STATE OF THE ART

2017 IS RICH WITH NEW AN­DROID FLAG­SHIP SMART­PHONES. BUT WHICH ONE LEADS THE WAY?

Australian T3 - - CONTENTS - Words: John McCann Photography: Neil God­win

Sam­sung Gal­axy S8, LG G6 and the Huawei P10 - 2017’s hand­set go­liaths duke it out for ul­ti­mate su­per­phone status. Who will be vic­to­ri­ous? Turn to this is­sue’s gi­ant group test and find out.

SMART­PHONES ARE NOTH­ING SHORT OF MINI MIR­A­CLES IN OUR POCK­ETS. THEY ARE SIN­GLE-HAND­EDLY RE­PLAC­ING OUR COM­PACT CAM­ERAS, WALKMANS, CAMCORDERS, GAMEBOYS, TVS, DICTAPHONES, LAN­D­LINE PHONES, COM­PUT­ERS, WATCHES, ALARM CLOCKS, BANK CARDS AND MORE.

It’s the mar­ket’s flag­ship hand­sets which lead the way when it comes to in­no­va­tion - and push­ing other tech­nolo­gies to­wards ex­tinc­tion - and we have three of 2017’s hottest smart­phones squar­ing off in a bat­tle royale to see which com­pany is lead­ing the mo­bile rev­o­lu­tion this year.

While pretty much any smart­phone these days can pro­vide a rea­son­able cam­era, dis­play and in­ter­face for the money you part with, at the top end we’re look­ing for the best of the best - our trio of flag­ships need to pack daz­zling dis­plays, bril­liant brawn, clever cam­eras and some im­pres­sive party tricks to be vic­to­ri­ous.

First up we’ve got Sam­sung’s Gal­axy S8, and the South Korean firm’s lat­est mo­bile on­slaught is packed to the gills with bio­met­rics and a stun­ning dis­play. Not to be out­done, LG - a staunch ri­val to Sam­sung in its home coun­try - brings us the G6, boast­ing equally im­pres­sive cre­den­tials in a solid, pre­mium all metal jacket. Last, but cer­tainly not least, is the young pre­tender to the crown in the Huawei P10. The plucky Chi­nese firm keeps get­ting bet­ter with every flag­ship launch, and the P10 is an­other marked im­prove­ment that’ll keep the es­tab­lished names on their toes.

We’re putting our flag­ship phones through three gru­el­ing head-to-heads; de­sign and dis­play, cam­era and fi­nally per­for­mance, to see which one de­serves a place in your palm.

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