynos 8895 CPU. The smartphone features a powerful and clear camera, sleek and robust design and improved battery life.
The iPhone 8 Plus is the most expensive of Apple’s smartphones after the arriving iPhone X. Nevertheless, this smartphone delivers one of the best cameras currently available on the market, boasting the dual-camera system with 12MP + 12MP sensors and 2x optical zoom. The smartphone features a 5.5-inch 1920 x 1080-pixel Retina display and better battery life than its little counterpart.
The smartphone is equipped with an Apple A11 Bionic processor, 3GB of RAM and two storage options, 64GB and 256GB. Currently, it’s Apple’s strongest smartphone, but not for too long, as the iPhone X pre-orders start in only a couple of days.
After last year’s successful Pixel series, Google released the improved models Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL. If you don’t want a completely bezel-less experience, the smaller Pixel 2 is a great option. It boasts a 5-inch display, and unlike the other flagship smartphones, a 12.2 MP camera with a single lens. Nevertheless, it beats even the iPhone 8 camera and offers snaps with unparalleled quality.
The smartphone is equipped with the Snapdragon 835 chipset and 4GB of RAM. The smartphone is available in both 64GB and 128GB storage options and supports IP67 dust- and water-resistance.
The first place holder of the best phones of 2017 is certainly the Galaxy S8. The simplest word to describe it – it is a masterpiece. The smartphone boasts a bezel-less screen measuring 5.8-inches with 1440 x 2960-pixel resolution. Although there were speculations, Galaxy S8 doesn’t sport a dual-lens camera. However, the 12MP rear sensor and 8MP front camera do a fantastic job in capturing high-quality, detailed and vivid images.
The smartphone is equipped with Samsung’s Exynos 8895 processor, 4 GB of RAM and can store up to 64GB worth of data and apps. Galaxy S8’s futuristic screen, sleek, and modern design, future-proofed camera, and stellar performance are just some of the reasons why the Samsung Galaxy S8 is the best phone to buy in 2017.
Which are the best phones in your opinion? Please leave a comment!