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Best Smartphones of 2017 to buy in Nepal

Best smartphones in Nepal

The number of high-end smartphone users is on the rise in Nepal. Earlier, we had few options and few brands and more importantly had to depend on 3rd party retailers to bring the desired high-end products and they were priced mighty high than they were supposed to be. But now, we have official distributors of all the major brands which provide us with the latest and the best product their brand has to offer.

Among the uncountable number of smartphones available in Nepal, we have made a list of the best smartphones in Nepal. Hope this will help you in the time of need. What’s your favorite device of 2017? What device did you buy? Have we missed anything here? Write to us in the comment section.

8Samsung Galaxy S7/S7 Edge

Despite the launch of the Galaxy S8, the S7 and the S7 Edge are still a solid buy even after a year. The Galaxy S7’s are still getting regular security upgrades and recently has been upgraded to Nougat. The camera module on the S7’s is similar to the new S8’s, although S8’s have better low light performance and better image processing.

Both the devices feature Octa-core Exynos 8 Octa 8890 (2.3GHz Quad + 1.6GHz Quad) processor that is paired with 4GB RAM and Mali-T880 MP12. They feature the best camera in the business right now. The Samsung Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge feature a 12MP rear-facing camera with f/1.7 aperture and Smart OIS. The front facing camera is of 5MP with f/1.7 aperture.

The battery size, screen size, and curved display differ the Samsung Galaxy S7 from the Galaxy S7 Edge. And I suggest you buy the latter one since it is better than the former.

Samsung Galaxy S7/S7 Edge Specs: 

  • 5.1-inch/5.5-inch (2560×1440 pixels) Super AMOLED display with Gorilla Glass 4
  • Curved edge screen on the S7 Edge
  • Android 7.0 (Nougat) with TouchWiz UI
  • Exynos 8 Octa 8890 Chipset
  • Octa-core (4×2.3 GHz Mongoose & 4×1.6 GHz Cortex-A53) CPU
  • Mali-T880 MP12 GPU
  • 4GB RAM
  • 32GB internal memory, expandable up to 200GB with microSD
  • 12MP rear camera with LED Flash, phase detection autofocus, OIS, f/1.7 aperture
  • 5MP front-facing camera, f/1.7 aperture
  • Heart rate sensor, Fingerprint sensor, Barometer
  • IP68 rating water and dust resistance
  • 3000mAh/3600mAh battery, Fast Charging both on wired and wireless charging
  • S7 Price: Rs.57,900 / S7 Edge Price: Rs.68,900

7Nokia 8

Nokia 8 is the most premium Nokia smartphone after the collaboration of Nokia with HMD Global. The smartphone features 5.3-inch Quad-HD display protected by Corning Gorilla Glass 5. The device runs on Android Nougat out of the box with the stock version of it. Also, the device is promised for the Oreo update. Powering the device is the powerful Snapdragon 835 chipset backed by 4GB of RAM. On the storage side, the device possesses 64GB of onboard storage with the option for expandability.

On peeking the camera section, one can be easily lured by its performance. 13MP dual camera resides on the back, which is the combination of Monochrome and RGB sensors. Upfront there is 13MP shooter dedicated to the selfies. An interesting feature has been included on the inbuilt camera app of the phone, known as Bothie. The Bothie feature lets the user capture photos and videos encapsulating the information from both the cameras in a single frame.

Specifications of Nokia 8

  • 5.3 inches 2K (1440 x 2560) display, 554ppi, Corning Gorilla Glass 5
  • Android Nougat (7.1.1), Upgradable to 8.0 Oreo
  • Front mounted (Home Button) Fingerprint Sensor
  • Hybrid Dual Nano-SIM
  • Qualcomm MSM8998 Snapdragon 835 Chipset
  • Octa-core (4×2.5 GHz Kryo & 4×1.8 GHz Kryo) CPU
  • Adreno 540 GPU
  • 64GB UFS2.1 Storage; Expandable up to 256GB (Using SIM 2 slot)
  • Dual 13 MP Rear Camera, f/2.0, laser & phase detection autofocus, Carl Zeiss optics, OIS, [email protected]
  • 13 MP Front Camera, f/2.0, phase detection autofocus, [email protected]
  • Non-removable Li-Ion 3090 mAh battery
  • Price: Rs.62,999

6Sony XZ Premium

As the name implies, Sony Xperia XZ Premium is the best Sony smartphone available on the market right now. It comes with 5.5-inch display, which features 4K HDR display. With this resolution, the pixel density of the device reaches an overwhelming number of 807PPI. The display is protected by Corning Gorilla Glass 5. Powering the device is the powerful Snapdragon 835 chipset backed by 4GB of RAM.

The device comes with Android Nougat out of the box and with the promises for the Oreo update. In terms of camera, the smartphone is quite rich in the megapixel count. A 19MP camera resides on the back, which comes with EIS, phase detection, and laser autofocus. On the front, there is a 13MP shooter. The device is IP 68 certified and possesses 3230mAh battery to drive the processes within the device.

Sony Xperia XZ Premium

  • 5.5-inches IPS LCD screen; Triluminos Display; HDR10 Compliant; Resolution: 4K HDR (3840 x 2160) @807ppi
  • Corning Gorilla Glass 5 Protection (Screen & Back panel)
  • Android 7.1 (Nougat), planned upgrade to Android Oreo (8.0)
  • Qualcomm MSM8998 Snapdragon 835 Chipset
  • Octa-core (4×2.45 GHz & 4×1.9 GHz) CPU
  • Adreno 540 GPU
  • 4GB RAM
  • 64GB Internal Storage, Expandable up to 256GB
  • Rear Camera: 19 MP with  f/2.0, 1/2.3″ sensor size, 25mm, EIS (gyro), predictive phase detection and laser autofocus
  • Rear Camera (video): [email protected][email protected], HDR
  • Front Camera: 13 MP, f/2.0, 1/3″ sensor size, 1.12 µm pixel size, 1080p video recording
  • IP 68 certified (Dust and water resistant)
  • USB Type C
  • Non-removable Li-Ion 3230 mAh battery with Quick Charge 3.0
  • Sony Xperia XZ Premium Price in Nepal: Rs. 80,500

Xiaomi MI6

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Xiaomi MI6, the new successor of the flagship descendant from Xiaomi comes with the 5.15-inch display.  MI6 is powered by the Snapdragon 835 processor and comes in two variants with an onboard storage capacity of 64GB and 128GB. However, only the 64GB variant is available in Nepal, which is aided by 6GB of RAM. Optics wise, it features a Dual-camera setup with each camera sensor of 12MP. The rear camera setup is accompanied by 4-axis OIS and 2x optical zoom capability. An 8MP camera resides on the front serving as a selfie shooter. The phone is backed up by 3350mAh battery with Quick Charge 3.0.

Read more: Xiaomi Mi6 Price in Nepal

Xiaomi MI6 Specs:

  • 5.15-inch (1920×1080 pixels) IPS LCD display
  • Android 7.1.1 (Nougat) with MIUI 8
  • Snapdragon 835 chipset
  • Octa-core (4×2.45 GHz Kryo & 4×1.9 GHz Kryo) CPU
  • Adreno 540 GPU
  • 6GB RAM
  • 64GB onboard storage
  • 12 MP camera with 1.25μm pixel size, f/1.8 aperture, dual-tone LED flash, 4-axis OIS, 4K video recording + 12MP camera with 1.0 μm pixel size, 52mm portrait lens, f/2.6 aperture
  • 8MP front camera
  • Splash resistant
  • USB Type-C
  • 3350mAh battery with Quick Charge 3.0
  • Front-mounted fingerprint scanner
  • Price: Rs. 54,999 (6GB/64GB)

Huawei P10 Plus

Huawei P10 Plus Back

Showcased at MWC 2017, Huawei P10 Plus was one of the awe-inspiring smartphones in the event. The phone comes a 5.5-inch display incarcerated with thick bezels on the top and on the bottom. The display comes with QHD resolution and the display protection on the device is ensured by Gorilla Glass 5. Powered by HiSilicon Kirin 960 chipset, the Huawei P10 Plus is favored by Android Nougat with EMUI 5.1 on the top.

On the storage department, the phone has 64GB of internal memory aided by 4GB of RAM. Opting for the camera, Huawei has embraced a dual-camera setup on the back for the P10 Plus. The dual-camera setup includes a 20MP (monochrome) and 12MP (RGB) sensors lying on a horizontal configuration. This setup has made the device capable of capturing impressive shots even on low lights and with 2X optical zoom. The back camera assembly is also aided by OIS (optical image stabilization), phase detection autofocus and Dual-LED (Dual-tone) flash. The camera on the back also shoots UHD videos at 30fps frame rate and Full-HD videos at 60 fps. The device has an 8MP camera as a selfie shooter, which has an aperture of f/1.9.

A non-removable battery 3750mAh capacity is provided to keep the device juiced up. To evade the lingering problem of the smartphone with a wall charger, the device is equipped with SuperCharge fast-charging technology. Huawei P10 Plus, however, lacks the wireless charging.

Read more: Huawei P10 Plus Price in Nepal 

Huawei P10 Plus Specs:

  • 5.5-inch (1440 x 2560) IPS-NEO LCD display with Gorilla Glass 5 protection
  • Android 7.0 Nougat with EMUI 5.1 on the top
  • HiSilicon Kirin 960 Chipset
  • Octa-core (4×2.4 GHz Cortex-A73 & 4×1.8 GHz Cortex-A53) CPU
  • Mali-G71 MP8 GPU
  • 4GB RAM
  • 64GB of internal storage; Expandable up to 256GB
  • Dual 20 MP(Monochrome) + 12 MP(Color), f/1.8, OIS, Leica optics, phase detection autofocus, laser autofocus, dual-LED (dual tone) flash
  • 8MP Front Camera with f/1.9 aperture
  • USB Type C
  • Fingerprint Sensor
  • 3750 mAh battery with SuperCharge fast-charging
  • Price: Rs. 79,000

5One Plus 5

Seemingly close in design with the iPhone 7 Plus, the new flagship (or the flagship killer, most people believe) from OnePlus is another beast in the list. The 16MP dual-camera on the back has been the most striking feature in this device. The flagship chipset from Qualcomm, the Snapdragon 835 has powered the OnePlus 5, which provides surprisingly seamless performance on the use. Equipped with a 5.5-inch display, the phone is somewhat insured from cracks and scratches with the inclusion of Gorilla Glass 5 protection. Backed by 6GB of RAM and Adreno 540 GPU, the gaming and graphics portion is buttery smooth.

Nourished by 3300mAh battery, the One Plus 5 supports Dash charging technology, which avoids the prolonged company of the phone with wall charger. Though the phone lacks some crucial features for a flagship like higher display resolution and resistance to dust and water, the phone is indeed a good buy for the given specs and price.

OnePlus 5 Specs:

  • 5.5-inch (1920 x 1080) Optic AMOLED display with Gorilla Glass 5 protection
  • Android 7.1.1 (Nougat) with Oxygen OS on the top
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 chipset
  • Octa-core (4×2.45 GHz Kryo & 4×1.9 GHz Kryo) CPU
  • Adreno 540 GPU
  • 6GB RAM
  • 64GB of internal storage
  • 16 MP Sony IMX398 sensor with f/1.7 aperture and EIS + 20 MP Sony IMX350 sensor with f/2.6 aperture – Rear-facing Cameras
  • 16 MP Front camera with Sony IMX371 sensor and f/2.0 aperture
  • USB Type-C
  • 3,300 mAh battery with Dash Charge
  • Front-mounted fingerprint scanner
  • Price: Rs.59,500

iPhone 7/7 Plus:

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iPhone 7 and 7 Plus are the best or the most premium phone one can buy in Nepal right now. If you are not into high-end Android and cannot deal with all the jargons Android phones throw at you, then the iPhone 7’s are simply the perfect phone for you.

The higher-end of the two, the iPhone 7 Plus features a 5.5-inch 1080p full HD display and dual cameras with 2x optical zoom. Both of the devices are powered by Apple’s A10 chip and run on iOS 10.0.1 that can be upgraded to iOS 10.1. If you’re into compact devices, the iPhone 7 is the perfect choice for you, otherwise, the iPhone 7 Plus is a better pick.

iPhone 7 Plus Specs: 

  • 5.5-inch (1080 x 1920 pixels) LED-backlit IPS LCD
  • 3D Touch display & home button
  • Quad-core Apple A10 fusion processor with 2.34 GHz clock speed
  • 3GB RAM
  • 32/128/256 GB internal memory
  • iOS 10.0.1, upgradable to iOS 10.3.3
  • Dual 12 MP (28mm, f/1.8, OIS & 56mm, f/2.8), 2x optical zoom, quad-LED (dual tone) flash
  • 7 MP, f/2.2 aperture, HDR, panorama
  • IP67 certified – dust and water resistant
  • Fingerprint sensor (on the home button)
  • 2900mAh battery
  • iPhone 7 Price (32GB): Rs.75,000
  • iPhone 7 Plus Price (32GB): Rs. 90,000 

4Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus:

This year, the Samsung flagship phones have got major design revamp with over 80% screen to body ratio and narrower and taller display size. That is why both the phones are truly the ones to admire. Both the phones don’t differ much in the specs other than the display size and the battery capacity. The bigger S8 Plus has a 6.2-inch display and 3500mAh battery whereas the smaller S8 has a 5.8inch display and 3000mAh battery. The rest of the specs of the phone are pretty similar with Exynos 8895 Octa Core CPU, 4GB RAM, and 64GB expandable storage. These IP68 dust and water resistant phones support fast charging and wireless fast charging as well.

There is the new Samsung AI called Bixby which doesn’t seem to do anything new than what the Google Assistant already does. The fingerprint sensor has now moved to the back of the device and rests alongside the primary camera unit. Optics wise, both the phones have a 12MP unit on the back and the 8MP unit on the front. Also, Samsung has provided breakage insurance on both the phones.

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Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus Specs

  • 5.8-inch/6.2-inch (2960×1440 pixels) Super AMOLED Display with Gorilla Glass 5
  • Android 7.0 (Nougat) with TouchWiz UI
  • Exynos 8895 Chipset
  • Octa-core (4×2.35 GHz Kryo & 4×1.9 GHz Kryo) CPU
  • Mali-G71 MP20 GPU
  • 4GB RAM
  • 64GB internal memory, expandable up to 256GB with microSD
  • 12MP rear camera with f/1.7 aperture, phase detection autofocus, OIS, LED Flash
  • 8MP Front Camera with f/1.7 aperture
  • Heart rate sensor, Fingerprint sensor, Iris Scanner, Barometer
  • IP68 rating water and dust resistance
  • 3000 mAh / 3500 Battery; Fast Charging both on wired and wireless charging
  • S8 Price: Rs. 76,900 / S8 Plus Price: Rs. 86,900 

3iPhone 8/8 Plus

iPhone X and iPhone 8/8 Plus were announced in the same event. With the fancy design and special specs, iPhone X stole the limelight and the iPhone 8 and 8 Plus were shadowed in the event. But despite the presence of the premium iPhone X, iPhone 8 and 8 Plus are not that mediocre in terms of performance and aesthetics.

iPhone 8 and 8 Plus have indistinguishable similarity to iPhone 7 and 7 Plus respectively in terms of design. iPhone 8 plus is bigger among the two with a 5.5-inch display. The iPhone 8 on the other side possesses 4.7-inch display. Both of the devices are equipped with the remarkable Apple A11 Bionic chip. It is the same chipset employed to the iPhone X. With top-notch GPU, high performance and power efficient CPU cores and noteworthy Neural Processing Unit, the performance of the devices is simply mind-blowing.

And feature which distinguishes the iPhone 8 and 8 Plus is its camera. iPhone 8 Plus being the better of the two is privileged with dual 12MP cameras on the back, whereas there is a single 12MP unit on the iPhone 8. On the front end, however, both of them embraces a same 7MP selfie shooter.

iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus Specs:

Specifications Apple iPhone 8 Plus Apple iPhone 8
Display size, resolution 5.5-inch, 1920 x 1080 pixels 4.7-inch, 1334 x 750 pixels
Pixel density 401 PPI 326 PPI
Dimensions 6.24×3.07×0.30 inches 5.45×2.65×0.29 inches
Weight  202 grams 148 grams
Software iOS 11 iOS 11
Camera Dual 12-megapixel 12-megapixel
Front-facing camera 7-megapixel 7-megapixel
Video capture [email protected] [email protected]
Processor A11 Bionic chip, M11 motion coprocessor A11 Bionic chip, M11 motion coprocessor
Storage 64GB, 256GB 64GB, 256GB
Battery 21 hours of talk time on wireless; 13 hours of internet use; 14 hours of video playback on wireless; 60 hours of audio playback on wireless 14 hours of talk time on wireless; 12 hours of internet use; 13 hours of video playback on wireless; 40 hours of audio playback on wireless
Fingerprint sensor Home button Home button
Connector Lightning Lightning
Special features Wireless charging; splash, water, and dust resistance Wireless charging; splash, water, and dust resistance
Price Rs. 1,38,000 (64GB)

Rs. 1,59,000 (256GB)

Rs. 98,500 (64GB)

Rs. 1,19,500 (256GB)

2Samsung Galaxy Note 8

Samsung Galaxy Note 8 is here in Nepal just after a month of international launch. If you want the best big phone ever made, then the Galaxy Note 8 is here for you. Note lineup is essentially recognized for their utilitarian use cases with Samsung’s signature S Pen. And what separates the Note 8 from other Samsung flagship this year is the use of Dual Camera as well.

The Galaxy Note 8 comes with a 6.3-inch Super AMOLED HDR display with 18.5:9 aspect ratio. The display is protected with Corning Gorilla Glass 5. Powering this phablet is the Exynos 8895 Octa-core chipset clocked at 2.3GHz, and comes coupled with 6GB of RAM for extreme multitasking that you’re supposed to perform on its big display. The variant launched in Nepal comes with 64GB of storage which can be further expanded up to 256GB. The Note 8 comes with Dual 12MP Camera setup where both of the lenses are equipped with OIS. The secondary camera here carries a telephoto lens which enables the device to capture images using 2X optical zoom without losing the image quality.  Its camera is capable of shooting portrait images and even offers the alternative to choose the blur amount after the image has been taken. Backing up the phone is a 3300mAh battery which provides similar battery backup as the S8+. So the differentiating factor between the Note 8 and S8 Plus is the Dual camera setup, S Pen and the price difference of Rs.21,000 that gets you these extra features.

Samsung Galaxy Note 8 Specs 

  • 6.3-inch (2960×1440 pixels) Super AMOLED Display with Gorilla Glass 5
  • Android 7.1.1 (Nougat) with TouchWiz UI
  • Exynos 8895 Chipset
  • Octa-core (4×2.35 GHz Kryo & 4×1.9 GHz Kryo) CPU
  • Mali-G71 MP20 GPU
  • 6GB RAM
  • 64GB internal memory, expandable up to 256GB with microSD
  • Dual 12MP (f/1.7, PDAF, 1/2.55″ sensor size, 1.4 µm pixel size + f/2.4, AF, 1/3.6″ sensor size, 1.0 µm pixel size), autofocus, 2x optical zoom, dual-LED (dual tone) flash
  • 8MP Front Camera with f/1.7 aperture
  • Heart rate sensor, Fingerprint sensor, Iris Scanner, Barometer
  • IP68 rating water and dust resistance
  • 3300 Battery; Fast Charging both on wired and wireless charging
  • Note 8 Price: Rs. 102990

1iPhone X

iPhone X is not just most expensive smartphone ever made, but also the smartphone to incorporate the most advanced technologies. The device is powered by Apple’s A11 Bionic chipset, which possesses Neural Processing Unit. The chipset includes Hexa-core CPU with two high-performance cores and four power efficiency cores. The chipset also has a top-notch GPU. In terms of display, the smartphone is privileged with 5.8-inch Super AMOLED panel surrounded by minimum bezels. With the Super AMOLED panel incorporated, one can experience high contrast ratio with darker black and brighter whites in the display.

In the iPhone X, in the endeavor to provide the bezel-less design, Apple had to ditch its infamous home button, which was also the house of the fingerprint sensor. So, the Fingerprint recognition or the Touch ID has been obliterated in the iPhone X. And a new layer of security has been added, known as FaceID. The FaceID technology on the device uses a TrueDepth sensor, which maps the users face tracking the depth of 30,000 points in the face. In the launch ceremony, Apple had also assured that the new FaceID is 20 times more secure than the conventional TouchID. In the iPhone X, Apple has also brought a new feature known as Animoji. The Animoji feature also uses the TrueDepth sensor and maps the user’s face. After the mapping, it tracks the movements of the face points of the user and imitates the movements in the form of animal characters.

In the camera section too, Apple is nowhere behind the competition. With the DxOmark of 97, iPhone X proves its caliber to be superior among the rivals. It features 12MP dual camera on the back. The normal lens with f/1.8 aperture is assisted by a telephoto lens of f/2.4 aperture. On the front side, there is a 7MP, f/2.2 selfie shooter meticulously placed on the notch just above the display.

iPhone X specs

  • Display: 5.8 inches Super AMOLED with Scratch-resistant glass
  • Resolution: 1125 x 2436 pixels, 458PPI pixel density
  • OS: iOS 11
  • Chipset: Apple A11 Bionic
  • RAM: 3GB
  • Storage: 64/256GB internal storage, No microSD card slot
  • Rear Camera: Dual 12MP, f/1.8 & f/2.4, OIS, phase detection autofocus, 2x optical zoom, Quad-LED (dual tone) flash
  • Front Camera: 7 MP, f/2.2
  • Connectivity: Wi-Fi a/b/g/n/ac, Bluetooth 5.0, A-GPS, NFC (Apple Pay only), 3G, 4G LTE, USB 3.0 reversible connector
  • Sensors: Face ID, accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass, barometer
  • Other Features: No 3.5mm headphone Jack, Animojis, IP67 Certified (Water and Dust resistant), Fast Charging, Wireless charging, Dolby Vision/HDR10 compliant, 4K video recording up to 60fps & 1080P video recording up to 240fps
  • Price: Rs. 1,38,000 (64GB) & Rs. 1,59,000 (256GB)
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Nokia 8
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