Are you looking for a new smartphone but feel that the Samsung Galaxy S8 is not the one for you? Strange as that thought may be, here's a list of current flagships and upcoming smartphones that may fit your preferences.
Let's start off with a smartphone that's fast becoming, on paper at least, the device to watch out for this year outside of the iPhone 8. The OnePlus 5 was confirmed to be called as such only recently. When news came out that OnePlus is coming up with a phone that will not be called the OnePlus 4, tech enthusiasts and pundits were quick to point out the impressiveness of the possible specifications. The OnePlus 5, according to the leaked listing, will be powered by the latest Snapdragon 835 processor along with up to 8GB of RAM and up to 256GB of storage. It will also come with Android Nougat 7.1.1 out of the box and will sport a 5.5-inch AMOLED capacitive touchscreen with a 534-pixel density, and an amazing 23-megapixel camera. Best of all, it will have a traditional 3.55mm jack, something the upcoming iPhone 8 will not have.
The best of the 2016 flagship smartphones may be the Google Pixel, released in October. As Android Central pointed out, the Pixel and Pixel XL's design leaves something to be desired but they make up for it with high-end features. The Google Pixel comes with the Snapdragon 821, 4GB of RAM and up to 128GB internal storage. It sports an AMOLED capacitive touchscreen with 441-pixel density, a 2770mAh battery, and as 12.3-megapixel primary camera along with an 8-megapixel front camera.
The best OnePlus device before the OnePlus 5 comes out is the 3T. It's a good alternative to the Samsung Galaxy S8 especially if you are looking for value for your money. The OnePlus 3T is surprisingly affordable considering its premium specs which include the Snapdragon 821 chipset, 6GB of RAM, up to 128GB of storage, a 16-megapixel rear camera, and the Dash Charge feature.
Samsung Galaxy S7/S7 Edge
If you're a diehard Samsung fan, you don't have to go far to find a suitable Galaxy S8 alternative. The Samsung Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge were unfairly overshadowed by the disastrous Note 7 but they do possess some impeccable qualities. MakeUseOf noted that the Galaxy S8 and S7 share some features such as the 4GB of RAM and 3000mah battery. Both devices are waterproof and have microSD slots and wireless charging capabilities. The Samsung Galaxy S7 sports a 5.1-inch Super AMOLED capacitive touchscreen with an impressive 577-pixel density. It is powered by its own Exynos 8890 octa-core CPU and comes with a 12-megapixel primary camera and a 5-megapixel secondary one.
The knack against the Samsung Galaxy S8 is its price along with the awkwardly-positioned fingerprint sensor and the missing Bixby. If those three factors are enough to sway you out of buying the popular smartphone, the three of the four that were mentioned are a few of the best Samsung Galaxy S8 alternatives among the current crop of flagships. The OnePlus 5, meanwhile, is something that's worth looking at if you can wait a little while longer.