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2017 in Retrospect: A Holistic Review of Best Smartphones by MPC Team

5 months ago   MPC Team

Since the sun of 2017 has set and the dawn of 2018 has already emerged, let us take a look back at the mobile phones, which were released in the last year and let us delve into the ones that impressed us the most. This year-ender will actually give you a glimpse of various design elements and features of mobile phones as well as the lovely relationship that we have had with them at the same time.

Overall, it was quite a busy and phenomenal year for MPC Team vis-à-vis mobile phones. We comprehensively reported about every mobile phone that was in the limelight over the last 12 months. For numerous phones, we provided comprehensive reviews, as well as offered first-impressions, news and hands-on articles about the same. Similarly, we also drew comparisons for different mobile phones.

Apart from that, MPC put a concerted effort in to adding as well as maintaining the 100% authentic and valuable information about each mobile phone, and it has also managed to make a widespread appearance on social media in order to keep its readers posted with the latest news and trends in the mobile phone industry.

With the fast growth in mobile phone industry, our MPC Team also grew stronger and managed to provide coverage to each and every news on all the latest mobile phones and tablets. Hence, we are very excited about the new year, as it is going to come upon us with even bigger challenge that we aim to fulfill with even greater zeal and passion.

However, this post is not going to be a year-end review of Mobile Phone Collection (MPC); rather, it will simply provide a retrospective view of the smartphones that were released and launched the last year, i.e. 2017, and which were our hot favorites and impressed us the most.

We also know that everyone of you might also have the favorites as well as worst phones of your choice too. So, we do not have any intentions of arguing over which is ultimately going to be the best phone of 2017. However, in the below discussion, we are only going to try to provide our personal favorites and this you will better know while we provide the information below. We hope that you will enjoy our year-ender review edition for best smartphones of 2017.

OnePlus 5T

OnePlus 5T is clearly the most favorite phone rated by the MPC Team for the year 2017. The phone was launched back in November 2017. OnePlus 5T has got 6.01-inch touchscreen display along with resolution of 2160 x 1080 pixels and the PPI of 401 pixels per inch. OnePlus 5T is powered by 6GB RAM and 64GB internal storage, which is however not expandable. Moreover, the phone is powered by Snapdragon 835 SoC with 2.45GHz octa-core processor.

Similarly, OnePlus 5T has got 20MP main camera on its rear as well as mighty 16MP selfie snapper on the front. OnePlus 5T will be running on Android 7.1.1 Nougat and it has been powered by 3300mAh battery, which is non-removable. The dimensions of OnePlus 5T are 156.10 x 75.00 x 7.30mm, and its weight is 162g. It is a dual SIM phone and has got a lot of sensors such as Gyroscope etc.

Google Pixel 2 and Google Pixel 2 XL

Google Pixel 2 and 2 XL are second-in-line most favorite smartphones of the MPC team. We dissect them further to discuss about their value and specifications one by one. First off, Google Pixel 2 was launched back in November 2017. Pixel 2 has got 5-inch touchscreen display along with resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels. Google Pixel 2 is powered by 4GB RAM Mobile and 64GB internal storage, which is however not expandable. Moreover, Google Pixel 2 is powered by Snapdragon 835 SoC with 1.9GHz octa-core processor.

Similarly, Pixel 2 has got 12.2MP main camera on its rear as well as 8MP selfie snapper on the front. Google Pixel 2 will be running on Android 8.0 Oreo, and it has been powered by 2700mAh battery, which is non-removable. The dimensions of Google Pixel 2 are 145.70 x 69.70 x 7.80mm, and its weight is 143g. It is a single SIM phone and has got a lot of sensors such as Barometer etc.

On the other hand, Google Pixel 2 XL was also launched back in November 2017 along with Pixel 2. Pixel 2 XL has got 6-inch touchscreen display along with resolution of 2880 x 1440 pixels. Google Pixel 2 XL is powered by 4GB RAM and 64GB internal storage, which is however not expandable. Moreover, Google Pixel 2 XL is powered by Snapdragon 835 SoC with 1.9GHz octa-core processor. Similarly, Pixel 2 XL has got 12.2MP main camera on its rear as well as 8MP selfie snapper on the front. Google Pixel 2 XL will be running on Android 8.0 Oreo, and it has been powered by 3520mAh battery, which is non-removable. The dimensions of Google Pixel 2 XL are 157.90 x 76.70 x 7.90mm, and its weight is 175g. It is a single SIM phone and has got a lot of sensors such as proximity sensor etc.

Samsung Galaxy S8 and Samsung Galaxy S8 Plus

Another best phone of this year is Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8+ duo. Samsung Galaxy S8 was launched back in March 2017. Samsung Galaxy S8 has got 5.80-inch touchscreen display along with resolution of 2960 x 1440 pixels. Samsung Galaxy S8 is powered by 4GB RAM and 64GB internal storage, which is expandable by up to 256GB through microSD card. Moreover, Samsung Galaxy S8 is powered by Samsung Exynos 8895 SoC with 1.9GHz octa-core processor.

Similarly, Galaxy S8 has got 12MP main camera on its back as well as 8MP selfie snapper on the front. Samsung Galaxy S8 runs on Android 7.0 Nougat, and it has been powered by 3000mAh battery, which is non-removable. The dimensions of Samsung Galaxy S8 are 148.90 x 68.10 x 8.00mm, and its weight is 155g. It is a single SIM phone and has got various connectivity options such as Wi-Fi etc.

On the other hand, its sibling is Samsung Galaxy S8+, which was also launched back in March 2017. Samsung Galaxy S8+ has got 6.20-inch touchscreen display along with resolution of 2960 x 1440 pixels and the PPI of 529 pixels per inch. Samsung Galaxy S8+ is also powered by 4GB RAM and 64GB internal storage, which is expandable by up to 256GB through microSD card. Moreover, Samsung Galaxy S8+ is powered by Samsung Exynos 8895 SoC with 1.9GHz octa-core processor. Similarly, Galaxy S8+ has got 12MP main camera on its back as well as 8MP selfie snapper on the front. Samsung Galaxy S8+ also runs on Android 7.0 Nougat, and it has been powered by 3500mAh battery, which is non-removable. The dimensions of Samsung Galaxy S8+ are 159.50 x 73.40 x 8.10mm, and its weight is 173g. It is a single SIM phone and has also got the same connectivity options as of Samsung Galaxy S8.

Samsung Galaxy Note 8

Another flagship by Samsung, which is also included in the hot favorites list of MPC Team is the Galaxy Note 8. It was launched back in August 2017. Samsung Galaxy Note 8 has got 6.30-inch touchscreen display along with resolution of 2960 x 1440 pixels. Samsung Galaxy Note 8 is powered by 6GB RAM and 64GB internal storage, which is expandable by up to 256GB through microSD card. Moreover, Samsung Galaxy Note 8 is powered by Samsung Exynos 9 Octa 8895 SoC with 1.7GHz octa-core processor.

Similarly, Galaxy Note 8 has got dual 12MP main cameras on its back as well as 8MP selfie snapper on the front. Samsung Galaxy Note 8 runs on Android 7.1.1 Nougat, and it has been powered by 3300mAh battery, which is non-removable. The dimensions of Samsung Galaxy Note 8 are 162.50 x 74.80 x 8.60mm, and its weight is 195g. Galaxy Note 8 is a dual SIM phone and has got many connectivity options such as Bluetooth, USB OTG etc.

Apple iPhone X

The world of mobile phone technology was once again revolutionized with the release of yet another blaster by Apple, i.e. anniversary edition of iPhone namely Apple iPhone X. This is certainly one of the smartphones in hot favorite and best category of MPC Team for 2017 smartphones. Apple iPhone X was launched back in September 2017. The anniversary edition of iPhone has got 5.80-inch touchscreen display along with resolution of 2436 x 1125 pixels. Apple iPhone X is powered by 3GB RAM and 64GB internal storage, which is non-expandable. Moreover, Apple iPhone X is powered by Apple A11 Bionic processor with hexa-core processor.

Similarly, iPhone X has got 12MP main camera on its back as well as 7MP selfie snapper on the front. Apple iPhone X runs on iOS 11, and it has been powered by 2716mAh battery, which is non-removable. The dimensions of Apple iPhone X are 143.60 x 70.90 x 7.70mm, and its weight is 174g. It is a single SIM smartphone and has got many connectivity options and sensors.

LG V30

LG also did not step aside from the competition, and it released this year its flagship namely LG V30, which directly competed with the other companies’ flagships. The phone was launched back in August 2017. LG V30 has got 6.00-inch touchscreen display along with resolution of 2880 x 1440 pixels. LG V30 is powered by 4GB RAM and 64GB internal storage, which is expandable by up to 200GB through microSD card. Moreover, LG V30 is powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 SoC.

Similarly, V30 has got 16MP main camera on its back as well as 5MP selfie shooter on the front. LG V30 runs on Android 7.1.2 Nougat, and it has been powered by 3300mAh battery, which is non-removable. The dimensions of LG V30 are 151.70 x 75.40 x 7.30mm, and its weight is 158g. It is a single SIM phone and has also got many connectivity options and sensors.

Huawei Mate 10 and Huwaei Mate 10 Pro

The rapid rise of Huawei smartphone remained continued in 2017 as well. And the company released its flagship version in the form of Mate 10 in the previous year. We will talk about the Mate 10 and Mate 10 Pro one by one.

Huawei Mate 10 was launched back in October 2017. Huawei Mate 10 has got 5.90-inch touchscreen display along with resolution of 2560 x 1440 pixels with PPI of 499 pixels per inch. Huawei Mate 10 is powered by 4GB RAM and 64GB internal storage, which is expandable by up to 256GB through microSD card. Moreover, Huawei Mate 10 is powered by Huawei HiSilicon Kirin 970 SoC. Similarly, Mate 10 has got 20MP main camera on its back as well as 8MP selfie shooter on the front. Huawei Mate 10 runs on Android 8.0 Oreo, and it has been powered by 4000mAh battery, which is non-removable. The dimensions of Huawei Mate 10 are 150.50 x 77.80 x 8.20mm, and its weight is 186g. It is a dual SIM phone and has got many connectivity options and sensors.

On the other hand, Huawei Mate 10 Pro is a less advanced version of its sibling. Huawei Mate 10 Pro was also launched back in October 2017. This phone has got 6.00-inch touchscreen display along with resolution of 2160 x 1080 pixels with PPI of 402 pixels per inch. Huawei Mate 10 Pro is powered by 4GB RAM and 64GB internal storage, which is non-expandable. Moreover, Huawei Mate 10 Pro is powered by Huawei HiSilicon Kirin 970 SoC along with 1.8GHz octa-core processor. Similarly, Mate 10 Pro has got 20MP main camera on its back as well as 8MP selfie shooter on the front. Huawei Mate 10 Pro also runs on Android 8.0 Oreo, and it has also been powered by 4000mAh battery, which is non-removable. The dimensions of Huawei Mate 10 Pro are 154.20 x 74.50 x 7.90mm, and its weight is 178g. It is also a dual SIM phone and has got many connectivity options and sensors.

Nokia 8

Nokia 8 was the flagship smartphone by HMD Global in year 2017. The phone was launched back in August 2017. Nokia 8 has got 5.30-inch touchscreen display along with resolution of 2560 x 1440 pixels with 554 pixels per inch ratio. Nokia 8 is powered by 4GB RAM and 64GB internal storage, which is expandable by up to 256GB through microSD card. Moreover, Nokia 8 is powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 SoC with 1.8GHz octa-core processor.

Similarly, Nokia 8 has got 13MP main camera on its back as well as 13MP selfie snapper on the front. Nokia 8 runs on Android 7.1.1 Nougat, and it has been powered by 3090mAh battery, which is non-removable. The dimensions of Nokia 8 are 151.50 x 73.70 x 7.90mm, and its weight is 160g. Nokia 8 is a dual SIM phone and has got many connectivity options such as Bluetooth, USB OTG etc.

Oppo R11

Quite impressive on its imaging skills, Oppo R11 undoubtedly gave tough time to the competitors in 2017 from the time of its release up till now. Oppo R11 smartphone was launched back in June 2017. Oppo R11 has got 5.50-inch touchscreen display along with resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels. Oppo R11 is powered by 4GB RAM and 64GB internal storage, which is however non-expandable. Moreover, Oppo R11 is powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 660 SoC.

Similarly, Oppo R11 has got 20MP main camera on its back as well as 20MP selfie snapper on the front. Oppo R11 runs on Android 7.1 Nougat, and it has been powered by 2900mAh battery, which is non-removable. Oppo R11 is a single SIM phone and has got many connectivity options such as GPS, Bluetooth, and USB OTG etc.

Huawei Honor 7X

One of the most honorable smartphones in the year 2017 is the Huawei Honor 7X. The phone was launched back in October 2017. Huawei Honor 7X has got 5.93-inch touchscreen display along with resolution of 2160 x 1080 pixels. Huawei Honor 7X is powered by 4GB RAM and 32GB internal storage, which is expandable by up to 256GB through microSD card. Moreover, Huawei Honor 7X is powered by HiSilicon Kirin 659 SoC along with 1.7GHz octa-core processor.

Similarly, Huawei Honor 7X has got 16MP main camera on its back as well as 8MP selfie snapper on the front. Huawei Honor 7X runs on Android 7.0 Nougat, and it has been powered by 3340mAh battery, which is non-removable. The dimensions of Huawei Honor 7X are 156.50 x 75.30 x 7.60mm, and its weight is 165g. Huawei Honor 7X is a dual SIM phone and has got many connectivity options such as GPS, Bluetooth, USB OTG etc.

Apple iPhone 8 Plus

Well, who does not like a high-end smartphone with built-in 256GB internal storage. Apple did that once again with other specs also being more advanced. The iPhone 8 Plus was the phone, which also hit the list of most favorite phones of the MPC Team. Apple iPhone 8 Plus was launched back in September 2017. This iPhone has got 5.50-inch touchscreen display along with resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels. Apple iPhone 8 Plus is powered by 3GB RAM and 64-256GB internal storage, which is non-expandable. Moreover, Apple iPhone 8 Plus is powered by Apple A11 Bionic hexa-core processor.

Similarly, iPhone 8 Plus has got 12MP main camera on its back as well as 7MP selfie snapper on the front. Apple iPhone 8 Plus runs on iOS 11, and it has been powered by 2691mAh battery, which is non-removable. The dimensions of Apple iPhone 8 Plus are 158.40 x 78.10 x 7.50mm, and its weight is 202g. It is a single SIM smartphone and has got many connectivity options and sensors.

Xiaomi Mi A1

Xiaomi’s hardware in its smartphones is the main reason for which its phones are being liked and loved everywhere around the world. The Chinese brand has so far sold more than 100 million units in the previous year alone. Xiaomi Mi A1 is treated as its flagship phone which came with Android One OS. The phone was launched back in September 2017. Xiaomi Mi A1 has got 5.50-inch touchscreen display along with resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels. Xiaomi Mi A1 is powered by 4GB RAM and 64GB internal storage, which is expandable by up to 128GB through microSD card. Moreover, Xiaomi Mi A1 is powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 SoC along with 2.0GHz octa-core processor.

Similarly, Xiaomi Mi A1 has got 12MP main camera on its back as well as 5MP selfie snapper on the front. Xiaomi Mi A1 by default runs on Android 7.1.2 Nougat, but it will be upgraded to latest Android OS soon. Furthermore, it has been powered by 3080mAh battery, which is non-removable. The dimensions of Xiaomi Mi A1 are 155.40 x 75.80 x 7.30mm, and its weight is 168g. Xiaomi Mi A1 is a dual SIM phone and has got many connectivity options such as GPS, Bluetooth, USB OTG etc.

Razer Phone

Razer company is basically famous for the gamers. The new Razer Phone is actually designed for the gamers. ‘A Smartphone for Gamers!’ is what the company claims. Razer Phone was launched back in November 2017. Razer Phone has got 5.70-inch touchscreen display along with resolution of 2560 x 1440 pixels. Razer Phone is powered by 8GB RAM and 64GB internal storage, which is expandable by up to 2000GB through microSD card. Moreover, Razer Phone is powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 SoC along with quad-core processor.

Similarly, Razer Phone has got 12MP main camera on its back as well as 8MP selfie snapper on the front. Razer Phone by default runs on Android 7.1.1 Nougat. Furthermore, it has been powered by 4000mAh battery, which is non-removable. The dimensions of Razer Phone are 158.50 x 77.70 x 8.00mm, and its weight is 197g. Razer Phone is a single SIM phone and has got many connectivity options such as GPS, Bluetooth, USB OTG etc. It has also got many sensors such as Gyroscope etc.

HTC U11

U11 was HTC’s flagship phone for the year 2017. HTC U11 was launched back in May 2017. HTC U11 has got 5.50-inch touchscreen display along with resolution of 2560 x 1440 pixels. HTC U11 is powered by 6GB RAM and 128GB internal storage, which is expandable by up to 2000GB through microSD card. Moreover, HTC U11 is powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 SoC along with 2.45GHz octa-core processor.

Similarly, HTC U11 has got 12 ultrapixel main camera on its back as well as 16MP selfie snapper on the front. HTC U11 by default runs on Android 7.1 Nougat. Furthermore, it has been powered by 3000mAh battery, which is non-removable. The dimensions of HTC U11 are 153.90 x 75.90 x 7.90mm, and its weight is 169g. HTC U11 is a dual SIM phone and has got many connectivity options such as GPS, Bluetooth, USB OTG etc. It has also got many sensors such as Ambient light sensor etc.

Samsung Galaxy J7 Pro

Among all the mid-range smartphones released in 2017, Samsung Galaxy J7 Pro was the best one. This is why it hit the list of top smartphones rated by MPC team. Samsung Galaxy J7 Pro was launched back in June 2017. Samsung Galaxy J7 Pro has got 5.50-inch touchscreen display along with resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels. Samsung Galaxy J7 Pro is powered by 3GB RAM and 64GB internal storage, which is expandable by up to 128GB through microSD card. Moreover, Samsung Galaxy J7 Pro is powered by Exynos 7870 SoC along with 1.6GHz octa-core processor.

Similarly, Samsung Galaxy J7 Pro has got 13MP main camera on its back as well as 13MP selfie snapper on the front. Samsung Galaxy J7 Pro by default runs on Android 7.0 Nougat, but it will be upgraded to latest Android OS soon. Furthermore, it has been powered by 3600mAh battery, which is non-removable. The dimensions of Samsung Galaxy J7 Pro are 152.40 x 74.70 x 7.90mm, and its weight is 161g. Samsung Galaxy J7 Pro is a dual SIM phone and has got many connectivity options such as GPS, Bluetooth, USB OTG etc.

Huawei P10

Huawei’s P10 was regarded as yet another best smartphone released back in 2017 because it is highly comfortable to use, light weight, and yet much bigger in size. The phone was launched back in February 2017. Huawei P10 has got 5.10-inch touchscreen display along with resolution of 2560 x 1440 pixels. Huawei P10 is powered by 4GB RAM and 64GB internal storage, which is expandable by up to 256GB through microSD card. Moreover, Huawei P10 is powered by HiSilicon Kirin 960 SoC along with 1.9GHz octa-core processor.

Similarly, Huawei P10 has got 20MP main camera on its back as well as 12MP selfie snapper on the front. Huawei P10 runs on Android 7.0 Nougat, and it has been powered by 3100mAh battery, which is non-removable. Huawei P10 is a dual SIM phone and has got many connectivity options such as GPS, Bluetooth, USB OTG etc.

Asus Zenfone AR

Last, but not the least! Asus has been able to pull the trigger through its 2017 flagship phone namely Zenfone AR. The phone was highly acclaimed among all circles due to its augmented reality feature. Asus Zenfone AR was launched back in June 2017. It has got 5.70-inch touchscreen display along with resolution of 2560 x 1440 pixels. Asus Zenfone AR is powered by 8GB RAM and 128GB internal storage, which is expandable by up to 2000GB through microSD card. Moreover, Asus Zenfone AR is powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 821 SoC along with quad-core processor.

Similarly, Asus Zenfone AR has got 23MP main camera on its back as well as 8MP selfie snapper on the front. Asus Zenfone AR by default runs on Android 7.0 Nougat. Furthermore, it has been powered by 3300mAh battery, which is non-removable. The dimensions of Asus Zenfone AR are 158.70 x 77.40 x 8.90mm, and its weight is 170g. Asus Zenfone AR is a dual SIM phone and has got many connectivity options such as GPS, Bluetooth, USB OTG etc. It has also got many sensors such as Ambient light sensor etc.

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