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If a perfect Android experience is all you want, these phones might be your best bet
So far, 2017 has been an amazing year for smartphone enthusiasts. From devices like the dual-display toting HTC U Ultra to the sleek and majestic Samsung Galaxy S8, weve seen them all. The beauty of Android smartphones is that theyre all so very different, yet at the core of each device, resides the same framework to makes things happen.
So if youre in the market looking for a phone that deserves the title of being your next Android smartphone, weve some good news for you. At present, the Android smartphone market is filled with enticing devices to choose from. On the downside however, youd also realise that such compelling options often leave us spoilt for choice. Nonetheless, here are the best Android smartphones available in the market as of now.
How can a list of the best Android smartphones begin without the mention of the latest Samsung flagships? With the Galaxy S8 and S8+, Samsung has tried to push the boundaries, quite literally, given the new devices hardly feature any bezels around the screen. if you can get past the eye-catching metal and glass design of the S8 duo, youd get to know that both these devices also pack a punch when it comes to raw power. An Exynos 8895 SoC (Or Snapdragon 835 in the US variant), 4GB RAM, large QHD+ Super AMOLED displays, excellent 12MP and 8MP cameras on the rear and front respectively, wireless charging you name it, and the Galaxy S8 and S8+ have it.
Related read: Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8+ first impressions
OnePlus seems to have hit the bulls eye with the 3T. Featuring a powerful Snapdragon 821 processor, 6GB of RAM and a 5.5-inch full HD Optic AMOLED display, the 3T also offers a near stock Android experience with its Oxygen OS. The animations are fluid, the fingerprint scanner is fast, and the addition of the alert slider adds an extra layer of ease of use for the consumers. All this in a package that costs almost half of what other major flagships are priced at.
Related read: OnePlus 3T review
The U Ultra from HTC seems like another interesting device, provided you can look past a few quirks. The extremely shiny glass back of the smartphone is a characteristic trait of the U Ultra, and makes it quite appealing to the eye. While the U Ultra might not feature dual cameras, it does come with dual displays, the second one residing beside the front camera and providing an area for shortcuts and notifications. Under the hood, the device is powered by a Snapdragon 821 SoC and 4GB of RAM. You get a large 5.7-inch screen and a 3,000mAh battery but theres no headphone jack.
Related read: HTC U Ultra review
If a secondary ticker display is what you want, the LG V20 should be at the top of your list. It packs a Snapdragon 820 processor, 4GB of RAM and a 3,200mAh battery. Furthermore, the phone also features dual 16MP + 8MP cameras at the back, that can be used to take some exhilarating wide angle shots. The V20 also bets big on audio, as it flaunts features such as Hi-Fi sound recording as well as a Quad-DAC for some oomph in the audio output via the headphone jack.
Related read: LG V20 review
If youre on a tight budget but want a powerful smartphone with a stellar battery life, the Redmi Note 4 seems like the obvious choice. Despite being as affordable as it is, the Redmi Note 4 comes stacked with a Snapdragon 625 SoC, up to 4GB of RAM and up to 64GB of expandable storage, all within a beautiful metal unibody design which now also comes in a matte black hue.
Related read: Xiaomi Redmi Note 4 review
Another affordable smartphone that features a lot of metal in its exterior. The G5 Plus should be your go-to device if you want an amazing 12MP rear camera, as well as a fluid, streamlined software experience which should get future updates faster than most smartphones in its price segment. At the heart of the G5 Plus reside a Snapdragon 625 SoC, up to 4GB of RAM and up to 32GB of internal storage.
Related read: Moto G5 Plus review
If you want to experience Android as Google meant it to be, then you must use a phone that runs pure vanilla Android. And what better for this than Googles own Pixel and Pixel XL smartphones. Both devices come with AMOLED displays, Snapdragon 821 processors, and 4GB of RAM. Theyll also be first in line to get future software updates as and when Google issues the same. Another highlight of the Pixel devices is the 12.3MP primary camera that is regarded by many as the best smartphone camera on offer.
Related read: Google Pixel XL review
With the release of the Galaxy S8 and S8+, the last-gen Galaxy S7 and S7 edge are expected to get big price cuts, making them sweeter deals than before. Dont get us wrong, the S7 duo packs in decent hardware, including an Exynos 8890 SoC, 4GB of RAM and one of the best rear cameras on a smartphone. Not to mention the inclusion of IP68 dust and water resistance, beautiful Super AMOLED displays, as well as expandable storage.
The OPPO F3 Plus takes selfies to a whole new level with its dual 16MP + 8MP front cameras. Even the 16MP snapper at the back of the phone is bound to impress many. But the camera isnt the only plus point of the F3 Plus. The phone comes with a Snapdragon 653 SoC, 4GB of RAM and a massive 6-inch full HD display fitted inside a metal body with extremely thin bezels on the sides. The beefy 4,000mAh battery of the F3 Plus adds a further dimension to an already exciting device.
Related read: OPPO F3 Plus
With the G6, LG has undone and redone quite a few things it did with the G5. For starters, the modular Friend accessories are no more, as they make way for a premium unibody metal design. This also means that the battery is no longer user replaceable. On the flip side, the G5 sports extremely narrow bezels around its 5.7-inch display that comes with a 2:1 aspect ratio. In a nutshell, if the looks of the phone matter to you, the G6 would not disappoint you one bit. Powering the device is a Snapdragon 821 SoC, aided by 4GB of RAM. The dual camera setup on the back is much more refined and now comes with two 16MP sensors for better snaps.
Related read: LG G6 first impressions
There it is then. The best Android phones of 2017 so far are pretty much summed up in the list above. Which is your favourite pick out of the lot? Or do you have one thats not on the list? Let us know in the comment section below.
Over the past few years, smartphones have grown even more powerful and offer enticing features, all inside a sleek eye-catching design. But one thing that took a nosedive due to these advancements is the battery life. The battery of a smartphone is probably the one thing that has advanced at a much slower rate than other hardware. But, better late than never. With brands pushing beefier batteries even inside slim phones, were finally seeing some worthy long-lasting devices. The fact that other hardware like processors and cameras have become highly efficient adds to the cause.
So if youre in the market looking for a battery-centric phone that doesnt burn a hole through your pocket, youre at the right place. Here are the top five smartphones with powerful batteries, all priced below Rs 15,000.
With the kind of popularity enjoyed by its predecessor, the recently unveiled Xiaomi Redmi Note 4 has some big shoes to fill. The Redmi Note 4 certainly seems promising in that respect as it not only improves the design and shooting capabilities of the Redmi Note 3 (read: Xiaomi Redmi Note 4 vs Redmi Note 3), but also takes a big step forward in terms of battery life. The shift to the highly-efficient Snapdragon 625 SoC means that the massive 4,100mAh battery lasts way longer than the 4,050mAh battery of the Redmi Note 3. The phone is no slouch when it comes to performance either, as it can run almost anything you throw at it without breaking a sweat. With up to 4GB of RAM, 64GB of storage, and a beautiful 5.5-inch full HD display, the Redmi Note 4 comes across as an attractive, all-round package.
Related read: Xiaomi Redmi Note 4 review
The recent price cuts to the Lenovo Z2 Plus mean that the most affordable Snapdragon 820 device is now lighter on your pocket. Fuelled by a 3,500mAh battery, the 5-incher uses the next-gen USB Type-C port for charging and data transfer. Whats more is that the device comes with support for Quick Charge 3.0, resulting in faster charging times. The handset is available in 3GB RAM / 32GB storage and 4GB RAM / 64GB storage variants. All said and done, the Lenovo Z2 Plus strikes a balance between battery life and performance.
Related read: Lenovo Z2 Plus review
One of the latest devices in the segment, the Coolpad Cool1 Dual is a smartphone to look out for. Not only does it come with a beefy 4,000mAh battery with fast charging support, but also with a future-proof USB Type-C port that is slowly becoming the norm. Powering the phone is the octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 652 processor, aided by 4GB of RAM and an Adreno 510 GPU. The major highlight of the device are its 13MP dual cameras at the back, something not every phone can boast about in this segment.
Related read: Coolpad Cool1 Dual first impressions
The launch of Lenovo K6 Note in December marked the release of the third device in the series in under 12 months after the brand showcased the VIBE K4 Note back in January last year. Inside the beautiful metal unibody design of the smartphone resides a non-removable 4,000mAh battery that is built to last long. Other hardware specifications of the device include a 5.5-inch full HD display, a Snapdragon 430 SoC, and up to 4GB of RAM. The optics department is taken care of by a 16MP / 8MP camera combo on the rear and front respectively. As you might have guessed till now, the K6 Note is an ideal budget device for heavy users.
Related read: Lenovo K6 Note review
If you think these 4,000mAh battery-toting smartphones wont cut for you, then heres a phone that sports a massive 5,000mAh battery as well as a USB Type-C port. Priced at Rs 11,999, the ZTE nubia N1 comes with all the things one would want in a smartphone its price an octa-core MediaTek MT6755 SoC, 3GB of RAM, a 5.5-inch full HD display, and 13MP rear and front cameras. To top it off, it has a huge battery backup that can keep it going on for long hours without needing to recharge something which instantly sets it apart from the competition. Last but not the least, the device features a metal body made from aircraft-grade aluminium.
Related read: nubia N1 review
The P2 is yet another Lenovo device that comes with a brilliant battery life, although it fails to make our list because of its price tag of Rs 16,999. For the price, you get a mammoth 5,100mAh battery with fast charging support. Additions like the energy-efficient Snapdragon 625 processor, and a 5.5-inch Super AMOLED display extend its runtime even further.
Related read: Lenovo P2 review