Best phones in Australia 2017: the 10 top smartphones we've tested

Your guide to the year's best smartphones

Update: The Samsung Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8 Plus have entered our list of the best phones in the world right now - but where have they placed? Read on to find out!

  • If you're interested in Apple's flagship handset, then perhaps you'd be more interested in our best iPhone list.
  • Alternatively, if you prefer Google's OS, then our best Android phone roundup should be right up your alley.

2016 was a stellar year for smartphones, and 2017 is shaping up to be even better. The recent launches of the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus, the Google Pixel and Google Pixel XL late last year mean that the humble smartphone is destined to become faster, more powerful and even more versatile than ever before.

Here at TechRadar, we check out every phone under the sun, putting the ones that matter through our vigorous testing process to create our in-depth mobile phone reviews.

However, with so many to choose from, we've spent hours whittling them down to a top ten, taking into account power, specs, design and value for money. And we'll always point you in the direction of the latest handsets – after all, nobody wants to be carting around a phone that doesn't get any updates in a year's time, right?

So whether it's one of the many slick Android handsets, the latest iPhone or one from a range of other cool manufacturers, we've extensively tested them all so you don't have to!

Here are our rankings for the best smartphones around, currently available in Australia.

10. Sony Xperia XZ

Sony finally has its flagship

Weight: 161g | Dimensions: 146 x 72 x 8.1 mm | OS: Android Marshmallow | Screen size: 5.2-inch | Resolution: 1920 x 1080 pixels | CPU: Snapdragon 820 | RAM: 3GB | Storage: 32/64GB | microSD slot: Yes | Battery: 2900mAh | Rear camera: 23MP | Front camera: 13MP

The Sony Xperia XZ isn't a revolutionary step, but it is the best flagship that's ever come out of the Sony labs.

The brand has finally worked out how to make a decent camera on the rear, with the autofocus speed really, really impressive. The screen is only 1080p, but does seem to extend battery life as a result.

It's got a nicely refined design, is waterproof and speedy under the finger too - if you're into what the Sony brand is all about, you'll love this phone.

Read the full review: Sony Xperia XZ

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