BGR India Awards 2017: The best flagship smartphones of the year

Here’s a list of the best premium smartphones launched in 2017 that a whole lot of money could buy.

  • Published: January 19, 2018 8:40 AM IST

Apple Iphone X

We have already shared a list of the best budget and mid-range smartphones that launched in 2017. But when it comes to the absolute best, you invariably have to look to the top-end of the price spectrum. Every year, we wait for companies to launch their flagship devices that have the best of everything. These smartphones invariably also set the standards that the rest then follow through the year.

The BGR India team has discussed this list at length, and here’s our list of the best flagship smartphones of 2017. If budget isn’t concern, you should be looking to buy one of these following smartphones.

Apple iPhone X

It is almost inevitable that every year’s best flagship smartphone list includes an Apple product. This year is no different. In fact, on the occasion of the iPhone’s 10th anniversary, Apple launched what is its most radically designed iPhone.

The iPhone X is unlike any Apple smartphone we have seen before, and also sets the standard for what future iPhones will look and feel like. In fact, the iPhone X is so futuristic that you end up questioning the reason behind the existence of this year’s iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus. For an in-depth look at the Apple iPhone X, check out our review.

Samsung Galaxy Note 8

When talking about Samsung’s Galaxy series smartphones, the whole debacle around the Galaxy Note 7 is bound to crop up. So damaging was the episode that many thought Samsung wouldn’t be able to get past it. But the South Korean company managed just that, and how.

Samsung kicked off with the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+, which were so impressive, they should ideally be a part of this list. The only reason they are not is what followed later in the year. Samsung launched the Galaxy Note 8 in the second half of 2017, and it was every bit impressive. Premium design, dual-camera setup, an improved S Pen, water and dust resistance, and dual-SIM capabilities are only some aspects that make the Samsung Galaxy Note 8 among the best of 2017. Don’t forget to check out our extensive review of the Samsung Galaxy Note 8.

Google Pixel 2 XL

The first-generation Pixel smartphones showed a lot of promise for Google’s hardware ambitions. With the second-generation Pixel smartphones, the company improved on almost all aspects.

Among the two, the Google Pixel 2 XL makes it to our list. Premium design, a beautiful edge-to-edge display, squeezable frames, the latest stock Android OS, and Google Assistant are what make the Google Pixel 2 XL impressive. But what really takes the cake is the smartphone’s photographic chops.

Be it low light shooting capabilities or the ability to click selfies with bokeh effects, the Pixel 2 XL’s cameras just blow away the competition. It is little wonder then that Google’s flagship smartphone tops the DxOMark list with a score of 98 – above the likes of the Apple iPhone X and Samsung Galaxy Note 8.

OnePlus 5T

With OnePlus’ 2017 smartphones breaching the Rs 30,000-mark this year, many are questioning its ‘Flagship Killer’ or underdog status. But there’s no denying that the OnePlus 5T is a very good smartphone.

While the OnePlus 5 impressed us earlier in the year, the company just things a level up with the OnePlus 5T. With the edge-to-edge display, suddenly the OnePlus 5 seemed outdated. Apart from the beautiful display, the new smartphone also came with a relocated fingerprint sensor, slightly better camera, and an iPhone X-like face unlock feature. Check out our review of the OnePlus 5T.

Nokia 8

With the Nokia 9 widely rumored to be launched sometime this year, the Nokia 8 remains the most premium smartphone in HMD Global’s portfolio. The flagship smartphone may not have a standout feature as such. But as an overall package it is difficult to not consider the smartphone when shopping in the premium mid-range segment.

The Nokia 8 offers a premium design, good display, enough power to take care of any task, and dual-cameras with ‘Bothie’ feature. What also works in its favor is the stock Android OS onboard, and the promise of the latest OS update within weeks of Google unveiling one. Here’s our detailed review of the Nokia 8.

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Apple iPhone X


iOS 11
A11 Bionic 64-bit chipset with M11 motion coprocessor
dual 12MP camera f/1.8 and f/2.8 apertures with dual OIS
Nokia 8


Android 7.1.1 Nougat
Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 Octa-core Processor
13 MP (Colour + OIS) + 13 MP (Mono), 1.12um, f/2.0, PDAF, IR range finder, dual tone flash
Google Pixel 2 XL


Android 8.0.0, Oreo
Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 Octa-Core 2.35GHz + 1.9GHz, 64-Bit Processor
12.2 MP with f/1.8 aperture
Samsung Galaxy Note 8


Android 7.1.1 Nougat with TouchWiz UX
Exynos 8895 Octa-core 64-bit Processor
12 MP (f/1.7 aperture) + 12 MP (f/2.4 aperture)
  • Published Date: January 19, 2018 8:40 AM IST