Top Android flagship smartphones of 2017

The year is about to end and we witnessed the best smartphones in the year 2017 with immense features including bezel-less design, dual cameras, 4K display, and so on. Keeping in mind, there are a lot of Android phones in the market, we made a list of top Android flagship smartphones of 2017 below. Here they are.

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1) Samsung Galaxy S8

The most beautiful smartphone of the year is the Samsung Galaxy S8 with its gorgeous bezel-less design and flagship offerings. Featuring a curvy bezel-less design, remarkable 5.8-inch 2K AMOLED display, top-notch camera, Exynos 8895 CPU, water-proof design, Iris scanner, you name it, the Samsung Galaxy S8 has all it got. This is why the Samsung Galaxy S8 is on our list of top Android flagship smartphones of 2017.

The Samsung Galaxy S8+ is an alternative meant for people who prefer a larger screen. It boasts a 6.2-inch display with the same Galaxy S8 specs and features.

Full Review: Samsung Galaxy S8

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Samsung Galaxy S8 Specifications

  • Display: 5.8-inch Super AMOLED Infinity Display, Quad HD+ resolution ( 2960 x 1440 pixels | 570 ppi), Always On Display, Corning Gorilla Glass 5 on top
  • Fingerprint Scanner: Yes, at the back (next to the rear camera)
  • Iris Scanner: Yes
  • Protection: IP68 Ratings (dust and water resistant), Corning Gorilla Glass 5
  • Software: Android 7.0 Nougat, TouchWiz UI, Bixby Assistant
  • CPU: Up to 2.35 GHz octa-core processor (4 x Samsung M2 cores & 4 x Cortex-A53 cores), 10 nm Samsung Exynos 8895 SoC
  • GPU: Mali-G71 MP20 (546 MHz)
  • Memory: 4 GB LPDDR4X RAM
  • Storage: 64 GB UFS 2.1 internal storage, MicroSD up to 256 GB
  • Main Camera: 12 MP f/1.7 aperture, Dual Pixel, OIS, LED flash
  • Front Camera: 8 MP, f/1.7 aperture
  • Connectivity: USB 3.1 (type-c), Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac (2.4/5 GHz), VHT80 MU-MIMO, Bluetooth 5.0, NFC, GPS
  • Sensors: Accelerometer, Barometer, Fingerprint Sensor, Gyro Sensor, Geomagnetic Sensor, Hall Sensor, Heart Rate Sensor, Proximity Sensor, RGB Light Sensor, Iris Sensor, Pressure Sensor
  • Cellular: 4G LTE network, dual nano SIM (GSM Bands), SIM2 as MicroSD, VoLTE-enabled, Cat.16 5CA 1 Gbps (download) and Cat.13 2CA 150 MBps (upload) LTE modem
  • Battery: 3,000 mAh Li-Ion (non-removable)
  • Charging: Fast Charging on wired and wireless, Wireless Charging compatible with WPC and PMA
  • Dimensions: 148.9 mm x 68.1 mm x 8 mm
  • Weight: 155 grams
  • Box: Handset, Adaptor, AKG Earphones (₹6,500), User Manual, Type-C OTG, Micro USB to Type-C Converter
  • Colors: Midnight Black, Maple Gold
  • Price: ₹53,900

2) Samsung Galaxy Note 8

Despite all things happened in the past, Samsung has improved the next generation Galaxy Note8. And it’s the most enthusiastic Android smartphone and the best Note you’ve ever seen. The large 6.3-inch edge-to-edge display, dual 12 MP cameras, S-Pen, and comprehensive of all the premium features the Samsung Galaxy S8 can offer, the Galaxy Note8 is the most powerful device from Samsung. If money is no bar, this is the best Android phone of 2017 that anyone can get.

Full Review: Samsung Galaxy Note8

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Samsung Galaxy Note8 Specifications

  • Display: 6.3-inch Quad HD+ Super AMOLED Infinity Display (2960 x 1440 pixels resolution | 521 ppi), Always On Display, Corning Gorilla Glass 5 on top
  • Fingerprint Scanner: Yes, at the back (next to the rear camera)
  • Iris Scanner: Yes
  • Protection: IP68 Ratings (dust and water resistant), Scratch resistant Corning Gorilla Glass 5, IP68 for S-Pen
  • Software: Android 7.1.1 Nougat, TouchWiz UI, Bixby Assistant
  • CPU: Up to 2.35 GHz octa-core processor (4 x Samsung M2 cores & 4 x Cortex-A53 cores), 10 nm Samsung Exynos 8895 SoC
  • GPU: Mali-G71 MP20 (546 MHz)
  • Memory: 6 GB LPDDR4X RAM
  • Storage: 64 GB UFS 2.1 internal storage, expandable up to 256 GB via microSD card
  • Main Camera: Dual Cameras with Dual OIS, 12 MP f/1.7 Dual Pixel for wide angle, 12 MP f/2.4 for Telephoto, 2X optical zoom, 10X digital zoom, dual-tone LED flash, 4K 2160p video @30fps, 1080p video @60fps, Slow Motion 720p video @240fps
  • Front Camera: 8 MP f/1.7, wide angle, Iris Scanning, Facial Recognition, QHD 1440p video @30fps
  • Connectivity: USB 3.1 (type-c), Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac (2.4/5 GHz), VHT80 MU-MIMO, Bluetooth 5.0, NFC, MST, GPS
  • Sensors: Accelerometer, Barometer, Fingerprint Sensor, Gyro Sensor, Geomagnetic Sensor, Hall Sensor, Heart Rate Sensor, Proximity Sensor, RGB Light Sensor, Iris Sensor, Pressure Sensor
  • Cellular: 4G LTE network, dual nano SIM (GSM Bands), SIM2 as MicroSD, VoLTE-enabled, Cat.16 5CA 1 Gbps (download) and Cat.13 2CA 150 MBps (upload) LTE modem
  • Battery: 3,300 mAh Li-Ion (non-removable), Wireless Charging (WPC & PMA), Fast Charging QuickCharge 2.0
  • Charging: Fast Charging on wired and wireless, Wireless Charging compatible with WPC and PMA
  • Dimensions: 162.5 mm x 74.8 mm x 8.6 mm (Galaxy Note 8), 5.8 mm x 4.2 mm x 108.3 mm (S-Pen)
  • Weight: 195 grams (Galaxy Note 8), 2.8 grams (S-Pen)
  • Colors: Midnight Black, Maple Gold
  • Price: ₹67,900
  • Availability: 21st September 2017, Amazon India, Samsung Online Store, offline retails stores
  • Offers: One-time free screen replacement (pre-order only), Free convertible wireless charger (pre-order only), 448 GB additional Jio 4G data for 8 months, ₹4,000 cashback if purchased from HDFC Credit Card

3) Sony Xperia XZ1

Sony’s counterpart in the flagship segment is the Xperia XZ1 with a number of features and innovations including the 3D scanner, 19 MP Motion Eye camera, super slow motion 960 frames per second capture, and an HDR display all packed in a compact high-quality aluminum shell. The Sony Xperia XZ1 is also one of the non-Google smartphones to get Android Oreo out-of-the-box. Powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 835, a 5.2-inch HDR display, IP68 certified dust and water resistant, it unquestionably is on our flagship smartphones list.

Full Review: Sony Xperia XZ1

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Sony Xperia XZ1 Specifications

  • Display: 5.2-inch Full-HD (1920 x 1080 pixels) HDR TRILUMINOS display with X-Reality for mobile picture engine and Gorilla Glass 5
  • Software: Android 8.0 Oreo
  • Protection: IP68 Certified, dust and water resistant
  • Fingerprint Scanner: Yes, side-mounted on Power key
  • CPU: Up to 2.45 GHz octa-core Kyro 280 processor, Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 (MSM8998) SoC
  • GPU: Adreno 540
  • Memory: 4 GB RAM, LPDDR4X
  • Storage: 64 GB internal, expandable up to 256 GB via microSD card
  • Main Camera: 19 MP Motion Eye with 1/ 2.3″  Exmor RS memory stacked image sensor, 960 FPS Super Slow-Mo, Predictive Capture, Predictive Hybrid Autofocus, SteadyShot and LED flash
  • Selfie Camera: 13 MP with 1/3.06″ Exmor RS for mobile image sensor, 22 mm wide-angle lens and f/2.0 aperture
  • Cellular: 4G LTE, 2x nano SIM (GSM), microSD on SIM2
  • Connectivity: USB type-C, 3.5 mm headphones jack, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 5.0, NFC, GPS
  • Other: Stereo Speaker S-Force Surround Sound, Qualcomm aptX HD audio, High-Resolution Audio (LPCM, FLAC, ALAC, DSD), DSEE HX, LDAC, Digital Noise Cancelling, Clear Audio+
  • Colors: Moonlit Blue, Venus Pink, Warm Silver
  • Battery: 2,700 mAh with Qnovo Adaptive Charging, Quick Charge 3.0 and Smart STAMINA Mode
  • Price: ₹44,990

4) Sony Xperia XZ Premium

Sony’s top-of-the-line Xperia XZ Premium is the world’s first 4K HDR screen phone with top-notch specifications and loaded with features. It’s also one of the best Android smartphones of 2017. As far as the specs go, it has a 5.5-inch 4K HDR display, a Qualcomm Snapdragon 835, IP68 certification (dust and waterproof), 19 MP Motion Eye camera with 960 frames per second slow motion capturing, the Xperia XZ Premium leaves some of the hottest flagships behind.

It is the bigger sibling of the Xperia XZ1 with a larger form factor and a different look, the Xperia XZ Premium looks highly elegant and eye-catchy in its mirror-finished design (Luminous Chrome variant).

Full Review: Sony Xperia XZ Premium

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Sony Xperia XZ Premium Specifications

  • Display: 5.5-inch 4K HDR IPS display (3840 x 2160 pixels | 807 ppi), TRILUMINOS Display and X-Reality for mobile, Dynamic Contrast Enhancer, sRGB 138% spectrum compared to Standard videos (SDR)
  • Protection: Water Resistant IP65/68 certified, Corning Gorilla Glass 5 on front and back
  • Fingerprint Scanner: Yes, side mounted on the Power button
  • Software: Android 7.1.1 Nougat
  • CPU: Up to 2.45 GHz octa-core Kyro 280 processor, 10nm Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 SoC, 64-bit
  • DSP Processor: Qualcomm Hexagon 682 DSP
  • GPU: Adreno 540
  • Memory: 4 GB LPDDR4X RAM
  • Storage: 64 GB UFS internal storage (48.4 GB usable), MicroSD up to 256 GB
  • Main Camera: 19 MP f/2.0 Motion Eye camera, 25 mm wide Sony G Lens, BIONZ image processor, Triple image sensing technology, Hybrid Autofocus, 960 fps super slow motion, 0.5 sec quick capture, anti-distortion shutter (ISO12800), 8x Digital Zoom, EIS support (5-axis stabilization), 4K video @30 fps, 1080p video @60 fps
  • Front Camera: 13 MP f/2.0, 22 mm wide-angle lens, ISO 6400, SteadyShot, 1080p video @30fps
  • Connectivity: USB 3.1 (Type-C), 3.5 mm port, Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, Bluetooth 5.0, NFC, GPS
  • Others: Qualcomm Quick Charge 3.0, Smart Stamina, Qnovo Adaptive Charging, Battery Care, STAMINA Mode, Clear Audio+, Stereo speaker with S-Force Front Surround, Stereo Recording, PS4 Remote Play
  • Cellular: 4G network Cat. 16 Gigabit LTE, VoLTE-enabled, 2x nano SIM (GSM), MicroSD on SIM2
  • Battery: 3,230 mAh (non-removable)
  • Dimensions: 156 mm x 77 mm x 7.9 mm
  • Weight: 191 grams
  • Color: Luminous Chrome, Deep Sea Black
  • Price: ₹58,499

5) Honor 8 Pro

Huawei’s sub-brand Honor isn’t far from taking their devices to the next level, we saw the Honor 8 Pro which can stack up against the phones in the high-end segment. This is Honor’s pocket-friendly powerhouse and it’s priced at ₹29,999. What powers the device is a 2.4 GHz Kirin 960 CPU, 6 GB RAM and a huge 128 GB internal storage fueled by a 4,000 mAh battery. If the specs sound convincing, then its sleek 7 mm metallic unibody design, dual 12 MP cameras with Monochrome support, and a 2K display will surely sound eye-popping.

Full Review: Honor 8 Pro

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Honor 8 Pro Specifications

  • Display: 5.7-inch LTPS LCD display, Quad HD resolution (2560 x 1440 pixels | 515 ppi), Corning Gorilla Glass 3
  • Software: EMUI 5.1 based on Android 7.0 Nougat
  • Fingerprint Scanner: Yes, on the back, gesture-based
  • CPU: Up to 2.4 GHz octa-core Cortex-A73/A53 processor, 16nm Kirin 960 SoC, 64-bit
  • GPU: Mali-G71 MP8
  • Memory: 6 GB LPDDR4 RAM
  • Storage: 128 GB UFS 2.1 internal storage, MicroSD up to 256 GB
  • Main Camera: Dual camera (12 MP + 12 MP) f/2.2, dual-tone LED flash, 4K video @30fps, 1080p video @60fps, 720p video @120fps
  • Front Camera: 8 MP f/2.0, 720p video @30fps
  • Connectivity: USB 2.0 (Type-C), 3.5 mm port, IR Blaster, Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, Bluetooth 4.2, NFC, GPS
  • Others: Cardboard VR bundled
  • Cellular: 4G network, VoLTE-enabled, 2x nano SIM (GSM), MicroSD on SIM2
  • Battery: 4,000 mAh Li-Po (non-removable)
  • Dimensions: 157 mm x 77.5 mm x 7 mm
  • Weight: 184 grams
  • Color: Midnight Black, Navy Blue, Pearl White
  • Price: ₹29,999

6) OnePlus 5T

One of the most renowned flagships of the year is from the OnePlus itself, the OnePlus 5T with bezel-less design, dual cameras, high performance, and sleek and skinny metallic body. This is the fastest Android performer till date, the Qualcomm Snapdragon 835, 8 GB RAM, and 128 GB storage is an overkill for an Android operating system. No matter what, the OnePlus is already on our list of top Android flagship smartphones of 2017.

The OnePlus 5 is the same as the OnePlus 5T, just that the 5T now hooks up a larger 6.01-inch screen. We compared both of them side by side to know the differences, check it out.

Full Review: OnePlus 5

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OnePlus 5T Specifications

  • Display: 6.01-inch Full Optic AMOLED display with 18:9 aspect ratio, Full HD+ resolution (2160 x 1080 pixels), sRGB/DCI-P3 color coverage, 2.5D curved glass, Corning Gorilla Glass 5
  • Operating System: OxygenOS 4.7 based on Android 7.1.1 Nougat
  • Fingerprint Scanner: Yes, on the back Yes, on Home button
  • CPU: Up to 2.45 GHz octa-core Kyro 280 processor, 10nm Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 SoC, 64-bit
  • DSP Processor: Qualcomm Hexagon 682 DSP
  • GPU: Adreno 540
  • Memory: 6 GB or 8 GB RAM, LPDDR4X
  • Storage: 64 GB or 128 GB UFS 2.1 internal storage, no microSD slot
  • Main Camera: Dual Cameras (16 MP + 20 MP)
    16 MP (Sony IMX398), f/1.7
    20 MP (IMX350), f/2.6
    Telephoto lens, Portrait Mode, Smart Capture, Fast AF, OIS, dual-tone LED flash, 4K video @30fps, 1080p video @60fps, 720p video @120fps
  • Selfie Camera: 16 MP (Sony IMX371), f/2.0, Screen Flash, 1080p video @30fps
  • Connectivity: USB 3.1 (Type-C), 3.5 mm port, Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, Bluetooth 5.0, NFC, GPS
  • Cellular: 4G network, VoLTE-enabled, 2x nano SIM (GSM)
  • Battery 3,300 mAh (non-removable), Dash Charge technology
  • Dimensions 156.2 mm x 75 mm x 7.3 mm
  • Weight 162 grams
  • Colors: Midnight Black
  • Released: 16th November 2017 (Global) 17th November 2017 (India)
  • Price: ₹32,999 or $499 or €499 (6 GB RAM, 64 GB Storage), ₹37,999 or $559 or €559 (8 GB RAM, 128 GB Storage)
  • Availability: To be available in North America and Europe from November 21. First flash sale in India on November 21 from 4.30 pm onwards via Amazon India. General sales will kick off from November 28.

7) Google Pixel 2

Google Pixel devices have been always on the top with the best in class hardware, camera, and software. Google Pixel 2 offers plenty of power, a reliable 12 MP camera with AR-ready, a clean software experience, and features like Active Edge, IP67 certified and running the latest Android Oreo backed up by Google.

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Google Pixel 2 Specifications

  • Display: 5.0-inch (127 mm) AMOLED Cinematic display, Full HD resolution (1920 x 1080 pixels, 441 ppi),
    16:9 aspect ratio, Always-on display, 95% DCI-P3 coverage, 1,00,000:1 super contrast ratio, true black level, full 24-bit color depth, 2.5D curved Corning Gorilla Glass 5
  • Software: Android 8.0.0 Oreo, 3 years of Android updates and security patches
  • Protection: IP67 Certified – water and dust resistant
  • Fingerprint Scanner: Yes, on the back
  • CPU: Up to 2.35 GHz octa-core Kyro 280 processor, 10nm Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 SoC, 64-bit
  • DSP Processor: Qualcomm Hexagon 682 DSP
  • GPU: Adreno 540
  • Memory: 4 GB LPDDR4X RAM
  • Storage: 64 GB or 128 GB UFS 2.1 internal storage, Unlimited Photos and Videos cloud storage, no microSD
  • Rear Camera: 12.2 MP Dual Pixel, 1.4 μm, f/1.8, Phase Detection Autofocus (laser + dual pixel),
    Optical Image Stabilisation, Electronic Image Stabilisation, dual-tone LED flash, 4K video @30fps, 1080p slow-motion video @120fps, 720p slow-motion video @240fps
  • Front Camera: 8 MP, 1.4 μm, f/2.4, Fixed focus, 1080p video @30fps
  • Connectivity: USB-C 3.1 port, Wi-Fi 2.4G + 5 GHz 802.11a/b/g/n/ac 2×2 MIMO1, Bluetooth 5.0 + LE, NFC, eSIM, GPS, GLONASS, BeiDou, Galileo
  • Sensors: Active Edge, Proximity/Ambient light sensor, Accelerometer/Gyrometer, Magnetometer, Pixel Imprint, Barometer, Hall effect sensor, Android Sensor Hub, Advanced x-axis haptics for sharper/defined response
  • Media & Audio: Stereo front-firing speakers, Wireless HD audio with LDAC, Qualcomm AptX and AptX HD audio codecs supported, USB-C digital headphones support, 3 mics, Noise suppression
  • Cellular: 4G & VoLTE-enabled, single nano SIM (GSM)
  • Battery: 2,700 mAh (non-removable), Up to 7 hours of go with 15 minutes of charge
  • Box Contents: Pixel 2, USB-C cable, USB-C charger, USB-C to 3.5 mm headphone adaptor, Quick Start Guide, Quick switch adaptor
  • Dimensions: 145.7 mm x 69.7 mm x 7.8 mm
  • Weight: 143 grams
  • Colors: Just Black, Clearly White, Kinda Blue
  • Price: ₹48,469 (64 GB)

8) Xiaomi Mi MIX 2

The fact that Xiaomi Mi MIX was the first smartphone to get the least bezels display, the Mi MIX 2 carries the bezel-less trend with it and includes a ceramic back adding a premium touch to its looks. Sized at a large 5.99-inch with AMOLED screen, its beautifully designed body, customized MIUI software, and packs a Qualcomm Snapdragon 835, 6 GB RAM and 256 GB in its highest variant, the Xiaomi Mi MIX 2 could be worth considering in the flagship segment. The special edition adds in the 8 GB RAM which competes with the OnePlus 5T.

Full Review: Xiaomi Mi MIX 2

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Xiaomi Mi MIX 2 Specifications

  • Display: 5.99-inch Full-HD+ (2160 x 1080 pixels) IPS LCD display with 18:9 aspect ratio, Gorilla Glass, DCI-P3 color gamut, 403 ppi pixel density, Sunlight Display, Night Display and Reading Mode
  • Operating System: MIUI Global ROM 8.5 based on Android 7.1.1 Nougat
  • Fingerprint Scanner: Yes, at the back
  • CPU: Up to 2.45 GHz octa-core Kyro 280 processor, Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 SoC
  • GPU: Adreno 540
  • RAM: 6 GB LPDDR4X (8 GB in Special Edition)
  • Storage: 64/128/256 GB UFS 2.1 (Special Edition comes with 128 GB)
  • Main Camera: 12 MP Sony IMX386 with 5-piece lens, 4-axis OIS, 1.25μm sensor, f/2.0 aperture, PDAF, 4K/1080p/720p video recording at 30 fps, 720p slow-motion at 120 fps, and dual-tone LED flash
  • Selfie Camera: 5 MP with 36 Smart Beauty Profiles and 1080p video recording
  • Connectivity: 4G VoLTE, GPS, Bluetooth 5.0, Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, NFC (multi-function), USB Type-C (no 3.5 mm headphone jack), supports 43 network bands
  • Cellular: 4G LTE network, 2x nano SIM (GSM), VoLTE-enabled
  • Other: Dual ADC HD Recording
  • Colors: Black
  • Battery: 3400 mAh with 9V/2A Quick Charge 3.0
  • Price: ₹35,999 onwards