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The Best Smartphones of 2016

  • The Google Pixel and Pixel XL are the most exciting Android smartphones in years. They are packed to the gills with exactly what you would expect of a flagship smartphone in today’s day and age - A 5.0-inch/5.5-inch AMOLED display protected by Gorilla Glass 4, 4GB of RAM, 32/128GB internal storage, big batteries, a fingerprint reader, Qualcomm’s latest Snapdragon 821 processor and a fantastic design to match.<br /> <br /> While HTC has built the Pixel, Google has designed it from scratch, in and out. The Pixel has an all new design that looks extremely sleek, especially in the striking ‘Really Blue’ color.<br /> <br /> On the camera front also they don’t disappoint. They come with a 12MP rear camera with an aperture of f/2.0, phase detection auto-focus, a dual LED flash, electronic image stabilisation and a sensor size of 1/2.3”. The front camera is an 8MP affair with an aperture of f/2.0 and a sensor size of 1/3.2”.<br /> <br /> The AI infused software is what sets the two Pixel smartphones apart from the rest of the inanely crowded smartphone landscape. You can use Assistant to text someone, open apps, call your boss, play/pause music, make movie reservations, post a tweet, post embarrassing photos of your friends and Facebook and much much more.<br /> <br /> Moreover, anyone rocking a Google Pixel will get unlimited backups of all their photos and videos to Google Photos for life.<br /> <br /> Prices start from a whopping 57,000 rupees and go all the way upto Rs 72,500.
  • The Galaxy S7 is equipped with a 5.1-inch Quad HD Super AMOLED display, the Exynos 8890 octa-core chipset and a 3,000mAh battery.<br /> <br /> For many years, Samsung was known for making plasticky handsets with mediocre build quality and uninspired designs. All this changed though with the Galaxy S6 and the S6 Edge, ushering in a svelte metal and glass design that stunned many. The design of the S7 is an evolution of the same and is extremely premium.<br /> <br /> The Galaxy S7 comes with a 12MP ISOCELL and a 5MP front camera. Both cameras are one of the best cameras on any smartphone to date. The rear camera is great for low-light photography and excels in well-lit situations.<br /> <br /> Both cameras have an aperture of f/1.7 and the rear camera features dual-pixel technology for faster auto-focus in low light conditions<br /> <br /> The device runs on Samsung’s own TouchWiz UI running atop Android 6.0 Marshmallow. Finally, the S7 brings back water resistance and microSD card support which was missing from the Galaxy S6.
  • Apple\'s latest spin on the iPhone rocks an aluminum body, much like the iPhone 6S.<br /> <br /> The ugly antenna lines are a thing of the past now with Integrated Antennas and the iPhone 7/ iPhone 7 Plus also come with a new \'Jet Black\' finish that looks incredibly suave.<br /> <br /> The Camera on the iPhone 7 received a complete overhaul and now comes with a new 6-element lens, a wider aperture of f/1.8 that absorbs 50 per cent more light, and an all new high speed 12-megapixel sensor that is 60 per cent faster than the iPhone 6S.<br /> <br /> Apple has upgraded its A-series processor to the A10 Fusion. It\'s a quad-core setup that is said to be 40% faster than the A9 and two times faster than the A8 seen in the iPhone 6S and iPhone 6, respectively. The GPU looks to triple the performance of the A8 and will be more battery-friendly than previous iterations.<br /> <br /> As expected, Apple has done away with the headphone jack, and audio is routed digitally through the lightning port. Apple also launched a new version of the EarPods which connect through the lightning port.<br /> <br /> The Phone 7 costs Rs 60,000 for the 32GB model, 70,000 for the 128GB model and 80,000 for the 256 GB model.
  • Featuring a gorgeous full metal uni-body design, OnePlus 3 finally doesn\'t just pack flagship level specifications, but also looks the part.<br /> <br /> The OnePlus 3 comes with the Snapdragon 820 processor, 6GB of RAM, a 3,000mAh battery and 64GB of internal storage.<br /> <br /> Additionally, the OnePlus 3 packs a 5.5-inch full HD \'Optic\' AMOLED display, runs on Oxygen OS running atop Android Marshmallow and on the imaging side, features a 16MP rear camera with a Sony PDAF sensor and a 8MP front camera.<br /> <br /> OnePlus recently released the OnePlus 3T, which is basically an incremental update over its predecessor, with a bigger battery, a better front facing camera, a speedier processor and some software tweaks.<br /> <br /> The OnePlus 3T is OnePlus’s attempt to fight competition like the Google Pixel and Galaxy S7 head on. Just like Apple’s ’S’ models, the 3T has exactly the same design as the OnePlus 3 and has been priced at Rs 29,999 for the 64GB version and Rs 34,999 for the 128GB variant.<br /> <br /> The OnePlus 3T comes with Qualcomm’s latest Snapdragon 821 processor (as compared to the 820 in the OP3) clocked at 2.35GHz, the Adreno 530 GPU, 6GB of DDR4 RAM and a 3,400mAh battery. The battery is 13% larger that the One Plus 3, which had a 3,000mAh battery.
  • The Moto Z, which is undoubtedly Motorola’s most exiting smartphone in recent years, comes packed to the gills with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 SoC, 4GB of RAM, a 13MP rear camera with OIS and 4K recording, a 5MP front shooter and a 2,600mAh battery along with TurboCharging support.<br /> <br /> The ‘World\'s thinnest premium smartphone’ comes with a 5.5-inch QuadHD display protected by corning gorilla glass, a sleek and suave metal/glass body and unlimited feature expansion through Motorola’s Moto Mods.<br /> <br /> Talking about the camera setup in detail, the 13MP rear camera has an aperture of f/1.8, zero shutter lag, optical image stabilisation, a dual LED flash and laser auto-focus. The front 5MP camera is shared with the Moto Z Play and Motorola claims has improved low light capabilities.<br /> <br /> The distinguishing feature of the Moto Z are the ‘Moto Mods’: snap-on accessories that can be attached to the smartphone in order to increase its functionality.<br /> <br /> The Moto Mods can be simply attached to the back of the device through magnets. Five Moto Mods are available as of now - A mod by JBL to add powerful speakers, a mini projector by Pico, a camera add on by Hasslebad, Style shells by Motorola and a power pack by Incipio which extends the device’s battery life.

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