The news that modern smartphones are the same and clone each other is not news for a long time.

To make it easier for those who are studying the top devices of this year and do not know what to buy, I have described my feelings from these devices as concisely as possible.

Below is a selection of flagships in the review format.

Samsung Galaxy S8/S8+


The main trendsetter of the season. Without frames and generally without extra space on the front panel. The power is crazy, enough with a huge margin for any games, applications and so on.

The camera is excellent, albeit last year.

Galaxy S8 really gorgeousbut there is five dangers:

one. The first users complain that the screen gives off a reddish tint. Most likely, this is software – which means they will fix it in the near future.

2. Owners of old wireless charging cry that the S8 either does not charge to the end with it, or simply feeds on energy very slowly. Probably, nothing can be done about it – you can only put up with it and score.

3. Samsung haters grin evilly and say that the S8 glare from all sides. I touched the device and I can say that the glare is really there, but not catastrophic.

four. The fingerprint scanner was stuck in the wrong place. Either you need a branded case (to poke into the hole), or you should get used to unlocking it in another way – otherwise the camera will always be dirty.

5. An important nuance for those who are switching from an iPhone is that they will have to adapt to the new grip, otherwise there will be dozens of accidental touches and justified user rage.


All in all, the Galaxy S8 is clearly the best smartphone Samsung has ever released.

And most importantly, in terms of design, it looks a few years more modern than the oak iPhone 7 with its old-school frames.



This Korean company presented its frameless flagship earlier than Samsung, but received much less applause.

Perhaps this is due to the cold attitude of the press after the boring G5. Or with the fact that LG did not have a pretentious presentation – the same explosive as Samsung.

There is a third reason to ignore – last year’s Snapdragon 821 processor. Of course, it is weaker than the Snapdragon 835, but only those who will load the device to the limit and enjoy its performance will notice the difference.

However, the G6 is still balanced and harmonious. Dual cameras, a healthy 5.7-inch screen, fast charging (an hour and a half – and you’re done), water resistance (without amputation of the mini-jack) – everything you need is here, but buying LG flagships at the start is unwise.

Already now G6 can be taken for 43 thousand, and in 2-3 months the price tag will get close to 30 thousand. Then it’s time to place an order.

A great option for those who are not in a hurry. For everyone else, there’s the Galaxy S8. Or even an iPhone.

Huawei P10


To be honest, as a person who has been walking around with the iPhone Plus for a year and a half, I look very excitedly towards the mini-flagships.

So: Huawei P10 is one of the most seductive compact smartphones on the market.

Firstly, it has a solid body – metal, with scratch protection.

Secondly, an adequate price tag is already at the start – 40 thousand, which will quickly fall to 28-30 (as experience shows).

Thirdly, there are two modules from Leica (color and black-and-white sensors), so the P10 can safely be called a camera phone.


And three more advantages:

1. Luxurious range of colors (from white to green).

2. Fast charging (57% in half an hour – they would rather add this to iPhones).

3. Screen protection with Corning Gorilla Glass 5 (scratches, but does not prick).

The big brother – P10 Plus – is also not bad. It has a 5.5-inch QHD screen with narrow bezels, a 3750 mAh battery and a price of 45 thousand at the start.

Buying this flagship is either for those who take a lot of photos from a smartphone, or for those who are switching from an iPhone. Huawei’s proprietary interface is largely copied from iOS, so you will be comfortable.

Sony Xperia XZ Premium


A gadget for those who are not embarrassed by two factors: Sony’s image in the smartphone market (not a single hit in 5 years) and a clumsy name with two extra letters.

Otherwise, the XZ Premium seems to be quite good and even original – there is a 4K display (although there is still little 4K content), and an exclusive Motion Eye camera that allows you to record grandiose slow-mo, and a very solid (in my opinion) design.

Of the minuses – battery capacity (3230 mAh – maximum for a day) and weight (almost 200 grams).

And the XZ Premium hasn’t hit the market yet. This is frankly infuriating, because the flagship was presented in February – along with the LG G6 and before the Galaxy S8.

Why drag out the process so much is incomprehensible: by the summer, everyone will completely forget about Sony’s top-end gadget, and it will fail again.

Xiaomi Mi6


The layout is very simple.

Mi6 is the most affordable flagship in the world, this is not even discussed. $ 360 (in Russia – 25-30 thousand at the start) for Snapdragon 835, 6 GB of RAM, water protection and a dual camera with optical zoom – absolute nonsense.

Obviously soon (in a year or two) the freebie will end, Xiaomi will want to make money, and smartphones will rise in price nuclear. In the meantime, you need to enjoy Chinese dumping.

If we return to Mi6, then only two things cause concern.

First – lack of a 3.5 mm jack (removed, like Apple).

Second – the device is again almost without frames, and in Mi5 I personally noticed a bunch of random touches.

How it will be here is not yet known, but for such money you can endure.

Seriously, I’m shocked: Xiaomi took and put up a price tag two times lower than that of the Galaxy S8 and iPhone 7 Plus.

Respect such generous guys.

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