With 2017 approaching its end, almost every major smartphone manufacturer has launched their flagship smartphones for the year. Since holidays are coming up, a lot of people would be looking to purchase a new device for themselves or to gift someone. Our list of Top 10 Best Flagship Smartphones of 2017 should help those people narrow down their choices and select the smartphone that best deliver price and performance, whether you are an Android fan or iOS.
Top 10 Best Flagship Smartphones of 2017
Not exactly known for its Android devices, Blackberry has been struggling in the smartphone as of late but it seems like they might finally have a winner on their hands with the Blackberry KeyOne. Not only is the KeyOne an Android device for those who can’t stand the old Blackberry OS, it also brings the most sought-after feature from old Blackberry phones, a physical keyboard which is impossible to find on smartphones these days.
After years of absence from the smartphone market, HTC made its big comeback quite recently and the new HTC U11 is a testament to how much the company has improved in delivering top-tier smartphones to the market. Featuring a highly unique design, including the “edge squeeze” which allows users to squeeze their phone to perform certain tasks, the HTC U11 launched earlier this year to decent reviews. Powered by the latest Snapdragon 835 processor, the HTC U11 is definitely one of the top flagship smartphones worth considering a purchase, especially if you want expandable storage in your phone.
One of the first flagship smartphone offerings with 18:9 aspect ratio support, the LG G6 is highly affordable with its price tag of $500 in which you get top of the line specifications and expandable storage should the internal one not be sufficient for you. In this price tag, LG has basically included everything their current top tier phone, LG V30 does. The LG G6 also happens to have one of the best smartphone cameras in the market right now thanks to its dual-lens camera at the bank putting it in the same league as big companies like Apple and Samsung.
What originally started as a brand basically designed to take down flagship smartphones with their extremely low cost and powerful smartphones, the OnePlus 5 has joined the list of expensive devices but despite that, it deserves its spot on our list of best flagship smartphones of 2017 simply because of the price-performance ratio it offers. Despite having top of the line hardware such as Snapdragon 835 processor, 20-megapixel camera and a 5.5-inch 1080p display, the OnePlus 5 is still comparatively cheaper compared to most flagship android phones.
Samsung Galaxy S8
Samsung has long been ruling the top-tier flagship smartphone market with its multiple offerings every year and 2017 is no different as it launched three top-shelf Android smartphones. One of those entries is the Galaxy S8, continuing its long running Galaxy S family with amazing specifications and a phone that can easily last you for years to come. Priced at around $700 for the 64GB model, while the S8 isn’t exactly cheap but if you love what Samsung has offered in the past, there is no reason to not consider this as your next flagship purchase.
Xperia XZ Premium
While most flagship smartphones seem to be following each other, Sony’s Xperia lineup quietly sits in a corner doing its own thing and the results have been pretty impressive so far, making it a worthy contender on our best flagship smartphones of 2017 list. Most of the top-spec devices these days have a display resolution of 2960×1440, however, Xperia XZ Premium kicks things up a notch and includes a 4K display with 3840×2160 resolution. While there may not be enough 4K content available for phones, just the fact that you have option on your $550 phone speaks volumes. The display also offers HDR content which is a pretty big deal these days.
If LG G6 isn’t your thing, there is always the other LG flagship android phone, the LG V30. V30 basically does everything G6 is capable of but only better. Considering its $800 price tag, it also gives other devices a run for their money as it includes all the top specifications these days, a Snapdragon 835 processor, 4GB RAM, 64GB internal storage expandable through microSD card as well as IP68 dust and water resistance. It is also one of the best dual-lens camera smartphones with a 16MP sensor and a 13MP one for wider angles.
Google Pixel 2 XL
Building upon last year’s success of the Pixel family, Google once again launched two new similar handsets, with Pixel 2 XL leading the duo. While in terms of specifications, the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL are similar, we will consider the Pixel 2 XL here as one of the top contenders of our best flagship smartphone spot. With a DxOMark score of 94, the Pixel 2 XL also happens to have the best smartphone camera in the market, despite being single lens instead of dual-lens like most other flagship devices. The Pixel 2 XL is powered by the latest Snapdragon 835, has 4GB of RAM and costs $850 for the 64Gb model.
iPhone 8/8 Plus
Similar to Google Pixel 2 family, the Apple’s latest flagship smartphones, the iPhone 8 and 8 Plus aren’t very different from each other. Both smartphones feature Apple’s latest A11 bionic processor, surround speakers and fast charging. On top of fast charging support, Apple has also added wireless charging for the first time by making changes in the design, putting a glass back on both phones. The 3.5mm audio port still remains missing forcing you to use wireless headphones like last year’s iPhone 7 devices. Both of Apple’s flagship phones are available in 64GB and 256GB, starting at $700 for the 64GB iPhone 8.
Samsung Galaxy Note 8
After the disaster of Note 7, Samsung really needed to come up with something amazing to win back consumer trust and if you check out our review, you will see that they definitely did in the form of the amazing Galaxy Note 8 which sits at the top of our best flagship smartphones of 2017 list. While it may have mostly the same hardware as other flagship devices in the form of the Snapdragon 835 processor, a variety of other features makes it the best smartphone in the market right now. With a 6.3-inch display, the phablet is extremely fun to use with the included S-Pen. To make sure the smartphone can handle everything you throw at it, there is 6GB of RAM as well. While other flagship devices might be moving away from a 3.5mm port, Samsung still opts to include it in their top-tier $950 device which is a great thing. The Note 8 also has an amazing dual-lens camera with optical image stabilization on both lenses for amazing picture result.
So there you have it, our list of Top 10 Best Flagship Smartphones of 2017 which you can buy right now or keep an eye out to purchase during one of the big sales before the end of the year to either use for yourself or gift to someone.