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Top 5 most strikingly beautiful designed flagships of 2017

12 December 2017 5

The month of DDecember 2017 is finally here which means we are approaching the end of the year. This year we have seen tons of smartphones with different design language but we have to admit the bezel-less design is the new trend which is opted by almost smartphones manufacturers for this year. All giants launched at least one flagship with the ultra-thin bezel-less design. No matter if a smartphone is featuring top of the line hardware but it isn't pretty no one will prefer it. No one will be willing to purchase a smartphone which doesn't look beautiful in hand.

Undoubtedly design plays a vital role in the success of smartphone, lack of innovative design results in failure. The customers prefer those smartphones which not only have better hardware but also takes lead in design department as well. It is indeed a make or break situation for smartphones manufacturers. This year we have seen true-bezel fewer smartphones as well as thick bezels design. Most manufacturers who opted thick bezels design for the first half of 2017, opted bezel-less design for the second half of the year smartphones

Not all smartphones of this year have luring looks but there are few smartphones which not only grabs the attention of gadget geeks but also the buyer's response was pretty healthy for these smartphones. As the year-end is just around the corner, it's a good time to enlist the top 5 most beautifully designed smartphones of 2017. Every smartphone OEM try to bring striking smartphone but the end product of all are not luring. Without any further delay let's find out the top 5 beautifully designed smartphones of 2017.

74.8 x 162.5 x 8.6 mm
6.3 inches - 2960x1440 px
75.4 x 151.7 x 7.39 mm
6 inches - 2880x1440 px
77.8 x 150.5 x 8.2 mm
5.9 inches - 2560x1440 px
70.9 x 143.6 x 7.7 mm
5.8 inches - 2436x1125 px
74.9 x 158.5 x 8.5 mm
6 inches - 2880x1440 px
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Samsung Galaxy Note 8

This year Samsung made a huge leap forward in terms of design language. The first smartphone of the year Galaxy S8 comes with a new glass/metal sandwich design which stuns the market with its gorgeous looks and ultra-thin bezels on the front. Samsung brought the similar design for the Galaxy Note 8 with more refinements. The single-rear snapper is upgraded with dual rear snappers, the display of Galaxy Note 8 is dual curved from edges. The design is pretty awesome due to its sleek looks with solid metal chassis. Samsung ditched their front-facing logo, so its pretty clean an all front-facing glass. The rear doesn't have something extraordinary but still, it looks eye-catching.

The rear side is adorned with dual rear cameras, it is the first Samsung smartphone with dual cameras on the rear. The dual sensors are placed horizontally with LED flashlight and rear fingerprint scanner right next to it. Samsung's branding on the rear side is below the dual cameras which doesn't look bad at all. The rear side edges are gently curved so that the device can be grabbed easily single-handily.

The devices come with four physical buttons. The power button is placed on the right edge, the volume rockers and dedicated Bixby AI buttons are on the left edge. The 3.5mm headphone jack is on the bottom along with USB-C port and mono speaker. The hybrid SIM slot is on the top edge. The Note 8 is announced in four striking colors including Gray, Black, Blue, and Gold.

Despite the fact, it is one of the most luring smartphones of the year but still, it isn't perfect. The awkward position of the fingerprint scanner is not appreciated at all but instead, the company could bring it below the dual sensors in the middle so that users can easily access it. For more details check out the Galaxy Note 8 Preview.

Specs Galaxy Note 8
Display 6.3-inches Super AMOLED
Screen resolution 1440 x 2960 pixels
Chipset Eynos 8895/Qualcomm's Snapdragon 835
RAM 6GB
Storage 64/128GB
Rear camera Dual 12MP
Front camera 8MP
Battery 3,300mAh
OS Android Nougat 7.1.1
IP68 Yes
USB Type-C
Colors Midnight Black+ Gold+ Grey+ Blue
Huawei Mate 10

The Mate 10 is the latest flagship smartphone from the Chinese giant Huawei. It is the first bezel-less flagship from Huawei bringing much more than 2:1 display. The best thing about the Mate 10 is being completely overhauled from the predecessor. The Mate 9 series comes with a unibody metal design but that's not the case here. The company adopted the futuristic bezel-less design in a very striking way. Despite the fact it has 2:1 display but still the company managed to have the fingerprint scanner on the front at the most convenient position.

Whether you fingerprint scanner on the front or not but certainly Huawei did a commendable job here to make it possible. The good thing is fingerprint scanner is blended pretty beautifully on the front and looks the part of the design. Another striking aspect of the design is the reflective stripe on the rear. The dual rear cameras are covered with a horizontal stripe making it prominent from another body.

The metal chassis covered with glass on the rear and front. Without any doubt, the Mate 10 is one of the most beautiful phablets announced this year. The dual rear snappers are placed vertically with dual LED flashlight on the left side. Huawei's branding is on the rear bottom. The horizontal strip on the Mate 10 rear cameras gives the device character, it differentiates it from the crowd.

Although placing a strip line isn't something extraordinary but it certainly improves the overall design of the Mate 10. The volume controllers and power button are placed on the right edge whereas the left edge features SIM card Tray. The bottom edge has speaker and USB Type-C connectivity port. The 3.5mm headphone jack is placed on the top edge. The Mate 10 officially announced in four striking colors options including Pink Gold, Black, Champagne Gold and last but not the least Mocha Brown.

The Mate 10 design is pretty simple yet stylish because of the stripe on the rear side. The company sticks to the basics for the Mate 10 designing yet manage to bring a beautiful looking flagship smartphone. We previewed Mate 10, you can check it out for more details.

Specs Mate 10
Display 5.9-inches
Screen resolution 1440 x 2560 pixels
Chipset Kirin 970
RAM 4GB
Storage 64GB Expandable via MicroSD card
Rear camera 12MP+20MP
Front camera 8MP
Battery 4,000mAh
IP-ratings IP57
USB Type-C
OS Android Oreo with EMUI 8
Apple iPhone X

The iPhone X is the Apple's special edition 10th anniversary iPhone. Apple's main focus of this year design is indeed the iPhone X. Apple once again brought glass rear but it's much different from what we have seen on iPhone 5S and predecessors. The chassis is made up of metal with glass covering the rear side. The rear side is adorned with dual rear cameras placed vertically on the top left corner. The dual rear snappers are protruding, Apple placed the LED flashlight in two cameras.

Apple claims that iPhone X rear glass is the sturdiest glass ever introduced on any smartphone. The power button is on the right edge whereas the volume controllers and mute button are on the left edge. What makes the iPhone X special is its full front-facing display with a small notch on the top. Apple specially optimized iOS for the bezel-less display. The device is available in two luring colors option including Space Gray and Silver.

The silver lining on the edges of iPhone X is very luring which looks premium in hand. The rear side has glowing Apple logo in the center below the dual rear cameras. You can know more about the iPhone X by reading its Preview here.

Specs iPhone X
Display 5.8-inches
Screen resolution 1125 x 2436 pixels
Pixels density 458PPi
Chipset A11 Bionic
RAM 3GB
Rear cameras Dual 12MP
Front camera 7MP
Battery 2,716mAh
USB Type-C
IP-ratings IP67
OS iOS 11
LG V30

Undoubtedly the V30 is so far the most striking flagship smartphone from LG not only in terms of performance but also in terms of looks. Though it lacks X-factor in design it has all ingredients to be one of the most luring flagship devices in the market. LG also tried to overdo anything to make the V30 impressive instead the design queues are special on its own.

Like most of the flagships announced this year, it comes with the bezel-less design. The rear is covered with a stylish glass with dual rear cameras set up. The LG V30 released in four luring colors including Lavender Violet, Moroccan Blue, Aurora Black and Cloud Silver. Unfortunately, despite opting any color the front of LG V30 will remain Black. The black front has an advantage as it doesn't visibly shows the front camera, sensors, and speaker. The overall front looks quite clean and beautiful.

The rear edges of V30 are curved beautifully from the edges which makes it an easy device to grasp despite having the large display on the front. Another plus point of the design is lack of protruding camera setup like most of the devices. The dual sensors are quite beautifully embedded within the body with dual-tone LED flashlight placed vertically right next to it. The dual rear snappers are horizontally placed.

Due to all front-facing display, it has the circular fingerprint scanner on the rear below the dual cameras. The volume controllers are on the left edge whereas the SIM tray is on the left edge. The fingerprint scanner doubles as fingerprint scanner as well. LG placed the 3.5mm headphone jack on the top edge whereas the bottom edge has USB-C port and speaker.

The V30's design is impressive in all aspects, there isn't anything you won't like the V30 design. The only issue with V30's glass rear is it attracts fingerprints. You will have to take extra care of the V30's glass to make sure it looks clean every time. Let's find out more by reading LG V30 Preview.

Specs LG V30
Display 6.0-inches
Screen resolution 1440x2880 pixels
Chipset Qualcomm's Snapdragon 835
RAM 4GB
Storage 64GB Expandable using MicroSD card
Rear cameras Dual 16MP+13MP
Front camera 5MP
Battery 3,300mAh
USB Type-C
IP68 Yes
3.5mm headphone jack yes
OS Android Nougat 7.1.2
HTC U11 Plus

The HTC U11 Plus is indeed the most striking smartphone ever announced by the Taiwanese smartphone manufacturer HTC. The device is striking from all around, it looks extraordinary in hand. The U11+ has the latest bezel-less design with sleek looks. The rear side is comprised of the single camera module with LED flashlight, fingerprint scanner, and the HTC's logo. Up front the U11 Plus design is pretty much similar to most of the flagships with 2:1 display, however, the rear design is indeed a crowd standout feature.

With the first flagship, HTC introduced liquid surface rear which is quite reflective gives device glossy looks in daylight. The liquid surface is adapted for the U11+ as well. Its glass rear is quite attractive which help it to be the amongst one of the best looking smartphones of the year. The U11 Plus is announced in three beautiful colors including Amazing Silver, Ceramic Black, and the most striking Translucent Black. The Translucent Black isn't available soon after the announcement but it is a gorgeous color variant on any smartphone with its unique look.

The Translucent variant showcases the device internals which looks quite amazing. Undoubtedly this aspect of U11 Plus makes it unique amongst all. The chassis is made up of metal with ultra-thin bezels on the front. Overall the U11 Plus looks quite premium in hand. The Volume and Power rocker are on the right edge whereas it lacks 3.5mm headphone jack. The USB Type-C port and speakers are on the bottom edge. Last but not the least the U11 Plus has to pressure sensitive edges which allows you to perform a number of tasks by simply squeezing the U11+ body. This feature is only available on U11 and Pixel 2 series smartphone. The Liquid surface looks pretty awesome but at the same time, it is fingerprint magnet as well like most of the smartphones with glass rear.

Specs HTC U11 Plus
Display 6.0-inches
Screen resolution 1440 x 2880 pixels
Chipset Qualcomm's Snapdragon 835
RAM 6GB
Storage 128GB Expandable via MicroSD card
Rear camera 12MP
Front camera 8MP
Battery 3,930mAh
USB Type-C
IP-Ratings IP68
OS Android Oreo

Conclusion:

All aforementioned smartphones have something special in terms of design to attract customers. All fall in the same category of flagship smartphones but the devices has aspects which are similar and different in all the devices. The first thing is all the device chassis is made up of metal with glass covering the rear side. Almost all top-tier devices have glass/metal sandwich design. This certainly doesn't mean the unibody metal design isn't striking anymore but instead, the glass/metal sandwich is the latest trend in design. The glass rear brings glossy finish which looks more premium.

However, the smartphone with glass rear also attracts fingerprints which means you will have to take extra care of the device. The glass rear isn't sturdy at all that's why you can't take risk of dropping it on the ground. The glass rear shine slightly fades away once you took it out of the box.

The second aspect common to all the aforementioned devices is that all OEMs didn't try to overdo anything instead they keep the basics glass/metal sandwich design language. Every smartphone has something special, the glass S8 features dual curved display, the Mate 10 series come with the attractive stripe on the rear cameras, the HTC's U11 liquid glass surface and pressure sensitive body is the standout feature. The LG V30 is overall a luring package with embedded rear cameras, circular fingerprint scanner, and sleek looks. Last but not the least the iPhone X is the Apple's first attempt in the bezel-less smartphones market, the company did a good job in making their 10th-anniversary design special. The attractive glass rear with vertical dual rear snappers look pretty amazing, it gives premium feel in hand.

In our view, these are the most striking flagship smartphones of the year. We would like to hear our readers thoughts regarding their choice of best 5 striking smartphones of 2017. If they think any smartphone is missing on the list, feel free to share your list in the comments section below. Stay tuned, we will be bringing more comparisons and previews in coming days.

(last update 18 October 2019 @ 03:36)

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SejalTanvi
SejalTanvi

My favorite is the HTC U11 Plus with its non-headphone jack design for one reason and the pressure sensitive edges, which is the USP of the HTC phones.

CherlynnPeterson
CherlynnPeterson

I'm not too confident about the Huawei Mate 10 in terms of designing, but yes, the Samsung Galaxy Note 8 is a must on this list. The looks are attractive and so is the overall design profile.

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