We have seen many smart devices this year in all the categories from budget phones, mid-range phones to the expensive ones. Today our list is dedicated to the most expensive phones launched this year (2016). These phones are known for its stunning design and power pack performance. There are actually many devices available in this price range but, we have hand-picked ten devices based on its features, performance and market values. So here goes the list:
- Samsung Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge
Samsung have stunned the smartphone market with many outstanding devices from their Galaxy series over the years. After the huge success of Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge Samsung is back with another surprise for their fans. The new upgraded siblings named Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge is about to be launched in the market. Samsung has worked really hard to minimize the flaws of the previous devices and the also have included many new features in their upcoming Galaxy smartphones.
The new Galaxy device is designed through the proprietary process called 3D thermoforming. Samsung has melded 3D glass to curve with such precision that it meets the curved metal alloy to form a smooth and solid uni-body design. And that is not all, you don’t have to worry even if you put these devices on wet surfaces. In fact you can pay with this smart device while you are in pool, or can take selfies on the beach. You can keep using it even after dropping it in the water because both of these devices have been awarded Ingress Protection rating of 68. They also have eliminated flaws from previous S6 device which includes expandable storage in both of these model in case on board storage is not enough for you.
Both of these smart devices has a 12 megapixel of primary camera with a 5 megapixel of selfie shooter. Camera of this device has such immense clarity and color balance that you will never get tired of clicking pictures. Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge are one of the best camera phones available in the market today. While on the display section Samsung is offering on a bit small screen of 5.1 inches for the S7 and for S7 edge they have scaled the screen a bit more up to 5.5 inches. Both of these devices has a Quad HD Super AMOLED display which gives crystal clear picture quality. These two smart device has the processing power of Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 processor and 4GB of RAM. This blazing fast performance and killer looking device is available for purchase in about $799.99
- Apple iPhone 6S Plus
Apple has made many fans over the globe with its innovative ideas and product quality. And the new iPhone 6S Plus will not disappoint you weather features are concerned or the performance. The unibody metal design looks good as well as feels good in your hand but, it can be slippery. To eliminate that you can use a skin on your phone as there are many amazing skins and covers available. The new 3D touch feature has enabled new UI paradigms in smartphones. This phone has fantastic performance and can really set new competition among its competitors. Apple has integrated retina flash on the front for the first time which is a big improvement when compared to its previous siblings.
This phone features 5.5 inches display with the resolution of 1080×1920 pixels. The phone has 12 megapixel primary camera with 5 megapixel front camera. The phone has 2GB of RAM and it runs on iOS 9. The performance of the phone is backed up with 2750mAh lithium-ion battery. And the 64GB variant of this smart device can be yours in about $899.99.
- HTC 10
This HTC wonder has an elegant chiseled unibody design. This smartphone looks really handsome and feels good in hand with the industrial aesthetic that HTC is famous for. The HTC 10 has a 5.2 inches super LCD 5, scratch resistant display with curved edge gorilla glass. This offers the resolution of 1440×2560 pixels with 565 pixel density. The display has an excellent sharp image quality for your multimedia needs.
There are many personalization options available for your taste. HTC offers many settings to let you tune the color accuracy as per your personal preferences. Although the device features many customization options, it is really fast and lightweight. HTC also offers its signature blinkfeed and many unique themes for UI customization.
The performance of this smart device is backed up with a 2.2 GHz Quard core Qualcomm snapdragon 820 processor with 4GB of RAM. The device also features an Adreno 530 GPU for crispy graphic quality and gaming performance. It also has 32GB on board storage which is further expandable up to 2TB. This powerful combination gives lag free and buttery smooth performance to its users.
For photo lovers this device has a 12 megapixel auto focus rear camera and a 5 megapixel selfie shooter. The primary camera is capable of shooting 4K videos. It also has other advanced features like laser auto focus, pro mode with manual control, 12 bit RAW format support, Zoe capture, panorama, hyperlapse, optical image stabilization, slow motion video and many more. The camera performance of this is really impressive and it is one of the best selfie shooters available now in the market.
The phone also features brilliant audio quality. You should definitely pick this phone if you want superlative audio experience. The phone has dual audio speakers which gives loud and clear performance. And listening music through earbuds is even batter with excellent quality and deep bass. You can even stream music to other supported devices like Apple’s AirPlay.
The performance of the phone is backed up with a 3000mAh battery which promises 27 hrs of talk time but we are a bit disappointed with its battery performance. Though it is quite acceptable. This can be ignored when HTC offers so many features and nice performance in this device. This Awesome looking smartphone can be yours in about $649.99.
- LG G5
This flagship phone was launched earlier this month and is available for purchase in about $649.99. With very good handling and build quality this can be a definite pick. This device features a unique modular design with a slot in the bottom to attach external modules. LG has made few modules for this phone and likely to introduce many more in future but it also depends on the success of this device. The modules available are for camera and audio enhancement which performs really well and you should definitely try them. Though these modules are somewhat useful and performs well you have to pay few extra bucks for them as they are not included with the phone.
The phone has a 5.3 inches IPS LCD display with the resolution of 2516×1440 pixels. And I must say the display has a really nice and bright feel with nice viewing angles.
The device is powered with Dual-core 2.15GHz kryo and 1.6GHz kroyo processor on the top of snapdragon 820 chipset. GPU of the phone is adrino 530 which gives nice smooth graphics on this device. The phone has 4GB integration of RAM which makes multitasking blazing fast. Performance of G5 is impressive. Multitasking on this device is smooth, playing heavy games like assassins creed on the phone doesn’t even gives a little glitch. It does heats up a bit after heavy gaming but it’s nothing that is not normal, you can still use the device comfortably.
Back of the phone contains beautiful looking two cameras. The primary lens is of 16MP sensor with optical image stabilization and with the aperture of f/1.8
The front camera is a wide angle camera with 8MP and the aperture of f/2.4. This wide angle camera has quite an amazing performance which we can really expect from the brand like LG. Image quality is really sharp and detailed. The color production is clear and picture feels pretty natural.
The device runs on Android 6.0 marshmallow with nice the Optimus UX interface from LG. LG is definitely giving a new direction to its upcoming phones with this kind of unique and superb design, build quality and explosive performance.
- BLACKBERRY PRIV
This is the new flagship device of the well-known smartphone maker Blackberry. This phone was launched earlier this year and it is priced roughly around $649.99. The smartphone has fantastic construction and design with a slick slider. It really has a svelte looking industrial design. Blackberry is known for its QWERTY keypad for many years in smartphone market, and they have continued this tradition in this flagship.
The smartphone has a gorgeous looking 5.4 inches AMOLED display. This features punchy and nice colors, and a slightly curved edge on both sides which gives it refined look. The phone is powered with a Snapdragon 808 processor and 3 GB of RAM. It also features 32 GB storage capacity and it is also expandable up to 2 TB. The phone has a 18 megapixel primary camera with auto focus and dual tone LED flash. It also has other features like Schneider- Kreuznach Optics and optical image stabilization. The front camera of this phone is of 2 megapixel which could be batter.
The phone runs on Android Lollipop operating system and it is further upgradable to Android marshmallow. The signature 4 row QWERTY keypad enhances its productivity and works great weather you are texting or just messing around with the device. It is a big plus point for a touch screen phone and trust me you will love using a physical keypad.
The phone continues the legacy of Blackberry with robust privacy features and productivity. This makes this smartphone an enterprise grade secure communication tool. The phone features descent audio quality with nice battery life for your daily needs. And this device definitely proves that Blackberry is still a force to be reckoned with in the market with its various special tailored solution and end to end communication platform.
- SONY XPERIA Z5 Premium Dual
This smart device in Xperia series has a superb build quality and stunning top end design. This device comes with polished metal frame and stunning reflective glass panels. The device has good ergonomics which gives nice feel in your hands and it is pretty pleasant to hold. The phone features a 5.5 inches triluminos IPS LCD display with the resolution of 2160×3840 pixels. The display of this phone is scratch resistant and has Oleophobic coating on top of it. It is an excellent display with good color reproduction and has the highest ever display resolution on mobile screen.
The Xperia UI runs very well on top of Android and has several useful features. The fingerprint sensor is placed very conveniently and is very much reliable and fast. The phones top notch performance and speed is backed up by an Octa Core Qualcomm MSM8994 Snapdragon 810 processor which is accompanied by 3 GB of RAM. The device has 32 GB internal storage capacity which is further expandable up to 200GB.
The phone has 23 MP primary shooter with features like hybrid auto focus, 8X digital zoom and 5X clear image zoom, 4K video recording and a pulse LED flash. The front shooter is a 5.1 MP wide angle lens which features SONY Exmor R and full HD video recording. This phone is backed up with the battery power of 3430mAh lithium-ion battery which gives quite a nice performance on regular usage. This smart device can be yours in about $499.99 and the device does not have any major drawbacks therefore you should surely consider this strong contender.
- Samsung Galaxy Note 5
This contender needs no introduction as its previous siblings has already banged the market with powerful performance and durability. The new Samsung Galaxy Note 5 has a big bright 5.7 inches Super AMOLED display with 518 pixel density. The device has a 2.1 GHz Exynos 7420 processor which is accompanied by 4GB of RAM for multitasking.
The device is equipped with a 16 megapixel primary camera which is capable of recording videos in 4K quality. The front camera of the device is a 5 megapixel camera which gives really nice performance even in low light.
The phone is packed with 32 GB on board storage capacity. The device is powered by a 3000mAh battery which performs very well considering the high end processor and a big display. The phone also features wireless charging support and it runs on Android 5.1 which is further upgradable.
The phone has many improved feature and they also have improved their signature S Pen. The specifications of the phone are very much enough to support its power slab image. If you are a Samsung fan then this is a definite pick for you. This device is available in about $799.99.
- HTC One M9+
This is a newer version of HTC one M9 with upgraded specifications. The phone caries the iconic HTC design pattern with solid build quality and looks. The device has a 5.2 inches Super LCD 3 capacitive touchscreen with the resolution of 1440×2560 pixels. The device manages crystal clear image quality with the help of 565 pixel density.
The smartphone runs Android 5.0.2 Lollipop and can be further upgraded to Android 6.0 marshmallow. The phone is powered with 2.2 GHz Octa core-A53 processor. This amazing device also delivers flawless graphic performance with the help of PowerVR G6200 graphic processor. The multitasking of the device is backed up by 3 GB of RAM and it also features 32 GB storage capacity which is further expandable up to 256 GB through a dedicated card slot.
The back of the phone carries dual camera of 20 megapixel and 2.1 megapixel with 28mm lens and the aperture of f/2.2. The camera also features dual – LED flash with auto focus. The front camera of the phone is of 4 megapixel and has 27mm lens with 1/3” sensor size. This camera is capable of recording videos at 1080p with the speed of 30 frames per second.
The phone also features a fingerprint sensor which performs quite well. The battery power of the phone is 2840mAh which will give you up to 13 hrs. of talk time and 626 hrs. of standby time. And this phone is available in three colors, Gunmetal Gray, Silver Gold and Amber Gold. This device is available for purchase with the price tag of $799.
- SONY XPERIA X Dual
This phone was launched in May 2016 and has eye-catching looks and bold design with powerful performance. The phone carries a 5.0 inches IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen with the resolution of 1080×1920 pixels. This display supports multi-finger touch up to 10 fingers. The screen is protected by a scratch-resistant glass and oleophobic coating. It also features Triluminos display and X-Reality engine.
The phone runs Android 6.0 Marshmallow and it is powered with Qualcomm Snapdragon 650 processor. The graphic performance is managed by the Adreno 510 graphic processor. In the memory segment the phone is equipped with 3 GB of RAM and it is available in two variants of 32GB and 64GB.
The primary shooter of the phone is a 23 MP camera with phase detection auto focus lens of an aperture of f/2.0. On the front it has a 13 MP selfie shooter. It runs on the battery power of 2620mAh and it is available in three colors, Graphite Black, Lime Gold, and Rose Gold. This phone is available for purchase in about $673.56.
- Moto X Force
Motorola has launched another feature rich and value for money phone under the Moto X series. With very nice and durable build quality and powerful performance the Moto X Force is a strong contender. The phone features Shatter-shield display with ShatterShieldTM. This is a 5.4 inches AMOLED Quad HD capacitive touchscreen with 2560×1440 pixel resolution.
The phone runs Android 5.1.1 Lollipop. With the processing power of 2GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 processor and 3 GB of RAM this device gives amazing performance in its price range. It is also equipped with a 21 MP primary camera and a dual LED flash. The front has a 5 MP with flash. This device is powered with a 3760mAh lithium-ion battery which gives decent performance. This powerful device is available in the market with the price tag of $763.37.
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