What is the best flagship phone right now?

Huawei P10 Plus

HTC U11

Sony Xperia XZ Premium

Samsung Galaxy S8+

LG G6

Announced 2017, February 2017, May 2017, February 2017, March 2017, February
Dimensions 153.5 x 74.2 x 7 mm 153.9 x 75.9 x 7.9 mm 156 x 77 x 7.9 mm 159.5 x 73.4 x 8.1 mm 148.9 x 71.9 x 7.9 mm
Weight 165 g (5.82 oz) 169 g (5.96 oz) 195 g (6.88 oz) 173 g (6.10 oz) 163 g (5.75 oz)
Water Resistance – Splash resistant – IP67 certified – dust and water resistant – IP68 certified – dust/water proof over 1.5 meter and 30 minutes – IP68 certified – dust/water proof over 1.5 meter and 30 minutes – IP68 certified – dust/water proof over 1.5 meter and 30 minutes
Type IPS-NEO LCD capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors Super LCD5 capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors Super AMOLED capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors
Size 5.5 inches (~71.6% screen-to-body ratio) 5.5 inches (~71.4% screen-to-body ratio) 5.46 inches (~68.4% screen-to-body ratio) 6.2 inches (~84.0% screen-to-body ratio) 5.7 inches (~78.6% screen-to-body ratio)
Resolution 1440 x 2560 pixels (~540 ppi pixel density) 1440 x 2560 pixels (~534 ppi pixel density) 3840 x 2160 pixels (~807 ppi pixel density) 1440 x 2960 pixels (~529 ppi pixel density) 1440 x 2880 pixels (~564 ppi pixel density)
OS Android 7.0 (Nougat) Android 7.1 (Nougat) Android 7.1 (Nougat) Android 7.0 (Nougat) Android 7.0 (Nougat)
CPU Octa-core Octa-core Octa-core Octa-core Quad-core
Card slot microSD, up to 256 GB (uses SIM 2 slot) microSD, up to 256 GB (uses SIM 2 slot) microSD, up to 256 GB (uses SIM 2 slot) microSD, up to 256 GB (uses SIM 2 slot) microSD, up to 256 GB (uses SIM 2 slot)
Internal Storage and RAM 64 GB, 4 GB RAM (L09) or 128 GB, 6 GB RAM (L29) 64 GB, 4 GB RAM or 128 GB, 6 GB RAM 64 GB, 4 GB RAM 64 GB, 4 GB RAM or 128 GB, 6 GB RAM 32/64/128 GB, 4 GB RAM
Primary Camera Dual 20 MP + 12 MP, f/1.8, Leica optics 12 MP, f/1.7 19 MP, f/2.0, 25mm 12 MP, f/1.7, 26mm Dual 13 MP (f/1.8) + 13 MP (f/2.4)
Image Stabilization OIS OIS EIS OIS OIS (f/1.8 lens only)
Secondary 8 MP, f/1.9 16 MP, f/2.0 13 MP, f/2.0 8 MP, f/1.7 5 MP, f/2.2
3.5mm jack Yes No Yes Yes Yes
Bluetooth 4.2, A2DP, LE 4.2, A2DP, LE 5.0, A2DP, aptX, LE 5.0, A2DP, LE, aptX 4.2, A2DP, LE, aptX HD
NFC Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Infrared port Yes No No No No
Radio No No No No FM radio (market dependent)
Battery size Non-removable Li-Ion 3750 mAh battery Non-removable Li-Ion 3000 mAh battery Non-removable Li-Ion 3230 mAh battery Non-removable Li-Ion 3500 mAh battery Non-removable Li-Po 3300 mAh battery

 

What is the best flagship phone right now?

Nowadays phones are becoming more featured filled which makes it hard to judge what is the absolute best or the king of smartphones. That is why we will help to break it down for by topics so you guys can know which phone is best for you!

 

Weight and size

Winner: LG G6

Runner-up: Huawei P10 Plus

At 165g and 163g both these smartphones are the lighter option if you worry about weighing down your pocket! The LG G6 however is not that thin at 7.9mm whereas the Huawei P10 is a razor thin 7mm compared to the others.

 

Display

Winner: Samsung Galaxy S8+

With all the other displays either IPS or SLCD displays, the Samsung S8+’s AMOLED display stands out and wins hands down. The Samsung S8+ has deepest blacks and a high color range, making the photos and colors really pop out. Having an AMOLED display has also allowed the Samsung S8+ to have an always on display as the black pixels drains very little power. Not to mention with the highest screen-body ratio, the ‘infinity’ display of the Samsung is absolutely beautiful.

A notable mention however is the SLCD display of HTC. These displays draw little power and therefore makes the battery life notably better.

The Sony also has the highest resolution but at such a high pixel density, it is barely noticeable to the naked eye.

 

Performance

Winner: P10 Plus

Runner-ups: XZ Premium, U11 and S8+

With the latest and greatest in octa-core processors, these phones are using the latest CPU and chipset making them formidable in the performance department. Switching between apps and multi-tasking is buttery smooth and with very little issues. Although the LG G6 uses the older quad core processors, the performance was still very good although there can be hiccup once in awhile.

The Samsung S8+ takes advantage of this the most with the long aspect ratio allowing for better multi-window applications. If you like to play games with intensive visual graphics, the P10 Plus is a great choice.

 

Storage and Memory

Winner: Samsung S8+

Runner-up: HTC U11

6GB RAM on a mobile phone is unimaginable a few years back. Only desktop and laptop computers with 6GB of RAM ruled the world. Now Samsung and HTC’s offerings have 6GB options for their 128GB storage models. This makes them the clear winners in this category. All the other phone still come with at least 4GB of RAM and 64GB of storage which is more than enough for most of us.

 

Camera

Winner: Samsung S8+

Runner-ups: P10 Plus, LG G6

Cameras are still a very competitive topic between phones with the camera quality being good enough to use on a day to day basis. One camera that does stand out is the Leica co-produced camera on the Huawei P10 Plus. With Leica’s expertise, Huawei has had a great consultant in developing one of the best phone cameras on the market. Huawei’s camera is a dual camera system taking advantage of different apertures and features allowing the camera to take better photos overall. LG G6 also does this by having one lens have a wider angle and another with a tighter angle.

However some have argued that single camera systems outperform the dual by putting all the effort into just one lens. Here in our personal tests, we definitely feel the Samsung S8+ has one of the most amazing photos.

It is also important to note that all these phones have image stabilization, reducing the amount of blurriness in your photos. Although the Sony XZ Premium only has electronic stabilization which is inferior to the optical image stabilization featured in the rest.

 

Battery Life

Winner: Huawei P10 Plus

Runner-up: Samsung Galaxy S8+

With a 3750mAh battery, the Huawei P10 Plus has the potential to last the longest. Huawei also has kept the Android software as minimal as possible to help it on this edge as well. The Samsung Galaxy S8+ follows closely with a 3500mAh battery. With the AMOLED display we have found using a black background, it helps save batteries and in our tests, even out performing the Huawei P10 Plus at times.

However, all these phones can safely and easily last a day. With all the manufacturers focusing on battery draining issues and as well as more efficient chips being used. Unless you need a phone as a power user to last longer, none of these phones will have any issues with battery life.