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Top 5 Flagship Smartphones launched in 2017


2017 has been a year full of new technology smartphone launches. Many leading smartphone manufacturers have introduced their best devices in the market with some unique characteristics. The year has seen many new technologies in the smartphones like FaceID, Wireless charging technology, high-end camera configuration and more.

Major Smartphone companies like OnePlus 5T, Samsung, Google, LG and Apple have launched some outstanding devices. Well, some flagship devices that have been launched this year by these companies are, OnePlus 5T, LG V30+, Samsung Galaxy Note 8, iPhone X, Google Pixel 2 and Pixels 2 XL. Let’s go through these devices in detail to know what they have in store to offer their users.


OnePlus 5T

OnePlus had launched its most anticipated device OnePlus 5T in November this year. The device offers some really cool features and comes with a big display. The device carries a price tag of Rs, 32,999.

Features and specifications of OnePlus 5T

The device comes with a 15.226cm 6.01-inch FHD Full Optic AMOLED display. With 18:9 aspect ration the device offers 2160 x 1080 pixels resolution.  Under the hood, the device has the Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 Octa-Core Processor which clocked at 2.45 GHz. Along with this it also has the Adreno 540 GPU. With this combination, the device will offer better and smooth performance while playing high graphics games and doing multitasking.

Coming to its camera configuration, the devices houses total three cameras. On the rear side, the device carries a dual camera setup and comes with a 20MP+16MP camera. On the front side, the device has a 16MP camera, and it comes with Sony IMX 371 sensor and supports f/2.0 aperture.

The main camera features Sony IMX 398 sensor and f/1.7 aperture. The rear secondary camera features Sony IMX 376K sensor with f/1.7 aperture. The rear camera is supported by a dual LED flash.

OnePlus 5T has two different RAM and ROM configurations. It comes with 6GB RAM + 64 GB ROM and 8GB RAM + 128 GB ROM configurations.

The device is currently running on Android Nougat 7.1.1 with Oxygen OS and will soon get Android Oreo 8.0. It is backed by a 3300mAh battery.

The sensor includes Fingerprint, Hall, Accelerometer, G-sensor, Electronic Compass, Gyroscope, Proximity, Ambient Light Sensor, RGB, and Sensor Hub

Pros of OnePlus 5T

The device has a big display which means the users will get a good experience while playing gamed watching videos and more. The battery capacity which is 3300mAH is quite good and last long. The device offers some useful software features. The display is protected by the Corning Gorilla Glass 5 for better display protection. The device is also equipped with facial unlock feature. The device looks really cool and beautiful.

Cons of OnePlus 5T

The device has no IP rating for water resistance as well as dust resistance. The camera of this device does not support optical zoom. Even though the camera has dual lenses, its dynamic range and low light performance are not such good. The device is still running on Android Nougat.


LG V3+

LG has launched its LG V30+. The device went on sale on 18th December. The device comes with some high-end configurations. It carries a price tag of Rs. 44,990.

Specs and Features of LG V30+

The device has a 15.24cm 6.0 QHD+ OLED Display with 538 PPI. It offers 2880 x 1440 pixels resolution. It supports HDR10. Now the users will get improved picture quality for movies, TV shows, games, and user-generated content with enhanced brightness, color, and contrast.

It has a Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 Octa-Core processor and an Adreno 540 GPU. The LG V30+ has a 4GB LPDDR4X RAM, and it offers 128GB UFS 2.0 internal storage capacity. The storage is expandable up to 2TB by using a Micro SD card.

Coming to its camera section, the primary rear camera of the device comes with a 16 MP Standard-Angle Lens and gives f/1.6 aperture. It features a 10-bit HDR Image Sensor. The secondary rear camera comes with a 13 MP Wide-Angle Lens with f/1.9 aperture. Both the lenses support 8x Zoom. The users will also get a dual LED flash on the rear side. Well, looking into the configuration, the device will enhance the photography experience, and it is capable of shooting 4K video. Another interesting thing is that the camera’s lenses are protected by the corning gorilla glass 4. On the front, it carries a 5 MP camera and supports f/2.2 aperture.

It has IP68 dust and water resistant and shock resistant with MIL-STD-810G Testing. On both front and back, it has corning gorilla glass 5 protection. The device supports face recognition feature.

The device is backed by a 3,300mAh battery and features the Qualcomm Quick Charge 3.0 technology and Wireless charging technology. It runs on Android Nougat 7.1.2.

Pros of LGV30+

The device really comes with a stunning design. It provides high-end audio clarity. The rear camera configuration is quite impressive. The battery capacity is good.  To give better protection to the camera’s lenses, it has equipped with the corning gorilla glass 4 which is good.  The LG V30+ come with the IP68 dust and water resistance. The device also has MIL-STD-810G shock resistance. Like iPhone X it also equipped with FaceID technology. The expandable storage capacity is really good.

Cons of LGV30+

The device offers 5MP front camera which is not satisfactory. The battery capacity with this budget is quite low. It could have more better. Colour shifting on screen is really distracting. The camera does not support portrait photography.


Samsung Galaxy Note 8

This is the bigger and upgraded version of the Galaxy S8. With little modification, the device offers 2GB extra RAM than the Galaxy S8 and Comes with S-Pen. The device is priced at Rs. 67,900.

Spec and Features of Samsung Galaxy Note 8

The device comes with a 6.3-inch QHD+ capacitive touchscreen and gives 1440 x 2960 resolution with 521 PPI pixel density. The screen-to-body ratio is 83.2%.

Under the hood, the device carries the Exynos 8895 10nm octa-core processor 2.3GHz + 1.7GHz. Along with that, it has a Mali-G71 MP20 GPU. It has a 6GB of RAM and offers 64GB internal memory which is expandable up to 256GB.

Talking about its camera, on the rear side it carries dual camera set up and comes with a12MP+12MP camera. One camera has a telephoto lens, and one comes with a wide angled lens. The camera offers dual Optical Image Stabilization, autofocus, 2x optical zoom. On the front side, it carries an 8MP front-facing camera.

It gets power from a 3300mAH lithium-ion battery and runs on Android Nougat OS. It supports wireless charging and fast charging technology. The device carries a fingerprint sensor on its rear side which is located next to the camera.

Pros of Samsung Galaxy Note 8

It has the infinity display which adds more beauty to the device, and it is running on a powerful processor which is quite good. The device offers an upgraded S-Pen with 4096 pressure levels. No other companies have provided such devices. The device equipped with a dual camera as well as dual OIS which will further enhance the photography experience. It has IP68 water and dust resistance feature. The device offers faster data transfer over Bluetooth as it has Bluetooth v5.0. Samsung Galax Note 8 supports both wireless charging and fast charging.

Cons of Samsung Galaxy Note 8

If compared with the features the device offer, the battery is not enough. The 3300mAh battery backup will not last long with the huge infinity display. The position of the fingerprint sensor is bad.  It is located next to the camera and not comfortable to use. The device doesn’t have the stereo speakers. There is no IR blaster in this device.


Apple iPhone X

The much-awaited Apple iPhone X was launched on November 3 in India. The phone is Apple’s new flagship 10th anniversary iPhone. The phone features a new revolutionary design and specs.

Specs and features of the phone:

The iPhone X comes with a 5.80 inch OLED Multi-Touch display with 1125 x 2436 pixels resolution. The pricing of the phone starts at Rs 86,399 in India. The iPhone X measures 142.60 x 70.90 x 7.70 mm and weighs 174 grams.

The device is powered by a hexa-core Apple A11 bionic Processor that runs on iOS 11. Regarding storage, the iPhone X packs 3GB of RAM and 64GB/128GB of internal storage that cannot be expanded. As far as the camera of the phone is concerned, the iPhone X comes with dual 12-mega pixel cameras on the rear side and a 7-mega pixel front shooter for the selfie lovers. Apple has ditched the fingerprint sensor in the iPhone X and is enabled by the TrueDepth front camera for Facial Recognition.

The phone is backed by a 2716mAh battery which is not removable. The phone is a single SIM (GSM) smartphone and accepts only a Nano-SIM. Regarding other connectivity options, the iPhone X users will get Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, GPS, NFC, 3G, and 4G. The sensors in the phone include a Proximity sensor, Accelerometer, Gyroscope, Ambient light sensor, and Barometer.

Pros of iPhone X

The Apple iPhone X takes the bezel-fewer mottos of 2017 seriously as it comes with a giant and magnanimous display which goes edge to edge. The all-new OLED display is called Super Retina HD by Apple and is undoubtedly the best display phone in the market currently. The iPhone X comes with a quality camera of dual 12 mega pixels rear cameras, which ensures the pictures come out without any loss in the image quality. The TrueDepth camera in the phone that enables Facial Recognition and selfie pictures is totally awesome.

Cons of iPhone X

The iPhone X comes with a glass back like the iPhone 8 and is surrounded by metal bands as the rim. Thus, the most astonishing smartphone of the year is also the most breakable phone of the year. So it is best to use the phone with a back case to protect it from any accidents. Also, the phone does not come with any headphone jack.


Google Pixel 2 and Google Pixel 2 XL

Google launched its flagship devices, the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL smartphones in the month of October in India. These two phones are the successors of the last year’s Pixel smartphones, Pixel and Pixel XL. Both the device come with upgraded specs and latest Android stock software.

Specs and features of Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL:

The Pixel 2 comes with a 5-inch Cinematic 127mm Full-HD display with 1080x 1920 resolution while on the other hand, the Pixel 2 XL sports an inch QHD+ P-OLED display with 2880 x 1440 pixels resolution with 3D Corning Gorilla Glass 5.

Both of the devices are powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 SoC. The Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL come in two storage options. Pixel 2 with 4GB RAM/64GB, internal storage variant, is originally priced at Rs 61,000 while the 4GB RAM/128GB internal storage variant is priced at Rs 70,000. The Pixel 2 XL 4GB RAM/64GB variant is priced at Rs 73,000 while the 4GB RAM/128GB variant is priced at Rs 82,000.

In terms of camera, the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 Xl comes with the same camera configurations of 12.2-mega pixel rear camera while in the front, the phones sport an 8-mega pixel camera. The Pixel 2 is backed by a 2700mAh battery while the Pixel 2 Xl sports a 3520mAh battery.

Pros of Google Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL

The devices give best and excellent performance while playing games and doing multitasking. The camera quality is quite impressive. Both the devices come with water resistance feature. Well, the devices have able to get the latest Android version, i.e., Android Oreo 8.0. The users can now enjoy all the features of Android Oreo. Its eSIM works very well, and the devices support Project Fi. OS updates come first to pixel phones.

Cons of Google Pixel 2 and Pixels 2 XL

Well, are some major drawbacks of these two devices. Both the devices have no MicroSD slot. Google has not given the 3.5mm audio jack facility in these devices. The battery capacity of these two devices is not satisfactory. With such high price, the device has no wireless charging support.


Verdict: All the devices have some good features and also lack in few things. Well, the popularity of these devices is still increasing day by day. Some devices are known for their cameras and some offer better performance. The race is still on. Maybe in 2018, the users will get new devices from these companies that will be equipped with more advanced features.

About the author

Rishabh Rajvanshi

Rishabh, with six years of experience in the newspaper industry, has co-founded The TeCake in 2013. Apart from writing and editing articles on Technology at The TeCake, he also contributes to other esteemed newspapers.

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