Top Best Unlocked Android Phones for 2017

Nowadays, there are so many smartphone manufacturers and as with the competition the phones are been selling at cheaper price points, Also, it is really easy for the customers to purchase  an off-contract (no warranty) device instead of purchasing one with a two-year warranty. Now at United States, the way that the best unlocked Android phones are priced is extremely changed, and definitely this is a good news.

So, now let’s get with the top best unlocked Android phones for 2017. We have made up the best unlocked android phones list with three categories as the best unlocked Android smartphones under $250, under $500 and over $500. As we always do, if you something to suggest for us make sure to speak up in the comment section, all the way below this page.

Best unlocked Android phones under $250

Motorola Moto G5 Plus

Display size: 5.2 inches, IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors
Resolution: 1080 x 1920 pixels (424 ppi)
Dimension: 150.2 x 74 x 7.7 mm
OS: Android 7.0 (Nougat), planned upgrade to Android 8.0 (Oreo)
Chipset: Qualcomm MSM8953 Snapdragon 625
CPU: 2.0 GHz, Octa-core
Rare Camera: 12 MP, dual-LED (dual tone) flash
Front Camera: 5 MP
RAM: 2/4 GB
Internal Storage: 32/64 GB
Battery: 3000 mAh
Weight: 155g

If you are looking for an affordable, unlocked Smart Phone with a tiny price tag, then nothing can satisfy you than Motorola Moto G5 Plus, with under $250. Motorola’s Moto G5 Plus is among one of the best unlocked Phone out there in the market.

With above specified hardware the Moto G5 Plus always can manage things that you want to do with it. And for those people who are interested to experience a clean Android version, this one comes with pure and low weight Android 7.0 Nougat.

Anyway, the Motorola Oto G5 Plus is sleek, trustable and cheap.

Huawei Honor 6X

Display size: 5.5 inches, LTPS IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors
Resolution: 1080 x 1920 pixels (403 ppi)
Dimension: 150.9 x 76.2 x 8.2 mm
OS: Android 6.0 (Marshmallow), upgradable to 7.0 (Nougat)
Chipset: HiSilicon Kirin 655
CPU: 2.1 GHz, Octa-core
Rare Camera: Dual 12 MP + 2 MP, LED flash
Front Camera: 8 MP
RAM: 3/4 GB
Internal Storage: 32/64 GB
Battery: 3340 mAh
Weight: 162g

When you are seeking for a Smart Phone under $250, you might definitely have a look at Huawei Honor 6X on our best unlocked Android phones list. With a 5.5 inch big display, metal construction, long-lasting battery and the extreme fast fingerprint sensor, the Honor 6X is a great value for the money.

With all that, the Honor 6X is special for its rear camera which comes with 12 MP and 2 MP sensors. Unlike other dual camera systems the Honor 6X uses the 2 MP sensor to capture the depth information.

Anyhow this might not be a perfect match for you, as it has no USB type-C support, EMUI on the device is a little unpolished and also the device’s bottom-firing speaker is not that great. If you can simply get through those few disadvantages, then definitely the Honor 6X might be one of the best unlocked Android phones for its price tag.

Motorola Moto G4 Plus

Display size: 5.5 inches, IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors
Resolution: 1080 x 1920 pixels (401 ppi)
Dimension: 153 x 76.6 x 9.8 mm
OS: Android 6.0.1 (Marshmallow), upgradable to 7.0 (Nougat)
Chipset: Qualcomm MSM8952 Snapdragon 617
CPU: 1.5 GHz, Octa-core
Rare Camera: 16 MP, dual-LED (dual tone) flash
Front Camera: 5 MP
RAM: 2/3/4 GB
Internal Storage: 16/32/64 GB
Battery: 3000 mAh
Weight: 155g

The Motorola brought us three deferent devices together the Motorola Moto G4 Plus, Moto G4 and Moto G4 Play, and all these are best unlocked Android phones. Among these three, the Motorola Moto G4 Plus is the best one with handful of features.

Motorola Moto E4

Display size: 5.0 inches, IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors
Resolution: 720 x 1280 pixels (294 ppi)
Dimension: 144.7 x 72.3 x 9.3 mm
OS: Android 7.1.1 (Nougat)
Chipset: Mediatek MT6737
CPU: 1.3 GHz, Quad-core
Rare Camera: 8 MP, LED flash
Front Camera: 5 MP, LED Flash
RAM: 2 GB
Internal Storage: 16 GB
Battery: 2800 mAh
Weight: 151g

The Motorola Moto E4 offers you great amount of hardware packed in for a super cheap device. As you can see the Moto E4 specification are above. With all these specs, the unlocked Motorola Moto E4 is being sold just for $129 on Amazon.

Also, for Amazon Prime users, the Motorola Moto E4 is available for $99, included with lock screen ads.

Best Unlocked Android Phones Under $500

OnePlus 5

Display size: 5.5 inches, Optic AMOLED capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors
Resolution: 1080 x 1920 pixels (401 ppi)
Dimension: 154.2 x 74.1 x 7.3 mm
OS: Android 7.1.1 (Nougat)
Chipset: Qualcomm MSM8998 Snapdragon 835
CPU: 2.45 GHz, Octa-core
Rare Camera: Dual 16 MP, dual-LED flash
Front Camera: 16 MP
RAM: 6/8 GB
Internal Storage: 64/128 GB
Battery: 3300 mAh
Weight: 153g

The OnePlus 5 is recently launched and however it manages to stay under $500 price point in this category with its model that has packed with 6 GB of RAM and 64 GB of storage. This version of OnePlus 5 costs $479. But if you want more with this one, then you have another version with 8 GB of RAM and 128 GB of onboard storage for just $539.

Both the models are almost the same when compared with other components as you might have already noticed with our specification line up. If you can get through the day with 6 GB of RAM and 64 GB of internal storage, then the OnePlus 5 is the best for you get with less than $500.

Essential Phone

Display size: 5.71 inches, LTPS IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors
Resolution: 1312 x 2560 pixels (504 ppi)
Dimension: 141.5 x 71.1 x 7.8 mm
OS: Android 7.1 (Nougat), planned upgrade to Android 8.0 (Oreo)
Chipset: Qualcomm MSM8998 Snapdragon 835
CPU: 2.45 GHz, Octa-core
Rare Camera: Dual 13 MP, LED flash
Front Camera: 8 MP
RAM: 4 GB
Internal Storage: 128 GB
Battery: 3040 mAh
Weight: 185g

So far the Essential Phone has received a ton of media attention on it, the Android OS on the Phone is really awesome. It also helps the device to get the solid performance out with the hardware. The first thing to notice about the Phone is the bezel-free display,

This phone also has built with some incredible magnetic connectors on the back of the device. These are especially designed to connect some awesome accessories, such as the upcoming 360 degree camera or the charging station. Also the chassis this phone is made with premium materials, the titanium main frame and the ceramic back.

While the Phone is launched quite a while ago for $699.99, and now the unlocked phone is affordable for $499.99.

Best unlocked Android Phones above $500

Samsung Galaxy Note 8

Display size: 6.3 inches, Super AMOLED capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors
Resolution: 1440 x 2960 pixels (521 ppi)
Dimension: 162.5 x 74.8 x 8.6 mm
OS: Android 7.1.1 (Nougat)
Chipset: Qualcomm MSM8998 Snapdragon 835
CPU: 2.35 GHz, Octa-core
Rare Camera: Dual 12 MP, LED flash
Front Camera: 8 MP
RAM: 6 GB
Internal Storage: 64/128/256 GB
Battery: 3300 mAh
Weight: 195g

Once after a short break, the Samsung’s Galaxy Note line is again on the market, this time it is even powerful. The Note 8 is packed in with premium specs inside a well-designed body. The Note 8 is also packed in with all new camera setup and new software features.

The Galaxy Note is something big, maybe it is too big for some people.  The Phone has some cool new features packed with it, there is a new App Pairing feature which allows you to open up and access with two apps at the same time in multi-window, and there are few of new S Pen features that will satisfy the stylus users out there.

Also, the new dual-camera setup on the back of the device gives out incredible performance but still the picture quality is not a huge step up from the previous Galaxy S8 model. The extra 12 MP sensor with OIS simply gets you clear, concise photos and impressive bokeh shots.

The Note 8 is not a perfect handset, but no phone is perfect either. The Samsung’s fingerprint sensor is on the back side of the device, the placement is super annoying with daily use, and also the phone is very expensive. If these things does not matter for you, then you get in with the Note 8 and it is definitely on our best unlocked Android phones list.

Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus

Samsung Galaxy S8

Display size: 5.8 inches, Super AMOLED capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors
Resolution: 1440 x 2960 pixels (570 ppi)
Dimension: 148.9 x 68.1 x 8 mm
OS: Android 7.0 (Nougat)
Chipset: Qualcomm MSM8998 Snapdragon 835
CPU: 2.35 GHz, Octa-core
Rare Camera: 12 MP, LED flash
Front Camera: 8 MP
RAM: 4 GB
Internal Storage: 64 GB
Battery: 3000 mAh
Weight: 155g

Samsung Galaxy S8 Plus

Display size: 6.2 inches, Super AMOLED capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors
Resolution: 1440 x 2960 pixels (529 ppi)
Dimension: 159.5 x 73.4 x 8.1 mm
OS: Android 7.0 (Nougat)
Chipset: Qualcomm MSM8998 Snapdragon 835
CPU: 2.35 GHz, Octa-core
Rare Camera: 12 MP, LED flash
Front Camera: 8 MP
RAM: 4/6 GB
Internal Storage: 64/128 GB
Battery: 3500 mAh
Weight: 173g

With no surprise Samsung’s Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus are on our best unlocked Android Phones list, as both the phones are featured with top lined specs, excellent cameras and the all new design. This time the Samsung has added the curved display for both the Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus.

Also, one of the main change brought up with this one is the physical home and navigation buttons has transformed as on screen buttons.

With all that Samsung even introduced some accessories for the S8.

  • The Samsung DeX dock
    This lets you use your Samsung Galaxy S8 as a desktop computer
  • Gear 360 Camera
    This gets you the ability to shoot videos in 4K and youtube live streaming
  • Gear VR headphone
    There is a new Galaxy S8 compatible Gear VR headset that is a cool controller for you.

With all that, the Samsung’s Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus are two of the best smart Phones that are launched in 2017.

LG V30

Display size: 6.0 inches, P-OLED capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors
Resolution: 1440 x 2880 pixels (537 ppi)
Dimension: 151.7 x 75.4 x 7.3 mm
OS: Android 7.1.2 (Nougat)
Chipset: Qualcomm MSM8998 Snapdragon 835
CPU: 2.45 GHz, Octa-core
Rare Camera: Dual 16 MP, LED flash
Front Camera: 5 MP
RAM: 4 GB
Internal Storage: 64 GB
Battery: 3300 mAh
Weight: 158g

LG V30 is the latest Flagship phone of LG right now. This time with LG V30, the LG has come up with a bezel-free display for the first time with LG’s Plastic OLED Panel. LG provides a floating bar on the display that floats around the screen to give you quick access with some of the options.

The rear camera of the LG V30 has functioned with a Crystal Clear Lens instead of usual plastic, this produces more realistic looking photos with the device. Also, for music fans the V30 offers Hi-Fi sound outputs.

HTC U11

Display size: 5.5 inches, Super LCD5 capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors
Resolution: 1440 x 2560 pixels (534 ppi)
Dimension: 153.9 x 75.9 x 7.9 mm
OS: Android 7.1 (Nougat), planned upgrade to Android 8.0 (Oreo)
Chipset: Qualcomm MSM8998 Snapdragon 835
CPU: 2.45 GHz, Octa-core
Rare Camera: 12 MP, dual-LED (dual tone) flash
Front Camera: 16 MP
RAM: 4/6 GB
Internal Storage: 64/128 GB
Battery: 3000 mAh
Weight: 169g

The HTC 10 was launched in 2016 and it is still a best unlocked Android phones of 2017. The company exactly made a best design for the HTC 10, and they scaled back the software to make it feel like the bare-bones Android experience we all love. The HTC 10 is a solid Android phone that nailed all the basics with some more unique things.

The main feature makes the HTC U11 a unique one is the Edge Sense features, which means the sides of the Phone is pressure sensitive. This lets you physically squeeze the phone to activate a specific function or open a specific app. This is a wired feature which is really handy to handle with.

Anyway, before you spend a $650 on the device, you might also know these things. The HTC U11 does not have a 3.5mm headphone jack, this means you will have to use a Bluetooth headphones or carry the 3.5mm jack adapter wherever you go.

Google Pixel 2

Display size: 5.0 inches, AMOLED capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors
Resolution: 1080 x 1920 pixels (441 ppi)
Dimension: 145.7 x 69.7 x 7.8 mm
OS: Android 8.0
Chipset: Qualcomm MSM8998 Snapdragon 835
CPU: 2.35 GHz, Octa-core
Rare Camera: 12.2 MP, dual-LED flash
Front Camera: 8 MP
RAM: 4 GB
Internal Storage: 64/128 GB
Battery: 2700 mAh
Weight: 143g

Google recently launched its latest flagship phone, the Google Pixel 2. It is one of the great phone at just everything. If you are seeking the market for a simple Android phone, the Pixel 2 is the great option to get with.

For Photography lovers, the Pixel 2 provides you a 12.2 MP camera. This camera not only has it been named the smartphone camera on the market has it is according to DxOMark, the Pixel 2’s main camera is incredibly awesome in most of the situations. There is also a portrait mode available for both the front and back cameras of the device, even though the pixel 2’s don’t come with a dual-camera setup.

That’s all about the topic, I guess you would have selected your choice of unlock Phone to afford. If you think we missed out something with this list, you can let me know it through the comment section below.

 

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