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Tech in review: Top 5 premium smartphones of the year 2017

From ultra-wide aspect ratio screens to augmented and virtual reality, the smartphone industry brought to the table some of the best of technology advancement in their premium offerings during 2017

Khalid Anzar  |  New Delhi 

From ultra-wide aspect ratio screens to augmented and virtual reality, the smartphone industry brought to the table some of the best of technological advancements through their premium offerings during the year 2017. Smartphone manufacturers moved their focus from technical specifications to software optimisations, features and algorithms that clearly set precedents for the smartphone industry for the upcoming year. Business Standard takes a look at the top five premium smartphones launched in 2017. Here is the list: HTC U11 HTC U11 Taiwanese smartphone maker HTC’s U11 smartphone has all qualities of the flagship breed – several technological innovations with powerful innards in a compact body. In the premium segment, the HTC U11 not only offers top-of-the line specifications but also innovative features like the HTC Edge Sense, USonic and BoomSound. Also, the camera performance of the smartphone is top-notch that competes and, in some cases, outpaces the best camera smartphones. ALSO READ: HTC U11: Perfect if you want smartphone with brilliant camera, audio output Samsung Galaxy Note 8 Samsung galaxy Note 8 The first dual-camera smartphone from the house of South Korean smartphone manufacturer Samsung is a delight for content developers and multimedia enthusiasts. The smartphone carries all the goodies of the Galaxy S-series, along with Note-centric S-Pen tool that adds to the overall utility of the phone. Featuring powerful innards, premium design and Samsung’s proprietary artificial assistant Bixby – the Galaxy Note 8 is a worthy contender in the premium smartphone segment. ALSO READ: Samsung Galaxy Note 8 review: Well equipped to take on new iPhones LG V30+ LG V30+ The V30+ is the first handset by the South Korean smartphone manufacturer LG that comes equipped with plastic OLED screen, along with some other industry-first features. The smartphone takes the flagship game a notch higher, and even surpasses the company’s premium G-series offering, the LG G6.

It boasts premium build quality, coupled with a flagship design language, powerful innards and advanced feature sets. The phone offers value for money and has a bit of everything for all kinds of users. ALSO READ: LG V30+ review: Sturdy smartphone with a bit of everything for everyone Apple iPhone X iPhone X The anniversary-edition iPhone X takes a break from traditional iPhone design, features and capabilities. The smartphone brings the best of in a compact yet mesmerising form factor. It houses industry first edge-to-edge screen on front -- with a small cut-out on top for earpiece and sensors – augmented reality, animojis and dual-camera set-up. The iPhone X sets a precedent for future iPhones. ALSO READ: iPhone X: A design upgrade worth its eye-popping price tag Asus Zenfone AR Asus, ZenFone AR The only smartphone from the Android clan that could compete with the iPhone X is the Zenfone AR. Launched in the first half of the year, the smartphone does miss some advancements – 18:9 aspect ratio screen, for example. However, the phone has other traits that put it at the forefront in comparison with other premium smartphones. These technologies include Google Tango and Daydream compatibility for augmented reality and virtual reality, and Google Assistant for artificial intelligence. ALSO READ: Asus Zenfone AR: A new force to reckon with

First Published: Sat, December 23 2017. 09:00 IST