Which is the best phone now that Samsung discontinued the Note 7
Which is the best phone now that Samsung discontinued the Note 7? Image credit: Instructables.

Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd. (NASDAQ: SSNLF) launched quite the flagship phablet in September 2016. The Galaxy Note 7 reached the top of the premium smartphones market and did so with plenty of arguments.

Now, there are problems on heaven. The Korean company has not been able to solve the exploding batteries issue. It may be time for users to check out the new smartphones that are ready to dethrone the Samsung Galaxy Note 7.

There are various candidates. Google’s Pixel XL packs better resolution, camera, and battery, while the iPhone 7 Plus is a fan favorite and runs on a newer OS. Customers can acquire both for a lower price than the Note 7 and enjoy similar power.

There is also a third row on the Windows 10 side, the HP Elite X3, a premium Microsoft phone that reached the stores on October 11th. It packs a standard resolution but tops the Note 7 on hardware.

Galaxy Note 7 features and specs

The Galaxy Note 7 sports a 5.7-inch Super AMOLED capacitive touchscreen with 16M colors, and 1440 x 2560 resolution. A Corning Gorilla Glass 5 protects the screen. The smartphone is also dust proof and resists over 1.5 meter and 30 minutes over water.

It packs a 64GB storage, 4GB RAM, a quad-core Snapdragon 820 processor, and 3500mAh. The main camera is 12MP while the front camera is 5MP.

The release price was $900, but Samsung discontinued the phone.

Will Google Pixel XL be the next market leader?

The Pixel brand is coming on October 20 and will be the first “Made by Google” phones. The series comes in two models, Pixel and Pixel XL. The XL version has a bigger screen, better resolution, larger battery, and more storage memory than the standard version.

XL will have a 5.5-inch AMOLED capacitive screen with 16M colors and a 1440 x 2560 resolution. Corning Gorilla Glass protects the screen, but the phone is not water nor dust resistant.

It is coming out with Android 7.1 Nougat, a quad-core Snapdragon 821 processor, 32 or 128GB storage, 4GB RAM, and a 3450mAH battery that can go for up to 32 hours on 3G and 130 hours on playback.

It packs the best camera ever on a smartphone, with 12MP on the back and 8MP on the front. Also, it does have a headphone jack.

Pricing starts at $744.

The iPhone 7 Plus has always been a fan favorite

Apple’s new phablet packs a lower resolution than its competitors while it is also bigger and heavier. The smartphone has a 5.5-inches LCD screen with 16M colors and a 1080 x 1920 resolution. Pixel density is also around 400, while rivals pumped it up over 500.

The processor is the all new Apple quad-core A10 Fusion. Storage is either 32, 128 or 256GB, while RAM Is 3GB. The 7 Plus features a 2900mAh battery that can last 21 hours of talk time and 60 hours of music play. It runs on iOS 10.

Pricing starts at $769 and racks up to $969.

The HP Elite X3: Microsoft’s premium solution

It launched in August as a business phone, but the company relaunched the device on October on its stores for the regular customer.

The X3 has a 5.96-inches screen with 16M colors, and a 1440 x 1560 resolution and around 500-pixel density. It has Corning Gorilla Glass 4 and is water-resistant up to 1 meter and 30 minutes.

It has a quad-core Snapdragon 820 processor, 64GB storage, 4GB Ram, 16MP rear camera, 8MP selfie camera, and a 4150mAh battery. It runs on Windows 10.

The price around $599 at Windows stores.

Source: Samsung newsroom