The flagship season is far from over. While some of the bigger companies have announced their most popular flagships, we are still waiting for the others to release and announce their own to their customers. While we are eagerly waiting to see the rest of the high-end devices for the year of 2017, we are going to be having a look at the already available high-end devices.
Samsung Galaxy S8/+
Samsung has announced their new Galaxy line-up at the end of March and we have already heard that the company is expecting to see their sales going up drastically. The new Galaxies feature a gorgeous 5.8″-6.2″ QHD Super AMOLED displays, the new Snapdragon chipsets and a superb camera. Design wise, the new galaxies are very similar for the third time in a year now but that doesn’t mean it looks bad, in fact – it looks even better every year. The galaxies are again IP68 certified meaning that they are water and dust resistant. We have already given you our first thoughts about the new Galaxies that you can check out over here.
LG has done something new this time around. They have removed their metal like plastic back cover and replaced it with an elegant glass. The G6 does not use the latest and the best Snapdragon chipsets, instead it uses the improved version 821 chipset that still holds up very well today next to the latest 835. The display is a QHD 5.7″ IPS LCD display that is the first to have HDR capabilities. It’s notable to mention that the phone itself is compact for the display size and is comfortable to hold and use even with one hand. The camera has got even better while it still maintains the dual camera setup. It now uses the same cameras for both on rear, giving you some very nice detail in low-light situations too. The G6 is the first flagship from LG to have IP68 certificate and have dust and water resistance. The battery should also hold up for a full day letting you play games, surf the internet, watch some videos and check your social media.
Even though Google’s flagships were announced last year, we thought we would include it in this list as it was available by the end of last year. The Pixel duo resembles the things Google thinks important for their users. After removing the affordable Nexus lineup, Google decided to get into the smartphone business and make their own. Pixel competes directly with the iPhones and it does it very well. It has a metal/glass back that many find ugly and not stylish. This does not mean that it’s bad looking, but it does mean that the majority prefers something else instead. The smaller Pixel has an FHD 5″ Amoled display and the previous generation Snapdragon 821 chipsets that still hold up very well next to the new 835. The larger sibling has a QHD 5.5″ Amoled display and the very same chipsets as it’s smaller sibling. The Pixel duo has one of the best cameras out right now on the market offering great detail, stabilisation, contrast and low-light capabilities. The downside of the Pixels are that they aren’t water or dust resistant. While all major flagships of 2016 have had the IP68 certificate, the Pixel duo has missed out on it.
We have already covered the pros and cons of the pixel devices, you may want to have a look and read why it’s still a good value and why it failed very badly.
Sony Xperia XZs
Do you have and use the previous generation Xperia XZ? Well, we cannot recommend you to upgrade to the XZs as it does not offer any major changes to the already existing XZ. If we have a look at the specs sheet we can see that the two phones are identical. The only difference is the camera. It now uses a 19MP f2.0, 25mm lenses that shoots better images than any Xperia before. It is a quality phone by all means, great camera, display, battery and build quality. The downside is that we can’t really see any major improvements over it’s successor.
The fingerprint sensor will be disabled in the US.
Sony Xperia XZ Premium
The Sony Xperia Z5 Premium was the first smartphone to feature a 4K display. The XZ Premium does exactly the same thing, but even better. It has the same 5.5″ 4K IPS LCD display offering ~800 ppi. It’s also one of the first devices to come out with HDR compatibility, meaning that colours a more punchy, vibrant and life like. It has the latest Snapdragon 835 chipset and is also running on the latest Android 7.1 Nougat version. It has a 19MP shooter that is able to shoot 720p@1000fps that is the first in the industry to come out on such a ‘small’ device. It has the IP68 water and dust resistance certificate, meaning that you shouldn’t be worried to break it while using it under rain and other watery circumstances. It’s expected to be available worldwide in June.
The fingerprint sensor will be disabled in the US.
Huawei has released not one but two flagships in 2017. The P10 and P10 plus are the same on the outside, featuring a beautiful metal body and a glass top (camera part only). The fingerprint sensor has been moved to the front bottom of the phone for design aesthetics and easier use. It uses the latest and best chipset that is built by Huawei itself; the Kirin 960. The default and more popular version has 4GB of RAM but there’s a 6GB RAM model also available with bigger storage options for those who need it. The display offers a FHD 5.1″ IPS LCD for the smaller and QHD 5.5″ IPS LCD for the Plus sibling. The camera has been improved and it still uses the dual camera setup. Huawei is still partner with Leica and so the branding can still be found on the device. The only downside of this duo is that it does not have IP68 certificate, otherwise it’s an amazing device that can run for a whole day not worrying about putting it on charge.
Blackberry KeyOne (Mercury)
Blackberry has released a really good looking, elegant flagship device. The Blackberry KeyOne keeps the physical QWERTY keyboard under a FHD 4.5″ IPS LCD display. It does not have the latest high-end chipset, instead it features a Snapdragon 625 – a mid ranger. This isn’t a problem however as the device is meant to be there for business customers who type a lot and want to feel the button presses. The display size and the phone itself has not been designed for games, but it’s good to mention that it does that absolutely fine without any issues. The device comes with Android Nougat 7.1 and as always, Blackberry focuses on releasing security patches just a few days after they’re released by Google. Blackberry also focuses on security on a high level, so if you’re someone who wants to have great security functions, the KeyOne is probably a good option. It has a massive 3505 mAh battery that should last you more than a day.
It’s expected to be available in May.
Xiaomi has released it’s newest flagship not long ago and the specifications are impressive. It features the latest Snapdragon 835 chipset, 6GB RAM. Storage options are going to be 64GB and 128GB. The display is 5.15″ and maxes out at 1080p. The 3.5mm headphone jack has been removed to give space for other goodies unfortunately. It packs a 3350mAh battery that should last you a good 2 days with moderate usage. The 64GB model costs CNY 2,4999 which translates to $360 or £280 respectively.
The OnePlus 5 sports the latest Qualcomm Snapdragon 385 chipset coupled with 6/8GB of RAM and 64/128GB of onboard storage, depending on what you choose of course. The SD card slot is missing as always, so keep that in mind though it’s unlikely that you will need it if it has so much storage built-in. The Display is a 5.5″ 1080p Amoled display offering some great viewing angles and vivid but pleasant colours. The rest of the specs are top notch too including: 3.5mm headphone jack, NFC, Bluetooth 5.0, Fingerprint scanner on the front underneath the display and a 3300 mAh battery.
The camera is a 16+20MP (f/1.7 and f/2.6) setup that offers similar functionalities to the iPhone 7 Plus including: portrait mode with bokeh effects, 2X zoom. The cameras are much improved over the 3T but still not quite on par with the upper end of the flagships.
It’s available in the US starting at $479, Europe for 499EUR and the UK for £449. Also available in India via Amazon starting at INR 32.999.
HTC released their new shiny flagship in the middle of May and has its own unique features that you may not find in other flagships. It’s powered by the latest Snapdragon 835 chipset and has 4GB RAM and 64GB in-built storage with an SD card slot available. The display is a 5.5″ 1440 x 2560 QHD IPS LCD (~534ppi) display that is uses the old aspect ratio and is rather wide – no curves here. It packs a 3000 mAh battery with Quick Charge 3.0 compatibility and is IP68 certified meaning that it’s water and dust resistant.
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