Smartphones are the best invention humans ever experienced. With a screen on your palm, you can do almost anything. From paying bills to booking tickets for your world tour, music player, camera, navigator, video player, your assistant and what not.
The Smartphone industry is growing at very fast pace. Big giants like Apple, Samsung, LG and even the companies like Xiaomi, Moto etc. are investing millions of dollars on Research & development. Surprisingly, the R&D of all the companies are coming up with great results.
At this point of time, there is a phone for everyone. You don’t need to spend $700 or $800 for the best smartphone. You can buy the best smartphone in your budget. There is a phone for everyone.
I am going to add the best phone in each price range. From premium, phones to the budget-oriented phone, for every budget, for every user, there is a smartphone. Here are the best smartphones that you can buy right now in 2017.
If your budget is less than ₹20,000 ($300), you can see this list of best smartphone under ₹20,000 ($350)
Best Smartphones of 2017:
Samsung Galaxy S8 & S8 Plus
Just look at the phone. This is a most beautiful creation of Samsung. The Samsung Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8 Plus are the new flagship Android Smartphone in Samsung’s “Galaxy S” series. The design of S8 and S8 Plus is a thing which makes both the smartphones different from any other smartphone available in the market. Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus has almost No bezels. The spill of the screen from both the sides beautifully blends with the metal and glass. Samsung called it Infinity Display. Along with that, Samsung also introduces with Bixby, Samsung’s very own Assistant. It is almost like Google Now having its own intelligence. The fingerprint scanner is moved to back which is also responsible for smaller chin and big infinity display.
Know Everything about Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus
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Apple iPhone 7 Plus
Talking about premium smartphone and Apple is here. So, it was September 2016 when Apple launched it’s new iPhone 7 Plus. Like always, Apple launched it’s iPhone 7 Plus in an exaggerated event which starts with James in his car and ends up with Sia’s performance. During the event, Tim Cook & his team introduces with iPhone 7 Plus and every feature of iPhone 7 Plus is Now More efficient and better than the predecessor.
Talking about the Features, iPhone 7 Plus has 5.5 inches LED-backlit IPS LCD display, 3GB of RAM, Dual 12MP f/1.8 Primary camera, 7MP f/2.2 front-facing camera. iPhone 7 Plus powered by Apple A10 Fusion and Quad Core 2.23 GHz CPU. iPhone 7 Plus is IP67 certified which makes it Dust and Water Resistant. There is 2900mAh of the battery which is efficiently optimized with iOS 10. For Detailed Specifications, Visit GSMArena.
Highlighted feature of iPhone 7 Plus is the camera. The camera performance of iPhone 7 plus under Portrait mode is just unbelievable. The camera of iPhone 7 Plus can capture DSLR-quality photos even in low light.
iPhone 7 Plus comes in 3 variant i.e. 32GB, 128GB, and 256GB and in Silver, Black, Gold, Rose Gold, and stunning Jet Black.
Apple iPhone 7
Apple launched iPhone 7 in the same event. There are some differences in 7 Plus and 7. First, the big difference is of design. The changed design is because of the camera and the screen size. iPhone 7 has 4.7 inch IPS display. There is single 12MP f/1.8 Rear shooter and 7MP of a front-facing camera, which is same as iPhone 7 Plus. RAM of iPhone 7 is 2GB. iPhone 7 is powered by 1960mAh of the battery.
Apart from these, there are no differences between iPhone 7 Plus and iPhone 7. For detailed specs, Visit GSMArena.
Google Pixel & Pixel XL
Another Big phone 2016 gave is by Google. Google killed their Nexus series and now making phones designed by Google and manufactured by HTC with the name Pixel. Google launched their flagships without a great event like Apple always does. Google knows, their phone would make some noise. Maybe, Pixel doesn’t look appealing to you from outside but inside, it is a beast.
Pixel launched two variants, one is Pixel and another is Pixel XL. Take a quick look at the specs of Google Pixel. Pixel has 5″ AMOLED Display, Qualcomm MSM8996 Snapdragon 821 processor, Quad-core (2×2.15 GHz Kryo & 2×1.6 GHz Kryo) CPU, 4GB RAM. There are 12.3MP f/2.0 rear camera and 8MP of front facing camera. Pixel is powered by 2770mAh of the battery. Google Pixel is known for the best and smoothest Stock Android experience and runs on Android 7.1 and you would get regular Android updates. Pixel comes in 2 variant with 32GB and 128GB of Internal storage. Detailed specs
Pixel XL is a big brother and has some differences including 5.5″ AMOLED Display, 3450mAh battery. Rest of the specs are same as Pixel. Detailed Specs
The camera of Pixel phone is brilliantly amazing and deserves the Best phone Camera of the year.
Samsung Galaxy S7 & Galaxy S7 Edge
Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge. Okay. The moment I got my hands on this beautiful piece of tech, I felt the burst of endearment for this phone. S7 Edge is a beautiful device. The design, features, curved screen everything is so perfect about S7 Edge. I don’t like Samsung though, but Note 7 (Condolence) and S7 Edge forces me to give some attention to Samsung’s activities. There is no big difference in S7 and S7 Edge.
For formality, Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge has 5.5′ Super AMOLED Display with curved edge screen both side, Qualcomm MSM8996 Snapdragon 820, Exynos 8890 processor, Quad-core (2×2.15 GHz Kryo & 2×1.6 GHz Kryo), Octa-core (4×2.3 GHz Mongoose & 4×1.6 GHz Cortex-A53) CPU, 4GB RAM, 12MP f/1.7 Rear camera, 5MP Front Facing camera. S7 Edge comes in 2 variant of 32GB and 64GB internal storage, expandable up to 256GB using SDCard. The phone is powered by a 3600mAh battery.
The difference between S7 Edge and Galaxy S7 is 5.1′ Super AMOLED Display and 3000mAh battery in Galaxy S7. Rest of the specs are same.
One Plus constantly improving with every new phone. The year 2016 was pretty good for the One Plus and for One Plus Fans. One Plus actually launched 2 phones last year. One Plus 3 and One Plus 3T. Both the phones were super successful phones by OnePlus and due to its fluid performance, OnePlus managed to make a lot of OnePlus fans around the Globe. In 2017, OnePlus came with its another phone and that is OnePlus 5.
OnePlus 5 was launched on 23 June 2017 and from day one, many people blaming the OnePlus designers as the camera design of OnePlus 5 is very much similar to iPhone 7 Plus and Oppo R11. But it doesn’t make any difference.
OnePlus 5 is powered by 2.45GHz Snapdragon 835 Processor which is based on the 10nm chipset. That means phone would definitely be fast and power efficient when compared with OnePlus 3T. For graphics, OnePlus 5 has Adreno 540 GPU for the smooth graphic experience. It has 2 variants. One with 6GB RAM+64GB Storage and 8GB RAM+128GB storage. OnePlus 5 has its attraction at the back as OnePlus 5 comes with 16MP + 20MP dual cameras. The 20MP camera has a telephoto lens for lossless zoom in and for beautiful portrait photos. Know more about OnePlus 5 here.
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Honor 8 Pro
Honor 8 Pro is another Android Smartphone from Huawei. Huawei is not that good with the marketing (like OnePlus) in India and this is the reason Honor 8 Pro is not that popular name in the industry but the specs and the performance of the phone speaks a lot about the phone.
Honor 8 Pro comes with HiSilicon Kirin 960 Octa-core (4×2.4 GHz Cortex-A73 & 4×1.8 GHz Cortex-A53) Processor, 6 GB LPDDR4 RAM, 128GB Internal Storage which is expandable up to 256GB using SDCard, 5.7-Inches 2K Display, 12MP+12MP f/2.2 Dual Rear Camera with laser Auto-focus, 8MP front facing the camera. It also comes with a fingerprint sensor and bunch of other sensors.
The phone has powerful performance and in terms of camera, it is the best camera phone under ₹30,000. OnePlus 5 is a close option to Honor 8 Pro. You can take a closer look at the quick comparison of OnePlus 5 and Honor 8 Pro.
Best Buy: Amazon
Moto Z2 Play
Moto (Lenovo Owned) launched their modular phone in September 2016. The feature which made it different from others is Moto Mods. There are a couple of Moto Mods for each different purposes. If you want to add projector on your phone, just add up Projector Mod and it would project the phone’s screen on a wall. Thanks to magnets, which makes it easy to switch to different modes.
Moto Z2 Play comes with 5.5″ Full HD Display, Qualcomm Snapdragon 626 processor, Octa-core 2.2 GHz Cortex-A53 CPU, 3GB RAM, 32GB internal storage which can be expandable up to 256GB, 12MP f/1.7 rear camera and 5MP f/2.0 front-facing camera. The phone is powered by 3000mAh of the battery. Detailed Specs
You have to buy Moto Mods if you want to add up on your Moto Z Play.
Best Buy: Flipkart
Moto G5 Plus
Moto G5 Plus is the 5th generation smartphone of Moto G Series. The phone has metal unibody and looks stunning in hands. The phone has 5.2′ Full HD IPS Display, Snapdragon 625 Processor and comes in 2 variants, One with 3GB RAM and 16GB internal Storage and another one with 4GB RAM and 32GB internal storage which can be expandable up to 128GB using SDCard. Moto G5 Plus has a dual slim slot which allows you to insert 2 SIM along with SDCard. G5 Plus runs on Android N and also comes with Google Assistant.
Also Read: 20 Google Assistant Tricks That You Must Try
The camera of Moto G5 Plus is the feature which raised the level of Mid-Range Smartphones. The Rear Camera of Moto G5 Plus has 12MP f/1.7 aperture lens which gives you stunning shots in low light. The secondary camera has 5MP Wide Angle Lens for wider selfies. See Complete Specs of Moto G5 Plus
Moto G5 Plus is indeed a Best Smartphone you Can buy Right Now
Best Buy: Flipkart
Moto G5 is another option for those who love stock Android phones and have a budget of 12K. Moto G5 is the younger brother of Moto G5 Plus. Moto G5 has exactly the same design but has 5″ inch Full HD Display. There is also a camera difference between Moto G5 Plus and Moto G5. Read More about Moto G5.
Moto G5 is exclusively available on Amazon
Best Buy: Amazon
Xiaomi Redmi Note 4
After the huge success of Redmi 3S Prime, Xiaomi by adding another budget Oriented in their line up launched Redmi Note 4 in January 2017. Note 4 is the first phone of 2017 launched by Xiaomi.
Talking about specs, Note 4 has 5.5-inch full-HD (1080×1920 pixels) 2.5D curved glass display with 401ppi of pixel density. The phone would be packed in a premium metal body. The Redmi Note 4 is powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 Octa-Core Processor with A53 chipset based on 14nm FinFet technology which helps the Xiaomi in increasing the battery life of Note 4.
The Rear camera of the Redmi Note 4 is of 13 MP f/2.0 having CMOS camera sensor with Geo-tagging, touch focus, face/smile detection, HDR, panorama. For selfies, there would be 5 MP f/2.0 secondary camera with beauty mode. The Note 4 also has Dual SIM Hybrid slot which can support one micro SIM and one Nano SIM or one Micro with SD Card. The Storage of the Note 4 can expandable up to 128GB. The Note 4 has a massive powerhouse with 4100 mAh of battery.
Note 4 comes in 3 variants and available exclusively on Flipkart. The price for the basic variant (2GB RAM+32GB ROM) starts from ₹9,999.
Redmi 4 is a new weapon by Xiaomi to rule the under 10K category of Smartphone in India. Redmi 4 is beautiful looking budget smartphone by Xiaomi. The look of the phone is very much similar to Redmi Note 4 but internally there are some differences.
Redmi 4 comes in 3 variants that varies in terms of RAM and internal storage which starts from ₹6,999 for 2GB+16GB, ₹8,999 for 3GB+32GB, ₹10,999 for 64GB+4GB. All the variants run on Snapdragon 435 Processor and come in 2GB, 3GB & 4GB RAM variant as mentioned above. Redmi 4 has 5- inch 1280x720P HD Display. For camera job, Redmi 4 has 13MP and 5MP Camera with LED Flash. The good thing about Redmi 4 is that in spite the fact the price is very budget oriented especially for 2GB RAM variant, Xiaomi manage to give a Fingerprint sensor in all the variant. Another great thing is the battery as it comes with 4,100mAh battery which is massive in this price range.
The phone is packed in a metal body and comes in 2 colors that are Black and Gold. Redmi 4 is exclusively available on Amazon via Flash Sale. The first sale will start on 23rd May 2017 at 12 PM. Know More about Redmi 4.
Best Buy: Amazon
Seems like Xiaomi is all set to rule the under 15k category in India. First, it launched Redmi Note 4, which indeed a great device and Xiaomi also has a great smartphone in 7K which is Redmi 3S and now, Xiaomi launched another great smartphone for ₹6,000. Redmi 4A is another smartphone which Xiaomi launched in India especially for those who have very limited budget or wanted to update their grandparents or parents with a Smartphone.
Redmi 4A has Snapdragon 625 Octa-Core Processor, 2GB RAM, 16GB Internal Storage which can be expandable up to 128 GB using SDCard, 13MP Rear Camera, 5MP Front-Facing Camera. The phone also has LED flash at the back. Redmi 4A has 3120mAh battery which is good enough to power the 5′ inch 720P display. There is no fingerprint sensor which is quite obvious. Surprisingly, the performance of Redmi 4A is very impressive. It can easily handle the games like Nova 3, Asphalt 8. The price of Redmi 4A is ₹6,000 and It is available on Amazon and Mi Store via flash sale.
Apart from these phones, there are some other good phones which have good design and powerful performance. If you don’t want to buy Moto devices and have the budget of somewhere around ₹15,000-₹17,000, go for Samsung J7 Prime.
No doubt, 2016 gave us some of the amazing phones. The budget-oriented phones are also improving day by day. Now, almost all the budget oriented have a fingerprint scanner. Phones are getting more powerful, more compact and more beautiful.
The year 2017 going to be an amazing year for Smartphone industry and for Smartphone Fans. Nokia phones are coming with Android, Apple would definitely going to do something big on Apple iPhone’s 10th Anniversary. Samsung would come back with another Note series phone which would not blast anymore 😛
Til then, these all phones mentioned above would rule the Smartphone market and if you are looking for Smartphone, choose any of them which suits best in your budget. All are Best in their class. Best Buy Links have mentioned above with respective phones.
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