Flagship smartphones of the year that was!

01-01-2018 Vanshika Malhotra

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Flagship smartphones of the year that was!

2017 was a year where we saw many innovations and specs evaluation in smartphone offerings. My Mobile brings you some of the best premium handsets that made waves in past months, producing which their companies became proud parents:

Samsung Galaxy Note 8: The smartphone after the death of the Galaxy Note 7- the Galaxy Note 8 raised many eyes, hopes, concerns and what not. Coming with dual rear cameras makes the Galaxy Note 8 a first by Samsung to flaunt the dual-camera setup. At the back are two cameras rated at 12-megapixel each, and an 8-megapixel front-facing shooter. The cameras can create Bokeh using the Live Focus feature. Another USP is the QHD Super AMOLED Infinity display, rated at 6.3-inch, resulting in narrow bezels. Other specs include Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 mobile platform, 6GB of RAM and 64GB of internal, a 3,300mAh battery with fast charging tech, fingerprint sensor and Android 7.1.1 Nougat.

LG V30+: At IFA 2017, entered LG’s premium smartphone in its V series, dubbed the LG V30. Embracing the concept of dual cameras, bezel-less display and an aperture rated at f/1.6, the smartphone got launched alongside the V30 with the only difference being the ROM. The LG V30+ features a 6-inch QHD OLED display, Snapdragon 835 SoC, 6GB of RAM, 128GB of internal storage, a 3,300mAh battery, Android 7.1.2 Nougat, fingerprint scanner, facial recognition, and IP68 certification. The camera department houses 16-megapixel (f/1.6) and 13-megapixel (f/1.9) dual rear cameras, and a 5-megapixel front snapper.

Apple iPhone X: Creating much hype and anticipation was the 2017 iPhone X, deemed the future. Coming with the popular bezel-less OLED Super Retina display, standing at 5.8-inch, the smartphone also features dual rear cameras, placed vertically. The cameras 12-megapixel each, features Portrait mode, digital zoom up to 10X and the new Portrait Lightning feature, while the 7-megapixel front camera is a TrueDepth one, supporting Portrait mode, Animoji, Portrait Lightning, and Facial recognition (replacing Touch ID). The iPhone X comes with A11 chipset, 64GB and 256GB ROM options, and runs iOS 11.

OnePlus 5T: Successor the 2017 OnePlus flagship- the OnePlus 5, OnePlus 5T is somewhat similar to the predecessor, except for a 6.01-inch full HD+ Optic AMOLED bezel-less display, absence of a telephoto lens, fingerprint scanner placement, facial recognition and improved low-light photography. The device has kept the 16-megapixel and 20-megapixel dual rear cameras but with a changed aperture for the latter now rated at f/1.7, and a 16-megapixel front camera. There still is a Snapdragon 835 processor, 6GB RAM/64GB ROM and 8GB RAM/128GB ROM options, a 3,300mAh battery, and Android 7.1.2 Nougat.

Google Pixel 2 XL: Successors to the Google Pixels smartphones, dubbed the Pixel 2 and the Pixel XL 2 arrived in 2017, giving tough competition to rival companies. While both the Pixel 2 and the Pixel XL 2 come with an almost same spec sheet, the latter has a bigger 3,520mAh battery and a bigger 6-inch QHD p-OLED display which is bezel-less in nature, sporting an aspect ratio of 18:9. The Pixel XL 2 comes with Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 chipset, 4GB of RAM, 64GB and 128GB ROM options, and a 12.2-megapixel rear shooter with laser autofocus, dual PDAF, OIS, EIS, with an 8-megapixel shooter with fixed focus. The smartphone runs Android Oreo, has a fingerprint sensor, front-facing stereo speakers, Active Edge feature, Google Assistant and Google Lens.

Nokia 8: And after a hitting rock bottom (well, almost) 2017 saw the comeback of Nokia, now under HMD Global. With the launch of various budget smartphones, Nokia finally unveiled the flagship Nokia 8, dual cameras at the back (13-megapixel each) and another 13-megapixel one at the front. The Nokia 8 is home to the Bothie feature by the company, allowing users to record and capture using the rear and front cameras simultaneously. The Nokia 8 has QS 835 processor, 5.3-inch LCD QHD display, 4GB of RAM, 64GB ROM, 3,090mAh battery, Android 7.1.1 Nougat, OZO audio system and a fingerprint scanner.

Xiaomi Mi 6: And the popular Chinese company unveiled its flagship, dubbed the Mi 6. With a 3D glass body, the smartphone has a 5.15-inch full HD display, Snapdragon 835 processor, 3,350mAh battery and Android 7.0 Nougat. Featuring 12-megapixel dual primary cameras and an 8-megapixel selfie one, the Mi 6 comes in three variants- 6GB/64GB, 6GB/128GB and the special Ceramic version of the smartphone with 18K gold-plated rear camera rims with 6GB RAM/128GB ROM. Additionally, the Mi 6 supports Mi Pay mobile payment service.

Vivo V7+: While Vivo unveiled various selfie-centric smartphones, the one that got our utmost attention is the Vivo V7+, coming with a 5.99-inch FullView bezel-less display and a 24-megapixel front-facing snapper (with Face Beauty 7.0 and Portrait mode features) and a 16-megapixel rear snapper. The device is powered by Snapdragon 430 processor, has 4GB of RAM, 64GB ROM, a 3,225mAh battery, Android 7.1.2 Nougat, fingerprint scanner and facial unlock.

Honor 9i: Huawei sub-brand Honor, instead of dual cameras, played the quad card and launched the Honor 9i with four cameras. The two cameras at the back are rated at 16-megapixel and 2-megapixel, while the front-facing ones stand at 13-megapixel and 2-megapixel. Honor 9i too comes with a bezel-less full HD+ display, spanning 5.9-inch, and is powered by Kirin 659 processor, has 4GB of RAM, 64GB of ROM, a 3,340mAh battery and runs Android 7.1.2 Nougat. Furthermore, it has a fingerprint sensor at the back.

Sony Xperia XZ Premium: The camera-centric Xperia XZ Premium comes stacked with a MotionEye sensor, a 19-megapixel rear shooter camera hybrid autofocus and the ability to record videos at 960fps, using the Exmor RS memory sensor. At the front, there lies a 13-megapixel shooter with Exmor RS sensor and 22mm wide-angle lens. The camera also supports Sony’s SteadyShot tech. The smartphone comes with a 5.5-inch 4K HDR TRILUMINOS display, QS 835 processor, 4GB of RAM, a 3,230mAh battery, IP68 certification, and runs Android 7.0 Nougat.

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