Hello all Android Geeks, as now as writing of this post, 1st quarter of 2016 is gone, with android all over there. Nowadays, Smartphones, Smart Watches, TVs, glasses, even vehicles have one big thing in common, Android. Keeping that in mind, I thought to compile a list of 10 Best Android Smartphones of 2016, released/announced so far in 2016 (some even in 2015).
Now, here I haven’t featured smartphones, stuffed with features, having some sub-$650 price tag, but listed those, which deliver features and performance, far beyond their price tag. That’s why there are many Mid Range phones in this list. So, here the list begins.
Best Android Smartphones of 2016:
10. Asus Zenfone 5:
A very nice mid range phone, capable of delivering over the weight performance. It has a 5 inch IPS capacitive touchscreen – with corning gorilla glass protection. It has 8/16 GB internal memory, supporting micro SD card up to 64 GB. It has also got an 8 MP, Autofocus, LED flash rear-camera that enables 1080p video capturing, secondary camera is of 2 MP.
Also it supports Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth v4.0 and microUSB V2.0. It packs an Intel dual-core Atom Z2580/Z2560 (Z2580 is clocked at 2 GHz, Z2560 at 1.6 GHz), to run Android KitKat 4.4.2 on it, a 1/2 GB RAM and a 2110 mAh non-removable battery. All that features are available in just $210 from Amazon.
9. Sony Xperia Z2:
This phone is successor of Xperia Z which was known for its water resistance. Like its successor, it is applauded for its high-class looks ad gorgeous design. Its other specs include 5.2 inch IPS LCD screen, HSDPA speed of 42 Mbps, 4G LTE, Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, Bluetooth v 4.0, microUSB v2.0 and USB-on-the-go support. Now coming to its camera, it has 20.7 MP Autofocus, rear camera with LED flash.
It has other camera features like face detection, touch focus etc and is also capable of 4k video recording. Front camera is 2.2 MP. It has 16GB internal memory, with microSD card support up to 128 GB and 3 GB RAM. It has a non-removable battery of 3200mAh. It’s available at $500 Unlocked from amazon.
8. Asus Zenfone 6:
Like its younger brother, Asus Zenfone 6 is budget android Smartphone – in the Phablet category. It has a 6.0 inch IPS capacitive touchscreen, with Corning Gorilla Glass 3 protection. It has an internal memory options of 8/16/32 GB and external microSD support up to 64 GB. It has a 13 MP Autofocus camera, with LED flash and features like Face-detection, geo-tagging etc.
It is also capable of recording videos @1080p. Secondary camera is 2 MP. It supports Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth v4.0 and microUSB V2.0. It has an Intel dual-core Atom Z2580 – clocked at 2 GHz, to run Android KitKat 4.4.2 on it, a 1/2 GB RAM and a whopping 3300 mAh non-removable battery. It’s available at approx. $340 on amazon.
7. LG G3:
This is flagship device of the Korean giant – as of now. It has a 5.5 inches True HD-IPS + LCD screen with Corning Gorilla Glass. It has a 16/32 GB internal memory, 2/3 GB RAM, an Adreno 330 GPU and a Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 CPU, which is Quad-core and clocked at 2.5 GHz.
Support for the 4G, Bluetooth v4.0 LE, Wi-Fi a/b/g/n/ac, Wireless Charging, NFC, and external microSD card is among the few of many other utilities. It also has a 13 MP rear-camera that is Autofocus and supports the OIS and dual-LED flash, its secondary camera is 2.1 MP. It runs Android KitKat 4.4.2 and has a 3000 mAh battery. Factory Unlocked Lg G3 Cost about $460 at Amazon.
6. Samsung Galaxy S5:
This smartphone boasts a 5.1 inch Super AMOLED screen, Android KitKat 4.4.2 with (annoying)TouchWiz UI and a 16 MP Autofocus camera. Secondary camera is 2 MP. It has a Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 Quad-core 2.5 GHz CPU with Adreno 330 GPU. It also has 16/32 GB internal memory – with microSD card support up to 128 GB – and 2GB RAM.
It supports Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, Bluetooth v4.0 and microUSB V2.0, USB OTG, Infrared and NFC. Negative aspects are its design (same pebble design!) and material. After all, it’s just plastic. Price for 16 GB factory Unlocked version is $520 at Amazon.
5. Huawei Honor 3C:
It is a Mid Range smartphone from Chinese manufacturer – Huawei, in an entry-level price, literally! It got a 5.0 inch IPS LCD display, 8 GB internal memory that could be extended to another 32 GB – through external microSD card. It has got an 8 MP Autofocus shooter that can record videos at 1080p and have features like geo-tagging, face detection, LED flash etc. and 5 MP secondary camera.
Other features include Bluetooth v4.0, Wifi b/g/n and microUSB support. It runs Android Jelly Bean 4.2.2 with customization layer of Emotion UI Lite 2.0. It has a Mediatek Quad-core CPU, clocked at 1.3 GHz and 2 GB RAM. It has a 2300 mAh battery. It’s available at approx. 200 Bucks from Amazon.
4. Motorola Moto G 2nd Gen. (2014):
This smartphone is announced recently – a few days ago. The original Moto G was a hit, a smartphone that apparently has no opponent in this price range. Now this is obvious that 2nd Gen. Moto G got its Place in the market. Its core specs include 5″ 720p HD screen, Bluetooth V4.0 LE, W-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, 8 GB internal memory and a memory card slot – a feature that was missing in last year’s Moto G.
In Processing secdtion, It has a Snapdragon 400 Quad-core CPU, clocked at 1.2 GHz and a 1 gig of RAM. Besides that, it has an 8 MP Autofocus rear camera and 2 MP front camera which is surprisingly amazing at taking photos. It also contains 2070 mAh battery and runs Android KitKat 4.4.4 in it. Available for $180 on amazon.
3. Moto X 2nd Gen. (2014):
Along with new Moto G, a new version of Moto X is announced a few days back. As you guys already know Moto X is the Best Android Smartphone Motorola Ever manufactured. New Moto X’s primary specs include 16/32 GB built-in non-extendable memory, 2 GB RAM, Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 chipset with 2.5 GHz Quad-core CPU, and an Adreno 330 GPU.
Display is a 1080p AMOLED screen of 5.2 inch size, protection of corning Gorilla Glass. It also boasts a 13 MP rear camera with Dual-LED flash and enables 4K video capturing. It runs stock android KitKat 4.4.4 and has a 2300 mAh non-removable battery for it. Its price is around $700 (Factory unlocked) on amazon if you guys are curious to know.
2. HTC One:
It has a 5.0 inch Super LCD3 touchscreen with Corning Gorilla Glass protection. Internal memory is 16/32 GB and external microSD is supported up to 128 GB. It has a dual 4 MP Autofocus camera, with dual-LED flash and features like Smile-detection, geo-tagging, HDR etc. It is also capable of recording videos @1080p. Secondary camera is 5MP and also can record 1080p videos. It supports Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, Bluetooth v4.0 and microUSB V2.0, USB OTG and NFC.
It has a Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 Quad-core 2.3 GHz CPU, Adreno 330 GPU, to run Android KitKat 4.4.3(with HTC sense), 2 GB RAM and a 2600 mAh non-removable battery. Negative points are Nano-SIM support and high price, which is $650 approx. for Unlocked phone on Amazon but I think its totally worth it.
1. LG Nexus 5:
Topping our list, it’s Nexus 5. Although it was announced in 2013, it still made up in our list. Reason is quite simple, no Android smartphone till now, has given us these features in that low price range. It has 16/32 GB non-extendable memory, a 4.95 inch screen with True HD + IPS LCD technology, an 8 MP Primary Autofocus camera with dual-LED flash and OIS along with a 1.3 MP secondary camera. On processing side it has a Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 quad-core CPU, clocked at 2.3 GHz, an Adreno 330 GPU.
It runs the stock Android KitKat 4.4.2, with no customization layer (like crappy TouchWiz by Samsung, HTC sense etc.) and has a 2 GB RAM. It has a non-removable 2300 mAh battery in it. All of those above features will cost you only $375 approx. on Amazon (far less amount for these premium features). That’s why it’s topping our list and believe me its the BEST Android Smartphone of 2016 from each and every aspect.
So that was our list about 10 Best Android Smartphones of 2016. I havent listed few other devices in the list because they lack general-availability (like Xiaomi M2) or if they are some region-exclusive. Hope you’ve enjoyed this read.