FIGHT: Flagship phones 2017 (part 2)

    In the fifth of our comparison articles, I've decided to compare the various flagship phones from all the major manufacturers. In this, part 2 of that fight, we have Mi, HTC, Sony & Huawei. The winner is quite interesting, (as is the outright looser), so read on to find out what the numbers tell us...

Comparing phones is always a somewhat emotive opinion on the part of the person doing the comparison, so I have tried to keep this one based upon facts rather than feelings. Some may argue with some of the decisions and some may need explanation. The winning phone in each category is shown in dark green and gains 2 points. Where no obvious winner exists, "highly commended" scores are in light green and gain 1 point)

Feature Huawei Mate 10 Pro Mi Mix2 HTC U11+ Sony ZX Premium
Construction Candybar, aluminium & glass Candybar, aluminium, ceramic & glass Candybar, aluminium & glass Candybar, aluminium & glass
Size 154.2mm x 74.5mm x 7.9mm 151.8mm x 75.5mm x 7.7mm 158.5mm x 74.9mm x 8.5mm 156mm x 77mm x 7.9mm
Weight 178g 185g 188g 195g
Screen OLED 6.0" 2160x1080 402ppi IPS LCD 5.9" 2160x1080 403ppi SuperLCD 6.0" 2880x1440 538ppi IPS LCD 5.4" 3840x2160 807ppi
Screen / Body Ratio 80.9 % 80.8 % 78.0 % 68.4 %
Battery 4000 mAh 3400 mAh 3930 mAh 3230 mAh
Processor Kirin 970 (AI Engine) Snapdraggon 835 Snapdraggon 835 Snapdraggon 835
RAM 6GB 6GB / 8GB 4GB / 6GB 4GB
Storage 128GB 64GB / 128GB / 256GB 64GB / 128GB + MicroSD 64GB  + MicroSD
Camera (rear) Main: 20Mpix f/1.6 & Wide: 12Mpix f/1.6, 2x Lossless Zoom, Leica optics, Phase Detection autofocus 12Mpix f/2.0, Phase Detection autofocus, IOS, HDR, Panorama 12Mpix f/1.7, Phase Detection autofocus, IOS, HDR, Panorama 19Mpix f/2.0, Predictive Phase Detection & Laser autofocus EIS, HDR, Panorama
Camera (front) 8Mpix f/2.0 5Mpix f/2.0 8Mpix f/2.0, HDR 13Mpix f/2.0
Connectivity 3G, 4G, Gigabit LTE, WiFi AC, NFC, GPS, Bt 4.2, IR, USB 2.0 3G, 4G, LTE, WiFi AC, NFC, GPS, Bt 5.0, USB 3.0 3G, 4G, LTE, WiFi AC, NFC, GPS, Bt 5.0, USB 3.1 3G, 4G, LTE, WiFi AC, NFC, GPS, Bt 5.0, USB 3.1
Operating System Android 8.0 Android 7.1 Android 8.0 Android 7.1
Biometrics / security Fingerprint (rear - middle), face detection Fingerprint (rear - middle), face detection Fingerprint (rear - middle), face detection Fingerprint (side), face detection
Protection Splashproof (IP53) None Waterproof (IP68) Waterproof (IP68)
Charging QuickCharge 3.0 QuickCharge 3.0 QuickCharge 3.0 QuickCharge 3.0, Wireless Charging
Price £ 799 £ 520 £ 799 £ 650
Availability Now Now November 2017 Now
Total points 8 5 6 10

...The winners from part 1 were the LG V30 and Samsung Galaxy Note 8, both with 10 points. Adding in the results from this round, it seems we have a 3-way tie at the top of the table, along with a shock defeat at the bottom.

Without further ado; the winners of the Mobile & Gadget best smartphone of 2017 (this week) award are:

LG V30
Samsung Galaxy Note 8
Sony ZX Premium

...and the looser (by 1 point)

Apple iPhone X

Edited by Stuclark

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7 minutes ago, kradcliffe said:

But the Porsche edition will have 256gb storage though ..... for a mere 1400 Euros!

Yeah; I couldn't decide about that one for a while; but then decided that it was too expensive to be "worthy" of including in the comparison

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14 hours ago, kradcliffe said:

Not *that* much more expensive than the 256gb iPhone X though.

That's true... I can't see many people spending that much money on a non-premium brand though; even with the Porsche connections

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