Top 5 flagship smartphones to gift this Christmas holiday season

2017 is a great year for smartphone enthusiasts, from bezel-less design to cameras with DSLR like capabilities have been made available by the smartphones companies. So, here are the best flagship smartphones (don’t bother with the order) that offer plenty of features.

Apple iPhone X

The list includes both iOS and Android smartphones and here are the best smartphones (flagship smartphones) if you have a wallet big enough to afford the same.

  • We would like to begin with the Apple iPhone X. This is the iPhone that set apart the other iPhones which are launched in last 10 years. The phone has best of both the worlds and offers a humongous set of features for an up and above ₹1,07,000 price tag for the premium model. Here are the best features of the Apple iPhone X.
    1. The display is one of the best in the market, the first iPhone to use OLED display with 2K QHD+ resolution protected by ion exchange tempered glass.
    2. Face ID, the next generation of security unlocking feature that replaces Touch ID.
    3. Animoji with the ability to detect the motion of the face and offers a short GIF with your original facial expression.
    4. Powered by the top of the line Apple A11 Bionic processor.
    5. The only smartphone to offer 4k video recording up to 60 frames per second.
    6. All glass design with wireless charging.
    7. Support for Gigabit LTE with up to 1 Gbps data transfer speeds.
    8. A smartphone that offers a dual camera with portrait mode with optical image stabilisation on both the slots.
    9. First iPhone to offer OLED display with 3D touch.

      Samsung Note 8
  • Our choice is the Samsung Galaxy Note 8. The smartphone is almost perfect, unlike the Apple iPhone X, it has a 3.5 mm headphone jack keeping everything intact. However, the oddly placed fingerprint scanner has been making a sound around the market regarding the simple failure of engineering. So, here are the top best features of the Samsung Galaxy Note 8.
    1. Aesthetically pleasing design with glass-metal-glass sandwich design, which looks cool and feels fancy in the hand.
    2. Offers IP68 rating against the water and dust resistance feature, which could the same device from the water and dust accidents.
    3. Dual 12 MP cameras with OIS on both the smartphone with portrait mode and 4K video recording capability.
    4. Sexy bezel-less design with QHD+ OLED touch panel. In fact, this smartphone has the best display on any smartphone till date. Support for the HDR capability is one of the fancy factors of this smartphone.
    5. Powered by either Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 or Exynos 8895 Octa-core processor paired with 6 GB RAM and 64 GB onboard flash storage with a dedicated micro SD card slot (up to 256 GB).
    6. S-Pen that offers plenty of applications from taking notes to marking anything on the device without any hassle.
    7. Fast charging and wireless charging capability via USB type C port with support for USB OTG.
    8. A lot of customisation options with Android Nougat based Samsung UXI with a promised Oreo update.
    9. Priced at ₹67,000, which offers a great value for money compared to the Apple iPhone X.

      LG V30+
  • LG V30+ is the iteration of the LG V30 that offers 128 GB onboard flash storage. In fact, this is the first LG smartphone that has been made properly with ample amount of features with a highly appreciable price point. The smartphone retails for ₹44,990 in India and comes with a complimentary wireless charger with one-time free screen replacement. Here are the fascinating features of the LG V30+.
    1. Best glass-metal-glass design with Corning Gorilla Glass on the front as well as on the back which offers an aesthetically pleasing look.
    2. First LG smartphone (in India) to offer wireless charging capability.
    3. IP68 and MIL military rating for the durability against water and dust resistance rating.
    4. Dual camera setup with a 16 MP main shooter with a F/1.6 aperture with OIS and a 16 MP secondary shooter with 13 MP wide angle shooter with 4k video recording capability and cinematic video modes. However, the smartphone fails on the selfie department due to a 5 MP shooter with F/2.2 aperture.
    5. Powered by a top of the tier Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 Octa-core processor with 4 GB LPDDR4x RAM and 128 GB onboard flash storage.
    6. Fingerprint scanner, that doubles as the power button.
    7. 5.9-inch POLED display with QHD+ resolution which offers HDR 10 and Dolby Vision support.
    8. The phone does have a dedicated DAC which can drive premium headphones to offer premium audio experience.
    9. Dual SIM card slot with 4G LTE and VoLte capability on both the slots, which is a great deal.

      OnePlus 5T
  • OnePlus 5T has made into our list and here are the reasons for the same. In fact, this is the most premium flagship smartphone that can save some rupees from your wallet. This is an overall flagship smartphone, but it doesn’t have a feature that can distinguish this from the competition.
    1. Flagship class Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 Octa-core processor, paired with 6 GB or 8 GB LPDDR4x RAM and 64 GB or 128 GB onboard flash storage.
    2. Features a 5.9-inch OLED display with FHD+ resolution with Corning Gorilla Glass 5 protection.
    3. Premium metal unibody design with a USB type C port and a 3.5 mm headphone jack.
    4. Fastest Dash Charging in any of the smartphone (period), which can charge the device from 0 to 100 percent in less than 90 minutes.
    5. Dual SIM card slot with 4G LTE and VoLte capability on both the slots.
    6. Dual camera setup on the back with 16 MP main shooter with F/1.7 aperture and a 20 MP secondary shooter for low light photography with F/1.7 aperture.
    7. 16 MP selfie camera with 1080p video recording and Face unlock feature.
    8. Stock look-alike Android operating system with faster OS updates.
    9. The smartphone that offers the best value for money.

      Xiaomi Mi MIX 2
  • Xiaomi Mi MIX 2 is one of a kind smartphone with flagship class specifications and a unique design language. Like all the other smartphones it has its own ups and downs and here are points to consider Xiaomi Mi MIX 2 over other premium flagship smartphones.
    1. Premium one of a king design with no bezel at all, which makes it look like the phone from the future.
    2. One of the few smartphones to offer a premium ceramic built quality, which offers better protection from scratches and accidental falls.
    3. Offers a premium 5.9-inch FHD+ IPS LCD screen protected by 2.5D curved Corning Gorilla Glass on the top.
    4. Powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 Octa-core processor with 6 GB LPDDR4x RAM and 128 GB onboard flash storage with no SD card slot what so ever.
    5. Dual SIM card slots with 4G LTE and VoLte capability 0n both the slots.
    6. Fast charging support via USB type C port.
    7. A forked version of Android Nougat with a promised update for Android Oreo with custom MiUi skin on the top.
    8. However, the phone misses out on the camera, the 12 MP main camera does not belong here.
    9. Looks like no other smartphone, if you are into smartphones that looks different, then this is one to consider.

So, what do you think about our top picks of 2017? Is your smartphone has made to the list of flagship smartphones? Share your views in the comment box about your pick of the list and why did you choose the same?