Monday, 25 December 2017

Top 5 Android Smartphones of 2017


There were a lot of phones released over the course of this year, from different manufacturers, with different styles, different price ranges and different features. The smartphones' growing processing power like 6GB RAM, 2TB storage (expandable though), hecta-core processors and more too are turning them into virtual powerhouses. Alongside, while you may still be using a Full HD television at home, the screen resolution on top tier smartphones has been moved to 2K, and in some cases, even 4K. The camera quality has also improved massively, and is steadily progressing with each new smartphone

So, here is the list of top 5 android smartphones to buy in India, in 2017.


1.) Samsung Galaxy S8 Plus





At the top of the list, we have Samsung Galaxy S8 Plus. Samsung has done a lot for Android, and this year it has the best Android phone so far. The number of features Samsung is giving in the S8 Plus is mind boggling. It features a beautiful design, stunning display and an excellent camera. S8 plus is powered by Exynos 8895 chip that has an octa-core CPU (4 cores x 2.3 GHz plus 4 cores x 1.7 GHz) and Mali G71 GPU.  With 12MP rear camera and an 8MP front camera, it's by far one of the best Android phones available in the market and ticks all the right boxes.

The Samsung S8 is available in three colours in India -— Blue, Gold and Black. It comes in 2 variant : 4GB RAM, 64GB memory (expandable up to 256GB via a microSD card) .


Specifications:




DISPLAY
Type
Super AMOLED capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors
Size
6.2 inches, 98.3 cm2 (~84.0% screen-to-body ratio)
Resolution
1440 x 2960 pixels, 18.5:9 ratio (~529 ppi density)
Multitouch
Yes
Protection
Corning Gorilla Glass 5
- HDR10 compliant
- 3D Touch (home button only)
- Always-on display


PLATFORM
OS
Android 7.0 (Nougat)
Chipset
Exynos 8895 Octa - EMEA
Qualcomm MSM8998 Snapdragon 835 - USA & China
CPU
Octa-core (4x2.3 GHz & 4x1.7 GHz) - EMEA
Octa-core (4x2.35 GHz Kryo & 4x1.9 GHz Kryo) - USA & China
GPU
Mali-G71 MP20 - EMEA
Adreno 540 - USA & China
MEMORY
Card slot
microSD, up to 256 GB (uses SIM 2 slot) - dual SIM model only
Internal
128 GB, 6 GB RAM or 64 GB, 4 GB RAM
CAMERA
Primary
12 MP (f/1.7, 26mm, 1/2.5", 1.4 µm, Dual Pixel PDAF), phase detection autofocus, OIS, LED flash, 
Features
Geo-tagging, simultaneous 4K video and 9MP image recording, touch focus, face/smile detection, Auto HDR, panorama
Video
2160p@30fps, 1080p@60fps, 720p@240fps, HDR, dual-video rec., 
Secondary
8 MP (f/1.7, 25mm, 1/3.6", 1.22 µm), autofocus, 1440p@30fps, dual video call, Auto HDR
SOUND
Alert types
Vibration; MP3, WAV ringtones
Loudspeaker
Yes
3.5mm jack
Yes
- 32-bit/384kHz audio
- Active noise cancellation with dedicated mic
COMMS
WLAN
Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, dual-band, Wi-Fi Direct, hotspot
Bluetooth
5.0, A2DP, LE, aptX
GPS
Yes, with A-GPS, GLONASS, BDS, GALILEO
NFC
Yes
Radio
No
USB
3.1, Type-C 1.0 reversible connector
FEATURES
Sensors
Iris scanner, fingerprint (rear-mounted), accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass, barometer, heart rate, SpO2
Messaging
SMS(threaded view), MMS, Email, Push Mail, IM
Browser
HTML5
Java
No
- Samsung DeX (desktop experience support)
- Fast battery charging (Quick Charge 2.0)
- Qi/PMA wireless charging (market dependent)
- ANT+ support
- Bixby natural language commands and dictation
- MP4/DivX/XviD/H.265 player
- MP3/WAV/eAAC+/FLAC player
- Photo/video editor
- Document editor

BATTERY
Non-removable Li-Ion 3500 mAh battery

2.) One Plus 5





OnePlus 5 is one of the best smartphones we have come across this year. It delivers flagship-level specifications at a mid-range price like we saw with the OnePlus 3T and the OnePlus 3. The UI is close to stock android, that gives you buttery smooth experience.
With elegant design, this smartphone features 5.5 inch full HD display, Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 processor, 6/8GB RAM, 64/128GB storage, 16+20MP rear camera, 16MP front-facing camera and a 3300mAh battery. It doesn't has the best camera, but it does the job very well.  

Specifications:

LAUNCH
Announced
2017, June. Released 2017, June
Status
Discontinued
BODY
Dimensions
154.2 x 74.1 x 7.3 mm (6.07 x 2.92 x 0.29 in)
Weight
153 g (5.40 oz)
Build
Front glass, aluminum frame & back
SIM
Dual SIM (Nano-SIM, dual stand-by)
DISPLAY
Type
Optic AMOLED capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors
Size
5.5 inches, 83.4 cm2 (~73.0% screen-to-body ratio)
Resolution
1080 x 1920 pixels, 16:9 ratio (~401 ppi density)
Multitouch
Yes
Protection
Corning Gorilla Glass 5
- Oxygen OS 4.5.10
PLATFORM
OS
Android 7.1.1 (Nougat)
Chipset
Qualcomm MSM8998 Snapdragon 835
CPU
Octa-core (4x2.45 GHz Kryo & 4x1.9 GHz Kryo)
GPU
Adreno 540
MEMORY
Card slot
No
Internal
128 GB, 8 GB RAM or 64 GB, 6 GB RAM
CAMERA
Primary
Dual: 16 MP (f/1.7, 24mm, 1/2.8", 1.12 µm, gyro EIS) + 20 MP (f/2.6, 36mm, 1/2.8", 1 µm) phase detection autofocus, 1.6x optical zoom, dual-LED flash
Features
Geo-tagging, touch focus, face detection, HDR, panorama
Video
2160p@30fps, 1080p@30/60fps, 720p@30/120fps
Secondary
16 MP (f/2.0, 20mm, 1.0 µm), gyro EIS, 1080p, Auto HDR
SOUND
Alert types
Vibration; MP3, WAV ringtones
Loudspeaker
Yes
3.5mm jack
Yes
- Active noise cancellation with dedicated mic
- Dirac HD sound
COMMS
WLAN
Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, Wi-Fi Direct, DLNA, hotspot
Bluetooth
5.0, A2DP, LE, aptX HD
GPS
Yes, with A-GPS, GLONASS, BDS, GALILEO
NFC
Yes
Radio
No
USB
2.0, Type-C 1.0 reversible connector
FEATURES
Sensors
Fingerprint (front-mounted), accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass
Messaging
SMS (threaded view), MMS, Email, IM, Push Email
Browser
HTML5
Java
No
- Fast battery charging (Dash Charge)
- DivX/Xvid/MP4/H.265 player
- MP3/eAAC+/WMA/WAV/FLAC player
- Document viewer
- Photo/video editor
BATTERY
Non-removable Li-Po 3300 mAh battery
MISC
Colors
Midnight Black, Slate Gray



3.) One Plus 5T






One Plus 5T was released in November, 2017. It runs on Android 7.1.1 Nougat, the handset supports a 6.01-inch full HD+ (1080x2160 pixels) Optic Amoled display with a pixel density of 401ppi and 2.5D Corning Gorilla Glass 5 protection. This device is also the first one to receive Android Oreo update. It is powered by 2.45GHz octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 processor and it comes with 6GB of RAM. The phone has 64GB of internal storage that is not expanded. As far as the cameras are concerned, the OnePlus 5T features 20-megapixel primary camera on the rear and a 16-megapixel front shooter for selfies.

It is also packed with all type of sensors like Compass Magnetometer, Proximity sensor, Accelerometer, Ambient light sensor and Gyroscope.


Specifications:


LAUNCH
Announced
2017, November
Status
Available. Released 2017, November
BODY
Dimensions
156.1 x 75 x 7.3 mm (6.15 x 2.95 x 0.29 in)
Weight
162 g (5.71 oz)
Build
Front glass, aluminum frame, back
SIM
Dual SIM (Nano-SIM, dual stand-by)
DISPLAY
Type
Optic AMOLED capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors
Size
6.01 inches, 93.7 cm2 (~80.0% screen-to-body ratio)
Resolution
1080 x 2160 pixels, 18:9 ratio (~401 ppi density)
Multitouch
Yes
Protection
Corning Gorilla Glass 5
- DCI-P3
- Oxygen OS 4.7
PLATFORM
OS
Android 7.1.1 (Nougat)
Chipset
Qualcomm MSM8998 Snapdragon 835
CPU
Octa-core (4x2.45 GHz Kryo & 4x1.9 GHz Kryo)
GPU
Adreno 540
MEMORY
Card slot
No
Internal
128 GB, 8 GB RAM or 64 GB, 6 GB RAM
CAMERA
Primary
Dual: 16 MP (f/1.7, 27mm, 1/2.8", 1.12 µm, gyro EIS) + 20 MP (f/1.7, 27mm, 1/2.8", 1 µm), phase detection autofocus, dual-LED flash
Features
Geo-tagging, touch focus, face detection, HDR, panorama
Video
2160p@30fps, 1080p@30/60fps, 720p@30/120fps
Secondary
16 MP (f/2.0, 20mm, 1.0 µm), gyro EIS, Auto HDR, 1080p
SOUND
Alert types
Vibration; MP3, WAV ringtones
Loudspeaker
Yes
3.5mm jack
Yes
- Active noise cancellation with dedicated mic
- Dirac HD sound
COMMS
WLAN
Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, dual-band, WiFi Direct, DLNA, hotspot
Bluetooth
5.0, A2DP, LE, aptX HD
GPS
Yes, with A-GPS, GLONASS, BDS, GALILEO
NFC
Yes
Radio
No
USB
2.0, Type-C 1.0 reversible connector
FEATURES
Sensors
Fingerprint (rear-mounted), accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass
Messaging
SMS (threaded view), MMS, Email, IM, Push Email
Browser
HTML5
Java
No
- Fast battery charging 5V 4A 20W (Dash Charge)
- DivX/Xvid/MP4/H.265 player
- MP3/eAAC+/WMA/WAV/FLAC player
- Document viewer
- Photo/video editor
BATTERY
Non-removable Li-Po 3300 mAh battery
MISC
Colors
Midnight Black, Lava Red (China only)






4.) Xiaomi Redmi 4




This smartphone was released in May, 2017. Xiaomi redmi 4 is one of the best smartphones launched this year. It features  metallic body with 5-inch HD display of 720x1280 pixel resolution and runs on Android 6.0.1. The 2.5D curved glass design helps improve the overall appearance of the smartphone. It is powered by 1.4GHz octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 435 processor and 4,100mAh battery, which will easily last more than a day. The device has a 13MP rear camera with LED flash and a 5MP front-facing shooter for selfies.The camera app has simple user interface which has number of shooting modes such as Panorama, Manual, Tilt-shift and more. The Xiaomi Redmi 4 is a dual SIM (GSM and GSM) smartphone that accepts Micro-SIM and Nano-SIM. Connectivity options include Wi-Fi, GPS, Bluetooth, Infrared, USB OTG, FM, 3G and 4G . It has all the required Sensors which include Compass Magnetometer, Proximity sensor, Accelerometer, Ambient light sensor and Gyroscope. Overall it is a feature-packed budget smartphone.


Specifications:

LAUNCH
Announced
2017, May
Status
Available. Released 2017, May
BODY
Dimensions
139.2 x 70 x 8.7 mm (5.48 x 2.76 x 0.34 in)
Weight
150 g (5.29 oz)
Build
Front glass, aluminum body
SIM
Hybrid Dual SIM (Nano-SIM/ Micro-SIM, dual stand-by)
DISPLAY
Type
IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors
Size
5.0 inches, 68.9 cm2 (~70.7% screen-to-body ratio)
Resolution
720 x 1280 pixels, 16:9 ratio (~294 ppi density)
Multitouch
Yes
Protection
Corning Gorilla Glass (unspecified version)
- MIUI 8.0, 9.1
PLATFORM
OS
Android 6.0.1 (Marshmallow), upgradable to 7.1.2 (Nougat)
Chipset
Qualcomm MSM8940 Snapdragon 435
CPU
Octa-core 1.4 GHz Cortex-A53
GPU
Adreno 505
MEMORY
Card slot
microSD, up to 128 GB (uses SIM 2 slot)
Internal
64 GB, 4 GB RAM or 32 GB, 3 GB RAM or 16 GB, 2 GB RAM
CAMERA
Primary
13 MP, f/2.0, phase detection autofocus, LED flash
Features
Geo-tagging, touch focus, face/smile detection, HDR, panorama
Video
1080p@30fps
Secondary
5 MP, f/2.2, 1080p
SOUND
Alert types
Vibration; MP3, WAV ringtones
Loudspeaker
Yes
3.5mm jack
Yes
- Active noise cancellation with dedicated mic
COMMS
WLAN
Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Wi-Fi Direct, hotspot
Bluetooth
4.2, A2DP, LE
GPS
Yes, with A-GPS, GLONASS, BDS
Infrared port
Yes
Radio
FM radio
USB
microUSB 2.0
FEATURES
Sensors
Fingerprint (rear-mounted), accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass
Messaging
SMS(threaded view), MMS, Email, Push Mail, IM
Browser
HTML5
Java
No
- DivX/Xvid/MP4/H.265 player
- MP3/WAV/eAAC+/FLAC player
- Photo/video editor
- Document viewer
BATTERY
Non-removable Li-Po 4100 mAh battery
Stand-by
Up to 432 h (3G)
Talk time
Up to 36 h (3G)
Music play
Up to 87 h

MISC
Colors
Black, Gold



5.) Google Pixel 2



Google Pixel 2 smartphone was launched in November 2017 and comes with Android Oreo, out of the box. It features a 5-inch touchscreen display with a resolution of 1080 pixels by 1920 pixels. Pixel 2 is powered by 1.9GHz octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 processor and  comes with 4GB of RAM. The phone has 64GB of internal storage is not expandable. This smartphone packs a 12.2-megapixel primary camera on the rear and a 8-megapixel front shooter for selfies. Sensors on the phone include Compass Magnetometer, Proximity sensor, Accelerometer, Ambient light sensor, Gyroscope and Barometer. It has the best smartphone-camera.


Specifications:


LAUNCH
Announced
2017, October
Status
Available. Released 2017, October
BODY
Dimensions
145.7 x 69.7 x 7.8 mm (5.74 x 2.74 x 0.31 in)
Weight
143 g (5.04 oz)
Build
Front glass, aluminum body, partial glass back
SIM
Nano-SIM card & eSIM
- IP67 certified - dust and water resistant
- Water resistant up to 1 meter and 30 minutes
DISPLAY
Type
AMOLED capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors
Size
5.0 inches, 68.9 cm2 (~67.9% screen-to-body ratio)
Resolution
1080 x 1920 pixels, 16:9 ratio (~441 ppi density)
Multitouch
Yes
Protection
Corning Gorilla Glass 5
- Always-on display
- 95% DCI-P3 coverage
PLATFORM
OS
Android 8.0
Chipset
Qualcomm MSM8998 Snapdragon 835
CPU
Octa-core (4x2.35 GHz Kryo & 4x1.9 GHz Kryo)
GPU
Adreno 540
MEMORY
Card slot
No
Internal
64/128 GB, 4 GB RAM
CAMERA
Primary
12.2 MP (f/1.8, 27mm, 1/2.6", 1.4 µm, Dual Pixel PDAF), OIS, phase detection & laser autofocus, dual-LED flash
Features
Geo-tagging, touch focus, face detection, HDR, panorama
Video
2160p@30fps, 1080p@30/60/120fps, 720p@240fps
Secondary
8 MP (f/2.4, 27mm, 1/3.2", 1.4 µm), 1080p
SOUND
Alert types
Vibration; MP3, WAV ringtones
Loudspeaker
Yes, with stereo speakers
3.5mm jack
No
- Active noise cancellation with dedicated mic
- Type-C to 3.5 mm headphone jack adapter
COMMS
WLAN
Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, dual-band, Wi-Fi Direct, DLNA, hotspot
Bluetooth
5.0, A2DP, LE, aptX HD
GPS
Yes, with A-GPS, GLONASS, BDS, GALILEO
NFC
Yes
Radio
No
USB
3.1, Type-C 1.0 reversible connector (PowerDelivery 2.0)
FEATURES
Sensors
Fingerprint (rear-mounted), accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass, barometer
Messaging
SMS(threaded view), MMS, Email, Push Mail, IM
Browser
HTML5
Java
No
- Fast battery charging (capped at 10.5 W)
- MP4/H.264 player
- MP3/WAV/eAAC+ player
- Photo/video editor
- Document editor
BATTERY
Non-removable Li-Ion 2700 mAh battery


So, these were the top 5 smartphones which you can buy in India, in 2017. Did I missed any of them in this list? Comment below !!