Top 10 smartphones launched in September 2017

On this month’s TechPill, we would be bringing you details on specifications, features, prices, availability info and where to purchase 10 of the best smartphones that rocked the month of September 2017.

Top 10 smartphones launched in September 2017

1. Nokia 8

Although the Nokia 8 was announced at the eleventh hour of August, the device was not available for retail or purchase till September 2017. Ever since Nokia’s comeback into the smartphone scene and the company’s delve into the Android scene, we have the seen quite a number of amazingly spectacular devices from the HMD Global-managed company. I mean, you would agree with me that the Nokia 3, Nokia 6, Nokia 5 all had specs that put Nokia back on the spot of relevance in the industry. And just when we thought we had seen it all from Nokia and weren’t expecting any device released anymore this year, Nokia pulled a fast one and announced the Nokia 8 after few vague rumours.

Top 10 smartphones launched in September 2017

Anyway, the Nokia 8 was released, and it wowed! A whole 6 Gigabytes of RAM on a Snapdragon 835 device which also comes with Dual 13 MP Carl Zeiss lens on the rear amongst other great specs that I would list below doesn’t make you go wow, I’m kind of wondering what will.

Nokia 8 Key Specifications

DISPLAY:     5.3 inch 1440 x 2560 pixels display (554 ppi pixel density)

CHIPSET:     Qualcomm Snapdragon 835

CPU:               2.45 GHz

RAM:             4 GB or 6 GB

ROM:             64 GB or 128 GB

O S:                 Android Nougat v7.1.1

CAMERA:     Dual 13 MP with dual-LED flash

Single 13 MP camera

BATTERY:   Non-removable 3,090 mAh Li – ion battery

PRICE:          NGN 200,000 – 250,000

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2. Infinix Note 4 Pro

Top 10 smartphones launched in September 2017

Albeit the Infinix Note 4 Pro was announced together with the Infinix Note 4, it was also not available for purchase until September 2017. When many Infinix fans, loyalists, reviewers and critics got hold of the Infinix Note 4 in July/August, it was followed by majorly positive reviews and feedbacks. When Infinix Mobility finally released the Infinix Note 4 Pro weeks later, it also didn’t disappoint. As expected, the Note 4 Pro was accompanied by a huge chunk of betterment spec-wise. The device came with a finely polished metal body (compared to the Note 4’s plastic body), revamped design and body build, improved RAM size (3 GB), tuned-up internal storage (32 GB), 13 MP primary camera, Corning Gorilla Glass 4 screen protection and 4,500 mAh battery. The Quick charge feature of the Infinix Note 4 Pro is amazing. 5 minutes of charging give an unbelievable 250 minutes of talk-time.

Top 10 smartphones launched in September 2017

The Infinix Note 4 Pro also launched with an “X-Pen” which positions it as the first Infinix (Note) smartphone to come with a stylus pen. And even though many have critiqued that the smartphone brand took the idea from Samsung’s “S-Pen”, I for one see this as a really nice feature. The ‘X-Pen” allows you do a whole lot of stuff. With the accessory, you can take notes easily on the Note 4 Pro both when the screen is on or off, the stylus pen also makes it easy to take screenshot of a portion of the screen, allows you control your device on a whole new level. The phone charges the X-Pen via the smart case that comes with the device and a 20 seconds charge of the X-Pen gives a 30 minutes usage time.

Infinix Note 4 Pro Key specifications

DISPLAY:     5.7 inch 1080 x 1920 pixels display (367 ppi pixel density)

CHIPSET:     MediaTek Helio X10

CPU:               1.3 GHz Octa core processor

RAM:             3 GB

ROM:             32 GB (micro SD card support up to 256 GB)

O S:                 Android Nougat v7.0

CAMERA:     13 MP with dual LED flash

Single 8 MP camera

BATTERY:   Non-removable 4,500 mAh Lithium Polymer battery

PRICE:          NGN 66,000 – 72,000

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3. Elephone S8

Samsung Galaxy S8 vs Cubot X18 vs Elephone S8

When the Samsung Galaxy S8 was launched, people tagged it as the best Samsung smartphone of 2017. The arrival of the Samsung Galaxy Note 8 ripped the Galaxy S8 of that title. However, majority still loved the Galaxy S8 but couldn’t afford it, hence the need to source for cheaper alternatives that could at least rival the Samsung Galaxy S8 to an extent.

Elephone S8

The Elephone S8 took a whole of inspiration from Samsung’s S8 and it turned out to be a worthy rival. And yeah, the price was a steal! This device is actually not the first device that have sported specs rivaling that of the Samsung Galaxy S8. The Sharp Aquos S2, Leagoo T5 and Leagoo KIICAA Mix have, but the Elephone S8 seem to be the best so far. You can as well check our comparison of the device with the Samsung Galaxy S8 and the Cubot X18.

This device comes with 4 GB of RAM and a processor that is as fast as that of LG’s latest flagship (the LG V30) and the mighty Samsung Galaxy Note 8.

Elephone S8 Key Specifications

DISPLAY:     6.0 inch 2K 1,440 x 2560 pixels display

CHIPSET:     MediaTek Helio P25

CPU:               2.5 GHz Deca core processor

RAM:             4 GB

ROM:             64 GB (micro SD card support up to 128 GB)

O S:                 Android Nougat v7.1

CAMERA:     21 MP with single LED flash

Single 8 MP camera

BATTERY:   Non-removable 4,000 mAh battery

PRICE:          NGN 95,000 – 98,000

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4. Doogee S60

The Doogee S60 is a total revolutionary approach to the rugged smartphone scene from Doogee. We have seen quite a lot of rugged smartphones. In fact, in June’s TechPill, we went ahead to highlight about 8 of the best rugged smartphones of 2017 at that moment that we though you should buy. You should check it out. However, the Doogee S60 is that kind of rugged device that packs amazing features that most other devices in the rugged category lacks.

Doogee S60The device has a finely finished metal and plastic body and lovely placement of hardware components (the front and back camera, fingerprint scanner, volume adjustment key and more. The device just rocks the perfect combination of big, bold, and smart… and the 5.2 inch full high-definition (FHD) screen with the Coning Gorilla Glass 5 protection is just the perfect size and quality as well. Those, however, aren’t the surprising features of this device. The massive 6 GB of RAM, 21 MP rear/ primary camera, and 5,580 mAh battery are.

Doogee S60

The Doogee S60 also happens to be the first rugged smartphone to support wireless charging of the battery.

Doogee S60

Doogee S60 Key Specifications

DISPLAY:     5.2 inch 1,080 x 1,920 pixels Full-HD display

CHIPSET:     MediaTek Helio P25

CPU:               2.5 GHz Octa core processor

RAM:             6 GB

ROM:             64 GB (micro SD card support up to 128 GB)

O S:                 Android Nougat v7.0

CAMERA:     21 MP with single LED flash

Single 8 MP camera

BATTERY:   Non-removable 5,580 mAh Lithium Polymer battery

PRICE:          NGN 105,000 – 112,000

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 5. Samsung Galaxy Note 8

The Samsung Galaxy Note 8 will stand to remain of the best smartphone released in September 2017 and in the year 2017 at large. Having a super nice 6.3 inch always-on display with pretty impressive quality (1,440 x 2960 pixels display resolution and 521 ppi pixel density), 6 GB of RAM, Iris scanner and Corning Gorilla Glass 5 panel protection on the front and back, the Note 8 is a big deal.

The Galaxy Note 8 comes certified with an IP68 water and dust resistance which puts the device in a safe zone in water and dust of over a depth of 1.5 meter and a duration of 30 minutes. The Galaxy Note 8 comes with the latest Snapdragon 835 chipset, 64 GB and 128 GB ROM variant and surprisingly supports SD card expansion of up to 256 GB despite the large built-in storage space. You can catch the full specifications and features of the Samsung Galaxy Note 8 HERE

Samsung Galaxy Note 8 Key Specifications

DISPLAY:     6.3 inches 1,440 x 2960 pixels Super AMOLED display

CHIPSET:     Qualcomm Snapdragon 835

CPU:               2.35 GHz Octa core processor

RAM:             6 GB

ROM:             64 GB and 128 GB (micro SD card support up to 128 GB)

O S:                 Android Nougat v7.1.1

CAMERA:     Dual 12 MP with dual LED flash

Single 8 MP camera

BATTERY:   Non-removable 3,300 mAh Lithium Ion battery

PRICE:          NGN 350,000 – 390,000

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6. iPhone 8

As it is and always has been with Apple, September is that month of the year where a new version of the iPhone is unveiled. The iPhone 8 was unveiled alongside the iPhone 8 Plus at the Steve Jobs centre in Apple’s new campus “Apple Park” on September 12. Pre-order of the device commenced three days after the unveiling and the iPhone 8 starting shipping officially on September 22. We provided a whole lot of images from the device launch which entailed the iPhone 8 specifications and prices and also, listed 5 other gadgets and accessories that was unveiled alongside the device. Don’t forget to check them out.

Phone critics kind of ridiculed the design and overall aesthetics of the iPhone 8 as it shared so much resemblance with the iPhone 7, not much was modified externally. The iPhone 8 however saw a complete revamp of the internal components like the improved iOS 11 operating system, louder speakers, better cameras and batteries. By the way, you can take a moment to read through what we like and what we hate about Apple’s new iOS 11.

iPhone 8 Key Specifications

DISPLAY:     4.7 inch LCD 750 x 1334 pixels display

CHIPSET:     Apple A11 Bionic

CPU:               Hexa-core Monsoon

RAM:             2 GB

ROM:             64 GB and 256 GB version (no SD card support)

O S:                 iOS 11

CAMERA:     Single 12 MP with quad-LED flash

Single 7 MP camera

BATTERY:   Non-removable 1,821 mAh Lithium Ion battery

PRICE:          NGN 320,000 – 390,000

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7. Xiaomi Mi Mix 2

Xiaomi Mi MIX 2 Bezel-less display

The Xiaomi Mi Mix 2 is the successor to last year’s Xiaomi Mi Mix. The device is a stunner. With zero bezels, 7.7 mm thickness, massive 6 GB and 8 GB RAM versions and a high quality large 6.0 inch display, Xiaomi made a really firm statement in September. The Xiaomi Mi Mix 2 shares the same operating system, chipset, processor, processor speed and graphics unit as the Samsung Galaxy Note 8. See how much of a big deal the device is? Check out the review and full specifications of the device.

Xiaomi Mi Mix 2 Key Specifications

DISPLAY:     6.0 inch 1080 x 1920 pixels LCD display

CHIPSET:     Qualcomm Snapdragon 835

CPU:               2.45 Octa core processor

RAM:             6 GB and 8 GB

ROM:             64 GB, 128 GB and 256 GB

O S:                 Android Nougat v7.1

CAMERA:     Single 12 MP with dual-LED flash

Single 5 MP camera

BATTERY:   Non-removable 3,400 mAh Lithium Ion battery

PRICE:          NGN 250,000 – 300,000

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8. iPhone X

The iPhone X is Apple’s celebratory device it used to the 10th years of existence of the iPhone as a brand. The device was launched together with the iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus. The iPhone X has been proved to be the fastest and best device ever manufactured according to several benchmark test and comparison results. The device has a full view display, no home button and fingerprint sensor but instead, a revolutionary facial unlock system which uses the infrared camera at the top of the device was introduced.

Also, the Apple iPhone X is the first iPhone to have a front and back glass back since the iPhone 4. The re-introduction of the glass panel on the iPhone X was to give room for wireless charging. On the other hand, it increases the fragility of the device. See the full pictures of iPhone X during launch here and also see the device comparison with two other sister devices, the iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus. The iPhone X has been unveiled but won’t be available for purchase until November 3, but trust me, you would want to see how the iPhone X fared when we compared  it with 10 of the best smartphones currently in the market.

iPhone X Key Specifications

DISPLAY:     5.8 inch 1125 x 2436 pixels Super AMOLED display

CHIPSET:     Apple A11 Bionic

CPU:               Hexa-core Monsoon

RAM:             3 GB

ROM:             64 GB and 256 GB version (no SD card support)

O S:                 iOS 11

CAMERA:     Dual 12 MP with quad-LED flash

Single 7 MP camera

BATTERY:   Non-removable Lithium Ion battery (capacity unknown)

PRICE:          NGN 380,000 – 420,000

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9. LG V30

LG G6 vs LG V30

For LG, the best ever device made by the company was announced in September 2017. The LG V30 is the subject here and you should take a look at the device review as well as the comparison against the LG V6 and see for yourself firsthand why the device is worth a mention in this list.

LG V30 Key Specifications

DISPLAY:     6.0 inch 1440 x 2880 OLED display

CHIPSET:     Qualcomm Snapdragon 835

CPU:               2.45 Octa core processor

RAM:             4 GB

ROM:             64 GB and 128 GB

O S:                 Android Nougat v7.1.2

CAMERA:     Dual 16 MP with LED flash

Single 5 MP camera

BATTERY:   Non-removable 3,300 mAh Lithium Polymer battery

PRICE:          NGN 320,000 – 360,000

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10. iPhone 8 Plus

The iPhone 8 Plus is the bigger iPhone 8 and there are just a few differentiating features between the two devices. Check out the differences in the comparison table HERE.

iPhone 8 Plus Key Specifications

DISPLAY:     5.5 inch 1080 x 1920 pixels LCD display

CHIPSET:     Apple A11 Bionic

CPU:               Hexa-core Monsoon

RAM:             3 GB

ROM:             64 GB and 256 GB version (no SD card support)

O S:                 iOS 11

CAMERA:     Dual 12 MP with quad-LED flash

Single 7 MP camera

BATTERY:   Non-removable 2675 mAh Lithium Ion battery

PRICE:          NGN 320,000 – 360,000

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