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The 10 Best Smartphones to Buy in 2017

  Each year, we're bombarded with new products from smartphone manufacturers, and it can be quite a difficult task to sift through them in order to find the perfect one for us. As a result, I've put together a list of the best new smartphones to be released this year to date so you can make an informed decision on your next purchase. Here they are: 
 

 

1. Samsung Galaxy S8
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Weight: 155g | Dimensions: 148.9 x 68.1 x 8mm | OS: Android 7 | Screen size: 5.8-inch | Resolution: 1440 x 2960 | CPU: Exynos 8895 | RAM: 4GB | Storage: 64GB | Battery: 3000mAh | Rear camera: 12MP | Front camera: 8MP
This model is widely considered to be the best Android smartphone currently on the market. It features a 5.8-inch screen that's almost entirely bezel-less, as well as top-of-the-range hardware and fantastic Android software. An iris scanner also features in the Galaxy S8, allowing for it to be unlocked with just a glimpse of the owner's eyes. 
2. OnePlus 5
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Weight: 153g | Dimensions: 154.2 x 74.1 x 7.3 mm | OS: Android 7.1 Nougat | Screen size: 5.5-inch | Resolution: 1080 x 1920 | CPU: Snapdragon 835 | RAM: 6GB/8GB | Storage: 64GB/128GB | Battery: 3300mAh | Rear camera: 20MP + 16MP | Front camera: 16MP
The OnePlus 5 is growing in popularity around the world, and this is because it has specifications that are comparable, if not better, than top-of-the-line phones from established manufacturers. It's an incredibly fast phone that offers slick performance. Some might be turned off due to a lack of a microSD card slot and a relatively short battery life, but the OnePlus5 still offers fantastic value for money. 
3. Moto Z
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Weight: 136g | Dimensions: 153.3 x 75.3 x 5.2 mm | OS: Android Marshmallow | Screen size: 5.5-inch | Resolution: 1440 x 2560 | CPU: Snapdragon 820 | RAM: 4GB | Storage: 32/64GB | Battery: 2600mAh | Rear camera: 13MP | Front camera: 5MP
Behold - this is the world's thinnest phone that will barely be noticeable in your pocket. This sleekness, however, does come at a price - the Moto Z does away with a headphone jack, and is also slightly compromised when it comes to battery life. Upsides are the creative modular accessories that you can add to the phone, as well as a novel fingerprint sensor that's used to unlock the phone. 
4. Sony Xperia XZ Premium
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Weight: 195g | Dimensions: 156 x 77 x 7.9mm | OS: Android 7 Nougat | Screen size: 5.46-inch | Resolution: 3840 x 2160 | CPU: Snapdragon 835 | RAM: 4GB | Storage: 64GB | Battery: 3230mAh | Rear camera: 19MP | Front camera: 13MP
If you're looking for an incredibly rich display, excellent camera and solid battery life, then Sony's flagship smartphone is the one for you. The phone is even capable of playing 4K video so that you can enjoy your favorite films and TV show on the go. The one area where this phone isn't quite up to par in comparison to its rivals is its design. Although it has a sleek front and rear, the Xperia XZ Premium's plastic edges detract somewhat from its "premium" positioning in the marketplace.
5. HTC U11
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Weight: 169g | Dimensions: 153.9 x 75.9 x 7.9mm | OS: Android 7.1 Nougat | Screen size: 5.5-inch | Resolution: 1440 x 2560 | CPU: Snapdragon 835 | RAM: 4GB/6GB | Storage: 64GB/128GB | Battery: 3000mAh | Rear camera: 12MP | Front camera: 16MP
The latest effort from HTC is a good all-round smartphone, combining a 5.5-inch 2K display with 4GB of RAM and a fast chipset. The biggest selling points, however, are the front and rear-facing cameras, with 16 megapixel and 12 megapixel capability respectively. A downside is a relatively dim screen when compared to rivals. 
 
6. Lenovo P2
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Weight: 177g | Dimensions: 153 x 76 x 8.3 mm | OS: Android Marshmallow | Screen size: 5.5-inch | Resolution: 1080 x 1920 pixels | CPU: Snapdragon 625 | RAM: 4GB | Storage: 32GB | Battery: 5100mAh | Rear camera: 13MP | Front camera: 5MP
The key selling point for this phone is undoubtedly its two-day battery life. And no, there's no need to use the phone lightly - it will just keep going for two whole nights. What's more is that it's at a very good price when compared to some of the phones on this list, although some of its specifications are compromised. If you're looking for a smartphone that won't break the bank or have you permanently attached to a charging point, then this is the one for you.
7. Google Pixel
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Weight: 143g | Dimensions: 143.8 x 69.5 x 8.5mm | OS: Android 7.1 | Screen size: 5-inch | Resolution: 1080 x 1920 | CPU: Snapdragon 821 | RAM: 4GB | Storage: 32/128GB | Battery: 2770mAh | Rear camera: 12MP | Front camera: 8MP
This smartphone from Google probably offers the most immersive Android experience out there. The Pixel also features a premium design, excellent camera and very powerful internals. One area where it's compromised is its battery life - you will need a charger if you use your phone heavily and spend much of your day out and about. 
8. LG G6
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Weight: 163g | Dimensions: 148.9 x 71.9 x 7.9mm | OS: Android 7 Nougat | Screen size: 5.7-inch | Resolution: 1440 x 2880 | CPU: Snapdragon 821 | RAM: 4GB | Storage: 32GB/64GB | Battery: 3300mAh | Rear camera: 13MP | Front camera: 5MP
The LG G6 has a fantastic screen and is also water resistant. It also has two cameras at the back, which is a highly unusual setup compared to most other smartphones. With that being said, the cameras aren't as cutting-edge as they are in some other smartphones on this list, and the G6 also happens to be expensive for what you actually get in terms of its specifications. 
9. iPhone 8
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Weight: 148g | Dimensions: 138.4 x 67.3 x 7.3 mm| OS: iOS 11 | Screen size: 4.7-inch | Resolution: 1334 x 750 | CPU: Hexa-core | RAM: 2GB | Storage: 64GB/256GB | Battery: 1821mAh | Rear camera: 12MP | Front camera: 7MP
Evolution rather than revolution is the key for this Apple smartphone, with the iPhone 8 essentially standing in as an iPhone 7S. Nevertheless, there's a new glass design, an improved display and a more powerful chipset. The new smartphone is also capable of wireless charging.  When compared to the best Android phones out there, the iPhone 8 is slightly compromised on its specifications. 
10. iPhone X
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Weight: 174g | Dimensions: 143.6 x 70.9 x 7.7mm | OS: iOS 11 | Screen size: 5.8-inch | Resolution: 1125 x 2436 | CPU: Hexa-core | RAM: 3GB | Storage: 64GB/256GB | Battery: 3300mAh | Rear camera: 12MP | Front camera: 7MP
This new launch from Apple is being touted as a revolutionary device thanks to its amazing screen and complete removal of any physical buttons on the phone itself. A new version of Apple's operating system is also present, as is wireless charging and unlocking using facial recognition. Be prepared to pay well in excess of $1,000 for this one when it hits stores at the end of October 2017. 
 
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