For the first time ever, smartphones outsold regular phones in mid-2013, and consumers flock to the most popular models, such as the iPhone and the latest Samsung Galaxy S versions, but are they necessarily the best smartphones? According to the reviews we monitor, not exactly, and this list aims to guiding you towards the best smartphones in a scientific way: By averaging and compiling smartphone review scores.
So, here are the best smartphone models overall, according to our ranking system:
It comes with Motorola's Mobile Computing System: a 2.2GHz Snapdragon 820 four-core CPU, a 4GB LPDDR4 RAM, a pair of Contextual Computing and Natural Language processors, and Adreno 530 graphics. In charge of storage is either a 64GB or a 32GB UFS (Universal Flash Storage) memory that can be expanded by up to a whopping 2000GB via microSD. It also features four microphones in conjunction with a front-ported loudspeaker.
At the back, the Moto Z Force features a 21-megapixel f/1.8 camera decked out with a CCT flash, 4K video capture, and two high-end autofocus types (laser and phase-detection), while up front, it sports a 5-megapixel 1.4-micron-pixel selfie camera.
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Its Mobile Computing System consists of a Snapdragon 808 1.8GHz six-core CPU, an Adreno 418 GPU, and two digital signal processors (Natural Language and Contextual Computing). This is accompanied by 3GB of RAM and a choice between a 16GB, 32GB, or 64GB native memory. You also get to choose between a Black case with a soft-feel inlay or a White one inlaid with bamboo.
Promising to capture more light than usual, the 6P's 12.3- and 8-megapixel cameras come with 1.55um and 1.44um pixels, respectively. It also gives us a 3-microphone system, a 3GB RAM, and a 128GB maximum internal memory.
LG also satisfies us with the V10's array of premium-class specs, which include a Snapdragon 808 hexa-core CPU, a 4GB LPDDR3 RAM, and a 64GB memory expandable by up to 2TB. LG's Manual Video Mode also makes its debut alongside a fingerprint detector, a Hi-Fi DAC, and a 3-microphone system. A 16-megapixel f/1.8 4K camera tops off its offering, while a shock-proof Dura Guard frame houses its entire profile.
Its other high-grade features include a 32GB/64GB/128GB UFS (SSD + eMMC) memory as well as wireless charging (3000mAh battery) and music-playing capabilities.
Its 5.5-inch LTPS Full HD display is covered by a damage-resistant Gorilla Glass 3 finish, with multimedia specs like a 16-megapixel 4K-video dual-flash camera and an audio system made up of the CDLA (Continual Digital Lossless Audio) and Dolby Atmos technologies tagging along. It also has a fingerprint sensor below its rear camera, an 8-megapixel selfie cam above its display, and 64GB of non-expandable memory under the hood. Speaking of its hood, this 2016 LeEco model is fitted with a brushed metal body, which is available in gold and grey.
As for its cameras, the primary imager is a 21-megapixel PDAF (phase-detection autofocus) cam with Color Correlated Temperature (CCT) flash and 4K video capability, while up front sits a 5-megapixel flash-equipped selfie snapper. The Turbo 2 also boasts specs like a 5-microphone system, an up-to-2TB memory expansion support (32GB/64GB native storage), and a 3760mAh TurboPower-charging battery.
As for its imaging, the Edge+ rocks a 16-megapixel Ultra HD rear camera, while a 5-megapixel one for selfies is perched up front -- both offer the Video Digital Imaging Stabilization (VDIS) technology. Its gives users a choice between either 32GB, 64GB, or 128GB of UFS 2.0 memory, while scratch-resistant Gorilla Glass 4 pieces reinforce its 6.9mm physique.
On the outside, the Xperia Z5 Premium sports a waterproof casing and a fingerprint-integrated power key, while on the inside, it operates on a 64-bit octa-core (2GHz + 1.5GHz) CPU coupled with an Adreno 430 graphics unit. Its 32GB internal memory can be topped-up by up to 200GB.
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