The year 2016 saw many smartphone launches from the really expensive ones to the not so expensive ones but with equally good specs. Some with the classy looks with sleek finish while some loaded with the top end features. Here's a list of the best smartphones of 2016 to check out if you are planning to buy a new device for yourself or to gift someone.
10) LeEco Le Max 2
The LeEco Le Max 2 is the latest high-end smartphone launched by the company earlier this year. This handset comes with a 5.7-inch QHD display, 4GB / 6GB of RAM and 32GB / 64GB / 128GB of internal storage, while it is fueled by the Snapdragon 820 SoC.
9) Sony Xperia XZ
Sony's current flagship, Sony Xperia XZ is rather a compact device featuring a 5.2-inch full HD display, 3GB of RAM and 32GB / 64GB of expandable native storage. The phone is fueled by the Snapdragon 820. Although the device comes with Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow pre-installed on it, the phone can already be upgraded to Android 7.0 Nougat (unlocked variants). The Sony Xperia XZ is a bit expensive but it does offer really nice specs and build quality for the price.
8) Honor 8
The Honor 8 is the most powerful smartphone Honor had introduced this year. This handset is made out of metal and glass, and it has a very sleek and suave look, the first of its kind introduced b the company. The Honor 8 features a 5.2-inch fullHD display, is fueled by the Kirin 950 64-bit octa-core processor, and it comes with 4GB of RAM and 32GB / 64GB of expandable native storage.
7) HTC 10
The HTC 10 phone is made out of metal and features a 5.2-inch QHD (2560 x 1440) display, 4GB of RAM and 32GB / 64GB of internal storage. It is fueled by the Snapdragon 820 SoC and its fingerprint scanner is placed below the display while the 12MP OIS snapper is placed on the back of the device.
6) Lenovo Moto Z
Motorola / Lenovo has introduced two flagship devices for 2016, the Moto Z and Moto Z Force. The Moto Z is a phone made out of metal and glass with a huge camera oreo placed on the back of this device. The Moto Z features a 5.5-inch fullHD (1920 x 1080) display, 4GB of RAM and 32GB / 64GB of expandable native storage. The phone is fueled by the Snapdragon 820 SoC, and comes with a 2,600mAh battery.
5) Xiaomi Mi 5
The Xiaomi Mi 5 was introduced back in February as the company's flagship. Although,the device is not the most powerful Xiaomi-branded device, it has plenty to offer for the price. The Xiaomi Mi 5 sports a premium metal + glass build, while it is fueled by the Snapdragon 820 64-bit quad-core SoC. The phone packs in 3GB / 4GB of RAM and it is powered by a 3,000mAh battery.
4) LG V20
If you are looking for a Phablet, the LG V20 is the best one available in the market at present.The LG V20 sports a secondary 'ticker' display above its regular panel and comes with a removable battery with a new hinge mechanism. In addition to the 5.7-inch QHD display, the LG V20 also sports 4GB of RAM and either 32GB or 64GB of expandable native storage. This smartphone is also fueled by the Snapdragon 820 SoC, and comes with a 16-megapixel + 8-megapixel dual camera setup on the back.
3) OnePlus 3T
The OnePlus 3T is the second OnePlus-branded flagship in 2016 which was launched quite recently. It offers top-end specifications, but at a price much lesser than its contemporaries. The OnePlus 3T is has a full metal body with 6GB of RAM and 64GB / 128GB of native storage. It also comes with the ,Snapdragon 821 SoC, a 16-megapixel OIS camera which is placed on the back of this phone, and a 16-megapixel front shooter for the selfie lovers.
2) Samsung Galaxy S7 / Galaxy S7 Edge
The Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge are the latest Samsung-branded 2016 flagships.These two devices have a metal and glass body and are fueled by the Exynos 8890 64-bit octa-core processor. The two devices also pack in 4GB of RAM and 32GB / 64GB of internal storage, with a 12-megapixel OIS shooter at the back of these two phones.
1) Google Pixel & Pixel XL
The Google Pixel and Google Pixel XL handsets are one of the most expensive devices in the market. If you're looking for the best of Android and a smartphone with the best camera, the Google Pixel and Google Pixel XL are the ones for you. Google has designed both the software and hardware on these two phones. Both of them are fueled by the Snapdragon 821, while they also pack 4GB of RAM and a 12.3-megapixel rear-facing camera.