Remember the time when you had to pay an arm and a leg to afford the coolest smartphone in the market? Those days are long gone. Smartphones today are not only more powerful and edgy, but also more affordable than ever.Thanks to the competition in the gadget world, we’ve got a ton of options to choose from — and even more reasons to keep upgrading.
Here’s a little roundup of the coolest phones we’ve seen in 2017:
Samsung Note 8
The Note is part of Samsung’s phablet (phone tablet) series which is popular among smartphone users for a number of reasons: sleek exterior, full screen display, fast performance and modernised stylus functions.
Coolest features: 12MP Dual lens primary and 8MP secondary (front) cameras, 6.3 inch display and water resistance for up to 30 minutes.
Who should buy the Note 8: Large display and multitasking addicts.
The OPPO F5 deserves a spot in this list because of its features at a pocket-friendly price. This smartphone is known for its Artificial Intelligence (AI) technology, vivid screen and powerful dual camera lens.
The phone aims to capture the ‘real you’ with its smart cam, minimising the need of filters and photo editing.
Coolest features: Facial unlock, 16 MP primary and 20 MP secondary (front) cameras, FHD display.
Who should buy the OPPO F5: Selfie enthusiasts.
Huawei Mate 10
Huawei made a strong comeback in the local market this year with its flagship Mate 10 edition. It is powered by the brand-new Kirin 970 SoC on the inside, featuring a dedicated neural processing unit designed for trouble-free multitasking.
Coolest features: 8-megapixel front and 20 MP rear camera lens paired with 12 megapixel color sensor, 5.9 inch display, 4GB RAM.
Who should buy the Huawei Mate 10: High speed performance lovers.
Apple iPhone 8
The iPhone 8 was launched with a brand new design this year, with an aluminium frame, glass body and several new features.
Coolest features: Refined glass body, 12MP primary and 7MP secondary (front) camera and Qi wireless charging.
Who should buy the iPhone 8: The Apple obsessed.
Motorola launched the E4 this year, and has majorly revamped itself by introducing the ‘E’ and ‘X’ series in the market. These smartphones offer decent specs at affordable prices.
Coolest features: 8-megapixel rear and 5 megapixel front cameras with an LED flash, 5 inch Corning Gorilla Glass 3 display, MediaTek MT6737 chipset, 2GB RAM.
Who should buy the Motorolla E4: Those on a budget.