Gadget Highlights

Top smartphones of 2016 from iPhone 7 to Samsung Galaxy S7

Apple iPhone7 and Samsung Galaxy S7

The year 2016 is now about to end, and it has witness several great smartphone launches and also witnessed several bad hits. Out of these launches here are some great smartphones that come into the market with spotlight on features like camera, video, and security:

1. iPhone 7

iPhone 7 houses a full cluster of cutting-edge features and components that make the model truly magical and effortless. The polished finishing of iPhone 7 is accomplished through an accuracy nine-stage anodization and cleaning process that delivers the users a glossy and shiny handset.

iPhone 7

More highlights to look for:

  • Ultra-fast wireless with faster instrumentality
  • Latest iOS 10 to produce a super-fast functionality
  • With advanced stereo features for superior audio quality
  • The most powerful chip for smooth and speedy affinity
  • The brightest and most colorful display
  • Dual-cameras that snaps the best photo ever
  • New-fangled black and jet black finishes
  • Splash and water resistant
  • Latest Home button

2. Google Pixel

The smartphone is claimed by the company to boast best smartphone camera ever. Also, the reviewers are comparing its camera pairs with the professional DSLR camera. In addition, some people using the handset are fans of its performance.

Google Pixel smartphones

Let’s unbox the metal and glass built Google Pixel and peep into what is in store for us.

The Al Google Assistant

As users continue shaping and improving Al Google Assistant, simply by being users, it marches towards the aim of human level intelligence.

Android 7.1 Nougat and the Pixel Launcher

The smartphone runs on Android 7.1 Nougat and the new “Pixel Launcher” interface. Activating Google assistance is indeed a matter of child’s play, like speaking “OK Google” to the phone, or long press the home button on screen works out just fine. As long as you know what you want to ask for, Google Assistance will bring the whole internet world to you.

Snapdragon 821

The Google Pixel is the first handset to boast the newest cutting edge chooser. The new silicon tout is a 10% speed increase in booting and loading of apps, in comparison with the Snapdragon 820. While the chipset offers incremental improvements in efficiency, the GPU/CPU picks up its pace.

Charging and Battery backup

In a world where the whole population is chained to their phones and the latter to their chargers, the Pixel provides fast charging support for a quick top-up which needless to say, is a blessing not in disguise.


The 5 inch Google Pixel uses AMOLED display with a 2770 mah battery capacity. The smartphone is available in Very Silver, Quite Black, and Really Blue color. Interesting, isn’t it?

3. OnePlus 3 and 3T

OnePlus has recently announced its OnePlus 3T smartphone, which is an upgrade over the OnePlus 3 handset, which is now discontinued in several regions, however, it is still available for sale in India. While, the Chinese manufacturer revealed that the OnePlus 3T will be available for purchase exclusively through Amazon India starting from December 14.

The OnePlus 3 smartphone comes only with 64GB internal storage at Rs. 27,999, whereas the OnePlus 3T allows its buyers to choose between the 64GB storage variant and an additional 128GB storage variant. The former is priced at Rs. 29,999 in India, while the latter comes with a price tag of Rs. 34,999.

OnePlus 3T

By looking the specs and price, the customers who had brought the OnePlus 3 smartphone couple of months back, might want to throw their handset to purchase the newer smartphone. The company hasn’t changed the design and looks of the smartphone, however, it comes with upgraded specs and features.


Both of the handsets comes with the same 16-megapixel of image snapper, but the one with OnePlus 3T smartphone is shielded with a Sapphire glass (tough as durable diamond), which is being used in iPhones to protect their cameras. Besides, the handset comes with front camera upgrade as well, if sports a 16-megapixel of user-facing selfie shooter that is and upgrade over the 8-megapixel front camera of OnePlus 3.


The OnePlus 3T also comes with a larger battery to offer a greater power backup to your smartphone. The smartphone comes with a 3400mAh of battery. where the OnePlus 3 only offered a 3000mAh battery. The OnePlus 3T also comes featured with Dash Charge fast charging technology.


The smartphone is powered by a top end chipset, 2.35 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 821 processor (two cores clocked at 1.6GHz and two cores clocked at 2.35GHz), which comes bundled with 6GB of RAM. The Snapdragon 821 chipset is the unit which also powers in Google Pixel smartphone and Asus Zenfone 3 deluxe. The chipset comes with improved power consumption, enhanced overall user experience and supports new features. While, OnePlus 3 is powered by a 2.15 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 SoC, which is slightly lower than the Snapdragon 821.


The newer upgraded phone not only provided an option in storage, while it also offers a newer colour option to its users. Apart from the Graphite and Soft Gold colour options, the OnePlus 3T is also available in Gunmetal colour variant.


OnePlus has also announced that with the launch of OnePlus 3T smartphone in Indian smartphone market, it will recommence its assembling plant in the country for the 3T handset from the next month.

4. Moto Z

Moto Z is quite notable and impressive. The model 5.5-inch screen mated on 1440p display resolution and is powered by the latest Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 SoC. In memory part, the mobile sports 4GB RAM coupled with 32GB or 64GB of internal storage. Apart from this, this latest smartphone also features a high-definition 13MP rear and 5MP selfie camera. Backed by a 2600mAh battery, Moto Z runs on Android v6.0.1 out of the box.

Moto Z India

Among other features, the phone is empowered with USB-C port which is the replacement of signature 3.5mm headphone jack of Motorola. However, the price details and particular availability information are still in the official pipeline.

5. Samsung Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge

The Samsung Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge offer the same cutting-edge design and innovative features as the Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 edge launched earlier this year. With water and dust resistance, an advanced camera, fast wireless charging, Always-On Display, Samsung KNOX and unparalleled connectivity to a galaxy of products, services and experiences, the Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 edge are redefining what users can do with their smartphones.

High-Quality Photos No Matter the Conditions

Combining blink-of-an-eye autofocus for fewer blurry photos, superior low-light photography and significant advancements in video capture, the Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 edge give users a chance to capture every memory reliably and true to life. Central to this performance is the groundbreaking dual-pixel technology in the Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 edge rear cameras. The dual-pixel sensor, wider F1.7 aperture, and bigger pixels work together to capture 95 percent more light4 which makes sharp and beautiful photography possible in the low-light environments where most people take most of their photographs—rendering the Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 edge camera all the more versatile and its photographs all the more stunning.

Samsung Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge

All Day Battery Life5

From charging up to holding the charge, the Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 edge deliver the best battery experience of any Galaxy device.  Fast wired and wireless charging allow users to charge their devices quickly, and the large battery capacity of 3,000 mAh for the Galaxy S7 and 3,600 mAh for the Galaxy S7 edge gives users the power to keep going all day long.

Samsung KNOX

The Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 edge include Samsung KNOX, the company’s defense-grade mobile security platform, built into the device and implemented at the chip level so the device and data are highly secure from the moment it boots up. For the ‘Bring Your Own Device’ (BYOD) workers, KNOX encrypts work data and personal data separately, providing users with both convenience and peace of mind.

A Galaxy of Possibility

Samsung delivers seamless mobile experiences that enable people to explore, create, move, go and unlock their passions—from being active, keeping up with fitness and staying connected while on the go, to capturing 360-degree content and discovering new virtual worlds.  With the Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 edge at the centre, customers will have access to Samsung applications and services like Samsung Pay, Samsung+ and the ability to explore immersive, 360-degree content through Samsung Gear VR.

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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