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Posted at: May 13, 2017, 12:47 AM; last updated: May 13, 2017, 12:47 AM (IST)

The smartest of them all

Best of the phones, equipped with latest features from premium brands, are giving customers ample options to pick from

Vaibhav Sharma

Unless the iPhone is the smartphone of your choice, the quarter following February is the best time for choosing your Android flagship. While some brands choose to announce their offerings at the Mobile World Congress, others wait for a few weeks to get greater press coverage and a sense of exclusivity for their premier offering. In the last few weeks, we have seen LG’s G6, followed by the Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8+, and finally also the Xiaomi Mi 6. All three are stand-out devices that are fortunately aimed at slightly different price points, making your choice easier depending on how much you are willing to shell out for a premium design.

Galaxy S8 & S8+

This is the year that Samsung finally broke away as a design leader, not merely content on copying ideas, something it has been accused of in the past. The new flagships are downright gorgeous, and the Infinity display, as Samsung likes to call it, makes the devices look futuristic.


  • The amazing display-to-body ratio lets the company pack a much larger display into an incredibly small body, making it compact.
  • From wireless charging to water and dust resistance, the S8 packs all the features you could hope for. It even has novelty features like iris scanning for unlocking the phone.

  • The fingerprint sensor is placed on the back, right next to the camera. Not only it is awkward to reach, but you end up smudging the camera lens in the process.
  • The all-glass design makes the device much less durable. You will probably want to keep it secure in a case.


This is LG’s best smartphone ever. In fact, because the G6 was announced sooner than the S8, one could say that LG came to the narrow bezel game sooner that its competitor. 


  • The dual-camera system is a big deal. You get a wide angle lens that lets you shoot panorama like images without the need of software-based stitching, great for landscapes and groups. There is also a more traditional sensor, giving you the best of both worlds.
  • LG’s done well to price it lower than the S8, the company also has attractive cashback schemes with online retailers, making it an attractive buy.

  • When compared to the S8, the design doesn’t look all that appealing despite looking good too on its own.
  • The device also runs the slightly older Snapdragon 821 processor, in contrast the much cheaper Mi 6 runs on a Snapdragon 835.

Xiaomi Mi 6

Despite being globally launched, the Mi 6 still does not have a launch date for India. Perhaps, the company wants to concentrate on the low-end here, but lessons from One Plus 3/3T suggest that Indians love a great value for money product, and the Mi 6 will be lapped up just as quickly. 


  • It might not have the bezel-less design of the G6 and S8, but other than that it is feature packed to the brim. Dual cameras like that of iPhone 7 Plus, the latest Snapdragon chip, 6 GB of RAM and more. 
  • The price makes it a no brainer. There is no other product that comes close. Although the One Plus 5 might change that soon.

  • Given the price point, it is unfair to point out compromises. However, technically speaking, it doesn’t have the Quad HD display of the other flagships, settling for a good enough 1080P screen.
  • It is also missing the IP68 dust and water resistance that devices these days seem to carry. Although the company does promise that it will handle minor splashes like a champ.


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