The most powerful smartphones of 2017

Smartphones are getting increasingly powerful, and 2017 was the best year yet for new high-end devices.

Many of this year’s flagship devices crammed more horsepower into slimmer form factors, while offering increased power efficiency.

We ranked the most-powerful smartphones of the past year, according to their performance in SlingShot Unlimited on FutureMark, to see which devices come out on top.

Devices not available in South Africa were excluded.


Apple iPhone X

SlingShot Unlimited Score – 5,588

iPhone X 1

Apple iPhone X
Display 5.8-inch 1,152 x 2,436 AMOLED
Operating System iOS 11
Processor Apple A11 Bionic
RAM 3GB
Storage 64/256GB
Camera 12MP Dual Rear Camera, 7MP Front
Connectivity Bluetooth 5.0, Wi-Fi, Lightning port
Network LTE-A Cat12
Battery 2,716mAh
Price R20,499

Samsung Galaxy Note 8

SlingShot Unlimited Score – 5,199

Samsung Galaxy Note 8 Orchid Gray

Samsung Galaxy Note 8
Display 6.3-inch 1,440 x 2,960 AMOLED
Operating System Android 7.1.1
Processor Exynos 8895 Octa
RAM 6GB
Storage 64/128/256GB + microSD
Camera 12MP Dual Rear, 8MP Front
Connectivity Bluetooth 5.0, Wi-Fi, USB Type-C, 3.5mm jack
Network LTE-A Cat16
Battery 3,300mAh
Price R16,999

Nokia 8

SlingShot Unlimited Score – 5,029

Nokia 8

Nokia 8
Display 5.3-inch 2,560 x 1,440 IPS
Operating System Android 7.1.1
Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 835
RAM 4/6GB
Storage 64/128GB + microSD
Camera Dual 13MP Rear, 13MP Front
Connectivity Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, USB Type-C, 3.5mm jack
Network LTE Cat9
Battery 3,090mAh
Price R9,499

Apple iPhone 8 Plus

SlingShot Unlimited Score – 5,004

iPhone 8

Apple iPhone 8 Plus
Display 5.5-inch 1,080 x 1,920 IPS
Operating System iOS 11
Processor Apple A11 Bionic
RAM 3GB
Storage 64/256GB
Camera 12MP Dual Rear, 7MP Front
Connectivity Bluetooth 5.0, Wi-Fi, Lightning port
Network LTE-A Cat12
Battery 2,691mAh
Price R15,499

Sony Xperia XZ1

SlingShot Unlimited Score – 4,897

Sony Xperia XZ1

Sony Xperia XZ1
Display 5.2-inch 1,080 x 1,920 IPS
Operating System Android 8.0
Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 835
RAM 4GB
Storage 64GB
Camera 19MP Rear, 13MP Front
Connectivity Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, USB Type-C, 3.5mm jack
Network LTE-A Cat16
Battery 2,700mAh
Price R9,899

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