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The best Android phones at $700 and above

The huge inventory of Android smartphones available is what makes Google’s OS the best out here. But if you are looking for the best in the premium market, there’s a need to get a little picky because you are spending a lot of money on a handheld.

If you are spending more than $700 on a smartphone, it better be worth it. And in this post, we have a list of phones that we think sit at the very top end of the best Android phones that you can buy right now.

Of course, this page will be updated regularly to reflect the best there is at the moment.

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Samsung Galaxy S10+$1000 (Samsung websiteAT&TSprintT-MobileVerizonXfinity MobileBest Buy)
Samsung Galaxy S10$900 (Samsung storeAT&TSprintT-MobileVerizonXfinity MobileBest Buy)
Samsung Galaxy Note 9$700
Google Pixel 3 XL$899 (Google Store, Best Buy, Verizon)
Google Pixel 3$799 (Google Store, Best Buy, Verizon)
OnePlus 7 Pro$669 (OnePlus.com), $700 (T-Mobile)
Samsung Galaxy S10e$750 (Samsung websiteAT&TSprintT-MobileVerizonXfinity MobileBest Buy)

Samsung Galaxy S10 and S10+

Galaxy S10 deal

Samsung is the leading smartphone vendor in the world for a reason – it makes the best smartphones, too. The Galaxy S10 5G is the baddest of them all, but the limited 5G coverage means it’s pointless getting one for most people. But then there’s the Galaxy S10 and S10+, the best that you can get right now.

The S10 and S10+ have the best quality of any smartphone display screen, and being the premium offerings from Samsung, they don’t skimp on specs and features. But if the 6.4-inch panel on the S10+ is a little bigger for you, the slightly smaller Galaxy S10 is your next stop. Mostly, everything else remains the same on both phones, as seen below.

Specs

Galaxy S10

  • 6.1-inch 19:9 QHD+ (3040×1440) Curved Dynamic AMOLED display
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 855
  • 8GB RAM
  • 128GB or 512GB expandable storage, up to 512GB
  • Tri-lens main camera: 12MP + 12MP + 16MP
  • 10MP front camera
  • 3400mAh battery
  • Android 9 Pie with One UI

Galaxy S10+

  • 6.4-inch 19:9 QHD+ (3040×1440) Curved Dynamic AMOLED display
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 855
  • 8GB or 12GB RAM
  • 128GB, 512GB or 1TB expandable storage, up to 512GB
  • Tri-lens main camera: 12MP + 12MP + 16MP
  • Dual-lens selfie camera: 10MP + 8MP
  • 4000mAh battery
  • Android 9 Pie with One UI

These two also come with extra features that include Bluetooth 5.0, USB-C, 3.5mm audio jack, fast wired and wireless charging, reverse wireless charging, Wi-Fi 6, IP68 dust and water resistance, AR Emoji, in-display fingerprint scanner, face recognition, heart rate sensor, etc.

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Samsung Galaxy Note 9

It won’t be long before the Galaxy Note 10 arrives, which makes it the perfect time to snag the Galaxy Note 9 on a bargain. The Note 9 might be a year old, but you are getting one of the most powerful handsets available today.

What makes the Note 9 stand out from the rest is the S Pen, a tool that opens a whole new world of possibilities. But you also get plenty of other extras on the device such as IP68 dust and water resistance and a 3.5mm audio jack, a feature that’s said to be going away with the arrival of the Note 10.

Specs

  • 6.4-inch 18.5:9 QHD+ Super AMOLED display
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 processor
  • 6GB RAM or 8GB RAM
  • 128GB or 512GB expandable storage up to 512GB
  • Dual 12MP + 12MP main camera
  • 8MP front camera
  • 4000mAh battery
  • Android 8.1 Oreo with Samsung Experience 9.5
  • Extras: Bluetooth 5.0, NFC, USB-C, Stereo speakers, Dolby Atmos, 3.5mm audio jack, IP68, 1.2Gbps LTE, (Cat-18), rear-mounted scanner, iris scanner, S Pen, etc.

To remind you, the Galaxy Note 10 is around the corner, so if you want even more power, a better S Pen, a bigger battery, a better camera, and 5G support, you might want to keep saving more money.

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Google Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL

These two aren’t the shiny devices they were several months ago. In fact, they aren’t even the best performers out there, but they are here for those looking for the software-focused buyer. The Google Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL have the best software experience on any Android device, including the boasting the longest software support window of up to three major Android OS upgrades.

The icing on the cake is the camera. Despite only being a single-lens shooter, the Pixel 3 camera still competes favorably against the tri-lens S10 and even the quad-lens S10 5G in terms of photo quality. But what makes the Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL the best right now is their massively discounted price of up to $300 off the RRP depending on where you buy either phone.

Specs

Pixel 3

  • 5.5-inch 18:9 FHD+ OLED display
  • Snapdragon 845 processor
  • Pixel Visual Core co-processor
  • 4GB RAM
  • 64GB or 128GB storage
  • 12.2MP main camera
  • Dual 8.1MP + 8.1MP selfie camera
  • 2915mAh battery
  • Android 9 Pie
  • Extras: Bluetooth 5.0, USB-C, NFC, Rear-mounted scanner, Fast charging, Wireless charging, IP68, Stereo speakers, Active Edge, etc.

Pixel 3 XL

  • 6.3-inch 18:9 QHD+ OLED display
  • Snapdragon 845 processor
  • Pixel Visual Core co-processor
  • 4GB RAM
  • 64GB or 128GB storage
  • 12.2MP main camera
  • Dual 8.1MP + 8.1MP selfie camera
  • 3430mAh battery
  • Android 9 Pie
  • Extras: Bluetooth 5.0, USB-C, NFC, Rear-mounted scanner, Fast charging, Wireless charging, IP68, Stereo speakers, Active Edge, etc.

Yes, it’s true the Google Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL phones miss out on a number of big specs and features, but honestly, the cons are nothing compared to the pros.

FYI, Google recently gave us an early look at what’s in store for the Google Pixel 4 and boy, you might want to keep holding onto your aging Pixel 2 and wait for this one. After all, it’s only a few months away.

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OnePlus 7 Pro

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For a company that started out as a flagship killer, it’s such a huge step to be sitting on the same table with the big boys. In the OnePlus 7 Pro, the company has a smartphone that easily ticks all the essential boxes, that is, speed, software, battery life, and camera, but it punches above the sky with things like a 90Hz AMOLED display screen, 30W Warp Charge, under-display fingerprint scanner, and a pop-up selfie camera, among others.

As a brand built on value, OnePlus still had to price the OnePlus 7 Pro affordably despite all the device brings, which is super impressive. The fact that it can be had through T-Mobile financing makes it even better. What’s even more interesting is that it works perfectly on Verizon Wireless too, but you’ll have to get the unlocked model from the official OnePlus store.

Specs

  • 6.67-inch 19.5:9 QHD+ (3140×1440) Fluid AMOLED display, 90Hz refresh rate
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 processor
  • 6GB or 8GB or 12GB RAM
  • 128GB or 256GB storage
  • Tri-lens main camera: 48MP + 16MP + 8MP
  • 16MP (f/2.0) pop-up selfie camera
  • 4000mAh battery
  • OxygenOS on top of Android Pie
  • Extras: Bluetooth 5.0, in-display fingerprint scanner, face unlock, USB Type-C, NFC, 30W Warp Charge, dual stereo speakers, etc.

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Samsung Galaxy S10e

Samsung Galaxy S10e Prism Green

What if you are a Samsung fan but the Galaxy S10, S10+ and Note 9 are too big for your hands? Or maybe you just want a compact flagship smartphone that’s not a Google Pixel 3? Well, your answer is the Samsung Galaxy S10e.

Despite being termed compact, the S10e still gives you an expansive 5.8-inch display screen. On the inside, you have the same configuration as the S10 and S10+, but the S10e skimps on specs to accommodate its affordable price tag.

Still, there’s nothing inferior about the S10e hardware specs compared to the S10 and S10+, but keep in mind you’ll lose the in-display fingerprint scanner and the third camera lens on the back. You also get a flat-screen design with a lower resolution and not the curved edge-to-edge panel on the premium models.

Specs

  • 5.8-inch 19:9 FHD+ Dynamic AMOLED display
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 855/Exynos 9820 processor
  • 6GB or 8GB RAM
  • 128GB or 256GB of expandable storage, up to 512GB
  • Dual main camera: 12MP + 16MP
  • 10MP front camera
  • 3000mAh battery
  • Android 9 Pie with One UI
  • Extras: Bluetooth 5.0, USB-C, 3.5mm audio jack, fast wired and wireless charging, reverse wireless charging, Wi-Fi 6, IP68 dust and water resistance, side-mounted fingerprint scanner, face recognition, heart rate sensor, etc.

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