2017 is coming to an end and the year has seen some pretty interesting developments in the smartphone world. It’s safe to say that one of the biggest highlights of the year has been bezel-less smartphones with mostly all major brands coming out with at least one full-screen handset. While this has mainly been restricted to the high-end segment, the budget and mid-range categories have also seen some stellar devices.With just a few weeks left for the year to end, we take a look at some of the best phones to have been produced in various price segments from lower to the most premium of them all for you to consider buying right now if you’re in the market.Cheapest phone worth buyingRedmi 5A: Rs 5,999The Redmi 5A is the successor to the popular Redmi 4A and completes the budget market along with the Redmi Note 4. The 5A arrived late last month priced at Rs 5,999 for the 2GB and 16GB storage variant (Rs 4,999 for the initial 5 million customers) and Rs 6,999 for the 3GB and 32GB storage option. The Redmi 4A saw a fantastic response from the Indian market and the 5A is set to follow. At Rs 4,999 initially, Xiaomi will likely see an even better response this time around.Despite its entry-level pricing, the Redmi 5A doesn’t make any compromises on hardware. It sports a 5-inch HD IPS display and is powered by a 1.4GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 425 processor coupled with Adreno 308 GPU. The dual-SIM phones runs Android Nougat-based MIUI 9 out-of-the-box and supports 4G LTE (VoLTE-ready) connectivity. Optics for the Redmi 5A includes a 13-megapixel camera on the rear with f/2.2 aperture, Phase Detection Autofocus and LED flash. Up front you get a 5-megapixel selfie camera. The handset houses a 3,000mAh battery that the company claims will offer up to 8 days of standby time.advertisementIn our review, we found that the Redmi 5Awith all its hardware, good battery life and its comfy design is the best entry-level smartphone right now, and something worth consider especially if you missed out on the Redmi 4A.Best phone(s) under Rs 10,000Redmi Note 4: Rs 9,999There is perhaps no doubt right now that Xiaomi leads the pack when it comes to the budget segment. The Chinese phone maker has repeatedly pushed out some stellar budget smartphones with all-round specifications at value pricing. The Redmi Note 4 has been one of the company’s best selling smartphones, having sold 5 million units between late January to late July.The Redmi Note 4 sports a 5.5-inch 1080p IPS LCD display with a 2.5D glass on top. It is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 and comes in three storage options with the base 2GB + 32GB option priced at Rs 9,999. In our review of the device, we found that for a budget smartphone the Redmi Note 4 packs quite a punch with a premium build, good display and performance and an impressive battery life. We found that the Redmi Note 4 is an all-rounder, impressing with a premium build, good display and performance and an outstanding battery life all at a very affordable price.Best phone(s) under Rs 20,000Mi A1: Rs 14,999It’s not just the budget segment that Xiaomi has managed to capture this year. With the launch of the Mi A1 Android One smartphone, the company has offered a pretty solid mid-range device as well. The Mi A1 was launched in September at Rs 14,999. As an Android One smartphone, the handset offers a stock Android 7.1.2 Nougat experience minus the company’s MIUI skin on top. However, the phone does retain some Xiaomi apps like the Mi Camera, Mi Remote, Mi Store and Mi Services.The Mi A1 not only highlights a stock Android experience, but also comes with a metal unibody design, fingerprint sensor on the back and a dual rear camera setup with Portrait mode. In our review, the Mi A1 impressed us in pretty much all aspects. The phone is impressively snappy running stock Android and the dual camera setup provided some of the best portrait shots at this price point.Moto G5S Plus: Rs 15,999We’ve named a bunch of Xiaomi phones in this list so far, but the sub-Rs 20,000 segments offers a lot more in terms of competition. Motorala has seen a huge popularity in the mid-range segment. After launching the Moto G5 and G5 Plus, the company came out with special edition phones, the Moto G5S and G5S Plus. Both the phones come with metal unibody designs, fingerprint sensors on thier home buttons and are splash proof, among other things.advertisementThe Moto G5S Plus may feature the same internals as the Moto G5 Plus, but its metal casing gives it a slight edge over the latter as it provides a more premium and polished feel. It sports a 5.5-inch Full HD IPS LCD display that is quite impressive for its Rs 15,999 price tag. It is powered by an octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 SoC coupled with 4GB of RAM and runs on stock Android, making it a fantastic deal for Android fans. Overall, the Moto G5S Plus takes everything that was good about the Moto G5 Plus and makes it better. With a good performance, battery life and a premium design, the handset makes it one of the best right now in this price segment.Best phone(s) under Rs 30,000Honor 8 Pro: Rs 29,999The Honor 8 Pro is perhaps one of the best smartphones produced by the Huawei sub-brand this year. It also enjoys a relatively competition-free position being priced at Rs 29,999. Much like the Honor 8, the Honor 8 Pro sports a dual rear camera system and a metal unibody design.The phone sports a 5.7-inch Quad-HD (2560×1440 pixel) display and is powered by Huawei’s HiSilicon Kirin 960 processor coupled with 6GB of RAM and 64GB of internal storage which is also expandable. The Honor 8 Pro runs on Android Nougat-based Emotion UI 5.1 and supports 4G LTE. It also houses a 4,000mAh battery, which quite impressed us. In our review, we found the smartphone to be an all-round performer with a vibrant display, good performance, impressive cameras and a classy design. Best phone(s) under Rs 40,000OnePlus 5T: Rs 32,999 OnePlus 5 users may find this a little hurtful. The OnePlus 5T was launched six months after the OnePlus 5, naturally making it the de-facto OnePlus phone to buy right now and hence makes it to our December list. OnePlus’ latest smartphones brings a new design language for the company as it sports an near bezel-less display which is in keeping with this year’s trend. There’s isn’t much change on the inside, but the changes to the outside is what OnePlus means to sell.The 5T sports a bright and vivid 6-inch full-HD+ (1080×2160 pixel) display and is powered by an octa-core Snapdragon 835 processor with 6GB of RAM and 64GB of internal storage. There is also an 8GB + 128GB variant available for Rs 37,999. The dual-SIM smartphone runs OxygenOS 4.7 based on Android 7.1.1 Nougat and comes with a Face Unlock facial recognition feature as well.The cameras on the 5T have not received a major bump, although OnePlus says that they newer and better. The dual camera system on the back comprises of one 16-megapixel Sony IMX398 sensor with 1.12-micron pixels and an f/1.7 aperture, and one 20-megapixel Sony IMX376K sensor with f/1.7 aperture. We reviewed the OnePlus 5T and found that the display is indeed one of its biggest highlights and its design and snappy performance make it the best OnePlus device as of now. Nokia 8: Rs 36,999HMD Global re-launched the Nokia brand this year with a series of smartphones (and a revamped 3310) that range from budget to high-end. The Nokia 8 falls on the higher end of the spectrum and is the company’s flagship phone for 2017. Despite not sporting a bezel-less design as has been the trend this year, the Nokia 8 still holds a solid place in this price segment simply because of its elegant and classy design, stock Android experience and impressive cameras to name a few.advertisementThe Nokia 8 comes with a 5.3-inch quad-HD IPS display with 700 nits of brightness, a Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 processor with 4GB of RAM and 64GB of internal storage, which is further expandable by up to 256GB via a hybrid micro-SD card slot. The phone is backed by a 3,090mAh battery and supports Qualcomm’s Quick Charge 3.0 fast charging.It sports a dual camera system on the rear, which comprises of a 13-megapixel RGB sensor and a 13-megapixel Monochrome sensor, and supports Optical Image Stabilisation, laser and phase detection autofocus and dual-LED flash. Up front you get a 13-megapixel sensor and the phone supports Dual-Sight, a feature that lets you use both the rear and front cameras simultaneously to take stills/record videos.Best phone(s) money can buyPixel 2 XL: Rs 73,000It’s now time to get a little extravagant. The phones in this category are the creme-de-la-creme and the most premium smartphones that money can buy. We start with the Pixel 2 XL, which was launched by Google as the successor to the Pixel XL from last year. The Pixel 2 XL changes things in terms of design by sporting minimal bezels all around. Despite the numerous display related issues in the past, the Pixel 2 XL is still a fantastic premium smartphones thanks to its stock Android Oreo OS, AI smarts and excellent cameras.As far as hardware is concerned, the Pixel 2 XL comes with mostly all of this year’s flagship trimmings including a Snapdragon 835 processor, 12.2-megapixel rear camera with f/1.8 aperture, an 8-megapixel camera has an aperture of f/2.4, and a 3520mAh battery, among other things. DxOMark has given the Pixel 2 XL’s cameras a score of 98, which is the highest overall score for a smartphone. In our review, the handset indeed comes with exceptional cameras that are beyond comparable.iPhone X: Rs 89,000The iPhone X signalled a dramatic shift in the company’s design for its flagship smartphone. It is the first iPhone to sport an edge-to-edge display as well as a new facial recognition technology that it calls Face ID. It is also the most expensive iPhone to date, priced starting at Rs 89,000 in India for the 64GB variant.iPhone X sports a 5.8-inch OLED display with a resolution of 2436X1125 pixels. It is powered by the company’s own A11 Bionic chipset and runs on iOS 11. The X comes with dual rear cameras comprising of one 12-megapixel wide angle and one 12-megapixel telephoto lens. While the front camera includes a 7-megapixel sensor which is coupled with f/2.2 lens. The iPhone X is one of our best reviewed smartphones as it won us over on it’s gorgeous display and terrific performance. Apple fans who have the means will not want to miss this one.Galaxy Note 8: Rs 67,900The Galaxy Note 8 has tried to succeed following a disastrous episode with the Galaxy Note 7. The phablet did manage to come out on top thanks to its fantastic bezel-less design sporting a 6.3-inch QHD+ (1440×2960 pixels) Super AMOLED Infinity Display and powered by an Exynos 8895 SoC.The smartphone features a dual rear camera setup, one 12-megapixel wide angle sensor and one 12-megapixel telephoto lens, and Dual OIS. Up front you get an 8-megapixel sensor with autofocus and f/1.7 aperture. The handset houses a 3300mAh battery with support for wireless charging. Apart from the battery life, the Note 8 pretty much nails everything else.