Five Flagship Smartphones 2017

This year, phone manufacturers have got the equation right. You no longer need to compromise looks for features or vice versa. 2017’s flagship smartphones from the world’s leading smartphone manufacturers are doing everything they can to make our phones be an indispensable part of our modern existence. They’ve got phones that come with the complete package - no compromise in style, looks or grandeur. No compromise in functions, features or security measures. No compromise in performance, battery-life or talk-time. And this, ‘no compromise,’ trend is here to stay.

So what are the top five flagship smartphones of 2017? Here’s our list.

1. Samsung Galaxy S8

Finally! Let’s do that again. FINALLY! Yes, finally, Samsung has decided to give its flagship Galaxy S series a radical facelift. And what a facelift it is! No buttons on the front screen (beats the iPhone here), dual-edge curves, and well, a very sexy look. No other smartphone has got their looks so right as did Samsung this time. You’d also be happy to know that the phone not only has the looks but has the works too. Great pair of front and back cameras, excellent battery life, waterproof and a display to die for. There are two versions of the phone, the regular S8 and the S8 Plus with the latter having a larger display and more storage capacity. The only con? It’s expensive.

Pro-Tip:

If you’re an iPhone user tempted to switch to Android and don’t mind the price, pick the S8. If you’re already a Samsung user with the S7, then you don’t really need to make a switch unless you want the different look and probably a bigger display size.

Samsung Galaxy S8
Size148.9 x 68.1 x 8.0 mm (5.86 x 2.68 x 0.31 inches)
Weight5.47 ounces
Screen5.8-inch Quad HD Super AMOLED
Resolution2,960 x 1,440 pixels
OSAndroid 7.0 Nougat
Storage64GB
MicroSD card slotYes
NFC supportYes
ProcessorQualcomm MSM8988, Snapdragon 835 (U.S.),Exynos 8895 (International)
RAM4GB
ConnectivityWi-Fi, 4G LTE, HSPA+
CameraFront 8MP, Rear 12MP with OIS
Video2,160p 4K UHD
BluetoothYes, version 5.0
Fingerprint sensorYes
Other sensorsAccelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass, barometer, heart rate, iris scanner
Water resistantYes, IP68
Battery3,000mAh
PortsUSB Type-C, 3.5mm headphone jack
Quick ChargingYes
Wireless ChargingYes, Qi and PMA
MarketplaceGoogle Play Store
Color offeringsBlack, silver, Orchid Gray (U.S. Models),Blue, gold (International models)
PriceStarting at $720

2. iPhone 7 Plus

There is always a tug of war between Apple and Samsung. So if the S8 didn’t impress you (hard to believe though), the iPhone 7 Plus is just the majestic phone you need. The iPhone 7 is grand but it doesn’t offer anything radical and instead focuses on improving the features and functions of the iPhone 6 series. You have a new home button, a sleeker, more matte body and a slicker performance. The phone comes in two versions as with the standard Apple practice - you have the regular iPhone 7 and the iPhone 7Plus, with the latter having enhanced features, more storage space, and a larger display. Like the S8, the 7Plus is water resistant, bags an amazing camera and of course wireless headphones (which may not be a good thing for everyone).

Pro-tip: Own the iPhone 6 or 6Plus? You don’t need to switch to the iPhone just yet. And if you’re planning to switch to Apple, follow Pro-tip above.

iPhone 7iPhone 7 Plus
Size138.3 x 67.1 x 7.1 mm (5.44 x 2.64 x 0.28 in)158.2 x 77.9 x 7.3 mm (6.23 x 3.07 x 0.29 in)
Weight4.87 ounces (138 grams)6.63 ounces (188 grams)
Screen4.7-inch Retina HD LED-backlit widescreen5.5-inch Retina HD LED-backlit widescreen
Resolution1,334 x 750 pixels (326 ppi)1,920 x 1,080 pixels (401 ppi)
OSiOS 10iOS 10
Storage32, 128, 256GB32, 128, 256GB
MicroSD card slotNoNo
NFC supportYesYes
ProcessorA10 Fusion with 64-bit architecture, M10 motion coprocessorA10 Fusion with 64-bit architecture, M10 motion coprocessor
RAM2GB3GB
Connectivity4G LTE, GSM, CDMA, HSPA+, 802.11a/b/g/n/ac Wi-Fi4G LTE, GSM, CDMA, HSPA+, 802.11a/b/g/n/ac Wi-Fi
Camera12MP rear, 7MP frontDual 12MP rear, 7MP front
Video4K at 30fps, 1080p at 30 or 60fps4K at 30fps, 1080p at 30 or 60fps
BluetoothYes, version 4.2Yes, version 4.2
Fingerprint sensorTouch IDTouch ID
Other sensorsBarometer, 3-axis gyro, accelerometer, proximity sensor, ambient light sensorBarometer, 3-axis gyro, accelerometer, proximity sensor, ambient light sensor
Water resistantYes, IP67 ratedYes, IP67 rated
BatteryUp to 12 hours of internet use on LTEUp to 13 hours of internet use on LTE
ChargerLightningLightning
MarketplaceApple App StoreApple App Store
Color offeringsGold, rose gold, silver, black, jet blackGold, rose gold, silver, black, jet black

3. OnePlus 5

If you’re like me who’s sick and tired of the Apple vs Android war, the OnePlus 5 is exactly what you need. This machine is a beast. It’s sturdy yet sexy, it’s powerful yet efficient, it’s fast yet stable. And what’s best? It’s available at half the cost of the iPhone 7Plus and the S8 Plus. It’s just not a waterproof phone like its competitors and that may be a problem for some people.

Pro Tip: The OnePlus is $200 cheaper than its competitors. If you really want a smartphone that is different than the rest and performs equally well or even better, the OnePlus 5 is recommended.

OnePlus 5
Size154.2 × 74.1 × 7.25 mm (6.07 × 2.92 × 0.28 in)
Weight5.39 ounces (153 grams)
Screen5.5-inch AMOLED
Resolution1,920 × 1,080 pixels (401 pixels per inch)
OSAndroid 7.1.1 Nougat
Storage64GB or 128GB
SD Card SlotNo
NFC supportYes
ProcessorQualcomm Snapdragon 835
RAM6GB or 8GB
ConnectivityGSM / HSPA / LTE
CameraFront 8MP, Rear Dual 16MP and 20MP
Video4K
BluetoothYes, version 5
Fingerprint sensorYes

4. Google Pixel

Although powerful, the Pixel doesn’t seem to attract much attention. Maybe it’s the look, maybe it’s the premium price for the lack of features like waterproofing or microSD, but it just doesn’t hit the mark. Nevertheless, the Google Pixel is a good enough phone for those who can do without these features.

Pro-tip: Buy the Google Pixel if you’re curious to know whether Google got their phone right OR if you have an affinity for anything Google.

Google Pixel
Size148.9 x 68.1 x 8.0mm (5.9 x 2.7 x 0.3-inches)
Weight155g (5.5oz)
Screen5.8-inch AMOLED
Resolution2,960 x 1,440 pixels (570ppi)
OSAndroid 7.0 Nougat
Storage64GB
MicroSD card slotYes
NFC supportYes
ProcessorQualcomm Snapdragon 835, Samsung Exynos 9 Series 8895 (International)
RAM4GB
ConnectivityGSM / CDMA / HSPA / LTE
Camera12MP rear with OIS, 8MP front
Video2,160p at 30fps
BluetoothYes, version 5.0
Fingerprint sensorYes
Other sensorsAccelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass, barometer, heart rate, iris scanner
Water resistantIP68
Battery3,000mAh
PortsUSB-C, headphone jack

5. Blackberry KeyOne

And what a comeback has Blackberry made! The device is unique and gives users the mix of conventional keyboard phone with the modern smartphone. If you’re nostalgic and would love nothing more than a keyboard based smartphone, the Blackberry does not disappoint. Of course, it does not have super specs like modern flagships but at $499, it’s pretty reasonable.

Pro-tip: While Blackberry phones were highly valued in the past as premium phones, these days it’s trying to find stable ground. It is making a gradual comeback with the Priv previously and now the KeyOne. What’s the best takeaway? It’s still the world’s most secure smartphone. Blackberry maintains its trademark!

Blackberry KeyOne
Size149.1 × 72.4 × 9.4 mm (5.87 × 2.85 × 0.37 inches)
Weight180g (6.35oz)
Screen4.5-inch IPS LCD
Resolution (pixels)1,080 × 1,620 (433 pixels per inch)
OSAndroid 7.1.1 Nougat
Storage32GB
MicroSD card slotYes
NFC supportYes
ProcessorQualcomm Snapdragon 625
RAM3GB
ConnectivityGSM / CDMA / HSPA / LTE
Camera12MP rear, 8MP front
Video2,160p at 30fps
BluetoothYes, version 4.2
Fingerprint sensorYes
Other sensorsAccelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass
Water resistantNo
Battery3,505mAh
Quick ChargingYes
Wireless ChargingNo
PortsUSB-C, headphone jack

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Farah tries to keep up with the fast-paced tech world by writing about it. She covers latest tech news and writes informative pieces to help her readers make informed decisions about their tech preferences.
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