The year is coming to an end and we have seen a bunch of new smartphones join the market. Most of the smartphone companies have released a flagship phone this year and there were only a few other companies who decided to skip releasing a flagship in 2016. Apple, Samsung, LG, HTC, OnePlus and a few others have released a premium phone this year. Microsoft on the other hand hasn't and rumor has it that they will be releasing theirs in 2017. Needless to say, if you're looking to buy a 2016 phone these holidays, here are some of your options.
Apple iPhone 7
The iPhone 7 is the lower-model iPhone that has been released this 2016. It has a 4.7-inch display with 3D Touch and it is powered by Apple's A10 chipset. As always, multiple storage variants has been made available (32 GB/128 GB/256 GB). Its RAM size is 2 GB. A 12 MP rear cam and a 7 MP front cam are also included.
Apple iPhone 7 Plus
The iPhone 7 Plus is the higher-model iPhone that was released this year. Unlike the iPhone 7, the 7 Plus boasts of its dual camera system. It also has a bigger display that's 5.5-inch in size. Nevertheless, the two phones are powered by the same processor and come with the same storage variants. Both phones are also dust and water resistant. Nevertheless, the iPhone 7 Plus has a bigger RAM size of 3 GB.
Samsung Galaxy S7
The Samsung Galaxy S7 is a 5.1-inch smartphone that's water resistant and comes with the Always-on display feature. It is powered by the powerful Snapdragon 820 processor and comes with a 12 MP/ 5 MP camera combo. Its RAM size is 4 GB and its storage variants are 32 and 64 GB. It also comes with a microSD slot. For the S7's battery, it uses a 3000 mAh battery.
Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge
The S7 Edge is basically the higher model and the curved-screen version of the Galaxy S7. It's just got a bigger display of 5.5-inch and a larger battery size of 3600 mAh. Originally, this phone comes in black, white, gold, silver and pink gold variants. However, just recently, Samsung has added the blue coral color variant to the S7 Edge.
The HTC 10 is also one good option. It is a 5.2-inch smartphone with 4 GB RAM and a powerful Snapdragon 820 processor. It then has a 12 MP/ 5 MP camera combo. HTC even gives it a discount as big as $200-off. You just have to act fast as this sale isn't permanent and may or may not come back.
For people on a budget, the OnePlus 3 is possibly the best smartphone deal you can snag. For just around $399, you can get a phablet that's powered by Snapdragon 820 and comes with 6 GB RAM. Its 16 MP rear and 8 MP front cameras are also great additions.
The OnePlus 3T is practically an even more improved version of the OnePlus 3. It just has a faster Snapdragon 821 processor and a slightly bigger battery size. The OnePlus 3T also has an improved front cam with 16 megapixels.
Being Google-owned, this 5-inch phone is one of the first phones to run Android Nougat from the box. It is also powered by Snapdragon 821 and comes with 4 GB RAM. Its 12.3 MP and 8 MP cameras are also competitive enough for a 2016 flagship.
Google Pixel XL
The Pixel XL is practically a higher model to the Google Pixel. It does have a bigger 5.5-inch screen with a more vivid display. As for the internals, the Pixels XL's is similar to Pixel's specs.
The LG V20 is also one of the most popular smartphones of 2016. It is known not only for its very competitive internals but also for its dual camera system and secondary screen. This phone is premium inside and out. It is one of the most competitive smartphones physically and internally.