Best Smartphones As Of October 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 Huawei Honor 8

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


Description:

The 1st best smartphone runs on Huawei's own Kirin 950 split-eight-core processor, which lines up with flagship-class Snapdragon/Exynos CPUs by running at 2.3GHz + 1.8GHz.

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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#2. The Samsung Galaxy S7 active

A picture of the Samsung Galaxy S7 active.
Average Rating:
92%


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 specifications:

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

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#3. The Huawei Mate 9

A picture of the Huawei Mate 9.
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 features:

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

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#4. The Samsung Galaxy On7

Samsung Galaxy On7 picture.
Average Rating:
91%


Description:

With a 4G adapter and a 3000mAh battery in tow, the 5.5-inch HD Samsung Galaxy On7 is bound for mid-level shelves. Its specs also include a 13-megapixel camera (5-megapixel sub-cam) and the Samsung Smart Manager application, with functions like traffic monitoring and virus protection. Over on the hardware front, we found a basic 1.2GHz quad-core processor coupled with 1.5GB's worth of RAM. It has 8GB of native memory and an up-to-128GB microSD support.

Smartphone-related features:

    8000MB total user memory.
    Android 5.1 Lollipop operating system.

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#5. The Motorola Z Play

A picture of the Motorola Z Play.
Average Rating:
87%


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-specific specifications:

    2GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 (with Natural Language and Contextual Computing) smartphone CPU.
    32000MB of total user memory.
    Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow OS.

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#6. The ZTE Axon 7

Photo of the ZTE Axon 7.
Average Rating:
86%


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 specifications:

    2.15GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 smartphone processor.
    128000MB memory (built-in + extension).
    Android 6.0 Marshmallow operating system.

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#7. The Asus Zenfone 3

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Average Rating:
88%


Description:

Asus expands its flagship roster with the 2016 Zenfone 3, a 5.5-inch FHD (with 2.5D Gorilla Glass) smartphone whose specs lean heavily towards multimedia and performance. It runs on a 14nm octa-core 2GHz Snapdragon 625 engine bundled up with 4GB of LPDDR3 RAM and an Adreno 506 graphics unit. It touts a premium-class 16-megapixel camera decked out with laser autofocus, a dual-LED real-tone flash, and 4K video recording.

This 3000mAh-powered Zenfone edition also features a SonicMaster 3.0 audio system fed through a 5-magnet speaker, an 8-megapixel secondary camera, and a fingerprint reader that stores up to five prints. Its color options include Aqua Blue and Shimmer Gold.

Smartphone-specific specifications:

    2GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 CPU.
    64000MB of total user memory.
    Android 6.0 Marshmallow with ASUS ZenUI 3.0 OS.

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#8. The BlackBerry DTEK50

A picture of the BlackBerry Neon.
Average Rating:
88%


Description:

The 5.2-inch BlackBerry Neon (initially known as the DTEK50) is a high-powered Android centered on business and security. It delivers DTEK by BlackBerry, which is an inbuilt software that lets you track down your overall privacy risk rating and provides options on how to address it. On the hardware level, it comes with BB Encryption and BB Password Keeper, both aimed at making sure that only the right people can access the device, while signature apps like BBM and BlackBerry Hub headline its business adoption suite.

As for its technical specs, the DTEK50 boasts a 64-bit octa-core processor, a 3GB RAM, and a 550MHz Adreno 510 GPU on the processing front, while a 16GB native memory expandable by up to 2TB is in charge of storage. It sports a 13-megapixel PDAF camera with a two-tone LED flash and an 8-megapixel flash-rigged frontal sub-camera.

Smartphone-specific features:

    Quad 1.5GHz + Quad 1.2GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 617 MSM8952 CPU.
    16000MB of total user memory.
    Android 6.0 Marshmallow OS.

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#9. The ZTE Axon 7 mini

A picture of the ZTE Axon 7 mini.
Average Rating:
84%


Description:

This mini edition of the ZTE Axon 7 remains in the high-end smartphone category, with the help of its voiceprint and fingerprint identification, 16-megapixel PDAF rear camera, and eight-core CPU with 3GB of RAM.

Smartphone-specific specifications:

    1.5Ghz (Quad 1.5GHz + Quad 1.2GHz) Qualcomm Snapdragon 617 MSM8952 smartphone CPU.
    32000MB of total user memory.
    Android 6.0 Marshmallow OS.

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#10. The Asus Zenfone 3 ZE520KL

A picture of the Asus Zenfone 3 ZE520KL.
Average Rating:
88%


Description:

A step-down model of the original Asus Zenfone 3 (ZE552KL), the Zenfone 3 ZE520KL drops from a 64GB/4GB memory/RAM combo down to only 32GB/3GB, with a lower battery capacity (2650mAh) as well. That said, many of the first model's upscale specifications, which include a dual 2.5D-curved glass finish, a 16-megapixel PixelMaster rear camera, and a 2GHz eight-core 64-bit (14nm) Snapdragon 625 CPU, remained intact.

On other fronts, this high-ranking Zenfone also features chip-level fingerprint security, an 8-megapixel front-facing f/2.0 camera, and an LTE Cat 6 adapter promising up to 300Mbps data rates. Its 5.2-inch Full HD display meets users with the Android 6.0 Marshmallow platform skinned with Asus's signature ZenUI v3.0.

Smartphone-specific features:

    2GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 smartphone processor.
    32000MB of total user memory.
    Android 6.0 Marshmallow with ASUS ZenUI 3.0 OS.

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