July is here and as the clock keeps ticking, the smartphone world keeps getting more and even better handsets to choose from.
At the start of the year, Huawei came in with the Mate 8 and Honor 5X. A few weeks later, Samsung Galaxy S7, S7 Edge, LG G5 and Xperia X were announced. While the first three have since been made available, the latter has yet to make its way to the public space. Ever since the Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge were released, a series of other Android OEMs have flocked in with their flagships, including the Huawei P9, OnePlus 3 as well as Moto Z Force, just to name but a few. With the list expected to grow even further with the release of the likes of Galaxy Note 7 and Nexus 2016, here’s a list of the best Android phones your money can buy right now.
OnePlus is known for what it does – killing flagships. Like in the past, this year’s OnePlus 3 is a flagship killer. It packs a Snapdragon 820 SoC that is paired with a 6GB RAM and 64GB of onboard storage. You also get a roomy display of 5.5 inches, but with 1080p resolution, which is kept alive by a 3000mAh battery unit. This battery can be fast charged via Dash Charge technology, the company’s version of Quick Charge. The rear has a 16MP snapper and the front has an 8MP snapper.
The many features you find on most 2016 flagships are also available on the OnePlus 3. These include Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow OS, fingerprint scanner, sleek design that features an aluminum unibody build, NFC, and many others. For all these, the OnePlus 3 costs just $399.
Moto Z Force
Just like the OnePlus 3, the Moto Z Force is still very new following its announcement last month. The phone is somehow less attractive when compared to its sibling – the Moto Z. However, the Moto Z Force still brings the best in terms of specs. These include a 5.5-inch crack-proof AMOLED screen with QHD resolution. Under the hood, you find a Snapdragon 820 SoC that is paired with a RAM of 4GB. The storage options are two – 32GB and 64GB – whereas the camera specs see the Z Force receive a huge 21MP sensor on the back that supports OIS and laser autofocus. Unlike the standard Moto Z which has a 2600mAh battery unit, the Moto Z Force has a huge 3500mAh unit. The battery can be fast charged via Turbo Charging technology, which means a 15-minute charge can last up to 15 hours.
Unfortunately, you won’t find a 3.5mm headphone jack on the Moto Z Force, instead, you will depend on a USB Type-C connector or wireless headsets. At the moment, there are no pricing details of the Moto Z Force. In addition, Lenovo says that the phone will remain exclusive to Verizon until the unlocked variant is unveiled later this year.
Samsung Galaxy S7 Active
Exclusive to AT&T, Samsung Galaxy S7 Active is the rugged version of the standard Galaxy S7. It has the same 5.1-inch QHD Always On display used on the S7. Under the hood, the same specs also exist – a Snapdragon 820 SoC, 4GB RAM as well as 32GB of expandable onboard storage. The camera specs remain at 12MP for the main camera and 5MP for the selfie snapper. However, the phone gets a larger battery of 4000mAh as opposed to the 3000mAh used on the S7. This battery depends on Qualcomm’s Quick Charge 2.0 technology for fast charging. AT&T is selling the Galaxy S7 Active for $795.
Sony Xperia X
Sony announced a number of smartphones at the MWC 2016 event. The Xperia X was among them, coming in as the middle-of-the-pack version sandwiched between the Xperia X Performance on the higher end and Xperia XA on the lower end. You get a decent 5-inch Full HD IPS LCD screen that is surrounded by Sony’s trademark metallic frame on the edges and has a flat metal on the rear.
The phone has a massive 23MP rear snapper that also features PDAF and extremely fast focusing whereas the front has a 13MP sensor. Under the hood, the Xperia X is powered by a Snapdragon 650 SoC that is supported by a RAM of 3GB and is based on the latest Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow. In terms of battery, you only get 2620mAh. Amazon values the Xperia X at $523.99.
Samsung Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge
As noted earlier, Samsung Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge were among the first flagship handsets to show up in 2016. Where the regular Galaxy S7 has a 5.1-inch Super AMOLED panel with QHD resolution, the curved dual-edge variant has a 5.5-inch screen with the same details. Under the hood, the two phones have the same specs. There are two variants depending on the region, where the U.S., China, and Japan are served with a Snapdragon 820 SoC variant while other regions get an Exynos 8890 variant. However, both units have the same 4GB RAM and 32GB of expandable storage.
In terms of camera, you get the same 12MP/5MP combination on both handsets, however, the Galaxy S7 Edge has a larger 3600mAh battery unit as opposed to the 3000mAh you find on the standard S7. Both handsets have Qualcomm’s Quick Charge 2.0 technology and fingerprint sensor as well.