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Best phone in the UAE for 2017: the 10 top smartphones we’ve tested

Update: Two new entries in the list – the Samsung Galaxy Note 8 and the Honor 9 –
how will that shake up our definitive order of the best phones on the market?

Thinking of buying a new phone? We’ve got the best smartphones of the moment all listed here – and we’ve got the Samsung Galaxy S8 and Samsung Galaxy S8 Plus handsets duking it out with the iPhone at the top of our list.

Here’s the ranking we’ve spent hours whittling down to a top ten. We take into account the power, specs, design and, most importantly, value for money of each handset.

(If the price is too high, check out our list of the best cheap handsets that won’t cost you more than AED 1000). 

Best smartphone

For those in a rush, here you go: the Samsung Galaxy S8 is the best smartphone in the world.

A new stunning design, amazing screen and great camera combined make it for the best phone you can buy right now. Be sure to take a look through the full best phone ranking though to know what’s best for your needs.

10. HTC U11

One of the best phones for music out there

Weight: 169g | Dimensions: 153.9 x 75.9 x 7.9 mm | OS: Android Nougat | Screen size: 5.5-inch | Resolution: 1440 x 2560 | CPU: Snapdragon 835 | RAM: 4GB | Storage: 64GB | Battery: 3000mAh | Rear camera: 12MP | Front camera: 16MP

Amazing audio
Very impressive camera
Fingerprint magnet
Edge Sense fails to impress

HTC  is back with another effort aimed at becoming the phone you want to have in your pocket – and this one has squeezable sides.

You read that right – and unfortunately, they don’t really add a lot. But wait! Beyond that this is a very impressive phone, getting the basics right across the board.

The camera offers some brilliant snaps and has a strong HDR mode, the audio performance (combined with the bundled buds and headphone upgrader in the box) is excellent and the two-tone design is thoroughly unique.

It doesn’t do enough to topple the Galaxy S8, but if you’re looking for something a bit different the U11 is a phone that won’t disappoint.

Read the full review: HTC U11 

  • What’s next? The HTC U12 will be next in line, but we know nothing about that yet – except that it probably won’t be called the U12 as HTC keeps messing around with its naming strategy.

Also consider: It’s hard to know what to recommend here, as there’s nothing that really compares on the market right now. However, with the price you’d probably look at the Galaxy S8 or the LG G6 as something a bit different.

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