2016 was a phenomenal year for smartphone industry, we witnessed for many smartphones with lots of cool features. 2016 also witnessed for the Google branded smartphones. In this article, we are covering top five android smartphones of 2016.

1. Google Pixel and Google Pixel XL

5 Best Smartphones 2016: Our Pick of the Very Best High End and Budget PhonesGoogle Pixel is our first choice, Google was always in the smartphone industry with their Nexus devices, but all those devices were manufactured by different brands. But 2016 witnessed for official launch of Google’s own device and rebranded the brand name.

The Pixel has 5 inch and Pixel XL has 5.5 inch, both devices comes with full HD and AMOLED display along with a Gorilla Glass 4 protection, both are powered by 2.15 GHz quad core Qualcomm Snapdragon 821 processor and paired with 4 GB RAM. The device has 32 GB internal storage.

The devices have 12 MP rear camera auto focus with image stabilization and LED flash, and there is an 8 MP front facing camera, the Pixel handset is backed on 2770 mAh battery and the Pixel XL is backed on 3450 mAh battery. You will get Android Nougat 7.1 on both devices, devices will have a fingerprint sensor and Nano sim and 4G LTE connectivity.

2. Moto G4 Plus

5 Best Smartphones 2016: Our Pick of the Very Best High End and Budget PhonesMoto launched its 1st phone under Lenovo this year, The Moto G4 Plus. This phone is also one of the best-selling phone on Amazon this year. This phone has best rear facing camera around this price. It has 16MP Camera with Laser autofocusing system. As every other phone in this price range is going for metal body, Moto decided to go for the matte finished plastic body with metal edges. The software is also well optimized here & this phone also got 7.0 nougat a few days back. The only drawback of this phone is the processor, Snapdragon 617. The price is starting from Rs.13499 for 2GB/16GB variant & Rs. 14999 for 3GB/32GB variant.

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3. LG V20

5 Best Smartphones 2016: Our Pick of the Very Best High End and Budget PhonesLG launched V20 in this year, it is the first device which shipped with Android Nougat. The V20 has a secondary display on the top of the display for better experience. It also has Hi-Fi quad DAC for better sound. It has snapdragon 820 processor with 4GB RAM & 64GB storage, 3200mah battery, quick charge 3.0, 16MP dual camera with f1.8. Lens & a secondary camera with 8 MP camera. It also had optical image stabilization & hybrid autofocus. For the front facing camera it has a 5 MP camera with f1.9 lens.

It has a 5.7 inch Quad-HD Quantum IPS Display and the highlight of the device, it has a secondary display with a 160×1040 resolution. The device has a removable battery and a polished aluminum body.

Another juicy factor of this phone is its great audio via headphones, it has a dedicated quad DAC @32bi. It also has 32bit audio mic for better sound via headphone jack.

4. Lenovo K6 Power5 Best Smartphones 2016: Our Pick of the Very Best High End and Budget Phones

Lenovo launched various phones this year, but the most value for money phone is ‘K6 Power‘. This is a multimedia centric phone with 5″ Full HD display, Dolby Atmos speakers, 4000mah battery & Lenovo’s own Theatermax technology that splits this phone’s screen into 2 different parts for the VR experience. With Lenovo’s software optimization, they have managed to take full potentials of the budget processor Snapdragon 430. This phone is priced at Rs.9999 & exclusively available at Flipkart.

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5. Moto Z

5 Best Smartphones 2016: Our Pick of the Very Best High End and Budget PhonesMotorola really did a comeback with its ‘G’ Series, Moto is very much popular in India. The Lenovo owned company launched Moto Z in this year, which defines a new concept called Mods and it is the slimmest flagship smartphone.

The Moto Z coming with 5.5 inch AMOLED display with Gorilla Glass protection, it is powered by 2.2 GHz snapdragon 820 processor and paired with 4 GB RAM. It has 32/64 GB of internal storage and can be expandable upto 256 GB via micro SD card.

It has a 13 megapixel rear facing laser auto focus camera with dual tone LED flash. and there is a 5 megapixel front facing camera. The device is bad on 2600 mAh battery with Turbo charging support, and it runs on Android Marshmallow version 6.0.1.

Now Moto Mod it is a modular accessory which can be attach at the bottom of the device. The modular accessories include many cool gadgets.

There are many more smartphones, but we have picked the mixture of best high-end and budget smartphones.

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