New year new things and we are looking forward to the new smart phones to be released in 2017.
From the Samsung to iPhone, lets see the phones yet to be released this year.
Samsung Galaxy S8 edge
Samsung had sure-fire hits with the Galaxy S7, especially in the S7 edge model. The company’s standing in mobile might suffer a little following the Note 7’s battery problems, so the Galaxy S8 might have to be extra special.
Rumours have suggested that Samsung might drop the flat version of the S8, only offering curved devices in two sizes. There’s also talk of increasing the screen resolution, perhaps with a move to 4K. There’s no indication of how the body design might change just yet.
Samsung is sure to pack the S8 with its latest Exynos chipset for oodles of power, although we’d expect a Snapdragon 835 version too, and we’d expect to see a move to USB Type-C, following the move of the Note 7. On the software front, we’d expect the S8 to launch on Android Nougat with TouchWiz. Given Samsung’s great experience, we’d not expect too many changes to Samsung’s software experience.
LG has a problem with its smartphone naming, because the G6 name is currently also used by its flagship TV. Whether this means that LG will change direction on phone naming we don’t know, but we suspect that something will have to be done.
There aren’t many rumours about the LG G6, but it’s already being suggested that LG is going to move on from the modular approach it tried with the G5. That might mean that its next generation of smartphone comes without friends. With the G5 being a little fiddly and Motorola offering a sensible alternative with the Moto Z, perhaps the next LG flagship will be a little simpler.
The screen is one of the few ways in which the Huawei P9 doesn’t quite feel like a flagship, as it has a 1080 x 1920 display, where many high-end phones now have QHD ones.
Huawei P10 is set to look a lot like the P9, with a slim metal shell, shown here in pink (or rose gold as it will probably be called).
But there are a couple of key differences, the biggest being the placement of the fingerprint scanner, which has moved from the back of the phone and now looks to be embedded below the screen.
There’s a fair chance that’s accurate, as front-facing scanners are more common than rear ones and arguably more convenient, since you can still use them when the phone is placed on a surface.
On the other hand, a leaked render (shown above in the screen section), shows a home button on the front but a fingerprint scanner on the back, so don’t count on the scanner moving – though having a home button and not building the scanner into it seems an odd choice, so we’re more inclined to believe these leaked real world shots.
Apple iPhone 8
Yes, already! The iPhone 7, surprisingly, didn’t make a huge change over the iPhone 6S, but the biggest hint at what to expect from the iPhone 8 might have come from Apple Watch. With the release of the Series 2 device, Apple introduced a ceramic version. This, paired with the jet black colouring for the iPhone 7, might point to future changes in materials for the iPhone 8.
Microsoft Surface Phone
With Nokia then Microsoft Devices producing plenty of Windows Phones, the spectre of the Surface Phone has been hanging around as the idea of the ultimate Windows mobile device. Given the recent sale of virtually all of its phone patents, and announcement that it’s no longer focussing on Windows Phone development, the Surface Phone may never see the light of day.
It’s rumoured that the new premium device will be Surface branded and Intel powered, possibly coming in three different variants. Given the same team behind the Surface Tablets are said to be behind the Surface Phone, you can expect a solid build if it ever does appear.
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