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1. Google Pixel XL

After partnering with multiple phone makers over the years, Google has finally produced a smartphone which is made by Google through and through. Right from the software of the phone to the design, everything is done by Google. The Qualcomm Snapdragon 821 powered device is easily the best Android smartphone you can buy today. It offers a very familiar design and a superb 2K display. Google has also incorporated a brilliant camera on the phone which can easily stand against the likes of Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge and even the iPhone 7. If 5.5-inch is too large for you to handle, you can settle for the 5-inch Google Pixel. Specs: Display: 5.5-inch, 1440p SoC: Qualcomm Snapdragon 821 RAM: 4GB Storage: 32/128GB Camera: 12.3MP, 8MP Battery: 3450mAh OS: Android 7.1

2. Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge

Samsung was the first company to bring its 2016 flagship smartphone to India. Samsung's latest Android phone offers an updated specification sheet, and refines the whole glass and metal design introduced with the Galaxy S6 range of Android phones in 2016. It is waterproof, and supports microSD cards of up to 200GB. Samsung has used an all new Exynos 8890 SoC on the new Galaxy S7 Edge, and there is 4GB of RAM along with 32GB of internal storage. It features an AMOLED display with 2560x1440-pixel resolution, but the screen size has been increased from 5.1 inches to 5.5 inches. This has allowed Samsung to increase the battery size from 2600mAh to 3600mAh, which allows it to offer better battery life. The biggest change in the phone, though, is the new 12MP Dual Pixel camera, which shoots amazing photographs even in low light. All of these combine to make the Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge the best Android phone to buy in India today. Specs: Display: 5.5-inch, 1440p SoC: Exynos 8890 RAM: 4GB Storage: 32GB Camera: 12MP, 5MP Battery: 3600mAh OS: Android 6.0

3. OnePlus 3T

The OnePlus 3T has grabbed the third position on our ‘best phones to buy’ with ease. This Android phone is an all-rounder, and offers the best performance-to-price ratio among the latest flagship Android phones. This is the first time that OnePlus made an all-metal smartphone, and while the phone is reminiscent of the HTC One M9, it is still a good design. The device is powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 821 SoC and has 6GB of RAM. The 16MP camera on the back does not disappoint either and offers PDAF as well as OIS. Like most latest Android phones, battery life is not that great, but still manages to go on for a whole day on a single charge. Specs: Display: 5.5-inch, 1080p SoC: Qualcomm Snapdragon 821 RAM: 6GB Storage: 64/128GB Camera: 16MP, 16MP Battery: 3400mAh OS: Android 6.0.1

4. LG G5

LG's flagship smartphone, LG G5, is also the world’s first modular smartphone. This Android phone from LG offers a metal build and fingerprint sensor. It has the best specifications currently available on latest Android mobiles. The LG G5 is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 SoC. There is 4GB of RAM and 32GB of native storage, along with microSD card support of up to 200GB. The smaller, 5.3-inch display is a delight to look at, and offers 2560x1440-pixel screen resolution. The colours of the display are among the most well-balanced of the latest Android phones. The removable battery is small, but lasts for a day. LG will also be selling various accessories under its Friends ecosystem for the LG G5, including a camera grip with extra battery, an external amplifier and more. Specs: Display: 5.3-inch, 1440p SoC: Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 RAM: 4GB Storage: 32GB Camera: 16MP + 8MP, 8MP Battery: 2800mAh OS: Android 6.0.1

5. HTC 10

The HTC 10 is another great Android phone to look for in the flagship smartphone range. The HTC 10 flaunts the suave HTC design, with latest generation hardware to boot. Powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 SoC, the HTC 10 offers great multi-tasking abilities. The OIS-assisted 12MP UltraPixel rear camera is great to shoot with, and you also get OIS on the front camera. HTC has also mastered the 2K display, and the 5.2-inch LCD5 2K resolution panel looks beautiful from all angles. However, the best part is the audio quality, which gives the best music quality you can get on any Android mobile available for purchase today. Specs: Display: 5.2-inch, 1440p SoC: Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 RAM: 4GB Storage: 32GB Camera: 12MP, 5MP Battery: 3000mAh OS: Android 6.0.1

6. Xiaomi Mi5

Xiaomi’s two-year-long wait for the Mi 5 translated into a massive upgrade over its previous flagship smartphone in India, the Mi 4. Xiaomi has given this Android phone a complete makeover, fusing an incredibly ergonomic body with a glass-and-metal chassis. It has a 5.15-inch display that offers a well-balanced colour gamut and Full HD screen resolution. The device is powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 SoC, like most other flagship Android phones in India. Only the 3GB RAM-32GB storage variant has been launched in India, but this itself offers fluent performance. The 16MP primary camera has 4-axis OIS, and is very fast. Also, the 3000mAh battery should last you through the entire work day, comfortably. Specs: Display: 5.15-inch, 1080p SoC: Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 RAM: 3GB Storage: 32GB Camera: 16MP, 4MP Battery: 3000mAh OS: Android 6.0

7. Huawei P9

The Huawei P9 is a flagship Android phone, and features all the hardware you can expect from a phone in this league, including a brilliant camera. It offers a two-camera setup with Leica-certified SUMMARIT lenses, which facilitates shooting the best ‘bokeh’ effects available on a latest Android phone. The device is powered by a Kirin 955 SoC, which is not as powerful as the competing Qualcomm Snapdragon 820, but still manages to deliver decent multi-tasking and gaming performance. The Huawei P9 also offers one the best designs and build quality among the latest Android phones. Specs: Display: 5.2-inch, 1080p SoC: HiSilicon Kirin 955 RAM: 4GB Storage: 32GB Camera: 12MP + 12MP, 8MP Battery: 3000mAh OS: Android 6.0

8. LeEco Le Max 2

The Le Max 2 might be a slightly larger phone but it is one of most affordable device to offer a flagship class Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 SoC. This LeEco flagship features a bright 2K display with good viewing angles. It can take upon all kinds of tasks and is very well built. To sweeten the deal, LeEco bundles a free subscription of Le Live and Le Vidi apps offering live TV and movie content. Further, the 21MP rear camera does a good job as well, although the battery life could have been better. Specs: Display: 5.7-inch, 1440p SoC: Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 RAM: 3GB Storage: 32GB Camera: 21MP, 8MP Battery: 3100mAh OS: Android 6.0

9. Samsung Galaxy Note 5

The Samsung Galaxy Note 5 is another great Android phone, particularly when productivity is concerned. Last year’s Samsung flagship is still one of the fastest Android phones to buy in India. It features a bright, 5.7-inch AMOLED display with 2K screen resolution, offering good viewing angles and S-Pen compatibility. Powered by Samsung’s previous generation Exynos 7420 SoC, the Galaxy Note 5 is still one of the fastest Android phones in the market. The larger footprint allows for a larger battery, and this phone can easily last you for a day, even if you are a power user. The 16MP rear camera is good too, and even offers 4K video recording. Specs: Display: 5.7-inch, 1440p SoC: Exynos 7420 RAM: 4GB Storage: 32GB Camera: 16MP, 5MP Battery: 3000mAh OS: Android 6.0.1

10. Samsung Galaxy S6

The Samsung Galaxy S6 is a year old now, but still beats a lot of other Android phones to be on this list. It houses an excellent 16MP camera with OIS, and is powered by the Exynos 7420 SoC. The combination of these two factors makes it an excellent overall device. The Galaxy S6 features an excellent 5.1-inch AMOLED display with 2560x1440-pixel resolution. The glass-and-metal construction on this Android phone laid foundation for Samsung’s resurgence on the design front. The Galaxy S6 is available in 32GB and 64GB variants, and 3GB of RAM on board handles all kinds of heavy multitasking, making it rank among the best Android phones to buy in India today. Specs: Display: 5.1-inch, 1440p SoC: Exynos 7420 RAM: 3GB Storage: 32GB Camera: 16MP, 5MP Battery: 2550mAh OS: Android 6.0.1


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