DE­SIGN

If you want to be the best you need to catch our eye

Australian T3 - - STATE OF THE ART -

There’s noth­ing to hide here: all three of our flag­ships phones are ab­so­lute look­ers. We’ll kick off with the Huawei P10, the cheap­est hand­set on test, but don’t think that means a sub-stan­dard build. Far from it, with the P10 sport­ing a svelte metal uni­body which is more than a lit­tle rem­i­nis­cent of the iPhone - but that’s not a bad thing. It’s the slimmest phone here, mak­ing it the eas­i­est to use one-handed, and its 5.1-inch Full HD dis­play is pin-sharp. It may be the most bezel-heavy hand­set on test, but that’s partly to its ad­van­tage – it’s also the only one to fea­ture a front-mounted finger­print scan­ner. Many, our­selves in­cluded, pre­fer this po­si­tion over rear-mounted scan­ners, which are of­ten much trick­ier to hit.

Next, and as­cend­ing up the pric­ing chart, is the LG G6, which sports a rounded metal frame that oozes class. It feels solid, looks great and the curved cor­ners of the screen A blend of glass and metal makes the S8 look like it’s come from the fu­ture are kinder on the eyes and give the hand­set a more bal­anced fin­ish. The rear-mounted finger­print scan­ner may not be to ev­ery­one’s taste, but it’s fast and re­spon­sive while also dou­bling as the power/lock key. The screen is pretty spe­cial too, with a QHD res­o­lu­tion push­ing a huge num­ber of pix­els di­rectly into your reti­nas, while the 18:9 as­pect ra­tio makes movies look fan­tas­tic.

Round­ing out our de­sign and dis­play show­down is the Sam­sung Gal­axy S8, a phone which of­fers up an aw­ful lot of screen - 5.8 inches in fact - in a body which is smaller than the Gal­axy Note 7 (which, tellingly, had a slightly-smaller 5.7-inch dis­play). What Sam­sung has done here is very clever in­deed: it’s sac­ri­ficed its iconic phys­i­cal home but­ton, in­stead shift­ing the finger­print scan­ner to the back to re­duce the bezels up front and max­imise the screen real es­tate. And boy, does it look fan­tas­tic. A blend of glass and metal, along with the curved QHD dis­play, makes the S8 look like it’s from the fu­ture.

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