I was already expecting the 18:9 Screen to be gorgeous, Snapdragon 835 to deliver blistering performance and the Camera to offer impressive performance. But I never realized the Face ID unlock, a feature that apple has been heavily promoting on their new phones, to be quite reliable. It is fast and can unlock the phone with barely any noticeable issues. It is perhaps the only feature here that surprised me.
Blistering Speed and Gorgeous screen
Anyway, going back to the 18:9 screen, it is amazing, probably one of the best screen that I have tested. Full Optical Super AMOLED screen just makes the screen pop. Also the Snapdragon 835 underneath manages to blitz through the benchmark test that I did, and is an overkill on most games that I have tested.
Camera could use a bit of work
The camera though takes impressive shots especially on very good lighting, but the Camera UI is another story. Coming from Huawei P10, you will immediately notice how barebones the features are. I think going to Pro Mode is the only way to be able to customize your shots, but other than that, it doesn’t offer a lot on the table. Switching to the selfie camera is the same thing, limited shooting modes and features is this cameras Achilles heel.
Another Flagship Killer?
Anyway, connectivity is excellent, GPS is accurate and Audio Quality is above average as well. So far, my first impression of this phone have been good overall. And I am excited on my final review, and to test out the whole phone a bit more.
Overall, the phone is simply amazing. If you want power, great screen, connectivity and a reliable Face ID unlock, then this phone is for you. It is one of my most recommended Flagships of 2017.
First Impressions and Early Review
Face ID unlock works and is not a gimmick, it is reliable and has fast recognition
Fast and accurate Fingerprint Recognition
The build quality is top notch with great ergnomonics
Still has 3.5mm Audio Jack
The 18:9 screen is just dead gorgeous, Super AMOLED Full Optic screen makes the colors pop out with impressive image quality
Brightness levels are decent too
Oxygen OS is a heavily modded OS but it looks great and offers a lot of features
System is overall stable, fast and I did not encounter any issues
Plenty of memory underneath (my version is 6 GB DDR4 RAM and 64 GB UFS 2.1)
Blistering performance of the Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 and Adreno 540 chipset
Runs Cool, at idle between 37-38C
NFC (Near Field Communication)
Excellent Dual Band Wireless Range and performance
Fast and Accurate GPS (GLONASS)
Comes with Dash Charger (5V 4A) and can charge the phone in just 30 minutes for a full day of use
The Camera UI is barebones and thus limited in the features or shooting modes available