Best Android Phones – March 2017

March 17, 2017 - Written By John Anon

With MWC 2017 having now come and gone, it was always to be expected that a best Android phones list would see quite a reshuffle and that is now what has happened. In fact, not all of the phones that were announced at MWC 2017 are available to buy yet, so this list is likely to look very different over the next couple of months. However, if you are after a new smartphone in March of 2017, then these are currently the best choices to go with.

10. LeEco Le Pro3

Starting off the list today is the LeEco Le Pro3. While this is not necessarily the grandest of smartphones or equipped with the most noteworthy of specs, the price on this one makes the LeEco Le Pro3 a seriously good option for those limited with what they can spend. This is a smartphone that comes with an MSRP of $400 although it can more often than not, be found much cheaper than that.

For the low price, you are getting a smartphone that comes with a 5.5-inch FHD display. In addition to 4GB RAM and 64GB internal storage, while the processing power comes from the included Qualcomm Snapdragon 821 SoC. If cameras are more of your concern, then you can expect to find a 16-megapixel rear camera, as well as an 8-megapixel front-facing camera. Additional notable features include a 4,070 mAh battery, USB Type-C connectivity, and Android 6.0 (Marshmallow) – along with a bunch of LeEco-oriented features and software tweaks, due to the inclusion of LeEco’s own UI.

Buy the LeEco Le Pro3 Read more: LeEco Le Pro3 Review

9. Lenovo Moto Z Force

While the Moto Z Force had dropped down a couple of places on the list this month, this is still one of the most novel smartphones on the market and in some respects, the one that offers the most value for money. This is of course, due to the Moto Z range’s capability to make use of modules that add additional further functionality to the device. In fact, 2017 seems as though it will be a year in which a number of new ‘Mods’ will become available and these will all be compatible with the Moto Z Force. Which does mean that this smartphone will retain its value more than some of the others.

Moving passed the modular nature and the rest of the specs also remain pretty competitive with the Moto Z Force coming equipped with a 5.5-inch QHD AMOLED display, 4GB RAM, 64GB internal storage and a Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 processor. In addition to a 21-megapixel rear camera, a 5-megapixel front-facing camera, a 3,500 mAh battery, USB Type-C compatibility, and more.

Buy the Moto Z Force Read more: Lenovo Moto Z Force Droid Edition Review

8. Huawei Mate 9

Although there is now a new Huawei smartphone in town, the Huawei Mate 9 still remains a current smartphone and certainly the newest Huawei flagship available to buyers in the US. Either way, this remains a great option which comes with a very good spec breakdown and a clear focus on its camera capabilities. Which are spearheaded by the dual rear camera configuration on offer. The rear cameras make use of a 12-megapixel RGB sensor and a 20-megapixel monochrome sensor and combine to provide a heightened quality of photos. In addition you will find an 8-megapixel front-facing camera to assist in selfie-shooting. This is also a pretty big smartphone, as the Mate 9 employs a 5.9-inch display, although the resolution is resigned to a HD quality.

The rest of the notable specs on offer include 4GB RAM, 64GB internal storage, and a HiSilicon Kirin 960 processor. In addition to, expandable storage via microSD, USB Type-C connectivity, a 4,000 mAh battery, and Android 7.0 (Nougat) out of the box.

Buy the Huawei Mate 9 Read more: Huawei Mate 9 Review

7. LG V20

In spite of the LG V20 being a very good and solid smartphone, it is one which has so far accumulated limited sales. Partly, due to the limited availability in the first place. However, this is still one of the best smartphones on the market and one which follows on from the LG V10 – which was one of the first devices to sport a dual display. As such, you can expect a similar level of functionality to the V10 with notifications and other quick access shortcuts showing up on the smaller ticker display at the top of the phone. In addition to the dual displays, this is also a smartphone that is built with the audio and camera enthusiasts in mind. Which does mean that this is quite the little smartphone package.

In terms of the specs, the LG V20 comes loaded with a 5.7-inch FHD display (in addition to the secondary ticker display). While inside you can expect 4GB RAM and 32GB (or 64GB) internal storage, with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 SoC powering the show. Cameras come in the form of a dual rear camera setup which is spearheaded by a 16-megapixel and an 8-megapixel sensor. The front facing camera is a 5-megapixel option, while the battery powering the LG V20 comes in at 3,200 mAh, and the underlying operating system is Android 7.0 (Nougat).

Buy the LG V20 Read more: LG V20 Review

6. Huawei P10 & P10 Plus

During this year’s MWC event, Huawei introduced two new smartphones, although in most respects, they are the same smartphone. This is the Huawei P10 and the P10 Plus. Either of which will make for a good purchase, although the Plus variant does offer slightly better value for money as it comes with a couple of plus-sized elements. For instance, with the Plus version you are getting a 5.5-inch display with a QHD resolution while the normal version comes with a 5.1-inch display with an FHD resolution. Likewise, the battery on the P10 has been plus-sized up to a 3,750 mAh level.

Other than that, the rest of the specs on offer with the Huawei P10 Plus include, 4GB RAM, 64GB internal storage and a Kirin 960 processor. Along with a 20-megapixel (monochrome) and 12-megapixel (RGB) rear dual camera setup, an 8-megapixel front-facing camera, and Android 7.0 (Nougat) out of the box. At the moment, the Huawei P10 and Plus are only scheduled to be available outside of the US, with no firm details on when, or even if, they will become available to US buyers.

Pre-Order Huawei P10 (UK) Read more: Huawei P10 Review

5. OnePlus 3T

If price is one of the main decision-making factors for you, then there are few smartphones that offer more for money than the OnePlus 3T. This is a device that is all about packing in what it can, while maintaining a competitive price and the OnePlus 3T achieves this with room to spare. In spite of being considered affordable, the OnePlus 3T is a premium device and you will be getting a premium build quality, as well as a premium level of specs.

Speaking of which, the OnePlus 3T is a smartphone that comes equipped with a 5.5-inch FHD display. Inside, the OnePlus 3T comes loaded with a generous 6GB RAM and 64GB internal storage. While the ever-popular Qualcomm Snapdragon 821 SoC powers everything from behind the scenes. In terms of the cameras, you can expect to find a 16-megapixel camera on the back and an 8-megapixel camera around the front. That is, in addition to the fingerprint sensor, USB Type-C connectivity, a 3,400 mAh battery, and Android 7.0 (Nougat) by way of the company’s own OxygenOS.

Buy the OnePlus 3T Read more: OnePlus 3T Review

4. Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge

Following MWC 2017 and prior to the launch of the Galaxy S8, the Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge is now starting to drop down the list. The ex-number one option had slipped down to number 2 when the Google Pixel and Pixel XL arrived and now drops down a couple of more places to number 4. A drop which will likely continue next month with the arrival of the newer model. However, this does mean that there has never been a better time to pick up the Galaxy S7 Edge as the price has also dropped dramatically over the last few months. And when you take into consideration what you are getting for that reduced price, this remains one of the best smartphone purchases on the market.

Of course, the big selling point here is the Galaxy S7 Edge’s sloping curves which not only increase the display, but also include Edge-specific features. While also further adding to the aesthetic appeal of the premium design device. In terms of the specs, this is a smartphone that comes packed with a 5.5-inch QHD Super AMOLED display, along with 4GB of RAM and 32GB (or 64GB) internal storage. The processor is dependent on market, with the US version packing in the Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 and the international version coming loaded with an Exynos 8890 SoC. Other notable aspects include a 16-megapixel rear camera, a 5-megapixel front-facing camera, a 3,600 mAh battery, and Android 6.0 (Marshmallow) out of the box – with an Android 7.0 (Nougat) update waiting for you.

Buy the Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge Read more: Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge Review

3. HTC U Ultra

Another new smartphone to grace the top 10 this month is the HTC U Ultra. This is a smartphone that looks to offer a more individual level of functionality due to the inclusion of two displays, in a similar way to how the LG V20 does. Although, this is also a premium designed smartphone so you can expect a good mix of metal and glass making up the build quality.

In terms of the rest of the features, the HTC U Ultra comes loaded with a 5.7-inch QHD display (along with the secondary smaller ‘ticker’ display). Inside, you can expect to find 4GB RAM, 64GB internal storage space and a Qualcomm Snapdragon 821 processor powering everything. Cameras include a 12-megapixel UltraPixel camera, along with a 16-megapixel front-facing camera. While a 3,000 mAh battery, Quick Charge 3.0 support and Android 7.0 (Nougat) are also thrown in for good measure.

Buy the HTC U Ultra Read more: HTC U Ultra Hands-On

2. Google Pixel / Pixel XL

For some time now, the Google Pixel and the Pixel XL have remained our go-to smartphones. However, with the influx of announcements that had been expected at MWC 2017, it was always likely that something would beat the Pixels to the top spot this month and that is what has now happened. Still, if you are after a smartphone today, there are few that will offer you a better experience than the Google Pixel and Pixel XL. With the exception of the screen size, resolution, and battery capacity, the two Pixels offer an identical experience. Including various software tweaks like the Pixel Launcher and a native implementation of the Google Assistant.

Likewise, both smartphones do come loaded with 4GB RAM, 32GB (as a baseline) storage and are powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 821 processor. Cameras on offer include a highly-praised 12.3-megapixel rear camera, along with an 8-megapixel front-facing camera. Additional features come in the form of a fingerprint sensor, USB Type-C connectivity, and the latest version of the Android operating system, Android 7.0 (Nougat).

Buy the Google Pixel Buy the Google Pixel XL Read more: Google Pixel/Pixel XL Review

1. LG G6

Technically speaking, the LG G6 is not quite available to buy yet, although it is now available to pre-order. Likewise, with the expected arrival of the Samsung Galaxy S8 next month, it remains to be seen how long the LG G6 will remain at the top of this list. However, as it stands in March of 2017, if you are planning on buying a new smartphone, the LG G6 is certainly the one to consider. LG opted to revert back to a non-modular design and as a result, the LG G6 is certainly a premium looking device. In addition to its design, this is also a smartphone that comes with a mostly all-screen front panel which does offer a maximum viewing experience. While the included camera tweaks and tricks, coupled with dual rear cameras, look to offer an increased camera experience.

In terms of the rest of the numbers, the LG G6 comes boasting a 5.7-inch ‘FullVision’ display, along with 4GB RAM, 32GB internal storage and a Qualcomm Snapdragon 821 quad-core processor. The two rear cameras are 13-megapixel cameras, while the front-facing option comes in 5-megapixel form. The device itself is powered by a 3,300 mAh battery and comes running on Android 7.0 (Nougat). And for those thinking to buy, now really is the time as LG and the various carriers are all offering the LG G6 along with some very nice freebies, including a Google Home and new TV.

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