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10 Best smartphones of 2016 that will certainly offer you full worth of your money

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Brace yourself for the roundup of the best of the best smartphones launched this year. This list includes only the best smartphones in different categories and we have hand-checked each of these amazing devices before compiling this list.

To round-off the year, Mobile57 brings you the best smartphones list with each of the handsets hand-checked to peculiar details. This list goes out to all Mobile57 users who had followed us all year long and have enjoyed our latest tech news and reviews of mobile industry.

So, here are the top 10 trending smartphone launches of 2016:

1 - The Winner smartphone - iPhone 7 Plus (What else were you expecting?)

  • Stunning design
  • Powerful specs
  • Dual Camera innovation
  • Too big size for some users liking
  • Iterative design

As expected, iPhone 7 Plus tops our list for the best smartphone of 2016. It is definitely one of the most powerful and beautifully smartphone in the world. Though the large screen might be too gruesome for few users, still the magnificently designed 5.5 incher is one of the most stunningly designed smartphone that you will find in the world. APPLE has for some reason decided to stick around with the basic design of its previous iPhone 6S with subtle enhancements like new rerouted antenna lines and a more subtle camera bump.

Inside this magnificent smartphone lies the real deal! With the most powerful yet APPLE iOS 10 OS, iPhone 7 Plus is definitely worth every penny of its expensive worth. The company has also introduced some exquisitely amazing color line for its latest flagship product with Jet Black being the best variant.

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2 - Second Best Smartphone of 2016 - Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge

  • Gorgeous design
  • Exquisite camera
  • Powerful specifications
  • Not so interactive UI
  • Fingerprint magnet

Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge makes it to our second spot of the best smartphones 2016. Though if you're not an iOS fan, than this is your best top of the list smartphone in the world. The latest flagship device from Samsung is neck to neck in competition with iPhone 7 Plus when it comes to powerful specifications and intuitive design. Perhaps, with brilliantly designed curved display it outperform iPhone 7 Plus in aesthetics. In fact, with the aesthetically designed curved edges, it is a futuristic smartphone with loads of premium features to offer.

Apart from its intelligent design, the phone also offers crispiest display, premium cameras, above average battery life and sharp performance. In any case you aren't a fan of curved screen; you can straightly head for Samsung Galaxy S7 with a regular flat display but all powerful features.

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3 - Best New Smartphone - Google Pixel XL

  • Google virtual assistant
  • Brilliant camera
  • Powerful features
  • Flat appearance
  • Not water resistive design

Well honestly, we were too confused while ranking iPhone 7 PLUS, Galaxy S7 Edge and Google Pixel XL as all three smartphones are truly magnificently designed powerhouses with incredible features and premium design. However, we place iPhone 7 and Galaxy S7 Edge before Pixel XL because prior flagship devices have already established their worth in market, while the latter has yet to establish its reign.

Nonetheless, Google latest Pixel XL is one of the most premium smartphone with incredible camera, exquisite metal design, powerhouse Snapdragon processor and obviously the all gracious Google virtual assistant. Google has got just the most perfect balance of enchanting design and powerful features to create a masterpiece. The good news is that a smaller 5.0 inch version is also available with exact specifications for people who prefer smaller smartphones.

Google Pixel XL Price & Specifications

4 - Rocket in Pocket - iPhone SE

  • Power pack features in a small body
  • Exceptional battery life
  • A little disappointment design
  • Low memory base model (16GB)


APPLE certainly keep its market covered in every aspect. Remember 4.7 incher iPhones? Well, the company might have been tempted to release big screen phones to compete with large android based smartphones, but the company has managed to keep its traditional product alive with this rocket in the pocket iPhone SE.

In fact, there are great numbers of people who actually prefer using smaller smartphones with powerful specifications. iPhone SE is aimed to attract those users who would like to enjoy premium iPhone 6S features in a smaller screen version. It's a 4 incher power pack midget with 2GB RAM, A9 chipset, 12MP rear camera, Retina Display and Apply Pay.

The biggest drawback for iPhone SE remains its iterative old and dull design (it is actually based on iPhone 5 design). Moreover, reduced front camera resolution and slower fingerprint sensor also draws iPhone SE to number 4 spot on our list.

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5 - The ultimate removable battery smartphone - LG G5

  • Superb design
  • Innovative features
  • Dual camera
  • Lacks powerhouse features

LG has been experimenting with its smartphone designs and features a lot recently. LG G5 is their latest flagship product that though lack the powerful features to compete Galaxy S7 Edge or iPhone 7 Plus or even Google's Pixel Xl, still is an innovatively designed kick-ass smartphone. The device possesses a unique modular design which enables users to attach complimentary accessories like camera grip or high-resolution audio. However, the best part about LG G5 is that it is the only flagship smartphone launched in 2016 with a removable battery.

Though you won't be feeling exquisite with a G5 in your hand, nonetheless, if you want a geeky smartphone then this is your best bet.

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6 - Best 4K smartphone - SONY Z5 premium

  • Brilliant camera
  • Water and dust proof
  • Attractive compact design
  • Low battery life
  • Overheating issues


The list simply can't be completed without the first ever 4K smartphone of the world - the Sony Z5 premium. The bold and beautiful smartphone from Sony is a 5.5 incher with spectacular 806 pixels per inch resolution- making it an ideal choice for phablet lovers also. The device has the latest fingerprint sensor that's really fast and then of course there is a brilliant 23MP camera.

Though Z5 premium has its issues like overheating and bad battery timings still with 4k capability, this is certainly a smartphone to reckon with in 2016.

View Sony Xpera Z5 Premium Price & Specifications

7 - The Music Player -  HTC 10

  • Booming supreme sound
  • Powerful battery
  • Brilliant camera
  • Bald design
  • Chubby


HTC has released some amazing and innovative smartphones in the past few years. HTC 10 is a killer device for all muss lovers. This device got almost all things perfectly covered including a powerful battery, exceptional camera and decent performance. Not to forget the booming and blasting sound that makes it a perfect choice for all music lovers out there.

HTC 10, is certainly the best ever flagship product by HTC, even though the company needs to instill some serious concentration on its design. Provided some little tweaks in design and a little enhancement of specs, its successor could easily climb up-ladder in our list of top 10 mobiles next year.

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8 - The Smartphone with a beast battery - Huawei Mate 8

  • Exceptional battery life
  • Large Display
  • Fingerprint sensor
  • Wallet friendly
  • Junk UI
  • Little off-design

Huawei has proved its worth and technological superiority with its flagship Huawei Mate 8. The device is truly once exceptional piece of master-craft with truly powerful specifications and innovative features. It is certainly the best smartphone launched by Huawei with a large 6 inch superior display and exceptionally lasting battery of 4000 mAh. If not for the crap UI and flat design, it could climb up the ladder in list of top mobiles in 2016.

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9 - The Robust Smartphone - Motorola Moto X Force

  • Shatter proof screen
  • Powerful specs
  • Plastic screen
  • Flat design

If you aren't after an exquisite and premium design rather prefer robust smartphone than Motorola Moto X Force is certainly the best released smartphone for you. Its robust, durable and surely can withstand long beating. Thanks to its rather uncomfortable looking think plastic outer screen - the device can stand some serious shocks and drops. Though you won't be getting any elegant looks with Moto X Force but then this wasn't designed to serve elegance purpose.

Overall, this is a great smartphone if you like to use a powerful device which is robust and durable.

See Motorola moto x Force price & Specs 

10 - The alternative smartphone - OnePlus 3

  • Premium specifications
  • Unbelievably low price
  • Gorgeous design
  • No MicroSD card space

Priced under $300 this is the best alternative smartphone you can purchase today. OnePlus has pursued its ambitions of flagship killer since its first launch in 2014 and it seems the company has finally achieved its goals (though partially only). You can't get better specs at this low price in any other brand with rock solid software and premium aesthetics. 

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