Best Smartphones As Of June 2017



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:

#1. The Google Pixel

Google Pixel picture.
Average Rating:
92%


Description:

The 1st best smartphone packs a pretty heavy punch hardware-wise with its Snapdragon 821 engine (2.15GHz + 1.6GHz), 4GB LPDDR4 RAM, and Adreno 530 graphics chip.

Smartphone-related specs:

    2.15GHz (Dual 2.15GHz + Dual 1.6GHz) Qualcomm Snapdragon 821 smartphone processor.
    128000MB total user memory.
    Android 7.1 Nougat operating system.

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#2. The Huawei Mate 9

Huawei Mate 9 picture.
Average Rating:
90%


Description:

Huawei's Mate 9 is a 5.9-inch phablet that banks on several premium-class specs, such as a 20-megapixel (monochrome) + 12-megapixel (RGB) dual-rear-camera setup, a 3D fingerprint reader, and a split-eight-core Kirin 960 engine coupled with an i6 co-processor.

Smartphone-related specs:

    2.4GHz (Quad 2.4GHz A73 + Quad 1.8GHz A53) HUAWEI Kirin 960 with i6 co-processor (with Machine Learning algorithm) smartphone CPU.
    64000MB total user memory.
    Android 7.0 Nougat with EMUI 5.0 operating system.

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#3. The Huawei Honor 8

A picture of the Huawei Honor 8.
Average Rating:
92%


Description:

Standing at 5.2 inches (Full HD screen), the Huawei Honor 8 boasts a swarm of high-end specs, led by two 12-megapixel rear cameras with hybrid autofocus and a dual ISP system, 3D fingerprint identification, and a chipset composed of an eight-core Kirin 950 CPU running at 2.3GHz + 1.8GHz, an i5 co-processor that controls the phone's sensors, a 4GB LPDDR4 RAM, and a Mali-T880 GPU.

Adding to the aforementioned features, this Honor edition also delivers Huawei's dual antenna switch design for strengthening signal reception alongside an 8-megapixel camera with 1.4-micron pixels and a 3000mAh Smart Power 4.0 battery, while in charge of storage is a 32GB memory expandable by up to 128GB. It comes with front-and-back 2.5D glass layers and is offered in colors like Sapphire Blue and Sunrise Gold.

Smartphone-related features:

    Quad 2.3GHz + Quad 1.8GHz HiSilicon Kirin 950 (with i5 co-processor) smartphone processor.
    32000MB of total user memory.
    Android 6.0 Marshmallow with EMUI 4.1 OS.

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#4. The Motorola Z Play

Motorola Z Play picture.
Average Rating:
89%


Description:

Using the IFA 2016 in Berlin to make its entrance, the 5.5-inch Full HD Motorola Moto Z Play boasts a swarm of flagship-caliber specs, including the slap-on Moto Mods accessories as well as the Motorola Mobile Computing System, which is composed of a 2GHz eight-core Snapdragon 625 CPU, a 3GB RAM, an Adreno 506 GPU, and Motorola's signature Natural Language and Contextual Computing engines.

The Z Play owns a 4K-video-capable 16-megapixel camera with the popular high-end (as of its release) autofocus types that are phase-detection and laser-aided, a 32GB memory extendable by up to 2TB, and a fingerprint scanner. It also delivers the TurboPower technology through a 3510mAh battery promising up to 50 hours of usage in one charge. Rounding out its features are a water-repellent finish, a 5-megapixel 85-degree-wide selfie camera, and a three-microphone setup.

Smartphone-related specs:

    2GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 with Natural Language and Contextual Computing Processors processor.
    32000MB total user memory.
    Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow operating system.

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#5. The LG Tribute HD

A picture of the LG Tribute HD.
Average Rating:
88%


Description:

LG's 2016 Tribute HD levels up over older Tribute models display-wise, touting a 5-inch HD (1280 x 720) TFT screen this time -- the older phones have FWVGA (854 x 480) resolutions only. It is loaded with 16GB of storage expandable by up to 32GB, while sitting above its screen is a 5-megapixel selfie camera with Selfie Light and Gesture Shot. At the back, it sports an 8-megapixel HD-video primary camera, with a 4G LTE network adapter leading its connectivity features. As for hardware, the Tribute HD pays tribute to classic specs, including a 1.3GHz quad-core CPU (1.5GB RAM) and a 2100mAh battery scoring 15 hours of talk time.

Smartphone-related features:

    1.3GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon MSM8909 smartphone processor.
    16000MB of total user memory.
    Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow with LG UX 5.0 OS.

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#6. The Samsung Galaxy S7 active

Samsung Galaxy S7 active picture.
Average Rating:
91%


Description:

Covered by a 5.1-inch QHD-1440p shatter-resistant screen, the Galaxy S7 active's specs include a massive 4000mAh wireless-charging-enabled battery, military-grade durability (MIL-STD-810G certification) in conjunction with the original S7's IP68 waterproofing, and a four-core 2.15GHz + 1.6GHz CPU setup aided by 4GB of RAM.

It brings back the S7's Dual Pixel 12-megapixel camera capable of 4K videos, this time alongside a customizable Active Key and a fingerprint sensor. It comes with 32GB of on-board storage, which you can expand by up to 2TB via microSD. Adding to its flagship-level features are the Samsung KNOX data security platform as well as a 5-megapixel secondary camera.

Smartphone-specific features:

    Dual-core 2.15GHz + Dual-core 1.6GHz Qualcomm 8996 processor.
    32000MB total user memory.
    Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow operating system.

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#7. The Motorola Moto G5 Plus

Motorola Moto G5 Plus picture.
Average Rating:
86%


Description:

The fifth generation of the Moto G Plus, this 5.2-inch smartphone features an octa-core 2GHz processor, a 12-megapixel main camera with a digital zoom of up to eight times, and a 3000mAh battery. Most of the Moto G5 Plus' specs tend to label it as an upper-mid-range smartphone.

Smartphone-related specs:

    2GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 smartphone CPU.
    64000MB total user memory.
    Android 7.0 (Nougat) operating system.

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#8. The ZTE Axon 7

A picture of the ZTE Axon 7.
Average Rating:
88%


Description:

The ZTE Axon 7 -- 7 because it is apparently the seventh generation of ZTE's flagship family -- is a 5.5-inch QHD specs powerhouse (at least as of its 2016 release) that runs on the Snapdragon 820 2.15GHz quad-core CPU coupled with an enormous 6GB RAM. It sports a 20-megapixel 4K-video camera with a dual-LED flash setup and comes with the Force Touch 3D touch technology (high version only).

It is loaded with 128GB of expandable storage, 3250mAh of power, and an 8-megapixel f/2.2 selfie camera. Joining the mix are a circular fingerprint reader, a USB Type-C connector, and an NFC chip for handling mobile transactions.

Smartphone-specific features:

    2.15GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 CPU.
    128000MB of total user memory.
    Android 6.0 Marshmallow OS.

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#9. The Motorola Moto Z Force

Photo of the Motorola Moto Z Force.
Average Rating:
89%


Description:

The 5.5-inch, Quad HD (1400p), ShatterShield-protected Moto Z Force forcefully enters the premium Android market with Moto Mods -- magnet-based modifications that turn it into various gadgets -- leading its specifications.

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.

Smartphone-related specs:

    2.2GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 with Natural Language and Contextual Computing Processors processing.
    64000MB memory (built-in + extension).
    Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow operating system.

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#10. The Sony Xperia X Compact

Sony Xperia X Compact picture.
Average Rating:
86%


Description:

Revealed during the IFA 2016, the Xperia X Compact squeezes a high-end bundle of specs inside its compact -- considering that most flagship Androids have at least 5-inch screens -- 4.6-inch HD TRILUMINOS display. It comes with a similar 23-megapixel rear-facing camera with the triple image sensing technology and predictive hybrid autofocus as the higher-class Xperia XZ, but forgoes its sibling's 4K-2160p video-capture mode. Under the hood, it rocks a six-core Snapdragon 650 CPU (dual 1.8GHz + quad 1.4GHz), a 3GB RAM, and a 2700mAh battery with Qnovo Adaptive Charging. On storage duties is a 32GB memory, which you can expand by a mammoth 256GB, with fingerprint identification, LTE Cat 6 connectivity, and Sony's PS4 Remote Play (for playing PS4 games with your phone) joining the mix as well. It dons a 5-megapixel f/2.0 selfie camera and is available in Mist Blue, White, and Universe Black.

Smartphone-related specs:

    Dual 1.8GHz + Quad 1.4GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 650 smartphone processor.
    32000MB total user memory.
    Android 6.0 Marshmallow operating system.

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