Best Smartphones As Of August 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 Mate 9

A picture of the Huawei Mate 9.
Average Rating:
90%


Description:

The 1st best smartphone backs its promising imaging technologies with a high-ranking hardware composition: a Kirin 960 eight-core CPU (2.4GHz + 1.8GHz) with an i6 co-processor, a 4GB LPDDR4 RAM, and an eight-core Mali-G71 MP8 GPU.

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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#2. The Huawei Honor 8

Huawei Honor 8 picture.
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 specs:

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

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#3. The Samsung Galaxy S7 active

Photo 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 processing.
    32000MB memory (built-in + extension).
    Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow operating system.

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#4. The LG Tribute HD

Photo of the LG Tribute HD.
Average Rating:
87%


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-specific specifications:

    1.3GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon MSM8909 processing.
    16000MB memory (built-in + extension).
    Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow with LG UX 5.0 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 Processors smartphone CPU.
    32000MB of total user memory.
    Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow OS.

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#6. The Motorola Moto G5 Plus

Photo of the Motorola Moto G5 Plus.
Average Rating:
84%


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-specific specifications:

    2GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 smartphone CPU.
    64000MB memory (built-in + extension).
    Android 7.0 (Nougat) operating system.

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#7. The ZTE Axon 7

ZTE Axon 7 picture.
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-related specs:

    2.15GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 smartphone CPU.
    128000MB total user memory.
    Android 6.0 Marshmallow operating system.

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#8. The BlackBerry DTEK50

Photo 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 processor.
    16000MB memory (built-in + extension).
    Android 6.0 Marshmallow operating system.

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#9. The LG Phoenix 2

Photo of the LG Phoenix 2.
Average Rating:
87%


Description:

LG's Phoenix 2 will not likely become stuff of legend, considering that its specs list includes only a 5-inch HD screen and a 1.3GHz quad-core CPU with 1.5GB of RAM. That said, it sports LG's signature rear-keys design, while touting a pair of 8- and 5-megapixel cameras. Also in the mix are a 16GB expandable memory, a 2125mAh battery, and a blend of VoLTE and HD voice for in-call audio enhancement. This model has an M3/T3 hearing aid certification and offers NFC (Near Field Communication).

Smartphone-related features:

    1.3GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 210 (MSM8909) smartphone CPU.
    16000MB memory (built-in + extension).
    Android 6.0 Marshmallow operating system.

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#10. The Asus Zenfone 3

Photo of the Asus Zenfone 3.
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-related specs:

    2GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 processing.
    64000MB memory (built-in + extension).
    Android 6.0 Marshmallow with ASUS ZenUI 3.0 operating system.

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