10. HTC U Ultra
The HTC U Ultra is HTC’s current flagship. This handset is made out of metal and glass, and it comes with two display, a primary 5.7-inch display, and a secondary 2.05-inch one. This is fueled by the Snapdragon 821 64-bit quad-core SoC, and it packs in 4GB of RAM on the inside. A 3,000mAh battery is also a part of this package, and it is not removable. The HTC U Ultra can be purchased through Amazon for $673.99, while it costs Rs. 59,990 ($896) in India.
9. Sony Xperia XZs
The Sony Xperia XZs is the second most powerful smartphone that was introduced by Sony this year. This handset was announced next to the Xperia XZ Premium during this year’s MWC in Barcelona. The Xperia XZs sports a 5.2-inch fullHD display, 4GB of RAM and 32GB / 64GB of native storage. This phone is fueled by the Snapdragon 820 64-bit quad-core processor, and Android 7.1 Nougat comes out of the box. The Xperia XZs can be purchased through Amazon for $699, while it costs Rs. 49,990 ($770) in India.
8. Xiaomi Mi 5
The Xiaomi Mi 5 is one of Xiaomi’s flagships for 2016, and it was actually their first 2016 flagship. Despite the fact this phone was announced over a year ago at this point, it’s definitely worth buying today. Not only is the Mi 5 still plenty powerful, but it’s also quite affordable, which is why it deserves a place on this list. This phone is quite compact, made out of metal and glass, and it is fueled by the Snapdragon 820 SoC. The Xiaomi Mi 5 costs around Rs. 22,000 ($342) in India, though you can pick one up from GearBest for $367.
7. Moto G5 and Moto G5 Plus
The Moto G5 and Moto G5 Plus are Motorola’s mid-range offerings, and both of them have been pushed to the Indian smartphone market. The Moto G5 is the smaller of the two devices, and is also inferior to the Moto G5 Plus, as it is fueled by the Snapdragon 430, and not the Snapdragon 625 that is ticking on the inside of the Moto G5 Plus. The Moto G5 packs in 2GB / 3GB of RAM, while the Moto G5 Plus comes in a 2GB, 3GB and 4GB RAM variants. The Moto G5 (3GB RAM variant) is priced at 11,999 ($185) in India, while the Moto G5 Plus costs around Rs. 14,999 ($232). The Moto G5 can also be purchased through Amazon for $263, while the Moto G5 Plus costs 299.99 (4GB RAM variant).
6. LG V20
The LG V20 is LG’s flagship phablet for last year. This is still one of the more powerful devices out there, and if you’re looking for a phablet with two displays and a really good camera, the LG V20 might be the phone for you. This handset packs in 4GB of RAM, 32GB / 64GB of native storage and two 16-megapixel snappers on the back. The phone costs around Rs. 46,000 ($700) in India, but can be purchased through Amazon as well, all you have to do is use the links down below.
5. Honor 8
The Honor 8 is no longer Honor’s most powerful smartphone, as the Honor V9 and Honor 8 Pro (same phone for different markets) have been announced. The Honor 8 is, however, still a compelling offering, as it’s made out of metal and glass, while it sports 4GB of RAM and is fueled by the Kirin 950 64-bit octa-core processor. You can purchase this handset from GearBest for $436, while it is available for considerably less from Amazon for US consumers.
4. Moto Z
The Moto Z is, next to the Moto Z Force, Motorola’s flagship handset. The Moto Z2 is on its way, but the first-gen Moto Z handset is still well worth the purchase. This handset comes with a 5.5-inch QHD display, 4GB of RAM and it is fueled by the Snapdragon 820 64-bit quad-core SoC. This handset sports a front-facing fingerprint scanner, and is compatible with Moto Mods. The Moto Z is currently available from Amazon for $500.
3. Samsung Galaxy S7 / Galaxy S7 Edge
The Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8 Plus have been announced, but they’re still not available for open purchase, so we can’t exactly put them on the list. The Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge, however, are still quite compelling, especially considering both of those phones are now a bit more affordable, due to the release of the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8 Plus. The Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge can be purchased for $444 and $520 from Amazon, respectively.
2. OnePlus 3T
The OnePlus 5 might be on the way, but we’ll have to wait for that announcement for another couple of months. Luckily, however, the OnePlus 3T is still amongst the best smartphones out in the market. This metal-clad handset packs in a whopping 6GB of RAM, while it is fueled by the Snapdragon 821 64-bit quad-core processor. The device is upgradeable to Android Nougat, while it comes with a front-facing fingerprint scanner, AMOLED display and a 3,400mAh battery. The OnePlus 3T can be purchased from Amazon for $525, while it costs $420 over at GearBest.
1. Google Pixel / Pixel XL
The Google Pixel and Pixel XL are Google’s very own smartphones which have plenty to offer. These metal-clad phones have great cameras, while they’re shipping with Google’s stock software, and are usually first to get Android updates. Both devices pack in 4GB of RAM and the Snapdragon 821 SoC. The Google Pixel is currently priced at $830 over at Amazon, while the Google Pixel XL costs $869.