Flagship Phones Of 2016

With HTC 10 being revealed just a couple of days ago, the list of 2016 flagship models is basically complete. Yeah, Apple should reveal its new generation iPhone around September, but iPhone 7 will be more of a 2017 contender. iPhone SE is already available but SE isn’t a flagship device, it can be observed more like a “mini” version of iPhone 6S and 6S Plus, like Sony did with their Xperia Z Compact series; premium components in smaller package that can be easily handled, even with one hand (one feature that’s getting more and more absent in high-end models). The only two handsets from 2015 that are present in this list are iPhone 6S/6S+ and Lumia 950 because with their specifications they clearly belong to it.

With all that in mind, we constructed our 2016 flagship models list, and it contains phones from Sony, Samsung, HTC, Microsoft, Huawei, Xiaomi, and LG. OnePlus 3 is absent from this list because, even though the phone belongs in the premium class, it isn’t announced yet, and this list is made out of models that are available for purchase, or for preorder right now. So, without further ado, let’s start.

Apple iPhone 6S/6S Plus

iPhone 6S

Revealed in September 2015, 6S and 6S Plus are really the maximum of what Apple can offer to its users right now. Big screens (4.7-inch in 6S and 5.5-inch in 6S Plus) with really nice PPI values (326 with 6S and 401 with 6S Plus) make new generation iPhones somewhat big phones that, like iPhone 6, aren’t really easy to handle with one hand (iPhone SE should take care of this problem) but most of the today’s flagship models have this fault. They both come in 16/32/128 GB versions, but all of them pack the same Apple A9 chips and have 2 gigs of RAM. Design stayed mainly the same, but Apple did put something new in the package, 3D touch display. The camera has 12 MP (frontal camera has 5 MP) and it’s really quality one. All in all, if not wanting an Android phone, iPhone is still the only real choice.

Sony Xperia X Performance

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Xperia X Performance is the strongest piece of the Sony’s new Xperia X series. Although it is the strongest one, it doesn’t have QHD screen resolution, a normal feature of 2016 flagship lineup. Instead, Xperia X Performance packs a 5-inch 1080p screen that still looks really nice and bright, and with its 441 PPI pixel density, it is well above iPhone 6S/6S Plus. Having ”just” 1080p display means that battery will not be emptied right before you finish with your workday, and if Sony continues to do a great job with their UI and battery optimisations, we should expect a phone that’ll last at least two days before it needs to be hooked to a charger. Camera sensors stayed the same as the ones found in Xperia Z5, so even if they have 23 MP (main camera) and 13 MP (frontal camera), you shouldn’t expect higher quality photos. Xperia X Performance should be picked up if you don’t care about crazy screen resolution and want your phone to have juice for at least two days without charging it. Oh, BTW, X Performance has premium chipset (Snapdragon 820) and it’ll come with 32 GB of internal memory, and 3 gigs of RAM.

Samsung Galaxy S7/S7 Edge

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Samsung braced full metal body design with last year S6, and that decision finally made S series a top-tier looking phone. This year, Samsung brought some smaller upgrades like SD card slot and a better camera that should be the best camera currently used in any phone (although HTC One 10 managed to get the same result of 88 on DXO site, meaning that One 10 should have a camera of the same quality as S7). Both versions come with 32 or 64 GB of internal storage and 4 gigs of RAM. Chipsets used are Snapdragon 820 (US version) and Samsung’s Exynos Octa 8890 (Europe and Asia versions). The screen has QHD resolution and is either 5.1-inch (S7) or 5.5-inch (S7 Edge). Sleek metal body, great camera, and immense power under the hood should place S7/S7 Edge on the top spot in the minds of most smartphone users.

Microsoft Lumia 950

Lumia 950

Microsoft’s flagship model for this year is Lumia 950. It comes with Windows 10 out-of-the-box, has Snapdragon 808 chipset and a QHD 5.2-inch display. It comes with 32 GB of internal memory, and 3 gigs of RAM. The camera is a quality one, with 20 MP resolution, and a selfie one has 5 MP. If you don’t like both Android and iOS, Windows 10 could be your choice. OS is fast, reliable, has almost all the apps most people need, and it has an option of hooking the phone up to a monitor and using it like a normal desktop PC (It is called Continuum).

HTC 10

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HTC revealed their 2016 flagship a couple of days ago, and it is looking very nice. Snapdragon 820, 5.2-inch QHD screen, 4 gigs of RAM, dual speakers, and a full metal body make HTC 10 probably the best part of this list. One other big news is that HTC 10 again has an Ultrapixel camera, but this time it has 12 MP resolution ( the previous one had just 4 MP). They finally proved that Ultrapixel cameras are excellent, but with 4 MP they couldn’t show their full potential. Now, on the other hand, HTC 10 scored 88 points on the DXO site, making its camera the best in the world right now (along with the one that’s inside S7). HTC offers a complete package, and if you are a music freak, it should be your first choice. The sound quality was always best on HTC’s flagships, ever since One M7.

LG G5

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LG offered a real beast this year, with its G5 flagship model. 5.3-inch QHD display, Snapdragon 820, 32 GB of internal memory paired with 4 GB of RAM, and a 16 MP camera should fulfill the cravings of most people. A smaller display will allow for better handling, and a powerful 3000 mAh battery should provide you up to a day and a half of charger independence. The bonus that comes only with G5 is LG’s new “Friends” option that allows various accessories be attached to the phone, thanks to G5’s modular design. And the best thing is that battery is replaceable, allowing you to quickly swap it for a new one when on a long journey. G5 should be picked by people who want to try new Friends modular accessories, and who want a phone that’s relatively strong on all fronts.

Huawei P9

P9

The newest model from, now, third largest smartphone manufacturer in the world, Huawei is interesting for a couple of reasons. First, the chipset being used is Huawei’s Kirin 955 (Quad-core 2.5 GHz Cortex-A72 & quad-core 1.8 GHz Cortex-A53), an in-house solution that is quite powerful. The phone comes with a 1080p, 5.2-inch display, which has pretty respectful density of 423ppi. It has a Dual-lens 12 MP resolution camera with optics made by Leica, and if Huawei’s statements are true, P9 should have one of the best cameras in the whole smartphone world, but until any official test is made we can’t confirm this. P9 has 32 or 64 GB of internal memory and comes packed with 3 or 4 GB of RAM, depending on the version. A really interesting phone made for people who want to try something different but still want to stay on Android.

Xiaomi Mi5

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Xioami is one of the biggest smartphone brands in China. They tried to make a breakthrough in western markets for a couple of years but haven’t really succeeded in those attempts. With the new Mi 5, Xiaomi’s flagship model for this year, they might finally make a push that will give them a critical amount of new users in western countries, allowing Xiaomi to become a new best-selling brand in Europe and US. Mi 5 is a powerhouse. It’s packed with Snapdragon 820, it has 32/64/128 GB of internal memory, 3/4 GB of Ram. Mind that Pro edition of Mi 5 has 128 GB of internal memory and 4 GB of RAM while regular edition comes with 32 or 64 GB of internal memory and 3 GB of RAM. The screen is solid; 5.15-inch 1080p IPS screen should be of high enough quality for most users. The price is the best part of Mi 5. 32 GB edition costs around $300, 64 GB edition costs around $350 and for Pro edition (128 GB of storage and 4 GB of RAM) you’ll need to shelve out $550. Really competitive price for a high-end smartphone.

 

This was our list of the best Flagship models of 2016. If you think that we didn’t mention some model you think belongs on this list, let us know in the comment section bellow. Thanks for reading and check out some of our other interesting articles.

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