The best phone of 2017: 15 top smartphones tested and ranked

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15. Honor 9

A great phone for the price

Release date: July 2017 | Weight: 155g | Dimensions: 147.3 x 70.9 x 7.5mm | OS: Android 7.1 | Screen size: 5.15-inch | Resolution: 1080 x 1920 | CPU: Kirin 960 | RAM: 4GB/6GB | Storage: 64GB/128GB | Battery: 3,200mAh | Rear camera: 20MP + 12MP | Front camera: 8MP

Attractive design
More affordable price
One speaker driver
Bezel-heavy

The Honor 9 is something of a rarity – a phone that excels in many places and offers many flagship specs, but which doesn't cost a huge amount.

There's a Full HD 5.1-inch screen which is bright and sharp, the same processor we’ve seen inside the Huawei P10 paired with either 4GB or 6GB of RAM, and Android Nougat software.

The Honor 9 also comes with a similar camera setup to the P10, with a dual-sensor 20MP and 12MP combination that takes two photos simultaneously and combines them. If you’re looking for superb performance, a fantastic design, a low price and lots of the little flourishes that make a top phone, the Honor 9 may be for you.

Honor 9 photography samples

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Also consider: If you're not sold on the Honor 9, then the OnePlus 5T is your next-best bet. Higher up in this list, and packing comparable specs for not much more money, it's a nice choice for anyone wanting flagship performance at a low price.