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GIZGUIDE Holiday Buyer's Guide: Flagship Smartphones

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Now we say, better late than never! To round up our Holiday Buyer's Guide, we have prepared a list of the best flagships that came out in 2017. Let's get it on!
GIZGUIDE Holiday Buyer's Guide: Flagship Smartphones
Great flagship smartphones

Disclaimer: Just like our previous lists, this is in no particular order. We simply listed all of the best flagship smartphones available for you to get.
Mate 10
Mate 10

1. Huawei Mate 10 / Mate 10 Pro - At PHP 32,990 and PHP 38,990 respectively, the Mate 10 and Mate 10 Pro is simply the best Huawei has to offer in 2017. The Mate 10 has a 5.9-inch QHD IPS display at 498 ppi. It houses a 64-bit 2.36GHz HiSilicon Kirin 970 octa-core processor with a Neural Processing Unit that handles the A.I. It also has a MaliG72MP12 GPU along with 4GB of RAM, a 64GB expandable storage and a 4000mAh battery with 5A Super Charge capability. 

The Mate 10's camera setup is what you would expect from Huawei. It has a dual rear camera setup that sports a 20MP f/1.6 monochrome sensor + 12MP f/1.6 RGB sensor with 4-in-1 Hybrid AF, OIS, 2x optical zoom, and dual tone LED flash. The selfie camera, on the other hand, has an 8MP f/2.0 sensor with screen flash.

The Mate 10 Pro sports almost identical specs except for a slightly bigger 6-inch FHD+ OLED display, a bigger 6GB of RAM and 128Gb expandable storage. It also has a better IP67 splash and dust resistance and a HiFi DAC.
OnePlus 5T
OnePlus 5T

2. OnePlus 5T - At PHP 26,990, the "flagship killer" from OnePlus is really living up to its name. It has a 6.01-inch FHD Optic AMOLED display with Gorilla Glass 5 Protection. It houses a 64-bit 2.45GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 octa-core processor, Adreno 540 GPU, 6GB LPDDR4X RAM, 64GB of UFS 2.1 storage and 3,300mAh battery with Dash Charge 4A.

It has a rear dual camera setup with a 16MP f/1.7 Sony IMX398 + 20MP f/1.7 Sony MX376K sensors with PDAF, EIS, 2x Zoom, and dual LED flash. The selfie camera sports a 16MP f/2.0 sensor with EIS. 

You can opt for the PHP 30,990 variant that has 8GB of RAM and 128GB of UFS 2.1 storage.
HTC U11
HTC U11

3. HTC U11 - At PHP 36,990, the HTC U11 is one of HTC's comeback phones in the Philippines. It has a 5.5-inch QHD SuperLCD5 display with Gorilla Glass 5 protection. Along with that, it has a 64-bit 2.4GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 octa-core processor, Adreno 540 GPU, 6GB of RAM, 128GB expandable storage and a 3,000 mAh with Quick Charge 3.0.

On the camera side, it has a 12MP f/1.7 with Dual Pixel technology, OIS and dual tone LED flash. It also has a 16MP f/1.7  sensor up front.
Samsung Galaxy Note 8
Samsung Galaxy Note 8

4. Samsung Galaxy Note 8 - At PHP 49,990,  the Note 8 is the best Samsung has to offer. Yes, the S8 is a contender but in terms of overall performance the Note 8 outshines it. It has a tall 6.3-inch WQHD Super AMOLED display with Curved Infinity Display and Corning Gorilla Glass 5 protection.

It houses a 64-bit 2.3GHz Exynos 8895 octa-core processor, Mali G71, 6GB of RAM, 64GB of expandable storage and a 3,300mAh battery with fast charging and wireless charging.

It has a dual rear camera setup that houses a 12 MP f/1.7 RGB sensor + 12MP f/2.4 telephoto lens with Dual Pixel, Dual OIS, multi-frame, dual tone LED flash. It has an 8MP f/1.7 selfie camera with AF, wide angle lens and screen flash. A great plus is the Intelligent S Pen.
Apple iPhone X
Apple iPhone X

5. Apple iPhone X - With prices starting at PHP 64,490, people are skeptic of its bang-per-buck-ability. However, the iPhone X is still one of the best premium flagships this year. The iPhone X has a 5.8-inch OLED True Tone display. It houses a 64-bit Apple A11 Bionic hexa-core processor with NPU. The Bionic chip is mainly used for the new FaceID and Animoji.

It has 3GB of RAM, either a 64GB or 256GB storage and a battery that can last up to 12 hours with Qi Wireless Charging. The dual rear camera sports a 12MP f/1.8 sensor + a 12MP f/2.4 sensor with 2x optical zoom, OIS, laser AF, PDAF and dual LED flash. The selfie camera, on the other hand, 7MP f/2.2 sensor. It has a myriad of sensors that is found on the infamous notch at the top of the display that is mainly utilized for FaceID as well.

One of the best ways to get the iPhone X is to get it with Smart Postpaid.
Sony Xperia XZ Premium
Sony Xperia XZ Premium

6. Sony Xperia XZ Premium - At PHP 45,490, the Sony Xperia XZ Premium is a great pick if you don't mind relatively big bezels. It has a 5.5-inch 4K HDR Triluminos Display at 807ppi with Corning Gorilla Glass 5 protection. It is housing a 64-bit 2.4GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 octa-core processor, Adreno 540 GPU, 4GB of RAM with 64GB of expandable storage and 3,230mAh battery with Qnovo Adaptive Charging.

The main camera has a 19MP f/2.0 1/2.3 inch Exmor RS with Motion Eye, Hybrid AF, SteadyShot, and dual tone LED flash. The selfie camera has a 13MP f/2.0 1/3.06 inch Exmor Sensor.

It is IP68 certified as well. It also has HiFi audio.
Nokia 8
Nokia 8

7. Nokia 8 - At the PHP 29,990, 5.3 inch QHD IPS display with Corning Gorilla Glass protection. It has a 64-bit 2.5GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 octa-core processor, Adreno 540 GPU, 4GB of RAM with 64GB of internal storage, and 3,090mAh battery.

It has a dual rear camera setup sports a 13MP OIS + 13MP monochrome f/2.0 with PDAF, IR range finder, and dual tone LED flash. 13 MP f/2.0 with PDAF and 78.4 degrees wide angle lens.
LG G6 Plus
LG G6 Plus

8. LG G6 Plus - At PHP 30,990, the G6 Plus is the bigger and better version of LG G6. It has a 5.7 inch QHD+ display with Gorilla Glass 5 protection. It is housing a 64-bit 2.4GHz Snapdragon 821 quad core display, Adreno 530 GPU, 6GB LPDDR4 RAM with 128GB UFS 2.0 storage expandable up to 2TB via microSD card and a 3,300mAh battery with Quick Charge 3.0.

The dual camera setup has a 13MP f/1.8 with OIS + 13MP f/2.4 wide angle sensor with PDAF and dual tone LED flash. The selfie camera sports a 5MP f/2.2 wide angle sensor. It also has an IP68 certification, quad HiFi DAC, and wireless charging capability.

Note: The LG V30+ is now in pre-order in the Philippines too, that's a better phone than the LG G6 Plus.

This list concludes GIZGUIDE's Holiday Buyer's Guide for smartphones. This has been a tough yet fun journey to provide you with a guide this holiday season. Thanks for the support and enjoy the holidays!


GIZGUIDE Holiday Buyer's Guide 2017

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