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 in 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.
The listed phones priced at high-to-low.
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:
Apple iPhone X
Let’s begin with the most awaited smartphone of 2017. This year, Apple celebrates 10 Year Anniversary of iPhone and launched a special edition iPhone called iPhone X. Along with iPhone X, Apple also launched iPhone 8 & iPhone 8 Plus.
Talking about iPhone X, this 10th Anniversary iPhone has futuristic design having an edge to edge display (82.9% Screen to body Ratio) packed in a beautiful stainless steel body with 5.8-Inch Retina HD display having 1125 x 2436 resolution. iPhone X is now powered by A11 Bionic Chip which is way powerful than any other smartphone processor coupled with 3 Gigs of RAM and comes in 64GB & 256GB variant.
Apple is popular in setting trends in the industry and with every new iPhone, we witness something new, something innovative. This time with iPhone X, Apple introduces the all new FaceID. You will not find Fingerprint sensor and Home button on the new iPhone X. TouchID is now replaced by FaceID where your face is your password.
The dedicated Illuminator and Dot projector sensor on the top of the iPhone emits invisible light on your face that creates 30,000 points on your face which then transmits data to Neural Engine, a dedicated hardware to process 30,000 face points, for further processing. You just need to look at the phone to unlock the iPhone X. Along with that, iPhone X is now ready for Augmented Reality.
For Camera job, iPhone X has 12MP Wide Angle & Telephoto camera sensor with f/1.8 & f/2.8 aperture respectively. Moreover, there is a new software gimmick called Portrait Lightning where you can set the light on the face while capturing the portraits. And now, with iPhone X, you can capture portrait shots also with 7MP f/2.2 aperture front facing camera sensor.
This software gimmick does make the portrait look more professional but this is not something that adds any value to the phone. Any smartphone capable of capturing portrait mode can do that with some extra filter app. Anyhow, this feature is in beta mode but it will get the full version through a software update.
The price of the new iPhone X starts from $999 and you can buy the iPhone X after 3 November. More about iPhone X Availability here.
Samsung Galaxy Note 8
What happened with Note 7 was unpleasant for Samsung as well as for Samsung Note series fans. But Samsung takes that as a challenge and came back with the all-new Samsung Galaxy Note 8. This is my personal favorite Android phone right now on this planet Earth.
The design of the new Note 8 looks pretty much like Galaxy S8. Note 8 also comes with Edge to Edge infinity display having 6.3″ Super AMOLED display with a Quad HD+ resolution (2960 x 1440) with 18:9 Aspect Ratio. Galaxy Note 8 is now even more powerful and now runs on Exynos 8895 Chipset & in some countries, it comes with Snapdragon 835 Octa-Core processor coupled with 6GB RAM which comes in 64GB, 128GB & 256GB storage variant.
Along with that, the famous S Pen is now improved and have more options for usage. One of the best features of S Pen with Note 8 is the LIVE message. It creates an animated text with different color and font options which looks amazing.
Galaxy Note 8 also comes with Dual 12 MP Wide-Angle and Telephoto camera sensor having f/1.7 and f/2.4 aperture. For Selfies, Note 8 has 8MP f/1.7 aperture camera sensor. Galaxy Note 8 also got a software gimmick where you can change the depth effect of portrait shots even after capturing the photo. You can adjust depth field of the portrait accordingly after taking the shots.
The price for Galaxy Note 8 starts from $900 (₹67,900) and you can buy the Galaxy Note 8 from Amazon US.
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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
Best Buy: Flipkart
Apple iPhone 8 Plus
By looking at the iPhone 8 Plus, you will merely find any difference. The design of the iPhone 8 Plus is very much similar to its predecessor that is iPhone 7 Plus. iPhone 8 Plus now comes in New Glass and Aluminum Design. The difference lies inside on the circuit board.
Talking about inside the iPhone 8 Plus, iPhone 8 Plus has 5.5 inches Retina HD display having 1080 x 1920 resolution, 3GB of RAM & comes in 64GB & 256GB variant. Dual 12MP f/1.8 & f/2.8 camera sensor, 7MP f/2.2 front-facing camera. iPhone 8 Plus now powered by Apple A11 Bionic Chip. iPhone 7 Plus is IP67 certified which makes it Dust and Water Resistant.
Now, what makes the iPhone 8 Plus a next-generation iPhone are additional features like Wireless Charging and optimization for Augmented Reality. Apart from that, there is no massive difference between iPhone 8 Plus and its predecessor.
The price for iPhone 8 Plus starts from $799 (₹73,000).
Apple iPhone 8
As I mentioned above, there were 3 iPhones in the Septemeber Event. We know the 2 iPhones and the 3rd one is iPhone 8. Like iPhone 8 Plus, iPhone 8 also has same aesthetics like its predecessor. The new iPhone 8 now comes with Aluminium & Glass design. The difference lies inside the iPhone. Phone 8 has 4.7 inch IPS display having 750 x 1334 resolution. There are a single 12MP f/1.8 Rear shooter and 7MP f/2.2 front-facing camera. The new iPhone 8 now powered by A11 Bionic Chip which is the most powerful chip Apple ever made, coupled with 3 Gigs of RAM.
For the first time, Apple introduces wireless charging in iPhones and iPhone 8 is compatible wireless charging. Along with wireless charging, iPhone 8 is also calibrated for Augmented Reality.
The price for iPhone 8 starts from $699 (₹64,000) for 64GB Variant. Check more on Apple
Google Pixel 2 & Pixel 2 XL
For all those Stock Android fans out there, Google launched Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL with better specs, camera but not the design. Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL are the flagship smartphones by Google and like previous Pixel phones, this new generation Pixel phones came up with some really great Android experience.
Pixel 2 comes in a smaller package that runs on Snapdragon 835 Octa-core processor coupled with 4GB RAM & comes in 64GB & 128GB storage variant. Pixel 2 has beautiful 5 inch AMOLED display with 1080 x 1920 resolution. Difference between Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL lies only in the screen size. While Pixel 2 comes in the 5-Inch display, Pixel 2 XL comes with 6-inches P-OLED display with 1440 x 2880 resolution. Under the hood, there is no difference in both the phones.
Last year, Pixel has the best ever smartphone camera and Google is carrying forward the legacy this year also. Both Pixel 2 and Pixel XL 2 comes with 12.2 MP, f/1.8 camera sensor with Optical Image Stabilization & Dual LED Flash. Now you may notice the bold step taken by Google to not adding dual camera setup while other flagships like Note 8, iPhone 8 Plus, iPhone X already has the dual camera setup. For a manufacturer, it is easy to convince the customer by showing the actual hardware (dual cameras) instead of convincing them through technical aspects (DxOMark).
While other smartphones took portrait shots from Dual Cameras, Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL is capable enough to take portrait shots with just the single 12MP camera sensor. All thanks to the camera software and the camera optimization by Google’s engineers. While iPhone 8 Plus and Note 8 has the DxOMark of 94, Pixel 2 scored the DxOMark of 98 which is highest DxOMark score ever for a smartphone camera.
With that, you can indeed capture some of the greatest pictures right from your Pixel 2 phone.
Apart from Camera, there are a lot of software gimmicks for the new Pixel 2 phone. One of my favorites is indeed the Google Lens where your Pixel 2 will recognize the places, objects, language from the camera itself. Another one is the song recognition where your Pixel 2 will automatically show you the name of the song playing around you. For an pure Android experience, there is nothing better than the Pixel 2. Go here to know more about Pixel 2.
Buy Pixel 2: Flipkart
One Plus is constantly improving with every new OnePlus 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 were 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 graphics 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. With OnePlus 5, you will get the power of flagship phone in a middle range price. Know more about OnePlus 5 here.
Best Buy: Amazon
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 G5s Plus
Moto G5s Plus is the latest smartphone of Moto G Series. The phone has metal unibody and looks stunning in hands. The phone has 5.5′ Full HD (1080×1920) IPS Display, Snapdragon 625 Octa-Processor coupled with 4GB RAM and 64GB internal storage which can be expandable up to 128GB using SDCard. Moto G5 Plus has a dual sim slot (4G+4G) which allows you to insert 2 SIM along with SDCard. G5 Plus runs on Android N and Android O update is also been expected from Moto.
Also Read: 20 Google Assistant Tricks That You Must Try
The new 5th Generation Moto G smartphone now comes with Dual (13MP+13MP) Rear Camera & 8MP front-facing camera with front flash.
Moto G5 Plus is indeed a Best Smartphone you Can buy Right Now
Best Buy: Amazon
Mi A1 is probably the best smartphone under ₹15,000. Period. Why? Let’s find out. Do you remember Google’s initiative called Android One where Google aims at connecting billion people to the internet via affordable smartphones? Before Mi A1, there were fail Android One phones but now, Google joins hands with Xiaomi as their OEM and the results are superb. The product came after Google’s & Xiaomi’s collaboration is Mi A1.
Mi A1 is built by Xiaomi and has Pure Stock Android. Mi A1 is a budget Android Smartphone having Unibody metal design with 5.5-inch LTPS FHD (1920 x 1080) display and runs on 2.0 GHz Snapdragon 625 octa-core processor coupled with 4Gigs of RAM. The Mi A1 has 64GB internal storage which is pretty impressive and you can expand the storage up to 128GB using SDCard.
Following the trend of Dual cameras, this Mi A1 also came in the race thus hold Dual 12MP f/2.2 Wide-Angle Camera and 12MP f/2.6 Telephoto camera lens. Yes, you can capture portrait shots from Mi A1. For selfies, there is a 5MP front-facing camera with 36 Smart Beauty profile. You can read more about Mi A1 here.
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.
No doubt, 2017 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 and the trend of Dual cameras is on the way. Phones are getting more powerful, more compact and more beautiful.
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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