The first half of 2017 has seen real evolution in the smartphone market. Instead of all devices now looking the same, which has been the case, identical specifications and similar prices, there is now enough variety for most users to be catered for.

Smartphone buyers now have a huge choice, with some top specifications in mid-priced phones. Here, we run down just some of the most notable devices released this year.

Samsung Galaxy S8

Samsung has delivered true innovation. From its gorgeous 5.8 inch “infinity display” to its biometric recognition, the Galaxy S8 is at the top of many ‘best of’ lists. The camera has been consistently praised, while the processor is among the fastest out there.

The phone had a lot to prove in the wake of the Note 7 disaster, but Samsung seems to have righted its wrongs and offered a truly beautiful device.

OnePlus 5

The OnePlus 5 is the fastest smartphone on the market – even faster than the Galaxy S8. OnePlus has been named the flagship killer for its top-spec devices but mid-range prices, and has produced a truly magnificent phone in its latest offering.

OnePlus has listened to what users wanted after the previous device, the 3T, and provided a better camera. The improvements – as well as those to the processor and RAM – have led to OnePlus increasing the price, but it remains lower than just about all other flagships, starting at £449.


HTC has been responsible for providing a unique – and fun – experience with its ‘Edge Sense’ feature on its U11 flagship. It allows users to squeeze the phone to control it. Reviews have rejected the fact it is nothing but a gimmick, with its effectiveness welcomed.

Apart from its USP, the U11 has the latest Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 processor, making it as fast as most of the top devices out there. It also comes in a variety of colours, which can set it apart from the competition’s all-black appearances.

BlackBerry KEYone

BlackBerry – a company many thought was never to be heard from again – has come back and produced a memorable and well-received smartphone in the KEYone. The phone has been delighting users with its physical keyboard, reminiscent of when the company ruled the smartphone market.

The KEYone has the most secure Android software out there, so is a great option for business users worried about the level of hacking the world is currently seeing. It has seen positive reviews for its high-end design and camera.

Moto Z

At just 5.19mm thick, the Moto Z is currently the thinnest smartphone you can buy. It’s a modular device, which is being called the best ever, by Tech Radar. It has some really creative modular accessories, including battery packs and projectors.

Its fingerprint sensor has not been relegated to the back, as has been the case for many phones this year, but sits at the bottom of the front. It lets users unlock as well as lock the phone, which is a time saver for most.

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