7 best smartphones on pure Android by Android Authority

Modern smartphones are unlikely to surprise with any special characteristics: devices in a specific price range have similar processors, screens and memory capacity. Therefore, manufacturers try to attract the buyers’ attention with software – shells with unique and not very functions.

Unfortunately, often with these shells there are heaps of useless applications and services, because of which the phone works slower than it could. Therefore, more and more people are inclined to buy smartphones on a pure version of Android.

The advantage of an unmodified operating system is not only the speed of work, but also that the devices on it usually get the latest updates one of the first. Below are the best of them.

High-budget smartphones

Google Pixel 2 and 2 XL

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The latest smartphones from Google are popular in many ways precisely because of pure Android and timely updates. Both devices have high-quality stuffing, a nice minimal design and a number of unique software chips: for example, a multifunctional camera application.

Pixel 2 and 2 XL have three main differences. Pixel 2 XL is equipped with a 6-inch display with a resolution of QHD + and an aspect ratio of 18: 9, and his younger brother can boast only 5-inch Full HD screen with a 16: 9 aspect ratio. In addition, the XL-model has a more capacious battery (3 520 vs. 2,700 mAh) and thinner frames.

Both smartphones use the processor Snapdragon 835, equipped with 4 GB of RAM and an excellent 12.2-megapixel camera. Phones are able to take pictures with the background blur effect, despite the fact that they have only one camera.

Google Pixel 2 Features

  • 5-inch AMOLED-display with a resolution of 1 920 × 1,080 pixels;
  • processor Snapdragon 835;
  • 4 GB of RAM;
  • 64 or 128 GB of internal memory (without the possibility of expansion);
  • 12.2-megapixel rear and 8-megapixel front camera;
  • a non-removable battery with a capacity of 2,700 mAh;
  • Android 8.0 Oreo;
  • 145.7 × 69.7 × 7.8 mm, 143 g.

Google Pixel 2 XL Features

  • 6-inch POLED-display with a resolution of 2 880 × 1,440 pixels;
  • processor Snapdragon 835;
  • 4 GB of RAM;
  • 64 or 128 GB of internal memory (without the possibility of expansion);
  • 12.2-megapixel rear and 8-megapixel front camera;
  • a non-removable battery with a capacity of 3 520 mAh;
  • Android 8.0 Oreo;
  • 157.9 × 76.7 × 7.9 mm, 175 g.

Nokia 8 Sirocco

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The flagship of Nokia is part of the Google initiative called Android One, which guarantees a clean OS and timely updates. Out of the box, the smartphone will run on Android 8.0 Oreo, and later, most likely, will be updated to version 8.1.

The phone is an improved version of Nokia 8, which was released in August 2017. The new device has a larger 5.5-inch screen, rounded at the sides, as the displays of the latest Samsung Galaxy S and Note. Nokia 8 Sirocco has a thinner frame and waterproof level of IP67, which is more than enough for reliable protection.

But the main advantage of the smartphone is a dual camera with Carl Zeiss optics and double optical zoom. Despite the recent announcement, the device is equipped with a Snapdragon 835 processor, not a more powerful Snapdragon 845. The flagship will be on sale in April.

Characteristics

  • 5.5-inch POLED-display with a resolution of 2 560 × 1 440 pixels;
  • processor Snapdragon 835;
  • 6 GB of RAM;
  • 128 GB of internal memory with expandability up to 256 GB;
  • Dual rear camera (12 and 13 megapixels), front 5-megapixel camera;
  • a non-removable battery with a capacity of 3,260 mAh;
  • Android 8.0 Oreo;
  • 140.9 × 73 × 7.5 mm.

Mid-Budget Smartphones

Xiaomi Mi A1

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Mi A1 – the first smartphone Xiaomi in the framework of the Android One initiative. One of the reasons for its great success is pure Android: not everyone likes the MIUI shell, which is famous for the Chinese company. In addition, Mi A1 – an excellent device for the ratio of price and quality.

Inside the smartphone with a 5.5-inch screen with Full HD resolution – Snapdragon 625 processor and 4 GB of RAM. With Pixel 2 XL, the phone can not compete, but for the average user it is still quite powerful.

Behind is a double camera, which allows you to take photos with the effect of bokeh. Initially, the smartphone has Android Nougat, but it can be upgraded to Oreo.

Characteristics

  • 5.5-inch IPS-display with a resolution of 1 920 × 1 080 pixels;
  • Snapdragon 625 processor;
  • 4 GB of RAM;
  • 64 GB of internal memory with expandability up to 128 GB;
  • a dual rear camera (12 megapixels each), a front 5 megapixel camera;
  • a non-removable battery with a capacity of 3,080 mAh;
  • Android 7.1.2 Nougat;
  • 155.4 × 75.8 × 7.3 mm, 165 g.

HTC U11 Life

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There are two versions of the smartphone on the market. The first – with firmware HTC Sense, the second – with a clean version of Android 8.0 Oreo.

One of the main features of U11 Life – technology Edge Sense, which allows you to open the desired applications, just squeezing the phone in your hand. The feature debuted in the HTC U11 and, it’s worth noting, works fine.

The smartphone is equipped with a 5.2-inch screen with Full HD resolution, a Snapdragon 630 processor and, depending on the configuration, 3 or 4 GB of RAM.

Characteristics

  • 5.2-inch SuperLCD-display with a resolution of 1 920 × 1,080 pixels;
  • processor Snapdragon 630;
  • 3 or 4 GB of RAM;
  • 32 or 64 GB of internal memory with expandability up to 256 GB;
  • 16-megapixel back and front camera;
  • a non-removable battery with a capacity of 2 600 mAh;
  • Android 8.0 Oreo;
  • 149.1 × 72.9 × 8.1 mm, 142 g.

Budget smartphones

Nokia 2

The device runs on pure Android 7.1 Nougat, monthly receives security updates and eventually will go to Android 8.0 Oreo. This is a cheap 5-inch phone, which stands out among its counterparts with an impressive battery capacity of 4,100 mAh.

Owners of Nokia 2 can upload to Google Photos an unlimited amount of photos and videos. The device is protected against water drops according to IP52. The frame is made of aluminum, the back cover is made of polycarbonate.

Inside the smartphone you can find the Snapdragon 212 processor and 1 GB of RAM. The resolution of the back camera is 8 megapixels.

Characteristics

  • 5-inch IPS-display with a resolution of 1 280 × 720 pixels;
  • Snapdragon 212 processor;
  • 1 GB of RAM;
  • 8 GB of internal memory with expandability up to 128 GB;
  • 8-megapixel rear and 5-megapixel front camera;
  • a non-removable battery with a capacity of 4,100 mAh;
  • Android 7.1 Nougat;
  • 143.5 × 71.3 × 9.3 m, 161 g.

Motorola Moto E4

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Moto E4 runs on a virtually untouched version of Android Nougat: the manufacturer added only a few applications and functions. Despite this, the operating system looks almost identical to the pure version of Android, so the smartphone also got on the list.

This is another device with an excellent ratio of price and quality. For a very small amount you can get a smartphone with a 5-inch HD-screen, a Snapdragon 425 or 427 processor and 2 GB of RAM.

Despite the low cost, Moto E4 is not without a fingerprint scanner. The device has a nanocoating that protects it from splashes. The capacity of the battery is 2,800 mAh.

Characteristics

  • 5-inch IPS-display with a resolution of 1 280 × 720 pixels;
  • a Snapdragon 425 or 427 processor;
  • 2 GB of RAM;
  • 16 GB of internal memory with expandability up to 128 GB;
  • 8-megapixel rear and 5-megapixel front camera;
  • a non-removable battery with a capacity of 2,800 mAh;
  • Android 7.1 Nougat;
  • 144.5 × 72 × 9.3 mm, 150 g.

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