What are the Best Smartphones for 2016?

Source; Samsung.com

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It is hard to find a person without a cell phone these days, I mean most of us are looking for or think we own the best smartphone! We bet almost all of you probably own a smartphone, right?  It’s fun to have the latest and coolest technological features in your smartphone but with several brands coming up with their own technology and creating new, top of the line models, you wonder what is the best cell phone for you to own?  We make your hunt slightly easier now as we have tested and tried almost every model of several of the top phone brands. So you can be sure that we’ll come up with the right phone setup for you!

Just to be clear, smartphone qualities can be divided into entry level, then mid range phones and finally, flagship phones. Most of the entry level phones have equal level processors, so a costlier phone will not give you a super fast experience, but you can get a better design, a potentially cooler look, screen and pixels. Flagship phones, or top rated smartphones, carry all the latest and best features within them. Let us take a sneak peek at top smartphones 2016 that are yet available or about to come out.

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Samsung Galaxy S7 & Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge (February 2016)

Source; Samsung.com
Source: Samsung.com


Word has it that Galaxy S7 will be launched at a special global event in February 2016. After revealing the phone, it will go on sale two or four weeks later.  In the last two years, Samsung has launched new flagship phones at various trade shows such as the Mobile World Congress. According to leaked details, Samsung Galaxy S7 is set to copy the iPhone’s 3D Touch feature and equip itself with pressure sensitive screen. Other modest advancement includes new USB Type C charging / data port and a Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 or an Exynos 8890 processor.

More specifications for the Samasung Galaxy S7 include:

  • Launched expected in March or April 2016
  • Samsung Galaxy S7 will have a 5g network
  • Quad-core 4.0 GHz 64 bit processor With 6 or 8 GB of RAM
  • Ultra high super amoled display which is 4k, or 5k 5.5-inch
  • US pricing approx. $1111 and in India: Rs 70,500
  • Samsung Galaxy s7 will be packed with Android 6.0

LG G5 (March 2016)

Among upcoming top smartphones 2016, LG G5 is among the list. The LG G4 is now advancing and the company is working on the successor G5.  You should expect a full 4k screen backed with up with a few design tweaks.

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Source: Lg.com
  • 21 MP which can take 4k images
  • With latest OS M
  • Full QHD display or UHD display
  • 4 or 5 GB RAM
  • Snapdragon 810 or on other Best upcoming Processor

HTC M10 (March 2016)

Over the years, HTC has built a great reputation with its flagship cell phones. HTC phones set a high standard for Android devices but don’t usually offer groundbreaking features. However, HTC considers the design of the phone to be their USP.  Their phones with large front facing speakers and overlaying Sense UI software are a favorite choice to many.

Source: Htc.com
Source: Htc.com

Taking this into consideration, predicting the specifics of the next HTC flagship phone is quite challenging. You can expect HTC One M10 to have a large and bright screen similar to 2015 Galaxy S6, 2 to 3 GB of RAM, a fast processor and two big speakers.

The expected reveal date of HTC M10 is 2016 before March.

Here are more rumored specifications which may be present in the upcoming HTC smartphones:

  • 3500mAh last longer battery
  • 27 megapixel camera on the back
  • It will be powered with a 4GB of RAM
  • 64 or 128GB storage options
  • The device will have 1,440 x 2,560 display screen
  • Packed with Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 chip

Xiaomi Mi 6

Xiaomi Mi 6 is another phone that deserves to be in this list of top smartphones 2016. Xiaomi is popular for offering affordable high-end smartphones. Many people expect uniqueness from the upcoming Xiaomi and Mi 6 is definitely going to be an innovation.

Source: Mi.com
Source: Mi.com

Some of the speculations about the Mi 6 include:

  • 21-Megapixels back and 13-Megapixels front camera
  • 4200mah battery
  • 4GB of powerful RAM
  • Ultra HD 2160 x 3840 pixels Super AMOLED display
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 820
  • May come with 5g network

The Xiaomi Mi6 is rumored to be the first Xiaomi smartphone to debut in markets such as Canada, US, and others who have been waiting for premium quality and budget friendly smartphones.

OnePlus 3

After a successful release of OnePlus 2, Chinese company OnePlus is rumored to be working on the release of OnePlus 3 very soon.  What’s clear is that the OnePlus 3 might offer an even better value for Android fans. The CEO of OnePlus indicated that they will be launching OnePlus 3 very soon and users can expect “uniqueness”. The company further indicated that they are working on a third Gen chipset which may be used in the upcoming OnePlus 3.


Other rumored speculations about OnePlus 3 include:

  • 5-inch UHD display
  • 6GB RAM
  • 4400mah battery
  • Run on Oxygen OS with android M
  • Snapdragon 820 processor
  • 21-megapixel back and 13-megapixel front cam

Oppo Find 9

Oppo Find 9 is a new and upcoming device which is going to be the company’s next flagship smartphone. Oppo 9 is going to be the successor of Oppo Find 7 Smartphone which quite possibly could be among the best top smartphones 2016. Oppo Find 9 is rumored to be a high-end Smartphone and will include the Snapdragon 820 chipset.

Source: Oppo.com
  • 2560x1440p pixels resolution
  • RAM would be no less than 4GB
  • 5,5 inches size
  • 20-megapixel and 8-megapixel front
  • 64GB of inbuilt memory

Apple iPhone 7

After Apple unveiled iPhone 6 and the iPhone 6+, it’s now working on its next flagship due 2016. We all know people love Apple devices and am sure they can’t wait for the launch of Apple iPhone 7.This device will be available in USA, Australia, UK, New Zealand, China, France, Japan, Puerto Rico, Hong Kong, Singapore among other  countries.

Source: Apple.com
Source: Apple.com

Apple fanatics can be assured of something awesome and the best iPhone ever created in history. This is because iPhone 7 is going to be one of the best smartphones 2016 in terms of at least demand.  However, what top smartphone list would NOT include Apple, especially since they are always adding something interesting to each iteration of the iPhone?

Without further ado, let’s start talking about the rumored iPhone 7 specifications.

  • iPhone 7 will have sidewall display
  • Reversible USB charger
  • Have an e-SIM, the traditional SIM card will be no more.
  • Upgraded Apple A10 chip set processor
  • iPhone 7 will be cost approx Rs. 61454.72 in India and USD $937
  • The iPhone 7 will be packed with iOS 10

Microsoft Lumia 940 & 940 XL

Source: Microsoft.com
Source: Microsoft.com

Just like other brands, Microsoft is not being left behind and it’s working on the release of Microsoft Lumia 940 & 940 XL to come out in 2016.

Some of the specifications you should expect from Lumia 940 include:

  • 940 XL Octa-Core Snapdragon 810
  • 20-megapixel Carl Zeiss back camera
  • 1440 x 2560-pixel QHD screen
  • 940 with Hexa-Core Snapdragon 808
  • Adreno 430 GPU
  • 7-inch
  • 3GB RAM
  • Windows 10
  • 5MP front snapper

Sony Xperia Z6

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Source: SonyMobile.com

After we recently witnessed the unveiling of the Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 chips system, Sony is set to launch Xperia Z6 which will use this system.  Sony Xperia Z6 smartphone will be extremely powerful and Sony is aiming to make it among the best top smartphones 2016. According to rumors, Sony Xperia Z6 will include these specifications:

  • 4 or 5 GB RAM
  • Octa-Core chip 3GHz+ processor
  • Full 4K screen
  • The ne5 inches of 4K resolution display
  • 128GB on-board storage memory
  • Touch ID or fingerprint sensor and Also with a retina scanner
  • Fast charging battery which charge very soon
  • Waterproof, dustproof and also shockproof
  • 27MP rotator camera sensor
  • New Type-C USB port

Samsung Galaxy S6 Mini

Source: Samsung.com
Source: Samsung.com

Samsung Galaxy S6 Mini is expected to arrive among the contenders for top smartphones 2016 and after the standard Samsung Galaxy S6.  The story is that the Samsung Galaxy S6 Mini may be available in late November to hit this Diwali and Christmas season or early January 2016. Galaxy S6 Mini will be more conservative rendition with a marginally thinned down spec.

Some of the specifications we should expect in Galaxy S6 Mini include:

  • 7in full-HD screen
  • Slower-timed Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 processor
  • 2GB of RAM and 16- and 5Mp cams

Ok, I think we’ve covered just about all of the top smartphones 2016 releases and the various options for the best cell phone to own.  Each of these are going to have fans and detractors, which ones are the best according to you?  And with this information, you are now armed with what you need to decide is the best smartphone overall and works for you!  Let us know your thoughts in the comments below!


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