The 8 Best High-end Smartphones Reviewed | December, 2019
Taking smartphones to a whole new level, these 2017 devices are geared to offer optimal functioning, superior features, mind-blowing aesthetics and impressive technical specifications. We have extensively researched each aspect of these smartphones from the OS to the API to present you with a detailed review you can rely on. Now, analyze the contours to the classic design, the silhouettes to the specs using our review when it comes to the best high-end smartphones of 2017. With these hottest iPhones and Android devices, you are guaranteed to set temperatures sizzling and access features ranging from optimal storage to better memory, amazing camera quality and sound effects for true audiophiles!
The Huawei P10 Plus comes equipped with a 5.5 inches IPS-NEO LCD capacitive touchscreen and 16M colors. Updated to the latest Android OS, v 7.0 Nougat, this Hisilicon Kirin 960, Octa core, Dual SIM,6GB RAM, Dual 20 MP +12 MP camera equipped smartphone also comes with accelerometer, gyro and proximity compass. This smartphone is also known for bring the world’s first hyper diamond cut finish phone, adding strength and color to your device, with thinner, brighter and bolder designs. This ultra slim 145gram super lightweight phone has a rear dual camera with a back cover and a body with smooth, round curves. Huawei offers the best bang for your bucks with this amazing smartphone.
Android OS v 7.0 Nougat
5.5 inch IPS NEO LCD capacitive touchscreen with 16M colors.
Does not work with CDMA, No warranty in the US
Weight: 5.82 ounces
Say hello to advanced technology and a smartphone that never let’s you down, with Google Pixel,with a 100 percent functional cellular processor’s 60 day warranty and unlocked for all networks CDMA and GSM including Verizon, Sprint, T-Mobile and AT&T. A nano SIM, amazing 128 GB storage and a Google Digital Assistant for whom every wish is a command, this is the highest rated smartphone ever with 89 DxOMark mobile score. Making video calling a cinch with Google Duo, the new Knock Knock feature ensures the caller is seen before you pick up. Offering you the latest technology and unlimited benefits, Google Pixel makes sure you kiss other smartphones goodbye!
128 GB storage
Unlocked for all networks
US Version needed for American Chargers
Weight: 1.2 pounds
The power of HTC 10 is amazing. Sculpted by light, it is the world’s first dual AUDIO-OIS combination designed for music lovers. The control and performance of this smartphone is awesome, with up to 2 days batter life, unparalleled performance, excellent 24 bit High Resolution sound and the front plus back cameras equipped with OIS. Built in DAC conversion of 16-bit audio to 24-bit high resolution makes this an audiophile’s dream come true. Dolby Audio surround sound, a 50 percent more responsive screen and PowerBotics for enhanced hardware and software efficiency leading to battery life of 30 percent more make this a perfect smartphone for audio apps and files.
World's first dual OIS, AUDIO
Upto 2 days battery life
US version needed for American plug chargers
Weight: 6.4 ounces
One Plus 3T offers GSM, HSPA, EVDO and LTE technology, a dual SIM, Optic AMOLED capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors, a 5.5 inch screen with a 73.1 percent screen-to-body ratio and a 1080×1920 pixel density. Multitouch, with Corning Gorilla Glass 4, this hardy resilient and attractive phone works on Android 6.0.1 (Marshmallow) upgraded to 7.1.1 (Nougat). The CPU is a quad core, with 64/128 GB internal memory and 6GB RAM. The camera is primary 16 MP with LED flash, OIS, check quality and phase detection autofocus. Face detection, touch focus, geo-tagging and HDR make this an awesome buy. Active noise cancellation, dedicated mike, bluetooth 4.2 enabled and 2.0 type-C 1.0 reversible connector and an endurance rating of 83 hours make this a smartphone that goes the distance.
GSM, EVDO, HSPA and LTE technology
Optic Amoled Capactive Touchscreen
GPS with with A-GPS, GLONASS, BDS, no radio, and Marshmallow 6.0.1 OS
Weight: 14.4 ounces
The Sony Experia comes with a host of features including a 13 MP front camera, LED flash, autofocus, 5.2 inch with 1080×1920 display, Qualcomm MSM8996 Snapdragon 820, Quad core, 3GB RAM, 64GB ROM and Micro SD support up to 256 GB. It has a dual SIM, for GSM carriers like AT&T, T-Mobile but its LTE compatibility varies per carrier. Seamless, soft, rounded form and stunning colors make this designer smartphone score on aesthetics too. Capture advanced movements and color, with a photo-pro’s camera, a smart battery, and intelligent features that work for you. Stunning visuals, triple image sensing technology to capture perfect shots in varied conditions and the power of imaging and laser autofocus sensor will freeze movements to the highest degree. LTE compatible from B1 to B41 MHz, this IP68 certified dust proof phone is water resistant over 1.5m and 30 minutes.
LTE compatible from B1 to B41 MHz
Dual SIM and 13 MP front camera
Doesn't work with Sprint, Verizon, US Cellular or any other CDMA carriers.
Weight: 5.8 ounces
iPhone 7 was launched in September 2016 and if you want to paint the town red (literally keeping the color of the device in mind), this is the smartphone for you. This is Apple’s first water resistant phone (with individual waterproof connections to withstand one meter depth for 30 minutes) and also the first without a headphone jack. Bigger, better and crisper, the iPhone 7 is worth the price. Splash and dust resistant, this iPhone has a A10 Fusion Chip and comes with stereo and wireless capabilities.
12Megapixel iSight camera
Unlocked for GSM Carriers Only
Model#: Unlocked 256 GB - US (Jet Black)
Weight: 4.8 ounces
Up to date, accessible and secure from any device with multi-touch display, iCloud, IPS technology and a single press 3D touch, this smartphone’s 12 megapixel iSight camera captures crystal clear images taking 4K video to 4 times the resolution of a HD 1080 video. Advanced camera, long battery life, and immersive speakers make this a value for money purchase. With wireless headphones, a larger taptic engine for a new Home Button and a larger battery life than the 6s.
4K to 4 times video resolution of 1080p
Advanced camera, long battery life
Top price, no headphone jack , only retina HD resolution display
Model#: Plus Unlocked 128 GB - INT (Silver)
Weight: 6.6 ounces
For 100% pure content and no bezel, the Galaxy S8 is a revolutionary smartphone that provides an amazing immersive experience no other can rival. With an infinity display, bezel-free, full frontal edge to edge screen, the resolution can be changed from full to Quad HD and WQHD easily. While the front equals 8 MP AF, the rear is around 12 MP OIS AF. With a 4GB RAM memory and 64 GB internal memory, this display sets fresh standards for a truly existing experience. An expanded screen size for a grand view, and ergonomically designed features that allow easy grip and smooth silhouette on the rear is what makes the Samsung Galaxy 8 as superior in design as it is in specs. With an 18.5:9 display ratio, you can scroll less and do more. Invisible but easily accessed, the navigation keys are a class apart. This smartphone styled for the future has a clean interface, Octa core performance, 64 bit 10 nm processor, expendable memory and SIM Card and fast charging, charge retaining dual SIM Model that supports 3G for 11 hours and 4G for 12.
All content, no bezel
4GB RAM and 64 GB Internal memory
GSM Network SIM only; No CDMA
Weight: 5.4 ounces
What do the Best High-end Smartphones of 2017 Have to Offer?
When it comes to budget, size and features, 2017’s best high-end smartphones have a lot to offer. The Samsung Galaxy S8 offers plenty of punch with Quad resolution displays, slick, fast fingerprint scanners, and a camera that makes pictures more intricate than real life! Big guns Google have come out with the Pixel offering a 5-inch full HD display and exclusive features for a faster and smoother experience. The Apple iPhone 7 is a flagship iPhone with better hidden antennas, water resistance and stereo speakers along with a new Home Button. When it comes to budget, smartphones such as the One Plus 3T offer amazing value for cash, with specs and features of smartphones double its price. Powerful handsets like the HTC 10 are build to last, with a 5.2 inch display with a Quad HR resolution, from Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 chipset and 4GB RAM. OIS on front and back cameras ensures a smartphone that is a photographer’s dream come true. Chinese manufacturer Huawei’s flagship smartphones offer efficient dual cameras, extensive power and storage and mature EMUI software with a long battery life. Upgraded each year, smartphones are at the cutting-edge of changing technology. 2017 is one of the best times to buy a smartphone with small, handy yet amazing devices that are technological powerhouses. From a smooth chassis to a super refined fingerprint reader, many of these phones score a massive lead over rivals like the One Plus 3T. Increasing the camera sensor’s pixels to ensure maximum light gathering abilities for the camera make for an amazing experience. Memory, storage, processing, connectivity and advancements in OS are just some of the reasons why 2017’s hottest smartphones are a hit.
What are This Year’s Major Improvements and Disappointments?
Samsung’s S8, Huawei P10 Plus, and Apple’s iPhone 7 are just some of the top scoring high-end smartphones of 2017. When it comes to major improvements, features, security, ease of use and app selection are some of the areas on which the smartphones score big time. Offering security, with anti virus for malware, the biggest plus point of these phones are that they are secure. But Android smartphones are open source, and therefore targeted by malware. The open versus closed platforms have benefits and disadvantages each. Privacy measures were another point on which smartphones scored, with pass-codes and fingerprints. From a touch ID to custom build OS that works on security, 2017’s smartphones have what it takes to elude the cyber criminal. One of the biggest drawbacks of smartphones working on iOS is that they are walled gardens where user experience cannot be customized. Apart from this, Android handsets score when it comes to personalization. Some of the top ranking companies include Samsung, Sony, HTC, Google and Huawei, but a big drawback of these smartphones are that they score low on water resistance. While Apple has introduced its first water proof phone in the iPhone 7, not many others have followed suit. Apart from low water resistance ratings, Google’s handsets partner with HTC for manufacturing and only limit the apps and software to Google Play and Android. In contrast, Apple curates developers to get software that is superior. The sheer variety of Android phones is amazing and you get features like removable batteries and MicroSD not available in Apple devices. From widgets and launchers to multitasking, iPhones in 2017 are a let down compared to Android handsets. Super screen resolutions are something the 2017 smartphones need to work on too. Some brands have stuck to the Retina HD display instead of upping the game to 1080p and Quad HD.
What Does the Future Hold for High-end Smartphones?
2017 has been a great year for smartphones from powerhouses like Huawei to flagship killers like One Plus 3, when it comes to features and specs at prices that are rock bottom. Even in the low cost segment, a screen resolution less than 720×1280 is hard to find. Overall quality has improved, RAM capacities have jumped and there’s unlimited cloud storage too. The rollout of 4G and 5G and 4K recording are some of the other highlights of 2017’s high-end smartphones. After the iPhone 7 series, Apple is looking for a next smartphone in 2017– the iPhone 8 which will be unique and high end. A dual camera series, with a unique design and a powerful handset makes the iPhone 8 a device to watch out for with waterproof technology, slim features, and a reversible USB charger. Meanwhile, OnePLus4 is set for efficiency and power, upgrading to a 21 MP camera and 8GB RAM! Android 7 and its 128GB storage capacity makes this one powerhouse of a smartphone. HTC 11 will also be a unique device, with design quality, a 5.5 inch QHD display with 2560×1440 pixels and latest next processor with 8GB RAM power and 256 GB of storage. 12 MP dual cameras are on the anvil too. Foldable phones are next with the Samsung Galaxy X at the height of edge technology with 4K sSuper AMOLED display of 2160×3480 and dual rear facing camera modules are also eagerly awaited. Testing the Snapdragon 83x and Intel chip, Google is set to give Pixel an edge in the coming years too. The comeback of Nokia and Blackberry is awaited with Nokia 6 and Mercury at CES respectively. VR/AR apps will also shape the smartphone market with OnePlus aiming for this reality based virtual technology as a ground for innovative handset features. The future holds a new and exciting direction for wireless, bluetooth enabled, ultra HD display and durable smartphones built to last.