2016 Flagship Smartphones That Are Still Worth Getting
The end of 2017 is fast approaching and most smartphone brands have already revealed their flagship devices for this year. As expected, these new devices are expensive which makes 2016 flagship smartphones a more attractive options. These smartphones may be a year old but can still pack a punch. Check out the 2016 Flagship Smartphones That Are Still Worth Getting.
The iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus were announced in September 2016. The latter serves as Apple’s first iPhone with dual rear cameras. These devices are powered by the A10 Fusion chip and feature water and dust resistance. The iPhone 7’s current SRP starts at Php35,490, while the iPhone 7 Plus is at Php42,990.
Google Pixel, Pixel XL
Google introduced its first smartphones in October 2016. If you want a pure Android experience in the best of what Google has to offer, the Pixel smartphones are your best bet right now. Although the 2nd-gen Pixels are already out on the market, the original Pixel smartphones can still be upgraded to Android 8.0 Oreo and security updates until October 2019. The Google Pixel and Pixel XL are not officially offered in the Philippines but can be purchased at Widget City. See listing here.
Huawei announced the P9 and P9 Plus in April 2016. It was one of the best camera-centric smartphones of that year with its dual rear cameras co-engineered with Leica. It runs on the company’s HiSilicon Kirin 955 chipset paired with 4GB RAM. The Huawei P9 is currently priced at MemoXpress for Php23,990.
Announced in November 2016, the Mate 9 is Huawei’s flagship offering for those who feel that the P9 and P9 Plus aren’t enough. For one, it packs a 5.9-inch FHD display, HiSilicon Kirin 960 chipset, 4GB RAM, and dual rear cameras with Leica optics. The Huawei Mate 9 is available MemoXpress and Villman for Php32K.
The LG G5 is the company’s previous flagship introduced in February 2016. It boasts a modular design that takes advantage of accessories called LG Friends to expand its functionality. Although LG has dropped the modular design in the G6, the G5 is still a worthy device with its 5.3-inch QHD display, Snapdragon 820 chipset, and dual rear cameras. We’ve spotted the LG G5 for Php19,990 at Abenson.
If you don’t like the modular design of the G5, you may opt to go for the LG V20 which was announced in September 2016. It has a larger 5.7-inch QHD display, B&O Play audio, and 3,200mAh battery. Like the G5, it also has dual rear cameras. The LG V20 is available at MemoXpress for Php29,990.
If attaching mods on your smartphone is your thing like with the G5, you may want to take a look at the Motorola Moto Z that was announced in June 2016. It packs a 5.5-inch QHD AMOLED display, Snapdragon 820 chipset, 4GB RAM, 13MP camera, and a 5.2mm thin body. The best part is you can purchase Moto Mods. So you can expand its battery and functionality. The Moto Z is available at MemoXpress for Php29,999.
The OnePlus 3T was announced in November 2016 and is the upgrade to the OnePlus 3 announced in June 2016. It has a 5.5-inch FHD Optic AMOLED screen, Snapdragon 821 chipset, 6GB RAM, up to 128GB storage, and 3,400mAh battery. It became available at Digital Walker in March 2017 but it looks like it’s no longer available since we already have the OnePlus 5. Widget City has it though for Php20,500. See listing here.
Samsung is not to be left behind with its Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge. These phones are basically twins, with the latter having a larger curved display at QHD resolution and bigger battery. Powering it is an Exynos 8890 chipset, 4GB RAM, 12MP cameras, and dust and water resistance. We spotted the Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge at MemoXpress for Php35,990.
Samsung had a winner smartphone last year in the form of the Galaxy Note7, that is before the company recalled the units due to a serious battery effect. You won’t be able to purchase a Note7 now but you can get the Galaxy Note FE which is basically a Galaxy Note7 but with a smaller and safer battery. The Galaxy Note FE is available at MemoXpress and Abenson for Php32,990.
If you’re looking for a strong camera phone then you might want to take a look at the Xperia XZ that was introduced in September 2016. It has a 5.2-inch Full HD display, Snapdragon 820 CPU, 3GB RAM, and a powerful 23MP rear camera. The Xperia XZ is available at MemoXpress for Php27,990.
If you’re looking for a smartphone with almost zero bezel from last year, look no further than the Xiaomi Mi Mix. It boasts a 6.5-inch display, Snapdragon 821 chipset, up to 6GB RAM, up to 256GB storage, 16MP rear camera, and a large 4,400mAh battery. It’s available at Widget City for Php27,500. See listing here.
And that sums it up. If you have suggestions, let us know in the comments below.