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best Android phones in India: which should you buy in 2017?

When it comes to India, the love for Android here is never-ending. While Apple has caught up some serious pace in the Indian market, Android still has a massive cut when it comes to market share. No doubt, the adaptability, availability and affordability of Android phones played a huge role to achieve the big number.

Still, we might see the numbers rising for iOS once it fully establishes its manufacturing in the country. It would still lag miles behind in numbers. However, let’s not compare it for now and get to the best from the world of Android smartphones.

In an overcrowded smartphone market like India, where big brands like Sony, HTC, LG, and Samsung are feeling the heat from the emerging Chinese brands like OnePlus, Xiaomi, Lenovo. It’s not just the heat, these brands are giving some real hard time by disrupting the affordable segment with competitive pricing. The consumers are served with just too many options to decide. On top of that, the variety of screen sizes, hardware, software features and design puzzles us up even more.

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To help find the most fitting Android phone for you, we’ve rounded up the best Android handsets out there today, rating the phones on hardware performance, OS upgrade potential and, of course, how shiny and nice they are to have and boast about to work colleagues.

So here they are – the best Android phones money can buy today. For many, many different reasons.

Samsung Galaxy S8

Biometrics aside, this is the best Android phone

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

Amazing display
Huge power
High price
Irritating biometric unlocking

Samsung has once again taken the top spot of the best Android phone in the world right now.

Samsung’s latest Galaxy S8 is in the top position of this list, thanks to an incredible design, amazing display and some truly great power packed into the phone.

Everything that has made Samsung phones great over the last few years has been packed into this 5.8-inch device – that’s almost bezeless too – and comes with top of the range hardware and some easy to use Android software.

There’s a new iris scanner to allow you to unlock the phone with just your eyes and not to forget the IP68 certification, wireless charging and dependable after sales. It’s not the perfect device some had hoped for, but it’s the best Android phone you can buy at the moment.

Read the full review: Samsung Galaxy S8

  • Also consider: If your budget can’t quite stretch to the new Galaxy S8, the Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge is still an excellent option with a strong screen and excellent camera, plus it’s now cheaper thanks to the arrival of the S8.

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Samsung Galaxy S8 Plus

Samsung now owns second place as well

Weight: 173g | Dimensions: 159.5 x 73.4 x 8.1mm | OS: Android 7 | Screen size: 6.2-inch | Resolution: 1440 x 2960 | CPU: Exynos 8895 | RAM: 6/4GB | Storage: 64GB | Battery: 3,500mAh | Rear camera: 12MP | Front camera: 8MP

Best display on the market
Speedy performance
Very expensive
Flawed fingerprint sensor

Second place goes to the Samsung Galaxy S8 Plus. We’ve loved both the Galaxy S6 Edge and the Galaxy S7 Edge, but this year we prefer the smaller device of the flagship pairing.

The size of the Galaxy S8 Plus may put some people off at 6.2-inches, but we found the device easy to use and the main reason the Plus sits in second place is its higher price.

Everything we love about the Galaxy S8 is available here as Samsung has decided to only really changed the sizes of the screens rather than fiddling with the spec inside the device.

That same powerful 12MP camera and top of the range power setup is here to do everything you want it to as well as the new biometric tech that may allow you to unlock your phone faster than ever before.

Read the full review: Samsung Galaxy S8 Plus

  • Also consider: Looking for a big screen Android phone? Then say hello to the HTC U Ultra. It won’t be for everyone, but for those who want something a bit different the large 5.7-inch QHD display, punchy performance and solid camera will suit.

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Moto Z

Modular and the world’s thinnest

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: 64GB | Battery: 2600mAh | Rear camera: 13MP | Front camera: 5MP

Creative modular accessories
Fingerprint sensor with a twist
No 3.5mm headphone jack
Big camera bump

The Moto Z is modular like the LG G5, but it’s far better with extra add-ons and a much easier to use snap-on design.

It’s powerful and the modular design means you’ll be able to switch out elements for future accessories and could mean you can keep this phone for much longer than other devices that will date quicker.

Usually when we talk about mid-cycle upgrades, we’re strictly talking about new software. Moto Z could take on new form at any time.

It may be the world’s thinnest phone, but that comes at a cost with a reduction in battery size and the loss of the headphone jack – potential issues for some users. If you can overlook these shortcomings though you’ll have a truly innovative device in your hands.

Read the full review: Motorola Moto Z

  • Also consider: Surprised not to see the LG G6 in our top ten? Well you can read our reasoning here – but it’s still worth considering. It’s 5.7-inch QHD display is bigger than the Moto Z’s 5.5-inch offering, plus its water-resistant body is handy. It sure is pricey though.

Sony Xperia XZ Premium

The perfect phone for 4K fanatics

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

4K display is stunning
Solid battery life
Design isn’t the most premium
Fiddly SIM tray

The Xperia XZ Premium is the flagship smartphone Sony fans have been waiting for, bringing together an eye-popping display, strong snapper and solid battery life.

Those who love watching films and TV shows in 4K can do so on the move with the 4K screen on the XZ Premium – no other phone on this list can boast that – while the front-facing dual speakers also enhance videos and gaming.

If there’s an area the XZ Premium does lack in, it’s design. The flat glass front and rear are sleek, but the plastic edges of the phone detract from the ‘Premium’ part of the name.

Make no mistake though, this is a proper, fully-loaded Android flagship which easily holds its own against the competition.

Read our full review: Sony Xperia XZ Premium

  • Also consider: If you fancy something a little smaller, and a little more wallet friendly, then check out the Sony Xperia XZ. As the name suggests, it lives in the same family as the XZ Premium, but has a smaller 5.2-inch full HD display and older Snapdragon 820 chipset.

OnePlus 5

A genuine flagship killer

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

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