Upcoming or recent phones 2016:

BLU Energy X Plus 2

One of several high-power Energy BLU smartphones, the Energy X Plus 2 boasts a gigantic 4900mAh battery, consequently promising up to 720 hours of standby time and up to 72 hours of standard usage. It builds around its hulking battery with a bunch of mass-tier specs, including a 5.5-inch HD (1280 x 720) IPS curved-glass display, a 5-megapixel selfie camera with its own frontal LED flash, and a metallic housing. Also on board are an 8-megapixel primary camera (also with an LED flash), a 1.3GHz quad-core processor coupled with a 1GB RAM, and an 8GB internal memory expandable by up to 64GB.

BLU Studio G Plus HD

Joining BLU's unlocked entry-level Android roster in Q4 of 2016, the Studio G Plus HD sports a 5.5-inch HD (1280 x 720) Infinite View screen as well as front-and-back 5-megapixel cameras -- only the rear one has a flash. Among its hardware specs are a 2500mAh battery and a 1.3GHz MediaTek 6580 quad-core engine with 1GB of RAM as well as Mali-400 graphics. It comes with 8GB of storage expandable by up to 64GB and it has dual SIM card slots. Tying things together are its mirror-like front frame finish and smooth (according to BLU) battery cover.

Asus Zenfone 3 Deluxe 5.5

Standing at 5.5 inches, this toned-down version of the original Zenfone 3 Deluxe (5.7-inch) features a Snapdragon 625 2GHz eight-core processor coupled with 4GB of RAM, a damage-resistant Gorilla Glass 4 cover glass, and a 64GB internal memory expandable by up to 2TB. At the back, it sports a 16-megapixel UHD-video-capable primary camera decked out with high-class features like Asus's TriTech Autofocus and the OIS + EIS combo (optical and electronic image stabilization) as well as a fingerprint reader, while up front sits an 8-megapixel fixed-focus secondary camera. Additionally, it houses LTE Cat 6 connectivity (300Mbps peak data rate) in its all-metal shell. Despite its specs not being as swanky as the 5.7-inch model's, the Zenfone 3 Deluxe 5.5 owns a similar 3000mAh battery capacity aided by the Quick Charge 3.0 charging system (39 minutes of charging for 60% battery life).

Lenovo A6600

The 2016 A6600 is a pretty straight-forward low-caliber Android equipped with 16GB of expandable (32GB maximum) memory, an 8-megapixel rear-facing camera with an LED flash, and a 64-bit quad-core 1GHz MT6735p processor accompanied by a 1GB RAM. It also offers 4G LTE web browsing and supports the VoLTE technology promising to enhance overall call audio reception. Its less-appealing specs include a 2300mAh battery scoring no more than 348 minutes of calling time and a 2-megapixel frontal camera. It is offered in Matte Black and Matte White.

Ulefone U007 Pro

Simply put, the U007 Pro is a 4G-ready version of Ulefone's 2016 U007, which was limited to 3G web browsing only. It brings back most of the original model's entry-level specs, including the 5-inch HD screen protected by a Gorilla Glass 3 finish, the BOX sound chamber speaker, and the 8-megapixel camera interpolated to 13 megapixels. Joining the mix are an 8GB memory expandable by up to 64GB as well as a 2-megapixel secondary camera interpolated to 5 megapixels. Disturbingly, this Pro version's 2300mAh battery still only scores up to 200 hours of standby time.

Google Pixel

Not too long after Apple unveiled the iPhone 7, Google responded with the Pixel, a 5-inch FHD AMOLED Android (v7.1 Nougat preinstalled) boasting a 12.3-megapixel 4K-video dual-flash and dual-autofocus (phase-detection and laser) camera, a Snapdragon 821 quad-core 2.15GHz processor with 4GB of LPDDR4 RAM, and Daydream View compatibility -- for virtual reality games and applications.

The rest of its top-end specs include a Pixel Imprint sensor (Google's version of fingerprint identification), an LTE Cat 11 adapter reaching a staggering 600Mbps peak data rate, and 128GB/32GB of non-expandable storage. Additionally, it delivers a 3-microphone system, an 8-megapixel IMX179-sensor selfie camera, and a 2770mAh battery promising 7 hours of power after a mere 15-minute charge.

The Pixel's top-dog-type feature set is sandwiched by an anodized aluminum housing an a 2.5D Gorilla Glass 4 screen finish, with humorous colors, namely, Quite Black, Really Blue (limited edition), and Very Silver, tying everything together.

Lenovo A6600 Plus

The A6600 Plus is merely a version of Lenovo's low-end A6600 that comes with 2GB of RAM, instead of just 1GB. Apart from that, it mimics its base model's specifications, from the 16GB on-board memory down to the 8-megapixel rear-facing main camera. Additionally, it sports a similar Matte Black or Matte White finish, with 4G LTE connectivity, and a 1GHz 64-bit quad-core processor coming back as well. Sadly, though, this Plus variant also comes with a 2-megapixel-only fixed-focus sub-camera and a 2300mAh battery scoring only up to 348 minutes of calling time.

Google Pixel XL

Google itself takes a stab at a high-ranking 2016 Android phone in the form of the 5-inch Pixel and this 5.5-inch Pixel XL edition. This larger model touts a Quad-HD-1440p display with a 534ppi pixel density, a quad-core Snapdragon 821 2.15GHz (max clock speed) CPU aided by 4GB's worth of LPDDR4 RAM, and a 12.3-megapixel rear-facing camera spruced up by a 240fps HD slo-mo video-recording option, an Ultra HD maximum video-capture quality, and both phase- as well as laser-detection autofocus technologies.

The Pixel XL's high-grade specifications also include Google's Pixel Imprint fingerprint technology, a 2.5D Gorilla Glass 4 display finish, and Google Assistant, which incidentally made its debut through both Pixel models. Additionally, it comes with an up-to-600Mbps data rate (LTE Cat 11), an 8-megapixel IMX179-sensor selfie camera, and 128GB or 32GB of non-expandable memory. In charge of its power supply is a 3450mAh battery claiming to provide 7 more hours of usage after just 15 minutes of charging, with an aircraft-grade aluminum casing covering its upscale interior.

Just like its smaller sibling, the Pixel XL playfully takes a jab at the iPhone 7's Jet Black color option by calling its variants Quite Black, Very Silver, and Really Blue (limited edition).

Samsung Galaxy On8

Samsung's Galaxy On8 likely winds up on high-end shelves, with an eight-core 1.6GHz CPU, a 3GB RAM, and a 5.5-inch Full HD Super AMOLED display among its specs. It sports two f/1.9-aperture cameras, particularly, a 13-megapixel FHD-video rear-facing main cam and a 5-megapixel LED-flash-equipped selfie cam with gesture support. The On8 delivers the Ultra Power Saving Mode through a respectable 3300mAh battery, while a 16GB memory that can be expanded by up to 128GB takes charge of the storage front. Housing its feature set is a metal frame coupled with a brushed metal battery cover.

Coolpad Note 5

This 5.5-inch (Full HD resolution) model under Coolpad's high-end roster boasts an octa-core Snapdragon 617 1.5GHz processor, a massive 4GB RAM, and a robust 4010mAh Quick Charge 2.0 battery that generously-promises up to 1200 minutes of talk time, but apparently only lasts up to 200 hours on standby. The Note 5's other specs include a 13-megapixel 6-piece-lens FHD-video rear camera, an 8-megapixel selfie cam with an LED flash of its own, and a circular fingerprint reader coupled with a Dual Space system for keeping your work and personal profiles completely separate. Its features, which are joined by VoLTE and a 32GB internal memory, are housed inside a metal unibody, with a 2.5D-arched glass up front.

Xiaomi Mi 5S Plus

One of the choicest Xiaomi smartphones to come out in 2016, the Mi 5S Plus delivers a 2.35GHz four-core Snapdragon 821 engine and 6GB of RAM (the highest RAM capacity available in the mobile world when it came out), which support its advanced double 13-megapixel 4K-video-capable rear camera technology. Right above its 5.7-inch Full HD 550nit-bright screen is a 4-megapixel selfie camera with 2-micron pixels, while underneath its facade is a generous 128GB non-expandable memory. Its high-ranking specs also include a 3800mAh battery with Fast Charge 3.0, a circular fingerprint reader at the back, and two nano SIM card slots. Tying all its features together is the Android 6.0 Marshmallow platform, which it overlays with Xiaomi's own MIUI version 8.

Xiaomi Mi 5S

Xiaomi's Mi 5S winds up as an all-around high-end Android (with MIUI 8) in our book, with a 2.15GHz four-core Snapdragon 821 engine coupled with a 4GB RAM, a 5.15-inch Full HD 600nit-bright interface, and a 12-megapixel UHD-video-enabled primary camera among its specifications. Additionally, it comes with 128GB of internal memory (non-expandable), a 4-megapixel 2-micron-pixel front-facing camera, and standard (for a model in this class) fingerprint identification. This model also comes with a USB Type-C connector, NFC, and a 3200mAh battery with Xiaomi's Fast Charge 3.0 technology. It is available in four color variants: grey, gold, silver, and rose gold.

Ulefone U007

The Ulefone U007 is a 5-inch HD entry-level Android that offers a Gorilla-Glass-3-finished display, an 8-megapixel camera interpolated to 13 megapixels, and a matte-coated unibody. It runs on a 1.3GHz quad-core CPU aided by a 1GB LPDDR3 RAM and has 8GB of on-board memory, while a 2-megapixel secondary camera interpolated to 5 megapixels sits right above its screen. A BOX sound chamber promising high-quality audio is on board as well. Its relatively-modest specs are powered by a 2200mAh battery that lasts for only up to 200 hours on standby.

BLU Diva 3

BLU's Diva 3 is a basic phone that calls itself a solid gem, obviously because of its diamond-inspired casing with metallic paint and a sand-blasted middle frame. Its technical specs, however, consisting of a microSD card slot for up to 32GB of external memory, a 0.3-megapixel aka VGA camera with an LED flash, and a tiny 2.4-inch 240p display, don't make it significantly different from most other basic phones. This dual-SIM Diva model offers quad-band GSM connectivity and is powered by a 1000mAh battery.

Micromax Canvas 5 Lite

The Canvas 5 Lite, an entry-level variant of the high-caliber Canvas 5, delivers a bundle of old-fashioned specs accompanied by a 16GB expandable memory and 2GB of RAM. It touts an 8-megapixel HD-video camera at the back and a 5-inch HD (1280 x 720) display up front, with a 5-megapixel selfie cam sitting right above the latter. This 4G-ready, dual-SIM model is powered by a 2000mAh battery with highly-off-putting self-attributed scores, including a 180-minute-only 4G talk time (540 minutes on 2G).

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