Best Android phones (October 2017): price comparison


The best Android phones for the second half of 2017 are already out and it's time to take a look at how they compare in terms of prices.

But before we look at each phone in detail, let's make one thing clear: phone prices have gone up by a huge margin in the last year and it's hard to understand exactly why.

From the "$400 flagship" concept that was popular just year, this year, the best phones out there cost more than $900.

The phones we have picked below all have one thing in common: they run on the same system chip, the Qualcomm Snapdragon 835. So yes, that means that there is no performance difference between them on the system level, so it's particularly striking to see such a drastic price difference for phones that run the same chip. 

With no further ado, here is how the best Android phones compare in terms of prices, as of October 2017 in the United States:


What's most striking about this information is that the OnePlus 5, which has the same chip as the Galaxy Note 8, actually has nearly half the price. The most expensive phone in this list, however, is not the Note 8: it's the 128GB version of the Google Pixel 2 XL with its $950 price tag.

Let's discuss these new prices: how big of an importance does a phone price has in your phone buying decision? Do you find any justification for the higher prices of this year's phones? Share your thoughts right below.

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29 Comments

1. killer7D

Posts: 551; Member since: Sep 18, 2014

htc U11 is the best deal i can see here if you consider the price .. It has the best camera so far

10. worldpeace

Posts: 3135; Member since: Apr 15, 2016

Just add $75 from U11 price and you'll get best all-rounder for 2017 (sexy design, great camera, B̶i̶x̶b̶y̶ ̶b̶u̶t̶t̶o̶n̶, and 3.5mm jack) Add another $25 and you'll get (arguably) the best camera phone for 2017

11. medtxa

Posts: 1655; Member since: Jun 02, 2014

S8+ similar specs as Pixel XL and LG V30 yet much cheaper and in my opinion has the best design of the three.

2. Settings

Posts: 2943; Member since: Jul 02, 2014

Xiaomi mi5/ mi Mix 2 Xperia XZ Premium / XZ1 ZTE Nubia Z17 Nokia 8 Sharp Aquos R ASUS ZenFone 4 Pro Motorola Moto Z2 Force Some of it are not globally available and some are just released. Feel free to add some in the list.

3. Lpddr4x

Posts: 7; Member since: Oct 06, 2017

I'll buy the Xperia XZ1 compact as a backup phone ...

12. medtxa

Posts: 1655; Member since: Jun 02, 2014

And your main phone is S8 which actually cheaper than compact lol

14. Lpddr4x

Posts: 7; Member since: Oct 06, 2017

How do u know lol :0 :0

13. Cod3rror

Posts: 142; Member since: Apr 06, 2013

Just to let you know, XZ1 Compact has a serious issue with image distortion with its camera. If camera is important to you.

15. uzimafioso

Posts: 469; Member since: Jul 15, 2014

It does not have a "serious" issue. The extreme edges are a little distorted, sure, but it's fitting in more in the frame and you can easily crop out the edges a bit and have a very high detailed, distortion free image with more in the frame. Sony always makes such cameras. It's basically old people camera, cause old people like lining up the whole family and snapping a photo with a house or whatever in the background and that's their target audience, mature people. That's why they so heavily target Bond films for marketing (and they own the rights). From this list I'd either get a Moto Z2 Force because it's unbreakable or the HTC U11 for Sense and BoomSound. If you're a camera enthusiast I'd go for the XZ1 just cause of the insanely cool slow-mo, or maybe even a Note. I've had a Note before, I just don't like Samsung software, period. Samsung makes the best software for SSDs. It's absolutely perfect, but for phone, ughh.

4. Japultra

Posts: 133; Member since: May 16, 2014

This will help Chinese brands get more popular. Phone prices are getting ridiculous.

5. sarb009

Posts: 322; Member since: Jun 15, 2011

Lg g6 is the best deal for canada right now. You can get lg g6 for around 500$ Canadians from carriers at retail price and note 8 is like 1300ca$ from the same carriers. I know they are not same but definitely note 8 is not worth that much more money

18. kennybenny

Posts: 214; Member since: Apr 10, 2017

I think you mean the LG Q6??? Thats nowhere the level of performance of the G6, the Q6 has a Snapdragon 435, not the 821. the G6 still retails for $900 CAD

24. sarb009

Posts: 322; Member since: Jun 15, 2011

No, I meant lg g6. Like a month ago I bought g6 from koodo and I will only pay 500 cad in total or you can see by yourself by visting their website

6. jellmoo

Posts: 2588; Member since: Oct 31, 2011

At the end of the day, people need to put a price on what they value in a device. If they feel that what say, the Note 8 offers is worth $930, then they can vote with their wallets. For me? No. Not even remotely. Is the Note 8 technically better than a device like the OnePlus 5? Absolutely. Twice as good? Not even close (to me). The same goes for the Pixel XL, the V30 or whatever other device. The mid-range and budget offerings have gotten really good while the mainstream flagships have continually increased in price. I plan on voting with my money and saying I don't see the value in it.

7. piyath

Posts: 2445; Member since: Mar 23, 2012

V30....

8. StreetNerd

Posts: 870; Member since: Dec 08, 2010

so pixel 2 cost 650 USD and here in Europe it is going to cost 800 EUR? wtf?! how?

9. Stangtx07

Posts: 24; Member since: Sep 18, 2017

I see value in the note 8 as this has replaced all my computer needs with a single device.

16. mahima

Posts: 730; Member since: Nov 20, 2014

where is nokia 8. Better deal in some countries than oneplus imo

17. gamehead unregistered

If the S8 gets the oreo update it may be my next phone

19. torr310

Posts: 1659; Member since: Oct 27, 2011

Best Value/Phone Balance: HTC U11 —— great camera, boom sound, flat screen, traditional 16:9 screen ratio, decent battery size (compared to others on the list). Best Phone on the list regardless the price —— LG V30

20. uncle_gadget

Posts: 1050; Member since: Sep 20, 2017

PA. First off, what dummy would compare the price of the One Plus to the Note 8. They have the same chip? All cars have 4 wheels, does that mean they should cost the same? Does the One+ do what the Note does? Does the OnePlus have dual cameras with OIS? Does have fast charging? Does it have an Spen? Does OnePlus manufacturer its own parts for the phone? Does it come with premium headphones and adapters in the box? Does it have BT5.0? Does it have gigabit modems? Is it made by Samsung? Amazing how you always talking Android phone pricing, what about Apple phone costs?

21. chenski

Posts: 768; Member since: Mar 22, 2015

Price should always be a factor in how good a phone is, although technically note 8 is a better device it is not twice as good, not even close

23. Furbal unregistered

Would agree. Note 8 is damn good but I can't take a liking to it when I'm using it

26. sissy246

Posts: 7115; Member since: Mar 04, 2015

When I read that I was thinking the same thing about how you can compare the note 8 and one plus.

22. Furbal unregistered

Absolutely loving my op5. Note 8 and xzp are sitting on my desk.

25. jdrch

Posts: 107; Member since: Jul 08, 2014

The Z2 Force is currently on sale from US carriers for just over $500.

27. tangbunna

Posts: 480; Member since: Sep 29, 2016

nokia 3310 flagship

28. medicci37

Posts: 1361; Member since: Nov 19, 2011

Damn the Galaxy Note 8 is $205 more than the Galaxy 8 plus! That's ridiculous! I would much rather spend 400 on a upper midranger.

29. Ocarina

Posts: 3; Member since: Oct 10, 2017

Here is my list for 2017( this is my personal opinion.) Best overall : Lg v30 Best for price: Oneplus 5 Best camera: Pixel 2 / XL(to be confirmed) Best size- phone : Sony xz1 compact / Iphone 8

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