10 best Android phones in Australia: which should you buy in 2017

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As always, the next generation of innovative smart phones is just around the corner. So if you’re the kind of person that will not settle for anything other than the latest, most cutting edge handset on the market, you may want to hold your horses and wait for one of these phones to launch in Australia.

Samsung Galaxy S8

As Samsung’s first major flagship release since the great Galaxy Note 7 exploding handset debacle, there’s a lot riding on the success of the upcoming Galaxy S8. Thankfully, it looks the South Korean electronics giant hasn’t missed a beat.

With talk of a new AI assistant, dual-lens camera, upgraded screen with almost non-existent bezels, no physical home button and a rear-mounted fingerprint scanner, the Galaxy S8 is shaping up to be the Android handset to beat in 2017. We’ll know more about it when it’s officially revealed on March 29, 2017. 


LG tried a lot with its G5, though unfortunately, its modular design failed to set the world on fire. Eager to right last year’s wrongs, the South Korean company is playing it safe with the upcoming LG G6, and we couldn’t happier for it.

As is the trend in 2017, LG has drastically reduced the size of its bezels this year, boasting a gorgeous Dolby Vision and HDR 10 supporting QHD screen with a 2:1 aspect ratio, a water resistant body and a bigger battery, it’s clear that LG is ready to take on the big hitters when it releases on March 28, 2017. Hopefully its older chipset won’t hold it back…

Huawei P10 and P10 Plus

Huawei turned a lot of heads with its Leica-camera sporting P9 handset last year, and it’s set to turn a few more with its follow up phones, the P10 and the larger P10 Plus. 

Much of the design on the Huawei P10 has come directly from last year’s phone, though this time, you’ll find a QHD screen on the P10 Plus, and the rear-mounted fingerprint sensor from the P10 has been moved over to the front. We’ll let you know more about each handset closer to its expected Australian release in May/June 2017.

Nokia 6

Nokia has returned! The once-iconic smartphone brand is back in business thanks to Finnish startup HMD signing a 10-year license deal to stick the Nokia name on smartphones and tablets, and the Nokia 6 is the top dog in its initial lineup of four devices. 

We know that Nokia’s big comeback phones will run on Android, with the Nokia 6 boasting a 5.5-inch Full HD display, Snapdragon 430 chipset, 3GB of RAM, 32GB of internal storage, 16MP rear camera, 8MP front camera, fingerprint scanner and a 3,000mAh battery. It promises to deliver a premium experience at an affordable price. Though we don’t have a release date yet, it’s expected to launch in Q2 2017. Will the Nokia 6 make it onto our list of best Android phones in Australia? Stranger things have happened… 

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