Gold Medal Winner: LG G6
The LG G6 may have a giant 5.7-inch Quad HD screen, but it has the body of a much smaller phone. It looks gorgeous in glass and metal, and the front of the device is almost all screen. The G6 is incredibly comfortable to hold and use one-handed. Although many will underestimate the work and innovation that went into minimizing the top and bottom bezels on the phone, the G6 is a marvel to behold.
Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 821 processor can be found inside, along with 4GB of RAM and 32GB of storage. The specs aren’t necessarily cutting edge, but they more than powerful enough to drive this phone. A 3,300mAh battery, wireless charging (in the U.S.), and Quick Charge 3.0 mean you’ll have long battery life and an easy time juicing it up.
There are two 13-megapixel cameras on the back of the phone, one of which has a wide-angle lens. The front camera also has a wide-angle option for taking group selfies. We’ve been using the cameras around the city, and they’re top notch. LG’s user interface GUI runs on top of Android 7 Nougat, and it looks simple and sleek. It makes the most of the phone’s 2:1 aspect ratio, too, for a clean, symmetrical look.
Silver Medal Winner: Huawei P10
Huawei’s P10 is an attractive fashion-forward phone with fun color choices and two slick cameras from Leica. The Dazzling Blue and Greenery color options were developed with the help of the color experts at Pantone, and they look stunning. We can’t help but wish more phones came with such delightful options.
The 5.1-inch, 1,920 x 1,080-pixel screen looks bright and gorgeous, and Huawei’s own Kirin 960 powers the device, along with 4GB of RAM and 64GB of storage. There’s a 3,200mAh battery that supports Huawei’s SuperCharge fast charging for topping up fast.
The camera is the real highlight in the P10. On the back, there’s a 12-megapixel color sensor and a 20-megapixel monochrome sensor. The color camera has a f/2.2 aperture and optical image stabilization. Huawei improved the software in the camera app for bokeh controls and added a new Portrait mode, which specifically targets faces in your photos. The Portrait mode brings people out of the background and highlights the person’s face over all else. You have lots of control over every aspect of the photo in editing afterward. We’ve never taken better portraits than we have with the P10.
We don’t know if the P10 will ever come to the U.S., but we certainly hope it does. In the meantime, it’s coming to Europe and other markets for 650 euros.
Bronze Medal Winner: Sony Xperia XZ Premium
Sony phones may not be popular in the U.S., but they are big in Europe. Sony’s 5.5-inch XZ Premium has a lovely 4K HDR screen and a Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 processor. It comes in chrome and black, and its made all of Gorilla Glass 5. Sadly, that means it’s a fingerprint magnet. However, we just love the shiny chrome look.
Sony took HDR technology from its TVs and brought them into the XZ Premium’s 4K screen — meaning you’ll get brighter whites, darker blacks, and more vivid colors.
The XZ Premium comes with 4GB of RAM and 64GB of internal storage, with a MicroSD card slot for expansion up to 265GB. It uses a USB Type-C charging port to power the 3,230mAh battery, and the device supports Qualcomm’s Quick Charge 3.0 tech.
The front camera has 13 megapixels and a 22mm wide-angle lens. Meanwhile, the rear camera is packed with 19 megapixels and features 5-axis image stabilization. It produced great results in our brief hands-on time.